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301 South Oak Street
West Lafayette, OH 43845
Telephone: 740-545-6354
Fax: 740-545-6336
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High School
602 Johnson Street
West Lafayette, OH 43845
740-545-6345: Phone
740-545-5311: Fax

2020-2021 Student Information Survey

Latest Information on the CoronaVirus and District Updates

Click Here to view the District Home Page for all updates. You may need to scroll down to see the updates. 

Virtual Graduation Sunday, May 17

RHS 2020 Virtural Graduation Link!
Virtual Graduation: Our RHS Virtual Graduation Ceremony premieres on Youtube this evening. The video premiers at 5:45 PM tonight, Sunday May 17 with a photo slideshow beginning at 5:45 PM followed by the Graduation Commencement Ceremony beginning at 6:00 PM.       Click Here to view the ceremony. If the Click Here link doesn't work, copy the URL below and paste it to your browser address bar:

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P-EBT Important Information About Your Child's School Meals
If you have a child in kindergarten through twelfth grade in your household who was receiving free or reduced-price meals while in school, your child is eligible for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as a result of the school closure. These benefits can be used to buy food items at grocery stores/retailers that accept the Ohio Direction Card (also referred to as an EBT card). Click Here for additional information on this program. 
Congratulations Boys 2020 Baseball Team!
Division III State Champions! 
Congratulations Boys 2020 Basketball Team!
District Champs for the first time in school history! Record: 24-2
New Information About the CoronaVirus
Update: March 12, 2020 at 12:22pm
Field trips, sports scrimmages and evening events such as parent conferences, sports banquets and family nights will be cancelled through March 27, 2020.   Beyond the Bell, drama and sports practices will continue at this time.  We are working with Prodigy Travel to move the dates of our upcoming RHS Beyond the Bell New York City trip on April 8 and RHS 8th grade trip to Washington DC on May 18.  We will provide more information as we receive it. Decision to close school will be based on the recommendaton of Gov. DeWine and the Department of Health. For information on what you need to know about this virus and how to stop the spread of germs Click Here.
Congratulations to Our Own Grace Gottwalt!
Grace, a Senior gymnast here at Ridgewood, placed 6th in the District Meet. Competition was fierce with 39 schools participating in the Central District. Grace also received All District Team honors and All Ohio Academics honors.  She will now advance to the State competition. Grace’s dedication to gymnastics is apparent.  With no one else at Ridgewood  interested in gymnatics, a team could not be formed. Grace then started working out with the Tri-Valley gymnastic team, but she continues to compete for Ridgewood.  Congratulations Grace! We couldn’t be prouder! 
Our Own Kate Shivers Receives CORAS Award!
 Kate Shivers, head cook at the Elementary, has been awarded the 2020 Coalition of Rural and Appalacian Schools Support Staff Award for her dedication to the students, staff and community of the Ridgewood Local School District. Kate has been a Ridgewood District employee for 30 years.
The Award was presented at the CORAS Winter Meeting held at the Ohio University, Zanesville Branch on January 15, 2020.  Congatulations Kate! We couldn't be prouder!
Former Ridgewood Student-Athlete Leads NKU to the Horizon League Tournament Championship Title
 Laura Crawford, a graduate of Ridgewood attending Northern Kentucky, led NKU to the Horizon League Tournament Championship Title which earned them a bid in the Division 1 NCAA tournament against Michigan. Laura was named MVP of the Horizon League Tournament game. We are very proud of her and her team's accomplishments!
Information of Vaping from the Center for Disease Control
In an effort to keep our Parents, Guardians and Students informed on vaping, we would like to share this CDC website: Know the Risks: A Guide to E-cigarettes. The website contains a PowerPoint presentaion and a PDF of information.  Click Here to view the website. 
Calamity Day Procedure Letter from Mr. Masloski
November 18, 2019
Dear Parent/Guardian,
I hope the school year is going well with you and your child. I am writing this letter to review Calamity Day (Snow Day) procedures, Plan for Alternative Make-up (Blizzard Bags) of Calamity Days and School Make Up Days.
Getting Too Many Alerts on the Ridgewood Local School APP? You can fix that!
 If you have downloaded our Ridgewood Local APP (RLSD) onto your phone and are noticing a huge increase in alerts, it is because we are tying all of our social media feeds into our Web-Page and our APP. You can reduce the number if posts you receive by going into the App, tap the Menu (3 lines at the top right of the screen) scroll down to Settings and tap My Alerts. In here you can choose which types of Alerts you want to recieve. Just toggle off the types of Alerts you no longer wish to recieve. If you have multiple buildings added in your APP (including the District) make sure you edit the settings in each building and toogle off the types of alerts you do not want to see. If you have any question, please contact Shirley Smith at the High School, 740-545-6345. 
Marching on to State!
Our Ridgewood Marching Generals placed First in Class recieving a score of all Ones,  Our Color Guard placed First in Class and Best Guard in show, at the River View Band Invitational.  We couldn't be prouder!
Ridgewood Continues to Improve
Ridgewood Local School District ranked 87 out of 608 school districts based on adjusted income on the 2019 state report card. This ranking is up from 128, last years ranking. "This shows great improvment."  according to Mr. Masloski, Superintendent. "We still have plenty of room to improve our performance index which will help out indicators, gap closing, progress and graduation scores."  "Great work to all staff members!!!" To view the entire article 'Click Here' . 
Ridgewood Receives Highest Rating on Ohio's 2018-19 Special Education Annual Rating
Each year, districts in Ohio receive a rating evaluating the performance of special education programs, known as the Special Education Rating. The Ohio Department of Education calculates this rating using the final data submitted through the Education Management Information System (EMIS). The compilation of data results in one of four possible ratings:  Meets Requirements, Needs Assistance, Needs Intervention or Needs Substantial Intervention.

Ridgewood Local School District’s 2019 Special Education Rating is: Meets Requirements

The district rating evaluates the implementation of federal requirements, also called compliance measures, as well as results for students with disabilities. Click here to view the entire ODE report on Ridgewood.
Ridgewood High School Athletes Read with Elementary Students
Ridgewood Football and Volleyball players, in partnership with The 2ND AND 7 Foundation, read to Ridgewood 2nd graders. The books focus on making healthy choices and good decisions. The mission of the 2ND & 7 Foundation is to promote reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids in need while encouraging young athletes of the communuty to Pay-it-Forward.
Ridgewood Local Selected to Participate in Harvard University Study
Ridgewood Local School District has been selected to participate in a Harvard University study on chronic absenteeism and college and career readiness. For additional information and to view the press release Click Here 
Cafeteria Prices
At the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approved the following breakfast and lunch prices for the 2019-20 school year as presented: LUNCH PRICES: grades k-3 $2.60, grades 4-12 $2.85, Adult $3.10 (without milk), Reduced Lunch: $.40, Milk $.40. BREAKFAST PRICES: grades k-12 Free, Adults $1.60. 
Superintendent's Message
Why we love Ridgewood? Our students, staff, families and community. I am so proud that we are part of such a wonderful community.  Our community outreach is second to none. Robin and I are blessed that we get to live in such a wonderful community. Our children attend an awesome school district and I get to work with the finest staff in the world. Thank You! 
A Shout Out to our own Wendy and Cody Croy!
Ridgewood student Cody Croy along with his mother Wendy Croy, a teacher here at Ridgewood, volunteered to transport all of the Teen Institute Fundraiser donations that were made to the Childrens Hospital. Cody is a patient of Childrens.
RHS is Proud to Announce Two Student Recipients of the Ray Kroc Award
Congratulations! The Ray Kroc Scholarship Award is named after McDonald’s Founder, Ray Kroc, and is designed to honor his philosophy that with persistence, determination and hard work you can achieve anything. To qualify for the award, you need to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate the characteristics of persistence, determination, hard work and community involvement.  To see pictures of the RHS award recipients along with their proud parents click the Read More button.
RHS Participates in OHYES!
Our school district is working very hard to better understand youth health risk and protective behaviors in the community and across Ohio. As part of this effort, we are asking our students in grades 7-12 to participate in an anonymous survey called the Ohio Healthy Youth Environments Survey
OHYES! Only children age 12 or above are eligible to participate. The OHYES! is a collaborative effort by the Ohio Departments of Education, Health, and Mental Health and Addiction Services and numerous other programs advocating for youth. Survey participation is not mandatory, but we really want to hear what our students have to say. To view additional information about the proram and see a copy of the Parent Letter click here  If you chose not to have your child participate, there is a Parent Opt Out Form located at the bottom of the Parent Letter. Please print the form off, complete it and return it to Mr. Stoffer. To view the Survey Questionaire click here.
Ridgewood High School Earns United Way Silver Award
Kobel, Foster and Lahna Receive Recognition
Sophia Kobel, 12th grade student, Raquel Foster, 12th grade student, and Mr. Chad Lahna, 8th grade Math teacher were honored at the 30th Annual Student and Teacher Recognition Ceremony sponsored by the Muskingum Valley Education Service Center on March 13 at Ohio University-Zanesville.  Sophia Kobel was recognized as Outstanding Student and Mr. Lahna was chosen as her Teacher Honoree.  Raquel Foster was honored as being the Franklin B. Walter Finalist for Ridgewood Local Schools.  Congratulations!!! 
Division 3 State Wrestling
Jesse Maple won the Division 3 State Championship at 108 pounds. Congradulations Jesse!
Student Make Up Day
There will be a student make-up day on Friday, March 22, 2019.
There will be NO early dismissal on Thursday, March 21, 2019.
These are the only changes to the calendar.
Spring Break Dates  are April 17, 18 and 19. 
Ridgewood FFA Agricultural Communications Team Places 9th in State Contest
On Saturday, February 16th, 2019 the Agricultural Communications team competed at the state competition which took place at the Ohio State University. The team consisted of Emily Bookless, Lindsay Griffith, Sydney Matis, Anna Trimmer, and Jadyn Art. They placed 9th out of the 17 teams that attended. At the competition they had to present a shortened version of a media plan that they had already submitted for judging in January. They then competed in individual events of reporting on a press conference, letter to the editor, editing a paper, and creating a website. This contest is one of the toughest contests to prepare for seeing as only 19 teams competed in the whole state of Ohio which has approximately 320 chapters in the state.  Special thanks to Mrs. Davis and Mr. Pyers for coaching the team and working with them to succeed.  Respectfully Submitted: Emily Bookless

Winter Sports Senior Night *CORRECTION
February 5th was senior night at the home basketball game. For additional information and photos please click the Read More button. 
Ohio Deans Compact Building Safe School Climate Using Trauma Informed Strategies
 Ridgewood Local Schools along with their partners Muskingum University and Rolling Hills School District presented at the Ohio Deans Conference in Dublin, Ohio on January 23, 2015.  The development of strong school partnerships for enhancement of intentional strategies that help students who have experienced trauma to recover and build resiliency.  Ridgewood Local Schools with support from Muskingum University have explored multiple avenues to increase awareness of our teacher candidates, practicing teachers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers and other support staff.  Specific success strategies drawn from research have been implemented in classrooms and the P16 schools.  Through an incentive grant, our partnership have hosted community forums to broaden the recognition of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) and support recovery and restoration for a more holistic approach. 
Calamity Day Make Up Schedule
Students will utilize Blizzard Bags for Calamity Days (Snow Day) 6, 7 and 8.
Snow Day 9 will be  made up on Monday, February 18, 2019.
Snow Day 10 will be made up on Friday, March 22, 2019.  There will be no early release on Thursday, March 21, 2019. 
Spring 2019 State Testing Dates
Spring State Testing will begin on April 2, 2019 and conclude on May 10, 2019. Please Click Here for the state testing calendar. 
Federal Designation Rating for District - INDEPENDENT!
Ridgewood recieved the highest rating you can receive - Independent! Congratulations to us! Click Here to view the official letter of designation. 
Matt Wells Appointed to the Ohio Teacher Leader Advisory Council
The Ohio Department of Education selected Mr. Matt Wells to serve on the Ohio Teacher Leader Advisory Council.  The Advisory Council is a partnership between the Buckeye Association of School Adminstrators and the Ohio Deparment of Education.  Their goal is to provide educators---no matter their role----with the structures and resources they need to develop shared and effective leadership at every level.
Mr. Matt Wells teaches Geometry at Ridgewood High School.  Congratulations!!!
RMS Sends out a Big Thank You!
Thanks to Richard Shyrock and the Janusian Club for their donation of new benches to the Middle School!
Ridgewood Local Schools Present at Title One Conference
 The Ohio Department of Education invited Jay Tingle, Treasurer and Mike Masloski, Superintendent to present schoolwide pooling and schoolwide programming at the Fall 2018 Title One Conference. 
Manufacturing Day! Friday, October 5th.
Ridgewood students in grades 10-12 have the opportunity to participate in Manufacturing Day, sponsored by the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce, on Friday October 5.  Students will get to attend a brief presentation on traits of successful employees, followed by visits to 2 of the manufacturing partner sites.  Partner sites include Jones Metal, Organic Technologies, Annin Flag, AK Steel, and McWayne Ductile.  

Also sponsored by the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce, First Responders/ Healthcare Day will be held Friday, October 12.  Students will have the opportunity to tour the healthcare labs at COTC and then visit sites such as Coshocton Regional Medical Center, MedFlight, and meet with local law enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMT's.  This, along with Manufacturing Day are great times for the students to explore local career and employment opportunities in Coshocton County! 
Ohio Department of Education Special Education Rating
Every year, Ridgewood Local School District receives a rating on the performance of our special education program, known as your Special Education Rating. The Ohio Department of Education uses final data your district submits through the Education Management Information System (EMIS). This data results in one of four ratings — Meets Requirements, Needs Assistance, Needs Intervention or Needs Substantial Intervention.

Ridgewood Local’s 2018 Special Education Rating is Meets Requirements. The primary basis of this rating is the final special education program data your district submitted through EMIS for the 2016-2017 school year.  Click here to review our report. 
Ridgewood Local Schools offers 17 Face to Face College Credit Plus Courses
Ridgewood Local Schools has partnered with Kenyon College, Muskigum University, Stark State and Zane State to offer Ridgewood students college courses without leaving the high school.  We offer eleven courses from Muskingum University, three courses from Kenyon College, three courses from Zane State and more than 15 on line courses from Stark State. Please Click Here for a course list. 
Immunization Information
Parents of 12th grade Sudents:
All 12th grade students are required to have a meningococcal (Menigitis) vaccine before they start school. This is in addition to the meningitis vaccine that they may have had in seventh grade. Be sure to send in the updated shot record to Mrs. Bond at the high school. This also includes post secondary and career center students.  
 If you have any questions please call our district nurse, Mrs. Bond at 740-545-6345 or email at  barb[email protected]

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That’s right, you can now keep up with all of the who, what, when and where for Ridgewood Local School District through the Ridgewood Local School District app by SchoolInfoApp available on most mobile devices!

School Safety First - ZERO TOLERANCE
A Message from Superintendent Mike Masloski 
Pioneer Athletics names Ridgewood as a "Field of Excellence"!
Congratulations!  Message from Athletic Director, Matt Colvin:  "Ridgewood High School's athletic field was just named a Field of Excellence winner by Pioneer Athletics!  On behalf of the Athletic Department and our athletes, I want to thank some people who have played a pivotal role in us receiving this honor.  First, our maintenance crew.  Thank you for your work painting the field.  These men spend a lot of time making sure everything is just right.  Secondly, I would like to thank Front and Center Turf.  Mike Dover and his crew have been amazing to work with.  Their knowledge and attention to detail is second to none.  Thank you for the work you have done getting our field in the condition it is in. Lastly, I want to thank our grounds and transportation director, Doug Patterson, our superintendent, Mike Masloski, and our Board of Education for listening and being willing to assist in making our facilities some of the best around.  We strive each day to make available to our student athletes the very best so they can be proud and have every opportunity to succeed.  We will be receiving a banner that will be displayed in the stadium.  Thank you and Go Generals!   
Ridgewood High School National Honor Society
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Athletics Links
The following resources were developed to implement Lindsay’s Law.  For parents/guardians and student- athletes in grades 7-12 in Ohio schools.  Click 'more' to view the links to these resources or visit our Athletics page 
Web Design Class
Students in the Web Design and Digital Media Class have created their own websites!  Click 'more' to view the links to our students' creative projects! 
The Ridgewood Local Schools Athletic Dept. Welcomes You!
The Ridgewood Local Schools Athletic Department welcomes you to another school year and fall sports season. We would like to thank the community for all of its support of our student athletes. We look forward to a successful fall sports season where our student athletes will be able to showcase their abilities outside of the classroom. Your continued support is much appreciated!
ALICE Safety Drills

To read about ALICE training procedures at Ridgewood click on the title.


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