Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

LAST BACK TO SCHOOL ISSUE--AND IT IS PACKED WITH INFO!

PLEASE COMPLETE ONLINE BACK TO SCHOOL PAPERWORK!

Almost 70% of our families have completed the back-to school online forms. Thank you! If you have not done so already, please CLICK ON THIS LINK to access directions for completing Back to School forms through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. This will take you to the Pickerington website. Update or complete your child's demographic and medical information. This critical contact information assists us should your child become ill or injured while at school.

From the Principal

Hello Ridgeview families!


We can't wait to see everyone next week! Remember, Cohort A students will be starting in person on Monday, August 31 and Cohort B students will be starting virtually. We will see Cohort B students in person on Thursday, September 3.


If your student hasn't checked their PLSD email account for important information from their teachers, please have them do this before Monday. This may include welcome videos, Google Classroom codes, etc that the students will need to know to start school, especially for those students who are cohort B.


TO HELP YOUR STUDENT BE READY FOR THE FIRST DAY, REVIEW THE FOLLOWING:

  • Have money loaded onto student lunch account
  • ENTER THROUGH APPROPRIATE DOORS (see HUB for video if needed)
  • Remind students there are no lockers and all items must be in book bag.
  • Athletes will be able to put gear only in gym locker room
  • Students MUST have mask on to enter the building

Essential items for the first day:
  1. Chromebook (FULLY CHARGED)
  2. Earbuds
  3. Mask
  4. Water bottle (no glass)
  5. COPY OF SCHEDULE (received in the mail)
  6. Pencil


We have put together a single place to find the answer to almost any question you may have. Please visit the RIDGEVIEW PARENT INFORMATION HUB.


We enjoyed "seeing" so many of you at our Virtual Open House. If you missed it, please click on the link to see details about how we are helping our students return to school in the safest way possible.


Looking forward to seeing all your students soon!


Beth Richardson

Principal

ATTENTION-CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE BREAKFAST PROCEDURES!

1. Students will enter through their designated door and proceed to the cafeteria.

2. Breakfast will be a "grab and go" from 7:00-7:10.

3. Students will take breakfast straight to their P.A.W. time class

Miss the Virtual Open House? Click Here!

See details about how we are helping our students return to school in the safest way possible.

Ridgeview's New 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.

Pre-bagged Meal Ordering Options, Lunch Prices and More

Click on this link for ordering pre-bagged meals on Virtual Days and much more.

WEB "Sites"-Student WEB Leaders to Help on First Day

We know that starting the 2020 school year is a little overwhelming for anyone who has not been in the building before. Keep in mind, this is the case for over half of our students. If your student is a new 8th grader or a 7th grader, whether new or not, there is a good chance that they may not have been to Ridgeview STEM before.


WEB is here to help! Our WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) Leadership Team will be standing in strategic positions throughout the building to help direct students and answer questions. Have your student look for signs that say- WEB "SITE" Need Directions or Answers, Stop here! If they don't know the answers, they will find them and get back to students.


Hopefully, this will help relieve some of the stress of the first days of school.

Start With Hello Week begins August 31!

Start With Hello Week begins August 31!


Each year, our district participates in Start With Hello (SWH) week, a prevention program that teaches children and teens how to be more socially inclusive and connected to each other. With all of the health and safety precautions in place this year it's important to not let Social Distancing lead to Social Isolation. We will have announcements and small engagement activities at school each day during the first week to help encourage students to be on the lookout for others who may need a friend.


Connecting SWH to Conversations at Home

Here are three ways to start a conversation with your Junior High student to connect what we're doing at school with what you're doing at home:

  1. Talk about good and bad kinds of being alone - When does being alone feel good? When does being alone feel bad?

  2. Share Strategies for Starting Conversations - Create your own conversation starters or try using the following: How is your day going? What did you do over the weekend? See if you can come up with your Top 5 Conversation Starters.

  3. Practice Active Listening - During car rides or at dinner challenge each other to use eye contact and truly listen

How will you be Starting With Hello Next Week?

In Person Version


Start With Hello is a program that helps encourage students to be more socially inclusive and connected to each other. We will be starting activities next week as we gather back together to start the new school year! Here is the agenda for the week, including how you can participate at home:
  • Monday / Thursday
    • At School - Different ways to say hello - Cafeteria conversations and socially distanced greeting ideas
    • At Home - Start with Hello! - Make Start With Hello part of your family routine. Greet each other with hello and ask questions about each other’s day
  • Tuesday / Friday
    • At School - Hello My Name Is… - Get to know classmates by creating name tags during PAW Time
    • At Home - Share your story - Tell your child a story about a time that you reached out to someone who was alone and in need. What happened? How did you feel afterwards?
  • Wednesday
    • At School - Virtual Hello - Practice starting with hello by sending an email introducing yourself to one of your new teachers
    • At Home - Virtual Inclusion - Talk about what respect and social inclusion look like on social media

VLA Version


Start With Hello Week Starts Next Week!


Start With Hello is a program that helps encourage students to be more socially inclusive and connected to each other. Here is a list of discussion questions and activities you can use to participate at home!


  • For Students
    • Different ways to say hello - Make a list of socially distanced ways to say hello, then send the list to your School Counselor
    • Introduction Part 1 - Send a message to one of your new classmates introducing yourself. Challenge yourself to reach out to somebody you don't know yet!
    • Introduction Part 2 - Send an email to one of your new teachers introducing yourself. Practice writing a professional style email.
  • For Families
    • Start with Hello! - Make Start With Hello part of your family routine. Greet each other with hello and ask questions about each other’s day
    • Virtual Inclusion - Talk about what respect and social inclusion look like on social media
    • Share your story - Tell your child a story about a time that you reached out to someone who was alone and in need. What happened? How did you feel afterwards?

Technology Troubleshooting and Password Help

My student can’t remember their password / Their account says it is not active/ Issues logging in to Google accounts.

  1. All PLSD students have a Google Account, their username is their email address, which follows a similar pattern of firstname_lastnameXXX@students.plsd.us (where the XXX is the last three of their student ID#.
  2. If the student is in grades K-4 please try their student ID + 00 as their password.
  3. If the student is in grades 5-12 they have created their own password.
  4. If that password does not work or your student has forgotten their password please fill out this form below and we will reset it as soon possible.
    • *Please only submit the form once per student. Multiple submissions will delay the response or cause more confusion with the passwords.

Reset Password Link


My student’s device says that it is lost/ stolen.

  1. Power off the device completely. Wait 30 seconds then power back on.
  2. Make sure it is connected to wifi and try to log in again. (Connect my CB to Wifi)
  3. If that does not work please sign up for a support day and if we can we will try to fix it remotely before you come in.

Sign up for a support day here


My student is having an issue with their device not working properly. (VLA STUDENTS ONLY)

  1. Reach out to your teacher and see if they can assist.
  2. If not please sign up for a support day.

Sign up for a support day here


My student is having an issue with their device not working properly. (HYBRID STUDENTS ONLY)

  1. Please try the following some basic troubleshooting steps (if possible).
    Link for Chromebook troubleshooting
  2. Please have your student visit their building’s media center to submit a technology help desk ticket

My student can’t log into Classlink, iReady, or other software on my device.

  1. Please work with your teacher to see if they can assist.
  2. If not please have the teacher will submit a technology help desk ticket.


Frequently Asked Questions from the past week:

Q: My student’s device says “lost/stolen.” What do I do?

A: There are a number of reasons that this might happen.

  1. Are you still currently enrolled in PLSD? Once a student is unenrolled we do lock their PLSD-owned device.
  2. Are you currently on the “Holds” list while the Welcome Center verifies your address? Students that fall under the Friends and Family provision might experience this.
  3. You might have reported your device as lost or stolen. If you found your device please bring it back to the media center so it can be unlocked.
  4. We did have a slight problem with VLA students and their devices being locked. We have fixed this issue.
  5. If you still have this issue, please talk with your student’s teachers and they can create a PLSD Technology Help Desk ticket for us to investigate.

Q: My student’s device seems to be registered to another student. How can I remove the other student?

A: This should only impact elementary students with Chromebooks. Since our past model was to keep the devices in the elementary schools, the devices that we handed out this year to 3rd and 4th grade students have been used by other students in the past. You can simply delete the other student on the login screen, but clicking on the down arrow next to their name and pulling down to remove this user.

Q: I’ve missed the pickup date for devices, when and where can I pick up my student’s device?

A: Students who did not pick up on scheduled dates will receive devices on their first face to face day of school.

Q: We have my student’s device but we don’t remember the username or password.

A: All PLSD students have a Google Account, their username is their email address, which follows a similar pattern of firstname_lastnameXXX@students.plsd.us (where the XXX is the last three of their student ID#.

  1. If the student is in grades K-4 please try their student ID + 00 as their password.
  2. If the student is in grades 5-12 they have created their own password.
  3. If that password does not work or your student has forgotten their password please fill out this form and we will reset it as soon possible.
    • *Please only submit the form once per student. Multiple submissions will delay the response or cause more confusion with the passwords

Q: My device needs to be repaired, where do I go, and when?

A: If your student is in Cohort A or B, they can bring their device to their school’s media center on any of the days they are in school.

A: Additionally, the Technology Team will hold repair days every Wednesday throughout the school year from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 – 3:30 p.m at the District Office (90 N East Street). This is open to all PLSD students. Please fill out this form so we know you are coming and we are aware of what to expect.

Q: I need a hotspot, where and how can I obtain one?

A: PLSD has the Every-1 Connected Program, which allows PLSD families to have one hotspot per family. Please fill out this form and bring it to the weekly Wednesday repair days at the District Office (we will have copies available as well). Please see further information on the PLSD Technology Department page under Every-1 Connect Program.

Q: I don’t know my or my student’s Infinite Campus Parent/Student Portal account information.

A: Please take a look at the PLSD Infinite Campus website for more information. You can also submit this Google Form for help with your username/password for Infinite Campus.

Technology Troubleshooting and Password Help


Click to link below to reset your student’s password:

Forgotten Password Link

Technology Update August 2020

From our PLSD Technology Team

Please click on the Fall edition of the School Nurse Newsletter that is packed with a ton of valuable information

REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS FOR ENTERING 7TH GRADE

The following immunizations are required to enter the 7th grade:

*Tdap

*MCV4

Please email a copy of the immunizations to our school nurse: Marcia_Stewart@plsd.us


According to Board Policy 5320 and 5320 AG, immunizations in compliance with state law and the Ohio Department of Health are required for each student unless the parent(s) file an objection. The board of education also requires tuberculosis examinations in compliance with law.


Students new to Pickerington Schools must present written evidence of similar immunizations, or written evidence to indicate that they are in the process of receiving immunizations, to be completed no later than the day of entrance. Students failing to complete immunizations within 14 days after entering are not permitted to return to school.By state law, 7th grade students may not attend school without the following immunizations:

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2020-21 Bus Route Info is Now Available!

The 2020-21 bus routes are now available via the interactive online system on our Transportation page under “Your Child’s Bus Route.” Once there, you will find detailed instructions to help you log into the system. Check it out!

FYI: All passwords have been reset to the default (which is the student ID number), so any password changes made by a user last year will not be saved. Once you log in for the first time this school year, you will be asked to change the password.

You must use the “Parent Communication” tab for sharing sitter information. The sitter’s address must also be in the child’s boundary of attendance. Each address corresponds with an established bus stop that meets or exceeds conditions set forth by the Ohio Administrative Code. If the address meets the necessary requirements, you will receive confirmation from Petermann Bus Services.

The number of bus stops on each trip is limited to enable buses to maintain a reasonable average speed. PLSD is quad-tiered and only provides 35 minutes between the building’s schedules, which requires transportation to use the fewest amount of stops to service as many students as possible.

Sign Up Now for All Athletic Seasons!

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. We are now transitioning from summer workouts to in-season practices/tryouts. Some winter/spring sports have suspended any activity for now, but likely will resume mid-September. If you sign up now, you will receive all the necessary communication from the coach prior to the start of the season. Visit Pickeringtontigers.net and click on "Final Forms" to register your athlete today. All athletic announcements and updates can be found at the website as well.


Junior High Pay-to-Participate Fee Information

$155.00


Payment Options:

1 payment of $155.00

2 payments $80/$75


Fee Payment Dates for FALL NON-CONTACT SPORTS:

August 14, 2020 (for full payment or 1st payment)

September 11, 2020 (for second payment)


Fee Payment Dates for FALL CONTACT SPORTS (FOOTBALL)

First payment of $80.00 is due by September 4, 2020

Important Dates

**August 31-UPDATED First day of school COHORT A-in house/COHORT B-virtually


September 7-Labor Day-NO SCHOOL


September 18-Cohort B Picture Day (more info to come)


September 21-Cohort A Picture Day (more info to come)


September 25-DEADLINE to purchase the Technology Protection Plan


PLEASE BE AWARE, THESE DATES COULD CHANGE AS CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE.

School Supplies List

We are recommending that students carry a minimal amount of supplies. Keep in mind that your student will attend 6 different classes during the day and that these supplies are for personal use only as we are trying to limit shared supplies. Thank you!


Suggested materials:

Notebook/Folder for each class

1 Composition Notebook

2 colors of Highlighter

Pencils

Colored Pencils

Wired Headphones/Earbuds (NO Bluetooth)

Pen (2 colors)

1 Package of tissues

Pencil Pouch

Non-glass water bottle

A mask for daily wear (we recommend a second mask be kept in a plastic bag in their backpack)

Pickerington Baseball Chick Campbell Memorial Golf Outing on Sept. 26, Cumberland Trail Golf Course. For more info call 614-506-0038 image

Did You Miss the Pickup Date for Your Pre-Ordered Yearbook or Want to Purchase an Extra?

To make arrangements to pick up a Pre-Ordered Yearbook or to purchase an extra ($30.00 cash or check), please call Carolyn Weidner in the main office (614) 548-1700 or email Carolyn_Weidner@plsd.us and she will set up a time for you.

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).