Attention parents and community!!
 Buildings will remain CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. 
Click Here to Access Parent Portal to Complete Enrollment/Back to School Forms.
  Students 1st day of school will be Monday, August 31.
 If you have questions, contact your child's school and leave a detailed message.
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301 South Oak Street
West Lafayette, OH 43845
Telephone: 740-545-6354
Fax: 740-545-6336
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2020-2021 Student Information Survey

Latest Information on the CoronaVirus and District Updates

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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. 
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.
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!
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. 
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.
The R Factor ... The Journey We Are On by Bryan Raach
Some of you may have heard your child talking about The R Factor or noticed the E+R=O bracelet they were given on the first day of school.  I just wanted to take a few moments and explain the journey we are on at the middle school and encourage you to make it a part of your daily life. 
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 
A message from Bryan Raach, Middle School Principal
I would like to offer a big welcome back to the students and staff at Ridgewood Middle School.  I am excited to be back home and part of the Ridgewood family.  I cannot wait to see the awesome things that we will accomplish this year.  My number one goal for the year is to continue building a school culture that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive for everyone.  We are going to be teaching our students and staff about The R Factor this year.  Simply put it will provide them the tools necessary to understand situations and the importance of controlling their response to events in their lives.    

I believe that is important to be transparent and let our parents and community know the amazing things that are happening at Ridgewood Middle School.  We have created two social media accounts to accomplish that goal.  You can follow Ridgewood Middle School on Facebook and on Twitter @RMSGenerls.  

I value open communication and input from our students and their families.  I will be reaching out to all of our student’s families in the next couple of weeks to introduce myself and remind everyone we are here to help and support your family.
Please plan to join us at open house on August 19th from 2:30-4.  This will be a great time to see your teachers from previous years, meet your teachers for this year, and meet your new Principal.  

I am looking forward to an amazing year working with everyone and as always, Go Generals!
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! 
Congratulations Kaelynn Robinson!
Winner of the 110 hurdles at Middle School State Meet! 
RMS Presents Peter Pan Jr
RMS is presenting Peter Pan Jr on May 17 (7pm), May 18 (7pm) and May 19 (2pm) in the auditorium at Ridgewood High School. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Wendy Croy at Ridgewood Middle School at 740-545-6335 or [email protected]
RMS 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 program and see a copy of the Parent Letter please 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 Ms. Claxon. To view the Survey Questionaire click here.
Ridgewood Middle School Earns United Way Silver Award
Choir Festival
On Saturday, February 23rd, 21 students traveled to Columbus to attend the 2019 Annual Columbus Children's Choir Choral Festival. On this day, around 200 singers from Ohio and surrounding states came together to work with world renowned composers and conductors, including Laura Farnell. In addition, these students had the opportunity to perform a concert at the end of the day for family and friends.   

Congratulations to the 6th and 7th grade Chess tournament winners!
Croy and Hendershot Present at SST12 Special Education Directors' Meeting
Wendy Croy, RMS Grade 5 ELA and Autumn Hendershot, RES Intervention Specialist were featured during the best practice portion of the State Support Team Region 12 Special Education Directors' Meeting at Buckeye Career Center on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.  Autumn and Wendy shared about Writing Across the Curriculum and Implementation of Progress Monitoring Data Collection. 
Division 3 State Wrestling
Jesse Maple won the Division 3 State Championship at 108 pounds. Congradulations Jesse!
Ridgewood General News Club
On Friday, March 8th, 2019 the members of the Ridgewood General News club embarked on a trip to Ohio University to tour the Scripps College of Communications. The 6 students made the trip to explore the worlds of journalism and communication.  At Ohio University the students were given a personal tour of the Scripps building by the Dean of the College, which included WOUB - Athens, a media sound stage, a Foley Studio (Where sound effects are added to movies) a recording studio for music, a podcast lab, a photo gallery as well as visiting with faculty and staff.  
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. 
5 Aviation Art Contest Winners at State
We have a total of 5 students who have placed in the Aviation Art Contest "My Dream To Fly" at the Ohio level. They have advanced to the National level in Washington D.C.!  If they place at Nationals they will proceed to International Level! Congratulations and Good Luck! Click the Read More button to view the winning art work. 
Grades 4 and 5 Chess Tournament Winners
Congradulations to the 4th and 5th Grade Chess Tournament winners!
Congratulations 7th Grade Girls Basketball Team! IVC Champs!
Students Participate in Art Exhibit at Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum
The 22nd annual student exhibit is underway at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Roscoe Village. Artwork will be on display through March 31. Some pieces will also be shown at the Coshocton Public Library and West Lafayette Branch Library. This years theme is Playground of Color. For additional information and to view a gallery showcasing some of the artwork 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. 
Middle School Veteran's Day
Dude, Be Kind Week
Ridgewood Middle School will be observing "Dude, Be Kind!" week November 11th  to the 16th.  Students and staff will be showing small acts of kindness to others and attempting to improve relationships at our school.  This week is sponsored by the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center. For more information, Click Here 
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. 
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 Middle School Hosting New Year Kick-Off September 5th
Ridgewood middle school is holding and open house/new year kick-off on September 5th starting at 3:30 and running until 5:30.  Click Here for additional information on this event. 
Immunization Information
Parents of 7th grade students:
All seventh grade students are required to have a Tdap and a meningococcal (Meningitis) vaccine before school starts. These vaccines may be given by your family doctor, Maternal and Child Health Clinic or some local pharmacies. Be sure to send in a copy of the updated shot record or copy of the receipt to Mrs. Bond at the middle school. 
If you have any questions please call our district nurse, Mrs. Bond at 740-545-6335 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 
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 access the links for these resources or visit our Athletics page.
ALICE Safety Drills

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

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