Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

January 22, 2021

From Mrs. Richardson

Hello Ridgeview families,

As we begin to navigate the second half of the school year, I want to take this opportunity to give some shout outs! First, for many of you that have been with us for multiple students and have sat in the morning drop off line or on Hill Rd waiting on the drop off line, you know how that traffic can be. You all are doing a great job of keeping the line moving! Second, a shout out to our families with students in athletics or music programs. The way we have had to watch our students participate in their concert or athletic events has been hard this year, but your continued support of these programs and your student does not go unnoticed. Also, thanks for continuing to encourage your students to follow our safety plans and keep their masks on and up so that we can continue to have face to face instruction days!

Speaking of safety, we will be conducting our safety drill next week on Tuesday and Friday. As we go through the year, we periodically review what to do in different situations. Those could include threats to the building, environmental hazards and medical emergencies. We never like to think of what could happen, but we want to be prepared. These drills will help us teach the expectations and responses in those situations and also allow us to identify at a larger level the areas we need to improve. Please remind your student that while this is only a drill, we still must take it seriously.

Odds and Ends

  • January 22, 2021-Pay to Play second payment due

  • February 8 and 11th-Mobile Dentist @ Sycamore Elementary (see details below)


  • Students should leave airpods/beats or other bluetooth devices such as those at home.

  • Students should carry a spare mask in their bag. We have extras if the mask gets soiled as well.

  • Students are reminded to turn cell phones off during the day and keep them in a safe place if they need to bring them to school. The district policy for K-8th grade is to have them off during school hours. We appreciate your support in this. If you need to reach your student, please contact the main office and we will have them come down to the office to call you.

  • Students should bring a refillable water bottle to school as our water fountain mouth pieces have been turned off. We have bottle filling stations that they may use throughout the day. Students may also purchase a bottle of water through our vending machines for $1.25.

  • Please see the bottom of the newsletter for links to: Free Meals on Virtual Days, Weekly Classroom Information, Parent Hub, Technology Troubleshooting, Virtual Attendance.

What's Going On in PAW Time?

Students in PAW Time are learning how to Get their Mind Right this week. This is part of our R-Factor Training, as we help students apply the equation E + R = O in order to build Emotional Regulation skills. As a review, students have learned how to stay disciplined, recognize what is in their control, eliminate BCD, Manage their responses and Press Pause. Getting your Mind Right involves setting an intentional focus and then allowing your focus to help keep you committed to positive outcomes. Here is a brief video that reviews the process of Getting your Mind Right.

The Mobile Dentist is Coming!

Great news! Sycamore Creek Elementary has partnered with Smile Programs…the mobile dentists to offer in-school dental care on February 8, 2021 and February 11, 2021. Ridgeview students can also sign up! A parent will need to bring their child to the appointment. You can sign your child up to see the dentist at www.myschooldentist.com. Please complete the registration As Soon As Possible.

The dental care is usually at no cost to you. All insurance is accepted including Medicaid and CHIP. For those without insurance, a low cost self-pay option is available.

Convenient and comfortable

The in-school dental program saves you time and provides a safe and comfortable place for your child to receive gentle dental care from licensed local professionals.
Dental care includes a complete dental exam, x-rays, cleaning, fluoride and sealants when necessary, and in some cases, restorative care such as fillings.

Dental care for a healthy life

Children who see a dentist regularly may have fewer health issues like:

  • Early tooth loss caused by dental decay
  • Gum disease
  • Heart disease
  • Impaired speech development

Help keep your child healthy, in school and learning.

Simply go to www.myschooldentist.com for more information.

Please contact the school with any questions.

Deadline to Order Yearbook Online is March 8, 2021

To order your Ridgeview Yearbook please go to Yearbookordercenter.com and use the School Code 13607.
Community Partners: Columbus Council on World Affairs

LAST CALL! You Are Invited to be a Part of our Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Group

Our students will be engaging in lessons around how to respond to events and things outside of our control, how to be a good digital citizen, implicit bias, and how we can all work together to influence the best outcome for ourselves and our community. As an administrative team we are reaching out to you as parents/guardians to work together in helping us promote inclusivity and appreciation for all community members. If you have an interest in being an active part of this conversation, please fill out the google form here and an administrator will follow up with you with more details.

January Tech Support Monday and Friday 1:30-3:30, Weds 9-11

Winter Sports

  • Winter Sports P2P second payment due 1/22/21

  • Girls lacrosse conditioning is every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 PM in the field house.

    If girls want information or have questions they can email: centralgirlslax@gmail.com

  • Girls Softball registration on Final Forms is now open.

Parents, you are able to sign up for ALL SEASON's sports online. This will enable you to start receiving communications from the coach/program when anything is going on. Winter sports are starting some open gym workouts at this time.If you sign up now, you will receive all the necessary instructions for registration / physicals / communication from the coach prior to the start of the season. Visit Pickeringtontigers.net and click on "Final Forms" to register your athlete today. Also remember your athlete needs a current OHSAA physical on file. All athletic announcements and updates can be found at the website as well.

Sign Up for Meals on Virtual Days

The deadline is every Monday by 10am. FREE for ALL students

An important reminder: Please sign up weekly as this helps control food waste and monitor inventory levels.

The ODE Child Nutrition Department announced that all meals are free through June 2021! If you would like to receive breakfast and lunch for the days your student is virtual, please click on the correct link below to sign up. Remember that you need to do this every week.

Cohort A-Virtual Days Order Form

Cohort B-Virtual Days Order Form

VLA Order Form

Ridgeview's Parent Information Hub

Click here to see the Teacher Team Websites, Athletic Website, Parent University and so much more. USE THIS AS A ONE STOP INFORMATION HUB

Virtual Days Attendance Instructions-Please Review!

Please read this important information on how your child needs to submit his or her attendance on virtual learning days.

Ridgeview Values

Here at Ridgeview STEM Junior High we value being Timely, Innovative, showing GRIT, being Engaged in our learning, and Respect! Notice the letters spell out TIGER! Click on our behavior expectations, and please take a moment to look over and review with your student(s).