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Riverbend Success

Ability, Character, and Citizenship are the foundations of the belief system at Riverbend Junior High School.  Students continually strive to maximize their abilities and stretch their limits.  We believe in being of high moral character and always demonstrating and finding the best in each of us.  We expect all members of the Riverbend family to continue to show the kindness and consideration that is good citizenship.

Principal's Message

One Giant Leap

Neil Armstrong's purposeful life is a good example for our Riverbend community. Many profound stories and commentaries have been written about the astronaut since his passing at the age of 82.

My fascination and admiration for Armstrong goes back a long way. Growing up, I remember how the global luminary was revered as a hero, even though I was too young to greatly appreciate his remarkable accomplishment. I was getting ready for first grade when Armstrong pressed the first footprint into the moon's dust and raised the American Flag.

What always struck me about Armstrong was his focus, sense of purpose, and dedication to the NASA program. Whenever asked by reporters why space exploration is important, he always knew the answer without hesitation, and he was always persuasive.

Armstrong had a passion for education, especially science and engineering. He also had a tireless work ethic. That's what the Wall Street Journal emphasized in excerpts it printed the day after Armstrong's death:

"I was certainly aware that this was a culmination of the work of 300,000 or 400,000 people over a decade and that the nation's hopes and outward appearance largely rested on how the results came out. With those pressures, it seemed the most important thing to do was focus on our job as best we were able to and try to allow nothing to distract us from doing the very best job we could. . . .

"And when you have hundreds of thousands of people all doing their job a little better than they have to, you get an improvement in performance. And that's the only reason we could have pulled this whole thing off. . . .

"The way that happens and the way that made it different from other sectors of the government to which some people are sometimes properly critical is that this was a project in which everybody involved was, one, interested, two, dedicated, and, three, fascinated by the job they were doing. And whenever you have those ingredients, whether it be government or private industry or a retail store, you're going to win."

Armstrong's remarks remind me of what I've seen at Riverbend School over the past year. Parents have spent countless hours helping and assisting in the running of our school. Faculty and staff work until the work is done. They're interested. They're dedicated. They love teaching our children.

Stop by school after hours. You'll typically see classroom lights burning well into the evening during the week, and the parking lot dotted with teachers' cars over the weekend.  Because of them, I truly believe our kids are going to win.

As Armstrong implied by emphasizing first the "one small step" in his legendary lunar remark, Riverbend's continued accomplishments clearly signal we're moving forward, and we're certainly moving in the right direction. But, we're actually only getting started.

Neil Armstrong's life was one of hard work, historic accomplishments, great successes and a boundless determination to do better, to go further and to achieve more. That's a suitable mission for all of us at Riverbend, too.
Mr. D. Beharry