Ridgeview STEM Junior High School
August 4, 2023
Hello Ridgeview Family,
Our Welcome Back days went well this week! We met a little over 300+ 7th Graders, and over 200+ 8th Graders!! For those of you who were unable to make it, you still have a chance to stop by during our upcoming Open House on Monday, August 14th!
REMINDER: The information you provide when completing the Pickerington Schools Student Annual Update is necessary for us to communicate with you regarding your student, school activities and opportunities, school delays and closings, and during emergencies. It also keeps staff up-to-date on any of your student’s health concerns and who to contact if your student should become ill or injured during the time your student is at school. Without up-to-date information, school district staff will not be able to reach you in an emergency! If your Student(s) Annual Update has not been completed prior to the first day of school, you will not receive teacher assignments or schedules from school.
*URGENT Information: Your student(s) will not be permitted to come to school if their Immunizations are not up-to-date.
**PARENTS/GUARDIANS: IF YOU ARE ON THE HOLD LIST DUE TO BEING NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE SHARED RESIDENCY STATUTE - Your student will not be able to come to school. Students will not be permitted to go to class - and Parents/Guardians will be called to come and pick student(s) up from school.
The Student Annual Update is on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
To access the Student Annual Update, you will need:
- Your username and password for your account on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
- Your student’s Student ID number (This is your student’s lunch code. )
You may find your student’s Student ID number on Infinite Campus. Click here for Infinite Campus information.
You also will need internet access for some of the online information referenced below. If you do not have internet in your home, free access is available at the Pickerington Public Library.
Important Upcoming Dates:
August 14th: 4PM-6PM
At this time students will be able to walk their schedule, introduce themselves to their teachers and get familiar with the building layout!
Immediately after our Open House, there will be a short parent meeting in the gym at 6:00pm. This meeting will to go over Junior High expectations, staggered start and other important information.
*Please remember, 7th grade students will start on August 15th and be here in person, 8th graders are NOT to come to school on the 15th. On August 16th 7th graders stay home and work on their ASYNCHRONOUS work, 8th grade students will report to school. Then on August 17th all students will be in person. If you may you have any questions or concerns regarding the beginning of the academic school year staggered schedule, please contact the school office at: 614-548-1700.
Because we care, Ridgeview is continuing our very own CARE CLOSET! for our STUDENTS! If they would find the need for a change of clothes due to an accidental spill or they need a personal care item. If you would like to help stock our care closet, we could use donations of trial size personal care items such as: deodorant, hair ties, combs/brushes, feminine products, toothpaste/toothbrushes, and shampoo/body wash they could take home with them. Students can approach a trusted teacher, counselor or staff member if they feel they need items or staff, based on observations, can recommend students to counselors who may also benefit from our closet.
Secondly, provide you with the latest news about PLSD's Parents On Positivity Patrol (PoPP). We always need your help! We need parents or trusted adult volunteers to spend time in the building with our student population. Guidance and mentoring is where it starts! If you are interested in joining PoPP or just want to help out in some other way, please contact: Michelle_Richardson@plsd.us at our District Office.
We thank our active group of Parents On Positivity Patrol (PoPP) and we are seeking more eager volunteers for the 2023-24 school year!
Here are the key responsibilities for PoPP volunteers:
- Build positive relationships with students and help redirect them if they are making poor decisions that go against building policies and procedures.
- Check restrooms on a consistent basis to ensure that students are using the restrooms for proper reasons.
- Actively support and participate in the enforcement of the Student Code of Conduct.
- Volunteers will keep all communication with students and staff confidential unless it is a situation that needs counseling, administration or social worker attention (abuse, suicide, harming self or others, inappropriate behavior).
- Volunteers will not entertain any questions from internal or external stakeholders that provide information regarding students, staff or events.
- Volunteers will not post any information regarding events or situations that occur at the high school(s) on social media.
Members of PoPP are required to:
- Have background checks.
- Be approved as a Level 2 volunteer.
- Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Be scheduled in the building according to availability.
Safety plan information are given to each volunteer and kept with them while on duty.
In addition to all the above, we will be working diligently on updating materials for the upcoming 2023-2024 School Year! Look forward to this information as time gets closer to our first week of school!
Summer Office Hours: 8:00AM - 2:30PM
Office staff will be available if you stop by the school or call.
Thank you for your continued support of the Pickerington Schools!
Sheila Evans, Principal
Ridgeview STEM Junior High School
PICTURE RETAKE DAY IS SET FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND!!
DISTRICT OFFICE NEWS
Don’t Miss Our Back to School Family Resource Fair On August 7
📚 Join Us at the Back to School Family Resource Fair! 🎒
Pickerington Schools is thrilled to announce its first ever Back-to-School Family Resource Fair! As summer comes to a close and the new school year beckons, we understand the importance of providing our families with the necessary support and tools to ensure a successful academic journey for all students. Mark your calendars for August 7th, as this event promises to be a one-stop destination for valuable assistance and information to kickstart the school year with confidence.
Expert Technology Technicians: Embrace the digital age with ease as our skilled technology technicians will be present to troubleshoot any technological queries and offer guidance on school-issued devices. From ensuring smooth access to online platforms to addressing connectivity concerns, our experts are here to assist.
Health Services: Your child's well-being is our top priority. Visit the health services booth to learn about school health protocols, vaccination information, and ways to promote a healthy lifestyle for your family throughout the year.
Free and Reduced Meal Applications: We understand the importance of nutritious meals for academic success. Our team will be available to assist families in completing the Free and Reduced Meal Application, ensuring that all students have access to wholesome meals while at school.
Infinite Campus Parent Portal Support: Stay connected with your child's academic progress through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Our team will provide step-by-step guidance on setting up accounts, accessing grades, and completing the Annual Student Update.
Academic Services: Discover the plethora of academic resources and programs available to support your child's learning journey. Our academic services representatives will be delighted to answer any questions and share information about special education, gifted services, and more.
Student Wellbeing: At the heart of our school district lies the wellbeing of every student. Explore the resources and initiatives designed to foster a safe and supportive learning environment, including mental health support and counseling services.
Bilingual Family Liaisons: Our bilingual family liaisons will be on hand to bridge communication gaps and provide assistance for non-English speaking families, ensuring that everyone feels welcome and included.
Community Partners: We are excited to collaborate with our awesome community partners, including Pediatric Associates, Pickerington Public Library, Ohio Guidestone, and more. They will be available for consultation, sharing valuable resources and services to complement your child's educational journey.
Join us at the Back-to-School Family Resource Fair for an enriching and empowering experience for the whole family. Together, let's pave the way for a successful and fulfilling school year for our students. We look forward to welcoming you on August 7th at Lakeview Junior High. Let's make this academic year the best one yet!
LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE UPDATES
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.
Las escuelas de Pickerington tomarán medidas razonables para garantizar que las personas con dominio limitado del inglés (LEP) tengan un acceso fácil y la misma oportunidad de participar en todos los servicios, actividades y programas disponibles en todo el distrito. La política de las escuelas de Pickerington es asegurar una comunicación significativa con los estudiantes LEP, sus familias y comunicar información relacionada con la educación de todos los estudiantes. Todos los servicios necesarios para cumplir con esta política se proporcionarán a los estudiantes y sus familias que necesiten dicha asistencia de forma gratuita. Para obtener ayuda, llame al 614-833-2110.
भाषा सहायतासम्बन्धी सूचना:
Pickerington Schools ले सीमित अङ्ग्रेजी प्रवीणता (LEP) भएका व्यक्तिहरूसँग डिस्ट्रिक्टभर उपलब्ध सबै सेवा, क्रियाकलाप र कार्यक्रमहरूमा अर्थपूर्ण पहुँच र सहभागी हुन पाउने समान अवसर छ भनी सुनिश्चित गर्नका लागि उचित कदमहरू चाल्ने छ। LEP भएका विद्यार्थी र परिवारहरूसँग अर्थपूर्ण सञ्चार सुनिश्चित गर्ने र सबै विद्यार्थीहरूको शिक्षासँग सम्बन्धित जानकारी सञ्चार गर्ने Pickerington Schools को नीति हो। यो नीतिको अनुपालन गर्न आवश्यक पर्ने सबै सेवाहरू यस प्रकारको सहायता आवश्यक भएका विद्यार्थी र उहाँहरूका परिवारहरूलाई निःशुल्क रूपमा उपलब्ध गराइने छ। सहायताको लागि, कृपया 614-833-2110 मा कल गर्नुहोस्
IMPORTANT BUS INFORMATION
The PLSD Website has directions that require parents/guardians to use their Student ID# for both user ID and Password. REMINDER: Update your contact information and phone numbers in order to retrieve bus information. If you make a phone # change please forward the new number to Petermann Transportation so the system will work as accurately as possible.
* For additional information, please contact Petermann Transportation at: 614-837-8525.
Ridgeview Families and Friends…
If you would like to be a part of the upcoming school year (2023/2024) PTO program, please reach out to Kelly Martin over the Summer at email@example.com.
Complete online Final Forms Registration. To do this, go to our athletic website: https://pickeringtontigers.net
2023 - 2024 Sports Registration:
- Reminder to have a current 2023 OHSAA physical on file
FALL 2023 ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY REMINDER: Quarter 4 grades determine participation in a fall sport: passed 5 classes & 1.75 GPA.
2023-2024 SCHOOL 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.
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.
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