Ridgeview STEM Junior High School
April 17, 2020
Update from Mr. Koch
It is hard to believe that we have been doing online (distance) learning for a month already. Ridgeview hopes that your family and friends are safe and healthy during this pandemic. This has not been easy for any of us, however I feel that the teachers, students and parents/guardians have done a wonderful job in making the transition as successful as possible. Thank you to everyone for supporting each other during this time. The administration has been working with the teachers to get names of students who have not completed any work yet to date. I am pleased to announce that the majority of our students are getting their lessons and work completed. Please continue to support your student's learning during this time. Remind them to get those assignments done and turned in daily. All teachers are accepting late work, so please have your student get any missing work done and turned in. Teachers have set up google classrooms and established times that they can be reached to help. In addition, the majority of teachers have provided instructional videos to help their students during this time. Personally, I think things have gone really well under the circumstances.
Remember, you can view details about how Pickerington Schools is handling this extended closure in a “one-stop” webpage. Click the big blue “Coronavirus Closure” button at the top of the homepage for the latest info, and check our social media channels as well.
Finally, I would also like to thank everyone who is out there helping our community and those in need. Your efforts and kindness are appreciated. It means more to people than you know!
Change in Building Leadership Next Year
After four years as the principal of Ridgeview Junior High, I have decided to change things up a bit. I am moving to Diley Middle next school year as their building principal. It has been an honor and privilege working with the staff and students at Ridgeview, and I have very much enjoyed my time here. They truly are some of the best I have worked with in my twenty years of education, and words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation for them.
I will continue my duties as principal of Ridgeview through July 31, 2020. Beginning August 1, 2020, pending board approval, Beth Richardson will be the new building principal. Mrs. Richardson has been our lead assistant principal for the past three years and spent one year at the middle school level. Mrs. Richardson has been an educator since 2003. While in the classroom, she taught Spanish and an Education class offered through the College Credit Plus program. This is her thirteenth year with Pickerington. Pending board approval, Chris Stiel, currently an assistant principal at Tollgate Middle School, will be the new lead assistant principal in the building. Mr. Stiel is in his second year at Toll Gate Middle School. Prior to coming to Pickerington, he was a high school counselor at Gahanna Lincoln and Lancaster, as well as a middle school counselor in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Mr. Smith, the current assistant principal who is shared between both junior highs, will continue in his role as assistant principal for both buildings again next year. We will all be working closely during the next few months to make this a smooth transition. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
April Students of the Month!
Please be aware, even if Governor DeWine allows us to return to school in May, the annual Awards Ceremony and May Dance are cancelled. We know that these are important for our students, however there is a great deal of preparation and expense for these two events. With our return to school uncertain, we made this difficult but responsible decision.
Currently, Spring athletics are still pending.
SPRING ATHLETES-Fee Deadline Moved to May 8
After Ohio Gov. DeWine’s initial order to close schools due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Pickerington Schools announced that the initial Spring Pay-to-Participate fee deadline had been moved to April 10. An email was sent to the parents/guardians of all Spring participants, and it noted that any existing payments that had already been made would be kept by the district until at least the original date that Governor DeWine noted in the initial school closure notice. Since the Governor subsequently closed Ohio schools after that until May 1, Pickerington Schools is again postponing the Pay-to-Participate fee deadline until May 8.
We are also postponing any potential Pay-To-Participate fee refunds until after May 8. There is still a chance that athletics may occur after that date.
Please keep in mind that if refunds are eventually issued, the amount of the refund will be reduced by what is owed in other school fees, if applicable. We are prepared to issue refunds promptly if Spring activities are cancelled, but in the meantime, we are asking for patience and understanding until a final determination is made.
To Lighten the Mood and Have a Little Fun
Interested in Being a WEB Leader? **UPDATED LINK
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Are you interested in making a positive difference in your school? WEB stands for Where Everyone Belongs and we are looking for WEB Leaders who like helping others. WEB Leaders help run an assembly, have small groups of incoming 7th graders they get to know and support, meet monthly to learn leadership skills, and do a leadership project designed to have a positive impact on the school. We look for students with all different types of leadership styles. If you're interested, please answer the question below.
Interested students complete the application by April 24.
National Junior Honor Society
Face-to-Face Tech Support Schedule
Pickerington Schools’ technical support hours will now be held on Wednesdays through the month of April. 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.
2020-2021 School Year Calendar Approved
Parents are encouraged to refer to this calendar when planning activities such as vacations, family trips, and doctor’s visits.
The first day of school (Grades 1-12) is scheduled for Thursday, August 13, 2020, and the last day for grades K-11 is scheduled for Friday, May 21, 2021. Winter break is scheduled to begin for students on Dec. 21 and classes will resume on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Spring break is scheduled for March 29-April 2, 2021.
If the district has a calamity/snow day before the scheduled Professional Development Day on February 10, 2021, the district will use that date as the make-up. The following 2-4 calamity days will be made up with student “blizzard bags.” For more information on blizzard bags, visit the calamity days page.
Key dates on the calendar include:
- August 13: First Day of School (Grades 1-12)
- August 18: First Day of School (Kindergarten)
- September 7: No School, Labor Day
- September 11: No School, Professional Development
- October 14: No School, Professional Development
- October 15: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
- October 19: No School K-8 Only (All Day P/T Conferences)
- October 20: No School Kindergarten Only (All Day P/T Conferences)
- October 22: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
- November 3: No School, Professional Development
- November 25-27: No School, Thanksgiving Break
- December 9: 2 Hour Late Start, Professional Development
- December 21-January 1: No School, Winter Break
- January 4: No School, Teacher Record Day
- January 18: No School, Martin Luther King Day
- January 22: No School, Innovation Day (Professional Development)
- February 10: No School, Professional Development
- February 15: No School, Presidents Day
- March 4: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
- March 9: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
- March 10: 2 Hour Late Start, Professional Development
- March 29-April 2: No School, Spring Break
- April 14: No School, Professional Development
- May 18: Last Day for Seniors
- May 21: Last Day for Students K-11
- May 22: Graduation Day!
If you have any additional questions about the school year calendar, call the Public Relations Department at 614.920.6125.
Need an Administrator or Counselor?
Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We know this is new to all of us.
We encourage you to always start with the teacher regarding course material or content, but we are happy to help as best as we can.
Eric Koch, Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org 614-548-1711
Beth Richardson, Lead Assistant Principal: email@example.com 614-548-1706
Kevin Smith, Assistant Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org 614-548-1707
Doug Rittmeyer is our 7th grade counselor Doug_Rittmeyer@plsd.us 614-548-1716
Kris Owen is our 8th grade counselor Kris_Owen@plsd.us. 614-548-1717