Newsletter for Ridgeview Middle School (Issue 7: 3.2023)
The Ridgeview Review
Dear Ridgeview Families,
As we near the end of the third quarter of the 2022-2023 school year, it seems like an appropriate time to reflect on the Ridgeview Middle School (RMS) accomplishments and events thus far. So here goes:
OELPA: Ridgeview had the highest middle school gap closing percent and highest exited percentage on the OELPA (students that are English Language Learners).
Ohio Report Card: Progress: 5 of 5 stars
This component looks closely at the growth all students are making based on their past performances.
- 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades Language Arts: Students made more progress than expected - significant evidence
- 6th Grade Math: Students made more progress than expected - significant evidence
- 7th and 8th Grade Math: Students made progress similar to the statewide expectation – evidence
- 8th Grade Science: Students made more progress than expected - moderate evidence
- 6th and 8th Grades All Tests: Students made more progress than expected - significant evidence
- Tests 7th Grade All Tests: Students made progress similar to the statewide expectation
Events Return to RMS: RMS kicked off the year with the Fall Fling, a fun family event that included, food, games, crafts, and dancing. The Valentine’s event included glow sticks, on-site pictures, dancing, pizza, treats, and more. Fun was enjoyed by all at both events.
Concerts Return and Available for All to Attend: These two evenings highlight the musical talents of RMS students. First, audiences enjoyed the music from the band and orchestra. Later during the month, there was a vocal concert.
Sports: For the second year in a row, RMS won the title of City Soccer Team Champs. Go Raiders!
Spelling Bee: The first place winner of the RMS Spelling Bee will take an online test to attempt to qualify for the competition at Ohio Regional Spelling Bee at Ohio University's Athens Campus in March.
Raider of the Month: Each month our students in 6th, 7th, 8th, Unified Arts, and Multiple Disabilities are honored for their classroom behavior, leadership, and being RMS—Responsible, Member, Safe.
Debate Team: The RMS Debate Team captures 4th Place.
Honor Roll: RMS students with high academic performance were honored in an assembly in February.
Community Support: The RMS Student Council sold 308 Candy Grams! The proceeds will be used to support the Student Council's "Service Above Self" Project.
So together as we approach a new quarter, let's remember our rich accomplishments and yet be prepared to continue to excel and end the 2022-2023 year strong. Let's stay in the game and be RMS!
Devin E. Reese
Let's Commit to Move and Drink Lots of Water
The month of March brings warmer temperatures and signals the end of cold and snowy weather.
Also, it’s time that you follow those 2023 New Year Resolutions that hopefully can become part of your everyday life habits:
1st: Let’s toss the phone, tablet, and PlayStation aside and let’s get up and move—walk, jog, run, hike, exercise, play tennis, basketball, etc.
2nd: Let’s reduce sugary drink intake and remember, “Water First for Thirst!"
Check out the links below and get started with these
free, no-cost healthy options for your student and family.
RMS Jazz Band Performance - March 4, Saturday, 9:30 am
Here's all the important information:
Date: March 4, Saturday
Time: 9:30 am
Location: Lincoln Theatre Complex, 769 East Long Street, Columbus, OH 43203
Don't miss out on hearing and seeing our talented students!
The Next Pathway Express is Saturday, May 13!
Over the last 150 years, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has grown and evolved into one of the most beautiful landmarks in Columbus. It’s home to world-class exhibitions and thousands of exotic plants, and Franklin Park Conservatory is easily one of the favorite field trip destinations for CCS students.
We’re excited to partner with Franklin Park Conservatory to kick off the spring season at our final Pathway Express of the school year. Students and families are invited to explore the more than 40 acres of flowers and greenery, art and nature-based exhibits, and seasonal events where they can create memories that last a lifetime.
In addition to weekend visits, CCS families are also encouraged to join us for our Family & Community Resource Day on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Stay tuned for more details!
Calendar of Events
- March 4, Saturday, at 9:30 am: RMS Jazz Band performance at the Lincoln Theatre Complex
- March 8, Wednesday: Professional Development Day, Students Not in Attendance
- March 24, Friday: End of the 3rd Quarter
- March 29, Thursday: Records Day, Students Not in Attendance
- April 6, Tuesday: 30-Minute Early Dismissal
- April 7 -14, Friday through Friday: All Schools Closed due to Spring Break
- May (to be determined): Orchestra and Band Concert
- May (to be determined): Vocal Concert
- May (to be determined): International Day Celebration
- May 16-19 (Tuesday - Friday): 7th & 8th Grade Class Trip to Chicago, IL
Check back here for future sports details for Girls Softball and Boys and Girls Track.
Events begin at 4:30 pm and admission is $3 and must be paid via a QR Code.
Honor Roll Assembly: Academic Achievements!
Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Williams
Mrs. Williams is a 6th grade math and science teacher at RMS.
She was recruited by Teach for America and began working at a middle school in Houston, Texas. She chose teaching because she wanted to work with students and share her passion for learning. It's no surprise that she loves Columbus City Schools (CCS) and she declares that she is a proud product of the district (K-12). As a result, she is excited to be able to work in the district that changed the trajectory of her life and she hopes to do the same for our students.
Mrs. Williams was born in Columbus and during her youth she lived in Columbus and Houston, Texas. She attended Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School. Her education includes:
- Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School
- The Ohio State University - Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in International Studies, with a concentration on Japanese Language and East Asian Culture.
- University of St. Thomas - Master of Education in Teacher Leadership.
Family is important to her. As a child she lived with her father, mother, and sister. Today, Mrs. Williams enjoys the family life with her husband and 2-year old daughter.
Mrs. Williams states the strong influencers in her life were--
- Her Family
- Many Educators--some whom are still working in the district--Ms. Martin, Mrs. Imamura, Ms. Tuzzi, Mrs. Hammond
- Dr. Jerry McAfee--former principal of Fort Hayes
- Oprah Winfrey
When it comes to favorites, here are Mrs. William's faves:
- Foods: baklava, sweets, and pizza
- Travel: I would like to travel to Australia (the last continent I need to visit—excluding Antarctica). I'd love to get back to Japan.
- Movies: Lord of the Rings (extended versions, of course), Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One, Marvel Movies (MCU)
- Concerts: Beyonce
Lastly, when she has time, she enjoys learning web development, taking dance classes, and traveling. When asked, “What would folks be most surprised to learn about you?” She stated, "I sat on a tiger for a photo during a study abroad trip in China."
Raider of the Month - January 2023
- He is an outstanding 6th grade student that comes to class prepared and ready to learn every day. He is a role model to others.
- This hard-working female 6th grader often works past the school day on material to make her a stronger student. She is kind and well-liked by her peers.
- This 7th grade male student is a pleasure to have in class. He works hard and stays on top of his work. His smile brightens a room. We enjoy his mature, positive attitude!
- She is an awesome young lady. She works so hard and enjoys learning. Her positive and enthusiastic attitude is addictive! We love having this 7th grader in class.
- He is a fantastic 7th grade student and has awesome attendance. He is a joy to have in class.
- As a 7th grader, she is a great role model in the classroom and puts a fantastic effort into all of her work.
- This 8th grade boy has a great work effort in class and he is a role model for his peers.
- She is a great role model in the classroom and puts an A+ effort into all of her work.
- He is “a gentleman and a scholar”. His teachers enjoy having him in class.
- The 8th grader is a fantastic student. She excels in all subject areas.
- This 6th grade female is a pleasure to have in class. She is a hard worker and always has a smile on her face. Her willingness to take on challenges is appreciated.
- She always has a positive attitude and stays on task in her 6th grade classes.
- She is a quiet and reserved 8th grader, but full of sunshine and a good friend to all who know her. She works hard in her classes and collaborates well with classmates. We are so happy to have her at Ridgeview!
- She is the definition of RMS. She can be found every day helping both students and adults throughout the building. This 8th grader is always positive and leads her peers by example.
Athletic Tickets Must be Purchased Online
This is a change from years past where we have accepted cash.
No cash will be accepted to enter games and all tickets must be purchased online.
Stay in the Game!
Columbus City Schools and the Columbus Crew teamed up for a historic partnership promoting the importance of school attendance.
ATTENDANCE + ENGAGEMENT = SUCCESS
Check out these facts that can help your student succeed in school.
- Regular school attendance in elementary school improves the chances that your child will read on grade level.
- Columbus City Schools' students missing more than 8 days are 56% less likely to meet 3GRG (Third Grade Reading Guarantee) requirements.
- Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available.
- Columbus City Schools' students missing more than 8 days are 53% less likely to graduate on-time.
Click here or on the picture above to learn more about
Staying in the Game and improving your child's attendance in school!
Celebrate Diversity in March
Here's some celebrations during March.
- March 1 -31: Women's History Month
- March 4: National Grammar Day
- March 8: International Women's Day
- March 12: Daylight Savings Day Begins
- March 17: St. Patrick Day
- March 20: Spring Equinox (Start of Spring)
- March 22 - April 20: Ramadan
Remember we are better when we work together!
Let's Finish Strong: RMS Core Enrichment - Help Your Child "Stay in the Game!"
Stay active in helping your child stay in the game!
Listed below is important information that you and
your student must complete on a weekly basis.
WEEKLY GRADES: Every Friday, students should check their own grades in Infinite Campus on the Chromebook. Students will place an X over any day that they have missed for the week in each class as well as sign the bottom of the page. This page will STAY in the notebook.
WEEKLY TO DO LIST: Every Friday students will complete the Weekly To Do List. Using their Chromebook, students will check Infinite Campus for any missing or late assignments and write them under the class title. A current grade will need to be placed on this page for parents to see. Students will create a goal for improving grades and reflect on the grades from the previous week.This paper will go home on Friday and be returned with a parent signature on Monday.
Parents remind your student to bring the paper home that has a grade
on it so you can sign it over the weekend and your student
can return the signed form to school on Monday.
PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Support)
- Be Responsible
- Be a Member
- Be Safe
For fun during February, Ridgeview Middle School experience Fear Factor. Students qualifying to attend accomplished the following--
- Be RMS
- No tardies
- Listening to all adults in the building
- Following the Dress Code
- No wearing hoods in the building
- Keeping electronics and accessories put away
- Storing book bags and heavy coats in the locker
- Display RMS behavior throughout the building, recess, and on the bus.
Mrs. Kautz was the winner!
AT RMS We Work Hard AND We Have Fun!
Dear RMS Families,
The Valentine’s Dance was a great success! It was the first dance for many of our students. The feedback from the kids was positive and many expressed their excitement for the next one. The dance would not have been possible without volunteers. We had adults from 12 families volunteer. They assisted with set up, selling tickets, concessions, running the photo booth, chaperoning, and clean up. We also had support from 9 school staff members. It was a long day for the adults, but the smiles on the kids’ faces was worth it. We look forward to growing family support for future events.
Keep an eye on your email for communication regarding the Spring Flower sale. The sale will begin in March and flowers will arrive in early May.
The PTA officers are volunteers who commit to lead the PTA for one year (July to June). Officers for the 2023/2024 school year are needed. If you are interested in becoming an officer of the PTA, please let us know. Send an email to RidgeviewMSPTA@gmail.com and let us know which position you are interested in serving.
There are 4 roles that need to be filled.
- President: shall preside over meetings of the organization and executive board, serve as the primary contact for the principal, represent the organization at meetings outside the organization, serve as an ex officio member of all committees except the nominating committee, and coordinate the work of all the officers and committees so that the purpose of the organization is served.
- Vice President: shall assist the president and carry out the president’s duties in his or her absence or inability to serve. The vice president shall also oversee the committees of this organization.
- Secretary: shall keep all records of the organization, take, and record minutes, and send notices of meetings to the membership.
- Treasurer: shall receive all funds of the organization, keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures, and pay out funds in accordance with the approval of the executive board. He or she will present a financial statement at every meeting and at other times of the year when requested by the executive board, and make a full report at the end of the school year.
Mrs. Pompi, President
Ms. Manko, Vice President
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