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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.
 

 
HOT OFF THE PRESS: rps.eNews 3.24.15
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 March 24, 2015 edition.

Click here to subscribe to rps.eNews.
 

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

3.25.15: 2015-2016 Preliminary Budget Information
Click here to view the latest presentation on next year's school budget, given at the March 23, 2015 Board of Education meeting. 

3.25.15: Phase II Solar Proposal is Presented at the March 23 BOE Meeting
Click here to view the Verterra Phase II Solar Presentation presented at the March 23, 2015 Regular Public Meeting.

Click here to view pictures of BFMS with the proposed solar panels.

3.11.15: Update on Snow Days: April 6 is a Regular School Day
Click here to read a letter sent to parents and guardians on March 10. Three snow days have been used, necessitating the opening of schools on Monday, April 6, as a regular school day. Further days will be taken from Spring Recess, starting with Monday, March 30 and working forward.
 
3.11.15: Strategic Planning Update
The Board of Education has approved strategic planning goals. Click here for details.

3.02.15: Teacher Recognition Awards Ceremony is May 5
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.

3.10.15: New Date: Curriculum Series Continues on March 26 with Program on Exercise and the Brain
Parents and guardians are invited 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 26, 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.

NEW: The district has added a program, "All About Google Apps for Education," a series of three stand-alone workshops designed to introduce parents and guardians to the world of technology in the classroom. These workshops will be offered on April 15 (elementary school level); April 20 (middle school level): and April 22 (high school level). Each workshop is limited to 25 participants and pre-registration is required.  . 

Click here to go to the pre-registration page.
Click here for the flyer and more information. 
 

FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS SCHEDULE

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. 







 

 
 
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 take place on Wednesdays through April 22, from 5-6 p.m. in the RHS Band Room. The concluding showcase performance is Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m.  Click here for more information. 
EXCELLENCE IN MOTION

3.23.15: Stevens Institute Lauds RHS Honors Class
The Stevens Institute of Technology awarded National Science Foundation certificates to students in Dr. Lillian Labowsky’s Chemistry Honors class for the students' efforts to create a three-dimensionally printed periodic table of elements.

Dr. Labowsky’s class created the chart on a 3D printed model over three months and individually printed all 118 interlocking element pieces. The height of each piece corresponds to the element’s electronegativity and the radioactive element pieces were printed with glow-in-the-dark material.  

A 3D printer uses an additive process to lay down successive layers of material in order to create a computer printed object.

3.19.15: Latin Teams Excel
On Tuesday, March 17, Latin academic teams from 30 New Jersey schools traveled to Princeton to compete in Latin language, Roman life, Roman history and Greco-Roman mythology.  The Novice team fought hard and scored well in its first competition.   The Advanced team finished in first place and will advance to play for the State championship on April 25 against Ridge High School and PACTA, the second and third place teams.   Advanced Team members were Poyani Bavishi, Ben Bechtold, Charlotte Kahan, Elizabeth O'Keefe, James Psathas, Peter Psathas, Sophie Simpson, Anthony Tokarz and Chelsea Trattner.  Novice team members with media permission to be named were Desiree Bottigliero, Joe O'Keefe and Tommy Carver. The Latin Club advisor is Catherine Venturini.

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.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUPPORT

3.11.15: 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: 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 APRIL 13, 2015

The  Ridgewood Board of Education will hold a Regular Public Meeting on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. This meeting will include a Joint Meeting with the Ridgewood Village Council to discuss the proposed 2015-2016 school budget.
 
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 March 23, 2015 Regular Public Meeting.

Click here to view the 2015-2016 preliminary proposed budget presented at the March 23, 2015 Regular Public Meeting.






 
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