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A Message from Our Superintendent July 7, 2016 6:15 AM | Tagged as Superintendent

To the R2 Community,

Welcome to the start of the 2016-2017 school year! The start of a new school year is always an exciting time, not only for students, but for families and our staff as well. In this spirit, it is my pleasure to welcome the students, families and staff of R2 back. We are ready to continue the important work of our school mission – providing a quality private education in a public school setting. 

The first day back for students is Monday, July 25th, 2016. Please review the school calendar and other important information you may receive from the schools. As we begin this year, we renew our focus on supporting the most critical factor impacting student achievement – the staff that work with students. We will continue to use this model to provide in-depth professional development during half days and utilize instructional teams that support collaboration and development relevant to student needs. 

R2 will continue to invest in other areas that impact student learning as well. We will continue to maintain our focus on STEM integration. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in high paying STEM fields. A curriculum that is STEM-based has real-life situations to help the student learn. STEM activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons for the student. Making math and science both fun and interesting helps the student have an enjoyable time learning. 

A STEM education in school is important to spark an interest in pursuing a STEM career in students. However, teachers do not carry the whole burden of STEM education. Parents also must encourage their children to pursue STEM activities and increase awareness and interest at home and in extracurricular activities of the merits of STEM education. With our focus on STEM, R2 will continue to ensure our resources, facilities, and science equipment exceed our student needs in meeting the demands of our rigorous STEM curriculum. 

I feel a renewed sense of excitement for the start of this school year because of the energy our students, staff, parents, and community bring to our school community and all the possibilities that working together provides. Our school district excels because of this collective effort, focus, and commitment. I look forward to the work we will accomplish this year. As always, thank you for your continued support and involvement. 


Dr. Jaime A. Rivera 
Superintendent of Schools
Riverside Elementary School District No. 2


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