Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Lot's of Great Things Going on at the Ridge!

CR UIL Academic Winners!:

Recently, CR UIL Academics participated in the PHS-Pfall Pfling. Cedar Ridge had students who competed in Calculator, Number Sense, Mathematics, Spelling, Literary Criticism, Science, Ready Writing, and Computer Science. 

Angela Cao won 6th place overall in Calculator. Lori Darr won 1st place in Ready Writing. David Bradley, Kai Fleischman, and Matthew Pabst won 3rd place as a team for Computer Science. We are so proud of our students! Congratulations on your outstanding success!

German Club Cultural Event:

German Club held their St Nikolaus party yesterday. Students dressed up as Krampus, St Nikolaus, and Knecht Ruprecht. Other students then read a poem to St Nik, jumped over his staff, and avoided Krampus and Knecht Ruprecht so they could get their goodies. They also ate traditional German candies and baked goods! Looks like they had great fun!

Final Exams: 

It doesn't seem possible, but Fall Semester final exams are upon us! The final exam schedule can be found here

Congratulations, Karen Searles!:

Our own dance teacher, Ms. Karen Searles, has been chosen 2017 Dance Educator of the Year by the Texas Dance Educators Association! We are so proud of her innovation, creativity, and dedication to her students! You can read the official press release here.

The Winter Holiday:

Students will begin their Winter Holiday at 4:10 pm next Thursday, December 15th and they will return on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. 

We hope all of you have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

Scoliosis Screening:

The district has mandated the high schools will provide a Scoliosis Screening for all 9th Graders this year. We are scheduled for our screening to occur January 4th -5th, 2017. We will be following district protocol for the screening and the screenings will be conducted by district and campus nursing staff. The details can be found in the letter here.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Final Exam Exemption Information and Schedule

Ms. Baldon, our administrative assistant, who coordinates the exemption process on our campus has created a timeline for this fall semester's exemptions. I am attaching it below. If you have questions or concerns about the process, please email your questions.

Please be aware that students are required to attend all of their final periods during finals' week. Students must be in attendance, even for those classes they have exempted. This is a district policy.

You will find the document outlining Fall Semester Exemptions by clicking on exemptions. Also, our Fall Final Exam Schedule can be accessed by clicking on the word Final.

Friday, November 4, 2016

What's Up? End of the 6 weeks, Computer Science I Speakers, and Jazz Cafe

Interesting news from the Cedar Ridge Computer Science Team, Ms. Joy Windell and Mr. Adrian Prado, concerning special speakers who visited their Computer Science 1 classes.

"Earlier this week, several members from the UTCS Roadshow came to Cedar Ridge to speak to our Computer Science 1 students. The members consisted of current UT Computer Science undergraduates ranging from freshman to seniors. They spoke to the classes about the different fields they can enter with a computer science degree, what the day looks like as a software engineer, and how computer science has changed our world. They went into detail about what life is like as a computer science major, how to prepare for college, and had a Q&A session with the Cedar Ridge students. Many of our students hope to enter the computer science field and they really enjoyed having the opportunity to learn about all the internships and postgraduate opportunities available to them."

There is a lot going on at the Ridge. Today is the last day of the 2nd 6-week marking period. Report cards will be distributed to students in their 2nd period classes on Thursday, November 10th. Just as a heads-up, the 3rd 6-weeks marking period ends Thursday, December 15, but grades will not be distributed until Thursday, January 5, 2017. Wow! I can't believe 2017 is right around the corner!

Cedar Ridge Choir is presenting their annual Jazz Cafe tonight, November 4th and tomorrow night, November 5th at 7:00 pm. The show features the Cedar Ridge Headliners, directed by Vivian Rodriquez. You can purchase tickets early by going to the ticket link here. The reserved tickets are $15 and include preferred seating, dessert, and a drink. The general admission tickets are $10. This is a fun night you won't want to miss! These students are amazingly talented singers both individually and collectively!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Outstanding Performances, PSAT, and Other News!

There's a lot going on at the Ridge these days! We had a wonderful Homecoming Week, with tons of school spirit! Our Homecoming Parade was a huge success! We had an overflow crowd for our first community pep rally in the CR stadium. Go to the link to view some of the Homecoming events' pictures.

Ms. Bombardella shared some of her outstanding math students with me and I wanted to highlight these three ladies! They have done a great job in their math class and are being recognized for their exceptional effort and results! Congratulations to Danielle Byers. Mabree Dyess, and Karma' Maldonado!

Cedar Ridge Senior, Kelsey Singer was nominated for the FCA Lisa Landry Childress Scholarship Award by FCA Williamson County Area Representative Greg Knight and CRHS Huddle Leader Sara Parriott. We are excited to announce that out of all Central Texas FCA Huddles that Kelsey was chosen for the award. Kelsey was presented the honor Monday, October 3 at Escondido Golf Club at the FCA 30th Annual Tom Landry Memorial Golf Tournament. Congratulations, Kelsey! We are so proud of you!

Cedar Ridge Sophomores and Juniors will be taking the PSAT assessment Wednesday, October 19. It is so important for all the students to be here to take the test. This is is the assessment that Juniors can become eligible for National Merit Scholarships if they score high enough. The PSAT is paid for by the district, so it is free to students. Grade level teachers have planned for relevant activities for the Freshmen and Seniors on Oct. 19, so we expect everyone to attend that day.

Don't miss the final performances of CR Theater's"Steel Magnolias," tonight and Saturday night at 7:00 pm in the Black Box at Cedar Ridge High School. They've done a wonderful job with the play and I thoroughly enjoyed it! You will laugh and cry!

I want to wish our Raider band good luck at the Texas Marching Classic this Saturday at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex! They have been working so hard this summer and fall, and their show is fantastic!

Ms. Windell. Mr. Holland, and Ms. Isokpunwu took a group of students to Texas A&M for a visit on October 6th. The teachers and students were able to participate in Engineering activities and to learn about the Engineering programs at Texas A & M University. It was a great experience for the students, who were all seniors. In the Spring, there will be another invitational for sophomores and juniors. Pictures are available through the Texas A & M ENGAGE website.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Challenging Week, But With Celebrations...National Merit Semifinalists!

Hello Cedar Ridge Community!

It's Friday and we are ready for tonight's game at Temple! We are confident we will keep our winning streak rolling!

Despite a very difficult week due to the death of Ms. Rachel Colenda, a Cedar Ridge English-As-A-Second-Language Teacher in a car accident Monday night and the accident that occurred with one of our students who was hit by a car while riding home on his bike Wednesday afternoon, we've all pulled together and supported one another. Our students and staff have responded like champions, which has been inspiring.

Christopher, the student who was hit by a truck while riding his bike, is doing extremely well. His father has kept me updated on his condition and has given me permission to share that Christopher is responding very well. He has no broken bones, which is a miracle. He had significant bruising and 'road rash," but is expected to get out of the hospital in a few days. Christopher's father said the medical staff taking care of him is fantastic. The family is so appreciative of the outpouring of love and support they have received from the Cedar Ridge Community.

The accident has brought up the recurring idea of a school zone in front of Cedar Ridge. Although a school zone may not have prevented the accident, since it probably would not have extended down to the intersection of Double Creek and Gattis, there may be many advantages to having it. When I took over as principal three years ago, we contacted the city to request a school zone and we were told they didn't do that for high schools. Since safety is my first priority for our students, I am still hoping we can make this happen. I saw on KXAN last night they had an article about this very thing, so I'm sharing it for you to read, if you would like.- click on school zone

On a positive note, we were thrilled with the parent and student turn out for the Cedar Ridge Meet the Teacher Night this Tuesday night! We estimated more than double the number of participants than in the past. Thank you so much for coming out and meeting the teachers. I loved getting to meet many of you, too!

Another great thing that happened this week was the announcement of our National Merit Semifinalists. We are so proud of all nineteen Cedar Ridge students who prequalified last spring. Four of our students actually qualified as semifinalists this year. Congratulations to these students and their families! We will be celebrating with a special breakfast in their honor and they will be presented at a home football game, October 14th. We are so proud of you all!!!

From left to right- Sunitha Konatham, Matthew Pabst, Nicolas Escobar, and Arvind Raghavan.