Riverview's 2021 Virtual Gala!
March 17, 2021Virtual Information Session
Virtual Information Sessions are held every other Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Designed for parents and professionals, Admissions Staff welcome visitors to our virtual 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.
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Come for a Tour of Riverview's Beautiful Campus!
April 12, 2021Transition Webinar Series: “Thinking About Housing”
Catherine Boyle, Winchester: Catherine Boyle is a commissioner of the Winchester Housing Authority, a member of the Winchester Housing Partnership Board, and has completed over 60 hours of housing counseling training through HUD-approved intermediaries. She is the recipient of two Margaret L. Bauman Awards: one for her work with Autism Housing Pathways, and another for the development of the St. Mary’s Curriculum for Students with Autism, a religious education curriculum. A former Foreign Service Officer, Catherine is a graduate of Dartmouth College. She holds a certificate of graduate studies from UMASS Boston in adapting curriculum and a certificate in ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Centers) Options Counseling from the Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research at Boston University’s School of Social Work.
All with MA focus
Present and alumni
Time: Apr 12, 2021 12:00 PM
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Meeting ID: 861 1867 3258
- Riverview's 2021 Virtual Gala!
- Virtual Information Session
- Come for a Tour of Riverview's Beautiful Campus!
- Riverview School Grand Opening - Cohen Center for Recreation & Fitness
- Transition Webinar Series: What's Next? Living and Learning Options for Transitioning Young Adults with Autism and Other Neuro-diversities
- Transition Webinar: Healthcare Coverage for Young Adults with Disabilities
- Riverview’s Commitment to Working Against Racism
- Riverview Roundtable Session
- Our Inaugural Annual Alumni Reunion Day!
- Riverview Students to Shine in Grease!
- End of High School Year Festivities
- 2x the Graduation Celebration
- Riverview Participates in Teacher Exchange Program to Make a Difference
- Café Riverview featured on WCVB’s “Chronicle”
- 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 Students: Learning History by Experiencing It
- The Barbarians Visit Riverview
- Riverview is Hiring!
- What's New at Riverview!
- Academics at Riverview: Supporting the Whole Student
- Online Job Fair!! @ 5:00pm
- Eisenberg Gallery Tour
- Transition Webinar Series: “Thinking About Housing”
News and Press
- Riverview School and Stonehill College Launch Master's Degree Partnership
- Riverview IS for Certain
- Keeping Riverview Safe during COVID-19
- A Webinar with Stewart Miller and Dr. William Greendyke
- The Barbarians visit Riverview School
- Riverview Wins First MIAA Race
- FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO CAPE COD!
- Special Olympian Abby Tetrault to Compete in Seattle
- Abby Tetrault - Summer USA Games in Seattle
- Riverview School Grads Praised for Perseverance
- Baker Urges Project Forward Grads to Take Risks, Be Proud
- Riverview Gets an A+
- Dance Heroes
- Rivervie’ 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.
- Riverview Boys Race at Spring Relays
- Riverview School Launches Adventure Education Curriculum
- Unified Track Team Making Big Strides At Monomoy High
- Riverview's Educational Philosophy
- Sandwich Community Partnership Brings Young and Old Together
- Executive Functioning Skills at Riverview School
- Students Learn to Regulate by Understanding and Engaging Their Senses
- Riverview School’s Advisor Model Sets Students on Path for Social Success and Happiness
- Transforming Riverview's Village of Dreams Gala
- Stonehill College to Offer Graduate Program
- Cape Cod woman with autism turns mask-holder creations into online business
- Riverview School Adapts and Inspires During Pandemic
- Internship Program Going Strong During Pandemic
- Cohen Center for Fitness and Recreation Grand Opening
April 5, 2021Transition Webinar: Healthcare Coverage for Young Adults with Disabilities
Zoom: Monday, April 5
Noon - 1:30 p.m. (EST)
Topics to be discussed include:
How access and eligibility for private and public insurance benefits change as children transition into adulthood.
Keeping adult disabled dependents on a parent’s private insurance past age 26.
Strategies for maximizing access to insurance-funded treatments.
The information has been developed specifically for families in Massachusetts, but is relevant for residents of other states.
Amy Weinstock, Alumni Parent and Riverview Trustee
Amy Weinstock is the Director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center at UMass Medical School’s EK Shriver Center, and an instructor in the Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry. She has an extensive background on insurance issues related to autism, having played a key role in the passage of several laws in Massachusetts requiring public and private insurance to cover autism treatments. Amy chairs the Insurance Committee of Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM), and is a Governor’s appointee to the Massachusetts Autism Commission.
Following a successful career in real estate and banking, Amy decided to merge her personal passions and professional experience. She completed a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellowship at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center in 2005. Following this, she served as President of the outreach organization of the Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital for two years prior to her appointment as Chair of the Insurance Committee for AFAM.
Amy’s work has been recognized through numerous local and national awards. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and received a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University. Amy and her husband, Michael Coln, are the proud parents of Elena, a 2019 Riverview Graduate.
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March 29, 2021Transition Webinar Series: What's Next? Living and Learning Options for Transitioning Young Adults with Autism and Other Neuro-diversities
Monday, March 29, 2021
12:00 - 1:30pm
This webinar will focus on navigating living and learning options post Riverview School. Internationally renowned autism transition expert, Denise Resnik, who is in large part the reason behind Phoenix, AZ being named the most autism-friendly city in the world, is the featured speaker.
Denise Resnik is the founder and president/CEO of First Place® AZ (established in 2012), co-founder of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC, established in 1997), and founder and CEO of DRA Collective, a marketing/communications firm (established in 1986) that serves clients in a variety of fields; including real estate, economic development, healthcare, education and hospitality.
A native Phoenician and international leader in autism, Denise has raised community awareness and more than $75 million for autism, primarily from Arizona sources. The supportive community—facilitated by SARRC, First Place and dozens of partnering organizations—inspired PBS News Hour to produce a two-part, nationally broadcast series citing Phoenix as “the most autism-friendly city in the world.”
Her adult son Matt, who has autism, and others with different abilities, inspire her work. Learn more about her mission, and ask any questions you may have during this special Zoom webinar.
Topic: First Place
Time: Mar 29, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time
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Meeting ID: 861 4889 0930
Cohen Center for Fitness and Recreation Grand Opening
March 15, 2021Riverview School Grand Opening - Cohen Center for Recreation & Fitness
Tune in on Facebook Live at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16 for opening remarks and ribbon cutting ceremony.
EAST SANDWICH, MA -- It’s been a dream 3-years in the making, and now it’s a dream come true! Riverview School is thrilled to announce that on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. they will open the doors to Cohen Center for Fitness and Recreation!
Located on the Riverview Campus at 551 Route 6A, East Sandwich, the donor-funded $11M+, 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Cohen Center will expand the School’s wellness programming exponentially.
The Center, which will serve as a beacon for health and wellness, will offer state of the art exercise equipment and space, and greater opportunities for student and staff participation in athletics, yoga and movement, including:
· cycling classes;
· indoor track for walking/running/track training;
· fitness classes (TRX, functional training);
· dance classes;
· mindfulness classes (guided relaxation/yoga);
· indoor Adventure Education space to offer a complete experience with traverse wall, low elements and cooperative team equipment; and
· expanded basketball and volleyball opportunities with increased court space and more accessible equipment.
At Riverview wellness means achieving personal potential. It’s about exploring interests that bring fulfillment. It means figuring out what makes students and staff happy and healthy and putting it to action in their everyday lives. Riverview’s Wellness Program takes a multidimensional approach to incorporate the vast number of components that support a healthy lifestyle. While the School has always had the faculty dedication and the student investment, now it has the resources and dedicated space necessary to achieve this dream.
According to Riverview Wellness and Recreation Coordinator, Tom Black, “We will now be able to expand and enrich our wellness programming with spaces that were intentionally designed to support our students as they build their healthy living skills. Students now have access to a complete wellness experience on-campus, in facilities that will provide them with a solid foundation to feel comfortable accessing and utilizing similar facilities after Riverview. We are grateful to our generous donors and for the support of our Sandwich neighbors for making this a dream come true.”
February 22, 2021Riverview School Adapts and Inspires During Pandemic
February 21, 2021Internship Program Going Strong During Pandemic
February 15, 2021- Boston 25 NewsCape Cod woman with autism turns mask-holder creations into online business
CAPE COD — Bead by bead and stitch by stitch, Elena Coln is making a nice nest egg for herself, selling crochet and beaded items on Etsy and at several Cape Cod stores.
The 23-year-old lives on the Cape and has a job coach through Cape Cognitive Behavioral Institute. Clinical Director Dr. Kristen Mulcahy says Coln has a natural gift when it comes to crafting, combined with business savvy.
To see the news segment and full article, click HERE
January 21, 2021- The Sandwich EnterpriseStonehill College to Offer Graduate Program
A partnership between the Riverview School and Stonehill College in Easton will bring a new graduate degree opportunity to the Upper Cape.
Slated to begin next fall, the college will be using the Riverview School as a satellite campus for a master’s of education program that centers on inclusive education. Students who complete the program will obtain state licensure in special education in either preschool through 8th grade or grades 5 through 12.
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January 20, 2021Riverview School and Stonehill College Launch Master's Degree Partnership
Riverview School in Sandwich and Stonehill College in Easton today announced the launch of an innovative partnership bringing the College’s master’s degree program to Riverview’s scenic campus and providing expanded graduate degree opportunities for residents of Cape Cod and the surrounding towns.
The partnership will offer a Stonehill Master of Education degree in Inclusive Education leading to Massachusetts licensure in special education, grades PK-8 or 5-12. The master’s degree program can be completed in approximately 18 months and caters to working professionals.
Classes will be taught at Riverview’s 22-acre scenic campus in Sandwich by Stonehill faculty one weekend a month, Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning in September 2021.
Stonehill is offering a special partnership rate to Riverview staff looking to expand their education toward a graduate degree, with incentives to join the Riverview staff and receive tuition support.
For non-Riverview staff, the cost is $2,500 per three-credit course plus fees. Applications are being accepted now. For more information, visit the program HERE.
Dean of the May School of Arts & Sciences at Stonehill, and Sandwich resident, Peter Ubertaccio, encouraged the initial conversation that lead to the new partnership which taps into overlapping expertise at the two institutions.
“An independent co-educational boarding and day school, Riverview has been serving adolescents and young adults with complex language and learning challenges for 63 years with a commitment to pedagogical excellence known worldwide. More recently, Stonehill developed a dynamic Inclusive Education program designed to reach all learners,” says Ubertaccio.
“Stonehill’s educational mission is aligned with the work of Riverview, and we are thrilled to be able to bring our progressive master’s degree program to Cape Cod, where we see enormous potential,” said Director of Graduate Education at Stonehill Elizabeth Stringer Keefe.
Riverview Assistant Heads of School Deanna White and Maria Cashdollar said the school is excited to offer its outstanding staff an opportunity for graduate study right on campus.
“At Riverview, our staff members are dedicated to helping students with learning and cognitive challenges find competence in academic, social, wellness, and independent living pursuits,” said Deanna White. “In partnership with Stonehill, we can now offer them access to a graduate program that builds on their professional experiences and expertise. That helps them, our students and our school.”
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About Stonehill College
Stonehill is a selective Catholic college located near Boston on a beautiful 384-acre campus in Easton, Massachusetts. With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, the College engages over 2,500 students in 80+ rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional fields. The Stonehill community helps students to develop the knowledge, skills, and character to meet their professional goals and to live lives of purpose and integrity.
About Riverview School
Riverview School in Sandwich is a private Massachusetts-DESE-approved boarding/day school for students with complex language, learning and cognitive disabilities, ages 11-21. Riverview offers middle & high school programs, as well as a post-high school transition program.
January 18, 2021Eisenberg Gallery Tour
Riverview School is honored to have the Eisenberg Art Gallery on campus. The rotating art show features contemporary artists and represents the collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg. On Monday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m., join host, Ann Phelan, as she walks participants through a gallery tour of the present art exhibit, “Snapshots.” Marty Eisenberg will narrate and discuss the works in his collection. The current show at Riverview features some young and amazing artists, including Ellie Perez and Tomashi Jackson. They represent bold, political thinkers who express their beliefs through their art. Past curated shows included the work of William L. Pope and Rashid Johnson.
Eisenberg Gallery Tour of “Snapshots” Exhibit from the collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg
Time: Monday, January 18, 2021 10:00 AM
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January 11, 2021Riverview IS for Certain
Riverview Adapts and Inspires Amid Pandemic
COVID-19 hit the United States in the middle of Riverview’s Spring Break. Students and staff were on vacation, and like everyone else, learned that School would be delayed in re-opening for a few weeks. Weeks turned into months, and through trial and error, resilience and determination, Riverview became highly-proficient at remote teaching. But nonetheless Riverview administrators and trustees worried about how the pandemic would impact students.
Students were very confused by the events. They looked to their families and teachers for answers that nobody had. “Their world was being pulled away from them. They needed each other. They needed us. They needed to feel supported,” said Riverview Residential Instructor, Ryan Murphy. Residential staff quickly learned how to use Zoom, Kahoot and a plethora of other online tools to teach independent living skills, hold dorm meetings, instruct cooking demonstrations, lead dance parties, host game nights, and much more.
Staff juggled their own children’s schoolwork and their own emotions about the future and their families, with concern for their students. According to Riverview Reading Skills Instructor Alyce Mallaghan, “I just couldn’t let my students regress. I couldn’t let them loose the momentum we had worked so hard to build. I had to dig and find out what they were excited about, and do whatever it would take to keep them engaged.”
Adaptation was the challenge, and Riverview staff members rose to the occasion. Kerry Macurdy, Riverview’s Work Experience Coordinator and her team had to be especially creative. How could students learn transferable vocational skills without going to internships and worksites? In an effort to replicate the authentic work experience, Riverview reached out to its community partners for guidance and support. They responded enthusiastically by sending employee manuals, tableware and linens for hospitality management training, and hospital equipment so students could learn materials management and sanitation practices as close to the industry standard as possible. Riverview created workspaces and developed lessons around employer codes of conduct and professionalism based on the employment manuals.
Every staff member rallied and learned how to meet their goals…differently. The Admissions Department started holding Virtual Information Sessions and Zoom Roundtable Discussions, the Advancement Department held its first ever Virtual Gala, the 8th Grade Stepping Up Ceremony and the Graduations were virtual. Everyone adapted; especially the students.
Teacher, Elizabeth Clancy-Coleman expressed that Riverview students had become good digital citizens; how to be safe online, the responsible use of technology, and social skills for interacting with an online community. “These are skills that will serve students long after this is over as they navigate independent living and working,” she said.
Head of School, Stewart miller agreed. “The Riverview spirit has persevered through adversity. While the world experiences a lot of uncertainty right now, it is clear that Riverview is for certain. The pandemic has put into perspective a whole new appreciation for the certainty of what Riverview makes possible for our students and their families,” he said.
December 17, 2020Riverview Roundtable Session
4:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern - Round table discussion with Riverview Families
Please join us for a Q&A session with some of our current Riverview Families regarding their experience at Riverview.
November 6, 2020Keeping Riverview Safe during COVID-19
Riverview Director of Facilities, Rich Garnett (pictured) discusses implementing groundbreaking sanitization protocols to help combat the virus.
The health and safety of students and staff at Riverview School is the foremost priority of the School’s trustees, administrators, and every person intimately connected to the world renown learning community.
One of the people at the forefront of that charge is Rich Garnett, the School’s Director of Facilities. Rich and his team are responsible for the safety and upkeep of Riverview’s 19 dormitories, 5 academic buildings, 2 administrative buildings, cafeteria, gymnasium, and the School’s two businesses; Café Riverview and Second-View Thrift Store. In addition, they maintain 22 acres of grounds, and a fleet of 24 vehicles.
Rich’s safety training is unmatched. He’s earned his Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 Card, which is a certification that states he is trained to maintain a safe work environment. He has also earned his OSHA Competent Person Trained, a certification that prepares him to oversee a crew’s safety in a group environment.
Rich says that he never misses an opportunity to learn something new, and has certainly proven that during this challenging and ever-changing time of COVID-19. Rich has been following the situation very closely since March when initial guidance was shared, and has made it his mission to learn everything that he can do to minimize risk at Riverview. As a result, he and his staff have earned the latest safety training certifications and executed groundbreaking sanitization protocols to combat the virus at the School.
“Maintenance staff has taken best practices cleaning and sanitation webinars. We’ve purchased the best sanitizing equipment available; including negative ion foggers, electrostatic foggers, and bleach misting sprayers. We have met or exceeded all guidance from the Dept. of Labor Standards, Department of Elementary School Education (DESE), Early Education and Care (EEC), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for sanitizing, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), and building operations. And we stay on top of it all by checking for updates several times a week,” said Rich.
One cutting edge procedure that has been implemented at Riverview is the use of electrostatic foggers. After daily cleaning and bleaching, all of the classrooms, dorms, administrative offices and common spaces are then fogged with Bioesque solution, an all-natural botanical biocide. The product has a 2-minute dwell time (how long it takes to effectively sanitize) and its active ingredient is derived from thyme oil. It can be used on food surfaces, and Rich chose it because he felt it was the best option for limiting student and staff exposure to toxins; as well as its short dwell time.
Additionally, Rich has seen to it that 50 hand sanitizer dispensers be installed in dorms and school buildings, that all HVAC systems are on 100% make up air to bring the maximum amount of fresh air into the buildings, and much more including:
• Installing 13 Merv filters in the HVAC per the recommendation of the American Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE - the group that is responsible for all air quality and design code guidelines) to filter out COVID particulate;
• Fitting UV-C irradiators into the Heath Care Center return air ducts to sanitize the return air prior to recirculation;
• Ensuring there are 2 additional custodial staff working on weekends to clean dorm bathrooms;
• Mounting a multitude of new COVID-related signage for spacing, handwashing, masks, exits;
• Putting up separation barriers to keep pods from mingling.
Beyond sanitization practices, Riverview staff, students and their families have all agreed to a social contract that includes strict adherence to masking and social distancing. There is very limited interaction beyond living and learning pods. Staff and students are tested regularly, as well as self-attest every day. And if anyone exhibits symptoms, a quarantine protocol is implemented immediately.
When asked, Rich responded that he feels that the School is doing everything right when it comes to maintaining health and safety during the Pandemic. “We are all doing our best navigating the Pandemic. The students are so happy to be back together even though they’re distanced. They are learning and growing. Our work is meaningful. Their smiles tell us that.”
September 23, 2020Online Job Fair!! @ 5:00pm
August 10, 2020A Webinar with Stewart Miller and Dr. William Greendyke
Head of Riverview School, Stewart Miller recently participated in a webinar with Epidemiologist, Dr. William Greendyke. They discussed Riverview's Reopening Campus Plan and Dr. Greendyke answered frequently asked questions regarding masking, testing, and rationale for students quarantining before returning to campus. Dr. Greendyke also offered a high level overview of COVID-19 and effective prevention strategies.
July 29, 2020Transforming Riverview's Village of Dreams Gala
On Friday, June 12, 2020, Riverview School held its 22nd annual “Village of Dreams” Gala. However, this year’s event was very different than any other Gala the School had ever held.
Instead of a beautifully decorated 80x190 sq. ft. tent, flower arrangements, live music, delicious food and 400 gussied-up guests; this year’s 2,664+ attendees tuned in to watch the Gala via YouTube from the comfort of their homes. And they sure showed up! Collectively they continued to extend their support of the School’s mission of providing a caring community for adolescents and young adults with complex language, learning and cognitive challenges, and came together to raise $860,000; resulting in a Riverview Gala fundraising record!
It took a lot of out of the box thinking and reimagining to make the event the incredible success that it was. Long before the pandemic was on anyone’s radar, Riverview contracted with audio visual company, Events United, located in Derry, NH to provide A/V services at the Gala. When COVID-19 prohibited an in-person event, the company was quick to adapt and suggested that Riverview use their “Studio Lab,” a virtual event space for the Gala. Riverview then secured long-standing Gala auctioneer, John Terrio as the host.
While many other schools and non-profit organizations scrambled to create virtual events and attempted to take the standard format of their in-person events and translate those events into virtual, Riverview chose not to use most of the typical programming formalities of an in-person Gala and transformed the event into a fast-paced, fun, interactive performance-based event that included the entire Riverview community in a way that had never been done before. Riverview recognized quickly that what the community wanted (and needed) was a “celebration” and a way to come together as a community, regardless of being physically separated.
One of the most creative ways that this was done was by incorporating celebrity video plugs for the event from Rosie O’Donnell, Carly Simon and Brian Williams, and pre-recorded celebrity performances aired during the live event by Rick Astley, Sting and John Legend!
The Gala included many silent auction items donated by generous individuals, sponsorships and a raffle. This year’s raffle attracted a lot of attention. A wonderful donor bought the school a 2020 Mini Cooper to raffle off! One thousand, $50 raffle tickets were sold and the lucky winner was drawn right on stage during the live event. When the winner ended up being a current Riverview family, the Almys', it was very exciting for all.
Another way that the School tied in components that were specific and meaningful to the community, was by having students Zoom in Live throughout the evening. The Gala centered the theme of the evening around well-recognized and beloved staff member, Music Director, Greg Simpson, who playfully interacted with the celebrity performances and performed a meaningful song at the end with students dancing and singing along.
According to Stewart Miller, Head of Riverview School, “We were able cast a much wider net to include alumni, families, and Riverview friends from all over the world who wouldn’t have been able to attend an in-person event. Including the students was a very special component. Seeing them having fun, dancing and singing along with the performances, reminded everyone of exactly why our mission is so important.”
If you are interested in volunteering or donating items or experiences for the 2021 Gala and auction, please contact Erin Soderstrom at 508-888-0489 x302 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Missed it? You can still watch it HERE.
Thank you for making the event a success!
July 23, 2020Riverview School’s Advisor Model Sets Students on Path for Social Success and Happiness
Picture Above: Student, Madison Lavoie meets with her Advisor, Dr. Michael Shields at Riverview School
While the Riverview Student profile is diverse, there is one thing that every student has in common. They benefit from consistent social skills teaching. Whether navigating relationships, managing day-to-day emotions, or learning how to initiate a conversation, Riverview students are entrenched in social skills coaching all day, every day.
Riverview School’s innovative Advisor Model ensures that all Riverview employees, from the dining hall staff and the administrative team to the classroom teachers and residential instructors, are trained in social thinking concepts and language and therefore feedback given to students is consistent, timely, and generalized all day long.
Michelle Mendes, Riverview’s Clinical Coordinator, is responsible for offering support, modeling, guidance and supervision to the School’s team of 7 Advisors, all of whom are Licensed Clinicians specializing in working with adolescents and young adults with special needs.
The objective of Riverview’s Advisor Model is to support each student with their unique social goals. Each student is assigned an Advisor who provides social/emotional support and help with self-advocacy, self-awareness, stress management, anxiety and problem solving skills. Advisors do this by observing students, creating success plans, and by identifying and teaching strategies that the student can use themselves; and that staff and families can use when working with the student.
The Advisor serves as a liaison between Riverview’s Academic, Residential, and Language and Social Development teams to provide support, resources and consultation when needed. They are also liaisons between home and school, communicating weekly with families. And, they lead social groups and lunch groups to teach students about conversation skills, social activity planning, and community service.
Advisors facilitate “conflict corners,” where students sit and work through social challenges on the spot and learn about other social thinking best practices such as “perspective taking,” “big problems versus small problems” and “zones of regulation.”
“Zones of regulation” is a concept that asks students to “check yourself at the door.” This means that students are asked to identify how they are feeling emotionally and place a tag with their name in the corresponding red, green or yellow zone on the wall. When a student puts their name in the red zone, it helps their teacher to know that they needs some immediate support. The teacher then suggests strategies that the student can use to feel better and/or encourages the student to check-in with their Advisor. This practice helps students to further develop insight into their emotions.
According to Mendes, “One of the things that makes Riverview unique is our ability to be creative and to individualize resources and class success plans. In-the-moment teaching and problem solving also sets the School apart. Our students don’t have to sit with what’s bothering them.” Madison Lavoie, a Riverview Senior, echoes this. “If I’m worried about something, I can meet with my Advisor and that takes away my stress. Then I don’t have to think about it all day.”
Riverview’s commitment to social skills training and its innovative Advisor Model help to ensure that students are socially successful, and in turn prepared to live their happiest lives.
June 9, 2020Riverview’s Commitment to Working Against Racism
Dear Riverview Families,
This has been an exceptionally challenging week for our communities, our country, and for the world as we confront the reality of systemic racism that has been underscored by the killings of black Americans such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others.
We are humbled by the events of the past week, and by our shared understanding of the enormous problems that have persisted unaddressed for far too long. Racism has no place in our society or in our world. We at Riverview pledge ourselves anew as allies in the fight against the senseless discrimination that pervades our society. We dedicate ourselves to working proactively against racism, and to helping foster the change that is needed to protect and cherish black lives.
Diversity, equity and inclusion have always been central to the mission of Riverview School. Our values are clear: To honor and respect all people and all differences. With that in mind, our Board of Trustees last year formed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. We have been actively working, alongside Riverview employees, to build a school-wide effort to ensure that we are consistently reviewing and improving our culture and community for everyone.
Our written commitment to diversity underlies everything we do. It reads: Riverview School is a community that values and celebrates diversity as essential to the experience of our students, staff and community. We embrace and respect differences, including but not limited to: race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, cultural heritage, educational background, and of course learning styles. As a community that reflects and prepares our students for the increasingly diverse world, Riverview supports and nurtures the whole child and their full identity.
We know these are extraordinarily difficult times for our students and families, as the images of police brutality, protest and violence flood our television screens and social media feeds. It can seem overwhelming, especially because these events are occurring at a time when the coronavirus is preventing us from coming together as a community. Please know that we are here for you. Riverview Advisors are available to support students and process the complex emotions they may be experiencing.
We stand with those who are working daily to eradicate racism, hopeful that difficult times like these can bring about positive action, healing, and sustained change. Working together, we can emerge from these times a more unified and just society.
With deep appreciation for our school community, for our values, and with the hope and desire for a better future, we ask that you please stand with us in calling for justice, peace and a brighter tomorrow.
Head of School
February 4, 2020- Riverview SchoolStudents Learn to Regulate by Understanding and Engaging Their Senses
photo above: Advisor, T.J. Cedeno photographed working with student, Cassidy.
We see, hear, smell, taste, and touch…then use the information our brains gather through our senses to live our lives and interpret feelings. Most of us have grown accustomed to this phenomenon without thinking much about how our senses inform our choices or how they help us to regulate our bodies and emotions.
For the many Riverview students who struggle with sensory processing disorder, it is not that simple. Students with sensory processing disorder have trouble receiving and responding to stimuli that comes through their senses. As a result, these students can be over responsive or under responsive to things in their environments. Certain sounds, textures, smells, and tastes make it difficult for some students to participate in seemingly routine activities and tasks of daily living. Some students stim or flail because they need to feel their body in the world around them, known as one’s sense of proprioception or “sixth sense”.
While most of us take sensory integration for granted, Riverview Advisor T.J. Cedeno does not. He continually studies the latest developments in sensory processing and is skilled in helping our students to better understand their emotions. In turn, this engages students’ senses in ways that are helpful and normalizing rather than overstimulating.
When T.J. began working at Riverview, one of the trends he noticed was that when students were having trouble regulating, they often went to “reflection.” At the time, reflection at Riverview was simply a space where students could be separate from a larger group to engage in a quiet task before returning to their classes or activities. T.J. felt that this practice was a missed opportunity for students to explore different strategies which would help to regulate feelings and behaviors in ways that are transferable to real life; an opportunity for greater reflection and self-awareness, as was originally intended.
Wanting to make a difference, T.J. created a “sensory cart” for the School. He presented extensive research on how he felt the cart could be utilized, as well as a plan for moving forward, and his initiative was approved.
The sensory cart that T.J. built contains items that appeal to a broader range of sensory need. Materials include tools that help students to regulate balance and space such as rockers and tension-release bands. Other material including weighted neckties help students to feel “grounded”, fostering a greater sense of self-awareness. Large liquid and sand timers visually engage students, pulling attention from distracting concerns. Beanbags, which T.J.’s partner lovingly sewed for him, are filled with rice and drops of calming essential oils to appeal to students’ sense of smell. White noise machines play soothing sounds to recenter students’ focus on a task at hand. There are tools that interest, and in turn help, students with a wide variety of sensory needs as well as students seeking regulating strategies that are transferable to a life after Riverview.
T.J. says that when he first built the cart he was concerned that people would not use it. That was not the case. “I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that it was checked out 61 times in 4 months”. Students and staff eager to use the cart need only ask T.J. or another advisor for a key to unlock the cart which is kept secure when not in use. Teachers have requested access to the sensory cart for entire classes of students. Advisors utilize the cart most often during individual meetings with their students. T.J. says that he has noticed the middle school and high school students using the cart differently than the GROW transitional program students. “While the middle school and high school students primarily use the cart mid-day to release energy, the GROW students use it more often as a way to calm themselves and take mental breaks,” he says.
One middle school student has found the cart so helpful that they use it every day at around 1:00 p.m. when they feel their medication beginning to wear off. This student particularly enjoys the vibrating tube which provides a soothing grounding sensation. “Increased sensory training has been a game changer for them. When they return to class, they are relaxed and ready to finish out the school day with improved focus and determination,” said Middle School Head Teacher, Torie Murphy.
T.J. is encouraged by these results and the feedback he is receiving from both students and staff. He says that he feels supported by the Riverview community. “One of the great things about Riverview is, if you make a case about something new you want to implement, they will often give you the reigns and let you try. It’s empowering and it feels really good,” he said.
So what does T.J. want to do next at Riverview? “I want to create more sensory carts so that they are accessible to all of the students all of the time. My ultimate goal is to create a large space dedicated to sensory training and mindfulness so that we can share and educate students on the benefits of being self-aware and purposeful in their thinking. A larger space would mean bigger, better programming and material such as sensory-conscious seating, swings, and meditation groups that more students and staff could be involved in.”
The sky’s the limit, T.J.! Thank you for bringing your passion to our team and students. We are grateful for your expertise, and look forward to seeing what else you dream up.
November 6, 2019Executive Functioning Skills at Riverview School
Executive Functioning Skills are directly taught and reinforced across academic, residential and community settings at Riverview School.
This year, one of the focuses of the Language and Social Development Department was to better support our students in strengthening the underlying executive functioning needs that are critical for everyday activities.
In order to do this effectively, academic and residential staff participated in trainings to ensure that we are intentional with our approaches and consistent with our language. In a short amount of time, we have been able to accomplish so many exciting things!
• Classroom / Vocational: Students have gained a better understanding time concepts and elapsed time.
• Dorms: Systems were implemented to promote more independence with room care and organization.
• Community: The students are generalizing skills, as well as planning and budgeting.
At Riverview, we strive to empower our students with the skills they will need to be more independent in the world. This important work will bring them one step closer to achieving this independence.
September 30, 2019Academics at Riverview: Supporting the Whole Student
Riverview School's Academic Department is excited to announce the launch of integrated social emotional learning and wellness programming:
• Residential students now have the option of beginning their day with an Active Homeroom, consisting of 25 minutes of exercise. Research shows that getting heart rates up in the morning is beneficial for learning and we are collecting data on this pilot program to qualify the benefits.
• All students are receiving the Health U Curriculum developed by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Lessons provide relevant knowledge about eating healthy and the importance of physical activity.
• Two hours each week are dedicated to Social Emotional Learning, which targets five core sets of skills: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making.
• Wellness instruction is taking place within our new Healthy Living and Nutritional Cooking courses. Building upon established curriculum, and developed by our Wellness Coordinator, the aim of these courses is to ensure students incorporate wellness into their everyday lives. Students learn how to integrate fitness, mindfulness, and nutrition into their daily routines.
• Two new courses: Adventure Education and Community Recreation - Backed by Project Adventure curriculum, teach students the benefits of regular fitness, while outlining different avenues to access positive community activities.
• Personal Awareness, Advocacy and Independent Living and Transition Planning courses help students gain the tools they need to live independent, healthy and fulfilling lives.
At Riverview, we continually strive to incorporate the latest research to empower our students with skills to be more independent in the world.
Riverview School's Academic Department:
(from left to right) Mary Beth Thacher, Cassie Haven, and Kyle Merrill
September 12, 2019- Cape Cod TodaySandwich Community Partnership Brings Young and Old Together
Two Sandwich based organizations are working together to provide opportunities for Cape residents at the beginning and toward the end of their lives. Decatur House, a Sandwich assisted living residence, provides internships for current students and recent graduates of Riverview School, which offers both a middle/high school program and a post high school GROW (Getting Ready for the Outside World) transitional program.
“The partnership provides Riverview students a chance to learn meaningful skills in landscaping, housekeeping, and kitchen duties, and provides a pathway to employment,” reports Sarah Tribuzio, Decatur House Vice president. “The interns bring life and youthful energy to our community, in addition to providing useful services.”
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July 22, 2019Riverview's Educational Philosophy
Riverview School is in the processing of evolving our educational philosophy from a “three-legged stool” model (Education, Social Emotional, Independent Living) to the above model that incorporates Wellness and Vocational into our core programmatic pillars. This is an exciting and dynamic time at Riverview as we begin to embark on our strategic planning process. We are pleased to share with you former Riverview Trustee Bill Simon's Ted Talk about the importance of Physical Education. This talk certainly resonates with our focus on Wellness. Bill and his wife, Cindy, who is a Riverview Trustee Emeriti, are Founders of UCLA Health’s Sound Body Sound Mind and have been fantastic partners.
May 22, 2019- Cape Cod ChronicleUnified Track Team Making Big Strides At Monomoy High
HARWICH – Getting every kid on a team into a game is one thing, but at Monomoy Regional High School ensuring that kids have a team to be part of is a mission Special Education Teacher Shana Grogan took to heart, resulting in the creation this year of the new unified track team.
Grogan, the Students Having Opportunities for Recreation and Employment (SHORE) teacher, said that plans were in the works last year to form a team, but couldn't be completed in time for the spring season. This year, after extensive meetings with Special Olympics of Massachusetts, Monomoy administrators and athletic director Karen Guillemette, everything was ready to go. But first it was time to train.
“Unified track is perfect for my kiddos and general education kids that want to participate in a team sport and also help out kids with intellectual disabilities,” said Shana Grogan. “We pair our neurotypical kids with our intellectually disabled kids and it just forms a bond and a partnership.” Read more
May 3, 2019Riverview School Launches Adventure Education Curriculum
Project Adventure was founded in 1971 by educators who wanted to bring the tenets of Outward Bound into an educational setting. The teachers began inventing cooperative games and developing team-building initiatives to motivate their community of learners to achieve both academic and social growth through challenging adventure activities and focused reflection.
Riverview School is proud to announce that it has recently invested in the program! Athletic Director, John Benkis, who has been teaching the program at a summer camp for the past 4 summers and who is now leading the program at Riverview says, “My favorite part of Project Adventure is that kids realize that they need to communicate with one another and work together to solve problems. In today’s day and age of electronics, a lot of kids don’t collaborate toward common goals. That is an important life skill.”
Project Adventure supports the social and emotional learning practices that John describes. By creating safe and engaging adventure learning environments, students learn about goal setting, decision making, managing emotions, and engaging in social relationships.
One of the Project Adventure activities that Riverview uses is the “Triangular Tension Traverse.” Six sections of square 8 foot aluminum tubing are set on edge and stabilized by support feet to give participants the ‘wobbly’ feel of walking on a wire cable. (If a student is not ready to try that, a special insert is added; modifying the challenge to allow participants to walk on the 3 inch wide flat edge of the tubing instead). Students hold a hand line, which is attached to the gym wall to circumnavigate the triangle while being spotted by other group members. Student, Reid K., said of the exercise, “I learned to work as a team member and become a better listener. It was hard for me to listen to them (his teammates) before because I knew how I wanted to do it. But after listening I realized that they had some good ideas too. I’m more open to other people’s ideas now.”
John says that the one of his favorite parts of the curriculum is that teams are required to fill out “full value contracts.” This encourages good listening skills, being cooperative, and being patient. He also likes the “challenge by choice” aspect of the program; where students decide for themselves what their comfort levels are. “We had a young woman who was not comfortable trying the challenges. So every day for two weeks, she was a spotter. Then, after seeing how everyone else was approaching the activity and learning from their mistakes and successes, she decided that she wanted to give it a try, and she did great!”
Over the winter, Riverview piloted the program with GROW students and it went very well. So well in fact, that they just launched 5-week spring program for high school students.
John is inspired by the progress he’s seen to date. He said that a lot of trust building is taking place, and that teamwork and cooperation skills have taken off. In fact, he’s enjoying the program so much that he has decided to go back to school and earn his Master of Education in Physical Education with a concentration in Adventure Education. Way to go John! We look forward to many adventures with you over the next several years.
April 28, 2019Riverview Boys Race at Spring Relays
For the first time in school history, the Varsity Boys track team competed in the MIAA Spring Relays held at Apponequet HS on Sunday. The Helmsmen had two teams race in the Sprint Medley featuring Miles A., Keegan H., Andrew K., and Jonathan D. on one squad and Matty G., Matt F., Jack L., and Daniel A. on the other squad. Racing in the 4 *200 for Riverview were Jacob H., Omar M., Thomas P., and Elliot T. Congratulations Team!!
February 15, 2019Riverview Students: Learning History by Experiencing It
“What I hear, I forget;
What I see, I remember;
What I do, I understand.”
– Old Chinese proverb
Experts agree that learning is most effective when it’s multi-sensory. Therefore all teaching at Riverview is presented via a thematic, integrated curriculum. Literature, writing, history, the arts, and field trips are all connected to a central theme. One example of this is the School’s innovative, meaningful and downright fun ‘Hands-on History’ program!
The Senior Teaching Team implemented Hands-on History at Riverview in the early 1990’s. Mary Beth Thacher, Secondary School Education Coordinator, said that while teaching about the Underground Railroad, the team noticed that students just weren’t connecting to the concept. That is when the teachers came up with an idea to ‘make history come alive.’
They did this by reading the book “Clara’s Quilt” with their classes and developing a map in the form of a quilt with secret symbols. For example, a picture of a bird was a clue for students that a bird call would signal it was time to escape. They created a skit involving other teachers as ‘station masters’ and ‘bounty hunters,’ enabling students to experience a ‘perilous nighttime escape.’ The lesson was such a success that from that day forward, all history lessons at Riverview School have been hands-on.
Riverview teacher Kirsten Miller says that she loves teaching Hands-on History. She even involved her history-buff father in one of the lessons. During the Holocaust, when students escaped from Nazi Germany, her father played a lederhosen-clad immigration agent in Switzerland, welcoming students and stamping their passports. Kirsten said, “History is such an abstract concept for our students. The only way to make it real is to live it. Hands-on history puts kids into the historical event. They experience the actions and emotions behind the events they’re learning about.”
Mary Beth agrees. When asked what her favorite Hands-on History lessons have been over the years, she recalls bringing students to Nickerson State Park where they set up a covered wagon and cooked over a fire to learn about the Oregon Trail, and turning the School’s Davis Field into a ‘Field Hospital’ where students learned about the Civil War in the form of a flag football game.
Other interesting Hands-on history lessons taught at Riverview include the ‘Age of Industrialism,’ which includes attending a proper Victorian tea and working on an assembly line (to create care packages for underclassmen) and ‘Immigration,’ where students ‘live’ in the simulated steerage class of a ship, cross Castle Garden, and participate in what were typical exams for entry to the United States during this period of history.
According to Mary Beth, “All of our students partake in Hands-on History. Some students love to take on the bigger roles, but everyone participates to the best of their ability and to their leaning level.” During a recent lesson about Prohibition during the Great Depression, students wrote biographies, dressed up in character, and presented on famous people who lived during the era, including Amelia Earhart, Babe Ruth and Al Capone.
Many students remember Hands-on History fondly after graduation. Right up there with events like prom, graduation and all the fun of dorm life and activities, alumni often bring up Hands-on History as one of the things they loved most about their days at Riverview.
And there’s science behind the success. Maria Cashdollar, Program Director and Assistant Head of School at Riverview said, “Studies show that retention of materials is strongest in participatory experiences (see Dale, 1969: The Cone of Experience chart). When information is participatory (role plays, case studies, practice), topping out with 90% recall after three hours and an impressive 70% retention after three days.”
October 29, 2018The Barbarians visit Riverview School
The mission of the Barbarians Youth Rugby club is fairly simple: We aim to introduce the great sport of rugby to as many kids as possible. Rugby is a culture as much as it is a sport - an inclusive culture where players of all shapes, backgrounds, races, sexes and abilities can not only play the sport, but excel at it. We are proud to have brought that culture to our club and we work hard to ensure that all of our teammates participate and have fun. Which is why, when one of our coaches suggested we hold a clinic at Riverview School in Sandwich, MA, our coaches and players all jumped at the chance.
Riverview is a private school for students, aged 11-22, with complex language, learning and cognitive challenges. It is a very special place that gives students an environment and the support to learn both academics and life skills, gain independence, express themselves and participate in our society as active citizens. These are kids that may not be given the same opportunities as typical kids their age because people underestimate their abilities. From what we learned out on the pitch with them - DO NOT underestimate these kids!
We ran a number of fun drills to give the students, most of which have never seen a rugby ball, a feel for our sport. They quickly mastered the basic concepts: passing the ball, passing the ball while running, running into space and avoiding opposing players. We even had them run relay races while performing complex ball handling (how many of you can run while threading a rugby ball though your legs?). They handled everything we threw at them with big smiles and I think we spotted a few budding rugby stars. It was truly remarkable to see kids, many who are naturally shy, coming out to play with a bunch of strangers who refer to themselves as Barbarians!
We are very proud of our club. All of you (named at the bottom of this post) have given the Riverview students an experience they will never forget and we truly believe that you have helped give those kids a little more confidence to try new things. Everyone had a ton of fun and we have already been asked to find a time to come back.
At the end of every practice session we always ask our young Barbarians to tell us what they liked about practice. We asked the same question at Riverview. It was heart warming to receive a toothy smile and the answer - "EVERYTHING - I liked everything!". Mission accomplished. Rugby is truly a unique team sport/culture and we are just ambassadors - very proud ambassadors.
Thank you Riverview School.
Thank you to our Barbarians: Coach Daniel, Chief Steve, Coach Alan, Coach Ryan, Coach Rubin, guest Coach Jen, and our players : Joey, Kyan, Brogan, Adam.
October 24, 2018- Sandwich HollowsRiverview Wins First MIAA Race
The Riverview Boys Cross Country team earned their first official MIAA victory in school history yesterday at Sandwich Hollows defeating Pope John II 32-27. Sophomore John D. was the top runner for Riverview taking second place against PJP and 6th overall in 17:35 after passing several runners on the final hill up into the finish. Senior Captain Matty G. was next with taking fourth in 18:45 and looks ready to return to his top racing form from a year ago. PJP’s third runner was next but he was followed by a long string of Riverview runners that clinched the victory. Placing in the top ten for Riverview and cementing the victory were Juniors Jacob and Daniel, freshmen sensation Matt, Senior Co-Capt. Jack, and sophomore Miles. Also finishing for Riverview were Thomas, Johnmichael, Tolu, and Elliot. Both Thomas and Tolu lowered their times from last season on the course by over 4 minutes!!
Hanna M. continues her assault on the races top five runners and grabbed fourth place overall in yesterday race at 20:17; lowering her own Riverview course record by an amazing 4 minutes! Taisia M. also finished for the Helmsmen.
September 6, 2018- Cape Cod TimesFROM AROUND THE WORLD TO CAPE COD!
Students hailing from nine foreign countries will call Riverview School “home” this fall
East Sandwich, MA – On Monday, September 10 at 8:15 a.m. Riverview School, located at 551 Route 6A in East Sandwich, MA, will ring the bell to announce the first day of its 61st school year.
In Riverview tradition, the entire student body will gather for a joyous Convocation Ceremony. Head of School, Stewart Miller will welcome them to what promises to be a year of transformation, growth, learning and adventures. Students representing 8 foreign countries: Dubai, Bermuda, Germany, Burundi, the Dominican Republic, Singapore, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and South Africa will participate in a special flag ceremony.
Riverview School has a long tradition of educating students from foreign countries. According to Maria Cashdollar, Assistant Head of School and Director of Education at Riverview, “International families come to Riverview for the same reason as national and local families, to offer their children the best possible learning environment and opportunities. Many foreign countries don’t have services for special needs, and in some countries, learning challenges are still very much misunderstood and stigmatized. All of our parents are looking for a school that is willing to partner with them to help their children obtain full and meaningful lives.”
Riverview School, an independent coeducational boarding/day school, provides a caring community for adolescents and young adults with complex language, learning and cognitive challenges. The School is committed to developing student competence and confidence in academic, social and independent living skills.
August 11, 2018Our Inaugural Annual Alumni Reunion Day!
August 11th, 2018
Location: Riverview campus
IN RESPONSE TO NUMEROUS CALLS, CONCERNS, AND NEW IDEAS WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE 2018 RIVERVIEW SCHOOL REUNION HAS NOW BECOME AN ANNUAL REUNION DAY!
This change will allow us to:
• host a safe and fun experience for all of our Riverview School graduates
• come together every summer for an awesome alumni day
• provide programming & networking opportunities for alumni families (see schedule)
Of course we will still:
• do crafts, cookout, karaoke, play games, make s’mores at the bonfire, and dance
• visit and connect with Riverview School friends and staff
• have a blast!
July 30, 2018- LIFE Cape CodAbby Tetrault - Summer USA Games in Seattle
Hyannis resident Abby Tetrault recently competed in the USA Special Olympics games in Seattle, Washington, participating in four events total while representing the LIFE community with her usual positivity. She went with the flow, adjusting to last-minute changes with a smile on her face, all while embracing her role.
During the 100 meter dash, Abby placed in fourth out of the nine states. In the 400 meter dash – an event Abby not know she was participating in until leaving for Seattle, but nonetheless embraced – she placed with a bronze medal, coming in third out of a possible nine.
In the 4×100 meter relay, her team came in fourth out of ninth. And finally, Abby secured a gold medal in the turbo javelin! It was an amazing showing for a girl who worked hard with all her trainers and took this opportunity seriously.
All in all, Abby made new friends, was kind and generous to her teammates, and came away from this experience with a whole new set of experiences and skills. Said Abby: “It was exciting and awesome to get to meet people from all over the United States.” She was thrilled to “have the opportunity to show my abilities to the world and my friends and coaches to show I can do it!” Congrats Abby on an amazing week, and thanks for representing this community with such aplomb.
July 1, 2018- Cape Cod TimesSpecial Olympian Abby Tetrault to Compete in Seattle
HYANNIS - Abby Tetraul’ character is reflected in her demeanor.
Tetrault, 27, diagnosed with an intellectual disability at age 5, almost always wears a calm, relaxed smile.
When she steps up to the starting line or is about to begin an exercise during workouts, her eyes focus with determination, but ther’ always a hint of a smile.
When she finishes, her breathing is heavy, but she is glowing with a sense of accomplishment.
She loves to run, and i’ not long before sh’ ready for more.
Keep reading here.
June 17, 2018Riverview School Grads Praised for Perseverance
EAST SANDWICH — Anna Sampson, co-president of the 2018 graduating class of Riverview School, invoked Vincent Van Gogh on Sunday to describe her classmates’ ability to persevere when faced with obstacles and adversity.
“If you hear a voice within you say, you cannot paint; then by all means, paint and that voice will be silenced,” Sampson said, quoting the famous Dutch painter. “Together, we have silenced that voice over and over again, every time we get out of our comfort zones, every time we surprise ourselves by never giving up.”
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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 19, 2018Baker Urges Project Forward Grads to Take Risks, Be Proud
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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.
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, 2018Rivervie’ Leading Scorer!
Michael Poulin was recently recognized as Rivervie’ 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 Rivervie’ 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 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. W’l be watching you on TV!
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.
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 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
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 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
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 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 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.
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 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.
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
January 1, 2001What's New at Riverview!
Riverview is Hiring!
The Barbarians Visit Riverview
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