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

 

Fiscal Year 2020 Operating Budget Virtual Presentation Set for December 18

Superintendent of Schools Jack R. Smith will host a virtual community conversation to present his Fiscal Year 2020 Operating Budget Recommendation on Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. As part of the presentation, Dr. Smith and MCPS staff will take questions from the community and answer them live. Questions may be submitted online or via text message to 724-990-8433. The presentation can be viewed live on Comcast Channel 34, Verizon FIOS Channel 36, and RCN Channel 88, as well as through the MCPS website.
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Help MCPS Receive Critical Impact Aid Grants


Impact Aid programs and grants are designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students. The grants from these programs become part of the MCPS general operating budget and support instructional activities. To qualify for Impact Aid funding, MCPS must determine how many of its parents/guardians are in active duty with the uniformed services, employed on federal property, reside in federal or public housing, and/or are a foreign government military officer. MCPS uses the Federal Impact Aid Survey that is distributed to all families to collect this information. For each school-aged child in your household, please complete and return the survey as soon as possible. The survey is available on the MCPS website. Your participation is critical to ensuring that MCPS receives its fair share of federal Impact Aid grant funds and that all MCPS students receive an excellent education. If you have any questions, contact the MCPS Division of the Controller at 301-279-3039.

Board of Education Elects New Officers

Shebra Evans was selected by her colleagues on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 to serve as president of the Montgomery County Board of Education. Patricia O’Neill was elected as vice president. Both officers will serve a one-year term. Ms. Evans was elected to her first four-year term in 2016. For the past year, she has served as the vice president of the Board and a member of the Board’s Fiscal Management Committee. Mrs. Evans serves on the Maryland Association of Boards of Education's Resolution Committee, as well as the Policies and Procedures Committee.

Ms. O’Neill, a resident of Bethesda, is serving her sixth term on the Board of Education and is currently the longest serving member of the Board. She has served as vice president and president of the Board several times, each. For the past year, Ms. O’Neill has served as the chair of the Policy Management Committee.

Earn Student Service Learning Hours Over Winter Break

Winter break is a great time for students to 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. Also, don’t forget that all service hours performed during the first semester must be turned in to the school’s SSL coordinator no later than Friday, January 4, 2019.

What Does Your School of the Future Look Like?
The physical classroom and school environment affects teaching and learning and MCPS wants to know how students use those spaces on a daily basis. Students in all grade levels are invited to participate in a survey for them to share their feedback.

Parents/guardians of elementary students are encouraged to talk with their children about their learning environments and help them complete this survey.

Middle and high school students may share their feedback here.

MCPS will collect survey results through the beginning of January and the information will be used to support continuous improvement of its educational facilities. After results have been collected, students will have the opportunity to participate in a contest to envision the future of schools and help influence future design. More information about the contest will be provided in the coming weeks.

¿Cómo Te Parece Que Debería Ser Tu Escuela del Futuro?

 

La apariencia física del salón de clase y el ambiente escolar afectan a la enseñanza y al aprendizaje y MCPS desea saber cómo los estudiantes usan esos espacios diariamente. Los estudiantes de todos los niveles de grados académicos están invitados a participar en una encuesta creada para que ellos compartan su opinión.

Se alienta a los padres/guardianes de los estudiantes de las escuelas elementales a que hablen con sus hijos sobre sus entornos de aprendizaje y que les ayuden a completar esta encuesta:

Los estudiantes de las escuelas de enseñanza media y las escuelas secundarias pueden compartir su opinión aquí.

MCPS recogerá los resultados de la encuesta hasta principios de enero, y la información se utilizará para apoyar el mejoramiento continuo de sus instalaciones educacionales. Una vez que se hayan recopilado los resultados, los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de participar en un concurso para imaginar el futuro de las escuelas y ayudar a influenciar diseños futuros. En las próximas semanas se proveerá más información sobre el concurso.

Comment Sought on Four Board of Education Policies
The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking comment from parents and members of the community on four policies—Policy BBB, Ethics; Policy BFA, Policysetting;  Policy IGK, Career and Technology Education; and Policy KEA, Political Campaigns and Political Materials. Visit here to read the draft policies and to offer comment.

Public comments on Policy KEA, Civic Engagement, Political Campaigns, and Political Materials are due by Sunday, December 16. Comments on Policy BBB, Ethics; Policy BFA, Policysetting; and Policy IGK, Career and Technology Education must be submitted by January 13, 2019.

Se Solicitan Comentarios sobre Cuatro Políticas del Consejo de Educación

El Consejo de Educación del Condado de Montgomery está solicitando comentarios de los padres y miembros de la comunidad sobre cuatro políticas—la Política BBB, Ética; la Política BFA, Establecimiento de Políticas; la Política IGK, Educación Profesional y Tecnológica; y la Política KEA, Participación Cívica, Campañas Políticas y Materiales Políticos. Visite aqui para leer el borrador de las políticas y para aportar su comentario.

El plazo límite para los comentarios del público sobre la Política KEA, Participación Cívica, Campañas Políticas y Materiales Políticos, es el domingo, 16 de diciembre. Los comentarios sobre la Política BBB, Ética; la Política BFA, Establecimiento de Políticas; y la política IGK, Educación Profesional y Tecnológica, deben ser presentados a más tardar el 13 de enero, 2019.

 

Winter Coat Drive Under Way

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


Está en Marcha la Campaña de Recolección de Abrigos de Invierno

Los programas de Prekindergarten/Head Start están pidiendo donaciones para proporcionar nuevos abrigos de invierno a los alumnos. Están recolectando abrigos para niños y niñas de tallas 5, 6 y 7, además de otras prendas de invierno, tales como sombreros/gorros y guantes. Se aceptan donaciones monetarias. Las donaciones pueden ser enviadas a Rocking Horse Road Center, 4910 Macon Road, Room 141, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Para más información, por favor llame a Lisa Conlon, especialista en servicios sociales, teléfono 240-740-4530.

What's Good, MCPS?

MCPS has created a new webpage to celebrate the good news about the district’s great students, staff, and schools. What’s Good, MCPS stories are collected from social media, MCPS community and staff newsletters, local media, and more. You can also join in the conversation and tell us about the great things you are seeing in MCPS by using the hashtag #WhatsGoodMCPS on social media or by submitting the following form when you hear about other good news:. The webpage will be updated regularly so check back frequently.

 

MCPS Needs Your Input to Help Prepare the Operating Budget
MCPS is seeking specific input on areas the school district should prioritize in the operating budget for Fiscal Year 2020. Tell us which strategies, programs or efforts are working or are not working to help improve outcomes for all students.

Please complete a brief survey to provide your feedback. MCPS will use the information it receives from this survey to help guide the development of the budget.

New 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.

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 kicked off its fall season on September 24. Parents/guardians and members of the community are invited to participate in these free workshops that provide information, resources, tools, and tips to support your child’s success in school. Don’t miss this season of workshops, which will be offered on a range of topics, including college and career planning, study skills, cyber safety and social media, and positive communication.

Parent Academy workshops are free. Childcare and interpretation services are provided upon request. A full list of courses is available on the Parent Academy website.

 

2019–2020 School Year Calendar  

MCPS is developing the school calendar for the 2019–2020 school year. The Board of Education held a discussion at its business meeting on October 9, 2018, about the process, options, and challenges for developing the calendar and is considering two potential calendar scenarios.

As the district develops a calendar, it must start with several requirements from the state:

September 4–June 15: the permissible time frame for instruction

180: the minimum number of instructional days required

15: the number of state-mandated days that schools must be closed

3: the number of snow make-up days required at the end of the year (before June 14)

For a more detailed explanation of the calendar process, visit the 2019–2020 calendar webpage. The scenarios are posted on the MCPS website for public information and review. If you would like to offer comment on the calendar, please do so using the drop box provided on the calendar information webpage.   

The Board will hold a final discussion and adopt a final calendar later this fall. You can stay engaged and informed in this process by visiting the Calendar 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 33rd 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
If you have any questions about signing up for conferences or need additional support, please contact Monica Kellner by calling 240-406-1300 or by emailing Monica_G_Kellner@mcpsmd.org.

 

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Stay Informed with MCPS QuickNotes 

MCPS QuickNotes is a bimonthly newsletter that provides MCPS families with important news and information about MCPS programs and activities, plus emergency information. MCPS QuickNotes is offered in seven languages: English, Spanish, French, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Amharic. Visit news.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/ to read the latest edition.

Changes to the MCPS Curriculum

MCPS is making changes to the K–8 curriculum for English and mathematics. The district is in the process of evaluating and selecting new curriculum and instructional materials and during the next several months, MCPS will work with staff, members of the community, and other partners to gather feedback and outline the selection process. Parents/guardians and members of the community can ask questions and share their thoughts on the process by completing a brief survey. Please visit the website for regular updates on the curriculum selection process. You can read the message from the chief academic officer here.

 

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. kicks off its 2018–2019 season of Saturday School on Saturday, September 15. 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.

 

New Season of Homework Hotline Live! 

For 33 years, Homework Hotline Live (HHL) has helped tens of thousands of students in kindergarten through Grade 12 by offering free after-school homework help from MCPS teachers. HHL uses the web, a mobile app, and cable TV to offer students live one-on-one homework help. When HHL is on TV, students can telephone in questions and see and hear the teachers while working through problems together.

 

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

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 

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

 

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