Ridgeview Middle School's Newsletter (Issue 2: 12.6.21)

The Principal's Post

Dear Ridgeview Middle School Families:

I hope each family is doing well and recharged during the CCS Wellness Week.

The school year is flying by fast. We are almost at the midway point of the school year. The first semester will end on Friday, January 14, 2022. Please continue to encourage your child to stay focused on their academics.

Parents/guardians should check Infinite Campus and Google Classroom on a regular basis to stay abreast of assignments and the progress that their child is making. Also, students should be completing 10 topics of ALEKS on a weekly basis to improve and/or accelerate their math skills. Your continued parental support is key to student success!

I wish each family a wonderful holiday season!


Natalie M. James, Principal

OELPA Preparation

We are currently working to prepare our students for the OELPA.

The Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) is the state summative test used to determine an English learner's proficiency level and to exit from the English language program. The OELPA is required for all English learners in addition to Ohio's State Test.

Students who are taking the OELPA Assessment (January 31, 2022 - March 25, 2022) are engaging in practice sessions with Ridgeview teachers weekly.

Each student has an OELPA Practice Folder with resources to help them prepare for the assessments.

Students who are completing the practice items are being recognized on our daily announcements and receiving prizes.

RMS PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) Corner


"Be RMS" (Be Responsible. Be a Member and Be Safe.)

  • Expectations can be found on our website and were previously emailed to each family.
  • Parents/guardians should reinforce these expectations with their child/children at home.

Grade Level PBIS Initiatives

  • 6th Grade - Raider Rave
  • 7th Grade - Raider Rally
  • 7th/8th Grade - Raider Celebrations
  • 8th Grade - Scholar Dollars
  • Individual teachers and teams are also providing individual recognition in their respective classrooms.

Our Latest School Wide Event - "Be RMS - Golden Ticket (Raffle) - Kona Ice Truck - Grade Level Parties

  • Qualifications Period - December 1st -16th.
  • Event Date: Thursday, December 16th.
  • 50 Students from each grade level who meet or exceed the qualifications will be selected to participate in the grade level parties.

Ridgeview received the Bronze State Recognition Award for PBIS

Academics - Reading

We can all agree that "Reading is Fundamental!"

Our RMS reading teachers have these ideas to help you keep your student in tip-top shape.

  1. Have your child read independently every evening for a minimum of 20 minutes.
  2. Select grade level texts.
  3. Request reading options from the reading teachers.
  4. Practice vocabulary.

And, for 17 more reading tips, check out this link: 17 Ways to Keep Your Middle School Student Interested in Reading.

Calendar of Events

Important dates in December are listed below.

6th (Monday) at 4:30 pm: Girls Basketball-RMS hosts Dominion/

Boys Basketball-RMS at Dominion

8th (Wednesday) at 4:30 pm: Boys Basketball-RMS hosts Indianola

9th (Thursday) at 6:00 pm: Choir Concert

Limited tickets and seating available. Parents/guardians of choir students should reach out to Mr. Kjeldsen. Mask wearing and social distancing are required.

13th (Monday) at 4:30 pm: Girls Basketball-RMS hosts Medina/
Boys Basketball-RMS at Dominion

14th (Tuesday) at 6:00 pm: Instrumental Music Concert
Limited tickets and seating available. Parents/guardians of instrumental music students should reach out to Mrs. Chomos and/or Mrs. Wodkowski. Mask wearing and social distancing are required.

15th (Wednesday) at 4:30 pm: Girls Basketball-RMS hosts World Language/
Boys Basketball-RMS at World Language

17th (Friday): 30-Minute Early Release
The day ends at 2:00 pm.

20th – 31st: Winter Break
All schools closed.

January 3, 2022: Return to School

Procedures For After School Extracurricular Activities

In an effort to keep our students safe, here are a few procedures for after school activities or extracurricular activities:

  • Students may NOT stay after school for athletic/extracurricular events. They must go home and then return at the start of the event.
  • Parents/guardians must pick their child up on time.
  • Students who do not get picked up on time will not be allowed to attend events in the future.

Note: Basketball Games

Start time is 4:30 pm and the pick up time is 5:30 pm.

Extracurricular Activities: Choir & Instrumental Music


This concert will take place on December 9th, Thursday, at 6:00 pm. Limited tickets and seating available. Parents/guardians of choir students should reach out to Mr. Kjeldsen. Mask wearing and social distancing are required.


The instrumental music concert---band and orchestra--will take place on December 14th, Tuesday, at 6:00 pm. Students performing should arrive at 5:30 pm. Limited tickets and seating available. Parents/guardians of instrumental music students should reach out to Mrs. Chomos and/or Mrs. Wodkowski. Mask wearing and social distancing are required

It should be noted, the concerts will be live streamed for those who cannot attend.

Winter Break Options

Are you wondering what is my child going to do during the two week break? Well, there is no need to wonder anymore.

Click here to review a few options at The City of Columbus Parks and Recreation. You'll want to register right away, especially for the free winter break camps.

Also, don't miss out on these free Winter Camps.

Want to be more informed? All You Have to Do is Click on the Pictures Below

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Raiders of the Month

In October, 16 Raider of the Month honors were earned. Take a moment to see the accomplishments of our students. Together, we can celebrate their excellence!

6th GRADE: 5 Students

He is the definition of RMS! He’s always on top of his work and laser focused! He is kind, and very helpful. Thank you for being a model student!

She is an intelligent, dependable student that gives her very best in everything that she does. She takes pride in all her assignments and does amazing work. She is always willing to help when needed, and we can always count on a warm greeting from her as she enters class. Thank you for being the amazing student that you are. You are an excellent role model to all 6th grade students.

He is always prepared for class. He excelled academically this quarter because of his effort and great participation in class!

She is a fantastic student and is always RMS.

She is always so kind and positive! She’s always telling her teachers to have a great day, and works so hard in class. She brings a smile to our face every day! Keep being amazing!

7th GRADE: 5 Students

She is an outstanding student. She gives 100% on every assignment, every day. She is kind and hard-working and an incredible young lady!

She is a wonderful student. She comes to school with a positive attitude and is eager to learn. Nice job!

He is a great student. He comes prepared to learn every day and works diligently. His hard work is very appreciated by his teachers.

He is on it every single day. He comes in with a positive attitude, ready to learn. He participates and volunteers. He is just a delight!

She is focused and not afraid to ask questions and seek help.

8th GRADE: 6 Students

She always has a pleasant demeanor and is willing to help and support her classmates.

He participates in class and makes sure to complete his assignments.

She works hard in all her classes and is a natural leader. She is an absolute pleasure to have in class!

She is a delightful student. She comes to school with a fantastic attitude. Her positive leadership is appreciated by all.

He is a great, all around, student and leader. He comes prepared to learn everyday and works diligently. Way to go!

Great class participation. Great job completing assignments and being RMS.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)--Parent University Night

Last month, RMS conducted a Parent University topic via Zoom entitled, "Navigation Discussions on Social Justice with Your Child."

During this hour, parents learned how to create safe and brave spaces while learning to be at peace. The session was led by Mr. Omowale K. Crowder, who shared techniques and provided tools to help parents create discussion with their child. In addition, attendees learned how to respectfully interact with people with opposing views, focus on facts and research, all while building bridges and making positive connections together.

Click here to learn about our topic and access more social justice resources for parents from Mr. Crowder.

Community Partners - Columbus Metropolitan Library

The Columbus Metropolitan Library is a Community Partner with Columbus City Schools with a new program entitled Sora.

This new library partnership provides 24/7 digital access for CCS students using their school credentials. The new program aims to increase students’ access to digital books and audiobooks by combining digital reading resources from the library and the schools. Click here for more information on this program.

A great opportunity exists for all Ridgeview Middle School students.

Now is the time to join the Winter Reading Challenge. See the details below:

  • Grades: K-12 Students
  • Term: December 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022

Go to any Columbus Metropolitan Library to secure your game board and join the fun. To see the flyer for this activity, click here.

Not sure daily reading is for your child? Look at what Learning Links said about the importance of your child reading 20 minutes a day! So let's start turning those pages and exploring new books, now!

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