Principal's Message


August/September 2017

Dear Families,

Welcome back to school!!  It has been fun interacting with you all in the last several weeks as you have registered your children and brought them to school on the first day.  Our year is off to a great start, and we appreciate everything you have done to make this happen smoothly.

There are some changes at Riley this year.  We have some new faculty and staff we are welcoming:

Kindergarten—Denise White
Kindergarten—Erin Lebegue
1st grade—Michelle Nguyen
1st grade—Paige Clark
3rd grade—Summer Briggs has moved from 5th grade to 3rd grade!
4th grade—Jessica Gunter
4th grade—Candace Fredericks
PE—Clarissa Minson
Computer Lab—Gaylene Dawes has moved from special education to the computer lab!
Resource—Cindy Torres has moved from the computer lab to resource!

Over the summer, we have been working hard to ensure that this year is the best year at Riley yet!  We hope you will notice some of our efforts:

·         We have trained the faculty in conducting home visits and will begin coming out to your homes (some teachers and staff have already started).  This is an effort to build better relationships with our community.  You can see our home visit selfie board in the front rotunda.

·         The display case in the front of the school is primarily empty right now, but we plan on filling it with artifacts of student learning.  Watch for this display case to grow as the year progresses.

·         Look for student work displayed throughout the school!!  We have several bulletin boards devoted to it.

·         Our school store has a new home in room 104.  Special thanks to Maria Mendoza and our parent volunteers for making this happen.

·         Teachers now have collaborative intentional planning every week with resource teachers and coaches (we now have two full-time coaches to help our teachers support student learning in reading, writing, and math).  This collaborative intentional planning will be by grade level team every Friday for 90 minutes.  We hope this allows teachers to develop stronger weekly lessons that reach and challenge all students.

We look forward to getting to know all of you better in the weeks and months to come.  Please feel free to reach out to us if you have questions or concerns.  We can be reached at 801-974-8310. 


Jim Martin and Ronald Urbin, Your Principals





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