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Straight from the Hardt
Hello Ridgeline Families- When I preview the newsletter each week I still get surprised by how many opportunities for learning and fun are available to our students inside and outside of the school day.
This wouldn’t happen if our teachers, advisors, coaches, etc… weren’t so passionate about creating a thriving academic environment as well as an amazing extracurricular program. Did you know over 75% of our coaches and advisors are Ridgeline teachers? Then consider all our staff who support as clock operators, ticket takers, supervision, and more! That is a very important statistic that underscores the buy-in and commitment our staff have to our kids. Even after a full day of teaching, which is very demanding, they are excited to give extra time to make things happen. I’m thankful for them.
When I mention the demands of working in a very people-centered field, like education, you don’t realize how much extra energy it takes to be around people constantly for 7-8 hours/day. Those of you in similar career fields where you interact with people all day know what I’m talking about. It’s why I struggle with personality surveys to gauge whether I’m an extrovert or an introvert. Of course I come out as an extrovert—which I am sometimes the “life of the party” and I definitely enjoy being around our students and my staff. At the same time my favorite places to be are quiet…. Like deep in the woods, anchored in an isolated cove, or an evening on my back patio around the fire pit. I think the reason this was even on my mind is understanding balance in my life, and how that applies to all of us. Not finding that balance can lead to us not being at our best.
Halloween is on Monday and students ARE allowed to dress up. Be mindful of excessive gore, excessive skin, weapons, and full face coverings.
If you don’t skim through the flyer this week you’ll miss out on senior celebrations, individual and team successes, and important coming events!
I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of your student’s lives and their success. Thank you. Make it a great weekend! --Mr. Hardt
Student Services News
Regents Scholarship Winners
Each year, Washington State University offers each Washington high school the opportunity to nominate two high-achieving seniors for the Regent Scholarship award. WSU will provide each nominee a $4000/year scholarship award, and the nominees will subsequently compete for the institution’s prestigious Distinguished Regent Scholar Award--a full tuition, four-year scholarship to attend WSU. Please join us in congratulating Ridgeline High School’s first two Regent Scholarship nominees, Talia Emmerson and Kennedy Simonowski!
University of Washington
Admission Counselor, Ben Siegel, will be at RHS on Monday, October 31, 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 (email@example.com).
Each year, the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) sponsors a series of major college fairs across the country. These college fairs provide students and their families access to a wide variety of colleges and universities from across the country and the world. We are fortunate to have the Spokane National College Fair here in Spokane on Tuesday, November 1, with sessions in the morning (9:00 - 12:00) and evening (6:00 - 8:00) at the Spokane Convention Center. Mrs. McMurtrey and Mr. Spraggins will take a bus of junior students to the morning session (space limited and seats offered on first come, first served basis). Interested juniors should speak with Mrs. McMurtrey or Mr. Spraggins for additional details. We strongly encourage students and families of all grade levels to attend the evening session. For more information, please access the Spokane National College Fair webpage.
University of Oregon
Admission Counselor, Rebecca Klages, will be at RHS on Thursday, November 3, during 3rd period (9:15). 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).
Recently, Ridgeline High School was fortunate to host the Gonzaga University Financial Aid Director, Sarah Everitt, to discuss the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the nuts and bolts of the financial aid process. Attached is the slide deck from her presentation, which she has graciously agreed to share. If, as you work through your FAFSA filing, you have questions, please note Gonzaga University is a self-described community resource for those with financial aid questions—regardless of whether or not your student will attend GU (email@example.com, 509.313.6582).
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- Senior Night
Our Ridgeline Regiment had an amazing Community Night performance this past Tuesday. They ended the evening with celebrating our Seniors.
Wish them good luck as they travel to Hillsboro, OR this weekend for their final competition of the season!
Football Senior Night- October 28th: Ridgeline vs Ferris 7pm @ RHS
Come out and show your Falcon spirit at tonight's Football Game. Ridgeline vs Ferris at 7pm. It's our Senior Night and we can't wait to see you at the game!
Varsity Soccer Team
Congratulations to our Varsity Soccer Team!
1st round of District playoffs Ridgeline Soccer won 8-0 vs Hermiston.
2nd round is 1pm Saturday, Oct. 29th @ Southridge High School!
Good luck Falcons!
Senior Yearbook Photo Information- (date extended to OCTOBER 31st)
This is how you submit your Senior photos! It's easy just follow these steps!
Your photos due date has been extended to October 31st!!
Class of 2023 💚🤍
➡ Please do not email your photo ⬅️
We have a secure online account with our yearbook publisher, Herff Jones, in which parents and/or professional photographers can upload a senior photo.
● Use this link: https://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/#!/?code=rhsfalcons23
● Or go online to: HJeshare.com
● Enter school code: rhsfalcons23
● Save photo as: LastName, FirstName
● Example: Smith,John.jpg
Once you have entered the school portal, click ok to confirm your image is for Ridgeline High School.
1. Add your contact information
2. Click Upload General Photos
3. Select photo
4. Enter grade and name
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.
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.
DECA Business Club
DECA Business Club (DECA and FBLA), came together last night to paint pumpkins! It was a great event that allowed members to come together for some team bonding and tasty fall treats!
Some of the pumpkins were designed for local businesses, which students will deliver to later this week!
Trunk or Treat
Thank you to our Junior Class Council for putting on our amazing Trunk or Treat last night! We had a great turnout of both volunteers and community members. And a special congratulations to Junior Bella Mueller and her little brother August for winning best decorated car with their beehive theme! Thank you to everyone who showed up!
Falcon Link Crew Leaders
Our Falcon Link Crew Leaders met with some of our awesome freshmen today to focus on making connections and reflecting on their high school experience so far.
Our leaders are here to support our freshmen and help them have a successful first year at Ridgeline.
Thank you as always to our awesome Link Leaders for showing up for others! Talons up!
Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey Podcast club filming Halloween Episodes!
Boys Basketball Registration & Informational Meeting
Winter Sports registration opens Monday, October 31st and we need anyone interested in Boys Basketball to register and make sure their Sports Physicals are up-to-date and are active through March 4th. Any questions please see Coach Rehkow in H107.
Register for Basketball: https://cvsd-wa.finalforms.com/
Basketball Informational Meeting in H107 on Tuesday, November 1st at 11:15 (1st lunch) and at 12:00 (2nd lunch) for all who are interested in trying out for Boys Basketball this year.
You Can't Take it With You- Tickets go on Sale November 1st
“Take a look at this new red fire. It’s beautiful. What do you think of it? Isn’t it beautiful?” —Paul Sycamore in “You Can’t Take it With You”.
Don’t miss this story of family, love, and being true to who we really are. Show dates: November 17, 18, 19. Tickets go on sale November 1.
Winter Sports Registration begins on October 31st
Speech & Debate Team
The Speech and Debate team competed in the Rookie Rumble tournament at Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy on Oct. 21-22. Arielle Alexander (10), Gracie Ayer (11 ), and Lily Lander (10) contended in Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debates while team captain Cambrea Lombardo (12) served as one of several honorary high school senior judges.
Nine high schools and roughly 100 students from Spokane and Coeur d'Alene participated in the annual first tournament of the school year.
Next up for the team is the Feline Frenzy tournament at Mead High School on Dec. 2-3.
Senior Civics Class
As we wrapped up our unit on the Bill of Rights, Mrs. Bergman's senior Civics classes hosted Officer Holthaus as a guest speaker. He shared about his experiences as a police officer, how the amendments show up in his line of work, and how awesome it is to work here at Ridgeline.
We are thankful he took time out of his day to visit!
A PSA from your Ridgeline JSA
A PSA from your Ridgeline JSA: The last day to register to vote in Washington State online or by mail is Monday, October 31! You can also register in-person at a local voting center no later than 8 pm on Election Day (November 8). Go to www.votewa.gov You must have a Washington driver’s license or ID card to register online.
2022 Ridgeline HS Veterans Honor Wall
We would like to honor the veterans in your family during Veterans Day next month. We have a few questions and you can upload a photograph of your family members and closest friends who have served. These vets will be honored during the assembly and throughout the week on our video screens in the Commons.
You can only fill out one form, but each form can accept up to 5 veterans. We are requesting students and staff to fill out information for one veteran, but you can add up to four more if you have a lot of service history in your immediate family.
Photographs in uniform are wonderful, but it is not required that uploaded photos are of someone in their uniform. Please complete submissions by Thursday, November 4th so we can include your honorees in the assembly the following week. Thank you for helping us honor those who you are close to. Veterans Day is an important day to celebrate our service men and women.
Veterans Day Assembly- Thursday, November 10th
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.
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
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)
Lilac Royalty Scholarship program
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