Yankee Ridge Parents, students and visitors:
We will have access to the west door again beginning on Monday, September 25. Visitors will no longer be able to enter via the south entrance for the next week or two. When you come to visit the school, please use Door 2, located on the west side of the school facing Anderson Street. (This is the entrance we were using at the beginning of the year.) The wooden construction tunnel has been replaced with brick walls, and we will be allowed to use this entrance until the construction crew is ready to build the roof. The main entrance door bell will be placed to the left of this door, and visitors will need to ring the bell to gain access to the school. If you are picking up a student from ASCCP, the doorbell for that will be on the right of the door as it was before. We will send another note when the main entrance changes again. Please follow the signs if you are unsure how to enter the building.
The much anticipated multi-million dollar renovation for Yankee Ridge has begun! IGW Architecture has designed 2 additions to the current building, as well as major and minor remodeling of much of the existing 40,625 square foot building. The additions will include a new gym, kitchen and 3 fine arts classrooms to the north and west edge of the building. Eight classrooms will be built on to the east wing of the building, changing Yankee Ridge from having 2 classrooms at each grade level to having 3 classrooms in most grade levels. These 26,750 square foot additions will increase the building size to 67,375 square feet. Additional parking and a bus drop off area will be added on the north side by Mumford Dr. The east parking lot on Anderson St. will be expanded to include more staff parking and a parent drop off area. This summer Yankee Ridge’s playgrounds will be relocated to accommodate the changes. We are grateful to our generous PTA which purchased some additional playground equipment to further enhance our students’ recess times.
While the overall renovation is expected to be completed by the start of the 2018-19 school year, the school will remain open during the 2017-18 school year. See this link for a detailed description of the project: Yankee Ridge Renovation plans
Watch our website for construction updates as well as information for parents on student drop-off and pick-up changes for the 2017-18 school year!
Jr. Scientist Day was held on April 7th…also known as the most fun learning day of the whole school year! This annual event is in it’s 15th year. It was initiated by former Yankee Ridge parents Kris Hedman and Pete Heinricher to inspire students to learn about science. Scientists from the community come to present a variety of concepts in many creative and fun ways. This year’s topics included such things as: birds, fish, geology, archeology, entomology, future cities, riding a Segway, and trebuchets. Thanks so much to all our presenters and volunteers! We especially thank, Yankee Ridge parent, Jeff Birdsley for presenting and coordinating the event this year!
Yankee Ridge recently held a school-wide election to adopt a mascot. Students were given the opportunity to make suggestions. They also wrote about WHY they thought their idea would be a good mascot for Yankee Ridge. A committee of staff and parents then narrowed the list down to 4 choices: the Yankee Ridge Dragons, Owls, Tiger Sharks and Wolves. Students and staff then voted and, with 54% of the vote, the Yankee Ridge Wolves won!
Several students suggested the wolves, so it was no surprise when the idea won the vote. Some of the reasons students gave for wolves as the mascot: “We’re like a pack!”; “Because the students are swift, agile and quick learners.”; “Wolves are strong like us.”; “Wolves are usually in packs, but they do just fine on their own, symbolizing cooperation and independence.”; “Wolves come in many different colors and sizes…yet they still form a pack regardless of these differences, demonstrating racial justice and equality.”; and “I like wolves and they are cool and I want to be cool.”
Yankee Ridge recently had a Dance Party assembly for reaching 20,000 RRS tickets being earned by students! RRS tickets are given to students for being Respectful, Responsible and Safe at school. Students were also given glow bracelets to help celebrate. Thanks to our very own Dan Church of Bugbee’s DJ Plus for providing the music for this lively celebration!
Yankee Ridge recently hosted Family Reading Night. The event was a success with over 100 students and family members participating in reading based activities. The theme for the event was Super Hero Night, and many students came dressed to the event as their favorite book character or superhero character. Highlights included students reading superhero books, making a mask, reading books to family members and friends, making a comic strip, and creating a superhero using alliteration. At the end of the evening, students were given two free books to encourage reading at home.
To honor our country’s veterans, Yankee Ridge has set out a Missing Man table during the school day on Veterans Day. Students are encouraged to right thank you notes and add them to the table during their lunch hour.
Yankee Ridge students recently participated in our first Quarterly Awards Ceremony. In an effort to recognize the various forms of excellence students exhibit throughout the school year, staff members decided to hold a celebration with all students at the end of each quarter. Awards will be given out to students in each classroom for the following character traits or achievements: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Cooperation, Compassion, Perseverance, Most Improved, and Outstanding Achievement.
The awards were handed out in two different school assemblies. The first assembly recognized the Kindergarten through second grade students, and the second assembly recognized the third through fifth grade students. Students and staff also celebrated positive hallway behavior throughout the first quarter. The hallway recognition came in the form of students learning, practicing, and performing the “wave”. Hands went up and down in unison as the wave went back and forth across the gymnasium. Students enjoyed the ceremony, and all were left with the encouraging fact that there are more awards to be earned throughout the next three quarters.
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