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Letter to the Community from the Ridgefield School Board - 07/02/20

Thursday, July 2, 2020 – Ridgefield, WA Attached is a letter from the Ridgefield School Board addressed to the community today regarding the district’s bond program which will be on the ballot in the upcoming Special Election in August.

Ridgefield School District Seeks Candidate for Seat on School Board - 06/24/20

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – Ridgefield, WA – Scott Gullickson, School Board Director representing District 5 in the Ridgefield School District, has announced his resignation from the board.  Gullickson has served on the school board for 12 years.

Ridgefield School District now begins a search for highly qualified candidates to fill the vacant School Board Director position representing District 5.

Applications are available online at the district’s website by clicking here: Application for Appointment – District 5.  Applications are also available at the Superintendent’s Office, Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center, 510 Pioneer Street in Ridgefield, Washington.  Applications must be received in the Superintendent’s Office by 4:00 p.m. on July 13, 2020.

The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors consists of five members.  Each Director represents one of five geographic districts in which he or she resides.

District 5 boundaries are as follows:

  • Starting at the intersection of I-5 and Carty Rd.
  • Westerly on Carty Rd to Hillhurst Rd.
  • Southeast on Hillhurst Rd to 31st Ave.
  • South on 31st Ave to 209th St.
  • West on 209th St to 43rd Ave.
  • North on 43rd Ave and extension to Flume Crk.
  • Northeast on Flume Crk to Lake Rvr.
  • North on Lake Rvr to Bachelor Island Slough.
  • Northwest through Bachelor Island Slough to school district boundary. Counterclockwise following school district boundary to southern crossing of I-5.
  • North on I-5 to the point of the beginning.

The district reserves the right to extend the application deadline if necessary to obtain a sufficient number of applications.

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Ridgefield School District.  Directors must be a U.S. citizen and resident of the state of Washington; be a resident and qualified voter in the school district; and reside in the director district which he or she represents.


South Ridge Elementary School librarian, Emily Crawford, made a video as she weeded her garden.
South Ridge Elementary School librarian, Emily Crawford, made a video as she weeded her garden.
South Ridge Elementary School Librarian Engages Students in Learning with Online Voting (Photo) - 06/24/20

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – Ridgefield, WA – The shift to distance learning made teaching a little more challenging, particularly for classes involving physical resources—like the books in the library.  So South Ridge Elementary School librarian Emily Crawford got creative with a project that challenged her students to read, research, and vote entirely online.

The project revolved around one question:  Should Crawford weed her garden or not?  But it wasn’t just an opinion poll.  Before students could vote, they had to do research.  Are all weeds bad?  Are weeds ever beneficial to a garden?  Do weeds really take resources from other plants? 

The students read about weeds online, watched presentations about weeds, and even went outside to find weeds.  They sent in pictures of different weeds and discussed their ideas with Crawford before they finally voted in the online poll.

Crawford broadened the vote by allowing school staff and family members to vote as well.  She even contacted Robert Munsch, author of children’s books like Love You Forever and The Paper Bag Princess, to get his opinion.  He said, “I like wild flowers, but I do not like weeds.”  So that went down as another vote that Crawford should weed her garden. 

After the voting was complete, there was no doubt:  70.8% of the voters said it was time to weed the garden.  While not all weeds are invasive, and some can actually be beneficial, too many weeds in a garden can crowd and steal resources from other plants.  Crawford made a video so her students could watch her weeding the garden.  Now her garden is ready for summer.  And maybe her students will be inspired to pull a few weeds as well. 


Families lining the parade route wave to Union Ridge Elementary teachers as they drive by during the school's end of year car parade.
Families lining the parade route wave to Union Ridge Elementary teachers as they drive by during the school's end of year car parade.
Ridgefield Elementary School Teachers Celebrate End of School Year With Car Parades (Photo) - 06/22/20

Monday, June 22, 2020 – Ridgefield, WA – The last day of school is usually a fun day, with class parties, snacks, and games, but with this year’s shift to online school, making the last day special was a challenge.  So the teachers at Union Ridge and South Ridge Elementary Schools decided to end the year with a car parade through their students’ neighborhoods. 

The teachers at Union Ridge were excited when they started lining up their cars.  “We should be loud!” one of them said.  “I want the kids to hear us coming!”  They were ready to make some noise with songs playing from car stereos, horns honking, and plastic noisemakers clapping.  

The teachers’ cars were brightly decorated with signs, balloons, flags, and decorations.  One car even had a giant inflatable rubber duck on the roof.  Some teachers had the names of all of the students in their class written on their windows.  And there were many good wishes:  “Last Day of School!”  “Tater Tots Rock!”  “Have a Great Summer!” and even “Parent Report Card:  A+!” 

The students were happy to see their teachers again from a safe distance.  In neighborhood after neighborhood, kids stood on the sidewalk with their families, waving happily as their teachers drove past.  It was a different way to mark the last day of school, but it was still a celebration. 

Many thanks to Union Ridge and South Ridge Elementary School teachers and staff for finding a way to make the end of school special.