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  • Character - It's Who You Are!

    Character Education Word for June: Integrity A personal choice to hold oneself to consistent moral and ethical standards.

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  • Ridgeview Elementary Curated Artwork Collection

    Sixteen artworks were acquired by the Washington State Arts Commission in partnership with Yakima School District for the Ridgeview Elementary Curated Collection. They are part of the State Art Collection. The funding for this curated collection was made possible by the OSPI K-3 Class Size Reduction Grant, which funded the construction of additional classrooms at Ridgeview Elementary School.

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  • Let's celebrate the students who have been Working Hard to Learn, Working Hard to Have Great Behavior, and Trying Their BEST during distance learning! BIG SHOUTOUT to the students in each grade level below for working so hard this week! 

    The Ridgeview Way

    Students of the Week from 1/25-1/29

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    2nd Grade:

    Natalie

    Evely

    Carlos

    Hayde

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    4th Grade:

    Edwin

    Pablo

    Azelynn

    5th Grade: 

    Andres

    Alisiah B.

    Isaias

    Evelynn

     

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YSD Stories

  • Ridgeview Elementary Shines with New Art from Five Artists, Curated by Cozette Phillips, Featuring Yakima Artist Christie Tirado

    Posted by Kirsten Fitterer on 4/13/2021

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    "The Washington State Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places program enhances the spaces which serve the public with extraordinary artworks. The aspiration to capture and express the spirit of this program has informed the curation and addition of five artists and sixteen artworks to the collection at Ridgeview Elementary. Artists James Allen, Megan Martens-Haworth, Narsiso Martinez, Nicole Pietrantoni, and Christie Tirado each bring their unique voices as they join Washington’s State Art Collection.

    The artworks that have been added to the collection span the mediums of book arts, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. There is a diversity of approaches and interpretations yet each artist shares in their ability to enlighten, alter perceptions, and open the viewer to new experiences. Artworks and artists were selected that reflect the people and cultures of the region, its landscapes, its agricultural traditions, and its dreams of the future; all that is essential and all those who are essential.

    One will experience both a visual and physical journey while viewing the collection on display at Ridgeview Elementary. The dynamic architecture of the school is understood through its lofty ceilings, the abundant natural light that spills through its skylights, and its spacious corridors that offer expansive sightlines. Its impact inspires a dialogue between the artworks and their surrounding educational spaces. The intentional presentation encourages moments of reflection while paired with the curatorial goal of cultivating knowledge and a greater appreciation of the arts."

    –Cozette Phillips, curator for Ridgeview Elementary, Yakima School District, in Central Washington (April 2021).

    For information about the artists as well as photos of the art, please go to the ArtsWA portal here: https://www.arts.wa.gov/collection/?request=record;id=211;type=901

    About the Ridgeview Elementary Curator Collection

    Sixteen artworks were acquired by the Washington State Arts Commission in partnership with Yakima School District for the Ridgeview Elementary Curated Collection. They are part of the State Art Collection. The funding for this curated collection was made possible by the OSPI K-3 Class Size Reduction Grant, which funded the construction of additional classrooms at Ridgeview Elementary School.

    Curator: Cozette Phillips

    ArtsWA Curated Projects Coordinator: Valerie Peterman

    Art Selection Committee:

    • Narae Collins, 2nd Grade Teacher, Ridgeview Elementary
    • Trina Hovsepian, Assistant Principal, Ridgeview Elementary
    • Brittney Jones, PTO President, Ridgeview Elementary
    • Shelli McDonald Hauk, 4th Grade Teacher, Ridgeview Elementary
    • KC Mitchell, Principal, Ridgeview Elementary
    • Maria T. Reyes, Kindergarten Teacher, Ridgeview Elementary

    Yakima School District and Ridgeview Elementary assembled an Art Selection Committee. They gathered for a four-meeting process to select artworks for their school. The committee first met with ArtsWA Curated Projects Coordinator Valerie Peterman. They discussed Ridgeview’s community context, audience, and location opportunities for artworks. With this information in mind, they selected Cozette Phillips from the ArtsWA Curator Roster to research and recommend artworks.

    Adjusting to COVID-19 restrictions, Cozette met with Valerie and the committee remotely to refine the committee’s criteria. Cozette then researched potential artworks that responded to the ideas and values shared by the committee. Cozette presented artworks to the Committee, who selected sixteen artworks by the following five artists to be placed around the school:

    • James Allen, Portland, OR
    • Megan Martens-Haworth, Spokane, WA
    • Narsiso Martinez, Long Beach, CA
    • Nicole Pietrantoni, Walla-Walla, WA
    • Christie Tirado, Yakima, WA

    The artwork was installed over Spring Break.

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  • Whitney and Ridgeview Students Take First Place In Charity Campaign And Donating Over 4,500 Meals

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 3/31/2021
    Ridgeview and Whitney students have done it again! 
     
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    Imagine Learning recently sponsored a “Feeding the Northwest” challenge, allowing students to donate their THINK Points to local food banks, helping families most negatively impacted due to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
     
    School districts from Washington, Oregon, and California competed in donating THINK POINTS to a “Feeding the Northwest” campaign. Many of these districts had 6 to 7 times as many students using the program as YSD. However, Whitney and Ridgeview students stunned the Northwest when as first-year implementers of Imagine Math, they took FIRST PLACE in this charity campaign, donating over 1,000,000 THINK points, which equates to over 4500 meals.
     
    This remarkable feat has been made possible through the tireless efforts of teachers at both schools and the enthusiastic support of the administrative teams at Ridgeview Elementary (K.C. Mitchell–Principal, Trina Hovsepian–Vice Principal, Jennifer Henson–Instructional Facilitator) and Whitney Elementary (Kim Newell–Principal, Brandon Hunt–Vice Principal, and Teresa Blondin–Instructional Facilitator).
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  • Elementary Students Donate to the Red Cross Via Earned "THINK Points"

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 1/29/2021
    This past school year, Ridgeview and Whitney Elementary utilized Imagine Math to help students learn math while learning at home. Imagine Math is an award-winning, online computer program designed to help students gain mastery and confidence in mathematics.
     
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    Within the program, students earn “THINK Points” by completing math problems. Students can donate these THINK Points to select charities.
    Due to the Wildfires of 2020, students from over 160 School Districts in California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, had the opportunity to donate their THINK Points to a Wildfire Relief Fund.
     
    From over 160 School Districts, 8 top-performing schools were selected to donate the funds to their local Red Cross. Whitney and Ridgeview were two of the eight! This came because while in the first year of using the program, Whitney and Ridgeview students have led their schools to be Top-3 in Washington State in usage, lessons attempted, and lessons passed within Imagine Math.
     
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    This remarkable feat has been made possible through the tireless efforts of teachers at both schools and the enthusiastic support of the administrative teams at Ridgeview Elementary (K.C. Mitchell–Principal, Trina Hovsepian–Vice Principal, Jennifer Henson–Instructional Facilitator) and Whitney Elementary (Kim Newell–Principal, Brandon Hunt–Vice Principal, and Teresa Blondin–Instructional Facilitator).
     
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    Students, teachers, and administrators virtually awarded their checks to the local branch of the Red Cross.
     
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  • Fresh Produce Boxes, Meal Packs, and Activity Kits For Students Before Winter Break

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 12/18/2020
    Schools across the district were busy throughout the day on December 16 as they distributed meal boxes, fresh produce, and activity kits for students in preparation for winter break.
     
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    The fresh produce boxes contained 8-12 different types of produce from local and neighboring state farms. A special thanks to our local farmers; McIlrath Family Farms, Pacific Fresh Produce, and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. We also appreciate the staff support from Crafted Eatery & Single Hill for helping pack the boxes. Thank you for partnering together to provide nutritious local produce for our community!
     
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    The Yakima Schools Foundation handed out student activity kits that shared information on how to practice #SafeCelebrations while having fun over winter break. The kits included coloring pages and mask making supplies. Students and/or parents can comment on any YSD #SafeCelebrations social media post with a picture of their coloring page or mask to be entered to win a prize! Winners will be announced on social media on January 4.
     
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  • Ridgeview Elementary Awarded Art From The Washington State Arts Commission

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 12/1/2020

    In December 2019, Ridgeview Elementary's application for the Art In Public Places Program by The Washington State Arts Commission was approved. This program invites eligible schools to apply for commissioned artwork. The artwork is currently being prepared for installation and is scheduled to be installed in January 2021.

    The image below shows the complete art collection that will be installed at Ridgeview Elementary. To learn more about the artwork and artists, click here

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    Washington State is one of the few states that place public art in public schools. The State Art Collection includes nearly 5,000 artworks, located where people study, work and live. The public selects and owns the Collection. Artworks are found in state agencies, public schools, universities, and community colleges. The Art In Public Places Program creates an opportunity for school districts to acquire significant, site-responsive artwork for their schools. 

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