Click here for important information about a change to the daily  ending time for the 16-17 school day at RMS!

             
Dear Ridgewood Parents, Students, & New Enrollments!

Believe it or not we are half way through our summer break! Which means our halls will be filled with staff, students, & parents in just 7 weeks! I would like to Welcome our incoming 7th grade class of students & their families, along with giving a big SHOUT OUT to our 8th grade class!!! My hope is that all of you are enjoying the summer with your families on vacations, time together, ball games, and squeezing in some reading, writing, and math as well at times! Live life to the fullest the next few weeks, as the first day of school (August 17th) will be here before we know it!

Ridgewood Middle School has taken great pride in the fact we love our students & school community and have a drive for academic achievement and character development. One of the first things that comes to my mind when we talk about Ridgewood is “Family”, from our staff members to our students & parents we are a family and treat one another as family members. 16 years ago I started working at Ridgewood Middle School as a Diagnostician, served as an Assistant Principal at the Middle Schools and High Schools for 9 years prior to becoming the Principal at Ridgewood. Any time I have a chance to discuss Ridgewood, I always refer to my job & the people I work with each day (students, staff, and parents/guardians) as my extended family. We realize as a staff, we are responsible for ensuring your child receives the best educational opportunities, the most support in areas he/she needs to succeed, and encouraging your child to achieve the leadership potential we know he/she is capable of.

Communication – I sent an email home today, Friday July 25th regarding our change in release time for the 16-17 school year. Our hours will be 8am-3:05pm. Follow us on Twitter as well @RidgewoodMS

Please see these helpful links:
16-17 school year calendar, 16-17 Daily Schedule & our school supply list for 16-17.  Supply list will also be available at the local Walmart & Target stores as well.

Important Dates:

8/5         Schedules will be emailed to parents & available on Tyler.

8/8         Bulldog Back to School Bash (For Incoming 7th graders) 9am-11am @ Ridgewood

  • 7th graders will get their schedules, a student planner, & will be assigned a locker, along with participating in games & teambuilding activities with incoming 7th graders.
  • 8th graders may pick up schedules, a student planner, & will be assigned a locker from 12 noon – 3:00pm.

8/8         Meet the Case Manager Night for Special Needs Students & Parents 6:00pm-7:00pm

8/9         New Student Registration ONLY – this is ONLY for new students to the school district 8:00am- 3:30pm. Building is only open to students registering for school.

8/10      7th & 8th graders may pick up a schedule, a student planner, & be assigned a locker from 8:00am-3:00pm.

8/25      Open House 5:30pm-8:00pm.

I hope all of you continue to have a fantastic summer making lasting memories with family & friends. If you have any questions please email me at cavatoj@foxc6.org. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Jaime Cavato, Ed.S

Principal

Ridgewood Middle School

National School Of Character


SAMSUNG SOLVE FOR TOMORROW   

Mr. Wideman's STEAM class has been selected as 1 of 5 national winners for Samsung's Solve For Tomorrow competition! As a winner, Ridgewood will receive $120,000 in Samsung technology! Congratulations to Mr. Wideman and his STEAM class for not only what they have done for RMS, but the community as well!

 

Watch the announcement video below!



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!

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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