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Visit the All About Schools section on the website for more information!
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Ridgefield School District offers tips and tricks for its first day of school - September 3, 2014 (Photo) - 08/18/14
Monday, August 18, 2014-Ridgefield, WA-The first day of school for Ridgefield School District is Wednesday, September 3, so this week's Did You Know comes packed with tips and tricks to make sure students, parents and the community can prepare for the new school year!

First Day of School
The first day of school is Wednesday, September 3, 2014 and all schools will run on normal schedule. Beginning the following week on Wednesday, September 10, schools will start one hour later for Collaboration Days and will continue to do so every Wednesday thereafter throughout the school year.

Meet Our New Superintendent, Dr. Nathan McCann
Dr. Nathan McCann was appointed superintendent of the Ridgefield School District on March 25 and officially assumed duties on July 1. Previously, he served as superintendent of the Altar Valley School District in Tucson, Arizona.

In addition to community events such as coffee talks where community members can meet Superintendent McCann and share their perspectives of the school district, Superintendent McCann encourages any community member to contact him should they have any concerns or suggestions regarding the school district. He can be reached via email at nathan.mccann@ridge.k12.wa.us or via the district office at (360) 619-1305.

Construction Continues
Although the majority of the capital facilities projects will be finished or reaching completion by the first day of school, construction crews may continue to be present at our schools. Please use caution and care when walking or driving near any active construction sites.

For regular updates on the district's capital facilities construction projects, please visit the District's Construction Blog: http://www.ridge.k12.wa.us/domain/19

Annual Notifications Packet
The Annual Notifications Packet was mailed to Ridgefield households in early August. The packet contains important district notifications, a welcome letter from Superintendent McCann, a nondisclosure form, a letter to households regarding the National School Lunch Program, an application for Free and Reduced Meals, and the district calendar.

If you would like to download a copy of the packet from the website, you can get it here: http://www.ridge.k12.wa.us/domain/49

All About School - Website Section
Please visit the All About School section of the district website to answer many of your questions about school as well as download important forms at http://bit.ly/AllAboutSchool.

The All About Schools site includes the following sections:

* Forms & Resources: all forms and online applications are provided in this section including Athletics Safety Guidelines and Eligibility Packets; school calendars; student supply lists; links to Community Education, Skyward Access, Meal Menus, and useful websites; and much, much more.
* Frequently Asked Questions: find answers to many questions you may have, and ask your own, too.
* Schedules - Start/End Times: the start/end times for each school are provided in this section along with links to each school's specific bell schedules.
* School Contact Information: office and attendance phone numbers for each school are listed here along with the direct URL to each school's specific website.

Staff is back in the office on Wednesday, August 20!
If you need to register your student for school, need Skyward Access, or need help from building staff, all building secretaries and the majority of school staff will return from summer break on Wednesday, August 20 and will be ready to help you!

More information and regular updates from the district
As always, you can get more information about Ridgefield's schools from the following sources:

* Website: www.ridge.k12.wa.us
* Facebook: www.fb.com/RidgefieldSchools
* Twitter: www.twitter.com/RidgefieldSD
* Did You Know Email List: http://bit.ly/RSD-DYK
* Flash Alert Subscription: http://bit.ly/RSD-Flash

Melanie Martinez and Samantha Rice enjoyed learning more about fields of art as careers
Melanie Martinez and Samantha Rice enjoyed learning more about fields of art as careers
Ridgefield high school students learn how to pursue art as a career by creating diagrams of owl pellets (Photo) - 07/28/14
Monday, July 28, 2014-Ridgefield, WA-Students taking the illustration class at Ridgefield High School used owl pellets from the elementary school to develop and hone their skills with scientific illustration, a technical field of art.

Rebecca Carlisle, an art teacher who teaches the Illustration Class at Ridgefield High School, contacted Karen Moses, a fourth grade teacher at South Ridge Elementary School, to see if her art class could uses Moses' leftover owl pellets after reading a news story about fourth graders dissecting the pellets. "Karen provided scientific information as well as the pellets themselves," explained Carlisle. "She was so helpful and really made this project possible."

The fourth grade classes in Ridgefield School District dissect owl pellets to study animal anatomy as part of a Full Option Science System (FOSS) Kit from Educational Service District 112. The pellets are sanitized by the ESD 112 science staff members who boil the pellets in special chemicals to ensure the pellets are safe for students to handle.

Students in Carlisle's illustration classes formed teams of two to dissect the pellets and used techniques in scientific observation to accurately illustrate the pellets as well as the bones within including skulls and other bones from rodents and small birds. "Scientific illustration tends to be a more lucrative field in art because of the technical prowess required," said Carlisle. "Whether an employer is an engineering company or a medical textbook company, the work focuses on detailed analysis and the abilities of the artists to accurately depict their observations."

Many students signed up for the illustration class as a way to learn more about career fields in art. "I signed up for this class because art is something I'm interested in pursuing after high school," said Olivia Bonebrake, a junior. "My favorite project has been this one - I like observing the bones and creating the diagram itself." Drew Clements, also a junior, agreed with Bonebrake, "I wanted to try something new in art and am hoping to go into it as a field - this illustration class provides more methods to use two-dimensional art in a career."

Some students enjoyed the owl pellet project specifically because of its somewhat macabre nature dealing with animal bones. "I really like this project because I really like the creepy stuff," said Melanie Martinez, a freshman. "It's fun and challenging."

In addition to scientific illustration, Carlisle taught students drawing and painting skills for a variety of artistic career fields including working for newspapers and magazines; illustrations for children's books and book cover illustration; work with animation and much more.