Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

May 15, 2020

Coming Up at Ridgeview

May 22-Last day of remote learning

May 29-Last day to pick up locker/lost & found items.

Any remaining items will be donated.

May 29-Final report cards mailed**(see note about school fees below)

**Please Pay School Fees

Please take a minute to login to Infinite Campus and pay any outstanding school fees. If you have any fees that are still owed when report cards are mailed, your child's report card will be held at the school until all fees are paid. If you have any questions, please call the office at (614) 548-1700.

URGENT-ODE Technology Survey

Dear Pickerington Parents and Guardians,

The Ohio Department of Education, in preparation for whatever the educational landscape looks like during the 2020-2021 school year, has asked that all school districts collect the following technology information from all students.

1. Does your student have access to a device (personal or school-issued) in order to participate in online/remote learning?

2. Does your student have access to the Internet when at home?

This information will help the Ohio Department of Education determine the best course of action with recent Federal funds to support remote learning.

Please fill out the below survey for each of your students separately. A reminder that the PLSD student ID# is the same as the student's lunch code.

Deadline for this information is Tuesday, May 26th


FYI - PLSD does have plans already in place for every K-12 student to have a PLSD issued device for the 2020-2021 school year. More information will be released at a later date.

Thank you!


Students in Grades 5-11 will keep their chromebooks through the summer.

  • The PLSD Technology Protection Plan (TPP) will extend coverage through the first day of the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Students will also have access to continue using District provided digital curriculum (i.e iReady, ST Math, BrainPop, ALEKS, etc.)

Chrome OS 81 has been pushed to all Chromebooks!

If you see a red caution sign on the little gopher in your menu bar, it is time to update your Chrome OS! Gopher Buddy will walk you through the process and provide additional resources by clicking on FIX IT . You will also be able to manually check for updates by clicking on your little gopher buddy in the menu bar or checking in settings.

Current Chrome OS is 81

This update may fix the following issues:

  • Power issues / not powering on

  • Internet kicking you off here and there

  • Other small software issues

If you are not able to update with Gopher Buddy or by updating in settings, partner with your teacher or media center to request tech support! We may need to update your device via USB if it is more than 3 versions behind.

-PLSD Chromebook Team

Face-to-Face Tech Support Schedule

Pickerington Schools’ technical support hours: Each Wednesday, you can get help with your student’s device between the hours of 2 PM – 4 PM at the District Office at 90 N. East Street. Please use use this link to register for service. Only devices that are unusable may be brought in during these times (e.g., broken display, won’t power up, dead battery, etc.).

Locked Out of Device

If your student has issues logging into their device, please have them email their teacher, admin, or counselor and they can put in a help desk ticket for a password change. If students do not change their password when prompted to do so by the device, their password will eventually stop working and they will be locked out. Obviously, they will need to use another device to email or have someone email for them.

Locker Items Not Picked Up Yet! Now By Appointment Only

Thank you to all of the families who came during our scheduled Locker Pick Up. Approximately 75% of our students have picked up their belongings. Wow! An email was sent to the 243 students/parents who still have items to pick up. Please contact the office at (614) 548-1700 to set up a time to pick these belongings up. Anything not collected by May 29 will be discarded or donated. Thank you!

Lost and Found Items! By Appointment Only

Now that you have picked up your locker contents, you may discover you are missing something. We have many, many items in our lost and found. They have been moved to our front vestibule and organized by categories: Heavy Coats, Light Coats, Hoodies, Long/Short Sleeve Shirts, Pants/Shorts, Shoes, Lunch bags/boxes, Umbrellas, Miscellaneous.

While the building is closed to the public, we can arrange a time for you to come look for your lost items. Please call ahead at 614-548-1700 to be sure someone is here to let you search.

Items not picked up by May 29th will be donated.


In an effort to keep the staff that will be working in the buildings safe and allow our custodians to do a very deep and thorough cleaning, our offices will be closed to the public until further notice. Although hours will vary, there will be staff working in the office. Most days, there will be someone in from 8:00-11:00 and 12:00-3:00. Please don't hesitate to contact us at 614-548-1700. If necessary, we can make arrangements to be available for you to drop something off or pick something up. We encourage you to call or email any of the staff below so that we can be sure someone is available and on site to meet you outside.

Carolyn Weidner, Administrative Secretary; carolyn_weidner@plsd.us

Lisa Holley, Athletic/Counseling Secretary; lisa_holley@plsd.us

Beth Richardson, Principal; beth_richardson@plsd.us

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Due to restrictions on public gatherings, Pickerington Schools will offer online Physical Education this summer for new credit. The class will be open to students who will be in grades 8 - 12 in the 2020-2021 school year.

Those students entering 8th grade must have successfully completed Junior High Physical Education.

Please complete the registration form below first. Then login to your Infinite Campus parent portal to make payment. Click here for access to the parent portal, instructions for making online payment, and to submit a Help Desk ticket if needed. https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/parent-portal/

Click here for additional information. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1I5lQPg6T2F6soCDGJc-1WL5xb49gwSpi/view?usp=sharing

  • Online DATES: May 26, 2020 - June 17, 2020
  • TIME: 9 a.m. - noon Monday-Friday
  • COST: $175.00
  • The program is only three (3) weeks and classes will run 3 hours each day to fulfill the required hours of instruction.
  • Students will use Google Classroom, WeVideo and other technology tools to meet Ohio’s high school standards for physical education. The online platform requires students to manage their time and resources efficiently to learn new content and demonstrate the skill and literacy components of a Physical Education course.
  • This course is not recommended for students who struggle with learning in an online environment. The timeframe is compacted compared to a traditional PE course and course requirements are challenging.
  • Online payment available through Infinite Campus Portal. See instructions when you submit the registration.
  • Students living outside the district will be enrolled if room exists at a cost of $225.00. Registration is limited and will be based on a first come, first served basis.
See below for important notes.

● Injured or severely ill students will have their case reviewed and may be eligible for a refund. ● If a student causes a problem in class they may be removed from the course with no refund. If a student violates a school rule they are subject to removal.

● We will have a waiting list if the classes fill to capacity. You must issue payment to be on the waiting list. If enough students do not enroll, this course will be canceled and refunds given.

● If a student is registered for the course and does not take it, a $25.00 processing fee will be assessed toward the refund.

● If a student fails to log in the first two days of the course, no refund will be given and the student will be removed from the class.

● The course must be completed by June 17. There will be no extensions or exceptions.

● Students must dress appropriately for physical activity, (athletic shorts, t-shirts and tennis shoes). Students should keep their shorts up around their waist and t-shirts need to cover the stomach. Tank tops are acceptable but spaghetti straps/tube tops are not.

Nationwide Children's Mobile Unit Available Through June

Please see the flyer below regarding information for the mobile unit from Children's Hospital that will be available at Tussing Elementary on Monday's through June.

Mental Health Resources

Please see the attachments below regarding mental health services available through New Horizons, a partner of Pickerington Schools.

Did You Order a Yearbook? Did You Miss Out on Ordering?

We received good news from our Yearbook company after Governor DeWine's latest announcement:

  • Yearbooks – Printing of yearbooks will resume on May 12th.

Once they have been printed and delivered, we will relay the plans for picking them up. We will have some extra yearbooks available to purchase. Please contact the school if you are interested in being put on "Extra List" and we will do our best to get one to as many as we can. Be on the lookout for updates later in the summer through Infinite Campus and our Social Media pages. Thank you for your patience with this!

How to Check for Missing Assignments

Finding missing work in Google Classroom

Resources to Help


Reminder the “grab and go” meal program is once a week, on Mondays. Pickup times on Mondays are between the hours of noon and 1 p.m. at three sites: Tussing Elementary School, Harmon Middle School and Ridgeview Jr. High School.


Interested in Cheerleading Next Year?

Please fill out this google doc if you are interested in trying out for cheerleading next year.

Teacher Awards-Deadline is May 21st

  • What: Teacher of the Year Awards presented by 104.9 the River
  • When: Now – Nominations end 5/21
  • Award Opportunities:
    • Teacher of the Year by 104.9 the River
    • Outstanding Teacher – Language & Arts
    • Outstanding Teacher – STEM
    • Outstanding Teacher – Special Education
    • Outstanding Teacher – Email Ninja!
    • Outstanding Teacher – Care & Preschool
  • Who is eligible: Any teacher located in Central Ohio and the surrounding area
  • Additional Details: We will recognize a 1st & 2nd place winner in each of the above categories. Each winner will receive an Amazon gift card, gift basket from Glenn Ave Soap Company, and a plaque to award their achievement.

Where to nominate your teacher: www.kidslinked.com/teacher

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).