Dear Ptarmigan Ridge Families,
We want to personally welcome you to the beginning of the school year. I hope you enjoyed summer with your family as you made memories, shared some laughs, and were able to rest and rejuvenate.
Our district mission is: All students ready for college, career, and life. We work every day in a variety of ways to accomplish those which have specific indicators tied to them. These indicators are tied to best practices as well as strong educational research. If you have questions or would like more information please visit our district website.
To ensure that every student is College Ready at Ptarmigan, we focus on the essential learning standards in each grade level to ensure that every student is getting the most important concepts well established before the end of the school year. This also means that we use or learning time in very purposeful ways to ensure that if students need additional interventions that we build that into their instructional day. We have a strong focus on both literacy and math. You can help with these by reading with your students and them seeing you read. As well as talking about how you use math in your daily life. Statements such as, “I was never good at math, so you probably won’t be also.” can be ultimately discouraging for students. Instead, focus on things that were once hard for them, but then they continued to work at and it became easier, like riding a bike, or catching a baseball.
Part of being Career Ready is establishing early a pattern of good attendance. At eighteen absences a student has missed 10% of the school year. That is instructional time that no amount of “make-up” can really catch up. The sooner we can establish for students the key to having good attendance at school, the better that student will be at ultimately being able to carry that over to a career later in life. Our students are still young though, and much of their absences are due to things outside of their control. Please be mindful of this when scheduling appointments and such. If we notice a pattern that is causing concerns, we will provide systems of support to help both you and your child. If there are additional supports that you think you might need, please don’t hesitate to contact the attendance office. Please refer to the prearranged absence form for more information on the types of absences.
Life Ready begins early on. We recognize that part of being ready for life means that you see yourself as part of a larger community that you support and positively contribute to. This is not only through community service projects which our students participate in many throughout the year, but also setting goals for themselves around how to better themselves, and behaving in a way that others can look to as a model. We have three rules: Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful. We believe that all students can meet these, and that by teaching clearly what our expectations are for a variety of settings we increase the likelihood of fewer behavior distractions. If you have questions regarding specific rules, or expectations, please refer to our building website for a full list of behavior expectations. Please talk with your students about these, as well as their goals, to ensure that they see all of us as partners in this process.
We are eager to welcome you and your student to the new school year. Our teachers have put in countless hours creating welcoming and engaging learning environments for your student. Our district staff members have been hard at work preparing our facilities to ensure student safety and creating a school we are all proud of. I speak for all of us when I say that we are honored that you trust us with your students each day. We look forward to the amazing year ahead.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at: 360-893-0595
Mrs. Alicia Jensen – Principal
Mrs. Kristin Powell – Assistant Principal