Panther Tales

December 9, 2022

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News and Events You Can Use

This week was full of events from our annual spelling bee to our winter band and orchestra concerts and many more in-between. As we near the end of this busy year, please take a minute to check below and discover more ways for you to get involved with our Ridgeview United community.

Upcoming Events

Here are some of our events at a glance. Please join us when you can!

  • Dec. 13: Chorus Concert, 6 p.m.

  • Dec. 14: Non-Uniform Day for Pay

  • Dec. 16: Final Day of 1st Semester (Student Holiday Festive Attire Permitted)

  • Dec. 17-January 3: Winter Break

  • January 4: First Day of 2nd Semester

  • January 6: College T-Shirt Day

  • Jan. 9: Tryouts for Baseball (boys), Track & Field (boys and girls), and Soccer (girls)

  • January 11: Non-Uniform Day for Pay

  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School

  • January 17: Teacher Professional Learning Day - No School

  • January 23: PTA General Meeting, 6:00 p.m. in the Media Center

Check out our calendar for more ways to get involved.

Prospective Parent Tour is Dec. 13

Ridgeview offers prospective parent tours monthly for parents (and students welcome!). The next offering is Dec. 13 at 12:45 p.m. Please visit our prospective parent tour page for more info and to RSVP.

$5 Non-Uniform for Pay Day is Dec. 14

For $5 cash, students not only contribute to our PTA & Foundation, but also they can wear non-uniform attire. Our non-uniform dress guidelines are described here. This will be a monthly opportunity to support PTA & Foundation and for students to dress down. Otherwise, our normal uniform applies.

Holiday Festive Attire Friday

In celebration of the upcoming winter holidays, we invite students to join our staff on Friday, December 16th, in Holiday Festive Attire. Light necklaces or headbands, ugly or beautiful sweaters, holiday tradition shirts or pants, and anything thematically related. Our staff will be modeling examples Monday through Thursday, and so long as the attire is school content and cut appropriate, we welcome students to join us Friday.

212 Degree Award Winners for November

To celebrate the IB traits our staff exemplify and to highlight those who have gone the 1 extra degree, we give monthly 212 Degree Awards. It is built on the premise that at 211 degrees, water doesn't boil. With just one extra degree, it boils. We're thankful for 5 staff members each month who will be highlighted for giving that 1 extra degree to our school.

  • James Hulett (Counselor) was given the Risk-Taking & Thinking Award: the recipient is not afraid to use creativity to inspire and to help others succeed.

  • Jared Grigsby (6th Math) was given the Inquiry & Knowledge Award: The recipient has innovatively instructed with MYP, WICOR, and Personalized Learning instruction that empowers student ownership of learning.

  • Adrian Harris (7th Social Studies) was given the Caring & Communicator Award: The recipient maintains a positive, caring attitude in difficult situations and steps outside his/her job description to help others.

  • Maggie Jorgensen (Instructional Coach) was given the Principled & Balanced Award: The recipient demonstrates principled leadership during difficult times, showing balance and sensitivity to those following his/her lead.

  • Ilenia Arzate (Counseling Secretary) was given the Open-Minded & Reflective Award: The recipient is open-minded and reflective to support students in powerful ways beyond the expected as an educator.

Toy Drive Hosted by the Crown Club

Ridgeview's Crown Club is hosting a Toy Drive for the next to support the Ronald McDonald House Sandy Springs. They will have bins near the student entrance doors. Their goal is not to fulfill the entire wish list provided, but donate some inexpensive items on this list.
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Optional Lockers Available for Spring 2023

Ridgeview plans to make the option of student lockers available for the spring of 2023. If your student may be interested in obtaining a locker, please read this initial information carefully:

  • Lockers are optional, and any student who does not want to purchase use of a locker will be allowed to continue carrying a backpack.
  • Lockers will be available for sale for $5 between November 28 and Dec.16 only through our online platform – no cash or checks.
  • Interested students/families should purchase a locker on Online School Payments during the above timeframe. Students can show a printout or picture (please ask permission to use their phone first) to their homeroom teacher. As a fail-safe, the school will run a report of individuals who have paid online and will provide it to the homeroom teacher after the deadline.
  • After the spring semester begins, lockers will be distributed to students who have paid.
  • Note that students will only have limited use of the lockers at designated times during the day (for example purposes only: before 1st period, before connections classes, and at the end of the day).
  • Requests for certain locker locations or top/bottom lockers will not be taken.
  • Locker privileges may be removed at any time at the administration’s discretion for inappropriate use without a refund.

RCMS to Pilot Safety Initiative

Ridgeview along with Riverwood and Heards Ferry will pilot a new safety initiative alert system starting in January. Read the full article here.

International Baccalaureate MYP Student Progress Reports

We are pleased to announce a new MYP reporting system. MYP focuses on growth over time and describes what a student can do according to IB criterion for that subject area. Our teachers have prepared MYP progress reports and have distributed them to students this week. Parents, please ask your student for the report, which includes a descriptive cover page, and feel free to reach out to teachers or our IB MYP coordinator Dr. Kathleen McCaffrey with questions.

RCMS Staff Holiday Gift Cards

Our teachers deserve all the love this holiday season. Please help us provide each teacher and staff member a gift card as a small token of thanks for the incredible jobs they do each day. Follow this link to sign up!

Building Parent Capacity - Activities to Keep Brains Active

Holiday The holiday break is right around the corner! Of course, rest, relaxation, and quality family time are the top priorities, but it’s important to make sure your child’s academic skills stay sharp too! Here are some simple ideas to sneak in a little learning at home amidst the holiday fun and festivities.

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Thank you for the Holiday Cheer!

Thank you to everyone who helped decorate the media center for the winter holidays! Everyone is enjoying the decorations. Your time and creativity are very appreciated.

Got News?

If you have news or an announcement that you would like to be considered for an upcoming issue of Panther Tales, which is sent out to our Ridgeview United families weekly, please fill out this form and submit it. The editorial team will review your request and will contact you with any questions.