November 2014  
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   No School - Thanksgiving Break
   Nov 26 2014
   Winter Barnes & Noble Book Fair
   Dec 06 2014
   Choir Concert
   Dec 09 2014 at 07:00 PM
   Winter Dance
   Dec 12 2014 at 06:30 PM
   End of 1st Semester
   Dec 19 2014

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

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 held our academic awards assembly this week honoring 274 students who received Advanced Scores on the MAP test this past year! 23 students received the Principals Award, 54 students received the Presidential Academic Award, and 14 students received the DUKE ACT AWARD for State Recognition and 2 of those students received Grand Recognition! Congratulations to all award receipeints!

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.

READING COUNTS GOAL IS DUE FRIDAY 11/14/14! 50% of the 2nd quarter goal is due - remember the llibrary is now open at 7:30am daily for students to check out books and/or take quizzes with the librarian!

Friday 11/14/14 is mid-quarter for 2nd quarter.
Next week during Advisory your child will complete
his/her Advisory Grade Check/Reflection Paper. This will be brought home for parent discussion & review, then to be signed and sent back to your child's Advisory teacher. This is a new way we started doing progress reports where your child not only writes down each grade in each class, but explains why his/her grade is where it is using our RACE Writing Process (Restate Answer Cite Elaborate). We also docuement attendance percentage for the year along with Reading Counts Points progress.  Reading Counts at RMS! I cannot stress enough the importance of reading each and every day. Ridgewood has made RC a top priority. Rember this is part of your child's Language Arts grade. Improving a child's vocabulary & reading comprehension skills is critical when it comes to learning & achieving academic greatness.

Congratulations to Caitlin Chau for being selected as a winner of the "Away Game" with the STL RAMS - Fuel Up To Play 60 Program! She will get to attend a RAMS game in San Diego all expense paid trip by the FUTP 60 Program! Congrats Congrats! She was selected at random from the top 50 students nationwide, based on points earned through the FUTP 60 web site! RMS is a FUTP 60 School we are SO proud of her!

A HUGE SHOUT OUT to Mr. Wideman's STEAM 101 (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) Class! They have progressed to Phase 2 of the Samsung "Save for Tomorrow" 2015 Education Contest! Their class won 2 Samsung Galaxy Tablets! We now move onto Phase 2 of the award process, if we move through all Phases (1-4) Ridgewood COULD win up to $120,000 in technology paid for by Samsung! Good luck STEAM 101 & Mr. Wideman!

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!


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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