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
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
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
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
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.
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