Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

March 31, 2023

Principal's Message:

Hello Ridgeview Family,

First order of business, Ohio state testing (OST) time! Please see below the testing chart for our students.

Next week: Friday, April 7th and Monday, April 10th there will be NO SCHOOL due to Good Friday and Easter. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 11th. Along with returning, it will be the first day of testing for ELA! Students need to come rested and ready to be tested!

Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you all again for all your support this week.

Tiger UP!!!!!!!

Henry K Lee

Ridgeview STEM Junior High

Interim Principal

614 548 1700. Ext. 1711


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PLSD Families:

NOTE: Please be advised that PLSD will only be accepting personal checks as payment for fees through April 28, 2023. Beyond 4/28, payments may be made by card, electronic check via the Parent Portal, or cash as needed.


Interested in addressing real global-local issues while learning about global cultures and careers? The application is open for the 23-24 incoming cohort of the Global Scholars program!

Ideally, students start as freshmen or sophomores so that they can finish all three years of the program, but upperclassmen are also welcome to apply and do 1-2 years of the program, as their schedules permit. Students enjoy off-campus adventures to locations such as Nestle in Marysville, Honda, the Grange Audubon Insurance Center, and multiple Columbus area colleges.

Application Link for 23-24:


Here is information about the program:




The opening of the 2022-2023 school year in Pickerington was a great start for our district, and it is because of our awesome students, staff, and families. That's why it is important to me to reach out to you today to emphasize how proud I am of the exceptional teamwork displayed by our entire school community as we welcomed students back for the 2022-23 school year.

It is also important for you to know that with our growing population, we have a Language Assistance Plan for our families that need language assistance. It is the policy of Pickerington Schools to ensure meaningful communication with students and families in order to communicate information related to the education of all students. All services needed to comply with this policy will be provided for students and their families in need of such assistance free of charge. For assistance, please call 614-833-2110.

Let's continue to make it a great school year! I look forward to seeing you in and around the buildings and community!

Dr. Chris Briggs, Superintendent of Pickerington Schools

** Click this link to view/download this letter in a pdf version .

Notice of Language Assistance

Pickerington Schools will take reasonable steps to ensure that persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) have meaningful access and an equal opportunity to participate in all services, activities, and programs available throughout the district. It is the policy of Pickerington Schools to ensure meaningful communication with LEP students and families and to communicate information related to the education of all students. All services needed to comply with this policy will be provided for students and their families in need of such assistance free of charge. For assistance, please call 614-833-2110.



The Spring Dance is only 4 weeks away! So, here are the expectations for Spring Dance dress code for the young ladies of Ridgeview:

Spring Dance Date:

Saturday, April 22nd from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Do’s and Don’ts of Spring Dance Dresses

  • DO have at least one strap. No, the hanger straps on strapless dresses do NOT count as straps. One-shoulder dresses are permitted. Students may wear spaghetti straps or halter dresses as well. No strapless dresses- sorry, this rule has not changed!

  • DON’T buy a prom dress. You are not in high school yet.

  • DON’T spend a lot of money on a new dress. You probably have something in your closet already that will be fantastic!

  • DO make sure your dress meets the fingertip rule.

If you have additional questions, please see Mrs. Hoffman in room 328 or Mr. Lee in the main office.

Spring Dance Attendance Requirement

You can only purchase a Spring Dance ticket if you have no QST, ISS, or OSS from now until April 22nd, so be on your BEST BEHAVIOR!

Spring Dance Ticket Sales

Tickets for the Spring Dance will be available online soon. Tickets are $5 each, and refreshments will be sold separately, and there will be NO TICKETS sold at the door. There will be a video available on your Team Google Classrooms about how to purchase tickets if you cannot figure out how to find the Ridgeview Online Box Office on your own. There will also be information in the parent newsletter.

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State Testing

testing calendar

More to come in the next month or so, but we would like you to add the dates to your calendar so you can avoid scheduling appointments, trips, etc. during those days. We generally test during the first part of the day so please avoid scheduling your student out of school before 10:30 that day if possible. If they miss a testing day, they will have to make it up during class time and will be missing instruction. Thanks for supporting us in this.



PHOTOS FOR YEARBOOK- Message To Parents.....

Do you have photos from your student's sporting and school events? Share them in the link to be added to the yearbook. The more photos we have to choose from, the more students that will be represented in the yearbook. Photos need to be relevant and appropriate (we still have to approve them to even upload them on our end). No captions or names are needed for any photos. Here is the link to add photos to the yearbook: https://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/




Parents! Would you like for you student to be a part of a GREAT SCHOOL CLUB?! Please see the following list of clubs offered here at Ridgeview:

Safe Space Club (Contact: Mrs. Smoot)

Diversity Club (Contact: Mrs. Dillard or Mrs. Hoffman)

Chess Club (Ms. Furlong)

Book Club (Mrs. Kissell)

Robotics Club (Mr. Ouimet)

Dungeons & Dragons Club (Mr. Boynton)


Emergency Resources

Crisis Text Line: text "HOME" to 741741

Nationwide Children's Youth Hotline: 1-614-722-1800
Teen Hotline: 1-614-294-3300
Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
Safe Schools Tip Line: Call or text 1-844-723-3764

Suicide Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or 1-614-221-5445

Sheriff Department: 1-740-652-7900



    If Your Student is Sick

    Any student will be sent home if he or she has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, vomiting, diarrhea, or signs and symptoms of a possible communicable disease. Please keep student(s) home until they remain fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication and are free of vomiting or diarrhea symptoms for 24 hours prior to returning to school.

    Here is the new website for parents who have questions regarding COVID and return to school policy.


Nurse Rachel Tiger Talk

Rachel Ross, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

School Nurse

Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

Phone: 614-548-1708


Sycamore Creek Elementary

Phone: 614-834-6208

Fax: 614-834-6210




Happy Friday Ridgeview Family and Friends!

We have Rooster Fun Cards for sale! Each card is $8 and gets you 10% off your total order (Dine In) for the rest of year. Please feel free to email me or Qiana to purchase and we will arrange pick up details.

Have a fabulous weekend Tiger Family!


Please be sure to join us and help out this school year, we are planning some great things and would love for you all to be involved.

If you have any questions feel free to message us on Facebook (be sure to like our page too) and or contact Kelly Martin at kelly.martin_rvjhpto@hotmail.com.



Spring Sports are underway!

Golfing at Ridgeview

Interested in joining the golf team for the fall? We are already doing open gym and will start swing practice and some fun scrabble matches after spring break and as soon as weather permits.

Tiger Cheerleading:

Any student interested in trying out to be a Tiger Cheerleader please complete the google form to stay updated.


Parents & students are encouraged to attend our Informational Tryout Meeting on Monday, April 3rd at 6:00pm for Junior High and 7:00pm for High school.

Cheerleading Clinics: Sunday, April 30th & Monday, May 1st 5:00-7:00pm

PHSC Main Gym

(Material will be taught for tryouts on these two days, if you miss any of these days you are responsible for learning the material)

Below is a link to purchase Ridgeview track gear if anyone is interested in supporting the Ridgeview track program


Below is the link to purchase spirit wear to help support the baseball program


Team Announcements: Virtually will be posted on our website & social media

To keep updated follow us on social media:

Website: https://cheerphsc.weebly.com

Instagram: pickcentralcheer

Facebook: Pickerington Central Tiger Cheer


Ridgeview STEM Junior High Athletics Administration



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Hello everyone!

First, I wanted to thank you all for volunteering to help with our Parents on Positivity Patrol (PoPP) volunteers! I know it is an additional task for you and we really do appreciate you taking it on.

Second, we are kicking off our 2023 recruitment campaign. Yay! Our goal is to have 10 active volunteers per building, active is defined as volunteering at least twice a month, with an additional 5 volunteers volunteering at least once per month. Our stretch goal is 20 active volunteers per building with 10 semi-active/in-reserve. We are asking you to help us reach these goals!

I have attached a short guide on volunteer engagement. Please read it and begin implementing these practices. Involve your office staff, because they can really help with this. They are the first persons your volunteers see when they enter the building. Please work these practices into your routine; so they aren't additional things, just stuff you do every day with the people you work with!

It's really hard to constantly recruit new volunteers, and it costs us to onboard them. It's much easier and less costly to keep the ones we have. Volunteers can help us provide necessary services at a reduced cost. They also help us with community engagement and with developing community connections. Parent volunteers are associated with better outcomes for students both socially and academically. There's really very few negatives with our parent volunteers!

Here are some quick tips on volunteer engagement:

  • Have the volunteer sign in on a dedicated PoPP sign in sheet.
  • Greet the volunteer.
  • Make sure the volunteer has a name badge, vest, and walkie (if available).
  • Walk with the volunteer. Let the volunteer know where they may best serve during their shift.
  • Talk with the volunteer. Ask if they have any questions or need clarification on anything.
  • If you see a volunteer in the hallway, greet them and/or walk with them a bit.
  • Go over scenarios with your volunteers. "If this happens, you do that..."
  • Invite the volunteer to attend school events such as performances, plays, and sporting events at no charge.
  • Demonstrate small gestures of appreciation. Wish your volunteer a happy birthday. Tell the office staff that it's the volunteer's birthday, so the person gets multiple good wishes. Perhaps hand out a small gift such as candy or a card showing your appreciation for your volunteers' efforts.

With your help, I know we can make this the best volunteer positive behavior support program ever! Thank you so much for being a part of this program!

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  • Districtwide Calendar

    Upcoming events and important dates are listed in the Districtwide Google Events Calendar, which is synced with individual building, program and athletic team calendars. Once inside the district wide calendar, to display the events of a particular building, team, program or activity, you will need to check the specific corresponding color-coded box(es) from the list on the left-hand side.Pickerington Community Calendar

    Pickerington Schools partners with the City of Pickerington and Yodel to bring you the Pickerington Community Calendar!

    Visit this link to view all Pickerington Schools activities included on the calendar and don’t forget to “favorite” our Pickerington Schools schedule! Once favorited, Pickerington Schools' events will be front and center on your calendar, enabling you to see what’s coming up.

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HELP Make Our Schools Safer

The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety have launched the SaferOH tip line that will accept both calls and texts 24 hours a day.

This tip line allows students and adults to anonymously share information with school officials and law enforcement about threats to student safety—whether that involves a threatened mass incident or harm to a single student.

Every tip can remain anonymous. School safety analysts may ask for additional information, but the caller can remain secret or leave his or her contact information for later follow-up.

Calls or texts to 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) are answered by analysts in the Ohio Homeland Security’s Threat Assessment and Prevention (TAP) Unit. When action is needed, the TAP Unit immediately forwards information to Pickerington Schools, local law enforcement agencies, and others, if necessary.

Ridgeview's Parent Information Hub

*Updated* Click here to see the Teacher Team Websites, Athletic Website, Parent University and so much more. USE THIS AS A ONE STOP INFORMATION HUB

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).