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Good afternoon RHS families,This is Dr. Woods-Weeks calling with the weekly update. Congratulations to our Special Olympics Champions for another tournament under their belt! Yes, Riverside continues to be the Durham County basketball champions. Congratulations!Also, congratulations to senior Elena Paces-Wiles for being named the 2024 High School Journalist of the Year by the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association. Elena will receive a $3,000 scholarship and represent the state in the National High School Journalist of the Year competition.Finally, congratulations to the Engineering team for yet another great Engineering Spring Speaker Day last Friday. And a special thank you to all the speakers for their presence and insightful sharing of information as well.Next, the Pirate's Hook, Durham People's Alliance and DPS Foundation invite you to come out to Riverside this Wednesday for an educational forum. Sadie Allen, senior co-editor of Riverside's student newspaper, the Pirate's Hook, will facilitate a conversation with other Black women about leadership in our public schools. The event is on Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm in the media center. For more information, visit School Improvement Team will meet Wednesday February 28, 2024, in the Media Center at 5:00 pm.DISTRICT EVENTThe Office of Advanced Academics will host a virtual family information session for rising 9th and 10th graders about AP Courses. Tuesday, February 27th6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.Confirmation email with Zoom link will be sent after registration.   Flyer can be accessed HERE,COUNSELOR’S CORNERAs a reminder:Fall registration for the 2024-2025 school year is continuing through March 11, 2024. Students who have not yet completed the process should continue to check their email and Canvas accounts for messages from their counselor. All students received their registration sheets with core recommendations in their email. The registration sheets contained instructions on the registration process; however, students are not expected to register independently. Students who do not attend their registration meeting will have courses selected for them. Experienced students may choose to complete their registration independently; however, meeting with your counselor is a requirement to review course selections for next year.  Students we have a small window of opportunity to complete registration. Do your part! Own your learning.SPRING CURRICULUM NIGHTOur Spring Curriculum Night will be held on Wednesday, February 28th for ALL students and parents from 6:00pm-7:15pm. Faculty will be available to meet and greet ALL parents and students. Please govern yourselves according to the following schedule:o    6:00 –6:10 p.m. - Parents and students arriveo    6:15 - 6:25 p.m. - Parents and students report to 1st Period classeso    6:30 – 6:40 p.m. - Parents and students report to 2nd Period classeso    6:45 – 6:55 p.m. - Parents and students report to 3rd Period classeso    7:00 – 7:10 p.m. - Parents and students report to 4th Period classeso    7:15p.m. - Curriculum Night endsACT PREPThe last ACT Prep session will be held Wednesday, February 28th for juniors with A+ Prep Consultants. Students this is your last opportunity to get assistance e to achieve your highest potential and best scores. Govern yourselves accordingly.The second SEMESTER benchmark testing window (“MOY”) is February 29th - March 6th. Students Mark Your Calendar and plan accordingly. 95% participation and above is our goal.ACCESS for ELLsThe window for ACCESS testing for all EL students in DPS will continue Monday February 26th --March 1st. All EL students must test.Testing is also permitted March 4th -8th for late enrollees and hard-to-get make-ups. We are currently at a 97% participation rate. Can we do 100%. I believe we can. If you have not assessed, please see Ms. Reeves. Hats off to Ms. Reeves, Ms. Keim, Ms. Farkas, Dr. Okun and the testing team for a job well done. You Rock! Excellent job team!2024 Spring WorkKeysThe ACT WorkKeys assessment is administered twice a year - once in the fall and once in the spring. All 12th grade CTE concentrators must take the WorkKeys assessment during one of the windows. This year, the window for the SPRING WorkKeys. assessment is February 19th-March 15th. Mark your calendar and govern yourselves accordingly.ATHLETICS UPDATEPirates, our Basketball team will play Apex Friendship in the 1st round of the playoffs on Tuesday February 27th , we need you there to support us. Spring sports will be in full effect this week and we are excited to host multiple team games.  Monday JV Tennis will host Discovery Charter School at 4:30, and your Varsity Baseball team will Host Northwood at 6:00 pm.Golf will travel to Umstead Pines on Tuesday February 27th.Wednesday February 28th Soccer will host their first game of the year against Western Alamance. The game is set to kick off at 6:00 pm.Thursday is a full schedule with Tennis squaring off against J.F. Webb, Softball hosting Cary High School, and Men's Lacrosse and Baseball verses Voyager Academy. All three contests starting at 6:00 pm.Friday March 1st JV Baseball will host their first game of the year against Enloe High School at 5:30 pm.Tickets can be purchased by card or online at TICKETS.  All DPS athletic events observe a "Clear Bag Only" policy in conjunction with no Re-Entry.  For more information about winter sports please visit said, please continue to help us enforce the DPS Code of Conduct by ensuring that your student adheres to the rules, policies and procedures set forth. Students show your school pride by wearing our school colors on Friday. I will see each of you at the River tomorrow. Go forth and make it a great evening! Roll Pirates Roll! Thank you.