July 13, 2020Virtual Summer Learning Program Begins!
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July 1, 2020Virtual Information Session
Virtual Information Sessions are held every 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. Sign up today at email@example.com or by calling 508-888-0489 ext. 206.
- Riverview’s Commitment to Working Against Racism
- Virtual Information Session
- Riverview Roundtable Series - more dates and topics to come!
- 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
- Virtual Summer Learning Program Begins!
News and Press
- 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
- Big News for Riverview School!
- 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
June 10, 2020Riverview Roundtable Series - more dates and topics to come!
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about our unique and innovative programming, as well as ask questions. Space is limited. Sign up today at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.”
Read full story HERE
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.
June 15, 2019Big News for Riverview School!
Riverview School raised $12 million this year and will be breaking ground on a new Fitness and Recreation Center, as well as a new Nutrition Center in November 2019!
Our Campaign for Wellness will now include world-class facilities, which will be completed in October 2020. These new Centers will be cultural hubs, beacons of wellness, and transformative for our students and staff.
Please take a moment to view this short “fly through” of our new Centers, learn more about Wellness at Riverview, and read this special message from Head of School, Stewart Miller about Riverview’s inspirational journey to become leaders in this critical area of student development.
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.”
Read full article here
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