Cupcake Wars Give Ridgefield High School Students a Taste of Creative Competition

Stefanie Foster, Family and Consumer Science teacher at Ridgefield High School, wanted students in her Foods 1 and 2 classes to learn valuable skills they could use in pursuing a career in the food industry; specifically, understanding the cost of goods sold, preparing a presentation and pitching it to potential customers, being creative and imaginative, and working together as part of a team.

Inspired by a popular television show, she came up with a fun project that fit the bill:  Cupcake Wars!  “The Movies” was the theme she created, and students would be responsible for interpreting the theme into cupcakes they would create and present to customers.

Students were responsible for researching the recipe for the final product, doing nutritional and cost analysis of the product, creating the final product (including frosting) and presenting the product to customers (RHS staff members).

Stefanie Foster, Family and Consumer Science teacher at Ridgefield High School, assists Foods 1 students, Austin Willis (left) and Alyssa Dewey as they prepare their entry in Cupcake Wars.

For her Foods 2 class, Foster created Cake Wars using the same concept and changed the theme to “Winter.”

Cupcake Wars entry displays “The Movies” theme.

Cake Wars entry presents an interpretation of the “Winter” theme.

Final judging by staff members took place on December 15th, before Winter Break.  Winning was not as important as the takeaway that the projects provided.  Not only was the project fun for everyone involved, students came away learning valuable 21st century skills useful in real-life career applications.


My First Memory (Of Librarians) by Nikki Giovanni





This is my first memory:
A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky
wood floor
A line of green shades—bankers’ lights—down the center
Heavy oak chairs that were too low or maybe I was simply
too short
For me to sit in and read
So my first book was always big

In the foyer up four steps a semi-circle desk presided
To the left side the card catalogue
On the right newspapers draped over what looked like
a quilt rack
Magazines face out from the wall

The welcoming smile of my librarian
The anticipation in my heart
All those books — another world — just waiting
At my fingertips.

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: .

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.

Library Offers Film Streaming Service

The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District is ringing in 2018 by offering Kanopy, a free film streaming service offering more than 30,000 foreign-language films, indies, documentaries, instructional videos from The Great Courses, classics and more.

Kanopy is available to Fort Vancouver Regional Library cardholders on any device with access to the internet via or by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. Kanopy also provides captions and transcripts and JAWS screen readers for those with visual and/or hearing difficulties.

The San Francisco based Kanopy was founded in 2008 by CEO Olivia Humphrey as an educational tool for 3,000 colleges and universities worldwide, and is now available to public library systems around the globe. The library expansion began in early 2017, and Kanopy is now available in more than 200 library systems and over 1200 individual public library locations across the US.

Thought for the Week

A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are for.

~ William Shedd

Ridgefield Library Programs January 9 to January 13

Tuesday January 9

6:00-Food for Thought: Cookbook Discussion

Wednesday January 10

10:00 a.m.-Stitchery Group

10:30 a.m.-Preschool Story Time

4:00 p.m.-Teen Gaming

Thursday January 11

1:00 p.m.-Mahjong

3:30 p.m.-Spanish Conversation Circle

Friday January 12

10:30 a.m.-Toddler Story Time

Saturday January 13

10:00 a.m.-Build It!

11:00 a.m.-Celebrate Hot Tea Month: Taste & Brew

Still a few spots left in Watercolor Class

It’s not too late to register for my water color class that starts Tuesday, January 9, from 9 to 11 am and runs for six weeks. Beginners and intermediates will enjoy this fun-filled class, and come away with a couple of great paintings. Bring a reference photo that you’d like to paint, and we’ll go from there.

Class is held in my bright and cheery downtown studio. Beat the winter blues! Learn how to paint in watercolor. You’ll love it!

Cost for the series is $99, and you need to register at 360-887-2160.

Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply for the RNWR Board of Directors position has been extended to January 14. See complete job description on my post of December 28.

Make it 2 M

I’m happy to report that to date we have raised $240,000 for the library building fund. Three donations of $10,000 or more qualified for matching funds from the anonymous donor, (who has pledged to match donations of $10,000 or more, up to a million dollars) for a total of $33,000. Good work Ridgefield!

Fort Vancouver Regional Library has also set aside a million dollars for our fund raising activities, so we are on our way to seeing this new library built.

The Trustees of FVRL are close to making a decision on a site for the library, so keep tuned. I’ll announce it as soon as  know.

This Month’s Auction Item

Fly Fishermen! Come to the Library! There’s a basket of goodies waiting for you to bid on!

All you need to tie your own flies, including an instruction book, vise, scissors, thread, yarn, feathers, wire, hooks, etc. The basket will be on sale through the end of the month, and the highest bidder will take it home.

Every month the Friends put a different item up for auction, and this is our latest. I must say, this month’s offering is pretty clever. Wish I were a fly fisherman – it would be fun to tie flies.

First Saturday is a Health and Fitness Festival

Get inspired for a New Year and a New You at Ridgefield’s Health & Fitness Festival this Saturday!

Learn how to revamp your life with traditional and new trends in making better food choices, natural nutrition supplements, fitness programs, aromatherapy, relaxation techniques, skin care products, and apparel. Relax with a massage, try out essential oils, get a free body scan, talk to a chiropractor, try out horticulture therapy, learn how art & music can help with your health.

Food with a focus on local & organic including Buckets Restaurant and BakerChics.

Fitness Classes and Activities for all ages and fitness levels at the Community Center. They include:

10:00 – Drum Circle with Opus School of Music

11:00 – Cheerleading with RHS Cheerleaders

11:30 – Plank Challenge with Tailored Fitness

12:00 – Introduction to Yoga

1:00 – Free body scans and fitness activities by Unleashed Fitness NW

2:00 – Tae Kwon Do by HS Tae Kwon Do

There will be Prize Drawings throughout the day for those who participate in any health or fitness activity.

10:00  Free Fun walk/run by Why Racing Events @ Davis Park

An easy 1-mile walk/run along the waterfront & a more challenging 3-mile run through downtown Ridgefield and along Abrams Park trails.

Register on the day of the event.

Warm up with Tailored Fitness at 9:45.

Enjoy a free healthnut smoothie prepared by Seasons Coffee Shop.

First 30 runners receive a free tee shirt.


Visit local merchants and enjoy outdoor fitness by walking through downtown, biking along the waterfront, hiking a trail at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge or creating your own outdoor fun at one of the City’s four downtown parks.

Visit Gracefully Yours Fine Tea Company at Seasons Coffee Shop.

Prize drawings and Ridgefield Art Association display at Vintage Revival.

Watercolor Class Starts Next Week

Myrtle’s Tea House, an original watercolor painting by Kathy Winters

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to think about how you’ll get through these dark dreary days of winter.

Unleash your creativity by taking my watercolor class! It starts next Tuesday, January 9, from 9 to 11 am, and runs for six weeks.

This class is for beginners through intermediate. We’ll start each day with a short lesson and a chance for you to practice the technique you’ve learned. The rest of the session will be spent painting. You’ll have individual instruction as well as learn from the others in the class.

We’ve had success with folks who have never picked up a brush before, so don’t be shy – call today. The class is held in my bright and cheery studio in downtown Ridgefield and costs $99 – a real bargain. Call me at 360-887-2160 to reserve your spot – space is limited.

Recipe for a Happy New Year

Divide into 365 parts: Set aside, preparing one part only at a time as follows:

Mix well into each day:

1 part patience

1 part work

1 part courage

1 part faith

Add to each day:

1 part each of hope, generosity, faithfulness and kindness

Blend with:

1 part prayer

1 part meditation

1 part good deed

Season the mixture with a dash of good spirits: a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play and a cup of good humor.

Pour the mixture into a vessel of love. Cook over radiant joy, garnish with a smile. Serve with quietness, unselfishness and cheer for 1 good year.

Thanks to Ginnie Bush for sharing this recipe.