John R. Whitner, Principal
Contact me at 276-835-1601 or

Welcome to Ridgeview Middle School

 Home of the Wolfpack!

August 13, 2018


Dear students, parents and guardians:
Welcome back! Thank you for all of your help in making this first week a success.

 Weather permitting, we will be practicing an evacuation drill tomorrow. A “surprise” practice lockdown drill is scheduled for some time this week, with one more scheduled in September.

 Below are a few of the upcoming events:

 This Friday, August 17th, Photogenius will be taking fall pictures of all of the students for the yearbook and for personal purchase. Packets for picture orders should be available soon.

 The deadline for applications to be turned in for 7th and/or 8th grade students interested in being a member of the RMS Robotics Team Fuzion is Friday, August 17th. Applications are available in the office. All completed applications are to be given to Mrs. Fields in room C219 or Mrs. Hall in room C319. Current Team Fuzion members must see Mrs. Fields to confirm they are returning.

 The sixth grade students will be attending the annual Groundwater Festival on Friday, August 31st. More information will be sent home with the students prior to that event.

 Monthly club meetings are scheduled to begin Friday, September 7th.  Student interest surveys should go out at the end of this week.

 The middle school volleyball team have home games scheduled for Monday, August 20th, against Twin Springs, Wednesday, August 22nd, against Grundy, Thursday, August 23rd against Castlewood and Monday, August 27th, against Norton.

 Two reminders: First, the two normal methods for RMS students being picked up after school are either by parents driving around the bus lane after the buses come through and meeting their children at the nearest available cone, or by parents or siblings walking across the bus lane street and escorting their children across the road to their car. Middle school students are not to cross the bus lane road or walk through the parking lot unless accompanied by an adult or high school sibling.

Second, all students coming to watch home middle school, JV or varsity ballgames have to either ride the bus home or be picked up by the parent and then brought back later to the school for those games. Supervision is not provided for student spectators after school, so students are not allowed to stay after school.

 Schools will be closed on Monday, September 3rd, due to the Labor Day holiday. Students will return on Tuesday, September 4th.

 Thanks go out to everyone who participated in last year’s Food City School Bucks Program. We are asking everyone to help us again by either going online to and log in to your account to link Ridgeview Middle School with your value card, or present your Value Card at the register and ask the cashier to link your card to Ridgeview Middle School bar code 40975. Reminder: everyone has to re-register their Food City Value Card every year.

 With sincere thanks,

John R. Whitner


July 13, 2018

Dear students, parents and guardians:

I hope that everyone is having a great summer and enjoying their vacation. I just have a few items I want to share in preparation for this upcoming school year.

Report cards from this past year can still be picked up at the middle school office between the hours of 9:00 and 2:00.

The first day of school is Tuesday, August 7th. School now starts at 8:00 and ends at 3:00. 

Parents of the incoming sixth grade students are reminded that their children have to have their Tdap shots and those shot records turned in to the guidance office before they can attend school this fall.

Supply lists for the 2018—2019 school year can be found under the “For Parents/Students” tab on the Ridgeview Middle School website. After clicking on that tab, scroll down to the bottom and click on the tab “Supply List 2018-19,” where you will find supply lists for each grade level. We have asked the grade level teachers to condense their lists so that the items will be the same regardless of which group of teachers a student will have. Walmart is also supposed to have a copy of the supply lists in their store in Wise.

Open Houses are scheduled during the first week in August so that parents and students can receive their schedules with their locker assignments and meet with their teachers.

On Wednesday, August 1st, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., the 6th grade Open House will be held at Ridgeview Middle School. The Open House will begin with an opening program in the auditorium at 5:00. Lilly Thacker, the school nurse, plans on being here to meet with parents.

On Thursday, August 2nd, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., the 7th and 8th grade Open House will be held at Ridgeview Middle School. The Open House will also begin with an opening program in the auditorium at 5:00.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming Open House.

With sincere thanks,

John R. Whitner