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Ridgewood Public Schools - District News
SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY, MARCH 5

3.05.15 at 5:40 a.m.: Due to the winter storm conditions, the Ridgewood Public Schools will be CLOSED on Thursday, March 5, 2015. 

Daniel Fishbein, Superintendent

 
MISSION STATEMENT

The Ridgewood Public Schools, committed to a tradition of excellence and innovation, in partnership with the community, provide a rich and challenging learning environment, enabling students to maximize their unique potentials to become life-long learners and productive, responsible citizens.
 

 
HOT OFF THE PRESS: rps.eNews 2.24.15
The district's electronic newsletter, rps.eNews, contains highlights of the Board of Education meetings, news around the district, and upcoming events of interest to the RPS community.

Click here to read the February 24, 2015 edition.

Click here to subscribe to rps.eNews.
 

Welcome to the Ridgewood Public Schools
FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE

3.02.15: Nominate a Favorite Teacher or Education Services Professional
It is time once again for nominations for the annual Teacher Recognition program for the 2014-2015 school year. The Teacher Recognition Committee is soliciting nominations of teachers and education services professionals from students, parents and guardians, staff and the community at large. 

Click here for the letter explaining the process and criteria.
Click here for the staff nomination form for teachers.
Click here for the staff nomination form for education services professionals.
Click here for the parent / guardian nomination form for teachers and/or education services professionals. 

Nominations are due by Friday, March 20. They can either be emailed to recognition@ridgewood.k12.nj.us or returned to the Ridgewood Teacher Recognition Committee c/o Human Resources, Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

The Teacher Recognition ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at the Education Center.
 
3.02.15: Superintendent's February Column: The Good Neighbor
Click here to read Dr. Fishbein's monthly column for The Ridgewood News, which appeared on February 27, 2015.
 
2.24.15: 2015-2016 School Calendar is Approved
The 2015-2016 proposed school calendar was approved at the February 23, 2015 Regular Public Meeting of the Ridgewood Board of Education. Click here to view the calendar.

2.24.15: A Letter from Dr. Fishbein on PARCC, Policies and Procedures
On February 24, 2015 Dr. Fishbein sent a letter to district parents and guardians regarding PARCC testing and Board Policy #2622 for state-mandated assessments, approved at the February 23, 2015 meeting, plus district procedure #2655. 2.19.15: Curriculum Series Continues on March 5 with Program on Exercise and the Brain
Parents and guardians are inivited to join district Physical Education teachers Susan Kameno and Craig Mahler, along with Hawes School Principal Dr. Paul Semendinger for an informative session on the impact of exercise on the development of the brain. The program will take place on Thursday, March 5, at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, floor 3, from 7-9 p.m.
Click here to read the press release for more information.
Click here for the flyer.

2.10.15: Update on Snow Days
The two snow days built into the 2014-2015 school calendar have now been used. Should another snow day be necessary, students will attend school on Monday, April 6, which is currently slated as a Professional Day for teachers. Further days will be taken from Spring Recess, starting with Monday, March 30 and working forward.
 
FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS SCHEDULE

3.04.15: Annual Asian Festival is March 7 at RHS
This year's Asian Festival Benefit program, featuring performances by over 150 students, begins at 6 p.m. and all proceeds go to support Doctors Without Borders. The public is welcome. Click here for the flyer.





 
3.03.15: March is Youth Art Month
The public is invited to stop by the Education Center and view a special exhibit of student artwork in honor of Youth Art Month. The exhibit, celebrating the creativity, expression and talent of Ridgewood’s students in elementary through high school, will be on display throughout the month of March on the third floor at 49 Cottage Place. The show's opening and artists' reception will take place on Wednesday, March 4 from 6:30-8 p.m.







 

 
 
RHS COLORGUARD HOLDS WORSHOPS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS

The weekly workshops are for girls in grades 6-8 who are interested in finding out more about the high school Colorguard.The workshops will take place on Wednesdays from February 4 through April 22, from 5-6 p.m.i the RHS Band Room. The concluding showcase performance is Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m.  Click here for more information. 
EXCELLENCE IN MOTION

3.04.15: RHS DECA Excels at States
In late February, 108 RHS students attended the DECA State Career Development Conference. Students completed exams, role play scenarios, and presentations, with the top three in each event moving onto the International Career Development Conference to be held in Orlando, Florida. The RHS chapter took home a variety of awards and honors from the week’s events. RHS DECA will be sending over 30 students to the international competition. Among those honored at the Cherry Hill competition was junior Alex Formichella, who was elected as a New Jersey state officer. She is only the third RHS student to win this distinction.

3.04.15: RHS Wrestling Takes Districts
The RHS Wrestling team earned its third straight district championship at the District 6 Tournament. The Maroons will now send 11 district medalists to the prestigious Region 2 tournament.

2.26.15: BFMS Student Wins New Jersey Youth Orchestra Competition
BFMS flutist Sean Marron is the 2015 winner of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Orchestras Concerto Competition. As the winner, Sean will perform as a featured concerto soloist in the youth orchestra’s spring concert. Sean plays in Jason Curcio’s eighth grade band.







2.24.15: National Merit Scholarship Finalists are Announced
The following five of the seven semi-finalists have been named finalists in the 2015 competition for the National Merit Scholarship awards: Jeffrey Lampiasi, Jr., Warren Li, Sumita Rajpurohit, Jaesung Son and Gabriel Voorhis-Allen.

Photo: Jeffrey Lampiasi, Jr. and Jaesung Son pose with RHS Principal Tom Gorman and guidance counselor Peter Burkhard. The other finalists were not available for the photo.

 
1.29.15: RHS Junior Wins Regional Art Award
The RHS Art Department is excited to share the news that junior Chloe Brover is a 2015 Scholastic Art Northern New Jersey Regional Award winner.  She won a Gold Key Award for her photograph, Twisted. Chloe's work will now be considered for recognition at the national level.  Her work will be on display in the Gold Key Exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair through Sunday, March 22.


 
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUPPORT

2.24.15: RHS Boys Lacrosse Holds Scoop Night on March 5
The RHS Boys’ Lacrosse teams invite the Ridgewood community to its Scoops Night fundraiser on Thursday, March 5th from 5-9:30 p.m., at Ben & Jerry’s. Lacrosse players will be scooping and special Ridgewood St. Patrick’s Day lacrosse shirts will be for sale.

Click here for the flyer with more details.
 
1.21.15: Project Graduation 2015 Updates
  • The Fashion Show is April 19. The Committee is now securing donations for the auction. Click here for more information and the donation form. Items may be dropped off at Gail Mandell's office, Life Opportunities Unlimited, 75 North Maple Ave. Suite 104 Monday - Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fashion Show chairpersons are Shari Hellman (201-310-6286 sharikhellman@gmail.com and Gail Mandeli  (201- 248-2575 or lifeopp@mac.com).
     
  • PG-15 upcoming monthly meetings: March 12, April 9 and May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the RHS Library.
     
  • Dues are due. Make $165 check payable to “RHS Class of 2015” and mail to Sharon Walker, 94 Sherwood Road, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.
Class of 2015 Project Graduation Representatives
Chairpersons Tara Callaghan 201-803-7778 and Rosie McCooe 201-602-8097
Chairpersons email: rhs.project.graduation.2015@gmail.com
Treasurer Sharon Walker sharon_walker@spdji.com
Communications Jeff Coster jcoster@verizon.net
 
 
Support The Foundation 
Visit www.ridgewoodedfoundation.org to learn more about the work of The Foundation and/or donate.
 

 
BOARD MEETS ON MARCH 9, 2015

The next Regular Public Meeting of the Ridgewood Board of Education will be held on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
 
The public is invited to attend the meeting at the Ed Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3. The meeting will be aired live on FiOS channel 33 and Optimum channel 77. Or it may be viewed live via the district website at www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us using the "Link in Live" tab.

Click here to view the agenda and addendum for the February 23, 2015 Regular Public Meeting.

Click here to view the webcast of the February 23, 2015 Regular Public Meeting.






 
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