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Ridgeview Middle School 5th Grade Parent Information Night

When: Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 6:30-8:30PM 

Where: 16600 Raven Rock Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Phone: 240-740-3330

Fax: 301-840-4679

http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/ridgeviewms/

Ridgeview Middle School.  Meet Ridgeview staff

Click here for flyer ENG SPAN 

Jan 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Tribute: ChiLDren of the Dream

VIsit the Music Center of Strathmore January 20th for a special tribute to include: Dem Raider Boyz, Akhmedova Ballet Academy, Kevin Dukes, and hosted by Wisdom Martin (co-author of Fox5 and host of Good Day DC)

Free ticket event! Just come and get a ticket at the door, show begins at 3:30. Click here for a flyer to this special event! 

Upcoming Science Night -1/21/20

MCPS and the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) are hosting a Science Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, at Gaithersburg High School. The snow date is Tuesday, January 28. At the event, parents/guardians will hear from MCPS teachers about science standards and what they can expect their children to learn in class. Sessions are targeted to parents/guardians with students in elementary and middle school.  

Saturday Coding Class Beginning January 25th!
Did you know that  beginning next January 25th there will be a Saturday school center at Einstein High School where you can learn to do coding?  Sign up for an Introduction to Coding! These classes are open to Elementary and Middle School students.  Click here for flyer details.

Saturday School’s STEM Curiosity Academy-Spring 2020

Sign up for A STEM focused, exciting and fun, hands-on learning experience for elementary (grades 3 to 5) and middle school (grades 6 to 8) students!  Classes will be offered at the Saturday School Centers at Magruder HS, Northwest HS, Rockville HS and Wheaton HS. All classes begin February 1st. To register, go to www.saturdayschool.org.  Click here for flyer details. 

Upcoming Meeting on the State of Education in Montgomery County-1/28/20

Montgomery County residents are invited to participate in two upcoming meetings on the state of education in Montgomery County. The forums, hosted by councilmember Craig Rice, will provide an opportunity for community members to learn about academic readiness, career pathways, and work-based learning opportunities that take our students from prekindergarten to jobs.

The meetings will be held on Tuesday, January 28 at the Montgomery College Germantown campus and Wednesday, March 4 at Northwood High School. Dr. Smith, Montgomery College President Dr. DeRionne Pollard, and Dr. Stewart Edelstein, executive director of the Universities of Shady Grove, will participate in the conversation. 

2020 Connect Business Challenge

Students participating in the CONNECT Business Challenge will engage in ann after- school program designed around the JA It’s My Business! Blended curriculum.  The program will culminate in students competing against other MCPS students by pitching their ideas at the 2020 CONNECT Business Challenge. For details about this exciting program, please click here to see the complete flyer.

Choose Respect PSA Video Contest 

In conjunction with the Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and the countywide focus on the MCPS Be Well 365 Essential: Trauma-Informed Practices during the month of February, please consider submitting a video for the Choose Respect PSA Video Contest by February 28, 2020, for a chance at cash prizes! 

 

The first-place winner will receive $1,000! 

 

Additionally, please consider attending the RespectFest on March 29 from 1-4 p.m. at the Wheaton Community Recreation Center—this is a great opportunity to learn more information, participate in activities, win raffle prizes, and earn SSL hours! 

 

Students please check out the following resources:

 

Choose Respect PSA Contest Rules

PSA Video Contest

Submit PSAs by Friday, February 28, 2020

Choose Respect RespectFest Conference flyer1 flyer 2

RSVP for RespectFest (March 29, 2020, 1-4 p.m., at Wheaton Community Recreation Center) 

MCPS Choose Respect calendar and due dates


The Keeping It Safe Coalition (KIS Contest

The Keeping It Safe Coalition (KIS) is a multi-agency, public-private, countywide coalition established in 1992 with the goals of deterring underage alcohol use and reducing youth access to alcohol.

 

On behalf of KIS, Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS), a long-standing active participant of the coalition, invites middle and high school students to participate in the annual video contest by creating a 30 second public service message from one of these three topics about the risks of under 21 alcohol use:

 

How social media influences teens about underage drinking

Decision: To drink vs. not to drink. What are the effects of alcohol and what influences you?

 

Peer-to-peer: Talking to a friend about the effects of underage drinking.

 

The contest is open to teams of two or more students enrolled in Montgomery County public or private schools or in faith-based or service-based organizations. Entries are due on February 28, 2020 by 4:00 pm. Student teams compete for cash prizes for their affiliated organization (checks are payable to schools or organizations only). Prizes are as follows:

 

Middle school teams: 1st place: $500, 2nd place: $250, 3rd place $100

 

For contest application, guidelines and submission details please visit this site.

or click to view these flyers. KIS Contest Flyer KIS Video Content Guidelines

 

SERT Video Contest Open to Students and Staff

 

The School Energy and Recycling Team (SERT) is sponsoring a video contest to raise awareness about the importance of energy conservation and responsible recycling. Entries should focus on saving energy, recycling responsibly, and/or the school’s SERT team activities. The contest is open to all MCPS students and staff. Each school may submit three entries per category. Schools are encouraged to conduct their own judging and submit their best entries. Students and staff featured in the video must all represent the same school. Entries are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020. More information is available here.

 

2020–2021 School Year Calendar

 

The Board of Education has adopted the school year calendar for the 2020–2021 school year. The traditional school year will begin on Monday, August 31, 2020, and the last day is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The calendar includes 182 days of instruction; a 10-day spring break; closures for planning and professional development; and an operational closure in September. Visit this link to see the calendar for all closures and early release days.

 

The calendar was developed to comply with closings required by state law, guidance from the state superintendent of schools regarding emergency make-up days, and early release days that are contractually required by the Montgomery County Education Association.The Board also adopted an Innovative School Year for Arcola and Roscoe R. Nix elementary schools. School will begin on Monday, July 6, 2020, for these schools.


12th Annual Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) College Fair

This fair will be on Friday, January 24, 2020. This free event will provide students in Grades 8–12 an opportunity to meet representatives from more than 60 HBCUs. Representatives will share information and answer questions from students and parents about admissions, financial aid, testing, majors and much more. Online registration is required to attend. This is a great opportunity to start your college search!

 

Please click here for the flyer. Please click here to access additional information from the MCPS website.  

 

Maryland Report Card

 

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has released the results of the 2019 Accountability System, the Maryland Report Card for every school in the state of Maryland. The report card for Montgomery County Public Schools can be found here.

 

The Maryland Report Card is designed to evaluate school success in several ways, measuring state test results in English Language Arts and math; postsecondary readiness; progress of English learners in achieving English language proficiency; graduation rate; and students with access to and earning credit for a well-rounded curriculum. While the Maryland Report Card does provide important information about our schools, it provides a limited view of the progress of our more than 165,000 students.

 

To better understand how our schools are serving all of our students, MCPS has developed an Equity Accountability Model that provides a more detailed and focused report of school success. The Equity Accountability Model uses multiple and frequent measures of students’ progress to determine if a school is meeting the needs of all students, with a special emphasis on reducing and eliminating disparities in student achievement. Learn more click here. 

 

Be Safe, Be Seen Campaign Emphasizes Pedestrian Safety

 

MCPS is joining safety and transportation officials throughout the region to encourage everyone to exercise caution as they go to and from schools, especially during the darker hours early in the morning and in the early evening. The district has launched a Be Safe, Be Seen campaign and created Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to raise awareness around pedestrian safety. Shorter daylight hours in the fall and winter typically lead to a spike in crashes involving pedestrians. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2015, 74 percent of pedestrian fatalities nationwide occurred during the dark, dusk-till-dawn hours, with one in four occurring between the hours of 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

 

Other pedestrian safety resources include: MCPS Safe Routes to Schools, a program that works to significantly improve safety for students who walk and bike to school, and BeStreetSmart.net, a public safety campaign of Metro, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. The Be Safe, Be Seen PSAs can be seen here. The Spanish versions are available here.

 

Virtual Conversation on New Curriculum Available Online

 

If you missed the Thursday, November 14 virtual conversation and presentation on the new curriculum, the entire presentation is available on the Curriculum Implementation webpage here.

 

The presentation discussed curriculum implementation, key highlights, and available resources and supports for parents/guardians. It focused on both the new elementary and new secondary curricula.

The webpage includes other information, such as a list of Cohort One schools and video overviews of the StudySync, LearnZillion, Eureka Math, and Benchmark Advance curricula.

 

Districtwide Boundary Analysis Meetings

 

Several meetings will be held around the county in December and January for members of the community to participate in conversations about the Districtwide Boundary Analysis.

 

The MCPS Districtwide Boundary Analysis is an initiative designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of Montgomery County Public Schools’ boundaries by analyzing factors such as:

 

School facility utilization and capacity

Student demographics

School assignment

Travel patterns

 

This initiative will result in an analytical assessment and a summary of the community engagement process. It will not make recommendations on potential boundary revisions.

 

The meetings will follow the same program. The meeting will feature brief presentations that share basic information about the issues to be discussed during the boundary analysis and, after each presentation, there will be an opportunity to provide feedback during facilitated table discussions. Each participant will also be given an opportunity to share written comments and questions, which will be collected and tallied.

 

The remaining meeting dates are as follows:

 

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Boulevard East, Silver Spring, Maryland

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Northwest High School, 13501 Richter Farm Road, Germantown, Maryland

To learn more and RSVP visit

 

The Facts About the Boundary Analysis  

 

Board of Education President Shebra L. Evans and Superintendent of Schools Jack R. Smith have sent a letter to the community to clarify misconceptions related to the MCPS Districtwide Boundary Analysis currently under way. To read the letter, visit here. 

 

Know an Outstanding Teacher, Supporting Staff Member, or Principal?

 

Awards season has arrived! Nominations are open for several competitions to honor exceptional teachers, support staff, and principals. Visit this site to see the full list of awards and deadlines.

 

Winter Weather: Stay Informed

 

Winter weather is coming soon. MCPS offers numerous ways for parents to learn about school closures, delayed openings, and early dismissals due to inclement weather.

 

AlertMCPS: Subscribe to AlertMCPS

Receive text messages or emails from MCPS during weather-related emergencies and other major events that impact school system operations. Parents can also sign up to receive alerts specific to their child’s school.

 

MCPS homepage

MCPS cable channels: Comcast 34, Verizon 36 or RCN 89

Recorded information: 301-279-3673

 

Ask MCPS: 240-740-3000

Staff takes calls from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, in English and Spanish.

 

Twitter

 

Local radio and TV stations

 

Please make sure emergency contact information on file at your child’s school is up to date.

 

Visit this website for more information on how to receive MCPS emergency information.

Winter Coat Drive Under Way

 

The MCPS Prekindergarten/Head Start Programs are collecting new winter coats for students. They are seeking donations of boys’ and girls’ coats in sizes 5, 6, 6X, 7, and 8, along with other winter wear, such as hats and gloves. Donations can be sent to Rocking Horse Road Center, 4910 Macon Road, Room 141, Rockville, Maryland 20852. For more information, contact Ms. Lisa W. Conlon, social services specialist, at 240-740-4530.

 

 MCPS Community Conversation: The New Curriculum

 

Please join MCPS curriculum leaders to learn more about the new curriculum, its implementation, key highlights, and available resources and supports for parents/guardians. During the live presentation and virtual conversation, online questions will be answered. Questions can be submitted online and via text message now and through the duration of the live TV program. The program will be live on MCPS TV (Comcast 34/998 HD, Verizon 36, and RCN 89) and online here.

 

Share Your Thoughts on the Superintendent’s Recommended Capital Improvements Program

 

The Board of Education will hold its final public hearing on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Capital Budget and the FY 2021–2026 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and boundary studies on Wednesday, November 13. The hearing will be held in the Carver Educational Services Center auditorium, 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville.

 

Superintendent of Schools Jack R. Smith released his $1.82 billion recommended FY 2021 Capital Budget and the FY 2021–2026 Capital Improvements Program on Friday, October 25. Visit this link to view the CIP.

 

The public hearing will be conducted according to the following schedule: (Please note: This schedule could change due to inclement weather. Please check the Board of Education website regularly for updates).

 

Wednesday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m., testimonies solely related to the Clarksburg, Northwest, and Seneca Valley Facilities and Boundary Study

 

Individuals who wish to provide input can sign up by contacting the Board of Education office at         240-740-3030 and can also visit the Board’s webpage here.

 

The Board of Education will hold its second work session on the CIP on Tuesday, November 19, at 2:00 p.m. The adoption of the proposed CIP is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, November 26.

 

MCPS Seeking Feedback on 2020–2021 School Year Calendar Scenarios

 

During the regular business meeting on Tuesday, October 8, the Board of Education reviewed calendar scenarios for the 2020–2021 school year. As a result of legislative action in last spring’s Maryland General Assembly, school districts in Maryland have the authority again to start school before Labor Day and end the school year after June 15th. As a result, MCPS has developed three calendar scenarios that reflect different start and end dates for School Year 2020–2021. To view the draft calendar scenarios, please visit this link.

All draft scenarios for the calendar include:

182 student instructional days; Full spring break; Full professional day for grading and planning at the end of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters; and

Possible make-up days both during the school year and extending the school year. 

The Board is seeking feedback on the calendar options in the comment box on the website. The Board is scheduled to adopt a final school calendar later this year.

 

 

Seneca Valley High School Update

Did you know? Seneca Valley High School is opening a larger school in the 2020–2021 school year to alleviate overcrowding at Clarksburg and Northwest high schools. The Board of Education will make a decision about boundaries in late November 2019. Due to the overlapping timeline, all students interested in Seneca Valley’s application-based programs should apply by November 1, regardless of whether they are in or out of the school’s current boundaries.

 

For more information visit the Seneca Valley High School website

 

For more information on the application process, visit the following website.

 

MCPS All In: Equity and Achievement Framework

MCPS is committed to addressing disparities in student outcomes by closing gaps in opportunity and achievement for all students, in all classrooms, in all of our schools. The MCPS All In: Equity and Achievement Framework provides the purpose, path, and plan to ensure success for all students. For more information, visit

 Be Well 365

 

MCPS has launched a new initiative, Be Well 365, which will address the physical, social, and psychological well-being of our students. Students perform better academically when they are healthy in body, mind, and spirit.

 

Be Well 365 will work to ensure that students have the necessary skills to become positive members of the school and broader community; manage their emotions; build academic and social resilience; identify and access support for themselves or a friend; peacefully resolve conflict; and make positive decisions.

 

The district has launched a web page with more information on each component of this initiative. You can view this webpage here.

You’ll be hearing much more about Be Well 365 as we get closer to the start of the 2019–2020 school year.
 
  Student Service Learning Hours
 
Students should become involved in service activities and earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours. Students can participate in a range of activities—working at a soup kitchen, cleaning up a local park, or collecting items for a clothing or food drive. All MCPS students need 75 SSL hours to graduate from high school.

Visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteercenter/ to check out the various organizations and opportunities that are already approved for SSL hours.


 Anonymous Tip Line Available
The Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line is an anonymous reporting system used to report threats to the safety and/or well-being of students.

Students, parents/guardians, faculty, staff, and members of communities throughout Maryland may use this anonymous, app- and web-based reporting system to share their concerns, such as:
·         Mental health crises
·         Bullying
·         School and community violence
·         Drug activity
·         Abuse
·         Harassment
·         Other issues affecting our Maryland students

The Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line is a tool for proactively addressing harmful situations and helping students who need it. By using a variety of communication modes to support the reporting and routing of tips, The Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line empowers the citizens of Maryland to create a culture of preparedness, prevention, and school safety for our students. For more information, to share a concern and to download the app, visit safeschoolsmd.org/.

Seasonal Flu Prevention Tips

Here are some additional steps that you and your family can take to help prevent the spread of the flu and other seasonal illnesses:

1.      Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. MCPS-approved hand sanitizer dispensers are available for use at various locations throughout schools (e.g., near the cafeteria or all-purpose room, near the main office).
2.      When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve or a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
3.      Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to minimize the chance for infection.
4.      Stay home from work and school if symptoms develop such as fever, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, headache, and body aches.
5.      If you have concerns about the health of your child, please contact your physician immediately or, in an emergency, dial 911.

Free Flu Clinics for MCPS Students 

These clinics are free but registration is required due to limited vaccine supplies. For more information, visit this link.

 

Additional flu prevention information can be found at the following websites:

 

Centers for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm

Montgomery County: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/resident/flu.html

 

 MCPS Parent Academy  


The MCPS Parent Academy offers parents/guardians and community members the opportunity to attend workshops that provide information, resources, tools, and tips to support their children’s success in school. The 2019 winter season of workshops has begun. You won’t want to miss sessions on mindfulness, college and career planning, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) resources and much more.

Parent Academy workshops are free. Childcare and interpretation services are provided at all sessions. A full list of courses is available on the Parent Academy website . Registration is available here.

 

2019–2020 School Year Calendar  

For a detailed explanation of the calendar process, visit the 2019–2020 calendar webpage. If you would like to offer comment on the calendar, please do so using the drop box provided on the calendar information webpage.   

MCPS Online Resources

MCPS Homework Resources (Online Databases for Students)Please email or ask Mrs. Portocarrero-Pitt (P2) or Mrs. Green, Media Assistant in the Media Center for home access login and passwords.

The most recent list of login/passwords will be shared with staff and students.

 

Homework Hotline Live Celebrating 34th Season


Need homework help?  Then call Homework Hotline Live.  With HHL, you get free after-school homework help from MCPS teachers.  You can call the live TV show at 301-279-3234 or send a question online via text or e-mail.  When school is in session, watch teachers answer your homework questions live on MCPS-TV from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. You can also get online help from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.   Go to www.AskHHL.org for more info and to download the free HHL app! If you call in and correctly answer a BrainTeaser question, you could win an HHL 8GB Flashdrive! Tune in to see the HHL Mathema-Chicken pluck out some math questions.


·         HHL General Info:

o   Telephone:  301-279-3234

o   Text:  724-427-5445

o   Live TV show on Comcast 33, Verizon 35, RCN 88

o   www.AskHHL.org

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Student Rights and Responsibilities and Code of Conduct

 

In order to ensure a safe, productive, and positive learning environment, MCPS publishes two documents that help students, parents/guardians, and staff understand school rules and regulations; the expectations for student conduct; and the possible consequences for violating the rules. A Student’s Guide to Rights and Responsibilities is an overview of the rights and responsibilities students enjoy in MCPS and a summary of the laws and regulations that affect students. The MCPS Code of Conduct provides an overview of discipline procedures and protocols and the range of consequences students could face for violating various policies, regulations, and rules. The guide also discusses the MCPS philosophy to discipline. All families received a copy of these documents and are encouraged to review them with your child(ren). The documents are available online.  They can be found here:

www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/students/rights/.

 

Saturday School

The George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy, Inc. will kick off its 2019–2020 season of Saturday School in September, (date TBD) Saturday School is a low-cost tutoring and mentoring program that provides a sixth day of learning and helps MCPS students enhance their mastery of core academic subjects. Students who are in need of additional academic support can attend sessions at 1 of 12 locations across Montgomery County. Classes begin on Saturday, September 15 and will end in May. Registration is $40 for students who receive Free and Reduced-price Meals System (FARMS) services and $85 for non-FARMS students. For more information visit George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy.

 

RMS Parents Information

Information from RMS will be shared and updated on this page of the Ridgeview Website. Please return to this site frequently for the most current information.

RMS Grading and Reporting Info

RMS PTSA Parents

Sign-up for the RMS PTSA either through the A to Z Connect website; or fill out this form and drop it off in the main office.

 

A Parent's Guide to RMS Grading and Reporting at Ridgeview Middle School

Please take a moment to review the Grading & Reporting procedures here at Ridgeview MS. For any questions, please contact your child's counselor or their grade level administrator.

A Parents Guide to Grading and Reporting at RMS  

RMS PTSA INFORMATION 

Information from RMS PTSA can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

www.mccpta.org 

 Please attend the first Ridgeview MS PTSA general meeting on Wednesday, October 16th, at 7:00 p.m., in the Media Center.  We will be approving our annual 2019-2020 PTSA budget, and will also have special guest, Shannon Jiron, to present "Safe Technology and Social Media usage for middle-schoolers -- everything a middle-school parent should know!"  Ms. Jiron will present promptly at 7:00 p.m. (Note: This is a change from the original meeting date of Tuesday, October 8th)

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To join RMS PSTA Group please email Megan Peluso at rmsptsa@yahoo.com PTSA  

 

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