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Kristina de Mora a junior at RHS and Miss Bergen County Teen Ambassador Promotes Autism Awareness

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Kristina de Mora a junior at RHS and  Miss Bergen County Teen Ambassador Promotes Autism Awareness 
November 12,2014 

Ridgewood NJ, Kristina de Mora a junior at Ridgewood High School teamed up with Baked in the Cup of Ramsey to promote autism awareness. 

Kristina said  ,”So proud to promote autism awareness by collaborating with Madhuri Premnath, owner of Baked in a Cup, a gourmet cupcake shop in Ramsey! “
Kristina said on Facebook, ” We have worked hand-in-hand to create a special cupcake flavor called “The Alpine” to be featured in the shop. A portion of every cupcake sold will be donated to Alpine Learning Group, a New Jersey Department of Education approved school for children and adults on the autistic spectrum in Paramus where I have enjoyed volunteering. We launched our official campaign this past Saturday, September 27th, at Baked in a Cup. Chantelle Walker, Director of Development from Alpine Learning Group and Zack, a student from the school, were also in attendance.”
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RHS Senior Earns Bergen County Salute to Champions Breakfast Award

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Photo: RHS principal Dr. Thomas Gorman, teachers Nancy Reilly and Lynne Feeney, and Ridgewood Paul Aronsohn, congratulate Matt Mandeli at the Bergen County Salute to Champions Breakfast.

RHS Senior Earns Bergen County Salute to Champions Breakfast Award
November 3,2014

Ridgewood NJ, RHS senior Matt Mandeli was honored in October at the Bergen County Salute to Champions Breakfast, for his work over the years with disabled students and adults. Matt has run events such as the annual Club LOU, a night of dancing and fun for the disabled members of the community. He is also a co-president of Project Interact at RHS, a club dedicated to helping the less fortunate. Mandeli was nominated for the award by Ridgewood’s mayor, Paul Aronsohn.

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RHS Alumni association to strengthen tradition

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Left to right are RHS Principal Tom Gorman, Siobhan Winograd, Jacqueline Hennessey, Steven Correll, and Keith Dawkins

The newly elected officers of the Ridgewood High School Alumni Association. Thomas Gorman, principal of RHS and a Class of ’87 graduate, said more than a dozen people attended the Sept. 30 meeting where Keith Dawkins was elected president, Jacqueline Hennessey (Class of ’87) was elected vice president, Steven Correll (Class of ’88) was elected treasurer, and Siobhan Winograd (Class of ’91) was elected secretary. paul mccubbin  http://rhs1977.blogspot.com/

RHS Alumni association to strengthen tradition

OCTOBER 17, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY JODI WEINBERGER
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

The Ridgewood community is pioneering a path to help support the district’s high school through an alumni association.

Last month, the ad-hoc group formalized itself by electing four officers and creating a board of trustees.

Their first official meeting on Sept. 30 was followed days later, on Oct. 2, with a dinner for alumni at Novo Restaurant.

Thomas Gorman, principal of RHS and a Class of ’87 graduate, said more than a dozen people attended the Sept. 30 meeting where Keith Dawkins was elected president, Jacqueline Hennessey (Class of ’87) was elected vice president, Steven Correll (Class of ’88) was elected treasurer, and Siobhan Winograd (Class of ’91) was elected secretary.

“On some level it was kind of a no-brainer for me [to be involved] in that I’m a RHS alum, my boys – I have an eighth-grader and a fifth-grader – will be RHS alum,” Dawkins said. “The school did a lot for me, and it’s going to do a lot for them.”

Dawkins said he envisions the association being a “powerful network that gives back into the Ridgewood ecosystem,” but short-term he’s excited about the “passion and enthusiasm” from the community.

“[Superintendent] Dr. [Daniel] Fishbein got an email from an alumnus who lives in China and he wants to not be left out,” Gorman said. “It’s growing. A lot of people who couldn’t make it [to the meeting] said, ‘I want to be involved. Get my name on the list’.”

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/clubs-and-service-organizations/alumni-association-to-strengthen-tradition-1.1111356#sthash.2KP6Pwim.dpuf

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Ridgewood teen’s record-setting swim has family and classmates cheering

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Ridgewood teen’s record-setting swim has family and classmates cheering

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014, 5:11 PM    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014, 10:49 PM
BY STEPHANIE AKIN AND CHRIS HARRIS
STAFF WRITERS
THE RECORD

In a matter of hours, she would make history by becoming the youngest person ever to achieve the Triple Crown of open-water swimming — completing a swim across the English Channel after circumnavigating Manhattan in June and swimming the Catalina Channel off the coast of California in August.

But as Charlotte Samuels, a 16-year-old from Ridgewood, crept through choppy, frigid water Monday afternoon, that goal seemed impossibly distant. She could see the French coastline. But the land didn’t seem to be getting any closer, she shouted to her mother, Suzanne, who was cheering her on from a tracking boat.

The team on the boat began reading her messages from supporters, Suzanne said in an email. A message from her swimming coach told her to “Keep her head down and keep swimming.”

Related: Ridgewood teen becomes youngest to complete Triple Crown swimming attempt

And so she did.

She sang songs in her head. She thought, at times, that she was sleeping. And she faced swells of 4 to 6 feet that forced her to sprint the last two miles, her mother said.

By the time Charlotte scrambled onto the beach on the French shore around 5 p.m. (11 a.m. New Jersey time), all that seemed like it might have been a dream, she told her mother later. Not only had she reached her goal, she had done all three swims in just over two months, perhaps the shortest span that anyone had ever completed the swimming trifecta, Suzanne said.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/ridgewood-teen-s-record-setting-swim-has-family-and-classmates-cheering-1.1083476#sthash.4mIjLGmR.dpuf

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School Rankings : Daily Beast fails to mention Ridgewood in its top Schools Survey

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School Rankings : Daily Beast fails to mention Ridgewood in its top Schools Survey

The Daily Beast had this one,

not sure how it was done, saw it had Glen Rock and Ramsey in it, but not Ridgewood or Northern Highlands or Ramapo
Zillow uses www.greatschools.org which ranks RHS 10 out of 10 …. also very high marks for Northern Highlands 9, Glen Rock 9, and Ramapo 9.
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Ridgewood High School students to be issued laptops

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Ridgewood High School students to be issued laptops

JULY 25, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY JODI WEINBERGER
STAFF WRITER


On Sept. 4, all high school students will be given a Chromebook as the district moves toward its full embrace of technology.

The Ridgewood Board of Education (BOE) introduced a resolution on July 21 to enter into a five-year lease agreement for $485,000, at an annual interest rate of 1.469 percent, to purchase a Chromebook for every student in the high school.

To offset the cost, the district also accepted a $100,000 grant from The Ridgewood Education Foundation in support of the 1:1 Technology Initiative.

“Thank you for this,” Board President Sheila Brogran said to Foundation officer Jennie Smith Wilson. “It helps us put our 1:1 initiative in place. All four grades at the high school will have the opportunity to have Chromebooks.”

For the high school’s roughly 1,750 students, the Chromebooks will cost about $550,000, said Superintendent Daniel Fishbein. The district budgets about $900,000 per year for technology, he said.

Ridgewood began welcoming laptops and iPads in 2012 with a Bring Your Own Device program and purchased carts of Chromebooks for use at the elementary schools.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/chromebooks-coming-to-high-school-students-1.1057106#sthash.i8d90oIx.dp

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Senior spotlight: Yurina Harada of Ridgewood

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Senior spotlight: Yurina Harada of Ridgewood

JULY 16, 2014    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014, 1:21 AM
BY RON FOX
SPECIAL TO THE RECORD
THE RECORD

As a youngster, Yurina Harada was determined to become a gymnast, but she may have had second thoughts once she got up on the balance beam.

“It still scares me to be on the beam,” Harada said with a laugh as her senior year at Ridgewood approaches. “It has always been my hardest event, but I like it more now.”

Previously, Harada’s most difficult struggle was convincing her mother to allow her to sign up for gymnastics in the first place.

“My mom put me in ballet when I was 6,” Harada said. “I was a little ballerina, but then I went to a birthday party.”

The party was held at a gymnastics club, where she was fascinated by the trampoline and other gear. There, the idea for a change in activities was spawned.

“My mom tried to talk me out of it,” she said. “She showed me a video about how intense gymnastics was, but that made me like it even more.”

Since then, Harada has blossomed into a two-time North Jersey all-around selection. Last year, she recorded the season’s highest floor exercise score (9.675) by a North Jersey gymnast during the state championships, where she tied for first place.

Her wariness on the beam has not been easy to overcome. “I wasn’t really comfortable until the beginning of this year,” the 5-foot-3 standout confided, crediting a switch of training clubs for her improvement.

It’s the floor exercise where Harada has become most comfortable. There, she’s a combination of a ballerina’s grace and an athlete’s power.

“Once I started doing double-backs on the floor, I began to enjoy it more because it was a skill that came pretty easily,” she said.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/sports/high-school-sports/girls-gymnastics/it-all-balanced-out-for-harada-1.1051874#sthash.40JKEqGW.dpu

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Ridgewood teen ready for 20-mile open-water swim in California

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Ridgewood teen ready for 20-mile open-water swim in California

JULY 13, 2014, 5:00 PM    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014, 8:06 AM
BY LINDA MOSS
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

RIDGEWOOD — Charlotte Samuels, 16, has literally swum around Manhattan, around Cape May and from Battery Park to Sandy Hook. But her open-water event next month will be quite different from those races: She’ll have to contend with sharks and whales, and will start swimming at pitch-black midnight.

Samuels, who will be a junior at Ridgewood High School this fall, is going to the West Coast to swim the 20.2-mile Catalina Island Channel in California on Aug. 4. Earlier this year, she completed the long Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, a 28.5-mile course.

The brunette teenager is also hoping to get a slot to swim the English Channel this fall, 21 miles. The Manhattan Island, Catalina and English Channel are the “Triple Crown” of open-water events, Samuels said, and she’s aiming to conquer all three.

“If I do it in the next four years I’ll still be the youngest person to ever do it: The youngest person right now is 20,” Samuels said.

On Sunday, Samuels returned to her home in Ridgewood after spending several days at a swimming camp at West Point, N.Y. Open-water swimming is her passion, one she has pursued since she was 12 and her paternal grandfather, Herb Tanenhaus of Eureka, Calif., gave her a copy of “Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer” by Lynne Cox.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/ridgewood-teen-ready-for-20-mile-open-water-swim-in-california-1.1050649#sthash.PRbFTTrJ.dpuf

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Students air plan for extra parking at Ridgewood High

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Students air plan for extra parking at Ridgewood High

JULY 15, 2014    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014, 1:21 AM
BY CHRIS HARRIS
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD
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RIDGEWOOD — When someone claims to have an idea for more parking in the village, the council tends to listen.

Last week, Ridgewood’s governing body was all ears when three students proposed utilizing a PSE&G right of way next to the high school for the creation of 75 to 100 parking spots.

The students — two current Ridgewood High School students and one recent graduate — said the right of way could be accessed via North Irving Street near Stephens Field and that cars could exit onto East Ridgewood Avenue.

The spots would mostly be used during the school year by the students, but could also be used during sporting events at the high school and at Stephens Field.

At present, the students said most of the parking available at the high school is taken up all day by students, leaving no room for visitors to park.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/towns/students-air-plan-for-extra-parking-at-ridgewood-high-1.1051337#sthash.PizAn7ex.dpuf

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Project Graduation : Readers says the greater problem is the Draconian overreaction of the school

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Project Graduation : Readers says the greater problem is the Draconian overreaction of the school

This idiotic attempt to sanitize life is never going to work and it is ultimately counterproductive.

Besides the problem is currently being managed and handled effectively – the “Gang of Eight” were caught and dealt with.
“Eight graduates at Ridgewood High School’s Project Graduation celebration at Benjamin Franklin Middle School (BF) on June 25 were removed from the all-night party and found in possession or under the influence of alcohol, according to a police report.”

What happens when this newest “plan” doesn’t work? Strip searches? Colostomy bags and no bathroom breaks? Enough already.

Our fearless leader, Fishbein, stated what the REAL problem is:
“unfortunately kids are resourceful “
…and the one thing we DON’T want is resourceful kids.

The problem is, a small minority of kids go to great lengths to get drunk at this event. It’s almost a challenge to them to outwit what they see as a bunch of fuddy-duddies trying to find their liquor. If you want to talk real lawsuit liability, not the empty threat kind, then watch a bunch of Ridgewood parents sue the Village and the School for not preventing a drinking-related incident that even remotely harmed their precious child.

However, the greater problem is the Draconian overreaction of the school. Who are they to hold my children hostage and not allow them to go home after graduation? Am I not allowed to celebrate with my own children after graduation before sending them to the party? What if there is a small post-graduation family event? Does the school think it has the power to retain my child because they were unable to control a handful of students the prior year? Which, btw, they DID effectively deal with those 25 students. Extending this “guilt by association” logic, maybe the school should ban the siblings of these 25 students from attending Project Graduation when they graduate – you good with that?

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