Ridgefield School District Revises 2018-19 School Calendar

Due to school closures on August 29, 30 and 31 delaying the first day of school, Ridgefield School District is making the following adjustments to its 2018-19 school calendar:

  • Thursday, December 20, 2018: Schools will be in session all day
  • Friday, February 15, 2019: Schools will be in session all day
  • Friday, June 14, 2019: Last day of school

Students and staff members should report to school on the above days.  In the event of school closures due to inclement weather, the calendar may be adjusted again.

The revised calendar has been posted on the district website.  Click here.

New School Campus for Grades 5-8 Officially Opens

The first schools to be built in Ridgefield in more than 40 years—a new fifth and sixth grade intermediate school (Sunset Ridge Intermediate School) and a replacement of View Ridge Middle School for seventh and eighth graders—was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, September 8.

The new campus, made possible by the successful passage of the district’s school bond in February 2017, has come a long way since its initial groundbreaking in May 2017.  Since then, the community has watched the site evolve into an impressive two-story, 145,000 square foot facility with 44 modern full-size classrooms, two gymnasiums, a multi-purpose/wrestling facility, spacious library-media center, a life skills suite, band and choir rooms and a state-of-the-art black box theater.

As students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members looked on, school board members Emily Enquist, Becky Greenwald, and Scott Gullickson cut the ribbon, marking the official opening of the new school.  Leadership students from View Ridge Middle School also took part in ribbon-cutting honors.

Superintendent Nathan McCann gave special recognition to the project teams at LSW Architects, Emerick Construction Company and R&C Management Group, LLC whose dedication and support to the district during the construction process was instrumental in the successful completion of the new campus.

Curriculum Materials Available for Public Review

The public is invited to review the following curriculum materials being considered by the Ridgefield School District for adoption at Ridgefield High School to teach physical science in Grade 9 for the 2018-19 school year.

  • CPO Science, Foundations of Physical Science (Third Edition) by Tom Hsu, PhD

Sample textbooks and evaluation materials will be available for public review and comment at the District Office located at 2724 S. Hillhurst Road in Ridgefield, Washington, September 11-25, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Ribbon-Cutting for New 5-8 School Campus Set for Saturday, September 8

While at Experience Ridgefield on Saturday, September 8, don’t miss the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the official grand opening of the new 5-8 campus!  Festivities are at 1:00 pm in the Commons.

District Cancels Classes for Remainder of This Week Due to Teacher Strike

Due to the teachers’ strike, the district has cancelled all classes for the remainder of this week. Read Superintendent McCann’s letter to families, which provides an update on REA negotiations.  Click here:  Superintendent’s Update to Families 8.29.18

 

 

District Update Regarding Cancellation of First Day of School

The following is an update from the the Superintendent’s Office regarding cancellation of the first day of school, August 29th:

Traffic Flow at the New 5-8 School Campus

If you are planning to drive to the new 5-8 school campus, especially to drop off and pick up students, here are a few important guidelines to keep in mind.  Please refer to the diagram below.

There are two entrances to the campus—the North Parking Lot Entrance (1) and the South Parking Lot Entrance (4).  The main entrance at the North Parking Lot (1) is for visitors, vehicles dropping off and picking up students, bike riders and pedestrian traffic.

The South Parking Lot (4) is for school buses loading and unloading students (16), staff parking (17) and deliveries.  Cars will not be allowed into this parking lot during drop-off and pick-up hours.

Please use the North Parking Lot (1) to drop off and pick up students.  There are three lanes in the North Parking Lot designated as follows:

  • Right lane: Parent Drop-off & Pick Up Lane (7), designated by solid white line
  • Middle lane: driving lane that loops back to the entrance
  • Inner left lane: for drivers wishing to park

If you are dropping off students:

Drop-off hours:  7:40 am – 8:05 am.  Enter the North Parking Lot (1) and keep right.  The two right lanes move counter-clockwise around the perimeter of the parking lot and loop back to the main entrance on Hillhurst Road.  For student safety, please drop off students at the curb using the right lane (7) then move into the second lane to proceed to exit.  Use the inner left lane if you plan to park (follow the arrows).

If you are picking up students:

Pick-up hours:  2:10 pm – 2:40 pm.  Enter the North Parking Lot (1) and keep right.  The two right lanes move counter-clockwise around the perimeter of the parking lot and loop back to the main entrance on Hillhurst Road.  For student safety, please pick up students from the curb using the right lane (7), then move into the second lane to proceed to exit.  Use the inner left lane if you plan to park (follow the arrows).

In the first several days of school, directional signs will be posted, and staff will be on hand to help direct traffic.  To ensure a safe and orderly start and end to each school day at the new campus, we ask for your patience and cooperation as we all work together through this new process.

Employees of the Year Honored at Ridgefield School District’s Convocation Event

The Ridgefield School District recognized three employees with exemplary service awards and presented award honors to its Volunteer of the Year at its Convocation event on Thursday, August 23rd.  The annual district event welcomed teachers, administrators and staff returning from summer break and kicked off the start to the new school year.

Debbie McGravey was recognized as Volunteer of the Year.  McGravey, a dedicated volunteer for the Ridgefield School District, is president of the Ridgefield Booster Club and producer of theatrical performances for the district’s middle school and two elementary schools, also as a volunteer.  In prior years, she also served as president of the South Ridge Elementary School PTA.

Superintendent Nathan McCann and Volunteer of the Year, Debbie McGravey.

“Debbie’s contributions to the Ridgefield School District are nearly incalculable,” said Superintendent Nathan McCann.  “The time demands and management responsibilities for these duties are analogous to full-time work.  Mrs. McGravey is widely-respected and admired for her excellent organizational skills, honest and frank communications, and dogged work ethic.  She is a trusted, go-to person who always delivers.”

In a video highlighting her accomplishments and presented to district staff at Convocation, McGravey said that she was honored and humbled to be recognized for her award.

Gregg Ford, Ridgefield High School social studies teacher and boys track team coach was honored with the Certificated Exemplary Service Award.  With a teaching career spanning 40 years, Ford is well-respected by RHS students, staff and the community for his passion for teaching and dedication to his students.  The RHS Boys Track Team clinched the state title under his leadership this past year.

L-R:  Jeff Vigue, President, Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation; Christen Palmer, RHS Principal; Gregg Ford, Certificated Exemplary Service Award recipient and Superintendent Nathan McCann.

The Classified Exemplary Service Award was presented to Denise Krause, head secretary at View Ridge Middle School for her tireless support to staff, parents, families and students.  Krause was recognized for service representing the highest standards of integrity and character for her school and for the district.  She has served at View Ridge Middle School for the past 24 years and has been with Ridgefield School District for 31 years.

L-R:  Jeff Vigue, President, Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation; Tony Smith, Principal, View Ridge Middle School; Denise Krause, Classified Exemplary Service Award recipient and Superintendent Nathan McCann.

Mary Rojas, South Ridge, custodian with American Building Maintenance, was awarded the Partner Exemplary Service Award for her work at South Ridge Elementary School.  Rojas has served at the school for over 21 years and was honored for her tireless dedication to ensuring that the facilities are ready each school day.  Rojas enjoys coming to work, saying that the best part of her job as custodian is working with the staff and especially the students.

L-R:  Jeff Vigue, President, Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation; Mary Rojas, Partner Exemplary Service Award recipient and Superintendent Nathan McCann

“Ridgefield School District is fortunate to have such dedicated employees,” said Superintendent McCann.  “The district is proud to recognize the outstanding work of each of our honorees with these well-deserved awards.”

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.