School Construction Update – 10/24/2014

Crews finished installing seating into the multipurpose performance facility and made finishing touches to the softball field this week.

The seating in the multipurpose room can be moved in and out to enable a variety of different configurations depending on the needs of the class using the facility at the time.

Ridgefield High School - October 24, 2014

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.

Construction at the Sportsman’s

Sportsmans floor

The Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge (FYI sponsor) continues to grow even through the rain. As of Wednesday the back deck upper level wall frames were going up. Inside, guests continue to dine in comfort. Note the 2×4 nailed to the floor – this is where the new (temporary) wall will be while the workers join the two sections of building together.

sportsman interior

Vossenberg Farm in Ridgefield to host tour

Ridgefield’s Vossenberg Farm will offer a tour of its 26-acre horse stable and training facility next month to highlight its water management practices. The tour will be 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at the farm, 6009 N.W. 289th St. in Ridgefield. The tour is open to the public; registration is $10. Participants can register online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/901601, or call 360-397-6060, ext. 5729 or email Eric Lambert at eric.lambert@wsu.edu.

Note from Kathy: this date is the same as the Clark County Open Studio Tour, and the entrance to Vossenberg’s farm is about 200 feet east of the road leading to my house. There will be a sign on 289th Street. Stop after your tour to visit my studio and get a cup of coffee and some brownies. There will be a tray of gluten free ones too!

Birds in Downtown Ridgefield!

Birds at Beth An's 2

Anyone walking down Pioneer Street can see Elizabeth An’s flowers, but what they don’t see are all the birds that come. They fly away from anyone walking on the sidewalk, but come back a minute later. You can watch them from the porch next door if you are quiet.

Birds at Beth's

the birds are goldfinches – they lose some of their colors in the fall.

Paul Snoey took these pictures Sunday afternoon.

Mayor’s Ball Recap

Herr OnslowHerr Onslow and his beautiful fraulein Sandy were on hand to welcome guests to the annual Mayor’s Ball last Saturday. The theme was Oktoberfest, and the dinner was veal schnitzel, spaetzles, asparagus, sauerkraut and brats, with plum, apple or peach kuchen for dessert. A plate of pickled vegetables and a German salad of cucumbers in sour cream preceded the meal.

You missed a good time if you weren’t there. Two accordion players keep the polkas going all evening, and we even did the chicken dance.

Thanks to all the Ridgefield businesses who supported this event:

Mike and Mary Hunter provided the location, Sportsman’s Bar and Grill – gave a keg of German Spaten Oktoberfest beer, Bethany Vineyards provided Pinot Noir, Three Brothers Winery gave Riesling wine, Gouger Winery provided Red Wine to make the Gluewein (hot mulled spiced wine). Mary Hunter of Ridgefield Roasters provided coffee, B & B Blueberry farm and Nursery gave pumpkins and squash for the decorations, and Michael Harris provided corn stalks for decoration from his plot in the community garden. There was also a lot of labor from Don Stose, Gary Adkins, Bruce Walker, Lee Wells, Mike and Mary Hunter,

The paid accordionists were Steve Knapke and John Martin from Rose City Accordion Club.

Sign Waving for Home Rule Charter

home rule charter

Chuck Green is planning a sign waving for the County Home Rule Charter, this Thursday October 23, before the Council meeting, from 4:30 to 6pm.  Meet at Overlook Park at 4:30 and we’ll go forth from there and wave signs and hands to support the Home Rule Charter on the November ballot.

Details?  Contact Chuck Green at sjclgreen@yahoo.com or by phone at 449-2132

Did You Know the Ridgefield School District introduced new programs to recognize the excellence of its students, staff, and alumni?

Nam Nguyen. math teacher at VRMS, received Employee of the Month

Nam Nguyen. math teacher at VRMS, received Employee of the Month

Ridgefield School District introduces two new programs to recognize the contributions and excellence of the district’s students, staff, and alumni: the Student and Employee of the Month Program and the annual Ridgefield School District Hall of Fame.

At their most recent board meeting on Tuesday, October 14, the district’s Board of Directors and Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield School District superintendent, recognized one student from each of the district’s four schools as Students of the Month and recognized one employee from the district as Employee of the Month. In addition, the Board of Directors approved a resolution approving the district’s Hall of Fame program.

Each of the district’s four schools will select a Student of the Month. Students of the Month are nominated by the teachers and staff members of their respective schools. Each Student of the Month receives a framed commemorative certificate as well as a “Ridgefield School District Student of the Month Lives Here!” yard sign to put in front of their home.

Employees of the Month are nominated by their colleagues. “Our staff makes amazing contributions to student learning every single day,” said McCann. “Each month, we will spotlight a staff member as nominated by his or her peers for excelling at their craft.”

Each month, the district will announce the Employee and Students of the Month at a board of directors meeting, on a blog located on the district’s website, and through the district’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Friends, family, and community members are invited to attend the board meeting in order to congratulate the recipients.

Employee of the Month

Nam Nguyen, a math teacher at View Ridge Middle School, received the inaugural Employee of the Month Award which includes a framed Employee of the Month certificate, a commemorative coffee mug and a gift certificate to a local Ridgefield restaurant, the Historic Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge.

Nguyen’s coworkers complimented his teaching style and tech savviness. In addition, colleagues pointed out how he goes out of his way to ensure students receive the help they need, saying “he works tirelessly for both students and his colleagues and is always striving to make things better in new ways.”

Students of the Month

South Ridge Elementary School
Madison Lee – Sixth Grader

Madison Lee, sixth grader, received Student of the Month from South Ridge Elementary School

Madison Lee, sixth grader, received Student of the Month from South Ridge Elementary School

South Ridge teachers and staff included several comments about Madison Lee including:

  • Madison is an excellent example of a caring and responsible student.
  • Madison repeatedly shows willingness to reach out to her classmates to offer help and assistance whenever and wherever needed.
  • Madison’s acts of kindness are sensitive and respectful – she never draws attention to herself – she simply steps in and supports her classmates however she can.
  • Madison is an outstanding model for all of sixth grade.

Union Ridge Elementary School
Gabe Meadows – Sixth Grader

Gabe Meadows, sixth grader, received Student of the Month from Union Ridge Elementary School

Gabe Meadows, sixth grader, received Student of the Month from Union Ridge Elementary School

Union Ridge teachers and staff included several comments about Gabe Meadows including:

  • During school, Gabe exhibits the life skills of effort, responsibility and perseverance.
  • Gabe works hard to complete all of his homework, is helpful to his teachers and peers, and always seems to do so with a wonderful attitude.
  • Gabe takes great pride in his work and we are equally proud of him.

View Ridge Middle School
Logan Newman – Eighth Grader

Logan Newman, eighth grader, received Student of the Month from View Ridge Middle School

Logan Newman, eighth grader, received Student of the Month from View Ridge Middle School

View Ridge teachers and staff included several comments about Logan Newman including:

  • Logan is a hardworking student who truly enjoys learning.
  • Logan helps others and works hard to do his best.
  • Logan’s warm smile and positive attitude makes him a role model for all students.

Ridgefield High School
Lily Grunstead – Junior

Lily Grunstead, junior, received Student of the Month from Ridgefield High School

Lily Grunstead, junior, received Student of the Month from Ridgefield High School

Ridgefield High School’s teachers and staff included several comments about Lily Grunstead including:

  • Lily is an incredible young lady – she possesses a great work ethic; is kind an respectful to all; and is very involved in school.
  • Lily conducts herself with integrity, is kind and caring, and works extremely hard for her grades – she is a gem.

The Historic Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge, a local Ridgefield business owned and operated by Terry Hurd, sponsored the Employee of the Month and Student of the Month programs by contributing funds to pay for the awards and other supplies for the program.

Hall of Fame Program

At the October 14 board meeting, the Board of Directors passed a resolution approving the district’s Hall of Fame program. The first class of inductees into the district Hall of Fame will be announced near the end of the 2014-15 school year with subsequent years of Hall of Fame inductees announced in the fall of each year. The inductees for the class of 2015-2016 will be announced in the fall of 2015.

Any individual can nominate a Ridgefield High School graduate or Ridgefield School District employee for consideration as an inductee for the Hall of Fame. In order to be considered, nominees must have graduated a minimum of 20 years prior to the induction date or have worked for the district a minimum of 20 years prior to the induction date. In addition, nominees will be evaluated based on their achievements and contributions made over their careers.

“The Hall of Fame Program provides a method for the district to honor Ridgefield High School’s exemplary graduates and Ridgefield School District’s exceptional employees,” said McCann. “The program will also serve to promote increased awareness and pride in the alumni and employees of the Ridgefield School District and their contributions to society at the local, regional, and even national levels.”

Additional guidelines as well as nomination forms will soon be on the district and high school websites at www.ridge.k12.wa.us as well as paper copies made available in the high school and district offices.

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.

Only in Ridgefield

Runners

We Ridgefield people take our exercise seriously. I caught these two runners out in the rain this morning – good on ‘ya guys!

PS – I stopped them to get the photo – wish I had thought to get them actually running. Notice their colorful umbrellas.

New West Guitar at Old Liberty Theater

New West Guitar

New West Guitar Group releases its 5th studio album, Big City.

The Los Angeles-based trio Perry Smith, Jeff Stein and John Storie, share composing and arranging credits on the album. Firmly rooted classic jazz, the trio’s versatility as both players and composers has given them a reputation as pioneers in the realm of guitar ensemble repertoire. The New West Guitar Group will perform at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield on Saturday, October 25th at 7:30 pm.   www.newwestguitar.com

Admission is $15, and all ages are welcome. Tickets are available in advance by phone at 360-887-7260. For more information go to www.oldlibertytheater.com

Thought for the Week

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
— Michael Jordan, retired professional basketball player (1963 – present)

Have coffee with Superintendent McCann this Thursday, October 23 from 7-8:30am at Lava Java!

Superintendent McCann speaks with community members at a Coffee Talk on September 24

Superintendent McCann speaks with community members at a Coffee Talk on September 24

Join 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, October 24, 2014 from 7-8:30 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 superintendent? Then, stop by Lava Java on Thursday from 7-8:30 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.

Pilings come out

Gail Alexander of Ridgefield Kayak sent these photos of the work going on down at the waterfront as several pilings were taken out. Thanks Gail!

pilings 3

Pilings 1

Ridgefield Library Programs Tuesday October 21 to Saturday October 25

Tuesday October 21
4:00 p.m.-Family Movie-Would you eat a worm? Can you guess the title of this movie?
6:00 p.m.-Teen Movie-Can a young woman stop a coup in this science fiction movie set in a dystopian Chicago of the future? Know the title? Come and enjoy the popcorn.

Wednesday October 22
10:00 a.m.-Stitchery Group
10:30 a.m.-Preschool Story Time
4:00 p.m.-Ridgefield Gaming Group

Thursday October 23
3:30 p.m.-Spanish Conversation Circle

Friday October 24
10:30 a.m.-Toddler Story Time

Saturday October 25
10:00 a.m.-Paper Mache Program Part II-If you created a paper mache creature on October 18 stop in today to paint it and take it home.
Noon-Drumming Up A Story
5:00 p. m.-Video Gaming (for teens and tweens-ends at 7:00 p.m.).

Trick or Trot

The Ridgefield LEO’s Club is hosting a Halloween themed 5K Saturday, October 25, 2014.  The race is a donation only event with proceeds going to Neighbors Helping Neighbors and other LEO Club programs.  Day of the race registration is 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the Ridgefield Community Center.  The race will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Overlook Park, continue down Main Street, past the wildlife refuge, turning around at 71st and ending at Overlook Park.  Not a runner?  Strollers and wagons welcome behind runners.  Family activities will kick off at 11:00 a.m. with a costume contest at The Old Liberty Theater.  Ghost and Goblins may then participate in a foot parade down Main Street to Davis Park.  Many games for all ages are planned at Davis Park.  Grab a hotdog and caramel apple at the community center and hop on the hayride!

Interested in becoming a LEO or a Lion?  LEO Members between the ages of 12-18 meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at The Ridgefield Community Center at 6:30 p.m..The Ridgefield Lions Club meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month 6:30 p.m. at the Ridgefield Community Center.  Club information also available at www.ridgefieldlions.com.

School Construction Update – 10/17/2014

As construction nears completion at Ridgefield High School, crews continue work on the softball field. Inside the multipurpose facility, crews install seating as well as performance-related equipment.

In addition, the GC/CM team released the Progress and Budget Update reports for the Ridgefield High School site for September 2014.

RHS-Progress-Update-Sept-2014

RHS-Budget-Update-Sept-2014

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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.