Shelby County Schools


Our Third Annual


Tuesday , May 13, 2008

Because of our outstanding participation

in The Freedom Writer's Diary, author
Erin Gruwell and one of her former

students visited RMS on Friday, February 29th.   more...

World Drum Squad
performs at the Orpheum Theatre

w/ Spirit of Uganda

at theUDA Championships
in Orlando, FL

Watch the Fox 13 News story on the blues featuring Mr. Greene's general music class

Mark Walden

visits RMS 7th grade students - 1/25/08

Ridgeway Middle School Welcomes Freedom Writers Author

In 1994, an idealistic and driven teacher named Erin Gruwell was assigned a group of students
that were labeled as "unteachable, at-risk" teenagers. This class of diverse students proved
to be one of Erin Gruwell’s biggest challenges
and greatest accomplishments. The students
were defiant and prepared to prove to Ms. Gruwell that they were not interested in learning. She proved them very wrong! A classroom prank prompted Erin Gruwell to take action and prove
to her students that everyone has a purpose. She allowed her students the voice and freedom of expression no one else had ever provided.
The Freedom Writers Diaries was the result of their hard work, dedication and perseverance. The inspiring story of the Freedom Writers has been used by classroom teachers to promote literacy
at all grade levels in schools across the United States.

Recently, Ridgeway Middle School was chosen as the only local school visit to receive a school visit
by Erin Gruwell, due in part to the overwhelming participation from the school’s student body. Over a
six-week period, the entire student body at RMS participated in the serialized excerpts and corresponding curricula that was published in The Commercial Appeal. RMS students embraced the writings of Ms. Gruwell and her students and their stories encouraged them to create many quality works that were highlighted throughout the school. Students were particularly surprised and elated when Maria Reyes,
one of Ms. Gruwell’s students, also spoke during the assembly. Hearing Ms. Reyes’ story allowed the students to fully understand and realize that any hardships in life can be overcome, especially when one
is driven to succeed and encouraged by teachers.

Pictured left to right are: Maria Reyes, RMS Principal, Lisa Henry, Erin Gruwell and Hal Harmon, PDSCC

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Ridgeway Middle School Receives $5,000 from the Discovery Channel

On March 27, 2008, Jake the Science Guy from Discovery visited Ridgeway Middle School. During the assembly, students learned why Science Matters. Students also received Astronaut Ice cream and one lucky student received a telescope through
a drawing. Students had their pictures taken by placing their faces in cutouts of life size astronauts. As part of the presentation, Ridgeway Middle School received a $5,000 check. The money will be used to purchase a mobile computer lab
to help students with their research projects.

Left: Mrs. Hall, RMS Librarian/Media Specialist shows off the $5,000 check from the Discovery Channel.



  RMS Football Team


   UNDEFEATED All Season!

CLICK HERE to visit the RMS FOOTBALL page: 2007 schedule,
highlights, and photos

Meteorologist Mark Walden visits RMS

Mark Walden, abc24 Eyewitness News meteorologist, visited the RMS seventh grade students on Friday, January 25th. Mr. Walden delivered an informative and entertaining presentation on weather and weather safety. He brought along Doppler the weather dog to help deliver weather safety information, and rewarded students with umbrellas for correctly answering weather-related questions.

Read more about Mark Walden and Doppler on the abc24 Eyewitness News web site.


Ridgeway Middle Hosts Principal for a Day

Ridgeway Middle School celebrated "Memphis Goes Back to School" by hosting 'Principal for a Day', Broderick Connesero. In the picture, Principal Lisa Henry presents Mr. Connesero with an official Ridgeway faculty shirt as she declares him “Principal for a Day.”

Mr. Connesero was so impressed with youth at Ridgeway that he plans to continue his visits and provide mentors for young men who ttend Ridgeway.


From Vol. 59, October 22 - November 4, 2007 Issue of The Insider

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Ridgeway Middle School Students

Enthusiastically Embrace Reading

So far this year, students at Ridgeway Middle School have read 1,272 books.


Ridgeway Library, in collaboration with classroom teachers has many incentive programs to get students reading. One incentive program is

The Great Computer Give-A-Way. Students are encouraged to read and also take Accelerated Reader quizzes and complete an MCS Reads Diary. Each time a student takes a quiz and/or completes a Diary, his/her name goes into a drawing. In May, one student will go home for the summer with the grand prize of a Compaq Computer and printer. 

Also, students at Ridgeway  have a new reminder to come to their school library, a neon OPEN sign

flashes during the day in the library window.


From Vol. 59, October 22 - November 4, 2007 Issue of The Insider


Way to go Ms. Dotson

and Volleyball Team!

UNDEFEATED throughout the regular season!!!

CLICK HERE to see pictures from the Lady Roadrunner's OUTSTANDING 2007season


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