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Welcome to Ridgewood Middle School

It has been a great first few days of school!

It has been nice to see all the familiar 8th grade faces as well as the new 7th graders! We are up and running for another great year!

This Tuesday is the Ridgewood open house from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. For more information and schedule of events click here!

Also, Check out information on our Shoparoo fundraiser. You can earn money for Ridgewood while doing your normal everyday shopping! Click here for information!

Message from Principal Cavato…

TOMORROW IS OUR FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL! 
Thursday, August 20th our your child will begin either his/her first day of Middle School or begin the first day of his/her last year in Middle School (next year is Freshman Year!). Students please get a good nights sleep tonight, we all have the excitement and anticipation of the first day of school so make sure you wind down early this evening! 

Tomorrow when your child gets off the bus or is dropped off, students will report to the gym (after breakfast if they choose to eat breakfast). We will start our annual "kick-off/celebration" of Back To School! This is always a fun time for students and parents are more than welcome to stay around for the kick-off in our gym as well! 

Students will begin the day in Advisory - so make sure your child is aware of who his/her Advisory-4th Period teacher is. We spend the entire morning participating in team building activities, getting to know Ridgewood activities, working on lockers, getting to know the cafeteria procedures, etc. It is the mission of our RMS staff to ensure your childs first day of school is a happy and non stressful day! We work together on just getting to know our school and one another - building those relationships which are so critical at this age. 

Lunch on the first day - students eat by team the first day of school. Tomorrow we resume to regular A, B, or C lunch periods. In the afternoon we run a short bell schedule so your child can get a glimpse of what Friday and every day here on out will look like. 

I will send an email out this afternoon to parents as well regarding tomorrow and the next few days of school. Have a GREAT last day off for the summer kids! See you tomorrow!  

We will no long sell a tracker or planner to students. On the first day of school your child will receive a communication folder (much like the Homework folders at the Elementary). This folder will contain hall passes, password log, reading counts goal sheets, 7 Habits/LEADER goal sheets, homework slot, & a home/school communication slot. This is of no cost to our students, we will provide those.  

Please check your emails weekly as I will be sending our correspondence each week updating our handbook and sending out additional items to ensure you are informed to the fullest for the first day of school! 

Contact the main office if you are having issues regarding the Parent Portal/if you are not receiving emails/have schedule questions etc. We are here to serve you to ensure you and your child have a great start to the new year!

Mrs. Jaime Cavato

Principal
Ridgewood Middle School
National School of Character


Teacher Web Pages – Our staff have been working diligently to get our teacher web pages up and running for parents and students! We had a transition from the old system when we moved to Tyler last year, so now we have ventured into our web pages for all of you to access from home! To access this information please visit our Ridgewood Web Page http://ridgewoodms.fox.k12.mo.us/, click on Staff, then the team your child is on, click on the teacher, this will take you to his/her web page or link to the web page where you can find weekly homework assignments and other important information from that class!

Homework/Tutoring/Parent Meetings – Ridgewood prides ourselves on Academic & Character Excellence, again at any time you have concerns please contact your child’s teacher via email or contact the office to speak with myself or Mrs. Stokes (counselor). We have held several parent-team meetings the past few weeks, we are here to help and work together as a TEAM (teachers, counselor, principals, parents, students). Homework will be nightly/daily, our students are working with a Rigorous Curriculum and our teachers are working diligently to ensure your child is prepared for the upcoming state assessments in the spring and most of all, for High School and College!

 

Homework, “As a parent what do I do here?” – Not only checking on Tyler for your child’s academic progress, check the teacher webpages for homework. Let your child know that YOU know what is going on in his/her class for the school week. Designate a “homework time” & “homework place” at home to do work each evening after school. Somewhere without distractions is important along with taking away the cell phone for a bit so he/she can truly focus on school work. As a parent myself, I know how much time we are spending working on homework, and the “new” way of math and writing from the ways we were taught – it can be frustrating as a parent. On that note please do not hesitate to email your child’s teacher if you just cannot figure out how to help your child – “it’s OK!” This way the teacher has a heads up to meet with your child privately to go over homework that was not understood. Again we are all a TEAM when it comes to your child’s learning!

Attendance is Top Priority at Ridgewood! We have set a 97% attendance goal for our school this year, please ensure your child is at school each day! Our Ridgewood Attendance Committee is dedicated towards our weekly attendance incentives - thank you to our committee and thank you students & parents for ensuring your child is attending school daily!  We are meeting with students and parents of students who are falling below 90% attendance at this point, this is a new MSIP 5 requirement, that your child is in school 90% of the year, so essentially not missing any more than 7 days a semester. Please contact the office with any concerns or questions regarding attendance.
PAWS time (Powerful Academic Work Sessions) Tuesday's & Thursday's during Advisory students may work with a teacher for in-school tutoring, test make-ups, re-teaching, etc. If your child is struggling in a class, please check his/her tracker to ensure he/she is going to that class/teacher during PAWS for extra help. 

RTI - RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION ... Each Tuesday & Thursday we have tutoring in Math and Language Arts for students who are on the bubble in regard to movement of levels on the MAP test! Groups have been up and running the past several weeks!
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