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Riverside Park Elementary

202 School St.
San Antonio, Texas 78210

Phone: (210) 228-3355
Fax: (210) 534-6987


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS

 

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READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK

 

 

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3RD GRADE FIELD TRIP TO THE MAGIK THEATRE

 

 

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EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY

 

 

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SPRING FORWARD

MOVE YOUR CLOCKS 1 HOUR AHEAD

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SPRING BREAK WEEK HOLIDAYS

 

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FREE DRESS DAY

 

ICE CREAM FOR ALL STUDENTS WHO COME TO SCHOOL TODAY

 

 

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HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY

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PREK FIELD TRIP TO THE SA ZOO

 

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EVENING WITH THE PRINCIPAL
(cafeteria/gym)
at 6:00pm

 

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MUSIC TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY

 

 

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REY FEO VISITS RIVERSIDE PARK ELEMENTARY 2:00PM 

 


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COFFEE ON THE CURB

 

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EARLY RELEASE DAY AT 12:35PM

 

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STAAR TEST

4TH GRADE WRITING (day 1)

 

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STAAR TEST

4TH GRADE WRITING (day 2)

 

STAAR TEST

5TH GRADE READING

 

 

 

 

 

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MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH

 

 

NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH

 


NATIONAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

   

 

APRIL
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APRIL FOOL'S DAY


 

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CHILDREN'S BOOK DAY

 

 

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GOOD FRIDAY HOLIDAY

 


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SCHOOL LIBRARIAN MONTH

 

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EASTER SUNDAY

 

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DRAW A PICTURE OF A BIRD DAY


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SCRABBLE DAY

 

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NATIONAL PECAN DAY

 

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PATRIOTS DAY

 

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STAAR TESTING

3RD & 4TH GRADE MATH

 

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STAAR TESTING

3RD & 4TH GRADE READING

 

 

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STAAR TESTING 5TH GRADE SCIENCE

 

 

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BATTLE OF FLOWERS HOLIDAY

 

 

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NATIONAL HUMOR MONTH

 

KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL MONTH

 

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

 

Please Help Support
Our Music Department:
By Bringing In
Box Tops for 
Education

 

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Class with Highest
Points Will Have
an Ice Cream Party!
 
Keep turning in 
Box Tops!
For your chance
to win!
 
Still order your
Riverside Park T-Shirts
from Spirit & Pride
online or in the office

Pueden ordenar camisetas
de espiritu y orgullo de
Riverside Park por el
Internet o en la oficina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Riverside Park Elementary

History


     Through further research of the school’s history and more interesting facts have been discovered and documented.

     One of the classrooms built in 1930, which was room (14) and is presently room (224), is still in its original 
plan on the second floor. The once black board is now a green chalk board and the wall where the cloak closet was once located has been removed, but the coat hooks are still in the same place.

     Many black and white pictures are still located in the school and it was discovered that all photographs 
were taken outdoors because during that particular time-period there was no electricity. There are photographs of students performing in a percussion ensemble, students in costumes, and several student class pictures. 

    Over the past years, more programs have been implemented in order to better serve the students, such 
as the gifted and talented program, computer technology classes, reading interventions,
P.A.L.s (Peer Assistance and Leadership), and the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. 

    During the past one hundred years, seventeen principals, hundreds of faculty members, and thousands of 
parents have had a profound impact on the school’s history.

    One extraordinary fact that was discovered was that Mrs. Sarah B. Williamson was one of the first teachers 
hired in 1908. Incredibly, Mrs. Williamson served 30 years as a first grade teacher, 2 years as an assistant principal, and 16 years as a principal. Mrs. Williamson compiled the first documented history of the Riverside Park School in April 1952. Mrs. Williamson exemplified the commitment to the students and community of Riverside Park.

    When Riverside Park School was first established, many of the student enrolled, consisted largely of students 
from German decent. Former neighborhood residents recall that the people in the community often spoke German.

    From 1979 to 1995, Riverside Park began a new chapter in the history of the school. Mrs. Marvene Brown 
Elliott was appointed as the first African-American principal and the second principal to service the school and community for sixteen. Many improvements, changes, and plans were initiated during Mrs. Elliott’s
administration.

    Due to overcrowding issues in the school, the neighborhood was surveyed and new boundaries were 
established. Many of the existing students of Riverside Park were sent to neighboring schools. Within a few months, enrollment began to increase and once again, more portable buildings were added to the campus. There were a total of (22) classrooms outside of the main building. Realizing the need to add to the existing building, S.A.I.S.D., along with the campus improvement committee moved forward and formulated plans for the construction of a new wing. 

    The groundbreaking of the new wing began on November 25, 1995 and the new wing was completed in the 
fall of 1996. On December 10, 1996, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held in order to officially open the new addition to Riverside Park Elementary School.

    The first floor housed (1) Pre-Kinder classroom, (5) Kinder classrooms, (4) First grade classrooms,
(1) DSP classroom, and restrooms for the boys and girls. The second floor housed (5) Third grade classrooms, (3) Fourth grade classrooms, the library, a resource room, girls and boys restrooms and much needed storage
closets. There were also some renovations made in the old building as well, such as a new counselor’s office, a clinic, an elevator and a resource room.

     Improvements continued when the S.A.I.S.D. 1997 bond aided in renovating a fine arts room, a speech 
room, upgraded the fire alarm system, technological and infrastructure upgrades, and the ability to become in compliance with the A.D.A. (American Disability Act) facilities. The construction of a new gymnasium began in December 1998 and was completed with a coveredwalkway to the main building in August 1999. 

    The Early Childhood program began in 2001 and serviced English and Spanish speaking 3 and 4 year old 
students. A 2001 Bond Election financed an Early Childhood Facility (ECF) and construction began in February 2002.  
    In 2001-2002 Riverside Park Elementary became a TEA Recognized campus under the leadership of Jo Nell Foley.

    In 2003, Ms. Sandra Martinez, principal (2003-06), was determined to take Riverside Park Elementary into 
the 21st Century and initiated plans to pursue a TEA Charter School Grant. The students, staff, community and Board members voted to accept the TEA Charter School Grant and on May 15, 2004, Riverside Park Elementary was officially renamed Riverside Park Academy. Riverside Park Academy became the first Elementary Technology Campus in the San Antonio Independent School District. Under the leadership of Ms. Martinez, the school also garnered a United Way Grant and a Project Youth Connection After School program grant, which are still in existence today. 

    On May 9, 2008, Riverside Park Academy celebrated its One-hundredth Anniversary of educating children 
and servicing the community. As part of the ceremony, the honor choir of Riverside Park was featured singing our 100th anniversary song entitled Oh, Riverside Park, words written by Baldemar Rodriguez a 4th grade teacher and music composed by Frank Villarreal. This was a monumental occasion attended by Dr. Robert
Duron, Superintendent; the SAISD board members James Howard, president; Carlos Villarreal, vice-president; Thomas C. Lopez, secretary; Doug Sellars, assistant secretary; Liz Melson, Area II Executive Director; Beatrice Aleman, principal (2006-2008); past and present faculty, staff, students and members of the community. 
   
    Kristin Willmann (2008-2009), joined the Riverside Park family as the principal and made many positive 
academic changes. 

    In May 2013 the SAISD voted to change our school name from "Academy" back to "Elementary". Presently 
(2009-2014), Riverside Park Elementary, under the leadership of Homer Rivera, services 482 students with the guidance of (1) counselor, (1) Assistant Principal,
(1) nurse, (30) teachers, (10) paraprofessionals,
 (4) office staff members, (4) custodial staff members, and (4) cafeteria staff members. It is the goal and commitment of Riverside Park Elementary to help foster model students who are educationally nurtured, technologically skilled, physically and emotionally robust, and creatively inspired in order to become successful productive citizens who are apt to triumph over any future endeavors.  
     
-- December 1996 History Updated by Jo Nell Foley


-- January 2008 History Updated and Compiled by

Rose M. Richardson, Retired Teacher

--February 2010- July 2014 History Updated, Compiled, and Published by

Mary P. Villarreal, Teacher