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  • RDE Students Show Responsibility for Student of the Month

    The character trait for the month of November for Johnston County Public Schools was responsibility. The students chosen from River Dell Elementary are as follows:

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  • RDE Honors World Diabetes Day

    The month of November is diabetes awareness month and Nov. 14 was World Diabetes Day (WDD). River Dell Elementary School has a couple students who deal with diabetes and to honor them everyone wore blue to raise awareness for the disease.

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  • RDE Fifth Grader Awarded Grant

    Congratulations to River Dell Elementary Fifth Grader Harrison Bennett who was awarded the Johnston County Public Schools Student Innovator Grant. Harrison’s idea is to help students see the bus drivers hand signals better. With the grant, bus drivers will get black gloves to wear with reflective tape so the students can see the bus driver better as they are loading and unloading the bus.

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  • Dudash awarded Superstar Teacher of the Month for CCC

    Congratulations to River Dell Elementary kindergarten teacher Robin Dudash who was awarded the Superstar Teacher Award for the month of October for the Clayton Chamber of Commerce. ​Dudash was teaching her students on Friday, Oct. 26, when she was surprised by members of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, which included; Terri Sessoms, Teresa Balck, Amanda Blakely, Dana Wooten and Martha Stovall, and RDE ​Principal Chad Jewett who brought balloons and a certificate recognizing Dudash for the awesome job she does.

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  • RDE Announces Student of the Month for October

    The character trait for the student of the month for Johnston County Public Schools is perseverance. A student in each classroom was chosen as the student of the month for showing perseverance in the classroom.

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  • Number Drummer Visits RDE

    On Friday, Oct. 19, Number Drummer, an interactive performance where the audience uses instruments to learn math skills, visited River Dell Elementary (RDE). “Number Drummer came to River Dell full of energy and instruments,” RDE music teacher Rachel Holmes said. Every student received an instrument as they walked into the gym for the show. Depending on what age group was in the assembly the representatives from Number Drummer worked on different math skills using instruments.

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  • American Heart Association School Awards

    Johnston County Public Schools (JCPS) has a history of participating in and giving back to their communities through the American Heart Association. River Dell Elementary School was the top elementary school fundraiser last year for JCPS, and Four Oaks Middle School was the top middle school fundraiser. Selma Elementary was the school with the highest participation. American Heart Association School Awards These schools were recognized for their efforts at the October 9th Johnston County Board of Education meeting.

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  • Howell Receives TA of the Year for RDE

    Congratulations to kindergarten teacher assistant Kelly Howell who received the 2018-2019 teacher assistant of the year for River Dell Elementary. "Way to go Mrs. Howell! Mrs. Dean's class loves you and we are very proud of you! Thank you for loving us and taking care of us. You are the best,” Kindergarten Teacher Courtney Dean said about Howell. Howell was presented with flowers on Monday, Oct. 1 by RDE Principal Chad Jewett and Assistant Principal Tandra Batchelor-Mapp.

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  • RDE Collects a truck full of donations for hurricane victims

    On Saturday, Sept. 29, River Dell Elementary (RDE) was able to send a U-Haul full of supplies and donations for the victims of Hurricane Florence living in Havelock, North Carolina. RDE collected supplies all through the week of Sept. 24-29 and were planning on taking a pick-up truck down to Havelock with all the donations, however by Friday a U-Haul was needed to carry everything. The drive was initiated by our first grade teacher Kimberly Strickland, who is an alumnus at Havelock High school, along with our PTA.

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  • River Dell had a surprise donation on Tuesday Sept. 11.

    Donald Tracy of Royal Oaks Homes stopped by RDE to donate three baskets of donations for the school. The donations are from Royal Oaks, Bedford Flowers Plantation and Hometown Realty. The baskets included paper towels, hand sanitizer, construction paper, sharpies and much more.

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  • RDE Third Grade Teacher is Employee of the Month for the County

    Congratulations to River Dell Elementary’s (RDE) third grade teacher Lynda Martin who was awarded with the Johnston County Public Schools/Wells Fargo Foundation Certified Employee of the Month for September, 2018.

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  • Board Visits RDE on First Day of School

    River Dell Elementary had a great first start to the school year with Johnston County Public Schools (JCPS) Superintendent visiting the school. JCPS Superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow, along with school board members Michael Wooten, Teresa Grant, Peggy Smith and JCPS Chief of Communication and Engagement Crystal Roberts visited RDE right before students started arriving for their first day. Dr. Renfrow has visited all 45 public schools in the county.

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  • River Dell Talks Safety

    A school can never be too prepared because you never know when something could happen. That was the consensus after a crisis response training that River Dell Elementary had for their staff on a teacher work day at the end of the year. Principal Chad Jewett participated in an active shooter scenario organized by Johnston County Public Schools in May for all administrators, and afterwards he wanted to share out this important information with his staff. He worked with JCPS officials and professionals from emergency services to be able to provide this for stakeholders, including parent volunteers, at River Dell.

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  • STEM Night at River Dell Elementary

    River Dell Elementary held another STEM night on April 17, which turned into another success. Students and parents with the last names M through Z were invited to attend RDE to participate in activities involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Stations were set up with hands on activities in both the RDE cafeteria and gym for students to participate.

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  • Drivers Receive Annual Awards

    River Dell Elementary recognized a few of their bus drivers at their monthly bus meeting in April. Congratulations to Tammy White who received the Bus Driver of the Year award for RDE. White also received her five year driving pin, along with Ebony Watson and Jessica McCain. Also congratulations to Marty Green who received the sub-driver of the year award.

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  • A Racer Wins JCPS Spelling Bee

    Congratulations to River Dell Elementary student Damien Porr who competed in and won the Johnston County Public Schools Spelling Bee. Porr is a fifth grader in Mrs. Woodard and Mrs. Hines' class. He originally won the school spelling bee on Jan. 22 and he competed in the county wide spelling bee on on April 16. His winning word was "gourmet."

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  • Lockamy Receives First Year Teacher Award

    Congratulations to third grade teacher Mandi Lockamy who received the First Year Teacher Award for River Dell Elementary. Lockamy attended the first years teacher banquet on April 12. She was accompanied by RDE Principal Chad Jewett, Assistant Principal Jenny Hudson and third grade teacher Anna Smith.

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  • Taking Math into the Real World

    River Dell Elementary School recently partnered with their local Food Lion grocery store on Hwy. 42 in Flowers Plantation to host two separate family math nights. The first math night was for their Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade students and the second math night 3rd - 5th grade students and their families. The evening was hosted by RDE's English as a second language teacher, Laura Epting.

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  • Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee Profile: Kimberley Strickland

    Ms. Strickland not only teaches first grade at River Dell Elementary, she also serves on the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee. This committee is composed of up to 25 teachers and support personnel appointed by Gov. Cooper. The Committee advises the governor on a variety of educational issues. Please click below to read her profile.

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  • Alford Receives Employee of the Month Award

    Congratulations to River Dell Elementary's third grade teacher Jennifer Alford who was selected as the Johnston County Public Schools/Wells Fargo Foundation Certified Employee of the Month for February 2018.

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  • Candy Land Dance brings a crowd at RDE

    The 2018 River Dell Elementary school dance was a huge success. This year’s dance was named the “Candy Land Dance,” and students had a “sweet” time. In the gym students enjoyed dancing to their favorite tunes, doing the limbo, playing freeze dance, and following the Carolina Dance Productions (CDP) dancers.

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  • ALMS performs for RDE Fifth Graders

    What a difference a year can make. On Wednesday, Feb. 28, sixth graders from Archer Lodge Middle School performed for fifth graders at River Dell Elementary. The band director from ALMS, Paula Coyle, wanted to show the fifth graders how much could be learned in year in the band.

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  • The Cat in the Hat visits Ms. Strickland's room

    Mrs. Strickland's first graders had a surprise visit on Friday, March 2, at River Dell Elementary. On Dr. Seuss's birthday, the Cat in the Hat came and read the Dr. Seuss book "The cat and the hat." The classroom was very surprised by the guest visitor who came and ate lunch with the class as well.

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  • Thank You Khloe

    River Dell Elementary would like to say a huge thank you to third grader Khloe Gupton. Khloe, who is also Miss Archer Lodge, collected a tub full of canned good and food for our backpack buddies. On Thursday, March 1, she donated the tub to RDE Principal Chad Jewett.

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  • Powers is Leading with her Heart

    Congratulations to Maeghan Powers who was awarded the Johnston County Public Schools Leading with a Heart for River Dell Elementary. This is Powers' second year at RDE and she is always willing to help out where it is needed. The students in her Kindergarten class this year adore her. "We are so lucky to have Mrs. Powers as a staff member at RDE," Assistant Principal Jenny Hudson said. "She goes above and beyond her required duties everyday. She is loved by students, parents and staff alike."

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  • Fourth Graders set off on the Titanic

    For the past few weeks fourth graders in Mrs. Cheryl Brown’s class have been studying the Titanic ship. “In fourth grade we study the Titanic as part of a unit on finding the main idea in informational text,” Brown said. During the study students are assigned an actual passenger of the Titanic and they keep a journal writing about the Titanic experience from the point of view of that passenger from boarding, to socializing, to hitting the iceberg, and eventually, to sinking.

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  • Muddy Visits Ms. Strickland's Class

    First graders in Mrs. Strickland's class at River Dell Elementary had a special guest visit them on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Muddy brought cupcakes for the class and valentines day cards for Mrs. Strickland and her teacher assistant Mrs. White.

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  • Forty and Eight Society Visits RDE

    First graders at River Dell Elementary were treated to a flag ceremony by The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses. Five gentlemen from the organization came and presented the American Flag to the first graders and taught them fun facts about the flag and showed them how to properly fold a flag and why.

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  • Students at RDE Show Dependablility

    River Dell Elementary announced their students of the month for January. The character trait for the month was dependability, which means to be counted on or relied on. Congratulations to all the students at RDE who were named student of the month. February’s character trait is fairness.

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  • Frye Receives TA of the Year at RDE

    Congratulations to Michelle Domico-Frye who was received the Teacher Assistant of the Year award for River Dell Elementary. Frye has been at RDE for four years and has worked with students with different needs. She is always encouraging and uplifting to both the students and staff.

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  • STEM Teacher Receives Partial Grant for River Dell

    River Dell Elementary (RDE) has received a partial grant. Congratulations to Cindy Raynor, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teacher at RDE who applied for a grant through the Johnston County Education Foundation. She applied to receive $1,376 in grant money and was able to receive $700. Raynor plans on submitting for the grant again in February in hopes to receive the rest of the grant money. The grant will go towards the project CSI: Curious Student Investigators in STEM.

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  • River Dell holds Annual Spelling Bee for Fourth and Fifth Graders

    Congratulations to fifth grader Damien Porr who came in first place at the River Dell Elementary spelling bee. The spelling bee was held on Jan. 22 in the school’s cafeteria where one student from each fourth and fifth grade class participated. Porr was able to win the spelling be after he spelled the word “tightrope” correctly. Fourth grader Beau Shokalook placed second and Dean Mendez came in third in the competition.

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  • School Board Visits RDE

    Superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow along with the Senior Leadership Team and Johnston County Board of Education members visited River Dell Elementary on Jan. 9. "We were very excited to have the Johnston County Board, Dr. Renfrow and his cabinet visit our school," RDE Principal Chad Jewett said. The superintendent and other guests were greeted by RDE's Student Government Association. The Board enjoyed lunch with a presentation from the SGA and a tour of the school during their visit. The SGA students gave the presentation and tours. They were accompanied by RDE's Administrative staff, Chad Jewett, Tandra Mapp and Jenny Durko-Hudson.

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  • Miss North Carolina Visits RDE

    River Dell Elementary was pleased to have Miss North Carolina's Victoria Huggins visit on Dec. 15, 2017. Huggins spoke to all the students and answered questions about herself. She engaged with our students and graciously took pictures with many of them before the Christmas break. "We were thrilled that Miss North Carolina could come and visit us at River Dell," RDE Principal Chad Jewett said.

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  • Mrs. Duran's Class Receives Big Donation

    River Dell Elementary (RDE) would like to say a huge thank you to Bell Partners Inc. who donated materials for Maryam Duran's K-5 EC classroom. The donations come from Bell Partners Inc.'s organization called Federal Capital Partners Serves, who keep money set aside so at the end of the year they can help those in need. Trevor Jones and Reem Shammari from Bell Partner Inc.visited RDE on Wednesday, Dec. 13, to present Duran and her whole class with the donations, which included stuffed animals, fiction read along books with CD's, Reading Skill folder game and an all in one CD player with blue tooth speakers.

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  • Engineering Club Receives Judges Favorite Award

    Congratulations to River Dell Elementary's Engineering Club who submitted 14 entries into the Novel Engineering Contest at Tufts University. One of the entries received a "Judges' Favorite Award." Congratulations to fifth graders Gianna Frantz and Jacy Harris who created a project called "Wonder Helper" which received the award. The novel engineering contest required students to pick a character from a novel

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  • First Graders Travel the World

    To celebrate the holidays River Dell Elementary first graders participated in Christmas Around the World, where students were able to learn how other countries celebrate the holiday season. Each first grade teacher presented a different country to their students and showed them how each country celebrates the Christmas holiday. ​With every country the child visited they were able to make a craft that represented the country and received a stamp for their passport.

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  • RDE Hold's First STEM Night of the Year

    River Dell Elementary held it's first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) night on Oct. 19 for students and their families whose last name started with the letters A - L. "River Dell Elementary's "Family STEM Night" was a huge success," STEM teacher Cindy Raynor said. "River Dell Elementary partnered with North Carolina State Engineering Place who did an incredible job providing wonderful learning activities for their students. Over 300 students with last names A-L came with their parent(s) to enjoy activities such as building a catapult, packaging a s'more, testing a diaper's absorbency, designing a roller coaster, and engineering a straw rocket."

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  • Buster the Bus Visits RDE

    Buster the Bus visited River Dell Elementary on Nov. 9 where he taught the Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and first graders about bus safety. Buster the Bus is a robotic bus that moves, speaks, listen and even dances. RDE's bus coordinator Marge McGill accompanied Buster and talked about how students can be safe as they load and unload the bus and how to act appropriately while riding the bus.

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  • Ms. Dailey Receives Employee of the Month Award

    Congratulations to River Dell Elementary (RDE) office support Sharon Dailey for receiving the Johnston County Public Schools/Wells Fargo Foundation Certified Employee of the Month for November 2017. Dailey was surprised on Monday, Nov. 13, when members from the Johnston County Board of Education surprised her with balloons in the front office. Dailey will appear at the board meeting on Nov. 14 and receive recognition for her superior work.

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  • Fall Festival Huge Success at RDE

    Thank you to all who made the River Dell Elementary (RDE) fall festival a success. “The RDE Parent Teacher Association (PTA) would like to thank all of our wonderful families, friends and school staff for attending the RDE Fall Festival,” PTA President Cindy Cole said. “The event was such a success, we were overjoyed by the turnout.” The students were able to participate in handmade carnival style games, dunking volunteers sitting in the dunk tank, getting their faces painted, going on hay rides and picking out pumpkins from the pumpkin patch and getting pony rides.

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  • Ms. Merrall is Super Star Teacher of the Month

    Congratulations to River Dell Elementary's fourth grade teacher Jessica Merrall for being awarded the Super Star Teacher of the Month through the Clayton Chamber of Commerce. Merrall was surprised in her classroom by members of the chamber and RDE Principal Chad Jewett in October. She received a Super Star Classroom Goodie Bag sponsored by Four Oaks Bank located on Main Street in Clayton. The bag had Merrall’s initials on it and she also received a mug that said “Super Star Teacher” which also had her name on it. Merrall received gift cards to Medlin’s Supply Store, star bucks and other places around Clayton. She also received school supplies for her classroom. "Mrs. Merrall is an outstanding teacher and the students and staff here are so lucky to have her,” RDE Assistant Principal Jenny Hudson said.

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  • Second Grader Wins Field Trip T-Shirt Contest

    Congratulations to Addison Valiquette who won the T-Shirt contest for River Dell Elementary. The contest was hosted by our Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Among the T-Shirts that were submitted, Valiquette’s design, which said “River Dell Racers” and had flags below the name, had the most votes. Valiquette is in Kelly Trueblood’s second grade class.

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  • Dads come out for Donuts

    River Dell Elementary would like to thank all the fathers who participated in the Donuts for Dad from Friday, Sept. 22 to Friday, Sept. 29. “We had a great turnout every morning for each grade level,” said RDE PTA treasurer Myron Spell. The RDE Parent Teacher Association provided the donuts for all the Donuts for Dad days and fathers could also buy a box of donuts for $6 that went back to the PTA. Orange juice and milk were also provided for the dads and children.

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  • Parent's sendoff Kindergarteners with a Boo Hoo Breakfast

    On Monday, Sept. 11, the River Dell Elementary Parent Teacher Association (RDE PTA) held a breakfast for the parents who had children beginning kindergarten. Monday was the first day where all the kindergarteners attended school. The PTA provided signs for pictures that said boohoo or yahoo and the parents expressed how they felt about their children starting school.

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  • Help Make Ms. Simon Teacher of the Week

    Congratulations to River Dell Elementary fifth grade teacher Marlen Simon who has been nominated for the FSIoffice Teacher of the Week promotion. We are so excited for Mrs. Simon, however we need everyone’s help in making sure that Mrs. Simon is the winner of this promotion. Nominations are received weekly from parents, coworkers, friends and student. Each week the Top 10 nominations receive a special box of supplies as a reward. Please visit the website www.fsioffic.com/tow and click on Vote for Top 10 Nominee Here!

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  • PTA Builds Cubbies for RDE

    River Dell Elementary (RDE) would like to say a huge thank you to our Parent Teacher Association (PTA). As the 2017-2018 school year quickly approaches, the RDE PTA stepped up to ensure the school year is off to a great start. This year all third grade classes will be in the cabanas. With that move come some changes, one of which was the classroom setting. The cabanas did not contain cubbies for the students. Thanks to our PTA, that is no longer an issue

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  • RDE Student Makes Donation

    River Dell Elementary received a nice donation in the form of school supplies from a current student. Third grader, Khloe Gupton, held a “Stuff the Bus” event on Saturday, August 12 at CE Barnes Store in Archer Lodge. Gupton collected school supplies for River Dell, Riverwood Elementary and Corinth Holders Elementary.

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  • Meet Mr. Jewett

    My name is Chad Jewett and I am extremely excited about joining the River Dell Elementary School community for the 2017-2018 school year. I have been in education for 17 years and my heart is in working with teachers, students, and parents on making the school environment the best it can be for all students.

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  • River Dell celebrates 5th Grade

    The fifth grade students at River Dell Elementary were celebrated on June 7 as they spent one of their last days in elementary school.

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  • Walk to School

    On Thursday, May 18 students and staff of River Dell participated in the annual walk to school day. The walk started at 8 a.m. at Harris Teeter where RDE Principal Mrs. Lebo, teachers and volunteers started the walk with approximately 150 students.

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  • Muffins with Mom

    Muffins for Moms has been in full swing this week at River Dell Elementary. So far, we have had moms for fifth, fourth and third grade come to school in the mornings and have a muffin with their student before starting the school day.

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