Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

October 23, 2020

From the Principal

Recently, the Pickerington Board of Education approved a 4 day plan (keeping Wednesday as a virtual learning day until Christmas break) for all students to return to school starting on November 16th. While we do not have all the answers, we are working with our staff and the district office to have everything in place for students to return to the building. Over the next few weeks, we will be providing families and students with information on what this looks like. Please keep in mind that this is not a return to "normal," and safety procedures and protocols that were put in place to start the school year will continue. Please reach out to anyone in the main office if you have questions or concerns. We are ready to help!

Remember to double check with your student that they are logging in for attendance on virtual days and to check the Classroom Information Page (linked at the bottom of this newsletter) so that you know what is coming up. There is also still time to schedule Parent/teacher conferences for November 3rd. See links below.


In an effort to reduce traffic backup in the morning on Hill Road, the way students enter the building will be changing. Please pull your car as far forward as possible. Check the sandwich board by the curb. Students in cars that pull up past the sign will enter through the Cafeteria door (B). Students in cars that are behind the sign will exit their car and enter through the Main Office Door (A). This change will begin October 26. Thanks for your help as we move toward having all students back in the building.

Presentation for VLA Students & Families

Please see the video for PLSD Junior High VLA families that focuses on strategies that can help students be successful in a virtual learning environment. Topics include navigating the VLA teacher websites, using Google Classroom to monitor classwork, and organizational tips to increase learning outcomes.

*We apologize for the technical difficulties on 10/22 that prevented the live presentation.

Get Your Ridgeview Spirit Wear!

We are proud to have been selected for this year's fundraiser at Ridgeview Junior High! Click on the link to place your order.

The deadline for ordering items is November 13, 2020

​Items purchased during this sale will NOT BE SHIPPED. Select "DELIVER TO GROUP SALES COORDINATOR" at checkout to avoid paying shipping fees.

**All Items will be delivered to Ridgeview Junior High.**

​**Please note this Ridgeview Junior High Apparel is a custom order, therefore we will be unable to process returns or refunds on these items. **

​Thank you for shopping at GTD Apparel!

Winter Sports are Around the Corner!

Things to Note prior to tryouts:

1. There is a Pay to Play fee of $155 to participate on a team.

2. There is a mandatory drug test to be on the team (cost $16)

Wednesday, Nov. 4 starting at 9:00 a.m.

3. You must be Academically eligible -- passing 5 classes / minimum 1.75 GPA.

Boys Basketball:

  • Tryouts on October 28 and October 29 ***TWO SEPARATE GROUPS***
  • ***Students will receive an email of tryout time, only if they are in final forms

Girls Basketball

  • Tryouts start Oct 26th

For full details: https://pickeringtontigers.net

To attend open gyms/tryouts:

  • have a current OHSAA physical on file
  • registered on Final Forms
  • Return to Play COVID waiver completed
  • symptoms document completed prior to each open gym

Girls Spring Softball:

If you are interested in playing softball this spring, please register in Final Forms - selecting Girls 7th or 8th Softball as a sport. This will alert the coaches of your interest / allow them to get training information to all interested athletes. Please see directions below for Final Forms directions.

Parents, you are able to sign up for ALL SEASON's sports online. This will enable you to start receiving communications from the coach/program when anything is going on. Winter sports are starting some open gym workouts at this time.If you sign up now, you will receive all the necessary instructions for registration / physicals / communication from the coach prior to the start of the season. Visit Pickeringtontigers.net and click on "Final Forms" to register your athlete today. Also remember your athlete needs a current OHSAA physical on file. All athletic announcements and updates can be found at the website as well.

Athletic How-To Video

How to fill out Final Forms, Physical, Covid Forms, etc.

Technology Support Cancelled for 10/28/2020

Due to state mandated 3rd Grade Testing, the Technology Support session scheduled for Wednesday, the 28th of October, has been cancelled. We will still be available on Monday, the 26th and Friday, the 30th of October. Sign up using the link below!

Technology Support

Updated Information From Food Services

We just got word from the ODE Child Nutrition Department that all meals are free through June 2021! If you would like to receive breakfast and lunch for the days your student is virtual, please click on the correct link below to sign up. Remember that you need to do this every week.

Cohort A-Virtual Days Order Form

Cohort B-Virtual Days Order Form

VLA Order Form

  • The Food Service Department is sending out negative balance letters to parents and guardians. Most of these balances are carryover balances from last year. We encourage you to pay off the balances as soon as possible. If your child wishes to purchase any extra items that are not included in the free meals they will need to have money on their account. A safe and easy way to add money to your account is by using mypaymentsplus.com.

Picture Retake Days

November 17-Picture Retake day for Cohort A

November 19-Picture Retake day for Cohort B

Holiday Assistance 2020

Pickerington Schools are once again teaming up with the Violet Township Fire Department to help provide some holiday assistance for families in need during this holiday season.

In need of assistance?

Request an online form for holiday assistance by contacting me at courtney_smoot@plsd.us or 614-548-1716. The request link will then be provided to you, only one per household please. This form is handled in a confidential manner with more details from your school counselor. Please remember that we will only be able to supplement your holiday. The online form must be completed by Friday, November 20th.

Wanting to donate?

There are several ways to donate this year:

  • The traditional big red boxes throughout the community and in the schools accepting donations of new toys/gifts.

  • Gift cards are also appreciated.

  • Cash donations through Paypal.

  • Another way of donating this year is through Amazon and Target. If you would prefer to donate in this way, click on the HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE LETTER below. Be sure to ship to Violet Township Fire Department Toy Drive (address will appear as an option).

We look forward to another successful year!

Courtney Smoot

New Tech Support Hours

Technology Support Hours are changing! Starting in the month of October, the Technology Department will be adjusting their support hours to better serve students in both Cohorts as well as our Virtual Learners. Beginning on October 5th, we will follow the below schedule each week for the month of October:

Mondays – 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Wednesdays – 9:00am to 11:00am

Fridays – 1:30pm to 3:30pm

We will still be at our District Office location and please continue to sign up for service using the below link. This helps us know how many folks we will need to prepare for.

Technology Support Signup

Please see the short video below on how to Update Chrome OS

Bar code sign in/sign out sheet

Please Check Your Student's Attendance on Virtual Days

Student participation on virtual days is a mandatory expectation for all students. Classroom work is posted on Google Classroom by your student’s teachers. Student participation in classroom work is tied to student attendance.

We believe the majority of log in issues with Infinite Campus have now been resolved. Students must log into Infinite Campus for their attendance and Google Classroom daily. They can login to Infinite Campus once and do their attendance for the entire day so they do not need to login multiple times. If your student is unsure of how to post his/or attendance on virtual days, please watch this "how to" video: Virtual Attendance Video.

If they cannot login to Infinite Campus, please reach out to their school counselor, Kris Owen (kris_owen@plsd.us) - 7th grade and Courtney Smooth (Courtney_Smoot@plsd.us) - 8th grade.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

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

Virtual Days Attendance Instructions-Please Review!

Please read this important information on how your child needs to submit his or her attendance on virtual learning days.

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).