Monthly Archives: August 2016

Important Policies and Procedures

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Welcome back from the Riverstone faculty and staff! Please find important policies and procedures for the 2016-17 school year, as originally shared in last week’s newsletter, included below.

School Hours
Students should arrive at school by 8:25 AM with all the necessary supplies and be prepared to participate when class starts at 8:30 AM. All grades will start at 8:30 AM and end at the following times:

  • Preschool – Grade 5 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
  • Grades 6 – 7 (8:30 AM – 3:20 PM with a daily 15 minute homeroom built in to the schedule)
  • Grades 8 – 12 (8:30 AM – 3:05 PM)

Notify the school if you child will be absent
Our experience has shown that attending classes daily is one of the most important factors of being a successful student.

If your student will be absent, please notify the school as soon as possible.

Please contact Sarah Taylor in the Elementary School (208-424-5000) or Tanith Brown (via email) in the Middle and High School.

Middle and High School parents may submit attendance excusals by 9:00 AM the morning of absence via ManageBac at

If a student has repeated absences or tardies, the Division Director will work closely with the student and their parents to rectify the problem.

Checking In or Checking Out Students
Parents must sign in students who are arriving late or sign out students who are leaving prior to the end of the school day.

Elementary parents should use the sign out sheets that are located by the Elementary School Director’s office.

Middle and High School students should be signed out on the clipboard by Kathleen Gilton’s office in the Middle School or by Andy Johnson’s office in the High School.

For the protection of your child’s classmates and staff, if any of the following signs or symptoms are present over the next school year, please keep your child at home for at least 24 hours after the last sign of symptom.

  • Elevated temperature (100.0° or higher)
  • Diarrhea
  • Persistent headache
  • Inflamed/sore throat
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Unexplained rash
  • Wheezing
  • Earache

When a student has a communicable disease, it must be reported to the school at once. Communicable diseases include: Chicken Pox, Head Lice, Impetigo, Pink Eye/Conjunctivitis, Ringworm, Scabies, Scarlet Fever, Strep Throat or Fifth Disease.

When the school becomes aware of students having been exposed to a communicable disease, the school will make every effort to contact families of the exposed students.

If a child becomes ill at school, or has any of the above symptoms, parents will be contacted in order to take their child home.

Administering Medications
While your child is at school, Riverstone faculty and staff are prohibited from giving your child medications – including acetominophen, ibuprofen and naproxen sodium – without express written permission accompanying the medication in its original container. The permission must describe the dose the parents approve the school to administer.

Please provide the medication and permission to either James Hamilton-Vail in the Elementary School or Andy Johnson in the Middle and High School.

At Riverstone, we use ManageBac, an online tool specifically designed for planning, assessment, and reporting for International Baccalaureate programs.

In the Elementary School, teachers use ManageBac for curriculum planning and producing semester report cards. At the end of the first semester, new parents receive an email inviting them to create a ManageBac account so that they may view their child’s report card when it is posted.

In the High School, teachers use ManageBac for curriculum planning, communicating with students, evaluating student work, and producing semester report cards.

In the next few weeks, new parents will receive an email invitation to create their own ManageBac login. We encourage parents to regularly view their student’s attendance, assignments, and assessments. At the end of each semester, parents are notified when report cards are posted for viewing.

Visitor Sign In
All visitors to the school, including parents, guest speakers, alumni, and community members, must check-in and obtain a visitors badge at either the Elementary School or Middle School front desks.

Badges should be returned and visitors check out at the end of the visit. Thank you for your cooperation!

Preschool – Grade 5 Before and After Care Program
We will be offering Before and After Care again this year and have extended our hours for After Care! Our fee-based Before and After Care Program for Preschool – Grade 5 students will take place in Room 16 of the Elementary School (Mrs. Walker’s Gr 5 classroom from last year) Monday through Friday.

Before Care begins at 7:30 AM and will be supervised by Ms. Whittington*
After Care is offered after school until 6:00 PM and supervised by Ms. Butler and Ms. Linville.

Parents will need to deliver and pick-up children directly to/from Room 16, rather than entering through the Elementary School. Doors to the Elementary School are locked until 8:00 AM and re-locked at 4:00 PM.

**There is no Before-Care on the first day of school. We will have After-Care however.

If you are planning on regularly utilizing Elementary School After-Care services, please email Kayla Butler so that we may plan accordingly.

Study Hall: After School Supervision for Grades 6 – 12
Riverstone will continue its supervised after school study hall for students in Gr 6-12. Between 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Thursday, students will be supervised in the gym foyer.

Students on campus after 4:00 PM must be in Study Hall unless in the direct supervision of a faculty member during an after-school activity or athletic program.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Gilton.

After School Activities
We anticipate starting our After School Activities program in the next few weeks. Please watch the newsletter for details!

Riverstone Staff 2016-17

Call to Action: Building Riverstone Community

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The following is the introduction to Bob Carignan’s August 11, 2016 newsletter to the Riverstone community. To read previous Riverstone newsletters, you may link to our archives here. We invite you to subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Hi All,

I hope you are making the most of August. Walls are going up on “Phase 1” and we are on schedule to have them all up by the start of school. Summer camps are busy and the school is beginning to come alive with activity!

I need to ask everyone a favor. This morning I met with a new residential student and his mother who arrived early to explore Boise. It was touching to see her concern for her son as he begins a new and unknown adventure – it is the same concern that we all have for our children. I promised her that this caring and welcoming community would look after her son well.

As we move into this new phase of Riverstone’s future, I ask that all of our families help us to ensure that these students are known and celebrated. The same is true for the many new day students and their families who will be entering our doors for the first time.

There has been a time in all of our lives when we were new to a situation. We can all remember how important simple gestures and kindness were to making us feel part of the community. We will be asking this of our students as well.

We are excited for all of our High School students to be a part of the fabric of our residential “Riverstone House.” We will be hosting and planning many activities that originate in our downtown “Basecamp,” as the facility’s common area will be known. We hope to also host parent events as the schedule allows.

I am so proud of our community, and I am thrilled to welcome new students and families into it!

Enjoy August,

Bob Carignan
Head of School

International Achievements: IB Diploma Programme and International Schools’ Assessment

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The following is the introduction to Bob Carignan’s July 18, 2016 newsletter to the Riverstone community. To read previous Riverstone newsletters, you may link to our archives here. We invite you to subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Hi All,

At Riverstone International School, we are committed to ensuring that our students have both the personal and academic skills to interact with others and contribute on a global stage. An international community of families, students and staff provide excellent opportunities to connect on a personal level. Additionally, we evaluate our academic programs through two important measures: our International Schools’ Assessment (ISA) exam results and our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) scores.

International Schools’ Assessment

In 2015-16, over 76,000 students from 355 schools around the world participated in the ISA.

Yes, I can tell you how Riverstone’s Grade 3 measures up against third graders in Poland in Math or how our Grade 9 performs against their peers in Finland in Writing.

The graphs in the bottom of the newsletter highlight that our students in Gr 3, 5, 7, and 9 are outperforming their counterparts in every area that is tested: Mathematical Literacy, Reading, Narrative Writing Narrative and Expository Writing.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

The Diploma Programme pass rate is another method that we use to evaluate our students’ preparation.

I’m pleased to share that the percentage of Riverstone Diploma Programme candidates earning the IB Diploma exceeded both the United States and the global rate for the third straight year. Please see the graph below. Additionally, our average score was 31 whereas the US average score is 27 and the global average score is 30. Read the IBO announcement regarding DP results here.

I would highlight that our ISA scores and DP pass rate are not achieved by rote practice, but achieved because our school and teachers provide an atmosphere where both skills, knowledge, and innovation are equal parts of the daily education. We balance the emphasis on project-based learning with skill acquisition. We develop students who have strong 21stCentury skills, who can research and read critically, who complete a rigorous math and science curriculum, who find mentors and ask for help, and who engage daily in a global community. We strive to bring the IB mission to life, “…to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”

I am proud of, and grateful for, our faculty who provide a challenging, yet supportive educational experience and am proud of each and every one of our students. I am excited for the upcoming school year and know we will continue to engage, teach, and learn from one another.

We will return to school at the end of August. Until then, enjoy time with your family.


Call for anything,

Bob Carignan

Head of School