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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

RVHS Trivia Game - Question 1

The first student to tweet the correct answer will receive a prize.  Be sure to include your first and last name when you tweet your answer so that we can identify who you are.

20th Anniversary T-shirts & Spirit Items On Sale


Check out our 20th Anniversary Homecoming T-shirt design.  The design on the left side is  on the back of the shirt; and the logo on the right will be on the front in the top left shoulder.  You will be able to purchase the t-shirt and other spirit items  such as towels and cowbells at the 2014 Homecoming Game, Friday, October 3rd.  We also would love for all alumni to stop by the Alumni table and register to receive information of our upcoming 20th Anniversary events.

ACTIVITIES: Need A Ride To The Homecoming Game?

Want to go to the Homecoming Game, but don't have a ride?  We have the solution for you.  There will be a Spirit Bus traveling to the Homecoming Game this Friday, October 3rd.  We will leave from Ridge View at 5:30 PM and returning to Ridge View once the game is over.  This is a FREE trip for those who are interested, but you will need to purchase your game ticket in order to attend the game.  

You may purchase a ticket at any time this week at the school for $5.00 or pay of a ticket at the game for $6.00.  We only have 50 spaces available, so make sure to reserve your spot ASAP!  

Please sign up with Ms. Goings in M-141 by 4:00 PM on Thursday, October 2nd.  Also, please keep in mind that if you ride the Spirit Bus to the game, you must ride it back to Ridge View.  

ACTIVITIES: Today's Homecoming Events

2 Chainz Tuesday & Hat Day


Wear your bling.
No bling?  Wear your hat for $1.00.
Stickers can be purchased in Student Activities

Lunch Activity: Rap Battle in Small Gym

ACADEMICS: September Students of the Month

Our September Students of the Month enjoyed a celebratory pizza luncheon on Thursday, September 25th. Congratulations to the following students of the month: Richard Black (BioHealth Magnet), Kayla Cartledge (CATE), D'Asha Crawford (Health), Spencer Creech (Fine Arts), Keron Darmanie (Fine Arts), Emily Ebbrecht (Physical Education), Imari Gilbert (Math), Joseph Guider (JROTC), Basil Hawk (School for the Arts), Amber Hawkins (English), Valerie Hicks (CATE), Schyler Horton (Scholars Academy), Greg Hughes (English), Andre Marino (Social Studies), Juana Martinez (Blazer Academy), Isaac McFarlan (Science), Ta'von Richardson (World Languages), Trent Maynard Robinson (AVID), Nichelle Rodriguez (JROTC), Khalid Salah (Social Studies), Olivia Sutton (Allied Health Magnet), Jhane' Thomas (World Languages), DeJuan Warren (Science), and Sidney Young (Math).


Monday, September 29, 2014

ACADEMICS: School-wide Tutoring Schedule

School-wide tutoring has begun. For more information, click on the image to view a flyer with the times, dates, locations, and names of tutors. We are also in the process of working out the nuts and bolts of offering peer tutoring sessions during lunch.

College and Career Center News

Here is what is going on this week in the College and Career Center. Please see Ms. Bishop in D95 for passes to attend any of these events.

  • Monday, September 29th: Pomona College visits RV @ 11:00 pm in D95.
  • Tuesday, September 30th: Washington University in St. Louis visits at 9:30 am in D95.
  • Wednesday, October 1st: College Shirt Day for students, faculty and staff. A representative of Columbia College will also be visiting in the Main Hall during lunch.

Other upcoming events include our Francis Marion Decision Day on October 6th (sign up in D95 to have your application fee waived), and our college visit trip to Winthrop University on October 13th for juniors and seniors.

ATHLETICS: Cross Country Teams Improving

Congratulations to the boys and girls Cross Country teams on their great performances at their home meet this past Wednesday. The boys defeated Aiken, Fairfield Central, North Central, and Westwood and were led by fourth place finished Connor McCloskey (pictured), who finished the 5K course in a time of 17:44. Kesley Ballou paced the girls to a third place finish in the team standings while placing first overall in a time of 20:57.  "Both the boys and girls showed great improvement at this meet," said Coach Brian Rosefield. To view the full results, go to strictlyrunning.com. Also, read about the meet at coladaily.

Summer Reading Recap: Getting Away with Murder

One of our most popular books at this years' Summer Reading Celebration was Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case by Chris Crowe. Students discussed the book and the facts surrounding the case, participated in a role playing simulation, and analyzed a Look magazine article written a month after two men were acquitted of killing Emmett Till. In the afternoon, Dr. Nicholas Cooper-Lewter came to speak to the students on the issue of social injustice. Dr. Cooper-Lewter is a licensed psychotherapist, executive life coach, mental trainer, and sports psychology expert.

Tomorrow Is the Last Day for Yearbook Early Bird Special!!

Tomorrow is the last day for you to purchase your yearbook at the special price of $55. The 2014-2015 edition of the yearbook "Once Upon A Time" will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Ridge View. Your yearbook purchase will include a hard bound color yearbook and a DVD highlight. To purchase your yearbook during the Early Bird Sale: 
  1. Purchase online at http://ybpay.lifetouch.com Use the yearbook code 10274115 for RVHS.
  2. Complete the yearbook form located on the Ridge View web site at http://goo.gl/Y0f2dY .
Contact Mrs. Leslie High-Washington by phone at (803) 699-2999 ext. 363 or be e-mail at lhigh@richland2.org.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

ATHLETICS: Ashe Named Player of the Week

Ridge View safety Dinichie Ashe named State Player of the Week for efforts in Week 3 win over Nation Ford when he broke up three passes, and grabbed two interceptions, returning one for a 97 yard touchdown. Read more at The State. Congratulations Dinichie!

ATHLETICS: Winning Wednesday's

There's a new tradition at The View. It's Winning Wednesday's. After every football victory, Coach Jennings and the staff will take the team out for dinner. To kick things off the players went to CiCi's Pizza this past Wednesday. Thanks to CiCi's in The Village at Sandhills for an outstanding job. Go Blazers!

ACTIVITIES: It's Homecoming Week!!

To read more about the events scheduled for Homecoming 2014, click on the flyer.

Summer Reading Recap: Da Bears!

On our Summer Reading Celebration Day on September 17th, students in Da Bears!: How the 1985 Monsters of the Midway became the Greatest Team in NFL History by Steve Delsohn had an interesting day filled with a variety of activities. They discussed the book, and took part in a tailgate party complete with games such as corn hole toss. Our Blazers then filmed the Blazer Shuffle, inspired by the Bears Super Bowl Shuffle.  Click on the image to view Coach Darlington's rendition of the Blazer Shuffle.   They also took part in pre-game training drills before taking the field for a game of flag football. 

REMINDER: Join the RV Walk/Run for Life Team

Join our team and help us support Palmetto Health Breast Center! While we continue to honor all of our faculty and staff who have battled breast cancer, this year we are rallying behind Linda Kent, who is currently battling breast cancer. We hop you will join us this year as we raise money for breast cancer and the Palmetto Health Foundation.  It is time to register or donate to this year's Walk For Life/Run For Life on October 18th. The entry fee for 5K Walk/Run is $25 and $30 for the 10K Run. The deadline to register is October 8th. Please visit the Ridge View team website by clicking the image. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

ALUMNI: Quick Scores 5th NFL Touchdown

Blazer Alum Brian Quick scored his fifth NFL touchdown this past Sunday catching a 51 yards pass from Quarterback Austin Davis in the Rams 31 - 34 loss to the Cowboys. Way to go Brian! To watch the video of his TD reception, click on the image.

Summer Reading Recap: Who Am I Without Him

On our Summer Reading Day, students participated in a book study of Who Am I Without Him by Sharon Flake. Students in this group discussed by books based on quotes provided by the teachers. Students also made real world connections using scenarios from the book by writing in a journal about their thoughts on the story. Afterwards, they were divided into groups and began recording their advice on flip paper to post in the classroom. Students then conducted a Gallery Walk and added advice or comments that they feel might be missing or making note of those that resonate with them. In addition, students created a movie soundtrack based on the collection of stories. 

Summer Reading Recap: The Final Four

On our Summer Reading Celebration Day, a large group of over 100 students convened in the book study group for The Final Four by Paul Volponi. They discussed the book, created banners of their favorite college team, played a trivia game using the Kahoot website, and finished off the day with a conference call from author Paul Volponi. A few students were selected to ask the author questions. He even asked one student, Krashawn Guess, to send him some samples of his writing, so the author could offer some suggestions. Thank you Mr. Volponi for making this such a memorable day for our students.


Free Kaplan Cram Sessions Begin Next Week

As a special offering to high school students, Kaplan will be hosting free prep for the PSAT/NMSQT. The cram sessions are intensive, 90-minute online class taught by an expert Kaplan instructor on the most important material to boost students' confidence on test day. 

These are great sessions for students who need just a little more prep or for those who want a refresher before the test.  Students will walk into Test Day feeling prepared and confident. Last year, many filled up, so students should register early.  The first session is October 4th. For more dates and times and to register, click on the image.

Friday, September 26, 2014

ARTS: Blazer Band to Compete at River Bluff Tomorrow Night

Our award winning Blazer Ban will be competing at River Bluff High School tomorrow at 8:30 pm. Come on out for a great show. Here are some other dates to mark on your calendar:

  • October 4: Irmo H.S. at 8:15 pm
  • October 11: Blythewood H.S. at 2:45 pm
  • October 18: 4A Lower State Prelims at West Ashley H.S. at 1:45 pm
  • October 25: 4A State Finals at Spring Valley H.S. (time TBA)

ATHLETICS: Blazer Rangers Rifle Team Tryouts

Attention past, present and future male and female Cadets. Do you want to join the Blazer Rangers Rifle team? There will be a meeting on Monday, September 29th at 3:45 pm in room B-35. Bring a pen and paper. If you will be new to JROTC next semester, bring your schedule to show Major England. Former cadets must have passed JROTC with a grade of "B" or better to be eligible to tryout. Tryouts will take place Monday through Friday from 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm for two weeks in order to complete all training required. You MUST be able to attend all tryout days if you want to make the team. Tryouts will end on October 10, 2014.

ATHLETICS: Football Tonight vs. South Florence

Our Blazers will be hosting South Florence tonight at 7:30 pm at District Stadium on the campus of Blythewood High School. Come on out and support our team. Go Blazers!


Summer Reading Recap: Leaving Paradise


One of our book groups on our Summer Reading Celebration Day read Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles. Students in this group discussed the book, created a board game based on the book and its themes, and created a Graffiti Wall in which students wrote their emotions on the wall regarding the characters and their decisions in the novel. 

Wake Forest's VIP Program Coming to Columbia

Vibrant. Intellectual. Personal.    We Are Wake Forest
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions invites you and your family to a VIP event on Sunday, October 26th.  The purpose of the program is to provide prospective minority seniors and families an opportunity to discover various aspects and perspectives of Wake Forest, from recruitment to graduation.  As their guest, you will explore Wake Forest University from their dynamic cultural community to their diverse academic opportunities, and hear from area alumni and Wake Forest parents regarding the benefits of a Wake Forest education.  Through VIP, you will begin to picture yourself as a Very Important Part of the Wake Forest Community.  For more information about the VIP program, please contact Hattie Mukombe, Associate Dean of Diversity Admissions by phone (33.758.3561) or by email (mukombhl@wfu.edu).  To request an invitation to the VIP program, please go to  http://admissions.wfu.edu/vip.



Thursday, September 25, 2014

ACADEMICS: Bojangles Sponsors Student of the Month Awards

The Blazer Academy Team would like to thank Mr. Tony Birch, Marketing Coordinator for Bojangles' Restaurants, Inc. for his generous contribution in support of our efforts in celebrating our students' success. We are extremely overjoyed for the gift cards that we received from Bojangles' to award to our Students of the Month. This is yet another example of the great support that Bojangles' restaurants has provided for Ridge View over the last few years. Thanks again for all you do for The View!

ATHLETICS: Mandatory Soccer Meeting Tomorrow

This is a reminder to all girls interested in playing soccer.  There will be a mandatory meeting Friday, September 26th during lunch in D-95. Senior led conditioning will begin soon.  All interested must have an updated and current physical to participate.  If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Bishop in D-95.

Summer Reading Recap: Tyrell

On our Summer Reading Day, students participated in a book study group on the book Tyrell by Coe Booth. Students discussed the book, created  an artistic rendering to display their thoughts about the characters in the book on a graphic of an empty face, and participated in a Gallery Walk of quotes from the book. 

Summer Reading Recap: The List

In the book The List by Siobhan Vivian, a list of the prettiest and ugliest girls are posted throughout the school, but on our Summer Reading Celebration Day, it was all about being positive in this book group. Students participated in a book discussion and activities related to building positive self-esteem including listening to songs promoting positive body image such as "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera, and then created a dance or skit to a song of their choosing. Students also made their own positive lists about Ridge View and our students. 

COMMUNITY REMINDER: Nothing But Net

The "Nothing but Net" challenge will feature prizes, entertainment, concessions, and some well-known but unexpected people who will be cheerleaders, referees, and more.  Also watch Richland School District Two's Board Chair Calvin "Chip" Jackson take Richland School District One's School Board Chair Aaron Bishop in a free throw shooting contest.  To learn more about how the districts are battling breast cancer, please click on the image.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ATHLETICS: Cross Country & a Burger Tonight


The Cross Country team will be hosting its first home meet of the year today versus Aiken, Camden, Fairfield Central, North Central and Westwood high Schools at Sandhills Research Park across from the Village at Sandhills. The girls will race at 5:30 pm while the boys will begin at 6:15 pm. Come on out and support the team, and have dinner while you are there. Pawley's Front Porch will be sending their food truck to the race.  Check out their restaurant and menu by clicking on the image. Please plan on enjoying their Mobile Eats tonight!

ACTIVITIES: Homecoming 2014 Approaching

To read more about the events scheduled for Homecoming 2014, click the flyer.

Summer Reading Recap: Boy 21

In the Summer Reading Celebration Day book group for Boy 21 by Matthew Quick, students discussed the book, and designed and performed skits based on scenes from the book.

Summer Reading Recap: Another Place to Die

It's positve! Nate Pacheco was
infected by the Dr. D virus.
Our popular apocalypse book group read Another Place to Die by Sam North on our Summer Reading Celebration Day on September 17th. Students unknowingly engaged in a hands-on lesson in which simulated bacteria (Glo-Germ UV powder) was transferred to several students through a hand shake with the teacher before being asked to introduce themselves to other students and shake hands. A UV light showed that most of the students in the room had been "infected." Students also participated in another lab modeling the transmission of a disease by exchanging simulated "body fluids" with random students in addition to a book discussion, re-designing the book cover, relating movie clips to the book, and discussing the CDC and current disease threats such as the Ebola Virus.

REMINDER: Guidance Parent Survey

The RVHS Guidance & Counseling Office wants to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to complete this quiz survey so that we can serve you better. We ask that all surveys be completed by October 15th. Please click on the image to take the survey. Your input is needed and greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Interested in an IT Career?

Interested in a career in IT?  Come join the Blazers for a "Tech Night" at Colonial Life October 7th from 3:30 PM until 8:00 PM.  You will get a closer look at IT as a career through an interactive, challenging, and fun evening of activities.  Pizza and refreshments will be served.  This is a fabulous opportunity to get a first hand look at a career in IT.  For more information and permission forms, please see Ms. Van Zyl in C-66.

Summer Reading Recap: Carnival of Success

Our Summer Reading Day culminated with our Carnival of Success in which students could choose from a variety of activities including Wii gaming stations, a bungee run inflatable, a velcro wall inflatable, a manicure station, Richland County Public Library, a dance party with a DJ, Balloon Animal tutorial, a video gaming truck, a football toss, and a soccer game. We hope all of our students had an enjoyable day, and we look forward to making next years' Summer Reading Celebration even better.

ALUMNI: Bishop Selected as Air Force Pilot

Chandler Bishop, a 2011 Ridge View graduate has just earned a pilot slot following his graduation in May for the United States Air Force Academy. Way to go Chandler. The View is proud of YOU!

Summer Reading Recap: The Things A Brother Knows

One of our book groups on our Summer Reading Celebration Day on September 17th read The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt. The students participated in a variety of activities including creating creating a collage as well as creating a pamphlet or brochure identifying the signs, symptoms and treatment available for those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder. To see the student's collages, click on the image.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Summer Reading Recap: The Other Wes Moore

Left: Students playing the Game of Life; Right: Author Wes Moore
On our Summer Reading Celebration down, a group of students read The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates.  The students engaged in a book discussion, played the Game of Life, and designed their own game boards. The author of the book, Wes Moore, saw the picture of students playing the Game of Life on an instagram posting, and sent the group the following tweet: "I love this! Play on!"



College and Career Center News for the Week

Here is what is going on in the College and Career Center this week. Please see Ms. Bishop in D-95 for a pass to visit with any college representatives.

  • Monday, September 22nd: Northwestern University visits at 2:00 pm in D-95. 
  • Tuesday, September 23rd: George Mason University visits at 9:00 am in D-95.
  • Wednesday, September 24th: College Shirt Day for students, faculty and staff.
  • Friday, September 25th: North Carolina A&T University visits at 11:00 am. 

ARTS: Chorus Night at Buffalo Wild Wings

The Ridge View High Chorus will be hosting another Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser at the Two Notch Rd. location on Wednesday, September 24th. Come out and support our singers in fundraising for their trip to sing in New York City. Click on the image to print up this ticket.

Last Week of Yearbook Early Bird Special

Do not miss your opportunity to purchase your yearbook at the special price of $55 until September 30. The 2014-2015 edition of the yearbook "Once Upon A Time" will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Ridge View. Your yearbook purchase will include a hard bound color yearbook and a DVD highlight. To purchase your yearbook during the Early Bird Sale: 
  1. Purchase online at http://ybpay.lifetouch.com Use the yearbook code 10274115 for RVHS.
  2. Complete the yearbook form located on the Ridge View web site at http://goo.gl/Y0f2dY .
Contact Mrs. Leslie High-Washington by phone at (803) 699-2999 ext. 363 or be e-mail at lhigh@richland2.org.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

ATHLETICS: X-Country Results from Blythewood Meet

The Ridge View Boys and Girls Cross Country teams raced at Blythewood High last Wednesday. The girls lost to Blythewood 21-40 while the boys placed 2nd in a 4-way meet. The score of the boys race was Blythewood 16, RV 44, Eau Claire 92, and Fairfield Central 103. The girls were paced by the efforts of Kelsey Ballou (20:54), Laurel Fite (24:20), and Charmaine McIntosh (26:07). Individual leaders for the boys were Connor McCloskey (17:39), Carlo Milan (18:29) and Jermaine McIntosh (18:50).

ATHLETICS: Blazers Defeat Nation Ford in Football


Left to Right: Marcus Reaster-Glover, Khalil Hopkins and Nasir Player
Congratulations to the varsity football team on defeating Nation Ford by a score of 48-40 to improve to 2-2 on the season. This capped a great week for the Blazer football program after three Blazers were recognized by The State paper as Honor Roll Players for their efforts in the Week 3 win over Irmo. Making the honor roll were Defensive End Khalil Hopkins who had 12 tackles, a tackle for a loss, 2 fumble recoveries, and a fumble returned for a TD. Linemate Nasir Player was also recognized after making 11 tackles and causing a fumble. On special teams, Marcus Reaster-Glover was recognized for his 80-yard kickoff return for a TD. Click on the picture of our honor roll players to see the article on The State. Next up for the Blazers is South Florence on Friday, September 26th at 7:30 pm at District Stadium on the campus of Blythewood High School. Go Blazers!

Summer Reading Recap: The Fault in Our Stars

One of the highlights of our Summer Reading Celebration Day on September 17th was the huge turnout of approximately 300 students that participated The Fault in Our Stars book group. These students discussed the book, and had guest speakers from S.C. Hospice. The author of the book, John Green, took notice of our tweets of what was going on with his book group, and Mr. Green tweeted to us first. He then responded to tweets from our students. He also requested a picture of the students in this book group, which we were more than happy to provide him with. Thank you John Green for making this day even more special for our students.

COMMUNITY: Join Our Walk/Run for Life Team


Join our team and help us support Palmetto Health Breast Center! While we continue to honor all of our faculty and staff who have battled breast cancer, this year we are rallying behind Linda Kent, who is currently battling breast cancer. We hop you will join us this year as we raise money for breast cancer and the Palmetto Health Foundation.  It is time to register or donate to this year's Walk For Life/Run For Life on October 18th. The entry fee for 5K Walk/Run is $25 and $30 for the 10K Run. The deadline to register is October 8th. Please visit the Ridge View team website by clicking the image. 

COMMUNITY: Girl Talk and Boy Talk

Group members at various
functions over the last year.
Girl Talk and Boy Talk are free after school programs for teens operated by Christ Teens, but held at Ridge View High School on Tuesday's from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm in room B-34. Come on by for free food, lots of fun and fellowship. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

ACADEMICS Highlight: BioHealth/Allied Magnet New Member


The BioHealth and Allied Health Magnet sophomores welcomed a new member to the family in the form of their own two foot skeletal Maniken. During their Human Body Systems course, they will model human anatomy and explore human physiology using their Maniken's. They will build muscles, create blood vessels and nerves, and sculpt a brain on their Maniken's using play dough like clay.

THE ARTS: Blazers Selected to Honor Choir


Two advanced chorus students, Allondra Stroman and Knique Eichelberger, will be traveling to Anderson University in October to participate in the South Carolina's American Choral Director's Association Honor Choir. The students went through a rigorous audition process and were selected from a number of students from across the state. Way to go Blazer Singers!

Scholarship Opportunity Available for Seniors

The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 303 is offering an opportunity to win a scholarship in the amount of $500.  Applications must be received by January 15, 2015.  The scholarship winner will be announced on April 15, 2015.  Click the image to review the scholarship requirements and determine the materials needed to apply.