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    Rider Family News        

    September 5, 2023


    Principal’s Message


    Hi Riders,

    Happy September!  It is so great to see our students back at school and in class!  Our attendance rate is close to 90% so thank you for getting your student to school on time, and for their continued work to get to class!  If you know that your student will be absent, you can pre-approve it by calling the attendance office, emailing, or putting the absence in yourself on ParentVue.  Attendance is a huge focus for us this year, and we know how important it is to work in partnership with students and families.  If your student is struggling with attendance, you can reach out to one of our attendance coaches.  Check out the attendance web-site for more information (

    Go Riders!



    RHS Social Media






    Spanish Group



    The next two weeks at RHS

    Monday, Sep 4

    No school

    Tuesday, Sep 5

    B Day

    Wednesday, Sep 6

    A Day

    Thursday, Sep 6

    B Day

    Friday, Sep 7

    A Day

    Labor Day Holiday





    Tuesday, Sep 11

    B Day

    Wednesday, Sep 12

    A Day

    Thursday, Sep 13

    B Day

    Friday, Sep 14

    Flex A Day

    Thursday, Sep 15

    Flex B Day




    Back to School Night 5:30-8





    Upcoming Events Calendar

    Sep 14: Back to School Night 5:30 - 8:00pm

    Sep 21: Roosevelt Supporter Club General Meeting (RHS Library 6:00pm)

    Sep 25-29: Spirit Week

    Sep 29: Spirit Week Assembly, Homecoming Football Game

    Sep 30: Homecoming Dance 7:00 - 10:00pm


    This Week’s News (Looking for last week’s articles? Click here for the August 28th RFN.)


    Tech Changes This Year

    As we move into the 3rd year with our VILS Chromebook program, we have some updates to the Chromebook process that we want to share. We shared these updates in a flyer that went home over the summer, here is the digital version of what we sent out! We are looking to distribute devices to students the 6th and 7th of September.   PDF for families in English and Spanish.

    Device Distribution:  We hope to distribute devices to students on September 6th and 7th.



    Parents can excuse absences in ParentVUE

    Parents, did you know that you can excuse full-day absences in ParentVUE? Just click on the Attendance button, then on Report Attendance. You will not need to call the school, and you will avoid getting an attendance call. Forgot your ParentVUE credentials or don’t have an account yet? Click here to request ParentVUE help.



    9th Grade Families

    The 9th grade teachers are starting the year strong with a cell phone policy.  Your student will be asked to have their phones off and away during class time.  If a phone comes out of a backpack, you may receive an email from the teacher.  We ask that you work with your student to create a plan that will allow them to learn without the distraction of cell phones.  



    SUN School

    Greetings RHS Families! The SUN Food Pantry will be back up and running Friday, September 8th, 1:00-3:00. The Food Pantry will be open every Friday, excluding Fridays where there is no school.. A flyer will be sent out in the coming weeks. You can also find updates in Trivory under Resources > Programs & Places.



    Last Week’s Rider Family News

    Each week we are sharing important information for families in the Rider Family News. If you missed last week’s issue, you can find a link to it in the “This Week’s News” header above.




    Leadership Activities



    SENIORS- if you didn’t get your shirt, see Ms. Hill in room 88



    Lunch meeting for 9th grade reps Sept 6th

    Back to school night Sept 14

    Spirit week- Sept 25-29

    Mon- Denim Day

    Tuesday-Barbie’s World

    Wednesday- Dynamic Duo

    Thursday- Throwback Thursday

    Friday- Rider Night Lights

    Homecoming tailgate 29th

    Homecoming Dance 30th: 7-10


    College and Career


    Welcome to another school year at RHS! We are the College and Career Coordinators for your students and we wanted to introduce ourselves. Every year we visit senior English classes and do this presentation. We are sharing it with you because it is a nice summary of what we do and how we can help your students. As College and Career Coordinators, we work with all grade levels when it comes to college and career planning. Lastly, we want to share our webpage, that is where we have our longer introduction, how you can reach us, and where we post important things: like scholarships, internships, and others.

    The short version: we help students with planning for after high school, and help make it a reality. It is important for students to have a plan for what they will do after high school and we can help.

    We look forward to working with you, your students, or both!

    Raisa and Angel




    We are excited to kick off the Fall Sports. Below are a few reminders for our spectators for this upcoming season.


    No Large Bag Policy:  The PPS policy for large bags/backpacks in Athletic Events is that at no time are large bags/backpacks allowed inside the facility while attending events on PPS property.  All park fields, this rule does not apply.  Some school sites will be able to offer a bag check, while others, due to site location and other factors will not. Please be prepared for both options as you travel through league games this year. In the preseason, many other conferences also have this policy and without a bag check option.    


    Admission:  We will be charging admission in the following sports across the district. Football, Volleyball, and Boys and Girls Basketball. We will not charge at the lower levels, however, an hour before the varsity contest is when the ticket booth opens.

    PIL Single Game Ticket Prices:

    Football Ticket Prices: Adults $6, Students $2

    Volleyball Ticket Prices: Adults $3, Students $1

    Soccer: No Charge

    XC: No Charge for league meets- offsite invitationals might charge admission


    Athletics Passes:  This year, the PIL is offering Athletics passes to be purchased this fall.  These passes are accepted at all League Events. These passes do not get you into preseason games outside the PIL.

    Football Season Pass: $42 - purchase at the gate (cash/check) or online here

    Volleyball Season Pass: $25 - purchase at the gate (cash/check) or online here

    Pick up passes purchased online at the gate by showing your SchoolPay receipt.


    Outside Food:  Outside food or drink will not be allowed at our Athletic Contests. Some sites will have concession stands open for food purchases.


    No Re-Entry:  Once a person enters the game, we are not allowing anyone to leave the event and return. This policy is for both students and adults.  


    Spectator Conduct: It is of the utmost importance that we conduct with the highest level of Sportsmanship towards visiting schools, athletes, fans, and officials. The PIL is seeking to provide the best experience possible for everyone that attends our Athletic Contests. What makes these events fun and enriches those participating is when all of us do our part regardless of the outcome. Should any concerns arise, please seek out event workers, administration, or security personnel to help resolve any concerns. We appreciate your support in advance when attending Athletic Events.    


    Looking forward to seeing you in the stands this year.


    Handouts that were given at the Fall Parents/Coaches Meeting:

    1. Fall Coaches/Parents Meeting 8/17/23
    2. Roosevelt Supporter Club
    3. Roosevelt Athletics Sponsorship Program
    4. Academic Requirements
    5. RHS Fall 2023 Varsity Schedule
    6. Coaches Contact List





    Looking forward to meeting new students and welcoming back students to our theatre department. If you forecasted for theatre, but don’t see it on your schedule, please talk to your counselor to make sure you get switched into the correct class. If you wish you had forecasted for theatre, do the same.



    Drama Club meets on Thursdays at lunch in the Black Box Theatre, Room 009. Everyone is welcome to join at any time. How? Just show up! It’s that easy. Bring a friend for more fun! We do social events, field trips, competitions, fundraisers, community service, and more.


    AUDITIONS - Opening Act Theatre Company

    Auditions for the DOUBLE FEATURE fall plays are here! Auditions are Tues., Wed., and Thurs. Sept. 5, 6, and 7 in the Main Stage Theatre. Auditions for Roosevelt’s Opening Act Theatre Company production of Night of the Living Dead are from 3:45-6:00 PM, and formerly the Roosevelt Theatre Alumni Group, Stage Left PDX’s production of D.O.A. are 6:30-8:30 PM. No experience needed. You only need to attend ONE audition day for all roles on stage and backstage. Non-speaking roles available. Callbacks will be held on Fri. Sept. 8 either 3:45-6pm for NLD and 6:30-8:30pm for DOA. More info at  



    Roosevelt's Thespian Troupe 7289 won big at nationals this year! CONGRATULATIONS Theatre International Winners!


    Congratulations to our Thespian Troupe 7289 at the International Thespian Festival this summer!

    Over 1500 competitors were adjudicated for the Thespys competition at the national level, after advancing from the regional and/or state levels. Some folks are seniors who just graduated while others are current RHS students. If you see them, please congratulate them!



    Stage Management: Sesen Haddish, Failure: A Love Story

    Solo Musical: Eleanor Black, "Screw Loose" from Cry Baby, the musical; Ari Bongiorno, "When He Sees Me" from Waitress

    Duo Dramatic: Reine Bieker & Nate Lorberbaum

    Duo Comedic: Lily Russell & Dominic Thompson

    Solo Acting: Reine Bieker, Eleanor Black, Milo Knoke, Nate Lorberbaum, Roneel Sharma



    Solo Musical: Lily Russell, "Me and the Sky" from Come From Away; Also received a perfect score and walked away with a Thespy

    Duo Comedic: Emma Shipley & Paige Walters

    Large Group Musical: “In” from Carrie the Musical (Reine Bieker, Ari Bongiorno, Zoe Hertlein, Lily Russell, Emma Shipley, David Stephens, Dominic Thompson, Izzy Umberhandt, Paige Walters, DeAndre Williams)



    David Stephens



    Dominic Thompson


    And our large group musical was selected for the Thespys Showcase as only 1 of 11 performers selected among those 1500 competitors and only 1 of 3 group musicals selected, meaning we are champions in the top 3 nationally! It's a HUGE deal to be selected for the Showcase. It’s the first time we’ve ever had students make it this far in these “individual events” because that’s how difficult it is and what a huge honor it is, too. Definitely news to share!



    SUN Clubs


    Are you interested in joining a club this year? Please contact Nadja Johnson ( to learn more about after-school clubs, free tutoring, community programs, resources, volunteer opportunities, and more!