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LEGO Robotics Competition 12/09/17

Robotics Competition Video from The River Academy on Vimeo.


Two teams; The Tridents & River Robotics, represented our school at the first ever NCW FIRST Lego Regional Robotics Competition. And, they represented us well. Students spent hours preparing for the competition and dedicated this past Saturday to demonstrating what they have learned in an exciting display of teamwork, presentation, engineering, and technological skills. The morning was spent with judges evaluating the 15 total teams on their Core Values, Team Project and Robot Design (see the judging rubric to better understand the scope of the robotics club). The afternoon was filled with the robots competing in 2 ½ minute time frames to complete tasks and earn points. River Robotics found success throughout the day and will happily be moving on in the competition for a January 13th Eastern Washington Championship in Spokane. Way to go team! The Tridents scored well in the morning evaluations. However, when it came time to show the judges what the robot could do, things just didn't go as planned. Students had carefully practiced, reprogrammed, double-checked and triple-checked but the robot couldn't quite accomplish the tasks. "That is the way it often goes" said Phil Bir; TRA's Robotics Instructor. "You can spend all the time in the world preparing and, when you get to the table, it just doesn't work." It may have been the slightly different measurements of the table, a momentary interference with the WiFi, or any number of factors. But that is all part of the learning process that makes Robotics such a great experience. We are proud that both teams demonstrated their ability to work together to solve problems, their tenacity and school pride. Nice job kids!

 And a heartfelt “thank you” to the parent volunteers who helped guide the two teams in their practices and competitions!



Happy Thanksgiving From TRA


Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness;

Come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his;

We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving

And his courts with praise;

Give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;

His faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100

Echoes of JOYOUS SHOUTS filled the upper hallway of The River Academy this morning as 92 elementary students; along with teachers, parents and the senior class, sang at the top of their lungs to WORSHIP THE LORD WITH GLADNESS.

One parent, who didn’t realize we have a Friday tradition of hallway Psalm singing, found herself physically unable to leave after dropping kids off. She was happily hemmed in on every side by students with Psalters in their hands and expectant smiles on their faces. After singing was over and Mr. Devries had led the group in prayer, the parent remarked that she was grateful to have been inadvertently trapped so she could experience these JOYFUL SONGS.

As you and your family prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, please join The River Academy in giving praise with joyfulness in our hearts for HIS ENDURING LOVE. We hope you enjoy this video of a few of our younger students voicing their thankfulness. 


TRA Key Club- Making a Difference All Year Long

This Saturday many people, young and old, will join forces on Make a Difference Day, one of the largest annual single days of service nationwide, designed to improve the lives of others through a wide range of community-driven service projects.  For members of The River Academy’s Key Club, this mission happens all year long.  

Several of our members will be partnering  with Kiwanis for Make a Difference Day to winterize Camp Zanika, but they have already been hard at work making a difference in their school and community.  Earlier this month our Key Club members created a glowing obstacle course for younger runners participating in Serve Wenatchee Valley’s Light the Loop Fundraiser.  They also organized TRA’s fall “house” service day,  where all secondary students participated in one of three projects.  Their efforts resulted in 25 painted pumpkins for Colonial Vista, 25 Thanksgiving baskets for Serve Wenatchee Valley, and 70 filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.  Dressed in a wide array of costumes, Key Clubbers will also gather on October 31 to trick-or-treat for UNICEF,  raising funds to help prevent  maternal and neonatal tetanus around the world.

During the winter months, TRA Key Clubbers will host a game/craft night for elementary students, organize a holiday drive-in movie, assist Kiwanis with their Christmas giveaway, wrap gifts in the mall, collect money for Life Choices, send care packages to members of the military, and plan another “house” service project.

As the weather warms and spring approaches, Key Clubbers will “rock-n-rowl” for CASA, organize a talent show, work food fair booths at Apple Blossom, attend District Convention, and host a National Day of Prayer breakfast.  

Because TRA Key Clubbers engage in so many service projects around our Valley, The River Academy has received Youth United’s Volunteer School of the Year award for the past two years. When a student joins our Key Club, they truly embrace our motto:  “Caring, a Way of Life.”  Most importantly, they joyfully model for others the example Christ gave in Matthew 20:28: “Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”



More Than a Game

This past Friday, as is every Friday at TRA, was House Lunch.  The House teams meet while eating lunch and conversing and/or planning and then gather to do a project, play tournament games or engage in service for the school or community.  This was a tournament day and the houses battled in an EPIC game of capture the flag.  Highlights of this bonding game included: 1. Seeing some of our new students become key players for their house and a few become flag-capturing heroes!  2. Watching students who are more inclined to outdoor activity than indoor academics, find joy and success in working hard with their multi-grade team of TRA students. 3. But most heartening and bonding of all was the participation of the teachers of those students. More than a dozen red-shirted students streamed after Mr. Hettick as he ran with their flag toward his safe zone. He was caught! Several teachers attempted to stop some of the upper-class students from stealing their team’s flag and when outright speed failed them, there may have been a sort of wrap up capture that deflated those speedy kids.  

It’s hard to explain, if you weren’t at the park with us, while the sun shone down and the student body enjoyed the thrill of battle together, with their teachers.  Some of the photos might help you capture the feeling.  Maybe next time you should join us



Tall Timber 2017

This Wednesday will mark one of the beloved traditions of The River Academy; the secondary retreat at Tall Timber in Leavenworth. It’s a chance to get excited about the school year ahead, connect with other students and experience God’s presence in the midst of His wondrous creation.

Asked what she likes best about the retreat, one student shared, “Everyone [in secondary] gets a chance to interact, older kids and younger together. The older kids, grades 10-12 get there a day earlier to get ready for the younger students. Everyone gets pumped up for welcoming the younger kids.”

As the 7th to 9th graders arrive, the older students line the drive and welcome them with cheering and celebration. Older students are assigned to younger students and personally greet them, grab their luggage and show them to their cabins. Then everyone goes to a main area and the fun begins as 7th graders and new students are given their House assignments amidst lots of fanfare and excitement.

The next two days are filled with House team-building activities like the High Adventures and the zip lines. There are also times of student led worship, bible studies taught by staff and students and all are encouraged to seek quiet times of spiritual reflection. And of course, some free time to enjoy unstructured fellowship and the beautiful surroundings!

Please join us in praying that our secondary students grow closer to God and to one another as they venture off on this year’s retreat!


End of Year Celebration

The students love this day of fun.  The older students play with the younger and everyone soaks up the sunshine and joy of starting summer together.