Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

July 19, 2021

Message From Your Principal - Mrs. Beth Richardson



Hello Ridgeview families,


It is really hard to believe that we are seeing Back to School supply sales popping up around town! We hope that your student has had a restful summer and is ready to come back to us and eager to learn. We are still in the process of finalizing schedules and getting the school looking top notch for our August 16th return date. We are currently planning on having an in person schedule pick up, please see the information below with more specific details. We are in the process of updating our website so please be patient as we are working on that, and follow our newsletter and social media accounts for continual updates. We are very excited and will be introducing many of the new faces you will see in the office and building in the upcoming newsletters.


We look forward to working with you and your family to make this school year fantastic for all our Ridgeview families.

WELCOME BACK DAYS

We are so excited to welcome back our student's to a new school year! Our welcome back days will be held Wednesday, August 4th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am or from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and for Thursday, August 5th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm or from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. These dates are set aside to accommodate ALL Parents and Students to come out and tour our beautiful school! During this time, students will be able to pick up their schedules, locate their lockers, drop off immunization records, pick up medical forms, meet your school administrators, school counselors and office staff, pay school fees, and get help updating Infinite Campus Information! Please make time to come out and embrace the opportunity to see where the magic of education happens here at Ridgeview STEM Junior High School.

RIDGEVIEW OPEN HOUSE - AUGUST 12TH 5:00-7:00 PM

Open House is chance for you to meet your teachers, walk your schedule, put things in your lockers, and get a feel for the building. Please save the date to attend!

IMPORTANT DATES

Thursday, August 12th - Open House

Monday, August 16th - First Day of School

Tuesday, August 24th - School Picture Day

Monday, September 6th - LABOR DAY - No School


Professional Development Days listed below, K-12 students will learn virtually:


October 6: Virtual Learning Day K-12

December 1: Virtual Learning Day K-12

March 2: Virtual Learning Day K-12

May 4: Virtual Learning Day K-12


*Reminder: We are here all summer from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. You can also email myself, Beth_Richardson@plsd.us, Erika Lomonico (Lead Assistant Principal) Erika_Lomonico@plsd.us, or Tracy Redmond (Building Secretary) Tracy_Redmond@plsd.us if you have any questions or concerns.

Back To School Supply List

We are recommending that students carry a minimal amount of supplies. Please keep in mind that your student will attend 6 different classes during the day and that supplies are for personal use only.


Suggested Materials:


Notebook/Folder for each class

1 Composition Notebook

2 colors of Highlighter

Pencils

Colored Pencils

Wired Headphones/Earbuds (NO Bluetooth)

Pen (2 colors)

1 Package of tissues

Pencil Pouch

Non-glass water bottle

ARP ESSER PLAN:STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT AND FEEDBACK OPPPORTUNITIES

The Pickerington School District has posted its ARP ESSER Plan. This web page also describes the extent to which the District's plan includes, or can be modified to include policies and strategies to address.


One important piece of this plan is as follows:


For the 2021-2022 school year, the District will allow parents to make the optional choice for their students to wear masks, and we do not anticipate requiring them unless the Governor's orders, or additional orders from the Department of Health, require us to do so. We also know the physical distancing of 3 feet or more is not possible with fully in-person instruction. But we will still encourage and use our protocols for frequent hand-washing, cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, and other mitigation protocols.


The page also includes information on how the District proposes to expend funds over the next 3-4 school years.

ATHLETIC UPDATES

If you have a student interested in Athletics at Ridgeview go to the Athletic Website: https://pickeringtontigers.net and sign up to receive notifications from coaches. Most sports have already started open gym/conditioning.


Parent/Athlete Meeting - FALL SPORTS

Monday, August 2nd from 5pm to 6pm

at PHS-Central - Main Gym


MANDATORY DRUG TESTING

Wednesday, August 4th from 1pm to 3pm

at PHS-Central - Commons

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR 7TH GRADE/NEW STUDENTS

Remember that there is an immunization requirement for 7th graders. Tdap and Meningococcal are required before a student enters the junior high. The Ohio Department of Health provides the attached immunization summary for school attendance in Ohio. Please discuss this with your medical provider.


According to Board Policy 5320 and 5320 AG, immunizations in compliance with state law and the Ohio Department of Health are required for each student unless the parent(s) file an objection. The Board of Education also requires tuberculosis examinations in compliance with law.


Students new to Pickerington Schools must present written evidence of similar immunizations, or written evidence to indicate that they are in the process of receiving immunizations, to be completed no later than the day of entrance. Students failing to complete immunizations with 14 days after entering are not permitted to return to school.


The Franklin County Health Department offers immunization clinics throughout the school year. An up-to-date schedule is available on the Franklin County Public Health Website.


Please feel free to contact our School Nurse, Marcia Stewart at marcia_stewart@plsd.us.

PTO News

PTO is looking for Volunteers

The PTO is currently looking for volunteers for next school year. We also have Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable positions available. If you are interested or know someone who may be coming up from the middle school that is interested, please feel free to contact Catharyne Henderson at catharyneh@yahoo.com or Kelly Martin at kellykels01@hotmail.com for more information.

Odds and Ends

JUST SOME REMINDERS:


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


  • 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

Back To School Supply List

Supply List R Factor Student Conduct

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).