Week of 1/15 - 1/19/19

Hello Panthers!
I hope you had a great weekend and were more productive than I was. I guess I did get a few things done outside on Saturday when I was in shorts, only to bundle up the next day. Craziest weather ever! The side effects are being felt as we have had many students and staff out with allergy related illnesses, colds and a few with the flu. This is your reminder to consider a flu shot, wash your hands often, get plenty of fluids, get enough sleep, and get enough Vitamin C every day. It still might not keep you from getting sick, but it might lessen the duration.

It is about to get busy, busy the next few weeks. I went ahead and updated the “Upcoming Events” tab in Blogger to show the next seven weeks. I had to see a little end in sight. This gets us through the end of the 4th Six Weeks and into March - Eeeek! There are many announcements this week of upcoming events. Take your time to read through them.

Family Survey
You probably received an email from the district with this year’s survey. Here is the information again. Last year we had a low percentage complete the survey. We would love to have your input to help us improve! Our Ridgeview Annual Family Survey is mobile-friendly and short, it should take about 5 minutes to complete. Your input is valuable and used to plan for improvement and implement new opportunities for your student.

Spirit Night - Jan 19th
Please join us for our January Spirit Night on January 19th at the Austin Spurs game. The game starts at 7pm. Please visit this link to purchase tickets. Be sure to wear your Ridgeview spiritwear.


Lost and Found Display
All items from the first semester will be displayed in the Middle Commons this week. All items not claimed will be donated to the Round Rock Serving Center at the end of the week. This includes all clothing items from the classrooms and locker rooms that were left behind and are not labeled with a name. Please encourage your student to look through the items for anything that was lost during the first semester. Jewelry and electronics are in the front office. Eyeglasses can be found in the nurse’s office.

Upcoming Service Project - Rise Against Hunger
We talked about this at the end of the first semester and decided to postpone because it was just to busy to get anything accomplished. We will be advertising for students this week and will kick off the campaign on Thurs. and will be collecting money during lunches. The goal is to raise $4000 to support Rise Against Hunger. For every $1, students will be entered into a raffle for amazing prizes. Here are links to videos for more information and on the Rise Against Hunger Mission.

Transition Meeting Dates
Please see the tabs marked “Incoming 6th Grade Info” and “Transition to HS Info” We will update as frequently as possible to make sure all dates, times, and locations are correct. Please email your grade level counselor or Assistant Principal if you have further questions.

Mandatory Cheerleader Info Meetings - Jan 22nd or Jan 23rd
Believe it or not, it’s time to start forming the new RRISD Cheer Squads for the 2019 - 2020 school year.
CURRENT RMS 6th and 7th graders –
We will be having our mandatory parent meetings on January 22nd and 23rd from 6 pm - 7 pm in the RMS Lecture Hall. You and a parent MUST attend ONE of the meetings (even if you are on the team this year). Please contact Coach Davis in 467 or Coach Pickle-Pena in room 564 for any questions (OR via email).

CURRENT 8th graders interested in trying out for Cedar Ridge Cheer Team
PLEASE note that tryouts are NOT limited to current cheerleaders. You must also attend a MANDATORY meeting on January 24th OR 28th at 6 pm at Round Rock High School. It is required for the student AND a parent attend ONE of these meetings.

Contact Cedar Ridge cheer coach Teri Kirby teri_kirby@roundrockisd.org or RMS cheer coaches (Davis or Pickle-Pena) for more information .

International Day - January 29th
Each year, Ridgeview has taken time to celebrate the cultures that make up our school and community. This year we will celebrate International Day on Tues. the 29th. One of the features is an International Cultural Museum. If you have authentic items from another country that you are comfortable lending us for the week, we would love to display it! This can include traditional clothing, pictures, coins, or artifacts. Please bring items to the front office to ensure that we properly label them and they are returned to you when we take down the displays.

Upcoming All School Dance - Feb 1st
The all school dance is quickly approaching on February 1. Be on the lookout for online ticket sales as well as dates for lunch sales to students. The cost for student wristbands will be 5 dollars and if your student is a PTA member the cost is only 4 dollars. Concessions will be sold at the dance. All items will be one dollar. Pizza, Popcorn, Chips, Candy and Drinks will be available.

Upcoming Musical Tickets on Sale Now! - Feb 8th, 9th, and 16th!
The Theater Department will be presenting the musical Xanadu. There will be two weekends of shows - the 8th and 9th at Ridgeview and the 16th at the Cedar Ridge Performing Arts Auditorium. Tickets are available for purchase at the link below. This will guarantee you a seat and we almost always have a sellout crowd!


Gifted and Advanced Academic Parent/Student Conference
This conference is for both parents of students who are receiving gifted services, as well as high potential learners who are seeking advanced academic opportunities. The conference will be held at Walsh Middle School on February 2nd from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration

Worth the Wait Info
Round Rock ISD is hosting informational forums designed to familiarize parents/guardians with the District’s sex education curriculum, Living WELL Aware Adolescent Wellness and Sexual Health® developed and presented by Scott and White. There is no fee to attend.

The Living WELL Aware, Worth the Wait curriculum will be presented to all middle school students in the Spring after the conclusion of the scheduled parent forums. Boys and girls in the sixth-grade will receive separate instruction.

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019, 6 p.m.
  • Deerpark Middle School Library, 8849 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin, TX 78729
Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, 6 p.m.
  • Hernandez Middle School Library, 1901 Sunrise Rd, Round Rock, TX 78664
Monday, Feb 11, 2019, 6 p.m.
  • Old Hopewell, adjacent to Round Rock ISD Administration, 1311 Round Rock Ave, Round Rock 78681
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, 6 p.m.
  • Ridgeview Middle School Library, 2000 Via Sonoma Trail, Round Rock, TX 78665
Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2019, 6 p.m.
  • Canyon Vista Middle School Library, 8455 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78759

Review the Scott and White presentation.

Career Day - March 8th
It might seem like it is in the distant future, but when you put on a Career Day like Ridgeview, we start planning early. Each year we have over 60 guest speakers join us. We would love to have you join us and talk to our students about your career! The event will take place Friday, March 8th, from 8:30 - 10:30 that morning. There will be four (25) minute sessions. Mark your calendar. Next week we will be sending out the form if you would like to participate.

Coding Program (Spring Enrollment Open)
We want to prepare our students for the opportunities of a tech-driven future by providing them options to learn programming skills. Round Rock ISD and CodeWizardsHQ are partnering to offer a paid after-school coding program at Ridgeview Middle School.

Students will be learning real-world programming languages including Python, JavaScript, HTML/CSS and more. It is an opportunity to experience coding at a higher level.

Students who register for the program will attend classes once/week from our computer lab. Due to space/laptop restrictions, enrollment into the program is limited to 24 students on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information and to enroll, please visit
(Fall students do not have to re-register)

If you notice on the calendar we will be giving tests in February and March called STAAR Ready. These tests are designed to give students a preview of what the “real” STAAR will be like. We will be conducting them like STAAR days and shutting down the campus in similar fashion until completed. This gives teachers as well as students great information on what we know and what we still need to work on before testing in April and May. One of the keys is stamina. For instance, if you were able to read everything to this point, you have excellent stamina. Some students suffer from testing stamina. They are great in spurts, but when asked to concentrate for 40-50 questions, they start faltering. Our push this year is for students to pace themselves so that they don’t burn out before the last question. Interventions will be planned according to test results, so please encourage your student to do their very best and give us accurate information to work with. There should be no anxiety, because it is practice, but we still want them to do their best. What I have found over the last three years is that taking the STAAR Ready gives many students a confidence boost because they see that they are able to do well on an actual released STAAR test. It also gives them confidence to know what they know well and an increased focus on what they still need to improve on. Ridgeview has consistently performed as a high achieving campus, but just misses out on distinctions. I have said before and will say again, we do not teach to the test. However, it would be silly to not expose students to the type of questions and format that they will be asked to answer later this year.

Make it a great week Ridgeview! The choice is yours!

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