A Newsletter for Ridgeview Middle School (Issue 3: 11.2022)

The Principal's Post

Dear Ridgeview Families:

During the coming week, we will be “falling back” with time, but at Ridgeview, we are full speed ahead into the second grading period. As shared earlier in this year, we want each student to “Raise the Bar” on their own performance both academically and behaviorally. The beginning of the second grading is a perfect time for all students to recalibrate and set personal goals for what they would like to achieve.

As a family, I encourage you to sit down and revisit our PBIS Behavior Expectations and our student dress code, which are both available on our website as well as create academic goals with your child. Creating and implementing a plan of action is critical to your child’s success.

Be Well,

Natalie M. James, Principal

Report Cards Available in the Parent Portal (Infinite Campus)


Report Cards are now available in the Parent Portal.

A copy of your child's report card will NOT be mailed home.

All families should check the parent portal to see how your student

did during the first nine weeks.

* Click on one of the links below to access the Parent Portal.

Existing User: Campus Portal Login (

New User: Infinite Campus (

Stay in the Game!


Columbus City Schools and the Columbus Crew have teamed up for a historic partnership to promote the importance of school attendance.

Student success starts with attendance and engaged learning, either in person or remotely. Students who are absent from school or remote education experiences miss important learning opportunities, which can be difficult, or even impossible, to make up. The mission of the Stay in the Game! Keep Learning, Every Day Network (the Stay in the Game! Network) is to prioritize attendance by connecting its users to resources aimed at tackling chronic absenteeism.

Click here or on the picture above to learn more about

Staying in the Game and improving your child's attendance in school!

Meet Nurse Gina

Hello Ridgeview Middle School Families,

My name is Gina Rancitelli ("Nurse Gina") and I am the new school nurse. I have 15 years of school nurse experience and have been a nurse for over 25 years. I am so excited to be a part of RMS and look forward to getting to know the students and staff.

My goal is to work with you to ensure your students’ health and safety while they are at school. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance. Here’s to a great school year! Click here to gain insight on 10 Tips to Keep Kids Healthy This School Year.


Gina Rancitelli, RN, BSN, LSN

Licensed School Nurse

Health TIPS for KIDS // 4 rules for healthy growth

Getting Real with Mr. Reese

Each month Ridgeview's assistant principal, Mr. Reese, shares a thought that empowers our parents/guardians. Check out October's words of wisdom.

"You are enough as you are perfect in your imperfection"


Calendar of Events

  • November 8, Tuesday: No School for Students (Professional Development Day for Teachers)
  • November 21-25: All Schools Closed - Autumn Break
  • November 23, Wednesday: Compensatory Day for Parent Conferences
  • December 6, Tuesday: Instrumental Music Concert
  • December 15, Thursday: Choir Concert
  • December 20, Tuesday: 30-Minute Early Dismissal
  • December 21, 2022 - January 3, 2023: All Schools Closed - Winter Break
  • January 13, 2023, Friday: End of Quarter 2

Raider of the Month - September

Join us in celebrating the success of these 15 Ridgeview Middle School students!

6th Grade

  • This 6th grade male has great attendance and is a hard worker. He advocates for himself and his peers.
  • She is a hard-working student. This 6th grader participates in class and is a positive role model for others.
  • This male student is showing great leadership in class, has a good attitude, and is a positive role model for others. This 6th grader is on his way to a successful year!
  • She has great attendance and is a hard worker. This 6th grader advocates for herself and her peers.

7th Grade

  • This 7th grader is always ready to learn! His excitement for learning is contagious and we are blessed to have him in our classes!
  • She is an amazing young lady who is always focused on learning and helping others! We are lucky to have this 7th grader on our team! Great Model for RMS behavior.
  • He is a joy to have in class. This 7th grader’s manners make him a “class act”. Also, he is doing great in all of his subjects.
  • This 7th grade girl is a great model of RMS in our classes. She is doing fantastic work as well!

8th Grade

  • As an 8th grader, she is an extremely hard worker, and it shows in the work that she submits. We appreciate her helpfulness and pleasant attitude.
  • She is a hard worker and does a wonderful job participating in class. Because she is committed to academic excellence, this 8th grader is a pleasure to have as a student
  • This eighth grade male is a joy to have in class. His manners make him a “class act”. Also, he is doing great in all of his subjects.
  • She is a great model of RMS in our classes. This 8th grader is doing fantastic work as well!

Unified Arts

  • This 6th grade boy is always happy, positive and energetic. He is willing to participate with lots of enthusiasm in band and physical education classes.
  • He is always eager to speak up in class, and sing in choir. This 7th grader always has a positive attitude, and greets everyone he sees.
  • She is an exceptional 8th grade student and a pleasure to have in class every day. She has a positive attitude and is always willing to try new things.

PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Support) Can Be Fun!

On Thursday, October 27th, Ridgeview Middle School held the Be RMS Student vs. Staff Dodgeball Game.

Students who qualified competed by homeroom teams in an 8 vs. 8 Dodgeball Tournament. In the end, it was the Staff Team versus Mrs. Hawthorne's 6th Grade Team. All students had an excellent time attending the event.

Congratulations to those students who qualified to attend based on their

positive behavior choices during the qualification period.

The pictures of the bracket sheet confirmsthe winner and the Staff Team takes time to pose as the victors!

Even with all the fun, the focus was still and will always be RMS:

Be Responsible

Be a Member

Be Safe

RMS Core Enrichment

Last month RMS introduced a new vision for CORE.

Each student has a notebook and students and teachers are working together to create a positive and successful experience. Here is the CORE enrichment schedule:

  • Monday: Mindfulness Monday
  • Tuesday: i-Ready Pathway – Math
  • Wednesday: Remediation and Enrichment
  • Thursday: i-Ready Pathway – Reading
  • Friday: Data Binders

Listed below is important information that

you and your student must complete on a weekly basis.

WEEKLY GRADES: Every Friday, students should check their own grades in Infinite Campus on the Chromebook. Students will place an X over any day that they have missed for the week in each class as well as sign the bottom of the page. This page will STAY in the notebook.

WEEKLY TO DO LIST: Every Friday students will complete the Weekly To Do List. Using their Chromebook, students will check Infinite Campus for any missing or late assignments and write them under the class title. A current grade will need to be placed on this page for parents to see. Students will create a goal for improving grades and reflect on the grades from the previous week. This paper will go home on Friday and be returned with a parent signature on Monday.

Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Fox

Let me introduce you to Mr. Fox, who draws on a wide variety of experiences as a RMS Math teacher.

Here's 10 thing you may or may not have known:

  1. His first job in high school was working at a grocery store. He bagged groceries, ran the cash register, and stocked the shelves. During his early college years, he worked the night-shift loading trucks for UPS.
  2. The original career plan was to work as an electro-mechanical engineering—designing machines and programming robots. He worked during one summer as an engineer before deciding that sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day is not what he wanted to do for the next 40 years.
  3. Also, he worked part-time as a Math tutor at OSU—a job he thoroughly enjoyed. So, it was at this time that he decided to change careers and become a Math teacher.
  4. John Fox earned his Bachelor’s degree in Math Education from The Ohio State University in 1990. He immediately began working as a substitute teacher for Columbus City Schools.
  5. In 1992, he became a full-time 8th grade Math teacher at Clinton Middle School (now the Columbus Spanish Immersion School).
  6. For the past 15 years, Mr. Fox has been working at Ridgeview Middle School, teaching 7th and 8th grade Math.
  7. While teaching middle school, John has earned his Master’s Degree in Math Education from The Ohio State University. Also, John earned his first National Board Certification in 2000. He attained recertification in 2011 and is currently working on his third National Board Certification in Middle School Math Education.
  8. Conducting workshops to help other teachers obtain the prestigious National Board Certification in Education is another job he enjoys.
  9. Currently, Mr. Fox teaches an evening class once a week at Columbus State Community College, where he helps students working in careers like automotive technician, heating and air conditioning, and construction management. Mr. Fox loves to share his college experiences with his current students and hopes to inspire them to explore all of the awesome opportunities available to students growing up in Columbus City Schools.
  10. Lastly, Mr. Fox admits that he actually likes doing lunch duty for the 6th graders at Ridgeview Middle School. He will even perform magic tricks on Fridays to entertain and amaze them. Lunch duty gives him the chance to get to know the students he will be teaching in the future.

Mr. Fox believes that building and maintaining good relationships with

his students is the key to successful teaching and learning.

Mr. Fox, Ridgeview Middle school salutes you!

Mathematics - Ohio Statewide Testing (OST) in Spring

According to the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction:

  1. Mathematics is a fundamental part of human thought and logic, and integral to attempts at understanding the world and ourselves.
  2. Mathematics provides an effective way of building mental discipline and encourages logical reasoning and mental rigor.
  3. Lastly, mathematical knowledge plays a crucial role in understanding the contents of other school subjects such as science, social studies, and even music and art.

This spring, all Columbus City Schools (CCS) 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will be tested.

Ohio believes all students should be given the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and the support needed to reach this goal. These state achievement tests help RMS to assess how well our students are growing in the knowledge and skills outlined in Ohio’s Learning Standards.

These tests will help to guide and strengthen future teaching so RMS can be sure we are preparing our students for long-term success in school, college, careers, and life.

Stay Tuned: The schedule for testing at RMS will be provide early next year.

PTA Point-of-View

Dear RMS Families,

Our Ridgeview Spirit wear shop is live. A great gift for your Raider. Ridgeview Webstore.

It was nice to see all the families at the Fall Mix and Mingle. We appreciate those who stopped by and signed up for our email listing and became members. The winner of the $35.00 Brush Crazy Gift card was Noor Saqf Alhait. The winner of the painting from Brush Crazy was Ms. Hawthorne.

Volunteers needed! We are currently looking for committee members to help plan and organize 3 events (details below). These events are scheduled in February and May 2023. If you would be willing to help, please email before December 1st. We will not be able to hold these events without committee volunteers. Planning will begin the beginning of December.

Winter Dance – February Exact Date To Be Determined (TBD)

via Zoom, Committee Members will decide on a theme, collect donations, and recruit 10-12 volunteers for the night of the dance. Budget TBD.

Teacher Appreciation – May 1-5

Via Zoom, the Committee Members will determine how the PTA expresses our appreciation for our teachers. Budget TBD.

8th Grade Celebration – Late May Exact Date TBD. Celebrate 8th grade students' accomplishments. Via Zoom, Committee Members will work closely with Mrs. Thomas (School Counselor) to decide on a theme, collect donations and recruit 6-8 volunteers for the day of celebration. The celebration happens after school, typically 2:30 - 5:30 pm.

Please Join us for our upcoming monthly meetings November 3rd and December 1st, via Zoom from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Zoom link:

If you are not currently receiving occasional email updates from the PTA, please email us at and ask to be added to the list to make sure that you are aware of upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

Please consider signing up as a member of the PTA.

General Donations are always appreciated (no amount is too small): Check to Ridgeview PTA or

Here are some no cost/low time ways to support the PTA:

● Download the Box Tops app, add Ridgeview PTA as your school and scan all your receipts

o If this is your first-time registering be sure to use our code: HXSC8XH4 – we receive a little bonus


o No cost to you and RMS PTA does not receive copies of your receipts

● Make RMS PTA your organization on the Kroger Community Rewards program

o At or on your Kroger App, under Rewards, then Community Rewards, add our organization number 84721

o No cost to you and RMS PTA does not receive your personal information

● Make “PTA Ohio Congress Ridgeview Middle” – your organization on Amazon Smile


o Sign in using your existing Amazon account

o Add PTA Ohio Congress Ridgeview Middle as your organization

o Shop through

o No cost to you and RMS PTA does not receive your personal information


Mrs. Pompi, President

Ms. Manko, Vice President


PTA Meeting on Thursday, November 3rd and December 1st, via Zoom from

6:00 to 7:00 pm. Click here to join the meeting.

Celebrate Diversity in November!

Let's celebrate our uniqueness! Click on the links to learn more.

Remember we are better when we work together!

If you missed the RMS Fall Mix & Mingle, you missed a good time

Love Letters from Columbus Female Leaders to RMS Girls

The Huntington Holiday Train at Main Library

Need Help? Check Out Our Community Partners

Here's a list of Columbus City School Partners providing assistance.

  • LSS 211 offers services from homeless shelters to senior living. Call 211.

  • Cap4Kids provides resources for families in the areas of meals, housing, utilities, mental health, and lots more!

  • Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio offers pharmacy services and medicines, counseling on proper medication usage, health screenings, wellness education, and social program assistance for those who cannot afford them. (614) 227-0301.

  • OhioKAN ensures every kinship and adoptive family who wants support navigating the resources available to them can get it.

  • Project Connect provides help to families living in shelter, car, motel, campground, and doubled-up families.

Ridgeview Middle School

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Ridgeview Attendance phone number: 380.997.6994

FACTline Email:

FACTline Phone Number: 614.221.FACT (614.221.3228)

Customer Relations Phone Number: 614.365.8888

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