Check out this video Mrs. McDermott's Teen Leadership class made about their service learning project benefitting Stray Rescue of St. Louis!

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 ~ Greetings Ridgewood Families ~

First semester has come to an end for us here at Ridgewood ~ how time has flown by! We opened the school year with new chrome books provided by our National Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Award (STEAM 101), RMS is the ONLY one to one school technology wise in the district! Our building Leadership Classes came up with Service Projects in which were all student led this year to give back to the community – Stray Rescue, Brendan’s Backpack, & to the Veteran’s! RMS focuses on building character, leadership, & academic skills in all of our students, this makes my heart smile knowing we work to produce successful students developing the Whole Child. Our overall building attendance to close the semester was 95.9%. This is outstanding! You miss school you miss out, thank you students & parents for coming to school, making every day count!

RMS had the pleasure of honoring over 300 students for Advanced MAP scores from the 2015-2016 school year in November AND we celebrated the news of having the highest MAP scores in the Jefferson County & STL County areas in all 3 core subjects, Math, Science, & ELA! What a huge accomplishment for our students & staff, and most of all parents you can be proud to say your child is receiving a top notch education from one of the best schools in the area! Thank you for sending your child here to us at Ridgewood Middle to learn.

Second Semester will be a busy one to say the least! 8th graders will start meeting with the high schools (see attached letter from FHS) to plan for High School scheduling. 7th graders will start talking about 8th grade courses with myself & Mrs. Stokes 3rd quarter as well. And yes – we will be planning full speed ahead for housing 6th, 7th, & 8th grades for the 2017-2018 school year! Exciting times here at RMS, our staff will begin planning for transitions & preparing for our parent nights to start up for incoming 6th graders & incoming 7th graders for next year. We will have a course description book for parents finalized by the end of January to provide parents with ideas of course offerings for the middle school next year for all grade levels.

Ridgewood Middle School has a great history behind us, 10 years ago we were awarded the 1st National School of Character award in the district. 16 years ago a huge transformation occurred here at RMS, we turned around a school of failure into a high achieving school of success and have continued our high expectations for almost 20 years – that is quite an accomplishment to a staff & school! This time of year allows time for me to reflect on just how great our community is and how proud I am of our students, staff, & parents. It is my honor to lead a building like Ridgewood.

In closing, I hope you find the next few weeks as time to spend with your families & friends. We all lead such busy, hectic, lives nowadays, and raising children is hard I do not care what anyone says! Bless you all for being parents & care givers, know that your support, love, & care you give to our children will ensure they are members of society who will one day model the love & care you provide to them to others.

Happy Holidays,

Mrs. Cavato, Ed. S, Principal – Ridgewood Middle School 

I want to begin my email by giving a HUGE shout out to one of our students who was recognized with the "Do The Right Thing" award last Tuesday! Mackenzie Gieseler was awarded this honor for helping to organize, set up and run one of the first lemonade stands in St. Louis, that raised money for injured Police Officer Flamion! It has been many years since we have had an RMS student receive such recognition! Congratulations Mackenzie!

Our Winter Dance that was cancelled will NOW be held on January 20th 6:30-8:30pm (I had said 1/6 but we could not secure our DJ for that date). So we will combine the Winter Dance with the Mixer we had scheduled. Again the reschedule date for the dance is 1/20/17.

Attached is my Winter/SM 1 Letter & Fox High School 8th grade Connect Night letter.

I will email you next week about what coming back in January looks like as we start class in Advisory and give out new schedules b/c some of the kids classes/hours change and electives as well.

Enjoy your time off students!

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

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, 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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