Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

December 11, 2020

P.A.W. TIME

Hello Tiger Families. Our students are doing some amazing things in PAW Time, learning about building an inclusive culture and regulating our emotions, and we want to include you in the conversation. We recently shared strategies from Teaching Tolerance with our students on how to stand up for others. Teaching Tolerance offered this foldable pocket guide that offers simple ways to stand against bias and promote unity. (Video Instructions for the foldable.) Teachers can then engage with students in discussion around these strategies.


We know that any Holidays and the New Year will be unique. It is time to put our new E+R=O Mindsets into practice. We are reviewing the following video from Brian Kight on how to avoid BCD and be our best while celebrating our time together during winter break.

  • Think about your family as “your team.”

  • Think about your 20 sq feet and what you can control.

  • Think about Discipline vs Default.

  • Think about pressing pause before you engage in a response that will impact someone you love and who loves you.

Lost and Found Items-Please Look!

These are the items we have in our Lost and Found. Please have your student check by the main doors if he or she is missing anything. Items not picked up will be donated over the break.

Odds and Ends


  • Trimester 2 VLA Art materials are ready for pickup-See information below.

  • Just a reminder, 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.

Trimester 2 VLA Art Materials are Ready for Pick Up

If your student is in the VLA and is taking art as their elective for Trimester 2, art supplies are now available to be picked up. Please check and see who the teacher is as that determines which building you are picking up supplies from. If you have Mrs. Broz-England for art you will be picking up supplies from Lakeview (12445 Ault Road) and if you have Mrs. Knox you will be picking up from Ridgeview (130 Hill Road South). The offices are open from 7:00 am-3:15 pm on during the week (we will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving). Please just ring the bell at the main door and someone will bring the supplies out to you.

Spelling Bee Info

Dear Parents,

This year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has developed an online testing platform that will allow Ridgeview STEM Junior High School to host a school spelling bee program, whether your children are learning in classrooms or remotely from your homes.

In place of our traditional spelling bee program, we will hold two levels of competition through online spelling tests. The first step to spelling bee participation is for you to register for the Scripps National Spelling Bee's online testing platform by visiting https://online-test.spellingbee.com.


I encourage you to watch this video tutorial that will walk you through the registration process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ThKRsffiFc

Once you have registered, I will be able to assign the appropriate test to your child. Your child must complete the test before the given deadline, and these tests can be taken on any device with a web browser, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

The students with the highest scores will move on to compete at the school level. This year, our school-level competition will be administered via online test.


Our school champion will then move on to represent Ridgeview STEM JH in the Central Ohio Regional Spelling Bee program sponsored by Ohio University, which also includes online tests in lieu of in-person spelling bee events.


The first step to spelling bee participation is to register at online-test.spellingbee.com. Please register at your earliest convenience as I will begin assigning tests to students in January. If you have already registered in the online testing platform for another child, you can log in to your account and add an additional child to that same parent account. There is no need to register a different email address for each child in your household.


Please reach out to me if you have any questions about our school spelling bee program. I look forward to having your child compete to represent our school!


Sincerely,


Mrs. Kissell

RSJH Library Media Specialist

kim_kissell@plsd.us


Winter Sports

  • WINTER SPORTS Pay2Play Fee Payment due date extended: Full payment $155 or first half $80 payment due 12/18.
  • Winter sports pictures are in

    Cohort A & B distributed during PawTimes.

    VLA pictures are available for pick up in the main office from 7:30-3:15 p.m.


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.

Want to Donate to Holiday Help?

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).