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HOT OFF THE PRESS: rps.eNews 9.09.14
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 September 9, 2014 edition.

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9.22.14: FAQs on Enteroviruses
Click here for information from the state Department of Health on enteroviruses (EV).

9.17.14: Outreach Programs for Parents and Guardians

The district's Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment announces the 2014-2015 Community Outreach Program for parents and guardians, a series of evening presentations focusing on current education topics. First up is "Technology in Our Schools," presented by district Manager of Information Technology Ryan Kenny on Thursday, October 16 from 7-9 p.m. at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. 

Click here for more information on the October 16 program and the entire series.
Click here for the press release with more details.

9.15.14: State Testing Results
Individual Student Reports from the Spring 2014 administration of NJASK for grades 3 through 8 have arrived in the district and are currently being processed for distribution.  These reports will be mailed home to parents by the end of the week.

8.26.14: REVISED Back-To-School Night Schedule: The Willard School Back-To-School Night for Grades K-2 has been changed from September 18 to September 23. Please click here for the newly revised schedule. Please note that this change is an update from that which is printed in the Newsline newsletter sent to Ridgewood homes.


The next Regular Public Meeting of the Ridgewood Board of Education will be held on Monday, September 22, 2014 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 September 22, 2014 Regular Public Meeting.

8.26.14: The Board of Education took up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on August 25. Click here to view the video.

9.22.14: Advanced Placement Scholars are Announced

One hundred forty-two 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. About 18 percent of the more than 1.9 million high school students worldwide who took AP Examinations in May 2014 performed at a sufficiently high level to merit such recognition.
The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on the students’ performance on AP exams. At Ridgewood High School, seven 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.
Sixty students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
Thirty-three 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.
Forty-nine students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with grades of 3 or higher. 
Fifteen 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.

9.16.14: RHS Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees are Announced

The group consists of 10 athletes, one coach, one team and another team’s championship era.
The inductees include student athletes John Cerf, Boys Gymnastics (1976); Rachel Grygiel, Girls Soccer (1993); Nancy Hogan, Multi-Sport Athlete (1974); Jean Hughes, Girls Cross Country and Track and Field (1989); Michele Marangi, Girls Tennis (1984); John Marshall, multi-sports athlete (1971); Mark Romeo, Wrestling (2002); Don Taylor, Boys Basketball (1961); Paul Tornatore, Football (1987); and Chris VanNote, Boys Soccer (1981). Jim Bruni, Head Boys Basketball Coach, 1964-1971, will also be inducted, along with the 1913 “Ridgewood Invincibles” Football Team and the “Streak of 44” consecutive wins by the Ridgewood Boys Lacrosse Team.

Click here for the press release and information on the awards dinner at the Brick House on October 25.

9.15.14: RHS Latin Students Excel at National Junior Classical League Convention

RHS Latin Teacher Catherine Venturini has reported Ridgewood’s outstanding results at the National Junior Classical League (NJCL) Convention this summer. Fourteen Ridgewood High School (RHS) Latin students attended the convention at Emory University in Atlanta, where they participated in individual academic, artistic and athletic competitions against the best and brightest Latin students in the United States.
The RHS Advanced Latin Quiz Bowl team, current state champions, advanced to the national semi-finals for the first time in Ridgewood’s competition history, narrowly edging Wisconsin out of a position they had held for several years and earning the distinction of representing New Jersey in the national tournament. Ridgewood team Captain Britta Potter and her teammates, Charlotte Kahan, Peter Psathas and Anthony Tokarz, finished in eighth place, raising the advanced team's national ranking from thirteenth place last year. Of special note, RHS dominated the essay category, which was written in English on a classical theme.

Click here for the press release and full results.

9.02.14: 2014 Ashby Awards, New Tradition of Excellence Award Announced

Two recently retired veterans of the Ridgewood Public Schools are recipients of the 2014 Ashby Award. Former Hawes School Art Teacher Judy Malholtra and former Willard School Principal Marianne Williams were announced the winners at All-staff Convocation on September 2. A new honor, the Tradition of Excellence Award for Support Staff, was also given to longtime staffer Maryjane Moynihan for her contributions to the district as Benefits Coordinator. 

Ms. Malhotra started with the district in 1981 as a substitute teacher, then taught art at Orchard School since 1996. Known as an accomplished artist and master teacher, she is responsible for the conception, inspiration and development of the Orchard School’s Community Art Garden, as well as the collaboration with Music Teacher Drew Kreismer on the garden’s newest addition, a musical sculpture  inspired by a piece at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. 
Ms. Williams retired in July after serving with the Ridgewood district since 1981, starting as a Supplemental Instructor and Gifted and Talented Teacher, then teaching for 14 years at Somerville School before serving as Willard’s Acting Principal in 1997 and then Principal. Her legacy at Willard includes the implementation of several innovative educational programs, the day-to-day management of Willard during its first major expansion since it was built, and the year-long observance of the school’s centennial celebration. During her tenure, Willard School was also named a National Blue Ribbon School for academic excellence by the United States Department of Education, a distinction that is earned by very few schools. ​

The Ashby award was established in 1966 to honor former Superintendent Lloyd W. Ashby and his wife, Lois, for their distinguished service to the community. The recipient is selected annually from nominees submitted by staff members and is someone who, in the opinion of his or her peers, has carried on the fine tradition of service and contribution. The Ashby Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a staff member. In recognition of this honor the names engraved on brass plates are placed on a plaque and is mounted in the lobby of the Education Center.

Photos: Superintendent Dr. Daniel Fishbein congratulates 2014 Tradtion of Excellence Award winner Maryjane Moynihan (L) and Ashby Award winner Judy Malholtra (R). Ashby Award winner Marianne Williams was not present for the photo. Below, the former Willard School Principal was photographed when the school's media center was named in her honor in 2014.


RHS Gymnastics Clinics Begin on October 4

The Ridgewood High School Varsity Gymnastics Team will once again offer its free clinics, starting on Saturday, October 4 from 8-9 a.m. in RHS Gym 3. The clinics are open to Ridgewood residents enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 8 and will be held on the four consecutive Saturdays, October 4, 11, 18 and 25. Students are welcome to come for one, a few or all of the gymnastics clinics. For more information please contact RHS Varsity gymnastics coach Karen Mendez at kmendez@ridgewood.k12.nj.us. Donations are welcome, but not necessary.

The Ridgewood High School Marching Band is holding RHS Marching Band Day on Thursday, October 2 for all interested seventh and eighth grade students. The event is designed to give middle school students an introduction to RHS Marching Band. They will practice with the band starting at 4:30 p.m. and play with the band at the night game at 7 p.m. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 1 to RHS Marching Band Director John Luckenbill at 201-670-2800, ext. 20744 or jluckenbill@ridgewood.k12.nj.us.

For more information, click here to view the flyer.



9.14: Ridgewood High School Junior Charlotte Samuels, the youngest swimmer to complete open-water swimming’s Triple Crown, will be honored by the high school for her accomplishment.

The brief (five-minute) ceremony will take place on RHS Stadium Field on Thursday, October 2 at 6:45 p.m., in advance of the Boys Varsity Football game against John F. Kennedy High School.

In July, Samuels, age 16, circumvented the Island of Manhattan, then went on to swim the Catalina Channel off the coast of California in August, and has now completed the 20-hour swim across the English Channel, landing on the French shore in September.

Ms. Samuels is also a member of the RHS swim team.

Photo: Courtesy of North Jersey News

9.14: Frank Mauriello, Social Worker at Hawes and Ridge Schools, was featured in a 201 Family piece on the Rigewood Baseball/Softball Association's special needs baseball programs. Click here to read the story.


9.22.14: RHS Alumni Asociation Gathers on September 30, October 2
The newly formed association will meet on Tuesday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, to elect officers. A dinner will be held on Thursday, October 2 at Novo, Ridgewood, at 8:30 p.m. 

Click here for more information.

9.22.14: DECA Pet Bowl Sale Supports Seeing Eye, Inc.
Purchase a customized pet bowl through Friday, October 17. Proceeds to benefit the Seeing Eye dog program. Orders will take up to 4-9 business days to ship. Delivery is available if address is provided.  Please drop off order forms to the Ridgewood H.S. main office or mail to: Attn: Seeing Differently Project, Ridgewood High School, 627 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450.  E-mail kmendez@ridgewood.k12.nj.us with any questions.

Click here for the flyer / order form and more information.

9.18.14: Support DECA and Make-A-Wish Foundation
Support Ridgewood High School DECA raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation by purchasing an ornament! For just $10 you can buy a maroon and white glass holiday ornament for friends, family, or yourself. All proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and help grant a wish. Please drop off/mail orders by Friday, October 31. Please contact project coordinators Julia Tze (juliatze@gmail.com) or Katie Lahey (katielahey@yahoo.com) with any questions!

Click here for the flyer / order form and more information.

9.16.14: 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, 6 and 7.  

Auditions at the RHS Campus Center at 7 p.m. on:
Tuesday, October 28
Thursday, October 30
Wednesday, November 5 

9.16.14: Project Graduation 2015 Parent Party 
Saturday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church, Ridgewood
With Live Music by Martha Quinn College Band -- After all, it’s not all about the kids! 
Click here for more information and the reservation form.

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

Project Graduation dues are $165 per student and go toward the Project Graduation party, baby pictures, and to offset the cost of the Graduation dinner dance and the Thanksgiving 2015 reunion. Please send your check for $165 payable to “RHS PG Class of 2015” ASAP to Sharon Walker, 94 Sherwood Rd., Ridgewood, NJ 07450. Confidential support is available for any family that needs help with dues or other graduation expenses. Please contact the Class of 2015 Grade Administrator, Meredith Yannone, for more information.

Project Graduation Surplus Funds: Surplus funds may not be donated to charities. Remaining funds will be used to purchase a gift to RHS from the Class or will be gifted back to the school through the HSA.
9.10.14: RHS Women's Soccer Holds Third Annual Youth Soccer Clinic & Fun Fair on Monday, October 13 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at RHS: Girls in grades 1 - 8  are invited. $25 fee includes t-shirt. Deadline for sign-up is September 30. Click here for more information and registration form.
SOLD OUT: The Foundation Holds Oktoberfest on September 27
Visit www.ridgewoodedfoundation.org to learn more about the work of The Foundation and/or donate.


The Infant Toddler Development Center at Glen School is a day care center program run under the Ridgewood Board of Education. Registration for fall 2014 is now underway.

Click here for the program and registration flyer.

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