Ridgeview 2017/2018

  • Ridgeview Students Fall into Fun in Food City Pumpkin Contest!

     Pumpkin Patch Pumpkin Patch 2


    L to R (Back Row): Matthew Ford, Jesse Tucker, Penny McMillion, Emily Parton

    L to R (Front Row): Jessica Cable, Hanna Louter, Kinley Klara  


    GRAY, TN, 10/5/17 – Third grade students at Ridgeview Elementary School felt autumn in the air this week as they worked diligently on their own unique and festive pumpkin designs.  Art teacher, Penny McMillion provided the venue and the inspiration and Food City in Gray, Tennessee provided the young artists’ iconic orange “canvas”.  In addition to donating all the pumpkins for the project, Food City in Gray will display the finished pumpkins throughout the month of October.  Prizes for top designs were awarded to Hanna Louter-First Place, Jessica Cable-Second Place, Kinley Klara-Third Place.

  • Ridgeview Students Fall into Fun in Food City Pumpkin Contest!

     Hurricane Relief

    L to R: Students: Kilee Griggs, Jaden Shaw, Eli Orchard, David Schmidt, Faith Taylor

    L to R: Faculty and Community Members:  Clarence Mabe, Kristi Sanders, Deana Arwood, Bryan Davenport, Mark Larkey, Jeff Gray


    GRAY, TN, 10/5/17 – Third grade students at Ridgeview Elementary School felt autumn in the air this week as they worked diligently on their own unique and festive pumpkin designs.  Art teacher, Penny McMillion provided the venue and the inspiration and Food City in Gray, Tennessee provided the young artists’ iconic orange “canvas”.  In addition to donating all the pumpkins for the project, Food City in Gray will display the finished pumpkins throughout the month of October.  Prizes for top designs were awarded to Hanna Louter-First Place, Jessica Cable-Second Place, Kinley Klara-Third Place.

  • Ridgeview Cross Country Team Go to State Meet!

    Cross Country

    L to R:  Ridgeview Middle School Cross Country: Gabe Duncan, J.J. Bowman, Ethan Eddy, Gavin Leonard, Nate Maples, Trey Austin, Chandler Justice. 

    Austin Peay University, Clarksville, TN, 10/7/17 –After an exceptional Sectional run in Greenville, Tennessee on September 26, 2017 the Ridgeview Middle School Boys moved up as a team to the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association (TMSAA) State Meet at Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tennessee on October 7, 2017. 


    The District 1 Sectional race was made up of middle school teams from all over eastern Tennessee and the boys ran with determination and stamina to win their chance at the State competition.  Of the 306 middle schools in the state, only 12 single A middle schools make it to the state race.     


    The team finished as State Runner Up at the cross country course of Austin Peay University.  The boys ran incredibly hard and ultimately lost to a team comprised of all eighth grade runners from the Murfreesboro area, while the Ridgeview team is predominantly sixth graders and this is their first year to run in a middle school race. Most of the team began working out over the summer, attending practices twice a week at Ridgeview while the rest began training in August proving that dedication and preparation produce winning results!

  • Ridgeview School Helps Students Stay Drug Free With Red Ribbon Week!

    Miss Tennessee
    Miss Tennessee, Caty Davis poses with Ridgeview student body.

    GRAY, TN, 10/23/17-10/27/17 –Ridgeview Elementary School provided anti-drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign.  Since its inception in 1985, the Red Ribbon Campaign has impacted millions of people worldwide.  It began in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, when citizens began wearing Red Ribbons to bring attention to the damage and violence caused by drugs and drug abuse.  


    Ridgeview hosted a variety of student and family oriented activities for the event including a K-9 police dog presentation, special dress up days and mental health presentations.  The school was also treated to an appearance by Miss Tennessee, Caty Davis, who spoke at a schoolwide assembly about drug abuse prevention and staying safe at school and home.

  • Ridgeview Elementary Students Round Up Some Great Books at a Wild West Book Fair!Cow Kiss Wild West

    Photo 1: Vice Principal, Stephan Williams shows his support for student literacy by kissing Willie the Cow.  Mr. Williams agreed to perform the "What Would You Do for Reading?" stunt because Ridgeview students raised over $2000.00 in the All for Books program which helps put books in the hands of students at Ridgeview as well as students across the country. 

    Photo 2: Teachers, Brittney Pearson and Krissi McInturff show students how it's done by dressing in western attire on Flannel Friday.

  • Ridgeview Elementary Kindergarten Celebrates 100th Day of School
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    GRAY, TN, 1/26/18 –Kindergarten classes held their 100th Day of School celebration at Ridgeview Elementary.  The celebration began at 11:30 a.m. and ended around 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018.


    Activities included:

    100 sticker crown. Students count out 100 stickers and decorate crowns with them.

    100 Day snack mix. Students count out 10 items of 10 different snacks to make 100 snack mix.

    100 Day jewelry. Students count out 100 Froot Loops and string them to create a 100 day necklace.


    Teachers have also had each child take home a number, 1- 100, decorate it any way they wish and have included the number in a 100 Day number mural at the end of the Kindergarten hall.  After the celebration, teachers plan to take the numbers down one by one to count backwards how many days of school are left!  Students always enjoy this celebration of their first year in school and the magic of numbers!

    Photo 1: Kindergarten centenarians construct 100 cup towers. (L to R)-Callie Barkley, Maci Williams, Lily Marshall

    Photo 2: Spencer Walton is feeling his age.

    Photo 3: Emily Salyer “walks” around school.

    Photo 4: Twins (L to R) Amelia and Violet Hammond share a “walk” around Ridgeview in their homemade walker.

  • Ridgeview Educator Named Belz-Lipman Holocaust Educator of the Year!

     Mrs. Arwood

    Gray, TN, 1/26/18—Ridgeview School is pleased to announce that Mrs. Deana Arwood has won the 2018 Belz-Lipman Holocaust Educator of the Year Award.  This prestigious award was bestowed in honor of Mrs.Arwood’s passion and commitment to educating future generations about the Holocaust. Mrs. Arwood teaches Reading Language Arts to eighth grade students at Ridgeview.  Each year, she delivers a comprehensive and impactful unit of study on the Holocaust, including guest speakers and lessons on the life of Anne Frank as well as survivors like Gerda Weissmann Klein.


    The Award will be officially presented to Mrs. Arwood on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the State Capitol where her educational efforts will be recognized before state legislators, fellow teachers, survivors, liberators and other Tennesseans. 

    Photo above: Mrs. Deana Arwood poses with a remembrance box of Kingsport, WWII Veteran, George Williams who visited Ridgeview and shared his experiences with students.

  • Ridgeview Middle Schoolers Participate in First LEGO® League East Tennessee Robotics Championship!

    Robotics Team TN Tech

    GRAY, TN–2/10/18- The Ridgeview Raptors Robotics team was invited to participate in the  First Lego League Hydrodynamics Championship tournament held in Cookeville, Tennessee at Tennessee Technical University on Saturday, February 10, 2018.  The Raptor team won their invitation to this State Tournament by qualifying in the regional tournament held at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City this past December. Innovative work was performed by all contenders and the Ridgeview team came home with a 2nd place trophy for their Robot Design in the Mechanical Design category.

    Photo above:

    Back Row (L to R)-Jennifer Hill (Faculty Advisor), Zachary Zuehlke, Clayton Moorhouse, Sean Reed, Stephan Williams (Vice Principal), Kelley Harrell (Principal), Jake Moody, Holly Jamerson (Faculty Advisor).

    Front Row (L to R)-Eden Swain, Phoenix Moore, Grayson Alley, Hannah Boyd.

  • Ridgeview School Draws a Crowd to hear New York Times Best-Selling Graphic Novelist Nathan Hale!
    Nathan Hale Visits Ridgeview

    GRAY, TN–3/7/18-Bestselling author/illustrator, Nathan Hale visited  Ridgeview School for an artistic, literary celebration on March 7, 2018. 

    Nathan Hale is the author and illustrator of the Eisner-nominated, New York Times bestselling graphic novel series on American history Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales.

    He is the illustrator of the graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge and its sequel, Calamity Jack. He also illustrated Frankenstein: A Monstrous ParodyThe Dinosaurs' Night Before Christmas, and many others.  More information about the author and his books may be obtained by visiting  www.nathanhaleauthor.com

    Mr. Hales’s visit was scheduled as a component of Ridgeview’s literacy program for 2017-18. The focus of the program is helping students make and set individual and group reading goals as well as helping them make the connection between literacy and personal success.

    The school visit included three presentations, an Author Luncheon and a Writer’s Workshop.


    Photo-Nathan Hale works one-on-one with student artists at the Author Luncheon.

  • Ridgeview Students Make East Tennessee School Band & Orchestra Association 

    GRAY, TN, 2/10/18 – Ridgeview School eighth graders, Kayleb Ellis and Riley Keene, gave an outstanding performance in a try-out session on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at John Sevier Middle School against eighth grade students from Jefferson City to Johnson County for a chair in the Upper Area All East Band. Their culminating performance was at Robinson Middle School on February 10, 2018, under the direction of Dr. Brent Palmer. Riley and Kayleb also achieved this prestigious honor last year as seventh graders. Our area band and orchestra association, East Tennessee School Band & Orchestra Association (ETSB&OA), sponsors and hosts these events.

    Band Winners

    Photo: L to R: Kayleb Ellis, Riley Keene 

  • Ridgeview Students Take Top Honors at 4-H Speech Competition!

    GRAY, TN, 3/5/18 – Ridgeview School students gave an outstanding performance in the annual 4-H public speaking competition on Monday, March 5, 2018 at Daniel Boone High School in Gray, Tennessee.  The first-place winners will represent Washington County at the Upper 8 Eastern Region Competition on Monday, March 12, 2018 also at Daniel Boone High School.

    Public-speaking contests in 4-H help prepare students for future careers by increasing confidence, improving articulation and encouraging the sharing of their expertise.  Top achievers from Ridgeview are listed below:

    • Fourth grade: Baltazar Meija (1stplace), Drew Castle (2ndplace), Joshua Lane (3rd place), Kaden Lyle (Superior Performance)
    • Sixth grade: Olivia Castle (1stplace)

    1st Place   4-H Photo   4H Photo 2

    Photos above:

    Photo 1: Baltazar Meija (1st place)

    Photo 2: (L to R) Drew Castle (2nd place), Joshua Lane (3rd place), Kaden Lyle (Superior Performance)

    Photo 3: (L to R): 4-H Representative, Connie Sharp, Olivia Castle (1st place), 4-H Representatives Barbara Nuckols and Juanita Miles

  • Ridgeview Kindergarten Celebrates Rhyme Time!

    GRAY, TN, 4/6/18 – Ridgeview Elementary kindergarten students participated in a Nursery Rhyme Parade on Friday, April 6, 2018.  The day represented the culmination of a unit of study on nursery rhymes.  Students completed a variety of activities related to the topic including nursery rhyme reading and recitation, writing activities and each student created their own nursery rhyme book. 

    Rhyme Time

    Photo 1: Mrs. Rachel Higginbotham’s class toured the school in a Nursery Rhyme parade.

    Standing  L to R: Mrs. Rachel Higginbotham, Grant Lizzio, Hudson Honeycutt, Landon Lester, Jacob Hillman, Jayden Jenkins, Maci Williams
    Middle Row Kneeling L to R: Abigail Ward, Callie Barkley, Roger Riddle, Corbin Williams, Levi Fields, Aislinn Smith
    Front Row Sitting L to R: Emily Salyer, Emma Adkisson, Spencer Walton, Lily Marshall, Lynnley Lineberry

  • Ridgeview School Raises Funds and Awareness with “Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart”

    GRAY, TN–5/2/18- Ridgeview School physical education department in conjunction with the American Heart Association sponsored the annual “Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart” program in April, 2018.  Students were allowed to participate in jump rope or basketball activities on a voluntary basis and were given the option to obtain sponsorship to raise money to benefit the American Heart Association.  Ridgeview students and families did an outstanding job of raising awareness and supporting their community by donating $3353.00 that went directly to the American Heart Association. 

    Jump for Heart
    Photo attached: (L to R)-Top fundraiser, Nya Wiesner (6th grade), Runner up: Gracie Gillette (3rd grade) and Runner up: Jonah Cline (1st grade).

  • Ridgeview Elementary Drama Club Presents Peter Pan Jr.


    Disney's Peter Pan JR. is a contemporary adaptation of the Disney film and J.M. Barrie's classic play, which tell the enchanting story of a boy who refused to grow up.  Ridgeview’s production on May 7, 2018 and May 8, 2018 at the school's gymnasium captivated audiences as they performed songs and scenes that transported viewers to a world where childhood is preserved and anything is possible!

     Tinkerbell Peter Pan Peter Pan 2

    Photo 1: Olivia Castle as Tinkerbell

    Photo 2: Cast enchants audience with song. Pictured (L to R): Faith Taylor, Lexi May, Grayson Tucker, Lemiah Foster, Sam Alsalim, Jolee McClain, Michaela Frazier, Olivia Greene, Sydney Alley

    Photo 3: Captain Hook admits defeat! Pictured (foreground L to R): Olivia Greene, Lexi May, Kilee Griggs  

    Photo credits Jon Hounshell​​​​