Friday, December 20, 2013

Celebrating Students!

Click below to see what the Riverside students have been doing in music class!
It is impressive!

Miss Reece's you tube channel

Thursday, December 19, 2013

One voice....

Under Miss.Reece's leadership, the first grade class shared some magic with the Oneonta community today. They started their day off at The Community Bank on Main Street, grabbed lunch at Ruffino's, and then sang their little hearts out for residence of 
Nader Towers.


 Mr. Zeh's 5th grade students put on their snowshoes and headed outside!

Monday, December 9, 2013


Students in first grade are decomposing numbers and using strategies that will support them with mental math.  Take a quick peek at a team of boys working together to solve a problem. (I apologize for the multiple clips - Blogger was not cooperating with an upload of one extended video)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ancient Greek Civilization

Students in second grade are studying Ancient Greek Civilization and they love it! Today, both classrooms came together to share and celebrate what they have learned thus far.  Students dressed in traditional attire and shared their journal entries.  They also played a game - who/what am I? The game required students to give clues about particular gods/goddesses, events, or places and then challenge the class to guess who/what they are. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

To The Beautiful Riverside Children,

Thank you for your smiles.

Thank you for your sweetness.

Thank you for your efforts.

Thank you for your knowledge.

Thank you for your kindness.

Thank you for your ideas.

Thank you for your questions.

Thank you for always giving 100%.

Thank you for having pride in Riverside.

Thank you for being some of the most amazing children in the world.

Have an outstanding five days off.  Get some fresh air!  Do something kind for someone! Then, hurry back to school!

Happy Thanksgiving!

With Love Always - Mrs. Murdock

A busy few days!

It has been a busy few days!

Partner work with the iPads!

 Small group math instruction!

Small group reading instruction

Pet Share Day in Mrs. Ouimet's class!

Role playing a story second graders just read!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Supportive Materials...

If you are not sure...
just look at the wall!

Guest Speaker

Samantha's mom - Sallie Han spent Friday afternoon with our 4th grade students.  Her presentation on the Iroquois Indians enhanced their ELA curriculum.  She shared artifacts, used a translation app to translate phrases from English to the Oneida language, and she spoke about their traditions. What a wonderful extension opportunity for our students!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Action Heroes!

It seems as though there were little and big Riverside Action Heroes trick or treating last night!  
Yes, that is Mrs. Beckerink!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Collaboration At Its Best!

Brandon and Max did an outstanding job in math today!  Not only did they successfully complete the task but they supported each other along the way.

They are Riverside Action Heroes! 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Letter Sounds!

Mrs. Mushtare, our Speech Pathologist, will do just about anything to help students learn the sounds letters make. 
Check out her glasses! And what is on her head? :-)

Friday, October 11, 2013


No school on Monday, October 14!
11:40 dismissal on Thursday, October 24th!
No school on Friday, October 25th!

Please plan accordingly.

Open House 2013

Thank you for celebrating with us!

Open House 2013

Thank you for celebrating with us!

Fire Drills

We have to conduct eight fire drills in the fall and four in the spring.  Today we did our sixth drill.  In an effort to make sure everyone is outside, as the students line up on the lawn the teacher holds up one colored card.  A green card means everyone that is suppose to be with them is with them - yellow means they have an extra student or staff member - red means someone is missing.  This system allows me to account for every student and staff member within two minutes.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Reading - Moving - Responding - Making!

Our beautiful RS students have been very busy today!  Thanks to the creative planning of our teachers, students were immersed in literature - they were moving - they were offering thoughtful responses  - and they were doing hands on follow up activities!  

And folks, the vocabulary that these children are using - in context - is amazing!

Take a peek....

Mrs. Saggese's class is learning about the five senses. When I asked a child what they were learning about his response included words like,"sound waves" and "vibrations"!

Literature circles allow students to read books at their grade level. The focus is comprehension and the questions that follow challenge students to make connections and think beyond the text.

In Miss Novellano's math class student were using the terms, "equations" and  "number sentences" flawlessly when responding to questions.  

 In Mr. Lane's classroom, the 4th grade students were responding/reflecting/writing about the Iroquois Confederacy.

Mrs. Saggese's class was getting the wiggles out while singing and rhyming!

Check out the vocabulary in the Listening and Learning strand! Students are using the words appropriately!  


Apples - apples - apples!

Math their way in Mr. W's class.

  Using a hands on approach - Mrs. Ferrara helps our students with initial sound fluency!

Friday, September 27, 2013

A School of Singers!

Lead the way Miss. Reese!

Fantastic Friday!

Technology brings the world to our classroom!

Hands on math - dice game!

Partner math practice!

Shake it out  - posture perfect!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Swing Set Committee

We have a group of young ladies who are raising money to purchase additional swings for our playground.  Last year they hosted a "hot chocolate stand" and raised close to $100!  

Today, our group reconvened and began brainstorming fundraising ideas.  Be on the look out for a beautiful bracelet sale and a delicious bake sale.

One small smiley group can help big dreams come true!
(I just love these ladies!)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Self Portriats

Our 4th grade students are completing their Art Benchmark Exam.  Students are challenged with creating a self portrait and writing about it.  Once the assessment is carefully reviewed and scored, the data gathered is used to guide Mrs. Patry's instruction.  The students are given the same assessment at the end of the school year so that actual student growth can be determined.