Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

January 8, 2021

Happy New Year

Student Council Fundraiser for Chick Campbell Memorial

Reading & Math Diagnostic Testing to Start 1-11-21

Dear Families,

Welcome back from break. We hope you had the opportunity to celebrate the holidays and new year. Beginning January 11th through January 29th, we will be administering the i-Ready Diagnostic test for Reading and i-Ready or ALEKS Diagnostic test for Math. The Diagnostic test is important because it helps us identify what your student knows and what they need to learn.

We need your help to prepare and motivate your child to put forth their best effort. Please partner with us to help:

Prepare for the i-Ready Diagnostic

Talk to your child confirming the dates they will be taking the Diagnostic Test. Keep the following in mind:
    • Your child’s teacher will help proctor the test.

    • Make a plan for testing days being sure to get a good night’s rest and that they eat breakfast.

    • The Diagnostic is untimed but your child should focus on completing the test within the scheduled time.

Middle School/Junior High School Testing Calendar

On testing days, teachers will share times for students to take the test.

January 11 - January 15: Reading Diagnostic

January 18 - January 22: Math Diagnostic

January 25 - January 29: Make-up testing for those students who did not complete the test during the scheduled week.

Test the device(s) your child will use to take the Diagnostic.
    • Check that the device turns on.

    • Check that the device is powered up or is plugged in.

    • Test the audio. Headphones are recommended but not necessary.

How to help your child on test days:
    • Encourage your child to try their best on each question and try not to rush.

    • The diagnostic is adaptive, meaning every child will eventually see challenging content they don't know. When they encounter a challenging question, encourage them to make their best guess.

    • Get a good night’s rest and eat breakfast.

    • Ask your child about the test and celebrate their success at the end of each testing day.

With your help, we will be able to provide your child with a positive testing experience celebrating what they know and identifying what they need to continue to learn. If you have questions, please reach out to your student’s teacher for support.

You Are Invited to be a Part of our Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Group

Our students will be engaging in lessons around how to respond to events and things outside of our control, how to be a good digital citizen, implicit bias, and how we can all work together to influence the best outcome for ourselves and our community. As an administrative team we are reaching out to you as parents/guardians to work together in helping us promote inclusivity and appreciation for all community members. If you have an interest in being an active part of this conversation, please fill out the google form here and an administrator will follow up with you with more details.

Resources for Social, Emotional, and Mental Well-Being

Welcome back to school! We are happy to see our students again. As always, we want to support our students as best we can. To help ensure children and young people's social, emotional and mental well being, please check out the CDC's COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit

January Tech Support Monday and Friday 1:30-3:30, Weds 9-11

NEW! Virtual Attendance Emails

Parents, you and your student will now receive an email (see example below) if he or she does not do virtual attendance on virtual days. We have been able to update this so students do not have to wait until the following day to see if they have done their online check in! This email will go out around noon to remind you and your student the check in has not been completed. Virtual attendance is important too; thanks for your help with this!
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Odds and Ends

  • Interim Grades will be available to view on Jan. 9, 2021.
  • NO SCHOOL-January 20, 2021 (No virtual work either)
  • Just a reminder, students should bring a refillable water bottle to school as our water fountain mouth pieces have been turned off. We have bottle filling stations that they may use throughout the day. Students may also purchase a bottle of water through our vending machines for $1.25.

  • Please see the bottom of the newsletter for links to: Free Meals on Virtual Days, Weekly Classroom Information, Parent Hub, Technology Troubleshooting, Virtual Attendance.

Winter Sports

  • Winter Sports P2P second payment due 1/22/21

  • VLA Winter sports pictures are in and available for pick up in the main office from 7:30-3:15 p.m.

  • Girls Softball registration on Final Forms is now open.

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.

Sign Up for Meals on Virtual Days

The deadline is every Monday by 10am. FREE for ALL students

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

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).