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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Athletics: Bush Invited to David Oliver Classic

File Photo: Arlicia Bush signing with Virginia Tech
Senior Arlicia Bush has been invited to the David Oliver Classic 400 Meter Dash held at the JDL Complex in Winston-Salem, NC on February 6th. She is the two-time defending South Carolina State 400 Meter Champion and is currently ranked in the top 100 nationally in both the 55 Meter Dash and the 300 Meter Dash with times of 7.31 and 41.42. Bush will compete against some of the top 400 Meter runners from six neighboring states. Congratulations Arlicia on this prestigious invitation.

Academics: CAT Forensics Lab Field Study

Our sophomore Carolina Alliance for Technology (CAT) students traveled to the Central Piedmont Community College Forensics Lab in Huntersville, NC this past week. The students thoroughly enjoyed the reconstruction of a shooting crime with lasers and photo-spray as well as dusting for fingerprints. They also went to the digital evidence lab, which proved to be very informative. They learned that what they delete from their cell phones can, in fact, be recovered by forensic experts! The students also had the opportunity to label what they thought was important evidence in the various crime scene rooms, saw a foot cast demonstration and visited a mock courtroom. This was another great experience for our students involving hands on learning.

Alumni News: Garrett Sings at Democratic Debate

Congratulations to Crystal Garrett, Class of 2004, for having the honor to sing the national anthem at the NBC News 2016 Democratic Debate. Click on the image to watch this great performance. The View is proud of you!

This Week at The View

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

Monday, February 1
  • Student of the Month Celebration
  • Faculty Meeting in the Cafeteria at 3:45 pm
  • Girls JV (5:30 pm), Boys B-Team (6:45 pm) & Boys JV Basketball (8:00 pm) @ Dutch Fork
  • District Honor Choir practice from 5:30 - 8:30 pm @ RVHS Band, Chorus & Orchestra rooms
  • School Improvement Council Meeting at 6:00 pm @ RVHS Library Commons
Tuesday, February 2
  • Alive@25 (click on image for more info) at 4 pm in Room A-2
  • District Honor Choir Performance from 5:30 - 8:30 pm in the Auditorium 
  • Girls Varsity (6:00 pm) & Boys Varsity (7:30 pm) Basketball vs. Spring Valley @ Home
  • Band Booster Club Meeting from 7:30 - 9:00 pm in the Bandroom 
Wednesday, February 3rd
  • College Shirt Day: Wear your favorite college shirt; stop by D-95 to get your picture taken!
  • College Lunch Chat with Mrs. Edouard in Room A-20 to discuss Winthrop University! Bring your lunch!
Thursday, February 4
  • District Basketball Skills Event (Special Olympics) from 9 am to 12:30 pm in the Big & Small Gym
  • Girls JV (5:30 pm), Boys B-Team (6:45 pm) & Boys JV Basketball (8:00 pm) vs. Spring Valley @ Home
  • JROTC Booster Club Meetings from 6-8 pm in Rooms B-35 and B-36
  • Ridge View Class Ring Ceremony at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium
Friday, February 5
  • Girls Varsity (6:00 pm) & Boys Varsity (7:30 pm) Basketball @ Spring Valley

ARTS: Mattress Fundraiser


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Arbonne Scholars Academy Fundraiser

Do you love all natural Arbonne products or want to know more about using all natural skin care and nutritional products made with your health in mind? Interested in placing an order to support the Scholars Academy Magnet Program? Head on over to www.tammirosendahl.arbonne.com. Click on Shop Arbonne in the upper right of the page. Browse and find the best products for your needs. Next, you can choose to sign up later or sign up right away as a Preferred client. After you place your order you will be prompted to find a host...select Nicole Walker from Blythewood, South Caorlina and you are on your way to some AMAZING products! If you have questions, please contact nwalker@richland2.org. This fundraiser ends on February 8th.

ACTIVITIES: Jostens Ring Ceremony

Ridge View will be having a ring ceremony presented by Jostens for those who ordered class rings on Thursday, February 4th at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. Please come out to celebrate your student's success as he or she accepts her ring. Your ring must be paid in full in order to participate.

ATHLETICS: Grice Named Player of the Week

Congratulations to Junior Armanii Grice, who was named a player of the week on January 21st for her efforts in leading the Lady Blazers Basketball team to three victories by averaging 14 points, 4.3 steals, and 3.7 assists. Click on the image for the Midlands High School Basketball Players of the Week.

ACADEMICS: Scholars Academy Capstone Project Tweets

If you are on Twitter, check out some of the tweets from our Scholars Academy seniors regarding their capstone research projects. These are some great students, doing great things!
@Hijabified4aDay
@AsianPressure
@HeyBlackChild
@themoderndemand
@ColortheClass
@10004252Stat
@ResurgentPride
@SESinhighschool
@BlackMalePsyche
@skin_perception
@friendlikeme_
@TheBullyBarr

REMINDER: Free Application for Student Aid

All parents with students entering college in the Fall of 2016 will want to view this presentation regarding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Click on the image to view a PowerPoint containing important information information and resources to help you complete the Financial Aid application in a timely manner.  You can submit your application beginning January 1, 2016. Please remember that the FAFSA application is FREE and even if you do not think you will receive any federal aid, it is necessary to complete it in order to qualify for many scholarships.

Friday, January 29, 2016

ARTS: Chorus Domino's Fundraiser

The RV Chorus is selling Domino's BOGO cards! You can't beat this...when you buy a large pizza, you get one FREE using this card. You can use it as many times as you want, for as many pizzas as you want until December 2016. Having a party? Use this BOGO car to buy 10 pizzas and get 10 FREE! Each card is only $10. Please see a chorus student or Ms. Phillips in the Chorus room to order a card. All proceeds will be used to help offset the costs of participating in the Carowinds Festival of Music on May 7th.

Sparkleberry Country Fair Scholarship


Applications are now available online for the Sparkleberry County Fair Scholarship.  Last year, 22 students from across the district were awarded a $1,000 scholarship.  Seniors must have a 3.0 and plan to attend a college/university in South Carolina.  Please click on the image to download an application.  Applications must be submitted to Ms. Aldighieri in room D-95 by the end of school on February 19th

ATHLETICS: Varsity Basketball at Westwood


Our Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball teams will be traveling to Westwood to take on the Red Hawks. Please come on out and support your Blazers in this regional showdown. The girls will play at 6 pm and the boys are scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm. Go BLAZERS!

ACADEMICS: Free Online Tutoring Websites

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 videos, 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.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

ACADEMICS: 4 Blazers Finalists for Atlantic Institute Contest

Four Ridge View Blazers, who are also in the Scholars Academy Magnet, have been named finalists in the the Atlantic Institute's Art & Essay Contest, which was based on the theme of "Ten Days, Ten Weeks, Ten Months, Ten Years: What Can YOU Accomplish?" Congratulations to Aaliyah Harrell and Madison Bush on placing in the Top 10 in the High School Essay category, and Andie Carver and Kierrah Daniels in the Art category. These students will attend an awards ceremony at the University of South Carolina on February 20th. All finalists will be honored and the overall winner will be announced. Prizes range from a trip to Turkey to up to $200. For more information about the contest, click on the image. Congratulations Blazers!

Want to Visit Furman University?

Are you interested in attending Furman University? There will be a campus tour of Furman University on Thursday, February 11th. Please see Mrs. Aldighieri in room D-95 for more information or contact her at daldighieri@richland2.org.

ATHLETICS: JV/B-Team Basketball at Home Tonight

Our Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball teams will be traveling to Blythewood to close out the regular season tonight. Please come on out and support your Blazers in this pivotal regional rivalry game. The girls will play at 6 pm and the boys are scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm. Go BLAZERS!

SAVE THE DATE: Career Day


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

ACTIVITIES: Gospel Choir Meeting

The Gospel Choir will meet on Thursday during Lunch in Room D-83. For more information, please see Mr. Butler in the Career Center or e-mail him at cbutler@richland2.org.

ATHLETICS: Muschamp Visits The View

Coach Will Muschamp and Principal
Dr. Brenda Mack-Foxworth

Thanks to University of South Carolina Head Football Coach Will Muschamp on visiting The View last week while on the recruiting trail. Coach checked in on some of our student-athletes including Junior Defensive End Damani Staley.

Richland Two 4K Child Development Classes

The Richland Two Center for Child Development will hold three additional meetings to help parents with the application process for 4K Child Development Classes. All of the following meetings will begin at 6 p.m.:
  • January 28th at the Richland Two Conference Center at Columbia Place Mall
  • February 1st at Conder Elementary
  • February 4th at Killian Elementary

Richland Two offers free 4K Child Development Classes to students who qualify based on developmental readiness, free- or reduced-priced meal status or other risk factors. Child development classes are held at the Center for Child Development, previously known as Clemson Road Child Development, located at 2621-A Clemson Road on the campus of Killian Elementary School, as well as at all elementary schools throughout the district. Students attend their zoned elementary school. Bus transportation may be provided to the zoned school if there are available spaces on school buses. For more information about the application process and listing information session details, please click on the image. For more information about 4K Child Development Classes, please visit the district's website at www.richland2.org or contact Debbie Brady or Quinne Evans at (803) 699-2536.

ATHLETICS: JV Basketball at RNE Tonight

Our Junior Varsity Girls and Boys basketball teams will be playing against Richland Northeast at RNE tonight. The JV girls will tip off at 5:30 pm followed by the JV boys at 6:45 pm. Come on out and support the future of our basketball program as they take on the Cavaliers. Go Blazers!

R2i2 Registration Deadline is Saturday


The R2i2 Registration Request is open until January 30, 2016. The classes that will be offered are:

  • Next Energy and Fuel Cell Engineering
  • Computer Aided Design Manufacturing
  • Mobile and Non-traditional Food and Service
  • Supply Chain and Global Logistics Management
  • Managerial Accounting and Finance

For more information click on the image or stop by and see Mrs. Van Zyl in room C-66.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Today's Bell Schedule

Here is the bell schedule for today, Tuesday, January 26th: 
  • Early Bird 7:35-8:30
  • Advisory 8:40-10:10
  • 1st 10:16-10:52
  • 2nd 10:58-11:34
  • 3rd 11;40-12:16
  • 4th 12:22-12:58 
  • Lunch 12:58-1:28
  • 5th 1:34-2:10
  • 6th 2:16-2:52
  • 7th 2:58-3:35

ACTIVITIES: Senior Panoramic Photo Tomorrow

The senior panoramic photo will be taken on Wednesday, January 27th during Advisory. Seniors need to report to Advisory first and then will be escorted by their teacher to the gymnasium after attendance has been taken.



ACADEMICS: Career Ready 101 Pretest Scores Are Available

Students will take the Career Ready 101 pretest today.  We wanted to let you know one more thing as they prepare to work on their prescribed lessons.  Students can receive a National Career Readiness certificate that they can show at all job interviews.  There are 4 levels of certificates - Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.  The scores on each pretest (Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information) range from 3 to 7.  Students will also receive school incentives for making at least a 5 on all 3 sections of the ACT WorkKeys that they will take in March.  So be sure to ask your students to show you their scores on the pretest.  They can log into their account using their school email address and the password rvblazer2015.  Please click on the picture to access the Career Ready 101 website.

REMINDER: Free Financial Aid Night TONIGHT


Tuesday, January 26, 2016
6 - 7 PM
Ridge View's Library Commons

ATHLETICS: Basketball vs. Lower Richland Tonight

Our Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball teams will be taking on perennial power Lower Richland this evening. Come on out and support your Blazers as they face the Hornets. The girls will play at 6 pm and the boys are scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm. Go BLAZERS!

Monday, January 25, 2016

ATHLETICS: Boys Soccer Tryouts & Meeting

Tryouts for the boy's soccer team will take place on February 1-3. There will be a brief meeting for anyone interested in playing, filming or supporting the team in anyway on Wednesday, January 27th in the small gym at the beginning of lunch. Please contact Coach Brian Butler at bbutler@richland2.org if you have any questions. For more information about boys soccer or other Ridge View athletic programs, please click on the image.

ACADEMICS: The ACT WorkKeys Pretest Is Tomorrow



As a reminder, all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students are taking the Career Ready 101 pretests.  There are 3 pretests in the areas of Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information.  The pretest will not take longer than 2 hours.  Please make sure your student brings a fully charged and working chromebook to school tomorrow.  Students will test with their Advisory class in A, B, or D halls.  Students will need to check their school email account to find their testing locations.  We also ask that they arrive to school on time so that we can begin the test promptly at 9:00 AM.  

While the rest of the school is taking Career Ready 101 pretests, seniors will participate in workshops conducted by the RVHS Office of School Counseling.  The workshops will include completing and submitting college applications, applying for scholarships, ASVAB, and much more.  

If you have any questions about Career Ready 101 or the ACT WorkKeys, please contact Dr. Marlon Thomas by email (mthomas@richland2.org) or by phone (803.699.2999 ext 84202).

ATHLETICS: B-Team & JV Basketball at Lower Richland

Our B-team Boys, Junior Varsity Boys and Girls basketball teams will be playing against Lower Richland at Lower Richland this evening. The JV girls will tip off at 5:30 pm followed by the B-team boys at 6:45 and the JV boys at 8 pm. Come on out and support the future of our basketball program. Go Blazers!

ACADEMICS: ACT Workshop

Don't forget that the ACT Workshop is Thursday, January 28th from 8:30-3:30 in the Library Commons. The cost is $40.  It may not be too late to sign up.  Please see Mrs. Aldighieri in room D-95 TODAY to see if there are seats still available.

COMMUNITY: Financial Aid Workshop Tomorrow


Tuesday, January 26, 2016
6 - 7 PM
Ridge View's Library Commons

ATHLETICS: Final Home Wrestling Match Tonight

Tonight is the last home wrestling match of the year. Come on out and support your Blazer Wrestling team as they close out the regular season with a match against Brookland Cayce and Eau Claire. The first match will start at 6 pm in the RVHS gym. Go Blazers!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

RVHS Receives Fuel Up to Play 60 Grant

The Ridge View Wellness Council has been awarded the Fuel Up to Play 60 grant fro almost $4,000. This grant is funded by the National Dairy Council and will support programs to encourage healthy eating and physical activity in our students. The wellness council hopes to implement changes to make school lunch and breakfast more accessible to students. They will also work with the athletics department to hold various community fitness events. Look for more information to come this Spring. Go to www.fueluptoplay60.com to Join Our team to show your support!
  • Click on Join in the upper-right corner.
  • Enter your email address and create a password.
  • On the registration page, enter the required information including Ridge View's Zip Code of 29229. 
  • When the school choices pop-up, choose Ridge View H.S.
  • Finish entering the required information.
  • Click on the "Complete" button on the bottom of the screen.

Work-Based Learning Job Opportunity

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands is looking for a few good students for this year and the 2016-2017 school year. This opportunity is for Juniors and Seniors, especially Teacher Cadets and Health Science 2 students with early dismissal. These positions are hands on with kids. They are looking for young adults who are passionate about working with kids and could see this opportunity as a career choice. They have shifts from one to five days per week, and from 2:30-5:30 pm. Students must provide their own transportation to the work site and orientation site. Pay is minimum wage, but after a 30 day probation period, employees will have the opportunity to enroll in our nationally recognized apprenticeship program and which will allow them to advance at their own pace in the organization while earning more pay. Employees can increase their hourly wage by up to $1.50 in a year by completing the youth development training that is offered in partnership with Midlands Tech. Applications are available in D-95 or you can e-mail mharmon@richland2.org for more information.

ACADEMICS: What Career Ready 101 Has To Offer...

Want some more good information about Career Ready 101?  By the time students finish the Career Ready 101 program, they will have created a Career portfolio that would include Interest Inventory reports, electronic versions of their resume, business letters to include cover letters, thank you letters, and follow-up letters that can be used in their job search, as well as job interview tips and strategies.  As a reminder, students will take the Career Ready 101 pretests with their Advisory class on Tuesday, January 26th.  They will need to check their emails for their room location since all testing will only occur in A, B, and D halls.

REMINDER: Rotary Club Essay Contest Deadline is Thursday

The Rotary Club is hosting an essay contest for 11th and 12th grade students. Applications must be emailed with the completed cover sheet by January 28th. The top prize will be $100 and the chance to compete for monetary prizes at the District level, which has a top prize of $500. The topic of the essay is "What does Rotary's Four-Way Test mean to the conduct of my daily life?" The essay cannot exceed 750 words. Please click on the image for specific details.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Thomas Awarded MLK Dreamkeeper Scholarship

Congrats to Blazer Senior Jhane' Thomas on being awarded a MLK 2016 Dreamkeeper's scholarship in the amount of $500 by the City of Columbia. This scholarship is awarded to students who have not only excelled academically, but have also dedicated their time to completing community service throughout their time in middle and high school. 

"Imagination Begins with You..." Writing Contest


The sixth annual "Imagination Begins with You..." high school writing contest is offering a first place prize of $250 and $50 to second place. Contestants must write a short story of less than 100 words. Submissions must be e-mailed or post-marked by March 15, 2016. For more information, please click on the image.

ACADEMICS: Why Career Ready 101?

Are you wondering way your student should take the Career Ready 101 pretest seriously? First it measures the current skill level of each student.  Second, their score on the pretests will determine what and how many lessons they will need to complete in order to be successful on the ACT WorkKeys.  All 3rd year students will take the ACT WorkKeys in March, so completing the prescribed lessons in Career Ready 101 will only help them make the best score that they can.  Finally, the lessons will assist students in creating career goals, increase their financial awareness, and develop soft skills such as working with a team, workplace discipline, and customer service.  All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students will take the Career Ready 101 pretests on Tuesday, January 26th in their Advisory class.  Students should check their emails for their actual testing location since we will only be testing in A, B, and D halls.

ARTS: Mattress Fundraiser


Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday & Saturday Event Cancellations

Due to severe weather all after school activities on Friday, January 22nd have been canceled. We will let you know when these events will be rescheduled. In addition, the SAT scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd has also been postponed.

ARTS: Dia & Tisdale Make All-State

Illia Dia (left) and Miriam Tisdale (right)
Congratulations to Juniors Illia Dia and Miriam Tisdale (alternate) for making the 2016 All-State Orchestra!

Denmark Tech Representative on Campus

A representative from Denmark Technical College will on campus today during lunch outside of the cafeteria.

Wellness Newsletter

The RVHS Wellness Committee has released its January 2016 newsletter. Please click on the image to read it.

No SWD This Weekend

Due to the chance of icy precipitation tomorrow morning and in an abundance of caution for our students, Saturday Work Detail (SWD) will not be held tomorrow, Saturday, January 23rd. Students who are scheduled to serve SWD tomorrow should serve it on Saturday, January 30th.

ATHLETICS: Basketball Hosts Blythewood Tonight

Our Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball teams will be taking on region rival Blythewood High this evening. Come on out and support your Blazers as they take down the Bengals. The girls will play at 6 pm and the boys are scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm. Go BLAZERS!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

ACADEMICS: What is Career Ready 101?

Career Ready 101 is a program that will help your students prepare for their future careers.  The prescribed lessons that he/she will receive after taking the pretests will contain skills and concepts that can be practiced and used in any occupation.  There will also be incentives for those students who make at least 5s on all three sections of the ACT WorkKeys, which is scheduled in March.  The Career Ready 101 pretest will be next Tuesday, January 26th.  All students will test in their Advisory classes and receive their testing locations in their school emails.

ATHLETICS: B-Team & JV Basketball Away at Blythewood

Our B-team Boys, Junior Varsity Boys and Girls basketball teams will be playing against rival Blythewood at Blythewood this evening. The JV girls will tip off at 5:30 pm followed by the B-team boys at 6:45 and the JV boys at 8 pm. Come on out and support the future of our basketball program as they take on the Bengals. Go Blazers!