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HOT OFF THE PRESS: rps.eNews 10.21.14
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 October 21, 2014 edition.

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Welcome to the Ridgewood Public Schools

10.22.14: General Election with Annual School Election is November 4: Please Vote!

Two Board of Education seats are open for the Annual School Election.

Click here to view the Ridgewood sample ballot.

10.06.14: NEW PROGRAM ADDED: Outreach Programs for Parents and Guardians

The district's Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment has added a session on financial literacy to the 2014-2015 Community Outreach Program. This series for parents and guardians consists of evening presentations focusing on current education topics. 
Click here for the press release with more details.

10.06.14: Come for Coffee and Conversation on November 12
Residents are invited to stop by for coffee and casual conversation with Board of Education members and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Daniel Fishbein on two evenings this school year. The Board has set aside Wednesday, November 12 and Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place. All residents are invited to drop in to share their thoughts, questions, suggestions and concerns.

10.02.14: Updated FAQs on Common Core Curriculum Standards (CCSS)
Please click here to open the updated CCSS and PARCC testing FAQs.

9.30.14: Announcing Walk-toberfest
​Join the Ridgewood School community in celebrating Walk-tober Fest!
Take some time this month to promote health, safety and the environment by walking to school.​ Click here for the flyer.

9.30.14: Superintendent's September Column: We're Off to a Great Start
Click here to read Dr. Fishbein's monthly column for The Ridgewood News, which appeared in the paper on September 26, 2014.
9.22.14: FAQs on Enteroviruses
Click here for information from the state Department of Health on enteroviruses (EV).


The next Regular Public Meeting of the Ridgewood Board of Education will be held on Monday, November 17, 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 and addendum for the October 20, 2014 Regular Public Meeting.

Click here to view the webcast of the October 20, 2014 Regular Public Meeting.


Click here for information on a two-day boys basketball clinic on November 6-7.

10.22.14: Fourteen Students Make Bergen County Honor Band

Eight BFMS students and six GWMS students were accepted into the Bergen County Honor Band. Those with media permission to be listed are:  Benjamin Franklin Middle School: Andrew Song (7) - Mallet 1 (highest score); Christopher Morse (8) - Bari Saxophone (highest score); Tony An (7) – Clarinet; Teddy Moll (7) – Horn; Stefanie Haas (7) - Trombone (highest score) and Emma Matthews (7) - Trumpet (highest score). George Washington Middle School: Katlyn Tagliabue (8) – Bassoon (highest score); Kieran Corcoran (7) – Tenor Saxophone (highest score); Shalin Patel (8) – Euphonium (highest score); Annie Duffy (8) – Clarinet and Edward Li (8) – Clarinet.

The two middle schools have the most students from one district earning positions into the Honor Band.  Brian Brown is the band director at GWMS and Jason Curcio at BFMS.

10.22.14: Jeff Haas Recognized by State Educators' Group

RHS Music Teacher Jeff Haas will be recognized by the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE) as the 2014 recipient of their Jazz Education Achievement Award. The award is in recognition of his many years of outstanding contributions to New Jersey's students and teachers in the areas of jazz pedagogy and performance, while promoting the importance of appreciating and studying jazz as America's original art form. The award will be presented on November 14 at the annual All-State Jazz concert at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
10.22.14: Another Honor for Chuck Johnson
RHS Physical Education Teacher and Maroons Football coach Chuck Johnson will be honored with the Thomas L. Della Torre Special Achievement Award by the Greater Bergen County YMCA at its 49th Sports Award Banquet.The award is presented to someone who is dedicated to family, youth and sports, and embodies the values of spirit, mind and body for which the YMCA stands. The banquet will be held on November 25 at Sheraton Mahwah Hotel, starting at 6 p.m.For ticket information, contact Athletic Director Nick Scerbo, 201-670-2800, ext. 20510 or nscerbo@ridgewood.k12.nj.us.

Chuck recently celebrated his 200th career win as Maroons Football coach.

10.15.14: RHS Girls Tennis Wins
The Ridgewood High School Girls Tennis team won the State Sectional Semi-Finals on Thursday, October 9. They beat out Livingston High School in order to advance to the next match of the State Sectionals. This year girls RHS Tennis is ranked number 2 in The Record’s Top 15 Tennis rankings.

10.15.14: Marching Band Takes First
The Ridgewood High School Marching Band took first place at the US Bands Competition on October 5 at J.P. Stevens High School in Edison. The Maroon band also won Best Music, Best Visual, and Best Effect. This year’s show is entitled “Rise,” and is meant to depict the life of a phoenix, with the musical selections: “Rise of the Firebird,” “Infernal Dance,” “The Fire of Eternal Glory,” and the song “Final” from Stravinsky’s “The Firebird.” The RHS Marching Band also took first place in a competition on September 27 at Pequannock High School. Their next competition will be the State Championship competition at Rutgers University on Saturday, October 18.​

9.24.14: National Merit Semi-Finalists and Commended Students Named

National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists have been announced, as follows (lower left to top right): RHS Principal Tom Gorman congratulates Gabriel F. Voorhis-Allen, Seung Ryoul Lee, Ji–Hyuk Kim, Jeffrey M. Lampiasi, Warren Li, and Jaesung Son, who stand with Guidance Counselors Chris Fabish and Peter Burkard. Below, semi-finalist Sumita Rajpurohit poses with Peter Burkard.

Commended Students with permission for media release are: Benjamin Bechtold, Sara Canilang, Sara Cantor, Stephen Chiaramonte, Alexandra Deneve, Yoo Mi Do, Ryan Elsabeh, Olivia Facini, Elizabeth Gaidimas, Ju Eun Jun, Thomas Kelly, Dae Hee Kim, Daniel Kim, Kyungwon Lee, Seung Ho Lee, Katie Lim, Nikhil Mendiratta, Sophie Montgomery, John Newell, Wenjie Ooi, Dongjoon Park, Krishna Rao, Hyungho Seo, Cavan Sheridan, Sebastian Yoo and Donald Zheng.

Click here to read the press release.



RHS New Players Annouce Season Schedule
Click here to view the 2014-2015 season program. 
Click here to go to the New Players website donation section.


RHS New Players Company Hosts Fall Weekend for Jr. New Players November 14-16
Junior New Players is a weekend workshop offering a hands-on theatre experience from the page to the stage for 5th – 8th grade students. Under the guidance of RHS staff, participants will work in small groups with high school directors creating, rehearsing and performing original scripts.  

Click here for the flyer and registration form.

RHS Gymnastics Clinics End October 25
The Ridgewood High School Varsity Gymnastics Team again offers its free clinic on Saturdays from 8-9 a.m. in RHS Gym 3. The clinics are open to Ridgewood residents enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 8 and end on October 25. For more information please contact RHS Varsity gymnastics coach Karen Mendez at kmendez@ridgewood.k12.nj.us. Donations are welcome, but not necessary.


10.22.14: RHS Banners Support Class of 2018

Handmade felt banners are being sold at $50. Order by November 5. 
Click here for the flyer / order form.

10.15.14: Annual Orchard School Fun Day is October 25
Click here for the flyer.

10.14.14: Kelly Creegan Memorial Fund Hosts Golf Outing

The Kelly Creegan Memorial Fund will host its inaugural golf outing on Monday, October 27 at Apple Ridge Country Club in Mahwah. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. with shotgun start at noon.  Golfers will enjoy a lunch and dinner with auction along with their round of golf. Price is $250 per golfer or $900 per foursome. For further information and sponsorship opportunities please visit the Facebook page, Kelly Creegan Memorial Fund, or email kellycreeganfund@gmail.com.
Founded in 2012, the Kelly Elisabeth Creegan Memorial Fund was founded to share the memory, life and spirit of Kelly Creegan. Created by her family and friends to scatter kindness throughout the community and honor her memory, the foundation helps many experience the joy that Kelly brought to many lives. She lived her short life with a smile and positive attitude that will never be forgotten.
Click here for the registration form.

10.02.14: RPS New Players Host 'Trunk or Treat' on October 30, Plan Caberet for November 16
Wear your costume and join the New Players in the RHS Little Theatre for Halloween tales, followed by trunk or treating in the school parking lot. Cost is $7 in advance; $10 at the door. Click here for the flyer and registration form. 

10.16.14: NPC members will put on a cabaret night at Raymond's on Sunday, November 16 at 7 p.m. The group is auctioning premium seating. Bids accepted from October 17-23. General seating tickets will be sold at a later date. Click here for information on the table auction.


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 

For more information, or to donate, please visit 

9.16.14: Project Graduation 2015 Updates

Baby Photos
are due November 1. Click here for detailed instructions.

50/50 Raffle: To purchase a ticket, please fill out the form below and remit by November 1.  The ticket(s) will be mailed to you. $50 per ticket – only 1000 tickets will be sold.
Please send me _______ ticket(s) at @ $50 per ticket for the PG15 50/50 Raffle
Name on ticket (must be 18 yrs. +): 
City:  _____________________  State:  ____________  Zip: 
Phone:  ________________________  Email: 
Student Name:  ___________________________
Make check payable to: Project Graduation 2015 and remit to:
C/O Elisa Cerrina
129 Walthery Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Prize Breakdown:The winning raffle tickets will be drawn at the PG15 Meeting on Thursday, November 13 between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Winner need not be present. Distribution is 50% to Project Graduation/30% to Grand Prize winner/additional 20% divided into the 10 additional prizes.

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.
Support The Foundation 
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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