Ridgefield School District announces January employee, students of the month


Officials from the Ridgefield School District recognized its January employee and students of the month at the school board meeting on Jan. 11.

Maggie Butler, with the Ridgefield District Office, was named the employee of the month. Butler is described to have an “incredible knowledge of data systems” and supports the schools “with all things data,” stated a news release. “Maggie is always professional, always knows or can find the answer we need and (is) always helpful,” stated a news release.

Chloe Keur was named the student of the month for the Early Learning Center. As a pre-K student, Chloe is said to be the first to eagerly volunteer to help her teacher. “If there’s a job or anything that she notices that needs to be done, she quietly steps up and helps.” Keur is said to have “amazing listening skills” and works hard on each lesson and activity. She is described as resilient and a “true joy” in the classroom.

Jaunty Berber, a second grader, was named the student of the month at South Ridge Elementary School. The release stated Berber is a self-advocate who stands up for herself. “She helps others near her when her work is done,” the release stated. “She adds to our class discussions and her logic is pretty solid.” Berber has experienced growth this year due to her perseverance, stated the release.

Union Ridge Elementary School named Emmett Anderson as its student of the month. Anderson, who is in third grade, is described as highly motivated to complete assignments and homework, along with being a good friend to those around him. He is described as a respectful listener, helpful partner and kind student.

Addison Tingley, a sixth grader, was named student of the month at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School. Tingley is described as responsible, resilient and respectful. “Addie often steps up and helps others when she notices a struggle,” stated the release. “She does this without any coaxing. This takes away from her work time and she is still able to complete all of her work on time.” Tingley is not only friendly, but patient when she works with others, noted the release.

View Ridge Middle School named Alina Akimenko its student of the month. Akimenko, who is an eighth grader, is “an exemplary student whose work is always of the highest quality, whether it’s an assignment, activity or assessment,” stated the release. She is described as an accomplished and dedicated student who finds ways to challenge herself. Akimenko is also known as a quiet leader and a devoted friend.

Bethany Strand, a sophomore, was named the student of the month at Wisdom Ridge Academy. Strand “truly embraced remote learning in the past few months,” stated the release. She set weekly goals and exceeded them by managing her time effectively. Strand is said to consistently produce high quality work in her courses, and she is respectful and professional with staff.

William Boyd V was named student of the month at Ridgefield High School. Boyd, who is a senior, represents resilience and hard work, stated the release. He has demonstrated academic improvement as a result of the pandemic. Boyd moved to Ridgefield in the sixth grade and said he struggled in school, but that changed in the spring of 2020. He progressed through credit recovery and several months of summer school, stated a release. In his sophomore year, he learned about Cascadia Tech Academy, and later joined the construction program. “During the second semester of 10th grade, when the pandemic started, a noticeable trend shifted on his transcript,” stated the release. “William has not failed a class since.” Boyd will graduate in June with experience in home construction and a plumbing apprenticeship is underway.


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