Bridle Ridge Staff Update

October 14, 2016

Mission and Vision

Ray-Pec Vision: - Turning today’s learners into tomorrow’s leaders.

Ray-Pec Mission: - Preparing EACH student for a successful and meaningful life.

Collective Commitments

  • We are committed to building a positive and safe environment for adults and students.

  • We are committed to effective planning and being consistently organized.

  • We are committed to differentiated instruction for all students.

PD Survey


Please take a moment to complete the PDC survey based on the PD events you attended throughout the district on October 14th. Your feedback is very important to us.

Oct 14 PD Survey

NWEA Lexile Info.


Please plan to share the NWEA Lexile range with parents at conferences. Remember when using the NWEA reports, you will add 100 to the bottom number on the report. (For example, a range of 100-250L indicates a score of 200L.) NWEA is still a brand new assessment experience for our students and a test of standards vs. solely a basic reading comprehension assessment like SRI. Those two elements alone may very well create a new baseline of Lexile results to some degree.

End of First Quarter

I know it's hard to believe, but the end of the first quarter is on October 13th. The window for importing scores and entering comments is October 13th-19th. Kristin will import scores and mark term 1 closed on October 19th by the end of the day. Progress reports will be made available to parents on Friday, October 21st. Parent/teacher conferences are October 26th - 27th. You will use a Sign-Up Genius for parent/teacher conferences. Be sure to stay caught up on entering your data points. You can also go ahead and begin to make comments in a Google document on students and copy and paste those comments later in TeacherEase later. Thanks for your hard work!

Teacher Ease


The window for importing scores and entering comments is October 13th-19th. Kristin will import scores and mark term 1 closed on Wednesday, October 19th by the end of the day. Progress reports will be made available to parents on Friday, October 21st. Parent/teacher conferences are October 26th - 27th. You will use a Sign-Up Genius for parent/teacher conferences. Be sure to make comments on all 1's and use professional judgement on 2's. Thanks for your hard work!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences are Oct. 26-27

Visit with teachers about your child's academic progress

Watch for information from your child's school about Parent-Teacher Conferences on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27.

Parent-Teacher Conferences (or Student-Led Conferences at some grade levels) provide an important opportunity to learn about your child's academic progress. Often, you will see examples of student work or information about assessments.

The conferences are also a time to discuss strategies to support student learning at school and at home.

Conference schedule

Wednesday, Oct. 26 (schools to dismiss early):

  • Grades Pre-K-6: 2 to 8 p.m.
  • Grades 7-12: 1 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 27 (schools are not in session):

  • Grades Pre-K-6: Noon to 8 p.m.
  • Grades 7-12: Noon to 8 p.m.

Reminder: Schools are not in session on Friday, Oct. 28.

What About Report Cards

What about report cards?

First quarter ended on Thursday, Oct. 13

Oct. 13 was the end of the first quarter, and parents of students in PreK to grade 6 will be able to access first quarter report cards onFriday, Oct. 21, via TeacherEase.

Teachers will review the information in more detail at Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Students in grades 7-8 receive progress reports every 9 weeks (quarters 1 and 3) and a semester report card at the end of each semester. Progress reports include scale scores for each course and no GPA. Only semester report cards at the middle school have letter grades. Parents can also view student scores via TeacherEase.

Students in grades 9-12 receive progress reports electronically at six-week intervals. The third report is the first semester grade, and the sixth report is the second semester grade. High school grades are reported through the Parent Portal.

Grades K-8: TeacherEase
Grades 9-12: Parent Portal

Box Tops

We collect Box Tops, Best Choice and Campbell's labels. The first Box Tops deadline is Nov. 1st for mailing. If you've got any at home PLEASE send them in to your child's homeroom teacher. And, if you could, please check expiration dates (it really does matter) and trim them? Heather is a great volunteer to put all this together but if we can save her some work on the front end I'm sure she'll appreciate it! With Box Tops and the other labels, we'll take them all year. Anything we can't use before Bridle Ridge Intermediate ceases to exist, we'll have for the elementary that emerges. Tell your kids to watch for an informative and fun video to be shared during announcements later this month.

CAN Food Drive

The food drive runs Oct.17-22 and benefits the CAN program.

Happy Birthday!

Simon Schupp-11th

Amanda Kilgore-15th

Diane Burke-28th

Emily King-31st

Tuesday, October 18th- Boundary Committee

Boundary Committee Meeting in the Innovation Center from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 19th- Department Time

Ms. Deane will be here to review Trauma Sensitive School information during department time.

Thursday, October 20th-Vertical Team

Our first Vertical Team meeting will be on October 20th , 4:00-5:30 p.m. at the Academy Cafeteria this year.

Thursday, October 20th- K-12 Counselor Collaboration

7:30-8:30 at the Innovation Center

Thursday, October 20th-Music Teachers

Music Teachers will collaborate from 7:45-8:30 in room #800 at Bridle Ridge.

Friday, October 21st-PE Teacher Collaboration

P.E. teachers will collaborate in room #800 at Bridle Ridge from 7:30-8:30.

Monday, October 24th-NWEA

Jennifer Vacca

Amanda Kilgore

Sean Mizell

Mr. Novak, you won't need to attend this session.

Tuesday, October 25th-PLC/BLT Off Campus Mtg.

BLT members, please make sure subs have been secured for our off-site PLC/BLT meeting at the Innovation Center from 8:00-4:00.

Tuesday, October 25th- Picture Retakes

School picture retakes will be on Tuesday, October 25th beginning at 8:35 a. m.

Wednesday, October 26th-Club Day!

Our second club day of the year will be on Wednesday, October 26th!

Wednesday, October 26th-Early Release

Wednesday, October, 26th will be an early release day for students. Parent/Teacher conferences begin.

PTA will provide dinner at 5:00! Sandwiches from Price Chopper, sides and desserts will be provided.

Thursday, October 27th-P/T Conferences

The office will provide dinner for you around 4:30. Be sure to carve out a little time for yourself to eat at some point! I believe this will be a pasta meal!

Friday, October 28th-No School

There is no school on Friday, October 28th.

Monday, October 31st-APEX Teacher Huddle

7:30 a. m.

Light refreshments will be available thanks to our PTA!

More information to come!

Monday, October 31st- Judith

Judith, our BIST consultant will be here on October 31st.

Trunk or Treat Carnival

Where: Ray-Pec High School NORTH building, back lot

When: October 25th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Admission is free, but a donation of one non-perishable food item from each child that participates would be greatly appreciated. All donations will go to the local food pantry.


$.50 per ticket or $1.00 for four tickets

Activities will be one to two tickets each.

Contact Tessa Velez @

OR Emma Start @

One To World Cohort #4


Teachers in the One to World Cohort #4 will meet from 4:15-5:30 p.m. at Raymore Elementary on Monday, November 7th.


The next PTA meeting is currently scheduled for Wednesday, November 9th.

Early Release

Friday, November 11th will be an early release at 1:10 for students. Teachers will be participating in professional development.

Book Fair

Bridle Ridge Book Fair is scheduled for November 14th-18th. More information to come.

No School

There will be no school November 23rd-25th. Enjoy the fall break!

Tuesday, November 1st-BR Thanksgiving Feast Schedule

Wednesday, November 2nd-Faculty Meeting

7:30 a. m. in the library


Bridle Ridge will be participating in the APEX Fun Run as our fundraiser this year! Apex leaders will be in the building for two weeks to teach lessons with a LEGENDS theme on leadership that culminates in a fun run that the kids gather pledges towards. The monies that the PTA keeps will go towards our field trips and yearbooks. Additionally 10% of classroom funds goes back directly to teacher led classroom spending.

Monday Oct. 31st is the teacher "huddle" before school and at the end of the day a Pep Rally to pass out student materials. Then for 8 school days Apex coaches will present a quick leadership lesson taught. Don't worry, your kids will still get plenty of classroom time! Lessons are only 8 minutes long and teachers will sign up for the time that works best for them to not interfere with SCHOOL. On Nov. 9th is our fun run! Volunteers will be needed. For more information you can visit their facebook page or contact Kristi or Allison Bruflat.