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Reader Goes Off on the Idea of “Buying Extra Credit”

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After watching the video, I was dismayed at our Superintendent’s ingenious explanation of “extra credit” as not an “academic credit” but merely a reward for the “most boxtops, etc” turned in. A reward benefits the class and they do “get something extra but it is NOT A HIGHER GRADE!” He also states “that extra credit has been awarded for decades” which is an accurate statement only if you do not count “extra credit” as a grade point issue. He is trying to pass it off as “One of those things that has always been done”. by including class rewards THAT DO NOT INCLUDE GRADE POINTS but are merely “rewards”.

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RHS U Got Brains and the Ridgewood Municipal Alliance Present Driving Under the Influence and Criminal and Civil Liability

Monday, May 13
7 p.m.
RHS Learning Commons


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Ridgewood NJ, Attention Ridgewood parents, on Monday, May 13, U got Brains, a Ridgewood High School student club, and Detective Anthony Mormino of the Ridgewood Police Department and School Resource Officer will discuss driving under the influence and the potential criminal and civil liabilities for parents and guardians who provide alcohol to minors. This presentation will start at 7 p.m. in the Learning Commons at Ridgewood High School.

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Ridgewood Crew Achieves a New Milestone at the 2019 City Championship Regatta

For the first time in Ridgewood Crew history, the Boys JV 8+ qualifies for the SRAA National Regatta! Photo by

Edward Hida

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Crew entered 14 events at this weekend’s Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association’s City Championship Regatta with only Lower Merion, PA; Montclair, NJ and Springside Chestnut Hill, PA entering more. Delightful weather on Saturday encouraged crowds along the Schuylkill River for the qualifying heats while the finals and semifinals on Sunday couldn’t have been soggier. The wet conditions did nothing to dampen the athletes’ moral, with 11 boats advanced to the finals and 5 boats earning medals.

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“Choose to Be Nice” Initiative , just more virtue signaling propaganda

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Ridgewood NJ , call us old fashioned but any chance these kids could learn skills to help them be functioning adults ?

More worthless virtue signaling amounting to nothing more than feel good propaganda . It looks like parents no longer contribute anything to there children’s well being .

WILLARD LEADERSHIP
Representatives of the Willard School Leadership Committee explained the Choose to be Nice initiative at their school and efforts to spread kindness. The committee is made up of 20 Willard students, advised by Principal Caroline Hoffman and teachers Jerome Ong and Rebecca Dodd.

  • The slide portion of the presentation may be viewed here.
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Reader Comments on School Ranking Fairness

Ridgewood Police at RHS

Schooldigger, I’m afraid your list somewhat betrays you. I assumed you noticed in the last year summarized, Ridgewood is down 2 points. Little by little Ridgewood has consistently gone downwards. A main problem is the unfairness of ranking private schools and county Academies–all of which attract the top students in any school–against public schools which must educate every student who applies. It is the true “apples vs oranges” comparison. That alone would automatically force lowering of the ranks of any public school. But Ridgewood is no where near being at the top of the public school list. Ridgewood has always had problems–terrible tenured teachers and some other very strange teachers who bullied their students–but basically it provided a great education for self-starters. Lazy kids still did not work up to their educational level–and I’m sure that is true today. Another main difference is that the respect for teachers and authority figures has declined drastically. Too many students think the whole world revolves around them and rebel against anyone telling them what to do. We also have more parents who’ll rush to the school or school board to complain that ” their darling child could never do anything wrong”. Believe me, this is not a new problem, it’s just gotten worse. A friend, who retired at least 15 years ago from being a kindergarten teacher, said that “she never thought she’d be happy to retire, but the kids today…”

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Ridgewood BOE Corrects Polling Information

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Ridgewood NJ, IMPORTANT NOTICE: Board of Education Budget Election will be held Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – polls will be open 6am – 8pm. Sample ballots, mailed to Ridgewood voters, incorrectly note polls open at 2pm. Please share this important information with friends and neighbors.

Board of Education Budget Election – Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – POLLS OPEN 6am – 8pm.

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Reader says , Voting no for first time in 40 years, for the sake of the Village”

” Voting no for first time in 40 years, for the sake of the Village.
The math is simple – – taxes get to the point where i decide its time leave my 4 bedroom, 4 bath house. Right now, the Village makes a lot off of my empty nest. But if they tax me to the point where i leave, then a family with three children move in at a cost of 10 to 15k a year each child to educate. That cost of 30 to 40,000 equals or exceeds what they collect from me now in taxes. The Village goes from positive income flow from me and my property taxes, to at best breaking even and more likely losing money. “

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Ridgewood Schools 2019-2020 $111,646,751 Budget

2019-2020 PROPOSED PRELIMINARY BUDGET
The slide portion of the presentation — reflecting Board-approved financial revisions — may be viewed here.

Following a presentation and discussion, the Board approved a Resolution for adoption of the 2019-2020 Proposed Preliminary Budget for Submission to the Executive County Superintendent of Schools. as follows:

The General Fund Tax Levy is $96,014,943 for the ensuing School Year: (2019-2020).

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