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Experience Ridgefield 2019 flyer
Experience Ridgefield 2019 flyer
Experience Ridgefield Set for Saturday, September 14th (Photo) - 07/09/19

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 – Ridgefield, Washington –  Mark your calendars for some good old-fashioned, small-town fun as the Ridgefield School District prepares to host Experience Ridgefield on Saturday, September 14.  The annual community carnival celebrates Ridgefield’s proud past, prosperous present and promising future.  This will be the school district’s fourth year hosting the event.

This year, Experience Ridgefield will be held on the same day as Oktoberfest, which is sponsored by the Ridgefield Main Street Association.  Both events will take place at the new Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex (RORC) at 3125 S. Hillhurst Road from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

“Experience Ridgefield is truly an event where there will be something for everyone,” said Bonnie Harris, Executive Secretary for the Ridgefield School District and the event’s coordinator.  “There will be food and craft vendors, informational kiosks, a carnival midway and much more.”

Experience Ridgefield was born a few years ago from a concept developed by the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC) consisting of twelve students from grades 4-12—each representing one of the district’s schools.

When school board members, Scott Gullickson and Joseph Vance, sought ideas for a way to bring the community together at a district-hosted event, Ridgefield School Superintendent Nathan McCann turned to the SSAC students for their input.  The students came up with the highly interactive, carnival-like event, and designed it to represent everything that makes Ridgefield unique, capturing everything they love about their community.  Appropriately, they named it “Experience Ridgefield.”

The event, launched in 2016, was a phenomenal success.  The students’ marketing and promotional efforts brought in more than 40 vendors and secured a lead sponsorship by Holbrook Concrete Construction Inc. with assistance from The Historic Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon.

“I’m very proud of all the creativity and planning put in by the students in developing an annual event that celebrates the spirit and pride of this amazing community,” said McCann.  “We appreciate the generosity of our partnering sponsors and the many local businesses, civic groups and public entities who continue to support Experience Ridgefield each year.”

Vendors interested in reserving a space at the event can access an application by visiting the district’s website at www.ridgefieldsd.org.  Click on Explore – Forms – Experience Ridgefield. 

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Angie Gaub
Angie Gaub
Angie Gaub Named Principal at Union Ridge Elementary School (Photo) - 07/08/19

Monday, July 8, 2019 – Ridgefield, WA - The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors approved the appointment of Angie Gaub as Principal of Union Ridge Elementary School during their regular board meeting on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. 

Gaub has been an educator at Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) for 19 years.  She comes to Ridgefield from McLoughlin Middle School where she served three years as Assistant Principal.  In addition to serving as PBIS Coach for a year at Jason Lee Middle School, Gaub has 15 years’ experience teaching Grades 1-6 at Harney, Roosevelt and Eisenhower elementary schools.

“I’m excited to join the Union Ridge family,” said Gaub.  “I am passionate about education and believe if we work collaboratively focusing on the right work, we will make a positive difference in the lives of our students.”

Gaub holds a BA and Masters degree in Education from Washington State University and earned her Educational Leadership credentials from City University.

“Angie’s rich background in instructional practices, combined with her many years of elementary teaching experience are tremendous assets that will serve Union Ridge and our community well,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, the district’s superintendent.        

Gaub and her husband, Jeremy, have three children and reside in Vancouver.  Their daughter, Miya, just graduated from Washington State University with a degree in teaching.  Their son, Mason, a full-time Running Start student, will be a senior at Hudson’s Bay High School, and their youngest son, Miles, will be a freshman at Columbia River High School in the International Baccalaureate program.

In their leisure time, Gaub and her family enjoy spending time with their goddaughter, Graci, and their silly pup, Luna.  “We often find new adventures and places to explore that we have never been,” said Gaub.  “Going to the movies, concerts and checking items off our bucket list are regular pastimes for our family.”

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Attached Media Files: Angie Gaub
Coach David Jacobson and the View Ridge Middle School Knowledge Bowl team.
Coach David Jacobson and the View Ridge Middle School Knowledge Bowl team.
Knowledge Bowl: An Athletic Event for the Mind (Photo) - 06/26/19

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 – Ridgefield, WA – How quickly can you answer these questions? 

  1. Find the next two items in the sequence that begins 1, 5, 13, 17, 25, 29. 
  2. Spell the plural possessive form of the word men.
  3. Cloaca, intestine, stomach, mouth, and gizzard are all terms associated with which animal’s digestive system? 

If you can answer within seconds—and ring in faster than your competitors—you might be a candidate for middle school Knowledge Bowl.  (The correct answers are 37 and 41, men’s, and bird.  And the View Ridge Middle School team got them all right.)

The Knowledge Bowl team at View Ridge Middle School had a winning year, earning a place at state Knowledge Bowl.  When they couldn’t attend the state competition, they continued to practice with coach David Jacobson—after school, on their own time. 

Jacobson is an experienced competitor; his high school Knowledge Bowl team won their state competition and went to nationals.  “It’s cool getting to take some of the stuff I learned in high school and share it with these kids to give them that edge,” he said.  “Of course, they’re already so smart to begin with.”  Jacobson isn’t kidding; these kids have answers on an incredible range of topics.

Jacobson divided the students into three teams for practice.  They waited for the questions, hands hovering over buzzers, ready to ring in.  Jacobson usually didn’t get a complete question out before someone buzzed in with an answer. 

“Identify the sea nymph who detained Odysseus. . .”  A team rang in with the correct answer (Calypso) before Jacobson finished the question.  “. . . on her island of Ogygia for seven years before releasing him.”

“Give the name of the U.S. President who uttered these words during his inauguration speech:  “The only thing we have to fear. . . “   Another team rang in with the correct answer, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  “For fake extra credit,” Jacobson said, “what year did he say that in?”  Instantly, they answered:  1933.  Jacobson, a history teacher, beamed with pride.

When the students were asked what their favorite part of Knowledge Bowl was, there were a lot of different answers.  “Winning every single match!”  “Singing Queen songs on the bus.”  And finally, snacks.  “Mr. Jacobson gave us snacks, brain food.  The first meet we won by just a little bit.  Then he gave us walnuts, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, blueberries, and green tea.  And we won every single meet after.”  There’s a training diet for Knowledge Bowl?  Pass the sunflower seeds.    

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A science project created by View Ridge Middle School seventh grader, Xander Bredemeyer, is displayed during Artistry Night.  It is designed to keep toxic chemicals from reaching endangered animals at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
A science project created by View Ridge Middle School seventh grader, Xander Bredemeyer, is displayed during Artistry Night. It is designed to keep toxic chemicals from reaching endangered animals at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
Ridgefield School District's Artistry Night Showcases STEAM Projects (Photo) - 06/25/19

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 – Ridgefield, WA – Artistry Night at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and View Ridge Middle School showcased some of the amazing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) projects Ridgefield students have been working on throughout the year.  It is the inaugural year for the school campus, so it was the first time that some attendees had the chance to see the airy art studios and state-of-the-art STEM labs. 

The walls of Alan Adams’ art classroom exploded in color; they were covered in original drawings and paintings all the way to the ceiling.  Students utilized a variety of mediums to create the artwork, and students from 5th to 8th grade were represented in an array of projects.  There was so much art, it spilled out into the hallways, with tables full of ceramics and display boards with progressions that started with pencil sketches and ended with finished products. 

In the STEM Fabrication Lab, parents and students discussed the many projects on display.  Students proudly pointed out some of the tools they used to create the projects, including 3D printers and trays of robotics parts.  Some of the projects were creating solutions to real-life challenges, like designing mechanical toys for children with cerebral palsy or developing sample orthoses (braces or splints to stabilize an injured extremity). 

The Black Box Theater hosted musical performances throughout the evening.  From the hallway, you could hear the music of the vocal and instrumental solos.  Attendees enjoyed the intimate theater setting, where they could be close to the performers. 

And in the Commons, a wide range of seventh grade science projects were on display.  The seventh-grade life science classes focused on problem solving for specific ecosystems.  Ideas ranged from a trash collector for the Wildlife Refuge to prevent the spread of toxic chemicals to a water collector and purifier for the Amazon Rainforest.

Students at Sunset Ridge and View Ridge are using STEAM to design creative solutions to all types of challenges.  These practical applications of science, technology, engineering, art, and math help them understand how they will use STEAM not just for class projects, but for a lifetime.   

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Scholarships Awarded to Ridgefield High School's 2019 Grads Top $7.5M - 06/24/19

Monday, June 24, 2019 – Ridgefield, WA – This year, a total of $7,536,067 in scholarships was awarded to college-bound graduates in Ridgefield High School’s Class of 2019 according to the school’s High School & Beyond Program, which keeps records of scholarship awards reported by RHS seniors.

While the majority of the scholarships came from the colleges and universities that the graduates plan to attend, $50,200 of the total came from local Ridgefield organizations whose generous support continues to provide scholarship opportunities each year to Ridgefield High School’s graduating seniors.

Said Amy McKenna, coordinator for the school’s High School & Beyond Program, “We are fortunate to have such an amazing community that supports our students in pursuing their future endeavors.”

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Ian Abrams is one of only seven National Merit Scholar finalists in Ridgefield High School's history.
Ian Abrams is one of only seven National Merit Scholar finalists in Ridgefield High School's history.
Ridgefield's First National Merit Scholar Finalist in Seventeen Years (Photo) - 06/24/19

Monday, June 24, 2019 – Ridgefield, WA – Until now, Ridgefield High School only had six National Merit Finalists in its entire history.  And this year, Ian Abrams became the seventh. 

The last time Ridgefield had a National Merit Scholar, George W. Bush was president and the Oscar for Best Picture went to A Beautiful Mind.  It has been so long because the achievement is so challenging. 

This year, about 1.6 million students took the Preliminary SAT (PSAT).  Semifinalists are the highest-scoring students in each state and represent the top 0.5% of the state’s senior students.  And of that number, only the highest achieving students are selected as National Merit Scholars.  Finalists have to submit applications that list academic record, extracurricular achievements, awards, and leadership positions to be admitted to the elite group. 

When Abrams became a semifinalist, the notification was lost in the mail.  He found out he was a semifinalist by reading it in the newspaper.  But when he became a finalist, he actually received the letter.  “I came home and my mom had the letter.  She said, ‘Well, I might have read it through the envelope,’” Abrams laughed.  “She was pretty excited.”

Abrams had a busy senior year.  He was president of the Associated Student Body (ASB), captain of the cross country team, a team member in Knowledge Bowl, and leader of the Peer Tutoring Program through the National Honor Society.  This fall, he is leaving high school behind and heading to Brigham Young University.  He plans to study biochemistry and hopes one day to help contribute toward finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.

Abrams credits his parents for helping him strive for success.  “My parents have taught me to work hard.  And as I’m doing everything, I’m looking toward the future, how this education will help me to serve people better.” 

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A firefighter high-fives Union Ridge Elementary School students as they walk the parade route at the school's annual Culture Parade.
A firefighter high-fives Union Ridge Elementary School students as they walk the parade route at the school's annual Culture Parade.
Union Ridge Elementary School Puts On Annual Culture Parade (Photo) - 06/24/19

Monday, June 24, 2019 – Ridgefield, WA – The city of Ridgefield is well known for its old-fashioned Fourth of July parade.  But a smaller annual parade is making its mark on Ridgefield too:  the Union Ridge Elementary School Culture Parade. 

The sixth annual Culture Parade went through downtown Ridgefield, showing the community what the classes studied during the school year.  Each grade highlighted a different facet of world culture. 

The parade was led by the school’s assistant principal, Brian Heim, and Ridgefield Mayor Don Stose.  The first students in the parade were kindergarteners, who reflected their personal family history and culture with timelines of their lives. 

First graders studied the cultures of individual countries.  They wore paper vests decorated with country flags and interesting facts.  Many of the students’ families had personal connections to the countries they chose. 

Next were the second graders, who studied the cultural influence of historical figures.  Each student carried a posterboard with a drawing and biographical facts about the person they studied.  The posterboard made a costume of the historic figure, with the student’s face showing thorough a cutout. 

The third-grade classes studied the culture of different regions of the United States.  Each regional group marched together, some of them shouting slogans—like ”West is best!”—and handing out postcards to promote their region.  Students carried posters and dressed to reflect the culture of the region they studied. 

To close the parade, the fourth graders brought their study of the culture of the state of Washington.  On each block, the students waited for the music to start before performing Washington’s state dance, the square dance.  Dressed in western wear, they brought a lively close to the parade. 

Many people lined the streets to cheer for the students.  But one set of parade watchers got a lot of attention:  the firefighters standing by the fire truck parked near City Hall.  As the students passed the fire truck, their eyes widened.  One kindergartener got brave and asked a firefighter, “Why are you here?” 

The firefighter answered, “We’re here because you’re here, buddy!  We’re here to support you!”  The firefighters applauded and high-fived the students as they walked past.  And the students beamed, enjoying the support of the community for their culture parade. 

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Pioneer Day at South Ridge Elementary:  students learned to wash clothes the old-fashioned way, with bars of soap, washboards and tubs of water.
Pioneer Day at South Ridge Elementary: students learned to wash clothes the old-fashioned way, with bars of soap, washboards and tubs of water.
Pioneer Day at South Ridge Elementary Takes Students Back In Time (Photo) - 06/19/19

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 – Ridgefield, WA – A covered wagon was parked in the grass.  Women in sun bonnets and aprons guided children through doing laundry on a washboard, hanging the garments up on a line to dry.  Kids sporting coonskin caps and straw hats played with cornhusk dolls in the shade.  Ridgefield in the 1800’s?  No, Ridgefield in 2019 as students at South Ridge Elementary celebrated Pioneer Day.

The entire fourth grade at South Ridge spent many weeks studying pioneer life.  And the unit culminated in Pioneer Day, an outdoor event where students could get a taste of pioneer life.  They rotated through several stations, learning something new at each one.

Some of the stations focused on home life and daily routines.  The students peeled apples and ground wheat to learn about food preservation.  They poked holes in tin to make tin lanterns.  They learned how to make yarn from wool.  And they even milked real goats right there in the schoolyard.    

Other activities focused on things pioneer children would have enjoyed.  Quills and ink let them practice the hand lettering pioneer students would have learned in school; there were a lot of ink blots on the paper as they practiced the new skill.  For playtime, they had to learn how to make their own entertainment.  They made cornhusk dolls and learned how to do the cat’s cradle with yarn. 

To make the day a little more magical, all the fourth-grade teachers dressed in costume.  And Clark Public Utilities brought their Water Wagon, a reproduction covered wagon, for the children to see.  For a few hours, students brought their pioneer studies to life.  They enjoyed stepping back in time with a taste of pioneer days.  

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Ridgefield School District to Hold Surplus Sale June 21st (Photo) - 06/18/19

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 – Ridgefield, WA – The Ridgefield School District will hold a Surplus Sale on Friday, June 21st at Ridgefield High School, 2630 S. Hillhurst Road, from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Available for sale will be classroom desks and chairs, classroom supplies, books, IT surplus and Chromebooks.

For more information, please contact Kristina Gaylord at 360-619-1390.

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