A Newsletter for Ridgeview Middle School (Issue 2: 10.2022)

The Principal's Post

Dear Ridgeview Families:

Happy fall! We are already at the midway point of the first grading period. The first grading period will end on October 25. Please make sure that you are staying abreast of the work that your child needs to complete by utilizing Infinite Campus, Google Classroom, and/or Canvas. If you have questions regarding the progress that your child is making, feel free to reach out to you child’s teacher. Staying in communication with each teacher is the key to your child’s success!

Enjoy the fall weather, colorful leaves, apple cider, hayrides, and of course everything pumpkin spice!

Be Well,

Natalie M. James, Principal

The Power of One: Columbus City Schools' New Strategic Plan

Health Screenings

As part of the School Health Services of Columbus City Schools, and in fulfillment of Ohio Law 3313.69, school nurses conduct periodic student health screenings.

The screenings include: height, weight, vision, hearing, dental and the calculation of body mass index (BMI). The school nurses perform the various screenings in pre-kindergarten, special needs pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades and students new to the school district.

Our nurse will conduct the Ridgeview Middle School screenings for 7th graders IN THE FALL.

Note: Parents/Guardians will receive the results of all screenings.

Stop Germs from Spreading: Wash Your Hands | Cincinnati Children's


Over the last few weeks, RMS homeroom teachers have been collecting food permission forms and allergy information.

All parents/guardians are asked to complete this form by October 7th, Friday.

This is very important because RMS has school-wide PBIS incentives and teachers may use snacks. So, please click on form or the graphic above.

RMS wants to ensure all students' dietary restrictions and needs are followed.

Stay in the Game: An Exciting New Attendance Initiative

School Superintendent, Dr. Dixon, shares a note for the community as CCS and the Columbus Crew unveil an exciting new attendance initiative.

"We know our students need to be in school every day and we are committed to uncovering the barriers that stand in the way of consistent daily attendance. That’s why we are teaming up with the Columbus Crew to encourage our students to come to school every day!

The partnership is part of the Stay in the Game! Network, which is a statewide initiative originally created by the Cleveland Browns Foundation."

Click here or on the graphic above to get all the information from Dr. Dixon's letter to CCS families.

Getting Real with Mr. Reese

Each month RMS's assistant principal, Mr. Reese, shares a thought that empowers our parents/guardians. Check out October's words of wisdom.

"Every child is gifted they just unwrap their packages at different times"

-Teaching and Learning Chalkboard Quotes

Calendar of Events

Dates to Remember

  • October 3, Monday: Results Available for the Ready Diagnostic Reading & Math - BOY
  • October 6, Thursday @ 5:00 - 6:00 pm at Centennial HS: Tailgate party to cheer on the Ridgeview band.
  • October 6, Thursday at 6:00 - 7:00 pm at Centennial HS: Monthly PTA Meeting
  • October 20, Thursday @ 5:30 - 7:00 pm: RMS Fall Family Mix and Mingle
  • October 21, Friday: No School for Students (Professional Development Day for Teachers)
  • October 25, Tuesday: End of First Quarter
  • October 26, Wednesday: No School for Students (Records Day for Teachers)
  • November 8, Tuesday: No School for Students (Professional Development Day for Teachers)
  • November 21-25: All Schools Closed - Autumn Break
  • November 23, Wednesday: Compensatory Day for Parent Conference

Sports: Coed Soccer and Girls Volleyball

Students are not allowed to stay after school for sporting events.

Students must go home and then return at 4:30 pm.

All students must be picked up by 5:30 pm.

Students who do not get picked up on time will not be allowed to participate in the future.

  • October 3, Monday @ 4:30 pm: Medina at RMS
  • October 5, Wednesday @ 4:30 pm: RMS at World Language
  • October 10, Monday @4:30 pm: Woodward Park at RMS
  • October 12, Wednesday @ 4:30 pm: RMS at Dominion
  • October 17, Monday @ 4:30 pm: Indianola at RMS
  • October 19, Wednesday @ 4:30 pm: RMS at Medina
  • October 24, Monday at 4:30 pm: World Language at RMS

RMS Core Enrichment

RMS recently introduced a new vision for CORE. The expectation is that our students and teachers will have a cohesive and successful experience.

Here is the CORE enrichment schedule:

  • Monday: Mindfulness Monday
  • Tuesday: i-Ready Pathway – Math
  • Wednesday: Remediation and Enrichment
  • Thursday: i-Ready Pathway – Reading
  • Friday: Data Binders

Here’s what you need to know.

1. NUTS & BOLTS: All students received the CORE Data Binder. The binder is personalized with the student’s first and last name. In addition, students can color the cover page.

2. CONTENTS: Each binder includes the following: Mindfulness Journal, Weekly Grades, Weekly To Do List, Test Score Reflections, CNN Booklet.

3. WEEKLY GRADES: Every Friday, students should check their own grades in Infinite Campus on the Chromebook. Students will place an X over any day that they have missed for the week in each class as well as sign the bottom of the page. This page will STAY in the notebook.

4. WEEKLY TO DO LIST: Every Friday students will complete the Weekly To Do List. Using their Chromebook, students will check Infinite Campus for any missing or late assignments and write them under the class title. A current grade will need to be placed on this page for parents to see. Students will create a goal for improving grades and reflect on the grades from the previous week. This paper will go home on Friday and be returned with a parent signature on Monday.

5. TEST SCORE REFLECTIONS: Students will log into Infinite Campus and click the assessment tab. All information that needs to be entered is accessible to students in this tab. Writing down I-Ready scores for math and reading is entered here.

6. MINDFULNESS JOURNAL: Every Monday, students should write a response to the Mindful Questions provided to them on the Mindfulness Slides.

7. CNN BOOKLET: If the student chooses to watch CNN 10 during Core, use the CNN 10 booklet of responses.

Student & Family Access and Support for i-Ready

i-Ready online lessons provide students with lessons based on their individual skill level and needs. This enables students to learn at a pace that is just right for them.

The use of i-Ready Reading and Math Diagnostic provides vital information which is used to improve the learning pathways for your student. This information is critical to help guide our instruction to serve our students. All assessments were completed on Friday, September 30th.

Because all students have already taken the i-Ready Diagnostic at school, an individual learning path has been created for them. In addition, students will have access to Math Learning Games for fluency practice.

i-Ready is accessible on Chromebooks, computers, and iPads (iReady is not yet compatible with Android tablets or phones). Here’s what you need to know now:

  • The results of the diagnostic provides the grade level placement, not the teacher.

Click on the graphic above or here to learn how to login to Clever to access your child’s information.

RMS PBIS Corner: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

At Columbus City Schools, we use the term PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) all the time, yet many of you may not know what it is. So, here’s a brief overview of PBIS below; however, you can click on the graphic to the right or here to read and learn more.

PBIS is a multi-tiered framework for implementing evidence-based practices informed by implementation science. Rather than being a packaged program or single intervention, the prevention framework is focused on meeting the needs of all students through a continuum (i.e., tiers) of supports. In this continuous improvement model, teams develop a strategic plan that is anchored to core features or guiding principles, including:

  • Prevention-focused continuum of supports
  • Data-based decision-making
  • Regular universal screening and progress monitoring
  • Systems change through ongoing professional development and coaching
  • Team-based leadership
  • Evidence based practices for improving learning.

At Ridgeview, our PBIS system is

“Be RMS”—Be Responsible, Be a Member, and Be Safe.

Ohio Report Cards - Ridgeview Middle School

Ohio School Report Cards give parents, caregivers, community members, educators, and policymakers information about how districts and schools are performing — to celebrate successes and identify areas for improvement. The information provides transparent reporting on student performance, drives local conversations on continuous improvement, and identifies schools to receive intensive supports.

The goal is to ensure Ohio’s students are prepared for the future. Report cards are only one part of Ohio’s education story. To get a more complete picture, attend school events, talk to the teachers and administrators, and review the school and district websites. A lot of great things are happening every day in Ohio’s schools

Here’s a few highlights for RMS and you can click here to see the entire report.

General Information:

  • Enrollment: 529
  • Attendance Rate: 86%
  • Chronically Absent (2021-22): 51.4%
  • Performance Index: 59% (64.3 of 109.1)

Progress: 5 of 5 stars

This component looks closely at the growth all students are making based on their past performances.

  • 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades Language Arts: Students made more progress than expected - significant evidence
  • 6th Grade Math: Students made more progress than expected - significant evidence
  • 7th and 8th Grade Math: Students made progress similar to the statewide expectation – evidence
  • 8th Grade Science: -Students made more progress than expected - moderate evidence
  • 6th and 8th Grades All Tests: Students made more progress than expected - significant evidence
  • Tests 7th Grade All Tests: Students made progress similar to the statewide expectation

Achievement: 2 of 5 stars

This component represents whether student performance on state tests met established thresholds and how well students performed on tests overall. English Language Arts, Math, and Science (8th grade) are the variable included in this category.

  • It should be noted that RMS consistently outpaced the district, but not the state.

Gap Closing: 4 of 5 stars

The Gap Closing Component is a measure of the reduction in educational gaps for student subgroups.

  • RMS is closing the gaps above the average, thus improvement is being experienced.

Help Your Child Excel in Academics

A variety of tutoring services are available to assist your child in the learning process.

Click here to learn more about the options available to you.

Celebrate Diversity in October!

Let's celebrate our uniqueness!

  • October: Global Diversity Awareness Month aims to promote knowledge and respect for various cultures.
  • October: National Disability Employment Awareness Month advocates for people with disabilities, and their inclusion in the workforce.
  • October: National Polish American Heritage Month is dedicated to honoring Polish heritage. October was chosen because it was when Polish settlers first arrived in Jamestown, VA in 1608
  • October 10: World Mental Health Day (People with Disabilities) promotes mental health awareness and education, and advocates against social stigma relating to mental health.
  • October 10: Indigenous Peoples’ Day was formerly called Columbus Day and now it honors the indigenous people of North America.
  • October 14: Defender of Ukraine Day honors all who have fought for the sovereignty of Ukraine.
  • October 21: Spirit Day (LGBTQ+) encourages the wearing of purple on this day to support LGBTQ youth and speak out against bullying.
  • October 24: Diwali (Hindu) is a significant celebration in the Hindu faith in which they praise diverse deities.

Remember we are better when we work together!

PTA Point-of-View

Dear RMS Families,

Here's important information that you will not want to miss.

Thank you to all the families supporting our Fall Flower Fundraiser. Please keep an eye out for details about our Winter Flower Fundraiser.

The PTA completed the first phase of the Beautification project on Saturday, September 17th. Be sure to check out the updated courtyard area in the back of the school the next time you are there (see the picture below).

Join us, in person, on October 6th at Centennial High School from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. It's two events in one! A tailgate party to cheer on the Ridgeview band (5:00 - 7:00) and the monthly PTA meeting (6:00 - 7:00).

Be sure to stop by our table at the Fall Mix and Mingle on Thursday, October 20, for a chance to win a painting or gift card to Brush Crazy.

If you are not currently receiving occasional email updates from the PTA, please email us at and ask to be added to the list to make sure that you are aware of upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

Please consider signing up as a member of the PTA.

General Donations are always appreciated (no amount is too small): Check to Ridgeview PTA or

Here are some no cost/low time way to support the PTA:

● Download the Box Tops app, add Ridgeview PTA as your school and scan all your receipts

● Make RMS PTA your organization on the Kroger Community Rewards program

  • At or on your Kroger App, under Rewards, then Community Rewards, add our organization number 84721
  • No cost to you and RMS PTA does not receive your personal information

● Make “PTA Ohio Congress Ridgeview Middle” – your organization on Amazon Smile


Mrs. Pompi, President

Ms. Manko, Vice President


PTA Meeting on Thursday, November 3rd, via Zoom from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Need Help? Check Out Our Community Partners

Here's a list of Columbus City School Partners providing assistance.

  • LSS 211 offers services from homeless shelters to senior living. Call 211.

  • Cap4Kids provides resources for families in the areas of meals, housing, utilities, mental health, and lots more!

  • Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio offers pharmacy services and medicines, counseling on proper medication usage, health screenings, wellness education, and social program assistance for those who cannot afford them. (614) 227-0301.

  • OhioKAN ensures every kinship and adoptive family who wants support navigating the resources available to them can get it.

  • Project Connect provides help to families living in shelter, car, motel, campground, and doubled-up families.

Ridgeview Middle School

Ridgeview Attendance email:

Ridgeview Attendance phone number: 380.997.6994

FACTline Email:

FACTline Phone Number: 614.221.FACT (614.221.3228)

Customer Relations Phone Number: 614.365.8888

Customer Relations Email:


Family Ambassador Debora Myles: Google Voice 740.966.1181