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[April 16, 2014]
Is anybody there?
I know you don't often have your phone, but
I fear that I just might drown
Clubs and Activities
For more information please select a club from the menu below:
- Chess Club
- Creative Crafts for Cancer
- Creative Writing Club
- Hoplite Helpers
- Juggling Club
- Latin Club
- Lego Robotics
- Mock Trial
- Science Bowl
- 100 Mile Club
Creative Crafts for Cancer began as a summer fundraising initiative by a Ridgeview student, designed to raise funds to help families affected by cancer in our community. Since its inception in July 2015, this group has raised nearly $800 to help patients and their loved ones cope with the exorbitant costs of cancer treatment.
Club members will have the opportunity to explore their creativity, learn to make unique handmade crafts, and brainstorm novel ideas to raise funds for this cause. Some crafts that students have made include paper flowers, jewelry, bookmarks, origami cranes, cards, knitted scarves, snow globes, rubber band and knitted cancer signs. Members of the club are encouraged to ask for donations for craft materials from the members of the community. It is a great opportunity for students to learn important skills such as:
- Managing money
- Making and selling crafts
- Time management
Students from 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grades are invited to participate. While meetings will be every week, craft sales will occur bi-monthly next to the front entrance of the school. Students will collectively discuss and vote about which local families they would like the funds to go to. In addition to making and selling crafts, students will have the opportunity to learn about different types of cancer, healthy lifestyle habits that decrease the chance of getting this disease, and how patients are treated. Students will present their facts and findings to the club to create awareness about the disease.
◦Lifetime risk of developing cancer: Approximately 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime, based on 2010-2012 data. (www.seer.cancer.gov)
◦Prevalence of cancer: In 2012, there were an estimated 13,776,251 people living with cancer in the United States. (www.seer.cancer.gov)
◦Although cancer in children is rare, it is the leading cause of death by disease beyond infancy among children in the United States.
◦Most cancers in children, like those in adults, are thought to develop as a result of mutations in genes that lead to uncontrolled cell growth. In adults, these gene mutations are often the result of exposure to environmental factors such as cigarette smoke, asbestos, and ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
◦As funding and research improves, survival rates are improving as well.
In the Fall semester 2015, Dr. McMahon taught Ridgeview’s first Creative Writing course, and the students wanted to continue to workshop their stories and poems.
We study fiction and poetry in our Literature courses and many students have been writing stories and poems on their own. Some are even writing novels. Now they have begun to find one another and, thus, to find an appreciative audience for their works.
Club meetings are workshops, where students read and comment on each other’s poems and stories. They give these to Dr. McMahon by 3:00 pm on Wednesday; he makes copies for students to pick up on Thursday. We read and mark these before meet on Friday so that we can discuss as many as we can in an hour.
Meetings are held every Friday afternoon, from 3:10 – 4:00, in room 243.
All students in grades 9 – 12 are welcome, whether they are writers themselves or not.
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Glimmering lights of the fair reflect
Off of flickering chainmail scales. A lucky toss, and-
A wriggling, shining body is scooped into a
Watery prison. The long drive home,
I wake up on the flat of my back. Head Spinning. Confused. "How did I get here?" I think to myself. There is a weird echo in my head when I try to think. It is almost as if I am experiencing a strange feedback within myself. I don't like this.
Hoplite Helpers is Ridgeview Classical Schools' community service group. This group has become a place where those who genuinely care for others find opportunities to do good for our fellow men - not only because of a moral imperative, but because of a love for mankind. Our purpose is nothing less than to encourage and practice caritas by helping those around us.
Our activities include helping the community directly (e.g. visiting a nearby nursing home), community organizing (e.g. facilitating Ridgeview's canned food drive), and fund-raising. In our endeavors we have happily discovered that the yoke of serving others is made easy by the pleasure enjoyed by being virtuous, and the burden of being concerned for mankind is made lighter by helping in small but significant ways. We have found that there is a superior camaraderie between people who come together to help others; that is to say that in helping the outside community, Hoplite Helpers itself has become a community in which its members are deeply connected to each other by a common goal and mutual fondness.
The Hoplite Helpers hold a variety of fundraisers, but their most successful fundraiser is the sale of candy grams. Parents, faculty and students are able to secretly purchase candy for one another. The Hoplite Helpers wrap these candies in ribbon and distribute them throughout the school on special days.
The Ridgeview juggling club meets every Friday after school for an hour of juggling balls, clubs, rings, sticks, diabolos, knives and sometimes even fire. We meet to juggle in the PAC, the gym or outside in the grass by R2. The juggling club is open to students from fourth grade and up. Please contact Mr. Marks if you are interested in joining: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every winter Ridgeview jugglers don the outfit of jester for the madrigal performances and play an important part in the festivities. Jugglers don’t just juggle. Like the fools of the medieval court, jesters sing, dance, tumble and mock the pretenses of kings and assistant principals alike.
Ridgeview jugglers have become masters at many kinds of juggling. Ridgeview jugglers have juggled up to six balls, six rings, four clubs and three diabolos. One former Ridgeview juggler even set a world record running 800 meters while juggling three balls.
MathCounts inspires excellence, confidence and curiosity in U.S. middle school students through fun and challenging math programs. MathCounts provides today’s students with the foundation for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.
MathCounts competitions are open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Students from 4th and 5th grades may attend meetings, but not competitions. We will meet every Tuesday, beginning September 15, from 3:00-4:00 pm in the Computer Lab, to talk about math and to do problem solving.If your student likes math or wants to have more fun with math, please encourage him or her to sign up. Questions, contact Dr.
Ridgeview’s team won 4th place in MathCounts District Competition!
Congratulations to team members Tianxin Luo (8th grade), Chloe Young (7th), Tobias Hild (7th), and William Chung (7th) for their impressive showing at the MathCounts competition at the University of Northern Colorado on February 20, 2016! Both Chloe (who placed 6th) and Tianxin qualified for advancement to state competition, which will be held in Golden on March 26. We are so proud of all of you!
Mock Trial is a student law club which is open to any high school students. Participation in this club can be divided into two aspects: that of a lawyer and that of a witness. The Bar Association has created a fake court case complete with witness statements. The student "witnesses" are further divided into expert witnesses and lay witnesses. All must learn the facts of their statements and act out the role of their witness. They must be in character and work closely with the student lawyer who is asking them questions. Lay witnesses have the burden of answering questions in a way that are both true to the facts of the case and keeping in line with their side. That is, defense witnesses try to make the case good for the defense and vice versa. Expert witnesses must show their expertise in a way that also makes their side look good. On the other side, student lawyers must sort through all the facts of the case, witness statements and pieces of evidence, to find arguments pertinent to their side. They then must ask good questions while following the rules of evidence. As in real courtrooms, victory or defeat does not always depend on truth, but in following the rules and presenting the best argument. This club involves a large time commitment and can not be taken lightly.
Besides the scholastic and team building advantages of Mock Trial, the program also gives the members the opportunity to interact with members of the wider community. Our lawyer coaches are practicing defense attorneys in Larimer and Weld Counties who bring and educate the students in actual legal affairs. They have consistently made their own court cases open for viewing by Mock Trial students, a wonderful opportunity. Also, during the tournaments, the students get to interact with other members of the legal community such as judges, other attorneys, law enforcement officials, and others. Finally, every year the Larimer County Bar Association throws a luncheon for the top teams of the Regional Tournament and invites a guest panel from the legal world to address the students about real world legal issues. Last year's panel was a group of individuals associated with law enforcement ethics and responsibility, an important presentation in respect to the recent happenings in Ferguson, MO.
Our students have been very successful at the regional level and have advanced to the State Tournament on four different occasions. This is no mean feat when coupled with the rigorous curriculum at Ridgeview. On top of the team success, our students have also won individual awards for "best attorney" and "best witness". This award is presented by the points scored in each round by the scoring panel. Also, Ridgeview has, in the past, won a very important and prestigious award: the "Professionalism Award" which is voted upon by the other teams and presented to the team that displays the most professional behavior and bearing in the tournament.
Through this program, students learn a myriad of skills. Lawyers learn how to sort through information, find the most important facts, and argue about those facts in a public speaking environment. They also learn and must practice the art of making and explaining objections to others' arguments in front of a judge. Witnesses must learn how to present their facts in character and in public. They must also think on their feet when confronted with the confrontational questions of the other team. Finally, Mock Trial is a team effort as all lawyers and all witnesses must assess their own importance to the case as a whole and work with the team to create the strongest presentation possible. If any aspect of the case is ignored or not taken seriously, other teams will take advantage of the weakness and the whole team struggles...the argument and the case is lost. Each team member must put in the time and effort.
For more information or to join, please contact Mr. Ayers at Kayers@ridgeviewclassical.org
The 100 Mile Club® is a national organization that promotes physical fitness. The goal is to run or walk 100 miles at school during a single school year. The 100 Mile Club helps combat inactivity and obesity in school age children and gives lessons in goal-setting, determination, and team spirit. Participants make new friends, achieve goals, gain confidence, improve physical fitness, and much more! Learn more.
The Young Aristotle Competition is named in honor of the Greek philosopher whose influence was foundational to Western civilization. Born in 384 BC, and a student of the great Plato, Aristotle contributed philosophical writings to each of the liberal arts, from biology to poetry, to the nature of society. Aristotle valued the rational mind and recognized Man's need for eudaimonia - human flourishing, or happiness - if he is to live a fulfilled and contemplative life. Ridgeview's mission is to create curious, thinking, and happy students; Aristotle's spirit is the breath of our school. There is no more appropriate person to remember in such a competition.
The Young Aristotle Competition is a quiz bee celebrating the 6th grade history unit on the ancient Greeks and Romans. The students have learned dozens of myths and plays, studied major events and achievements, and observed the contribution of the Greeks and Romans to modern notions of society: democracy, freedom, and justice. The greatest advances in the ancient world - in literature, philosophy, science, history, and theater - are traceable to these people. Western Civilization has much to owe them. The Young Aristotle Competition will show you first-hand how much these sixth graders know about ancient civilization ... contestants will answer questions until one just student is left: Ridgeview's newest Young Aristotle.
Left: 2015 Winner Natalia Contreras
January 2017 Update:
The contest for January is Poetry! Poems of any style or length can be submitted to your teacher, the Front Office, or emailed to email@example.com. Deadline for the Poetry contest is Tuesday January 31st at midnight.
Just a reminder that Veritas accepts submissions of all types at all times, not just during contest months. So keep submitting your stories, poems, art work and photography!
The Veritas staff is in the process of judging the photography from the December contest. Contest winners will be announced as soon as possible. Thank you to all who submitted photos!
Veritas is Ridgeview's own journal of student literature and art. It showcases the poetry, short stories, essays, art, and photography of K-12 students. We will be publishing the fourteenth edition of the journal this year. Veritas is published entirely by students in grades 7-12, is full color, and is bound on a professional glue-binding machine at the school. We are always looking for submissions - see the monthly contest guide below. For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to get involved? Lean more about the 2016-17 Monthly Contests!