Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

March 10, 2023

Principal's Message:

Hello Ridgeview Family,


Next week, on Thursday March 16th, our 8th graders have the wonderful opportunity to go see the PHSC musical production of The Addams Family Musical Production.

*Please see the information below:


THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family. It features an original story including every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. As the families of Wednesday and Lucas come together for dinner one fateful evening, chaos ensues and the two families find themselves admitting deep secrets and coming together in ways they never would have imagined. The Addams Family Broadway Musical tells the story of love and friendship through adversity with a kooky yet poignant spin.

How does this impact 8th grade?

Tickets: Student Tickets Cost: $5

*This will be assigned to each student's Infinite Campus account.

Students will have an assigned seat and physical ticket given to them.

Important info Day of Performance:

  • Bus Riders - will be dropped off at Central at the beginning of the day. Only 8th grade students will exit the bus at Central; 7th grade students will be brought to Ridgeview.
  • Walkers / Car Riders - go directly to Central on the 17th, you will enter on the Lockeville Rd side at the PAC doors (look for the circle with 3 flag poles ).
  • At the end of the play students and staff will walk back and proceed with the remainder of the school day.
  • Students will be back for lunches.
  • Students have a theater etiquette video they will be shown in PAW time.
  • 8th grade staff will also be at the play, therefore, students who are late to school will not be going to class until staff returns from the play.

Attention 7th grade parents!

If your students has a 3.5 grade point average or higher and no discipline referrals resulting in school issued consequences, your student has received an email and has also been invited to a Google Classroom letting them know that they are a candidate for the National Junior Honor Society. There will be an optional meeting for parents and students on Monday, March 13th at Lakeview Jr. High School at 6 pm with Leanne Ross to go over the process of applying for membership. All of the information that will be shared at this meeting is also available in the Candidate Google Classroom. This OPTIONAL meeting is for students from both Ridgeview and Lakeview Jr. High Schools.


If you have any questions, please email Leanne ross@plsd.us or Todd Stanley@plsd.us

Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you all again for all your support this week.

Tiger UP!!!!!!!

Henry K Lee

Ridgeview STEM Junior High

Interim Principal

614 548 1700. Ext. 1711


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REMINDER: Don't forget clocks move forward one(1) hour this weekend on Saturday night!


Spring Break will be the week of: March 20th through March 24th. There will be NO SCHOOL for all teachers and students. Classes will resume on Monday, March 27th.


PLSD Families:

NOTE: Please be advised that PLSD will only be accepting personal checks as payment for fees through April 28, 2023. Beyond 4/28, payments may be made by card, electronic check via the Parent Portal, or cash as needed.


Interested in addressing real global-local issues while learning about global cultures and careers? The application is open for the 23-24 incoming cohort of the Global Scholars program!

Ideally, students start as freshmen or sophomores so that they can finish all three years of the program, but upperclassmen are also welcome to apply and do 1-2 years of the program, as their schedules permit. Students enjoy off-campus adventures to locations such as Nestle in Marysville, Honda, the Grange Audubon Insurance Center, and multiple Columbus area colleges.

Application Link for 23-24:


Here is information about the program:



Panorama March 6-17 and Opt-out Letters

The Panorama window is March 6-17 for our spring SEL survey administration. Please plan to promote and complete the surveys within this timeframe. We are hoping for another set of

excellent response rates to inform our SEL programming and PBIS goals. If parents/guardians choose to opt-out, they should do so by March 3. Please see the attached Panorama SEL Survey Letters below.

Thank you for your commitment to students' SEL and program planning!

Panorama SEL Spring Survey English 2023

Panorama SEL Primavera Survey Spanish 2023

Nepali Version of Panorama SEL Spring Survey Le


The opening of the 2022-2023 school year in Pickerington was a great start for our district, and it is because of our awesome students, staff, and families. That's why it is important to me to reach out to you today to emphasize how proud I am of the exceptional teamwork displayed by our entire school community as we welcomed students back for the 2022-23 school year.

It is also important for you to know that with our growing population, we have a Language Assistance Plan for our families that need language assistance. It is the policy of Pickerington Schools to ensure meaningful communication with students and families in order to communicate information related to the education of all students. All services needed to comply with this policy will be provided for students and their families in need of such assistance free of charge. For assistance, please call 614-833-2110.

Let's continue to make it a great school year! I look forward to seeing you in and around the buildings and community!

Dr. Chris Briggs, Superintendent of Pickerington Schools

** Click this link to view/download this letter in a pdf version .

Notice of Language Assistance

Pickerington Schools will take reasonable steps to ensure that persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) have meaningful access and an equal opportunity to participate in all services, activities, and programs available throughout the district. It is the policy of Pickerington Schools to ensure meaningful communication with LEP students and families and to communicate information related to the education of all students. All services needed to comply with this policy will be provided for students and their families in need of such assistance free of charge. For assistance, please call 614-833-2110.


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PHSC Spring Musical- Addams Family

Hello Pickerington Faculty, Admins, and Support Staff!

I am so excited to let you know that Pickerington Central will be presenting the “Addams Family” as their Spring Musical. This lighthearted family favorite emphasizes the importance of remaining true to yourself, accepting everyone (even if they seem different), and most importantly “It’s family first, and family last”. The cast, stage crew, stage managers, make up crew, and costume crew have been working their tails off to create the best show possible!

Pickerington Central is fortunate to be included in the CAPA Marquee Awards for the fourth year in a row. Through this educational celebration, students have the ability to earn nominations for their show, their roles, their backstage excellence and more! Nothing could be more helpful to their success than support from their Pickerington Community.

As a non-profit performing arts organization, donations and ticket sales are the primary and only fiscal backing that Pickerington Central Theatre uses to maintain their mission of performing top notch shows with an emphasis on providing entertainment for the Pickerington Community and providing priceless educational and performance experiences for Central students.

The Pickerington Central Theatre Department is student run and student supported. This means that our students build, perform in, and run our shows. This provides a wonderful education for both those on stage, and those that help with crew, costumes, PR marketing, and technology. If you feel moved to donate, please do so Here.

Tickets are now available at the Pickerington Central Box Office.

March 16th- 7:00 P.M

March 17th-7:00 P.M.

March 18th-7:00 P.M.

March 19th 3:00 P.M.

I have attached the cast list as well as the poster so you can see if any of your students are taking to Central’s stage.

Thank you so much for your support and we look forward to seeing you all there!

Aileen Targett

Theatre Teacher/ Director


“Take Chances. Make Mistakes. Get Messy.”- Miss. Frizzle

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Congratulations Jillian & Leila!

Leila Portis and Jillian Jett, Grade 8 from Ridgeview Jr. High School was chosen as an honored artist for the 43rd Annual Young People’s Art Exhibition sponsored by the Ohio Art Education Association. There are eight regions in Ohio representing the OAEA, and this year’s show includes 89 student artworks from all over the state. Ms. Marsh, Ridgeview Art Teacher, has taken the time to prepare and submit artwork this year. Their honor for being a part of this exhibition, is worth celebrating! The reception will be on Saturday, March 11th at The Kings Arts Complex venue. Congratulations again! Thank you for making a difference in the art program!


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State Testing

testing calendar

More to come in the next month or so, but we would like you to add the dates to your calendar so you can avoid scheduling appointments, trips, etc. during those days. We generally test during the first part of the day so please avoid scheduling your student out of school before 10:30 that day if possible. If they miss a testing day, they will have to make it up during class time and will be missing instruction. Thanks for supporting us in this.



PHOTOS FOR YEARBOOK- Message To Parents.....

Do you have photos from your student's sporting and school events? Share them in the link to be added to the yearbook. The more photos we have to choose from, the more students that will be represented in the yearbook. Photos need to be relevant and appropriate (we still have to approve them to even upload them on our end). No captions or names are needed for any photos. Here is the link to add photos to the yearbook: https://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/




Parents! Would you like for you student to be a part of a GREAT SCHOOL CLUB?! Please see the following list of clubs offered here at Ridgeview:

Safe Space Club (Contact: Mrs. Smoot)

Diversity Club (Contact: Mrs. Dillard or Mrs. Hoffman)

Chess Club (Ms. Furlong)

Book Club (Mrs. Kissell)

Robotics Club (Mr. Ouimet)

Dungeons & Dragons Club (Mr. Boynton)


Emergency Resources

Crisis Text Line: text "HOME" to 741741

Nationwide Children's Youth Hotline: 1-614-722-1800
Teen Hotline: 1-614-294-3300
Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
Safe Schools Tip Line: Call or text 1-844-723-3764

Suicide Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or 1-614-221-5445

Sheriff Department: 1-740-652-7900



    If Your Student is Sick

    Any student will be sent home if he or she has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, vomiting, diarrhea, or signs and symptoms of a possible communicable disease. Please keep student(s) home until they remain fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication and are free of vomiting or diarrhea symptoms for 24 hours prior to returning to school.

    Here is the new website for parents who have questions regarding COVID and return to school policy.


Nurse Rachel Tiger Talk

Rachel Ross, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

School Nurse

Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

Phone: 614-548-1708


Sycamore Creek Elementary

Phone: 614-834-6208

Fax: 614-834-6210




Happy Friday Ridgeview Family and Friends!

We are excited to host our final Teen Night for the school year this evening! Parents for those who students are attending, please have a conversation about behavior and the school expectations even though it's an after-school event. I want to thank all of the parent and staff volunteers in advance, and Officer Lash.

*NOTE: There will be NO TICKET SALES at the door.

March 14th, please join us at City BBQ off E Main St, for dinner. 20% of the proceeds come back to the school. Please see link for more details or check our Facebook page out!


One last thing, we have Rooster Fun Cards for sale. Each card is $8 and gets you 10% off your total order (Dine In) for the rest of year. Please feel free to email me or Qiana to purchase and we will arrange pick up details.

Have a fabulous weekend Tiger Family!


Please be sure to join us and help out this school year, we are planning some great things and would love for you all to be involved.

If you have any questions feel free to message us on Facebook (be sure to like our page too) and or contact Kelly Martin at kelly.martin_rvjhpto@hotmail.com.



Spring Sports are underway!


Date: Friday March 17th

Cost: $16 drug test & $155 Full payment OR $80 1st Payment

Study Tables

Date: each PRACTICE day after school

Time: 2:15 - 3:05

Location: Cafe / Gym

*See Student Contract below....


  • All students need a contract on file to attend study tables.

  • Read the full contract! If an athlete violates the contract, they will not be permitted to attend study tables. The athlete would then have to leave school and return for practice.

  • Athletes may NOT leave the building prior to attending study tables.

  • ONLY for athletes in sports that practice starting @ 3:05. If they practice in the evening, the athlete must go home and return for practice.

Tiger Cheerleading:

Any student interested in trying out to be a Tiger Cheerleader please complete the google form to stay updated.


Parents & students are encouraged to attend our Informational Tryout Meeting on Monday, April 3rd at 6:00pm for Junior High and 7:00pm for High school.

Cheerleading Clinics: Sunday, April 30th & Monday, May 1st 5:00-7:00pm

PHSC Main Gym

(Material will be taught for tryouts on these two days, if you miss any of these days you are responsible for learning the material)

Below is a link to purchase Ridgeview track gear if anyone is interested in supporting the Ridgeview track program


Below is the link to purchase spirit wear to help support the baseball program


Team Announcements: Virtually will be posted on our website & social media

To keep updated follow us on social media:

Website: https://cheerphsc.weebly.com

Instagram: pickcentralcheer

Facebook: Pickerington Central Tiger Cheer


Ridgeview STEM Junior High Athletics Administration


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Hello everyone!

First, I wanted to thank you all for volunteering to help with our Parents on Positivity Patrol (PoPP) volunteers! I know it is an additional task for you and we really do appreciate you taking it on.

Second, we are kicking off our 2023 recruitment campaign. Yay! Our goal is to have 10 active volunteers per building, active is defined as volunteering at least twice a month, with an additional 5 volunteers volunteering at least once per month. Our stretch goal is 20 active volunteers per building with 10 semi-active/in-reserve. We are asking you to help us reach these goals!

I have attached a short guide on volunteer engagement. Please read it and begin implementing these practices. Involve your office staff, because they can really help with this. They are the first persons your volunteers see when they enter the building. Please work these practices into your routine; so they aren't additional things, just stuff you do every day with the people you work with!

It's really hard to constantly recruit new volunteers, and it costs us to onboard them. It's much easier and less costly to keep the ones we have. Volunteers can help us provide necessary services at a reduced cost. They also help us with community engagement and with developing community connections. Parent volunteers are associated with better outcomes for students both socially and academically. There's really very few negatives with our parent volunteers!

Here are some quick tips on volunteer engagement:

  • Have the volunteer sign in on a dedicated PoPP sign in sheet.
  • Greet the volunteer.
  • Make sure the volunteer has a name badge, vest, and walkie (if available).
  • Walk with the volunteer. Let the volunteer know where they may best serve during their shift.
  • Talk with the volunteer. Ask if they have any questions or need clarification on anything.
  • If you see a volunteer in the hallway, greet them and/or walk with them a bit.
  • Go over scenarios with your volunteers. "If this happens, you do that..."
  • Invite the volunteer to attend school events such as performances, plays, and sporting events at no charge.
  • Demonstrate small gestures of appreciation. Wish your volunteer a happy birthday. Tell the office staff that it's the volunteer's birthday, so the person gets multiple good wishes. Perhaps hand out a small gift such as candy or a card showing your appreciation for your volunteers' efforts.

With your help, I know we can make this the best volunteer positive behavior support program ever! Thank you so much for being a part of this program!

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  • Districtwide Calendar

    Upcoming events and important dates are listed in the Districtwide Google Events Calendar, which is synced with individual building, program and athletic team calendars. Once inside the district wide calendar, to display the events of a particular building, team, program or activity, you will need to check the specific corresponding color-coded box(es) from the list on the left-hand side.Pickerington Community Calendar

    Pickerington Schools partners with the City of Pickerington and Yodel to bring you the Pickerington Community Calendar!

    Visit this link to view all Pickerington Schools activities included on the calendar and don’t forget to “favorite” our Pickerington Schools schedule! Once favorited, Pickerington Schools' events will be front and center on your calendar, enabling you to see what’s coming up.

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HELP Make Our Schools Safer

The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety have launched the SaferOH tip line that will accept both calls and texts 24 hours a day.

This tip line allows students and adults to anonymously share information with school officials and law enforcement about threats to student safety—whether that involves a threatened mass incident or harm to a single student.

Every tip can remain anonymous. School safety analysts may ask for additional information, but the caller can remain secret or leave his or her contact information for later follow-up.

Calls or texts to 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) are answered by analysts in the Ohio Homeland Security’s Threat Assessment and Prevention (TAP) Unit. When action is needed, the TAP Unit immediately forwards information to Pickerington Schools, local law enforcement agencies, and others, if necessary.

Ridgeview's Parent Information Hub

*Updated* 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).