Curriculum Update 2019-2020

Engage in a Passion for Learning


When you ask your child, “How was school today?”, a typical response may contain a shrug, a grunt, a smile or a sigh.  It seldom relays the thought provoking tasks, meaningful interactions and life forming moments that occurred over the past seven hours of his/her day.  But rest assured, the changes occurring in education are definitely worth talking about!


We live in exponential times.  For example, the number of internet devices has increased from 1,000,000 (1992) to 30,000,000,000 (today); the amount of data in the world doubles every two years; and there are 5.9 billion searches on Google every day .  YouTube provides instant tutorials on almost any topic. Many of today’s in-demand jobs didn’t exist 10 years ago. And cars practically drive themselves (Did you Know, 2018). With all these rapid changes schools are tasked with providing students with skills for a future that is changing exponentially.


Riverside Schools are committed to continuously growing and improving our schools to prepare our students for a successful life by providing engaged learning activities that promote creativity, intercultural engagement, collaboration, civic responsibility, self-agency and innovative problem solving. Teachers continually refine their practices through embedded professional development, collective responsibility and active research practices.  Our staff is dedicated to providing differentiated instruction to all learners and providing a trusting, open line of communication between our students and their families. Our staff truly exhibits a passion for professional learning and a commitment to every student.


It is important that all our students engage in meaningful learning experiences.  Through rigorous goals that meet the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) and meaningful tasks that are relevant to the next level of learning and life, students are encouraged to collaborate and reflect on learning.  Met daily with intellectual challenges, trust and recognition our students are preparing for that ever changing future.  


Together we are better so the staff and students encourage parent engagement in our learning journey.  Here are some tips to assure your child works to his/her potential:


In this ever changing world in which we live in, it is imperative that we provide our students, THE future, with educational experiences that meet these rigorous expectations and that we continuously evolve to meet the needs of our community and our world.  Please partner with us to ensure all our students engage in a passion for learning!      


Educationally yours,

Heather Wawrzyniak

Riverside K-12 Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator

Twitter:  @HeatherWaz321