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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.”

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Reader says ,” negative comments (on schools) do not appear to be grounded in reality”

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“It always surprises me how much people seem to self hate. If an out of state person were to read the comments one would think we are talking about Paterson or Camden or the South Bronx. My dad lived in Glen Rock and graduated RHS in the 50s my wife and I in the 80s, our kids in the 2000s and 2010s . My personal observation is that there was a slight dip (see graph) but over the decades RHS has maintained pretty well. I do think there is a risk that private schools like Bosco will continue to improve and outpace the public schools. But the negative comments do not appear to be grounded in reality.”

https://www.schooldigger.com/go/NJ/schools/1383000764/school.aspx?t=tbRankings

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Reader says, “a school also significantly influences (more than we’d like to admit) a student’s priorities. This is where Ridgewood falls down significantly”

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Selection to go to a military academy DOES have A LOT to do with internal desire. No argument there.

HOWEVER, a school IS also one of the MAJOR contributors to shaping a student into a successful military academy candidate.

Obviously the emphasis on stingent academics is a part of it, but there are many schools with sringent academics (and for the sake of this discussion will allow that Ridgewoods academics are stringent – even though I beleive they can be significantly improved).
BUT, a school also significantly influences (more than we’d like to admit) a student’s priorities. This is where Ridgewood falls down significantly.
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A school DOES have a lot to do with producing attractive candidates for military academies.
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So:
1) if a student DOES NOT have drive, ambition, persistence and leadership qualities EVEN if they attend a school that prepares them for a military academy, they will never get into one.
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2) if a student DOES have drive, ambition, persistence and leadership qualities and attend a school that DOES NOT prepare them for a military academy, they will never get into one.
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Obviously there are other factors (parents, etc.) that are also critical to being a successful candidate, but I am limiting my comments to “school” and “internal desire”.

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Reader says ,”reality is we’re not producing competitive, top tier students anymore despite top tier taxes”

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Yeah, reality is we’re not producing competitive, top tier students anymore despite top tier taxes and spending $110 mm a year. Better change the slogan from “Tradition of Excellence” if you don’t think rankings matter. Reality is the best universities aren’t competing for graduates of RHS. Twenty years ago we produced a lot more students matriculating to the best colleges in the country.

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Ridgewood High School Places 26th in the NICHE 2019 Best Public High Schools in New Jersey

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Ridgewood NJ, the website NICHE put together their annual list of New Jersey’s best public high schools . Ridgewood High School placed #26, Tenafly High School #20 , Northern Highlands #22Fair Lawn High School #34, Northern Valley Demarest #39 , Northern Valley Old Tappan #40, Mahwah High School #48, Ramapo High School #49 in the rankings.

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RHS Commemorative Brick

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Ridgewood NJ, Please help support the RHS Alumni Association by honoring your favorite alum, teacher, local business, coach, team or academic club.

Ridgewood High School is built on a tradition of excellence. You can continue to support and inspire students by purchasing your own brick paver today. Commemorate an event, reunion or significant milestone by purchasing a brick. You can memorialize a treasured individual or simply declare your love of RHS through this program. These bricks will line the walkways of our campus and honor the past and the future of RHS.

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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 “

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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.