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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Parent Tutoring Survey

We are interested in getting parent feedback on tutoring at RVHS and the concept of peer tutoring, which we would like to explore in order to increase the availability of tutoring. We appreciate your assistance by completing a parent survey by clicking on the image. Thank you for your assistance.

ACADEMICS: Scholars Academy Capstone Proposals

Pictured (L-R): Andie Carver, Jammie
Huynh, Kathleen Arevalo, Devin
Lemon, Dr. Toni Williams and Carlo Milan
On Tuesday, September 22nd, Scholars Academy seniors presented their Capstone Research proposals before qualitative researcher Dr. Toni Williams of the University of South Carolina's Language and Literacy department. The research plans covered a variety of subjects including ways art therapy could be utilized in the high schools as a means of combating stress to whether or how to provide veterans in long-term care facilities with fresh, healthy food at low costs. The students received feedback from Dr. Williams on how to move forward with their research.

ACADEMICS: Teacher Cadet Program Visit

On September 24th, Mrs. Lynn Dowd, a professor from Newberry College, came to Ridge View to discuss our partnership through CERRA and the Teacher Cadet Program to our Teacher Cadets. Blazer students in this teacher training program receive dual credit - high school and college. Students receive college credit through Newberry College.

ACADEMICS: Scholars Freshmen Leadership Retreat

On September 12th, the Scholars Academy Freshmen attended a one day leadership retreat conducted by former Ridge View Student Activities Director Lisa Ellis, who led the students through a variety of engagements designed to help them develop bonds with one another, assess their strengths and areas of growth, reflect on personal values and set long-term goals. We look forward to watching these young people grow into academic leaders in our community.

ACADEMICS: PSAT/NMSQT Test on Oct. 14th

The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered on October 14th. All sophomores will be tested as well as any juniors who sign up for the test. All juniors who would like to take the test must sign-up with Mrs. Aldighieri in D-95. The cost of the test is $15. However, there are a few fee waivers available for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch.

The National Merit Scholarship program is an annual academic competition among high school students for recognition and college scholarships. The PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test for entry to the 2017 National Merit Program. The competition will span about 18 months from entry in October 2015 until the Spring of 2017 when scholarships for college undergraduate study will be awarded. Please contact Ms. Jacqueline Walker, Director of the Office of School Counseling, with any questions at 803.699.2999 ext 84215 or jawalker@richland2.org.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Join's Ridge View Walk for Life/Run for Life Team

As we continue to honor all of our faculty and staff who have battled breast cancer, we hope you will join us this year as we raise money for breast cancer and the Palmetto Health Foundation.  This year our goal is $2,000, which means we will need 67 walkers to achieve this goal.  So please register or donate to this year's Walk For Life/Run For Life on October 17th at Finley Park. The entry fee for 5K Walk/Run is $30 and $35 for the 10K Run until October 6th. After this deadline the entry fee is $35 for the 5K Walk/Run and $40 for the 10K Run.  Please visit the Ridge View team website by clicking the image. 







Senior Make-up Portraits Next Week

Strawbridge Studios is returning to THE VIEW on October 5th to take Senior Make-up portraits.  The attire for the formal picture will be a company provided tux for the male students and a drape for the female students.  The formal picture will also serve as the picture for the Ridge View 2015-16 senior ID card.  It is mandatory that every senior take a picture to participate in senior privileges.  Only photographs taken by Strawbridge Studios will be in the 2015-16 Ridge View yearbook.  There is no cost to take the formal picture.  

Each senior should have received an appointment date and time by September 25th.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. High-Washington (lhigh@richland2.org).

ACADEMICS: World History Dioramas


Students in Mrs. Robins World History Honors class built diorama's to show what they learned about life during the Middle Ages in an interesting and dynamic way from the perspective of one of the following classes: the King, Barons, Knights or Serfs. Some of the diorama's displayed the main components of a Medieval castle, a typical serf's home, models of the manorial system, and jousting tournaments.

Still Time to Order Your Yearbook

Don't wait!  Yearbooks are on sale for only $60.00 until tomorrow.  After this date they will return to the regular price of $75.00.  So purchase your student's yearbook online at Yearbook Forever with a credit card.  You can also mail your payment and a completed order form to Ridge View High School (ATTN: Yearbook), 4801 Hard Scrabble Road, Columbia, SC 29229.  To access the order form, click on the image. 

Don't Forget to Join, Deadline Approaching


As we continue to honor all of our faculty and staff who have battled breast cancer, we hope you will join us this year as we raise money for breast cancer and the Palmetto Health Foundation.  This year our goal is $2,000, which means we will need 67 walkers to achieve this goal.  So please register or donate to this year's Walk For Life/Run For Life on October 17th at Finley Park. The entry fee for 5K Walk/Run is $30 and $35 for the 10K Run until October 6th. After this deadline the entry fee is $35 for the 5K Walk/Run and $40 for the 10K Run.  Please visit the Ridge View team website by clicking the image. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Want an Interview at Chick-fil-A?

A Hiring Manager for Chick-fil-A will be at Ridge View on Thursday, October 1st to conduct interviews for their new facility being built on Killian Road. Interviews will take place from 3-5 pm. Applications are available in D-95. To qualify for an interview, a completed legible application with a cover letter and resume should be turned in to Ms. Harmon in Room D-95. An assigned interview time will be given upon receipt of your application, cover letter and resume. If you need help, stop by D-95 before school, during lunch or after school for assistance.

REMINDER: Blood Drive This Friday

Ridge View will host a Blood Drive this Friday, October 2nd, from 9 AM - 3 PM in the Multipurpose Room. Students under the age of seventeen need parent permission to donate. Parent permission forms are available outside of Student Activities on M-Hall.  We would like to also encourage the Blazer staff, parents, and community members to participate in this blood drive. All that we ask is that all parents and community members sign in at the front desk.  We will have someone escort you to the blood donating area.

ATHLETICS: Volleyball Neon Night Tomorrow

The Ridge View Volleyball teams will host Blythewood tomorrow night. It will be NEON NIGHT, so wear your brightest clothes. Ridge View students showing their RV student I.D. will get in for $2. The JV game begins at 5:30 pm with the Varsity to follow. Let's pack the gym as our 4-0 Lady Blazers take on the 4-0 Lady Bengals!

ATHLETICS: Rosefield to be on 92.1 FM Tonight

Coach Brian Rosefield
Tune in tonight to 92.1 FM from 7-8 pm to hear our very own Athletic Director, Coach Brian Rosefield discuss Ridge View athletics with Tom and Tyler on the Hometown Sports Report. Click on the image to read more about the show on coladaily.com.






Last Alive@25 Class This Semester

Students wishing to park on campus during the school year must first complete the Alive@25 training.  The last class for this semester is October 13 from 4:00-8:30 pm. Registration should be completed online at scalive25 by clicking on "classes" from the drop down menu or by calling (803) 732-6778. Register early since classes do fill up quickly. Additional information about parking on campus can be found on our website.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

ATHLETICS: Volleyball Takes Down Westwood

The Varsity Volleyball team defeated Westwood on Thursday night 3-1 (25-20, 25-19, 24-26, 25-14). The Blazers were led by Amarrah Cooks with 20 kills, Teona Willis with 31 assists and 15 digs, and Jaylin Lewis and Adrianna Young with 10 kills each. The Varsity is now 6-2 overall and 4-0 in the region.

This Week at The View

This Saturday Night!
Here is what is going on at The View this week:

Monday, September 28th
  • FREE “How to Pay For College Night” from 6-8 pm in the Library Commons.  
Tuesday, September 29th
  • Alive @ 25 at 4 pm in Room A-1.
  • Girls Golf vs. Blythewood & Lugoff-Elgin @ Columbia Country Club at 4:30 pm
  • Swimming @ Rock Hill at 5:00 pm
  • Girls Tennis and Volleyball vs. Blythewood at home at 5:30 pm
Wednesday, September 30th
  • College Shirt Day- Wear your favorite college shirt and stop by D-95 to get your picture taken! 
  • Presbyterian College representative will be here at 9:30 am. Sign up in D-95 to get a pass!
  • College Lunch Chat- Stop by Mr. Coleman’s classroom (B47) to talk about The Citadel. Bring Your Lunch!
  • Volleyball vs. Keenan & Dreher @ Dreher at 5:30 pm
  • Girls Tennis @ Irmo at 5:30 pm
Thursday, October 1st
  • Francis Marion Bus Trip: Sign-Up ASAP in D-95! Cost of $25.00 includes lunch.  
  • Girls Golf vs. Lexington & Irmo @ Lexington Country Club at 4:30 pm
  • Volleyball & Girls Tennis @ Dutch Fork at 5:30 pm
  • JV Football vs. N. Augusta @ RVHS at 6:30 pm
Friday, October 2nd
  • Francis Marion Interview Day- Sign-up for a college interview! Come to D-95 to get an application and recommendation form.  Application Fee waived and decision of acceptance that day!
  • Varsity Football @ North Augusta at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 3rd
  • Cross Country at the Wendy’s Invitational in Charlotte, NC 9:00 am
  • SAT Testing on A-Hall from 7 am – 3 pm
  • Elite Basketball Camp in the Gym from 10 am – 3pm
  • Girls Powderpuff Football at RVHS 6-7:30 pm

ATHLETICS: Staley Named Player of the Week

Damani Staley (left) and 
Coach Perry Parks at the 
Columbia Touchdown Club
Blazer junior Damani Staley is the son of Duce Staley, former star running back for Airport H.S., the University of South Carolina, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers. The younger Staley has become a star in his own right as a defensive lineman on the now 3-2 Blazer football team. On Thursday morning, Staley was recognized by the Columbia Touchdown Club as its Defensive Player of the Week. Later that evening, he helped the Blazers defeat the South Florence Bruins 29-14. Staley led a stifling Blazers "D", which held the Bruins to 40 total yards in the first half, and 80 yards total passing in the game, way off their season average of 383. Staley had three sacks in the game, and now has 9 on the season, which is tops in the midlands. 

REMINDER: Boys Golf Meeting Tomorrow

All boy's interested in playing golf this year need to attend the organizational meeting on Monday, September 28th during lunch in room G-9. Uniforms will be ordered and fundraising opportunities will be discussed. It is very important that you attend this meeting if you wish to vote on uniform colors and styles. If you have any questions, see Coach Gilmer.

REMINDER: SMOOTH Movement Meets Tomorrow

The SMOOTH Movement (Serious Men Operating On-Purpose Through Honor) is an empowerment program in which young men of character, leadership, and morals meet together with the common purpose to provide an uplifting positive image for male students at Ridge View High School.  A SMOOTH young man is committed to academics, has respect for self and others, and is willing develop to a school and community leader.  He is also well-dressed which means that he DOES NOT sag his pants. It is our hope that we will bring young boys and mold them into SMOOTH young men. It is also our goal for students to participate and understand the importance of community service. The SMOOTH Movement will strive to positively impact Ridge View and surrounding community. We believe that with a small group of positive leaders, you can influence an entire school to become positive leaders. The program meets on Monday's during lunch in Room B48.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Student News via YouTube

Did you miss your Blazer News on Friday? If yes, click on the image to watch our student news program via YouTube.

ATHLETICS: Football Tops South Florence 29-14

QB Tre' High throwing a pass. (Photo from The State)
The Blazer football team traveled to South Florence on Thursday night and defeated the Bruins 29-14 behind a good defense and a strong running game. The offense was led by junior Ali Kelley who rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Junior Quarterback Tre' High was 4-7 for 41 yards passing but also chipped in with 75 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown for the Blazers. Junior defensive lineman Damani Staley led the defense with 3 sacks. Congratulations Blazers on another great victory. The Blazers are now 3-2 on the season, and will play North Augusta on the road this Friday night. For more information about the game, click on the image for coverage by The State.

ACTIVITIES: Tournament of Bands Student Ads

Hello Blazer Family! It's that time of year again, we will be hosting the Tournament of Bands on October 17th. Would you like to recognize your talented band student with a special "shout out" ad in this year's Tournament of Bands program? This is the perfect opportunity for you, your loved ones, neighbors and friends to express how you feel about your very talented band student. You will also be supporting your Blazer Bands. Please email your text and/or photo to pmattox1@sc.rr.com. The deadline to sign up for an ad is September 28th. If you are a business owner or know someone who owns a business who would be interested in sponsorship information, please contact Perry Mattox at 803-414-1134 or pmattox1@sc.rr.com.

There Is Still Time To Order Your Yearbook

Don't wait!  Yearbooks are on sale for only $60.00 until September 30th.  After this date they will return to the regular price of $75.00.  So purchase your student's yearbook online at Yearbook Forever with a credit card.  You can also mail your payment and a completed order form to Ridge View High School (ATTN: Yearbook), 4801 Hard Scrabble Road, Columbia, SC 29229.  To access the order form, click on the image. 

REMINDER: Club B.E.T.A. Dance Tonight!

The Ridge View Chapter of the National Beta Club will host its 2nd Annual Club B.E.T.A. (Because Everyone Takes Action) dance tonight, Saturday, September 26th from 7 pm to 12 am in the RVHS gymnasium. This will be a safe environment for Richland School District 2 high school students. You must have a valid 2015-2016 school I.D. to enter. No exceptions. Tickets are $10 at the door. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Missed Your Senior Portrait Appointment?

Strawbridge Studios is returning to THE VIEW on October 5th to take Senior Make-up portraits.  The attire for the formal picture will be a company provided tux for the male students and a drape for the female students.  The formal picture will also serve as the picture for the Ridge View 2015-16 senior ID card.  It is mandatory that every senior take a picture to participate in senior privileges.  Only photographs taken by Strawbridge Studios will be in the 2015-16 Ridge View yearbook.  There is no cost to take the formal picture.  

Each senior should receive an appointment date and time by today, September 25th.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. High-Washington (lhigh@richland2.org).

ACTIVITIES: Club B.E.T.A. Dance Tomorrow Night

The Ridge View Chapter of the National Beta Club will host its 2nd Annual Club B.E.T.A. (Because Everyone Takes Action) dance tomorrow, Saturday, September 26th from 7 pm to 12 am in the RVHS gymnasium. This will be a safe environment for Richland School District 2 high school students. You must have a valid 2015-2016 school I.D. to enter. No exceptions. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Contact a member of the National Beta Club, Ms. Fennel or Ms. Knox for more information or tickets.

Newest Baby Blazer!!

Congratulations to Mrs. Staci Weeks, our Mathematics teacher, on the birth of her son, Michael Weeks, who was born on September 15th.  Everyone is doing well.

Join Us on Social Media

Aside from AT THE VIEW Daily, Ridge View High utilizes other social media outlets such as Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, Our Feed, and the RVHS Website. Click on the icons below to view our other social media sites.

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ATHLETICS: Girls Track & Field Interest Meeting Today

Interested in joining the Girls Track & Field Team? There will be an interest meeting today during lunch in the Multipurpose Room with new Coach Warren Eure. Interested girls should bring their lunch to eat during the meeting, which will last 20-30 minutes. Bring a friend.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

ACADEMICS: Summer Reading Student Survey

We hope that everyone had an enjoyable day during our Summer Reading Celebration yesterday. We would like to get feedback from our students on yesterday's activities as well as how to make our Summer Reading Celebration even better next year. If you have not already completed the Summer Reading Exit Slip Survey, please do so at your earliest convenience. Also, if you would like to see details about some of the books under consideration for next year, which can help you complete the survey, please click on the image.

ACADEMICS: RV Reads a Success

Our 8th Annual Summer Reading Celebration, Ridge View Reads, was a great success yesterday. A big thanks to all of the faculty, staff and students who made this event successful. Don't take our word for it, though, click on the image and read the Twitter posts that were made throughout the day at #RVreads2015. We'll provide some additional highlights in the coming days.

ATHLETICS: Basketball Fundraiser Games Set for Today

If you are a basketball fan, come on out today during lunch to see four great games for $1 in the gym. All proceeds will benefit the RVHS Boy's Golf Team. Here is the game schedule:

  • 12:30: Team Faculty Rules (Led by Coach Gibson & Gilmer) vs. SK Squad
  • 12:30: Team Elite vs. Team all Might Glow
  • 12:41: Team Gamecocks vs. Team All-Stars
  • 12:41: Team Under Armour vs. Team Glory

ATHLETICS: Boys Golf Meeting on Monday

All boy's interested in playing golf this year need to attend the organizational meeting on Monday, September 28th during lunch in room G-9. Uniforms will be ordered and fundraising opportunities will be discussed. It is very important that you attend this meeting if you wish to vote on uniform colors and styles. If you have any questions, see Coach Gilmer.

ACTIVITIES: RVHS Blood Drive Next Week

Ridge View will be hosting a Blood Drive on Friday, October 2nd from 9-3 in the Multipurpose Room. Students under the age of seventeen need parent permission to donate. Parent permission forms are available outside of Student Activities on M-Hall.  We would like to also encourage the RVHS staff, parents, and community member to participate in this blood drive. All that we ask is that all parents and community members sign in at the front desk.  We will have someone escort you to the blood donating area.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ATHLETICS: Volleyball Defeats Spring Valley

Congratulations to the Ridge View Volleyball team on improving to 5-2 on the season after defeating Spring Valley at The Valley. The Blazers won 3 matches to none with scores of 25-20, 25-7 and 25-20. Great job ladies!

ACTIVITIES: Want to Run for Homecoming King or Queen?

Any SENIOR interested in running for Homecoming King or Homecoming Queen should pick up an intent to run form outside of Student Activities on M-Hall. All forms are due by September 30th and there will be a mandatory meeting on October 6th.

Tonight is Bo Time!

Come on out to the Bojangles on Killian Rd. and support the Lady Blazers Golf team on Wednesday, September 23rd from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Ten percent of all proceeds will be donated back to the golf team. We appreciate your support.

Today is Your Summer Reading Celebration Day

Our Summer Reading Celebration will begin today at 9:30 am. Students are asked to bring their Summer Reading books, pens and pencils, paper and chromebooks, which will be used throughout the day during the activities that our faculty & staff have planned for our students. Please be reminded that regular attendance will be taken today. We have many great activities planned including a Carnival of Success to end the day!  Here is the bell schedule for today:

  • 9:30-10:00 (Advisory)
  • 10:00-10:10 (Welcome Students)
  • 10:10-12:30 (Morning Session)
  • 12:30-1:07 (Lunch)
  • 1:12-2:15 (Afternoon Session)
  • 2:15-3:35 (Carnival of Success)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

ACADEMICS: Human Body Systems Manikens Get Facelift

Sophomore BioHealth and Allied Health Magnet students have started putting a face on their Manikens during their Human Body Systems course. The students will work throughout the year building muscles, creating blood vessels and nerves, and sculpting the brain. The goal is to explore the relationships between the human body systems.

ATHLETICS: Girls Track Interest Meeting on Friday

Interested in joining the Girls Track & Field Team? There will be an interest meeting this Friday during lunch in the Multipurpose Room with new Coach Warren Eure. Interested girls should bring their lunch to eat during the meeting, which will last 20-30 minutes. Bring a friend.

ACTIVITIES: Join the SMOOTH Movement

The SMOOTH Movement (Serious Men Operating On-Purpose Through Honor) is an empowerment program in which young men of character, leadership, and morals meet together with the common purpose to provide an uplifting positive image for male students at Ridge View High School.  A SMOOTH young man is committed to academics, has respect for self and others, and is willing develop to a school and community leader.  He is also well-dressed which means that he DOES NOT sag his pants. It is our hope that we will bring young boys and mold them into SMOOTH young men. It is also our goal for students to participate and understand the importance of community service. The SMOOTH Movement will strive to positively impact Ridge View and surrounding community. We believe that with a small group of positive leaders, you can influence an entire school to become positive leaders. The program meets on Monday's during lunch in Room B48.

Monday, September 21, 2015

This Week AT THE VIEW

Here is what is going on at The View this week. For more information, check out our events calendar on our website by clicking on the image.

  • Monday, Sept. 21: Student of the Month Celebration   12 PM  in the Multipurpose Room
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22: Volleyball & Girls Tennis @ Spring Valley HS @ 5:30 PM; Beta Club Induction @ 6:00 PM in Cafeteria
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23: Summer Reading Celebration; Swimming @ Greenwood @ 5:00 PM; Golf Bojangles Night  5:30 - 8:30 PM; Cross Country vs Westwood @ Westwood HS @ 5:30 PM
  • Thursday, Sept. 24: Girls Golf vs. River Bluff and Blythewood HS @ the Windemere Club @ 4:30 pm, Volleyball and Girls Tennis @ Westwood HS at 5:30 pm; Varsity Football @ South Florence   @ 7:30 PM  
  • Saturday, Sept. 26: Cross County Pancake Breakfast 9:00 - 11:30 AM @ Applebees; Club B.E.T.A  7:00 PM - 12:00 AM

ACADEMICS: Elemental Atoms PBL

Pictured Left: Georgne' Herring & Devin Holder; Ieuan Howze (not pictured)
Pictured Right: Madison Stone, Victoria Rickards & Christopher Sumter
Students in Dr. Maynes' first and third block classes explored the atom in a Project Based Learning (PBL) lesson as teams of students selected their "favorite" elements, and joined with their teammates to apply what they learned during their current unit of study to their elements. The teams then shared what they learned in an oral report to the class, and made a poster of their own design highlighting the uses and properties of the elements. Visitors to The View can see the posters on display in room D-87.

Wednesday Night Is Bojangles Night

Come on out to the Bojangles on Killian Rd. and support the Lady Blazers Golf team on Wednesday, September 23rd from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Ten percent of all proceeds will be donated back to the golf team. We appreciate your support.