Logan Berry: Nominated by Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. McDowell. Logan is the girl who just wants to do the right thing. In class, she is always working to her utmost potential. As a friend, she is just a friend to all and she brings a very mature viewpoint to junior high issues! We need more Logan Berrys in this world!
AnnaLynn Harper: Nominated by Mrs. Jones. Annalynn is the glue the holds everyone together. Annalyn is kind, thoughtful and helpful to everyone. She is also a friend to everyone and helps out her classmates when they need it. She does extremely well in classroom and is always engaged in whatever activity we are doing, whether she likes the activity or not!
Students in Mr. Ruiz's middle school science class started the year off with several inquiry based experiments. Students worked together to complete a given task through experimenting. Students started the week off with a notecard tower challenge. Using only notecards, students worked to build the tallest tower they could that would hold a ping pong ball on top. On the second day, students worked together to design the best paper airplane. After finding a good design, students used poster board to recreate their best design on a much larger scale. One of the big airplanes flew over 76 feet. The next challenge had students working to figure out how to use 2 sheets of paper and 1 foot of tape to make the longest chain. Students were only given about 15 minutes and one group made a chain that was almost 26 feet long! The fourth day brought with it a new teambuilding challenge. Students worked together to try to open escape boxes. Students were given clues to help them figure out the combinations to a variety of locks. If they could unlock all 5 locks, they escaped! The final experiment had students working with film canisters, alka-seltzer, and water. When students combined all three, they were able to make a film canister rocket! Their goal was to see how many pennies they could attach to their rocket and still launch above a meter.
Garry Michael: Nominated by Mr. Ruiz. Overall, Garry has started the year off strong in my class. He always is in the best spirits with a smile on his face. There has yet to be a day where Garry hasn't stopped to talk to me and tell me about his day and I like being able to hear about how things are going. I truly enjoy having him in science class and cannot wait to see all the great things he does throughout the year!
Ian Moore/Gabe Ranta: Nominated by Mrs. Taylor. Ian Moore is a wonderful student to have in and outside of the classroom. Ian continually works hard in all of his classes and is a model student to others. He is always willing to help any teacher, staff member, or student. I have loved watching Ian go out of his way to help all of our new students get around Ridgeview.
Alex Schaefer: Nominated by Mrs. Tay and Mrs. McDowell. Alex is always smiling and he is willing to help everyone he meets. He works hard in classes and shows respect to all staff members and cares enough to ask everyone how they are doing.
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Michael Ruiz: Jesus is a student that is always going above and beyond in terms of what is expected of him. There have been countless times where I have seen him go out of his way to help other students. This trait of helping others is a great representation of the character that Jesus has.
Robyn Jones: Anthony has been working very hard in Literacy class. This is a tougher class for him but he has accepted the challenge and tackled it head on. He has also worked on his writing skills and answers questions more completely and thoughtfully. In addition, his handwriting has gotten much better which shows he is slowing down in order to do a better job.
Carla Taylor: William has gone above and beyond this 9 weeks with being responsible for his work. He has offered to help others. I have seen a huge turnaround in William's work ethic in my class. I hope this is going to flow over to other classes and in his future. Great job William--keep up the good work!!!