RIDGWAY--The Ridgway Area School District (RASD) held their April Board meeting beginning at 6:30 pm at the FSG Elementary School Cafeteria on Tuesday evening.
The students of the month were announced. Elissa Oldland in the Fourth Grade and Aubri Betts in the Fifth Grade were honored with the achievement. At the Middle/High School, Eighth-grader Cadence Reeves and Sophomore Kelly Matha were honored. Due to school events and family obligations, Elissa Oakland was the only student able to appear in person.
The winter season continued to be highly successful for all Ridgway Athletics programs. Every varsity level team competing in winter sports qualified for post-season competitions by the team or individual athletes advancing past the District playoff and into Region/State competition. Gymnastics was the first to close its season with two members, Abby Haight and Marissa Gulnac, qualifying for and competing in the State Gymnastics competition at Moon High School on
February 19. Girls Basketball began their season by winning the Tip-off Tournament and winning the first PIAA District 9 playoff game in several years, which qualified them for the PIAA State. The Boys Basketball has had another outstanding season defeating ECC by 21 points to win the Allegany Mountain League Title and holding off an outstanding Red Bank Valley team to win another D9 Championship. In Wrestling, Tyler Merritt moved on to Regional Tournament Competition and competed in Sharon on March 4-5. The 7/8 grade girls volleyball has had an outstanding showing. Fall schedules for all football teams, except for 9th-grade football, are complete (fewer
and fewer programs are fielding 9th-grade teams making it difficult to find teams to play), Boys Varsity soccer is complete, Girls soccer is still looking for three games, Girls 7/8 Basketball is complete, 7/8 coed soccer is looking for five games and the league schedules for Golf have not yet been put out, and Cross-Country only needs to select weekend invitationals to attend. St. Marys will be joining the AML in the South Division starting the 22-23 season. Ridgway will play Vs. SMA is home and away for two additional league games. The lower-level sports will have some realignment starting in the 22-23 seasons. This will give the middle school girls an opportunity to play both basketball and soccer without having to choose between the two at this level. CoEd JH Soccer will run from August 15 to October 14. JH Girls Basketball will run from October 14 to December 16, and MS boys Basketball will run from December 12 to February 17, and JH Girls Volleyball will remain the same as in the past. The athletics budgeting is completed with programs submitting their requisitions for the 22-23 seasons. The budget has been carefully scrutinized to find money to pay
additional coaches as part of the process. Prospective coaches have received notification of their standing concerning their clearance compliance. All head coaches are on pace to be approved at the April Board meeting with the
Assistant Coaches at the May Board meeting. The coaches' meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 12.
Principal Pam Yeager presented her report on the FSG Elementary School for March. Students are given a questionnaire at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year, and the administration will monitor to ensure that at least 88% of all
students will maintain or increase their feelings of a safe environment, connectedness to an adult within the school community, and personal success. Given the 3rd grade ELA PSSA data, at least 70% of all students will score proficient or advanced, and given the 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade math PSSA data, at least 54% of all students will achieve proficient or advanced. An in-service day was held on Friday, April 1, with the staff. Mrs. Daghir trained all staff for the upcoming
PSSA testing. In addition, K-5 faculty who teach reading participated in a whole group discussion of the examined three reading series.s. The teacher's and administrators' ultimate decision is the Wonders K-5 with Fundations as supplemental phonics, handwriting, and writing program. Kid Talk Meetings are being held this week with each homeroom teacher, focusing on the students' academic and social/emotional needs, reporting progress on previously developed plans
of action, and adjusting schedules as needed. Ag Literacy Week was held from March 14-18. The Elk County Farm Bureau generously sponsored the cost of the books and materials for all K-2 teachers, YMCA Daycare, and Pre-K Counts. Guest readers from the community visited the primary classrooms and shared a story and activities with the students.
Principal Petrosky of the Middle and High School presented her report to the School Board. She announced that Julie Peterson, the School Board Member, and Student Council President, will be moving on to college after graduation, and it was decided that the incoming Student Council President will fill her position once they are elected in the fall. The Second Harvest Food Pantry visited the Middle and High Schools. The Schools have begun to
organize the food to be ordered. The donation for the food pantry has been made to the school for the administration and volunteers to draw from to provide additional food for students and their families who require supplemental nutrition. Supplies are being purchased, and additional shelving was built by the maintenance team for food overflow. The distribution of the acknowledgment forms for families is complete, and the school estimates that the first food delivery will be scheduled for April 20, and student access will begin once that is organized. Middle School play practice has already started for the first time since COVID-19 Shut down the annual play in 2020, and the students are preparing for their performances. The Third Quater has ended, and MS parent conferences are being held for those students in danger of not succeeding on the path to graduation. The spring weather drill was held on March 24. A Drug dog search was held on March 17 and resulted in no hits on any locker or car at the Middle and High School. A group of HS students attended a student leadership conference in Brookville, bringing back many great ideas for the school Seniors are preparing for their Senior Showcase next week.
The School Board approved the new book lists for the 2022-23 School Year. Copies of the extensive lists of books available for students in specific grade categories are listed for public perusal at go.boarddocs.com/pa/rasd/Board.nsf/Public or by accessing the Board Docs app through the RASD Website at rasd.us under the Board of Directors tab. For those concerned, a short example of the 9-12 grade reading includes the classics along with some new books like Freakonomics. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini Death Of a Salesman – Arthur Miller The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald The Crucible – Arthur Miller Nickel and Dimed – Barbara Ehrenreich (non-fiction) Moby Dick – Herman Melville Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom Malcolm Gladwell (Non-Fiction): Outliers: Story Of Success 1984 – George Orwell The Awakening – Kate Chopin Frankenstein – Mary Shelley Man’s Search For Meaning – Viktor Frankl Brave New World – Aldous Huxley Hamlet – William Shakespeare Life Of Pi – Yann Martel Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky David Copperfield – Charles Dickens One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen Malcolm Gladwell (Non-Fiction): David and Goliath Fences – August Wilson Freakonomics --Dubner and Leavitt Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole – Susan Cain
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