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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 5.17.16
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 May 17, 2016 edition.
 

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

 
RPS and Municipal Alliance Host Important Program on Underage Drinking
Straight Shots with Dr. Tim Silvestri
Monday, May 23
RHS Campus Center
7-9 p.m

Click here for details.
Click here for the flyer.

School is Closed on May 27
Click here to read an April 20, 2016 letter from Dr. Fishbein regarding the closing of school on Friday, May 27.

Read Dr. Fishbein's April Column: Every Step Counts
Click here to read Dr. Fishbein's monthly column for The Ridgewood News, which appeared in the April 29, 2016 issue.

Superintendent and Board Host Coffee and Conversation on May 24
The Board of Education and Superintendent will host residents for Coffee and Conversation on Tuesday, May 24. The public is invited to drop in at the Education Center at 49 Cottage Place, floor 3 between 7 and 8:30 p.m. to ask questions and share suggestions and concerns.

2016-2017 School Budget Information
Click here to view the 2016-2017 User Friendly Budget.

Click here to look at a 2016-2017 budget summary sheet.
Click here to view the latest information on the budget, updated on May 2, 2016.

Dr. Fishbein Recommends Full-day Kindergarten
On March 7, Dr. Fishbein presented a recommendation to the Board on bringing full-day Kindergarten to Ridgewood. His proposal is to fund a full-day program through a tax increase approved by voters this November in a second question. The consensus of the Board is to proceed with this recommendation. 
 

FINE AND APPLIED ARTS SCHEDULE

RHS Marching Band, Color Guard are Registering for Fall 2016

Click here for details and the Marching Band registration packet.

Click here for Color Guard audition information.



 
 
Friends of Music Lists Summer Camps
The Ridgewood Friends of Music has a comprehensive list of music camps. Go to www.ridgewoodfriendsofmusic.com  for information.



 

EXCELLENCE IN MOTION

RHS junior Jamie Lim, has recently been named a finalist in the Facing History Together student essay contest Titled, Jam in a Jar, her essay was picked out of nearly 4,000 other student entries. The contest was based around the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, and sponsored by the organization, Facing Our History and Ourselves.

Four RHS teachers have been selected by North Jersey Media Group as  “Outstanding Educators” in different categories. Winning teachers from Ridgewood are: Jeffrey Haas for Art, Craig Bunzey for Physical Education/Coaching, Jessica Leigh for English and Lillian Labowsky for Science. The teachers, nominated by high school students throughout Bergen and Passaic counties, were recognized as having most impacting and making a significant difference in their students’ lives. They will be honored in a special section in The Record on Sunday, June 12, and at a celebratory breakfast on June 13 at Ramapo College of NJ in Mahwah.

Teacher Recognition Award Winners are Named
The Board approved the nominees for the 2015-2016 Teacher Recognition Program, listed below. The Ridgewood Teacher Recognition Award reception will be held at the Education Center on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. for the award recipients, their families, school parents, teachers, and friends.  Each of the award recipients will receive a stipend $500 ($250 awarded by the individual Home and School Association and $250 awarded by the Board).
  • Educational Services Personnel Kevin Feeley
    Hawes School Deborah Gregory-Fink
    Orchard School Amy Schaffer
    Ridge School Molly Sher
    Somerville School Elizabeth Janowski
    Travell School Joan Kelly
    Willard School Carol Petitt
    Benjamin Franklin Middle School Meredith Wearley
    George Washington Middle School William Oswald
    Ridgewood High School John Domville

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUPPORT

Annual Wiffle for Cancer is June 12
This year's Wiffle for Cancer tournament, in memory of 2004 RHS grad Nick Currey, will take place at noon at RHS on Sunday, June 12, rain or shine. Participants are invited to put together a team of 3 to 5 players and register at www.wiffleforcancer.org. There is a $50 registration fee per team. All proceeds benefit the Nick Currey Fund and are used to support research to find a cure for Ewing sarcoma. Players of all ages are welcome. For further information about the tournament and the Nick Currey Fund, as well as online registration, visit www.wiffleforcancer.org. Any questions should be directed to Ralph Currey at wiffleforcancer@gmail.com. Click here for additional details.

RPS Teams up with Social Services for Breakfast Days
Elementary and middle school children are asked to help stock Ridgewood's Social Services pantry by bringing non-perishable food items -- cereal, coffee / tea, pancake mix, etc. -- to school the week of June 6. The collection will run through June 13. Click here for details.

Support The Foundation 

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

 
BOARD UPDATES

BOE-REA Negotiations
 

Click here to read a Letter to the Editor of The Ridgewood News, published on April 8, 2016.
 
Click here to view the Ridgewood Board of Education's Post Hearing Fact Finding Brief and attachments.

Click here
to view an analysis of "Unused Funds' identified by the REA during Fact Finding Proceedings, presented at the March 7, 2016 Regular Public Meeting.

Click here to read a Letter to the Editor of The Ridgewood News, which appeared in the paper on March 4, 2016.

 
Click here to read the Ridgewood Board of Education's Fact-Finding Presentation with The Ridgewood Education Association.

Click here to view the backup for the Ridgewood Board of Education's Fact-Finding Presentation with The Ridgewood Education Association.


BOE Meets on June 6 at 7:30 p.m.
The Ridgewood Board of Education will hold a Regular Public Meeting on Monday, June 6, 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 and addendum for the May 16, 2016  Regular Public Meeting.

Click here to view the minutes of the May 2, 2016 Regular Public Meeting.

Click here to view the 2016-2017 Budget presented at the May 2, 2016 Regular Public Meeting.


Click here to view the Full Day Kindergarten Recommendation presented to the Board at their March 7, 2016 Regular Public Meeting.
 
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