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HOT OFF THE PRESS: rps.eNews 4.26.16
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 April 26, 2016 edition.

Welcome to the Ridgewood Public Schools

An Important Message from Dr. Fishbein
Click here to read a letter to the RPS community, sent on April 25, 2016. 

School is Closed on May 27
Click here to read an April 20, 2016 letter from Dr. Fishbein regarding the closing of school on Friday, May 27.

Read Dr. Fishbein's April Column: Every Step Counts
Click here to read Dr. Fishbein's monthly column for The Ridgewood News, which appeared in the April 29, 2016 issue.

Superintendent and Board Host Coffee and Conversation on May 24
The Board of Education and Superintendent will host residents for Coffee and Conversation on Tuesday, May 24. The public is invited to drop in at the Education Center at 49 Cottage Place, floor 3 between 7 and 8:30 p.m. to ask questions and share suggestions and concerns.

2016-2017 School Budget Information
Click here to look at a 2016-2017 budget summary sheet.
Click here to view the latest information on the budget, updated on May 2, 2016.

Dr. Fishbein Recommends Full-day Kindergarten
On March 7, Dr. Fishbein presented a recommendation to the Board on bringing full-day Kindergarten to Ridgewood. His proposal is to fund a full-day program through a tax increase approved by voters this November in a second question. The consensus of the Board is to proceed with this recommendation. 

2017-2018 School Calendar is Approved
Click here to open the 2017-2018 School Calendar, approved by the Ridgewood Board of Education on March 7, 2016.
Teacher Recognition Awards Ceremony is May 10
All are invited to the recognition ceremony, which will be held on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place.
Community Outreach Series Ends on May 18
The final program of the series will be offered on Wednesday, May 18, featuring an expert panel of mental health professionals who will give tips on identifying symptoms and also offer resources. Click here for the flyer.

Click here for more details.
Click here for the series flyer.


RHS Marching Band, Color Guard are Registering for Fall 2016

Click here for details and the Marching Band registration packet.

Click here for Color Guard audition information.

Friends of Music Lists Summer Camps
The Ridgewood Friends of Music has a comprehensive list of music camps. Go to www.ridgewoodfriendsofmusic.com  for information.



RHS Deca students excelled at the International Career Development Conference in Nashville this April. They competed in role-play and presentation events against students from other states as well as Canada, Guam, Spain, Mexico and China. Kathryn Zhou placed in the top 10 of her event. Additionally, the stock market team and solo stock market competitor, Justin Choy, made it to the finals of their competition.

The RHS Latin Team took first place at Classics Day at Montclair State University on April 19. The students participated in lectures and workshops. In the afternoon, the team answered questions on mythology and Roman history. 

Teacher Recognition Award Winners are Named
The Board approved the nominees for the 2015-2016 Teacher Recognition Program, listed below. The Ridgewood Teacher Recognition Award reception will be held at the Education Center on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. for the award recipients, their families, school parents, teachers, and friends.  Each of the award recipients will receive a stipend $500 ($250 awarded by the individual Home and School Association and $250 awarded by the Board).
  • Educational Services Personnel Kevin Feeley
    Hawes School Deborah Gregory-Fink
    Orchard School Amy Schaffer
    Ridge School Molly Sher
    Somerville School Elizabeth Janowski
    Travell School Joan Kelly
    Willard School Carol Petitt
    Benjamin Franklin Middle School Meredith Wearley
    George Washington Middle School William Oswald
    Ridgewood High School John Domville

RHS Takes Third in the Fed Challenge
The RHS Federal Challenge team took Third place in the final round of the competition that is run by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on behalf of the United States Federal Reserve system. The competition asks groups of high school students to research the domestic/global economy, develop a mathematical model for forecasting the domestic economy, present their research to a panel of high-ranking economists working at the FRBNY, and answer complex questions about both the team's research and the economy.

Ridgewood Crew Starts Strong
The Ridgewood Crew team
kicked off its season on April 10. The team raced the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Overall the team took in seven First place victories, five Second place finishes, and two Third place wins. 

RHS Latin Team Wins State Championship
The RHS Advanced Latin Academic Team defeated the Central and Southern Regional champions, Ridge High School and Clearview Regional High School, respectively, in a fiercely contested showdown on April 23, earning them the title the team has worked so hard to achieve: New Jersey State Certamen champions. These RHS students were best in state, or runners-up, in all the academic tests and took first-place ribbons in athletic competitions as well.    
Written Tests:
1st place, Mythology:   Peter Psathas
1st place, Latin Grammar, Peter Psathas
1st place, Latin Vocabulary and English Derivatives
1st place, Roman Life and Culture, Charlotte Kahan/Anthony Tokarz (tied)
1st place, Latin Oratory (memorize and recite), Anthony Tokarz
2nd place, Latin Vocabulary and English Derivatives, Charlotte Kahan
2nd place, Roman History, Anthony Tokarz
1st place, Softball Throw:   Charlotte Kahan
1st place, Boys' 100 Meter:   James Psathas
Catherine Venturini is Latin Club, Latin Honor Society and Latin Academic Team Advisor; Stefanie Giganti is Latin Teacher.

Ridgewood High School ranks #25 in the state, according to the U.S. News and World Report. The rankings were published on April 19. Click here to go to the RHS write-up.

The RHS Maroon Award recipients have been announced. Those with media permission to be named are Coleman Clauss, Aaqib Hassan, Reid Bushnell, Bridgette Parratt and Camryn Muller.
The Maroon Award is a recognition bestowed on students nominated by their teachers for working hard towards extraordinary positive changes in behavior/grades, committing a random act of kindness without expecting any recognition, and/or doing the right thing when “nobody” was looking. 

RHS Global Learning Seeks Host Families
This June, RHS is serving as the host country for the annual Global Learning Conference, held from June 9-16. Host homes are needed to help house our nearly 100 international visitors. Students and staff will be coming to Ridgewood from Australia, the Czech Republic, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, and Sweden. If   you   are   interested,   please   contact   Greg   McDonald at gmcdonald@ridgewood.k12.nj.us or at 201-670-2800 ext. 20506, or Adam Brunner at abrunner@ridgewoo d.k12.nj.us or at 201- 670-2800 ext. 20583.

Jazz in the Wood Returns on May 13 with Guest Artist, Mark Friedman
This year's jazz dinner concert benefiting the RHS Band Association will take place on Friday, May 13 at The Woman's Club of Ridgewood. Seatings are 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $40. For the flyer and reservation form, click here. For further details, click here.

Travell School Mayfair is May 14
Click here for the flyer.

GWMS Sponsors Bike Recycle May 13-14
Bikes may be dropped at the school on Friday, May 13 from 5-7 p.m. for a fee of $10. Donors will be able to return the following day to "purchase" a bike for the $10 fee. Bikes will also be for sale to non-donors for $30. The remaining bikes, and all monies collected, will be donated to Charities for Children in Paterson. Click here for more information.

Support The Foundation 

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


BOE-REA Negotiations

Click here to read a Letter to the Editor of The Ridgewood News, published on April 8, 2016.
Click here to view the Ridgewood Board of Education's Post Hearing Fact Finding Brief and attachments.

Click here
to view an analysis of "Unused Funds' identified by the REA during Fact Finding Proceedings, presented at the March 7, 2016 Regular Public Meeting.

Click here to read a Letter to the Editor of The Ridgewood News, which appeared in the paper on March 4, 2016.

Click here to read the Ridgewood Board of Education's Fact-Finding Presentation with The Ridgewood Education Association.

Click here to view the backup for the Ridgewood Board of Education's Fact-Finding Presentation with The Ridgewood Education Association.

BOE Meets on May 2 at 7:30 p.m.
The Ridgewood Board of Education will hold a Public Hearing on the 2016-2017 Budget and Regular Public Meeting on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
The public is invited to attend the meeting at the Ed Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3. The meeting may also be viewed on FiOS channel 33, Optimum channel 77 or from computers via the "Live BOE Meeting" tab on the district website.FiOS channel 33, Optimum channel 77 or from computers via the "Live BOE Meeting" tab on the district website.

Click here to view the agenda and addendum for the May 2, 2016 Public Hearing on the Budget and Regular Public Meeting.

Click here to view the minutes of the April 25, 2016 Regular Public Meeting.

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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