Cuts for Gabbiee October 29th 1:00 - 5:00 PM Lady Blazers Tennis, 4A Region 3 Champs
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

ACADEMICS: Scholars Academy Senior Publishes Book to Learn Latin

Scholars Academy Magnet for Business and Law Senior Queen Trapp has published her first book, a Latin ABC coloring book for pre-K called ABC's in Latin. The book was inspired by her work with RV Latin teacher Dr. Casey Moore and she hopes to bring her love for Latin to children all over. It is currently available on Amazon for $11.99 and includes free shipping! Click the image to order the book.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Underclassmen Picture Day Next Week

Mark your calendar and get ready for Underclassmen Picture Day September 6!  Every underclassman will have their picture taken for the yearbook.  If you do not have an advisory, you have an appointment time during Advisory.  Photo 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 103822.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. High-Washington at lhigh@richland2.org or 803.699.2999 ext 84363.   Dress nicely (and in dress code, of course!)

ACADEMICS: Scholars Academy Graduate Earns Eagle Scout Distinction

2017 Scholars Academy Magnet for Business and Law graduate Jakob Neiswonger has earned his Eagle Scout distinction from the Boy Scouts of America. Jakob, who is currently attending the University of South Carolina to study Psychology, earned the distinction by building a fire pit and benches at Trinity Methodist Church in Blythewood, SC. Your Blazer family is proud of this huge accomplishment!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Nothing But Net Charity Basketball Game

Richland School District One and Richland School District Two employees are going to rumble again on the hardwood at the third annual “Nothing but Net” charity basketball game. The game is Thursday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m., at Keenan High School, located at 361 Pisgah Church Road. The half-time show will feature a free throw contest with the district superintendents, student dunk contest, and a tribute to breast cancer survivors. Proceeds will benefit the Palmetto Health Breast Cancer Walk for Life/Race for Life (taking place on Saturday, October 14). “Nothing but Net” tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at Ridge View High School, the Richland Two District Office at R2i2, 763 Fashion Drive in the Village at Sandhill, and at the game. Children under age 6 are free. Check the district’s website for more information or contact triley@richland2.org or 803.738.3232.

ACADEMICS: Scholars Academy Kicks Off this Year's R2 Ready to Read Campaign

Alicia Brown, student chairperson talks
with district coordinator Martha Jones
about ways to grow the campaign.
The Scholars Academy Magnet for Business and Law is now collecting K-2 new or gently used books as part of the district's R2 Ready to Read Initiative. The books, which can be dropped off in the rotunda, are distributed to one of 14 elementary schools around the district in an effort to help young children build their at-home libraries. Last year every student in the program received 4 books for their personal library. This year our goal is to provide five books. We would like to encourage donors to bring in board books, one area underrepresented last year. In addition, donors can provide funding to purchase new books and receive a tax deduction. For more information contact Nicole Walker at nwalker@richland2.org.

Monday, August 28, 2017

ACADEMICS: Scholars Academy Accepting Gently Used Eclipse Glasses

On behalf of Astronomers Without Borders, the Scholars Academy Magnet for Business and Law is now accepting gently used ISO/NASA certified eclipse glasses. The organization will provide these glasses to people in South America in 2019 who might otherwise not be able to view this breath-taking event. Please ensure the glasses are not dented or scratched and enclose in a ziplock bag for drop-off in the rotunda or C-60.

This week AT THE VIEW

Tuesday, Aug. 29th
  • Girls Golf @ Spring Valley   4:30 PM   Woodlands Golf & Country Club
  • JV/Varsity Girls Volleyball vs Dreher   5:00 & 6:30 PM
  • Cross Country Parent Mtg   5:30 PM   Multipurpose Room
  • Chorus Information Night   6:00 PM   Chorus Room
  • Girls Soccer Interest Mtg   6:00 PM   Multipurpose Room
  • Orchestra Parent Mtg   7:00 PM   Orchestra Room
Wednesday, Aug. 30th
  • Girls Golf @ Irmo & River Bluff   4:30 PM   Oak Hills Golf Club
  • Girls Tennis @ Lugoff-Elgin   5:30 PM
Thursday, Aug. 31st
  • Girls Tennis @ Cardinal Newman   5:30 PM
  • JV/Varsity Girls Volleyball vs Lower Richland   5:30 & 7:00 PM
  • JV Football @ White Knoll   6:00 PM
Friday, Sept. 1st
  • Varsity Football @ Ninety-Six   7:30 pm
Saturday, Sept. 2nd
  • Cross Country @ CIU Cross Country Festival   8:30 AM   Columbia Int'l Univ

ATHLETICS: Girls' Soccer Interest Meeting Tomorrow


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Chromebooks Distributed Tomorrow

Students who kept their chromebooks over the summer but need them repaired, must bring their device to Room D-93 and complete a work order during the first week of school.  This repair will be covered under the 2016-17 Device Protection Plan.  After the first week of school, the device will be repaired under the 2017-18 insurance plan.  Students who do not need a repair will be issued updated ID stickers for their Chromebook and charging cord.
Students who decided to return their chromebooks to the school, must bring in their charging cord and carrying case to D-93 August 28 - September 8th.  If their devices needed repairs, Mrs. Hunter, our Technology & Learning Coach, will let them know if their devices are ready for pickup. All repaired devices should be available September 8th.  Students can also purchase replacement charging cords ($25) and carrying cases ($30) in D-93.  
1st year and new to Ridge View students will receive their Chromebooks August 28 - September 8th.  Students who attended a Richland Two middle school will be required to bring their R2-issued cases or purchase a new one ($30) in order to receive a chromebook New-to-Richland Two students will be issued a case at no charge. 
If you have any questions related to 1TWO1 at Ridge View, including Chromebooks, please contact our Technology & Learning Coach (TLC), Mrs. Cheryl Hunter

Saturday, August 26, 2017

JROTC Color Guard Presents At Dedication Ceremony

The Ridge View JROTC Color Guard has been invited to present the Colors at the Dunbar dedication ceremony.  The Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel, is having their dedication ceremony on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm.  The Dedication of Dunbar's Monument of Honor is for our Armed Services, First Responders, and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  In addition to the service, they will have luminaries available to personalize in honor or in memory of loved ones.  The address is 4219 Hard Scrabble Road, Columbia, SC 29223.  Please RSVP to 803.788.6310.  

Did You Sign Your RUP - Chromebooks Issued Next Week!

In order for your Ridge View student to receive (or retain) a Chromebook for the 2017-18 school term, parents must do the following:
  1. Sign the Richland Two Responsible Use Procedures (RUP) form
  2. Pay the $20 Richland Two Device Protection Plan
  3. Pay all previous Chromebook debts.  
This year, parents are asked to sign the RUP form online for each child.  To access the online form, log into your Parent Portal account and click on Annual Registration (on the left of the page).  Click on the image on the right, to access detailed instructions on electronically signing the RUP.  

If you have any questions related to 1TWO1 at Ridge View, including Chromebooks, please contact our Technology & Learning Coach (TLC), Mrs. Cheryl Hunter.

ACADEMICS: Free Online Tutoring Sites

The Blazer Tutoring Committee would like to remind you about some free online tutoring sites that you can utilize during this school year. 
  • 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: khanacademy.org is the official partner of the College Board and offers free practice tests. You can also link your College Board account to Khan Academy, which will identify your weaknesses on the SAT/PSAT and assign you remediation modules.
  • 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, August 24, 2017

Get Blythewood Game Presale Tickets TODAY

Tickets for this Friday night’s game at Richland 2 District Stadium #2 vs. Blythewood will be on sale for $6 at lunch on Thursday.  Tickets will be sold in the main hallway near the main office.

Kickoff for this Friday night is 7:30pm.  Go Blazers!

ATHLETICS: The Herald's, McCormick, Predicts Ridge View in 2nd

Brett McCormick, sports writer for The Herald, makes his predictions for the 2017 football season. Ridge View High School is his 2nd choice in the 3A division.  Read more on his predictions by clicking on the image.

ALUMNI: Aria Hill - Top 30 Under 30

Aria entered Hampton University as a merit scholar. Throughout her collegiate career at Hampton University, Hill has answered her call to lead in countless ways on campus and in the neighboring Hampton Roads, Virginia community. Her passion for being the “voice” of the students, led her to Student Government Association Senate which she joined in 2014, and currently participates in as Chair of Buildings and Grounds. Soon thereafter, Hill received the Hillary Clinton Award, being honored for her recognizable ambition.  She also joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., served as Executive Secretary of Volunteers Around the World, held an internship with Texan Dental, tutored in the campus university assessment center, conducted CVD research using zebrafish interning for one of her professors, and is an active member in American Pharmacist Association Academy of Student Pharmacist and Student National Pharmaceutical Association.  Hill created “Senators in Action”, establishing a program for student leaders to actively service the community, which ultimately led to the birth of Service Spree.  To read the press release about Hill, click on the image.

PARENTS: Interested in Joining PTSO or SIC?

If you are a parent looking to get involved at school, please consider joining our Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) or School Improvement Council (SIC). Here is the contact information and meeting times for both organizations.

PTSO
Anthony Lawrence (President)
at.lawrence@yahoo.com
1st meeting: Mon., Sept. 11
@ 6:00 PM in the Library Commons

School Improvement Council
Lahassanda Brown (President)
lahassanda@hotmail.com
1st meeting on Mon., Sept. 11
@ 7:00 PM in the Library Commons

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

ACADEMICS: Want to Be a CATE Completer?

Starting the 2017-2018 school term, students will only need 3 units of Career and Technology Education (CATE) courses to receive a certificate and medal.  Students who enrolled before the 2017-2018 school term must follow the previous requirements for their program.  This new policy is only for incoming freshmen and beyond.  Check out the requirements on the right.

Electronic Communication Device Policy

Students are permitted to use Electronic Communication Devices (ECDs) including cell phones before and after school, during their lunch break, and between classes within "free zones," which are any areas other than classrooms, restrooms & locker rooms. ECDs may only be used in the classroom when given SPECIFIC permission by the teacher for educational purposes ONLY. When in doubt, a student should ask the teacher. Additionally, students may not use ECDs to capture, record or transmit words and/or images of any student, staff member, or other person in the school. They are also prohibited from doing so while attending any school related activity. Capturing, recording and transmitting of such items may only take place when the student has received explicit consent and has given prior notification to the individual or group.

Student I.D. Guidelines

All students & staff will wear ID badges while on-campus (exceptions: Science labs, dance & PE). IDs must be plainly visible on a lanyard & rest above the student’s waist.  They may not be suspended from the waist, sleeves, book bags, or purses. Students must wear IDs to be served in the Library Commons, cafeteria, and at any satellite meal station. ID badges will be made during Orientation. After Orientation, ID badges will made in the Library Commons. Students wanting to change their ID picture must surrender their current ID card and pay $5. Students needing a new ID must purchase one from the Library Commons for $5. Temporary IDs can be purchased for a $1, and lanyards can be purchased for $1.  

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

ATHLETICS: Girls' Soccer Interest Meeting


Welcome Back to School!!


Welcome back students and parents.  The district Back to School Handbook and website has a wealth of information to get you back into the groove for the 2017-18 school term.  You can apply for the Meal Value Plan, check bus routes, access the district calendar, and watch the board meetings.  Click here to access the website and click the image to access the handbook.

REMINDER: No Late Start Tomorrow

There will be no Late Start on tomorrow. Ridge View will operate on our Regular Bell Schedule. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Birch Park Shuttle

Birch Park shuttle Bus # 203 will make two stops in the morning and afternoon based on the 66 students that have signed up to ride the shuttle.  The first stop will be at 7:40 AM (same as last year) and the second pickup at the same location at 7:50 AM.  On Late Start Wednesdays the first stop will be at 8:30 AM and the second pickup at 8:40 AM.

This Week AT THE VIEW

Tuesday, August 22: Welcome Blazers!!!  IT'S THE 1ST DAY OF SCHOOL

Wednesday, August 23: No Late Start

Thursday, August 24

  • Girls Tennis @ Dreher   5:30 PM
  • JV Football vs Blythewood   6 PM  

Friday, August 25

  • Senior Sunrise   Football Field   7:30 AM
  • Varsity Girls Volleyball @ Nation Ford Tournament   8/25 - 8/26
  • Varsity Football vs Blythewood   7:30 PM

Saturday, August 26: 
  • Cross Country @ Providence Int’l   8 AM   McAlpine Park Drive

Check Out Our Promo Video


We would like to thank Brett Smith and Kevin Pazdernik, from WACH Fox, for shooting this excellent video showcasing Ridge View's focus on the four A's - Academics, Activities, Arts, and Activities.  Click on the image to check it out or go to AT THE VIEW Daily to see the video under the subscription box on the right. 

Bus Information

Please click on the image to view Richland School District Two's transportation page for information about bus transportation information and for the registration form. Click HERE for Ridge View's bus routes.

Dress Code Reminder

Students are reminded to abide by the district dress code policy. This image is a good guideline for what not to wear. Violations include distracting attire, sagging pants, visible undergarments, and mesh clothing or clothes with holes. Please be reminded that full head coverings, beanies, headbands, etc. are not permitted by boys or girls. Students that violate the dress code will not be able to attend class until the violation is corrected.For more information, click on the image to go to the RVHS Student Handbook which includes the dress code policy. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

NO Late Start This Wednesday!!!

There will be no Late Start on Wednesday, August 23rd. Ridge View will operate on our Regular Bell Schedule. 

Important Chromebook Information

Students who kept their chromebooks over the summer but need them repaired, must bring their device to Room D-93 and complete a work order during the first week of school.  This repair will be covered under the 2016-17 Device Protection Plan.  After the first week of school, the device will be repaired under the 2017-18 insurance plan.  Students who do not need a repair will be issued updated ID stickers for their Chromebook and charging cord.
Students who decided to return their chromebooks to the school, must bring in their charging cord and carrying case to D-93 August 28 - September 8th.  If their devices needed repairs, Mrs. Hunter, our Technology & Learning Coach, will let them know if their devices are ready for pickup. All repaired devices should be available September 8th.  Students can also purchase replacement charging cords ($25) and carrying cases ($30) in D-93.  
1st year and new to Ridge View students will receive their Chromebooks August 28 - September 8th.  Students who attended a Richland Two middle school will be required to bring their R2-issued cases or purchase a new one ($30) in order to receive a chromebook New-to-Richland Two students will be issued a case at no charge. 
If you have any questions related to 1TWO1 at Ridge View, including Chromebooks, please contact our Technology & Learning Coach (TLC), Mrs. Cheryl Hunter

Online Student Handbook

School protocols and district guidelines are explained within the online student handbook which can be viewed by clicking on the image. Any changes in school protocols will be explained with information provided at a later time.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Don't Forget to Sign Your RUP Online

In order for your Ridge View student to receive (or retain) a Chromebook for the 2017-18 school term, parents must do the following:
  1. Sign the Richland Two Responsible Use Procedures (RUP) form
  2. Pay the $20 Richland Two Device Protection Plan
  3. Pay all previous Chromebook debts.  
This year, parents are asked to sign the RUP form online for each child.  To access the online form, log into your Parent Portal account and click on Annual Registration (on the left of the page).  Click on the image on the right, to access detailed instructions on electronically signing the RUP.  

If you have any questions related to 1TWO1 at Ridge View, including Chromebooks, please contact our Technology & Learning Coach (TLC), Mrs. Cheryl Hunter.

Show Your Blazer Pride at R2 Back-to-School Night


Tardy Policy


Students are tardy when they are not in their assigned classes when the bell begins to ring for class to start. Tardy students must report immediately to a tardy station to receive a pass to class and the appropriate consequence. Students will not be allowed to enter any classroom without a valid pass. Students who are 15 minutes late to class without an excused tardy will report to ISS for the class period. Students will have 7 calendar days to serve any detention hours from the date assigned or receive Saturday Work Detail.


Total Eclipse Safety Tips

Click on the image for safety tips for the solar eclipse on August 21st provided by the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.

Friday, August 18, 2017

New Faculty Spotlight: Candice Haigler

AT THE VIEW would like to introduce Ms. Candice Haigler.  She is our new bookkeeper ansd truly humbled and grateful to be working at Ridge View.  We are also very grateful that she joined the Blazer family.  She is a native of Orangeburg, SC where she attended Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Home of the mighty Bruins.  She moved to the "BIG" city of Columbia in 2002 where she attended the University of South Carolina.  While at USC, she received a degree in Marketing/Management and a Masters in Human Resource Management.  For over 16 years, she worked in many different areas of retail. Please help us give Ms. Haigler a Blazerific welcome.

REMINDER: Ridge View Reads Summer Reading Program

The purpose of our summer reading program is to motivate non-readers to read and encourage readers to read more! On average, students lose three months of information retention over the summer, but reading just 15 minutes a day can prevent this loss. Summer reading can also serve as an exciting opportunity for students to read for pleasure while building background knowledge and comprehension skills. There are two components to our summer reading program: school-wide summer reading and an English Department Honors and AP Summer Reading program. Click on the image to read more about our Summer Reading program and to see our book lists.  

Building Access & Supervision of Students

Ridge View's Front Rotunda Entry
Ridge View is open from 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM during the school week. Any students on campus outside of normal supervision hours must be under the direct supervision of a Ridge View Faculty or Staff member. If a student is not being supervised by a faculty or staff member, he/she must leave the building by 4 PM. All visitors including parents must report to the Front Rotunda to sign in. Visitors are only permitted to enter the building through the Front Rotunda.

ATHLETICS: Football Opens Season TONIGHT

Our Blazer Football team will be opening the season tonight, Friday, August 18th, against Sumter High at Richland 2 District Stadium #2 in Blythewood. This game will be televised live on WACH Fox 57!  Although it is being televised, let's have a great showing in the stands for the game to show everyone our Blazer Pride. GO BLAZERS!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

CAT Junior/Senior Parent & Student Meeting TONIGHT!!

REMINDER


Junior & Senior Parent/Student Meeting

Thursday, August 17th
Library Commons
6:00 - 7:30 PM

No LATE START Next Wednesday

We will not have late start next Wednesday, August 23rd. Ridge View will operate on our Regular Bell Schedule. Our first late start Wednesday will be August 30th.

Lunch Guidelines


For the 2017-2018 school year, subsidized meals application are available online by clicking on the image. The price for a full Lunch is $2.75 in the cafeteria. All seniors may leave campus during lunch, but cannot walk off campus. Students are not permitted to walk off campus during the school day without signing out or receiving parent/guardian approval. Seniors are permitted to drive off campus. Juniors may apply for off-campus lunch privilege during second semester.  Qualifiers for the privilege will be informed after their application is approved.

Looking Forward to Meeting You Tomorrow

Ninth-graders will get a head start on the new school year by participating in Fresh Start on Friday, August 18. The day begins at 8:30 AM and ends 1:00 PM.  This day will help ease your child's transition from middle to high school and provide an opportunity for him/her to become familiar with Ridge View before the other students return. 

Transportation and lunch will be provided. Parents/guardians must complete the annual online registration through parent portal for students to ride the bus. Should you have questions about the online annual registration, please contact Ms. Goines by email (tgoines@richland2.org) or by phone (803.699.2999 ext 84217). 

Information on transportation routes can be viewed by going to www.richland2.org and selecting Transportation under Departments.  

All students should report to the large gym upon their arrival to school.  Our Parent Breakfast will be held in the Library Commons from 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

NO LATE START: WEDNESDAY, 8.23.2017

CORRECTION: There will be NO LATE START on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Buses will run at normally scheduled times. Ridge View will operate on our normal full day bell schedule (see below). The first late start of the year will be on Wednesday, 8.30.2017.

Regular
StartEndPeriod
7:358:30Early Bird
8:409:461st
Announcements & SSR - 1st 20 min
9:5210:382nd
10:4411:303rd
11:3612:224th
12:2212:55Lunch
1:051:515th
1:572:436th
2:493:357th

Help Ridge View Get Lunch With Mason!


New Faculty Spotlight: Gregory Gyles

Gregory Gyles.jpg
AT THE VIEW would like to introduce Mr. Gregory Gyles. He grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia, received his Bachelor's degree from Georgia State University in Marketing, and a Master's degree from Webster University in Business Administration. In September he retired United States Army after 23½ years of service.  He is married to Liza R. Gregory (19 years); and they have twin sons Gyles IV and James, both 13 years old.  His hobbies are his family, tennis, golf, and SEC football (Go DAWGS!). Welcome, Mr. Gyles to Ridge View High School.

ATHLETICS: Football Homecoming Game at Spirit Communications Park

Ridge View High School Football returns to Spirit Communications Park on Friday, October 20th for Pigskin in the Park! The Blazers will be taking on Westwood for our HOMECOMING! Spread the word for this special night and let’s put 10,000 Ridge View fans and alums in the stands!  Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm. Click on a link below for some local media coverage for this special event.

COMMUNITY: Total Eclipse Weekend

We hope you enjoy the upcoming Solar Eclipse. Learn more about planned eclipse events in Columbia over the weekend by clicking on the image, and learn more about eclipse viewing glasses.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New Faculty Spotlight: Alexandria Bolvidge

IMG_0040.JPGAT THE VIEW would like to introduce Ms. Aly Bovidge. She has lived in South Carolina for about 10 years and graduated from the University of South Carolina for both my Bachelor's of Arts in History and my Master's in Teaching in Social Studies. Before coming to South Carolina, she lived near Virginia Beach as both of her parents were stationed at Langley Air Force Base. In her "free" time she struggles to instill manners in her 6 month old puppy, crochets misshapen hats, and avoids doing housework at a near Olympic level. Welcome, Ms. Bovidge to Ridge View High School!!

DISTRICT: Online Fee & Meal Pay