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Welcome to Riverside High School
Welcome to Riverside High School.
It’s not the brick and mortar that makes Riverside High School the best in the state. It’s the students, staff, and community working together that makes Riverside what it is.

Each year I look forward to outstanding students who fill our hallways with fun and laughter. I get excited when I see their accomplishments as they fill our classrooms with academic achievements and the success that can be felt when they meet the expectations of a rigorous curriculum taught by capable teachers and support staff.

Outstanding schools are governed by a few good rules with members of the school and community working together to educate students. We offer an outstanding, comprehensive academic program with multiple Advanced Placement courses along with amazing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses. We offer courses that allow students access to college credit without ever leaving our campus. We also offer an extra-curricular program with a wide variety of athletics and activities that are designed to enhance the school experience for everybody.

Please join us, be involved, and help us make the best educational experience the state of Washington has to offer.

Genuinely,
John McCoy
Principal
john.mccoy@rsdmail.org
509-464-8550
Principal's Weekly Message
January 4, 2018

I can hardly believe the date on this page! I was talking with a staff member today and he reminded me that it has been 18 years since we were all worrying about the computer failures of Y2K. It really is hard to believe how fast time rolls on. In fact, this has been one of my themes over the years. The fact that life will continue to move forward, with or without us. We may as well get an education while we’re moving forward with life.

One of the things that I appreciate about Riverside High School is the well-rounded education our students get. Our focus is always academics, but our students also have a healthy array of activities from which they can choose. We always seem to be busy with something. Just take a look, for example, at the past few weeks, including this week. The band and the choir were busy with their winter concerts along with the choir singing at a retirement center and the mall. On New Year ’s Eve, our students entered a contest for creating amazing art using their welding and wood-working skills; a contest they came away dominating at, and receiving requests for more use of their skills. One of their pieces ended up in a museum already! Tuesday’s basketball games, tonight’s senior night for the wrestlers, and tomorrow night’s basketball games here at RHS. Then Monday evening we are hosting the Knowledge Bowl for the first time. We will have schools here from the valley and the south hill as well as from Mead and down town Spokane, occupying nearly every room in the high school. We just had an article in the Deer Park Tribune about a group of caring young high school students who knitted hats and scarves for kids in need. I could go on and on.

In fact I will go on a little more: Friday, January 12, we will have a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. assembly with a strong speaker named Erin Jones. You may recall that she is the person who recently ran for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. She is bright and articulate and we look forward to her message. The assemblies will take place at the high school MPR beginning at 7:50 and 8:50 A.M.

I have always said that high schools are among the most happening places on earth, and ours is. What a great place to work. It’s busy, but it’s amazing!

Best wishes,
John McCoy
Principal
RIVERSIDE HIGH SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of RHS is to provide a safe, nurturing environment encouraging all students to develop their full potential and become independent thinkers, lifelong learners and responsible citizens who contribute to the betterment of the world through curricular, co-curricular and/or extra-curricular activities.
Riverside High School Rotary Student of the Month
Riverside High School Rotary Student of the Month
Olivia Willis is our January Student of the Month.

Olivia has attended Riverside School District since the second grade. She has a 4.0 grade point average. Olivia is currently taking Physics, Calculus, AP Computer Science, AP English, French 2, and has been in band her entire high school career.

Olivia is a four year, three sport varsity athlete. She is in Cross Country, Basketball and Track.

Olivia would like to attend either Stanford University, the University of San Diego where she will be running cross country and track, or the University of Washington. She would like to pursue a career in behavioral neuroscience with the goal of becoming a psychiatrist.

When Olivia is not in school, she enjoys sports, spending time with her family and friends, playing her ukulele and hiking. Congratulations, Olivia!