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Ridge Junior School is part of a small group of Lakota schools piloting a new, more unified school-to-home communication tool called ParentSquare. Beginning Monday, April 22, ParentSquare will replace our current notification system for sending email, phone and text alerts to our families and staff.

No action will be required to continue receiving communications, but be on the lookout for an invite to log into your account via OneLogin to customize your communications experience and get the most out of ParentSquare. 

Read More about ParentSquare Kicks Off at Ridge April 22
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A few Lakota school hallways, cafeterias, classrooms and front offices were home to mounds of canned goods sculpted into true works of art this month.

The sculptures - on display at Lakota East High School, both East and West freshman campuses, and Ridge and Plains junior schools - were the culmination of students’ response to a community-wide challenge put forth by Reach Out Lakota. Called Can Creations, the second annual competition was designed to encourage local youth groups to build and display sculptures out of items needed by the local food pantry. Community voting takes place from March 15-22.

Read More about Student Can Creations Fight Local Hunger, Build Awareness
CCP Intent Form Deadline and more

INTENT FORM:  Any student that would like the opportunity to participate in the College Credit Plus program for the 24/25 school year, must complete and submit the State mandatory CCP Intent form by April 1st.  Submitting the CCP Intent form does NOT commit you to participating in the program. However, if you do NOT submit the CCP Intent form you will not have the option to participate in the CCP program during the 24/25 school year.  

Read More about College Credit Plus (CCP) Important Information and Deadlines
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What do you get when you put more than 100 sixth-graders from eight different Lakota schools on stage to sing together after just a single day of rehearsal? “They sounded amazing,” said Hopewell Junior School choir director Jennifer Akers, who worked alongside her junior school counterparts to revive the “WE are Lakota Honor Choir” this year.

Read More about 100-Plus Sixth-Graders Discover their Voices through Lakota Honor Choir
CCP Information Sessions

Andrew Wheatley, Director of Secondary Curriculum, is hosting important College Credit Plus Information sessions at all 3 high schools during their 2024/2025 Course Information nights. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the necessary steps and qualifications a student needs to participate in the CCP program. Our college partners, Cincinnati State, Miami University, Sinclair College, and the University of Cincinnati will have representatives available for students, and their families, to learn more about each of their CCP programs.

Read More about College Credit Plus (CCP) Information Nights
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Far more than a hundred pounds of cucumbers and a couple pounds of carrots sprouted from the new gardens at Lakota’s four junior schools. In fact, according to 7-12 gifted advisor Ron Henrich, at the root of the philanthropy project led by a subgroup of gifted students for a local food pantry was leadership training.

“For a lot of the students I work with, all their lives they’re told they’re smart and truly exceptional, but are we training them to lead,” challenged Henrich, who leans into an annual project with his seventh-graders across all four junior schools to do just that. “Leadership skills need to be intentionally taught and experienced and once that happens, it’s ingrained." 

Read More about Leadership Lessons at Root of New Junior School Gardens
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Over 40 Lakota junior and high school students from Liberty Junior, Ridge Junior, Lakota East & Lakota West earned spots to compete at the national Technology Student Association (TSA) conference this summer in Louisville, Ky. The Lakota and Butler Tech teams, joined by 7,000 students hailing from 48 states and three other countries, placed in seven different national events.

Read More about Lakota, Butler Tech Partnership Shines at National Tech Conference

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