PTSO and SIC Mtgs Mon, April 9th begins at 6 PM Libraary Commons WIN Career Readiness Test Tue, April 17 Peter and Starcatcher Musical Begins April 20th
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Saturday, October 31, 2015

ATHLETICS: Wrestling Tryouts Begin Monday

Wrestling tryouts will begin on Monday, November 2nd at 4 pm. Any interested students should meet Coach Taylor on the track. Students need a current physical dated after April 2015. If you have any questions please contact Coach Marlin Taylor at

ACADEMICS: Teacher Cadets Place 2nd at Newberry College

On Thursday, October 29th, the RV Teacher Cadets took their annual field trip to Newberry College.  Newberry is the college partner of the Richland Two Teacher Cadet Programs, and the students who successfully complete the Teacher Cadet course earn 3 hours of college credit from Newberry College. These credits are transferable to other colleges and universities. This field study is offered to provide our students the opportunity to tour a college campus and explore the various aspects of higher education. A Teacher Cadet Olympic competition was held, and our cadets tied for second place. To learn more about our Teacher Cadets, follow them on twitter @CadetsRvhs.

ACTIVITIES: Spirit Week Days

This week is Spirit Week as our football team prepares for its final regular season game against Blythewood High. Please take part in the following spirit activities:

  • Monday: Tack Day (Wear Blue & Gold)
  • Tuesday: Mathlete (nerd) vs. Athlete (athletic apparel). The lunch activity will be Brains vs. Brawn. We will have trivia games, sports and other physical activities.
  • Wednesday: Camo Day
  • Thursday: Country (straw hats & overalls) vs. Country Club (preppy clothing). The lunch activity will be a Country Hoedown.
  • Friday: Blackout Day (wear all black). We will be tailgating at Richland District 2 Stadium at Blythewood H.S. on the home side starting at 6 pm.

ARTS: Marching Band Goes for State Title Today

Our Blazer Marching Band will be competing for the South Carolina State Marching Band Championship today at Spring Valley High School. The band will compete at 2:15 pm, and the awards are scheduled for 3:30 pm. Come on out and support your Blazer Band!

Happy Halloween

Friday, October 30, 2015

ARTS: Lower State Band Performance Video

Want to see the video of our Marching Band's performance at the Lower State Competition? Click on the image to go to At The View Daily for a link to the band performance. Subscribe to the blog while you are there.

ACTIVITIES: Wellness Council Looking for Representatives

The Ridge View Wellness Council is looking for student, parent and community representatives. Student participants can even get college credit for being an active participant on the council. If you are interested in helping to make Ridge View a healthier place for students, faculty and staff, contact Mrs. Johanna Strickland at or 699-2999, ext. 84310.

Join Us on Social Media

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Blazers Lend a Hand in Fighting Childhood Hunger

Kaci Merriwether-Hawkins (left) and Faith McKie (right) with
Jamesetta Lovett (center), Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter
Scholarship Chair
Seniors Kaci Merriwether-Hawkins and Faith McKie engaged in a Family Strengthening: Childhood Hunger Project helping to pack more than 66,000 meals for SnackPacks for 5 school districts across the Midlands. Both ladies are participants in the Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Emeralds of Excellence Scholarship and Debutante Cotillion Program. The event, co-sponsored by the Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter, took place at Irmo High School on Sunday, October 25th.

Tailgate Party for Tonight's Game

COMMUNITY: Edventure's Halloween Happening

Thursday, October 29, 2015

ATHLETICS: Boys Basketball Tryouts

Tryouts for the boys Varsity/JV/B-team basketball teams will be held on Monday, November 2nd from 3:45-5:30 pm and Tuesday, November 3rd from 7-8:30 pm for 9-12th graders. The first cuts will be made after the second day of tryouts. To be eligible to participate in any tryouts, you MUST have a completed physical packet dated April 2015 or after on file with the Athletic Trainer. All fall sports participants will be given a fair opportunity to tryout once their season has completed. Please be reminded that if you quit a fall sport that you will not be allowed to tryout for basketball until that fall sport's team has finished its regular season. The final decision on who makes the basketball teams will be up to the Head Basketball Coach, but input will be taken into consideration from others such as coaches, administrators, teachers and staff members. The following is a partial list of criteria that will be used to select our teams: academic standing, classroom attitude, discipline, attitude & character, dedication & commitment, potential, ability to be coached, grade level, desire, and ability & position. If you have any questions, please contact Coach John Combs at

ACTIVITIES: Halloween Costume Contest Tomorrow

Please note that students cannot wear masks and full face make-up.

ACADEMICS: Blazer Teachers Lead Staff Development

RVHS teachers at the Culturally Responsive presentation.
While students were out of school on Thursday, our faculty was busy learning around the district at various staff development sessions. Many of our teachers were actually leading these sessions such as:
  • Jennifer Borowiec & Bob Crowley: The Rules of Engagement: The Art of Redesigning Lessons
  • Melissa Gilbert & Teah Smith: Common Curriculum Lesson Planner
  • Keely Hitchings & Nicole Walker: Using Culturally Responsive Strategies to Enhance Community
  • Carol Kannisto & Agnes Knox-Lewis: Higher Level Text Based Questions and PBL
  • Jeffrey McMicken: Classroom Stations: Effort, Engagement, and Assessment

ATHLETICS: Football Teams Take on Spring Valley

The JV football team will be taking on the Spring Valley Vikings tonight in a home game at Blythewood High's JV stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 pm. The varsity will be playing tomorrow night at Harry Parone Stadium at Spring Valley at 7:30 pm in a game with huge playoff implications. Come on out and support your Blazers! 

Trunk-or-Treat is TONIGHT!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Rotary Youth Exchange Student Deadline November 1st

Would you like to change your life forever and study abroad? Are you interested in representing your country as an exchange student? For more information and to apply, click on the image. The preliminary application is due on November 1, 2015 and should be e-mailed to Vicki Tatum at If this deadline is an issue, contact Vicki Tatum for a possible extension.

ASVAB Test Permission Forms Due Friday

Fall ASVAB testing will be held on November 5th at 8:30 am in the Multi-Purpose Room. Permission forms can be found on the career table adjacent to the main hall. Please turn in the permission forms to Ms. Barnes in the College & Career Center by the end of the day on October 30th.

ATHLETICS: Volleyball Playoff Game Tomorrow

Our Volleyball team will be hosting Boiling Springs in the first round of the state playoffs tomorrow night. Tickets are on sale for $5, and the game is set to start at 7:00 pm. Come on out and cheer on the team.

Tickets on Sale for Thursday's Walking Dead Speaker

ACTIVITIES: Trunk-or Treat Tomorrow Evening

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

This Week in the College & Career Center

Here are the events going on in the College & Career Center this week:

Wednesday, October 28th
  • College Shirt Day: Wear your favorite college shirt and stop by D-95 to get your picture taken!
  • College Lunch Chat: Stop by D-95 to talk to Ms. Burley about the College of Charleston. Bring your lunch!
  • Furman University: Stop by D-95 to get a college pass to speak with Courtney Thomas about Furman University. An appointment time will be made between 10-11 am in 15 minute increments.

Thursday, October 29th
  • SAT Workshop: Sign up in D-95 for this workshop which will be held from 8:30-3:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room. Cost is $40.

REMINDER: Ed-Op College Fair Next Monday

The Ed-Op College Fair will take place next Monday, November 2nd, from 11:15 am - 12:20 pmStudents will have the opportunity to explore colleges and universities further by speaking with an array of college representatives. Make the most of this experience by being prepared with the following:
  • Formulate questions to ask the representatives. If you don't know what to ask, stop by D-95 to get a list of questions. 
  • Prepare self-stick labels with your name, address, email, phone number, high school, year of graduation, intended major(s) and extracurricular activities. You will be asked to fill out interest cards at the booths, and using these stickers will save you time from having to write the same information over and over.

Walking Dead Cast Member to Speak at The View Thursday

College Application Day Set for November 9th

College Application Day will be held on Monday, November 9th. This is a statewide initiative that will allow your student time to go to the Library Commons and apply to the college of his/her choice with the aid of both faculty and select admissions representatives. Many (but not all) application fees will be waived that day, so have your student be prepared with the following:
  1. A form of payment if the application fee is not waived (debit or credit card).
  2. A pre-written personal statement and/or essay of a flash drive. If you don't know if your student's college of choice requires this, please check out the university website, call the university's admissions office, or stop by D-95 for assistance?
The following schools will be waiving application fees and/or have an existing free application: Allen, Benedict, Central Carolina Tech, Coastal Carolina, Coker, College of Charleston, Columbia College, Converse, Erskine, Francis Marion, Horry Georgetown Tech, Kenneth Shuler, Limestone, Newberry, Piedmont Tech, S.C. State, Spartanburg Methodist, USC Lancaster (if you have applied to another USC location), USC Salkehatchie, USC Union, and Winthrop.

ATHLETICS: Softball Bojangles Night

Please come on out and support the Lady Blazer Softball team for a Bojangles Night tomorrow, October 28th from 5-8 pm at the Bojangles closest to I-77 off Killian Road. Thank you for your support.

Monday, October 26, 2015

ARTS: Marching Band Advances to State Championships

Congratulations to the Blazer Band for advancing to the South Carolina State Marching Band Championships for the 19th consecutive year! The Blazer Band's 2nd place finish at the Lower State Prelims this past Saturday has put the band into one of the later performances this Saturday at Spring Valley High School. The band will compete at 2:15 pm, and the awards are scheduled for 3:30 pm. Come on out and support your Blazer Band!

ACTIVITIES: Homecoming Theme Day Pictures

Here are some pictures from our last week's homecoming theme days such as Twin Day, Pajama Day and Spirit Day. As you can see, some of our faculty really showed their school spirit.

ACTIVITIES: Homecoming King & Queen Crowned

Top: Kirk Kinsale, Toney Richbow, Shemar Hinson, Faith McKie,
Dr. Brenda Mack-Foxworth, Alicia McCorkle & Emily Duheme;
Bottom Left: Lena Jones, Deion Jones & Dr. Mack-Foxworth;
Bottom Right: Shemar Hinson & Faith McKie.
The Ridge View football team had a great homecoming on Friday with their 56-21 win over Lugoff-Elgin. At halftime, Deion Jones and Lena Jones, Ridge Views' Homecoming Prince and Princess, were waiting on the sidelines to crown our Homecoming King and Queen, Shemar Hinson and Faith McKie. Shemar is a senior running back for the football team while Faith is the co[captain of the varsity cheerleading team, and a member of our Track & Field team, which set state records in 2014 and 2015 in the 4 x 400 Meter Relay.  Toney Richbow was the first runner-up and Kirk Kinsale was the second runner-up for Homecoming King while Alicia McCorkle was the first runner-up and Emily Duheme was the second runner-up for Homecoming Queen. Congratulations to all of our students who participated in Homecoming.

ASVAB Registration Deadline Friday

The fall ASVAB Test will be administered on November 5th. Permission forms are now available on the career table in the main hallway. Forms are due to Ms. Barnes by October 30th. Late forms will not be accepted.

Hometown H.S. Sports Report Tonight

Tune in to 92.1 The Palm at 7 p.m. on Mondays for the Hometown Sports Report for the latest on Columbia's high school teams. Cola Daily's Tom Lanahan joins Tyler Cupp to discuss upcoming games and matches and exceptional players from cross country, football, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

This Week at The View

Here is what is going on this week at The View!

Monday, October 26
  • Financial Aid Workshop, 6-7 pm in the Multipurpose Room (MPR)
Tuesday, October 27
  • Student of the Month Luncheon at 12 pm in the MPR
  • Fall Chorus Concert at 7 pm at Zion Baptist Church, 801 Washington St.
Wednesday, October 28
  • Winter Wishes Movie Night at 5-7 pm in the Auditorium
Thursday, October 29
  • SAT Workshop at 8 am - 3 pm in the MPR
  • BETA Club Trunk-or-Treat in D Parking Lot from 5:30-7:30 pm
  • JV Football vs. Spring Valley at 6:00 PM at Blythewood J.V. stadium
  • Walking Dead's Jeryl Prescott Speaking Engagement at 5 pm in the Auditorium. Tickets are $10 in advance & $15 at the door.
  • Volleyball Playoffs vs. Boiling Springs @ Home at 7pm (tickets $5).
Friday, October 30
  • Sunday's Best by the Young Ladies of Elegance from 12-1 pm in the MPR
  • Varsity Football @ Spring Valley at 7:30 pm

ACADEMICS: The Walking Dead Arrives on Thursday

Muffins for Moms on November 4th

Muffins for Moms
Who: Ridge View Moms, Grandmothers, and Mom Figures
When: Wednesday, November 4th
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 AM
Where: RVHS Multipurpose Room

Please plan to join us as we honor you for your hard work, dedication, and time you have committed to your Ridge View student and to Ridge View.  Come enjoy all the delicious breakfast items, coffee, and other surprises we are providing for you.

We look forward to seeing you on November 4th.

ARTS: Fall Chorus Concert

Our chorus will be having their Fall Chorus Concert at Zion Baptist Church on Washington Street in Columbia on Tuesday, October 27th at 8 pm. Please come on out to support your Blazers!

REMINDER: Sign Up for the ASSET Test

The ASSET Test for Midlands Tech will be administered at RVHS on Thursday, November 12th. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors can register for this exam. For sophomores and juniors, this test will be used to qualify you for Dual Credit classes offered here at Ridge View through Midlands Technical College next year. Students can receive high school and college credit when successfully completing these classes. This test is also used as a placement/admissions test for Midlands Tech for Seniors. Students will need to have a permission form filled out and signed by their parents and their 1st through 4th period teachers. Please see Mr. Butler in the Career Center if you have any questions and to register for the test.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

ATHLETICS: Football Stomps Lugoff-Elgin

Our Ridge View Blazers stomped visiting Lugoff-Elgin 56-21 on homecoming night. The Blazers led 28-0 by half time, and never looked back. The boys are now  5-4 on the season with a 2-1 region record. The Blazers remaining region schedule is against Spring Valley away on Friday, October 30th and at home against Blythewood on November 6th.

ACADEMICS: Student Article About RVHS Flood Relief Effort

RV Student Body President
Aaliyah Harrell
Natalia Navarro, a student in Ms. Willdermood's journalism class, has written an excellent article titled Ridge View's flood relief drive yields huge success. Read the article by clicking on the image.

ATHLETICS: Bojangles' Bash Preview in The State

RV hosts the Bojangles' Bash Dec. 10-12. The event features 
some of the top teams and players from the midlands. Story 
by C. Michael Bergen at
Another strong field will take part in the third annual Bojangles' Bash Basketball Tournament. The three-day event will be held Dec. 10-12 at Ridge View High and feature some of the top teams and players from the Midlands. Read more about the the teams and individuals set to play in this national level tournament in The State by clicking on the image.

Returning to Normal School Start Times Next Week

Beginning Monday, October 26th, we will return to a normal schedule for school start times. Students should report to the bus stop or school at the normal time starting next week. All half-day classes and after-school programs will also resume their regular schedules.

We greatly appreciate your support during the delayed starts for the past two weeks. This provided valuable time for our bus drivers to become familiar with routes altered due to road closures. At this time, we believe we can safely return to our normal schedule.

Until all roads are reopened, however, we expect some buses to experience delays of up to 20 minutes due to longer routes and traffic congestion. Students should still report to their bus stops at the normal time. We are asking our families for their continued patience and understanding as we work to return to our normal operating schedule.

ACTIVITIES: Trunk-or-Treat on Thursday

Friday, October 23, 2015

Senior Make-up Portraits on Monday

Senior Make-up Portraits has been rescheduled for October 26th in the Multi-purpose Room. The attire for the formal picture will be a company provided tuxedo for male students and a drape for female students. There is no cost to take the formal picture.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

REMINDER: No School Today or Tomorrow

Reminder, students will not attend school today or tomorrow as originally scheduled.

ATHLETICS: Girls Basketball Fish Fry Benefit

The Ridge View girls basketball team wants to play in Washington, D.C., and they need your help. These ladies will be competing against national competition, but will also take the time to visit the White House, the Holocaust Museum, and attend the Maryland vs. Virginia Commonwealth basketball game. In order to help the team, please purchase a $10 ticket for a Fish Fry that will take place this Saturday, October 24th in front of the cafeteria at The View. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event. Contact Coach Terrence Gibson if you have any questions at

ATHLETICS: Volleyball Places 2nd in Region

The Varsity Volleyball team finished their region schedule by defeating Spring Valley 3-1 with scores of 25-11, 25-27, 25-21 and 25-18. The JV team also defeated Spring Valley, and finished the year with a 2-13 record. The Varsity finished their region slate with an 8-2 region record, and an overall record of 12-4. With their 2nd place finish in the region, the ladies will host a playoff game on October 29th against an opponent to be determined. However, the team will play one last regular season game on Tuesday, October 20th at White Knoll.