Superintendent Issues Letter to Parents Regarding Potential Work Stoppage

Read Superintendent Nathan McCann’s letter to parents regarding potential work stoppage by teachers:

Ridgefield School District Responds to REA’s Statement on District’s Facebook Page

Following is the Ridgefield School District’s response to statements made by the Ridgefield Education Association on the school district’s Facebook page:

Ridgefield School Board Updates Community Regarding REA Negotiations

The Ridgefield School Board updated the community this afternoon regarding the progress of negotiations with the Ridgefield Education Association.  Read the School Board’s letter here.

KWRL Transportation to Implement School Busing Changes to Better Serve Ridgefield Students

It’s been nearly a year since Ridgefield School District’s Boundary + Start Time Committee started work on a plan to adjust school boundaries and start times for its growing student population, and KWRL Transportation has been a part of the planning process from day one.

During the process, the committee developed some core values and goals for a new transportation model that would best serve Ridgefield students and tasked KWRL with the goal to develop routes aligned with those values.  Specifically, the committee requested bus routes that were age-appropriate, building-specific and reduced the duration of time that students spent riding school buses.

Now, after nearly a year of working to develop the new transportation model based on these specific core values, KWRL has established new routes ready to launch this week.  In preparing for implementation for the upcoming school year, here are some of the important changes that parents need to know:

Registration

As was done last year, online registration to ride the bus is mandatory.  This year, it is required only for students new to the district.  Students who registered last year do not need to register again unless their address or emergency contact has changed or if they will be attending a different school this year due to school boundary changes.  To register online, click HERE.

New route information for Ridgefield School District will be released on the KWRL website on August 17th.  All registered students who provided a phone number or email address will receive a message providing students with their new Route Number.  KWRL’s website is www.kwrl.org.

Re-designed Bus Routes

KWRL has re-designed all bus routes based on the new schools and bell schedules.  Its new transportation model provides 23 buses servicing 41 routes.  Of these 41 routes, 18 routes will transport K-4 students, 6 routes will transport students in Grades 5-8, 12 routes will transport students in Grades 5-12, and 5 routes will transport students in Grades 9-12.

In addition, 29 of these routes will be building-specific, which means that the buses on these routes serve one school only without having to travel to another building to drop off or pick up students, greatly reducing the ride time for students.

The mix of students on each route no longer spans the K-12 grade level range, and 70% of students will be riding only with students from their building.

Route Numbers vs. Bus Numbers

New this year!  KWRL is now using Route Numbers instead of Bus Numbers to provide consistency in bus ID’s.  The Route Number will never change even when new buses are placed on a route or when spare buses are used.

Look for the black Route Number (RT#) placard on each side of the bus instead of the state maintenance bus number used in the past.

The black Route Number placard can be found on both sides of the school bus.

 

A close-up view of the school bus’ Route Number placard.

NEW Bus Routes and Times

All bus routes and times are new this year, so it is important that parents check KWRL’s website at www.kwrl.org to verify their students’ Route Number and bus stop time.

With the implementation of the new transportation model, new buildings to get acquainted with, new developments added to the system and lots of new faces to transport, there will certainly be bumps in the road during the first weeks of school.  KWRL asks for patience as its new transportation plan transitions into routes that benefit all the Ridgefield families they serve.

Over the last decade, KWRL has transported local students over 14 million miles without an at-fault injury accident.  The yellow school bus is still the safest way for students to get to school, and with the new transportation model soon to be implemented, it’s sure to be even safer.

Kindergarten Registration for 2018-19 School Year

All kindergarten students need to register for the 2018-19 school year prior to the first day of school (August 29).  Registration packets are available from the District Office at 2724 S. Hillhurst Road or from the elementary school in your neighborhood–South Ridge Elementary or Union Ridge Elementary–starting August 16th.

Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by September 1, 2018 to enroll for the coming school year.

Important Information for Ridgefield Schools’ First Day for Students

The new school year is just around the corner, and with recent school boundary adjustments, a brand new school opening, and new students joining the district this year, we want to share important information to ensure a smooth start to the school year.

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 29th, but for some students, this may be different.  Please note important additional information for your school below:

South Ridge Elementary (9:05 am – 3:35 pm)

  • First day of school is August 29 for Grades 1-4.
  • Kindergarten students will attend their first day on either August 31 or September 4 (half-day). Parents will be notified by phone which day their child will start.  First day of school for kindergartners will be half-day only.  All kindergarten classes will start their all-day schedule on Wednesday, September 5th.

Union Ridge Elementary (9:05 am – 3:35 pm)

  • First day of school is August 29 for Grades 1-4.
  • Kindergarten students will attend their first day on either August 31 or September 4 (half-day). Parents will be notified by phone which day their child will start.  First day of school for kindergartners will be half-day only.  All kindergarten classes will start their all-day schedule on Wednesday, September 5th.

Sunset Ridge Intermediate School (8:05 am – 2:35 pm)

  • First day of school is August 29 for Grades 5-6.

View Ridge Middle School (8:05 am – 2:35 pm)

  • First day of school is August 29 for all 7th graders and for 8th grade students new to View Ridge so that they can participate in Assurance Day (an orientation day for new students attending View Ridge for the first time).
  • First day of school for returning 8th graders is August 30th.

Ridgefield High School (8:00 am – 2:45 pm)

  • First day of school is August 29 for all 9th graders and for all students (Grades 10-12) new to RHS so that they can participate in Frosh Camp (an orientation day for new students attending Ridgefield High School for the first time).
  • First day of school for returning students (Grades 10-12) is August 30th.

 

Wednesday One-Hour Late Start Schedule

The Wednesday one-hour late start schedule for all schools is effective Wednesday, September 5 and every Wednesday thereafter (except on non-school days) through June 5.

 

School Bus Transportation

All students new to the district who need school bus transportation are required to register online with KWRL Transportation in order to ride the school bus.  To register, click HERE .  KWRL Transportation’s website is:  https://sites.google.com/woodlandschools.org/kwrl.

Students who were registered with KWRL last year are automatically registered for school bus transportation this year.  This includes students who will attend the new 5-8 campus (Sunset Ridge Intermediate and View Ridge Middle School).

Note:  If a registered student’s address or emergency contact has changed from last year, or if the student’s school has changed due to the new boundary rules, re-registration will be required.

Two weeks prior to the first day of school, KWRL will inform parents/guardians via a robo call and via email of the bus route information for their student(s).

For questions regarding school bus transportation, please contact KWRL Transportation at 360-841-2023.

Back 2 School Bash Event Set for August 25

The annual Back 2 School Bash event will be held on Saturday, August 25 from 9:00 am – Noon at the Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene.  This is a free event sponsored by local churches.

Families can obtain free backpacks, school supplies and clothing on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last.  Free haircuts and sports physicals will also be provided.

New Location for Ridgefield Family Resource Center

The Ridgefield Family Resource Center has relocated to Portables C and D, near the View Ridge gym door (second portable from the Union Ridge/View Ridge parking lot).  Stop in for a visit!

Hours:

Mondays and Wednesdays Noon-4:00 pm

Thursdays 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Closed August 20

Ridgefield School Board Addresses Community Regarding On-Going Ridgefield Education Association Contract Negotiations

We are pleased to present the following letter from the Ridgefield School Board:


Brynan Shipley Named Athletic Director for Ridgefield School District

The Ridgefield School District has named Brynan Shipley as Athletic Director.  Shipley comes to Ridgefield from the Kalama School District, where she currently serves as Athletic Director for Kalama Middle-High School and Varsity Head Girls Basketball Coach for Kalama High School.

“I am excited for the opportunity to build upon the already strong Spudder traditions,” said Shipley.  “I plan to promote excellence in activities and academics, while helping all students develop the character and lifetime values that premier extra-curriculars and education provide.  I look forward to working with the community to embrace growth while also preserving the small-town feel that makes Ridgefield such a special place.”

Brynan Shipley

Shipley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development/Psychology from Washington State University and a Masters in Teaching Certificate from Concordia University.  Her career in the Kalama School District spans nine years:  eight years as Varsity Head Girls Basketball Coach at Kalama High School, four years as a teacher at Kalama Middle School, and three years as Athletic Director.

Under Shipley’s leadership as Athletic Director, Kalama High School clinched three team state championships–in Volleyball (2016), in Football (2017) and most recently in Boys Track and Field (2018), and since 2015, Kalama student athletes have earned five individual state champion honors—three in javelin (2015, 2016, 2017), one in wrestling (2017)  and one in pole vault (2018).  Shipley was recently named 2018 District Central 2B Athletic Director of the Year.

“We are excited to welcome Brynan to the district,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield School District Superintendent.  “Her commitment to developing  academic and athletic excellence for student athletes and her vision for advancing spirit and community in athletics in Ridgefield aligns well with the district’s pursuit of premier.”

Shipley and her family reside in Woodland.  Her daughter, Kaelyn, 19, lives in Tucson and throws the javelin for the University of Arizona’s Track and Field team.  Her son, Brody, 8, will attend third grade in Ridgefield.  She and her family love the outdoors, enjoy sports and living in the Pacific Northwest in general, going hiking, spending time on the river, and visiting the beaches.

Experience Ridgefield Set for Saturday, September 8

Mark your calendars for some good old-fashioned, small-town fun as the Ridgefield School District prepares to host its third annual Experience Ridgefield event on Saturday, September 8.  The annual community carnival celebrates Ridgefield’s proud past, prosperous present and promising future.

This year, Experience Ridgefield will be held on the same day as Oktoberfest, which is sponsored by the Ridgefield Main Street Association.  Both events will take place at the new Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex (RORC) at 3125 S. Hillhurst Road from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

“Experience Ridgefield is truly an event where there will be something for everyone,” said Bonnie Harris, Executive Secretary for the Ridgefield School District and the event’s coordinator.  “There will be food and craft vendors, informational kiosks, a carnival midway, a ribbon-cutting ceremony with guided tours to our new 5-8 campus, and much more.”

Carnival midway at Experience Ridgefield 2017.

Experience Ridgefield was born from a concept developed by the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC) consisting of twelve students from grades 4-12—each representing one of the district’s schools.

A few years ago, when board members, Scott Gullickson and Joseph Vance, sought ideas for a way to bring the community together at a district-hosted event, Ridgefield School Superintendent Nathan McCann turned to his SSAC students for their input.  The students came up with the highly interactive, carnival-like event, and designed it to represent everything that makes Ridgefield unique, capturing everything they love about their community.  Appropriately, they named it “Experience Ridgefield.”

The event, launched in 2016, was a phenomenal success.  The students’ marketing and promotional efforts brought in more than 40 vendors and secured a lead sponsorship by Holbrook Concrete Construction Inc. with assistance from The Historic Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon.

“I’m very proud of all the creativity and planning put in by the students in developing an annual event that celebrates the spirit and pride of this amazing community,” said McCann.  “We appreciate the generosity of our partnering sponsors and the many local businesses, civic groups and public entities who continue to support Experience Ridgefield each year.”

The district is grateful to Draper Orthodontics who is the title sponsor for the upcoming event.  This will be the school district’s third year hosting Experience Ridgefield.

Vendors interested in reserving a space at the event can access an application at the district’s website at www.ridgefieldsd.org.  Click on Explore, Forms, Experience Ridgefield.

District Surplus Sale Set for June 28-29

Ridgefield School District will hold a Surplus Sale on Thursday and Friday, June 28 and 29 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at View Ridge Middle School, 510 Pioneer Street in downtown Ridgefield.

Items for sale include bookshelves, carts, desks, file cabinets, shelving, books, televisions, VCR’s, DVD players, video recorders, computers, and assorted office and classroom furniture.

For more information, call the Ridgefield School District Maintenance Office at 360-619-1390.

Scholarships Awarded to Ridgefield High School 2018 Grads Total Nearly $2.5M

This year, a total of $2,449,103 in scholarships was awarded to college-bound graduates in Ridgefield High School’s Class of 2018 according to the school’s High School and Beyond program, which keeps records of scholarship awards information reported by RHS seniors.

While the majority of the scholarships came from the colleges and universities that the seniors plan to attend, it is interesting to note that $28,400 of this year’s total came from organizations in Ridgefield that have consistently made scholarship opportunities available to RHS students.

“We are fortunate to have such an amazing community that continually supports our students in pursuing their future endeavors,” said Amy McKenna, RHS’ High School & Beyond Coordinator.

Stephanie Goad Named Assistant Principal in Ridgefield School District

The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Stephanie Goad as Assistant Principal of Sunset Ridge Intermediate School (Grades 5-6) and View Ridge Middle School (Grades 7-8) during their regular board meeting on Tuesday evening, June 12, 2018.  Goad currently serves as a K-4 reading intervention specialist in the Hockinson School District.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound and a Master’s degree in Teaching from Monmouth University.  She earned her Administrative Credential from Washington State University in Vancouver.

“I am honored and excited to be joining the Ridgefield School District,” said Goad.  “I look forward to building relationships with staff, students, and families of Sunset Ridge and View Ridge.”

Stephanie Goad

Goad’s passion for learning and supporting instruction to meet the needs of all learners has shaped her 15-year career in education.  She started as a preschool teacher in Seattle then moved to New Jersey in 2004 where she worked with children with autism spectrum disorders as a teacher assistant and developmental therapist in the private sector.

After obtaining her teaching certification, she taught middle school students with disabilities, and in the years following, taught fourth and fifth graders in classes that also included highly capable students.  She has been with the Hockinson School District for the past six years.

“Stephanie demonstrates a commitment to students at all learning levels,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, the district’s superintendent.  “We are excited that she will be joining our administrative team.”

Goad resides in Ridgefield with her husband and three children.  She enjoys hiking, anything crafty and spending time in Cannon Beach with her family.

She officially begins work at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and View Ridge Middle School on July 1.

Superintendent Provides Community with School Finance Update

We are pleased to present you with the following letter from the Superintendent’s Office that provides you with school finance update information: