We are many things depending on what is needed from us. Below are the programs, committees, and events that students are leading on a day-to-day basis.

 

Mentoring

Sigma Siblings

Helps Sigma members become involved in our large organization and develops their leadership characteristics. Families meet at monthly Sigma meetings and schedule quarterly Family days. Family heads should briefly see all their family members on a weekly basis.

* Named for different species of Fox

* Family Heads participate in ongoing training


Tutoring

Brainstorm

Goal: Helps students form effective study groups; To teach students how to study for Advanced Placement classes; To make studying a social activity; To provide students with an academically honest path to attaining academic assistance from their peers. Occurs every Thursday from 2:00 until 4:00pm in the Main Campus Media Center.

Who: Student planned and executed. Study group leaders receive a month of professional development before beginning to lead groups. This professional development is like a new teacher induction program. Group leaders complete attendance and lesson plans and maintain records for their study group sessions

What: Mix of supplemental instruction (students teaching additional material from what was presented in class), study groups (students reviewing material from class together), tutoring (students remediating weaknesses in other students), and test practice (students practicing and reviewing test material with each other)


Amped

Goal: To make studying a social activity; To provide students with an academically honest path to attaining academic assistance from their peers; To improve grades and scores of Ridge students. Occurs every Wednesdays (except early release days) from 2:00 until 4:00pm in the Main Campus Media Center.

What: Mix of study groups (students reviewing material from class together) and tutoring (students remediating weaknesses in other students)

Who: Student planned and executed. Study group leaders receive a week of professional development before beginning to lead groups. This professional development is like a new teacher induction program. Group leaders complete attendance and reflection logs and maintain records for their study group sessions


Fuse

Goal: To make studying a social activity; To provide students with an academically honest path to attaining academic assistance from their peers; Freshmen are especially prone to failure and need assistance in their courses. Occurs every Wednesday (except early release days) from 2:00 until 4:00pm in the Freshman Media Center

What: Mix of study groups (students reviewing material from class together) and tutoring (students remediating weaknesses in other students)

Who: Student planned and executed. Study group leaders receive a month of professional development before beginning to lead groups. This professional development is like a new teacher induction program. Group leaders complete attendance and reflection logs and maintain records for their study group sessions


Sabio Kourant

Goal: To make studying a social activity; To provide students with an academically honest path to attaining academic assistance from their peers

Why: Second language learners at RCHS must improve and perform at their academic best in order for RCHS to attain the grade and reputation the school deserves. ESOL students are especially prone to failure and need assistance in their courses; these students often have special linguistic needs in tutoring situations that only their bilingual peers can understand and assist in solving.

When: Every Wednesday (except early release days) from 2:00 until 4:00pm in the Main Campus Media Center

What: Mix of study groups (students reviewing material from class together) and tutoring (students remediating weaknesses in other students)

Who: Student planned and executed. Study group leaders receive a month of professional development before beginning to lead groups. This professional development is like a new teacher induction program. Group leaders complete attendance and reflection logs and maintain records for their study group sessions.


College Preparations Seminars

Goal: To help students prepare for their upcoming college life

Why: Many students at Ridge Community High School are the first generation in their family to attend college. This presents special challenges for students in preparing for college admissions. Even students who are not first generation college students will find that so much has changed in the world of college admissions and financial aid that much of what their parents and older siblings experienced in college has changed so dramatically that they need extra support to navigate this rocky terrain.

Where: Auditorium

When: Committee meetings are done electronically. Seminars are held one per month on Wednesday nights throughout the school year. All seminars take place from 6 to 7 pm. Special seminars will be hosted during College Week.

What: Committee members will plan and execute hour long seminars on topics related to college preparations, admissions, and financial aid

Who: Student planned and executed. Teacher and guidance counselor reviewed information. At times special guests will be featured in the seminars.


committees

Community Outreach

Goal: To inform members of the community, including parents, about the work we are doing at RCHS; To find a variety of sources of funding for our activities; To utilize community resources; To give back to the community which supports us

Why: Research has proven that parent and community support helps to change the culture of a school and helps the school attain academic success

What: Committee is developing its activities now and it needs your help! Community events like holiday festivals and weekly events like car shows

When: 1st and 3rd Friday mornings in Cali's room


Public Relations

Goal: To raise awareness of relevant academic issues and Sigma information on the RCHS campus and the surrounding community.

Why: If people don’t know who we are or what we do, we cannot be successful in helping students and RCHS attain high academic expectations

What: Lots of arts and crafts and lots of computer work—includes special subcommittees for 2-D artwork (Fox Vision), photography and videography (Sigma Society), and postings (Bulletin Board)

When: Every Tuesday from 2 to 4 pm in Cali's room


Footprint

Goal: To raise awareness of relevant academic issues and Sigma information on the RCHS campus and the surrounding community.

Why: If people don’t know who we are or what we do, we cannot be successful in helping students and RCHS attain high academic expectations

What: Performance/Step Team

When: Every Friday from 2 until 4:30 in Cali's room


Spirit

Goal: To raise RCHS spirit in Sigma Alpha Sigma

Why: We want to make sure that Sigma pride is Bolts’ pride and the reverse! If people are proud of their school, then they will do well in school. If people are proud of their organization, then they will work hard for their organization.

What: Committee is developing its activities now and it needs your help!

When: 2nd and 3rd Wednesday mornings in Cali's room


XLIV

Goal: To empower student athletes to be leaders on the field and in the classroom. To help student athletes build a sound high school résumé to be the most competitive candidates for college scholarships

Why: We believe student athletes are often exploited, misinformed, and misguided about how to be competitive in the world of college athletics. We aspire to give kids the maximum amount of information to be armed with knowledge in this highly competitive collegiate environment. We also believe student athletes are powerful leaders on their high school campus. We want to train these students to be the positive leaders they aspire to be.

What: Leadership training, tutor training, community service hours, mentoring, informational seminars

When: Last Wednesday morning in Cali's room


special events

Orientation

Goal: To kick the school year off to a strong start; To get a head start on recruiting students into Sigma; To connect with parents and community members

Why: Because we live for events like this!

Who: Sigma member planned and executed event

What: Orientation to classes, clubs, athletics, teachers, AP courses, tutoring, and mentoring AND performances!

When: All planning and prep work take place in the summer BEFORE school starts

Where: RCHS campus


College Week:

Goal: To promote student awareness of all things collegiate—admissions, standardized tests, collegiate athletics, Ivy Leagues, Military academies, financial aid, and collegiate extracurricular

Why: Many of our students are the first in their families to go to college—THEY JUST DON’T KNOW

When: A weeklong series of events in mid-March

Who: Student planned and executed

What: public service announcements on school tv station, announcements on the intercom, informational posters across campus, school pennants, division 1 athletics information in the cafeteria, Ivy League and Military academy information in the media center, information about extracurricular during lunch, lesson plans for teachers to give campus wide instruction on financial aid, an evening lecture series by prominent keynote speakers


Freshmen Parents' Night

Goal: To inform parents about the Freshmen Academy program; to inform parents and students about academic support structures available to help freshmen succeed and what is required of their students in their courses.

Why: Freshmen need support from parents to do well in school. The freshman year is critical to graduation. Many freshman parents don’t know how to help their students succeed in school.

Where: Freshman Academy

When: End of first nine weeks

Who: Student planned and executed, no teachers speak


AP Parents' Night

Goal: To inform parents about the AP program; to inform parents and students about academic support structures available to help them succeed in AP

Why: Students need AP course and they need support from parents to do well in those classes.

Where: Auditorium and Cafeteria

When: Midyear to help parents understand students preparing for their tests

Who: Student planned and executed, no teachers speak

Previous Topics Covered: How to get into an Ivy league school, How to get into a military academy, should Freshmen take AP, why students struggle in AP, how AP helps get a student into college, why community service is important to college admissions


8th Grade Preview Day

Goal: To inform incoming freshmen students about the academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs available to them on the RCHS campus; To inform current students about the academic programs available to them on the RCHS main campus as well as inspire membership in Sigma

Why: We would be a much stronger school if we could begin our planning a year early. This event helps us to do exactly that!

Where: RCHS Campus

When: End of April

What:

  • All incoming freshmen from feeder middle schools take a field trip to our school, Sigma members take students on tours of the campus and explain programs to them, incoming freshmen meet teachers and administrators which will make their upcoming freshmen year go smoothly for them;
  • Current freshmen visit their freshmen academy media center and interact with upper classmen about AP courses, academic support structures, and extracurricular involvement. Students get one-on-one attention from upper classmen about how to get involved on the campus

Who: Sigma members as tour leaders, RCHS teachers and administrators in their capacities as leaders on the Ridge campus