Ridgewood Elementary School
Ferdonia Stewart, Principal
3601 South Bend Road
Winterville, NC 28590
Phone:  252-355-7879
Grades K-5 with 1,033 students enrolled.

School Highlights
  • School opened in August 2009.
  • Met High Growth in 2010 and Expected Growth in 2009.
  • Met 100% of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Goals in 2010. 


  • Ridgewood Elementary School is working in collaboration with East Carolina University (ECU) to be an Effective Leadership School, as the University is working to become an Effective Leadership University, training students in all curriculum areas in Steven Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  At Ridgewood, teachers were trained first; then teachers developed lessons to train students as a part of their elementary curriculum, and then parents were invited in for sessions with teachers to learn what was being taught to students. Those 7 Habits include:
    • Habit 1: Be Proactive. Focus on the things you can actually do something about.
    • Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind.  Begin everything you do with a clear picture of your ultimate goal.
    • Habit 3: Put First Things First.  Manage your life according to your needs and priorities.
    • Habit 4: Think Win-Win Integrity – Stick with your true feelings, values, and commitments. Maturity – Be considerate of the feelings of others.  Abundance Mentality – Believe there is plenty for everyone.
    • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood.  Learn how to communicate clearly and listen to others.
    • Habit 6: Synergize.  “Two heads are better than one.”
    • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw.  Allow yourself to grow by maintaining a balanced program in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.
    • Ridgewood also uses these 7 Habits to promote appropriate student behaviors at school.

  • Ridgewood School has the first ever “Walking School Bus!”  In order to make provisions for students who wanted to walk to school and for parents who wanted to ensure their walking children were appropriately supervised, volunteer parents joined together to create a walking school bus.  Volunteer parents walk with students and collect additional students and parents as they go.  Three neighborhoods participate arriving at school from as far away as a mile. 
  • Drum Circles are new at Ridgewood!  Students are taught listening skills, participation and teamwork skills, and how to perform on cue as a part of the Drum Circles program.  Students in a circle with different sized drums learn to play together for special school events.  One of those events includes the Math Parade.
  • The Math Parade marches at Ridgewood every nine weeks celebrating students’ success in math skills development.  As all students at Ridgewood are sharks (school mascot), students in different grade levels are particular sharks and make costumes at the beginning of the year with their teachers preparing for the Math Parade.
    • Kindergarteners are Angel Sharks.
    • 1st Graders are Hammerhead Sharks.
    • 2nd Graders are Mako Sharks.
    • 3rd Graders are Tiger Sharks.
    • 4th Graders are Bull Sharks.
    • 5th Graders are Great White Sharks.
  • All students participate with their grade level in the Math Parade.  Students earn the right to be “marchers” in the parade by meeting high standards established in foundational math skills.  The Drum Circles keep the beat to the marching music as the parade progresses.

Academic Support

  • Battle of the Books – won competition last two years!
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Accelerated Math
  • Math Fair
  • Science Fair
  • Art Museum Entries
  • Project YEAH – Physical fitness competition with focus on skills development for students in grades 4-5
  • Odyssey of the Mind – Six teams compete regionally

Student Support
  • Student Government Association - The Student Government Association (SGA) at Ridgewood Elementary School is uniquely involved in the operations of the school.  Each Ridgewood student can be a member of one of five school leadership teams:
    • Recycling Team – Students work to support the school’s Fill the Bin efforts with The City of Greenville.
    • Nutritional Team – Students find ways to actively promote healthy eating habits with their classmates.
    • Welcoming Team – Students learn how to treat guests at school including proper protocol and good speech practices.
    • Flag Team – Students are trained by ROTC instructors in proper flag handling and etiquette.
    • Textbook Team – Students volunteer to work during the summer sorting and boxing and shuffling textbooks to their proper locations.
  • Student Spirit Week
  • Student Yearbook
  • Food Drive

School Support
  • Active PTA:  PTA has already completed one playground for school and is in the process of building a second playground.
  • School Sponsors Relay for Life Team annually
  • After-School Program is available sponsored by Community Schools and Recreation
  • Informative School Website



Last Modified on October 3, 2010
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