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As per Executive Order from Governor Chris Christie, the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff on Friday, January 30, in recognition and mourning of the passing of Detective John Scott Stevens of Forked River, who passed away following injuries suffered from an earlier automobile accident while on duty with the Special Operations Group of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.



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 1.06.15
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 January 6, 2015 edition.

Click here to subscribe to rps.eNews.

Welcome to the Ridgewood Public Schools

1.29.15: Notice on RHS Parking for January 29
Due to two major events planned for Thursday, January 29 at Ridgewood High School, parking will be a challenge for those attending. These events are the St. Anthony’s Varsity charity basketball game (7 p.m.) and the Village of Ridgewood Planning Board meeting with Public Hearing (7:30 p.m.).In addition to the Ridgewood High School lot and adjacent side streets as permitted, parking is also available for this evening at the First Presbyterian Church parking lot on S. Van Dien Avenue, across the street from the church. Please note: Parking is NOT permitted in the First Presbyterian lot that is directly attached to the church property, as this space is needed for church events.

1.12.15: Letter from Dr. Fishbein
Click here
to read a letter to the Ridgewood Public Schools community on January 12, regarding issues of concern on safety as well as the 2015-2016 school calendar.

1.05.15: Kindergarten Registration Notice
Kindergarten registration will be held at the individual elementary schools on Tuesday, February 3 and Thursday, February 5 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  All necessary registration materials are available on the websites of the schools.  Parents must bring original residency and birth documents (schools will make copies for the files).  No appointments are necessary. 
Click here for more information.

12.01.14: Superintendent's December Column: The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Click here to read Dr. Fishbein's monthly column for The Ridgewood News, which appeared on December 26, 2014.

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. 

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, NJ from February 12 through Sunday March 22.

1.26.15: RHS Teams Make National History Bee/Bowl Playoffs

Four RHS teams made the playoffs for the National History Bee and Bowl (NHBB), which took place on January 17 at the high school. The Ridgewood A team made it to the quarter-finals, scoring in the top eight of 80 teams. Seniors Ben Bechtold and Thomas Cleary made the playoffs for the Individual Bee Tournament.

The NHBB is a nationwide history quiz competition for high school, middle school, and elementary students. Students first compete at regional qualifying tournaments, from which the top students advance to the National Championships in the spring.

1.22.15: DECA Results
On January 7, 196 RHS students competed in the NJ DECA Regional Competition at Ramapo College; about 90 of these students qualified for the next round of competition by placing in the top 18 of all students competing in their event.
Some outstanding First Place overall performances included Abigail McKenna, for Apparel & Accessories Marketing Series; Elisabeth O’Neill, for Buying and Merchandising Management Team Decision Making; Rebecca Tomilchik and Samantha Constant, for Financial Services Team Decision Making; Madeleine Phillips and Shea Darienzo, for Marketing Communications Team Decision Making; and Grace McCormick, for Principles of Marketing. These students, along with the others who placed, will move on to the State Conference held in Cherry Hill in February.

1.13.15: Two RHS Girls Soccer Players Make All-State Team
Two RHS soccer players, senior Colleen Berry and sophomore Hailey Ricciardi, were selected by the New Jersey Girls Soccer Coaches Association (NJGSCA) to the North 1 Regional All-State team. Both girls were also chosen as two of the elite top twenty players from the North 1 Region. Photo: Coach Jeff Yearing stands with Colleen Berry, Hailey Ricciardi, and Assistant Coaches Jackie Hurley and Sarah Volkomer at the NJGSCA Awards Banquet.​

The largest science extravaganza in northern New Jersey, this year's Super Science Saturday will feature the incredible 25-foot egg drop challenge; the traditional great paper airplance contest and the live rocket launch, in addition to project presentations by students.


Admission is Free 
Location: RHS
9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • 1.12.15: Workshop Dates are Announced
    A three-session workshop will be held on February 13, 20 and 26 from 4:15-6 p.m. at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. This workshop will provide an opportunity for students to choose a project, set it up and lay it out. Click here for more information.
  • Full details of the day, including registration forms, can be found on the Super Science Saturday website at www.supersciencesaturday.org.

    Super Science Saturday is proudly presented by The Ridgewood Education Foundation  (http://www.ridgewoodedfoundation.org/) and  Valley Hospital (http://www.valleyhealth.com/).
  • Click here for the latest Super Science Saturday flyer.


1.28.15: Annual RHS Bands Citrus Sale Starts February 8
On Sunday, February 8, students from the Ridgewood High School Bands will be taking fruit orders door-to-door for their annual Citrus Sale fundraiser, in which the goal is to reach every Ridgewood home. Buyers will receive fresh fruit from Florida (delivered on March 14-15) and support the band program. Sellers offer orders for California navel oranges, red grapefruit and a citrus sample (a combination of both).  A mixed box of apples, pears, and oranges will also be offered. If residents are not at home, they have the option to fill out order forms left at their door, which can still be placed until February 20 to Melissa Pizza at mpizza4283@aol.com.

The RHS band program is made up of curricular bands (Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Band), Marching Band, Jazz Ensembles and other small ensembles. 

1.26.15: SOLD OUT: Harlem Wizards v. Ridgewood All-Stars Game on January 30
Ticket order forms received after Saturday, January 24 will not be fulfilled; checks will be returned. All tickets will be mailed Monday, January 26. If tickets are delayed in the mail due to the weather conditions, there will be a list of ticket holders at the door. 

1.06.15: January Events Benefit New Players Company

Tickets on sale at www.rhsnewplayers.com.​
  • Students Rock on Friday, January 23 at The Little Theatre: Click here for the flyer. 
  • A Night at the Grammys on Saturday, January 24: Ridgewood musicians in performance at The Little Theatre, starting at 7 p.m. Click here for the flyer.
11.24.14:RHS Alumni Association Sells Hats, T-Shirts
All proceeds benefit the RHS Alumni Association. Click here for the flyer and contact information.

10.27.14: Save the Date: RHS Bands, Choir, Orchestra Fundraiser
The New York Voices will be in concert with the Jazz Masters Big Band, on February 27 at Benjamin Franklin Middle School Audtiorium, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 (premium seating): $35 (adults); $25 (students and senior citizens).


1.21.15: Project Graduation 2015 Updates
  • Shore House Raffle: Buy a $100 chance for a seven-bedroom shore house vacation. Only 500 tickets will be sold; the drawing will be held at the final Jamboree performance on February 7.Click here for details and the order form. 
  • 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

JAMBOREE 2015! "Under the Stars" will take the audience from Central Park to Times Square to Broadway and includes a variety of music that will be familiar to people of all ages. The show will be directed by Claudia O'Rourke and will be performed on February 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and February 7 at 7 p.m. 
For more information, or to donate, please visit http://www.rhsjamboree.org/concrete5/​.
Support The Foundation 
Visit www.ridgewoodedfoundation.org to learn more about the work of The Foundation and/or donate.


The Regular Public Meeting of the Ridgewood Board of Education scheduled for Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. was due to the weather and is rescheduled for Monday, February 2, 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 for the February 2, 2015 Regular Public Meeting.

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