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Brynan Shipley, Athletic Director for Ridgefield School District.
Brynan Shipley, Athletic Director for Ridgefield School District.
Brynan Shipley Named Athletic Director for Ridgefield School District (Photo) - 07/12/18

Thursday, July 12, 2018 – Ridgefield, WA - The Ridgefield School District has named Brynan Shipley as Athletic Director.  Shipley comes to Ridgefield from the Kalama School District, where she currently serves as Athletic Director for Kalama Middle-High School and Varsity Head Girls Basketball Coach for Kalama High School.

“I am excited for the opportunity to build upon the already strong Spudder traditions,” said Shipley.  “I plan to promote excellence in activities and academics, while helping all students develop the character and lifetime values that premier extra-curriculars and education provide.  I look forward to working with the community to embrace growth while also preserving the small-town feel that makes Ridgefield such a special place.”

Shipley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development/Psychology from Washington State University and a Masters in Teaching Certificate from Concordia University.  Her career in the Kalama School District spans nine years:  eight years as Varsity Head Girls Basketball Coach at Kalama High School, four years as a teacher at Kalama Middle School, and three years as Athletic Director.

Under Shipley’s leadership as Athletic Director, Kalama High School clinched three team state championships--in Volleyball (2016), in Football (2017) and most recently in Boys Track and Field (2018), and since 2015, Kalama student athletes have earned five individual state champion honors—three in javelin (2015, 2016, 2017), one in wrestling (2017)  and one in pole vault (2018).  Shipley was recently named 2018 District Central 2B Athletic Director of the Year.

“We are excited to welcome Brynan to the district,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield School District Superintendent.  “Her commitment to developing  academic and athletic excellence for student athletes and her vision for advancing spirit and community in athletics in Ridgefield aligns well with the district’s pursuit of premier.”  

Shipley and her family reside in Woodland.  Her daughter, Kaelyn, 19, lives in Tucson and throws the javelin for the University of Arizona’s Track and Field team.  Her son, Brody, 8, will attend third grade in Ridgefield.  She and her family love the outdoors, enjoy sports and living in the Pacific Northwest in general, going hiking, spending time on the river, and visiting the beaches.


The carnival midway at last year's Experience Ridgefield event.  This year's event is set for Saturday, September 8 at the new Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.
The carnival midway at last year's Experience Ridgefield event. This year's event is set for Saturday, September 8 at the new Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.
Experience Ridgefield Set for Saturday, September 8 (Photo) - 07/05/18

Thursday, July 5, 2018 – Ridgefield, Washington – Mark your calendars for some good old-fashioned, small-town fun as the Ridgefield School District prepares to host its third annual Experience Ridgefield event on Saturday, September 8.  The annual community carnival celebrates Ridgefield’s proud past, prosperous present and promising future.

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, a ribbon-cutting ceremony with guided tours to our new 5-8 campus, and much more.”

Experience Ridgefield was born 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. 

A few years ago, when 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 his 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.”

The district is grateful to Draper Orthodontics who is the title sponsor for the upcoming event.  This will be the school district’s third year hosting Experience Ridgefield.

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