Virtual Tour of Ridgefield High School Expansion Project

Get a glimpse of what the Ridgefield High School expansion project will look like when completed.  Take a virtual tour of the building, which is slated for completion in time for the start of the 2019-20 school year.  Video courtesy of LSW Architects.

To view, click on the link shown here:  https://youtu.be/yOYybsWTdQQ .

Ridgefield School District Honors School Board Members During School Board Recognition Month

Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed January as School Board Recognition Month.  This marks the 23rd year of the annual observance initiated by the National School Boards Association in 1995.

At its regular board meeting on January 9, the Ridgefield School District recognized the dedicated service of its school board.  Honored were school board members Emily Enquist, Becky Greenwald, Scott Gullickson, Joseph Vance, and Steve Radosevich.

The district joins the Washington State School Directors’ Association, Association of Educational Service Districts and the broader education community in the state of Washington in recognizing the tremendous service provided by its school board.

“The board sets the vision for the school district and serves in cooperation with the superintendent as chief advocates for the district,” said Ridgefield School District Superintendent Nathan McCann.  “We are very fortunate to have a school board committed to continuous improvement and our pursuit of premier.”

Guided by state and federal laws, the board provides direction for the district by setting policy, monitoring goals, and approving the annual budget.

“Each of our board members is extremely dedicated and willing to go above and beyond what is expected of them,” said McCann.  “In fact, I don’t believe the public knows how much we expect from the board and how they always rise to the occasion.”

In total, Washington’s school directors govern districts serving 1.1 million students, with a combined annual budget of approximately $15 billion, employing about 120,000 people.

Ridgefield School District Honors January Employee and Students of the Month

On January 9, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the January Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Doug TenEyck, teacher at South Ridge Elementary School.  Doug is an exemplary model of what it means to pursue premier.  His dedication to Ridgefield students has had a lasting impact on students most in need.  Doug’s gentle approach with students paired with high expectations produces amazing results, and his great sense of humor makes him a positive force in the classroom.  He does whatever it takes for students.

Doug TenEyck

Doug has long been an important member of the South Ridge Elementary team and now works as a school district employee.  It is with pride that we congratulate Doug TenEyck as January’s Employee of the Month.

Students of the Month

Isaac Marshall, a fifth grader, is January’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  Isaac is a flexible learner who is able to challenge himself.  A self-starter, Isaac possesses strong leadership skills and has a strong character.  Isaac is gentle, kind and is described as amusing.  He is a positive role model for other students.  South Ridge Elementary proudly recognizes Isaac Marshall as its January Student of the Month.

Isaac Marshall

Jaidyn Ruzicka, a third grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  Jaidyn always has a smile on her face and projects a positive attitude for learning, regardless of the subject.  She has a great work ethic, always tries her best and asks questions.  She exhibits great leadership skills, is always fair and makes sure to include everyone.  She makes the classroom a safe place for all students to learn and to express their opinions without judgment.  A born helper, she is always looking for ways she can help others.  Jaidyn is an all-around wonderful person, and Union Ridge is fortunate to have her.  It is proud to name Jaidyn Ruzicka as its Student of the Month for January.

Jaidyn Ruzicka

Taylor Zanas, an eighth grader, was selected from View Ridge Middle School.  Taylor has a great attitude in class and never backs down from a challenge, no matter who is posing the challenge and no matter how difficult it is.  One of her teachers appreciates how Taylor seems to enjoy being active for the love of it and works to improve a skill even if she isn’t going to pursue it.  She is very respectful of others, and other students respect her as well for the way she treats people.  In addition, Taylor is a student who is coachable and is always ready to learn.  View Ridge Middle School is pleased to recognize Taylor Zanas for January Student of the Month honors.

Taylor Zanas

Tyler Lehnertz, a sophomore, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  Tyler was nominated for this honor in November, December and twice for January.  He is one of the most active students on campus.  In addition to taking chemistry and pre-calculus, Tyler is on the cross-country, basketball and baseball teams.  He is also in the ASB student government class and is the ASB Activities Director.  Teachers describe Tyler as a person who “makes RHS a better place … he goes out of his way to make others feel known and is a leader among leaders.”  Another teacher describes Tyler as a “perfect example of the three R’s that we promote at RHS” (respect, responsibility, resilience).  It is without question that Tyler Lehnertz is worthy of January Student of the Month honors for Ridgefield High School.

Tyler Lehnertz

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsor, the historic Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge, a local Ridgefield business owned and operated by Terry Hurd.  This is the fourth year that Hurd has provided funding to support the district’s recognition program.

Superintendent’s Spudder Alumni Luncheon Set for January 26

The Ridgefield School District is pleased to extend an invitation to all Ridgefield High School graduates to join us for the annual Superintendent’s Spudder Alumni Luncheon on Friday, January 26.

Come and have lunch with fellow Spudders at 12 noon at the RHS Commons.  Construction managers will be on hand after lunch to provide updates on the various projects in the district’s 2017 Bond Program and answer any questions you may have.

In addition, walking tours of the Grades 5-8 school complex construction site will be offered after the luncheon.  Participants will be given hard hats and safety vests to wear and be briefed on safety guidelines before the tour begins.

Navigating through the construction site can be a bit challenging, so it is recommended that tour participants be able to walk on their own.  Pre-registration for the walking tour is required, and shuttle transportation will be provided to the site.

To RSVP for the alumni luncheon and/or to pre-register for the walking tour, please contact Bonnie Harris at 360-619-1302 or by email at bonnie.harris@ridgefieldsd.org by Friday, January 19th.

Boundary + Start Time Committee Schedules First Parent/Community Forum

The Boundary + Start Time Committee will hold its first Parent/Community Forum on Monday, January 22, 2017 from 6:00-7:00 pm at the Ridgefield High School Commons.

Parents and community members are invited to learn about the committee’s work in exploring possible adjustments to elementary school boundaries and school start times in preparation for continued growth and the opening of new schools in Fall 2018.

This will be the first of two community forums scheduled by the committee.

In September, parents and staff participated in a district survey regarding school attendance and boundaries.  The results of the survey helped provide the committee with valuable feedback in its work.

For survey results, meeting minutes, and more information, visit the Boundary + Start Time Committee’s webpage on the district website at http://www.ridgefieldsd.org/boundary-start-time-committee .

 

Ridgefield School District Honors December Employee and Students of the Month

On December 12, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the December Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Kathryn James, science teacher at View Ridge Middle School.  Kathryn “Katie” James is deserving of this honor for her unwavering belief in all of her students’ capacities to learn.  Katie’s daily work with students of all skill levels and her productive collaboration with her fellow staff is what truly distinguishes her for this recognition.

Katie James

At the beginning of the school year, Katie discovered class rosters with significant loads of struggling students.  Many teachers would have resisted the challenge to resolve the situation, but Katie, though a big overwhelmed, collaborated with the principal, a Special Education teacher and a paraprofessional to brainstorm and implement the solutions required to help improve the learning experience of these students.  Her determination provided the students with the opportunity to learn at the high levels at which she was confident they could achieve.

In addition, Katie supports her fellow teachers in a variety of ways.  As a member of the middle school’s science team, Katie has led exemplary work in reviewing common assessment data to guide instructional planning.  In addition, she created a poster explaining the school’s new grading system; developed a peer evaluation form for staff to use in the school’s Passion Project Excel course; serves as advisor for the National Honor Society; and serves as safety team representative.

For all that she does for View Ridge Middle School, it is with pride that we congratulate Katie James as December’s Employee of the Month.

Students of the Month

Kinnley Veitenheimer, a first grader, is December’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  Kinnley is a positive young lady who demonstrates helpfulness in class and beyond.  She recently donated a walking stick to her classroom so that other students could enjoy observing how this insect thrives.  She is kind, thoughtful and respectful, and by eagerly following directions, demonstrates responsibility as well.  South Ridge Elementary proudly recognizes Kinnley Veitenheimer as its December Student of the Month.

Kinnley Veitenheimer

Ava Gillett, a fourth grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  Ava takes ownership of her learning by challenging herself on class assignments and emailing her teachers about her school work even when she is away from school.  She’s thoughtful, kind, respectful, and takes care of things without being asked to do so.  She also cares about safety in school and in the classroom.  Ava is an exemplary role model for all students at Union Ridge Elementary School.  It is proud to name Ava Gillett as its Student of the Month for December.

Ava Gillett

Uruwa Abe, a seventh grader, was selected from View Ridge Middle School.  Uruwa is a hard-working student and always completes high-quality work.  In class, she asks great questions and leads by example.  Uruwa is also an amazing team player, demonstrating leadership among her peers as she facilitates group activities.  View Ridge Middle School is pleased to recognize Uruwa Abe for Student of the Month honors for December.

Uruwa Abe

Kyera Jones, a freshman, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  Kyera has been nominated three times this school year for this honor.  Her teachers describe her as a model student—dedicated, studious, and focused, with an amazing work ethic.  They also describe her as helpful, polite and respectful, adding that she works well in group settings, and contributes good ideas in class discussions.  Kyera is an excellent representative of the outstanding students at RHS.  It is without question that Kyera Jones is worthy of December Student of the Month honors for Ridgefield High School.

Kyera Jones

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsor, the historic Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge, a local Ridgefield business owned and operated by Terry Hurd.  This is the fourth year that Hurd has provided funding to support the district’s recognition program.

Public Invited to Review Curriculum Materials for Proposed Adoption

Ridgefield School District is proposing to adopt foreign language curriculum materials for Grades 9-12.  The curriculum program, “T’es branche?” (copyright 2014) is published by EMC Publishing LLC and will be used to teach French at Ridgefield High School.

The curriculum materials support the district’s objectives and are aligned with Washington state guidelines.  Over the past few months, they were extensively reviewed by teacher groups and adoption committees in the district.

The materials will be available for public review from Wednesday, December 6 through Friday, December 15 at the Ridgefield School District Office, 2724 S. Hillhurst Road, Ridgefield, Washington, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Ridgefield High School STEM Students Observe Geological Engineering Field Work on Campus

A geological engineering team from Columbia West Engineering Inc. was on campus at Ridgefield High School early this week to acquire soil samples for analysis from the site of proposed new construction for the Ridgefield High School expansion, part of Ridgefield School District’s 2017 bond project.

Field workers from the company extracted numerous soil samples for lab analysis to determine the site’s soil composition.  Engineers will use the data to design the foundation for the new structure.  Preparation for the soil study involved heavy equipment being carefully maneuvered into place onto the campus’ courtyard and having the area cordoned off for student safety, as classes were in session during the operation.

Earlier this year, Lance Lehto, president of Columbia West Engineering, recognized the event as a unique learning opportunity for STEM students and reached out to high school administrators and project managers on the construction side to help make this happen.  As a result, engineering students in Ridgefield High School’s STEM program got a close-up look at this field work.

This week, Lehto visited the STEM engineering classes to do presentations about the soil study from a geologic field engineering perspective while the field work was taking place outside the classroom.

Students learned about soil composition in Ridgefield and in Clark County, got some geological history of the local region, and learned why soil analysis is essential in building design.  Then, outfitted with hard hats, safety vests and safety goggles, students headed over to the field work site with Lehto where they observed the actual soil sample extraction process in real time.  The field crew drilled as far down as 75 feet to acquire the samples of clay, silt, sand and gravel layers that make up the soil on the site.

The Ridgefield High School expansion project is currently in its design phase.  Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2018 with proposed completion in fall 2019—in time for the start of the 2019-20 school year.

Columbia West Engineering Inc. is a locally-owned and operated multi-disciplinary geotechnical, environmental, special inspection, materials firm.  The district is grateful to Lance Lehto and his engineering crew for providing this unique learning opportunity.

Ridgefield School District Seeks Volunteers to Serve on Capital Facilities Advisory Committee

District developing long-range plans to accommodate student enrollment group

Ridgefield School District invites interested residents to join the district’s Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC).  This group will study, analyze, and make capital facility recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Ridgefield School District is Clark County’s fastest-growing school district over the past four years and is projected to more than triple in enrollment by 2035.

The advisory committee’s first meeting will be on Wednesday, December 13 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Ridgefield High School, Room 311.  The committee’s work will continue through March 2018 with recommendations presented to the Board of Directors for consideration in April 2018.  The district anticipates putting a bond proposal on the February 2019 ballot.

The Capital Facilities Advisory Committee will be asked to:

  • Develop programming to meet the needs of Phase III of RSD’s capital facilities plan, as identified by the district’s CFAC team that met from November 2015 – April 2016;
  • Develop criteria for decision-making that promotes continued success for Ridgefield School District and the community;
  • Plan and host community open houses and outreach activities; and
  • Review proposed concepts for Phase III and recommend a preferred concept for the 2019 bond election.

In addition to community members, the committee will include district staff, students, local public officials, and business partners.

Those interested in serving on the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee may sign up by calling the district office at 360-619-1302 or emailing Dr. Nathan McCann, the district’s superintendent at nathan.mccann@ridgefieldsd.org.

Ridgefield Fourth Grader Submits Winning Design in School District’s Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest

Ella Wood, a fourth grader from South Ridge Elementary School, is the first-place winner in this year’s Superintendent’s Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest for the Ridgefield School District.  Her artwork was selected by judges as the entry that best exemplifies “Together for the Holidays,” this year’s contest theme.

Ella’s winning design will grace the cover of the district’s holiday greeting card, which will be mailed out to school districts, public entities and private businesses on Ridgefield School District’s holiday mailing list.  As the first-place winner, Ella receives a $50 cash award.

Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest 2017 – First Place, Ella Wood, South Ridge Elementary School

Three artwork entries were also selected for Runners-Up honors.  These entries were submitted by Violet James, a second grader from Union Ridge Elementary School; Emma Waddle, a fourth grader from South Ridge Elementary School; and Adara Grieco, a sixth grader from Union Ridge Elementary School.  Each student receives a $25 cash award for their winning design.

Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest 2017 Runner-up, Violet James, Union Ridge Elementary School

 

Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest 2017 Runner-up, Emma Waddle, South Ridge Elementary School

 

Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest 2017 Runner-up, Adara Grieco, Union Ridge Elementary School

All four students will be recognized at the district’s regular school board meeting on Tuesday, December 12.

The Superintendent’s Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest, now in its fourth year, was first launched by the Ridgefield School District in 2014, in partnership with the Ridgefield Art Association to promote student creativity and encourage student appreciation of the arts.

RHS Students Learn Sales and Marketing First-Hand in Collaborative Project

By collaborating with other classes and combining specific skill sets, students in Andrea Reinertson’s Marketing class and Stefanie Foster’s Foods Class at Ridgefield High School now have a better understanding of how products are promoted in the marketplace.

In October, both teachers created a project centered around a hypothetical pasta company whose goal was to create a frozen food product for teens seeking quick, ready-made meals.

Reinertson’s marketing students conducted research to find out which qualities their target market (teens) were looking for in their ideal pasta product and presented their findings and recommendations to the “Product” team (the students in Stefanie Foster’s Foods class) to prepare the final product.

“Foods students were briefed on their vision of the product to be marketed,” said Stefanie Foster, RHS Foods and Consumer Science Education teacher.  “My students researched the best and most cost-effective way to prepare the product.  They prepared and completed peer evaluations on how to adjust the recipe to better meet the target market.”

Foster added that her students also collaborated in class on how best to present the recipe as recommended by the Marketing class.

Collaboration by students in both classes generated a variety of pasta products.  Marketing students came up with the brand, logo, and attention-getting grocery aisle displays for each one.

To measure the products’ success, teachers invited staff members and other students to score the different pasta products based on taste, product display, likelihood to purchase, and the sales techniques utilized to draw “customers” in.

A couple of the pasta products had a high number of tastings–a direct reflection on the appeal of the displays and sales techniques, according to Andrea Reinertson, RHS  marketing teacher.

As marketing and production “employees” in a hypothetical pasta company, the students learned what is involved in the areas of product research, production, advertising and sales in the marketplace.  Best of all, the experience was completely hands-on from beginning to end.

“The students really loved getting to pick their own pastas, having the opportunity to think creatively to solve a problem and getting to see their ideas come to life,” said Reinertson.

Working collaboratively was a notable takeaway.  “All the students learned a ton about communication and teamwork,” added Reinertson.  “These are such valuable life skills that I know they will learn from and improve on as they get older.”

RHS Students Share DECA Fall Leadership Conference Experience

At the end of October, eight RHS students were fortunate enough to attend Washington’s DECA Fall Leadership Conference in Bellevue, Washington.

DECA, also known as Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a career and technical organization made up of students at both the high school and college levels and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and marketing.   It prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in these and other business areas.

This is Ridgefield High School’s first year as a high school chapter of DECA, so the conference served as a great opportunity for the students to gain a better understanding of the organization.

The students, Jonathan Flury, Jaden Gorder, Lily Maul, Kenadi McCaskill, Kelli Paterson, Tim Radosevich, Joey Vossenkuhl, and Rachael Werbowski  shared photos of their experiences at the conference.  View them by clicking here.

Andrea Reinertson, RHS business and marketing teacher, believes that the Fall Leadership Conference was exactly the platform needed to provide the strong start to the high school’s DECA chapter, noting that the high school’s DECA member count climbed from 9 to 23 members when the students returned from the conference.

The district is grateful for the contribution made by an anonymous donor to RHS’ DECA program.  Without the donor’s support, attendance at the conference would not have been possible.

Students interested in joining RHS’ DECA chapter can contact Andrea Reinertson, RHS business and marketing teacher, at andrea.reinertson@ridgefieldsd.org.

Free Training Offered December 12 to Help Cope with Adolescent Stress

A free training is available December 12th for parents, educators and community members.  Presented by Mary Jadwisiak from Holding the Hope, it is entitled “Coping with Adolescent Stress, Anxiety and Depression.”  No RSVP or registration is necessary, and it is open to the public.

 

Ridgefield School District Forms Boundary + Start Time Committee

To prepare for continued growth and the opening of new schools, the district has formed a Boundary + Start Time Committee, whose goal is to explore possible adjustments to school attendance boundaries and school start times for Fall 2018.

In September, parents and staff were invited to participate in a district survey regarding school attendance and boundaries.  The results of the survey will help provide the committee with valuable feedback in its decision-making process.

Committee members include Assistant Superintendent Chris Griffith, Shannon Barnett, KWRL Transportation Director, school administrators, parents, and school staff.

The committee, which meets every two weeks, had their first meeting on October 30th.  Two Community Forums will be scheduled to present information to patrons and gather feedback.

To view meeting minutes and Parent Survey results, visit the Boundary + Start Time Committee’s webpage at http://www.ridgefieldsd.org/boundary-start-time-committee .

 

Ridgefield School District Announces Name and Mascot for New Grade 5-6 Intermediate School

The Ridgefield School District announced today that Sunset Ridge Intermediate School has been selected as the name for its new Grade 5-6 school currently under construction.  The new school mascot?  The coyote.

The district announced the news at its regular Board of Directors meeting on November 14.

The school name was selected from 222 nominations received from the Ridgefield community and submitted to the school board for consideration.  In keeping with the names of the existing district schools, “Ridge” was a requirement in the name, along with “Intermediate School”.  Patrons submitted nominations during the month of October.

In its discussions, the Board sought to name the school after a feature unique to the school site and paid special attention not to duplicate other school names within the region.

Student input was key in selecting the school mascot.  Student entries for mascot nominations were required to have connections to regional history, a potato heritage, local wildlife, geographic features and Success Bound attributes (being respectful, responsible and resilient).  Students were also required to provide explanations to support their nominations.

A total of 105 mascot nominations were received.  School administrators collaborated with student leaders from South Ridge Elementary and Union Ridge Elementary, and the top two choices were presented to the Board for final consideration.

The district is grateful to all participants in the Ridgefield community who took the time to submit nominations and comments to help inform the district in the selection process.

Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and View Ridge Middle School will occupy the new Grade 5-8 schools complex, which is scheduled to open in Fall 2018.