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Ridgefield School Board Approves Changes to School Boundaries and Start Times - 04/13/18

Friday, April 13, 2018 – Ridgefield, Washington – On April 10, at the regular Board of Directors meeting, the Ridgefield School District school board approved the proposal to change the district’s elementary school boundaries and school start times to take effect in the 2018-2019 school year.

The proposal for these changes was submitted to the school board on February 27 by the Boundary & Start Time Committee, which was formed by the district in Fall 2017.  The committee was tasked to determine adjustments to boundaries and school start times necessary to serve the district’s continued rapid growth and opening of new schools. 

The committee ran a deliberative and inclusive process.  In early March, the district shared the committee’s proposal with school staff, parents and the community.  View it on the district’s website at http://www.ridgefieldsd.org/article/41661?org=district.

New School Start Times

Effective school year 2018-19, school start times will be as follows:

9:05 – 3:35 South Ridge Elementary and Union Ridge Elementary (both K-4)

8:05 – 2:35 Sunset Ridge Intermediate (5-6) and View Ridge Middle School (7-8)

8:00 – 2:45 Ridgefield High School (9-12)

Boundary Shifts

The district’s current boundaries are impacted as follows:

Students residing in the carve-out in the Pioneer Canyon subdivision area previously in the South Ridge boundary area will return to the Union Ridge boundary area to adhere to neighborhood school attendance and to increase transportation efficiency.

The boundary between South Ridge and Union Ridge will shift northward to move newer developments from the Union Ridge boundary area into the South Ridge boundary area to balance out school attendance zones.  Without this adjustment, expanding enrollment from new subdivisions would add to the rapidly-expanding student enrollment at Union Ridge, already one of the state’s ten largest elementary schools.

The district realizes the challenges associated with boundary adjustments and the impact they have on students.  To prevent current third graders from moving to a new elementary school for their final year, the district will automatically approve boundary exceptions.  This will allow next year’s fourth grade students to remain in their current school if they so choose.

The district will also continue to allow all students to apply for in-district boundary exceptions.  To ensure operational efficiencies and create greater equity, the district will adhere to the expectation that student transportation is the responsibility of parents and guardians for all in-district boundary exceptions.

The district is grateful to the members of the Boundary & Start Time Committee for their time and dedicated efforts in their work during this process.

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Niyonzima Jean De Dieu
Niyonzima Jean De Dieu
Ridgefield School District Honors April Employee and Students of the Month (Photo) - 04/11/18

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Ridgefield, Washington – On April 10, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the April Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.  

The Employee of the Month is Denise Krause.  Denise manages View Ridge Middle School, simply put.  She makes sure that all who enter our doors feel safe, supported and is successful.  She is a Spudder, born and raised, and serves View Ridge and our community with great pride. 

With the myriad of tasks asked of her, Denise is a source of tireless support to staff carrying out their day-to-day duties.  She ensures that they are set up for success, knows when to offer an extra hand or an ear to listen, and when necessary, deliver a kick in the tail.  Parents know they can rely on Denise for important information; she will go the extra mile to accommodate their needs.  Denise is flexible in unique circumstances and can come up with creative ways to meet families where they are.  She shines brightest in her work with kids.  While she is direct and to the point, students know she has their best interests at heart.  She has a particular soft spot for students who are experiencing hard times or are struggling to behave consistently. 

Denise builds positive, empathetic relationships with our frequent visitors and is one of their leading advocates when it comes to improving their outcomes.  Finally, Denise represents the district and its families with the highest standards of integrity and character.  She follows through on commitments, honors confidentiality, and takes ownership of her work.

The View Ridge Middle School staff is proud to work with such a great and dedicated Spudder and proudly congratulates Denise Krause for April Employee of the Month honors.

Students of the Month

Dylan Benavidez, a fourth grader, is April’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  Teachers and staff are very proud of Dylan.  They write, “Dylan Benavidez is a wonderful young man.  We are incredibly proud and honored to be working with him this year.  From the first day, he has been a model student in the classroom.  He has the most amazing work ethic.  There hasn’t been a time where he gives up, no matter what is thrown at him.  It is also wonderful to see him work with his peers.  The patience this young man possesses is admirable, and he demonstrates caring and compassion for his classmates.  He never balks at his share of work and will tirelessly help his partners if they are having trouble.  When the going gets tough, he never quits and works until he gets through it.  Dylan is solid, steady, and a true representation of a South Ridge Roadrunner!” 

Deven Hausinger-Barbo, a fourth grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  The teachers and staff at Union Ridge are very proud of Deven.  They write, “Deven is a hard-working student who is patient and caring.  The ROCKS expectations come naturally to him.  He is always respectful and shows ownership.  He works hard to improve his community by being kind, and he is always safe.  Union Ridge is lucky to have Deven’s friendly face smiling throughout our building.  Deven is a great friend to his peers and a wonderful role model in class.  We are proud of Deven’s hard work and delighted to nominate him as Student of the Month.”

Maleah Heng, an eighth grader, is View Ridge Middle School’s Student of the Month.  The View Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Maleah.  They write, “Maleah is an amazing student and role model.  She is always full of enthusiasm when it comes to learning.  Her positive “can do” attitude makes her a valuable contributor to every classroom she is part of.  She passionately shares comments and insightful thoughts in classroom discussions.  Her excitement for learning shines through in her eagerness to help her peers reach understanding.  She is always open to challenges and never hesitates to ask questions and risk mistakes.  Maleah works meticulously on very task presented, setting an example for all her classmates.  She is often first to step forward with a new idea and frequently explores new ways to tackle concepts she has already mastered.  View Ridge is lucky to have Maleah, and we look forward to her future accomplishments!  Congratulations, Maleah, at being Student of the Month.”

Niyonzima Jean De Dieu, a sophomore, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  The Ridgefield High School teachers and staff are very proud of Niyonzima.  They write, “With great privilege, Ridgefield High School announces Niyonzima Jean De Dieu as our April Student of the Month.  Niyo was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  When he was 12 years old, his village was attacked and Niyo, along with others, was captured by his attackers and held for two weeks.  He was freed by his government and sent to Kenya along with other refugees to live with a family.  During his two years in Kenya, Niyo filled out paperwork requesting placement for refugees, not knowing where in the world he might be placed, or if he would be placed.  During the two-week period in 2017 when the U.S. ban on refugees was lifted, Niyo was placed in Ridgefield and enrolled in RHS on March 2, 2017.  To say that Niyo demonstrates resiliency is an understatement.  But more than that, Niyo is a student who is a positive influence on our entire campus.  He gives his best at all times, has learned the English language in the one year and one month he’s been here (and is studying French at RHS just to make things more challenging!).  He is an incredibly hard-working student and is always willing to help others.  He is dedicated to his education and runs on the school’s cross country and track teams as well as sings in the advanced choir.”  One staff member said it best:  “We are lucky to have him at Ridgefield High School.”

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.

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"Highlights of Life" by Arina Blagikh, a junior at Ridgefield High School, won an Honorable Mention Award at the 2018 Southwest Washington Regional High School Art Show hosted by Educational Service District 112.
Ridgefield High School Students Win Top Awards in 2018 Regional High School Art Show (Photo) - 03/27/18

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- Three Ridgefield High School students earned prestigious art awards for their entries in the 2018 Southwest Washington Regional High School Art Show hosted by Educational Service District 112. On Tuesday evening, March 20, they were recognized along with other student artists at a "Young Artists' Reception" awards ceremony and gallery walk at ESD 112.

The annual contest, now in its 45th year, provides area art students with an opportunity to showcase their artwork and recognizes them for their artistic talent. It is open to all high school students in Grades 9-12 in Southwest Washington. Artwork entries are now on display at ESD 112 through April 2.

This year, two RHS student artists received Regional Art awards for earning high average scores in the art show. Their entries will advance to the Annual State Superintendent of Public Instruction's Art Show in Olympia on May 18 to compete against entries from around Washington state.

Congratulations to the following RHS student artists for their winning entries in this year's Regional High School Art Show!

Taelor Adderly, Grade 12, Regional Award for "When the Sun Sets"
Liam McAllister, Grade 11, Regional Award for "The Dead Are Not Expressionless"
Arina Blagikh, Grade 11, Honorable Mention Award for "Highlights of Life"

Taelor Adderly was also awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Central Washington University and a $3,000 scholarship from the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

"I am proud of these students for not only their artistic talents, but also their hard work and diligence with their pieces," said Christen Palmer, Ridgefield High School Principal. "Furthermore, I know behind each of these accomplishments was a tremendous amount of help and support from Ms. Tamara Hoodenpyl, our Visual Arts teacher. Congratulations to Ms. Hoodenpyl and her students!"

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