Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

November 20, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

Because we will not be sending out a newsletter next week, we want to wish all our Ridgeview families a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving!

Trimester 2 VLA Art Materials are Ready for Pick Up

If your student is in the VLA and is taking art as their elective for Trimester 2, art supplies are now available to be picked up. Please check and see who the teacher is as that determines which building you are picking up supplies from. If you have Mrs. Broz-England for art you will be picking up supplies from Lakeview (12445 Ault Road) and if you have Mrs. Knox you will be picking up from Ridgeview (130 Hill Road South). The offices are open from 7:00 am-3:15 pm on during the week (we will be closed Thursday and Friday next week for Thanksgiving). Please just ring the bell at the main door and someone will bring the supplies out to you.

PLSD Update

On Wednesday, November 18, Franklin County Public Health and the City of Columbus issued a joint Stay-at-Home Advisory for the city of Columbus and Franklin County.

The advisory is posted on the Franklin County Public Health website.

This advisory stresses for residents to, “…..stay at home to the greatest extent possible. Residents are advised to only leave home to go to work or school or for essential needs such as medical care, groceries, medicine and food pick up.”

Residents also are strongly advised not to have any guests in their homes unless they are essential workers, including for the Thanksgiving holiday. Columbus and Franklin County residents also are urged to limit meetings and social events to 10 individuals both indoors and outside, and to avoid traveling in and out of the state.”

While the majority of the Pickerington Schools are in Fairfield County, many residents of our district live in Franklin County.

The district asks its residents to adhere to this advisory to the maximum extent possible.

However, we do not at this time have any plans to change our current learning model from the hybrid model to all virtual.

In Section 6 under “Additional Guidance,” the advisory states:

“All higher education institutions and local school districts are advised to maintain their current learning modalities.”

Additionally, the “Additional Guidance” section also states:

“All organizations and residents are strongly advised to suspend and discontinue extracurricular activities including sports.”

The district administrative team is taking this final piece of guidance under advisement, and will provide further guidance to our schools and community about our extra-curricular activities in the upcoming days.

Finally, we understand the difficulties and the stress that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing our students and families. During this challenging time, we encourage our community to continue to adhere to local health guidance to the maximum extent possible for the safety and welfare of all. We thank you for your diligence and efforts as we all continue to work together to combat COVID-19.

Thank you.

First Trimester Grades are Posted on Infinite Campus!

keep calm and check your grades

How to Donate for Holiday Assistance 2020

Pickerington Schools are once again teaming up with the Violet Township Fire Department to help provide some holiday assistance for families in need during this holiday season.

Wanting to donate?

There are several ways to donate this year:

  • The traditional big red boxes throughout the community and in the schools accepting donations of new toys/gifts.

  • Gift cards are also appreciated.

  • Cash donations through Paypal.

  • Another way of donating this year is through Amazon and Target. If you would prefer to donate in this way, click on the HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE LETTER below. Be sure to ship to Violet Township Fire Department Toy Drive (address will appear as an option).

We look forward to another successful year!

Courtney Smoot

Winter Sports-Pay2Play Fee Due Today!

  • WINTER SPORTS Pay2Play Fee Due Soon: Full payment $155 or first half $80 payment due 11/20

Girls Spring Softball:

If you are interested in playing softball this spring, please register in Final Forms - selecting Girls 7th or 8th Softball as a sport. This will alert the coaches of your interest / allow them to get training information to all interested athletes. Please see directions below for Final Forms directions.

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.

Student Council Update

Ridgeview Student Council is partnering with the WEB Leaders to help Ridgeview families who may need some assistance this holiday season.

Active Fundraisers:

  • Ridgeview is partnering with AR Workshop in Pickerington. DIY ornament kits and plank signs can be purchased through the link below:

Ridgeview AR Workshop Fundraiser

Please put your order under your STUDENT’S name.

You can order now through Friday, December 4th. Kits will be delivered to Ridgeview on Monday, December 7th and be distributed to Cohort A on Tuesday, December 8th; Cohort B on Thursday, December 10th.

  • The Berwick catering truck will be at Ridgeview from 4:00-5:30 pm on Friday, December 4th with homemade take home Italian dinners. Pre-order online using the following link:

Berwick Tour of Italy

Ridgeview Student Council would like to thank everyone for their support with our fundraising efforts! We love the Pickerington community and would love to work together in the future for other worthy causes. Please contact Carley Fontana (carley_fontana@plsd.us) with any questions about active fundraisers or any suggestions with ways to help the community in the coming months.

Nov. Tech Support Hours

For the month of November, the Technology Department will be offering support sessions on select days throughout the month. Please see below for days and times and sign up using the link!

• Monday, November 2nd 1:30pm to 3:30pm

• Wednesday, November 4th 9:00am to 11:00am

• Wednesday, November 11th 9:00am to 11:00am

• Friday, November 13th 1:30pm to 3:30pm

• Wednesday, November 18th 12:00pm to 3:00pm

• Wednesday, November 25th 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Technology Support Signup

Updated Information From Food Services

Beginning the week of November 1st, the Food Service Department is changing the sign up deadline for cohort and virtual food bags. The deadline will now be every Monday by 10am.

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

  • The Food Service Department is sending out negative balance letters to parents and guardians. Most of these balances are carryover balances from last year. We encourage you to pay off the balances as soon as possible. If your child wishes to purchase any extra items that are not included in the free meals they will need to have money on their account. A safe and easy way to add money to your account is by using mypaymentsplus.com.
Bar code sign in/sign out sheet

Please Check Your Student's Attendance on Virtual Days

Student participation on virtual days is a mandatory expectation for all students. Classroom work is posted on Google Classroom by your student’s teachers. Student participation in classroom work is tied to student attendance.

We believe the majority of log in issues with Infinite Campus have now been resolved. Students must log into Infinite Campus for their attendance and Google Classroom daily. They can login to Infinite Campus once and do their attendance for the entire day so they do not need to login multiple times. If your student is unsure of how to post his/or attendance on virtual days, please watch this "how to" video: Virtual Attendance Video.

If they cannot login to Infinite Campus, please reach out to their school counselor, Kris Owen (kris_owen@plsd.us) - 7th grade and Courtney Smooth (Courtney_Smoot@plsd.us) - 8th grade.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

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).