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Reader Defends the Turf

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” We’re talking about what was some of the most exclusive real estate in the village, which from August through December was restricted for use solely by the RHS football team and the marching band, and when the grass was damp, even the marching band was kicked off (while the football team and its opponent enthusiastically chewed up the field to within an inch of its life). After Christmas and New Year’s, during the late winter and early spring, literally everyone was banned from using the field so that it could recover from the yearly fall trampling. Of course, this allowed the field to be re-seeded, fertilized, watered, and otherwise expensively pampered in preparation for the famous RHS graduation ceremony. By late June, the grass was admittedly beautiful, and certainly soft beneath the feet of girl graduates in their flowing white dresses who, in accordance with decades of tradition, tended to take off their shoes during the ceremony. That said, net-net, making the RHS football field a multi-use field by turfing it was a good decision. So many more students and other people have now had the benefit of its use, it’s not even a close question. “

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Reader asks , “What happened to a 10-year life, virtually maintenance free”

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“The Chuck Johnson Field saga continues. What happened to a 10-year life, virtually maintenance free, and only to be used 12x per year? Now, the lights (nice touch, eh Chuck?) are on almost every night of the week, and sometimes hosting pick-up soccer games. This is indicative of the culture at RHS and the whole BoE over the past 20 years. “

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Reader comments on DOE School Ratings , “false news and schools in Ridgewood were obviously misrepresented in the survey.”

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” Of course you know exactly what Fishbein will say and do, announce it’s all due to “false news and schools in Ridgewood were obviously misrepresented in the survey.” That huge budget increase (look at Glen Rock’s whose scores are almost always well above us and the comparison in budget requests is a complete horror.) “

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Class of 2020 Jumpstart College Planning seminar

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Ramsey NJ, Class of 2020 Jumpstart College Planning seminar
Monday, March 11th at the
The Mindful Café in Ramsey at 7:00pm
FREE seminar helping families jumpstart the college planning process.
Registration and more details:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jumpstart-your-college-planning-free-seminar-tickets-5727982461

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31st Annual Super Science Saturday Today at 9am !

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Ridgewood Nj, The 31st edition of the LARGEST SCIENCE EXPERIENCE in North Jersey welcomes all ages and abilities. In addition to Rocket launches, Drones Races, Petting Zoos, 3D Printing, Egg Drops and a show by the LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER, we’ve got a brand new lineup of exciting presenters from Large Robots to Aeronautic Engineering!

Admission is FREE thanks to support from the Ridgewood Education Foundation and Valley Health System.

9am today at Ridgewood High School  , Ridgewood, NJ

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Reader says , “RHS’s acceptance is better than those schools advertise as the national rate”

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James, the person that keeps posting that our schools can’t produce statistically significant numbers of students gaining acceptance to the best colleges and universities and other unsupported bullS**T is “fake news”. Please have this CNN employee find some proof or evidence as we have asked for in the past.

This is what I see…. https://www.schooldigger.com/go/NJ/schools/1383000764/school.aspx
And for the 4 generations of my family that have been here, nobody sees it as a decline over the decades either. He or she is free to hate the people running the schools but the facts show our kids perform great and are accepted to great schools (regardless of opinions about people teaching and running the schools). I previously also spot checked the acceptance rates at the Ivy’s (since he or she has also mentioned them frequently) and RHS’s acceptance is better than those schools advertise as the national rate. Which is pretty impressive given one would expect our kids to be up against a negative bias as the Ivies strive for both geographic and racial of diversity.
On top of all of that; if ranked against other public schools, (excluding the ones that are by acceptance such as Bergen Acad), RHS is top 10. Granted the goal is to be #1 but it is fake news to say it is declining or not getting kids into competitive schools at acceptable rates. This person must also be the the one that thinks downtown Ridgewood is lined with illicit massage parlors and gang members dealing drugs while patrolling with pit bulls. While it is humorous to the rest of us that live here and know the truth, but it is also harmful for us all to have such untruths posted as headlines. IF they produce anything other than some anecdotal BS it would be helpful to see it. Otherwise, it is just hurting all of us by making Ridgewood sound like Paterson. Which it is not. Is this person some kind of real estate developer trying to drive property values down so they can buy?

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Ridgewood Man Makes the ‘Jeopardy!’ All-Star Games Cut

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Ridgewood NJ, Let the games begin: six teams of elite JEOPARDY! contestants are set to face off in the JEOPARDY! All-Star Games, presented by Consumer Cellular. Starting Wednesday, February 20, fans will have the chance to see their favorite players join forces and play JEOPARDY! like it’s never been played before: in teams.

The 18 elite contestants returning for the JEOPARDY! All-Star Games are among the winningest and most popular players in recent JEOPARDY! history. Six teams are composed of three players each, with one designated Team Captain. The Team Captains are some of the most notable names to ever play the game: Colby Burnett, Buzzy Cohen, Julia Collins, Ken Jennings, Austin Rogers, and Brad Rutter. The teams are as follows:

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EARLY DISMISSAL FOR RIDGEWOOD SCHOOLS

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Ridgewood NJ, IMPORTANT WINTER STORM MESSAGE: Schools will have an EARLY DISMISSAL on Wednesday, February 20. Children will be dismissed at the closing times posted below. Cafeterias will not operate and lunches will not be provided. Students will attend school as follows:

RED Program: 9-11 a.m.

Kindergarten – Grade 5: 8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Grades 6-8: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Grades 9-12: 7:47 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

All after-school programs are also cancelled. Please stay safe and warm! Pass the word!

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Reader says , ” The prime piece of evidence is the simple fact that top quality Universities and Colleges simply aren’t taking our students”

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“As I said previously, we needn’t look at a single score concerning Ridgewood. The prime piece of evidence is the simple fact that top quality Universities and Colleges simply aren’t taking our students. It is always a possibility that our students want to take the low road as the high road represents too much studying and they prefer to have major party time. It is also true that many families have a child to satisfy the grandparents or to reproduce themselves and once done go immediately back to focusing on the job. The “It’s not MY child” or “MY child couldn’t have done what you say.” And then they don’t show up for teacher or Principal meetings because “they don’t have time”. As a result, many of our children prefer to take it easy and do whatever they want. We still have a larger number who are hard workers and good students so the world hasn’t completely lost any hope of surviving.”

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Reader says , “Most parents in Ridgewood have high expectations for their kids”

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“Most parents in Ridgewood have high expectations for their kids, it’s why they’re willing to pay the high property taxes with the expectation of one of the best schools in the tristate area. Our high school just ranked #26 in the Niche survey and we rank #23 in NJ for SAT scores according to NJ.com last fall. This is acceptable to you? Will it improve with the current administrators we have? If the answer is “no”, then we need to attract better administrators.”