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Principal’s Message

Erin del Castillo, Principal Kathy Wilks, A.P. of Curriculum Brian Dorn, A.P. of Administration Keith Little, A.P. Pre-I.B./I.B., (A-C) Cherilyn Gardner, A.P., (D-K) Lindsay Gallof, A.P., (L-Q) Greg Rumph, A.P., (R-Z) Jan Baldwin-Mocherman, PBD Coordinator

(Performance Based Diploma Program)


Alix Giannini,

Director of Counseling Services

Administrative Offices M-F 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.



RHS Foundation • Transportation •

Dear Riverview Students and Families, I hope you are enjoying your summer break and relaxing with family and friends. As the administrative team prepares for the 2018-2019 school year, I want to introduce you to two new faces joining the Riverview Administrative Team. Mrs. Lindsay Gallof is returning to Riverview High School after a year as Assistant Principal at Venice High School. She replaces Dr. Danielle Tanaka who has returned to Venice High School. Additionally, Mr. Greg Rumph has joined Riverview as Assistant Principal over the Visual and Performing Arts Department, replacing Mr. Mark Gilliland. As we wish our colleagues well in their new ventures, we are excited for the talents Mrs. Gallof and Mr. Rumph bring to enhance Ram Nation. Student Orientations will be held on July 30th for Seniors at 9a.m. and Juniors at 12p.m. On August 1st, we will host our Sophomores at 12p.m. (along with our Football Team and Kiltie Band Members) and Freshmen at 6p.m. At Student Orientations, students can receive their schedules, purchase student parking, get lockers and have a chance to check out the new Student Success Center right above the Cafeteria. With the support of the Ed Foundation, we have created a state of the art College and Career Center that is equipped with 21st century technology and a plethora of resources for our students as they excel through their educational journey. Ms. Rebecca Lewis, our new College and Career Coordinator, will be available to students 7a.m.-3p.m. Monday- Friday to answer questions as well as support students and families. Riverview High School has an official Facebook page. Please like and support Riverview High School through this social media outlet. As the year progresses, we hope to utilize Facebook to highlight all of the incredible events happening daily on Riverview’s campus. Our first day of school this year is August 13th. School begins promptly at 7:30a.m. and ends at 2:15p.m. We hope to continue the work that has been started towards our goals of increasing student attendance. Our overall mission is to give your child the opportunity to reach his/her highest potential and we hope to work with each of you moving forward to fulfill this goal. Words do not adequately express my excitement to be back on Riverview’s campus as your new Principal and once again to be part of Ram Nation. My three years away have taught me that there truly is no place like home and no place quite like Riverview High School. I am thrilled to work with each and every student who steps foot on our campus to empower them achieve their dreams. Enjoy the rest of your summer! Sincerely, Erin del Castillo, Principal

Mission - The mission of Riverview High School is to provide a learning environment that nurtures a passion for intellectual curiosity; that promotes global understanding, independence, and innovation; and that is committed to a tradition of academic excellence and social responsibility. Vision - The vision of Riverview High School is to create a school community, which works

together so that all students will reach their highest potential to become life-long learners and responsible citizens through quality instruction and a challenging, world-class curriculum at a state-of-the-art facility.

Policy Against Discrimination -

Sarasota County School Board Equity Policies are located on the District website as well as on the school website Copies are also available in the Principal’s Office.

High School Graduation Requirements Standard Diploma


To graduate from high school in 2019, a student must meet the following requirements: • A student must earn the following credits: 26 and successfully complete all required courses (or equivalent) • Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale on all courses except for those courses forgiven according to the district forgiveness procedure. • A student must earn passing scores on the 10th grade FSA ELA in reading. Students are also required to pass the Alg. 1 EOC. Standard High School Diploma 26 Credits English 4 Major concentration in composition and literature

Guidance Counselors Rose Beach Victoria Hughes Kristen McMahon Alix Giannini Kathryn Sperber Carla Harding Dr. Joe Bazenas

A-De Di-H I-M N-R S-Z Pre-I.B./I.B. Intervention Counselor


A certificate of completion will be awarded to students who: (1) have met all course, credit and GPA requirements, but have not passed one or both sections of the appropriate state tests required for graduation or (2) have passed both sections of the appropriate state tests required for graduation and met all course and credit requirements, but have not met the GPA requirement. Students receiving a certificate of completion may participate in the graduation ceremonies. These students may still pursue a standard diploma through adult education, the GED, or other suitable alternatives.


Participation in two seasons of an interscholastic sport at the JV or Varsity level. See counselor for options.


Completion of two full years of the ROTC program will waive participation in the HOPE class and will waive the performing art requirement.


Detailed information on graduation requirements and non-standard diploma options are available on the RHS website in the Program of Studies and on the district website in the guidance reference manual, Pathways,at www.


One course must be successfully completed online through SVA or FLVS. This course can be for .5 or 1.0 credit


Students should schedule an appointment to meet with their school counselor to verify graduation status.

Mathematics 4 One credit must include Algebra I or its equivalent and pass the EOC Geometry or its equivalent is required and EOC counts as 30% of their final grade Science 3 Biology or its equivalent is required and EOC is 30% of the final grade Social Studies World History (1 credit) U.S. History (1 credit) Economics (1/2 credit) with Financial Literacy American Government (1/2 credit)


Performing Fine Arts Performing Fine Arts includes the areas of music dance, art and drama. Some technical courses will also fulfill this requirement. See Program of Studies.


H.O.P.E. 1 ELECTIVES Special Note--Foreign Language Consecutive years required for SUS admission Bright Futures FAS/FMS Level

10 2

One online course required TOTAL CREDITS ELA FSA GPA (unweighted)

26 Pass 350+ 2.0+

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August 29th: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm July 30: 9:00 am: Seniors 12:00 pm: Juniors, Band & Football Players August 1: 12:00 pm: Sophomores 6:00 pm: Freshmen

Diploma /Certificate of Completions Pickup

Diploma or Certificate of completions will be available at Riverview High School beginning Monday, July 16th through Wednesday, July 18th from 10 AM to 12 NOON in the Attendance Office. Only you or your parent/guardian may pick up your diploma and a picture ID is required. *Participation in the walking ceremony does not guarantee that all requirements have been met for graduation.

SAT Test Dates 2018-19 Test Date Saturday, August 25, 2018 Saturday, October 6, 2018 Saturday, November 3, 2018 Saturday, December 1, 2018 Saturday, March 9, 2019 Saturday, May 4, 2019

Registration Date July 27, 2018 September 7, 2018 October 5, 2018 November 2, 2018 February 8, 2019 April 5, 2019

Scores Back Date** September 7, 2018 October 19, 2018 November 16, 2018 December 14, 2018 March 22, 2019 May 17, 2019

ACT Test Dates for 2018-19 Test Date September 8, 2018 October 27, 2018 December 8, 2018 February 9, 2019* April 13, 2019 June 8, 2019 July 13, 2019*

Registration Deadline August 10, 2018 September 28, 2018 November 2, 2018 January 11, 2019 March 8, 2019 May 3, 2019 June 14, 2019

Late Registration Deadline August 11-26, 2018 September 29 - October 14, 2018 November 3-19, 2018 January 12-18, 2019 March 9-25, 2019 May 4-20, 2019 June 15-24, 2019

RAMp It Up Math Tutoring

RAMp It Up Math Tutoring will be open for business starting August 22nd. This organization is funded by the Riverview Foundation and run by math teacher Tammy Detota. Math teacher Deb Cramer helps as well as Mu Alpha Theta and National Honor Society students. Tutoring help for Algebra, Geometry, Liberal Arts and MCR is offered. Find us in room 5-335 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:30. Remember … get help BEFORE you fall behind! We are here for you.

Complete Score Release** September 18 - November 2, 2018 November 13, 2018 - January 1, 2019 December 18, 2018 - February 1, 2019 February 20 - April 5, 2019 April 23 - June 7, 2019 June 18 - August 2, 2019 July 23 - August 26, 2019

Top 10 Things Colleges Want You To Know 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Apply early to secure scholarships and housing. Apply online at each college/university’s website. Follow directions! Make sure your application is complete when you hit send. Put effort into your applications and essays! Go to a college open house, not just a campus tour. Follow up with your sent application status and check email often for materials you owe. Do not falsify or withhold information- it could lead to your acceptance being revoked! This is especially true with the SSAR. Self-reported Student Academic Record! If your representation of your grades does not match your transcript, your acceptance will be revoked! 8. Apply to 4-5 schools 9. Colleges want to see rigorous coursework throughout high school. 10. NO SENIORITIS! Declining grades in your senior year can lead to your acceptance being revoked.

Senior Portraits

Prestige Portraits will be on campus at RHS to photograph the Senior Class of 2019 on: • July 9th -12th • August 11th & 18th • September 15th • October 3rd, 4th and 6th

High School Community Service

A completed application form must be submitted to and approved by the High School Community Service Program Manager prior to starting volunteer service. Hours completed before application and written/electronic approval will not be accepted. This application and approval can be achieved online at the Sarasotacountyschools. net website. During the summer months the HSCS program manager will periodically approve those applications that have been submitted and service hour log forms will be found online for your student once they have been approved. During the school year, the HSCS program manager will be available to students during all 3 lunches (10am-12:30pm) in Building 1, Principal’s Reception area. Questions can be addressed to their Guidance Counselors. Joseph Landes:


Summer Ideas for Parents

The summer break provides a much needed rest from the rigors of school life, but a complete disconnect from education can make the start of the new school year more difficult for your student. Consider a few ways to engage your child in activities that stimulate learning and provide an opportunity to enhance your relationship. Pick two or three of the following summer opportunities and commit to achieving a common goal with your child. READING: Read two books with your child over the summer. Each of you select a book, read it independently, and talk about it. Everyone identifies different meanings and ideas. These conversations lead to insights, not only about the books but perhaps more importantly, about each other. You may discover that some of your child’s interests and perceptions surprise you. MOVIES: See two movies with your child over the summer. Again, each of you pick a movie, see it together, and talk about its effect on you. The benefits of these conversations cannot be overstated. It’s not uncommon to discover a point of view that you had never considered. As a result, you will become closer to your child. Many movies are adaptations of popular books or series. Watching them may motivate your child to read the books or others with similar or opposing themes. HOMEWORK: Yes, yards must be tended, cars washed, kitchens cleaned, and trash taken out, but perhaps there are budgets to be discussed, correspondences to write, and bills to be paid. If appropriate, you might consider getting your child involved. Practical applications of math, reading, and writing skills reinforce the importance of education. These skills are vital for a fulfilling life! TAKE A CLASS TOGETHER: Does your student have unexplored interests or passions? There are free online courses in art, music, dance, woodworking, gardening, writing and composition, etc., not to mention math, science, and technology. Encourage your child to select an online class of interest and complete it together. There’s no way to predict undiscovered interests and talents. FUN and GAMES: Consider some new outdoor activities. Go hit a bucket of golf balls, or try surfing/water skiing. Host a game of ‘Capture the Flag’ at home or try paint balling. (Can you remember the joy of besting mom or dad?) Introduce games and activities that you remember from childhood. Encourage your child to practice his/her research skills by looking up rules, tips and strategies before engaging in the activity. If they really enjoy it, have them look further into opportunities for continued involvement. These activities develop and improve communication and social skills. There are numerous parks and recreation centers nearby to play any game or sport inexpensively. These types of activities not only support the learning process but enhance relationships. Summer is a wonderful time to recover, relax, and reconnect. Make a point of including opportunities to reinforce and develop your child’s education. Enjoy your summer!

Volunteer Corner

Coordinators Still Needed… If you are a natural at organizing, sales and seek to give back to RHS community, WE NEED YOU! Please contact the principal’s assistant for more information, Nikki Brock at 941-927-9000 ext: 64003. “Team-Up”, the District Volunteer office can also provide further details of what each position entails at 941-927-9000 or check out the website at:

RAM Nation Season Ticket Holders $200 for 2 Season Tickets Seats are in the Reserved Center Section Contact Mark Kidd @ 941-923-1484

Includes: 1 Parking Pass & 1 RAM Decal EACH EXTRA SEASON TICKET IS $75 Or Email:

TSA National

TSA Nationals in Atlanta was a success. 10 Riverview Rams and 7 Pineview students competing in many things. Thousands of TSA members competing and two of our students made finals as well as a team from Pineview. Elle Cohen made finals in Transportation Modeling, Joshua Meighan made finals in Dragster and Pineview made finals in Software Development. The students were amazing for the whole trip. Looking forward to an even bigger group next year in Washington DC!

Tell your incoming freshmen friends...

German is one of the foreign languages offered at Riverview. When students start in 9th grade, they have the possibility of taking the junior and senior Honors courses. Pre-IB students also have a chance to earn a free college education, when they graduate with an IB Diploma and a good German HL exam score. Plans are in progress for welcoming the German exchange students who stay with Riverview families in the Spring. When RHS students host a German teenager, they get to stay at their host family’s house in beautiful Germany during summer vacation. Spread the word that taking German is a great option at Riverview!

10 Things to know about applying for Scholarships 1.

Seniors! Apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship beginning in the fall at, click on State Grants, Scholarships and Applications, then under Applicant quick links, choose Student Application. 2. Check for updated scholarships information for Sarasota County at click on Students, then click on College Financial Aid- Scholarships, then click on 2018-2019 scholarships. 3. Check out local scholarships in the Career Center with Ms. Piner. They are also available in the filing cabinet in the student services lobby. 4. Check with the colleges you are applying to for internal scholarships. Many of these require a separate application from your admissions application. Also, check with the companies where your parent’s are employed. Many offer scholarships for students. 5. Make sure you turn in community service hours for Bright Futures and other scholarship opportunities. 6. Find scholarships beyond Sarasota County at websites such as, , and more. 7. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened October 1. Go to the website: Before completing your FAFSA, both you and your parents must request a pin number, which will be your electronic signature at 8. Complete college applications before beginning the scholarship process. 9. Organize Scholarship applications by due date. 10. Order copies of your transcript at least a week before they need to be submitted with your scholarship applications. The registrars are located in the administration building. See receptionist. ØØ PLEASE NOTE! If you require a letter of recommendation from your counselor, please provide them with a resume of your activities while in high school. This information is needed in order for the counselor to write a substantive letter. Letters are written on a first come, first served basis, counselors require at least 5 to 10 working days to complete each letter.

Get ready to LAUNCH your future in the new Student Success Center

Happy summer, Rams! You may have seen the “Coming Soon” banner hanging in the cafeteria before school ended and we’re happy to report that “soon” is almost here. The new Student Success Center (SSC) opens in early August and we want to meet you! This isn’t any standard career center either… Your SSC has undergone a head-to-toe makeover from comfy new furniture to fresh technology. We invite you to make yourself at home in your on-campus hub for everything related to college, career and life planning. Some of the resources you’ll have access to in the SSC include: • College advising • Essay writing workshops • Financial aid workshops • Career explorations • College & Career fairs • Resume writing and interview skills • Leadership development • Practical money & budgeting skills • and so much more!

Welcome Ms. Lewis!

Meet your new College Career Advisor, Ms. Rebecca Lewis! Ms. Lewis’ has over 10 years of academic advising experience and she can’t wait to help you on your journey to life after high school.

The Student Success Center will be open during orientation week so be sure to pop-in for a sneak peek and meet Ms. Lewis. Upcoming SSC Workshops College Essay and Scholarship Writing Skills |Beginning the week of August 6 Help your college applications stand out by becoming an essay writing whiz! Watch for a Remind update with more details on how you can register for this workshop. The Student Success Center is made possible thanks to the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, a nonprofit independent philanthropic organization. To learn more about how the Education Foundation enhances the potential of students, promotes excellence in teaching, and inspires innovation in education, guided by strategic philanthropy, visit or @ EducationFdn on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Top 10 Things you need to know to Prepare for Next Year 1.

All students on the RHS campus should have completed class selections for the 2018-19 school year. If for any reason a student has missed this, they should see their counselor right away. Schedules can also be changed until the school year ends. 2. The Program of Studies, which describes all classes at RHS, is available online at www., then look under the School Resources tab. 3. Current Juniors need to be taking the SAT and ACT tests for college entrance., 4. Know the graduation requirements for your graduating year! 5. Pathways, The High School Guidance Handbook, can be accessed online at schools/riverview, click on Students. 6. STC is available to 11th and 12th graders and requires a separate application for admissions. Call 924-1365 for more information. 7. Goals such as college admissions, vocational training, the military, and Bright Futures requirements should be considered when choosing the right classes for you. 8. Take your Spring Florida Standards Assessment and EOC tests seriously! Reading remediation is required by Florida law for students who score a level one or two on the Reading Assessment. You could also be required to take Intensive Math if you do not pass the Algebra I EOC. These could affect your elective class choices. 9. Students registering for Dual Enrollment classes must qualify with the proper GPA and test scores. Both of these should have been submitted to counselors with a completed D.E. application on May 5th. Contact your counselor for options. 10. No schedule changes will be made after the end of the school year, unless an error has occurred.


Free Food for the Family


Free food to take home.

* Indicates a USDA distribution with eligebility requirementsm but no paperwork is necessary. Schedules are subject to change, please call prior to holidays or first visit. This institute is an equal opportunity Provider.

Free Meals for Kids

For 2018 Maps & Schedules: 941-379-6333




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