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The Weather Holds for Class of 2019

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Ridgewood NJ, back up plans were made but the weather held and the Ridgewood High School class of 2019 graduated style .

A reader explained ,” At the RHS Class of 2019 graduation ceremony this evening, the Ridgewood school district superintendent was waxing rhapsodic during his speech, referencing the anniversary of the Greenwich Village Stonewall riots that occurred 50 years ago this month.
He’s in full progressive peacock mode, shamelessly virtue signalling about how far we’ve come as a society. By this time, though, it’s raining pretty steadily, and people are getting pretty impatient with him. Mercifully, his microphone cuts out and he is electronically struck dumb. The assembled audience then starts oohing and aahhing, gaping in awe at an enormous rainbow that has appeared over the entire High School building”

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Ridgewood Crew Perform Impressively at the 2019 5th Manny Flick

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Ridgewood NJ, For the third week in a row, the Ridgewood Crew athletes took to the water, this time for the final event in the pre-season series. Sunday, April 14, 2019, on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, 85 rowing clubs gathered to compete in the 5th Manny Flick. Ridgewood had 15 boats race in 13 events. Award Winning Results included…

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COLLEGE CLUB OF NORTHERN NEW JERSEY (formerly College Club of Ridgewood) Offers Interest Free Loans

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Ridgewood NJ, College Club of Ridgewood, founded in 1913 and incorporated in 1922, is a 501(c)(3) organization that helps fund educational opportunities for young women and men through a variety of need-based grants and interest-free loans.

The Club is made up of some 250 members who choose to continue an educational emphasis in their lives. College Club presents members with opportunities to keep informed of educational developments through a published newsletter, forums, and discussion groups.

Members are encouraged to participate in a variety of fundraising activities such as the Book Fair, Author Events, and College Capers. Funds raised at these events, combined with the generosity of our many benefactors, make possible advanced education for college students through grants-in-aid and a student loan fund.

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Ridgewood ARTBeat: A RHS Student Congress Committee that celebrates the talented young adult musicians and artists in the high school and community at large .

Ridewood ARTBeat will be hosting a FREE! creative event organized by RHS students. This Sunday, 11-2pm, RHS campus center. It is a Van Gogh-themed afternoon in the Campus Center on March 31st! Enjoy the talents of RHS artists and musicians, savor a delicious crêpe (or two… or three), and contribute to our wall of stars, sunflowers, and swirls.

Ridewood ARTBeat showcases beautiful fine art and a true inspiration for elementary and middle school kids to continue their of the arts!

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Ridgewood Board of Education Meeting Tonight 7:30 pm


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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Board of Education will hold its next Regular Public Meeting on Monday, March 25, 2019. The Board meets at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3 at 7:30 p.m.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting, or to watch from home on Fios channel 33 or Optimum channel 77. Meetings are also streamed via the “BOE Webcast” tab on the district website at

Meeting webcasts are immediately available on the district website.

Click here to view the agenda in PDF format.

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Ridgewood BOE to Stay Put at Cottage Place


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Ridgewood NJ, Dr. Fishbein spoke about the BOE Finance Committee’s request last year of looking into the viability of selling the Education Center and moving elsewhere. A formal market appraisal of the Education Center came in at $2.8 million in April 2018. LAN also prepared preliminary drawings for a new building in the space in front of Glen School that came in at an estimated $10 million. Rental fees would range from $150k – $260k per year, with the likelihood of a necessary relocation outside of Ridgewood. The conclusion was that it is financially prudent to stay at the current site, 49 Cottage Place.

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Calls to Order An Audit Of State Education Spending


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Ridgewood NJ, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce is again asking Gov. Phil Murphy to authorize an audit of education funding in New Jersey as way to root out waste and provide tax relief for homeowners and renters.  

“I appreciate that the governor ordered an audit of the Economic Development Agency and an audit of NJ Transit – and those audits were helpful — but neither of them will help the state deal with its number one problem, which is property taxes,” said DeCroce.

“The key to property tax relief is finding out where our education tax money is going and how much can be saved by eliminating waste and improving efficiency,” said DeCroce, who twice last year asked the governor to commission an extensive school spending audit.

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Reader says , “Well, ain’t that typical of entitled people. I want what I want and I am entitled to whatever I want “


Well, ain’t that typical of entitled people. I want what I want and I am entitled to whatever I want , even if I have to stop the rotation of the planet to get it.

Hey BOE how about a little humility. We have great laws in the USA , how about respecting them. If things don’t work out perfectly have a little perspective. I mean you ran once, you won, so run again if you have to, and see if you can win on your merits, on what the public thinks of your record so far. The proper way to look at the situation is for YOU to see it as an interesting challenge. I mean SHAME ON YOU. What kind of example are you setting for the children. Learning to accept disappointment is part of life. And this is no major disappointment. So your term is cut short, so what, it is not a death sentence. AND THAT IS HOW YOU ARE TREATING IT. What are you teaching the kids; ya know what, you are teaching the children that when they receive life’s inevitable disappointments and they don’t get their way, instead of sucking it up and moving on, maybe they should take drugs and pain killers to kill their emotional pain. You BOE people are despicable.

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Ridgewood High School Jamboree – Long Way Home

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Ridgewood NJ, RHS Jamboree 2019 has started its journey…. LONG WAY HOME IS THE THEME THIS YEAR…..

Since 1947 Jamboree has raised over $1 million in need based scholarship funds for graduating Ridgewood high school students. And we put on a show in order to do it! Save the dates! The show will run February 7th 8th and 9th. Bring a friend! Make a night of it! You’re in for an evening of good fun entertainment. There will be singing, dancing, and a little bit of humor now and then!

Can’t make it to the show? You can still donate to this great cause. Click on the “Donate to Jamboree” tab above, or click here: . Feel free to share this with friends and family.

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Millennial Expert Ana Homayoun, will Speak on Social Media Wellness

Dear Parents/Guardians:

On January 16, 2019, teen and millennial expert Ana Homayoun, will be visiting our district to talk about the important topic of Social Media Wellness. We are delighted that she will be delivering three phenomenal programs that day: one for all ninth grade students, a second for staff members, and finally the parent program, which is part of our Wellbeing Speaker Series.

Bookends Bookstore will be on-site to host a book sale and signing at the conclusion of Ana’s presentation. Books can be pre-ordered at Bookends for this event or purchased that evening at George Washington Middle School.

Ana Homayoun is an author, speaker, and educator. Ana is the founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting, a Silicon Valley-based educational consulting firm and has spent the past seventeen years working with students, parents, and educators around the world. Her latest book, Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World, discusses modern social media dilemmas and offers prescriptive solutions. Her first book, That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life, quickly became a classic among parents and educators for the pragmatic approach to executive functioning issues. Her next book, The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School and Life, explores the real-life dilemmas of young women today and provides strategies for finding authentic success and happiness.

Ana’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, USA Today, Psychology Today, ABC News, CNN, and more. She is also a frequent guest on NPR.

We hope you can join us.


Stacie Poelstra
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment