Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

February 28, 2020

We had a great time celebrating 2nd trimester incentive winners!

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Coming Up at Ridgeview

Feb. 28-Teen Night-see details in PTO section

March 5 and 10-Parent-Teacher Conferences-see details below

March 11-2 hour late start for students

March 23-27-No School-Spring Break

Parent-Teacher Conference forms DUE by 3/2/20



Thursday, March 5th & Tuesday, March 10th , 3:40 – 7:10 PM

We seek to have our students take an active role in their academic success and thank you in advance for bringing your child with you to the conference. Goals for your child were discussed in the fall. Student portfolios have been created and your student will be presenting during this time. Again, please bring your child with you so they can present how they achieved their goals and grew this school year. Be prepared to ask your student questions about their portfolio and growth. Student presentations should range from 3-5 minutes in length (including questions). The rest of the time will be used to conduct a normal conference. Please communicate on the form if a phone or email conference would work better for you.

Please return the completed form by Monday, March 2, 2020. Conference times fill up quickly. Please have your student return a completed form to their first core team teacher. Conferences should be confirmed no later than the day before your scheduled conference. We look forward to meeting with you. Thank you.

Check out Dr. Briggs' Blog!

Our teachers and classrooms are adapting to meet the changing needs of our students as we enter a new decade. Read more about the shifts in education and in our district on Superintendent Dr. Chris Briggs’ latest Plan for Progress Promise blog post at https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/plan-for-progress-promise/

Panorama SEL Survey

Please see the letter below regarding the upcoming Social Emotional Learning survey your child will be taking. The intent of this survey is to improve students' overall experience. The survey lasts 20-30 minutes and grades 3-12 will be participating.

If a student does not feel they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether. The responses to these surveys will be completely confidential. We are partnering with a third-party vendor to support us in administering these surveys.

Grade 6-8 Survey

Grade 6-8 Survey

Please notify us if you would like your child to opt out of taking the survey by returning this form by March 2.

We thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses. If you have any questions about the survey administration, please do not hesitate to contact Cathy Ely, Prevention & Intervention Services Coordinator, at 614-548-1813.

Sports Information

Spring Sports

Study Table Contracts must be turned in to attend Study Tables

  • Physicals: Make sure your athlete has a current physical on file / turn in a completed physical packet in order to try out.
  • Mandatory Drug Test (if not tested Fall/Winter): March 4th, 2:30 pm @ RV Locker Rooms
  • Spring Pay 2 Play: first payment due Friday, March 13th. Fee will be assigned on IC once rosters are set

Boys Tennis:

Contact Coach Jamie Kettel: debusj@hotmail.com

Please email with the following info:

  • Athlete's Name
  • Parent's Name
  • Email where you want weekly schedules sent
  • Phone contact

Interested in Girls Lacrosse?

Track Information Meeting

  • Monday, March 2 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Ridgeview's cafeteria

Boys Volleyball

Contact Coach Bartges RBartges@gmail.com with questions

Baseball Tryouts

  • Baseball tryouts will start on March 2 through March 6th at Ridgeview
  • 4:30-6:00 pm at Ridgeview
  • Please bring indoor shoes and glove

Check the 8 to 18/Ridgeview website for all updated sports information, dates, cancellations, drug testing times, schedules and forms.

PTO News

Teen Night is TONIGHT from 7-9 pm.

There will be pizza, a DJ, inflatables and games to include human hungry, hungry hippo and more. Tickets are $10 and can be bought during lunch or $12 at the door. Student must bring their student ID with them. Items in the school store will be available for additional purchase.

Have questions? Contact Jennifer Sander - jennsanderpto@gmail.com

May Dance Criteria

Although it seems like the end of the school year is awhile away, the reality is that these next few months will go very fast. One of the highlights of the year is always the May Dance which will be on May 16 this year. Beginning Monday, March 2, any student receiving an In-School Suspension or Out-of School Suspension will not be permitted to attend the May Dance. Please be sure to remind your students of this, as we would like to see all of our students have the opportunity to attend. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the school

Yearbook Orders

Capture all of the memories of the school year by purchasing a yearbook. Yearbooks are $30, and orders are now being taken online at yearbookordercenter.com. Enter the name of our school. Yearbooks will be delivered in May, allowing all of the events and activities to be captured throughout the year. Don't delay - purchase today! Deadline to order is April 11, 2020.

Cell Phones

We have had a number of kids tell us, "My parent wants me to have my phone in case they need to text me." Parents need to contact the school and/or students need to come to the office in order to contact their parent(s) so that students have the privacy and support needed if there is an emergency, and so it does not disrupt the learning environment. This includes during lunch time.

In addition, students who are not feeling well should not be contacting parents to pick them up. Students need to go to the clinic, where parents will be contacted by the nurse.

Ridgeview's policy is that cell phones are to be in lockers from 7:15 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. Students are reminded each day during morning announcements. Your student's phone may be confiscated until the end of the day it is seen. If there are repeated incidents, it is possible the phone will be held until a parent comes to pick it up.

Make a Difference Day

Ridgeview Junior High School believes that learning happens both inside and outside of the classroom. We believe in providing students with authentic learning opportunities that provide real world connections. By participating in activities in the Columbus, Lancaster, Newark and Pickerington communities, we align with our STEM focus of service learning. By learning through service, the students will make connections through multiple disciplines and engage in innovative thinking and problem solving. We believe that service learning also promotes and builds positive relationships between the school and the community.

On May 20, Ridgeview students, staff, and parent volunteers go into the Pickerington and surrounding communities and do volunteer work. Examples of sites we have done are: yard work & cleaning windows for the elderly, preparing meals on wheels for LifeCare Alliance, reading and working with elementary students, washing cruisers and service vehicles for the Police and Fire departments, cleaning up and painting at the recreational facilities for PYAA, sorting clothing donations for a Clothing Pantry, packing lunches for a homeless shelter, and much, much more.

Students find that it is a very positive experience.

We will be in need of volunteers to make this day successful. Please mark your calendars and look for more information to come in the upcoming months if you are able to help with this event!

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).