7:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
7:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
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At the April 27, 2017 Public Budget Hearing, the Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the 2017-2018 Proposed Budget. Below is the budget presented in a User Friendly PDF version and the PowerPoint Presentation presented by Dr. Frank Romano, III and Mr. Floro Villanueva Jr.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Ridgefield Board of Education will have a special meeting on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the cafeteria of the Ridgefield Memorial High School located at 555 Walnut Street, Ridgefield, New Jersey. The meeting will open in public and immediately adjourn to Executive Session where the Board will discuss two agenda items that fall under the category of legal matters. No action will be taken at this meeting.
At the Board of Education meeting on April 6, 2017, Ms. Janet Seabold and Mrs. Theresa Petrov presented an update regarding Library/Media Services. In an effort to service all students from grades K - 12 with one staff member in that department, the research protocol was developed for the 2015/2016 school year. If you would like to learn more, please click on the image.
The Board of Education of the Borough of Ridgefield, New Jersey hereby advertises for request for filling of a Board Member vacancy in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:12-15(f) effective April 27, 2017. The appointment term is until January 3, 2018. Click the image for more info...
Congratulations to this year’s Bergen County Teacher/ Educational Services Professional Recognition Award recipients: Mr. Keith MacDougall for Shaler Academy, Ms. Laura Coviello for Bergen Boulevard School, Ms. Elaine Asciak for Slocum Skewes School, and Mr. Jon Duncan for Ridgefield Memorial High School. This year’s recipients happen to be classroom teachers, but Ridgefield Public Schools have celebrated Educational Services Professionals in the past. We are so proud of those who educate and support our students, faculty, and staff in a variety of wonderful ways. They will be formally recognized at the first May Board of Education meeting and at a County Luncheon held at the Marriot in Park Ridge, New Jersey. Click the image to read more...
At the Board of Education meeting on March 23, 2017, Ms. Janet Seabold, Mr. Mike Zunick and Mrs. Jamie Gryctko presented an overview of the Envisions Math 2.0 program. This program is currently being implemented in grades K - 5, with a pilot form Pearson Education in grades 6 - 8. The 2.0 version of the program is an upgrade from the original program that the district has been using for the past six years. This program provides the district with greater alignment to Common Core and New Jersey Student Learning standards by providing the students with opportunities to have a greater understanding of math concepts through application of skills in modeling and real life problem solving. Please click on the image to the left for more information.
Join us for our regular public meeting at 8:00 PM.
At the Board of Education meeting on January 26, 2017, members of the District Technology Committee presented the 3-year technology plan for the schools. The committee discussed the progress with technology as it aligned to the past plan, current needs of the district, the new goals and objectives that were developed for the current plan, and the professional development and budgeting necessary to implement the plan. The plan calls for more technology integration into a student's daily learning; as well as the expansion of training for all stakeholders within the school district. The plan will remain in effect until June 2019. Please click on the image to the left to read more.
Regardless of your choice to support students or not, please do your homework before casting your vote on January 24, 2017 because the future of Ridgefield Public Schools and the children they serve lies in your hands. Please select the title or image to read the Superintendent's Q2 Update Letter and read the most recent and relevant facts. Please visit: www.ridgefieldschools.com/Q2.
At the Board of Education meeting on Janaury 5, 2017, Ms. Janet Seabold, Mrs. Anna Georgiou, and Mrs. Santina Alleyne presented information on the implementation of the new reading program that was adopted this year in grades K - 5, Mondo Bookshop. This reading program is aligned to the Reader's and Writer's Workshop Model of instruction as introduced through Columbia University. It is the final component of the English/Language Arts programming at the primary and elementary levels. The district previously invested in Being a Writer for the writing component and Recipe for Reading for word study. If you would like more information, please click on the image to the left:
A program that educators call blended learning is changing the structure of Ridgefield classrooms where chalkboards, lab reports, and worksheets have given way to virtual lessons on laptop screens. The program integrates face-to-face instruction with Web-based learning and allows children to work at their own pace while teachers simultaneously receive progress reports. Click the image to access the Northjersey.com article and read more...
We now have an official Ridgefield Public Schools Facebook page. You can access it by logging into Facebook and searching for Ridgefield 07657 or @ridgefield07657 (not to be confused with Beverly Hills 90210). The page is verified and fully functional. Ridgefield 07657 is dedicated to celebrating student, faculty, staff, school, and district success. It is a place to share our great work and our vision. Please connect, “Like" us, and configure us to appear regularly on your feed. Coming soon, RPS on Twitter…
At the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2016, Ms. Janet Seabold, Mrs. Annette Farelli, and Ms. Lillian Pagano engaged the Board in a presentation about the Recipe for Reading program. Recipe for Reading is a phonics/word study program that is currently being implemented in grades K - 3. Recipe for Reading incorporates visual, auditory, and kinesthetic techniques to teach and reinforce phonetic concepts, as researched in the Orton Gillingham method for word study. Please click on the image on the left for more information.
Did you know that despite being burdened by rumor, hearsay and gossip, our district deals in facts? Those facts are… 1) Our schools operate within state-imposed budget caps. 2) Our personnel spending has been less than previous years. 3) Our administrative spending is below state-imposed caps. 4) Per the State of NJ, our district operates at an average deficit of $1.2 million. 5) The local school district has a major impact on home value. 6) We could not be more responsible to our taxpayers, but we could be more responsible to our students! We can soar for 75¢ a day. We think our students are worth it. We believe you do too. Vote on November 8, 2016. Click the image to read more...
Please join the conversation at the Ridgefield Public Schools Fall Forums on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at the Ridgefield Memorial High School Auditorium. The Fall Forums will take place in two sessions, one at 3:30 PM and one at 7:00 PM on that same day. Each will run for approximately two hours. Parents, guardians, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend either or both sessions. Click the image to read more...
At the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, October 27, 2016, the Curriculum Department presented a presentation on Ridgefield Public School District testing data. The data that was presented included reports of the scores for all students who participated in the PARCC, NJASK Science in grades 4 and 8, NJ Biology Competency Test, the SAT, and our AP testing. The PARCC data was reported for students in grades 3 - 11 in English/Language Arts and grades 3 - 8 in math. Additionally PARCC scores were reported for end of course tests in Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry at the high school level. Please click on the image to the left to read more.
The Ridgefield Public Schools are being featured on the Institute for Multi-sensory Education (IMSE) online journal for our work with word study in grades K - 3. Students are being exposed to the Orton Gillingham model for word study, which provides students with letter and word formation and identification through a multi-sensory approach. The teachers have been trained in this model for word study instruction throughout the past two school years and are implementing it in their classrooms. Please click on the picture to the left for the link to the video.
As we make our way back to school today, I send you the warmest welcome and the best of luck on what should prove to be an incredibly successful school year... During these past two years, I have engaged Ridgefield’s constituent groups in work to ensure all that I reference in the abovementioned paragraph. Starting with a strategic plan... Our work is good, but it cannot be great without having the additional resources that so many other school systems have—resources that our students deserve... Click the image to read more...
At the April 28, 2016 Board of Education meeting, Dr. Frank Romano and Mr. Richard Guarini facilitated the Final Budget Hearing and made the Final Budget Presentation. In addition to the PowerPoint Presentation, Dr. Romano and Mr. Guarini included the following supplemental documents: 1) Annotated Budget Proposal - Final, 2) State Defined Advertised Appropriations, and 3) A Rationale for Second Question Funding. Click the image to read more and select links to the referenced docs and tune into the meeting podcast.