August 2015  
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~ Welcome to Ridgewood Middle School~

Located under the STUDENTS TAB is the 2014-2015 student handbook which has all of our information in regard to RMS for both parents and students. The 2015-2016 student handbook will be available the week of 7/27/15. 

Message from Principal Cavato…

Hello Ridgewood Students & Families! Summer is more than half way over with for all of us; we will be starting school before we know it! I would like to WELCOME our new incoming 7th grade students and give a WELCOME BACK shout out to our returning 8th grade students! We are going to have a FANTASTIC school year! 

Last week I sent home an email containing our orientation letter, school supply list, & 7th grade Bulldog Back To School Welcome letter. If you did not receive those you may access them HERE. We have taken a few calls/emails about the Supply List because it has been condensed from prior years. Our classrooms will be equipped with necessary supplies such as highlighters, colored pencils, glue sticks, etc. so you will not have to provide those items. Only the items on the list will be what you will need to purchase. Please email or call me if you have questions. 

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! 

We have had several staff changes due to retirements/building movement across the district. First of all I would like to welcome Mr. Courtney Meagher to our Administrative Team as our new Assistant Principal. Mr. Meagher is coming to us from Meramec Heights Elementary – we are SO EXCITED to welcome him to our staff! I would also like to welcome the following Special Education staff members Mr. Conley, Mrs. Sevier, Mrs. Daubert, & Mrs. Flamion, Mr. Schnurbusch is a new 7th grade Geography teacher.

In closing, I hope all of you continue to enjoy the remainder of your summer!


Mrs. Jaime Cavato


Ridgewood Middle School

National School of Character

Ridgewood Bulldog

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!



Mrs. Jaime Cavato, Ed.S
National School of Character

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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