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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Chromebook Maintenance

To keep your chromebook in good working order, please do the following:
  1. Update your Chrome browser on your Chromebook, desktop, and/or laptop once a week by opening a new tab and entering chrome://chrome in the URL box. Your Chrome browser will begin to update automatically. When it is finished it will ask to close your tabs and then it will reopen them for you.
  2. Make sure that you sign out and shut down your Chromebook every time you use it!
  3. Make sure that you fully charge your Chromebook daily. NEVER let it get below a 50% charge. You should power it on every day, even if you are not using it that day.
  4. Always keep your Chromebook in your case when not in use. 100% of all damaged Chromebooks this year have had a broken screen!
  5. Never use your Chromebook to charge another device, such as your phone, iPad, etc. as this will ruin your battery.

Chromebook help is offered at the Tech.B@r in the Library Commons to students with a pass Monday through Friday during 3-7th periods.

JROTC Fundraising Carwash This Saturday


COMMUNITY: Free Cola Daily Newsletter Subscription

Never miss a headline or miss out on events in the area! Click on the image to subscribe for Cola Daily's free newsletter. Every morning, the latest headlines will arrive in your inbox. On Thursday afternoons, you'll receive a newsletter filled with events happening in the area. Cola Daily is the only local daily newspaper for Columbia and the Midlands, including Lexington and Richland counties.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

ACTIVITIES: Last Week Before Prom Ticket Price Increase

Have you purchased your tickets yet? Friday, March 31st is the last day to purchased tickets for $55. Ticket prices will increase to $65 starting Monday, April 3rd. Buy now before the ticket prices increase. Tickets are on sale near the Book Room outside of the Small Gym area on Tuesday's, Wednesdays and Fridays during lunch or see Dr. Moore in Room A-20 before school or after school. 

Thursday is Orchestra Spirit Night at CiCi's


The Pinckney 4-H Leadership Conference


REMINDER: The View Factor Talent Show Thursday


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ACTIVITIES: Tux on Trux


ATHLETICS: Rifle Team Receives NRA Foundation Grant

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The Blazer Rangers Rifle Team has been approved and received a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation in the amount of $1,350. The Blazer Rangers wish to thank the NRA Foundation for all of the support that they have provided over the years to our program.

SC Chamber of Commerce Business Week Camp for Students

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce wants our students to participate in this year's annual Business Week Program. Business Week is a business education program that is located in 30 states nationally. Throughout this week long camp, students will learn about personal finance, ethics in business, leadership profiling, and entrepreneurship. The camp will be held from July 23-28th at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. The application deadline is April 28th. Click on the picture for more information and an application. You can also find more information at www.scbusinessweek.com.

ACTIVITIES: Autism Awareness Walk

Blazers Unite will be performing Waka Waka at the Autism Awareness Walk this Saturday. Come on out and Unite with Us!

BlazerFest is Coming

The campus of Ridge View High School will soon look more like a fun-filled carnival for children and adults to enjoy. On Saturday, April 29, the Ridge View High School Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) is hosting BlazerFest. This community event, packed with fun, food, and games is from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be bounce houses, a dunking booth, dance competition, live entertainment with D.J. Smooth from KISS 103.1, Taekwondo and more. Bring the whole family. Admission is FREE!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Free Test Taking Strategies Webinar


Blazer Bands Excel on Concert Performance Assessments

On March 21st, our band students performed at the Concert Performance Assessment. The Symphonic Band received a rating of Superior with Distinction (straight ones). The Wind Ensemble received a Superior rating, and was one judge shy of straight ones with a grade 6 music, which is some of the most difficult music to perform. Congratulations Blazers on these exceptional performances.

ATHLETICS: Softball Slams RNE 20-4

Congratulations to the Varsity Softball team on their win over Richland Northeast by a score of 20-4 on Wednesday, March 22nd. The Lady Blazers were led by Adriana Ortiz, Aniaya Price and Alivia Hodges who each had two hits. 

ACTIVITIES: The View Factor Talent Show This Thursday


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Branch a Candidate for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Senior Hezekiah Branch is a candidate in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Branch was nominated based on his accomplishments in Career and Technical Education (CATE). This program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize some of our nation's most distinguished graduating seniors. Click on the image to read the full press release. Congratulations Hezekiah!

ATHLETICS: Golf Triumphs Over Westwood

Congratulations to the Boys Golf team for their victory over Westwood High School. The Blazers defeated the Redhawks by a final score of 209-230. The Blazers were led by Jacob Fink who shot a 49. David Wood also helped the Blazers secure the win sinking a 25 foot putt for his first par of the season. The Blazers will be back in action on Monday, March 27th when they take on Lugoff-Elgin at Camden Country Club at 4 pm.

Ridge View Graduate Testifies Before House

Jazmin Goodwin & U.S. 
Representative Tom 
Cole of Oklahoma

Jazmin Goodwin, a Class of 2014 Ridge View and GEAR Up alumnus, spent the morning of March 8th testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of the GEAR UP community. She shared her story of participating in the GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy (GUALA). She also wanted House members to know that GEAR UP works and deserves greater investment. "GEAR UP changed not only my perception, but essentially the culture of our school by helping students identify academic and carer goals, working with families to develop concrete educational plans to achieve goals (be it college, the military, or a career path), and providing a wealth of programs to support us," said Goodwin. Click on the image to read her full testimony. Ms. Goodwin's testimony is important because the House Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education may have to make $18-20 billion in cuts across various labor, health, and education programs for which the committee appropriates funds. Congratulations Jazmin on her hard work and dedication to keeping programs like GEAR UP available to our students.

This Week AT THE VIEW

Here is what is going on this week AT THE VIEW:

Monday, March 27
  • Boys Golf vs. Lugoff-Elgin @ Camden C.C. at 4:30 pm
Tuesday, March 28
  • B-Team Baseball @ Westwood at 5 pm
  • Boys Tennis @ Westwood at 5:30 pm
  • Softball vs. Westwood @ Home (JV at 5:30 pm; Varsity at 7:15 pm)
  • Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Westwood @ Home at 5:30 pm
  • Varsity Baseball vs. Westwood @ Home at 7 pm
  • Varsity Boys Soccer @ Westwood at 7:15 pm
Wednesday, March 29
  • Magnet Field Study to Washington, D.C.
  • College Shirt Day: Wear your favorite school colors & have your picture taken in D-95.
  • Boys Golf vs. Airport @ Charwood Country Club at 4:30 pm
  • Track vs. River Bluff & Lakewood at 5:30 pm
  • Boys Tennis vs. Keenan at 5:30 pm
  • B-Team Baseball vs. Sumter at 6 pm
  • Varsity Baseball vs. Irmo @ Home at 6:30 pm
Thursday, March 30
  • Magnet Field Study to Washington, D.C.
  • Boys Tennis @ South Pointe at 5:30 pm
  • Softball @ Lower Richland (JV at 5:30 pm; Varsity at 7:15 pm)
  • Girls Lacrosse @ Lexington at 6 pm
  • Varsity Girls Soccer @ Hartsville at 6 pm
  • The View Factor Talent Show in the Auditorium at 6:30 pm
Friday, March 31
  • Magnet Field Study to Washington, D.C.
  • Baseball @ South Pointe (B-Team at 5 pm; Varsity at 6:45 pm)
  • Softball vs. South Pointe @ Home (JV at 5 pm; Varsity at 7 pm)
  • JV Boys Soccer @ South Pointe at 5:30 pm
  • Varsity Girls Soccer vs. South Pointe @ Home at 6 pm
Saturday, April 1

  • JROTC Car Wash Fundraiser in B Parking Lot from 9 am to 2 pm
  • AP Psychology Practice Exam in the Multipurpose Room at 12 pm

JROTC Fundraising Carwash


Saturday, March 25, 2017

ACADEMICS: FREE Standardized Test Prep

SC Virtual School is offering FREE standardized test prep for ACT, AP, SAT, and more on Shmoop. Click on the image for more information or click on the link to the registration page.

Gabrielle "Gabbiee" Swainson Memorial Scholarship

The Ridge View High School Gabrielle “Gabbiee” Swainson Memorial Scholarship is established to honor former student, Gabbiee Swainson. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to two worthy students to pursue their dreams of earning a college degree. The $500 scholarships will be awarded annually to students at Ridge View High School. Applications will be accepted through May 12, 2017. Deadline extensions will not be granted, and incomplete applications will not be considered or reviewed. Click on the image for more information.

ACADEMICS: Class of 2017 Graduation Information

Seniors and parents of Seniors can click on the image to view the Class of 2017 Graduation Information Packet, which can answer many of your questions regarding graduating this year. This packet will be updated throughout the year. Students can also contact Ms. Wendi Wimmer in Student Activities regarding the graduation ceremony or their School Counselor regarding academic issues impacting graduation.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Clemson Career Summer Workshop

Clemson University will host the Clemson Career Workshop for rising high school seniors from July 9-14th. The goal of the camp is to support the readiness of high-achieving students from diverse backgrounds to enter college. Campers will be exposed to subjects that may not be taught in high school, which can help instill confidence in the task of choosing a major. The camp is STEM-focused, but students will also be exposed to areas in the humanities and social sciences. This workshop will give students the opportunity to get an inside look into Clemson as they will stay in the residence halls, have access to dining halls, and other campus facilities. Participating in this program will provide access to several valuable opportunities such as meeting and networking with current Clemson faculty, staff, students, and alumni. For more information, click on the image. The application deadline is April 21, 2017.

REMINDER: How to Serve Detention Hours


Reardon Receives Appointment to U.S. Naval Academy

Reardon is overcome with joy upon learning of her appointment
Senior Megan Reardon received an appointment to attend the U.S. Naval Academy from Representative Joe Wilson on March 14th. Reardon is a member of the Scholars Academy for Business and Law, and the BioHealth Magnet program at RVHS. Congratulations Megan!

ACADEMICS: Boys PE Badminton Champions

Top Row (L-R): Savion Porter, Colton Davidson,
Joel Abraham, Crosby Harris-James
Bottom Row (L-R) Ke'Shawn Beaty, Teondre Sumter,
Brice Richardson, Zarik Bridges
Coach Gilmer's PE classes finished their badminton unit during the week of March 13th. The students did a great job and played great matches as they learned this lifetime activity. Congratulations to the following boys on capturing championships:


  • 1-2nd Block Boy's Purple League Regular Season Champion Savion Porter
  • 1-2nd Block Boy's Silver League Regular Season Champion Colton Davidson
  • 1-2nd Block Boys Purple League Tournament Champion Joel Abraham
  • 1-2nd Block Silver League Tournament Champion Crosby Harris-James
  • 3-4th Block Boys Tournament Champion Ke'Shawn Beaty
  • 3-4th Block Boys Regular Season Champion Teondre Sumter
  • 6-7th Block Boys Regular Season Champion Brice Richardson
  • 6-7th Block Boys Tournament Champion Zarik Bridges

Thursday, March 23, 2017

ARTS: Chamber Choir to Perform with Columbia Choral Society


The Ridge View Chamber Choir will be performing in collaboration with the Columbia Choral Society on Sunday, March 26th. The performance will be held at Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia at 5 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. If interested, please see Mrs. Erin Phillips in C-72 for tickets ($5 from each ticket sold will benefit our program.

REMINDER: Day of Service This Saturday

Our Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) will be hosting a Day of Service this Saturday, March 25th. Students and parents are needed to help with beautification projects around the school. One project in particular involves painting and decorating what we are calling "The Friend Room." This room will be a place at school where students who need a friend can come eat lunch, do homework, and meet other students. Work is also needed around the athletic fields and in the courtyard. Our PTSO is inviting you to participate. Please sign up by clicking on the image and completing the sign up form.

ARTS: Latimore Participates in National Choir

Blazer Freshman Byron Latimore participated in the 2017 National American Choral Directors Association Honor Choir in Minneapolis, Minnesota during the second week of March. Less than 300 students nationally were chosen to perform at this event. This is the first student from Ridge View to be chosen for this choir. Blazer Choir Director Erin Phillips stated "I am so proud of this young man and his dedication to the arts." Congratulations Byron on this outstanding achievement.

ACADEMICS: PE Girls Badminton Champions

Top Row (L-R): Lauren Scott, Semaj Strong & Nia Simpson
Bottom Row (L-R): Hailee Berry, Jordan Carraway & Hasonti Keller
Coach Gilmer's PE classes finished their badminton unit during the week of March 13th. The students did a great job and played great matches as they learned this lifetime activity. Congratulations to the following girls on capturing championships:
  • 1-2nd Block Girls Regular Season Champion Lauren Scott
  • 1-2nd Block Girls Tournament Semaj Strong
  • 3-4th Block Girls Purple League Regular Season and Tournament Champion Nia Simpson
  • 3-4th Block Girls Silver League Regular Season and Tournament Champion Hailee Berry
  • 6-7th Block Girls Regular Season Champion Jordan Carraway
  • 6-7th Block Girls Tournament Champion Hasonti Keller


ACTIVITIES: The View Factor Talent Show Next Week


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ACTIVITIES: Thursday's Global Gourmet Postponed

The Global Gourmet Dinner originally scheduled for Thursday, March 23rd has been postponed. We will update you with a new date as soon as possible.

COMMUNITY: Traffic Stop Safety Seminar


A Feast for Fathers Thank You

AT THE VIEW would like to thank all of the fathers, grandfathers and father figures who came out to last week's Feast for Fathers. We would also like to thank PTSO President Mr. Anthony Lawrence, Assistant Principal Dr. Marlon Thomas, Assistant Principal Mr. David Gordon, and Ridge View parent Mr. Anthony Atkinson on speaking to our guests. Lastly, we would like to thank 1st Sergeant Melton Cannon and our JROTC cadets for escorting our guests to the breakfast and serving them breakfast.

ACADEMICS: Scholars Seniors Finalists for Writing Contest

Congratulations to Scholars Academy Magnet for Business and Law seniors Grace Justice, Jesni Sam, Madeline Hahn and Mainaiya Myers, who were selected as finalists in the University of South Carolina Honors College 4th Annual High School Writing Contest. Ridge View had the highest number of finalists of any school in the state. The students will be published in Writing South Carolina, published by The University of South Carolina Press, and will have the opportunity to win a scholarship. The results of the scholarship competition will be announced at the end of April.

ACTIVITIES: Global Gourmet Postponed

The Global Gourmet Dinner has been postponed. We will update you with a new date as soon as possible.

REMINDER: Pennies for Patients

The National Beta Club is participating in the "Pennies for Patients" campaign as part of its spring service project with the goal of raising $800. All proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. All students, teachers and staff members are invited to fill the white boxes in all classrooms and office areas with loose change and folding bills until March 31st. The 4th period class that collects the most money will be awarded with a pizza party. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ATHLETICS: Softball T-shirts on Sale

The Lady Blazers Softball teams are selling gray t-shirts with purple lettering. If you would like to order one, please see Coach Bedenbaugh (gym), Coach Guillozet (B-37), or Coach Goines (school counseling). The prices are $12 for a short sleeve shirt and $15 for a long sleeve shirt. Please add $2 for XXL and up. Thank you for your support. Go Blazers!

ATHLETICS: Boys Golf Drops Close Match to Irmo

The Boys Golf team dropped a hard fought match against Irmo on March 16th at Oak Hills Golf Course. The Blazers came up short in the match by a final score of 216-230. The Blazers were led by Jacob Fink, who shot a 54. The boys will be back in action on Tuesday, March 21st against Westwood at The Widemere Club at 4 pm.

REMINDER: No Late Start This Wednesday

Due to 11th grade students taking the ACT WorkKeys Assessment, there will be no Late Start on Wednesday, March 22nd. Ridge View will operate on our Regular Bell Schedule. For more information about this assessment, click on the image to be redirected to the Richland District Two website.

ACTIVITIES: Student Council Election Results

Our 2017-2017 Student Council elections have concluded and AT THE VIEW is pleased to congratulate the following students on being elected: 

Student Body Officers
  • President: Victoria Jackson
  • Vice President: Rondaisa Willis
  • Secretary: Joy Van Kallen
  • Secretary of Public Relations: Jasmine Waring
  • Secretary of Spirit: Briea Simmons
  • Secretary of Community: Noah Zeis
  • Historian: Quenton Washington

Senior Class Officers
  • President:  Kiara Hayes
  • VP:  Kaylan Cooper
  • Secretary: Alex Goins
  • Historian: Anika Kelley
  • Member-At-Large: Logan Robinson

Junior Class Officers
  • President: Kayla Steele
  • VP: Otiana Thompson

Sophomore Class Officers
  • President: Trenton Love
  • VP: James Nesbit
  • Secretary: Jada Senior

Cinderella Project This Saturday


Monday, March 20, 2017

ACADEMICS: PE1 Leadership Awards

Students from Coach Gilmer's PE classes were recognized for their leadership for the week of February 27th. Congratulations to the following Blazers:
  • 1-2nd Block: Leonardo Moya and Jabari Morant (left picture)
  • 3-4th Block: Tyson Player, Asharia Solomon, Ahniah Roach & Nia Simpson (middle picture)
  • 6-7th Block: Brian Wright and Sir'Kwon McDowell-Banks (right picture)

Reminder: Tux on Trux Coming April 5th


Scholars Academy Seniors in the News


Our Scholars Academy seniors provided their testimony in support of S.C. Senate bill s. 169, the Teen Dating Violence Prevention Bill on March 16th. The Senators were very complimentary of our students, and have asked our students to advise them on the amendment process, which is a distinguished honor in having their voices heard by the State Senate. Click on the image to read about our Blazers courtesy of WACH Fox News.

ACADEMICS: WorkKeys Assessment for Juniors

On Wednesday, March 22nd, 11th-grade students will be take WorkKeys, a career readiness assessment that measures essential workforce skills. Click on the image for more information about WorkKeys courtesy of the Richland Two Website including a video. You can also click here for a sampling of businesses in South Carolina that use WorkKeys in the hiring process.

Community Conversations Held Twice This Week