Monday, May 22, 2017

Valedictorian and Salutatorian for Cedar Ridge Graduation 2017! Also, Qualifiers for Next Year's National Merit Program!

I'm so proud to introduce this year's Valedictorian, Arvind Raghavan, and Salutatorian, Marissa Maxim. Arvind will be attending UT Austin for Computer Science and Marissa will be attending A & M University for Political Science.

We have so many outstanding and competitive students in this year's senior class; ending up as 1st and 2nd is truly an outstanding accomplishment! Congratulations, Arvind and Marissa!


This year 12 Cedar Ridge High School juniors qualified for next year's National Merit Program. We hope all of them make it to the finalist status, but just qualifying is a huge accomplishment. The National Merit Scholarship Program uses students' PSAT test scores as the qualifying test. From approximately 1.5 million program entrants, each of these students is among the 50,000 highest scoring participants who will be recognized in the fall.

From the 50,000 high scorers nationwide, about 16,000 will be named National Merit Program Semi-finalists next September, representing the top scores in each state, and approximately 34,000 will be commended for their performance. Semifinalist will be the only students in the running to compete for about 7,4000 National Merit Scholarships offered in the Spring of 2018.

So, as you can see, these students performance has been outstanding. These students are all dedicated to success, not afraid to work hard and they believe in putting forth 100% effort. But those attributes alone did not create these results, those characteristics were accompanied by lots of love, encouragement, and support (plus perhaps occasional nudging) from parents, family, and teachers. Congratulations to each of you! We are incredibly proud of you all!

The students receiving recognition for qualifying for the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program are (alphabetically):

Peng-Yu Ang
Mikayla Catazaro
Alyssa Chamseddine
Bryn Dalrymple
Grant DeLoach
Gabriela Franco
Jameson Kampfe
Connor Scott
Christine Tsou
Parvathy Vasudev
Hannah Villarreal
Michelle Yi

Spring 2017 Finals Schedule and Summer Learning Opportunities

You can find the link to the 2017 Spring Finals' Schedule here.

If you would like information on the district's Summer Learning opportunities, please follow this link: Summer Learning to the district webpage. If  you have any questions concerning Summer Learning, please contact your student's counselor or Cedar Ridge Lead Counselor, Ms. Denise Gallego, at for assistance.

Preliminary EOC scores have arrived, and Cedar Ridge staff are busy notifying parents of students who did not meet standard in order to register them for an EOC Preparation course during Summer Learning. All EOC results will be found in the Confidential Student Reports provided by TEA. These will be mailed home with the final report card around June 8th.

Friday, May 19, 2017

CRHS Visual Arts Students Excel in RRISD Secondary Art Show

On Tuesday night, May 16th, RRISD Fine Arts hosted, Fresh Work, the 2017 Secondary Art Show at the Raymond Hartfield Performing Arts Center. Cedar Ridge was well-represented by dozens of our talented visual art students, and the honors rolled in.

The following students were awarded in a juried exhibition for their outstanding artwork:

Kayden Brewer - 1st Place, Div. III Ceramics

Gabrielle Waguespack - 3rd Place, Div. III Painting

Lovisa Nylander - Honorable Mention, Div. IV Black & White Drawing

Brooks Pavelka - 2nd Place, Div. IV Ceramics

Ki James - Honorable Mention, Div. IV Mixed Media

Talitha Brant - Honorable Mention, Div. IV Painting

Sofia Peler - 2nd Place, Div. IV Sculpture

Iliah Racine - 1st Place, Div. IV Watercolor

Avery Finlen - 3rd Place, Div. IV Watercolor

Nicole Petrik - 1st Place, Div. V Ceramics

Elena James - 1st Place, Div. V Black and White Drawing

Natalia Valdes - 2nd Place, Div. V Black and White Drawing

Elisa Melendez Enriquez - 2nd Place, Div. V Other Media (watercolor)

Sofia Gonzalez - 2nd Place, Div. V Painting

Jade Trent - 1st Place, Div. VI Black and White Drawing

Landon Lindsay - Honorable Mention, Div. VI Black and White Drawing

Madeline Moates - 1st Place, Div. VI Ceramics

Cade Cowan - 2nd Place, Div. VI Ceramics
Sky Pulliam - Best in Show, all of Division VI, Sculpture

Nicole Petrik - Best in Show, all of Division V, Ceramics (in addition to her ceramics awards, Nicole also received a $500 scholarship for her drawn work!)

Please join us in celebrating these successes with our Cedar Ridge visual art students. If you have them in class, or pass them in the hallway, congratulate them!

Monday, May 15, 2017

FAC Surprise Room Makeover

FAC Surprise Room Makeover

This morning we held a surprise party to reveal our Extreme Classroom Makeover for one of our FAC classrooms! Classes from Cedar Ridge "gifted" the FAC students with a classroom makeover themed "Under the Sea".

Below are the classes that made this possible:

Graphic Design- Designing the mural “Under the Sea”

Animation- Creation of “Under the Sea” Animations

Interior Design- Making curtains and pillows

Culinary- Making cookies and punch

AV- Creating the video

Art- Painting fish and sea weed on the walls

Student volunteers worked on the makeover May 12th after school.
Special thanks to the following businesses:

Wonderwall Studio- Joe Garcia and Mary Arendes for donating the printed wall mural

4401 Freidrich Ln, Bldg 2 Ste 200
Austin, TX 78744

Wallmasters-Todd and Scott Holcomb donated time and tools to install the wall mural. 

Cedar Ridge was also awarded Innovative Grant money to purchase some furniture for the room, which should arrive in early June. 

We thank all of you for collaborating to help make our school a special place! 

Some pictures of the room and a few of the students and teachers who helped make this happen below:

Friday, May 12, 2017

CRHS Computer Science Students Accept Paid Summer Internships at Austin Research Laboratories

Computer science students, Matthew Pabst and Arvind Raghavan, have accepted paid summer internships at Austin Research Laboratories through the University of Texas at Austin. This apprenticeship exposes students to laboratory research and development and exposes them to what scientists and engineers do. They will work on projects over the summer and gain invaluable experiences and opportunities to learn more about different types of research done at ARL. Both students will be studying computer science at UT in the fall.​​

"I'm very excited to have the opportunity to research this summer with my peers and develop my computer science skills before attending the University of Texas!" ~ Matthew Pabst

"Getting to work with contractors for the Department of Defense with only a high school diploma will be really special!" ~Arvind Raghavan