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Week of 5/1-5/5/17

Hello Panthers, I hope you had a wonderful weekend and were not impacted by our crazy weekend weather once again. I have mixed thoughts on whether or not it is a good thing that the crazy weather has been happening on the weekend. Good for school, not so much for weekend plans. Someone asked me how many days of school we had left. This is taboo in education, so I cannot answer that question. I know for students, they probably feel like it cannot end soon enough. There are probably some staff members that feel the same way. Regardless of those feelings, the reality is that we still have business to take care of over the next five weeks!

Shoe Drive Update Wow! What a difference a week makes! We collected 1002 pairs of shoes this past week and have a total of 3003 pairs of shoes!  Let's keep the momentum going and keep asking friends, neighbors, family members and coworkers to donate their shoes.  This has been accomplished with the help of 210 students bringing in shoes.  We have a few…

Week of 4/24-4/28/17

Hello Panthers! I hope you enjoyed the crazy April weather this weekend! What a difference on Saturday! We are rolling towards the finish line, but there is still work to be done. In fact, I would say that this is a critical stretch for some of our students. Not only will we have another round of STAAR testing coming up, but more importantly, this is the last six weeks to make a difference in the classroom regarding grades. We do have confirmation that Ridgeview will be hosting summer school for students that do not pass core classes. Summer school will be held June 5 - June 22. Classes will be Monday - Thursday and will last from 8:30 - 11:30 each day. Letters will go out to prospective students by the end of the week and students will be expected to attend! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact your grade level assistant principal or grade level counselor.
Beautification Day The weather was not nice to us Saturday morning, but we were still able to get some work d…

Week of 4/17-4/21/17

Welcome back Panthers! Wait, no the welcome back should be for me! I am feeling much better, thank you very much for all the well wishes! We are back in the groove of things again. I noticed some pretty squirrelly behavior upon my return, I hope that was just teens craving chocolate over the three day break. Regardless, we will still be enforcing the same old expectations. Just a few that I would like to reiterate, there should be no food or drinks in the commons area before students are released to classes. Breakfast items can be consumed in the cafeteria. Also, students should not be carrying beverage containers that are not transparent. In other words, no Yeti or Rtic cups and only water should be taken to classes. This is more as a safety precaution than anything else, but also to eliminate stains when spilled. Finally, we have been limiting screen time over the past three weeks during lunch. Students know that when the “Talk” sign is out rather than the “Electronics” sign, that t…

Week of 4/3-4/7/17

Hello Panthers! We made it through the week. Tuesday and Wednesday were STAAR days for 7th and 8th graders which meant a funky schedule. I feel that this led to some energy buildup. Wednesday afternoon we noticed a shift in behavior as if there was an attitude of we finished STAAR so we can relax and don’t have to worry about school anymore. Sometime Thursday afternoon I thought I was going to lose it as behaviors were not at all in line with expectations. However, Friday came and there was a noticeable release of negative energy and things seemed to be back to normal. I bring this up as information to you as you might have noticed some odd behavior from your teen last week. Regardless, we are back to business this week. The STAAR does not signal an end to the school year. In fact, most students still have two STAAR tests left to take. I know when we get down to the last two months students can be anxious about the end of the school year. Please know that while we sympathize, expectati…