December 2014  
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   Winter Break
   Dec 22 2014
   Classes Resume
   Jan 05 2015
   No School - Martin Luther King Day
   Jan 19 2015
   No School - Staff Professional Development
   Jan 20 2015
   Valentine Dance
   Feb 06 2015 at 03:00 PM


Supplies 14-15

 2014-2015 Bus Routes

~ 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. 

Message from the Principal

I will be sending out emails more frequently this month as December gets very busy with only 2 more weeks until the end of the Semester/Holiday Break. We have LOTS going on!

 Academic wise – Assessment week for Electives will begin the week of 12/8-12/12. Core class assessments will be given as follows during the week of 12/15-12/19:

12/15   Language Arts

12/16   Social Studies

12/17   Math

12/18   Science

12/19   Test Make Ups As Needed


Reading Counts – 75% of 2nd Quarter’s goal is due Friday 12/5. The library is open at 7:30am daily if students need to take a quiz or check out a book.


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 week:

12/5    Barnes and Noble Book Fair at the Fenton Barnes and Noble! Come out and shop for the day, when you check out say that you are from Ridgewood! A portion of sales this day goes towards buying books for our library! It’s a FUN day, so stop by and do some Christmas Shopping!

12/9    Winter Choir Concert @ Rickman Auditorium – 7pm

12/12  Winter DANCE 6:30-8:30pm (tickets will go on sale next week during lunch periods)


Toys for Tots! – We are Toys for Tots drop of box location! Bring in a new toy for a child to donate towards the Toys for Tots campaign! We will be collecting the next two weeks!


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.

Ridgewood Middle School celebrates our MAP Scores from 2013-2014, in the state our school ranks 31 out of 303 schools in overall MAP Scores, we are 17th in Language Arts & 25th in Math! Thank you students, parents, & staff for ensuring education & character are our top priority! We are so proud of our school and all Ridgewood has accomplished over the years - keep up the good work! It truly takes an entire village to raise children today, thank you parents for all you do.

Once again thank you for all you do for our kids, we greatly appreciate it! If you have questions send me an email @ cavatoj@fox.k12.mo.us or call 636-282-1459.

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


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!





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