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Ridgewood school board approves district calendar

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Ridgewood school board approves district calendar

MARCH 6, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015, 12:31 AM
BY MARK KRULISH
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Students should expect to begin classes before Labor Day this coming fall as the 2015-2016 Ridgewood Public Schools calendar, approved on Feb. 23, features an early start, among other minor tweaks.

Although opinions were varied on the individual decisions the Board of Education had to consider, trustees were ultimately able to build a general consensus and approve the new calendar by a 4-1 vote.

Board President Sheila Brogan, Vice President B. Vincent Loncto and trustees Christina Krauss and James Morgan all voted in favor of the updated calendar.

The final calendar contains a convocation date of Aug. 31, which is a Monday, for teachers and staff, followed by a professional development day and students arriving on Sept. 2.

A three-day break will take place from Feb. 15 through Feb. 17 and the last day of school for students – Ridgewood High School (RHS) graduation – will fall on June 20, 2016. The calendar also includes two built-in snow days.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/parents-can-mark-calendars-1.1283655

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PARCC: More New Jersey Students Opt Out of Tests

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PARCC: More New Jersey Students Opt Out of Tests

As New Jersey schools began administering new online state exams on Monday, a few affluent communities reported large numbers of students opting out.

In Livingston, the suburb where Gov. Chris Christie grew up, school officials said about 1,100 students declined to take the tests, more than a quarter required to take them.

In Princeton, more than half of the high-school students who are scheduled to take them in coming days said they wouldn’t.

These districts appeared to be among the biggest pockets of resistance to the tests aligned with the Common Core, a set of expectations adopted by most states that spell out what skills children should master in each grade. (Brody/Wall Street Journal)

http://www.wsj.com/articles/more-new-jersey-students-opt-out-of-tests-1425348219

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RIDGEWOOD SCHOOLS : DELAYED OPENING MONDAY, MARCH 2

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RIDGEWOOD SCHOOLS : DELAYED OPENING MONDAY, MARCH 2

Due to winter conditions, the Ridgewood Public Schools will have a DELAYED OPENING  on Monday, March 2.  Under the delayed opening plan, the school day will begin two hours later than usual. School bus schedules will operate two hours later. The morning kindergarten will be canceled; the afternoon kindergarten will follow the regular hours (12:20-3 p.m.). Children in grades 1-5 who have not ordered lunches must bring a bag lunch to school. There will not be sufficient time for children to go home for lunch when there is a delayed opening.

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Ridgewood students embrace community service

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Ridgewood students embrace community service

FEBRUARY 23, 2015    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2015, 9:59 AM
BY DARIUS AMOS
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

When Bergen County Protect and Rescue fell into desperate times late last summer, the general public stepped up with an overwhelming response to assist the county’s only no-kill animal shelter. Though given a crutch, the Cliffside Park-based operation is still in constant need of community support, as it barely covers the monthly $10,000 operating costs to care for some four dozen cats and dogs until they’re ready for adoption.

Ridgewood has taken notice.

The Willard School community took a different approach while planning its annual theme day, which took place earlier this month to rave reviews and overwhelming positive feedback.

A school-wide program, theme days in the past were typically geared toward student enjoyment and learning. Previous theme days incorporated events such as spelling bees or “Amazing Race” style activities that promoted cultural diversity and education.

“They were fun, but we wanted to do something that put the emphasis on the children making a difference during the day rather than another fun event,” said Pam Chmiel, this year’s theme day coordinator. “Willard has a great track record in bringing conscious programs to the school … so we presented our theme as ‘philanthropy’ – giving time, talents and treasure and taking action for the common good.”

Chmiel, together with the Willard Home and School Association, Principal Caroline Hoffman and other parents, rebranded theme day as Willard Service Day 2015, which they hosted on Feb. 4. Student activities still focused on fun and learning, but they also centered on “giving back to those less fortunate or going through a difficult time.”

http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/willard-school-students-embrace-service-1.1276474

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BFMS Student Wins New Jersey Youth Orchestra Competition

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BFMS Student Wins New Jersey Youth Orchestra Competition
February 27,2015

Ridgewood NJ , BFMS flutist Sean Marron is the 2015 winner of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Orchestras Concerto Competition. As the winner, Sean will perform as a featured concerto soloist in the youth orchestra’s spring concert. Sean plays in Jason Curcio’s eighth grade band.

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Ridgewood Schools National Merit Scholarship Finalists are Announced

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Photo: Jeffrey Lampiasi, Jr. and Jaesung Son pose with RHS Principal Tom Gorman and guidance counselor Peter Burkhard. The other finalists were not available for the photo

Ridgewood Schools National Merit Scholarship Finalists are Announced

Ridgewood NJ, The following five of the seven semi-finalists have been named finalists in the 2015 competition for the National Merit Scholarship awards: Jeffrey Lampiasi, Jr., Warren Li, Sumita Rajpurohit, Jaesung Son and Gabriel Voorhis-Allen.

National Merit Scholarship Qualifications

If you’re a high school junior or the parent of a high school junior, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the National Merit Scholarship qualifications, as most juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) in October of their junior year.

National Merit Scholarship Qualifications

In order to be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Program, a student must: 1) take the PSAT/NMSQT during his or her 3rd year (junior year) of high school 2) be in high school and plan to enroll in college full time by the fall after his or her high school graduation and 3) be a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident with the intention of becoming a U.S. citizen.  If a student meets these requirements, he or she will automatically be eligible to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP).
Of the about 1.5 million juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT each year, approximately 50,000 juniors with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores (or total PSAT scores) who meet the eligibility requirements described above qualify for NMSP recognition.  That is, roughly the top 3% of 11th grade testers will qualify.  Note that the Selection Index qualifying scores vary from year to year and state to state, as students are selected for NMSP recognition from each of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.  During the April following the PSAT/NMSQT administration, these 50,000 students are invited to select two colleges to which the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) will provide a reference.
During the September following the PSAT/NMSQT administration, approximately 2/3 of those 50,000 students will receive Letters of Commendation recognizing their academic abilities and potential.  Commended students are not eligible for National Merit scholarships.  The remaining 1/3 of the 50,000 students qualify as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists.  For the Class of 2015, in order to qualify as a Semifinalist, students had to have earned a PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score of at least 201 to 222 (240 is the highest possible PSAT/NMSQT score), depending on the state in which the student lives. To view a list of the qualifying scores by state for the class of 2015, visit our National Merit Scores page.
Once a student qualifies as a Semifinalist, he or she must complete the National Merit Scholarship Application and submit it to the NMSC in order to move on to the next round of qualifications (Finalist) and to be considered for a National Merit Scholarship.  Additionally, if he or she has not yet taken the SAT and had those scores reported to the NMSC, he or she must do so in October, November, or December of his or her senior year.
During the February of senior year, NMSC will notify those Semifinalists who have qualified as Finalists.  Of the roughly 16,000 students who qualify as Semifinalists, about 15,000 of them will qualify as Finalists.  Of those 15,000 Finalists, approximately 8,200 of them will be selected for Merit Scholarships, which can be a National Merit Scholarship, a Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship, or a College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship.  Scholarships are awarded based on skills, abilities, and accomplishments as exhibited through a student’s application materials.

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Ridgewood students skirt danger as debris from N.Y.C. building falls on waiting bus

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Napping bus driver thought end was near as Manhattan building collapsed 

BY KERRY BURKE , THOMAS TRACY , REUVEN BLAU / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / Published: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 3:24 PM / Updated: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 8:45 PMhttp://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/five-story-midtown-building-collapses-article-1.2129145

 

Ridgewood students skirt danger as debris from N.Y.C. building falls on waiting bus

FEBRUARY 25, 2015, 10:32 PM    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2015, 10:35 PM
BY MARY DIDUCH
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

Debris from a four-story Manhattan building fell on a yellow school bus whose driver was inside, waiting for Ridgewood elementary school students to return from a field trip.

The bus driver, Daniel Campbell, 45, who was not injured, told the New York Daily News that he thought he might die when the incident occurred suddenly Wednesday afternoon. Campbell was napping when a portion of the building at 642 W. 57th St., near 11th Avenue, partly collapsed onto the vehicle, he told the News.

The students from Somerville Elementary School were on a field trip to New York City, Ridgewood Superintendent Daniel Fishbein wrote in an email. No one was injured, but the bus was damaged, so another bus from the company picked up the students, staff and chaperones, he said.

“Luckily none of our students, staff, chaperones or the bus driver were hurt,” Fishbein said

http://www.northjersey.com/news/ridgewood-students-skirt-danger-as-debris-from-n-y-c-building-falls-on-waiting-bus-1.1277835

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A Letter from Dr. Fishbein on PARCC, Policies and Procedures

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A Letter from Dr. Fishbein on PARCC, Policies and Procedures

February 24, 2015

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Next week, we will begin the implementation of the New Jersey state-mandated PARCC assessments in our schools. Although we have been administering state-mandated assessments for decades, these particular required assessments have been subject to much debate and controversy.
Simply, all New Jersey public school districts are mandated by the State of New Jersey to administer these assessments and students are required to participate. On Monday, February 23, 2015, the Ridgewood Board of Education updated Policy #2622 – Student Assessment. (A link to the policy is provided below.)
The State of New Jersey does not recognize parents who do not permit their children to take the PARCC assessments. However, in preparation for the administration of PARCC in the Ridgewood Public Schools, we have developed an administrative process we will follow under Procedure #2622 – Student Assessment. Because this is a procedure, it is not subject to Board of Education approval. (A link to this procedure is provided below.)
Below are links to relevant FAQ information from the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) and from the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). In addition, significant PARCC information may be found on the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment page of our district website at www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us. The link to the PARCC information is located on the right side of the page.
I hope you find this information to be helpful.
Sincerely yours,
Daniel Fishbein, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools

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Ridgewood School District presents a program on exercise and the brain

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Ridgewood School District presents a program on exercise and the brain
February 19 , 2015
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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood School District educators will present a program on exercise and the brain in its next Curriculum Outreach Series program in March .The program, “Exercise and the Brain,” will be offered on Thursday, March 5 and will feature
Ridgewood Public Schools Physical Education staff members Susan Kameno and Craig Mahler along with Hawes School Principal Paul Semendinger. The presentation will take place from 7-9 p.m. at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, floor 3. It is free and open to the adult public.

The presenters will focus on the newest research on brain/body connections and discuss how exercise isone of the leading contributors to brain cell development, specifically in the region of the brain that is responsible for learning and memory.They will also discuss how exercise contributes to meaningful learning in the classroom and review successful programs that have demonstrated increases in student achievement. Information will also be shared on how exercise can help students with ADD improve attention/ focus and raise energy levels. “Exercise and the Brain” is part of the district’s 2014-2015 Community Outreach Program series for parents and guardians , developed by the district’s Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. The series consists of individual evening presentations on current trends and issues in education.

Upcoming on Tuesday, April 21, “Raising Financially Literate Children” will be presented by financial planner Kerry Fitzgerald, who will share strategies to help children learn to make prudent financial decisions starting early in life through independence. The program will take place at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, floor 3, from 7-9 p.m.“Special Education Learning Issues” will be the final program of the 2014–2015 series , with Dr. Kim Buxenbaum -Turner, district Director of Special Programs, who will provide an in\-depth, parent-focused look at the district’s Special Education program. The program will take place from 7-9 p.m. at the

Education Center, floor 3, at a date to be announced in late May or June.For more information, please contact the office of Cheryl Best, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at 201 -670-2700, ext. 10532 or [email protected]

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