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Straight from the Hardt
Hello Ridgeline Families-- What a great week! With the sun shining I’d say everyone was in a better mood! Here’s some highlights and perspective on this past week.
We had a large contingent of musicians head to the state competition on Thursday, we wish them the best of luck! The state choir group and soloist, Landon Johnson, treated the office staff to two really amazing songs. They performed for us live, right in the office. I admire their courage and talent! Nice touch for our secretaries as this was also the week we celebrated them.
I have to give a shout-out to Ridgeline junior, Mason Fouty. He received an extremely rare award, 1 of 10 in the world! He received this prestigious award from the FIRST World Championships. FIRST means:
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology-- an international youth organization that operates the FIRST Robotics Competition. Mason’s a leader on our robotics team, and I learned Thursday night at the track meet, he’s fast too! He might find himself at MIT one day soon. Read the complete article below.
I’m pictured here today with our Resource officer, Mark Holthaus, on this, his final day serving our school community. Mark has taken a new leadership position with Liberty Lake PD as a Sergeant. We thank him for his service and wish him the best! The big guy next to me is our new SRO, Dave Howard. Dave has been with Liberty Lake PD for about a year and a half. Previously, he was 10 years with Washington State Patrol. Described by some as a “big teddy bear”, he’s going to be a great addition to our school security team! We’re fortunate to have him step up into this role and maintain a high level of security for our students. Welcome Dave!
A reminder for freshman parents and students currently enrolled in health--the Sexual Health curriculum lessons begin on Monday. The parent preview link is available until May 1. It’s always good to be in-the know. Follow this link to our CVSD webpage https://www.cvsd.org/apps/pages/sexualhealth, then click on the Health Smart link to create an account and get access to lesson details.
I always look forward to our National Honor Society induction ceremony, which will take place Monday night. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend with your student. This event is for our NEW inductees. Hope to see you there!
And get your tickets for WIZARD OF OZ! Opening night, May 4. It’s going to be EPIC! See kids doing great things in this world—read the Falcon Flyer…
Enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts, and as always—Make it a great weekend! Mr. Hardt
Do you have a current junior preparing to apply to college next fall?
If your answer to the above question is “yes”, please save the date and plan to join Mr. Spraggins (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ms. McMurtrey (email@example.com) for a college exploration and admission session on Thursday, June 1, following the student/staff softball game. In addition to the college exploration and admission processes, we will be joined by the Gonzaga University Financial Aid Director, Sarah Everitt, who will outline the financial aid process (i.e. FAFSA filing, scholarship searches, and other financial aid topics). If you have questions, please contact Mr. Spraggins.
Coming Soon: The Jesuit Excellence Tour
There are 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States, including our very own Gonzaga University. On Monday, May 15, representatives from 14 of the 28 institutions will hold a college fair on the Ridgeline High School campus, meeting with students from 11:15 - 12:15 in the Commons. If you and/or your students have questions, contact Mr. Spraggins (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dean’s List Award this last weekend at the FIRST World Championships- Mason Fouty
Ridgeline Robotics team captain, Mason Fouty, won a global Dean’s List Award this last weekend at the FIRST World Championships in Houston.
There are 6,400 FTC teams around the world, and each has the opportunity to nominate their most outstanding Sophomore or Junior. 4 were selected from the ~150 Washington teams. 10 were selected from all the regional winners, globally.
The award is named after FIRST founder, Dean Kamen. Admissions officers from Yale and MIT were keynote speakers at the event. Winners get flown to an amazing winner's convention.
His team at Falcons Robotics FTC 19589 could not be more proud, or happy for him.
FBLA State Business Leadership Conference
Congratulations to the Ridgeline FBLA Chapter on their outstanding performance at the FBLA State Business Leadership Conference last week. The following students placed in the top ten and were recognized on stage in front of over 2,000 state competitors.
Merrick Galeener - 1st Agribusiness, Srikar Surapaneni 1st Business Calculations, Zachary Zarecor 2nd Securities and Investments, Kam Lewis and Katelynn Fay 5th Business Plan, Hailey Bronec, Teigan Bronec, Ataviah Adams 6th Business Plan, Romy Robinson & Srikar Surapaneni 7th Entrepreneurship & Hospitality Management, Kameron Lewis 10th Business Calculations & Personal Finance. Merrick, Srikar, and Zach qualified automatically for Nationals in Atlanta, GA this summer. If you think you would like to join in on the fun of FBLA, and Business Club, come talk to Mrs. Demarest in E202.
Senior Baseball Night- GREEN OUT
Please come out and support your senior baseball players with a “Green Out” Friday at 4:00 here at Ridgeline as they take on Lewis and Clark for our first ever Senior Night, with a playoff spot on the line.
Ridgeline DECA- International Career Development Conference
Charley Palm, Alexis Aitken, Evan Andersen and Grace Sheppard did an outstanding job representing Ridgeline DECA at the largest International Career Development Conference in DECA history!
Over 22,000 students from all over the world in one place competing for a spot on stage. Although the team fell short of making it to the podium, they have showcased their exceptional skills and abilities to compete at the highest level. We are extremely proud of this group for representing Ridgeline and the community with such distinction.
Advanced Placement Testing begins next week (May 1- May 11)
Advanced Placement Testing begins next week (May 1- May 11).
We are giving 500 individual tests this year, over 14 unique AP courses!
Each student has worked all year through rigorous curriculum, prepared by AP trained teachers, to prepare for these next two weeks! We are committed to do everything we can to give them the opportunity to excel on these tests!
BIG shout out to the amazing RHS Boosters for providing snacks for all 500 tests, it is very much appreciated!
Important Test Information for AP Test Takers and Parents:
- Here is the schedule for the weeks ahead.
- Start times are “check-in” times (7:30 for AM tests, 11:30 for PM tests).
- AM tests start promptly at 8am and PM tests start promptly at 12pm.
- Doors will be locked at start time.
- No late admission, tests will be canceled for those who are not there.
- Students will be excused from their RHS classes during testing times, but will still be responsible for any missed work.
- All rules and directions for testing are set nationally by The College Board, not by CVSD or RHS. If you have concerns or questions, please contact Abby Frandsen, assistant principal.
- RHS is required to follow each step exactly as designed to ensure all our students receive valid scores from The College Board.
BRING: All test takers (Digital included) should bring
- several sharpened number 2 pencils – NO MECHANICAL PENCILS
- blue or black pen
- calculators (as needed, ask your teacher).
- Additional snacks to keep in your backpack for breaks, if needed
DO NOT BRING:
Phones, watches, or other jewelry/device connected to Wifi or data – these will be taken away and if found can result in canceled tests.
NO COFFEES, LATTES, POP, ITALIAN SODAS, SMOOTHIES, ETC– NOTHING BUT WATER allowed in testing rooms.
RHS Dance Team audition dates are changing
Stay tuned for new Dance Team Auditions dates!!
Are you or someone you know interested in being a part of the Ridgeline dance team? We are inviting RHS students AND current 8th graders to come to our FREE prep classes prior to our auditions for the 2023-2024 season! These classes will get you used to the dance team style prior to auditions so you will feel comfortable and confident heading into auditions. Prep classes will be in the RHS gymnastics on 4/29 from 9-11am! Google classroom code: de3kzra
with more info! If you have questions feel free to email email@example.com! Go Falcons!
Girls Summer Basketball - informational meeting May 3rd
Attention all girls and families of girls interested in playing summer basketball with Ridgeline High School; we will be having an informational night for players and/or parents that may have questions or an interest in getting involved with the Girls Basketball program. We will have a meeting on Wednesday May 3, 2023 at 5:45 pm in the commons at RHS. Information to be covered will include, how players can get involved and what they will need to do to be eligible for summer ball. If an interested person is unable to attend, they should direct their questions or concerns to Coach Woods. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (509) 868-6974.He will get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting on Wednesday!
Are you interested in learning to garden? Join us at the Community Garden all summer long and learn how to plant, maintain and harvest (and eat!). See Ms. Larsen in C109 for a permission slip. Join the Remind by texting gotdirt23 to 81010 for communication about date and times. This is a great way to get community service hours and have fun with your friends!
Join Yearbook for 2023-24
May Day Liberty Lake
Thank you for supporting the mission and vision of May Day Liberty Lake!
May Day Liberty Lake is not a farmer's market or a vendor fair. It is not intended to be all about sales or consumption. Rather, it is a celebration of our community while welcoming in the changing season. We have been intentional about welcoming and focusing on participants, speakers, and groups that that have expertise or interest in agriculture, gardening, conservation, and nature.
There are so many fantastic virtual ways to support one another - GoFundMe campaigns can change lives and online fundraisers can send kids to camps - but May Day Liberty Lake is a an opportunity for us to PRACTICE true fellowship.
Come together with your community on Saturday April 29th. Enjoy the outdoors! Engage with children in activities! Visit with someone about how to make soap! Learn why someone is so passionate about bees! Hear from experienced farmers about what makes them conservationists! Commiserate over how sick your children have been this year! Make a May Day basket or crown! Offer to help someone carry things to their car! Tell others about your goals for the year! Sign up for a camp!
Thank you for helping us spread the word about, invite our friends and neighbors to, and promote the first annual May Day Liberty Lake!!
Honor Society Celebration- May 1st from 6:30-7:30pm (New Candidates Only)
Honor Society Ceremony
May 1, 6:30 – 7:30
New Candidates Only
Starting May 1st... Yearbooks on sale $60
Beginning on May 1st, if you haven't purchased your yearbook yet, there will be some available (first come, first serve) in the Business Office for $60!
Interested in Colorguard?
Interested in trying out for Colorguard? Open call on May 1, 2, & 3rd from 3:30-6:30pm in the RHS Gym! All are welcome!
Please note: first day meet in the wrestling room! Thank you!
Wizard of Oz...Tickets are now on sale!
Coming Soon... Spring Mini Cheer Camp (K-7th graders)
Falcon Spring Mini Cheer Camp!
Monday, May 22, 6-8 pm (Showcase at 7:45 pm!)
Open to CURRENT K-7th graders!
All campers will learn a cheer routine and 5-7th graders will learn stunt techniques. All campers receive a t-shirt and poms!
*Registration: May 15-21 or until camp is full. Cost is $45 per camper. We will take up to 110 campers.
More information about registration coming soon...
Save the date... Staff vs. Students Softball Game- June 1st
Senior Prom- June 3rd
Tuxedo Rental- from Tuxedo Gallery
Need to get your tuxedo for Prom? Make sure to grab yours at Tuxedo Gallery. Let them know you're from Ridgeline and get $50 off your tuxedo rental!
Grad Night Tickets deadline: May 1st
Tickets for Senior GRAD Night- $85 each
Class of 2023 Graduation
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!
Falcons, if you are starting to think about finding a summer job, have no fear! WE’VE GOT YOU! Back by popular demand, the Ridgeline Job Fair is coming up on May 18th during the school day. All seniors, juniors, and sophomores will be attending. Update your resumes, and if you need help getting a resume ready, see Mrs. Demarest in E202, or Mr. Spraggins in the counseling center. Be ready to possibly interview on the spot for the job openings these employers are looking to fill.
STEM Engineering & Construction Camp being held at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois from July 16th – 22nd.
*Eligible for rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors as of Fall 2023
State Testing Information
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