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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

ATHLETICS: Girls Track Team Competes at Nationals



Pictured L-R: Arlicia Bush, Faith McKie, Alliyah 
Brooks, Johnaida Eliscar & Coach Warren Eure
Members of the Ridge View girls Track & Field competed at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet at North Carolina A&T earlier this month. Check out the article at Cola Daily for a recap of their performance. Just click on the image to read the article. Congratulations on a great showing ladies!

Summer Reading: QB1 by Mike Lupica

This is one in a series of posts highlighting books for our Summer Reading Celebration Day on September 23rd. Students can choose one of the books from our list for their enjoyment. This does not fulfill ANY school requirements and participation will not be graded. Click on the image for the complete list. 

Today's post is about Mike Lupica's QB1, which is about Jake Cullen, a freshman quarterback playing high school football in the high-pressure land of Friday Night Lights (Texas). He is also the brother of Wyatt Cullen, who quarterbacked his team to the Texas State Championship last season, not to mention the son of former NFL quarterback and local legend, Troy Cullen. To be a Cullen in Texas is to be royalty...and a quarterback. All of which leaves 14-year-old Jake in a Texas-sized shadow, a tall order for any boy, especially one who's merely a freshman. This book is 272 pages and contains language.

Class of 2016 Senior Portrait Information

Senior Portraits will be taken by Strawbridge Studios at RVHS on August 3rd-5th. The attire for the formal picture will be a company provided tux for male students and a drape for female students. The formal picture will also serve as the picture for your RVHS 2015-2016 senior ID. It is mandatory that every senior take a picture to participate in senior privileges. Only photographs taken by Strawbridge Studios will be included in the 2015-2016 RVHS Yearbook. There is no cost to take this formal picture. Each senior will receive a postcard with his/her appointment date and time. Conflicts with times can be resolved by calling Strawbridge Studios at (866) 624-6229. Strawbridge Studios has agreed to take indoor and outdoor casual portraits during the same photo session. The casual portraits are optional, and there is a $20 session fee. There are two payment options: 1) bring cash, check or money order to the session made payable to Strawbridge Studios; or 2) pay online at www.strawbridge.net. Click "Order/Pay," input Ridge View information, and under Program select "senior session." Enter your email address and the code listed to the right of the page. You will receive a confirmation code that should be presented at the appointment.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer Reading: The Last Shot - City Streets, Basketball Dreams

This is one in a series of posts highlighting books for our Summer Reading Celebration Day on September 23rd. Students can choose one of the books from our list for their enjoyment. This does not fulfill ANY school requirements and participation will not be graded. Click on the image for the complete list. 

Today's post is about Darcy Frey's The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams. It ought to be just a game, but basketball on the playgrounds of Coney Island is much more than that. For many, it represents their only hope of escape from a life of crime, poverty & despair. In this book, the aspirations of four of the neighborhood's most promising players are chronicled. What they have going for them is athletic talent, grace & years of dedication. But working against them are woefully inadequate schooling, family circumstances that are often desperate, and the slick, brutal world of college athletic recruitment.  This book is 230 pages and contains language, mature themes and violence.

REMINDER: Free Programs & Downloadables from RCPL

Richland County Library has a lot to offer students this summer including free access to downloadable music, video, magazines, and a new program called Beanstack. Here are some of the programs being offered this summer.
  • Summer Learning Challenge: Be sure to use #ilearnbecause this summer to share why you learn AND be entered to win a 3-D Doodle Pen! Enjoy and feel free to share this awesome Summer Learning Challenge Video.
  • Richland County residents can sign-up for a library card online. You must be over age 14. You can immediately access all of our downloadables and databases.
  • We offer Teacher Cards and Child Care Provider Cards for free for Richland County Residents and $10 for out-of-county.
  • We offer Courtesy Cards for folks who don't have proof of residency yet, which are good for 3 months. We also have military and Richland County government employee cards.
  • Coming soon is a new program...Beanstack! Keeping checking our website, you will love this!
  • Did we mention that we have cool downloadables!  Hoopla Digital for movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks. You can also use Freegal for 6 free songs/week that you own forever. Zinio can be used for magazines that you own forever, and Overdrive and 3M for books.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

REMINDER: School Offices Closed This Week

Ridge View High School offices will be closed on Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3rd. School offices will reopen on Monday, July 6th. We hope everyone has a great week and a safe and enjoyable July 4th weekend!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Summer Reading: The Greatest - Muhammad Ali

This is one in a series of posts highlighting books for our Summer Reading Celebration Day on September 23rd. Students can choose one of the books from our list for their enjoyment. This does not fulfill ANY school requirements and participation will not be graded. Click on the image for the complete list. 

Today's post is about The Greatest: Muhammad Ali by Walter Dean Myers. This is the amazing story of Muhammad Ali's childhood, his rise as a champion, his politics, and his battles against Parkinson's disease. This book is 192 pages and is packed with dramatic black-and-white photos. It has a clean read rating.

Reminder: Alex English Basketball Camp/Clinic

The Alex English Basketball Skills Camp/Clinic for boys and girls will be held at Ridge View High Schools from June 29th through July 1st. The cost is $150 per person and the camp is open for boys and girls for 8 years-old to high school graduates. For more information and to register online, click on the image. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer Reading: Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles

This is one in a series of posts highlighting books for our Summer Reading Celebration Day on September 23rd. Students can choose one of the books from our list for their enjoyment. This does not fulfill ANY school requirements and participation will not be graded. Click on the image for the complete list. 

Today's post is about Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles. In this sequel to Leaving Paradise, Caleb Backer left Paradise 8 months ago, taking with him the secret he promised to take to his grave. If the truth got out, it would ruin everything.

Maggie Armstrong tried to be strong after Caleb broke her heart & disappeared. Somehow, she managed to move on determined to make a new life for herself. But then Caleb and Maggie are forced together on a summer trip. They try ignoring their passion for each other, but buried feelings resurface. Caleb must face the truth about the night of Maggie's accident, or the secret that destroyed their relationship will forever stand between them. This book is 291 pages and contains language and mature themes.

HOSA Students Competing at Nationals


At the View would like to wish our Public Health HOSA students good luck in competing at the national competition in Anaheim, California this week. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

ATHLETICS: Alex English Basketball Skills Camp/Clinic

The Alex English Basketball Skills Camp/Clinic for boys and girls will be held at Ridge View High Schools from June 29th through July 1st. The cost is $150 per person and the camp is open to 8 years-old to high school graduates. For more information and to register online, click on the image. 

ATHLETICS: Blazer Rangers Competing at Nationals

L-R: Joseph Guider, Za'Cori Ross, Justin Turrentine,
Nichelle Rodriguez, and Tatian LeGrand
Good luck to our Blazer Rangers Rifle team who are competing in the CMP National Three-Position Air Rifle Championship today and tomorrow in Anniston, Alabama. The Blazer Rangers are seeking to become the best team and individuals out of the top 27 teams from around the U.S. Members of the team include Joseph Guider, Tatiana LeGrand, Za'Cori Ross and Justin Turrentine.

Diplomas Are In!!

Seniors you can now pick up your diploma in the Guidance Office.  You will need to bring 2 items for identification (i.e. drivers licence, school ID, birth certificate, etc); and you will be required to sign for your diploma.  So, no one, other than your parents, will be able to pick up your diploma.  The hours to pick up your diploma are Monday - Thursday from 8:30 - 12 PM and 2:00 - 3:30 PM.  The school will be closed June 29th - July 2nd.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer Reading: Paper Towns by John Green

This is one in a series of posts highlighting books for our Summer Reading Celebration Day on September 23rd. Students can choose one of the books from our list for their enjoyment. This does not fulfill ANY school requirements and participation will not be graded. Click on the image for the complete list. 

Today's post is about Paper Towns by John Green. When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night, dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge, he follows her. Margo's always planned extravagantly, and until now, she's always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q...until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they're for Q.  This book is 336 pages and contains language and mature themes.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Reading: Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

This is one in a series of posts highlighting books for our Summer Reading Celebration Day on September 23rd. Students can choose one of the books from our list for their enjoyment. This does not fulfill ANY school requirements and participation will not be graded. Click on the image for the complete list. 

Today's post is about Sharon Draper's Out of My Mind, which is about 11-year old Melody, who has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school - but no one knows it. Most people, her teachers and doctors included, don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows...but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind, that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At least Melody has a voice...but not everyone around her is ready to hear it. This book is 320 pages and is rated as a clean read.

ATHLETICS: Girls Volleyball Interest Meeting

Interested in your Lady Blazer playing RVHS volleyball for the 2015 season?  Want to meet the new Varsity Girls Volleyball coach?   If so, please attend the interest meeting at 10 AM on Thursday, June 25 in the Ridge View Cafeteria.  At this meeting your girls will also receive a schedule for summer practices and conditioning sessions leading into the tryouts on July 31. 

We look forward to seeing all potential volleyball players at 10 AM this Thursday, June 25 in the Ridge View High School Cafeteria.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Reading: Money Hungry by Sharon Flake

This is one in a series of posts highlighting books for our Summer Reading Celebration Day on September 23rd. Students can choose one of the books from our list for their enjoyment. This does not fulfill ANY school requirements and participation will not be graded. Click on the image for the complete list. 

Today's post is about Sharon Flake's Money Hungry, which is about 13-year-old Rasberry Hill, who is starved for money. She will do just about anything legal to get her hands on the almighty dollar. Memories of being homeless, sleeping in the streets, and eating fro handouts keep Raspberry's eye on the only prize that matters to her: cold, hard cash. But even money can't answer the questions that keep Raspberry awake at night. Will she and Momma ever move out of the projects? What did Ja'nae do with the two hundred bucks RAspberry loaned her? And what's really going on with Momma and that rich doctor? This book is 192 pages and contains language and mature themes.

School Offices Closed Next Week

Ridge View High School offices will be closed next week from Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3rd. School offices will reopen on Monday, July 6th. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

ACADEMICS: Goodwin Selected for GEAR UP Academy

Ridge View High School Class of 2014 graduate, Jazmin Goodwin, has been chosen for the highly competitive GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy (GUALA) and was one of 29 selected from a nationwide pool of applicants. Click on the image to read the entire news release from Carolina Panorama. Congratulations Jazmin!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015

ACADEMICS: 4th Quarter Honor Roll

At The View would like to congratulate all of our 4th Quarter Honor Roll students. Click on the image to see the complete list.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

At The View Recap

For your enjoyment, AT THE VIEW has produced a special edition newsletter which compiles Ridge View's 2015 Spring Events and happenings! Please click on the image to access the newsletter.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

ATHLETICS: Soccer Camp Canceled

Unfortunately, the "Just Kickin' It" soccer camp scheduled for June 22-25 has been canceled due to a lack of interest needed to provide a good learning environment. Thanks to those that supported the camp and we look forward to hosting this event in the future for your children. All parties will begin receiving refunds. We apologize for any inconveniences caused due to this cancellation. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Atlantic Institute Art & Essay Contest

The Atlantic Institute of South Carolina is proud to present its 2015-2016 theme for their Art & Essay Contest: Ten Days, Ten Weeks, Ten Months, Ten Years: What Can YOU Accomplish? No other generation has experienced the fast-paced growth we experience today. We are truly living in a technological era where we are constantly scrambling for the next bit thing and the latest idea. What goals will you crete to keep up in this quick moving world? How will this fast-paced growth shap you? What type of person will you become? Today is the era where creating one phone app can make a 14-year-old a millionaire. So the question begs to be asked... What will YOU accomplish? For more information about this contest, click on the image.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

ACADEMICS: Arts are Smart Advocacy Project

Scholar's Academy Student
Thomas Drummond
Sophomore Thomas Drummond has launched a campaign to lobby the 2016-2017 South Carolina General Assembly for additional arts funding for public schools. Check out his launch video by clicking on the image. This video advocates for the importance of arts education in schools. You can follow Thomas and this advocacy campaign on Twitter @artsaresmarts.

ATHLETICS: $20 Sports Physical

Click on the image to print a voucher to receive a $20 sports physical through August 31st.



Saturday, June 13, 2015

Blazers Participate in Midlands Summit

School might be out, but class is still in session. At least for some of our Blazer teachers that is. Among the teachers participating in Richland School District Two's S.C. Midlands Summit this past week were Patti Clary, Agnes Knox and Teah Smith (pictured), who are learning about project based learning, google classroom, social media as a way of communicating with parents, discovery techbooks, and more. Enjoy your summer students, and take comfort in that your teachers are already preparing for your arrival back at school in August!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Introducing Yearbook Snap

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe summer. As you go on your many adventures, please share your photos with the RVHS yearbook staff through Yearbook Snap, which will allow you to upload your photos to the yearbook staff immediately using your mobile device. Students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to share. Yearbook Snap is available for iPhones and iPads in the App Store, and for Android phones in Google Play. The access code is RVyearbook16.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

ATHLETICS: K-8 Soccer Camp

If you are interested in a soccer camp for your child or children, the Blazer Soccer program is holding a camp from June 22-25 from 9:00 am to 12 pm for rising kindergarten through 8th grade boys and girls. The cost is $60 per child with a $10 discount for two or more campers from the same family. For more information and to register online, click on the image.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

ATHLETICS: Baseball Camp Canceled

We are sorry to announce that Ridge View's 2015 Youth Baseball Camp has been cancelled due to a conflict with construction on our athletic fields.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

WISTV: Graduation Without Gabbiee


Thank you to WISTV for their story on Graduation Without Gabbiee in honor of our beloved Blazer. Please click on the image to view WISTV's video coverage.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Graduation Video

Did you miss graduation? Would you like to watch it again? Click on the image to watch video coverage of our commencement ceremony via Richland Two's Video Portal.

School Board Recognizes Blazers

Left: Daniel Murray being recognized;
Right: Girls 4 x 400 Meter Relay
The Richland School District Two School Board recognized some of our Blazer student-athletes at their board meeting on May 25th. Daniel Murray was recognized for being named to the North-South Soccer All-Star Game. Also recognized was our state record holding 4x400 Meter Relay team of Faith McKie, Jo Jo Eliscar, Arlicia Bush, Lanaya Martin and Alliyah Brooks.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Richland Two Summer Hours

Richland Two schools, centers and administrative offices will operate on a four-day work week, Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 4 pm beginning tomorrow, Monday, June 8th, and ending on Monday, August 3rd. The district will also be closed in observance of the July 4th holiday.

ARTS: Eichelberger & Willis Selected to Honor Choir

L-R: K'nique Eichelberger
and Courtney Willis
Congratulations to K'nique Eichelberger and Courtney Willis on being selected to participate in the 2015 South Carolina ACDA Honor Choir at Southern Wesleyan University in October. They had to submit a recording and were selected by blind audition from thousands across the state! Way to go Blazers.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Lady Blazers Basketball Fish Fry Today


ATHLETICS: Cornelius Harvin Award Winners

At the end of each school year, the Ridge View High School Senior student-athlete that displays the qualities of selflessness, leadership, passion, joy and competitiveness earns the Cornelius Harvin Award. This award is given annually to honor Cornelius and his contributions during and after his time here. Cornelius passed away in 2011 and leaves behind a legacy of greatness that transcends sports. The award is one of the highest honors a Blazer student-athlete can earn during his or her time her. Congratulations to Ridge View High School Seniors Kelsey Ballou and Zane Smith for being selected as the 2015 recipients of the Cornelius Harvin Memorial Award. For more information about this award, please click on the image.

Friday, June 5, 2015

ATHLETICS: 4x400 Relay Team Recognized at State House

L-R: Faith McKie, Arlicia Bush, Coach Amber Haver, 
Alliyah Brooks, Lanaya  Martin and Jo Jo Eliscar
Members of our State Record 4 x 400 Meter Relay team were recognized with a resolution by the South Carolina House of Representatives and Senate on May 25th at the State House. The Blazers broke their own state record from last year when they ran 3:48.81 a couple of weeks ago at the State Championship meet.  

Free SAT/ACT Summer Camp


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Free Programs and Downloadables from RCPL

Richland County Library has a lot to offer students this summer including free access to downloadable music, video, magazines, and a new program called Beanstack. Here are some of the programs being offered this summer.
  • Summer Learning Challenge: Be sure to use #ilearnbecause this summer to share why you learn AND be entered to win a 3-D Doodle Pen! Enjoy and feel free to share this awesome Summer Learning Challenge Video.
  • Richland County residents can sign-up for a library card online. You must be over age 14. You can immediately access all of our downloadables and databases.
  • We offer Teacher Cards and Child Care Provider Cards for free for Richland County Residents and $10 for out-of-county.
  • We offer Courtesy Cards for folks who don't have proof of residency yet, which are good for 3 months. We also have military and Richland County government employee cards.
  • Coming soon is a new program...Beanstack! Keeping checking our website, you will love this!
  • Did we mention that we have cool downloadables!  Hoopla Digital for movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks. You can also use Freegal for 6 free songs/week that you own forever. Zinio can be used for magazines that you own forever, and Overdrive and 3M for books.

ATHLETICS: Summer X-Country Conditioning Begins Monday

Summer Cross Country Conditioning will begin this Monday, June 8th at 7:00 am. This is open to all rising 7th through 12th grade students wishing to run on the Blazers Cross Country team in the fall. This is an excellent opportunity to participate in a sport for RVHS, and meet new friends. Coach Darlington will be organizing summer strength training on Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 11:15 am, and cross country athletes are invited to attend. Student-athletes will need a physical dated after April 1, 2015 in order to participate in summer conditioning, strength training and during the 2015-2016 school year. MEDcare is currently offering $20 physicals. Click on the image for more information about our program.


7th Period Exam & 1/2 Day

Underclassmen Final Exams for your 7th period exam is today. Your Early Bird classes will meet at the regular time all week.  After this exam and your Exam Break, you will go to 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th periods in that order.  Yes, you have a half day, so you will remain in 7th period until you are dismissed by a PA announcement. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Last Chance to Buy a Yearbook

Don't miss your last chance to purchase a Ridge View High School 2014-2015 yearbook! Only 30 copies remain. Stop by the Main Office if you would like to purchase a yearbook or contact Mrs. High-Washington at lhigh@richland2.org.

ATHLETICS: Boys Soccer Players Named All-Region

Congratulations on Gabe Christian, Nicholas Creticos and Nick Goff on being selected to the 2015 Region IV-AAAA All-Region team. In addition, Coach Brian Butler was selected as the Region Coach of the Year. Way to go Blazers!

ACADEMICS: Economics Team Wins State Championship

The RVHS National Economics Challenge team of Greg Hughes, Nicholas Heiler, Brooke Redmond and Schyler Horton won first place in the state competition held by S.C. Economics at the Darla Moore School of Business on April 11th. The students competed by taking tests on macroeconomic and microeconomic principles, and went head-to-head with Eastside High School to win the state championship. These seniors then took a series of tests on a variety of economic areas to compete to be one of four teams to be invited to New York City to decide a national champion. Whereas they did not receive a trip to NYC, they did place 17th in the nation in this national competition against teams from every state including two from California. Congratulations to our State Championship Economics Challenge Team, and their instructor, Mr. Kurt Stiglbauer!

ATHLETICS: Fish Fry Fundraiser Saturday


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

ATHLETICS: Track & Field Awards Ceremony Rescheduled

The Track & Field teams season ending Awards Ceremony has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 4th at 7:00 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room. Anyone who completed the regular season is invited to attend along with your family. Please RSVP to Coach Haver at ahaver@richland2.org with BLAZER TRACK AWARDS in the subject line, and include your full name and the number of people that will be attending with you. Please RSVP no later than Wednesday, June 3rd at 5 pm.


Locker Clean Out Today

Students should remove their locks off their lockers and clean them out today. On Wednesday, locks will be removed and lockers will be cleaned out. If you need your locker combination or need to turn in your lock, please see Mrs. McKenny in the book room.

Last 2 Days of School!

June 4th and 5th are half-days for the students.  On these days, dismissal will be as follows:
  • Middle schools: 10:45 AM
  • Elementary schools: 11:30 AM
  • High schools: 12:15 PM
Breakfast and bag lunches will be served on both days.  All Ridge View Blazers will take their 7th period exam on June 4th.  Any make up exams must be taken on June 5th.

REMINDER: Live Streaming of Graduation Tomorrow

In consideration of family members who may not be able to attend graduation ceremonies in person, Richland Two will again stream all high school commencement ceremonies LIVE. To watch, please visit our Video Portal page. Ridge View's commencement ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 3rd at 8:00 am at the Colonial Life Arena located at 801 Lincoln Street in Columbia. We hope these graduation tips will help you and your graduate get the most out of this special time. Click the image for more information.