HOT OFF THE PRESS: rps.eNews 11.18.14The 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.
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11.03.14: Superintendent's October Column: Taking the Mask off Addiction
Click here to read Dr. Fishbein's monthly column for The Ridgewood News, which appeared in the paper on October 31, 2014.
The Students for Environmental Action Club (SEA) at RHS recently received a grant from the Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA). The $1,000 will be put towards the SEA’s school-wide recycling program, which is now in its second year and encourages recycling efforts at RHS.
11.20.14: A Capella Groups Chosen to Compete
Director Steven Bourque reports that the RHS AcaBellas and Maroon Men have both been selected to compete in the International Competition of High School A Cappella Northeast Semi-Finals. The groups will compete against nine other high school a cappella groups on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Northern Highlands Regional High School.
11.20.14: RHS Latin Teams Excel
For the third consecutive year the RHS Advanced Latin Academic Team took first place in a test of Latin, Roman life, history and mythology with 13 New Jersey schools. The team members are Poyani Bavishi, Ben Bechtold, Charlotte Kahan, Sophie Simpson, Peter Psathas and Anthony Tokarz.
On November 8 all RHS teams spent the day at Yale University for a national competition. The Advanced team made it to the semi-final rounds but was defeated by the country's top-ranked team, AMSA. The Intermediate Team made a promising start in its first tournament. The Intermediate players were Sophie Simpson, Matthew Zachem, Audrey Gao and Vanita Sharma. The Advanced players were Henry Seifert, Elizabeth O'Keefe, James Psathas, Poyani Bavishi, Ben Bechtold, Charlotte Kahan, Sophie Simpson, Peter Psathas and Anthony Tokarz.
11.20.14: RHS Girls Tennis Wins State Sectionals
The RHS Girls Tennis team won the North I Group IV state sectional title, beating Bergen Tech in the finals and Livingston High School in the semis.
The squad also tied for second in the Big School County Tournament this season, and Sara Canilang and Liz O'Keefewon the doubles championship. Medha Kirtane is the coach.
This year, Girls RHS Tennis was ranked number 2 in The Record’s Top 15 Tennis rankings.
Other team members with media permission granted to be named are Monica Vitting, Kelly Rekucki, Kat Bonfiglion, Brianna Patek, Kolby Erskine, Swathi Raguian, Alex Absey and Julia Yoon.
11.11.14: RHS Marching Band Steps to Success
The RHS Marching Band, under the direction of John Luckenbill, finished their competitive season in Allentown, PA at US Bands National Championships, where they came in second place out of 17 competing teams.
The RHS Marching Band earned a score of 96.050 in Group IVA competition and was also awarded ”The Cadets Award of Excellence” in recognition of the band’s achievement in Creativity, Performance and Overall Effect.
The band has had a very successful competitive season this year, placing first in September at Pequannock High School, winning the award for Best Music, and placing first at JP Stevens High School, sweeping the caption awards for Best Music, Best Visual and Best Overall effect.
They also placed first at Jackson Memorial’s “Showcase of Champions” in October. The band won the caption awards for Best Music and Best Overall Effect, as well as the Esprit de Corps award. Also in October, the band performed at Rutgers University for US Bands NJ State Championships, placing third out of 13 bands, and winning the caption award for Best Visual.
The RHS Marching Band also took third place out of 13 bands the US Bands Yamaha Cup, held at MetLife Stadium in November. The band scored a 91.413 and won the caption award for Best Color Guard with a score of 398/400.
Their remaining performance schedule is Friday, December 5 at Ridgewood's Downtown for the Holidays event.
RHS senior Matt Mandeli was honored in October at the Bergen County Salute to Champions Breakfast, for his work over the years with disabled students and adults. Matt has run events such as the annual Club LOU, a night of dancing and fun for the disabled members of the community. He is also a co-president of Project Interact at RHS, a club dedicated to helping the less fortunate. Mandeli was nominated for the award by Ridgewood’s mayor, Paul Aronsohn.
Photo: RHS principal Dr. Thomas Gorman, teachers Nancy Reilly and Lynne Feeney, and Ridgewood Paul Aronsohn, congratulate Matt Mandeli at the Bergen County Salute to Champions Breakfast.
Click here to view the agenda for the December 1, 2014 Regular Public Meeting.
Click here for the flyer with full information on times and tickets.
Click here to view the 2014-2015 season program.
Click here to go to the New Players website donation section.
All Ridgewood High School students interested in a career in a health-related field are invited to attend a health career fair on Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 7-8:3p.m. in the RHS Campus Center. The fair is especially focused on freshmen who are interested in joining the Ridgewood Academy of Health Professions (RAHP) program.
A diverse list of professionals will be in attendance, ranging from physical therapists, to radiology technicians, to nurses, to veterinarian assistants, who will be available to talk directly to students about their professions and educational path.
Parents and guardians are also welcome to attend.
The Career Fair is organized by RAHP in cooperation with The Valley Hospital. National Technical Honors Society students will help facilitate the evening.
For more information, please contact Sandy Kunzle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participating artists should drop off their ready-to-hang artwork by the week of December 8. Question may be directed to the Department of Fine & Applied Arts at 201-670-2800, ext. 20542, or email the department in care of email@example.com.
Event information and other news is continually updated on the Arts at Ridgewood Public Schools’ Twitter profile: @Arts_at_RPS and Facebook account page, www.facebook.com/TheArtsatRPS.
All proceeds benefit the RHS Alumni Association. Click here for the flyer and contact information.
11.15.14: Kelly's Coat Drive is November 29
The Somerville/Hawes Dad's Night and Kelly Creegan Memorial Fund are sponsoring the fourth annual coat drive on Saturday, November 29. Bring winter coats and accessories to the Graydon Parking Lot from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Donations may also be dropped at 136 Circle Avenue, Ridgewood. Contact Laura Grasso will questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for the flyer.
10.27.14: Save the Date: RHS Bands, Choir, Orchestra Fundraiser
The New York Voices will be in concert with the Jazz Masters Big Band, on February 27, 2015 at Benjamin Franklin Middle School Audtiorium, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 (premium seating): $35 (adults); $25 (students and senior citizens).
The Innisbrook wrapping paper sale is on through Monday, December 8. Orders shipped directly to you. Project Graduation gets 40% profits Order through www.innisbrook.com:
- Click on Friends and Supporters.
- Enter RHS school code #103094