Riverbend Junior High Notes and Reminders
Another school year is coming to a close; where does the time go? Riverbend Junior High is busy and days just fly by around here. We started off after the January deep freeze by cheering on our Canadian Olympic team to multiple medals; we braved the cold and capped off our festivities by showing our pride and decking ourselves out in red and white and holding a school barbecue lunch. We saw the Senior Boys Basketball, Junior Boys Basketball, and Junior Girls Basketball teams all capture gold in premier conference play. Our Senior Girls Basketball team took home bronze this year and our Indoor Soccer team placed third in premier conference too. Our boys indoor relay team broke a long-standing record for the team relay event at this year's Running Room (formerly Edmonton Journal) Games track meet. The grade 9 Euro trip to Paris went extremely well; the pictures from Juno Beach were amazing. Riverbend's rendition of "West Side Story" was a huge hit. We loved having our feeder school students come to watch the day performance; the finale was a sellout with a huge audience for the last performance. The Discovery/Service option's trip to Costa Rica came as quickly as it was over. According to the students who went, the pictures they tweeted from Costa Rica really don't compare to actually being there. We will continue our re-forestation efforts next year, and we will continue to liase with our partner school there. The Night of Jazz event that was put on in May really struck a chord with our kids. Their ability to appreciate the creativity and complexities of jazz has increased a great deal under our own Jazzmaster, Mr. Yuzwenko. This year's slo-pitch team is underway; it is a short season but the team and coaches are ready to go. We introduced Ultimate Frisbee this year and our team and coaches have been practising intently. Our Track and Field team took home gold for the overall team events to be 2014 City Champions. All of these activities happening and we were still able to defend our Provincial Debate title in consecutive years and show strongly at nationals, we had huge numbers for the Gauss Math contest and the Canadian Team Mathematics contest, and the Pascal math contest.
As we wind down, our focus is on final exams. Students and staff are busily preparing themselves to continue our strong academic traditions of excellence.
Welcome to Riverbend Junior High School. A special welcome to those students and parents who are joining us for the first time. At Riverbend, we expect that all students pursue excellence in the areas of ability, character, and citizenship. Our goal is to not only be the best in the world, but also the best for the world. I wish you a successful year in all of your endeavours; welcome to Riverbend Junior High School.