My Life as a School Bus Driver

Many years ago, around 1955-59, I was a student at Riverside High School. I chose to take all commercial courses: typing, bookkeeping and business machines with hopes of someday working in an office as a secretary. In our senior year we were assigned to teachers to help with copying articles or any other secretarial needs they may have needed. Well, as luck would have it, I was assigned to Mr. D.W. Shaner, the English and drama teacher, who was a perfectionist about everything, and to Mr. John DeLong, American History…

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Clyde C. Hadden Elementary: Linda Molnar McAdams

Guest Author: Linda Molnar McAdams ‘70 Clyde C. Hadden started out as a little log cabin in 1859 and in 1900 became a two-room brick schoolhouse. In 1928 construction of a new five- classroom school began, which was called Mentor Avenue School.  In 1940, after undergoing changes, the gymnasium was added.  In 1952, seven new classrooms were added to hold 335 students.  Because of that many students, other schools like Melridge Elementary were being built.  In 1959 the school was renamed Clyde C. Hadden, for the man who served 30…

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President’s Message for Winter 2021

Hello to All Riverside Alumni, Wait..What? It’s January already? During these last several months I even have trouble remembering what day of the week it is. If it’s garbage day it must be Wednesday. If the Browns are on it could be Sunday or Monday. Another easy trick for me is that my birthday is always on the same day of the week as Christmas and New Year’s so I’m good on Fridays this year. I hope all of you have been able to find good ways to pass the…

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The Punning Music Teacher Explains Some Country Songs

Country music has enjoyed explosive success for many decades, and no music class would be complete without recognizing some of country’s greatest stars. The category covers such a wide variety of human emotions and experiences that today, Class, we will concentrate on only a few singers who kept their topics in light, funny or off-beat modes. One of the most prolific writers and singers of country music is also one of the oldest; Willie Nelson, age 87, is still one of the most recognizable talents because of his versatility in…

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Clyde C. Hadden – A Long Look in My Rearview Mirror : Skip Cohen

Guest Author: Skip Cohen ‘67 When I first contemplated, months ago, about contributing to the Online Log, the word “pandemic” was not in our vocabulary. Now, after nine months of hunkering down, I’ve found taking a look in my rearview mirror is therapeutic. “Throwback Thursday” is happening a little every day, with great memories going back just a few months, let alone years. But staying connected to my hometown, Painesville, Riverside, JRW, and digging back to Clyde C. Hadden maintains a particular place in my heart. There’s a smile on…

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Never Underestimate What a Teenager Might Say or Do, Part 1

Being well into a teaching career and/or being a parent to a teenager can amount to a whole new learning experience for those who think they know a great deal about young people.  After all, we were their ages once, correct? We tend to forget much about how the teenage mind operates, plus we underestimate how much life has changed from one generation to the next. Volumes have been written by teachers or others who work with young people. There are nostalgic, heart-warming and surprising insights that teachers can recount…

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Kyle McKee: Remembering a Man of Honor, Intergrity

Heavy hearts were the norm as residents of the Riverside School District learned that a new brick would be added posthumously to honor a man in its Veterans’ Wall of Honor. Kyle McKee, Class of 2003, was killed in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt during a peace-keeping operation on Nov. 12, 2020. Kyle, 35, had been a staff sergeant and crewman on board a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter when it encountered mechanical problems that took the lives of four other Americans, a Frenchman and a Czech service member. All were…

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Arlington National Cemetery: Site of an RHS-Inspired Memorial

It has been more than two decades since a Riverside High School teacher and her class initiated the creation of a military memorial that has its own site at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Since the Log’s editors felt many alumni might not be aware of the memorial, perhaps it is time for a review of how it came to be. In the late 1990s, art teacher Dr. Mary Porter and a group of her students were deeply saddened when they saw a video of an American soldier’s body…

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