Thought for the Week

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.  Anais Nin

School Bond


Friends of the Ridgefield Library will have a pop-up book sale tomorrow at the Community Center. Come and buy a book anytime from 10am to 2pm – there will be a variety of genres.

Have you donated to the library’s building fund yet? Any amount is appreciated.

 It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible.

If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. There are other levels of giving also. Each major donor will received recognition on a display at the new library. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

Scott Rice Named Head Football Coach for Ridgefield School District

The Ridgefield School District has selected Scott Rice as Head Football Coach.  Rice comes to Ridgefield from Skyview High School in the Vancouver School District where he currently serves as Assistant Coach for both football and track and teaches classes in AP Social Studies.

“I am beyond excited to become a part of the Ridgefield community and football program,” said Rice.  “Becoming a head coach in this community has been a dream of mine, and I am humbled to get the opportunity to grow Ridgefield into one of the top tier programs in southwest Washington and the state.  I cannot wait to get to work building a program that reflects the ideals of the school and community.  I am grateful for the tremendous opportunity and confidence in me as a coach and as a person.  Go Spuds!”

Scott Rice

Rice holds a Bachelors degree in history and political science for secondary education from Carroll College in Montana.  During his teaching career, he has taught AP classes in government, politics, economics and history at Aberdeen High School in the Aberdeen School District and at Skyview High School in the Vancouver School District in addition to his coaching duties at both schools.

As Assistant Football Coach for Aberdeen High School starting in 2010, Rice served as defensive coordinator and linebackers position coach.  He joined Skyview High School in 2014 as Assistant Football Coach for the offensive line for five seasons and also served as Assistant Coach for their track program.

During his high school years at Colville High School in Colville, Washington, Rice earned numerous varsity letters in football, basketball and track & field.  In the football program at Carroll College, Rice played linebacker for four years and participated in two NAIA national championships (2005 and 2007) with the Fighting Saints.

“The Ridgefield Athletic Department is thrilled to announce the hiring of Scott Rice,” said Brynan Shipley, Ridgefield School District’s athletic director.  “Coach Rice has a great deal of football knowledge and prides himself in his ability to connect with his athletes and develop relationships.  He recognizes that it is more than just a game; it is a tool to teach valuable life lessons and build character.  Scott’s shared vision, sense of community and plans for the development of a whole program-wide philosophy and culture were qualities that set him apart in the selection process.  He is a forward-thinking coach with a contagious passion and enthusiasm for the game.  We are excited about the future of Ridgefield football!”

“We are excited to welcome Scott to the district,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield School District Superintendent.  “His commitment in growing a top tier football program in keeping with the ideals of both school and community aligns well with the district’s pursuit of premier.”

Rice and his family reside in Ridgefield.  His wife, Kelsi, is a teacher at Chinook Elementary School in the Vancouver School District.  They have two children, Grady, age three, and Lincoln, four months old.  Rice and his family enjoy all sports, staying active and spending time together at home.

What Makes Ridgefield So Special # 10

This was posted on NextDoor recently – and I think it bears repeating.

“Teenagers today

Today my husband and I were walking in downtown Ridgefield. We came up on 2 teenage boys riding their skate boards toward us. As we approached the market on the corner the boy with I believe a orange (BRIGHT) cap on held the door open for his friend, but what was very nice was he waited for us to finish crossing the street and continued to wait for us as he held the door open. In my experience It seems that people are so busy these days they don’t take time to be courteous and I really appreciated this simple gesture. My husband and I were a bit surprised and extremely happy. We thanked the gentlemen and it reminded us this is what the world loves – a little bit of kindness.

If you are the parent of this child you should be proud. Thank you sir and keep it up.”

Lefty and His Barn

Having trouble keeping your New Year’s resolution to exercise?  This has never been an issue for Lefty.  For you newbies to Ridgefield, it is his red barn you see on the way into town.  He routinely hauls wood, cuts, splits and stacks the wood. Not bad for 80-something!  It is his neatly stacked pile that you see at the entrance to downtown. It’s fir wood. The barn and the fields on either side of the road used to be covered with trees when Lefty and his bride, Marilyn, had a tree nursery on the property.

~ Contributed by Sarah Scott


Ridgefield High School Thespian Society Announces New Inductees

The Ridgefield High School Thespian Society welcomed six new inductees to the troupe at their mid-year induction on January 10.  New to the troupe are:  Cami McGravey, Emma Hauser, Kyshaun Summers, Peter Schafer, Clara Lewandowski, Kaitlyn St. John, and Jared Lee.

According to Kaitlyn Etter, Theatre Arts Director for the high school, students are inducted based on a point system measuring their involvement in the theatre department over the course of their work on multiple productions.  “Students are required to have 10 points (100 hours) to be inducted including two points from working “behind the scenes” on a production,” said Etter.

The International Thespian Society (ITS) is an honor society that recognizes student achievement in theatre.  Etter started RHS’ ITS troupe #8635 last year.  “The Thespian Society gives students access to resources beyond Ridgefield, including college scholarships, enhancing college and employment applications, and tons of student leadership opportunities,” said Etter.

The troupe did extremely well at its first ever Southwest Regional Acting and Technical theatre event in November.  Garnering overall Excellent scores  were students Cristyn LaChaine, Kennedy Howlett and Sofia Lee in the Solo Musical Theatre category; Bridget Donaldson and Sebastian Rojas-Rincon  in the Duo Musical Theatre category; Callie Stenersen and Phoebe Langwell  in the Duo Scene category; and Payton Kautz in the Stage Management category.  These students will be recognized at the state competition in March.

Awarded perfect “Superior” scores were Lily Ray for Solo Musical Theatre and Phoebe Langwell for Monologue.  Both students will advance to Nationals in the summer.

“Having a troupe at RHS not only gives students opportunities for learning at the various festivals throughout the year but also connections with other troupes from other schools across the U.S.,” said Etter.

“I am thrilled with the Arts Programs at Ridgefield High School,” said Debbie McGravey, Ridgefield Community Education Theater Program Production Manager.  “RHS is fortunate to have an experienced, talented arts team led by Bob Meek, Charlie Greggerson and Kaitlyn Etter.  Their theatrical/musical productions and concerts truly showcase the talents of our Spudder musicians, singers and thespians.”

Ridgefield Students Provide Input for State Board of Education Strategic Plan

It’s not common to see students participating in board and commission meetings.  So when Ridgefield High School principal Christen Palmer was asked to send a student to participate in a Washington State Board of Education meeting, she not only accepted, she asked, “Can I send two?”

“I knew these students could each offer a unique perspective,” Palmer explained.  “I couldn’t choose between them, so I just asked if I could send both.  Fortunately, they said yes.”

The State Board of Education meeting in Vancouver invited a few schools in the Clark County area to send students.  The student input was part of a statewide outreach as the board developed its five-year strategic plan.  They wanted students to let them know new, more effective ways to improve student engagement at the school, district, and state level.

Bridget Donaldson and Matthew Torres were selected to attend from Ridgefield High School.  They joined students from Fort Vancouver High School and Hockinson High School on the half-hour long panel.  Some of the advice the students offered was to be more proactive about letting students know when district and state board meetings are held and to engage students in sharing their perspective on a wide range of issues.

The Washington State School Board 2019 – 2023 Strategic Plan has just been completed.    One of its key goals is to ensure that all students are able to engage in their schools and their broader communities.  It is available on their website at

RHS students, Bridget Donaldson and Matthew Torres (pictured at right) participate in panel at Washington State Board of Education meeting.



Garden Club members and others are making a Ridgefield-themed quilt as a fund-raiser for the library, and need a few more people to do some simple embroidery on small panels. It’s all one color, and just an outline, as shown in the sample, below.

We’ll meet next Monday at 9 am to work on the panels, and then go to Fuel for lunch. If you are interested, give me a call, (360) 887-2160, and I’ll give you the meeting place. It would help if you had a small (5-6″) embroidery hoop. All other supplies will be provided.

Campfire Events Bring a Taste of Cispus Home

Wood smoke scented the cool evening air.  Around multiple campfires, students, families, and community members talked and roasted marshmallows.  Camp counselors from the high school gathered to lead the crowd in Cispus songs and showcase skits from camp.  It was a little taste of Cispus Outdoor School right here in Ridgefield.

Every year for the last 49 years, Ridgefield School District fifth graders have spent a week attending all of their classes in the Gifford Pinchot forest, sleeping in cabins and learning outdoor skills.  The campfires are an important part of the camp’s community building.

Sunset Ridge Intermediate School planned the campfire events as a way to share Cispus with family and friends.  “It brings back great memories of Cispus for people who have been there,” teacher Annie Pintler explained, “And lets us share some of the best parts of Cispus with people who haven’t been to camp.”

“It smells like camp,” one student said happily, leading her parents to a campfire and telling them about the campfires she remembered at Cispus.  Students bundled up against the cold huddled closer to the fire to warm their mittened hands.  Families waited in line to get s’mores supplies—long skewers and packages of chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers—from the Ridge, the parent-teacher organization.

As the camp counselors started leading a sing-along of Cispus songs, one of the fifth-grade students said, “Hey!  I know this song!”  He left his friends and went back to his family to get them singing along.  Soon everyone joined in, and it felt like everyone was there at camp together.

There are two more Cispus campfire events planned for this year.  Dates will be announced on the school website,

Proposed Curriculum Materials Available for Public Review

The public is invited to review the following textbooks being considered by the Ridgefield School District for adoption at Ridgefield High School:

  • Marketing Essentials (2016) by Farese, Kimbrell, Woloszyk, published by McGraw Hill/Glencoe.  To be used in CCTE Marketing classes I and II (Grades 9-12)
  • Essential Health (2018, 2nd edition) by Catherine Sanderson, Mark Zelman, Melanie Lynch, and Melissa Munsell, published by Goodheart-Wilcox.  To be used in Health classes (Grade 9)

Sample textbooks and evaluation materials will be available for public review and comment at the District Office located at the Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center (RACC), 510 Pioneer Street in Ridgefield, Washington, January 28 through February 8 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

RACC Dedication

Although I was unable to attend the dedication of our new RACC (Ridgefield Administration and Civic Center) last night, Jan Robinson was kind enough to send me a photo. Thanks Jan!

I look forward to using this newly remodeled building for many of our public meetings.

January is School Board Recognition Month

This month, Ridgefield School District joins other school districts nationwide and throughout Washington state in celebrating School Board Recognition Month.  This is the 24th year of this annual observance initiated by the National School Boards Association.  In the state of Washington, board members from each of 295 school districts and nine elected educational service district boards are honored for their work during the month of January.


According to Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA), Washington has 1,477 school board members–local citizens elected to represent and respond to the interests of the community.  In total, Washington’s school directors govern districts serving 1.1 million students with a combined annual budget of over $15 billion, employing about 120,000 people.

Our school board plays a vital role in helping the district navigate a variety of complex educational and social issues.  Their efforts are crucial to building a thriving, equitable system of public education for all of our students.

The Ridgefield School District is grateful in acknowledging each of our school board members, Becky Greenwald, Emily Enquist, Joseph Vance, Scott Gullickson, and Steve Radosevich for the important work they provide to Ridgefield schools and to our community.

Ridgefield School District Honors January Employee and Students of the Month

On January 22, 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 Emily Crawford, librarian at South Ridge Elementary School.  Emily Crawford has been doing so much for South Ridge Elementary School to make life easier for the students and for the teachers.  From coming in over the summer to work in the library, to staying after school to work in the curriculum room, to helping manage the new reading curriculum, Emily has been doing such great work!  The staff at South Ridge Elementary School is especially thankful for all that she does and is proud to name Emily Crawford as January’s Employee of the Month.

Emily Crawford

Students of the Month

Brooklyn Barnett, a first grader, is January’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  The South Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Brooklyn.  They describe her as consistently respectful, responsible, and resilient whether in the classroom, walking down the halls or in a specialist class. Brooklyn entered first grade demonstrating excellence in Roadrunner behavior.  She loves to challenge herself and isn’t afraid to take risks.  She tries hard and never gives up.  Brooklyn is very kind and is often a peer mentor in the classroom, as she enjoys helping others.  She sets a wonderful example for all students in the classroom and in the school.

Brooklyn Barnett

William Legg, a third grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  The Union Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of William.  They write, “William is a very kind young man.  He is warm, accepting, flexible, and everyone’s friend.  He walks down the school hall to warm greetings by peers and adults alike.  William is also very helpful in the classroom, lunchroom and playground.  He is a conscientious student who works and seeks to learn and grow always.  He also has a very good sense of humor and brings a smile and laugh to many.  We are delighted to honor William.  He is an asset to Union Ridge Elementary School.”

William Legg

Bennett Erickson, a sixth grader, is January’s Student of the Month at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School.  The Sunset Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Bennett.  One describes him this way: “Bennett is new to our school and new to the school environment, after being home schooled.  He came in after classes began, and though this was a brand new environment, Bennett did not let that stop him.  He has worked very hard to complete assignments, learn routines, make new friends, and become a respectful, responsible, resilient student.  Bennett is always polite, even when you know he is having a hard time.  He faces challenges head on and does not give up.  His smile is contagious; I look forward to greeting him every day so I can see his smile.  I’m so proud of Bennett’s effort and am confident he will continue to grow and be successful.”

Bennett Erickson

Olivia Krause, an eighth grader, was chosen at View Ridge Middle School.  The View Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Olivia.  They write, “Olivia is a gifted student and role model within the classroom.  She is always ready for a challenge and seeks opportunities to push herself and her learning.  Olivia always works well with others and is respectful and kind.  Her calm demeanor helps to establish a productive learning environment, and her offered insights benefit the thinking of everyone in the classroom.  Olivia is a wonderful and prepared student who always strives to do more to better herself in class.”

Olivia Krause

Cameron Bosell, a senior, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  The Ridgefield High School teachers and staff are very proud of Cameron.  Cameron is described as “a great kid for so many reasons.  Recently, he stood up and took a stand against bullying and let students know that we don’t do that at RHS.”  Another staff member describes him as “a team player, mentor and all-around great person who produces top quality work.”  Cameron participates in track, DECA, National Honor Society, and robotics.  Even though RHS is the third high school Cameron has attended (he says it’s the best one!), he still has been able to carry a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Cameron Bosell

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsor, James Schmeling of Allstate Insurance Company, whose local office is providing funding to support the district’s recognition program during this school year.

Union Ridge Giants


If you walk to Union Ridge School on N 8th Avenue, you will be greeted by some giant Douglas Fir trees at the end of the street.  The largest, to the left in the photo, is 145 feet  tall and is 19 feet in circumference at chest height.  It is the largest of some very big trees here and being among them is a pleasure.  Myrna Mills, a former deputy city clerk for the City of Ridgefield, said that when she was a student at Union Ridge, she and other students planted some of these trees.

The Carnegie Institute of Ecology at Stanford University did a study of carbon uptake in forests.  Their conclusion was that 25% of man made carbon dioxide emissions  are taken up by the world’s forests.  It makes sense to preserve and protect forests and trees.   In the United States, Pacific Northwest forests are the best at removing carbon from the atmosphere.  Douglas firs can live over a thousand years and can rival redwoods and giant Sequoias in size.  In addition to their beauty, trees clean the air, provide cooling, and remove carbon dioxide from the air.

Ridgefield has a lot of trees.  When I am in the Carty Unit near Lake River and look  back into town, there are so many trees I can barely make out the houses.  There are many places in Ridgefield  where more trees can be planted so let’s  do that.

Contributed by Paul Snoey