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Thirty-nine New Jersey school districts have been named to a national honor roll that recognizes educators who assist students on college placement exams. The College Board has recognized school districts committed to increasing access to advanced placement programs for "underrepresented" students, the term applied to disadvantaged students. These districts named on the AP District Honor Roll were also recognized for having students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher. Inclusion on the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on three years of advanced placement data, from 2015 to 2017. For more information regarding the honor for the Ridgefield Public Schools, please click on the link to the left.
At the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, October 12, 2017, 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, DLM, Access for ELLs, 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. For more information on the presentation, please click on the image to the left.
Please join us on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 for the RMHS Open House. All parents and students are invited to join us on this evening to learn more about our high school, the academic offerings, and the extra curricular programs. Parents and students will have the opportunity to meet the administration, tour the school facility, and meet the expert staff from each department. During the tour, parents and student will be provided with information regarding the curriculum in each department. We hope you can join us on September 26th. RMHS: We will surprise you! Click on the picture to the left to view the full flyer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.