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Architectural rendering of the Ridgefield High School expansion scheduled for completion in Fall 2019.
Architectural rendering of the Ridgefield High School expansion scheduled for completion in Fall 2019.
Ridgefield School District to Break Ground on High School Expansion Project (Photo) - 05/18/18

Friday, May 18, 2018 – Ridgefield, WA – Ridgefield School District will host a groundbreaking ceremony in the courtyard of Ridgefield High School, 2630 S. Hillhurst Road, at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 30.

The ceremony is open to the community and marks the beginning of construction that will expand Ridgefield High School.  The expansion is the second of four phases included in the district’s 2017 Bond Program which voters approved in February 2017. 

The high school’s new two-story 42,000 square foot facility will be built on the space now occupied by the high school’s administration offices and library.  It will house a new science learning wing, special education instruction, fine arts, media services, a college career center and additional general educational classrooms to accommodate the district’s rapidly growing student enrollment.

Construction will begin in mid-June, immediately after the school year ends and is scheduled to be complete by Fall 2019—ready for the opening of the 2019-20 school year.

Take a virtual tour of the Ridgefield High School’s new building and learn more about Ridgefield School District’s 2017 Bond Program by visiting the district’s website at http://www.ridgefieldsd.org/bond--2.


Paula McCoy
Paula McCoy
Paula McCoy Elected to WASBO Board of Directors (Photo) - 05/15/18

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 – Ridgefield, WA - The membership of the Washington Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) has elected Paula McCoy to serve on the WASBO Board of Directors.  The announcement was made at WASBO’s 74th Annual Conference last week in Tacoma.

McCoy, Ridgefield School District’s Executive Director of Business Services, will serve as Director, Member-At-Large for WASBO’s Southwest Region, a seat currently held by Larry Mayfield, Business Director at Washougal School District whose term expires at the end of the month.

“This is an exciting opportunity to work with my peers in Southwest Washington to provide additional resources to school districts,” said McCoy.  “I look forward to serving the districts in this region and continuing public service.”

McCoy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Western Washington University and an endorsement as a Certified Fraud Examiner.  She previously worked at the Washington State Auditor’s Office serving as an Assistant Audit Manager for three years, and Assistant State Auditor for seven years prior to joining the Ridgefield School District in June 2015.

“We are super proud of Paula,” said Superintendent Nathan McCann.  “She will represent Southwest Washington well at the state level in her new role on the WASBO Board.”

We congratulate Paula on her WASBO directorship!  She will serve on the Board effective June 1.


Attached Media Files: Paula McCoy
Music Scholarship for Ridgefield Students Created in Honor of Tanner Trosko's Legacy - 05/14/18

Friday May 11, 2018 - Ridgefield, Washington - The Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation (RPSF) announced today that it has developed a need-based music scholarship open to students enrolled in Ridgefield School District (K-12). The scholarship is funded through a $15,000 donation made by a generous organization close to the family of Tanner Trosko.

An anonymous donor approached the Foundation interested in giving back to the students of Ridgefield in honor of Tanner Trosko.  When the Foundation learned of Tanner’s love for music and involvement in the Ridgefield High School band, they began development of a grant that would benefit students interested in music. The scholarship will focus on supporting those students who lack the chance to receive music lessons due to financial barriers.

Elizabeth Flynn, grants committee member and Vice Chair for RPSF, said, “Any child who has an interest in music deserves the opportunity to nurture it to its full extent, and we are excited to be able to alleviate this financial barrier for families and students so they can reach their full musical potential.”

RPSF is grateful to be partnering with two local organizations, Opus School of Music and Ridgefield School District Community Education. These organizations will work with RPSF to provide lessons for students who are eligible for the Tanner Trosko Music scholarship.

Rob Melton of Opus School of Music said, “Opus is excited to participate in this scholarship program in honoring Tanner and his love of music.  Here at Opus, we have been growing artistic spirits since 2006 and welcome Tanner's spirit into our school by giving the gift of music in his honor.”

Students enrolled in Ridgefield schools (K-12) interested in individual or group music lessons through one of the partner organizations can apply for the scholarship through the RPSF website http://www.ridgefieldpsf.org/tanner-trosko/.  Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, and funds could cover one term of classes and instrument rental (if required) for up to a year of lessons.

Information about music lessons and classes available can be found at the Opus School of Music website http://opusschoolofmusic.com or at RSD Community Education http://spudderactivities.weebly.com/classes--registration.html.

To learn more about the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation or apply for a scholarship through the Foundation, please go to www.ridgefieldpsf.org.

The Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation is a privately funded, non-profit organization, established in 2009.  Our mission is to advance programs and activities that support whole student development for which public resources are insufficient or unavailable.


Jill Neyenhouse
Jill Neyenhouse
Jill Neyenhouse Named South Ridge Elementary School Principal (Photo) - 05/09/18

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – Ridgefield, WA - The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Jill Neyenhouse as Principal of South Ridge Elementary School during their regular board meeting on Tuesday evening, May 8, 2018.  Neyenhouse currently serves as the Assistant Director at Cascadia Technical Academy in the Evergreen School District. 

“I am thrilled to become part of the team at South Ridge.  I am really excited to meet staff and students and start learning about what makes South Ridge so great,” said Neyenhouse.

Neyenhouse has been an educator for 19 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Western Washington University and a Master’s degree in Education from Washington State University.

She began her career teaching English and Choir at Stevenson High School.  Her appreciation of music remains.  “I love musicals and singing.  You might hear me singing in my office from time to time,” Neyenhouse said. 

She is known for her commitment to maintain a safe and positive school for all students and staff.  Her extensive experience with developing and implementing professional development will be a great asset to the district.

“Jill is an enthusiastic, personable, student-centered leader.  Throughout the process, she demonstrated a strong understanding of our district and commitment to our pursuit of premier,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, the district’s superintendent.         

Neyenhouse, her husband, and two boys reside in La Center.  “We are huge Mariners fans, love camping, and our favorite place to visit is Disneyland,” added Neyenhouse.

Neyenhouse officially begins work in Ridgefield on July 1.    


Attached Media Files: Jill Neyenhouse
Michael Rapp
Michael Rapp
Ridgefield School District Honors May Employee and Students of the Month (Photo) - 05/08/18

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – Ridgefield, Washington – On May 8, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the May Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.  

The Employee of the Month is Margo Manke, teacher at South Ridge Elementary School.  Margo goes above and beyond to incorporate every aspect of our South Ridge Elementary Roadrunner's mission statement in her teaching. She takes time to connect with staff and makes parents as well as volunteers feel welcome with her cheerful disposition.  She is always thinking of others first!  This is especially apparent with just how much she adores her students, and they feel just the same towards her! 

Margo challenges her student’s minds each and every day, and her students come to school excited and ready to learn! She makes challenging learning moments an enjoyable task by incorporating music and songs in her teaching and encouraging each one of her students to continue to give it their very best effort.  As they persevere and rise to the occasion, you can see the growth that each student has made as a reader, writer, mathematician, and scientist.   

Knowing that all students have the right to learn in a safe, caring, and supportive school environment exemplified by problem-solving, critical thinking, self-discipline, responsibility, and respect, Margo makes every effort to create these kinds of opportunities for self-managing citizens and lifelong learners to emerge. We are so very proud to have her as part of our South Ridge Roadrunner's Team.

Students of the Month

Brooklyn Browning, a third grader, is May’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  The South Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Brooklyn.  They write, “Brooklyn deserves to be recognized as Student of the Month because she consistently demonstrates the 3Rs. She is respectful to all--a constant example of the "ripple effect" that a single person can have when they choose kindness. She is responsible for herself, her school work, and her learning. She is constantly seeking to learn and grow and knows what she needs to do when faced with a challenge--persevere! When she's not feeling challenged, she SEEKS challenges to ensure that she's always growing and learning. Additionally, Brooklyn strives to help others be responsible with caring, gentle reminders. Brooklyn is RESILIENT. Because she looks at every frustration or obstacle as an opportunity to learn, she is driven to overcome obstacles."

Viggo Bowen, a sixth grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  The Union Ridge Elementary teachers and staff are very proud of Viggo.  They write, “This year, Viggo joins the sixth grade class for all specialist classes as well as math.  He comes to math class and works on improving his math skills. Not only has his math skills improved, his social skills have really grown.  Viggo has made many new friends this year.  Here is what his friends say about him:   "I like how he can be silly and yet still work at the same time."  "He is very lively and brightens up the room every time he comes in the door."  "He's funny and fun to hang out with."  Viggo is also a great helper.  He works in both the lunchroom and the library. In the library, Viggo makes sure the book shelf markers are returned to the bin, puts books away, checks books in, and helps with recycling.  In the lunch room, Viggo helps direct students to drop off their dishes, and makes sure the table tops are clean. Viggo is a very hard worker and a great student and a wonderful member of Union Ridge Elementary School.

Karis Garrison, an eighth grader, was selected from View Ridge Middle School.  The View Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Karis.  They write, “Karis is an enthusiastic member of class always tries her hardest. She is persistent and committed to her learning.  She is an active participant in all class activities and encourages her classmates to do better. Karis is incredibly self-aware and mature. She holds herself and her peers to a higher standard, and always pushes herself to improve. She always has a smile on her face and is genuinely excited to learn and grow as a person. Karis is kind to everyone and has a great moral character.”

Michael Rapp, a senior, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  The Ridgefield High School teachers and staff are very proud of Michael. They write, “Senior Michael Rapp has been chosen as the Ridgefield High School Student of the Month for May.  Michael is described by his teachers as a student who is “super courteous and who always does his best.”  One staff member says of Michael, he “may be the hardest working student I’ve had the pleasure of working with this year.  He diligently completes every assignment, contributes to class discussions, has an outstanding attitude, and is inspiring in his perseverance.”  Michael is involved in the production of the school yearbook working as a photo journalist and interviewing students and coaches for stories for the yearbook, and has been a member of the school’s art club and drama club.  Michael plans on attending the GATE program after high school to gain independent living skills and employment skills and hopes to work in photo journalism after high school.   We are proud to recognize Michael as Ridgefield High School’s Student of the Month.

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.