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