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Stephanie Goad was named Assistant Principal for Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and View Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield effective July 1.
Stephanie Goad was named Assistant Principal for Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and View Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield effective July 1.
Stephanie Goad Named Assistant Principal in Ridgefield School District (Photo) - 06/17/18

Friday, June 15, 2018 – Ridgefield, WA - The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Stephanie Goad as Assistant Principal of Sunset Ridge Intermediate School (Grades 5-6) and View Ridge Middle School (Grades 7-8) during their regular board meeting on Tuesday evening, June 12, 2018.  Goad currently serves as a K-4 reading intervention specialist in the Hockinson School District. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound and a Master’s degree in Teaching from Monmouth University.  She earned her Administrative Credential from Washington State University in Vancouver.

“I am honored and excited to be joining the Ridgefield School District,” said Goad.  “I look forward to building relationships with staff, students, and families of Sunset Ridge and View Ridge.”

Goad’s passion for learning and supporting instruction to meet the needs of all learners has shaped her 15-year career in education.  She started as a preschool teacher in Seattle then moved to New Jersey in 2004 where she worked with children with autism spectrum disorders as a teacher assistant and developmental therapist in the private sector.

After obtaining her teaching certification, she taught middle school students with disabilities, and in the years following, taught fourth and fifth graders in classes that also included highly capable students.  She has been with the Hockinson School District for the past six years.

“Stephanie demonstrates a commitment to students at all learning levels,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, the district’s superintendent.  “We are excited that she will be joining our administrative team.”

Goad resides in Ridgefield with her husband and three children.  She enjoys hiking, anything crafty and spending time in Cannon Beach with her family.

She officially begins work at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and View Ridge Middle School on July 1.    

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Union Ridge Elementary School second graders Lizzy Bloom (at left) and Clara Bruguier play cards with Ken Carson at Ridgefield's Community Center.
Union Ridge Elementary School second graders Lizzy Bloom (at left) and Clara Bruguier play cards with Ken Carson at Ridgefield's Community Center.
Union Ridge Elementary Second Graders Serve Up Smiles in Ridgefield (Photo) - 06/14/18

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - Ridgefield, Washington – On a Tuesday afternoon in May, Sara Eastham gathers her second grade class at Union Ridge Elementary School for a short walk down the street to the Ridgefield Community Center for a visit with a special group of friends.

It’s lunchtime, and the senior citizens waiting there for them are thrilled to see the kids when they arrive.  Amid the chatter and smiles, everyone settles in for a get-together that developed from a community outreach project that Eastham’s second graders planned last December.

“One of my students came up with the idea of making ornaments with senior citizens during their weekly meal at the community center,” said Eastham.  “The visit was so positive that we now plan monthly visits.”

“The seniors love having the second graders there.  They even have little gifts for their special buddies when we show up,” said Eastham.  “We work on geometry, counting money, vocabulary and conversation skills.” 

“It’s fun!” said senior Betty Schmitz.  I have had Ava (Fairbanks) the whole time, and she is special.  I get a kick out of these kids.”

 “I feel wonderful when they visit,” said senior Ken Carson.  “This girl, Lizzy (Bloom) is the best.  She even made me a card.”

 “I think it’s good to see the kids,” said senior Louise Barbo, “but I think it’s good for the kids too.”

Andrus Webb, second grader said, “I thought it would be nice to visit the senior citizens, because they might not get to see kids, and they are so nice like grandmas and grandpas.”

Lynn Mitchell, Program Supervisor for the Nutrition Program and Meals on Wheels for North Clark County, organizes the Senior Citizen Tuesday Lunch in Ridgefield.  “It is so great to see the inter-generational interaction,” she said.  “It has been wonderful for everyone involved.”

Eastham and her current second graders have kept their lunch date every month since meeting their new friends.  “One time, we had to do an all call for umbrellas because it was raining so hard.  We got 15 of them, and off we went!” 

She plans on continuing the lunch visits next year, adding that the seniors were very excited to learn that they would meet a new group of second graders in the fall.

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Rylee Melvin
Rylee Melvin
Ridgefield High School Announces Mary Christian Jones Scholarship Recipients (Photo) - 06/08/18

Friday, June 8, 2018 – Ridgefield, WA – Three Ridgefield High School seniors have been selected to receive Mary Christian Jones Scholarships.  The school announced the award recipients yesterday.

Adrienne Nicholson has been awarded $1,500.  She will attend Concorde Career College.  Kelsi Morris and Rylee Melvin will each receive $750.  Morris plans to attend Boise State University, and Melvin will attend Western Washington University.

The Mary Christian Jones Trust Fund has awarded scholarships to deserving high school seniors for nearly three decades.  Established in 1990 in honor of Mary (McRight) Christian Jones, the scholarship furthers Jones’ intense lifelong interest in the education of youth.   

Mary Christian Jones was born in 1904 in a rural farm community in Mississippi.  She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Blue Mountain College in Mississippi.  While teaching, she continued her education at Bowling Green College of Commerce in Kentucky and earned both a B.A. in Commercial Education and a B.S. in Commerce.  After moving to Washington state, she earned a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon in 1952.

Mary Christian Jones was a teacher in the Ridgefield School System starting in 1945.  She taught bookkeeping, typing and shorthand at Ridgefield High School.  In 1956, Jones went on to teach English and reading in the North Kitsap School District in Poulsbo until her retirement in 1969.

The Mary Christian Jones Scholarship is awarded to students pursuing education at a two-or four-year college or vocational school.  Applicants must have at least a 3.3 GPA, have attended Ridgefield High School for four semesters at graduation and be able to demonstrate financial need.

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Attached Media Files: Rylee Melvin , Kelsi Morris , Adrienne Nicholson
Tyla Engstrom, eighth grader at View Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield, advances to national competition in the National History Day Contest.
Tyla Engstrom, eighth grader at View Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield, advances to national competition in the National History Day Contest.
Ridgefield Student Advances to National Level Competition in National History Day Contest (Photo) - 05/29/18

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – Ridgefield, Washington – Tyla Engstrom, an eighth grader at View Ridge Middle School, has earned a spot to compete nationally in the National History Day Contest in Maryland in June.

National History Day (NHD) is a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for teachers and students to engage in historical research.  Through the NHD Contest, students examine history by selecting topics of interest based on an annual theme.  This year’s theme is Conflict and Compromise in History.

Engstrom’s project, entitled Sophie Scholl and the White Rose Movement, is a monologue she wrote based on research she did on Scholl, a German anti-Nazi political activist.  Engstrom herself performed the monologue at the school competition, then at the state competition where she qualified to advance to nationals.

“It has been a roller coaster through the making of my project from writing my script, to expanding my bibliography.  Honestly, I can’t even describe how happy I am to be going to nationals for NHD,” said Engstrom.  “Overall, this has been such a life-changing experience.”

It’s not surprising that Engstrom, who has aspired to be an actress from a young age, chose to perform her monologue.  “I feel like because of National History Day, I might be able make my dream a reality.  NHD has helped me practice and get better,” said Engstrom.  “The thing that has made this fun has been the competitiveness and just doing what I love, which is acting.”

“Tyla’s project was exceedingly creative and engaging,” said Justin Nelson, View Ridge Middle School history teacher.  “Tyla is a natural performer and used her skills to strengthen her project.  But what I was most impressed with was how she seamlessly weaved her historical research into her performance script.  Everyone watching her performance was learning lots of great information while being entertained.”

“I was not surprised after watching her performance here at the school in January, that Tyla has gone this far,” said Tony Smith, View Ridge Middle School principal.  “She is a talented performer and chose a compelling, inspirational and courageous person to be the focus of her monologue.  We are proud to have her representing us on the national stage.”

According to Smith, all eighth graders at View Ridge Middle School complete a project for National History Day.  The National History Day website estimates that more than half-a-million students participate in the contest annually. 

The national competition will take place at the University of Maryland, June 10-14.  Engstrom will be competing among 3,000 students from across the United States, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and from international schools in China, Korea and South Asia.

“I’m super happy to be going to nationals, and I will try my very best,” said Engstrom.  “But no matter what the outcome is from this competition, taking first in state and making it to nationals is better than I can ever ask for.  Even if I don’t place in this final round of competition, I hope that I can still inspire others.”

For more information about the National History Day Contest, visit www.nhd.org.

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Callie Stenersen
Callie Stenersen
Ridgefield High School Earns 5th Avenue Award Nominations for "Footloose" (Photo) - 05/25/18

Friday, May 25, 2018 - Ridgefield, Washington – Ridgefield High School received nominations in four categories in this year’s 5th Avenue Awards for its musical production of Footloose.  The nominations were released on May 22 by The 5th Avenue Theatre.

Now in its sixteenth year, the 5th Avenue Awards honors outstanding achievement in high school musical theatre production throughout Washington state.  Out of this year’s field of 119 high school productions, RHS’ Footloose received two Honorable Mentions and two nominations for Outstanding Performance awards.

Lily Ray, a junior, played Ariel Moore and received Honorable Mention for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

Calvin Lieurance, a senior, played Ren McCormack and received Honorable Mention for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

Max Kunetz, a senior, played Chuck Cranston and is nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Ensemble Role.

Ridgefield High School’s Chorus is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Chorus.  Kudos goes to the hard work of the group and the leadership of RHS’ amazing student assistant choreographer, Callie Stenersen, a junior.

“I am incredibly proud of these students and their hard work!” said Kaitlyn Etter, Theater Arts Director at View Ridge Middle School and Ridgefield High School.  “Go Spudder Theatre!”

The 16th Annual 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards will be presented on Monday, June 11 at 7:00 pm at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.

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Dan Meyers demonstrates 3D engineering and design to kindergartners in Erika Muir's class at South Ridge Elementary School.
Dan Meyers demonstrates 3D engineering and design to kindergartners in Erika Muir's class at South Ridge Elementary School.
Ridgefield Kindergartners Learn About 3D Technology (Photo) - 05/23/18

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - Ridgefield, Washington – At South Ridge Elementary School, kindergartners in Erika Muir’s class are learning about shapes--two- and three-dimensional shapes, to be exact—which can be used in design and engineering.

“We have been incorporating STEM into our math and science workshops,” said Muir.  Her students have been studying 3D shapes and their attributes and have been collaborating to include them into designs for a castle.

That’s why the class was excited when Dan Meyers, an independent contract software engineer with technology company, Asurion, paid them a visit.  Meyers will be printing the students’ castle designs in 3D.  Meyers’ daughter, Ava, is in Muir’s class.   

Meyers talked to the kindergartners about using art, math, science and engineering to develop ideas into actual 3D printed objects.  He also shared his career path with the kids.  “This was a wonderful opportunity for the kids to see how what they’ve been learning can be turned into an occupation,” said Muir.

The students reflected on Meyer’s classroom visit.  “Mr. Dan knows a lot about numbers, science and shapes to make his own art for people to use,” said Cora Silbernagel.  Said Kai Robinson, “It was fun to see our shapes working like a team to make a castle.”

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