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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 4.05.16
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 SUBSCRIBE to rps.eNews.

Click here to read the April 5, 2016 edition.
 

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

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 March Column: Planting the Seeds of Excellence: Growing Full-day K
Click here to read Dr. Fishbein's monthly column for The Ridgewood News, which appeared in the March 25, 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 April 19, 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 Focuses on Well-being: Program on Youth in Sports is April 26
Next up in the Well-being series is "The Race-to-Nowhere in Youth Athletics" by best-selling author John O'Sullivan. This free program will take place on Tuesday, April 26 from 7-9 p.m. at Benjamin Franklin Middle School Auditorium, 335. N. Van Dien Avenue. Click here to download the April 26 program flyer.

On Wednesday, May 18, the final program in the 201-6-2017 Well-being series will be offered, featuring an expert panel of mental health professionals. Panelists will give tips on identifying symptom and offer resources. Click here for more details on this prgram.


The 2015-2016 parent/peers series consists of eight engaging presentations throughout the school year. Co-sponsored by The Valley Hospital, with support from The Foundation, adults are invited to attend these programs on creating balance in children's lives.

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

FINE AND APPLIED ARTS SCHEDULE

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.



 

EXCELLENCE IN MOTION

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
 
Olympics:
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. 
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUPPORT

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

Ridgewood Crew Scoop Night is April 25
Come out to meet and support the team at Ben & Jerry's on Monday, April 25 from 6-9 p.m. Click here for the flyer.

GWMS Sponsors Bike Recyle 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.

LSHSA Fundraiser is April 27 at Pinot's Palette
The Learning Services HSA will hold a painting party on Wednesday, April 27, starting at 6:30 p.m. Sign up now. Click here for details.

Support The Foundation 

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

 
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