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) 


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.

*1 hour early dismissal at 1:24 on November 24
School Closed -- November 25 - December 1
School Back in Session -- December 2

*We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving*

The Ridgway Band Program will be giving their annual Holiday Concert Thursday, December 3rd in The HS Auditorium.  The concert will start at 6:30 PM. 

The Ridgway Choir Program will be giving their annual Holiday Concert Thursday, December 10th in The HS Auditorium.  The concert will start at 7:000 PM. 

Buy a Yearbook Yearbooks can be ordered online from Yearbooks Forever.  You can also order your yearbook by turning in the order form with payment to Mrs. Goode in the office.

Deadline for ordering yearbooks is December 24, 2015.


The Ridgway High School hallways will be open once again for the Winter Walking Program.  Community members wishing to participate in this program must register in the High School Main Office.  You will be required to fill out a registration form and pay $5 for a door entry fob.  The program will begin November 2nd.  Members may walk between 3:30PM-7:30PM, Monday through Friday.  Contact the office at 773-3164 for questions.

Wanted – Pictures for Yearbook!!

If you snap a great picture at a school event, sports event, drama event, etc…..submit it to Yearbook for review.

Individuals who want to help yearbook can download “yearbook snap” from wherever apps are found. This is a free app and to use the app you must select our school and use our password “elkers”. When images are uploaded to the yearbook you must provide an email address and place the image in a content folder. Remember that you need to be connected to the internet to use this app. Yearbook submissions will reviewed by the advisors and then made available for the students for yearbook use.


11/27-12/8 -- Candy Apples (Cheerleading)

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

Secondary Hours of Operation
*When School is IN Session

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

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

Wed, Nov 25 - Tue, Dec 1
Thanksgiving Break
School Closed
Wednesday, December 2
HS REACH Meeting
2:30 PM
Thursday, December 3
Holiday Band Concert
6:30 PM
High School Auditorium
Friday, December 4
Clubs Meet
Monday, December 7
RHS Auditorium
Progress Reports Due
Thursday, December 10
Choral Concert
High School Auditorium
Friday, December 11
Buddy/Club Pics
Clubs Meet
Tuesday, December 15
Assembly: Penn Highlands
11:30 AM