Week of 1/21 - 1/25/19

Hello Panthers!
I hope you had a fascinating weekend. For those of you that were able to have Monday off, I hope you were able to spend some time in thought, service, or just able to relax and catch up. Did anybody check out that moon over the weekend? I probably could have guessed there was a supermoon by the end of the week. There is always a little extra energy from students! Thursday morning looks to be super cold, so make sure they come with a jacket and leave with a jacket.

Family Survey
Thank you to those of you that have filled out the latest climate survey from the district. We get a report each week to show how many responses we received. We are ahead of last year’s pace, but still below the average voter turnout. Here is the information again. 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.

Upcoming Service Project - Rise Against Hunger
This is perfect timing with MLK and a service mentality. Rise Against Hunger is an organization that we have chosen to sponsor with to raise awareness and funding for those in need. We 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. We will be making daily announcements. The goal is for each student to raise $3 to donate which is about the average cost of one lunch at Ridgeview. Let’s do this Ridgeview!

Transition Meeting Dates
Thank you to those were able to join us for our first transition to high school meeting. There are a couple more in February. 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. Our goal is to show the global presence that is represented at Ridgeview. 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.

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. Here is the form if you would like to participate.

Upcoming All School Dance - Feb 1
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.

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)

Benefit of Serving Others
I think it is only natural to talk about serving others as we celebrated MLK day on Monday. One of the memories that I have of my grandfather is his service to the Rotary Club. I remember he had a Rotary license plate holder with the motto of “Service over Self.” What a great saying! This is not too far off from what we try to get middle schoolers to believe. Many times, teens are in the “bubble” as I call it. In other words, they can’t see outside their personal bubble to see how they impact others or how they are impacted by others. They are stuck in a small circle of friends and technology. I guess the argument could be made that social media has expanded the circle. I would challenge whether or not that is a good thing if they never have face to face communication with all their followers.

Personally, I have always been involved in service opportunities. I do it because it feels good. My question for the week is this. Are there benefits for providing service to others? I have always felt better about myself after doing service activities. I feel more grounded about things that really matter rather than caught up on material possessions and status. I have always had satisfaction from putting in work and seeing others that benefit from my work. One of the benefits that I had never thought of before are the communication, social, and leadership skills that are increased from doing service learning and service projects. I love the people and stories that come from working with others that you might not have known before. Sometimes you do know them, but learn more about them as you work side by side.

I guess most of all, I like being around other people that have a servant mentality. I am not sure what year the phrase “dog eat dog” world came into existence. I remember it in the 80’s, but wasn’t sure why it was used. I can trace it back to the 20’s and 30’s when times were tough and people had to do what they could to survive. Jobs were scarce and food was scarce. Tough times indeed. While we have had several downturns in the economy, I am not sure we have reverted to those dire needs. Ironically, we do have situations that are dire, mainly from natural disasters, it is the service of others that help get us back on our feet. It just seems to contradict itself. Maybe if we weren’t so eager to get ahead by stepping on someone else, the world would be a better place.

Honestly, I think education would be in a better place. The corruption and cheating for grades and class rank are a small microcosm of what we see in corporate America. What is really interesting is that very little work in big business is done in isolation these days. So why the individual push to be the best? I guess that is what I love about coaching a team. It takes the whole team to accomplish the goal of being the best and just seems so much more rewarding at the end of the day. I think we are at a critical time with education. We have what appears to be, a golden opportunity with the new legislature, to put education at the forefront and put Texas on the map as leaders in education. I encourage you to follow closely as bills are introduced. The servants that we have elected to represent us need our support and encouragement to do the right thing for all children! I think it would be interesting to see what happens if we were to send thank you notes instead of strongly worded emails or voicemails with policy direction. How does this relate back to MLK?

Simple. MLK was a strong advocate of education just like he was for civil rights and service to others. His mother was a school teacher and MLK was an intellectual student, skipping two years of high school to enter college at the age of 15. “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Thus, at Ridgeview there is an emphasis on character as well as academics. In this same way, I connect service to one of my favorite quotes, “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” I leave you with this thought, imagine what it would be like to live in a community where we served others above self. What would it look like? What would it feel like? How can we make it a reality?

Make the world a better place to live in by your mere existence this week Ridgeview! The way you walk, the way you talk, and the way you treat others is noticed. The choice is yours!

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