• Welcome, Ravens! 2022-2023

Mr. Swarr
  • Hello!

    I'm Mr. Swarr and I teach 6th grade science. I started teaching at Riverwood during the 2018-2019 school year. I was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina where I have lived all my life except for a two-year stint in Chicago, Illinois after graduating college. Did you know that teaching is not my first career? I graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Commercial Photography and worked as a photographer and assistant before finding my true calling. I earned my teaching certification through North Carolina State University.

    One of my favorite hobbies is playing guitar, which I've been doing since I was in middle school. I also try to teach myself simple songs on piano. Whether it be actively playing or passively listening, I am always passionate about my music. I started collecting vinyl records in college, and chances are you can find me at the local thrift stores and record stores searching for my next discovery. There are decades of recorded music that hold songs still new to my ears!

    I am so grateful to be part of the Riverwood family. It is a great privilege to be part of your learning experience.

    Thanks for visiting my website!

     

    Email: jonathanswarr@johnston.k12.nc.us

    Degrees and Certifications:

    Science Certified Grades 6-9, NCSU
    BS Commercial Photography, ASU

School Announcements

  • News from the Nest 2/6/23

    Hello Raven Nation! This week is an important week as we complete our middle-of-the-year MVP benchmark assessments beginning on Tuesday. Please see additional information in this week's edition of News from the Nest regarding these important benchmarks. Additionally, report cards will go home with each student tomorrow for Q2 and we will wrap up a successful winter sports season this week. Be the Change you Wish to See in 2023! Let’s make it a great week, Ravens!

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  • Parent Notification Letter for ACCESS Testing

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  • News From the Nest 1/23/23

    Hello Raven Nation! We are starting the last week of Quarter 2 and the grading period will end this Friday, Jan 27th. Please check PowerSchool and communicate with your child’s teachers about any missing work to get turned in on time. Be sure to read this week's edition of "News from the Nest" linked below. Be the Change you Wish to See in 2023! Let’s make it a great week, Ravens!

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  • News from the Nest 1/16/23

    Hello Raven Nation! We are so excited to welcome our new Assistant Principals to RMS this week, Ms. Marcellena Gore and Mr. Dane Jones. Please read more about each one in this week's News from the Nest. Thank you to everyone that donated shoes to our PTSA Shoe Drive. And thank you for your continued support in our Raven Reboot as we all strive to Be the Change You Wish to See in 2023! Let’s make it a great week, Ravens!

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JCPS Announcements

  • ACCESS testing for English Language Learners

    North Carolina schools are required to administer ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 to all students identified as English Learners (ELs) in the spring of each year to determine their progress in learning English. Each student is tested in four areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. This assessment helps us monitor their English language development.

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  • Public Notice: Johnston Community College Board of Trustee Vacancy

    The Johnston County Board of Education is now accepting applications for the Johnston County Community College Board of Trustee position. The deadline to apply for the vacancy is Friday, February 17, 2023.

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  • Updated School Nutrition Information for 2022-23

    We hope that you and your student have already noticed some of the exciting new food and  meal opportunities we are offering in our cafeterias this school year. Our new options will include more fresh produce, vegetarian options, and opportunities for students to customize their meal choice. These new offerings will be available at both breakfast and lunch. 

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  • 2022 Growth Needs Update

    Johnston County Public Schools Chief of Facilities and Construction Brooks Moore presented the 2022 Growth Needs Update to the Johnston County Board of Education at their March meeting.

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