We are more than a test score! 
"When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur...Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made.  Don't look for the big, quick improvement.  Seek the small improvements, one day at a time.  That's the only way it happens - and when it happens that way, it lasts."  (John Wooden, successful basketball coach at UCLA) 

CURRICULUM INFORMATION

I would like to share some insight into the science course sequence change that was made three years ago.  I was sitting in the room when the curriculum team, which was composed of the 6-12 science department teachers, building administration, and a superintendent made the decision to change the course sequence.   First, it is important to understand that curriculum changes occur in a context and are made with the best interest of students in mind.  We do not always have all the information we need from Pennsylvania Department of Education and we do the very best we can with the information we do, including our collective professional experiences. 

It is important to understand the process for curriculum evaluation at RASD.  I believe I can share a perspective that will give a little insight into the context, which will help you to understand where we are with the science curriculum.  The bottom line we have observed the changes that were made three years ago, we monitored students performance across grade levels, we monitored pass failure rates in both math and science and we have had substantial staffing changes within the department.  With that said we are in the process of making both short term and long term adjustments to the science curriculum.

Please note:  this is in reference to the processes at the 6-12 grade level in the RASD.  Also note, I apologize for the length.  If you want to read specifically about science, scroll to the bottom.

MOVING TO RIDGWAY?
If you need to enroll your 6th-12th grader into the Ridgway School District, please contact the Ridgway Middle-High School office at 814-773-3164 or stop in the office to pick up an enrollment packet.

FIRST DAY FOR STUDENTS
The first day of school for the 2015-2016 School Year will be Thursday, August 27, 2015.  Homeroom begins at 7:30 AM.


BACK TO SCHOOL PACKETS
RHS students can pick up their Back to School Packet the week of August 10th.  The office will be open Monday-Thursday 7:00A - 4:00P.   The packet contains important forms that parents must fill out and the student return on the 1st day of school.

SCHEDULE CHANGES
The High School Guidance Counselor will be available for Schedule Changes August 17, 18, and 19 from 8:00-2:30.

DEADLINE REMINDER
Community Service and Job Shadow that was completed over the summer must be turned in by August 31, 2015 in order to receive credit for completion.

FUNDRAISERS:
None at this time


RHS Community Service Requirements: 
Grade 9 (5 hrs); Grade 10 (15 hrs.); Grade 11 (15 hrs.); Grade 12 (15 hrs.)

Summer Parks Program
Ridgway Chamber
Summer Church Camps/Programs
Girl Scout/Boy Scout Camps
Fireman's Carnival
St. Leo's Summer Festival






Secondary Hours of Operation
*When School is IN Session

Administration
Mr. Benson         7:00-3:30
Mr. Barbazzeni    7:00-3:00

Secretarial
Ms. Goode            7:00-3:00 
Mrs. Lynch            7:00-3:00
Ms. Kelley             7:00.-11:00

Guidance Counselors
Mrs. Yeager          7:15-2:55
Ms. Schaut            7:15-2:55
    *By appointment before or after school

Instructional Staff
RMS/RHS Faculty    7:15-2:55
Staff covering student arrivals   7:00-2:40


Today, 8/1/2015
High: 76 Low: 54
Chance thunderstorms
32% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 8/2/2015
High: 77 Low: 58
Slight chance thunderstorms
15% chance of precipitation.

Thursday, August 6
6th Grade Orientation
6:30 PM
Mon, Aug 10 - Thu, Aug 13
Pick up Back to School Packets
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday, August 10
Sport Sign Ups
8:00 AM
Cafeteria
If you did not yet sign up...parent and student must attend this meeting
Mon, Aug 17 - Wed, Aug 19
HS Schedule Changes
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Mon, Aug 24 - Wed, Aug 26
Teacher In-Service
No School for Students
Thursday, August 27
Welcome Back Students!
Homeroom will begin promptly at 7:30 am.
Monday, August 31
DEADLINE: Summer Community Service/Job Shadow
If you did this over the summer...you must turn everything in by this date in order for it to be counted!