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  • Mrs. Schubert's class passes 1,000 Imagine Math lessons as a class. The most in the nation

    Posted by Christopher Jensen on 3/10/2022

    Mrs. Schubert's 5th Grade Class

    Ridgeview Elementary has made a concerted effort to increase math scores by utilizing time in the building a little differently.  As a result, Ridgeview is currently one of the top 30 schools in the nation in passing math lessons in the online interface Imagine Math.  One of the reasons we are experiencing so much success is the efforts of individual students, paraeducators, and teachers.  Mrs. Schubert's 5th grade has been the most exemplary in this area.  After setting weekly individual goals for completing math lessons, they reached a rarely met milestone of passing 1,000 math lessons as a classroom.  There are 16,000 schools in the nation that are using Imagine Math in their school buildings and the only class to reach that mark this year is Mrs. Schubert's 5th grade class at Ridgeview.  

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  • Multilingual Students Donate Over 3,747 Meals To YWCA

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 12/16/2021

    Imagine Learning recognizes all of the multilingual students of Yakima School District who completed over 400,000 minutes of reading in Imagine Language and Literacy to support community members through YWCA Yakima. With the number of minutes spent on the program, multilingual students helped to donate over 3,747 meals!

    ywca check donation

    From November 1 through December 10, multilingual students within Yakima School District have been trying to log as many minutes as possible within Imagine Language and Literacy. The minutes spent in the program equivalate to meals for community members. This initiative called “Minutes 4 Meals” drastically increased student motivation. We saw schools increase their average program usage time and student achievement scores are also on the rise.

    Hoover, Garfield, and Ridgeview Elementary schools were the top program users in the district.

    This incentive program was made possible by many members of Yakima School District, YWCA Yakima, and Imagine Learning. This wouldn’t have been made possible without the support of Thalia Garcia, Brandice Alejo, and ELD staff.

    Today, Superintendent Greene, YWCA Yakima Executive Director Cheri Kilty, and Director of Development and Outreach Lisa Kapuza, accepted a check and donated over 3,747 meals to children at the YWCA Yakima on behalf of our students.

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  • 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

    Christie Tirado   Christie Tirado

    "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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