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April 24, 2022


Happy Sunday, Pride!

I hope each of you had a wonderful weekend. For me, this past weekend will not be one that is forgotten. Since being at Riverwalk, there are a few days that stood out "spectacular" days and they won't be forgotten. One example of a day like this was on December 3, 2019. On this day, here was my Facebook post: Lots of excitement this afternoon at Riverwalk Academy. Twenty percent of our students participated in one of our extracurricular activities this afternoon: color guard, marching band, marathon kids running club. #PowerOfThePride

I still remember standing outside on that afternoon and seeing so much activity taking place. It was exciting to see so much going on and and I still remember what I heard that afternoon between the drums of the marching band and the sounds the flags make while they twirl in the air.

I believe that April 23, 2022 is going to be another one of those days that I will never forget. The day started at the Rock Hill Velodrome where Riverwalk Academy was one of the sponsors of the Healthy Kids Zone. We had many staff there helping out (over 15), along with many student members of our Beta Club and Student Council. It was great seeing so much excitement happening. Then at 11:00 am, Coaches Mark and Tessa Wilson led a group activity for over 100 students in the center of the velodrome. It was a great event to not only get to observe, but to be a part of.

Then that evening, we held our first ever junior/senior prom. Simply put, it could not have been any better. The students who were part of the prom planning committee, along with their advisors, did something magical that evening. The students who attended that evening should be commended for how awesome they were last night. They had great attitudes, looked outstanding, and were grateful for the opportunity.

Like I mentioned, this past weekend will be one that I will not forget and one thing that stood out was that it took a group effort to make it happen. Our Pride (staff, students, and our parents) are what made this weekend a success

Thank you all for the role you play in making Riverwalk Academy Rock Hill's most loved charter school.

Have a great week, Lions!

In Strength and Blessings,

~Dr. Compton

Prom Group

Our Prom Planning Committee


The first group, of many, who volunteered during the Healthy Kids Zone.


The first group, of many, who volunteered during the Sundaes with Mother Goose

Prom King Queen

Photo of the Week

This week's photo is of Riverwalk Academy's first ever prom king and prom queen, Alex Ray and Taylor Walker.

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School-Wide Family Night

We are so excited about our family night next Thursday. Please view the attachments below for more information and plan to spend time with us that night.

For dinner pre-orders, please use this link to place your order.

Annual School Climate Survey


The yearly Climate Surveys that are usually sent home this to be completed and returned this time of year, are now available in the student and parent PowerSchool portals. Participation in the survey can impact the rating values that Riverwalk receives. Our goal is to reach 80% completed. Please login and complete the survey for yourself and your child (through their login). If you need any assistance with the Parent or Student Portal please contact Ms. Mabey.

The instructions for locating the survey can be found HERE 

State Testing Information

SC Ready/SC PASS (3rd - 8th)

State Testing is right around the corner. Below are the dates, tests and grades they apply to. All testing will begin at 8:30am each morning. Any student arriving after 8:15am will not be allowed to test and will have to wait for the make up testing date. Please refrain from scheduling any routine doctor, dentist or eye appointments during school hours on testing days. Please make sure your student has a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast prior to each test.

  • May 4, 2022 - SC READY - ELA Part 1 (Writing) (3rd - 8th grades)
  • May 5, 2022 - SC READY - ELA Part 2 (Reading) (3rd - 8th grades)
  • May 9, 2022 - SC READY - Math (3rd - 8th grades)
  • May 11, 2022 - SC PASS - Science - (4th and 6th grades only)

A Parent brochure was sent home with 3rd quarter report cards. A copy of these can be found here: SC Ready & SC PASS.

Students enrolled in grades three through eight will participate in the SC READY stand-alone field test. The stand-alone field testing for the Spring 2022 SC READY English Language Arts (ELA) assessment will include one text dependent analysis (TDA) item with one question.

Our students will take the field test on April 25, 2022. If students miss the field test, they will be required to make it up.

EOCEP (End of Course Examination Program) - high school courses

The End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) is a statewide assessment program of end-of-course tests for gateway courses awarded units of credit in English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The EOCEP encourages instruction in the specific standards for the courses, encourages student achievement, and documents the level of students’ mastery of the academic standards. Gateway courses in English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies will be defined by the State Board of Education. EOCEP examination scores count 20 percent in the calculation of the student’s final grade in gateway courses. Defined gateway courses currently include Algebra 1, Intermediate Algebra, Biology 1, English 2, and United States History and the Constitution, or courses with other names and activity codes in which the academic standards corresponding to these subjects are taught.

Our students will take their tests on the following dates for the courses listed. As listed above, all testing will begin at 8:30am, any student arriving after 8:15am will not be allowed to test and will have to take the test during the make-up session on May 20, 2022. These are the only dates these exams will be given.

  • May 2, 2022 - US History (11th grade)
  • May 16, 2022 - English 2 - Part 1 (Writing)
  • May 17, 2022 - English 2 - Part 2 (Reading)
  • May 18, 2022 - Algebra 1
  • May 19, 2022 - Biology

EOCEP 2021-2022 Parent and Student Assessment Brochure-English

If you have any questions or concerns regarding state testing, please reach out to your student’s teacher or Mrs. Carr, State Testing Coordinator. If you have a student who is particularly anxious regarding testing, please contact their counselor (Mrs. Carr - Elementary or Mrs. Menges - Middle/High) so we can reassure them.

Book Drive Spring 2022

Book Drive

Donate new or gently used books for children in need! 📚 Promising Pages is a great organization based in Charlotte that gives books to children who cannot afford them. Send your child to school with donations that will be collected every morning. Don't forget the class that donates the most books will get a pizza party!

Unfortunately, Promising Pages has asked that we cannot donate certain types of books like damaged books, adult books, school textbooks, encyclopedias, and magazines.


Elementary Guidance with Mrs. Carr



I hope everyone has been able to attend some of the Come See Me Festival this weekend. It has been beautiful outside, so even if you didn’t get to the festival, I hope you have gotten outdoors. We were in the parade on Thursday and I got to hear my daughter playing in the band. It was so great to have this moment of pride as a parent, staff and employee of Riverwalk! They did terrific as usual! Saturday I did yard work and then got to dress up and attend our first ever Junior/Senior Prom! It was a huge success and again, my pride was overflowing and the memories made will stay with me, members of our staff and our students for years to come. Sunday was another wonderful day outside and at the festival. Our Beta club served at the Mother Goose Sundaes event and did a fantastic job. My weekend couldn’t have ended on a better note. 

Last week (with the exception of one lesson) wrapped up my guidance lessons for the year. This is a bittersweet time for me as I love being in the classroom, but know that testing is coming and once done, we are through with another school year. It is easier this year, knowing that most of our students are returning to us in the fall and I will continue to watch them learn and grow into young contributing members of society. I have had this pleasure with our inaugural class of seniors who are graduating in just a few weeks. They all have secured jobs or admittance to the university they chose. I couldn’t have more pride! 

As testing starts and we get through these last few weeks of school, please be patient with your little ones and remember that they sense summer just as we do. They are nervous about their tests and some even worry already about the next school year. Make sure to remind them they have done their best all year and just to continue doing their best and enjoy every moment. Stay positive and mindful. They have the skills and growth mindset. Be present and live today to the fullest and tomorrow will always be positive. 


Mrs. Carr

Little Lions Cheer Camp

It's back! Your favorite cheer camp! This year our theme is Bootcamp! Sign up for fun, learning, snacks, and conditioning drills! We are so excited to see your smiling faces! Please email Mrs. Kunde by the end of the night (4/24) for the registration link or with questions.


Promotion Ceremony Yard Signs

K Signs

Kindergarten Graduation Yard Sign

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5th Signs

5th Grade Graduation Yard Sign

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Middle/High Guidance with Mrs. Menges


Happy Sunday!

Well, what a great week we had back last week. Don’t get me wrong, having some time off is nice, but it filled my heart to be back with our staff and students. We had a mini carnival on Friday hosted by Mr. Young’s math students who created games for the elementary students at our school. I absolutely loved seeing our older students serving our younger students, and everyone having a great time in the process. This weekend was filled with many Riverwalk events that were fun to be apart of! I attended prom on Saturday night which was a blast and Sundaes with Glen and Mother Goose today. I also want to thank you all for participating in these outside of school events. The Riverwalk staff loves to see your smiling faces at all of these fun activities and I look forward to the events to come! Here’s what’s going on this week…

Things to know:

  • 9th grade families, we will be having a “rising 10th grade” meeting in April 25th (TOMORROW) at York Tech to discuss some of the changes that moving over to York Tech next year will bring. Please plan to attend with your student!
  • Everyone, Thursday night will be Riverwalk Family Night. Please plan to attend this event and support our high schoolers who have put much time and effort into planning it. See the flyer for more info. 
  • -Middle/High, I have been spending some time working with Ms. Bumgarner planning some additions to the guidance portion of the website. Hopefully those resources will be added this week, so please stay tuned for that!

See you tomorrow!

Mrs. Menges

Middle School (6th - 8th Grade Reminders)

8th Grade Sign

8th Grade Graduation Yard Sign

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High School Families: Directory & Military Information Opt Out Survey

Please be advised that the SCDE Privacy & Security - Directory & Military Information Opt Out Survey is now available. Please inform your parent community that the survey is available and request they complete the survey ONLY IF they intend for the student’s directory information to be withheld from release to entities such as higher education institutions and/or military recruiters, by logging into their PowerSchool parent portal account. Directions to provide to families are here. We appreciate your assistance! If you have additional questions please contact


Attention Seniors

Attention Seniors

Riverwalk Academy Blue Envelope Tradition

Blue Envelopes

Graduation Yard Signs

Senior w Name

Customized with Photo and Name

Click the link to place your order. Orders placed by Thursday each week will be ready in 12 days.

Senior wo Name

Not Customized

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Weekly Events

Monday: 4/25/22

  • SC Ready Field Test (3rd - 8th Grade
  • MAP Testing: ELA (9th Grade)
  • Rising 10th Grade Parent Meeting 6:30 pm

Tuesday: 4/26/22

Wednesday: 4/27/22

  • Progress Reports Distributed
  • MAP Testing: Math (9th Grade)
  • MAP Testing: ELA (4th - 8th Grade)
  • Advanced Band, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Johnston)
  • Track Meet @ Clover High School

Thursday: 4/28/22

  • Beginning Band, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Johnston)
  • Student Council Meeting 3:15 pm

Friday: 4/29/22

  • MAP Testing: Math (4th - 8th Grade)
  • BPA Meeting 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (Girard)
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