Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

October 30, 2020

Don't Forget We "Fall Back" One Hour This Weekend

From the Principal

As the school year progresses, we have started seeing more students who are not properly wearing their masks in the hallways or at their desks. Please remind your student that masks are to be worn at all times in the building, except when eating or drinking. They need to have their mask covering their mouth and nose. We are seeing a lot of students not having it over their nose (I have helped several students adjust their nose piece so that it fits better). Every staff member has been given masks for the students, so if theirs breaks or gets soiled during the day, they just need to ask and we will give them a replacement.

If you need to check your student out for an appointment, please call ahead so that we can have your student ready to go when you arrive. (See specific directions on checking students out later in newsletter-you will need your phone and ID).

Along those lines, students are not allowed to have their cell phones on during the day. Per board policy, phones are to be off and away during the school day in grade K-8 (we remind them of this every morning on the announcements). If you need to get ahold of your student, please call the office and we can get a message to them.

Remember to double check with your student that they are checking in for attendance on their virtual days and to check the Classroom Information Page (linked at the bottom of this newsletter) so that you know what they have coming up. There is also still time to schedule Parent/teacher conferences for November 3rd (see links below).

Beginning the week of November 1st, the Food Service Department is changing the sign up deadline for cohort and virtual food bags. The deadline will now be every Monday by 10am.

An important reminder: Please sign up weekly as this helps control food waste and monitor inventory levels.

Beth Richardson


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Get Your Ridgeview Spirit Wear!

We are proud to have been selected for this year's fundraiser at Ridgeview Junior High! Click on the link to place your order.

The deadline for ordering items is November 13, 2020

​Items purchased during this sale will NOT BE SHIPPED. Select "DELIVER TO GROUP SALES COORDINATOR" at checkout to avoid paying shipping fees.

**All Items will be delivered to Ridgeview Junior High.**

​**Please note this Ridgeview Junior High Apparel is a custom order, therefore we will be unable to process returns or refunds on these items. **

​Thank you for shopping at GTD Apparel!

Picture Retake Days

November 17-Picture Retake day for Cohort A

November 19-Picture Retake day for Cohort B

Order online: Inter-state.com/order

Order Code: 54395EB

Holiday Assistance 2020

Pickerington Schools are once again teaming up with the Violet Township Fire Department to help provide some holiday assistance for families in need during this holiday season.

In need of assistance?

Request an online form for holiday assistance by contacting me at courtney_smoot@plsd.us or 614-548-1716. The request link will then be provided to you, only one per household please. This form is handled in a confidential manner with more details from your school counselor. Please remember that we will only be able to supplement your holiday. The online form must be completed by Friday, November 20th.

Wanting to donate?

There are several ways to donate this year:

  • The traditional big red boxes throughout the community and in the schools accepting donations of new toys/gifts.

  • Gift cards are also appreciated.

  • Cash donations through Paypal.

  • Another way of donating this year is through Amazon and Target. If you would prefer to donate in this way, click on the HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE LETTER below. Be sure to ship to Violet Township Fire Department Toy Drive (address will appear as an option).

We look forward to another successful year!

Courtney Smoot

Winter Sports

Winter Sports Information:

1. There is a Pay to Play fee of $155 to participate on a team.

2. There is a mandatory drug test to be on the team (cost $16)

Wednesday, Nov. 4 starting at 9:00 a.m.

3. You must be Academically eligible -- passing 5 classes / minimum 1.75 GPA.

Girls Spring Softball:

If you are interested in playing softball this spring, please register in Final Forms - selecting Girls 7th or 8th Softball as a sport. This will alert the coaches of your interest / allow them to get training information to all interested athletes. Please see directions below for Final Forms directions.

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.

Athletic How-To Video

How to fill out Final Forms, Physical, Covid Forms, etc.

Updated Information From Food Services

Beginning the week of November 1st, the Food Service Department is changing the sign up deadline for cohort and virtual food bags. The deadline will now be every Monday by 10am.

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

  • The Food Service Department is sending out negative balance letters to parents and guardians. Most of these balances are carryover balances from last year. We encourage you to pay off the balances as soon as possible. If your child wishes to purchase any extra items that are not included in the free meals they will need to have money on their account. A safe and easy way to add money to your account is by using mypaymentsplus.com.

New Tech Support Hours

Technology Support Hours are changing! Starting in the month of October, the Technology Department will be adjusting their support hours to better serve students in both Cohorts as well as our Virtual Learners. Beginning on October 5th, we will follow the below schedule each week for the month of October:

Mondays – 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Wednesdays – 9:00am to 11:00am

Fridays – 1:30pm to 3:30pm

We will still be at our District Office location and please continue to sign up for service using the below link. This helps us know how many folks we will need to prepare for.

Technology Support Signup

Please see the short video below on how to Update Chrome OS

Bar code sign in/sign out sheet

Please Check Your Student's Attendance on Virtual Days

Student participation on virtual days is a mandatory expectation for all students. Classroom work is posted on Google Classroom by your student’s teachers. Student participation in classroom work is tied to student attendance.

We believe the majority of log in issues with Infinite Campus have now been resolved. Students must log into Infinite Campus for their attendance and Google Classroom daily. They can login to Infinite Campus once and do their attendance for the entire day so they do not need to login multiple times. If your student is unsure of how to post his/or attendance on virtual days, please watch this "how to" video: Virtual Attendance Video.

If they cannot login to Infinite Campus, please reach out to their school counselor, Kris Owen (kris_owen@plsd.us) - 7th grade and Courtney Smooth (Courtney_Smoot@plsd.us) - 8th grade.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

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).