Ridgeview STEM Junior High

October 25, 2018

College & Career Family Night

It’s never too early to start thinking about your child’s college and career, and an event planned for Nov. 15 will start the planning process for Pickerington junior high and middle school students and their parents.

The third annual College and Career Family Night will be Thursday, November 15. While the event will be held at Lakeview Junior High, it is for all district junior high and middle school students and their families. The free event will begin at 5 p.m. with pizza, followed at 6 p.m. with our keynote presenter, and then a showcase of informational presentations from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Parents can register online to attend at https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/news/collegecareer2018/.

“The sessions at College and Career Family Night are designed to help build the foundation for families to start seriously thinking about their children’s college and careers,” said Kris Owen, school counselor at Ridgeview.

A highlight of the evening will be our keynote speaker, Professor Kelli Nowlin, with her presentation “College Success Skills 101: A Successful Journey Begins Years Before You Step On Campus.”

Informational sessions would cover a variety of relevant topics, including:


  • What to Expect in Junior High: A Guide for Parents and Students
  • Gifted Third to Eighth Grade
  • High School Pathways
  • NCAA
  • College Preparedness and Preparation
  • Military
  • Preparing Yourself to Earn Scholarships
  • Intro to Naviance
  • College Credit Plus
  • Digital Citizenship and Social Presence
  • Grit and Growth Mindset
  • College Panel
  • Helping Our Kids Cope
  • ACT
  • 529 Plans


  • Admissions 101
  • The Career Center
  • Battelle and STEM Careers
  • Application Review Process

Dracula presented by PHS-Central Theatre Dept.

“Dracula,” written and adapted by Steven Dietz, covers the dramatic, harrowing, and horrifying tale of the prolific man and myth, Dracula.

In the small town of Transylvania, a weakened and aging Dracula finds a second wind in visiting John Harker. Dracula hungers for England and the delicious population that resides in the bustling London streets. Through Harker, Dracula is able to make this journey and finds two unsuspecting women to feed on, Lucy and Mina.

The story is narrated through the rambling, witty, and off-kilter character Renfield, a lost soul who resides in the insane asylum. This asylum is run by a doctor, Seward. Seward’s love for Lucy motivates him to try and save her before she is taken by the darkness. Mina, too, is slowly pulled from the light to the dark. It is up to Van Helsing, Seward, and Harker to save the women they love and the entire population of England.

Show Times
Thursday, Nov. 1 – 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 2 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4 – 3 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the PHSC Box Office for $11 or at the door for $13. Due to the use of fake blood and a few fight scenes, the theater director/teacher recommends this tale be limited to children fifth grade and higher.

$3 Due Now for 7th grade "Dracula" trip

On Thursday, November 1st, all 7th graders at RJHS will attend Central HS Theatre Department’s production of Dracula. This is a great opportunity for our students to experience a theatrical production and get an idea if this is something they would like to pursue in high school and beyond. Students will walk with their teachers from Ridgeview to the high school on the morning of the play (weather permitting) and will ride buses back to Ridgeview in time for lunches and will resume their class schedule.

The student cost of the ticket will be $3 (our PTO is kindly offsetting the balance of the ticket fee) and will be collected in first period classes. If weather does not allow for us to walk to the high school, ticket money will be refunded.

7th Grade Vision Screenings

State mandated Vision screenings for all seventh grade students will be done on Friday, October 26th. Students should wear or bring their glasses or contacts. Please contact the School Nurse, Marcia Stewart, if you have any concerns regarding your child and the screening process.

Beggar's Night Candy - leave it at home

Just a friendly reminder that many candies contain, or are processed in a plant that may come into contact with common allergens. Some of our students have sensitive allergies where they may not need to ingest the substance to have a reaction. Please be mindful that any contact with the allergen, dust/residue left on desk, handshake/fistbump, etc. could pass the allergen on and cause the onset of a serious allergic reaction.

Students are asked to leave their Beggars Night candy at home. As stated, many students have allergies, and the candy creates a distraction as well as creating extra work for our custodians as wrappers are left on the floor. Thank you!

Holiday Assistance

The holiday season will be upon us before we know it, bringing with it all the wonderful memories that make this time of year special. The holidays are an enjoyable time with family and friends, however, that does not mean they are not stressful. We realize some families may need a little extra assistance providing a more memorable holiday for their children. Pickerington Schools are once again teaming up with The Violet Twp. Fire Department to help provide some holiday assistance for families in need during the holiday season.

As you are out and about doing your holiday shopping, you may wish to pick up an extra toy or gift and drop it into one of the big red boxes that will be found throughout the community and in the school buildings. Gift cards and monetary donations are also welcome and should be given to the school office or a counselor.

If you would like to request a form to apply for holiday assistance this season, please contact Eileen McGarvey at 614-548-1700 or eileen_mcgarvey@plsd.us. The request form will then be provided to you; only one request form per household, please. This request will be handled in a confidential manner, however, the information will be shared with local partnering agencies. More details will be shared with families requesting holiday assistance. The forms must be turned in the a PLSD school counselor by Monday, November 19th.

Craft & Antique Show

Come and support Pickerington High Schools at their annual fundraiser. This event will showcase over 130 craft and antique vendors from all over the US. There will be something for everyone, and lots of great Holiday gift ideas. Lunch will be available as well as a bake sale and door prizes. Proceeds benefit academic scholarships at both Central and North High Schools.


WHEN: Saturday, November 3rd

WHERE: Pickerington Central HS, 300 Opportunity Way

TIME: 9 AM - 3:00 PM

ADMISSION: $4.00 for adults/ Senior Citizens and children under 12 are $2

Annual PEF Charity Auction

Get your tickets now for this year’s fun-filled Pickerington Education Foundation Charity Auction!

The event, which includes dinner, an auction, and live entertainment, will be 6 to 9 PM on Thursday, Nov. 1, at Hickory Lakes, 12495 Ault Road, Pickerington.

Tickets are $45 per person and are on sale now. Only 300 tickets will be sold for this great event, which benefits Pickerington Schools. To purchase tickets, go to the PEF site.

Dinner will be catered by Berwick Manor, and local musician Chris Logsdon will be on hand to provide the evening’s musical entertainment.

The silent auction includes upscale baskets and themed, decorated trees. Proceeds from this event provide grants to Pickerington teachers and buildings for a variety of classroom projects.


Our PTO is putting together a "Date Night" themed gift basket for the auction. They are collecting gift cards and monetary donations toward the basket, which will be auctioned off at the event, with all proceeds going to the Pickerington Education Foundation. If you would like to donate toward the gift basket, please click on the SIGN UP GENIUS. Thank you.

COMING UP AT RIDGEVIEW - Mark your calendar

Friday, October 26 - 7th Grade vision screenings

Tuesday, October 30 - Band Concert, 7 PM, RJHS Gym


Monday, November 1 - 7th grade to attend Dracula at HS

Monday, November 1 - PEF Charity Auction, 6:00 PM, Hickory Lakes

Friday, November 2 - Student of the Month Reception, 9:30 AM, RJHS Media Center

Saturday, November 3 - Craft & Antique Show, 9 - 3, PHS- Central

Tuesday, November 6 - NO SCHOOL, Staff Professional Dev, ELECTION DAY

Friday, November 9 - End of 1st Trimester (JH only)


Looking Ahead:

Wednesday, November 21 - Friday, November 23 - THANKSGIVING BREAK, No School