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


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.




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.

Library Needs Volunteers

The Friends of the Library Book Sale is on Saturday November 8 from 9-3 p.m. 9-10 a.m. is a sale for members only. 2-3 p.m. is a bag a buck sale.

The Friends of the Library are looking for volunteers to help set up the sale on Friday November 7 starting at 12:30 at the Ridgefield Community Center.

Likewise the Friends are seeking volunteers to help with the tear down of the book sale on Saturday November 8 starting at 2:30 p.m.

The Friends have collected roughly 75 boxes of donated books from the generous Ridgefield community. The sale serves two purposes: to foster literacy by providing books at low cost and as a fundraiser not only for a new library in Ridgefield but also to support high-quality programs at the Ridgefield Library.

Ridgefield Library Programs October 16 to October 18

Thursday October 16
Spanish Conversation Circle – 3:30 p.m.
Beginners’ Book Discussion Group – We are discussing books by Jan & Stan Berenstain 4:00-4:45 pm

Friday October 17
Toddler Story Time – 10:30 a.m.
Teen Game Night – 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (Teen Game Night is not taking place October 31st).

Saturday October 18
Make Something with Paper Mache – 10:00 a.m.
Volunteer Reception at the Battle Ground Library - 3:30 p.m. All of our volunteers are invited to this reception that honors their service.
Writers’ Circle – 3:30 p.m.


It was another wonderful week at Cispus. The weather certainly cooperated, with warm sunny days and cool nights. The fifth graders were eager to learn, and the high school counselors couldn’t have been better.

The Ridgefield Outdoor School is successful because of the hard work by teachers, staff and many volunteers. Here’s a picture of some of them.

Photo by Wendy Hill

Photo by Wendy Hill

Ridgefield School District Celebrates National School Lunch Week to get Students Excited about Healthy Food and Active Lifestyles

To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, Ridgefield School District will recognize National School Lunch Week from October 13-17, 2014. The theme, “Get in the Game with School Lunch” features events and activities promoting the importance of balancing healthy eating with physical activity and exercise.

National School Lunch Week emphasizes healthy foods offered daily at Ridgefield schools. The kitchen lunch ladies at each school will dress up in different sports themes daily.

“School lunches are healthier than ever with more fruits and vegetables; more whole grains; and less fat and sodium,” said Connie Vowels, Food Service Director for Ridgefield School District. “National School Lunch Week offers the perfect time to celebrate all of the healthy options we serve every day in Ridgefield schools.”

Ridgefield Food Services always looks out for the best interest of student education by offering healthy well-balanced daily choices of whole grains; main entrees lower in sodium and fat; and lots of local fresh fruits and vegetables. The students will be offered some of their favorite choices this week including Breakfast for Lunch, Mandarin Chicken and Rice, and a new item of Tortellini & Cheese Sauce.

The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students every day.  The program, which has been serving the nation’s children for over 60 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards such as offering fruits and vegetables every day; serving whole-grain rich foods; and limiting fat, calories, and sodium.

The “Get in the Game with School Lunch” campaign is sponsored by the non-profit School Nutrition Association and Chobani Greek Yogurt.

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

Women’s Empowerment Elixir at Yoga Garden

Yoga Garden Women's Empowerment

Yoga Garden (FYI sponsor) is planning an afternoon where you can let go of ALL the “I should’s” and “have to’s” and experience a whole new holiday season! Be the first one on your gift list with an experience focused on YOU!

It’s Saturday, November 1st, from 4 – 6 pm. Yoga Garden Ridgefield is at 208 Pioneer Street, #B, above the hardware store. Reservations are suggested. Tickets at the studio are $10 or can be purchased on-line (under events page here for $11. Tickets at the door will be $15.

The Line Up:

Susan Glavin, author of “The F–k It Manifesto” a women’s kick ass guide to liberation (men too!) co-creator of Be the Gift, creator of Soul Circles and Soul Juice. Susan is and Inspired human, speaker and communicator of the divine realms. She is dedicated to supporting and inspiring the highest and greatest expression of who we truly are.

Dr. Pamela Jeanne’s medical experience spans 50 years. Her clinical practice began after graduating from National College of Natural Medicine with honors in clinical medicine in 1990. She has taught natural medicine courses locally and internationally. Her book Healing Matters published in 2012 addresses the balance women innately know.

Mary Jadwisiak has been the Spokesperson for Hope and Recovery for 20 years. She is described as passionate, vibrant, and funny with extensive expertise regarding mental health recovery issues. Mary works with international corporations, state governments, private agencies and advocacy organizations bringing a keen understanding about what is necessary for personal transformation through hope.

Laurie Lanza’s experience in the beauty and wellness industry spans over 13 years and includes working for several spas and spa management. Working in spas helped her focus in on what clients want in a spa experience. Laurie can help you determine which product lines perform the best. Her experience with massage therapy spans from relaxing and restorative, to medical, prenatal, stone, deep tissue and cupping.

Help Restore Habitat at the Refuge

Help restore habitat for the Endangered Columbian white-tailed deer in the wild and beautiful setting of the 5,200 acre refuge. We need to plant 7,600 native trees and shrubs to provide cover and forage for the deer and other wildlife. Registration is encouraged but not required. Contact staff at 360-887-3883 or Emily_Long@fws.gov. Special days may also be arranged for groups. All work days are from 9 am to 12:30 pm rain or shine. Where waterproof footwear (boots are best), bring gloves, and dress for the weather. Hot drinks and snacks provided!

Here’s the schedule:   Habitat restoration schedule