Riverview Elementary is one of ten elementary schools in Snohomish, WA. Approximately 450 students are served in grades Kindergarten through Sixth grade. Riverview also houses two Pre-K classes, support staff for the program serving students who are visually impaired and one of the district Connections classrooms for students on the autism spectrum. The school was officially opened and dedicated in 1966. Riverview students, staff and families built a history of excellence, ensuring that Riverview Elementary was the best place for students to learn and grow.
Partnerships are valued at Riverview! Riverview Elementary staff, families and students are united and focused upon educational success and lifelong learning for all students. A warm and inviting atmosphere has been built. Pride and a positive school spirit are evident! Strong parent support and involvement are the norm. A culture characterized by mutual respect and trust, professionalism, and the recognition and appreciation of the uniqueness and individuality of team members is evident. This has ensured that Riverview Elementary is the best place for students to learn and teachers to teach! Educational success involves creating “Student - Centered—–Kids First!” learning environments, where all students’ needs are met in supportive, collaborative and caring environments. There is a focus on the “whole child” and on a balanced approach to academics and educational opportunity.
In March of 2008, a team of staff and parents began meeting to design a new Riverview. The committee worked with consultants, project managers and architects to collaboratively design a school that focused on students and learning. Throughout the process whenever there was a design decision to be made, the committee frequently looked at it through the eyes of kids. We wanted a building that encouraged curiosity and learning,. Engaging students in their education was a big priority for our committee, as were opportunities for kids, community and staff, to gather, connect and collaborate.
The summer of 2009 marked the beginning of the demolition process and was followed quickly by the construction of our new school. Our move into our new school took place in January of 2011. Our new school demonstrates our commitment to community; creating that sense of community within the school as a whole through abundant connectivity and transparency. The design fosters and supports student learning, engagement and curiosity. Shared learning spaces, in the clusters of classrooms referred to as “neighborhood” pods, an art/science interdisciplinary learning lab, enhanced outdoor wetlands areas and an amphitheater provide unique learning spaces for students. The entry provides a place for community gathering and the sharing and display of student learning and art. The design connects with and reflects stewardship of the environment, exemplifying and teaching sustainability with triple-pane windows, use of natural lighting, geothermal systems and solar.
As you walk through our school, you can see a difference in learning. You can feel the energy of the students and staff. There is excitement as students study and learn. With our neighborhood pods; the Olympic, Cascade, Mr. Baker, Streams and Wetlands, you see students flowing in and out of classrooms engaged in learning. The IDEA lab, an interdisciplinary classroom space designed to support art, science and integrated learning projects is another place where you can see students hard at work learning. This space has also brought in parent and community to collaborate on supporting student learning. Our library is a special place and our library circulation jumped after our move to the new building. Riverview is a learning community…and without a doubt, this is the best place for students to learn and grow!
Partnerships are valued at Riverview! Riverview Elementary staff, families and students are united and focused upon educational success and lifelong learning for all students. A warm and inviting atmosphere has been built. Pride and a positive school spirit are evident! Strong parent support and involvement are the norm. A culture characterized by mutual respect and trust, professionalism, and the recognition and appreciation of the uniqueness and individuality of team members is evident. This has ensured that Riverview Elementary is the best place for students to learn and grow!
Student learning is job one! Our varied learning environments ensure that all students’ needs are met in supportive, collaborative and caring environments. Staff work to achieve balance in academic programs. High expectations are established for learning and teaching. Attention is paid to ensure that students grow academically, socially, emotionally and physically. All students are valued as unique individuals with an individual pattern and timing of growth. All staff assume responsibility for nurturing the child's potential, allowing full development of his/her creativity, encouraging personal integrity and a love of learning. Programs and activities to promote wellness, citizenship, character education, and the arts are integrated throughout the educational program. Students have opportunities for participating in leadership activities and special talents are celebrated. Students in the upper grades look forward to joining the Eagle band and filling other leadership roles in the building.
School-wide Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports drive the culture of all learning environments at Riverview. Respect, responsibility and safety are emphasized along with the identified lifeskill character traits. School-wide teaching of behavior expectations and routines, morning Project Wisdom messages, monthly goals and themes, “Pride” assemblies, Second Step, Kelso and Steps to Respect curriculums and recognition support these efforts. Positive Behavior Support Teams, Child Study Teams, and Student Learning and Improvement Planning processes work to support students and their learning in a positive way.
Riverview Elementary School parents are involved and active in many different ways. Parents are active supporting learning activities in classrooms, working with small groups, reading with students, preparing materials and other support activities. Riverview also has an active and supportive Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), which also coordinates volunteers and supports our school through family activities and fundraisers. Their contributions are many! Another parent involvement opportunity is our WatchDog program which provides volunteer opportunities for dads, grandfathers and other significant adult males in our student’s lives. Watchdogs greet students as they arrive, participate in their child’s classroom, go to PE, recesses and lunch and provide a positive role model for our kids. All volunteers must go through a volunteer application process and background check.