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HOT OFF THE PRESS: rps.eNews 12.16.14
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 December 16, 2014 edition.

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Welcome to the Ridgewood Public Schools

12.16.14: 2014 Audit Report
  • Click here to read the 2014 audit report presentation, reviewed at the Board of Education meeting on December 15, 2014.

    12.16.14: 2013-2014 Testing Report
  • Click here to read the 2013-2014 state testing report presentation, reviewed at the Board of Education meeting on December 15, 2014.
12.01.14: Superintendent's November Column: A Time of Thankfulness and Praise
Click here to read Dr. Fishbein's monthly column for The Ridgewood News, which appeared in the paper on November 28, 2014.

Outreach Series Continues for Parents and Guardians in January
The next program is on January 13, 2015 from 7-9 p.m. at Benjamin Franklin Middle School Auditorium: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Gender Issues, a panel discussion with Jamie Ciofalo, M.A., (Owner/Founder – Power Educational Consultants, LLC), Maggie DiPasquale (Founder – Modern Mentor Program, Emme Endeavors, LLC), Kate MacHugh, MSW (Expert on Girl Bullying, Author, and Professional Speaker) and Andrew Yeager, Certified School Psychologist (Founding Member/Coordinator – Bergen County Association of Student Assistance Professionals). The panelists will address the social pressures and challenges that impact boys and girls, to help parents distinguish between problematic and “normal” teen behavior. This program, co-hosted with the Ridgewood Public Library, will be held in the Benjamin Franklin Middle School Auditorium.

Please join the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department for the 2014-2015 series of evening presentations focusing on current education topics.  All programs run from 7-9 p.m. 

Click here for the flyer and listing of programs.


The RHS Department of Fine & Applied Arts is hosting the tenth annual Alumni Art Show, of work created after graduating from RHS. The show is mounted in the Carroll Art Gallery, Room 137, through January 9, 2015.  An artists' reception wil be held on Thursday, January 8 at 7:30 p.m.  All students, alumni, friends, family and staff are invited to the reception as well as to view the exhibition during school hours.
Questions may be directed to the Department of Fine & Applied Arts at 201-670-2800, ext. 20542, or email the department in care of cmccullough@ridgewood.k12.nj.us.

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.


12.18.14: Three Students are Named to All Eastern Choir
Three of five eligible RHS choir members were selected for the prestigious All Eastern Choir: senior Dan Brennan and juniors Caitlin Crane-Moscowitz and Morgan Mastrangelo. In order to be considered for the All-Eastern Choir, which consists of students from 13 states, a student must rank in the top 20 (males) or 30 (females) for their voice part in the entire state (based on All-State auditions). If a student is eligible, they must apply for consideration for the choir. The choir will perform in April in Providence, RI. Steven Bourque is the RHS choir director.

12.18.14: Delegates to HOBY Conference are Announced
RHS sophomores Charlie Koontz and Christian Seremetis have been selected as representative and alternate for the 2015 Hugh O’Brien Youth (HOBY) conference. Founded in 1958 by Hollywood actor Hugh O'Brian, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop the global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. Photo: Christian Seremetis (left) and Charlie Koontz (right) are pictured with guidance counselor Peter Burkard.

12.18.14: Twelve Students Make County Honor Band
RHS Director of Bands Jeff Haas reports that 12 RHS band students have been selected to perform as members of the All Bergen County Band. 

The students are Stephanie Pizza, 11, Piccolo (highest score, also qualified on flute); Kari Wong, 9, Oboe (highest score); Jessica Chang, 12, Clarinet; Hangyul (Leo) Kwon, 12, Clarinet; Jaehyeok (Joshua) Yang, 9, Clarinet; Halina Maas, 11, Bassoon (highest score); Daniel Kim, 12, Alto Saxophone (highest score); Matthew Lai, 9, Alto Saxophone; Jonathan Michael Negron, 9, Trumpet;Theodore Trent, 10, Trumpet; Catherine Janson, 12, French horn; and Ethan Glenning, 10, Euphonium.

Over 350 students from throughout the county auditioned for the 85-member ensemble.
The All Bergen County Band concert will be held on Sunday, January 18, at Westwood Regional Jr/Sr High School. 

Photo: Standing left to right:  Jeffrey Haas, RHS Director of Bands; Teddy Trent, Jonathan Negron, Joshua Yang, Leo Kwon, Stephanie Pizza, Catherine Janson, Ethan Glenning, John Luckenbill, RHS Assoc. Director of Bands.  Seated left to right:  Matthew Lai, Halina Maas, Daniel Kim, Kari Wong, Jessica Chang.​

12.17.14: RHS Senior Receives Congressional Award for Volunteerism
Jaesung Son, a senior at Ridgewood High School, started an after school program in a neighboring town where he taught younger children how to play the violin In the evening. Little did he know how his act of volunteerism would be rewarded. On December 5, Jaesung was awarded the Silver Medal Congressional Award for Volunteerism, in honor of the more than 200 dedicated hours of volunteer work. The award was presented personally by Ridgewood’s local House Representative, Congressman Scott Garrett. The United States Congress established the Congressional Award in 1979 to recognize and reward initiative, achievement, and service in young people.​

Photo: Congressman Scott Garrett shakes hand with RHS senior, Jaesung Son.​

12.10.14: Karen Mendez is named Coach of the Year
The Record has named RHS girls gymnastics coach Karen Mendez the Coach of the Year for that sport. In addition to her position as head gymnastics coach, Ms. Mendez, an alumna of RHS who excelled in gymnastics when in high school, is a Business Education Teacher, DECA Co-Advisor and School Store Advisor. 

Click here for the announcement in The Record.

12.9.14: RHS Senior is Selected for United States Senate Youth Program
RHS senior Gabriel Voorhis-Allen has been selected as one of only two students to represent New Jersey as a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). The event will be held in Washington, D.C. on March 7 – 14, 2015Gabriel will also receive a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.
The program, founded in 1962 through Senate Resolution, selects each year two of the highest achieving students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education system overseas. Delegates are selected through an extremely competitive merit-based selection process held at the state departments of education nationwide.  The student leaders spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses are provided by The Hearst Foundations. 

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.

Career Fair for the Health Professions is January 8

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 skunzle@ridgewood.k12.nj.us


The largest science extravaganza in northern New Jersey, this year's Super Science Saturday will feature the incredible 25-foot egg drop challenge; the traditional great paper airplance contest and the live rocket launch, in addition to project presentations by students.
Admission is Free
Location: RHS
9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.



12.08.14: RHS New Players Hold Mini-New Players Event in December

The Mini New Players Program offers students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 an opportunity to discover the world of theatre. Under the supervision of New Players Company adult staff, the children will work with high school theatre students playing fun-filled and stimulating games designed to spark their creativity and teach them the basics of drama.

When: Friday, December 19 from 4-7:30 p.m. (with performances at 7 p.m.)
Where: The Little Theatre at Ridgewood High School
Cost: $30 for first child; $15 for sibling.​

Click here to download the flyer and registration form.

11.24.14: RHS Alumni Association Sells Hats, T-Shirts
All proceeds benefit the RHS Alumni Association. Click here for the flyer and contact information.

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).


11.17.14: Project Graduation 2015 Updates
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

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 4-7, 2015. For more information, or to donate, please visit http://www.rhsjamboree.org/concrete5/​.
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, January 5, 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 December 15, 2014 Regular Public Meeting.

Click here to view the webcast of the December 15, 2014 Regular Public Meeting.

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