June 8, 2018Information Session & Tour
Come see us for yourself! Want to learn more about our programs and see our students in action? Register for an upcoming Information and Tour.
Riverview School’s Information Sessions and Tours are designed for parents and professionals. They begin at 9:00am and conclude at 11:30am and are held several times a month. Admissions staff welcomes visitors to our campus, and introduce guests to our Middle/High School (grades 6–12) and GROW (Getting Ready for the Outside World) Transition Program in a presentation, followed by a Q&A session and a tour campus, where you’ll meet students and staff along the way. Please register to attend by emailing email@example.com or by calling 508-888-0489 ext. 206Upcoming Information Sessions
- Friday, July 13, 2018
- Friday, July 20, 2018
- Friday, July 27, 2018
- Friday, August 3, 2018
Upcoming News & Events
- Save the Date! Village of Dreams Gala
- Riverview Students to Shine in Grease!
- End of High School Year Festivities
- Dream Maker Awardee Announced!
- Information Session & Tour
- 2x the Graduation Celebration
- Riverview Participates in Teacher Exchange Program to Make a Difference
- Café Riverview featured on WCVB’s “Chronicle”
- Transition Weekend Conference
- Nate Olin wins prestigious Juror’s Choice Award
- “Jazz Heroes in the Classroom”
- A special event for educational consultants
- Riverview’s Second-View Thrift Store is expanding!
- Riverview School welcomes The Young Americans to campus
- Riverview runners connect with mass maritime academy cadets
- Cape Cod Healthcare pledges to hire 50% of riverview project SEARCH graduates!
- Riverview’s ‘Dream Team’ Celebrated at Graduation
- Riverview Teacher Honored by Boston University
- Riverview Alumni Score for the Win!
- Local Olympian Encourages Riverview Students to Keep Working Hard for Their Dreams
- Eating Well is a Riverview Way of Life
- Riverview Road Runners break 3 hrs. Hyannis Marathon Relay
- Riverview Gets an A+
- Dance Heroes
- Riverview's Leading Scorer!
- Riverview Launches Mindful Moments Initiative
- Riverview Featured in Ingress Magazine
- Cape Cod Museum of Art Exhibition Highlights Work of Riverview Students
- Cape Cod Magazine Explores our Café Riverview Hands-On-Classroom
- Coach Helps His Runners Overcome Their Hurdles
- Brewster Eagle Scout soars
- Riverview School graduates told to ‘push yourselves’
- Eye On Education: Students Get Job Training At Cape Cod Café
- New Website Receives High Honors!
- Riverview’s Second-View Thrift Store featured in Cape Cod Times “Bargains Galore” story.
- Past News & Events
April 17, 2018Riverview Gets an A+
Riverview’s Program Review by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is in. We are proud to inform you that the School was found to be in compliance with all standards and that all requirements were found to be fully implemented.
Find the report here.
April 13, 2018Dance Heroes
At senior project night at Mashpee Middle/High School on Monday, Brianna Cheatham, foreground, dances with Riverview School students for her “Dance Heroes” project.
Read the full story here.
April 6, 2018Riverview's Leading Scorer!
Michael Poulin was recently recognized as Riverview's all-time leading scorer in varsity basketball. Between 2014 and 2018, Poulin scored 721 points. His coach, Jean Russell said, "Michael is one of the most versatile, elegant and selfless players that I have ever coached." He was recognized during Riverview's sports awards ceremony, where it was announced that his #15 jersey would be retired in his honor. Way to go Michael!
April 4, 2018Riverview Launches Mindful Moments Initiative
Riverview kicked off our “Mindful Moments Month” by welcoming guest, Tim Donohue of Mindful Skills for Daily Life, who spent the day working with students and faculty on mindfulness practices and meditation.
"It was a joy to be in such a welcoming and positive atmosphere. The teachers and students were enthusiastic about learning mindfulness skills, which can be very helpful in coping with the stresses of daily life. My goal is to teach students how to bring these lessons into their lives, and not just during the classes.”
Riverview students and faculty have been challenged to complete 5,000 “Mindful Moments” by April 30 as part of the wellness initiative. Mindfulness posters and kits are now strategically placed all over campus and include instructions for journaling, coloring a mandala, mindful eating, walking meditations and more.
April 1, 2018Riverview Featured in Ingress Magazine
Riverview School was recently written about in Ingress Magazine, a national magazine for teens, produced by teens. Journalist, Clare Mulroy wrote, “The Light in Their Eyes” a beautiful 6-page feature story about our students and their experience living, learning and experiencing a typical teenage experience at Riverview School.
Ingress Magazine specializes in pursuing the raw, intimate stories that capture the human experience, focusing primarily on human interest and social journalism.
March 27, 2018- Cape Cod TimesCape Cod Museum of Art Exhibition Highlights Work of Riverview Students
Art work from Riverview students, Sarah Burns, Maxine Chu and Will Sandstedt, is being featured in the Cape Cod Museum of Art’s “Through Young Eyes Exhibit.” The trio, along with students from other Cape Cod schools, has had their pieces displayed in the gallery since mid-Feb.
Read article here.
February 7, 2018- Communication ArtsNew Website Receives High Honors!
Riverview’s new website was recently featured on Communication Arts website as their “pick of the day.” Check it out here. This is quite an honor—many thanks to our designers at Visual Dialogue. The site features a full-browser, auto-play intro video, created by Big Ocean, to quickly give site visitors a feel for what the school is all about. While it was a challenge to tell the Riverview story in a one-minute intro video, we believe the result is an authentic portrayal of the school. The designers also wanted to give parents a positive introduction to the school, with a bold, bright layout and great imagery. Primary photography was done by Ben Gebo.
November 17, 2016- The Sandwich EnterpriseCoach Helps His Runners Overcome Their Hurdles
“When students at the Riverview School find themselves struggling with self-confidence, technology teacher and coach Kenneth Merrill is there to give them a boost...” read article
July 31, 2016- Cape Cod TimesBrewster Eagle Scout soars
“Cameron Vendetti values his Boy Scout friends. So much so, that during his senior year of high school, when he lived a half-hour away at Riverview School in East Sandwich, Vendetti stayed with his Brewster Troop 77....” continue reading
June 19, 2016- Cape Cod TimesRiverview School graduates told to ‘push yourselves’
“When Liam Lennon arrived at Riverview School he was, in his own words, “cynical, bitter and an introvert” and preferred the company of a good book and a quiet room over that of his classmates....” continue reading
June 7, 2016- Cape Cod MagazineCape Cod Magazine Explores our Café Riverview Hands-On-Classroom
Cafe Riverview included in Cape Cod Magazine’s “Eat, Drink and Be Healthy” article.
May 9, 2016Eye On Education: Students Get Job Training At Cape Cod Café
“A Cape Cod school has started running a business so their students who have intellectual challenges can get job training for the future and it’s blossomed into a bustling cafe and restaurant....” continue reading
Riverview’s Second-View Thrift Store featured in Cape Cod Times “Bargains Galore” story.
“The students do much of the work at the shop.... They sort, size and tag donations at an offsite processing center and then merchandise the clothing, books, toys and knick-knacks in the store.” read more
June 15, 2018Save the Date! Village of Dreams Gala
Founded in 1998, the Village of Dreams Gala is an evening where over 350 people from around the country convene in a show of generosity and united support for Riverview School, a school for students with complex special needs, located in East Sandwich, Massachusetts.
This year’s event will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm on the Riverview campus located at 551 Rt. 6A, East Sandwich. There will be gourmet fare, music, dancing and a live and silent auction, featuring items such as luxurious vacations, a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the NYC art scene, various sports and fine jewelry items. Our MC for the evening will be journalist and newscaster Paula Zahn.
Riverview School is a unique place—a community that provides an enriching, caring and inclusive environment for young adults with special needs. For many Riverview families, the education and support their child receives here is truly a dream come true.
The Village of Dreams Gala was born from this concept—that dreams are realized in this community, or “village,” filled with education, athletics, extra-curricular activities, friends, and supportive, excellent teachers—ensuring Riverview students have the kinds of positive experiences every child deserves. The gala is an evening where over 350 people from around the country convene in a show of generosity and united support.
June 14, 2018End of High School Year Festivities
The last week of school may have just begun, but there’s lots left to do at Riverview! Last week the seniors took their final class trip to Canobie Lake Park, a new Riverview tradition which was enjoyed by all. Last week also saw the Yearbook Assembly, a yearly tradition in which the graduating seniors process onto the stage and graduation speeches are given, giving the student body a sneak peek at graduation. Before the ceremony, every senior wrote a letter to an underclassman, and they delivered the letters throughout the audience, ending with everyone in the room receiving one. These letters reflect upon the seniors’ last year of high school, and typically reminisce on favorite memories with the recipient, and give them some advice about how best to use their time at Riverview. They distributed the letters to “Kind and Generous” by Natalie Merchant, the song the Class of 2018 chose for both this occasion and for the upcoming presentation of diplomas to parents at graduation.
This year’s yearbook was dedicated to Lissa Hanson, assistant head teacher of Senior Team, because she “always makes learning fun and gives good advice,” as one student wrote, and pushes the students to “work harder and try their best,” as another pointed out. After the ceremony, the school went to Davis Field for a schoolwide yearbook signing. Along with this, Bell-Ringing Day took place, and all of the seniors and GROW graduates got to ring the bell in the James center, ringing into a new adventure!
Additionally, the Riverview End-of-Year Play is coming up this week, and the students are so excited to perform Grease in front of the Riverview community! Lots of seniors are in the play, and they, along with all of the underclassmen actors, can be seen in an all-school performance on Thursday, and then in two performances on Friday for family and visitors. Jane Amaral, head of Senior Team, says this “outstanding” show is “crazy, crazy good,” and can’t be missed!
While visiting parents will enjoy the Village of Dreams Gala on Friday night after the last day of school, the high school students will go on dorm outings to the local zoo. Then prom is the next day! This year’s theme is “Rock the Night Away,” and students could not be more excited. The prom procession will lead to the dance floor for their first dance with their parents, to “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth, and then Charlie DJ Beatz, a 2012 Riverview alum with his own DJ business, will take over the music for the rest of the night.
This fun-filled week will wrap up with graduation on the 17th. Once students get into their caps and gowns they will process to the tent for graduation, where they will be celebrated for their personal growth and accomplishments in their time at Riverview, both in classes, in the dorms, with friends, at their internships, and more. The graduation speakers will take time to reflect on each individual student, sharing stories about them and letting the audience know of their achievements and what they are doing next. Over three quarters of the 29 members of the senior class are moving into GROW, with the others taking different paths, and all of the seniors have bittersweet feelings about moving on from part of their Riverview journey.
As for now, caps are being decorated, gowns are hanging in the senior hallway, and the tent’s going up, showing that this year is drawing to a close. But there are still a few more days for our seniors to enjoy their last bit of high school at Riverview!
June 14, 2018Riverview Students to Shine in Grease!
This June, Riverview students will once again hit the stage in a Riverview-modified version of the rock and roll musical, Grease. Set in 1959 at the fictional Rydell (Riverview) High School, the show tells the story of working-class teens of the time navigating peer pressure, politics and love.
Riverview Drama Specialist, Vicki Summers says that she’s never seen the students so excited about the end of year performance! She shared that between the cast and crew, nearly 100 students are participating in the production, and that all of “the cool cats” are having fun with the 50s slang, music and costumes.
Vicki explains that putting together the show is like solving a huge puzzle between the music, dance, acting, scenes, props and costumes. According to Vicki, “While there are challenges that come with incorporating such a huge group of kids, it’s a great challenge to have!” She said that she and Music Specialist, Greg Simpson, have compensated for the large number of students involved by adding more characters and more songs.
Staff members are having as much fun as the students with the 1950s style production. Art Specialist, Nate Olin is doing an unbelievable job with the set, as usual, including a really cool, light up drive-in movie sign. Residential staff member, James Grinsell, has built the awesome Grease Lightning car, and Director of Special Services, Meghan Hammond has hit the ball out of the park, finding amazing costumes to fit the period.
“The most exciting part of the play is seeing students come out of their comfort zones and shine on stage. They find new ways to express themselves and you see their stage presence grow and their confidence levels soar,” said Vicki.
She also explained that she and the other teaching staff have high expectations. “We treat the students like they are professionals in a show. They are required to attend all rehearsals and be focused and patient. And they get there!”
Vicki said that the best part of the play is seeing students cheered on by their peers. “They all want one another to do well, and it’s a beautiful thing.”
While regrettably only open to Riverview students, staff and parents due to space constraints, Riverview’s “Grease” performances will take place in the James Center’s Lund Auditorium on Thursday, June 14th at 2:00pm and Friday, June 15th at 10:00am and 1:00pm.
May 7, 2018Riverview Participates in Teacher Exchange Program to Make a Difference
We know we are stronger when we find synergy with other like-minded organizations. That’s why Riverview School is partnering with Westmark School and Frostig School and Center, both in CA, through a new teacher exchange program. The goal of the partnership is to learn from one another, attract a research partner, and ultimately make a difference not just at our schools and with our students, but to the field of special education.
The project, which will last for 2 years, is being funded by the Lund Foundation, which generously supports the work of all 3 schools. Included in the grant is technology to assist in the cross country collaboration. The schools have piloted the selected platform and will participate in a team wide video conference in the near future that will include all three schools and the Lund foundation.
The exchange began this winter with staff from Frostig and Westmark visiting Riverview. According to Riverview Director of Education, Maria Cashdollar, “The collaboration has provided valuable insight into the many exciting programs our three schools are using in our work with students and their families. Though each school has its own unique approaches and services slightly different students, it was evident from our discussions that we are more alike than we are different. We look forward to continuing to share ideas and challenges, and are certain that these exchanges will make us all better at the important work we do.”
This fall staff members from Riverview will visit Frostig and Westmark in California and continue to collaborate. The goal of the program, beyond the enhancement of “best practices,” is to develop a “big idea” that will globally impact the field of special education.
March 9, 2018Transition Weekend Conference
Transition Weekend is an annual conference held at the DoubleTree Hyannis. The conference provides an opportunity for Riverview families to meet and learn from a variety of experts and panelists about planning for their child’s needs when they move on from Riverview. Additionally, parents are provided with opportunities to connect and network with each other and our expanding alumni family network. Log into your parent portal to view full details and conference schedule.
- March 9 & 10, Annual parents conference at DoubleTree Hyannis
February 26, 2018Café Riverview featured on WCVB’s “Chronicle”
Café Riverview, Riverview School’s “hands-on classroom” was recently featured on WCVB’s “Chronicle” program, “Main Streets and Back Roads of Route 6A.” We are grateful for the excellent press coverage! During the interview, Head of School, Stewart Miller talked about how the Café is a great opportunity for our students to learn about working the food service industry. Café Riverview Manager, Cathy Kearney expressed how customers who get to know our students absolutely enjoy it and gain a better understanding of who they are and all they can accomplish. And Riverview student, Basil H., from Pakistan, discussed what he likes most about his job at the Café.
February 25, 2018Riverview Road Runners break 3 hrs. Hyannis Marathon Relay
The Riverview Road Runners participated in the weekend activities at the Hyannis Marathon including manning a water stop on both days during the 10k on Saturday and during the downpour all day Sunday at the Marathon. The team received an incredible $2,500 donation to the school for their efforts. The team had three students run on Saturday in the 10k with Tyler Davenport, Sean Dawson, and Drew Goydas all finishing in just over 50 minutes for the 6.2 miles! Riverview alumni Nicky Reagan also ran finishing just ahead of the trio in 50 minutes flat.
The Road Runners brought out its big guns for the relay competition with Luke Anderson, Ryan Aylmer, and Liam Bentley forming up with Coach Ryan Nolette to challenge some of the best running clubs in the area including several teams from Northeast University. The three boys displayed an incredible amount of desire determination and dedication throughout the winter by training independently and competing competitively in the winter grand prix series in preparation for this week’s race.
They ran with grit on Sunday in deplorable conditions with a cold rain and massive puddles throughout the course. Luke Anderson led off for the squad and stayed with the leader pack from the half marathon and ran his 7 miles in an incredible 45 minutes! Liam Bentley took the handoff at Craigville beach and steamed his way through Centerville back to the conference center holding his own with a just over 7 minutes per mile pace.
Bentley handed off to Ryan Aylmer who ran the most inspiring race of the day sticking with one of the top marathoners as the course wound its way around the Kennedy compound. Aylmer had to go through puddles that some 2 ft. deep in areas along Kalmus beach and put down a final mile towards Craigville beach that was gut wrenching and left him wobbling into the arms of his dad as he made the hand off with coach Nollete. Coach Nollete’s response after seeing Aylmer finish was to start out at a 5:20 mile pace. That would lead to him passing several of the relay teams just ahead of us and into the finish with an amazing time of 2:55 minutes for 26.2 miles!! The team was an incredible fifth overall and 2nd in the men’s open age group.
The volunteers under the direction of Coach Kyle Merrill worked just as hard handing out water, Gatorade, and energy snacks to almost 2,000 runners. Huddled under the team tent volunteers blasted tunes and keep up runners spirits as they slogged their way by. Our kudos goes to Cam Vendetti, Drew Goydas, Sean Dawson, Zack Gittleman, and Paul Hart for working so hard in the pouring rain.
Way to go Riverview!!!
Coach Ken Merrill
February 9, 2018Eating Well is a Riverview Way of Life
Riverview’s faculty and student “Eat Well, Be Well Challenge” ended on Friday but healthy eating hasn’t. “Our goal is to keep the momentum going and continue the great strategies that make healthy eating a lifestyle, not just a short term diet,” explained Wellness Coordinator, Thomas Black. There has been increased awareness around healthy food choices increase over the past 4 weeks. And Dining Hall staff reported more vegetables being served during the challenge. Additionally, many dorms incorporated new healthy snacks and meals into their menus. Congratulations to the grand prize winners—Torrey Dorm (avg. 211 points) and Brenner Hall (avg. 253 points). In recognition for their dedication to healthy eating, the winning teams will attend a fun, interactive cooking class with a professional chef!
February 7, 2018Local Olympian Encourages Riverview Students to Keep Working Hard for Their Dreams
Cape Cod’s very own, Mike Trapp stopped by Riverview on his way to South Korea to complete as a member of the USA Olympic Snowboarding Team. He encouraged students to dream big and work hard for their dreams. Here’s a story about his journey. Best wishes, Mike. We'll be watching you on TV!
February 2, 2018Riverview Alumni Score for the Win!
We held our Alumni Basketball Game & Ice Cream Social on Friday February 2nd. In a really close game (56–55) the staff and alumni beat the reigning champion alumni team. What an exciting night! Congrats to all players and thanks to everyone who came out.
January 6, 2018Nate Olin wins prestigious Juror’s Choice Award
We are proud to announce that Riverview Visual Arts Specialist, Nate Olin, recently won the prestigious “Juror’s Choice Award” at the Art Foundation of Cape Cod’s Winter Art Exhibit. Visit Cotuit Center for the Art’s now through Feb. 10, 2018 to check it out. Congratulations Nate!
December 4, 2017“Jazz Heroes in the Classroom”
Riverview students and faculty learned about “Jazz Heroes in the Classroom” with guest speaker and author, Mick Carlon. http://www.mickcarlon.com/
November 12, 2017A special event for educational consultants
Many thanks to Riverview School parents, Wendy Belzberg and Strauss Zelnick, who graciously hosted a special event for educational consultants in their NYC home on Nov. 12. Guest speaker, cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Kenneth Pugh, from Yale University discussed his research and recent publication about the interworkings of the brain as they relate to learning challenges (available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ABD8h0)
November 1, 2017Riverview’s Second-View Thrift Store is expanding!
Soon Riverview’s hands-on retail classroom will have more space to offer you more of your favorite finds. According to Lisa Pupa, Manager of Second-View, “The addition will allow us to offer more great products. I’m especially looking forward to the opportunity to feature high end items in a special boutique section of the store. It will also offer us more display space so that we may be more creative in our visual merchandising. And most importantly, the expansion will provide a bigger space for students to learn and work.”
October 1, 2017Riverview School welcomes The Young Americans to campus
The non-profit organization and performing group, The Young Americans, based in Southern California, came to Cape Cod for a 2-day stop along their International Music Outreach Tour to teach music to our students.
“The performers have so much passion and enthusiasm and connected so well with our students. Our students stepped out of their comfort zones and discovered passions and areas of strength. They developed confidence and felt wonderful about their connections with the Young Americans. These young performers made our students feel special and capable. Both faculty and students have expressed such gratitude for this opportunity- it is clearly a highlight of the school year,” said Stewart Miller, Head of Riverview School.
November 8, 2016Riverview runners connect with mass maritime academy cadets
Students from both schools visited each other’s campuses and learned that they are more alike than they are different. Check out the article in the Cape Cod Times.
July 6, 2016Cape Cod Healthcare pledges to hire 50% of riverview project SEARCH graduates!
Read about Cape Cod Healthcare’s committment to hiring Riverview grads in this article in the Cape Cod Times.
June 18, 2016Riverview’s ‘Dream Team’ Celebrated at Graduation
Every class of high school graduates is lauded by their teachers for their strengths and accomplishments, but Riverview School’s Class of 2017 went beyond receiving mere praise.
Read about Riverview’s Senior Class in this article in the Cape Cod Times.
June 7, 2016Riverview Teacher Honored by Boston University
Deanna White, Director of Clinical Services at Riverview, receives “2017 Excellence in Field Instruction Award” at Boston University. See the article in Cape Cod Today.
May 30, 2016Dream Maker Awardee Announced!
Mike Lauf, CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare will be presented with the Dream Maker Award at our annual Gala June 16, 2017
May 19, 20162x the Graduation Celebration
This year, Riverview School has decided to separate the High School and GROW commencement ceremonies. This allows us to honor the unique nature of each of these special traditions.
GROW Graduation will be held on Saturday, June 17 at 12:00 p.m. in Lund Auditorium.
The High School Graduation will be held on Sunday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m. on Davis Field.