Riverbank Elementary School is helping all students develop the world class skills and career characteristics of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate by creating a learning community that is safe, caring, and academically challenging. We are dedicated to our mission to grow lifelong readers, writers and problem solvers who will be college and career ready. Throughout the school year, our students receive rigorous instruction in all content areas using research-based best practices. Critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, collaboration, and perseverance are promoted and developed using real world problem-based learning.
The community plays an active and supportive role in our students’ success. Our strong School Improvement Council (SIC), Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and business supporters are focused on the needs of our learning community and continuous improvement in student achievement. Local churches and businesses have continued to support our children with school supplies, clothing, and weekend food ministry programs. The Midlands Reading Consortium provided volunteers as reading buddies for students. Local businesses provided time and resources to discuss multiple careers and job opportunities in our area. Healthy Learners provides support for medical, physical, social, and emotional needs.
Every student is learning to explore and discover solutions to problems using iPads or laptops. Students use media and technology to research, communicate, and create original products for learning. With this technology, global information is at our students’ fingertips. Collaboration with partners and groups occurred frequently to develop our students’ interpersonal skills and teach the importance of working together to solve problems and create innovative solutions. Students enjoyed coding, programing robots and using 3D printers to create objects.
We offer programs outside of the academic world to promote the development of the whole child. Students may participate in Boys Run Hard or Girls on the Run to build positive character traits and increase physical activity. All students may join His Love Club and fifth-graders may participate in off-campus activities with the Schooltime Bible Club. Our mentoring program provided opportunities to develop and extend life skills, promote socialization, provide support, enhance soft skill development, and provide career exploration. Our initial Kickball Tournament created time and opportunity to provide physical activity, social and emotional support and model sportsmanship for our participants. Lex. 2.5 provided academic support three days a week after school. Our teachers planned and hosted a very successful and enjoyable Math Night for our Riverbank students and families. Riverbank’s service projects included making quilts for the Ukraine, collecting canned goods for the Cayce Cares Holiday Project, and raising funds for the Midlands Mutual Fund.
Our teachers are learners too. Throughout the school year, our students received rigorous instruction in all content areas using research-based practices. Our attention was focused on the South Carolina College and Career Readiness Standards (SCCCR). Teachers increased the use of small group instruction in literacy and math, providing differentiation and individualized learning for our students. Problem based learning using STEAM activities created more opportunities for student engagement, communication, and collaboration. Our desire as a faculty is to become an effective professional learning community where work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students we serve. Teachers at Riverbank Elementary continually seek new ways to improve learning and participate in professional development.
We attribute our many accomplishments to our hardworking learners as well as a dedicated and exceptional staff. In addition, our active PTO, SIC, and strong parent and community support have led to many great successes. We will continue working towards our mission to grow lifelong readers, writers and problem solvers who will be college and career ready. We are thankful for the continued growth as we look forward to another great year at Riverbank Elementary.
David Sims, Principal
Mrs. Katrina Suber, SIC Chairperson