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Tasty menu no surprise at Riverside

Kay Vasilakis

More choices and fresh food equal no reason for Riverside students to go hungry at lunchtime. Re-2 Director of Food Services Susan Beecraft made a surprise visit to Riverside School’s lunchroom on Thursday, Oct. 3, and was pleased to find not only three hot main dish choices, but fresh chef salads, hoagie sandwiches, two choices of potatoes and baby carrots or salad for vegetables, and fresh strawberries in the fruit selection.Beecraft said, “We’ve come a long way from the traditional tray lunch. The kids can take one of the main dish items and choose a potato, vegetable or salad and a fresh fruit. Tula also had some of her famous homemade rolls available. We’re actually serving more food than is federally mandated.”The new “Grab and Go” concept that began last year at the high school is now available to Riverside students. Students have four or five main dishes from which to choose, as well as a complete array of additional a la carte items available in the main cafetorium. One or two additional hot items may also be available, such as ham and cheese pockets, German buns, burritos, pizza, chicken nuggets, and tacos.Healthy snacks that are offered are soft pretzels with cheese, sunflower seeds, string cheese, assorted chips and hard pretzels, yogurt, churros, homemade cookies, granola bars, fruit roll-ups, and fruit snacks.Powerade; chocolate, strawberry and regular milk; juices and juice drinks; Dasani water, and Fruitopia are available in the a la carte line.Beecraft enjoys making unannounced visits to the schools’ kitchens, and is always pleasantly surprised. She says, “The kitchen ladies always go above and beyond what is expected of them.”Ten students from Scott Winter’s Advanced Theatre class visited Wamsley Elementary recently to bring stories to life for first and second graders. They chose to read from their own children’s books, based on how well they could bring the story alive and tell it using good diction.Students may take the elective option theatre classes as part of their curriculum. Advanced Theatre is open to those students who have completed the Beginning Theatre course. Winter, a professional musical theatre actor, is in his third year of teaching and his first year at Rifle High School. He has a degree in education from the University of Wyoming and studied musical theater at the Boston Conservatory of Music.-Congratulations to the Rifle High School boys golf team, consisting of Cole Manuppella, Jim Owens, Jeb Savage and Jerrad Brown, who came home with fourth place at the State Golf Tournament, finishing just three strokes out of first place.Several Re-2 staff members are attending a Center for Leadership and School Reform (CLSR) conference in Seattle. They are being trained to start the real work of Working on the Work, which designs more engaging work for students to increase student effort and achievement. Those district personnel will then train the remaining teachers and administrators at the Staff Development scheduled for Oct. 15 and 16.The second public input meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Riverside School cafetorium. Community members are invited to give input on the proposed 2004-05 student achievement calendar.Contact Heather Knighton at 625-7824 if you are interested in being a volunteer at the annual Riverside Rendezvous on Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. It’s a fun way to become involved with students.

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