Students of the Month recognized by RASD Board

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Brian Stockman
Staff Writer

The Ridgway Area School District's monthly meeting began Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. following a short executive session.
Rita Buhite a Ridgway Area K-12 STEM teacher, gave a detailed introduction to the District's upcoming plan to integrate computer programming into every class level at both schools, in her "Dream Big" plan.
From Kindergarten to seniors, every class will have computer programming, digital citizenship and media designing built in as a standard part of the curriculum. By the fall, two AP-level computer programming courses, AP computer science principals and AP computer science, will be available for students at the high school with all grades incorporating digital learning and literacy as basic level classes.
Buhite also gave an overview of her newly-started Media and Design Computer Club which will be going to state competition as well as on a field trip to Google Headquarters in Pittsburgh in the next few months. The board members praised her efforts and promised to work with her on the implementation of all these programs across both schools.
Students of the Month were joined by high school Principal Thomas A. Podpora, FSG Principal Pam Yeager, Superintendent Heather McMahon-Vargas, and Board President Aimee Kemick. Olivia Frantz from grade four and Kaden Hoffman from grade five were recognized from the Elementary School, while Dixileigh Gorske from grade six and Matthew Dush from grade 11 were the winners from the high and middle schools.

For more on this story, see today's publication of the Ridgway Record. (Wednesday, April 10, 2019.)