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Rio Americano High School

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Rio Americano High School

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Raider Digest: Feb. 4

A brief summary of the Rio Americano news you need for this week

Watch the latest Rio Bulletin

This week’s video news includes information about Valentine’s Day, Friendship Day, College Information Night, spring sports and more. Watch the latest episode here.


Poetry Out Loud champion to compete at county level

Junior Daphne Pannell won this year’s school Poetry Out Loud competition and will compete for the county title on Feb. 21. Pannell earned high marks for her recitation of Emily Dickinson’s “I Heard a Funeral in My Brain” and “The Tables Turned” by William Wordsworth. The runner-up is junior Olivia Huang.

“All the contestants performed beautifully and brought insight to the poems they performed,” said English teacher and contest organizer Michael Mahoney. “It was a razor-thin difference in the judging because they were so good, but Daphne brought a little extra and recited flawlessly.”


Valentine’s grams for children

Student government is running a community service project Feb. 5-9. On the stage or in C-10 during lunch, students are encouraged to write a heartfelt message that will be shared with the kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children.

“It’s important that everyone gets shown that they are loved on Valentine’s Day, especially these kids who are going through a hard time,” said Meredith Bluth, Community Service Commissioner.


Watch the Winter Concert this week

Rio’s Winter Concert will take place this Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the PAC.


College Night to offer admissions information to families

College Information Night is happening this Thursday, Feb. 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the PAC. It is an opportunity for freshman, sophomores, juniors and parents to prepare for senior year and learn more about college admissions from Rio’s counselors.


Hearing screening for sophomores

On Wednesday, Feb. 7,  the annual mandatory Hearing Screening will take place for 10th graders. The administration office will be sending out passes throughout the day.

If families opt out, parents will need to notify the school in writing as soon as possible·

Tenth-grade students who fail the initial hearing test will be retested after a minimum of three weeks. A referral form will be sent home to parents of students who fail the second hearing test.


Spring academic competitions underway

Mock trial, Mathletes, and Speech and Debate all have upcoming events. To read more, click here.


Sports this week

Monday, Feb. 5

Boys Basketball @ Sac High, Freshman 4:30 p.m., JV 6 p.m., Varsity 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball @ Sac High, JV 5:30 p.m., Varsity 7 p.m.


Tuesday, Feb. 6

Boys Soccer @ Sac High, JV 3 p.m., Varsity 4:45 p.m. (home)


Wednesday, Feb. 7

Boys Basketball @ Vista Del Lago, Freshman 4:30 p.m., JV 6 p.m., Varsity 7:30 p.m. (home)

Girls Basketball @ Vista Del Lago, JV 5:30 p.m., Varsity 7 p.m.


Friday, Feb. 9

Boys Basketball @ Davis, Freshman 4:30 p.m., JV 6 p.m., Varsity 7:30 p.m. (home)

To view the complete calendar of events and up-to-the-minute updates on games check out the Rio Americano calendar here.

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  • Sumaya AyalaFeb 5, 2024 at 2:39 PM

    Congrats to Pannell for the poetry out loud!!! I heard the poem and it sounded great.