Dear Ridgewood Families,


This has been one of the most difficult “Welcome Back-Happy New Year” letters I have ever written in the 17 years I have spent in the Fox C-6 School District. So difficult I have written this at least three times, since Friday evening. My heart is heavy, along with our staff hearts as well. I am speechless over the flooding and devastation our community has faced over the holiday break. The flooded areas in Arnold and especially Fenton have affected numerous families within school community. As your Principal, please know I will do whatever it takes to ensure that as a Ridgewood Family, WE will go above and beyond to help out our families in this significant time of need. Within the next week, please watch emails I will send out in regard to collection of items our RMS families need. The Fox C-6 Campus collected items this weekend, and had a huge amount of support from our community, this just goes to show how amazing our community is and how blessed we are to have such a giving “family” in time of need.


Ridgewood Middle School’s entry was flooded out for a few days, in which water receded enough on Friday to allow access to buildings. The interior of the building at RMS is completely fine, our maintenance department along with myself have visited our building, all is “a-ok” and we are ready for school tomorrow, Monday, January 4th, 2016. One thing I am 110% positive in stating to you as parents, is that our building is equipped to embrace your child/children tomorrow with love, care, & support. Again, please know we are here for you and your child/children.


If you are family who has been displaced due to the flooding, lost personal belongings, or need assistance for your child, please email me or call the main office and speak to Mrs. Graves @ 636-282-1459. We want to communicate as much as possible with one another and help out as much as we can for our students and their families. While I realize many may not have access to email, if you know of a Ridgewood family and can communicate this email to them I would greatly appreciate it.


Tomorrow students will begin class in Advisory, during Advisory all students will receive a second semester schedule, so please communicate with your child he/she will report to Advisory after dismissing from the gym tomorrow morning. We as a staff will be ready to greet your child with warm smiles and positive welcome backs, Ridgewood students have always been the strongest students I have been around in education to persevere … and we as a staff will remind them tomorrow how great it is to be back and how we are here for them and our community!


In closing, I want to thank you again for being the great parents you are for our students at RMS, together we will all get through the rough times … “together”.



Mrs. Cavato, Ed.S


Ridgewood Middle School









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, 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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FEBRUARY 29 - MARCH 3, 2016

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