Welcome, Ravens! 2022-2023
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!
Degrees and Certifications:
Science Certified Grades 6-9, NCSU
BS Commercial Photography, ASU
EOG Testing, Re-Testing and Promotion Information
As we prepare for EOG testing to begin on Thursday, I wanted to send out specifics about test prep, dismissal procedures on test days, remediation/retesting and promotion/retention guidelines.
News from the Nest 05/22/23
It's hard to believe that EOG testing begins this Thursday, but our students are ready to SHOW WHAT THEY KNOW! We are excited about our upcoming EOY activities to celebrate the 22-23 school year and our students' accomplishments. Be sure you check out the important dates regarding all EOY activities below. Remember to Be the Change you Wish to See in 2023!
News from the Nest 05/15/23
What a wonderful week we had celebrating our outstanding teachers & staff! THANK YOU to PTSA and the parent volunteers who helped to make it all happen! We’re less than two weeks away from the start of all of our end-of-year activities including EOGs, field days, and awards ceremonies. It’s crunch time for test prep and to get any missing assignments turned in. Don't miss out on EOY information included in this week's edition of News from the Nest. Remember to Be the Change you Wish to See in 2023!
News from the Nest 05/08/23
It's Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week and RMS STAFF ROCKS!! We are excited to celebrate our amazing Raven Teachers & Staff this week! Please consider emailing your student's teachers to share some love with them this week. EOG review/tutoring sessions are underway as we prepare our students to feel confident and do their very best on the upcoming tests. Check out more details about these items and much more in this week's edition of News from the Nest.
Trades and Classified Job Fair 2023
Johnston County Public Schools will hold it's annual Trades & Classified Job Fair on Saturday, June 24. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Smithfield-Selma High School, 700 M Durwood Stephenson Pkwy, Smithfield, NC 27577.
Class of 2023 Graduation Dates
Johnston County Public Schools is pleased to announce graduation ceremony dates for our traditional high schools for the 2022-2023 school year. For questions regarding a specific ceremony, please contact the specific school.
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, June 23, 2023.
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.
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.