Ridgeview has a wide variety of clubs and activities open to students at all grade levels. There are nearly endless ways for students to get involved on campus and make a difference in their community.
- Chess Club
- Creative Crafts for Cancer
- Creative Writing Club
- Hoplite Helpers
- Juggling Club
- Latin Club
- Lego Robotics
- Mock Trial
- National Science Bowl
- National Middle School Science Bowl
- 100 Mile Club
- Classics Club
- Art 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 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 grades 4-7 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.
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.
In Creative Writing Club, 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. All students in grades 9 – 12 are welcome, whether they are writers themselves or not.
[ You have: One new message.]
[April 16, 2014]
Is anybody there?
I know you don't often have your phone, but
I fear that I just might drown
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 weekly 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.
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.
Ridgeview's Latin Club is a new organization open to grades 7-12! A member of the prestigious National Junior Classical League, the Latin Club explores all aspects of the ancient civilizations in fun and exciting ways, including monthly activities, Certamen (Latin quiz bowl), and competing at the Colorado Junior Classical League State Convention. This is the first year that the students participated at convention in Estes Park, but students proved extremely successful earning 30 individual achievement awards. In the coming years, Ridgeview's Latin Club will be a continued presence at state conventions. Additionally, students will have many opportunities to gain leadership experience at the local, state, and national levels of the Junior Classical League.
For information about Ridgeview's Latin Club, please contact Ms. Krause.
Ridgeview's Lego Robotics Program is open to students in grades 4-7. Teams are selected every March for the fall season. Interested students must submit an application, which is used in selecting the teams. There are six to seven students per team. Parents volunteer to coach and provide assistance. The typical cost is $85 per member per season.
About the First Lego League Competition:
- Build and program a robot to run various missions on a table
- Research a problem, find a new solution, and prepare a presentation
- Learn the core values of FLL which consists of working as a team
Ridgeview's Lego Robotics Team started in 2014 with a single team. These students participated in the First Lego League competition in November 2014 with the challenge Learning Unleashed. The team won two trophies at the qualifying event and advanced to the District competition in Denver.
In 2015, Ridgeview had three Lego Robotics teams who took on the Trash Trek challenge. The students researched trash problems and came up with a solution.
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. We will meet every Tuesday (beginning Sept 12, 2017) from 3:15-4:15pm in RM 220, 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.
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 National Science Bowl competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, allows teams of students to demonstrate their knowledge in a quiz bowl fashion. Teams of four or five students participate in a regional event, such as the Colorado High School competition and the Colorado Middle School competition. These take place from mid-January through mid-March. The winners from the regional competitions then attend the National Science Bowl competition at the end of April in Washington, D.C. The entity that holds the regional event pays for the team to attend the national event. The Colorado High School competition is sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, while the Colorado Middle School competition is sponsored by the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) in Loveland.
Typically, each team faces several other teams in the early part of the competition day. Their record in that "Round Robin" portion can qualify a team to proceed to the "Double Elimination" portion later in the day. In double elimination, teams continue to play until they have lost two rounds. The winning team will have lost no more than one round in that portion of the day. A "round" consists of a series of "toss-up" questions in either a multiple choice or short answer format. The first student to "buzz in" gets a chance to answer the question. A correct answer earns the team 4 points and the opportunity to answer a "bonus" question, on which the team can collaborate and which is worth 10 more points. If the student answers the "toss-up" question incorrectly, a student on the opposing team has a chance to answer. The questions in the day's early rounds tend to be much easier than those in later rounds.
To win, a team must have students with both breadth and depth of science knowledge. High school questions are in the categories Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Energy, and Earth and Space Science. Middle school questions are in the categories Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, General Science, Mathematics, and Energy. Individual students must process the "toss-up" question quickly, paying attention to the question format (answering incorrectly before a question has been completely read can result in penalty points being awarded to the opposing team). The team captain must decide which team member to trust when provided with different answers to a "bonus" question. The whole team must work together to prepare, sharing knowledge and trying to fill in any "gaps" they might have. As a result, team members have the opportunity to increase their science and math knowledge, to demonstrate leadership, and to learn to be part of an effective team.
The National Middle School Science Bowl is a middle school academic competition, similar to Quiz Bowl, held in the United States. Two teams of four students each compete to answer various science-related questions. In order to determine which student has the right to answer the question, a buzzer system (or "lockout system") is used. The "NMSSB" has been organized and sponsored by the United States Department of Energy since the competition's inception in 2002.Questions are asked in the categories of General Science, Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Energy, and Mathematics. Although they are not subcategorized, the questions fall into the subcategories of Chemistry, Algebra, Computer Science, Biology, Physics, Astronomy, Geometry, and Current Events. General Science covers science-related items that do not fall under any specific type of science such as items common to all sciences. The newest addition was a category specially made for the 2006 National competition: a group of about 5 questions asked through graphics and models projected onto computer screens and as hard copies distributed to competing teams. These were only used in semi-finals and championship rounds. (Wikipedia)
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 about 100 Mile Club.
Veritas, Ridgeview's Journal of Art and Literature is pleased to present its sixteenth edition in the 2018-19 school year! This edition will contain the work of over 150 students, including over 40 works of literature and poetry, and almost 200 works of art and photography.
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. 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 our Monthly Contests!
Ridgeview's Art Club offers visual art experiences for both the serious art student as well as the student who just wants to enjoy and appreciate art. Art Club is a place for student artists to hone their skills, develop their techniques and portfolios, collaborate with other artists, create bonds with the community through the arts, and learn how to work together through group projects that will beautify the school and our community. Art Club is open to students in grades 9-12. Advisor: Mrs. Guajardo.
Student Ambassadors are nominated by faculty and chosen by the Principal and his designees through a rigorous applica-tion & selection process. Ambassadors represent the school in various capacities as exemplary models of character & academics.
The ambassador program was designed to cultivate leaders from within the school community. Read more about the Student Ambassadors.
Student Council (StuCo) is the popularly elected form of high school student government at Ridgeview. There are four representatives from each grade, plus a high school President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Parlimentarian (ap-pointed). StuCo members plan social activities & coordinate charitable work.
Boys Cub Scout Pack 198 (Grades 1-5)
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
Pack 198 is a parent-lead club chartered by Ridgeview Classical Schools (RCS). Pack 198 is part of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA’s) Longs Peak Council within the Cache La Poudre District. For more information, please contact Mrs. Long (Committee Chair), Cubmaster Mr. Pacheco, or Assistant Cubmaster Mr. Hayhurst. To contact this group, please email them here.
Girl Scout Service Unit 747 consists of a number of girl scout troops located in the Ft. Collins and surrounding areas.For information regarding SU747, please contact Lily Barkau at 970-218-2395 or email at email@example.com.
Additional information on Girl Scouts (or to find a troop to join), contact Becky Lenz at 970-212-2356 or Julie Gallagher at 970-493-1844 or visit http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/region-7-northern-northeastern-colorado