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Student Achievements and Highlights

 2013-2014 RCS Highlights & Achievements:


  • Congratulations to our RCS Cross Country teams!!!  The girls won the first ever championship in school history for Ladies XC! The boys finished 2nd only 5 points out of 1st.
  • The Ridgeview Panther Boy's Tennis Team, coached by Jason Trankle competed in the Fulton County Tennis Tournament on Saturday, Oct 5, at Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta. These boys did a great job and represented our school well!
  • A great big THANK YOU to the Hands on Ridgeview students, teachers and parents who came out on Sunday and worked spreading out wood chips and pine straw, fixing picnic tables and weeding along the upper terrace, at the front office and along the access road. A special thanks to our business partners – Lowe's and Moe's
  • Hydro Bibb Lettuce was served at lunch as part of Fulton County's School Nutrition Farm to School Initiative. The lettuce has been grown and harvested from local Georgia Farmers using hydroponic technology, a farming method that grows plants with a water and mineral solution, without soil! Since the Hydro Bibb Lettuce is Georgia Grown, it is at its peak freshness and more environmentally friendly! Because the lettuce is grown close to home it helps support our local farming economy, and takes less fuel to get to our cafeterias! Not only is this locally grown lettuce good for the environment, but also, lettuce is great for your body! Bibb Lettuce is a great source of vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C! Served in the cafeteria as a side salad on October 31!


  • HISPANIC HERITAGE DINNER & CONCERT!  Thank you to the RCS families who donated, cooked and served over 300 meals at the annual Hispanic Heritage dinner. Amazing food, community, a special treat of an Orchestra performance during dinner and then the concert afterwards made for a wonderful event!
  • 8th GRADE Boys Soccer Team Brings Trophy TO RCS
  • Congratulations to the RCS Boys 8th Grade Foundation Soccer Team for bringing home our school's first ever soccer trophy with a 2nd place finish in the Metro Atlanta Athletic Conference finals!  The team went 5-1 in the regular season which placed them 2nd in the division.  They then went on to beat Davis Academy 1-0 in the conference semifinals but sadly lost 3-1 to Atlanta International School in a thrilling final.
  • The following students all received the highest "Excellent" and "Superior" ratings at GMEA's Solo & Ensemble Festival this past Saturday: 7th graders – Zechiah Weekley; Moya Freeman; Zaria MaBon; Jasper Tripoli; Janelle Tenorio 8th graders – Tate Poole; Sonya Reznikov; Martha Wilber; Jacky Martinez; Rosa Moctezuma


  • Ms. Zou is well-known at RCS and RICS for inspiring her students to learn the Chinese language, as well as Chinese culture. Every Friday, Ms. Zou brings Chinese culture to life in her classroom by allowing students to participate in cultural activities such as playing ping pong, creating 3-D homes complete with family members denoted in Chinese, and recently, students learned the art of Chinese calligraphy. Her students were challenged and inspired by the opportunity!
  • Japanese 6th, 7th and 8th grade students made 感謝祭カード(Thanksgiving cards) for their homeroom teachers! The word "Thanksgiving" was translated into Japanese as "thanks festival." Students wish to thank their homeroom teachers who help them every day as well as wishing them "Happy Thanksgiving."
  • Ridgeview PE students (and staff) enjoyed learning dances such as a Flash Mob, Hip Hop and the Bachata thanks to guest instructors from JV Outreach. JV Outreach Inc. is a non-profit whose vision is "giving any child in the Metro Atlanta area, who wants to dance, the opportunity to dance. Confidence and discipline learned through dance opens doors to college education, careers and futures full of possibilities." Thanks to the PTA for the grant that helped pay an honorarium to JV Outreach.
  • FRIDAY FUN IN CHINESE CLASS For the Chinese culture/game Friday, Chinese language students played the shuttlecock, a traditional Chinese game which is similar to American game, hacky sack.
  • The Ridgeview Singers performed at Phipps Plaza on December 14th.
  • Thank you to the Ridgeview community for supporting the 6th graders with their Hunger & Poverty unit by donating to Heifer International and Community Assistance Center of Sandy Springs (CAC). A grand total of $1,900 was raised, including a generous donation of $200 from the Ridgeview PTA, which allows for the purchase of three cows (heifers) through Heifer International and a $400 donation to the CAC. Thank you for helping us to teach the power of helping others to our students.


  • Japanese 8th grade students started the new year with the Japanese tradition of KAKIZOME - the first writing of the New Year!! Unlike ordinary calligraphy, long special paper is used for Kakizome. Students must be very self-disciplined to perform this type of calligraphy.
  • 8th Grader Luis Zambrano and Coach Strickland Shine at the MLK Day race!
  • Congratulations to Luis Zambrano who placed 1st in his age group and to Coach Strickland who came in second overall (out of 1596) in the MLK Day 5K race at Piedmont park. 9 students/parents/faculty participated in the race.
  • CONGRATULATIONS TO CAROLINE PRICE!  She passed her 2nd audition to be a member of the 2014 Georgia All-State Chorus! Caroline will be attending the All-State Chorus event in Athens, GA, in February, joining other middle school students from around the state, who also have achieved this honor.
  • The Atlanta Braves visit Ridgeview!  Four Braves players (and their mascot), visited RCS last week to visit with our 7th graders and discuss bullying and the "No Place For Hate" program that we have adopted at RCS.
  • RCS STUDENT FINISHES SECOND IN ART CONTEST!!  RCS 7th grader, Elizabeth Hernandez's New Year's card design finished in 2nd place at the annual Nengajoo Contest hosted by GATJ (Georgia Teachers of Japanese). Her original art work will be displayed at the office of the Consulate General's Office soon.


  • PANTHER PRIDE BAND MEMBERS REPRESENT RCS IN DISTRICT V HONOR BAND.  Four RCS Panther Pride Band Members participated in the GMEA District V Honor Band in February. They were selected through an audition held in December, 2013.
  • In addition, Arthur Miltner, trombone, has been selected to participate in the Georgia All-State Band being held in Athens, GA. He will join some of the best band members from around the state in two days of rehearsals concluding with a concert. Chosen via two grueling rounds of auditions, Arthur's scores placed him as the 4th best trombone player for his band.
  • Arthur Miltner 2nd place FCS Fair (1st at RCS)
  • "The Effect of Fertilizer Type on Nitrate Leaching"
  • Reilly Murtaugh 2nd place FCS Fair (2nd at RCS)
  • "Diamagnetism in Graphite and Bismuth: Which Has More?"
  • Ellie Addington 3rd place FCS Fair (2nd at RCS)
  • "How Do Different Moisturizers Affect Skin?"
  • Kennedy Suttle (3rd at RCS) "Which Fabric is More Absorbent?"
  • Brian Hill (3rd at RCS) "Batter Up"


  • Congratulations to 8th Grader Arthur Miltner for representing RCS at the All-State Band Event held this past Saturday in Athens. The event is held annually to recognize the top Middle School Band Students in the state. Students met for 1 ½ days of rehearsal and concluded with a performance on Saturday afternoon. Arthur was 4th chair for trombone.
  • Congratulations to the Ridgeview Honor Chorus and Sixth Grade Chorus.  Both groups attended the Georgia Music Educators Association District V Large Group Performance Evaluation on Wednesday. Both groups were graded by three performance judges and one sight singing judge. Both groups earned superiors in every category and overall superior ratings from the judges. 
  • JAPANESE STUDENT'S MOCHI PROJECT! Japanese students have just learned about the Japanese celebration dish, MOCHI (or rice cakes also known as pounded rice). Since MOCHI is sticky and stretches, it represents a long life. We normally eat with soy sauce but our students created their own unique dishes using MOCHI. Some students made MOCHI sweets and some created MOCHI Quesadillas. 
  •  RCS's First Chinese New Year celebration was a huge success!  During the celebration, we watched the performance of Chinese folk dance. Students learned the Kung Fu Fan dance and the Red Ribbon dance while we ate Chinese food. Students also participated in activities such as Lantern Riddles, Peking Opera Masks Drawing and Lantern Making.
  • Separately, as part of the Chinese Lantern Festival (the last day of the Chinese New Year and the first lunar moon of the new year, students made sweet rice balls and red bean soup. 


2012-2013 RCS Highlights & Achievements:


• Mary Lawrence, Kari Lewis, and Tiffany Williams Ellison, who were honored by the FCSS Board of Education last Thursday, along with 21 other Georgia Master Teachers.
• Ridgeview Charter School is proud to celebrate "Acceptance" through its International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. All students celebrated "Acceptance" as they helped to build a wall in order to take a long hard look at the "walls" we create in our own lives. RCS opened this school year with a unit of study that focused on moving beyond tolerance into acceptance of others in order to celebrate diversity. Each student in the school contributed a "brick" to help build our wall. Thank you Ridgeview students and teachers!

 • Congratulations to our Cross Country running Panthers. RCS is the only Fulton Middle School that competes in XC. Our team won by 16 points combined boys and girls. First place in Boys’ Race and Fourth place in Girls’ Race.
Top 5 Girls:
Madison McQuary Brighid Martin
Taylor Burke
Anna Shutley
Grace Wilkins
Top 5 Boys:
David Guzman
Jonathan Mendoza William Anderson Andrew Ungashick Jordan Mckie

• Congratulations to the following RCS students who represented our school at the first 2012 Georgia All-State Chorus auditions this past Saturday. Students sang a solo and 3 scales, sight-read 3 music examples, and took a written music theory test. The students were: Anndersyn Cochran, Maggie Daniel, Megan Echols, Emma Horwitz, Celine Lagrange, Steven Jackson, Yale Johnson, Payton Jones, Caroline Price, CeCe Street, Carolyn Wright.

• Hispanic Heritage Dinner and concert! We had more than 150 families donate homemade authentic Mexican food which we also shared with the RCS staff. All the money collected will be used for Teacher Mini Grants. Gracias to our Hispanic community and gracias to the RCS Community for all your support!!

 • HANDS ON RIDGEVIEW A big thank you to the 25 hardest workers at RCS as we got a tremendous effort from all who showed up at Hands On Ridgeview. We planted a lot of bulbs out front, along with daisy, rose and butterfly bushes. We installed commemorative bricks in the courtyard and got all the planter boxes ready for fall planting by the Garden Club. We fixed loose bricks on the front stairs, washed all the windows in the front of the school, spread wood chips, pine straw and pine bark all over the school and created a garden with an R in stone, at the front of the walk way leading to school.

• Congratulations to Megan Echols and Carolyn Wright for passing the first Georgia All-State Chorus 2013 audition! They will will go to a second audition in January to be members of the All-State Chorus, which means that they are “best in state” for middle school singers! Congratulations Megan and Carolyn!!

• Music Department Car Wash Is A Huge Success!!! $1400 was raised from the car wash this past weekend! This money will be used to support requested scholarships for the music department’s trip to New Orleans.

• SYDNEY LAWS WINS 1ST PLACE IN WRITING CONTEST. 8th grader, Sydney Laws was chosen as the 1st Place winner in the 2nd Annual Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Writing Contest at the 7th and 8th grade level. Her entry was entitled “Freedom’s Dream" She will be honored on Nov. 10th at the Central Library.

• Ridgeview's PTA Reflections Winners. Congratulations to Andersyn Cochran and Nick Tillman-this year's winners. These two 8th graders did a great job expressing their artistic talent based on this year's theme, "The Magic of the Moment". Andersyn submitted two entries. One is a nature scene photo and the other, an original painting. Nick entered a soccer themed painting. Both students' projects will be displayed at The Teaching Museum in Roswell on Nov 16 for next level of judging. Our fingers are crossed that both Andersyn and Nick will be selected to move to the state level of winners!"

• The student leaders of the FCA and Jr. Beta Club organized the recent collection of gifts and money for “Operation Christmas Child”. OCC is a project run by run by an international relief organization. 29 boxes were filled with gifts and treats for children worldwide. Ridgeview Japanese students participated as a group in this project. The students generously donated boxes full of much needed items such as pencils, crayons, paper.

• CONGRATULATIONS to Carolyn Wright and Megan Echols who passed their 2nd All-State Chorus audition with scores in the high 90’s! These two girls will represent Ridgeview as members of the 2013 Georgia All-State Chorus in Savannah February 21-13.

• In an effort to "Pay It Forward" to others, Ridgeview Charter School students have engaged in purposeful acts of kindness. This movement began before the winter break when Ms. Hastey, principal at RCS, challenged the students to honor the students of Sandy Hook by pledging 20 acts of kindness. Upon returning to RCS after break, students began sharing and posting their acts of kindness on "kindness hearts" posted throughout the school. Next time you visit RCS, keep an eye out for the many acts of kindness.

• As a mark of respect for those who lost their lives in Newtown, CT, 7th graders Jake Markland and Charles Schwartz raised the Ridgeview American flag at half-staff during the week of December 17th.

• 6TH GRADERS STUDY ‘HUNGER & POVERTY’ In addition to becoming more informed and aware about hunger and poverty in the world, the students led fundraising efforts to help Heifer International and Atlanta Habitat for Humanity (selected by student vote). A grand total of $1,688.44 was raised. Their goal was to raise $1,000 for Heifer International, allowing the purchase of a young cow for two families, enabling them to start to lift themselves out of poverty. The remaining funds go to Atlanta Habitat.

• RCS SCIENCE FAIR RESULTS... The following students placed or won the RCS science fair: 1st place winners will compete at the Fulton County Science Fair on Jan. 19th at Westlake High School. Thanks to all of the judges and to Ms. Mealor, Mrs. Westmoreland, and Ms. Macke. Congratulations Students!!!

1st place:
Hill Belfi
Rachael Stowell
Olivia Gunthert
Justice Michael
Myron Parker
Joseph Tobia

2nd place:
Nick Tillman
Ben Miller
Bobby Hope
Nora Stout
Patrick Johnson

3rd place:
Grace Wilkins
Madison Richardson
Michael Kraft
David Taylor
Danielle Stewart

• Two Ridgeview 7th Grade Students participated in the Fulton County School Technology Competition on Jan. 26th at Riverwood High School. Yale Johnson won 1st place in the 7th -8th Grade Robotics category. Another 7th Grader, Payton Jones, received a 3rd place award for his entry in the 7th-8th Grade Digital Photography category. Yale will move on to represent FCS and RCS at the State Technology Competition on Mar. 9, 2013.

• 32 RCS students participated in this year’s Linguapalooza event on Saturday, February 2 at Webb Bridge Middle School where some 300 Fulton County middle school students demonstrated their speaking ability in 6 different world languages (French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese and Arabic). Students completed interviews with judges (about 40 Fulton County teachers) and received one of three levels of commendation: superior, excellent or distinguished.

• Eight students represented Ridgeview in the 2013 New Year’s Card contest sponsored by GATJ (Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese). All entries were judged by members of GATJ, the Consulate General of Japan’s office and members of the Japan American Society. Christian Cole (6th) and Marintia Duque (7th) received third place in their Middle School grade level category!!  Please congratulate Christian and Marintia when you see them in school.  Site of GATJ https:// sites.google.com/site/

• Congratulations to the Ridgeview Chorus students who represented our school at the Georgia Music Educators’ District V Middle School Chorus Large Group Performance Evaluation. The three chorus groups -- 8th, 7th, and 6th -- each were judged in performance and music sight reading. The 8th Grade received an overall Superior Rating, the 7th Grade received an Excellent Rating in performance and a Superior Rating in music sight reading, and the 6th Grade received an overall Excellent Rating.

• From Mr. Gibson... Our Jazz Band students perform several times a year out in the Sandy Springs & North Atlanta communities. The students performed recently for a “Fat Tuesday” celebration at North Springs Methodist Church. The band received a standing ovation for their performance!!!!  Before they performed, the church members fed them dinner. Two of the ladies helping serve are school teachers/paraprofessionals. BOTH raved about our student’s behavior and manners. Yes, they said “manners”. The kids said “thank you”, “please” and even a couple “Yes, Ma’ams”. What we do here at RCS does matter to our community and good things are happening!!

• Congratulations to Ridgeview’s Georgia All-State Chorus students, Megan Echols and Carolyn Wright! Megan and Carolyn participated in the All-State Choral event this past weekend Savannah.  Our two students made the “final cut” from thousands who auditioned all over the state.  Only 500-600 middle school chorus students in Georgia are chosen to be members of the All-State Chorus.

 • Graphic Packaging International in partnership with Ridgeview Charter School announces the winners of the Black History Month Essay Contest 2013. The following students won 1st place for their grade level and received an IPAD!
Sydney Laws : 8th grade (2 time winner)
Hal Olson: 7th grade
Mackenzie Sinon: 6th grade
The essay topic was: Barrier Breakers - Write about an African American (male or female) whom you consider to be a Barrier Breaker. CONGRATULATIONS STUDENTS!!!

• Jr. Beta raised $300.00 for “Pennies for Patients” through their coin drive.

• RCS Student Wins 1st Place at Georgia Technology Competition!!!!!   Seventh grader Yale Johnson competed in the Georgia Educational Technology Competition on Saturday, March 9th. He won first place in the Robotics category and represented Ridgeview Charter with flying colors!
• The RCS Oratorical Club was established four years ago for the purpose of competing in the Optimist International Oratorical Contest. The members, however, would not just settle for a single competition, they wanted to meet year-round, so Mrs. Roberts, the groups sponsor, agreed to meet weekly to practice oratory skills, debate, story-telling, joke-telling, and so much more. Then we realized that the day of the big competition was on the same day that every one of the contenders from RCS would be in New Orleans with the RCS Music Program True to their nature, the speakers still wanted to go ahead with our school’s competition. In the end, we decided to have an “Oratorical Gala”, in which the students would deliver their memorized, rehearsed speeches for family and friends. We topped it all off with a pizza and cake celebration.
• In conjunction with the Fine Arts Department and Media Center, we collected over 1,050 books in good condition that will be presented to schools whose libraries were destroyed by Hurricane Isaac. Students and faculty also donated $675 which will be presented to the schools on the music department’s trip to New Orleans this week.
New Orleans Trip highlights including performing, community service, fabulous food and sight seeing!!
> Clearing lots in the Ninth Ward from Hurricane Katrina damage
> Performing for students in LaPlace, LA
> Presenting books from our book drive to Lake Pontchartrain Elementary School, flooded by Hurricane Isaac (2012)
> All students performing with Matt Lemmler and the New Orleans Jazz Revival Band in the Chapel at the New Orleans Seminary
> Creole Queen paddleboat and the Chalmette Battlefield (Battle of New Orleans in 1815)
> Seeing an expert drummer without hands perform professionally and hearing his inspiring life story.
> National World War II Museum
> Zydeco dancing and band at Mulate’s (a Cajun restaurant)
> Beignets at Café du Monde

Arrington Jeffers (6th grade) placed 5th in the middle school statewide art and essay contest. This annual contest includes middle schools from five Southeastern states (Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina) who submit art or essay work based on an annual theme. This year's contest theme was "The Human Footprint on the Environment: Impacts & Solutions". As a result of this contest, the participants will have a far greater understanding of global issues as well as understanding the importance of cross-cultural dialogue in achieving solutions to global challenges.

• Congratulations to Natalie Peek (8th Grader) who received Merit distinction in the Fulton County Student Media Festival. Her PowerPoint was about the life of Sojourner Truth. The Fulton County Student Media Festival recognizes and identifies the best student-produced media projects in Fulton County.

• Sydney Laws has been selected as a Second Prize Winner in the national Jackie Robinson Breaking Barriers Essay Contest sponsored by Scholastic and Major League Baseball. In a collaborative lesson between Language Arts Teacher Mary Lawrence and Media Specialist Taylor Wickline, students discussed and wrote about barriers, learned about Jackie Robinson’s Nine Values to overcoming barriers, and wrote about ways in which they used Jackie Robinson’s values to overcome barriers in their own lives. Sydney wrote about using the value of integrity to overcome obstacles in middle school. As one of only two national Second Place winners in grades 6-8, Sydney has won a laptop computer, a class set of autographed copies of Promises to Keep by Sharon Robinson for Mrs. Lawrence’s Language Arts Class, and a class set of Breaking Barriers T-shirts.
• Ridgeview Japanese 7th graders celebrated their success on their recent journal presentations by making ONIGIRI, or Japanese rice balls! The English translation of ONIGIRI is “rice ball” however ONIGIRI is not round. It should be shaped like a triangle. After students shaped their ONIGIRI in a triangle, they wrap it in NORI, or dried seaweed, and then pour on some FRIKAKE, which is the seasoning! It looked like everyone made their ONIGIRI perfectly! Food tastes so much better when they make it themselves!
• AQI Flag Program.  Ridgeview will be monitoring the air quality in Atlanta based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality Index. Monitoring air quality is important because air pollution is harmful, especially for children, youth and seniors and is linked to many serious heart and lung diseases, including asthma, emphysema and heart attack. The purpose of the AQI Flag Program in school will be to inform principals, teachers, coaches, students and parents of good choices on “bad air” days. Our flag will be updated each day in the front office from www.georgiaair.org/smogforecast and staff will be made aware if the air quality if unhealthy for our students and staff.

• Congratulations Ridgeview Panthers Baseball!! Team 2nd Place in Season Championship! It has been several years since our baseball team has made it to the championship game!

• Ryan Belfi's project won 5th place out of 300 entries in the state of Georgia. The School Coordinator for Georgia Clean Air Campaign visited Ridgeview to present the award to Ryan Belfi in Ms. Furst's 6th grade Science class.


 2011-2012 RCS Highlights & Achievements:

  • 6th grader receives 2nd place in the 2011 Plains, Peanuts and a President Art Contest
  • Cross Country teams have best ever season.  Girls were 3rd and Boys finished 2nd (by 1 point) in the MAAC Conference Cross Country Championship
  • Six All-State Chorus Students
  • First Student Government created for 2011-2012
  • 14 orchestra students earn ‘1 or Superior’ rating at GMEA
  • 2 band students were District V Honor Band.  1 band student received the highest score for his instrument
  • 8 Jazz Band students Rialto Theatre’s Jazz For Kids All-Star Band at Georgia State University
  • Service Project – “poverty” unit – Heifer International ($1,050 = 2 Cows) and Hosea Feed The Hungry ($482)
  • Service Project -  Jr. Beta Club Food and Coat Drive (250 lbs food and 100 coats)
  • 6th/7th grade girls basketball team won the MAAC tournament
  • 7th grade boy’s basketball team won the MAAC championship
  • 8th grade girls basketball team won their MAAC championship
  • 8th Grade RCS Student Wins First Place at the Georgia State Technology Competition
  • First edition of “The Eye” which is a new art and literary publication for the students, by the students.  Financially supported by a mini-grant from the RCS PTA
  • Two students placed 2nd and 3rd place in the Club Level Oratorical Competition
  • 7th Grade Student won 5th place in the 6th Annual Global Connections Art & Essay Contest organized by the Istanbul Center
  • 8th Grader placed third in State Science Fair
  • Mrs. Scullion was awarded RCS School Professional of the Year 2011-2012
  • Madame Bell was awarded RCS Teacher of the Year 2011-2012
  • Madame Bell was awarded FCS Middle School Teacher of the Year 2011-2012
  • Kelly Stewart, former Science Teacher at Ridgeview Charter School, received the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching



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