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Ridgefield School District Revises 2018-19 School Calendar - 09/14/18

Friday, September 14, 2018 – Ridgefield, Washington – Due to school closures on August 29, 30 and 31 delaying the first day of school, Ridgefield School District is making the following adjustments to its 2018-19 school calendar:

Thursday, December 20, 2018:  Schools will be in session all day

Friday, February 15, 2019:  Schools will be in session all day

Friday, June 14, 2019:  Last day of school

Students and staff members should report to school on the above days.  In the event of school closures due to inclement weather, the calendar may be adjusted again.

The revised calendar has been posted on the district website at www.ridgefieldsd.org.

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View Ridge Middle School students participate in ribbon-cutting honors for Ridgefield School District's newest campus for Grades 5-8.  From left to right:  Uruwa Abe, Reagan Mendenall (behind), Cameron Jones, Andrew Wilken, Claire Jones, Tyler Whitmore, E
View Ridge Middle School students participate in ribbon-cutting honors for Ridgefield School District's newest campus for Grades 5-8. From left to right: Uruwa Abe, Reagan Mendenall (behind), Cameron Jones, Andrew Wilken, Claire Jones, Tyler Whitmore, E
New School Campus for Grades 5-8 Officially Opens in Ridgefield (Photo) - 09/12/18

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - Ridgefield, Washington – The first schools to be built in Ridgefield in more than 40 years—a new fifth and sixth grade intermediate school (Sunset Ridge Intermediate School) and a replacement of View Ridge Middle School for seventh and eighth graders—was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, September 8.

The new campus, made possible by the successful passage of the district’s school bond in February 2017, has come a long way since its initial groundbreaking in May 2017.  Since then, the community has watched the site evolve into an impressive two-story, 145,000 square foot facility with 44 modern full-size classrooms, two gymnasiums, a multi-purpose/wrestling facility, spacious library-media center, a life skills suite, band and choir rooms and a state-of-the-art black box theater.

As students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members looked on, school board members Emily Enquist, Becky Greenwald, and Scott Gullickson cut the ribbon, marking the official opening of the new school.  Leadership students from View Ridge Middle School also took part in ribbon-cutting honors.  

Superintendent Nathan McCann gave special recognition to the project teams at LSW Architects, Emerick Construction Company and R&C Management Group, LLC whose dedication and support to the district during the construction process was instrumental in the successful completion of the new campus.

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Left to right:  Jeff Vigue, President, Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation; Christen Palmer, Ridgefield High School Principal; Gregg Ford, Certificated Exemplary Service Award recipient, and Ridgefield Schools Superintendent, Nathan McCann
Left to right: Jeff Vigue, President, Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation; Christen Palmer, Ridgefield High School Principal; Gregg Ford, Certificated Exemplary Service Award recipient, and Ridgefield Schools Superintendent, Nathan McCann
Employees of the Year Honored at Ridgefield School District's Convocation Event (Photo) - 08/26/18

Friday, August 24, 2018 – Ridgefield, WA – The Ridgefield School District recognized three employees with exemplary service awards and presented award honors to its Volunteer of the Year at its Convocation event on Thursday, August 23rd.  The annual district event welcomed teachers, administrators and staff returning from summer break and kicked off the start to the new school year.

Debbie McGravey was recognized as Volunteer of the Year.  McGravey, a dedicated volunteer for the Ridgefield School District, is president of the Ridgefield Booster Club and producer of theatrical performances for the district’s middle school and two elementary schools, also as a volunteer.  In prior years, she also served as president of the South Ridge Elementary School PTA. 

“Debbie’s contributions to the Ridgefield School District are nearly incalculable,” said Superintendent Nathan McCann.  “The time demands and management responsibilities for these duties are analogous to full-time work.  Mrs. McGravey is widely-respected and admired for her excellent organizational skills, honest and frank communications, and dogged work ethic.  She is a trusted, go-to person who always delivers.”

In a video highlighting her accomplishments and presented to district staff at Convocation, McGravey said that she was honored and humbled to be recognized for her award.

Gregg Ford, Ridgefield High School social studies teacher and boys track team coach was honored with the Certificated Exemplary Service Award.  With a teaching career spanning 40 years, Ford is well-respected by RHS students, staff and the community for his passion for teaching and dedication to his students.  The RHS Boys Track Team clinched the state title under his leadership this past year.

The Classified Exemplary Service Award was presented to Denise Krause, head secretary at View Ridge Middle School for her tireless support to staff, parents, families and students.  Krause was recognized for service representing the highest standards of integrity and character for her school and for the district.  She has served at View Ridge Middle School for the past 24 years and has been with Ridgefield School District for 31 years.

Mary Rojas, South Ridge, custodian with American Building Maintenance, was awarded the Partner Exemplary Service Award for her work at South Ridge Elementary School.  Rojas has served at the school for over 21 years and was honored for her tireless dedication to ensuring that the facilities are ready each school day.  Rojas enjoys coming to work, saying that the best part of her job as custodian is working with the staff and especially the students.

“Ridgefield School District is fortunate to have such dedicated employees,” said Superintendent McCann.  “The district is proud to recognize the outstanding work of each of our honorees with these well-deserved awards.”

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