John R. Whitner, Principal
Contact me at 276-835-1601 or jwhitner@dcps.k12.va.us


Welcome to Ridgeview Middle School

                                   Home of the Wolfpack!
                                                                                                           
March 22,2021
Dear students, parents and guardians:

 We are excited to be able to offer four weeks of additional onsite instruction in math and reading during the month of June for our middle school students!

 The Covid-19 pandemic and the necessary safety restrictions that followed have negatively impacted our students in multiple ways. Our teachers have worked hard this year to use new technology so that they can provide the best education possible for our students. But most students benefit from face to face instruction, and this year they will have only been on campus about half as many days as they would have normally attended.

 That is why I am excited that we can provide four weeks of face to face instruction, beginning Monday, June 7th and going through Friday, July 2nd. We will focus on those math and reading skills that students were taught this school year, making sure that they are proficient in each area so that they will be ready for the next school year. School will be held Monday through Friday each week from 8:30—1:30, with breakfast and lunch provided. Bus transportation will be provided for all students who need rides to school.

 I want to encourage you to send your child to the classes in June. In addition to providing extra instruction in math and reading, we also plan on providing encores such as PE, a music show, field day and other activities that will hopefully make the time more meaningful and enjoyable. We will be sending home more information over the next two months, but if you are interested in your child participating, please let me or your child’s teacher know.

 Tomorrow, March 23rd, is a special election day for the District 38 State Senate seat, so Dickenson County Public School students will have a full virtual instructional day. Classes will begin at 8:00 and go all day until 3:00. Also, scheduled 8th grade make-up writing tests will be given tomorrow and on Friday, March 26th.

 The end of the third nine week period is presently scheduled for Friday, March 26th. Report cards are scheduled to go home Wednesday, March 31st.

 Schools will be closed on Friday, April 2nd and Monday, April 5th for the Easter break. Students are scheduled to return on Tuesday, April 6th.

 Thank you.

 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


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August 15, 2019


Dear students, parents and guardians:


Welcome back! Thank you for all of your help in making these first two weeks a success.


As we have done each year, we will be practicing evacuation drills and lockdown drills over the next several weeks.


Below are a few of the upcoming events:


Tomorrow, August 16th, 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 30th Applications are available in the office. All completed applications are to be given to Mrs. Fields in room C219.


The sixth grade students will be attending the annual Groundwater Festival on Friday, August 30th. More information will be sent home with the students prior to that event.


The middle school volleyball team have home games scheduled for Monday, August 26th, against Twin Springs, Monday, September 16th, against Norton, Wednesday, September 25th against Central and Monday, September 30th against Union.


Three 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.

Third, due to medical concerns and health risks for students under age 16 who drink energy drinks such as Monster, Rockstar, Red Bull and NOS, and because of disruptions at school that have occurred by students who have consumed those drinks, energy drinks are not allowed at Ridgeview Middle School during the school day.


Schools will be closed on Monday, September 2nd, due to the Labor Day holiday. Students will return on Tuesday, September 3rd.


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 https://foodcity.com 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,

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RIDGEVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL

32O Wolfpack Way

Clintwood, VA 24228

Telephone: (276) 835-1601 John R. Whitner, Principal Fax: (276) 835-1617

Laura Stanley, Assistant Principal

“Home of the Wolfpack

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John R. Whitner


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