Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Cedar Ridge Homecoming Week- September 18-23

Homecoming 2017: Dare to dream; dare to do! (Dance theme: “Sea of Dreams: A Homecoming Under the Sea”)
September 18-September 23 

Homecoming Drive-
Drop off donations of gently used Homecoming dresses and mums to Jipp or Torres through 9/15. “Shopping” day for students in need will be Tuesday, Sept. 19

Spirit Dress up Days- (Chosen through student votes)
Theme for the dance: "Sea of Dreams: A Homecoming Under the Sea" ALL students must be dress code appropriate even when participating in spirit days.

Texas Pride Monday- We are so proud to be Texans! Wear your hats, boots, western wear, or Texas t-shirt to show your pride in the bravery and heroism Texans have shown in the face of disaster.
Freshmen gather in the courtyard at 8:50am for class photo.

Raider Dreaming Tuesday- Show your Raider Spirit by wearing your (school appropriate) PJ's
Sophomores gather in the courtyard at 8:50am for class photo.

Overall Spirit Wednesday-Show your Raider spirit in your favorite pair of overalls.
Juniors gather in the courtyard at 8:50am for class photo.

Thursday by the Sea-Dress like a tourist on vacation! Wear flip-flops, Hawaiian shirts, leis, and sunglasses. Seniors gather in the courtyard at 8:50am for class photo.

All out Purple Friday-Wear purple to show off your Raider mums!
All students invited out to the courtyard for CR photo at 8:50am.

Hall Decorating & Portable Door Decorating Contest-Monday 9/18
Each grade level will be assigned to an academic wing to decorate after school, and Class Officers for each class will lead the effort. (Seniors-A wing downstairs, Juniors-B wing downstairs, Sophs-C wing downstairs, Freshmen-D wing downstairs.)

Portables teachers and teachers in hallways not being decorated by students may choose to participate in a Door Decorating Contest. Voting for both will take place on Tuesday through email to both students and staff. Teachers may choose to decorate themselves or choose a class to do it for them.

Homecoming Parade and Community Pep Rally-Wednesday 9/20
Parade watchers are encouraged to bring folding chairs and set up along the parade route. The parade route circles the school, beginning near the bus lanes in back and down the west side of the building. The event includes food trucks, vendor booths, and other activities for the hour before and after the parade itself and until 8:30 after the end of the pep rally. All campus groups, organizations, clubs, teams, and departments are invited to march/walk/ride in the parade. Imagine your department creating and riding on a float of some sort while tossing candy to the adoring masses.

Parade watchers are encouraged to pick up their folding chairs and follow the end of the parade into the stadium for the pep rally. The stands are not big enough to hold everyone, so people will set up their chairs all along the track around the field, and the pep rally will play to the whole stadium, not just one side.

Schedule for the evening:
  • 5:00-5:30 vendor set up
  • 5:30 vendors open
  • 6:30 parade participants line up in bus area in back of school
  • 7:00 parade around the campus 
  • Parade will end in the stadium for our outdoor Community Pep Rally! 
  • 8:30/9:00 vendors close 
Freshman & JV football games-Thursday
Go Raiders!

Friday 9/22-Raiders vs. Temple 7:00 @ Kelly Reeves
  • Varsity football game vs. Temple 7:00 at Kelly Reeves
  • Homecoming Court announced at halftime; Crowning of Homecoming King and Queen
Saturday 9/23
  • Homecoming Dance “Sea of Dreams: A Homecoming Under the Sea” set up 9-1 in cafeteria
  • Homecoming dance 7-11
  • Culinary providing concession!
Tickets will be sold by PTSA in the week prior to the dance. Ticket price is $15, and price includes student PTSA membership. Students must clear all obligations before purchasing a ticket. Students who would like to invite a non-Cedar Ridge student will need to fill out the form in the front office and submit by the deadline for approval. Students who are already PTSA members pay $9/ticket.

Non-CRHS guest

Friday, August 18, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year at Cedar Ridge!

Welcome back, Raiders!! The Cedar Ridge staff and I are so excited about the 2017-18 school year ahead! We anticipate great thing for our students and staff. The district just switched all campuses to a new website template, so be aware that our website is “under construction.” Our webmaster is working feverishly to get everything up and running.

The first day of class for students will be Tuesday, August 22. Students will find their alpha room assignment to pick up their schedule posted in the cafeteria. We will have many staff members available to assist students in finding their assigned room. Once all logistics have been taken care of in the alpha assigned rooms, students will move to their first period class. The rest of the day will be regular A-Day for students. The school day has been extended by 5 minutes, per district policy. Therefore, the school day for all district high schools will start at 9:05 am and end at 4:20 pm. You can access the Cedar Ridge A/B Yearly Calendar and the Cedar Ridge Bell Schedule by clicking on the words. We encourage your child to take a picture of their schedule, so they will have it even if they misplace the paper copy.

The only students who will be allowed to see the counselors for a schedule change the first week of school are students whose schedules have one of the following- 1. a missing class for a specific period, 2. the same course scheduled twice, or 3. a mistake on the schedule. Our master schedule and teaching assignments for the 2017-18 school year were made based upon the classes students requested at the end of the 2016-17 school year. All students and parents met with their counselor to discuss schedule requests for the following year, and a Course Verification Sheet was sent home in the Spring as a last check to be sure the classes a student had requested were still the ones they wanted. Therefore, we will not be changing students’ classes unless there is a mistake or a problem with the schedule.

Please be aware that the counselors will be busy the first week enrolling new students and getting new students’ schedules created, so they will have limited availability for other things.

Mark your calendars for the Cedar Ridge Meet-the-Teacher Night, Monday, September 11. You will receive more details as we get nearer to the date.

I want to encourage everyone to communicate with a teacher directly if you have concerns about a class or your child’s progress in the class. You may email or call any of our teachers. Since several of our teachers rotate to different rooms to teach, it is most effective to email your questions, concerns, or request for a meeting. If after you have met or talked with a teacher, you still have concerns, then the next step would be to contact your child’s assistant principal or counselor for assistance. We know the best way to serve your child is by building a partnership between Cedar Ridge staff and parents, so please don’t hesitate contacting us. You can access the campus grading policy, Academic Integrity Policy, the RRISD Student/Parent Handbook, and Student Code of Conduct by clicking on the words in blue. You will find the RRISD policies, which the campus follows. Of particular interest would be the district Dress Code and Cell Phone/Personal Device guidelines.

We are thrilled to see the Cedar Ridge Fine Arts Auditorium almost completed. We anticipate it being “open for business” by early October. It will be a true learning space, as technical theater students will get “on the job training.” We look forward to many wonderful performances by Cedar Ridge students in the future. We also look forward performances by our Cedar Ridge feeder pattern elementary and middle school students!

The district has finally started work on the new Cedar RidgeAthletic Locker Room Facility.  (Floor Plan) Although there were a few disappointing setbacks we are so excited to see construction getting under way. The facility will be located within our Portable “village.” The latest update I was given projects the building to be completed by early November. We are staying positive and optimistic!

I look forward to sharing lots of wonderful things our students and staff are accomplishing throughout the year. I frequently post pictures, celebrations, and news related to Cedar Ridge High School on the school's Twitter account. Please follow us at @CedarRidgeHigh .
Please help support our campus by joining the Cedar Ridge PTSA. They provide excellent support for our campus. Their big project this year is to put in as many “Water Stations” as they can through fundraising and increasing membership. I know students and staff would greatly benefit from the water stations, so help PTSA provide those for the campus by joining the organization. Another important organization that needs all of our support is the Cedar Ridge Project Grad. We are encouraging everyone to get involved and support Project Grad, regardless of what grade your child is in. Project Grad will be held at Main Event this year and we expect a big crowd! Please donate or volunteer for Project Grad 2018! You can find links to both organizations on the Cedar Ridge Website. 

We are celebrating our TEA Accountability rating.  We are so proud of our Science team for earning a Distinction Designation from the state this year! Please review our Accountability Summary. 

You can review the revised meal prices by RRISD's Food Services here. You can also access the application for Free and Reduced Lunches.

Again, welcome to the new school year! We commit to making this a great year for your child(ren)!