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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 2.09.16
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 SUBSCRIBE to rps.eNews.

Click here to read the February 9, 2016 edition.
 

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

2.02.16: A Letter from Dr. Fishbein
Click here to read a letter from Dr. Fishbein regarding the safety protocols in place for emergency incidents.

Read Dr. Fishbein's January Column: Never Bowl in Street Shoes: Our Children are Watching
Click here to read Dr. Fishbein's monthly column for The Ridgewood News, which appeared in the January 29, 2016 issue.
 
Community Outreach Series Focuses on Well-being: Program on Girls is February 10
NEW DATE: Next up in the Well-being series is "Raising Resilient Girls" by Ms. Simone Marean, Girls Leadership Founder and Executive Director. This program will take place on Wednesday, February 10 (new date) from 7-9 p.m. at Benjamin Franklin Middle School Auditorium, 335. N. Van Dien Avenue.

The 2015-2016 parent/peers series consists of eight engaging presentations throughout the school year. Co-sponsored by The Valley Hospital, with support from The Foundation, adults are invited to attend these programs on creating balance in children's lives.

Click here to download the flyer.
Click here for the series flyer.
Click here for details on the series.
 

EXCELLENCE IN MOTION

RIDGEWOOD A CAPELLA The Maroon Men and the AcaBellas recently competed in the International Competition of High School A Cappella. In the Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinals, where the groups won the following titles: 
  • 1st Place - The RHS Maroon Men 
  • 3rd Place - The RHS AcaBellas 
  • Outstanding Percussion - Aaqib Hassan (Maroon Men) 
On January 26, six RHS students received the Maroon Award at a breakfast ceremony. The six award recipients for 2016 are Jack Simpson, Maggie Rapaport, Kathryn Kearney, Olivia Sullivan, Thomas Carmona and Aiden Gibney. Students are nominated for this award by teachers who know them best and observe the little things that they do every day to help out the school community or their fellow students. The Maroon Award was created to recognize students who do the little things right when no one is looking and help make RHS a better place. 

The fledgling Ridgewood High School Robotics Team surpassed all expectations and won the Westfield Wrangle II competition on January 10. The rookie team used their robot to complete a series of tasks quicker than their opponents. Congratulations to team members, Caroline Elliott, Will Baginski, Alvin Chen, Christina d'Ecclesiis, John Gaidimas, Drew Johnson, Ishan Prabhu, Zach Rubenstein, Molly Sokota and Nick Mattson.
Four RHS Wrestling Team members medaled at the Bergen County Coaches Association Tournament over December Recess. Those with media permission to be named are Kiel Pechko and Kyle Inlander.

This past fall, RHS juniors Catherine Keating and Emily Holmquist received honorable mentions in the New York Times Learning Network’s Review Contest.All students of Lynn Moore and Colleen Contreras’ English 11 class participated in the contest, which asked them to write about experiencing works of culture new to their daily life. Out of over 1600 entries, there were only nine winners, nine runners-up, and 23 honorable mentions. 

On Wednesday, January 6, 192 RHS students attended the NJ DECA Regional Competition at Ramapo College. The students either completed one or two impromptu role plays or presented a prepared presentation. RHS DECA had another successful year bringing home a “truck of trophies and medals.” This includes 27 team event trophies, 33 individual event trophies, 91 medals, and 30 overall trophies (including individual and teams). All awards are presented to the top 3 in each competition. Karen Mendez and Sean Kase are extremely proud of their students’ hard work. 106 will be moving onto the state level DECA competition that will be held this year in Cherry Hill, between February 21 and February 23. 
 
The National Federation of High School Athletics recently announced that it has selected Ridgewood High School’s own Brian Quirk as the 2015 New Jersey Girls Golf Coach of the Year. Under Quirk’s direction, the RHS girls golf team has been ranked among the top team in New Jersey over the past six years. Last year the team won several major tournaments. Brian Quirk is also a physical education teacher at Ridgewood High School.

Nineteen members of the RHS Math Team competed in the thirtieth Joseph W. Andrushkiw Mathematics Competition at Seton Hall University.  The team placed fourth out of 23 schools and one RHS senior placed fourth overall out of more than 200 students.  
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUPPORT

Project Graduation 2016 sells Lawn Signs through April 4
Click here for the order form.

RHS Alumni Association Award Night is March 10
The Ridgewood High School Alumni Association is pleased to announce the revitalization of the Distinguished Alumni Event. Tickets are now on sale and nominees will be announced mid-February. Tickets are $125 per person); please RSVP to Jacqueline Hennessy @ jackiehenn@gmail.com.  To make a donation to support this effort or the general fund, please do so online at rhsalumniassociation.org.  
 

DECA Sells Omaha Steaks through March 26

 This Ridgewood DECA ICDC fundraiser is running through March 16. Ridgewood DECA gets 10 percent of all sales, either by using the link below or you can order in stores/via phone.  If you go to the store or order over the phone use the campaign name "Ridgewood DECA ICDC Fundraiser."  Click here for the flyer.


How to order:

  •  Online:  www.steaksforgood.com/ridgewood
  •  In Store: Omaha Steaks has over 80 retail locations nationwide. Use the Store Locator to find a store that's close.
  • By Phone: 1-800-994-7455 and make sure to specify your charity's name to the Omaha Steaks representative. ​

Support The Foundation 

 Visit www.ridgewoodedfoundation.org to learn more about the work of  The Foundation and/or donate.
 

 
SUPER SCIENCE SATURDAY IS FEBRUARY 27

Super Science Saturday 2016, the celebration of science and technology in our daily lives, returns for its twenty-seventh year on Saturday, February 27, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ridgewood High School, 627 East Ridgewood Avenue. Admission is free. Students are invited to sign up and exhibit at www.supersciencesaturday.org.  
 
Admission is Free 
  • The three-session presenters' workshop begins on Thursday, February 4 and continues on February 11 and 25, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. The cost is $20. Click here for workshop details and registration information. 
     
  • Full details of the day, including registration forms, can be found on the Super Science Saturday website at www.supersciencesaturday.org.
     
  • Click here for the latest Super Science Saturday flyer.
Super Science Saturday is proudly presented by The Foundation  (http://www.ridgewoodedfoundation.org/) and  the Valley Hospital (http://www.valleyhealth.com/).
BOARD UPDATES

BOE-REA Negotiations
Click here to read a Letter to the Editor of The Ridgewood News, which appeared in the paper on February 12, 2016.

Click here to read the Fact Finding Presentation dated February 3, 2016.

Click here to read the backup material to the Fact Finding Presentation.

BOE Meets on February 22 at 7:30 p.m.
The Ridgewood Board of Education will hold a Regular Public Meeting on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
 
The public is invited to attend the meeting at the Ed Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3. The meeting may also be viewed on FiOS channel 33, Optimum channel 77 or from computers via the "Live BOE Meeting" tab on the district website.FiOS channel 33, Optimum channel 77 or from computers via the "Live BOE Meeting" tab on the district website.

Click here to view the agenda for the February 8, 2016 Regular Public Meeting.

Click here to view the minutes of the January 25, 2016 Regular Public Meeting.


 
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