Friday, September 26, 2014

RHS Staff Spotlight

I love Riverton High School! This has been a great year full of learning experiences, and AWESOME students and faculty.

I am a wife to an amazing guy, mom to 4 incredible girls and 2 dogs. I love to read, craft, play and watch sports. I especially love watching and cheering on my girls!I work in the counseling center as a "tracker" or mentor, where I get to work with students, helping them find success in school. Through consistent visits, we discuss organization, study habits, stress and time management and NEVER give up. I have met some incredible students and consider myself lucky to be here! RHS is the BEST!

From Anita Nielsen, School Psychologist. "Tina is a great asset to the counseling center here at RHS. She has been dedicated to the students she works with. Tina has good communication skills and relates well with the students. She offers caring support to students who are struggling to be successful in school."

Student Spotlight

Ashlin Gates a senior at Riverton High School is an extremely motivated student who has taken the steps necessary to accomplish her goals.  She maintains a 3.9 GPA, has taken numerous advanced placement classes and has passed five AP tests.   Ashlin has earned an Advanced Placement International Diploma through College Board.  She was awarded a scholarship through the National Security Initiative for Youth through the United States State Department to study Persian in Tajikistan. She has been learning to speak and master the Persian language over the course of two years.  She was involved in a cultural and language immersion program in Tajikistan where she lived in a Persian home and attended Persian language classes.   After returning back to the United States, she took and passed an oral proficiency exam for Persian and became an alumni of the United States State Department.  She is very interested in languages and is in AP Spanish this year but has also studied Mandarin Chinese. She has been a member of the Model European Union and Interact clubs.  In 2014, she attended classes through the Startalk program at UCLA for Persian language studies where she earned the equivalent of one year of high school credit.   Her plans are to attend a college outside of the state of Utah where she can continue her study of Persian and related languages.  


FCCLA is ready for a great school year. The officers for this coming year are:
PRESIDENT - Lakyn Butterfield
VP PROGRAMS - Whitney Nordhoff
VP MEMBERSHIP - Thekla Hughes
VP STAR EVENTS - Sierra Francis

They recently attended the State Leadership conference.
Upcoming events include: Region Activity, creating items for Festival of Trees, Festival of Trees
field trip, service projects, preparing for STAR Event competitions, and lunches bunch activities.
For more information about FCCLA contact one of the officers or any of the FACS teachers.

Girls Basketball


Girls Basketball Open Gyms:
Tuesday,  Oct 28, 6-8 pm
Wednesday, Oct 29, 6-8 pm
Tuesday,  Nov  4, 6-8 pm
Wednesday, Nov  5, 6-8 pm
Thursday, Nov  6, 6-8 pm
*Parent tryout information meeting Thursday, Nov 6, 8 pm
immediately following open gym.

Girls Basketball Tryouts:
Monday, Nov 10
Tuesday, Nov 11
*Time and gym locations TBA.

*Questions and concerns contact:
Coach Ron Ence at

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Drivers Education

Thank you for not parking in the maroon parking stalls in the north parking lot between 2:30 & 7:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and Saturday mornings. We would rather not tow or ticket your vehicles!!!  Park in a yellow stall and you will be safe! Thanks for your cooperation.

2nd Quarter DRIVER EDUCATION students (& parents)
It is time for you to get your Learner Permit if you have not already done so. It is to your advantage to get your permit from the Utah Driver License Division BEFORE the quarter begins ( You must score a minimum of 80% on the Utah Driver Handbook examination to apply for a Utah learner permit. Coach Galley has Utah Driver Handbooks available free of charge in his classroom and he also offers the test free of charge in Room 2626 before school (Mon-Thur) at 7:00 a.m. You may also go directly to the D.L. D. to take the test. If you do not plan on getting a learner permit, please see your counselor to transfer out of 2nd quarter Dr. Ed. Thanks!

Our popular Dr. Ed. Parent Nights are scheduled in the auditorium each quarter for the parent(s) of current Dr. Ed. students. We encourage you to look ahead and save the date for when you will need to attend. Also, even if you have attended in the past, you and any other family members or friends are more than welcome to attend. The Zero Fatalities presentation is informative, entertaining, and possibly life changing. You will not regret your attendance! All presentations are in the R.H.S. Auditorium from 7:00-8:15 p.m.

2nd Quarter  Monday, November 24th 
3rd Quarter  Monday, February 9th  

4th Quarter  Monday, April 13th

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Riverton High Choir

 F R O M  T H E
a Halloween concert
 by the Riverton High Choirs

Oct 22 2014, 7:00 pm, Auditorium

Nominate Your Favorite Teacher For the Golden Apple Award

Students and Parents,

During the months of October and November you have the opportunity to nominate up to three teachers to be awarded the Golden Apple Award.  This award recognizes exceptional teachers here at Riverton High and across the State.  We would ask you to consider teachers that have made a difference in our students lives.  Think about the teachers that go the extra mile in order to bless the lives of their students and help them learn and grow.  Think of teachers that help their students succeed and feel good about the subjects they are learning and themselves.  Think of that teacher that really helped when their students did not understand a concept.  Please consider teachers that make their students want to become better students or even become  teachers someday.  

It is very important for us to honor those who work hard to make Riverton such a wonderful school to attend.  You have until November 30th to make your nominations.  You can turn in your nominations at the main office to be placed in the PTA box or email them to  We would love to receive nominations from parents, students, faculty and staff or anyone who is aware of an exceptional teacher that should receive this honor.  Please include information about why you have chosen your nominee.  We will honor three winners in December and then advance at least one winner to the region level.  Our winners will have the opportunity to be recognized at a state level.  Please take the time to help us honor those that work so hard to improve and enhance our students education.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Amy Murray (Riverton High PTA President Elect)

Cell # 801-979-9516

Senior College Tour


College Tour will be held Thursday, October 23, during periods 1 & 2.  Please report to your 1st period class and you will be called down to the Auditorium at 7:45.  You will obtain information regarding college planning and will have the opportunity to visit with 3 Utah College representatives of your choice.  Please bring your "Senior Launch Booklet" to College Tour to qualify for free prizes.

ATTENTION SENIORS, PARENTS (and open to underclassmen as well ):


Learn about college savings, scholarships, and financial aid options like grants, work-study and student loans from Utah's paying for college pros -- College Reps will also be available later in the evening.


October 28 - West Jordan High School

October 30 -- Bingham High School


6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. -- Financial Aid Presentation.

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. -- College Representatives from Utah's Colleges and Universities will be available to give information and answer questions. 

Attention Juniors

The PSAT will be on October 15th in the Tech Atrium at 7:30.  This is the only way to earn National Merit Scholarship Money.  It is also a very good practice for the ACT that you will be taking in March.  The cost is $17 and there are only 150 tests available so hurry to the main office and reserve your spot.

From the PTSA

Dear RHS Students, Families, Teachers and staff,

RHS PTSA would like to thank you for your support as we begin a new school year. Many of you have already joined or donated to PTSA and we greatly appreciate it.  We are off to a good start, this year, we held an assembly to educate students about bullying and how hurtful it can be to those being bullied. We have also kicked off the Reflections program and we are hopeful that many students will participate.  PTSA at RHS sponsors and supports many activities and programs at the school such as: Battle of the Bands, Silver Rush, and teacher/staff luncheon during parent-teacher conferences, red ribbon week, senior graduation party and many more.  If you are interested in volunteering we often have small projects that we can use help with as well as some board positions.  Please call Sheila at (801) 254-1528 or email: to sign up.  We would also welcome anyone who would still like to join or donate to PTSA to go online or in the main office to do so. As a board we thank you for the opportunity of being involved in projects and programs that we feel enhance student life.  One such program was Comcast Cares Day, as a PTSA we wrote to Comcast asking to be chosen for their cleanup program.  We were excited to hear that RHS was selected for spring 2014 and we loved working with so many students, families, teachers and community members.  This program was a great lesson in service to our school and community.  So thank you all for your amazing support to PTSA.

Many Thanks,
Sheila McDonald
PTSA President