After Hours - After school academic support program in the library on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:10 - 4p.m. After Hours is designed to provide tutoring support for students who need assistance or a quiet study place. After Hours is a voluntary program although teachers may recommend that students attend. There is also access to computers for completing school work. Students must be able to provide their own transportation home.
Academic Study Hall Help (ASH) - Visit any teacher for extra help from 1:40 – 2:05 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday (have teacher sign planner during class time if you want to return to their room for help during ASH).
Meet with Teacher Individually – Ask a teacher during the school day if you can meet with them after school (you may need to schedule this in advance).
Math Website – You can access the new math curriculum via the web. Please ask your son/daughter for the login and password for access. There are excellent five-minute video tutorials on each lesson, plus more examples and guided quizzes.
- Online Math Help
- Academic Math Academy - Mrs. Chamberlain and Mrs. Nelson are offering tutoring on Tuesdays for Math 2 students in their classroom. There will be re-teaching of material. Students are highly encouraged to bring in their quizzes and tests to figure out what they should have answered to get full credit on each problem. They can then edit their test/quiz and may retake the test with the higher grade counting. Students needing extra help in Math 1 & 3 should come to After Hours on Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
- Kitsap Regional Library's Live Online Homework Help - Brainfuse
Tracking Assignments and Assessments
Parent Access & Student Access - View individual assignment and assessment scores online.
Ridgetop Planner – Track assignments, projects, and assessments on a daily basis in each class. We have the world’s greatest planner to help you! All students are asked to use a planner to track their work and identify important dates, such as homework and project due dates. RMS sells an excellent planner (inexpensive) in the ASB school store. Read the section in the planner titled, “Study Skills” for some good tips on prioritizing and scheduling schoolwork, studying and preparing for tests. There are also good tips on discovering who you are and who you want to be.
Classroom Assignments Online – Moodle - click on "Secondary Schools" at the top of the page, select Ridgetop, and then a teacher’s name to get information on class assignments (not all teachers use this resource).
Parent Look – If your child is communicating to you that they are completing their work at school, but their grades say otherwise, it is usually because homework is not being done, or being done poorly.
We encourage you to use what we have found, with many parents, to be a very successful tactic: require your child to bring home their work each evening and SHOW you what they have accomplished. Require this even for work they claim they are finishing at school. Homework and projects are seldom due the day they are assigned, so work brought home can usually be turned in the next day.
Looking over your student’s work for 5–10 minutes each evening, will let you know if they are getting it done and understanding what they are doing. Your in-depth interest in their work will inspire them to do even better!
Email Teachers – If needed, on a weekly basis. Teachers will try to respond within 2 school days.
Network with Friends – Exchange phone numbers with two other students in class. Call them if you are not sure of your assignment or need help.
A progress check, or “snap shot” of how your student is doing on any particular day is available. We encourage you to use your student’s planner, or one of the individual tracking sheets available in the main office counseling area for this purpose. For each class the student is tracking, they are responsible for writing down what their current assignment is during the class, and to then give the planner/tracking sheet to the teacher to complete and sign before the end of class.
If you want the teacher to comment on something specific, such as an estimate of current grade, please note this at the top of the page. There is also a place on the tracking sheets for the teacher to comment on behavior and work habits.
A conference with your student's teachers can provide valuable insights into helping your student be successful. If you only need to contact one teacher, please call the school's main number and ask to speak to him/her directly. You can decide if a phone conference will satisfy your needs or if you need to schedule an in-person meeting. If you need to speak to more than one teacher, please call the school and ask to speak to one of the counselors, who will set up a conference time.
Ridgetop's counselors are available to help students and their parents/guardians explore difficulties they are having academically, and to set up a plan to correct them. Students can make an appointment before school, during lunch, or after school to see a counselor. Parents can reach a counselor by calling the main school number at 360-662-2900, or by emailing them. The email addresses for the counselors can be found by clicking on Staff Contact at the school’s website.
Self Help Booklets Available for RMS
We have several very good booklets available in the RMS counseling area that can help you help your student get organized for schoolwork and homework, and be prepared for taking tests. Please feel free to stop by and pick one up. The titles are:
Other Online support services offered by other providers
There are a number of sites online that can help your child academically. We have listed several below (RMS does not review these sites for instructional quality)
Study Tips and Test Taking
Assignment and Project Support (ideas and information)
Academic Coaching for Athletes
Athletes not meeting eligibility status for a sport in which they are currently participating will be encouraged by RMS's Athletic Director and his/her Athletic Coach to attend Homework Club for the first hour of practice, to get caught up.
Students or parents seeking individual academic support should speak to one of the counselors who will attempt to make arrangements for this. There is often a fee charged by the tutor. Also, see the section below titled, “ Getting Help Online” for additional tutor information.
Online Resources for Parents to Support Their Students in Learning
Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
This is our state website and offers many resources that can be helpful for parents. The website is: www.k12.wa.us
KSA Publications Parent Leadership Group—Engaging Parents for Better Schools
This group offers several free and low cost publications for parents. In addition you can register with them to receive e-mail information. The publication order pages are found at: www.ksaplus.com/
National PTA Parent's Guide to Success in Sixth Grade (pdf), Seventh Grade (pdf) and Eight Grade (pdf): Includes key skills, activities you can do at home, and tips for talking to your child's teacher (in Spanish)
Khan Academy: Includes interactive exercises and videos to help in math, science, economics, computing and arts and humanities
Great Kids Milestones: Videos describe literacy and math concepts for middle school
Be a Learning Hero: Allows parents to search by state, grade and subject to find homework support resources
Raise the Bar Parents: provides educational 'checkups' they to see if your child is making progress toward meeting the standards. The site also includes resources to help students improve