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Published on September 11th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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RIDGE VIEW HIGH SCHOOL: IN FOCUS AND MOVING AHEAD

Pictured, Ridge View High School Principal Dr. Brenda Mack-Foxworth

Our halls and classrooms are filled with lots of smiles these days. It’s the start of a new year! How wonderful it is to see so many students so eager to get back down to good old-fashioned teaching and learning. That’s if you consider the technologies used in today’s classrooms like Chromebooks, iPads, Smartboards and handheld calculators that can plot graphics, construct geometric functions and analyze data, old-fashioned. These items and more are infused into our everyday curriculum. It’s a way of life for our students. In fact, I believe, our Millennials sincerely would be lost without them.

At Ridge View High School, we do more than just tinker with the latest technology. We explore all avenues of teaching and learning. Already this school year, a group of magnet students participated in a weekend field study called Xtreeme Challenge in Monroe, NC. There they learned about teambuilding and participated in a ropes course that reinforced the value of trusting each other.

Some of our athletic teams spent time this summer practicing and preparing for the new season. We are starting the year with a new athletics director. Our football, track and field and other sports teams have seen changes in leadership that we believe will make our student-athletes much stronger and more competitive. We invite you to come see our teams in action. Remember, all Richland Two retirees and anyone aged 60 or older living in the district, are eligible for a Gold Card. Cardholders enjoy free admission to all regular season athletic events. The cards are issued at the Richland Two District Office every Monday.

In addition to getting into good physical shape, students kept their minds sharp by reading several books, including “Paper Towns,” by John Green; “Out of my Mind,” by Sharon Draper; and “The Last Shot,” by Darcy Ray. Wednesday, September 23 is Summer Reading Celebration Day. Students will discuss the books they chose to read and celebrate their learning without worrying about getting a grade on the assignment.

Also during the summer, our school underwent several upgrades. Renovations were made in the auditorium and Media Center. New and refurbished lockers have replaced older ones. New bleachers are in the gym. The outfield fencing has been upgraded on the baseball field and a storage facility added to the lower practice field. We are grateful to the Richland Two School Board, district administration and Ridge View School Improvement Council for working to make these improvements possible. Students are thrilled about the upgrades as they continue to take great pride in their school.

One day prior to the official start of school, Tuesday, Aug. 18, Ridge View welcomed nearly 400 ninth-graders to Freshman First. Our newest students had an opportunity to tour the campus and meet their teachers and administrators without any distractions from upperclassmen. They ate lunch together and attended a mini pep rally with the Blazer mascot hyping up the fun.

On a more solemn occasion, we recently turned tragedy and broken hearts into something greater. The last Sunday in August we celebrated the life and memories of Gabrielle “Gabbiee” Swainson. The 3rd Annual “Cuts for Gabbiee” fundraiser was held to honor and remember Swainson who was murdered in 2012. Proceeds exceeding $1,250 are going to fund scholarships in Gabbiee’s name and to the Ridge View Master Haircare program. Ridge View students can apply for the scholarship. Applications are available at the school. Thank you to all of the local barbers who donated their time and talent. Thanks to the entire community, students, teachers, elected officials, alumni – everyone – who made this event successful.

You are invited to take part in upcoming events and programs throughout the school year. On the immediate horizon, Oct. 21 is Muffins for Moms which celebrates mothers of Ridge View students. The varsity homecoming football game is Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Richland Two Stadium #2 located at 10901 Wilson Blvd., Blythewood. A parade will precede the game. The Ridge View chapter of the National Beta Club is hosting Trunk or Treat with games, fun, and goodies for the entire family on Oct. 29 beginning at 4 p.m. on campus, 4801 Hard Scrabble Road, Columbia. If you’re a Blazer or would like to be one, come celebrate with us. Check out the calendar on the Ridge View website for all of the events, games, times and locations: https://www.richland2.org/rvh.

Please continue to check this newspaper for updates on Ridge View and the Blazer family to learn more about why we believe and know, “It’s All at the View!”

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