Mrs. Schultz takes Ridgeview National Honor Society and Student Council Members to 5 Points Theater, in Washington, IL.
Our students attended a conference, with keynote speaker Mike Smith, from 8:30am-12pm on school climate, making connections with peers and adults, and building character of students inside and outside the classroom. After the Jostens Renaissance conference, our students stayed for a separate conference with all students in the HOIC on IHSA Sportsmanship. They heard briefly again from Mike Smith and Steve Reschke, the President of the HOIC Executive Board. Mr. Reschke also addressed the students on relative topics to sportsmanship within our conference.
For over 25 years, Jostens has partnered with educators to renew school climate and culture through Jostens Renaissance® Education. Thousands of schools across North America are proud to call themselves “Jostens Renaissance” schools, sharing a sense of pride that is reflected in the results seen in improved academic performance, behavior, student engagement, and overall school spirit. These 18 Ridgeview students had the opportunity to listen to Mike Smith talk about focusing on the following tenets: building the character of students inside and outside the classroom; enhance and grow connections with peers, parents, experts, and all stakeholders; and create a culture of celebration of all achievements to inspire success for the future.
Who is Mike Smith?
From his humble beginnings in Imperial, NE, Mike has since founded two non-profits and influenced hundreds of thousands of youth in schools nationwide. Mike lives his life as a “professional teenager” that doubles as a youth motivational speaker and action sports personality. While other professional speakers struggle to remain current, Mike stays relevant by talking about what he’s doing, not what he’s done.
For more information on what Jostens Renaissance is about please visit
Students in Mr. Ruiz's middle school science class started the year off strong with inquiry week. Inquiry week had students learning and working together, through experimentation, to complete a given task. Students started the week off with the "Marshmallow Challenge." Using only a meter of tape, a meter of string, 20 pieces of spaghetti, and a marshmallow, students worked to build the tallest tower they could with the marshmallow on top. On the second day, students worked together to design a tool that could pick up and stack cups in a tower. The catch, they could never touch the cups with their hands. The third day brought with it a teambuilding challenge. Students worked to transport a marble around in a circle and into a cup using only a foot long piece of track. If the marble was ever dropped or touched, they started back at the beginning. Inquiry week concluded with boat building. Students had 15 minutes to design a boat out of cardboard, aluminum foil, tape, and a cup that could hold the most mass. One boat held 395 grams before sinking!
Mr. Biggiam and Mr. Juhola's PE students had a blast with 'bubble soccer'.
As we begin our first year with 1:1 Chromebooks, we are happy to see the students ability and sucess utilizing technology in the classroom. We are grateful to work in a district that can provide Chromebooks for every student. These devices better prepare children to succeed in a competitive technological world, and they make learning fun!