The Riverwalk Academy Board of Directors is proud to announce that they have appointed Robbie Compton, Ph.D. to serve as Riverwalk Academy’s Interim Head of School. Dr. Compton comes to Riverwalk Academy with a wealth of experience in South Carolina education and charter schools. Dr. Compton has served as the Assistant Superintendent for Academic Programs at the South Carolina Public Charter School District and as a Transformational Coach with the South Carolina Department of Education. He is also certified as a Superintendent by the South Carolina State Board of Education. Dr. Compton resides in Rock Hill and is looking forward to meeting everyone. We are thrilled for Dr. Compton to join our team, and we know he will do an excellent job for our Riverwalk Academy students!
We regret to inform the Riverwalk Academy community that we must implement a reduction in force (RIF) because of lower than anticipated enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year. As background, Riverwalk Academy’s funding is primarily based on its student enrollment. Riverwalk Academy’s enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is 511 students, which is 167 students less than anticipated. Due to this lower than anticipated enrollment, Riverwalk Academy has a budget shortfall of approximately $1,700,000.00. As a result, Riverwalk Academy must implement a RIF, in which some positions at the school will be eliminated. Our primary goal in implementing the RIF is to protect the students in our classrooms and the school’s academic program. The administration and Board have taken the following considerations into account in deciding which positions to eliminate: direct student impact, certification status, principal or supervisor’s recommendation, length of service at the school and other factors as appropriate. Employees whose positions are eliminated will be notified that they will be considered for reemployment before their positions are filled in the future. Following the RIF, we expect Riverwalk Academy’s staff size to be almost identical to the 2016-2017 school year.
Additionally, we want to make the community aware that Riverwalk Academy’s Principal, Ms. Cora Stepp, proposed including herself in the RIF, and the Board accepted Ms. Stepp’s proposal to do so. We are thankful for Ms. Stepp’s service to Riverwalk Academy and we wish her well personally and professionally in her future endeavors.
In the near future, staff and parents will be given additional information about the RIF plan to ensure that students experience a nurturing incorporation into their Project Based Learning grade communities. This concerted effort will be implemented to maintain positive experiences and treasure valuable teaching and learning time. The unique Project Based Learning style allows our learners to know all grade level teachers well and thus maintains a sense of community and belonging for our children.
Dear 4th - 8th Grade Families,
Riverwalk Academy is proud to announce the start-up of our 2017-2018 Student Council! The Riverwalk Student Council will be involved with community projects, encouraging school leadership among the student body, school spirit events, PTO, fundraising events, school tours and much more. Learners will get to be a part of starting new traditions and being the voice of the student body. Student Council will meet every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m. There might be other days that members will need to stay in order to help set up for events, but these will be announced well in advance.
The Student Council Board will consist of the following offices: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member At-Large, which will be filled by elected 6th-grade learners. Student Council will also consist of two elected grade-level representatives from 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.
Learners interested in running will need to do an electronic application that can be found at the following link:
The application can also be found on the Riverwalk website.
Learners running for 6th grade Board positions will write a speech and present it to the 4th through 8th grade learners during morning announcements. Candidates are able to create posters, flyers, and buttons to hand out during the 2 days before elections. They may not hand out food or other bribes to get votes. After the learners give their speech to their grade level, their peers will vote. Voting will also be done electronically this year in homeroom classes. The winning candidates will hold their position for the remainder of this year.
● Monday, September 11, 2017, at 4:00 p.m .
○ Applications will be open online
● Friday, September 15, 2017, by 4:00 p.m.
○ Last day for all applications to be submitted. No late applications will be accepted.
● September 18th – 22nd
○ Applications will be reviewed by Student Council Advisors
● Monday, September 25 th
○ Speeches will be given on, during morning announcements.
● Sept. 25th-27 th
○ Campaigning (Posters, buttons, flyers) can begin .
● Wednesday, September 27 th
● Thursday, September 28 th
○ The winning candidates will be announced
● Friday, September 29 th
○ Welcome and Expectations meeting for New Candidates during Community PBL Block
We are very excited and look forward working with each of you.
Student Council Advisors
We will meet every 3rd Thursday of the month, from 3:45-4:30 in Mrs. Semke's 5th Grade classroom
The Environmental Club is a group open to 4th-8th graders. The Environmental Club's goal is to raise awareness about environmental issues through community outreach, environmentally-themed fundraisers, and participation in community events and competitions. This club will take a student led, PBL style approach to raise awareness and offer solutions to environmental issues facing our school and community.
We hope you can make it to our first meeting on Thursday, October 19th.
We would also like to invite any parents who are interested in helping with this club to join us at our first meeting to receive additional information.
Environmental Club Sponsors:
Mrs. Davis, Ms. Semke and Mrs. Krebs
Based on consultation with the emergency management officials, Riverwalk Academy will operate on a Two-Hour Delay on Tuesday, September 12. The delay allows all staff and emergency management personnel, to access damage and potential power outages. Further, it allows all of our school riders and drivers increased visibility on roadways that may have downed trees or power lines on the road from the storm. Please stay safe and we will see you all tomorrow, Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at 10 AM.