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Ridgewood Boys Track and Field: sets record with sectional title


Ridgewood Boys Track and Field: sets record with sectional title

MAY 30, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014, 3:15 PM

The large group of seniors leading the Ridgewood High School boys track team will never know what it’s like to finish anywhere other than the top spot at the North 1, Group 4 state championships.

That’s perfectly fine with them.

“This team wanted to be part of history,” head coach Josh Saladino said. “They knew if they won this that the seniors would have left here never losing a state-sectional championship. This is our fifth in a row.”

RHS scored 104 points to win by a comfortable margin over second-place West Orange (77) at the event held last Friday and Saturday in Randolph. The fifth straight title is a meet record and put the Maroons one behind the overall North Section 1 mark of six straight titles held by Glen Rock, the North 1, Group 1 champ from 1999 to 2004.

Last weekend, senior Luke Dublirer delivered the signature performance for the Maroons, capturing victories in the 800- and 1,600-meter races, anchoring the 4-x-800-meter relay team to a gold medal and running a leg for the third-place 4-x-400 relay.

“I don’t remember the last time we had an athlete put together a performance at the sectionals the way he did with three gold medals and a bronze,” Saladino said. “That’s a lot of high-level performances in a very short span. Luke’s always had a lot of talent, and he was able to showcase it this week.”

In the 800, Dublirer’s time of 1:56.57 bested that of Jhonathan Matamoros from Memorial (West New York) by 1.17 seconds, and he crossed the finish line nearly two seconds ahead of the Tigers’ anchor in the 4-x-800.

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Ridgewood Girls Lacrosse surges to 10th straight county championship


Ridgewood Girls Lacrosse surges to 10th straight county championship

MAY 16, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014, 12:31 AM

MAHWAH – For at least a little while, it looked like the No. 1 Ridgewood High School girls lacrosse team might not bring home another Bergen County championship last Saturday.

Ridgewood seniors Devon Maltz, left, and Darby Kiernan kiss the Bergen County championship trophy after the Maroon girls lacrosse squad claimed the prize for the 10th time in as many tries.

But that possibility dissipated when the stubborn storm clouds threatening to postpone the tournament final at Mahwah High School dispersed, and the Maroons were able to show that they remain the best team in the county by a wide margin.

After lightning delayed the start of the game by about an hour, Ridgewood wasted no time in taking control, scoring the first seven goals on its way to a 17-3 victory over second-seeded Immaculate Heart to capture the school’s 10th straight county championship. The streak includes two North Jersey Invitationals (2005-06) and eight Bergen County tournaments (2007-present).

“It’s so good to celebrate as a team, because making history like this means a lot,” senior captain Darby Kiernan said.

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Follow Up the threat that was posted on Yik Yak late last night against Ridgewood High School


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Follow Up the threat that was posted on Yik Yak late last night against Ridgewood High School

May 14, 2014 
Dear Ridgewood Parent or Guardian, 
As a follow-up to my earlier emails concerning the Yik Yak app, the threat that was posted on Yik Yak late last night against Ridgewood High School has been thoroughly investigated and  deemed not credible by the Ridgewood Police DepartmentThis incident was treated as a serious threat that required professional police involvement at the local, state and federal levels. It also included the cooperation of Yik Yak officials, who worked with these agencies to determine the I.P. address and the GPS location of the person who posted the threat. I have been informed by the Ridgewood Police that they have taken into custody this person.
There is no doubt that apps will continue to cause problems for schools and parents. However, despite these challenges, technology is an overall positive enhancement to our lives that is here to stay. As parents and educators we need to keep our lines of communication open and work together to teach our children what is appropriate and what is not. We are committed to making sure that our students understand the serious impact of the misuse of technology on individuals and our community.
In closing, I would like to thank the Ridgewood Police Department for their immediate response and hard work mobilizing state and federal authorities through the night and into today. I want to also thank the RHS administration and staff for their professionalism, excellent communication skills and coordination with officials through the night to ensure that the high school had significant police presence in place for this morning’s opening. Administrators, agencies and officials acted swiftly and tirelessly to assure that our building was secure.
I speak for all district administrators and the Board of Education on this very important topic of student and staff safety. Please be assured that safety is our number one priority and that any and all threats will continue to be taken very seriously.
Sincerely yours,
Daniel Fishbein, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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Psychiatrist’s view: Yik Yak is most dangerous app I’ve ever seen


Psychiatrist’s view: Yik Yak is most dangerous app I’ve ever seen
By Dr. Keith Ablow
Published May 09, 2014

Click here to read a letter from Dr. Fishbein to Ridgewood parents and guardians, regarding the negative use of the new social media app Yik Yak by teens.

Here’s something important our society seems to be afraid to say out loud: Despite its name, “social media” is an inherently antisocial medium.

As a psychiatrist I can tell you that Facebook contributes to narcissism, depression and impaired interpersonal relationships. This likely happens because users craft appealing profiles of themselves, twisting their stories along the way, fooling themselves into thinking they have hundreds or thousands of “friends” and finally using a keystroke to block unwanted feedback.

Thank you, Mark Zuckerberg.

But the new Yik Yak app, originally designed for college campuses, is the most dangerous form of social media I’ve ever seen.

Yik Yak can turn a school into a virtual chat room where everyone can post his or her comments, anonymously.  Untruthful, mean, character-assassinating short messages are immediately seen by all users in a specific geographic area.

According to ABC News: “Yik Yak works like an anonymous bulletin board, displaying messages from people in a user’s area that can be voted ‘up’ or ‘down’ on the page.  Tyler Droll, founder and CEO of Yik Yak, said the app was designed to be like ‘a city’s central plaza or campus bulletin board.’”

“‘Yik Yak users interact with everyone around them,’ Droll said.

“’Yakking’ is the welcoming, authentic and anonymous version of tweeting.”

Translation:  Anyone using Yik Yak can turn a school into a virtual chat room where everyone can post his or her comments, anonymously.  Untruthful, mean, character-assassinating short messages are immediately seen by all users in a specific geographic area.

If a student writes, “Susie has an STD,” there’s no way to know if the “yak” is true. But hundreds of other students may see the electronic message, leaving it to the target to defend herself.  

Psychologically, Yik Yak actually removes all pretense of being a person with empathy, genuinely connected to other human beings.


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Ridgewood Girls tops IHA to win Bergen County lacrosse crown



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Ridgewood Girls tops IHA to win Bergen County lacrosse crown

MAY 11, 2014    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014, 1:21 AM

MAHWAH – Ridgewood wasted no time and left no doubt. It is the best girls lacrosse team in North Jersey by a wide margin and appears primed for another strong run in the state tournament.

Darby Kiernan, right, celebrates after one of her goals in the Maroons’ Bergen County girls lacrosse championship win Saturday.

A fifth consecutive state sectional title, a fourth group title in five years and a third Tournament of Champions title in program history all seem within reach. With the way the Maroons are playing, anything is.

Darby Kiernan recorded six goals and two assists and Jordan Ford added two goals and five assists to pace top-seeded Ridgewood to a 17-3 victory over No. 2 Immaculate Heart in the Bergen County girls lacrosse tournament final Saturday at Mahwah.

The Maroons have won all 10 county tournament titles, including the last seven against IHA. Unlike last year, when they had to battle for a 13-10 victory, this outcome was never in doubt.

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Ridgewood school district’s program gives at-risk students an ally


Ridgewood school district’s program gives at-risk students an ally

APRIL 21, 2014    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014, 5:28 PM

Last year, it was a struggle to get one Ridgewood student into the high school. Now, this student has nearly perfect attendance.

Another student is now going to school and taking more responsibility for his work, and the effects are trickling into the home: A strained parental relationship has improved, opened to more positive, supportive and less school-centric interactions.

Other students struggling with issues at home, like divorce, are now feeling just a little bit safer away from home.

These positive stories, shared by Ridgewood High School’s (RHS) new clinical supervisor Cayte Castrillon, come thanks to the first several months of a new therapeutic program at the high school that identifies at-risk youth for in-house counseling during the school day.

This extra level of care is a particularly important addition to the district now, when educators have less time, and the at-risk population, though still very small relative to the general population, is increasing along with general anxiety.

Helmed by Castrillon, a full-time employee of the private and accredited therapeutic school Sage Day, the RHS Sage Day program was introduced this fall to help students in need avoid out-of-district placement through the in-house management of their social and emotional issues, like school phobia.

Of the 16 students currently in the program, about half are special education students and half are general education students, and areas of concern include family issues, anxiety and substance abuse. Basically, this program helps these students continue experiencing “as close to a mainstream school experience as possible” and “avoid classification,” said Kim Buxenbaum-Turner, director of special programs for the Ridgewood school district.

By keeping children in school, the district is also saving an estimated $200,000 to $300,000 in out-of-district tuition costs.

“There’s a good five or six [students in the program] that would have needed another placement,” said RHS Assistant Principal Jeff Nyhuis.

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R.H.S. baseball: Veteran bats lead the way for Ridgewood


R.H.S. baseball: Veteran bats lead the way for Ridgewood

APRIL 18, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014, 12:31 AM

ALLENDALE — The first week of the season went according to plan for the Ridgewood High School baseball team, the No. 6 squad in The Record preseason Top 25: three games, three wins by a combined score of 33-14 over Hackensack, Clifton and Ramapo.

Senior catcher Nick Coppola was involved in a pair of run-scoring rallies for Ridgewood in Monday’s Big North Freedom Division baseball game at Northern Highlands.

Since then, things haven’t been so easy for the Maroons, who dropped three of their next four and dipped to No. 14 in the rankings.

“We’ve been struggling, and the last couple games have been tough ones for us,” RHS head coach Kurt Hommen said following Monday’s 8-5 loss at Northern Highlands.

Making the recent troubles even tougher to swallow is that each of the three losses have come against Big North Freedom rivals — Indian Hills, Paramus and Northern Highlands — dropping Ridgewood’s record within the division to 2-3.

“We’re going through a bit of a rough stretch,” said senior shortstop Nico Symington, who is committed to play at Tulane. “We just have some things we need to clean up.”

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R.H.S. Boys Track & Field: Ridgewood repeats at County Relays


R.H.S. Boys Track & Field: Ridgewood repeats at County Relays

APRIL 18, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014, 12:31 AM

RIDGEWOOD – In its first major test of the young season, the Ridgewood High School boys track and field team responded by taking home the Division A championship at last week’s Jack Yockers Bergen County Relays.

The Maroons matched the lofty expectations placed on them prior to the season by finishing in the top four in 15-of-16 events to score 112 out of a possible 160 points and edge second-place Old Tappan by 11 points for the title.

“What excited me about the team was that we rose to expectations,” said RHS head coach Josh Saladino. “We were the No. 1 team in North Jersey in The Record’s rankings going into it, so the pressure was on our guys and they responded.”

The victory marked the second straight year the Maroons won the meet.

“We were the defending champions, and the kids went into this meet with the expectation and the goal to defend their County Relays championship,” Saladino said. “The kids have been through it before. They knew what to expect.”

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RHS Winter Guard Performs on April 10


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RHS Winter Guard Performs on April 10

The RHS Winter Guard invites you to join them for a special performance of their 2014 production, HARD LINES | soft curves on Thursday, April 10 from 8-8:30 p.m. in RHS Gym 1. This sophisticated, exciting piece highlights the talent and hard work that earned the team a promotion to the prestigious Scholastic A Class in their regional circuit. These amazing performers have intrigued audiences and impressed judges since their debut performance in January and on April 12 they will conclude their season at circuit championships. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the 2014 RHS Winter Guard in a one-time only home performance!

For more information, email [email protected]

The Ridgewood High School Winterguard is an integral part of the RHS Band Program.  While this group practices and performs independently from the band, the skills learned are easily transferred to the field for the fall marching band season.

The Winterguard is a competitive team activity that performs a 4 – 5 minute routine that is choreographed and performed to recorded music. The Winterguard emphasizes dance and compliments choreography with flags, sabres, rifles, and other props.  Competitions take place throughout the tri-state area, including the WGI (Winter Guard International) Regional Championships. The Winterguard season begins with two long weekends rehearsals in December before settling into a practice schedule of once or twice during the school week, depending upon gym availability.  Weeknight practices are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the start of the season, and often taper off to once a week by mid February.  The guard also rehearses on Saturdays beginning in January.  The competition season ends in mid March.

A date for the information and organizational meeting will be announced in the coming months. At that time, audition and membership expectations will be discussed, and audition scoring rubrics and season calendars will be distributed.  Students are encouraged to bring a parent to this meeting.

Although no experience is necessary to audition for the Winterguard, many find some dance experience to be helpful.  Students must be able to demonstrate good coordination, body control and rhythm, and an ability to learn flag techniques and dance routines.  A good work ethic is absolutely essential, and students must be able to commit to the schedule of rehearsals and competitions which will be posted on this website.  Due to the regulations of our competition circuits (Mid Atlantic Indoor Network and Winter Guard International), there are a limited number of spaces available.

Winterguard Instructor is Meredith Gnerre

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Veni, vidi, vici :RHS Advanced Latin Academic Team wins Northern Regional championship then State title in the Latin Quiz Bowl

Latin State Champs

Veni, vidi, vici :RHS Advanced Latin Academic Team wins Northern Regional championship then State title in the Latin Quiz Bowl 

Ridgewood NJ, The RHS Advanced Latin Academic Team won the Northern Regional championship on March 14, then won the State title in the Latin Quiz Bowl (Certamen) on April 5.  Captain Britta Potter led teammates Ben Bechtold, Charlotte Kahan and Peter Psathas to victory over the Southern Region (Cherry Hill West High School) and the Central Region (PACTA, a consortium of homeschoolers).  The team will next attempt a National title in July at Emory University in Atlanta.

Team members also performed very well in individual exams, as follows:

Chris Criscitiello, 1st place in Mythology

Anthony Tokarz finished in 1st place in three categories:  Roman History,  Latin Oratory and Latin Vocabulary/English Derivatives

Britta Potter took 1st place in Latin Grammar, tied for 2nd in Mythology with Ben Bechtold, and took 3rd place in Latin Vocabulary/English derivatives

Ben Bechtold tied for 2nd place in Mythology with Britta Potter

Sophie Simpson, 2nd place in  Roman Life

Charlotte Kahan took 3rd place in 2 categories:  Roman History and Roman Life

Jeff Zachem, 2nd place in Latin Oratory

Elizabeth O’Keefe, 3rd place in Impromptu Art

Advisors are Stephanie Gigante and Catherine Venturini.

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