2014-2015 Bus Routes
~ Welcome to Ridgewood Middle School~
A SUPER School of CHARACTER!
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.
Message from the Principal
REPORT CARDS – Report cards will be sent home via email Friday, January 9th. This is our first time sending home report cards via email, if you do not receive an email, please contact the office and speak with Mrs. Graves (building Secretary). You may also request a hard copy if needed.
Spring Assessments – Ridgewood Staff have been constructing rigorous formative assessments for the end of each quarter this year in order to prepare our students for the upcoming revised assessments (MAP). Many of our assessments have been created on Socrative (online) to give our students practice taking the assessments on the computer. The Spring assessments will all be online, gone are the days of paper/pencil booklets. 3rd quarter ALL assessments for the quarter will be given online, we will also run a block schedule to where the students start getting used to the Spring assessment schedule we will follow. Again, RMS staff has been proactive in all our planning for your child’s academic success in the classroom & on standardized assessments. We are very proud of our student’s efforts!
UPCOMING JANUARY-FEBRUARY EVENTS:
1/5/2015 Back To School J
1/16/2015 Reading Counts Goals Due – 25% of 3rd qtr.
1/19/2015 NO SCHOOL MLK DAY
1/20/2015 NO SCHOOL – TEACHER PROFESSIONAL LEARNING DAY
2/6/2015 Reading Counts Goals Due – 50% of 3rd qtr.
2/6/2015 Valentine’s Dance 3:00pm-5:00pm (after school)
2/12/2015 Intramural Volleyball Championship
2/16/2015 NO SCHOOL – PRESIDENTS DAY
2/17/2015 Band – Night Of Jazz
FROM THE LIBRARY - Thank you so much for your support with the RMS Barnes & Noble book fair! With your help, Ridgewood library will be able to add $2000 worth of new library books to the collection which will be used to support reading at Ridgewood. Parent involvement is an important part of our children’s school experience and we appreciate your contribution. ~ Mrs. Stroups (RMS Librarian)
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!
Events this upcoming Month (January):
1/5/15 Back to School!
1/9/15 Report Cards mailed home
1/16/15 READING COUNTS DUE - 25% of 3rd Quarter's Goal
1/19/15 NO SCHOOL - MLK DAY
1/20/15 NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Learning Day
BRRRRRRRRR... WINTER is here! I reminded the kids yesterday to bring a jacket/coat, hoodie, something to cover their arms when we go outside after lunch! Please help us keep the kids healthy this Winter and remind your child to please have something warm on for when we go outdoors.
RTI Tutoring Groups - You may have received a letter this past week informing you that your child will be receiving tutoring up to 4x a week during PAWS/Advisory for RTI (Response To Intervention). We have identified our kiddo's who are within 10 points of advancing on the MAP or 10 points of dropping a level on the MAP, those kids will work on tutoring strategies to address weak areas in either ELA or MA (or possibly both). Our goal is to prepare you child for the assessments he/she will take in the Spring, this is one of our ways to be Proactive and give additional help here at school using re teaching strategies and computer based programs to boost his/her scores. If you have any questions feel free to contact my office.
Once again thank you for all you do for our kids, we greatly appreciate it! If you have questions send me an email @ email@example.com or call 636-282-1459.
Mrs. Jaime Cavato, Ed.S
National School of Character
WATCH D.O.G.S COMING SOON TO RIDGEWOOD MIDDLE!
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!
Thank you Terrance Mix for being the first watchdog at our school and for helping us throughout the day! We appreciate your help and for volunteering!
Jaime Cavato, 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!