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Ridgewood Schools: Mandatory Annual Student Information Update

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Dear Parents/Guardians:
You you may have already received a postcard in the mail notifying you that the Mandatory Annual Student Information Update process opened on August 10, 2019. This process is important to ensure that we have the most up-to-date information for you and your children in Skyward, and must be completed before school begins on September 3, 2019.

Please read the detailed instructions carefully, which are located on the District website under For Parents » Information » Mandatory Annual Student Information Update.

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Mental Health Education Now Part of New Jersey public school’s health curriculum

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Ridgewood NJ, Senator Kristin Corrado’s (R-40) bipartisan legislation to incorporate mental health education into New Jersey public school’s health class curriculum has been signed into law.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s legislation to incorporate mental health education into New Jersey public school’s health class curriculum has been signed into law. (Pixabay)

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Ridgewood BOE Admits New Apartment Complexes will Increase School Enrollment

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Ridgewood NJ, during Mondays Ridgewood BOE meeting ,Business Administrator Antoinette Kelly summarized a review undertaken with a consultant last school year of the district transportation budget, routes, eligibility, etc. Using Google Maps, the study determined whether the current routes were an accurate reflection of the needs for qualified students.

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Ridgewood Board of Education Says Ridgewood High School Fields Off Limits for July 4th

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Notice about Ridgewood High School Fields 

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Ridgewood NJ, Due to repairs at the RHS Stadium Field, both fields at RHS — Stevens and Stadium Fields — will not be available for 4th of July fireworks viewing. There will not be access to the fields. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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North Jersey Media Promotes “Taking the School Budget Vote” Away From Ridgewood Residents

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Ridgewood NJ, North Jersey Media ran an article  called , “These Glen Rock, Ridgewood residents are pushing to change local elections. Here’s why”  . In a style that reminds many of why the previous owners of  North Jersey lost virtually their entire circulation with its over the top one sided reporting . In the article North Jersey quoted only members of the group “One Village, One Vote”, a group looking to eliminate residents ability to vote on the school budget .

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Parents Could Face Civil Liability for Failure to Comply with “‘Mallory’s Law’

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Rockaway NJ, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) and Senator Patrick Diegnan’s (D-Middlesex) legislation to standardize and strengthen New Jersey’s anti-bullying laws was advanced by the Senate Education Committee. “Mallory’s Law” is named in honor of Mallory Rose Grossman, a 12-year-old Rockaway student who committed suicide after being the victim of relentless bullying.

“School bullying is killing our children,” said Pennacchio. “I cannot fathom the pain Mallory’s family suffers through every day. Bullying is preventable and addressable, so we shouldn’t have to just tolerate or accept it. ‘Mallory’s Law’ is recognition that stopping the culture of bullying requires a multi-faceted approach that involves students, parents, teachers, and school administrators.”

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Readers Debate $111 Million School Budget Vote

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“We forfeit the right to vote on any budget within the annual state caps. That is not the same as “completely losing the right to vote on the budget.” You lose the chance to vote on budgets with small increases. Is the budget more than a 2% increase? Then we vote even if we move the election. When was the last budget voted down? What happened then? The council removed the cost of two May elections ($100k) from the budget and sent it back to the BOE. More voters = more voices = greater representation of the community. Why are you Mayday voters so afraid to have more people vote for BOE?”

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“Its same as completely losing the right, the past process without vote didn’t seek residential inputs and ignored calls to correct glaring gaps, this time due to budget vote the process was more transparent, so it’s not just ‘when was the budget voted down’, someone will leave the town to be just run by elected officials without resident oversight, either if they are naive, indifferent or part of the gravy chain”

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Reader says New SAT Curve Will Unfairly Hurt Ridgewood Students

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“This change to the SAT grading on a curve will unfairly hurt Ridgewood …… https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/16/us/sat-adversity-score/index.html
Why any parent from Ridgewood would have their kids take the SAT knowing the scores will be curved against them is beyond me. I would guess a move to the ACT replacing the SAT will accelerate as parents and students realize this.”

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Turf Town 2.0

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Ridgewood NJ, on April 29 meeting, the Ridgewood Board of Education voted to again install a rubber crumb based field turf at RHS Field Stadium . In the usual method the Board made its decision without open discussions with residents, vendors ,students  and healthcare and environmental professionals.Crumb Rubber fill is basically ground up car tires .

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Did You Know that Every New Jersey Property Taxpayer Directly Funds New Jersey’s Most Powerful Special Interest Group?

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Ridgewood NJ, Last week, the Sunlight Policy Center of New Jersey issued a report that made news throughout the state, when we uncovered that the NJEA has been secretly funneling millions of dollars into a dark money group supporting Governor Murphy.

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