About Timber Ridge Middle School
|School Colors: Forest Green, White & Orange
School Logo: The Wolves
Timber Ridge proudly displays mural panels created by the Friends of Community Public Art of Joliet, Illinois. The artwork on our school's exterior walls celebrates the Fine Arts in Education. The slideshow above shows scenes of the visual arts, choral music, instrumental music and theater that can be viewed on these panels. You can visit this not-for-profit organization online at: http://fcpaonline.org/index.asp to learn more about the studios and artists or to view other artwork by this organization in our community.
Timber Ridge Middle School, the second middle school in Plainfield District 202, opened its doors to students on August 28, 1996. Principal John Harper and Vice Principal Scott Wakeley worked endless hours keeping the school open for 24 hours a day for a week in order to have classrooms ready for over 1000 students. Although the entire school was not complete, students attended classes while construction crews completed the Encore Wing, cafetorium and two gymnasiums. Students brought sack lunches to school and ate in classrooms. Team centers were used to deliver the Encore Classes. Because the gyms and fields were not complete, PE classes met outside on the blacktop areas and indoors in hallways on rainy days.
According to an article in the 1996-1997 yearbook, Timber Ridge Middle School cost 14 million dollars to construct. The school name was created by Kelly Krotz, a seventh grader at the time. She was present to cut the ribbon at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in early October. (View the entire article as it appeared in the yearbook.)
The school colors were selected by the School Board members and the principal. The school mascot, the timberwolf, was determined by a vote of the student body.
Active Learners Promote Healthy Attitudes is a short 20-minute time period at the of beginning of each school day that provides an opportunity for Timber Ridge students to focus on a school-wide learning activity with a team of teachers. Daily Announcements are also communicated during this time.
The schedule of activities generally followed is:
Monday - Career Exploration
Tuesday - Character Study
Wednesday - Study Skills
Thursday - D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read)
Friday - Team Day/Portfolio Day