Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

April 1, 2021

Important Dates

March 29-April 2-Spring Break

April 5-Return to 5 days a week for Hybrid students

April 10-deadline for online yearbook order-info below

From Mrs. Richardson

I hope all Ridgeview families had a relaxing week off! As we prepare to have all of our hybrid students back in the building, it's almost as if we are having the first day of school all over again! Please remind your student to have their Chromebook on the charger ready to go first thing Monday. We will still have the same procedures we have been using in hybrid mode for the remainder of the school year. It has been a really long year of adjustments, but I know our students will be excited to see their opposite cohort friends on Monday! Please let your student know that we will be giving them the opportunity to update where they sit in the lunchroom when all students are back with a maximum of 6 students per table. I hope you continue to enjoy your last few days of Spring Break!

One final note, I'd like to take this opportunity to give a shout out to our Assistant Principals, Mr. Stiel and Mr. Smith as April 5th begins National Assistant Principals week! Ridgeview appreciates all the hard work they put in to help create safe and welcoming environments for our students!


In order to help alleviate traffic backup onto Hill Road, the cafeteria is open for student drop off beginning at 6:45 a.m.. If you drop off your student before 7:00 a.m., they will use the cafeteria to enter and wait there until dismissed by the bell.

Please help us in the drop off line by following the additional procedures below to keep traffic flowing after 7:00 a.m.:

1) Encourage your students to be ready with their belongings for the day as soon as you hit the front curb of the school. There should be anywhere from 8-10 cars releasing students at a time.

2) If no one is in front of you, please pull all the way down to the yellow sign in front of the welcome center. This will allow as many cars as possible along the curb to let their students out.

3) Students can enter through either the main entrance or the cafeteria door.

We appreciate your cooperation in this matter, as we want to get our students into the building in as safe and efficient a manner as possible.

Things That WON'T Be Changing When We Return

We know that starting April 5th, things are going to be different for our students. Here are some things that are not going to change once all our hybrid students are back in the building together.

  1. No lockers - this keeps students moving in the hallways and prevents students from congregating
  2. Use of Student ID in lunch line-PLEASE HAVE ID EVERY DAY-with everyone returning, this is especially important to help move the students through the line as quickly as possible. PLEASE STOP IN THE OFFICE or email carolyn_weidner@plsd.us IF A NEW ONE IS NEEDED
  3. Limited number of tables in the cafeteria - this is to spread tables out as far as possible
  4. Breakfast will be grab and go - students can eat in PAW time
  5. Keeping one-way hallways and stairwells - this prevents large numbers of students in any given space and helps with social distancing
  6. Staggered bells - to limit the number of students in the hallway during transitions
  7. Masks and social distancing - students are still required to wear masks over their mouth and nose and to maintain social distancing in the hallways
  8. Sanitizing - desks/tables will still be cleaned between class periods

Ohio's State Testing Information

The Ohio Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education have determined that all states and school districts will implement the end-of-year tests for spring 2021. Please visit our website at https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/news/assessments-info/ for Pickerington Schools - PLSD testing dates and information specific to the students in the PLSD Virtual Learning Academy. #plsdproud

Schedule for In-Person Students

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Schedule for VLA Students

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IMPORTANT Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) TESTING INFO

If your student is currently in the Virtual Learning Academy, here are the building specific details for coming in to take the state tests. Below is the video that Mr. Smith created on the plan for the junior high VLA students, as well as the written plan and the slide deck from the video.

VLA Testing Plan

YouTube Video Explanation of VLA Testing Plan


If you filled out that form, information on the bus number and bus stop can be found at: Interactive Online System

After clicking the link:

  • You will be asked to enter your user name and password. Both of those are your student’s ID number, which is the ID number generated through Infinite Campus.
  • Click “Log-In.”
  • Click “Work with Students.”
  • Click “View My Students.”
  • Click a student’s name to be taken to their transportation information page. Read this page carefully as it explains the morning and afternoon transportation information for your student.

If you did not fill out this form, your student will need another way to get to and from their home school. Please make sure that your student is to their home building no later than 7:10 AM so they may have plenty of time to get situated and find the Auxiliary Gym.

VLA OST drop off video

Changes to VLA Food P/U Starts April 7

Starting Wednesday, April 7, VLA food pick-up will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Please see the letter below for more details.
VLA food pick up now 10-11 starting 4/7/2021

Social and Emotional Learning Survey

Dear Pickerington Local School District Families,

We thank you and your family for being our partners as we work together to educate the children in our district. Pickerington Local School District values input from our community, and we need to hear from your child(ren). Their voices are important as we work to improve the overall school experience for students and their families.

We would like your child’s feedback via a 20-30 minute online survey that s/he will be completing at school or home. The survey will provide us with social and emotional learning (SEL) information. SEL is the process through which children and adults apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. These are the skill sets that promote success in life.

We are asking that all of our students in grades 3-12 participate in the surveys, as their feedback will provide important insights into their school experiences for direction in planning to meet their needs. If a student does not feel they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether.

We are partnering with Panorama Education to support us in the survey process. To view the PLSD survey content, please feel free to copy and paste the following links into your browser:

Grades 6-12 SEL Competencies SEL Supports Equity & Inclusion

Please notify us if you do not want your child to participate in the survey by filling in the information below and returning it to the school by April 2. To opt-out, you may provide the form below or an email to your child’s School Counselor.

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

English Survey Letter

Spanish Survey Letter

Spring Sports

Pay to Play Fee Due Dates:

  • 4/16 - 2nd pymt of $75


  • Wednesday, April 21
  • Boys and Girls track @ 3:00 pm.

Spring Ticket Guidelines

In anticipation of extracurricular activities for the remainder of the year and the limitation on the number of tickets we can sell at both indoor and outdoor facilities, we are continuing the ticket plan that was established in the fall. The plan for the rest of the 2020-21 school year can be found at: https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/news/spring-ticket-guidelines/

Pickerington Schools is on the May 4 Ballot

Watch: Ask PLSD on Facebook, YouTube or our website

You asked - we answered! Our team responds to your questions about the upcoming May 4 ballot issue in our ongoing Ask PLSD video series. You can watch the latest videos on PLSD's Facebook page, on our website, or on the PLSD Communications YouTube channel.

Pickerington residents will decide the future of Pickerington Schools with the May 4 ballot issue. A rapidly growing community is leading to a rapidly growing student body and many of our schools are already at capacity. The ballot issue represents our Plan for Progress and will fund solutions to the District’s facilities needs including:

  • the construction of a new junior high school, which would allow for the subsequent redistribution of the student population to alleviate overcrowding.
  • reconfiguration of the current Ridgeview Junior High to house elementary school, middle school, and Gateway Academy (gifted) students.
  • reconfiguration of Heritage Elementary to house a special needs preschool and the Welcome Center.
  • 18-24 classrooms built at both high schools and additional cafeteria space at Pickerington High School Central.
  • All buildings would receive some updates to accommodate flexible learning environments.
  • Additions or upgrades to current junior high and high school extracurricular spaces.
  • New secure entryways would be constructed at both high schools.

If you have a question we haven’t answered yet, please send us an email to ask@plsd.us, and you may see your answer on a future video!

Information about voting is available at: www.VoteOhio.gov. The voter registration deadline is April 5 and early voting begins April 6.

Why is the bond issue so important to the community, but more specifically, Ridgeview Junior High?

Order Your Yearbook-Deadline to Order Online is April 10, 2021

From the Nurse

  • If your child is absent from school for reasons due to Covid-19, please be sure to call the School Nurse as soon as possible. This is very important when recording absences and tracking Covid-19 cases in the school building.


When to keep student home with symptoms

PTO News

PTO is looking for new officers

The PTO is currently looking for new officers for next school year. We have President, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable positions available. If you are interest or know someone who may be coming up from the middle school that is interested, please feel free to contact Jennifer Sander jennsanderpto@gmail.com for more information.

Odds and Ends


  • Students should leave airpods/beats or other bluetooth devices such as those at home.

  • Students should carry a spare mask in their bag. We have extras if the mask gets soiled as well.

  • Students are reminded to turn cell phones off during the day and keep them in a safe place if they need to bring them to school. The district policy for K-8th grade is to have them off during school hours. We appreciate your support in this. If you need to reach your student, please contact the main office and we will have them come down to the office to call you.

  • Students should bring a refillable water bottle to school as our water fountain mouth pieces have been turned off. We have bottle filling stations that they may use throughout the day. Students may also purchase a bottle of water through our vending machines for $1.25.

  • Please see the bottom of the newsletter for links to: Weekly Classroom Information, Parent Hub, Technology Troubleshooting

Ridgeview's Parent Information Hub

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).