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Ridgefield School District Honors April Employee and Students of the Month
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

On April 9, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the April Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.  

Sunset Ridge Intermediate School is super excited to nominate Kelly O’Boyle as the Employee of the Month for the Ridgefield School District.  Kelly is extremely worthy of this honor as she exemplifies what it means to be a Sunset Ridge staff member.  

There is no stronger advocate for students than Kelly.  She blends a unique style of compassion and caring with high expectations and a belief that all students can learn.  Kelly is laser-focused on what students should learn and turns to data often to help make the right decision for students.  Kelly is honest and models this for all students and staff.  She is not afraid to speak up and helps to create a learning environment of high expectations at Sunset Ridge.  She has a strong ethical sense of right and wrong, and her excellent judgment is trusted by students and staff.  Kelly is a positive force.  She has a great sense of humor, is upbeat and fun and is a true pleasure to work with.

Students of the Month

Connor Bringhurst, a fourth grader, is April’s’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  The South Ridge Elementary School teachers and staff are very proud of Connor.  They write, “Connor Bringhurst comes in every day excited to be here.  He has a spring in his step and a constant smile on his face!  He looks for ways to help his classmates, whether it be helping them one-on-one with a math skill, calling their attention back to a lesson or gently reminding a student about expectations.  Connor is very focused and is an active, enthusiastic participant in every lesson or activity.  He works very hard to always do high-quality work.  Connor is truly a person of integrity!  He has a kind and generous heart.  He is welcoming and friendly to all and is aware of others and their feelings or difficulties.  Connor is a fun and enjoyable kid to be around.  He brightens every day with his respectful, outgoing personality and engaging smile.”


Iver Kast, a kindergartner, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  Union Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Iver.  They write, “Iver is a kind, caring, funny, and considerate student.  In class, he is helpful to his peers and quick to offer help to his teacher.  Ha always works hard on his projects and school work.  We look forward to seeing Iver grow and excel here at Union Ridge and outside of school.”

Raina Larson, a sixth grader, is April’s Student of the Month at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School.  The Sunset Ridge Intermediate School teachers and staff are very proud of Raina.  They write, “Raina Larson exemplifies the mission for Sunset Intermediate School and is a true Coyote.  She is Respectful, Responsible and Resilient.  Every day, she goes above and beyond by helping to collect and properly return the playground equipment to where it belongs.  She takes great pride in our school and is always disposing of garbage when she sees it, without even being asked to do so.  She is kind and courteous, always looking for ways to help.  We greatly appreciate her and all she does for us.”

Allison Orantes, a seventh grader, was chosen at View Ridge Middle School.  The View Ridge Middle School teachers and staff are very proud of Allison.  They write, “Allison is a hard-working and polite student who strives for excellence.  She is dedicated, ambitious, honest, and smart.  Allison is easy to teach, for she stays on task and is not afraid to ask questions.  You can always count on her to add interesting conversation in classroom discussions.  She is a fearless participant in discussion and is always willing to engage in debate and share her ideas.  Her work is always of the very highest quality, and she works well with all her classmates.  Allison knows how to work in a science group.  She leads by example.  She also knows how to share the workload and allows for all ideas to be heard in a group.”

Angelina Zhiryada, a sophomore, has been chosen as the April Student of the Month for Ridgefield High School.  Angelina has been nominated by four different teachers in four different months for Student of the Month.  Her teachers say Angelina is “a positive influence in class, a hard worker and a great support to her classmates.  She has outstanding participation and produces top-notch work.”  They also say that Angelina “comes to class every day with a smile and leaves with a ‘thank you for teaching me’ – EVERYDAY!”  As a sophomore at RHS, Angelina is taking three advanced classes (Chemistry, Algebra II and AP Psychology) while maintaining a nearly-perfect 3.97 GPA.  In her spare time, Angelina gives a lot of time to church involvement.

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsors, James Schmeling of Allstate Insurance Company whose local office is providing funding to support the district’s recognition program during this school year and the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation.