Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

February 5, 2021

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Black History Month

As part of our celebration for BHM we announce a "did you know..." and trivia question each day. Mrs. Richardson is tweeting out her BHM announcements, but for those who do not have a Twitter or if your student is in the opposite cohort, here are the facts that were shared this week.

Black History Month Playlist #1

Did you know...

1. There are 107 colleges in the United States that are identified by the US Department of Education as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

2.The Harlem Renaissance was the development of the Harlem neighborhood in New York City as a Black cultural mecca in the early 20th Century and the subsequent social and artistic explosion that resulted. Lasting roughly from the 1910s through the mid-1930s, the period is considered a golden age in African American culture, manifesting in literature, music, stage performance and art.

3. At Ridgeview, we have students who speak the following African Languages: Twi, Fulah, Amharic and Krio. We also have some students who speak Haitian Creole.

Twi is spoken in Central and Southern Ghana; Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia; Fulah and its dialects are spoken in Western and Central Africa; Krio is spoken in Sierra Leone.

4. The Columbus Landmark Foundation released a report in 2014 on African American settlements and communities highlighting this history in Columbus Ohio. In areas surrounding Columbus and other Franklin county settlement areas, African Americans arrived in the 1820s and 30s. Groups of free people of color came from Virginia by wagon to Ohio in response to reports of opportunities, bringing families, trades, and skills.


1.Name the first African American Vice President. (Kamala Harris)

2. This woman created specialized hair products for African American hair care and was one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire. All of her accomplishments happened before the year 1919. (Madam C.J. Walker)

3. Name the first African American President of the United States? (Barack Obama)

4. Can you name the inventor who worked with Thomas Edison, who is known for inventing the carbon filament that is a vital component of the light bulb? This man also helped Alexander Graham Bell with his patent for the telephone and designed an early air conditioning unit! (Lewis Latimer)

February Tech Support Mon. and Fri. 1:30-3:30, Weds 9-11

PRIDE Newsletter

The latest PLSD P.R.I.D.E. (Promoting Respect, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity) newsletter is now available for your reading enjoyment, just in time to begin celebrating Black History Month!

Previous P.R.I.D.E. newsletters can always be found in the “P.R.I.D.E. newsletters” section of our Diversity and Equity Initiatives webpage.

Feb/Mar PRIDE Newsletter

From the Nurse

  • If your child is absent from school for reasons due to Covid-19, please be sure to call the School Nurse as soon as possible. This is very important when recording absences and tracking Covid-19 cases in the school building.

  • February 8 and 11th-Mobile Dentist @ Sycamore Elementary (see details below)

The Mobile Dentist is Coming!

Great news! Sycamore Creek Elementary has partnered with Smile Programs…the mobile dentists to offer in-school dental care on February 8, 2021 and February 11, 2021. Ridgeview students can also sign up! A parent will need to bring their child to the appointment. You can sign your child up to see the dentist at www.myschooldentist.com. Please complete the registration As Soon As Possible.

The dental care is usually at no cost to you. All insurance is accepted including Medicaid and CHIP. For those without insurance, a low cost self-pay option is available.

Convenient and comfortable

The in-school dental program saves you time and provides a safe and comfortable place for your child to receive gentle dental care from licensed local professionals.
Dental care includes a complete dental exam, x-rays, cleaning, fluoride and sealants when necessary, and in some cases, restorative care such as fillings.

Dental care for a healthy life

Children who see a dentist regularly may have fewer health issues like:

  • Early tooth loss caused by dental decay
  • Gum disease
  • Heart disease
  • Impaired speech development

Help keep your child healthy, in school and learning.

Simply go to www.myschooldentist.com for more information.

Please contact the school with any questions.

What's Going on in PAW Time?

  • In February, PAW Time classes will work through a choice board that highlights and celebrates Black History Month as well as teaches our students about Implict Bias. Students will utilize these videos that aired on WOSU that explains what Implicit Bias is and how we can adjust and adapt to overcome the individual Bias that we all have.

Implicit Bias: Peanut Butter, Jelly and Racism; Implicit Bias: Make Friends to Tackle Bias

We Want Your Artwork for the Yearbook! Deadline to Order Online is March 8, 2021

  • Calling all Artists! We need your artwork for the yearbook. Draw something that shows what Ridgeview means to you. Turn it in to Mrs. Chumley or Mrs. K. The winner gets a free yearbook!!
  • We would love to have art from our VLA students too. Please email artwork to marianne_krebs@plsd.us or erniellen_chumley@plsd.us.

Community Partners: Columbus Council on World Affairs

Winter Sports

  • Girls Softball registration on Final Forms is now open.

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.

Odds and Ends

Monday, February 15-NO SCHOOL-President's Day


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

  • Students should carry a spare mask in their bag. We have extras if the mask gets soiled as well.

  • 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: Free Meals on Virtual Days, Weekly Classroom Information, Parent Hub, Technology Troubleshooting, Virtual Attendance.

Sign Up for Meals on Virtual Days

The deadline is every Monday by 10am. FREE for ALL students

An important reminder: Please sign up weekly as this helps control food waste and monitor inventory levels.

The ODE Child Nutrition Department announced 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

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).