Panther Tales

November 18, 2022

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We are truly thankful for the opportunity and privilege to educate incredible Ridgeview students, and we appreciate the entire Ridgeview United Community’s support. We hope you enjoy this thankful season while schools are closed Nov. 21-25, and we look forward to seeing students on Monday, Nov. 28. Should you know of anyone in need of resources, please refer them to this link.

Upcoming Events

Here are some of our events at a glance. Please join us when you can!

  • Nov. 21 - 25: Thanksgiving Holiday - School Closed
  • Dec. 5: Winter iReady Reading Benchmark Test
  • Dec. 6: Remote Learning Day for Students (no in-person school)
  • Dec. 6: Orchestra Cluster Concert, 6:30 p.m. Riverwood
    Dec. 7: Winter iReady Math Benchmark Test

  • Dec. 8: Band Cluster Concert, 6:00 p.m. Riverwood

  • Dec. 13: Chorus Concert, 6:00 p.m.

  • Dec. 16: Final Day of 1st Semester

  • Dec. 17-Jan. 3, 2023: Winter Break

  • Jan. 4, 2023: First Day of 2nd Semester

Check out our calendar for more ways to get involved.

Progress Reports will be in Infinite Campus Nov. 18

The final student progress reports are available to parents as of November 18 in Infinite Campus. As always we encourage a routine habit of monitoring your child’s grades weekly. Should you have questions, please reach out immediately to your child’s teacher(s).

iReady Winter Benchmarks

Students will take iReady winter benchmark tests to assess their growth in reading and math on Dec. 5 (reading) and Dec. 7 (math). Please encourage your students to do their best! We look forward to seeing each student grow when comparing to their fall scores. We use iReady winter results for next school year’s course scheduling. If students score below the 35th percentile in reading, we will also do additional intervention testing and screening this spring.

Parent University Class on our PBIS Behavior System

Our PBIS night will be held December 5 at 5:30 via Teams to provide parents with an understanding of PBIS and how the behavioral system works here at Ridgeview.
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Dec. 6 Remote Learning Day Announced

Due to statewide run-off elections and schools being used as polling places, it was recently announced that students will have a remote learning day (no in-person school) on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Teachers will provide students asynchronous work by Friday, Dec. 2. There will not be live instruction or live class meetings.

Spelling Bee Information

The RCMS spelling bee process will begin with classroom-level spelling bees held in ELA classes on Nov. 30th. All 6-8th graders who wish to participate must do so in person. the schoolwide bee will be held Dec. 5th. Additional information follows:

  • At the classroom level students will write a series of spelling words after being announced by the instructor. These words will be from the official Scripps Spelling Bee words. These written words will be collected and graded by the instructor. The student with the highest number of correctly spelled words will represent their class in the schoolwide spelling bee. One student per class will be selected.
  • At the school level spellers will spell their word in order for judges to clearly hear the response. This will take place in the media center where spectators are allowed but must remain silent. Only students who qualified in the classroom level bee will be permitted to participate. The schoolwide bee will occur Monday, December 5th, at 5:00.
  • At the district level the student winner of the schoolwide bee will represent RCMS. Additional details will be supplied.
  • Word lists for grade levels, school-level, and champion-level are in the news & announcements sections / homepage of the RCMS website.

Information can be found at

Optional Lockers Available for Spring 2023

Ridgeview plans to make the option of student lockers available for the spring of 2023. If your student may be interested in obtaining a locker, please read this initial information carefully:

  • Lockers are optional, and any student who does not want to purchase use of a locker will be allowed to continue carrying a backpack.
  • Lockers will be available for sale for $5 between November 28 and Dec.16 only through our online platform – no cash or checks.
  • Interested students/families should purchase a locker on Online School Payments during the above timeframe. Students can show a printout or picture (please ask permission to use their phone first) to their homeroom teacher. As a fail-safe, the school will run a report of individuals who have paid online and will provide it to the homeroom teacher after the deadline.
  • After the spring semester begins, lockers will be distributed to students who have paid.
  • Note that students will only have limited use of the lockers at designated times during the day (for example purposes only: before 1st period, before connections classes, and at the end of the day).
  • Requests for certain locker locations or top/bottom lockers will not be taken.
  • Locker privileges may be removed at any time at the administration’s discretion for inappropriate use without a refund.

Georgia Releases New K-12 ELA Standards

The Georgia Department of Education released new K-12 ELA standards for public review. Upon adoption by the state board, the standards will be implemented in the 2024-25 school year, allowing for a year of training, communication, and updated materials and assessments. The survey is available to all stakeholders through December 5, 2022. For more information or to complete the GADOE's survey, please visit this link.

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