April 2014  
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   No School - Spring Break
   Apr 17 2014
   Apr 23 2014 at 08:00 AM
   8th Grade Math Smarter Balance Testing
   Apr 28 2014 at 07:00 AM
   Middle School Track Meet
   May 06 2014 at 05:00 PM
   Algebra 1 EOC Testing
   May 09 2014 at 07:00 AM
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~ Welcome to Ridgewood Middle School~

Welcome Spring! Finally we have some warmer weather! We have now started our busy time of the school year, there are many things to complete between now and May 23rd. Testing, Concerts, 6th Grade Parent Night, Field Trips, Assemblies ... you name it there is not a quiet day on the schedule between now and the end of the year.

MAP Testing FYI - The following are dates we Review & Test: April 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 28th, & 29th are all designated assessment dates for Ridgewood. PLEASE make every effort to ensure students are in attendance at school each one of these days. Also please be ON TIME to school on these days as we start testing first thing in the mornings.

8th Grade ALG I students will take the End Of Course Exam (EOC) on May 8th and May 9th. Again this is ONLY 8th grade ALG I students.

We have been selected to Pilot the Smarter Balanced Assessment for 8th grade Math students. Those dates are May 13th and May 14th.  

Our MAP Kick off Assembly "Battle of the Brainiacs" will be held on April 11th here at Ridgewood Middle School. Our MAP Committee has worked very hard at developing activities and rewards/incentives for students during MAP testing. Our staff has came up with many games, competitions, reward incentives for hard work & attendance during MAP testing!


Congrats to our efforts from our Boys & Girls Soccer Dream Team games last Friday! Boys finished 2nd place and Girls finished 3rd place!

This week we have a band concert tonight, choir concert tomorrow, a motivational assembly tomorrow with BMX/MotorCross. A busy week!

ATTENTION INCOMING 6TH GRADE PARENTS! First of All Welcome to Ridgewood Middle School! Our 6th grade parent night will be held Tuesday, April 15th at 6:30PM in the RMS gym. Students & parents are both invited to hear an hour presentation on Ridgewood!

READING COUNTS AT RIDGEWOOD! Please ensure your child is reading every night to keep up with his/her Reading Counts goals. We have had an awful lot of students not reaching RC Goals/Points the past week, please help us in making sure your child reads each night at home or on the weekend.

Ms. Jaime L. LaVanchy, Ed.S
National School of Character



Fathers and Father-figures Ridgewood Students:

Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students) is an innovative program being used by schools across America which helps them to be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life.  Our goal is to have you spend a full day or part of a day this year and next (if a current seventh grade parent at Ridgewood or a sixth grade parent coming to Ridgewood next year) to be a positive role model and to provide an extra set of eyes and ears.

Dad’s, granddads, uncles, step-dads and adult brothers…….. this is your chance to make a difference with our school and with your child and others.  Make a difference with our school and our school district.  We look forward to your relationship with our school team.  Thank you for considering this opportunity.  We look forward to you joining us in this journey!




Jaime LaVanchy, Principal                      William Steis, Assistant Principal



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!

                                                                  Ms. Jaime L.  LaVanchy, Ed. S
                                                            Principal - Ridgewood Middle School
                The Ridgewood Way is a Triple PLAAA- Academics, Attendance, Attitude & Character!




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