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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 5.19.15
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 May 19, 2015 edition.

Click here to subscribe to rps.eNews.
 

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

5.19.15: Concussion Awareness Program is June 1
Parents and guardians are invited to a special program on the topic of concussions in youth sports. RHS Head Athletic Trainer Nick Nicholaides and Gerard Gioia, Division Chief of Neuropsychology and Director of the Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery & Education Program at Children's National Health System, will be presenting information at Benjamin Franklin Middle School Auditorium on Monday, June 1 at 7 p.m. Click here for more information.

4.13.15: Parent Outreach Series Concludes May 26 with Special Education Learning Issues
On Tuesday, May 26, district Director of Special Programs Dr. Kim Buxenbaum-Turner will present an in-depth, parent-focused look at the district’s special education program as well as findings from her year-long study of the program. This presentation will take place at the Education Center from 7-9 p.m. Click here for the flyer.
 
4.15.15: 2015-2016 Budget Information
Click here to view the latest presentation on next year's school budget, given at the April 27, 2015 Board of Education meeting. 

4.27.15: Superintendent's April Column: Awards, Approvals and Asking for Input
Click here to read Dr. Fishbein's monthly column for The Ridgewood News, which appeared on April 24, 2015.

2.24.15: School Calendars are Approved
Click here to view the 2015-2016 school calendar.
Click here to view the 2016-2017 school calendar.

FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS SCHEDULE

RHS Celebration of the Arts is May 21-22

The event will open to the public on Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center with music and dance performances.  Sharing the Arts will perform A Whole New World from Aladdin, and the advanced dance class will perform to a piece played by the Symphonic Band. Guests will have an opportunity to explore the artwork and displays throughout the first floor before moving to the Little Theatre for a concert of small ensembles. 
 
On Friday, the festivities will continue as high school staff, faculty, and students are immersed in over 1000 pieces of artwork.  They may also attend various performances and demonstrations throughout the day.  This two-day extravaganza is truly one of the feature events of the Fine and Applied Arts Department.
 
Thursday evening’s gala is open to the public and free of charge.  
EXCELLENCE IN MOTION

5.12.15: US News Ranks RHS #15 in the State
The latest ranking from US News & World Report is out. Ridgewood High School earned a Gold Medal at #15. Click here to go to the report.




5.11.15: RHS History Bowl Team Takes Ninth at Nationals
The RHS History Bowl A Team finished ninth out of 150 teams in Arlington, VA at the national championship competition. Additionally, the team of Ben Bechtold and Thomas Cleary finished in the quarter finals of the competition. Other team members with media permission to be listed are Kumal Raza, Regina Park, Minha An, Thria Bernabe, Tristan Kane and Peter Goodman.

5.05.15: Dr. Fishbein Receives NJ Press Award
Superintendent Dr. Daniel Fishbein has won a New Jersey Press Association award for his monthly columns in The Ridgewood News. Dr. Fishbein won Second Place in the category of column writing for a weekly newspaper in the organization’s annual Better Newspaper Contest 2014. The winning columns were Schools Cannot Do It Alone and Taking the Mask Off Addiction.
 
The columns were submitted by Edward Virgin, Editor, The Ridgewood News, as part of its package of contest entries encompassing a variety of reporting categories. Ed accepted the award for Dr. Fishbein at the organization’s annual Press Night on April 23.

4.27.15: Latin Club Excels
The RHS Advanced Latin Academic Team competed at Harvard University's Invitational Certamen Tournament in March, testing their skills against the nation's top teams.   In their best showing yet at the national level, RHS outscored all but five teams, finishing in sixth place and besting major contenders who had defeated them in past meets. They moved onto to take second place at the New Jersey Junior Classical League 2015 Convention state championships on April 25. In individual academic, artistic and athletic contests RHS excelled, taking first place ribbons in five academic categories as well as several second and third place ribbons, as follows: Academic Awards: Audrey Gao, Second Place, Roman Life, Intermediate; Charlotte Kahan, First Place, Roman Life, Advanced; Peter Psathas, First Place, Mythology, Advanced; Second Place, Latin Grammar, Advanced; Second Place, Latin Vocabulary, Advanced; Anthony  Tokarz, First Place, Roman History, Advanced; First Place, Latin Vocabulary, Advanced; First, Place, Latin Oratory, Advanced; Third Place, Roman Life, Advanced
Jeff Zachem, Second Place, Latin Oratory, Advanced
                         
Art and Design:                       
Poyani Bavishi, Second Place, Impromptu Art; Second Place, Hand-drawn Classical Bookmark
                         
Athletic Events:                       
James Psathas, Second Place, 100-Meter, Advanced Boys
 
The Latin Club advisor is Catherine Venturini. Photo 1: Team Captain Peter Psathas, Poyani Bavishi, Sophie Simpson and James Psathas pose in Harvard Yard. Photo 2: The team at the state championships.
 
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUPPORT

5.20.15: LSHSA Holds Mexican Fundraiser on June 16
Dine at the Blue Moon Mexican Cafe on Tuesday, June 16 and 20 percent of the bill will be donated to the Learning Services HSA. Click here for the flyer/coupon that must be presented.

5.12.15: GWMS STEM Club Presents Robotics Showcase on May 30
Meet other teams from New Jersey, watch, learn, play with robots or bring your own to share. The showcase is at George Washington Middle School auditorium on Saturday, May 30 from 1-3:30 p.m. Click here for details.

5.11.15: BFMS Hosts Public Memorial Day Observance on May 20
The public is invited to join the Benjamin Franklin Middle School community for a very solemn remembrance on the night of Wednesday, May 20 in the Ben Franklin auditorium at 7 p.m.
This event is a short presentation on the true meaning of Memorial Day, featuring honored guests from the community, as well as former and current military veterans. As in the past, there  will be a luminary display outside of the school to honor those who have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice.  

This year the school will be selling miniature flags before and during the event. All money raised will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Foundation, an organization which helps veterans wounded in past wars. It is our goal to continue to raise money for this worthy cause and even if you do not purchase a flag, any donation you can make is greatly appreciated. In the past two years over $4,000 has been raised. 

Questions or donations may be directed to: John Fiocchi@ridgewood.k12.nj.us, Michael Mitchell@ridgewood.k12.nj.us. Jason Ordini@ridgewood.k12.nj.us or Mollie Van Horne@ridgewood.k12.nj.us

5.04.15: Wiffle for Cancer is June 7
The Eleventh Annual Wiffle for Cancer tournament in memory of Nick Currey (RHS 2004) will be held on Sunday, June 7, starting at 12 p.m. at Ridgewood High School. Online registration is now up and running for this year's tournament at www.wiffleforcancer.org.

All proceeds benefit the Nick Currey Fund for Ewing Sarcoma Research. The organization is also looking for individuals and businesses to sponsor this year's tournament. For further information about the tournament and the Nick Currey Fund, visit www.wiffleforcancer.org. Any questions should be directed to Ralph Currey at wiffleforcancer@gmail.com.
 
Click here for more details from the organization.

4.20.15: Project Graduation 2015 Updates
  • Click here to download important order forms and invitations from the PG-15 committee, including the post-graduation dinner dance form, a parent social invite, and order forms for RHS Class of 2015 clothing items and stationery.
     
  • 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.
 

 
BOARD MEETS ON MAY 18, 2015
The  Ridgewood Board of Education will hold a Regular Public Meeting on Monday, May 18, 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 for the May 18, 2015 Regular Public Meeting.








 
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