Upcoming meetings

Ridgefield Business Association meets Wednesday, July 30, noon, at Tri Mountain Golf Course. Nick Massey from NW High Country will speak on how to establish systems for your business which are grounded in your values. Come by 11:30 and you can order lunch and eat while you attend the meeting.

Dr. McCann, our new Superintendent of Schools, will hold a ‘meet and greet’ at the new Lava Java location at Heron Gate, 2 South 5th Place, Thursday, July 31 from 7 to 8am. Come and welcome him to Ridgefield.

Although I’m back from Ireland, my suitcase has not made it yet, and my calendar is in it, so if I’ve missed any meetings I apologize. It was in Salt Lake City when I called today, and is supposed to be in Portland tomorrow morning at 9am. Wish me luck on getting it back safely – all my paintings from the trip are in it!

Today I went through most of my photos, and will choose a few more to share with your when I have time.

 

Notes from the City Council Meeting 7-24-14

Resolution 465 – Declaring certain equipment as surplus and authorizing its sale. The City acquires equipment and property as needed for staff to perform work responsibilities. As the equipment or property is used throughout its life to conduct City business, it ages, and eventually becomes obsolete and/or in disrepair. Passed 7-0

Ordinance 1156 – Vacation of a portion of N 65th Ave and N 1st Circle. Because the previous construction of the Interchange Project realigned the roadways to the south and east of the parcel at the corner of N 65th and 1st Circle, it created an area of excess right-of-way. Construction of the Junction Park and Ride project requires that this right-of-way is vacated and joined to the City owned parcel. Council waived the second reading. Passed 7-0

Mayor appointed Greg Walter to represent the City of Ridgefield on the Clark County Mosquito Control District Board of Trustees.

Mayor’s appointments to the Salary Commission:
Position #1 David Kelly
Position #2 Terry Hurd
Position #3 Betty Teunessen
Position #4 Clyde Burkle
Position #5 Victoria Haugen

Did You Know high school students created diagrams of owl pellets to learn how to pursue art as a career?

Megan Driver, Drew Clements and Olivia Bonebrake analyze and draw diagrams of owl pellets

Megan Driver, Drew Clements and Olivia Bonebrake analyze and draw diagrams of owl pellets

Students taking the illustration class at Ridgefield High School used owl pellets from the elementary school to develop and hone their skills with scientific illustration, a technical field of art.

Rebecca Carlisle, an art teacher who teaches the Illustration Class at Ridgefield High School, contacted Karen Moses, a fourth grade teacher at South Ridge Elementary School, to see if her art class could uses Moses’ leftover owl pellets after reading a news story about fourth graders dissecting the pellets. “Karen provided scientific information as well as the pellets themselves,” explained Carlisle. “She was so helpful and really made this project possible.”

The fourth grade classes in Ridgefield School District dissect owl pellets to study animal anatomy as part of a Full Option Science System (FOSS) Kit from Educational Service District 112. The pellets are sanitized by the ESD 112 science staff members who boil the pellets in special chemicals to ensure the pellets are safe for students to handle.

Melanie Martinez and Samantha Rice enjoyed learning more about fields of art as careers

Melanie Martinez and Samantha Rice enjoyed learning more about fields of art as careers

Students in Carlisle’s illustration classes formed teams of two to dissect the pellets and used techniques in scientific observation to accurately illustrate the pellets as well as the bones within including skulls and other bones from rodents and small birds. “Scientific illustration tends to be a more lucrative field in art because of the technical prowess required,” said Carlisle. “Whether an employer is an engineering company or a medical textbook company, the work focuses on detailed analysis and the abilities of the artists to accurately depict their observations.”

Many students signed up for the illustration class as a way to learn more about career fields in art.  “I signed up for this class because art is something I’m interested in pursuing after high school,” said Olivia Bonebrake, a junior. “My favorite project has been this one – I like observing the bones and creating the diagram itself.” Drew Clements, also a junior, agreed with Bonebrake, “I wanted to try something new in art and am hoping to go into it as a field – this illustration class provides more methods to use two-dimensional art in a career.”

Some students enjoyed the owl pellet project specifically because of its somewhat macabre nature dealing with animal bones. “I really like this project because I really like the creepy stuff,” said Melanie Martinez, a freshman. “It’s fun and challenging.”

In addition to scientific illustration, Carlisle taught students drawing and painting skills for a variety of artistic career fields including working for newspapers and magazines; illustrations for children’s books and book cover illustration; work with animation and much more.

Did you know you can submit story ideas for upcoming Did You Knows? Submit your story idea via the District’s online form here: http://bit.ly/DYK-Submit

For more Did You Knows, visit the district website. You can also get more district news from their Facebook page or on Twitter.

Have coffee with Ridgefield’s Superintendent this Thursday at 7 a.m. at Lava Java Coffee!

Coffee Talk with Superintendent Nathan McCannJoin Superintendent Nathan McCann for a cup of coffee at Lava Java located near iQ Credit Union at the I-5 south entrance ramp at 2 S 56th Pl, Ste 102 on Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 7-8 a.m.

Do you have an opinion, idea or concern you would like to share with the administration of Ridgefield School District or would you just like to meet the new superintendent? Then, stop by Lava Java on Thursday from 7-8 a.m.

This is your opportunity to visit with Superintendent Nathan McCann and share your ideas about the direction and future of Ridgefield schools.

For more Ridgefield schools news, visit the district website. You can also get more district news from their Facebook page or on Twitter.

Beannachtai o Eireann! Saturday

Thatched roof cottage

Thatched roof cottage

I’m back from the Aran Islands, and this post will show you some of the things I saw there. This is a thatched roof cottage. I thought it would make a great painting. There are not many left in the islands – I think they are mostly a tourist attraction.

We got to the islands on a rusty old boat called the Happy Hooker. The ride over was through big swells, but no breaking waves.

This picture is of a dolman. They were thought to be used as a burial ground and for religious ceremonies. This was taken on the mainland, in the Burren, a desolate area that is full of limestone rocks.

Dolman

Dolman

I took lots of pictures of doors and windows, because so many of them were colorful. I plan to paint a whole series of them in time for the Open Studio tour in November.this was an especially bright one.

Red and blue doors

Red and blue doors


Ireland is full of remnants of stone churches, the walls still standing, but the roof gone. There is so much stone! We learned that the walls with vertical stones were called “Penny a Day” hedges. During the Great Hunger (potato famine) workers were paid a penny a day to erect the fences.
Stone wall with abandoned church

Stone wall with abandoned church


Another window scene.
Kitty in window with lace curtains

Kitty in window with lace curtains


We usually have lunch at a pub. Here’s an example.
The pub scene

The pub scene


Tonight we sat outside, and this was the view from our table. We are at the Bubratty Castle Hotel. Tomorrow, our last night, we will go to an authentic medieval dinner at the Bunatty Castle. The food is served on a wooden trencher and we eat with our hands. Should be interesting!
Scene from our dinner table Tonight

Scene from our dinner table
Tonight

School Construction Update – 7/25/2014

Summer continues and so does construction throughout Ridgefield School District!

At Ridgefield High School, crews continued work on the multipurpose facility as well as renovating the existing commons area to make it part of the new construction.

At the shared Union Ridge Elementary School / View Ridge Middle School site, crews removed two of the elementary school’s portables while others continued work on the new facilities including the polishing of the new gymnasium floor.

At South Ridge Elementary School, crews continued to work on both the exterior and interior of the new facilities including painting and prepwork.

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For more information on Ridgefield School District’s ongoing construction projects, visit their construction blog by clicking here

You can also get more district news from their Facebook page or on Twitter.

Did you know sixth graders create a permanent art mural before leaving elementary school for the last time?

Alan Adams prepares sixth graders to create a permanent mural as an end-of-year project

Alan Adams prepares sixth graders to create a permanent mural as an end-of-year project

Sixth graders at Union Ridge Elementary School make their mark on the school before leaving for middle school in an end-of-year art project where all exiting students have the opportunity to help paint a permanent mural on one of the school’s exterior walls.

Alan Adams, Union Ridge’s art teacher, came up with the idea of having exiting sixth graders paint a lasting mural and started the project three years ago with each class creating a different mural since then. “We wanted to give our students an opportunity to create a legacy piece that they would leave behind,” said Adams. “In the past, students painted tiles for the interior hallways, but these full murals add a little more pizazz.”

Adams based this year’s theme, a surreal representation of a solar eclipse, on the works of Alma Thomas, an abstract painter and art educator who specialized in expressionism. Students helped paint the moon eclipsing the sun with concentric circles of color emanating from the center.

Students form groups of three to take turns painting the mural

Students form groups of three to take turns painting the mural

Before letting the students loose with paintbrushes, Adams carefully explains the care needed when painting with permanent paint unlike water colors or washable paints where messes are more easily cleaned up. After demonstrating how to paint, students form groups of three and fill in the mural.

Watching students develop their own intrinsic styles inspires Adams to develop innovative projects. “I enjoy hearing what students think and seeing how they express themselves,” he said. “Students will take project ideas in completely different directions, and watching these kids grow up from second grade year after year is a very cool and unique experience.”

Sixth graders raved about the permanent end-of-year project

Sixth graders raved about the permanent end-of-year project

The sixth graders raved about the mural project. “The mural is my favorite project because I like making a permanent part of the school,” said Rossaline Asquith. “The mural is my favorite project,” agreed Hunter Jackson, a classmate. “It’s outside where all the other students can see and it will be here forever.”

Students appreciated Adams helping them develop their own artistic style

Students appreciated Adams helping them develop their own artistic style

The students point to Adams as inspiring them to take more chances and to take their artwork seriously. “Mr. Adams is a really good teacher – he really understands students and helps us out,” said Asquith. Alli Hook, a classmate, agreed, “Mr. Adams takes things seriously and makes sure students take on responsibility.”

Visitors can see the three sixth grade murals on the eastern-facing wall of Union Ridge Elementary School near the playground.

Did you know you can submit story ideas for upcoming Did You Knows? Submit your story idea via the District’s online form here: http://bit.ly/DYK-Submit

For more Did You Knows, visit the district website. You can also get more district news from their Facebook page or on Twitter.

Beannachtai o Eireann – Monday

Yesterday when we toured the Burren, we met a gentleman who was selling pendants. He was dressed as a Druid (good marketing) and hammered ogham characters into pieces of metal, spelling your name. I tried to buy one, but he had sold all the bases, so I bought a Spirit of Life token instead. (I tried to download his picture, but it didn’t work – will try again later.)

I’v taken so many photos of doors and windows that I think I will do a whole series of paintings from them. Here’s a cat we saw sitting in the window. I liked the lace curtains – they will be a challenge to paint.

Well, for some reason photos are not loading – aren’t computers wonderful?

Tomorrow we leave at 9am for the Aran Islands, so I don’t have time to try to figure out what’s wrong, so will close for now. I will not be taking my iPad, because we’re traveling light. It’s an hour ferry ride, and could be rough. I haven’t been seasick in a long time … and hopefully I won’t be tomorrow.

We return on Saturday for two nights at Bunratty Castle Hotel, where we’ll have a grand banquet at the castle. I’ll send more pictures if I can figure out what’s wrong – if not, will do so on my return to Ridgefield next Monday.

Beannachkai o Eireann – Sunday

I just had to show you the battered cod dinner I had – have you ever been served such a huge portion of fish?

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We’ve seen burros grazing in several places. They apparently are irish lawnmowers!
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Today we went to the Cliffs of Moher, the Great Hunger Memorial and the Burrens. Here are the Cliffs of Moher.
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Looking out over the cliffs was like being up in the San Juans – even a bump where Mt. Constitution should have been. I feel very at home.

Traveling on these narrow roads is quite an experience. We’re in a small bus, which means we sit high above the cars we pass. I would swear there was only about three feet of space between us and the cars going the other direction. Not only that, there are stone walls right up against the road. We only had to back up once, but it took about 15 minutes of maneuvering before traffic started moving again. Even crossing the street is exciting, because of course you should look right instead of left.

This is a picture of a Dolman. They were ancient burial sites, and may have been used for religious ceremonies too.

A Dolman

A Dolman

I had heard so much about the Barrens that I was very interested in seeing them. They are a large expanse of broken limestone. It’s fairly dangerous to walk in them because of the chance of falling and breaking a leg or ankle because it’s stuck between two rocks.

The Burrens

The Burrens

Tomorrow is a painting day, so we’ll be at the hotel all day, then have a banquet at night. Weather has been great – broken clouds, even some sun, brisk breeze. Couldn’t ask for any better. It’s rained, but always at night.

Hope you all appreciate my writing. The wi-fi here at the hotel is VERY slow – it takes almost three minutes to load each picture. I’m reading a J A Jance book while waiting!

Beannachkai o Eireann!

I flew out of Portland Wednesday about noon, and arrived at Shannon Airport in Ireland Thursday morning about 11am. Met up with the three others on the flight from New York who were part of the tour.

We stayed at Dunaree Bed and Breakfast that night.

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There are 21 folks on the tour, of which 12 are watercolor painters. We take up two buses because of the amount of luggage we’re carrying. One bus picked us up at the B&B and the second met us at Bunratty Castle, where we met the people who had stayed at the castle the night before.

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Then it was on to the airport to pick up the last of our group.

We are now at the Falls Lodge in Ennistymon (enn-iss-TIE-mun). Here are some photos of the small stores on Main Street in Ennistymon.

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These trout fishermen were spotted along the falls at the Inagh River. I started sketching them this afternoon, and hope to paint them.

Tomorrow is tour day .

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Superintendent thanks community members for attending Ridgefield School District’s Brown Bag Lunch and Coffee Talk

Community members came to Coffee Talks and Brown Bag Lunches to meet Dr. McCann

Community members came to Coffee Talks and Brown Bag Lunches to meet Dr. McCann

Superintendent Nathan McCann would like to thank all of the community members who came out to meet him at this week’s Brown Bag Lunch and Coffee Talk.

Many attended to share insights and perspectives of Ridgefield School District including recent successes as well as ideas for improvement. “There is no such thing as ‘bad’ feedback,” said McCann. “I welcome and encourage all community members to share their opinions with me.”

If you missed these events, please consider joining Dr. McCann for a Coffee Talk on Thursday, July 31 from 7-8 a.m. at Lava Java located near iQ Credit Union by the I-5 South entrance ramp.

For more Ridgefield schools news, visit the district website. You can also get more district news from their Facebook page or on Twitter.

School Construction Update – 7/18/2014

Construction continues across Ridgefield School District with interior and exterior work including paving, painting and more!

At Ridgefield High School, crews continue interior and exterior work including ground preparation for paving and exterior painting.

At the shared Union Ridge Elementary School / View Ridge Middle School site, crews continued paving exterior walkways including the main entrance walk while also working on interior and exterior work.

At South Ridge Elementary School, crews completed work on the new gymnasium/commons area floor as well as kitchen work while continuing interior and exterior work.

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For more information on Ridgefield School District’s ongoing construction projects, visit their construction blog by clicking here

You can also get more district news from their Facebook page or on Twitter.

Did You Know two Ridgefield High School students won prestigious 5th Avenue Awards this year?

Megan Gibert and Logan Summers won awards in this year's 5th Avenue Awards

Megan Gibert and Logan Summers won awards in this year’s 5th Avenue Awards

Two Ridgefield High School students, Megan Gibert and Logan Summers, received awards at the 5th Avenue 2014 Awards, an award ceremony honoring high school musical theater throughout Washington State put on by the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

Evaluators from around Washington State attended 121 high school musical theater productions to select the student nominees for the awards. “The 5th Avenue Awards are our state’s Tony Awards for high school musical theater,” explained Bob Meek, Ridgefield High School’s Drama and Choir teacher.

Megan Gibert, a junior during the 2013-14 school year, received an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role playing Jo March in the high school’s performance of Little Women. Gibert started performing in plays four years ago with the Christian Youth Theater in the summer before performing in the high school’s production of Guys and Dolls in eighth grade. “I like being able to put on a different face for a while and portray someone else,” she said. “I find a lot of things I have in common with the character, and, often, I discover new things about myself, too.”

Logan Summers, a freshman during the 2013-14 school year, received an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role by playing Laurie Laurence, also in Little Women. This year was Summers’ first time performing in drama. “I’ve wanted to be an actor for some time because I thought it’d be cool to change costumes and live in that kind of world,” he said. “I think one of the coolest parts of acting is seeing our classmates get into their parts with us.”

Both students point to Meek as helping them hone their acting skills and win their awards. “Meek’s a great director because he encourages us to explore our characters and develop our own roles,” said Gibert. Summers agreed, “Meek is hilarious – it’s obvious he loves what he does.”

The 5th Avenue Theatre announced the award winners on May 20, 2014 and presented the awards in a ceremony on Monday, June 9 at Benaroya Hall. The 5th Avenue Theatre supports several education and outreach programs for youth, students and the community including the annual 5th Avenue Awards. More information can be found via their website at www.5thavenue.org.

Did you know you can submit story ideas for upcoming Did You Knows? Submit your story idea via the District’s online form here: http://bit.ly/DYK-Submit

For more Did You Knows, visit the district website. You can also get more district news from their Facebook page or on Twitter.

I’m off to Ireland on a painting trip

I had hoped to do a running account of my trip, but have decided to have a real vacation instead, so I’ll probably not post to the blog until I get back.

Talk to you then!

Thought for the Week

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
Harry S. Truman