Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

August 30, 2019

What is i-Ready?

Dear Parents and Guardians,


We are excited to share that Pickerington Local School District, grades K-8, is implementing a new Mathematics and Reading program called i-Ready. Below, you will find information about the program and how we will be using it in the classroom.


What is i-Ready?

i-Ready is an online program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform instruction.


The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning.


What can I do to help?

To help prepare your child for the i-Ready Diagnostic, encourage them to:

· Try their best on each question and try not to rush.

· Try not to worry about questions they do not know—remind them that it is expected that they will only get about half of the questions correct.

· Be respectful of other students who take longer to finish.

· Use paper and pencil to show work for math questions


What happens next?

The i-Ready Diagnostic will provide results that help us identify your child’s strengths and determine next steps for instruction. We look forward to sharing these results with you throughout the year and providing a learning experience that will engage your child while teaching important skills and concepts.


There may be times that your child will complete i-Ready instruction at home. It is imperative that your student completes this work independently so that they are receiving the appropriately leveled lessons.


If you have any questions about i-Ready, please do not hesitate to contact me or the school. You can also learn more about i-Ready by visiting i-ReadyCentral.com/FamilyCenter.


As always, thank you for your continued support and for being a partner in your child’s learning! It is much appreciated.


Sincerely,

Eric Koch

Principal RSJHS

Student Technology Pledge

Hello Junior High School Parents,


This year we are implementing a change to our technology device 1:1 initiative. We know some of our students are still waiting for their Chromebooks to arrive from our Technology Department. They are working as quickly as possible to return Chromebooks to students. We also recognize that even though we provide loaner Chromebooks, many students want to use the device that was issued to them to complete their assignments. To improve the return process, we are implementing a monthly Chromebook Check Day in each Junior High School giving students the opportunity to check their Chromebooks and receive support from a technician onsite. During PAW time, students will be asked to sign the Student Pledge and check their Chromebook for damage. The Student Pledge affirms your child acknowledges to be responsible and agrees to the five statements in regards to device and account care and security. Click here to read the entire copy of the Student Pledge . We encourage you to download a copy, print it off and discuss the statements in the pledge with your child. The pledge is made up of two sections. The first page is the responsibility statements while the second page is an example of the Chromebook Check sheet each student will use to assess their device. We will also send reminders and tips for care once a month to help continue supporting device and account care and security.


We hope by communicating device and account care and security more often with our students, we will lessen the number of Chromebooks in need of repair. We also understand that accidents do happen and encourage everyone to purchase the Protection Plan. The Protection Plan is available until September 13th and can be found in your Infinite Campus account. Additionally, we have recommendations for cases for those who are interested. We are currently using three different models of Dell Chromebooks. Please read below and select the correct model. The model number can be verified by looking at the bottom of the Chromebook.

Model #3100 – Most (2019-2020) 5th and 9th graders

Model #3189 – Most (2019-2020) 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders

Model #3120 – Most (2019-2020) 8th graders

Note: PLSD does not endorse or profit from any sales of cases. PLSD does not provide any additional support, insurance or repairs based on damage from cases. Please double-check the model number from your Chromebook and the information provided by the vendor.


Pickerington Local School District Student Pledge (page 1)


Pickerington Local School District educators believe that technology allows for unique opportunities for students to think critically, create, collaborate, communicate and connect. Using technology in instruction provides an opportunity for students to become responsible digital citizens. We want all of our students to be empowered to make good choices as they use technology and navigate digital environments.


  1. I am responsible for and agree to maintain my district issued device and accounts.

    • I understand that all District provided technologies, networks, and accounts are property of Pickerington Local Schools.

    • I understand that I am responsible for keeping the device in good working order and will not intentionally damage the device.

  2. I am responsible for and agree to use good judgment and take responsibility for my own use of District technologies, using them in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner.

    • I understand District provided technology devices are to be used primarily for educational purposes.

    • I understand that while at school, device usage including the Internet and communications should be related to school assignments.

    • I understand that I shall have no expectation of privacy when using District technology. The District reserves the right to monitor all usage of District technology.

    • I understand that I will only download or sign up for online resources or applications which support instructional purposes.

  3. I am responsible for and agree to treat other people with respect.

    • I understand email, social media, and other means of communication should be used in a responsible, meaningful and safe way.

    • I understand that I am not to send or post hateful or harassing email, make discriminatory or derogatory remarks about others, or engage in bullying, harassment, or other antisocial behaviors.

  4. I am responsible for and agree to use my personal communication device according to district guidelines.

    • I understand that personal communication devices (e.g., cell phones) must be powered completely off (i.e., not just placed into vibrate or silent mode) and stored out of sight.

    • I understand that personal communication devices cannot be used in the classroom.

    • I understand I am responsible for reporting any suspicious behavior or other misuse of technology to my teacher or other campus administrator.

  5. I am responsible for and agree to keep my personal information private.

    • I understand I must always keep my personal information and the personal information of others private. This includes names, ID numbers, addresses, photographs, or any other personally identifiable or private information.

    • I understand that I will be provided network and email accounts and that I must not share this information with anyone.

    • I understand that I am not to allow others to use my account name and password.


Student Signature:

Coming Up at Ridgeview

Friday, August 30-NO SCHOOL-Professional Development

Monday, September 2 - NO SCHOOL-Labor Day

Tuesday, September 3-Volley for the Cure-Pick Central vs. Pick North

Wednesday, September 11-TWO HOUR DELAY-Professional Development

Friday, September 13-Last day to pay Tech Protection Insurance


Important Athletic Dates

Friday, September 13-Pay to Participate-2nd payment due

Volley for the Cure

What: Pickerington Girls Volleyball Supports Volley for the Cure

Who: Pickerington Central vs. Pickerington North

When: Tuesday, September 3 @ 5:00 p.m.

Where: Pickerington Central

Why: All proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen organization

Click on the charts below to see how missing school really adds up!

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). Let's continue the momentum of making this an AWESOME year at RSJHS!

Chromebook

Reminder - the $40 Chromebook insurance premium is due by September 13th. After that date, any damage to your child's device will not be covered and you will be financially responsible for repairs, which can be costly.

Pickerington Community Shred Day/Food & Clothing Drive at Harmon Middle School 9/28/19 9:30-11:30