RMS Ribbon Cutting

RMS Cuts Ribbon on Large Renovation

RMS ribbon-cutting groupRiverside Magnet School (RMS)’s expansion to a kindergarten through grade five elementary school is complete following the renovation the former Willowbrook School.

 On Tuesday, Aug. 28, LEARN joined with Gov. Dan Malloy and Goodwin College administration to cut the ribbon on the renovation. With the completion, the upper grades of the school have moved from the modular space on Riverside Drive to the former Willowbrook School. The renovated building is located adjacent to the Reggio Emilia-inspired facility, which opened to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students IN 2013.

 "This is an important moment in Riverside's story," Principal Jasdeep Singh said. "With our students all reunited under one roof after three years, the addition of 5th grade, a full complement of talented staff, and 465 amazing learners, our school is poised for an exciting year."

LEARN and Goodwin College collaboratively run RMS, as well as the nearby Connecticut River Academy (CTRA) magnet high school. Both schools are on Goodwin’s River Campus in East Hartford, and RMS and CTRA students and faculty frequently work together.

 "The expansion of the Riverside Magnet School reflects Goodwin College's commitment to high quality pathways for student learning," said LEARN Executive Director Dr. Eileen Howley. "LEARN is proud to be a partner with Goodwin College in this endeavor to decrease racial isolation and increase student achievement and success."

 The 19,000-square-foot addition to the existing Reggio Emilia-inspired magnet school provides specialized instructional space for the entirety of Riverside's students. Along with brand new classrooms, the space incorporates an instrumental music room, an expanded library media center, and a kitchen for food service to accommodate the growing student body. The new spaces allow Riverside's educational team to provide additional enrichments to the curriculum, including adding orchestra to the music program and promoting literacy and technology skills in the expanded library.

 The students, however, were most excited for a new playground. Following a formal ribbon-cutting, children ran onto the new play area and got to the important business of climbing and laughing.

 "It's hard to believe how much our Riverside Magnet School family has grown in five short years," said Goodwin College president Mark Scheinberg. "Bringing the youngest students on our campus together in a single setting has been a priority of ours and will greatly enhance the learning experience for the children and their families."

​Goodwin College contributed to this article.

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