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Ridgewood Schools 2018 Ashby Award and Tradition of Excellence award Presented at the all-staff Convocation

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Ridgewood NJ, Daniel Fishbein, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools presented recipient GWMS Guidance Counselor Mike Mullin with the 2018 coveted Ashby Award, and also presented  Somerville School custodian Paul Buscher, with this year’s Tradition of Excellence award. The winners were announced at today’s all-staff Convocation.

( had some difficulties adding the second pic of Paul Buscher , will post a bit later )


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Reader says , Down down down we go


Down down down we go. We don’t need the cosmetic devices. “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it!”
How about spending some money on education instead of fancy finishes? No college asks “How beautiful was your school?” They ask “What did you learn there?” How many 3-D printers does Ridgewood own? How many students take the AP exams? How do they do? How many students who don’t wish to go to college but need education in more manual skills have that opportunity? We had all this up until the 80’s? We were very highly ranked in the 70’s, slightly lower in the 80’s, and as close to the bottom of current schools as we can get currently. Next year we well may be off of the charts.

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It’s the countdown to the start of school! Have you completed your online registration yet?


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Ridgewood NJ, Parents & guardians: It’s the countdown to the start of school! Have you completed your online registration yet? Cross it off your list before Labor Day weekend!

Parents and guardians, just a reminder to complete your online registration in Skyward by midnight, September 4. All households must complete this process through the Skyward Family Access service, a password-protected site that provides parents access to information on courses, grades, homework, attendance, classroom messages, food service and fee management. The information in Family Access will aid in current and continuing communication between you and your child’s teachers to promote student success. Each parent has their own Skyward login ID connected with their email on record.

Here’s the scoop:

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Ridgewood NJ, Dr. Fishbein presented the timeline for Ridgewood’s Board of Education elections resulting from the public budget vote being restored by the Ridgewood Village Council.


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Ridgewood Football Coach Chuck Johnson set to start his 35th season

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Ridgewood NJ,Ridgewood Football Coach Chuck Johnson,is set to start his 35th season , looking to improve on last years 8-3 record , with a loss in North 1 Group 5 semifinals and an overall team ranking # 9.

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Back to school by the numbers


by Jonathon Allen ,Wealth Advisor

Ridgewood NJ,Staples ran a fantastic back-to-school commercial in 1996. Let’s jump right over the fact that this makes this commercial 22 years old and look instead at the trends in buying and spending as Americans begin to send their children back to school over these next several weeks.  Continue reading Back to school by the numbers

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Parents See Higher Back-to-School Costs This Year

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Ridgewood NJ, It’s back-to-school time again, and parents are expecting to open their wallets wider this year to prepare. In a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 42% of American Adults with school-aged children plan to spend more on school clothing and back-to-school supplies than they did a year ago. Just 22% anticipate that they will spend less, while 35% expect to spend about the same amount. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 8-9, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Welcome to the 2018-2019 Ridgewood School Year

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood School district Welcomes everyone  to the 2018-2019 School Year:

  • Teacher Opening Day and Staff Convocation is Tuesday, September 4. Students start the 2018- 2019 school year with a Minimum Day schedule on Wednesday, September 5. Minimum Day schedules vary by grade level; please check individual school calendars for details.
  • All parents and guardians must complete the Mandatory Annual Student Information Update through Skyward Family Access by the first day of school, Wednesday, September 5. To complete this process, choose Mandatory Annual Student Information Update under the For Parents tab on the district website and follow the links for instructions and to Skyward Family Access. Click Forgot Username/ Password to retrieve a reset link by email.

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Daniel Fishbein, Ed.D. Welcome Back


The following column appeared in The Ridgewood News on September 29, 2017.

Welcome to the new school year! We got off to a great start on September 6, hit our stride early on, and continue to enjoy a positive energy in all our schools.
As is the case each year, credit must be given for our strong start and smooth transition to the effort this summer of many administrators, teachers and support staff who worked hard to ensure that our programs and buildings were in top shape when the opening bell rang. From important changes in our curricula and programs to the hiring of several new staff, from facility projects across the district to technology improvements and implementation, we had a very busy and successful summer.

Here is a snapshot from my Opening of School Report, which may be read in its entirety on the district website at
• We welcomed 5766 students on the first day of school.
• New or revised curriculum was written for 74 courses.
• At Ridgewood High School, new courses were added to the Business, Science, Computer Science and Technology departments.
• Newly hired for 2017-2018 are 49 staff members, representing either new positions due to enrollment or initiatives, or replacements for employees that resigned, retired, or are on leave.
• Renovations across the district included floor tile asbestos abatement, new flooring, painting, electrical work, new bathroom partitions and window replacements. Additional facility projects were completed at each school that ranged from boiler replacements through our Energy Savings Improvement Plan (ESIP) and state-of-the-art drinking fountain replacements featuring water filters and filling stations, to remodeling for the implementation of full-day Kindergarten.
• Technology upgrades in classrooms and buildings, and improvements to building security were completed.

As we prepared to open our doors, schools in other parts of our nation were either temporarily shuttered or transformed into emergency shelters in preparation for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Thankfully the devastation was far from Ridgewood, yet I am very happy to report that our schools still sprang into action to help, so that on opening day coin jars for the American Red Cross hurricane relief efforts were prominently on display and filling rapidly in every building. Also there were Soles 4 Souls collection boxes. What a great reminder that our education program goes beyond academics, that we continually seek out opportunities for humanitarian service so that our students may grow their character as well as their minds, and that we can help them learn the value of global citizenship. These things are a critical part of what we do, too.

Last year at this time your Board of Education turned its attention to the goal of implementing full-day Kindergarten in the district, which was approved by Ridgewood voters last November. This September, after remodeling classrooms, writing curriculum and hiring teachers, we joined the majority of New Jersey’s public districts when we welcomed our first full-day K classes. There are several key factors in favor of full-day K, notably the ability to provide more time in the daily schedule for structured play experiences designed to reinforce learning. It is exciting to see our mission of excellence at work in the classrooms of our youngest students, who are now presented with an even stronger opportunity to effectively learn and thrive than ever before.

Another project from last school year, the May 2017 parent-guardian survey report was presented at the September 25 Board meeting. The fifth district-wide satisfaction survey since 2010, the results this time around are again quite positive in areas ranging from the quality of our educational programs to satisfaction with the school facilities, extracurricular offerings, communications and the Chromebook initiative. Thank you to the nearly 31 percent of our parents and guardians who took the time to complete the survey. Your input supports our ongoing efforts to review and refine our programs and practices. Survey results for all schools and the district are posted on our website.

There’s an upcoming opportunity for residents to meet with the Board and me to informally discuss the survey, full-day K, or any other school-related topic of interest to you. On Wednesday night, October 18, we’ll have the coffee brewing at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, from 7-8:30 p.m. for the first of three dates set for Coffee and Conversation this school year. Our work requires the support of our broader community and we are appreciative of your trust, enthusiasm and financial commitment to our mission of excellence. We’d like to know you better, so please drop by on October 18 with your questions, suggestions and concerns.
Thanks to all, we are off to a great start to the 2017-2018 school year. I look forward to updating you throughout the upcoming months on all things Ridgewood Public Schools.
As always, please feel free to contact me with your questions or concerns.

Daniel Fishbein, Ed.D., is Superintendent of the Ridgewood Public Schools. Dr. Fishbein can be reached at 201-670-2700, ext. 10530, or via e-mail at

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Former Miss New Jersey Says “stop complaining about back to school”

Deana Blizzaed Miss New Jersey

September 5,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, yes those back to school lists cant be rather daunting, but former Miss New Jersey Dena Blizzard says suck it up and deal with it . In Her words what many parents are just afraid to say.