Category Archives: Teachers & Staff

Exceptional Riverstone Faculty News

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We are excited to share the recent successes of two members of the Riverstone faculty. Both Christine Corbin and Jon Moreno-Ramirez exemplify the unique and exceptional individuals who teach at Riverstone International School.

Congratulations, Christine and Jon!

00063Christine Corbin, our Middle School Art teacher, has been recognized as a 2017 Fellow and awarded a $5000 grant to “Explore the art, customs and culture of the diminishing Ethiopian Omo River Valley tribal people to enhance current art units on perceptions of beauty in diverse cultures and on unique tribal identity through the use of body painting and adornment, scarification, and piercings.”

During her month-long trip, Christine will be living with the Omo River Valley tribal people as she conducts her research. Fund for Teachers, the organization awarding this grant wrote to Christine, “From thousands of applications from across the country, your proposal stood out as one that will bring relevant knowledge and skills back to your students.You now join a peer group of over 7,000 other PreK – 12 educators who refused to settle for traditional professional development or the status quo in their classroom. After navigating the globe conducting field research, attending seminars, volunteering with community organizations or observing best practices, our Fellows inspire school communities with authentic learning.” You may read more about the 2017 Fellows and their proposals here.
We are incredibly proud of Christine who put over 100 hours of work into her grant application. We can’t wait to hear about her adventures and see the impact on our students! Congratulations, Christine!


00236High School Physics teacher, Jon Moreno-Ramirez was recently featured in an Idaho Ed News article celebrating him as a recipient of a $15,000 Partners in Science Program grant from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

Jon will investigate the fundamental physical properties of nanoscale ferroelectrics and multiferroics in various devices, such as computer memories or microwave electronic devices. The grant program is to help high school science teachers obtain firsthand research experience that they can apply in the classroom. Congratulations, Jon!






Important Policies and Procedures

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Please find important policies and procedures for our community included below.

*Updated Aug 2017

School Hours

  • Preschool – Grade 5 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
  • Grades 6 – 7 (8:20 AM – 3:20 PM with a daily 15 minute homeroom built in to the schedule)
  • Grades 8 – 12 (8:20 AM – 3:05 PM)

Notify the school if you child will be absent
Our experience has shown that attending classes daily is one of the most important factors of being a successful student.

If your student will be absent, please notify the school as soon as possible.

Please contact Sarah Taylor in the Elementary School (208-424-5000 ext. 0) or Tanith Brown (via email) in the Middle and High School.

Middle and High School parents may submit attendance excusals by 9:00 AM the morning of absence via ManageBac at

If a student has repeated absences or tardies, the Division Director will work closely with the student and their parents to rectify the problem.

Checking In or Checking Out Students
Parents must sign in students who are arriving late or sign out students who are leaving prior to the end of the school day.

Elementary parents should use the sign in/out sheets that are located by the Elementary School Director’s office.

Middle and High School students should be signed out on the clipboard by Kathleen Gilton’s office in the Middle School or by Andy Johnson’s office in the High School.

For the protection of your child’s classmates and staff, if any of the following signs or symptoms are present over the next school year, please keep your child at home for at least 24 hours after the last sign of symptom.

  • Elevated temperature (100.0° or higher)
  • Diarrhea
  • Persistent headache
  • Inflamed/sore throat
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Unexplained rash
  • Wheezing
  • Earache

When a student has a communicable disease, it must be reported to the school at once. Communicable diseases include: Chicken Pox, Head Lice, Impetigo, Pink Eye/Conjunctivitis, Ringworm, Scabies, Scarlet Fever, Strep Throat or Fifth Disease.

When the school becomes aware of students having been exposed to a communicable disease, the school will make every effort to contact families of the exposed students.

If a child becomes ill at school, or has any of the above symptoms, parents will be contacted in order to take their child home.

Administering Medications
While your child is at school, Riverstone faculty and staff are prohibited from giving your child medications – including acetominophen, ibuprofen and naproxen sodium – without express written permission accompanying the medication in its original container. The permission must describe the dose the parents approve the school to administer.

Please provide the medication and permission to either James Hamilton-Vail in the Elementary School or Andy Johnson in the Middle and High School.

At Riverstone, we use ManageBac, an online tool specifically designed for planning, assessment, and reporting for International Baccalaureate programs.

In the Elementary School, teachers use ManageBac for curriculum planning and producing semester report cards. At the end of the first semester, new parents receive an email inviting them to create a ManageBac account so that they may view their child’s report card when it is posted.

In the High School, teachers use ManageBac for curriculum planning, communicating with students, evaluating student work, and producing semester report cards.

In the first weeks of school, new parents receive an email invitation to create their own ManageBac login. We encourage parents to regularly view their student’s attendance, assignments, and assessments. At the end of each semester, parents are notified when report cards are posted for viewing.

Visitor Sign In
All visitors to the school, including parents, guest speakers, alumni, and community members, must check-in and obtain a visitors badge at either the Elementary School or Middle School front desks.

Badges should be returned and visitors check out at the end of the visit. Thank you for your cooperation!

Preschool – Grade 5 Before and After Care Program
Before- and After-School Care is a fee-based service provided to Riverstone parents and staff. Parents can schedule their children to use this service regularly or on a drop-in basis.

*Please Note: Before Care will not start until Tuesday, Aug 29. After-care will be available on the first day of school, Monday, Aug 28. We will not provide Before- and After-School Care on teacher in-service days (Thursday, Oct 5 – Friday, Oct 6, 2017 as well as Monday, Apr 2, 2018).
The safety of the children is paramount and licensed childcare workers supervise all children. Only children paying for the service are permitted to be in the childcare classroom. Please note that enrollment agreements must be signed prior to your student utilizing Before- and After-School Care.

Before-School Care is available Monday – Friday from 7:30 AM – 8:15 AM at a cost of $3 per session.

After-School Care is available Monday – Friday from 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM at a cost of $6 per session.

Study Hall: After School Gym Foyer Supervision for Grades 6 – 12
Riverstone will continue to provide supervision in the gym foyer after school for students in Gr 6-12 between 4:00 PM – 6:00 PMMonday – Friday.

Students on campus after 4:00 PM must be in the Gym Foyer unless in the direct supervision of a faculty member during an after-school activity or athletic program.

The foyer will provide students with a space to catch up on homework as well as a place where they can wait for practices or games to begin.

If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Berner.

After School Activities

Online Registration – All Riverstone clubs and teams will require parents to register or sign up online. Links will be made available and sent to families via the weekly newsletter. Information about specific activities is sent out the first few weeks of school.

Clubs and Club Fair – A Club Fair following the Fall Outdoor Trips will give students the opportunity to explore their options for each year. Club sign-up information will be sent out to families via the newsletter.

Social Events – Social events will include dances, movie nights, evening activities, occasional “meet-ups,” as well as events organized by the MS and HS Student Councils. Event dates throughout the school year are posted to the school calendar and will updated with additional details closer to the event. Please check it often to stay current on any upcoming events.

If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Berner.

Riverstone Staff 2016-17

Where You're From Is Who You Are

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Grade 4As part of the Fourth Grade “Who We Are” unit of inquiry, Riverstone Librarian, Susan Tabb, and the students are creating a map that shows where we have lived. The “we” in this project are the Riverstone staff and students. Gathering this information has been humbling.

At Riverstone, when we talk about International Understanding as one of our five pillars, and creating an international culture at the school, we tend talk about the number of international and expatriate students, we have as well as the international experiences our children have through travel. But we cannot forget the experiences that the Riverstone staff members bring to this equation. The Riverstone staff has world experiences that cover every continent, 40 countries, and 40 states plus Washington, D.C.

Thank you to our Grade 4 students for gathering the following information! And thank you to our staff for creating a truly international experience for our students!

Countries Riverstone Staff Have Lived In

American Samoa
New Zealand
Puerto Rico
South Korea
United Arab Emirates
United States
West Germany
West Africa

States (including Washington, D.C.) Riverstone Staff Have Lived In

New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Washington, D.C.

Teacher In-Service Days

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The past two days of staff development at Riverstone have been incredibly productive and rewarding. Here is a short list of what the staff have been up to:

  • Several teachers attended Khan Academy training at Northwest Nazarene University
  • Middle School teachers prepared for their Middle Years Programme re-authorization visit in November
  • Primary Years Programme and Diploma Programme teachers worked together refining curriculum
  • All staff attended a two hour session with the Flourish Foundation about mindfulness
  • All teachers organized themselves into department meetings to work on ensuring vertical articulation of our curriculum by subject area (Math, Science, English, etc)
  • All staff participated in a training session on crisis management
  • To wrap it all up, we had a delicious pizza and salad lunch in the atrium!

It was a busy two days but having the chance to learn new things and work together is invaluable and translates to a better experience for our students and staff. We look forward to bringing back what we learned to the classrooms!


Amazing Teachers Focus on Curriculum Development

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Thank you to Lynne Erickson for spending the day with us. Lynn led our teachers in a full-day of professional development related to curriculum development as it applies to the International Baccalaureate Programmes. As Idaho’s first IB World School, and only one of 16 in the country authorized for the PYP, MYP, and DP, we take our professional development seriously!

We are off to a great start for 2013-2014!

Ben's Shiny New Boots

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Ben Brock, our Director of Outdoor Education, showed up at school yesterday sporting his new hiking boots. His plan is to start breaking in those shiny new boots before the Sawtooth Traverse and Fall trips. Seeing Ben excited about his new boots reminded me of his email to parents prior to Spring Trips about the importance of breaking in boots and the newly established Boot Camp to help our students do just that. I wanted to post the email here as another example of Ben’s innovative and fun ideas to prepare our kids for backpacking trips. Maybe your family would like to establish your own Boot Camp this summer?

Email from Ben Brock to parents of students in Grades 8-11:

“If you’re one of the people who have outgrown your boots since your last backpacking trip, time is getting tight to properly break in new pair of boots for Spring Trips…

But don’t despair. During the next two weeks, various Riverstone teachers / trip leaders will be hitting the Greenbelt every day at lunch to put a few miles on new kicks in the First Annual Spring Trip Boot Camp! If these walks aren’t sufficient to completely break in new footwear, they will at least help identify any hotspots that might develop. We can then use a little preventative moleskin on those potential hotspots on the first days of Spring Trips to make sure that blisters don’t form, even if boots are still a little stiff.

Additionally, on the next two Tuesdays and Thursdays (April 30, May 2, 7, 9) from 3:30 to 4:30 Ben Brock will lead a little more ambitious walk up Council Springs Road, into the foothills directly north of school. We’ll walk out (and up) for 30 minutes and then turn around and walk back to school. In addition to getting a few more miles on some boots, this will also be a great opportunity to put a little weight in your pack and build an aerobic base for the upcoming Spring Trips. Don’t have a pack you say? Reserve one from the Outdoor Program and check it out early to make sure it gets properly fit. And that you know where to put that new hydration system that you just went out and bought…

Loaner Boots – If you know that you need boots for this trip and are worried about getting a brand new pair, let me know. I have a pretty good selection of pre-loved boots that have been donated to the school.

Weather is getting NICE and I can’t wait to hit the trails (blister-free)!”

Getting Ready for a New Year

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Getting ready for the first day of school is always an exciting time. Teachers are meeting to collaborate on curriculum, learn new technology skills, and prepare their classrooms, among a long list of other things. It’s a time of high energy and excitement that reminds us all of why we love working together.

Yesterday, the multi-purpose room was put to good use while staff were certified in CPR and First Aid. At the end of the day, the room was re-invented when the Parents’ Association treated everyone to a visit from the taco truck! Now that was the way to start the year!

Many thanks to our teachers and staff for all their efforts preparing for our students’ arrival on Monday. And we are grateful to the Parents’ Association for the good food and good fun!