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Last year, RISE students were able to collect socks in person, but this year, they will host a drive-through drop-off event instead.
Last year, RISE students were able to collect socks in person, but this year, they will host a drive-through drop-off event instead.
Help Others with the SOCKtober Sock Drive! (Photo) - 10/22/20

Thursday, October 22, 2020 – Ridgefield, WA – It’s time for the third annual SOCKtober sock drive!  Students in the RISE (Reaching Independence through Structured Education) class at Union Ridge Elementary School are holding a sock drive for the Ridgefield Family Resource Center, and you can help.

SOCKtober is a national movement to let kids help others in a tangible way.  Homeless shelters and aid agencies across the country are seeing huge increases in need due to COVID, and as winter approaches, socks are one of the most requested and least donated items.  The Ridgefield SOCKtober drive allows RISE students, who are on the autism spectrum or face other challenges, to volunteer in a meaningful way to help their community. 

In previous years, RISE students went class to class through the school, pulling a big wagon to collect donations.  This year, they will make it safe and easy for community members to donate by holding a two-day drive-through drop-off on Friday, October 23, and Tuesday, October 27th, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Union Ridge Elementary.  Rally the Raptor, the mascot of the Ridgefield Raptors West Coast League baseball team, will kickstart the event from 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Friday. 

Teacher Stephanie Brown’s students work together to run every element of the donation drive.  They make and color posters to promote the event, and they sort socks to graph and track how many are collected.  They have also been learning about empathy and poverty as part of their Social and Emotional Learning by reading books like Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts and Still a Family by Brenda Reeves Sturgis.  Using the SOCKtober drive across multiple subjects helps reinforce their learning in a hands-on and interesting way. 

Each year the students collect hundreds of pairs of socks for area agencies, and their collections are supplemented with a grant from Bombas.  Bombas is a sock company that donates one pair of socks for every pair purchased; they distribute those socks around the country through a grant program.  Last year, Brown received 1,000 pairs of socks from Bombas.  The RISE class has been approved for another grant this year, and those socks will arrive in November.   

Brown is proud of her students, who are among the most impacted students in the Ridgefield School District, and how hard they work to make SOCKtober a success. 

Her students are happy to have a fun and easy way to help others, and she is glad to show them that anybody and everybody can make a positive difference in their community.  You can help the RISE class by bringing new socks of any size or style to donate to the SOCKtober sock drive. 

The SOCKtober drive-through sock drop-off will be this Friday, October 23, and Tuesday, October 27th from 12 to 5 in the car lane by the parking lot at Union Ridge Elementary, 330 N. 5th Avenue, Ridgefield.

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The checkout bins at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and View Ridge Middle School allow for extended hours pickup.
The checkout bins at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and View Ridge Middle School allow for extended hours pickup.
Ridgefield School Libraries Provide Curbside Checkout (Photo) - 10/14/20

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 – Ridgefield, WA – When Ridgefield schools transitioned to remote learning, librarians Emily Crawford, Jill Guccini, and Jubilee Roth wanted to continue to put actual books in students’ hands—even while the school buildings were closed.  Curbside Checkout became a perfect solution.

Curbside Checkout is modelled on Fort Vancouver Regional Library System’s successful curbside service.  Students start at a central website for Ridgefield school libraries:  ridgefield.follettdestiny.com .  They can search for the books they need on the Catalog tab, or click on Destiny Discover to find new books and popular titles.  By clicking the link to the school’s order form, students can place a hold on the books they want. 

An email goes out when the books are ready for pickup.  The elementary schools have scheduled curbside pickup times; the intermediate, middle, and high schools have book bins outside the schools for extended hours.  Books are returned the same way, through the curbside pickup or book bins. 

To ensure the safety of students, families, and library staff, social distancing and masks are required for curbside pickup.  As an additional safety measure, all returned materials are isolated for four or more days before they are put back into circulation. 

Curbside Checkout also has a new way for elementary school students to find books they might be interested in.  A grab-bag style program called Library Sampler lets students list the type of books they like, and librarians pick books that are appropriate and fun for their grade level.  “It solves the problem for kindergarteners, for example, who haven’t even been to our libraries,” Union Ridge librarian Roth explained.  “And for other kids who usually pick a book by flipping it open and looking through it, we can pick some surprises for them.” 

Older students have options for finding new books too.  Guccini, the librarian for Sunset Ridge Intermediate, View Ridge Middle, and Ridgefield High Schools, recommends using the online Resource Lists.  “Library Catalog Resource Lists are basically recommendations of books from us.  So, kids can go find books on sports, books with LGBT characters, whatever they’re interested in.  There are a whole bunch of different lists for kids to search through if they don’t know where to start.”  Guccini also has an Instagram account at guccini_libraries to provide information and showcase new titles.

In addition to the Curbside Checkout program, all of the librarians spend time with remote learning classes to promote reading.  Guccini partners with English classes, where she talks about library programs and reminds students that reading for fun can help decrease anxiety.  And the elementary school librarians lead Zoom classes for each grade.  Crawford, the librarian at South Ridge, enjoys interacting with the students.  “I take it as a compliment to libraries that they want to be there [in the live Zoom class].  They come because it’s fun.  Our goal is to make it fun and enjoyable, something they want to do.” 

The Ridgefield school librarians are working hard to provide services for students across the Ridgefield School District, and they are happy to be reaching even more students with Curbside Checkout.  Roth said, “The most important job in the library is to get books in the hands of kids.  The physical books are the heart of the library.  I’m glad we’re able to do curbside for that.” 

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Roz Andersen
Roz Andersen
Ridgefield School District Honors October Employee and Students of the Month (Photo) - 10/14/20

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 -- Ridgefield, Washington – On October 13, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the October Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.  

Employee of the Month

Roz Andersen is an exceptional employee and an asset to the entire Ridgefield High School organization.  She is detail-oriented and always makes sure the job is done right. She also has an infectious sense of humor.  For the past few years, Roz was RHS’ Attendance Secretary.  She has refined that position, making the changes necessary to better track student attendance.  When the opportunity to apply for the Registrar position became available, Roz jumped at the chance.  She is always eager to learn and willing to go the extra 10 miles (she is a runner, after all).  Roz has a great way with parents, the community, students and staff and is one of the reasons RHS is such a great place.  There is no doubt that Roz Andersen is deserving of the honor of Employee of the Month for October.

Students of the Month

Haley Heath was selected as October’s Student of the Month for the Early Learning Center.  Haley has shown a high level of resiliency coming back to school.  Within the first couple of days, she got acclimated to the familiar routines, picking up right where she left off last spring.  With all the changes, she has risen above expectations.  She is the first to support and empathize with her peers and check on them.  Right away, she remembers that our classrooms are safe and encouraging spaces where we treat one another with kindness.  When she notices that friends are missing their family, she runs over to our Family board to grab their family photo and brings it to them.  Haley also will gently remind her friends to wear their masks.  She recently turned four, and her leadership is already shining bright.  We’re so proud of our youngest future Spudders!  Haley is our Early Learning Center Student of the Month for October!

Kenslee Bushnell, a second grader, was selected at South Ridge Elementary.  Kenslee has taken on virtual learning with such gusto.  She is excited and ready to learn each and every morning.  She’s an active participant, constantly raising her hand to answer questions and ask strong critical thinking questions.  We love her determination to conquer distance learning.  She has even started asking for additional work to practice with during independent learning time!  This continues to prove that Kenslee is an amazing student who will challenge herself even after the school day ends.  Despite any technical challenges and the start to a school year unlike any other, Kenslee has risen to the occasion beautifully.  We are so proud to know her, and we can’t wait to see her hard work continue to pay off throughout the school year.

Sloan McTighe, a first grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  Sloan meets her class every day with a smile and a good morning to her friends.  She brings positive energy that sets a wonderful tone and example for her peers and teacher.  Sloan looks at everything with a sunny disposition and seeks out the best in people and situations.  Sloan has taken distance learning in stride.  She faces the challenges of learning at the door with the same cheerful disposition with which she greets her classmates.  Whether it is in-person or on-line, Sloan is determined to learn and chooses an attitude that will no doubt help her to be successful.  Way to go, Sloan!

Ella Burke, a sixth grader, was selected at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School.  Ella has shown great responsibility and resilience by being positive, staying engaged during online lessons, participating and working well with her peers, completing assignments on time and putting forth effort in the quality of her work.  She has also shown incredible character.  With everything that is happening right now, she has been doing her part in giving back to the community by helping families and horses displaced by the recent nearby wildfires.  She is kind, generous and humble in her desire to reach out and help others.  For these amazing qualities, Ella Burke deserves the honor of October Student of the Month at Sunset Ridge Intermediate.

Dennis Antonov, a seventh grader, was chosen at View Ridge Middle School.  Dennis communicates respectfully with teachers and takes responsibility for his learning and classroom tasks, finding ways to complete them even when faced with technical difficulties.  He works hard in student support time as well as in live class Zooms.  Dennis has turned in all of his work, showing good effort and detail.  He shows up for all of his classes on time and is a good listener.  Dennis works hard.  When he doesn’t understand something, he continues to be resilient and persistent, asking good questions to find the answer.  He is very responsible and makes sure he has everything he needs for class.  Dennis has been a respectful and hardworking student since Day 1 of distance learning.  When working with other students in small groups, he doesn’t shy away from including others.  He is thorough in his work and helpful during Zoom class.  We enjoy seeing his smiling face on Zoom.

It is always difficult paring down the number or amazing students we have at Ridgefield High School to select just one Student of the Month.  Even in this remote learning environment, students still step up to the plate demonstrating the 3R’s of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience to make the best of the situations they face.  Senior Lydia Jackson is one such student.  Lydia is described by her teachers as a “student who just grinds through her work” and a student who “literally defines the 3R’s.”  “She is an extremely hard worker and has faced many challenges.  She is not a straight-A student but always gives it 110%.  She does not let anything get her down and will keep pushing through no matter what.  She self-advocates, tries her best, and is always respectful and kind to teachers and other students.”  After high school, Lydia plans to become a flight attendant and wants to open a photography studio to pursue her passion in photography.  Ridgefield High School is proud to select Lydia Jackson as October Student of the Month.

Special thanks to the local office of James Schmeling at Allstate Insurance Company, the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation and Ridgefield Boosters for sponsoring the district’s recognition program this school year.

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Paula McCoy
Paula McCoy
Paula McCoy Awarded Professional Certification from WASBO (Photo) - 10/06/20

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 – Ridgefield, WA – Paula McCoy, Executive Director of Business Services for the Ridgefield School District has received the prestigious designation of a Certified School Business Official (CSBO) from the Washington Association of School Business Officials (WASBO).  The certificate was awarded on September 24, 2020.

Recipients of professional certification with WASBO adhere to high standards of education, experience, competency and ethics in the performance of their position as a school business professionals in management and administration.

“I am very appreciative of the collaboration with my fellow school business colleagues around the state who have mentored me over the last several years,” said McCoy.  “Most of all, I am grateful to be a part of the Ridgefield School District team.  The success of my work is due in large part to their support.  I can’t imagine working alongside a more enthusiastic and dedicated staff.”

The Ridgefield School District is proud to congratulate Paula McCoy for achieving this esteemed designation.

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