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Straight from the Hardt
Hello Ridgeline Families- we turned the page this week and began the 2nd Academic Semester. Schedules and any necessary adjustments are being ironed out. At the same time, we’re only weeks away from registering for the 23-24 school year! The days and weeks seem to go by quickly, and it makes me think about our Seniors, Ridgeline’s first ever graduating class, who will be taking the stage on June 10 to make it official! I think I’m experiencing the same emotions as this class… I’m excited about history-in-the-making, but nervous, and also a little sad to see our “two-year” seniors go.
Tonight at 3:45 we are all coming together to support our Ridgeline Unified Basketball team as they play two games right here on our home court. I’m hearing about great involvement from staff, students, cheer, pep band, and more! It’s a cool event and our team is very excited to compete in front of their teachers and friends!
We encourage all Ridgeline students to at least consider attending extra-curricular functions, such as the Winter Formal Masquerade Ball coming up Saturday, Feb. 11. Even if you don’t dance—it’s fun to be with friends and classmates in a festive social setting that is safe and close to home!
We only have two more scheduled dances later this year. We’ll do a Mixer style themed dance during our March Verde Loco celebration, and wrap up the year with Prom- June 3rd!
We’re looking forward to honoring our Ridgeline Counseling staff next week during School Counselor Appreciation Week, Feb. 6-10. This amazing team does so much to take care of our students and I’m personally extremely thankful for what they do, how they do it, and the kind of people they are!
We had a cool moment on Wednesday when we recognized three Ridgeline athletes preparing to take their talents to the collegiate level. Signing Day saw Landon Coddington and Cameron Kreider both heading to St. Martins University to play soccer. Senior track and cross country stand-out, Alivia Bruno will be competing at Concordia University Irvine.
We need your help! As a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, I'm concerned we do not have enough Parent Voice yet on the direction of our district for the next 3-5 years. I'd be extremely grateful if we could have at least 10 Ridgeline parents participate in this zoom event coming up! More details are at the bottom of this issue, but here's the link! Wednesday, Feb. 8, 5:30pm.
Here’s a fun piece of Ridgeline history…Take a look behind the scenes at how we constructed the Ridgeline Brand way back when. Did you know all of our “marks” and “logos” are trademarked and 100% custom for Ridgeline High School.
Varsity Brands is a national company that serves both new and existing schools with many different services.
https://www.varsitybrands.com/impact-program , click on “View Impact Deck”, scroll through to about page 16.
Thank you for your continued support of our staff, programs, and events that come together to make Ridgeline Great! Make it a great weekend! --Mr. Hardt
Next week is Counselor Appreciation Week (February 6th-10th)! We are so thankful we get to celebrate the most amazing Counseling team!
From left to right: Brian Spraggins, Career & College Counselor- Kelli Plaster, 9th Grade Counselor- Kara Twining, 12th Grade Counselor, Megan McMurtrey, 11th Grade Counselor, and Ashley Fuller, 10th Grade Counselor. Along with Carrie McGlohon our Counseling Intern.
School counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; partner with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world; focus on positive ways to enhance students’ academic, career and social/emotional development; and work with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. School counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in school counseling.
More FAFSA Completion Support
If you and your senior are looking for another opportunity for help with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Please see the flyer below for more information.
NewTech Skill Center
Parents/Guardians of Sophomores and Juniors!
The application for the 23-24 school year at NewTech Skill Center is now OPEN. If you have a Sophomore or Junior interested in this program, please go to the link provided and apply now (https://www.spokaneschools.org/domain/2266). NewTech is still open for "Welcome Wednesday" visits if your student wants to check it out, but these programs fill up FAST! You can register for “Welcome Wednesday” visits using the same link!
If you have questions, please contact the Junior Counselor, Megan McMurtrey, at email@example.com OR the Sophomore Counselor, Ashley Fuller, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SVT Skill Center Information
Spokane Valley Tech Visit Next Week!
Spokane Valley Tech (SVT) will offer an informational meeting on campus next Tuesday, February 7, during 5th period (12:30 PM). If your sophomore or junior wishes to attend, please encourage him/her to access the Google classroom and register using the link provided. Passes are required to attend and available in Mr. Spraggins’ office after your student registers. For more information on the programs SVT offers, please access the following link!
ASVAB Testing: An Alternate Graduation Pathway!
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) offers Washington students multiple ways to meet their Graduation Pathway requirement, with the first being the SBAC (Math and English tests taken sophomore year). For those students who do not pass the SBAC, OSPI offers SIX ALTERNATE graduation pathways, and the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is ONE of them. Re-taking the SBAC is also one of them.
From 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 8, Ridgeline High School will offer the ASVAB to juniors and seniors who want to use it as an alternate Graduation Pathway and/or those who are interested in military service. NOTE: While the ASVAB is used by the US military to help place enlistees in jobs, the scores from this test will NOT be released to the military automatically. Students interested in military service will need to proactively release their scores to the military.
If your student wishes to register for the ASVAB, please encourage them to complete the form Mr. Spraggins posted in the Google classroom. If you and/or your student have questions, please speak to the grade level counselor (Mrs. McMurtrey email@example.com, Mrs. Twining, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mr. Spraggins email@example.com.
Unified Basketball Game
RHS Girls Basketball
Congratulations to the girls basketball team for being nominated for McDonald's Team of the Week! Way to go Falcons!
Solo & Group Ensemble
We are so proud of all of our participants at this year’s Northeast Division of Solo and Ensemble performers. 43 winners were selected from 43 categories of band, orchestra and vocal disciplines. Soloists on each instrument, small groups of 2-4, and large groups of 5-16 were given bids to the WIAA State Championships at CWU in April. Ridgeline’s music department won seven categories, sending 22 kids total to State. Our school also qualified twenty other groups as alternates to State, with another 51 students who qualified. Alternates won’t know if they make the random draw until mid March. Congrats EVERYONE for making music at such high quality to be recognized by the professionals in our region.
Falcon Fashion Show...save the date!
LINK to purchase tickets. https://wa-centralvalley-lite.intouchreceipting.com/RHSFalconFashionShow
College Signing Day
We were able to celebrate our amazing student's as we had our College signing day earlier this week! Congratulations to Cameron, Landon, and Alivia! We are so proud of you!
Landon Coddington – St. Martins University
Cameron Kreider – St. Martins University
Cross Country and Track
Alivia Bruno – Concordia University Irvine
We are so proud of you!
FBLA Regional Competition
January 30th, our FBLA regional competitors represented Ridgeline in a huge way. Congratulations to our Top 6 Finishers who have now qualified to compete at FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) State competition April 19 – 22. Way to go, Falcons! See Mrs. Demarest or Mrs. Jeske if you are interested in joining the Ridgeline Business Club. We would love to have you!
RHS Gymnastics Team
Gymnastics won this week's meet at U-High. We beat CV, UH, Rogers, Mt. Spokane, and Cheney! Total team score was: 161.225, Bella Delarosa placed first in All Around, second on beam, first in bars, second on vault, and third on floor. Belle Frazier placed fifth on vault. Julianne Stevenson placed first on beam. Our incredible JV team placed second earning 71.525.
Spring Musical- Wizard of Oz
It’s Spring Musical time! Auditions for Wizards of OZ coming up and sign up sheets on theatre doors and packets available in the office! Auditions will be Feb 6th & 7th
Congratulations to these three students who created some amazing artwork to submit for the 2023 Regional High School Art Show! This show puts them in the running for the State competition art show! Be sure to go visit the gallery in person February 6th- March 30th at NEWESD on the south hill! Great job artists and best of luck!
Career and Technical Education month
The month of February is CTE (Career and Technical Education) month so all 8 CTSO’s (Career and Technical Student Organizations) are at the Washington State Capital talking to the legislators and thanking them for their support. They are also touring and sitting in on the legislator meetings. Our own, Hailey Bronec, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) NE Region State Officer is there getting to be a part of this great experience. Thank you, Hailey, for representing FBLA and the Ridgeline Falcons well!
Celebrate February’s LOVE
Celebrate February’s LOVE curled up with your favorite book! Snap a pic of yourself reading in your favorite spot – your house, your classroom, at practice, in your car – when ever and where ever you read. Email it to Mrs. Maxwell firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post it on our book love wall of fame.
Falcon Poetry Slam...coming soon!
Love to write? Love to perform? Come join our 2nd annual Falcon Poetry Slam! Our first meeting is Tuesday February 14th after school in the library. No experience necessary, come join the fun!
Get Ready for Super Bowl Weekend- Band Booster Fundraiser!
Interested in joining the Boys Golf Team?
Come to our meeting on February 7th @7:15 -7:40am & 2:30-3pm in the Library!!
Interested in Girl's Golf Team?
If you're interested in playing on the Girl's Golf Team, we have our meeting in room A217 at 2:30pm on February 8th! All are welcome to join!
Any Girls interested in Track? Please come to our informational meeting on February 7th at 7:25am or 2:20pm in Room E201. See Ms. Willmann with any questions!
Soccer Boys Team Store
Senior Tribute Ads for Yearbook: Final DEADLINE- February 6th
Senior Tribute Ads for Yearbook: Deadline extended to Feb. 6
We have limited spaces remaining for purchasing a senior tribute ad.
Have extra-curricular photos, family, special pictures or additional portraits of your senior you'd like to share? Use the attached link to purchase a senior tribute ad for our yearbook, Eyrié, Volume 2.
Tributes vary in size and price. Parents and guardians get to choose the layout, photos and write a special message.
Please be advised that yearbook staff members will not edit spelling or crop pictures, and the administration does reserve the right to refuse tributes due to inappropriateness.
Masquerade Formal Dance- February 11th
Valentine's Day Spirit Week
Tickets for Senior GRAD Night- $85 each
Calling all parents!
The Galentine Event, 2/4/23 is held in the tasting room at Trailbreaker Cider in Liberty Lake and therefore ticket sales are limited. The theme is Wear Red for Ridgeline, but the dress code can be as fancy or as simple as your comfort level. Tickets cost $50 per person and gives you access to the auction, dessert bites, mingling and Valentine themed selfie wall, as well as a drink ticket for any beverage. The whole intent of fundraising for RHS Grad Night 2023 is to ensure that costs are covered for a fun and safe event for every member of the graduating class who would like to attend.
Class of 2023 Graduation
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 email@example.com and due to district email issues, please also email firstname.lastname@example.org!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
- Next Training Date: February 2023
- Program Start Date: As early as the end of February 2023
Strategic Plan Webinar - Wed., Feb. 8, 5:30pm
We need to hear your voice! I would like to personally invite you to join myself and our planning partners at a Strategic Plan Community Engagement Webinar on Wednesday, February 8 at 5:30pm.
The strategic plan will be our pathway to success for the next five years. Your voice is an integral part of this process.
Thank you in advance for joining us.
-- Dr. John Parker, CVSD Superintendent
- Please join us… The future is in all our hands. Let’s make it the best—together.
Parent Information for Sense of Belonging Survey
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