The button above links to the RMS daily student school class schedule, half day schedules, and the calendar of events for September 2020-January 2021. (updated 11.5.20)
Click on the button above to sign up for parent conferences.
RMS Parent Updates!
Please listen to and read the ConnectEd messages sent most Wednesday's and every Sunday evening
__________________________________________________________________________The Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program was first implemented in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in 2018 to:
Increase knowledge and adaptive attitudes towards depression and decrease suicide attempts and deaths by suicide;
Encourage help-seeking behavior on behalf of oneself or a friend;
Reduce stigma and reinforce that mental illness, like physical illness, requires treatment; and
Engage parents/guardians and staff members in prevention efforts through gatekeeper education.
Students learn a three-step action plan (ACT: Acknowledge that you are seeing signs of depression or suicide in a student and that it is serious; Care for the student by letting him/her know and that you can help; and Tell a trusted adult or school-based mental health staff member that you are concerned about a friend). For the 2020–2021 school year, Mindwise Innovations, the company that publishes SOS, adapted the program for implementation in a virtual learning environment. Please take a few moments to review the handouts.
Gift Card Campaign to Help Families in Need (English and Spanish)
The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted many families in Montgomery County. The MCPS Educational Foundation, Inc.; the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Association, Inc.’s volunteer network; and MCPS are asking the community to support the Families Helping Families campaign. Grocery gift cards will be purchased with funds donated to the MCPS Educational Foundation, Inc.’s Crisis Relief Fund—COVID-19. Learn more about how to donate here.
Campaña de tarjetas de regalo para ayudar a las familias necesitadas
La pandemia de COVID-19 ha afectado profundamente a muchas familias en el Condado de Montgomery. La Fundación Educativa de MCPS, Inc. (MCPS Educational Foundation, Inc.), la Red de Voluntarios del Concejo de Asociaciones de Padres y Maestros del Condado de Montgomery, Inc. (Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Association, Inc.) y MCPS piden a la comunidad que apoye la campaña Familias Ayudando a Familias. Se comprarán tarjetas de regalo para comestibles con los fondos donados al fondo de ayuda para crisis de la Fundación Educativa de MCPS, Inc.—COVID-19. Obtenga más información sobre cómo donar aquí.
Equity Hubs Open to MCPS Students (English and Spanish)
The Children’s Opportunity Fund and the Black and Brown Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence are coordinating low-cost child care and distance learning support for MCPS students at facilities across the county. Priority is given to low-income, kindergarten through Grade 5 students, and students needing additional assistance with virtual learning. Learn more at EquityHubs.org or by telephone at 240-200-4999.
Centros de equidad (Equity Hubs) abiertos a los estudiantes de MCPS
El Fondo de Oportunidades para Niños (Children’s Opportunity Fund) y la Coalición para la Equidad y Excelencia Educativa para Personas de Raza Negra y Morena (Black and Brown Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence) están coordinando cuidado infantil de bajo costo y apoyo al aprendizaje a distancia para estudiantes de MCPS en instalaciones de todo el condado. Se da prioridad a los alumnos de Kindergarten al Grado 5 de bajos ingresos y a los estudiantes que necesitan ayuda adicional con el aprendizaje virtual. Conozca más en EquityHubs.org o por teléfono, llamando al 240-200-4999.
COVID-19 Rent Relief Program for County Residents
The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is providing short-term rental assistance to eligible families that have experienced financial loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While funds are available, the program will provide up to $4,000 to eligible households to cover the cost for back rent (arrears) and/or a rent credit for future months. The program is funded through a $20 million supplemental appropriation to DHHS.
You can learn more and apply for the rent relief program at this website.
Parent Academy: To-Go Virtual Webinars
Families and students can stay engaged throughout the school year with Parent Academy TO GO. Parent Academy TO GO is a series of virtual webinars for families to watch at home.
September and October webinars are listed on the Parent Academy website.
Student-Led Free Tutoring Available to High Schoolers
Do you know a high school student needing help with science, English, social studies, or a world language this school year?
Youth Creating Change (YCC) has restarted its tutoring program. The free program is open to all high school students; the tutors are student leaders who are hosting weekly Zoom meetings. Students can see the schedule and sign up here. YCC is partnering with Pineapple Tutoring, which is affiliated with the Montgomery County Region (Maryland Association of Student Councils) Student Government Association.
Naviance Moves to Google Single Sign-On
As of Monday, September 21, students and staff now have an easier way to sign in to Naviance, a web-based program that supports middle and high school students in exploring and developing post-secondary plans.
Naviance is moving to a Google Single Sign-On that will allow students and staff to access the platform through their MCPS Google accounts. They will no longer need to use a separate username and password. All users will have access to Naviance via their Google Waffle, which is located in the top right-hand corner of the Chrome browser. Students can also continue to access Naviance through their student log-in page.
Naviance always is available to middle and high school students and they are encouraged to access it during virtual learning to explore colleges and careers, as well as participate in academic planning.
Are you only seeing one of your children on the profile?
MCPS is consistently its system. It may take some time for all of your children to show in the profile. You are always welcome to reach out to the MCPS Community Support should you need more assistance.
They can be reached at 240-740-7020 or the parent support email.
Who to contact about registration/enrollment or access to Synergy? Need a ParentVue passcode?
Please email Mrs. Gianna Tober, Counseling Secretary/Registrar, with any questions or concerns about enrollment. If you wish to register/enroll your students in-person it must be done by appointment only. Please contact Mrs. Tober to schedule your appointment.
Gianna Tober email___________________________________________________________
Who should I contact if I have a question about my child’s schedule?
Please contact your child’s grade level counselor.
6th Grade Counselor - Mrs. Kellie Graham
7th Grade Counselor - Mrs. Helene Berman
8th Grade Counselor - Mrs. Alison Hyman
I have a general question or an attendance question?
If you have not joined the email distribution group for the RMS PTSA you can do so by emailing Mrs. Girimonte.
MCPS Saturday School
Affordable academic tutoring online in 2020-2021 for grades K-12
Core academic support aligned with Montgomery County Public Schools MD, plus other specialized programs. Click here to register and to learn more about the virtaul experiece for 2020-2021.
GYC Programs for Middle School
Soccer 4 Change. If you are not familiar with this amazing program it is specifically geared toward disengaged youth who would not normally play for an organized team at school. The program promotes structure, team work, and commitment. We are going to put together a middle school boys team and a middle school girls team. Each team has 9 spaces (7 to play at a time and 2 subs). We are hoping to start practices the week of October 5. All participants should be members of the Gaithersburg Youth Club (GYC), but there are scholarship opportunities for anyone in financial hardship Click here for flyer.
GYC Field Games – we will be hosting an array of games and activities outside of our Youth Center facilities. We will be doing two activities a week (one at the Robertson Park GYC and one at the Olde Towne GYC). All activities will be run in accordance with the most up-to-date CDC and MDH information related to COVID precautions. Click here for flyer.
We have been contacted by the Washington Spirit who would like to host a soccer clinic led by Washington Spirit player Ashley Sanchez. Details are still coming in, but I do know it will happen around mid-October and it will be held at the Lakelands Park turf field. We are still working on this to make sure it would work for everyone involved
GYC Study Bubble- Click here for flyer.
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.
RMS Grading and Reporting Policy-2020-2021(updated annually)
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.
MCPS Coronavirus Webpage:
Office of Family Support and Engagement:
Crisis Support Information:
Student Access to MCPS Online Resources
NOTE: Students MUST be logged into CHROME in order to access these resources. To access login and password information, sign in to your MCPS Google.net account and use these links:
Centrally Purchased MCPS Online Resources
Click here to view the 2020-2021 Ridgeview Middle School Course Bulletin
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:
MCPS: Stay Informed
MCPS offers numerous ways for parents to get important information.
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.
AlertMCPS: Subscribe to AlertMCPS
Receive text messages or emails from MCPS 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 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.
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.
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.
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
· School and community violence
· Drug activity
· 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/.
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. A full list of courses is available on the Parent Academy website . Registration is available here.