Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

August 19, 2019

We Are Ready For Our First Full Week After a Great Start to the 2019-2020 Year!

We had a great start to the year. It was amazing seeing 930+ students starting off the 2019-2020 school year.

A few reminders:

-Per district policy, students need to leave their cell phones off and in their locker. They should not be seen or heard. In the event of an emergency, please call the main office and we will get your child(ren) for you.

-Please refer to Mr. Koch's letter sent through Infinite Campus after the first day about:

morning drop off, breakfast, dress code, lockers and chrome books.

We appreciate your cooperation and support!

Common Assessment Testing this week!

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.

School Pictures on August 29

Picture Day is coming up on 08/29/2019!

You may order online at inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/41903HF

Mark Your Calendar--Important Dates

Thursday, August 29-School Pictures

Friday, August 30-NO SCHOOL-Professional Development

Monday, September 2 - NO SCHOOL-Labor Day

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

Important Athletic Dates

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

Purchasing Tech. Protection Insurance-DEADLINE September 13, 2019

The district recommends parents purchase optional device protection for their child’s one-to-one device.

Please read this entire document to determine if this plan is needed for you and your child’s protection against the cost of damage to the loaned device (Chromebook or iPad) in your care. This plan is available for all students grades K-12 for the 2019-2020 school year.

Coverage and Benefit

This annual agreement covers the Chromebook or iPad (“device”) loaned to the student against any accidental damage and/or repair costs. This agreement costs $40 per device per school year for a total of $400 worth of repairs, replacement and/or labor costs. Any costs above and beyond $400 will the responsibility of the parents/guardians/student. The charger is NOT covered and is the sole responsibility of the student/parent. Coverage is 24 hours per day. Damage(s) due to intentional, reckless, willful, wanton and/or malicious conduct is not covered. Lost devices will not be covered by the technology protection plan. Stolen devices will be covered by the technology protection plan as long as the parent/guardian submits to PLSD a filed police report for the stolen device. The Technology Protection Plan will cover damage and repairs for loaner devices, but will count towards the total allowed for the TPP.

Effective Date and Expiration

Coverage is effective from the date this technology protection plan is purchased through Infinite Campus. Subject to immediate termination for the failure to timely pay the premium, the coverage shall end on the date that the device is required to be returned to the school, whether or not that device is returned to the school by that date. This is an annual plan.

Premium & How to Purchase the Technology Protection Plan

The premium cost is $40 for the 2019-20 school year, for this optional coverage, and the premium will not be prorated. This premium will be added to your child’s account at the start of the school year. Payment is due by September 13, 2019 for the plan to be in effect. Coverage will be removed for those students whose parents/guardians do not pay this premium by September 13, 2019. Payment may be made via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, or at your child’s school.

The Technology Protection Plan is non-refundable. Administration, in its sole discretion, will determine if damages were due to intentional, reckless, willful, wanton and/or malicious conduct (please see PLSD Technology website for more specific information). This is an annual plan, previously purchased PLSD Technology Protection Plans will not cover the new school year. The Technology Protection Plan is not subject to waiver for free and reduced students as it is totally an optional fee; students/parents are not required to have this coverage.

Reminder this is an annual plan and does not extend from one school year to the next.

Students Enrolling After the Start of the School Year: Purchasing the TPP

If you are new to the District after September 13, 2019, log in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal and under the fees section, there is an optional purchase, Technology Protection Plan. Purchase and pay for the plan for it to be active. Reminder this is an annual plan and does not extend from one school year to the next.

If the Technology Protection Plan is NOT Purchased
All damages and replacement parts will be charged at the current market rate with a labor fine of $15-$50 determined by the repair. Damage fine without the Technology Protection Plan will range between $15 – $300. If the cost of the damage exceeds $300, then a new device will be issued at the cost of $300. All damage, replacement parts and labor costs will be applied through the parent portal in Infinite Campus. Additionally, when a student is provided a loaner device all of the regulations apply for proper care of loaner devices, any damage to the loaner device will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian/student.

If Your Device is Damaged (if you have the Technology Protection Plan or Not)
Take your device to the Media Center and inform the Media Center Specialist/Aide what the issue is with the device. A loaner device will be supplied during the time in which your issued device is being repaired. Loaner devices are only available to students that have submitted a damaged device to the Media Center.

For more information please, refer to the Technology Department page.

Test Results Coming Soon!

The district will be sending home the Spring 2019 State of Ohio testing results soon. Watch your mail for this important and informative information.

Staying Organized!

Part of being a successful student is staying organized. Student Planners are an excellent tool to help with this task. Student Planners are available in the main office for $5.00 cash or check.
Fairfield Dept. of Health Walk In Clinic for shots-Aug. 6, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, 5:00-7:00 p.m.