Ridgeview Elementary School

Reading Tips and Tricks

Read our loud and give your brain another path!  When you read to yourself, you are engaging your eyes, word meaning and comprehensions parts of your brain.  If you read out loud, you actively engage 2 additional parts of your brain, speaking and hearing, which increases your ability to comprehend!

SIPPS Resource

SIPPS (Systematic Instruction of Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) is the program that I use with students to build a strong foundation for their journey towards literacy!  Find out what it's all about!

SIPPS resource

Lexia Core5 Online Resource

LPS has adopted a new online assessment of students reading skills, it is Lexia Core5!  This program will be used across elementary schools to provide lessons for readers at every level K-5.  Help your student make the most of Lexia Core5 by completing lessons on Lexia from home on weekends and when they are absent.  Students have a weekly goal of minutes to reach their grade level goals! 

Nicole Hicks


I'm so glad that you've decided to visit my page! There is quite a bit to look at so take your time and get to know me! I especially want to point out in the lower central box access to my Portal of Really Good Stuff! This is my online filing site of great websites, resources, parenting tips, and ideas for improving students reading skills. Please check it out! It includes a whole section of online "game sites" that have academic skills practiced.

Do you have a struggling reader? There are several links to sites for audio processing, visual processing, and other resources. Parents, if you don't know where to begin, start here!

Please feel free to contact me by email any time. I work with students every day so please give me 24 hours to respond (I'm much faster at email than phone).

What kind of reader do you want to be?

What kind of reader do you want to be?

Are students really reading less?

As parents and educators we should all be up in arms as government studies show a decline in the amount of time our kids are reading!  How can you help?  Start in your own house, then move to the community as a school volunteer, or donating gently used books to your school.  Students should be reading at least an hour over and beyond their school day!  This is a total time of 1 hour and can be made up of 4 increments of 15 minutes or any variation to combine to 1 hour!  How about volunteer for a Chat & Chew with a small handful of students over the lunch hour.

Students Reading Less?!

Memory Practice

Here is a link to online games that let students practice memory skills:



This is a link to an article on memory strategies for educators and parents:

Memory Strategies


Teacher Resources

Ridgeview Roadrunners! Beep! Beep!

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Contact Info:

Nicole Hicks

Title I Reading Specialist

Ridgeview Elementary, LPS

My new email is:  nicole.hicks@lps53.org

(816)736-5450 EXT. 2348




Top 10 List about Mrs. Hicks

1. I was born in LaJunta, Colorado.

2. I went to college at Cal State Fullerton and the University of Kansas. I have a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education K-9 and a Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a Reading Certification.

3. I have worked for Shawnee Mission USD 512 (7 years), Blue Springs RIV (9 years), and am happy to be at Ridgeview Elementary (LPS)!

4. I am married to Alan Hicks. He works for Lytle Construction as a Project Manager. He builds buildings, I build readers!

5. I have two children. Miller, my son, is in high school. He keeps us busy with baseball tournaments! Claire, my daughter, is in middle school. She keeps us busy with dance performances ! They are both readers!

6. I have a dog named Tiger! He was a Christmas gift for our family.

7. My family picture was taken in Shawnee, KS at my parents house. We have lived in the KC area for 20+ years!

8. My favorite books of all time are the Harry Potter series! I love how JK Rowling used the theme of love as the strongest "magic" of all! I'm a self-described HP Addict!

9. I read every night! I usually have two books going at a time, one fiction and one non-fiction. Right now I'm reading Elfin (Loftis) and just finished The Case for Faith (Strobel).

10. I look forward to reading with students and moving them forward on their journey of literacy!