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Monday, November 30, 2015

Student/Parent Registration Information Sessions Canceled

We apologize but the Student Parent Registration Information Sessions planned for this week have been canceled. We will let you know of the rescheduled dates as soon as possible.

ARTS: Holiday Arts Festival Next Week


ATHLETICS: Cooks Signs with Jacksonville University


Congratulations to senior Amarrah Cooks on signing a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball for Jacksonville University Dolphins in Jacksonville, Florida. Amarrah is ranked 80 in her class and has a current GPA of 3.6.  She is the captain of the Ridge View High School volleyball team, was named All-Region player in 2014 and 2015, and was nominated for the 2015 National Under Armour Volleyball Team.  She plans to major in Pre-Med and minor in business and wants to be an orthodontist with her own practice.  Way to go Amarrah!

Senior Scholarship Information

Click on the image to view a list of new scholarships that you can apply for. We would like to remind Seniors that it is very important that when you receive an acceptance or scholarship letter (whether or not you will be going to that college or university) that you bring them to D-95. We need to compile records of all the scholarships offered to our students.

REMINDER: District Choice Fair Tomorrow Night

Richland School District Two will hold its annual Choice Fair at Spring Valley High School tomorrow night, Tuesday, December 1st. The fair provides an opportunity to learn more about the great choices offered at all Richland Two schools and the process to apply for magnet programs and expanded choice. The fair begins at 5:45 pm for families interested in learning about elementary schools and their programs; 6:30 pm for middle schools and their programs; and 7 pm for high schools an their programs. The online application process for magnets and expanded choice opens on January 4, 2016, and closes on January 22nd. Click on the image for more information on the district's Choice Program.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

EVENT CANCELED: Student Parent Registration Information Sessions

We apologize but the Student Parent Registration Information Sessions planned for this week have been canceled. We will let you know of the rescheduled dates as soon as possible.

This Week at The View

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

Monday, November 30th
  • Girls B-Team Basketball (6 pm) & JV (7:15 pm) @ Lexington H.S.
Tuesday, December 1st
  • Wrestling @ Airport H.S. at 6 pm
Wednesday, December 2nd
  • EVENT CANCELED: Parent/Student Registration Information Session from 8-9 am in the Auditorium for grades 9-11.
  • College Lunch Chat: Stop by D87 to talk to Dr. Maynes about St. Lawrence University. Bring Your Lunch!
  • College Shirt Day: Wear your favorite college shirt and stop by D95 to get your picture taken!
Thursday, December 3rd
  • B-Team Boys Basketball @ Chapin at 5:30 pm
  • EVENT CANCELED: Parent/Student Registration Information Session from 6-7 pm in the Auditorium for grades 9-11.
  • Winter Wishes Foster Child Party from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Cafeteria
  • JROTC Booster Club Meetings from 6-8 pm in B35 & B36.
Saturday, December 5th
  • SAT Testing from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm in A-Hall
  • Band Fruit Distribution in the Bandroom & Bus Loop from 8-11 am

REMINDER: Winter Wishes Canned Food Drive

We still need a lot of help with our Winter Wishes Canned Food Drive. Please consider donating. Students can drop off their cans to their teachers, or student activities. Community members can drop off cans at the front desk in the Front Rotunda.

ACADEMICS: CAT Students Simulate Real World Experience

The Carolina Alliance for Technology (CAT) engineering students participated in the USC Enhanced Learning Experience recently. Professor Juan divided the students into groups that formed companies. The companies had to develop a name and then they were given a project to build a bridge that covered a certain area. They had to design the bridge and present the design to the entire group. Because the designers are not always builders, Professor Juan took up the designs and reassigned them to different companies. The companies had to develop a bid, and then build the bridge. They were given monopoly money and had to buy the products to build the bridge. The finished bridge was tested by weights. This served as a great simulation of a real world experience using engineering skills.

Pre-order Senior Hoodies & Sweatpants Deadline Friday

Pre-order your senior hoodies and sweatpants now. These will make a perfect holiday gift for a member of the Class of 2016! Click on the image for more information about options, sizes and cost. The deadline to order is this Friday, December 4th.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

ACTIVITIES: Senior Beanies are IN!

Attention seniors: the senior beanies are IN! There are only 35 left to sell at the price of $15 each. Please see Ms. Clary in room B-41 if you would like to purchase one, or you can call Ms. Clary at (803) 699-2990 at extension 84341 if you would like to purchase one for your senior!

ATHLETICS: Duheme Signs with University of Charleston, WV

Congratulations to senior Emily Duheme on signing a National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse for the University of Charleston Golden Eagles in Charleston, West Virginia. Way to go Emily!

RSD2: Choice Fair

On Tuesday, December 1st, Richland School District Two will hold its annual Choice Fair at Spring Valley High School. The fair provides an opportunity to learn more about the great choices offered at all Richland Two schools and the process to apply for magnet programs and expanded choice. The fair begins at 5:45 pm for families interested in learning about elementary schools and their programs; 6:30 pm for middle schools and their programs; and 7 pm for high schools an their programs. The online application process for magnets and expanded choice opens on January 4, 2016, and closes on January 22nd. Click on the image for more information on the district's Choice Program.

Friday, November 27, 2015

ACTIVITIES: Winter Wishes Canned Food Drive

We still need a lot of help with our Winter Wishes Canned Food Drive. Please consider picking up some extra cans during your holiday shopping this weekend. Students can drop off their cans to their teachers, or student activities. Community members can drop off cans at the front desk in the Front Rotunda.

ATHLETICS: Addison Signs with Delaware State


Congratulations to senior Genell Addison on signing a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Delaware State University Hornets in Dover, Delaware. Way to go Genell!

ACADEMICS: Williams Attends EngenuitySC


Thursday, November 26, 2015

ACADEMICS: A Healthy Reminder

A healthy reminder from our 6th Period Nutritional Health class.

ATHLETICS: Bush Signs with Virginia Tech

Congratulations to Arlicia Bush on signing a national letter of intent to attend Virginia Tech University. Bush will be competing on their Track & Field team. Arlicia is one of the most decorated Track & Field athletes in school history. She is a 2-time defending state champion in the 400 Meter Dash and the 4x400 Meter Relay. She and her teammates have set the state record in the 4x400 Meter Relay in each of the last two years. Their record time is currently 3:48.81, but they hope to break that time this spring. Arlicia also competed at the New Balance High School Outdoor National Championships last year where she placed 7th in the nation in the 400 Meters, 11th in the 200 Meters and 11th in the 4x400 Meter Relay. Her personal bests are 24.50 in the 200 Meters and 54.06 in the 400 Meters. According to her Coach, Warren Eure, "Arlicia is a great competitor and leader. Over the years that I have known her, she has always had that drive to be great. I am glad that she has found a home that fits her where she can continue to grown not only as an athlete, but as a maturing young lady."

Beat the Black Friday Rush

Avoid the lines in the stores tomorrow. You can start your online shopping today for your official Ridge View High School athletic clothing and other items by visiting our online school store by clicking on the image. Have a great Turkey Day!

ACADEMICS: Smith & Holder Place at State DECA Competition

Congratulations to DECA students Bryce Smith, Who won first place in the state in the Challenge 1 of the Knowledge Matters Virtual Restaurant competition, and Devin Holder, who placed 3rd in the state in the virtual Personal Finance Challenge out of 49 teams competing across our state. Bryce Smith was also in the top 10 in the Personal Finance challenge. These students will compete in Challenge 2, starting in January, seeking to win the Southern Region. Go Blazers!!

Happy Thanksgiving


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ACADEMICS: CATE Students Learn to Dress for Success


Nathaniel Keomanila, Sr. Consultant, and Justin Menor, Assistant Manager, of Men's Wearhouse shared a presentation with our Career and Technology Education students about "Dressing for Success" this week. They also gave students valuable tips about "Career Success" and reminded them to do their best everyday to prepare for a successful future.

November Students of the Month


Congratulations to our November Students of the Month, who gathered for pizza and fellowship on November 20th. Dr. Mack-Foxworth, our principal, represented the Administration team and presented the following students with their certificates of achievement:  Abigail Adams (Science), Amaya Banks (Fine Arts), Kodi Boston (PE), Trenequia Chandler (CAT), Josiah Coatie (Social Studies), Alijah Creary (JROTC), Veronica Cue (JROTC), Johnaida Eliscar (AVID), Austin James (Blazer Academy), Abraham Kim (Scholars), Tajza Lloyd (Social Studies), Tairiq Mansfield (English), Juana Martinez (Health), Sofia Navarro (BioHealth), Anna Grace Peterson (Science), Autervious Randle (English), Jae'la Simmons (Math), Erin Smith (World Languages), Patrick L Smith (Allied Health), Benjamin Thompson-King (Math), Aaron Walker (World Languages), Jocelyn Williams (CATE), Marquise Williams (Fine Arts), Caitlyn Wilson (SFA), and Noah Zeis (CATE).

ATHLETICS: Letterman Jack Fitting

Neff will be at Ridge View during lunch on Wednesday, December 9th in the Cafeteria foyer for you to get sized for a Letter Jacket and to order. The basic cost of the jacket is $99. Click on the image for more information and an order form.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tonight is Five Guys Night!

Tonight is Five Guys Night at the Village at Sandhills from 6-7:30 pm. Come on out for dinner. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Winter Wishes, our school-wide service project benefiting local charities.

Monday, November 23, 2015

ACADEMICS: Magnet Students Building DNA Molecules

Freshmen BioHealth and Allied Health Science Magnet students are building DNA molecules to help determine the shape and structure of DNA. This will help our students understand the role of restriction enzymes and how gel electrophoresis can help determine whose blood was found at the site of our mysterious death simulation among four persons of interest.

REMINDER: Pre-order Senior Hoodies & Sweatpants

Pre-order your senior hoodies and sweatpants now. These will make a perfect holiday gift for a member of the Class of 2016! Click on the image for more information about options, sizes and cost. The deadline to order is December 4th.

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, November 22, 2015

ACADEMICS: Health Science Students Learn REC Skills

Lacoria Williams (L) &
Alicia McCorkle (R)
RVHS Health Science 2nd and 3rd year students recently experienced Respiratory Emergency Care skills at Midlands Technical College, Airport Campus. This program is an advanced care program that provides an entry level income of between $45,000 - $60,000 per year. A big thanks to Nick Ketaner for setting up this amazing opportunity. Mr. Ketaner is a member of our RVHS CATE Advisory Board.

ACADEMICS: Magnet Students Travel to Greenwood Genetic Center

Junior BioHealth and Allied Health Science Magnet students traveled to the Greenwood Genetic Center recently. The students participated in laboratory exercise that included isolating their own DNA, simulating the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and analyzing their results from a gel electrophoresis. Students also learned the importance of folic acid during pregnancy.

This Week at The View

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

Monday, November 23

  • Girls Soccer meeting during lunch in G8.

Tuesday, November 24

  • Winter Wishes Five Guys Night from 5-9 pm at the Village at Sandhills
  • Magnet Gives Thanks Pot Luck from 5:30-8 pm in M-Wing

Wednesday, November 25

  • Student Holiday/No School

Thursday, November 26

  • Student Holiday/No School
  • Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 27

  • Student Holiday/No School

ACTIVITIES: Mother/Daughter Tea Tickets on Sale

The Young Ladies of Elegance will be hosting the Annual Mother and Daughter Tea on Saturday, January 23rd from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the RVHS Cafeteria. Representative Mia McLeod will be a special guest speaker. Tickets can be purchased from Mrs. McKenny in the Book Room for $15 (mother & daughter combo) or $10 for an individual guest.

ATHLETICS: Boys Golf Meeting

All boys interested in playing on the golf team this spring must attend a mandatory meeting tomorrow, Monday, November 23rd in room G-9 at lunch. If you have any questions about the golf team, please see Coach Gilmer in the gym.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

ATHLETICS: Girls Soccer Meeting on Monday

There will be a meeting for any girl interested in playing soccer at Ridge View on Monday during lunch in G8. Come meet the new coaches and find out the plan for Ridge View Girls Soccer moving forward!

ARTS: Free Palmetto Concert Band Tomorrow

Ridge View Band Director Vince Clayton and many of the Richland 2 band directors are in the Palmetto Concert Band, a professional adult community concert band. Their first concert of the season will take place tomorrow at 4 pm in the Koger Center for the Arts on the USC Campus. This concert is free and open to the public. However, we are accepting canned goods as a donation to Harvest Hope. Come on out and hear a great band play Sunday afternoon!

Moore Receives Doctorate Degree

Casey Moore, Ridge View's Latin teacher, successfully defended her dissertation on invective in Latin poetry. Her PhD is in Comparative Literature (Classics) from the University of South Carolina. Congratulations Dr. Moore!

ARTS: Blazers Win Awards at State Fair

Top Left: Madison Stone; Top Right: Lydia Hinson;
Bottom Left: Jessica Cousar; Bottom Right: Madeline Hahn 
Congratulations to Jessica Cousar, Madeline Hahn, Lydia Hinson, and Madison Stone for winning awards and having their artwork displayed at the South Carolina State Fair.

ATHLETICS: Get Free Blazer Pictures from GoFlashWin

GoFlashWin.com captures priceless memories of High School athletic events and provides these photos at no cost. Click on the image to see their Ridge View page to download your pictures for FREE.

Friday, November 20, 2015

ARTS: Chorus Sings at Carnegie Hall

Pictured L-R: Gabriel McFarlan, K'nique Eichelberger, Myckenzie
Horton, Khalia Harvey, Bernard Hasan, Maya Hannah, Caleb
Cunningham, Christopher Spence, Brock Jackson and Illia Dia.
Ten members of the Ridge View High School Advanced Chorus just had the performance of a lifetime. On November 15th, they performed a world premier piece at Carnegie Hall in New York City under the direction of Dr. Alicia Walker from the University of South Carolina. The students sang with other performers from around the nation including California and Nebraska as well as some other local area high schools. Congratulations Blazers!

Athletics Online Store

Avoid the lines in the stores. Do your shopping online to find official Ridge View High School athletic clothing and other items by visiting our online school store by clicking on the image.

Letters about Literature Writing Contest


Young readers are invited to write a personal letter to an author for the Letters about Literature (LAL contest, a national reading and writing promotion program. The letter can be to any author (living or dead) from any genre (fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic) explaining how that author's work changed the student's life or view of the world. Prizes will be awarded on both the state and national levels. A panel of judges from the South Carolina Center for the Book will select the top letter writers in the state, to be honored in an awards ceremony on April 29, 2016. Their winning letters will be published online at the South Carolina Center for the Book's website. South Carolina winners will also receive monetary prizes up to $100, and then advance to the national judging. For more information and entry forms, please visit www.read.gov/letters. Submissions from Grades 9-12 must be postmarked by December 4, 2015.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Faculty Members Compete in Half-Marathon

L-R: Nicole Walker, Holly Van Zyl,
Josie Strickland & Ellen Harrison
Ridge View Wellness Committee Chair Josie Strickland coached a team of first time participants including dance teacher Ellen Harrison and Scholars Academy director Nicole Walker to run their first half-marathon recently in Savannah, Ga. Also running the Rock-n-Roll event was CAT teacher Holly Van Zyl. The Wellness Committee seeks ways to address mind, body and spirit to encourage a happy healthy lifestyle and encourages participants of all fitness levels to find ways to improve their health.

ATHLETICS: Letterman Jacket Fitting

Neff will be at Ridge View during lunch on Wednesday, December 9th in the Cafeteria foyer for you to get sized for a Letter Jacket and to order. The basic cost of the jacket is $99. Click on the image for more information and an order form.

ACADEMICS: Scholars Academy Participates in USC Symposium

On November 13th, the Scholars Academy seniors participated in the University of South Carolina History Department's ColumbiaSC 63 series, which highlights the civil rights history of the state. This symposium spotlighted the 1940's case of George Stinney. The students were recognized for their work in aiding the vacation of his conviction after it was determined that he did not commit the crime of which he was accused.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

COMMUNITY: Flames of Hope Virtual 5K

The Flames of Hope Virtual 5K will be held during the month of November. All funds raised will go to help Students, Teachers, & Staff of Richland School District Two who were impacted by the recent Floods. Show your support for our community by registering today by clicking on the image. There is a $25 registration fee that includes an event medal and t-shirt. Complete your virtual 5K anywhere, anytime, any way you like!  No need to get up early and travel to a race site.  Run, walk, bike, or wheel your 5k any time during the month of November. Tweet pictures with #FlamesOfHope/#R2Strong. Need more information? Call 691-4090, ext. 28026 or email spark@richland2.org.

ACADEMICS: Free Online Tutoring Sites

The Blazer Tutoring Committee would like to bring your attention to some free online tutoring sites that can be used by students. 
  • Government: iCivics.org (government educational games
  • Math: Visit math.com for basic math for K-12 courses.
  • Multiple Subjects: khanacademy.org offers practice exercises, instructional vides, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom in art history, biology, computer programming, economics, history, math, physics, science, SAT practice, and more.
  • SAT prep: prepfactory.com offers SAT prep including videos, practice tests, and other features in a fun format.
  • World Geography: Use sheppardsoftware.com for map quiz games. The website offers free, online, educational games for learners all ages in multiple subject areas.
  • World Languages: conjuguemos.com (French, German, Latin & Spanish); deutschdrang.com (German); duolingo.com (French, German & Spanish); en.ver-tall.com (French & Spanish grammar & vocabulary review); and studyspanish.com (Spanish verb conjugations).
  • Writing: Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) and citationmachine.net, which generates citations in APA, Chicago, & MLA formats.

Winter Wishes: Giving Bowl Tomorrow NIght

As part of our Winter Wishes service project, RVHS is supporting God's Storehouse by hosting the Giving Bowl Thursday, November 19th from 5:30-7:00 pm in the cafeteria. A ticket to this event costs $10 and includes up to 2 bowls of soup, or 6 samples, bread, drink, 2 desserts and a ceramic. There will also be a silent auction for gift baskets this evening. Tickets can be purchased from student council members or Student Activities. Come on out and support God's Storehouse, and enjoy some of the best soups from our Ridge View Community.

Underclassmen Picture Make-up Day Tomorrow

Mark your calendar and get ready for Underclassmen Picture Make-up Day on Thursday, November 19th! Picture Day Order Forms can be picked up from any English teacher. Picture packages are available ranging from $12-$40. Checks can be made out to "Strawbridge Studios" or you can pay online at www.strawbridge.net and enter code 1068. Please dress nicely, and according to the dress code.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

This Week in the College and Career Center

Here is what is going on this week in the College and Career Center:

Tuesday, November 17th
  • FREE “How to Pay For College” Night from 6-8pm in the MPR.
  • A rep from USC Beaufort will be here during lunch.

Wednesday, November 18th
  • College Lunch Chat- Stop by A-12 to talk to Mr. Haas about the University of Las Vegas. Bring Your Lunch!
  • College Shirt Day- Wear your favorite college shirt and stop by D95 to get your picture taken!
  • A rep from Radford University in Virginia will be here from 9-10am in the Guidance Conference Center. Stop by D-95 for a College Pass.

Friday, November 20th
  • College of Charleston Campus Tour- Stop by D-95 to pick up a permission form. Cost $20.00

Sophomores
  • Stop by D95 if you are interested in signing up for the HOBY Leadership Program.

ARTS: Record Number of Blazers Named to All-State Choir

On Friday, November 6th, Ridge View had 13 students selected for the 2016 SC All-State Chorus. This is the highest number of students that have made the all-state choir in the history of Ridge View. We were also 8th in the state with the number of students to make it. The following students will head to Winthrop University in March to participate in the 2016 SC All-State Choir: Keron Darmanie, Ilia Dia, K'nique Eichelberger, Jaye Gibson, Shawn Gibson, Maya Hannah, Khalia Harvey, Bernard Hasan, Kiara Hayes, Gabriel McFarlan, Allondra Stroman, Kaleb Williams, and Courtney Willis. Congratulations Blazers!