Virtual Learning

Blended Learning Plan for 2020-2021

  • Riverstone’s Blended Learning Plan outlines the academic program expectations and safety protocols for the start of the school year on August 24, 2020. Safety of the community, quality of the academic programs, and flexibility to address environmental changes, all while providing continuity of learning are the overarching principles behind this plan. Please view the plan here.
  • All scenarios and plans are aligned with ID Rebounds Guidelines, summarized in the Riverstone Teaching and Learning Plan 2020-21. Each of these scenarios have been developed by working in close coordination with regional and state officials, and with other international and independent schools.

SPECIAL NOTE: The information below reflects the virtual learning experience at Riverstone in the Spring of 2020. We hope this information provides you with a sense of the continued academic learning and personal growth that took place during the ten weeks following the closure of school due to COVID-19.

Riverstone’s path to virtual learning

At Riverstone, our educational philosophy of inquiry-based learning parallels how our school administration and teachers are approaching the evolution of virtual learning for our students. We asked ourselves:

How might we best meet the academic needs of our students?

How do we expand the personal support and sense of community that are hallmarks of a Riverstone education into a virtual setting?

As we strive for consistency, connection, and challenge for our students, what did we learn today and how does that affect what we do tomorrow?

With that mindset, the transition to full virtual learning began on Tuesday, March 31 and continued through the scheduled last day of school, June 3, 2020.

Excellence in a virtual learning environment

  • We collaborate with international schools around the world. As members of the Association for Advancement of International Education, we can tap into—and contribute to—the collective experience of school leaders worldwide.
  • We have a school culture of being willing to try new things.  We encourage each other to try new approaches, ask for feedback, reflect, and pivot as needed.
  • We capitalize on being nimble. As an independent school with 365 students, we have the flexibility to make the decisions that are right for our students, our families, and teachers.
  • We understand that one size does not fit all. From our youngest learners in preschool to our soon-to-be high school graduates, the virtual learning opportunities are tailored for each grade.
  • We build upon a foundation of trust.  500 Internal Server Error

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  • We utilize two school-wide technology platforms. With over ten years of experience in growing our digital resources, our students and teachers are adept at safely using the Google Suite and ManageBac platforms.
  • We keep our mission front and center when making decisions. We inspire courageous journeys of academic and personal exploration so that our students may lead purposeful lives. Although we have to be focused on what’s in front of us in the short-term, we know we must keep our eyes on the long-term success of our students.

Virtual Learning: Spring 2020 Experience

Elementary School Virtual Learning (Preschool – Grade 5)

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  2. Students have the opportunity to practice skills, revisit and consolidate previous learning, and  reflect. Continuity of learning is ensured by connecting instruction to prior classes and the classes to follow.
  3. Every student has a school-associated Google account. Teachers are able to send communications to students, including class assignments and links to safely connect through Google Meet for online instruction and discussions. Assignments are created, shared, commented upon by teachers, revised, and submitted through Google documents.

Download the Elementary School schedule here. Download the Elementary School Virtual Learning Plan here.

Middle and High School Virtual Learning (Grades 6-12)

  1. Focused, virtual classroom-based teaching and learning is scheduled from 8:20AM until 12:00PM, Monday through Friday. Students follow our typical A/B schedule—albeit with shorter class periods. The afternoons are dedicated to connecting with teachers with questions, collaborating with classmates, and joining additional learning opportunities organized by teachers for particular classes and projects.
  2. Continuity of learning is ensured by connecting instruction to prior classes and the classes to follow.
  3. ManageBac is our online curriculum management tool that allows teachers and students to communicate daily learning goals, access instructional materials, submit assessments and receive feedback.
  4. Every student has a school-associated Google account. Teachers share links to safely connect to through Google Meet for online instruction, discussions, and collaborations.
  5. Our Advisory and Assembly programs continue virtually.  The primary focus is on well-being and connection.

Download the Middle and High School schedule here. Download the Middle and High School Virtual Learning Plan here.

Maintaining connection and balance

Our school counselor has been regularly communicating with suggestions to help everyone cope with the disruptions caused by COVID-19. Recently, she encouraged students to take time each day to recognize things in their lives that bring them happiness. View the photos they have posted on the Riverstone Happiness Project padlet.

Our Dean of Students is keeping connections strong between Middle and High Schools students and their advisors with weekly advisory challenges. Check out the photos posted for 500 Internal Server Error

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The Riverstone Green Team led a weeklong virtual celebration for Earth Day with activities and videos. Check out the Green Team padlet for suggestions on how to be better stewards of our one and only Earth. Please view their 50th Earth Day PSA here.

Our Outdoor Education Coordinator has been sharing suggestions and ideas related to safely enjoying the outdoors and providing advice for planning future adventures. Visit the Outdoor Education padlet here.

Celebrating students

Graduation for the Class of 2020

Celebrate the Class 0f 2020 virtually! The ceremony may be different this year, but the sentiments and unique Riverstone graduation tradition continues.  Please listen to students reflect on their time at Riverstone, and teachers reflect on individual students.

Link to the Class of 2020 graduation video here.

Meet the Seniors: Class of 2020

Each year, our soon-to-be graduates share plans for the future and reflect on their experience at Riverstone.

If you're curious to know where our students' hometowns are, what their Extended Essay title was, their favorite memories, what college or university they are going to attend, and their advice for younger students, be sure to click on the link below!

Meet the Seniors: Class of 2020 here.

Senior Art Show

In the two year Diploma Programme, Visual Arts students are challenged to develop technical skills and confidence as art-makers, but are also challenged to develop analytical skills and expand their cultural boundaries of artistic expression. Students curate their own art show, including writing and sharing rationales for the selections they have chosen to highlight. 

This year, students are sharing their Senior Art Show with us in a new format: a digital publication.  We think you will enjoy perusing this beautiful publication, reflecting their artistic journeys and personal growth during the past two years. Congratulations, Class of 2020!

View the Senior Art show here.

Meet the Class of 2020 on Social Media

We will be profiling our seniors on our school Facebook and Instagram pages during May. They'll be answering questions and sharing reflections on their time at Riverstone.

They are interesting, thoughtful, honest, funny and terrific representatives of our school. Congratulations, Class of 2020!


Final Senior Lunch

Senior lunches, hosted by Senior parents,  are a much-loved tradition at Riverstone.  These lunches provide a respite from the stresses of senior year; an opportunity to relax, laugh, and enjoy a delicious meal together.

In order to stay safest-at-home, the class connected for their final class lunch using Google Meet.

The parents hand-delivered a fabulous lunch of coconut rice, Asian chicken meatballs, and stir-fried green beans.

A special surprise was a gift from Parents' Association: embroidered blankets for our seniors to take with them on future adventures. 

Thanks to everyone who made this final Senior Lunch a special day for the Class of 2020!


Personal Project Exhibition: Class of 2022

This year's IB Middle Years Programme capstone, the Personal Project, is being presented virtually via Instagram.

"Each and every student this year produced a project that they should be proud of. I certainly am proud of them. I am equally as impressed by their ability to quickly pivot and find a way to share those accomplishments with the community virtually." – Shadrach Pilip-Florea, Personal Project Coordinator

Please take a few moments to view photos and short videos from our Grade 10 students on this special Instagram account, @risvirtualpersonalproject.

Congratulations, Class of 2022!

National History Day Idaho State Winners

Congratulations to Liam S, Ian M, and Miles M! These Grade 6 students have been invited to compete in the virtual National History Day National competition in June. They placed 2nd for their group documentary in the Idaho State Championships!

Congratulations also to the NHD Idaho State Competition Youth Division winners below from Grade 5!

Vera B: Historical Paper, 1st Place (State Champ!)
Mira B: Individual Exhibit, 1st Place (State Champ!)
Gijs S and Lukas H: Group Website, 1st Place (State Champ!)
Elle F: Individual Website, 2nd Place
Will A: Historical Paper, 2nd Place
Lillian G: Individual Exhibit, 2nd Place
Madison B and Mia T: Group Exhibit, 3rd Place
Kailani K: Individual Documentary, 3rd Place
Liam J: Individual Website, 3rd Place
Rainey G: Individual Exhibit, 4th Place

Special thanks to our teachers for their guidance:  Jennifer Bistritz, Dan Neef, Trevor Lindsay and Jennifer Smackey. 


Virtual learning in action