Ridgevie School Meets Playground Fundraising Goal "By A Hair"!
GRAY, TN, 10/19/18 –Ridgeview Elementary School hosted their second annual Color-thon Walk on Friday, September 14, 2018 in an effort to raise funding for a new school playground, updates to existing playgrounds and other necessities at the school. A fundraising goal of $40,000 was set and students in Pre-K-Eighth grade obtained sponsorship through family, friends, and community members for each lap they walked at the front of the school. As an added incentive to meet their goal, Music teacher, Joshua McFadden, agreed to allow the students to shave off his copious beard if they were successful in meeting their goal.
Fundraising results in early October revealed the students had met and exceeded their goal and raised $40,373. The school celebrated their achievement with a schoolwide assembly on October 19, 2018 and top fundraising students had the “shear” delight of removing Mr. McFadden’s facial hair. The school has already broken ground on the new playground and students and faculty look forward to the project’s completion with great anticipation.
Photos attached: Photo 1& 2: Top fundraiser, Rylie Conley (3rd Grade) shaves Mr. McFadden.
Ridgeview School Helps Students Stay Drug Free With Red Ribbon Week!
GRAY, TN, 10/22/18-10/26/18 –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 poster contest and a special presentation by DEA Special Agent, Jonathan Koeppen. Agent Koeppen spoke about the work of the DEA and the dangers of drug abuse.
Photo 1- DEA Special Agent Jonathan Koeppen gets a little help from third grader, Ty McKibbens
Photo 2-Third grader, Faysal Dorton imagines working as a DEA agent
Photo 3- Fifth grade students “Give Drugs the Boot!” and dress in western attire to show their commitment to remaining drug free.
L to R Back Row-Lucas Holbrook, Alex Cunningham, Sophia Stout, Kadence Williams, Savion Fugate, Corban Dykes, Colton McCann (kneeling).
Photo 4- First grade students dress in 50s attire and show that “Drugs are Old School!”
L to R Back Row- Elizabeth Clawson, Kelsey Pearson, Emily Salyer L to R Middle Row-Spencer Walton, Lynnley Lineberry, Lily Marshall, Jack Pearson Kneeling-Cameron Huff
Ridgeview Elementary Students Find Learning Enchanting!
GRAY, TN, 11/12/18-11/16/18 –Parents and community members attended Ridgeview Elementary School’s 11th annual book fair! The Enchanted Forest Book Fair was a schoolwide, week-long event aimed at giving students access to fun, engaging and affordable books. A focal point in the week included a math and literacy family night dubbed “Ridgeview’s Enchanted Evening!” inspired by fairy tales old and new on November 15, 2018. The evening consisted of teacher and community-led inquiry stations, where students used literacy and mathematics tools and games to discover new thinking. Appearances by Bright’s Zoo and Bay’s Mountain as well as Wonder Works and Hands-On Museum door prizes and costume clad faculty and staff members drew in the crowds, but the learning opportunities highlighted the evening’s true purpose.
Photo 1: Characters from the classic fairy tale “Snow White” make an appearance at Ridgeview’s Enchanted Evening Family Involvement Night. L to R: Hillary Lambert (K) “Doc”, Kelley Harrell (Principal) “Evil Queen”, Cheryl Honeycutt (4th) “Bashful”, Clanci Tipton (Counselor) “Sleepy”, Rachel Higginbotham (K)”Dopey”, Jennifer Fields (Pre-K) “Sneezy”, Lindsay Carpenter (1st)”Evil Queen as Witch”, Brandi Menge (Instructional Coach) “Snow White”, Darrell Barnwell (Assistant Principal) “Prince Charming”.
Photo 2: Kindergarten friends celebrate “Woodland Wednesday” as part of the Enchanted Forest Book Fair. L to R: Sophia Wood, Emma Short, Reagan Gillespie, Julia Head, Lucy Steadman, Layla Bacon
Photo 3: Unicorns abound on Magical Monday for the Enchanted Forest Book Fair. L to R: Layla Bacon, Julia Head, Lucy Steadman, Sophia Wood, Reagan Gillespie, Emma Short
Ridgeview Elementary Kindergarten Celebrates 100th Day of School
GRAY, TN, 1/30/19 –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 30, 2019.
- 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 pose for their glamour shots. (L to R)-Sophia Wood, Reagan Gillespie, Lucy Steadman, Juliet Head, Layla Bacon
Photo 2: Haisley Riffe is feeling her age.
Photo 3: Centenarian twins Kelsey and Jack Pearson age well together.
Photo 4: Kindergarten putting in 100 days of work!
Ridgeview Elementary Celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and the National Education Association’s Read Ac
GRAY, TN, 2/25/19-3/1/19–Kindergarten-Eighth grade classes at Ridgeview Elementary celebrated the work of beloved children’s book author, Dr. Theodor ("Ted") Seuss Geisel. The celebration at Ridgeview also coincided with the school’s 11th Annual Used Book Drive, February 25-March 1, 2019. Activities throughout the week included:
Monday, February 25 (Who Can I Help Monday?): Featured Dr. Seuss Stories- ‘Horton Hears a Who” Dress Like the Horton the helpful elephant or wear blue, white and gray today. Students are also encouraged to find one or more people today and help them out or show them kindness.
Tuesday, February 26 (Snoozie Tuesday): Featured Dr. Seuss Stories-–“The Sleep Book” & “I’m Not Going to Get Up Today” Wear pajamas, snuggle with a buddy and read!
Wednesday, February 27 (Winning Wednesday): Featured Dr. Seuss Stories- “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” Dr. Seuss’ always encouraged us to be our best! Today, wear your favorite sports team clothing or colors.
Thursday, February 28 (Twinning Thursday): Featured Dr. Seuss Story- “The Cat in the Hat”. Just like Thing 1 & Thing 2, students can pick a pal and dress as twins. K-8 will Drop Everything and Read from 3:00-3:15 pm.
Friday, March 1 (Fox in Socks Friday & Read Across America Day ): Featured Dr. Seuss Stories- “The Foot Book”, and “Fox in Socks” . Students wear crazy socks and birthday hats today to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! Daniel Boone Beta Club members will be visiting K-4 classrooms as guest readers. “Sock Hop” event in the gym for all K-4 students who brought 5 items to donate to the Ridgeview Used Book Drive. “Sock Hop”. “Sock Hop” begins at 2:00 pm.
Photo 1: Caroline Hammerbacher dresses like Horton the helpful elephant!
Photo 2: First graders (L to R):Amelia Hammond, Savannah Hamby, Hannah Godsey, and Camille Bledsoe pose as a herd of helpful elephants.
Photo 3: Kindergarten students come to school in pajamas for “Snoozie Tuesday”.
-Back Row L to R: Devon Knox, Louisa May, Jackson Newell, Jackson Jessee, Lucy Steadman, Avery Maines, Bentlee Whitaker, Owen Wartman, Lucas Brown
-Kneeling L to R: Layla Bacon, Sophia Wood, Elijah Saults, Sawyer Barnes, Mason Hosmer, Carson Lambert, Maddox Knechtel, LC Maness, Ben Pfitzer
-Sitting Back Row L to R: Emma Short, Victoria Tolley, Nataleigh Hensley, Reagan Gillespie, Braxton Riffe, Haisley Riffe, Juliet Head, Emily Rodriguez
-Sitting Front Row L to R: Ethan Entrekin, Levi Davis, Elias Lewis, Jase Harris, Miller Richards, Cydnee Estepp
Photo 4: Daniel Boone High School Beta Club Members Laken Jones and Austin Cunningham (wearing Seuss hats) spend time reading with fourth graders on Read Across America Day!
-L to R: Devon Burrell, Kaleigh Pigg, Kaleb Ray, Warner Stallard, Gracie Wade, Hailey Bartley, Sophia Ashby, Harper Lindquist, Gracie Gillette, Aemilia Greer, Kerrington Davis, Rece Lowe, Garrison Jones, Jonathan Mingle, Braden Godsey, Sammy Bowser, Greyson Callahan
-Foreground L to R: Xavier Roberts, Kailee Russell, Hayden Bishop, Landon Vaughn
Photo 5: Students, faculty and administrators got in on the fun with Twinning Thursday—just like Thing 1 & 2 they dressed as twins!
-L to R Adults standing: Principal Kelley Harrell, Instructional Coach Brandi Menge, Kindergarten teachers, Hillary Lambert and Rachel Higginbotham
-L to R Children standing: Miles Motley, Phoenix Lashley, Jakobi Wilborn, Ella McKibbens, Isabella Ashby, Sophia Wood, Presley Close, Emily Salyer, Emma Adkisson, Evie Mermilliod, Camille Bledsoe
-L to R Kneeling: Juliet Head, Emma Short, Reese Ellis, Hannah Godsey, Lucy Steadman, Ally Sexton, Amelia Hammond, Violet Hammond
-L to R Sitting: Reagan Gillespie, Layla Bacon, Braxton Riffe, Haisley Riffe, Miller Richards, Nataleigh Hensely, Kinley Boyd
Record-Breaking Track and Field Events for Ridgeview School Athletes!
Gray, TN 3/15/19 & 3/22/19 –Two notable student athletes experienced personal bests at recent Track and Field events in Gray, Tennessee. Information on their achievements follows:
Bradyn Nickels: Bradyn broke the school discus record on March 15 at Daniel Boone High School. He threw 122-1 in discus. On March 22, he broke his own record and set a new discus record of 131-5. Bradyn has also placed first in both track meets in shot put! Bradyn is an outstanding eighth grade leader who is always willing to teach his teammates how to improve with both discus and shot put.
Kerigan Lewis: Kerigan broke the school 1600m race record on March 15 at Daniel Boone High School. She ran the mile and set the new record at 6:33.58. Lewis is an outstanding sixth grader. She is motivated to continue to break her own personal records and never gives up!
Photo 1: Bradyn Nickels
Photo 2: Kerigan Lewis
Ridgeview School Athlete Shatters School Records!
Gray, TN 4/12/19 –
Ridgeview eighth grader, Bradyn Nickels set a new school record for Shot Put at a Daniel Boone High School Track Meet on April 12, 2019. He hit the 40’ 7.50” mark. He now holds BOTH the Shot Put and the Discus records for Ridgeview.
He also placed first in both events at the event! Bradyn is an outstanding eighth grade leader who is always willing to teach his teammates how to improve with both
Discus and Shot Put.
Photo 1: Bradyn Nickels
Ridgeview Students Celebrate Baseball Great—Jackie Robinson!
GRAY, TN, 4/15/19 – Mrs. Emily Cicirello’s second grade class at Ridgeview Elementary participated in a celebration of iconic American baseball legend, Jackie Robinson on Monday, April 15, 2019. The day represented the culmination of a unit of study on Jackie. Students used math skills to calculate innings to determine the winning team and various research methods to find the most interesting facts about Jackie. They ended the day with a “home-run” by enjoying some tasty baseball themed snacks.
Photo 1: Mrs. Emily Cicirello’s class in baseball gear.
Standing L to R: Laci Sanders, Lucia Ward, Lauren Koeppen, Mrs. Cicirello, Caitlin Rogers, Seth Estepp, Bradley Fields
Middle Row Kneeling L to R: Lauren Childers, Juna Held, Keegan Snyder, Aaron McFadden, James Allison, Ayden Kellner
Front Row Kneeling L to R: Liana Frizzell, Ada Timbs, Kambria Silvers, Elijah Donegan, Liam Donegan, Bryson Wilgocki
Photo 2: Mrs. Emily Cicirello’s class wear Jackie’s famous number 42!
Standing L to R: Laci Sanders, Juna Held, Keegan Snyder, Aaron McFadden, Lauren Koeppen, Caitlin Rogers, Seth Estepp, Bradley Fields
Middle Row Kneeling L to R: Ada Timbs, Lauren Childers, Lucia Ward, Mrs. Cicirello, James Allison, Ayden Kellner
Front Row Kneeling L to R: Liana Frizzell, Kambria Silvers, Elijah Donegan, Liam Donegan, Bryson Wilgocki
Photos 3 & 4: Students display their hard work!
Ridgeview School Raises Funds and Awareness with the “Kids Heart Challenge”
GRAY, TN–4/22/19- Ridgeview School physical education department in conjunction with the American Heart Association sponsored the annual “Kids Heart Challenge” program in April, 2019. 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 $3,075.00 that went directly to the American Heart Association. Ridgeview was the top fundraising school in Washington County for this event!
Photo attached: (L to R)-Top fundraiser, Michael Southerland (1st grade), 2nd Place: Kaylee Wallace (2nd grade) 3rd Place: Brand Starnes (3rd grade), 4th Place: Caylee Sutton (3rd grade).
Lady Raptor Softball Team Undefeated!
Gray, TN 5/13/19 –
Ridgeview Lady Raptor softball team led by Coach Lori Jenkins wrapped up their season Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Area Tournament at Ridgeview School in Gray, Tennessee. They had an impressive season going undefeated with a record of 27-0!
They clinched the Big 3 Large School Division Championship as well as the Area 1 Championship. In the Area tournament, they defeated Johnson County 15-3, Vance Middle School 2-1, and Sevier Middle School 9-4 to grab the Area Title. During Conference and Area Tournament, Audrey Moorhouse batted 9-19, Kyleigh Bacon was 14-22 at the plate with 1 homerun, and Maci Masters was 12-20 at the plate with 4 homeruns. Pitcher Katie Sparks took the win over Vance, giving up 3 hits and 1 earned run. Kyleigh Bacon took the win over Sevier, giving up 5 hits and 4 runs. An impressive defense was lead by Josie Jenkins, Lillie Walters, Alexandria Unick, Riley Croley, and Kenzie Bacon.
Front Row: Briell Mesusan, Emily Anderson, Kenzie Bacon, Lillie Walters, Katie Sparks, Skylar Cable.
Back Row: Coach Lori Jenkins, Audrey Moorhouse, Josie Jenkins, Maci Masters, Kyleigh Bacon, Alexandria Unick, Anna Grove, Avery Cunningham, Riley Croley, and Coach Jessie Wheelock.
Ridgeview School Athletes Represent at State Track Meet!
Gray, TN 5/18/19
At the TMSAA Sate Track Meet, Ridgeview Elementary School had four athletes who qualified to compete in Clarksville, Tennessee on May 18, 2019. The athletes demonstrated excellence in the Class A Division and brought home the following achievements:
Trey Austin (7th Grade) placed 14th in the state for the 800m run.
Jaecee Rae Carr (8th Grade) placed 12th in the state for the 100m dash.
Keri Riddle (8th Grade) placed 9th in the state for shot put.
Bradyn Nickels (8th Grade) placed 5th in the state for shot put, and he is the 2019 State Champion for discus with a measurement of 131’ 8”!
Photo 1: (L to R) Bradyn Nickels, Keri Riddle
Photo 2: (L to R) Trey Austin, Bradyn Nickels, Jaecee Rae Carr
Photo 3: Bradyn Nickels and Coach Ashley Delevega