Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

February 14, 2020

Coming Up at Ridgeview

*Feb. 17-SCHOOL WILL BE IN SESSION DUE TO 2/7 SNOW DAY

Feb. 19-8th grade Scheduling Meeting-see details below

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

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.

Please Be Safe! Drop off and Pick up Procedures

Tiger families, we have been seeing some dangerous things happening in our parking lot!


Safe Morning Drop Off:

DO NOT DROP OFF IN THE STREET OR PARKING LOT. Please follow the car drop off line and let students out along the designated sidewalk. In an effort to keep the line moving quickly, students should exit their car as soon as an adult motions to them. Car riders should enter the building through the cafeteria entrance.


Walkers

Please remind your walkers that they must cross at designated crosswalks. It is dark in the morning, and we don't want any Tigers to be injured by crossing at unsafe locations.


Safe Afternoon Pick Up:

To help with the flow and safety of pick-up in the afternoon we are asking all drivers to follow the following procedures:


1) Please DO NOT park in the pick-up lane unless you are on the curb. When drivers park towards the parking lot in the lane or in the lane itself, it blocks others who are trying to exit. This slows the whole process down. It also creates a safety concern because cars are now trying to maneuver around each other while students are walking in the lot.


2) Once you pick up your student, please drive to one of the two exits so the lane continues to allow for others to get their student.


3) Please do not pull into the bus lot to pick up or drop off your student at any time.


4) Please be careful and pay attention at the end of the day. There are 930 students being released to go home either walking, taking the bus or getting picked up.


Again thank you in advance for helping make sure that every Tiger is safe while leaving for the day.

Scheduling Information From Our Counselors

8th Grade Parents Scheduling Night:

February 19th from 6:00-8:00 pm at Pickerington High School Central.

Please plan to attend this event so that you may better understand the scheduling process for high school. Students will receive instruction on Feb. 13th in class. After both parents and students understand the process, you will have until Feb 28th to enter schedule requests into Infinite Campus. This is all paperless so it is helpful to attend the meeting.


The NEW GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CLASS OF 2023 ARE ATTACHED BELOW.

Pictures of graduates

PLEASE ALLOW ADDITIONAL TIME TO GET TO SCHOOL

The number of tardy students has dramatically increased! As the weather gets colder, more students are getting rides and the traffic really backs up. In addition, it can be tricky getting through the traffic light in a timely matter. Please build in some extra time for bad weather and additional traffic. STUDENTS ARE CONSIDERED TARDY IF THEY ARE NOT IN CLASS AT 7:15 a.m. If your child gets breakfast, remind him/her they are able to take their food to the class to avoid being tardy.

Chromebook Covers

All students were issued a chromebook case for their chromebook several months ago. It is not optional for students to have their case on their chromebook. It is required that all chromebooks have cases. When we do chromebook collection in May, any student who does not turn in a case with the device will be charged for the lost case.

PTO News

Teen Night

The PTO is hosting a Teen Night, February 28th from 7-9pm. It's an evening of fun that involves inflatables, a DJ, games and pizza. Tickets will go on sale starting February 25th during lunch for $10. Items in the school store will be available for additional purchase.

**If we do not receive enough parent volunteers for the evening by February 23rd we will have no choice but to cancel the event.


Looking for Teen Night Volunteers

Ridgeview's next Teen Night will be on Friday, February 28th, from 7-9 PM. We are in need of parent volunteers for the evening as well as dessert donations. Please drop off all dessert donations to the RJH Office by the end of the school day on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH. To sign up please go to https://bit.ly/2ULMkgd

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jennifer Sander at jennsanderpto@gmail.com or 937-694-0987.


Looking for Service Hours?

The PTO will be opening our school store to the PYAA Basketball games and we need lots of help to cover each Saturday through Feb. 29. We have done this the last couple of years and it has gone over well with those attending the games. If you have a student that needs volunteer hours, we will sign off on those hours for them when they volunteer. Please keep in mind, we require a parent or adult to be with the student throughout the entire shift. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jennifer Sander ~ jennsanderpto@gmail.com or 937-694-0987 Thank you for your support of the PTO.

Sign Up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094EADAA2CA02-pyaa

Sports Information

Spring Sports are Right Around the Corner!

  • Physicals: Make sure your athlete has a current physical on file / turn in a completed physical packet in order to try out.
  • Parent's Spring Sports Meeting: February 27th, 6pm @ PHS Central's Gym
  • 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


Spring Softball Open Gyms:

  • Sundays, 10 - 11:30, PHS-C Field House
  • 1/19, 2/2 and 2/16
  • TRYOUTS: week of February 24th


Interested in Girls Lacrosse?


Boys and Girls Track

Conditioning starts Monday, 2/24

  • 3:00-4:30
  • 2:15-3:00 study tables


  • ***student must have study table contract turned in to participate in conditioning


Track Information Meeting

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

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.

I can't find....

Has your student lost eye glasses, head phones, keys or jewelry? We have a growing collection of small items in the office. Please have your child stop in to check!

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!

Global Scholars Pathway at PH

Global Scholars Pathway at PHSC

The course series provides hands-on experiences, simulations, and practical examples and
strategies for global studies and cultural competence. Students will gain a deeper
understanding of and define intercultural competence, explore the "other" and the value of
varied perspectives throughout their school communities, gain insights into cultural nuances
and effective interaction with local-global cultures, and develop a skills toolkit to leverage the
global landscape of their classrooms and school communities to enrich all students'
experiences. For more information, check out this VIDEO!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0wnC7Z6Jxo


Both Pickerington high schools North and Central will be offering the new Global Scholars
Diploma program that aligns with the new State of Ohio honors diploma requirements, which
require a portfolio and field experience. The new Global Scholars Diploma Program will help
to fulfill these two new honors diploma requirements, offer an opportunity to earn a half credit
of flex credit per year, and also provide the student with an integrated global curriculum over
three years.


This sounds really cool! How do I apply?!!!!
You can apply through the link in the course registration guide or at this
https://forms.gle/qMbFzZksHRA44UbE6

Is it a Snow Day? How to Find Out:

There's no need to call school. See below:


Phone and email alerts

Pickerington Schools will announce emergency closing and delay information through pre-recorded telephone calls to current parents/guardians telephone numbers on file with the district.

The district also sends email messages about any delays or closures via this notification system.

It is important to keep student contact information and contact preferences current by logging into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and updating your contact information.


District website and social media

Information about school closures or delays will be posted on the home page of the district’s website, on our Facebook page, and on Twitter.


Television and Radio Stations

Pickerington Schools shares any school delay or closure information with local television and radio stations. However, we recommend that parents and students confirm any closure information received from media outlets on the district’s social media sites or website.

Each local television station offers a school closing/delays text message program that sends closure/delay information directly to your phone.


Channel 4/WCMH (NBC)

Channel 6/WSYX (ABC)

Channel 10/WBNS (CBS)

Channel 28/WTTE (Fox)

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.

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).