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Ridgewood Public Schools - District News
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.
 

FAQ on Full-Day Kindergarten: Public Vote is November 8
Public Presentations are October 5 and 27 at 7 p.m.
The November 8 election ballot will include a question for residents about implementing full-day Kindergarten (FDK) in Ridgewood. Public presentations will be held on FDK at 7 p.m.. at BFMS on Wednesday, October 5 and at GWMS on Thursday, October 27. To learn more about full-day Kindergarten, please click here for the FAQ sheet. Please click here to view other FDK documents, located in the Full-day Kindergarten Exploratory Committee folder on the Curriculum web page.

HOT OFF THE PRESS: rps.eNews September 27 Edition
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 SUBSCRIBE to rps.eNews.

Click here to read the September 27, 2016 edition.
 

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

Opening of School Report September 2016
Click here to view the superintendent's Opening of School Report 2016, containing statistics and summaries on enrollment, curriculum, facilities and technology.

BOE-REA Sign Memorandum of Agreement
September 13, 2016

 
The Board of Education and the REA negotiating teams signed a Memorandum of Agreement at 12:15 AM on September 13, 2016 concluding negotiations on a 3-year contract for the period July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018.  Terms of the agreement will be released after the REA members have ratified the contract and the Board of Education approves the contract. 
 
New Afterschool Club Starts up for Socially Challenged Children
The Social Place is an extracurricular club for children who have social challenges due to high functioning autism, Asperger 's Syndrome or other conditions. Parents, volunteer educators and volunteer mentors from RHS administer, plan and run the activities of the club. Monthly activities provide opportunities for children to practice social skills in a fun environment, participating in typical type outings. In addition, monthly "Meetups" at GWMS will offer a chance to socialize with a pizza party and prepare for the upcoming outing. Please contact Elizabeth Rottinger at esrottinger@mac.com with any questions. Click here for details, a schedule and the participation form.

New Crossing Guard Program is Outlined in Letter from Dr. Fishbein and Police Chief Luthcke
​Click here to read a letter to parents and guardians issued September 1, regarding the new service that will assist the Ridgewood Police Department with providing adult school crossing guards through the Village.

Back-to-School Night Schedule
Click here to view the schedule.


Coffee and Conversation Dates Are Announced
The Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Daniel Fishbein will host residents for coffee and casual conversation on three separate occasions this school year. The first date for Coffee and Conversation is Wednesday, October 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Ridgewood. Future dates will follow on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 and Wednesday, May 17, 2017. All residents are invited to drop in to share their thoughts, questions, suggestions and concerns.

FAQ on Full-Day Kindergarten: Vote is November 8
The November 8 election ballot will include a question for residents about implementing full-day Kindergarten in Ridgewood. To learn more about full-day Kindergarten, please click here for a FAQ sheet, updated on August 23, 2016. Please click here to go to other Full-Day K documents that are located in the Full-day Kindergarten Exploratory Committee folder on the Curriculum web page.


2016-2017 Community Outreach Program Series Starts October 18
The Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Department will again offer free presentations for parents and guardians throughout the 2016-2017 school year on the topic of children's well-being. The first program will be held on Tuesday, October 18, with Dr. Robert Brooks on "Fostering Family Closeness and Respect." This presentation will be held at George Washington Middle School Auditorium, 155 Washington Place, from 7-9 p.m. Click here for more information on the program.

Click here for information on the series, which is co-sponsored by The Valley Hospital with support from The Foundation and the Home and School Associations.

 
EXCELLENCE IN MOTION

RHS Boasts Four National Merit Semifinalists, 25 Commended Students  
The following four RHS seniors have been designated semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition: Katherine Bonfiglio, Rachel Bradley, Sung Min Kim and Ryan Mahtab. Before they can be considered for Merit Scholarship awards, semifinalists must advance to the finalist level of the competition by fulfilling additional requirements.  These include having an outstanding academic record throughout high school, being endorsed and recommended by the high school principal and submitting SAT I scores that confirm the earlier PSAT/NMSQT performance and finally, they must have a social security number.


In addition to the four semifinalists, 25 students have been identified as Commended Students in the most recent competition.


Advanced Placement Scholars Named
One hundred thirty six students at Ridgewood High School have been named AP Scholars by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college level Advanced Placement Examinations.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on the students’ performance on AP exams. At RHS:
  • Six students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 4.0 or higher on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
  • Twenty-nine students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
  • Fifty-one students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with grades of 3 or higher.  
About 18 percent of the more than 1.9 million high school students worldwide who took AP Examinations in May 2016 performed at a sufficiently high level to merit such recognition.

Twenty-one award recipients are juniors. These students have at least one more year in which to do college-level work, and possibly earn another Advanced Placement Award.  



The 2016 Ashby Award and Tradition of Excellence Award were announced at Staff Convocation on September 1. Two RHS veterans, Assistant Principal Jeffrey Nyhuis and now-retired History Teacher John Domville were co-recipients of the Ashby Award. The Tradition of Excellence Award for support staff went to now-retired RHS secretary Sue Wasserman.
Photo: (from L) John Domville, Daniel Fishbein, Jeffrey Nyhuis




Photo: Sue Wasserman

 
FINE AND APPLIED ARTS SCHEDULE

RHS New Players Present Book of Days October 27-29 
For details and ticket information, visit the website at www.rhsnewplayers.com.


 
FROM THE COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Ridgewood Community School and Little Ivy offer Digital Gadgets
The labs for grades K-2 run October 5 through November 30 on Wednesdays at Ridge School. Click here for details.

 
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUPPORT

RHS New Players Presents Trunk or Treat on October 30
Halloween tales in The Little Theatre, followed by trunk or treating in the RHS parking lot. $7 in advance / $10 at the door. Click here for more information and the registration form.

Jamboree 2017 Casting Call Dates are Announced
All RHS parents and guardians are invited to participate in JAMBOREE 2017 -- WORLD TOUR. Casting call dates are October 17, 19 and 25 at 7 p.m. in the RHS Campus Center. Click here for details. 

RHS Marching Band Offers Middle School Musicians Event on September 30
Student musicians in grade seven and eight are invited to practice with the RHS Marching Band on Friday, September 30, enjoy dinner together with the band, and then play at the football game that evening. RSVP to RHS Marching Band Director John Luckenbill by Wednesday, September 28 (201-670-2800, ext. 20744 or jluckenbill@ridgewood.k12.nj.us). Click here for details.



Free RHS Gymnastics Clinic Starts October 1
The RHS gymnasts and coaches will supervise the one-hour sessions on four Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 from 8-9 a.m. Girls and boys in Kindergarten through Grade 8 are welcome to attend, no rsvp necessary. Click here for details.

Support The Foundation
Oktoberfest fundraiser is Saturday, October 1 at The Hermitage, 7-11 p.m.
Click here for the flyer.

 Visit www.ridgewoodedfoundation.org to learn more about the work of  The Foundation and/or donate.
 

 
BOARD UPDATES

BOE-REA Sign Memorandum of Agreement
 
The Board of Education and the REA negotiating teams signed a Memorandum of Agreement at 12:15 AM on September 13, 2016 concluding negotiations on a 3-year contract for the period July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018.  Terms of the agreement will be released after the REA members have ratified the contract and the Board of Education approves the contract. 

BOE Meets on October 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
The Ridgewood Board of Education will hold a Regular Public Meeting on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Board Room at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place. The public is invited to attend the meeting or view it live via the district website at www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us using the "Live BOE Meeting" tab on the district website, or on Fios tv channel 33 or Optimum 77.

Click here to view the agenda and addendum for the September 26, 2016  Regular Public Meeting.

Click here to view the minutes of the September 12, 2016 Regular Public Meeting.
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Click here to view the 2016-2017 Budget presented at the May 2, 2016 Regular Public Meeting.


Click here to view the Full Day Kindergarten Recommendation presented to the Board at their March 7, 2016 Regular Public Meeting.

 
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