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Breakfast programs a prime focus of Riverview school year

Michael DiVittorio
| Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, 12:42 p.m.

Riverview School District opens its doors to students Aug. 23 to start the 2018-19 school year.

Nutrition is a big focus for all three schools as the district implements new breakfast programs.

Carts will provide grab-and-go options including cereal, croissants, breakfast bars, pancakes, juice, milk and fruit smoothies as students come through the doors. The cafeteria at the junior-senior high will be open during morning study halls to offer a second-chance breakfast, and Tenth Street Elementary students will have a second-chance breakfast bag, similar to what’s offered at the high school, for those who miss the regular 8 a.m. breakfast. Both programs are courtesy of a federal grant.

Verner Elementary in Verona will offer breakfast in the classroom. The meal will be served at 8:20 a.m. in the classroom instead of 8 a.m. so even tardy students can eat.

A new six-day learning cycle across all grade levels will support lost learning time due to holidays and other program interruptions. If school is canceled, students will follow that day’s schedule the following day so as to not interrupt their regular class schedule.

There are new opportunities for students in kindergarten and fourth through sixth grades to get more time with guidance counselors, as well as additional library class time for kindergarten students.

The junior-senior high will have a new career center offered through the guidance department and designed to assist students with future college and career planning.

The district also welcomes new French teacher Rachel Lipko and special education teacher Kristen O’Block.

“We look forward to providing these exciting new experiences for our students,” Superintendent Peggy DiNinno said. “We appreciate the enthusiasm that our staff will take as they continue to personalize learning for our students. Each of these programs adds to our current learning menu to support the many ways we prioritize academic achievement, a safe learning environment, customized learning and expanded opportunities for the students.”

Capital improvement projects over the summer included the installation of new carpet at Verner, a new sewer line at Tenth Street Elementary and a new intercom system at the high school.

Staffers also were involved in many safety initiatives over the summer. District safety director Bob Rizzo upgraded the fire alarm systems at Verner Elementary and installed new public address and bell systems with emergency buttons throughout district schools.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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