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programs

Dual-Credit Programs

We offer multiple dual-credit programs that allow students to obtain college and high school credit. The Allied Health Certificate comprises six courses for up to 15 college units. Chemistry offers 3 college units. We offer four English courses, with up to 16 college units available, which help prepare our students even more for the rigors of college. Our Industrial Arts program currently offers 7 college units but we are hoping to expand soon offering up to 19 college units. Students interested in business and management are encouraged to take our accounting class. We also provide Individualized Online College Courses (Expanded Options Program) for students who have demonstrated the skill and motivation to take these advanced courses.

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Student completes some welding for the RHS showers.
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    Dual-Credit Programs

    We offer multiple dual-credit programs that allow students to obtain college and high school credit. The Allied Health Certificate comprises six courses for up to 15 college units. Chemistry offers 3 college units. We offer four English courses, with up to 16 college units available, which help prepare our students even more for the rigors of college. Our Industrial Arts program currently offers 7 college units but we are hoping to expand soon offering up to 19 college units. Students interested in business and management are encouraged to take our accounting class. We also provide Individualized Online College Courses (Expanded Options Program) for students who have demonstrated the skill and motivation to take these advanced courses.

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    Creating School Family

    Conscious Discipline is an evidence-based program for effective social and emotional learning programs that have demonstrated statistically significant positive impacts on student behavioral outcomes and/or academic achievement. We recognize that school climate impacts all achievement, and we aim to build cooperation, willingness, and responsibility. Conscious Discipline’s four essential components include Creating the School Family, Brain State Model, Seven Skills of Discipline, and Seven Powers for Conscious Adults.

  • Teacher and student celebrates with a high five.

    Every Student Every Day

    All Riddle Junior/Senior High School students are placed in a homeroom (about 10 students) with a staff member. One of our main goals is to make certain every student has personal contact with a staff member every school day whether they are on campus or participating in comprehensive distance learning. This program, which started during the COVID-19 pandemic, will continue once comprehensive distance learning is no longer an option because we have found it to be a successful, home-grown program.

  • Junior high band celebrates during the holidays.

    The Arts

    Band is available for fifth- through twelfth-grade students (beginning band, sixth-grade band, junior high band, and high school concert band). Drama and Just Us are available for students in seventh- through twelfth-grade. The Riddle Drama Club produces at least one stage play a year. Just Us performances are geared to elementary students and incorporate drama in a way that keeps students interested and engaged. Our World/Cultural Arts & Crafts program allows students to study different locations, time periods, and cultures through recreating the crafts. Additionally, we are fortunate to offer pottery as an elective. Riddle Elementary students create artwork, too. We will be highlighting some of their artwork throughout the year.

  • A Riddle basketball player goes up for a basket.

    Athletics

    Our Junior High School athletic offerings include football (Coach Luft), volleyball (Coach Thompson), boys and girls basketball (Coach Klaessy), wrestling (Coach Hargraves), and track (Coach Thompson). Our Junior High athletic director is Beverly Scott. Our High School athletic offerings include football (Coach Wozich), volleyball (Coach Weakley), boys basketball (Coach Hobson), girls basketball (Coach Stratton), wrestling (Coach Lewis), track (Coach Towle), baseball (Coach Stephenson), and softball (Coach Shivers). Our Riddle High School athletic director is Russell Hobson.

  • RES School Family

    Creating School Family

    Conscious Discipline is an evidence-based program for effective social and emotional learning programs that have demonstrated statistically significant positive impacts on student behavioral outcomes and/or academic achievement. We recognize that school climate impacts all achievement, and we aim to build cooperation, willingness, and responsibility. Conscious Discipline’s four essential components include Creating the School Family, Brain State Model, Seven Skills of Discipline, and Seven Powers for Conscious Adults.

  • Teacher and student celebrates with a high five.

    Every Student Every Day

    All Riddle Junior/Senior High School students are placed in a homeroom (about 10 students) with a staff member. One of our main goals is to make certain every student has personal contact with a staff member every school day whether they are on campus or participating in comprehensive distance learning. This program, which started during the COVID-19 pandemic, will continue once comprehensive distance learning is no longer an option because we have found it to be a successful, home-grown program.

  • Junior high band celebrates during the holidays.

    The Arts

    Band is available for fifth- through twelfth-grade students (beginning band, sixth-grade band, junior high band, and high school concert band). Drama and Just Us are available for students in seventh- through twelfth-grade. The Riddle Drama Club produces at least one stage play a year. Just Us performances are geared to elementary students and incorporate drama in a way that keeps students interested and engaged. Our World/Cultural Arts & Crafts program allows students to study different locations, time periods, and cultures through recreating the crafts. Additionally, we are fortunate to offer pottery as an elective. Riddle Elementary students create artwork, too. We will be highlighting some of their artwork throughout the year.

  • A Riddle basketball player goes up for a basket.

    Athletics

    Our Junior High School athletic offerings include football (Coach Luft), volleyball (Coach Thompson), boys and girls basketball (Coach Klaessy), wrestling (Coach Hargraves), and track (Coach Thompson). Our Junior High athletic director is Beverly Scott. Our High School athletic offerings include football (Coach Wozich), volleyball (Coach Weakley), boys basketball (Coach Hobson), girls basketball (Coach Stratton), wrestling (Coach Lewis), track (Coach Towle), baseball (Coach Stephenson), and softball (Coach Shivers). Our Riddle High School athletic director is Russell Hobson.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Marty Follose

Mr. Follose is currently our Spanish teacher, and he has been teaching in Riddle since 1980. He has been our drama advisor for about 40 years. He is a playwright and the director and founder of JUST US, a high school theatrical troupe that entertains students with music, acting, and craziness.

- Marty Follose

Echo Gordon

Echo has been teaching English in Riddle since 2000. Little did Echo know she'd find a husband (a Riddle native), make a baby on purpose, and finish her career here (someday). South County has been very good for her, and she is happy to call Riddle the home of the Gordon Clan.

- Echo Gordon

Russell Hobson

Mr. Hobson joined RHS in the fall of 2002. He has taught many classes within the Social Studies spectrum. As a teacher, he tries to make classes fun, enjoyable, and relate topics to what students are going through in their lives. "Dates may change, but the psychology of humans has not," he said.

- Russell Hobson

Dave Gianotti, RES principal and RSD superintendent

Mr. Gianotti began working in Riddle in 2004 and is currently the Elementary Principal, Superintendent, and Maintenance Director of the school district. “I would personally like to thank the Riddle community and parents for their support. We are fortunate to be able to work with these great kids!”

- Dave Gianotti

Rebecca Amela

Mrs. Amela joined the Riddle staff in 2005. She loves to see and teach the connection between subjects that most think have nothing to do with each other, but have relevance in daily life. Music, food, and traditional arts and crafts are explored to make cultural connections in geography.

- Rebecca Amela

Shane Jarvis

Mr. Jarvis has been teaching woodshop in Riddle since 2007. He also teaches welding. Mr. Jarvis has worked as a machinic, an apprentice, and Journeyman Millwright in the dairy, lumber, mining, and chemical weapons disposal industries. He has seen firsthand the need for people in the trades.

- Shane Jarvis

Deniece Thompson

Ms. Thompson has been teaching math and coaching (volleyball and track) in Riddle since 2013 but has been teaching since 1990. She was born in Germany but grew up in Coos Bay. Ms. Thompson is the oldest of five children. She participated in 2019 in a Fund for Teachers Fellowship with Ms. Scott.

- Deniece Thompson

Bev Scott

Ms. Scott has been in Riddle since 2014. She now teaches Life Science and CTE Health Career courses. She was recently named the 2021 Oregon Regional Teacher of the Year. Ms. Scott is from a rural town outside of Yosemite National Park and loves teaching here in Riddle. She is a U.S. Army veteran.

- Bev Scott

Michael Towle

Mr. Towle has been in Riddle since 2014 as our Physical Science teacher. He believes it is important for students to actively engage with the content they are learning through lab activities and science projects. He also teaches a dual-credit chemistry course for college and high school credit.

- Michael Towle

Karalyn Soffer

Mrs. Soffer has been the band director at Riddle School District since 2014. As a saxophonist, she has performed throughout the United States, Scotland, and Croatia. She is currently the OMEA Small Schools Chair for the state of Oregon and OMEA District 10 President.

- Karalyn Soffer

Roy Wrinkle

Mr. Wrinkle began teaching business-related classes in Riddle in 2014. He teaches subjects that will help students get a job, understand the role and goals of a business, and the soft skills needed in today's business world. He worked in the private sector for 5 years after receiving his degree.

- Roy Wrinkle

Stacey Gustafson

Mrs. Stacey was hired by Riddle Elementary in 2015. At RES, she achieved her dream of teaching second grade. In 2017, she bought a house in Gold Hill. She said, “We love it there because it is a small town. That’s one of the reasons I love teaching in Riddle.” She has 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

- Stacey Gustafson

Lance Puckett

Mr. Puckett moved to Riddle in October 2016 and began work at Riddle High School in 2017 as a work experience job through Oregon Commission for the Blind. He was officially hired by the school in 2018.  He loves his job helping kids who are struggling. In 2014, he earned his BA at the age of 53.

- Lance Puckett

Clark Wozich

Mr. Wozich joined the Riddle family in August 2020. He serves Riddle Jr./Sr. High School as an instructional assistant in the special education department, substitute teacher, student teacher, and as the head football coach. He is now working on his Masters in Special Education graduating in 2021.

- Clark Brown Wozich

Fiona Bravo

Ms. Bravo was recently hired as our on-track graduation coordinator at RHS. She was born in Las Vegas and moved to Oregon in February '21. She is a mother of a 6-year-old boy and studying to be an elementary music teacher. She was previously a hairstylist but decided to follow her passion.

- Fiona Bravo