Belong. Inspire. Grow.
Straight from the Hardt
Hello Ridgeline Families--It’s going to be difficult for me to capture the emotion and excitement of events from over a week ago that still need to be shared! Last week I completed my newsletter on Thursday before the end of the day because my Editor-in-Chief, Tessa, was off to Hillsboro with the Regiment. That same night we honored our senior volleyball athletes and had maybe the largest student section ever in attendance, and capped off the night with an exciting win over Ferris!
Students supporting other students’ activities is an important indicator for our success as a school, creating an environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging. I see this often and it always makes me smile to see friends and classmates at football games, concerts, plays, and more—just to be there for them. A great example was the orchestra concert last night. I talked to or noticed dozens of students just there for fun and support. Great performance from our orchestra students last night!
Friday night our football team made school history with our first win at home in Ridgeline Stadium! I’m super proud of the guys putting in the work every week and showing up to compete! They earned a solid victory over Ferris.
Another characteristic I appreciate about our students is their respect for others. Ridgeline cheerleader, Juliette Poignand du Fontenioux (I’m using her full name because she deserves credit for me saying it wrong most times), came up to me with about 2-3 minutes left in the game and asked politely if it would be ok if the students storm the football field. We were confident we had this game in the bag and I was thinking the same thing she was—of course we’re storming the field! There’s an art to storming a field with class vs. being out of control. I was proud of the way our student section contained themselves until the end. When they stormed the field, they stayed just away from the teams so they could shake hands. Other than jumping over the fence and a few falls, it went very well. The energy and emotion when the team and students converged was spectacular! This experience was a powerful binding moment that all involved will never forget!
Jump to Saturday and the Ridgeline Regiment competing in Hillsboro… and as you may already know, our group did what is nearly impossible and swept all the awards—again! Essentially, this was an undefeated season for overall best performing group and best in every individual category in every competition this fall! Not having grown up around marching band, I don’t really know how to capture this accomplishment—so I’m going to go with State Champs!
Our soccer girls also won Saturday and qualified for the District 8 Championship game on Tuesday—which they won! They defeated Mead on a cold and rainy night to be our first-ever District 8 champs! They will be seeded for State on Sunday.
Volleyball continued to roll the same night, and the girls defeated Kennewick to advance another round in the playoffs! They can punch their ticket to State on Saturday if they beat Mt. Spokane!
Girls cross country state qualifiers, Alivia Bruno and Paige Huntsinger, run in Pasco tomorrow as well—good luck to them!
Our district is beginning the first stage of developing our 5-year strategic plan, and they gathered input from Ridgeline students: senior class reps Lily Pesnell and Rudy Malloy; juniors Sanjana Sharma, Deakon Sell, and KJ Haneke; sophomores Habiba Adam, Brooklyn Hillman, and Marco Lopez; and freshmen McKinley Bell and Addison Hunnel. A big thanks to them for sharing their insight and honesty!
We’re looking forward to celebrating our military this coming Thursday during our Veterans’ Day assembly. If you have a military background or know anyone who does, we’d love to have you here to say thank you!
I heard Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend, so set your clock BACK 1 hour! Make it a great weekend! --Mr. Hardt
Student Services News
Do you still need help with the FAFSA?
STCU is offering opportunities for assistance!
Where? STCU Spokane Valley Branch, located at 13501 E. Sprague Ave., near Evergreen and Sprague.
Who will help? Employees from STCU, as well as College Success Foundation, will be onsite to assist families through this process, and both events are open to all community members.
- November 15th, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM: More information can be found on our Facebook Event
- November 16th, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM: More information can be found on our Facebook Event
For more info: STCU's FAFSA Assistance webpage
Western Washington University Visit
Western Washington University admission counselor, Julia Ide, will be at RHS on Wednesday, November 9, during 3rd period (9:50). To attend the visit, juniors and seniors are invited to complete the registration Mr. Spraggins sent out via Google Classroom. Registration and signed passes will be required to attend. Please direct any questions you and/or your student may have to Mr. Spraggins (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Gonzaga University Visit
Gonzaga University admission counselor, Carie Weeks, will be at RHS on Wednesday, November 9, during 5th period (12:20). To attend the visit, juniors and seniors are invited to complete the registration Mr. Spraggins sent out via Google Classroom. Registration and signed passes will be required to attend. Please direct any questions you and/or your student may have to Mr. Spraggins (email@example.com).
United States Navy Visit
United States Navy Petty Officer, Stephen Giles, will be at RHS on Thursday, November 10, during 5th period (12:30 PM) to discuss the US Navy ROTC Scholarships and other available educational programs one can find in the US Navy. To attend the visit, juniors and seniors are invited to complete the registration Mr. Spraggins sent out via Google Classroom. Registration and signed passes will be required to attend. Please direct any questions you and/or your student may have to Mr. Spraggins (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Spokane National College Fair
On Tuesday, November 1, 2022, Mr. Spraggins and Mrs. McMurtrey took a bus of 22 juniors to the Spokane National College Fair at the Spokane Convention Center. The students had opportunities to speak with colleges and universities from Spokane to the United Kingdom and a great many in between. They also had the opportunity to participate in special information sessions, targeting admissions, financial aid, and NCAA compliance. The Spokane National College Fair comes to the city annually each fall, and RHS will look to take students from next year’s junior class as well! If you have questions about the fair, please contact Mr. Spraggins (email@example.com).
Over the past couple of weeks, juniors and seniors had the opportunity to learn about Washington State University (pictured), Whitworth University, and the University of Oregon (pictured). Admission Counselors travel all over the U.S. to help students understand the processes surrounding admission and financial aid, meeting with hundreds of thousands of students. In the coming weeks, a variety of other institutions will be on campus, as the fall visit season begins to wind down. Keep an eye out here for more information!
Sophomore or Juniors- Interested in NEWtech Skill Center?
If you have a Sophomore or Junior interested in learning more about the NEWtech Skill Center, they can sign up for a "Welcome Wednesday" visit by filling out this Google form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyACJ04EoKm6on2DbMveHzEf6RlrtBuGdJ4oGUD_V2CaQfNQ/view.
“Welcome Wednesdays” allow students to learn about the opportunities available at NEWTech. Students select three programs to explore during their selected “Welcome Wednesday”. Your student will spend some time learning about NEWTech and then about 30 minutes in each program, meeting with current students and instructors.
If your student signs up for a "Welcome Wednesday", please have them register for the morning visit, so they can ride our NewTech Bus with current NewTech students. They will need to be at RHS by 7:25, so they can catch bus #38 (route 226). If your student gets registered, please call the attendance line and report that your student is visiting NEWTech for periods 1-3. This will be an excused absence.
For general information about NewTech Skill Center, please visit their website at https://www.spokaneschools.org/domain/135.
If you have any questions, please have your student see their counselor!
*NewTech is a program open to Juniors and Seniors, so current Sophomores can start thinking about this as an option for their Junior year.
Ridgeline Regiment- Undefeated Season
Introducing your District 8 3A Champs! Girls Soccer is on to State! Way to go!
Ridgeline Project Management students delivered decorated pumpkins to local businesses! We are truly grateful for their continued support of our programs and events! We are lucky to live in such a supportive community!
Yearbook Special Sale Pricing on now
Reserve Eyrié, Volume 2, before our December 19th deadline to receive a $10 discount and be guaranteed a copy: $50 per book, $60 with name stamping.
Purchase through our business office or online (click link below).
Limited quantities will be available to purchase starting in January. Each will then cost $60 and name stamping will not be available. First come, first served while supplies last.
Yearbook: Senior Pictures Update
Eyrié staff will soon post a rough draft of individual pictures to be used in the senior portrait section of the yearbook. Acceptable portraits received on or before the extended Oct. 31 deadline, or school pictures taken by Leo's Photography, will be used. Senior portraits will be cropped from approximately the waist up.
Senior Tribute Ads for Yearbook Available Soon
Couldn't choose which senior portrait to submit for our yearbook,
Eyrié, Volume 2? Have extra-curricular photos you'd like to share?
Coming soon will be more information regarding the opportunity to purchase a senior tribute ad for your student. Ads will vary in size and price. Parents and guardians get to choose the photos, layout and write a special note.
Careers in Education and Early Childhood Education students created a Literary Pumpkin Patch using a variety of children's books.
Advanced Food Production students competed in a Grilled Cheese Showdown with our winning group creating an Avocado Bacon Sandwich with White American Cheese on Italian Bread.
Fabric and Apparel students worked throughout the week to complete hand embroidered canvas!
First Robotics Competition
Wrestling Informational Meeting
Wrestling Information Meeting - Tuesday, November 8th @ 2:20-2:40PM after school in Mr. Gretch's classroom B106. Any Ridgeline boys or girls that are interested in wrestling OR being a wrestling manager, come to this optional meeting to get some basic information about the upcoming season.
Girls Basketball Informational Meeting
GSL Passes available in the Business Office
Listening Tour with GESA Union
Mrs. Demarest's & Mrs. Jeske's classes (Accounting & Project Management Classes) participating in a "Listening Tour" with GESA Credit Union. Having great discussions about financial literacy.
Family Feast Night- November 9th at Pita Pit
You're invited to join us on November 9th for a Family Feast Night from 3pm to Close. 20% of sales will be donated towards our RHS Grad Night!
Veterans Day Assembly- Thursday, November 10th
Veteran's Day Assembly will be broadcast live!
The Veterans Day Assembly is Thursday Nov. 10th at 9:45. We would like to invite all those that have served or are currently serving in one of the armed forces to join us for our Veterans Day Celebration.
Ridgeline Business Club
Graphic Arts Students
Graphic Arts students showing off their Abstract Shape Art and Mosaic Art designed with Adobe Photos hop. They will start learning Adobe Illustrator next. Our Falcons are so creative!
Zero Fare- Spokane Transit
All youth 6-18 are eligible for a Rider’s License Connect card and just need to fill out a simple application. All youth will need to upload or provide a clear headshot (school picture works!) for fare enforcement purposes. This will be used by STA to verify the card is being used by the right person. Youth 13-18 will also need to upload or provide some type of photo ID; school ID is accepted for this.
Applications are available online at www.spokanetransit.com/reducedfare/. For families that are not technologically savvy, they can also apply in person at the Plaza downtown. Customer Service is open M-F 7 AM to 6 PM and Saturday 12-5.
Booster Store is now open
Thanksgiving Pie Sale Fundraiser
Thanksgiving Pie Sale Fundraiser
Ridgeline Band Boosters
These homemade pies from Desserts by Sara are sure to please everyone at your Thanksgiving table this year! Choose from: Salted Caramel Apple, Maple Pecan Pumpkin, Peach Huckleberry, Turtle Brownie, Key Lime or S'Mores Brownie. All pies are $25/each and will be available for pickup November 22-23.
Place your order by November 14 at:
Grad Night 2023
Tickets for Senior GRAD Night- $50
Blanket Night will return this December! The Falcon FCCLA students are excited to continue this event with our RHS community. We are beginning to collect donations, labeled for FCCLA or Mrs. Foster.
What we need:
- 2 yard pieces of polar fleece (Each blanket needs two 2yd pieces)
- 1 ½ -2” wide rolls of ribbon
- New socks, hats, gloves to donate
- Monetary donations (with the notation that it’s for blanket making)
Free & Reduced Meal Application
Free and Reduced meal application regular free and reduced-price meal program.
Want to add money to your student's meal plan? It's easy! Click the link below!
Digital Job Boards
Just a reminder to keep checking the Digital Jobs Board on our Ridgeline Web Site under Counseling and Careers for job openings and internships. New postings have been added this week! Job boards are linked in our Instagram Bio, too!
Do you own a business that is hiring? We would love to add your job posting to our CVSD Digital Jobs Board, all of our CVSD students have access to this! Please email the information to Kelli Demarest at firstname.lastname@example.org and due to district email issues, please also email email@example.com!
Just a reminder to please call ahead for appointments and other excused absences to help make sure teachers and students are aware. Our attendance line is 24/7 so feel free to leave a message! Parent notes to request an early dismissal for an appointment can also be given to the office ahead of time