SPECIAL EDITION RVSJH NEWSLETTER

April 28, 2020

Coming Up at Ridgeview

April 28-Random Acts of Kindness pictures to to Mrs. Kissell


May 8-

Deadline for current 7th graders to submit Course Issues Form for next year's schedule


We are sorry to report that we are having technical difficulties with students accessing schedule verifications through Infinite Campus. As a result, we will be mailing the verifications to you. Those should go out within the next couple of days. Once you receive those verifications, if all courses are correct, you need to do nothing else. If there is an issue, click on the link below and complete the form. This link will also be on the Lakeview and Ridgeview Websites.

COURSE ISSUES FORM REMINDER-DEADLINE IS MAY 8

Update from Mr. Koch

Hello Tiger families,

As we are all aware, Governor DeWine closed schools for the rest of the year last Monday. This was disappointing news for all of us, however, we all want to make sure we are doing our part in helping save lives and flatten the curve. As more information is gathered and updates are provided, we at RSJHS will do our best to try and communicate this with our community. The following items are to help guide our families on how we will close out the 19-20 school year. We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this time. We miss you all!


Remember, you can view details about how Pickerington Schools is handling this extended closure in a “one-stop” webpage. Click the big blue “Coronavirus Closure” button at the top of the homepage for the latest info, and check our social media channels as well.

Schedule to Pick Up Personal Belongings

We will be cleaning all student lockers (this includes **PE class lockers) and placing them in a bag for curbside pick-up on the following dates:

7th Grade

Tuesday, May 5th: 2-4 pm

Wednesday, May 6th: 5-7 pm


8th Grade

Tuesday, May 5th: 5-7 pm

Wednesday, May 6th: 2-4pm


Makeup Day

Friday, May 8th: 10 am -12 noon


  • We are expecting a lot of cars, so we will be making a line in the Welcome Center parking lot that will wrap cars around so they can pick up their belongings by the lunch room doors. Once individuals get their bag, they are asked to exit the lot from the far side exit/entrance by the insurance companies.

  • **If your student is in any third trimester PE class please make sure they fill out the following form so we can locate their items.

  • Athletic team equipment will be arranged and scheduled by the athletic department. Please look for information from your coaches and AD about how this will take place in the future.

  • Lost and Found: At this time, we are following all CDC guidelines and will not be putting out lost and found items for families to look through. Please continue to monitor future newsletters for updated information about lost and found items.

  • Media Center Book Return- We are still figuring out how students and families will be returning media center items, such as books. Once this plan is set we will communicate it out to the public.

PLSD District Information

Click on this link for PLSD District Remainder of the Year Information


Instructional Technology

Locked Out of Device

  • If your student has issues logging into their device, please have them email their teacher, admin, or counselor and they can put in a help desk ticket for a password change. If students do not change their password when prompted to do so by the device, their password will eventually stop working and they will be locked out. Obviously, they will need to use another device to email or have someone email for them.


Grades 5-11 we will allow all students to keep Chromebooks through the summer
    • The PLSD Technology Protection Plan (TPP) will extend coverage through to the first day of the 2020-2021 school year.

    • Software and programs, such as, i- Ready/ALEKS will still be active. Students and families are encouraged to continue to work during the summer on i-Ready and ALEKS.


Instruction

    • 5- 12 will continue to use Google Classrooms to push out instruction, as well as google hangouts, and other district programs that are available. Nothing has changed in this area since the initial closure in March.

    • School ends on its regular date and we are asking students to continue to work as it is still important. Teachers will be giving feedback and updating student’s on their progress with the learning standards. Please have your student continue to work till the end of the year. Please see video in next section on "HOW TO CHECK FOR MISSING ASSIGNMENTS."


Final Grading
    • The district understands the importance of grades to our families and we believe PLSD students deserve to be recognized for the hard work they completed while classes were in session as well as what they completed during the COVID -19 closures.

    • Grades 6-12 will be graded using a P (Passing) or I (incomplete) for the last grading period. This decision was made for the following reasons:

      • Student’s are experiencing a great amount of stress during the COVID-19 closure which impacts learning and academic achievement and success.

      • Student’s performance most likely reflects things like access to technology, Wifi, food, adequate housing, security, and the assistance of an able-bodied person at home to provide support.

      • Teachers were not given adequate preparation for teaching remotely and although teachers are providing high quality instruction based on Ohio’s learning standards, instruction does not look the same as it did when we were in session. Supporting student’s learning at home has also been difficult for parents.

      • We are depending upon grading experts: R. Wormeli, T. Guskey, K.O’Connor and suggestions from ODE. (The state is relying on the professionalism, fairness and reasonable judgment of principals and educators in making determinations relative to the assignment of grades to students.)

      • We looked at examples from other districts, considered what was equitable, and guidance from ODE to develop a plan to calculate final grades.

        • A student should receive a “P” if at the time school was closed during the COVID-19 he/she was meeting minimum standards in a course/grade. Any student who was NOT meeting minimum standards in the course up to that point should have the opportunity to fulfill the requirement remotely and receive a “P” for the course. If a student is unable to meet the requirement for any reason, they should receive an “I” for the course and a plan should be developed to provide sufficient opportunity for the student to fulfill requirements no later than September 30, 2020. Reynoldsburg, Dublin and Worthington are awarding 4.0 quality points for a “P”. If the class is weighted, the 4.0 will be adjusted for weighting. (Honors, AP, CCP) We have made the decision to follow the same guidelines. Other districts are still in discussion stages.

        • Students who receive an “I” will have until September 30, 2020 to submit work. They will be provided a clear list of what they need to complete to move to a “P”. If a student does not complete the work by September 30, 2020, the grade will be changed to an F.

        • This could possibly require teachers of students receiving an “I” to collect additional work turned in during summer and fall, so we will need to work on what that looks like. Some districts have said that work would not be turned in until returning to school, but again, we need to further discuss what that looks like for our staff.

        • This will be used ONLY for the 2019-2020 school year.


Fees

  • Here is an important link for information about school fees. The district has sent out via infinite campus how fees will be handled for this school year. If you still have any questions after reading the linked information, please call the school and/or district office.

How to Check for Missing Assignments

Finding missing work in Google Classroom

Resources to Help

PICKERINGTON SCHOOLS INFO

Reminder the “grab and go” meal program is once a week, on Mondays. Pickup times on Mondays are between the hours of noon and 1 p.m. at three sites: Tussing Elementary School, Harmon Middle School and Ridgeview Jr. High School.

OTHER RESOURCES

Need an Administrator or Counselor?

Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We know this is new to all of us.

We encourage you to always start with the teacher regarding course material or content, but we are happy to help as best as we can.


Eric Koch, Principal: eric_koch@plsd.us 614-548-1711

Beth Richardson, Lead Assistant Principal: beth_richardson@plsd.us 614-548-1706

Kevin Smith, Assistant Principal: kevin_smith@plsd.us 614-548-1707


Doug Rittmeyer is our 7th grade counselor Doug_Rittmeyer@plsd.us 614-548-1716

Kris Owen is our 8th grade counselor Kris_Owen@plsd.us. 614-548-1717

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).