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Welcome to Riverbank Elementary School

The Riverbank School Community works collaboratively to deliver a focused, research and standards-based program to educate and develop empowered, motivated, responsible and respectful learners who master grade level standards. Go Otters!

Principal's Message

Principal PhiferWelcome to the 2016-17 school year! I hope you’ve had a relaxing and restful summer! I am looking forward to an exciting year working alongside of each and every one of you, as Principal of Riverbank Elementary School. Many of you have stopped by and shared in conversation about the goals for the upcoming year. I am honored to join the Riverbank Family and bring with me over twenty-one years of experience in education. My teaching career began shortly after graduating from UCLA. My first teaching position was in South Los Angeles, where I taught second and third grades before becoming a literacy coach and teacher leader for almost ten years. Upon starting my own family, I decided to move back to Northern California, to be closer to my family. I was born and raised in Yolo County and I am a native of Winters. I am a proud product of migrant education, born to migrant farm working parents. I, along with my eleven siblings were taught at an early age that education was the key to opening up opportunities to a better future. I learned to work hard for what I wanted, and not to limit my dreams because anything is possible. Upon moving back to Northern California, I was hired to teach in Esparto Unified, where I taught 6th grade English. I eventually went on to become involved in the teachers association and served as President of our Teacher’s Association for three years. I eventually became the ELD Coach, which took me out of the classroom based on the huge need for teacher and student support. I then decided to pursue my administrative credential and became Director of English Language Development K-12 and Vice Principal of our K-8 School. Two years ago, our K-8 became an elementary and middle school, and I was hired as the Principal of our Middle School while remaining Director of English Language Development K-12. I have worked in many facets of education, and I am honored to be joining an amazing team here at Riverbank Elementary. I am looking forward to bringing my passion for Education, love of learning and relationship building to Riverbank Elementary and our community. I have met some parents and staff and feel very welcome! This year will bring new opportunities for new challenges, reflection and growth! I look forward to an excellent year!



Ms. Hortencia Phifer, M. Ed

Principal, Riverbank Elementary School


Riverbank K-8 Elementary School

Home of the River Otters

1100 Carrie Street

West Sacramento, CA 95605

Phone: 916-375-7700

Fax: 916-375-7709


Hortencia PhiferPrincipal


Carmelita Goldsby, Assistant Principal



Riverbank Events Calendar


Office Hours

Monday - Friday

7:30 am - 4:00 pm


Julie PinolaSecretary I


Bianka Garcia, Secretary II

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Riverbank School Rules

What Would Otters Do

Combating Bullying at Riverbank

What is Bullying?

  • Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.

What are We Doing?

  • We take every report of bullying seriously
  • We interview students and conduct an investigation
  • If the bullying report is founded we submit a formal report to our district office as directed by AB 9
  • Students involved will receive consequences based on our progressive discipline policy


Suspected Bullying Report

Complete this form if you have credible information regarding a bullying incident. Please forward to the site administrator immediately.

Complaint Policy

The first step in resolving a complaint is to speak with the staff involved. We hope that you will bring any issue immediately to the attention of the school administration. If there are issues ...more



Please join our awesome team of Riverbank parents and teachers for the PTC Meeting on Tuesday, August 30th at 5:30 pm in the Riverbank Library.