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Straight from the Hardt
Hello Ridgeline Families- It has been a great week of learning and growing here at RHS! Being a high school principal affords me a front row seat to so many amazing moments that I get to experience with your kids. I wish I could have had that type of experience with my own boys when they were in high school. To be right in the middle of their lives and really get to see and experience what they experience at school, would be pretty cool. That’s why our newsletter is important for parents. Our goal is to provide a glimpse into school life so you can enjoy the experience vicariously. If you’re not connected to our social media platforms you’ll want to do that as well.
Today was a great example of community and culture at Ridgeline. The entire student body and staff gathered together to honor and remember our military men and women who proudly served our country. Veteran’s Day observance is so important-- and our assembly today was powerful and moving. When you actually take time to think about those who have served, still serve, or sacrificed their lives for our freedoms, you can’t help but feel overwhelmed by gratitude, sadness, and pride.
When we find ourselves worrying and complaining about every day things that annoy us, it serves as a good reminder for me that most, if not all, of my problems are fairly minor when compared to people willing to put themselves in harm’s way for someone else. Our students in the audience today were great and very respectful. Our honored guests and their families in attendance were so appreciative of our students, almost surprised at how “well behaved” they were. And they were blown away by our band and choir and when our trumpeters closed with Taps, you could’ve heard a pin drop and that lump was heavy in my throat. Today was a moment that I will always remember.
Stay informed and on top of what’s happening next by skimming through today’s Falcon Flyer!
Thank you Veteran’s! Make it a great weekend! --Mr. Hardt
Student Services News
National Letter of Intent Signing Day for RHS
We have two student athletes that have celebrated and signed their National Letter of Intent this week!
Corinne Westby – Volleyball at Central Washington University
Maddy Murphy – Gymnastics at University of Alaska
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
Admission Counselor, Donya Gadley, will be at RHS on Monday, November 14, during 4th period (11:20). 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).
Admission representative, Ramona Barhorst, will be at RHS on Tuesday, November 15, during 6th period (1:25). 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).
Admission representative, Sara Bennett, will be at RHS on Thursday, November 17, during 6th period (1:25). 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).
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.
Message from Mr. Spraggins
Is this “prestigious” summer camp for real?
Greetings, Ridgeline families! Occasionally throughout the year, I encounter questions I anticipate many of you might have. In such instances, I will take the time to briefly answer them here for the benefit of others.
Recently, a parent asked about an unsolicited nomination his student received from a prestigious university, inviting the student to participate in a engineering summer camp. In it, the host organization spoke eloquently to the student’s academic prowess, leaving the impression that the student was in exclusive intellectual company, and the invitation was offered because of it. The invitation also spoke of the potential to earn college credit, with implicit overtones of participation in the camp improving the student’s college admissibility.
While most such invitations are not scams per se, they can be misleading in terms of the benefits they suggest your student will receive. Generally speaking, these summer camps are not experiences that will significantly enhance a student’s college admissibility by simply participating. Nor is the credit-earning potential likely to have a significant impact on a student’s progression to a college degree (if they earn credit that will transfer at all). Unfortunately, the manner in which these programs are marketed tends to play on the egos and emotions of students and parents, attempting to attract them to summer programs that, although potentially fun and interesting, don’t truly offer the benefits suggested and/or implied. Thus, most students and parents will likely best be served to view these summer program invitations for what they are: very expensive summer camp experiences on college campuses.
If you or your student have questions about these invitations and/or other college and career-related issues, please contact Mr. Spraggins (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Veteran's Day Assembly
Unified Bowling Tournament
Unified Bowling Tournament 🎳
Each team or player won a place within their specific league 💚🤍
Andrew Simson Gold
Jamal Traore and Tyler Nixon got Gold
Grant Anderson and Kaia Chan got silver
Zach Plott and Ben Khoury Gold
Hunter Allen and Nick Jennings 4th
Kaidyn Slinkard and Kameron Lewis silver
Mike Fox and Payton Bigham Bronze
Ella Bode and Kaitlyn Faye Gold
Way to go Falcons!
Girls Soccer Team
Good Luck to our Girl’s Soccer team this weekend in Bellevue. Wish them luck as they compete against Shorewood High School on Friday at 5pm.
Thank you to Mayor Kaminskas for your support 💚🤍
Ridgeline Business Club- Community Outreach
Help us give back to our community this Thanksgiving with RBC's Thanksgiving meal community outreach project!
Donations may include 🤍
canned/boxed food such as:
Cream of Mushroom soup
French Fried Onions
Money to purchase additional food :)
All donations must be brought to Mrs. Jeske or Mrs. Demarest upstairs in their classrooms next to The Nest.
Donations MUST be in by Thursday, November 17th.
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) held it's first Regional competition information meeting on Tuesday during both lunches. Thanks to our officers for bringing pizza and snacks! Our experienced FBLA members spoke about their own competition experiences to get our new members excited to compete in January! The next meeting is after school 2:15 to 3:30 Thursday, November 17th in E202-Mrs. Demarest's room for our members to make a decision about their competition events. Please join us next Thursday if you are interested in learning more about FBLA. We would love to have you!
Toys for Tots
Freshmen Class Officers
Last Friday, we held the class officer election our freshmen class. Thank you to all of the candidates for putting themselves out there and running a great campaign.
Congratulations to our new Freshmen Class Officers.
Ms. Lasz's Spanish 1 students recently practiced their art skills by making a traditional Ecuadorian migajón clay using only two slices of bread and some Elmer’s glue. We did this around Halloween when we learned more about El Día de los Muertos which is celebrated on November 2nd. They were challenged to make their alebrije or spirit animal. It was fun to get our hands messy tap into our creativity while delving into Hispanic culture.
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 Yearbook Ad sales open next week!
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.
Does your child participate in after school athletics at Ridgeline High School?
Does your child participate in after school athletics at Ridgeline High School? Is your child experiencing an injury as a result of participation? Ridgeline High School's athletic trainer is more than willing to evaluate their injury, work on a rehab plan, and coordinate with parents/guardians for further medical follow-up when warranted.
Scott Wardian LAT, ATC, is the athletic trainer for Ridgeline High School working with student athletes across all sports and activities, as well as RHS staff. Scott is employed by Providence St. Luke's Medical Center to be the full-time AT for RHS. His supervising physician, and the physician he works most closely with, is Laura Fralich, MD, with Providence Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and while he is employed by Providence, he also works very closely with sports medicine physicians and medical providers from other organizations as well. Scott will work with athletes and parents to have them be seen by providers of their choosing should the need arise. Scott can be reached at the school at 558-3942, if you leave a message, he will get back to you as soon as he is able.
GSL Passes available in the Business Office
Ridgeline Business Club
Thanksgiving Early Release Bell Schedule for November 23rd
Basketball 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:
Blanket Night- December 1st from 5:30-8:00pm
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)
Grad Night 2023
Tickets for Senior GRAD Night- $50
STRATEGIC PLAN VIRTUAL CONVERSATION
CVSD is creating a new strategic plan, based on community input using a new idea management tool called Crowdicity. Provide YOUR IDEAS to district leaders & vote on others at https://ceso.crowdicity.com until Mon. 11/14. Pass it on to others.
Watch for updates on the process at: https://www.cvsd.org/strategicplan/
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!
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