Hailey McGraw, RHS Yearbook Editor, places 4th in NW Yearbook Camp competition!

Hailey McGraw, RHS Yearbook Editor and Senior, placed 4th at this year's NW Yearbook Camp

Hailey McGraw, RHS Yearbook Editor and Senior, placed 4th at this year’s NW Yearbook Camp

Hailey McGraw, a senior at Ridgefield High School and Editor of this year’s Yearbook, placed in the top five top students for yearbook spreads at this year’s NW Yearbook Camp held at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash.

The camp includes classes featuring design, copywriting, photography, and uses the culminating project as a competition. Students select a theme, color pallet, and design elements for their school’s 2014-15 yearbook.

On the final day of the camp, students present their yearbook spreads to a panel of judges with the top students selected from the presenters. McGraw received fourth place in her division and received kudos from judges for design, originality and theme continuity.

In addition, RHS yearbook advisor Mark Cook received many compliments on McGraw’s work from top yearbook advisors and representatives. “The 2014-15 yearbook will feature new technology as an element throughout the book,” said Cook.

More than 200 students from Washington and Oregon attended the three-day camp organized by Walsworth Publishing, a nationwide yearbook company who also published the Ridgefield High School Yearbook.

Congratulations, Hailey, and go Spudders!

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

Natural History Series Continues

The Natural History Series evening is now doubly interesting. We have a special guest appearance from Tony Johnson! Don’t miss this night with these two gifted artists under one roof. Adam McIsaac, Columbia River Artist, brings his art to Ridgefield, come and meet him and Tony!
Save the night, September 18th at the Old Liberty Theater, doors open 6:30pm, presentation begins 7:15pm.

Natural History Series Continues with Adam McIsaac

Friends of RNWR

Adam McIsaac will speak on ‘Columbia River Artists’ for the Natural History Series, presented by the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, at the Old Liberty Theater on Thursday, September 18. There will be a special guest appearance from Tony Johnson. Don’t miss this night with these two gifted artists under one roof.

Doors open at 6:30pm and the presentation will begin at 7:15. Tickets are available at the Theater and on the evening, $10 members, and $15 non-members.

For more information, please visit www.ridgefieldfriends.org. and www.adammcisaac.com

Reminder – A Re-Opening Party at Umpqua

Umpqua Bank is holding a Grand Re-Opening party on Friday, September 19 from 1-5pm at the store, 228 Simons Street. Stop in and say hello, enjoy a hotdog, or satisfy your sweet tooth with some ice cream.

The Lion King on Friday

Lion King

The City of Ridgefield is hosting a movie in the park, featuring ‘The Lion King’ Friday, September 19, 7:30pm, at Davis Park. Bring low chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner or snacks for you and your family to enjoy. Tell your neighbors and friends – it will be a fun evening.

RHS Football vs. Kalama – Week 2


Your RHS football team had it’s home opener last Friday against Kalama.  The boys were extremely physical, especially the offensive line in dominating the Chinooks.  Senior RB Nathan Eggleston has another fine night gaining 140 yards on the ground behind his impressive offensive line (Noah Couch, Jack McGinely, Lane Andersen, Logan Black, Jesse Dobson, Cody Duncan and Cade Morrill).  Junior TE Cade Morrill had an impressive game receiving passes from Senior QB Jonah Roberts, taking down 3 passes for almost 100 yards.

The RHS defense was lead by Sophomore LB Jalen Williams with some hard hitting tackles.  Senior CB Bill Martin recovered a fumble that was caused by Junior WR Taylor Nolan on special teams that set up the RHS offense with a short field.  Another impressive win by your RHS boys and a great lead into league play this week at Washougal.

Elegant Tea for Scleroderma

Myrtle’s Tea House will host an elegant tea at 2pm on Saturday, September 27 to benefit the Scleroderma Foundation. Purchase tickets by mailing a check to Scleroderma Foundation, Oregon/SW Washington Chapter, PO 19296, Portland, OR 97280. Cost is $25 each. Information: 360-887-2360, DonnaPeterStone@yahoo.com.

Did You Know Ridgefield School District will celebrate Legendary Teacher Day on September 25?

Celebrate Legendary Teacher Day with Ridgefield School District on September 25!

Celebrate Legendary Teacher Day with Ridgefield School District on September 25!

Superintendent Nathan McCann and the Ridgefield School District Board of Directors proclaimed Thursday, September 25 as Legendary Teacher Day at a regular board meeting on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 to honor teachers who impact their students’ lives.

“Almost everyone remembers at least one K-12 teacher who made a dramatic difference on their life and their perspective in a positive way,” said McCann at the board meeting. “The goal of Legendary Teacher Day is to offer folks an opportunity to recognize teachers who influenced them in their lives by telling their stories.”

On Thursday, September 25, the Ridgefield School District invites community members, staff, teachers and students to share stories of their legendary teachers on a special Facebook post which will be made on the district’s Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/RidgefieldSchools. Community members who do not have Facebook accounts can email their stories to the Eric Jacobson, the district’s Communication Manager, at eric.jacobson@ridge.k12.wa.us, who will post them to the wall. “We encourage everyone to share their story even if their Legendary Teacher doesn’t necessarily teach at Ridgefield,” said McCann. “Legendary Teacher Day is about great teachers and how they influence us wherever they teach.”

As a way to motivate the Ridgefield community to share their Legendary Teacher stories, Dr. McCann, along with each of the board members, shared their own Legendary Teacher stories:

  • Dr. Nathan McCann - District SuperintendentDr. Nathan McCann, District Superintendent
    “My legendary teacher is Mr. Walter who taught 11th grade United States History when I attended Middlebury Union High School, part of the Addison Central Supervisory Union School District. Mr. Walter is why I became a teacher. He wasn’t a particularly large man in stature, however he possessed a presence that commanded the class’s attention. He wasn’t autocratic – each student got the sense each day that this was our class, not just his class.

    Mr. Walter served in the Vietnam War, and I believe his experience there shaped his commitment to making sure students understood the responsibilities living a democracy requires of its constituents. We regularly debated issues in class with Mr. Walter expecting his students to develop and present well-thought positions on the issues – it didn’t matter which side of the issue we came down on, it was how we put in an effort to understand the issue.

    He was the first social studies teacher I remember who would use stories in his lessons which made history come alive. His class nurtured my love for history which resulted in my own journey to teaching history before becoming a superintendent.”


  • Scott Gullickson - District Board PresidentScott Gullickson, Board President
    “My legendary teacher is Joshua Record who taught second grade when I attended Eugene School District. In an era when there weren’t many male teachers, Josh was a young, energetic guy from Michigan who loved his Wolverines football team. He taught topics that weren’t typical in the other second grade classes in our school – working on basic math facts until they became second nature for his students, and holding math competitions with 100 equations to see how many problems we could complete in a given amount of time. He gave us M&M candies to fuel our brains while we worked on math.

    Other projects he taught us included: learning to play chess, roasting a pig underground, and building geometric domes. Josh would often stay after school so students could learn more about other topics including oceanography, cars, forests, construction, creative writing, sports, and even luaus.

    Josh was likable, passionate, and ahead of his time – he understood how to drive and motivate kid. He was always teaching and we, as his students, were always learning and we even thought it was fun the entire time. Mr. Record was an amazing teacher who definitely had a huge impact on my schooling and willingness to explore and learn. I can’t thank the man enough.”


  • Jeff Vigue - District Board Vice PresidentJeff Vigue, Board Vice President
    “My legendary teacher is Mr. Mattson who taught 10th grade social studies when I attended Nokomis Regional High School. He had a passion for history and collecting historical memorabilia. One day, he held a show-and-tell in class where he brought Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Five Stars to class. The passion with which he told the story of how he acquired them excited me to learn more about history. His storytelling techniques kept the class interested and engaged – he spoke to us instead of at us.”




  • Joseph Vance - District Board MemberJoe Vance, Board Member
    “My legendary teacher is Mrs. Moore who taught fourth grade when I attended Chief Umtuck Elementary School in Battle Ground School District. My family had just moved to Washington from Montana, and Mrs. Moore made me feel loved and welcome. Honestly, I can’t remember anything specific about the subject material she taught me; what I remember is how much I enjoyed attending school because of her. She made me feel like I was smart and that I was supposed to be a good student. Her dedication to her students helped me focus and try harder so I could meet her expectations of us.”




  • Steve Radosevich - District Board MemberSteve Radosevich, Board Member
    “My legendary teacher is Harry Burridge who taught physics when I was in 11th grade at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis School District. When I entered my junior year, I wasn’t particularly interested in science. I enrolled in physics primarily because of the Mr. Burridge’s reputation as a great teacher. What made his class so compelling was the energy and passion he put into teaching the subject – he taught with a depth of expertise and desire he developed his enthusiasm with his students.

    The aspect of his teaching that impacted me most was his ability to connect the concepts of science to its application by utilizing guest speakers; field trips to businesses and university research centers; and projects which connected the science he was teaching to major advancements that were changing the world at the time. Taking his class strongly influenced both my interests and my pursuits following high school.”

  • Becky Greenwald - District Board MemberBecky Greenwald, Board Member
    “My legendary teacher is Mrs. Lukehart who taught eighth grade Honors English when I attended the McMinnville School District. All teachers teach, but there are some who can change a person’s life for the better. Mrs. Lukehart changed my life. She had such a friendly and fun personality which everyone loved. She never asked for too much, but she always expected students to do their best and always held us accountable for our work and our actions.

    She had the ability to make her classes interesting and fun whether it was making jokes about different issues, sharing a story from her life, or just through her easy-going personality, she had a way of keeping the classroom’s attention and focus. She made learning grammar and reading classic novels exciting and enjoyable – she was absolutely one of the legendary teachers in my life.”

The Ridgefield Board unanimously approved Legendary Teacher Day as resolution number 2014-2015-001 “In Support of National Teacher Day.”

Legendary Teacher Day was initially envisioned and started by Dr. Nicholas Clement, Dr. McCann’s friend and colleague, whose book “How to Catch a Swamp Frog” described the legendary teachers he had throughout his life. You can find more information about Clement and his book at www.legendaryteacher.com.

Community members can participate in Ridgefield School District’s Legendary Teacher Day on Thursday, September 25, 2014 by visiting www.fb.com/RidgefieldSchools and commenting on the special post on their Facebook wall commemorating Legendary Teacher Day or by emailing their stories to Eric Jacobson, the district’s Communications Manager, at eric.jacobson@ridge.k12.wa.us who will post the stories he receives to the district’s Facebook post.

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.

Thought for the Week

“If you don’t stand for something,  you will fall for anything.”

Construction Update for September 15 to 21

Field work between North 45thAve and North 50th Place (Ridgefield)

  • Construction work to prepare this area for topsoil and seeding later this fall is taking place. This involves leveling out the ground and placing erosion control measures, such as straw, to prevent soil from being washed or blown away. Traffic is not expected to be disrupted.

Field work on the south side of Pioneer Street approaching South 56th Place (Ridgefield)

  • Crews will be excavating and dewatering the trench, installing force main and gravity pipe, and backfilling.

I-5 Northbound Gee Creek Rest Area (Milepost 11, 10 miles north of Vancouver)

  • Crews will remove concrete shoring for the wet well, backfill behind the concrete walls and foundation, place support material under the valve vault, and begin placing reinforcing steel.

I-5 Median near Southbound Gee Creek Rest Area (Milepost 12, 11 miles north of Vancouver)

  • Crews will begin surveying for bore 5 in the I-5 median next to the Southbound Gee Creek Rest Area.

What’s Happening at the Plankhouse?

Here are the events going on at the Plankhouse in the near future:

  • Second Sunday Plankhouse Presentation this Sunday: American Indians in Cinema by Lance Rhoades at 2 pm.  The Plankhouse will be open from 12 to 4 for tours and kids activities.
  • Lunch and Learn for Volunteers, Wednesday Sept 17th:  Join us at the Oregon Historical Society for a special tour at 1 pm in Portland.  Meet us there or carpool from Ridgefield at 12.  RSVP REQUIRED.
  • Night Hike for Volunteers, Wednesday October 8th at 8 pm: As a reward for your hard work we would like to invite a limited number of volunteers to join us for a stroll on the refuge in the dark.  RSVP REQUIRED – LIMITED SPACE

Spudder Nation Auction

The Ridgefield High School Spudder Nation Auction will be held September 20th at Three Brothers Winery from 6 to-9pm. Tickets are $20, and this will get you a great BBQ dinner, live band, silent & live auction opportunities and a great night supporting our RHS Football Team.

Tickets are available in advance at the next two home football games or call Lisa at 360.261.1550. Tickets will also be sold at the door for the same price.

Shows at Old Liberty During BirdFest & Bluegrass

Friends of RNWR

Tickets are now available for the three shows at the Old Liberty Theater the weekend of BirdFest and Bluegrass.

The performers are Misty Mamas, Saturday, October 4 at 2pm; Urban Monroes, Saturday, October 4 at 7pm; and Oberlin Bluegrass Trio, Sunday, October 5 at 2pm.

Cost for all performances is $12, and advance tickets are available by phone at 360-887-2160, the Old Liberty Theater and The Sportsman’s Restaurant.

Some of these performances will undoubtedly sell out – best to get your tickets right away.

Donors to Birds of Prey Exhibit at Bird Fest

RBA logo

The Ridgefield Business Association announces that the following members have contributed money to make possible the Birds of Prey Exhibit at Bird Fest:

Battle Ground Healthcare, Flightpath LLC


Sage Organics

The Sportsman’s Restaurant

Yoga Garden

Zzoom Media

The RBA matched funds up to $750, and because of these donations this popular exhibit will once again be available during the annual celebration of the return of the sandhill cranes to the Refuge the weekend of October 5 -7. For more information, click here.

School Construction Update – 9/12/2014

Construction continues on the multipurpose facility, gym and softball field at Ridgefield High School while it wraps up at South Ridge and Union Ridge Elementary Schools. In addition, the GCCM team released the Budget and Progress Updates for August.

Construction crews continue to work on Ridgefield High School, installing bleachers in the new gymnasium with the expectation of completion within the next week or two. The multipurpose facility is scheduled for completion in late October / early November.

Both of the elementary schools’ new facilities are open with classes being held on a daily basis. Final details including punchlist repairs are being completed. No new photos will be supplied of these facilities since they are virtually complete at this point.








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

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