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HOT OFF THE PRESS: rps.eNews 2.24.15
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 February 24, 2015 edition.

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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.

2.24.15: A Letter from Dr. Fishbein on PARCC, Policies and Procedures
On February 24, 2015 Dr. Fishbein sent a letter to district parents and guardians regarding PARCC testing and Board Policy #2622 for state-mandated assessments, approved at the February 23, 2015 meeting, plus district procedure #2655. 2.19.15: Curriculum Series Continues on March 5 with Program on Exercise and the Brain
Parents and guardians are inivited 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 5, 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.

2.10.15: Update on Snow Days
The two snow days built into the 2014-2015 school calendar have now been used. Should another snow day be necessary, students will attend school on Monday, April 6, which is currently slated as a Professional Day for teachers. Further days will be taken from Spring Recess, starting with Monday, March 30 and working forward.

2.10.15: Orchard School Principal to Retire
Orchard School Principal Peg Loonam is retiring on August 1. Click here to read a letter sent to the Orchard School community on February 10.

2.04.15: NJ School Performance Reports are Out
Click here to access the links to the 2013-2014 reports for all Ridgewood schools.
Click here to read a letter from Dr. Daniel Fishbein regarding the reports.
2.03.15: Superintendent's January Column: How Does a Student Become a Good Citizen?
Click here to read Dr. Fishbein's monthly column for The Ridgewood News, which appeared on January 30, 2015.

The weekly workshops are for girls in grades 6-8 who are interested in finding out more about the high school Colorguard.The workshops will take place on Wednesdays from February 4 through April 22, from 5-6 p.m.i the RHS Band Room. The concluding showcase performance is Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m.  Click here for more information. 

2.26.15: BFMS Student Wins New Jersey Youth Orchestra Competition
BFMS flutist Sean Marron is the 2015 winner of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Orchestras Concerto Competition. As the winner, Sean will perform as a featured concerto soloist in the youth orchestra’s spring concert. Sean plays in Jason Curcio’s eighth grade band.

2.24.15: National Merit Scholarship Finalists are Announced
The following five of the seven semi-finalists have been named finalists in the 2015 competition for the National Merit Scholarship awards: Jeffrey Lampiasi, Jr., Warren Li, Sumita Rajpurohit, Jaesung Son and Gabriel Voorhis-Allen.

Photo: Jeffrey Lampiasi, Jr. and Jaesung Son pose with RHS Principal Tom Gorman and guidance counselor Peter Burkhard. The other finalists were not available for the photo.

2.18.15: RHS Athlete is Recognized
RHS senior soccer and lacrosse player Natalie Weil was recognized at the National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration on February 1 at Seton Hall University for outstanding contributions to the RHS Girls Soccer team, where she also served as one of the team’s co-captains. Sponsored by the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, the event celebrated the many achievements of girls and women in sports, recognizing female athletes, coaches and administrators. Photo: Natalie Weil with RHS Girls Soccer coach Jeff Yearing.

2.18.15: RHS Dance Team Excels
The RHS Dance Team excelled at their second competition of the season on February 7 at Pascack Valley High School. The team received high scores in “jazz technique” as well as “level of difficulty.” They are currently preparing for the New Jersey Dancers State Championship. The team is made up of nine RHS students and coached by Caitlin Musso.
2.18.15: Middle School Students Successfully Audition for Regionals
Several Ridgewood middle school students successfully auditioned for regional band and orchestra on Saturday, February 7. The auditions featured seventh and eighth grade students from around the northern New Jersey counties.
A total of 10 students successfully auditioned for the prestigious Region I Intermediate Orchestra for 2015. Six are students of Carol Sharar at Benjamin Franklin Middle School (BFMS) and four study under Janelle King at George Washington Middle School (GWMS).
The BFMS students whose names may be released are: Caleb Shi (Grade 8, violin), who received the highest score of any student in Region I Orchestra; Jodie Suh (Grade 8, viola); Christy Chang (Grade 7, violin); Daniel Son (Grade 7, viola); and Eugene Park (Grade 7, cello).
The GWMS students whose names may be released are: Emily Choi (Grade 8, violin); Emelienne Columbus (Grade 7, bass); Kate Bamberg (Grade 7, bass); and Andrew Madonna (Grade 7, bass).
In addition, 10 middle school students made the North Jersey Schools Music Association (NJSMA) 2015 Intermediate Region Band.
BFMS Band Director Jason Curcio reports that the following students were accepted: Daniel Cho (Grade 8, clarinet); Jongyun An (Grade 7, clarinet); Andrew Kim (Grade 8, tenor saxophone); Christopher Morse (Grade 8, baritone saxophone – highest score); Emma Matthews (Grade 7, trumpet); Stefanie Haas (Grade 7, trombone – highest score); and Chloe Monplaisir (Grade 7, timpani – highest score).

Brian Brown, Band Director at George Washington Middle School, reports that the following three students made the NJSMA Intermediate Region Band. Those whose names may be released are: Edward Li (Grade 8, clarinet) and Kieran Corcoran (Grade 7, tenor saxophone), who received the highest score. 

1.29.15: RHS Junior Wins Regional Art Award
The RHS Art Department is excited to share the news that junior Chloe Brover is a 2015 Scholastic Art Northern New Jersey Regional Award winner.  She won a Gold Key Award for her photograph, Twisted. Chloe's work will now be considered for recognition at the national level.  Her work will be on display in the Gold Key Exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, NJ from February 12 through Sunday March 22.


2.24.15: RHS Boys Lacrosse Holds Scoop Night on March 5
The RHS Boys’ Lacrosse teams invite the Ridgewood community to its Scoops Night fundraiser on Thursday, March 5th from 5-9:30 p.m., at Ben & Jerry’s. Lacrosse players will be scooping and special Ridgewood St. Patrick’s Day lacrosse shirts will be for sale.

Click here for the flyer with more details.

2.27.15: Tickets on Sale: RHS Bands, Choir, Orchestra Fundraiser
The New York Voices will be in concert with the Jazz Masters Big Band, on February 27 at Benjamin Franklin Middle School Audtiorium, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 (premium seating): $35 (adults); $25 (students and senior citizens).


1.21.15: 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: March 12, 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.


The next Regular Public Meeting of the Ridgewood Board of Education will be held on Monday, March 9, 2015 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 February 23, 2015 Regular Public Meeting.

Click here to view the webcast of the February 23, 2015 Regular Public Meeting.

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