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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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Reader” finds it hard to believe he was not told way earlier to get his hair compliant to regulations”

“Wrestlers have their hair nails and skin checked prior to wrestling. Ridgewood has had wrestlers with hair, the solution or options are 1 – where a hair net (which some wrestlers choose) or 2-cut it to legal length. If a wrestler’s hair in its natural state extends below the earlobe on the sides or touches the top of a normal shirt, it’s required to be secured in a legal hair cover, according to rules set by the National Federation of State High School Associations. In addition, if the hair is longer than allowed, it must be contained in a legal hair cover that is attached to the ear guards.
My son who wrestled for RHS has no sympathy for the kid and finds it hard to believe he was not told way way earlier to get his hair compliant to regulations, being that one of his friends did wrestle with a legal hair net for RHS. Also, they cut your nails on the spot if they are too long. Coach failed the kid. Solution to cut it is a reasonable solution at the time. But seems the coach and the kid both should have known the rules. It seems unlikely they did not. His hair will grow back.”

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Gottheimer Hosts Fifth District School Superintendent Call on Combating Anti-Semitism and Hate Following A Series of Recent Attacks

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Ridgewood NJ, Following the discovery of anti-Semitic symbols in the Pascack Valley Regional School District, Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) hosted a conference call for school superintendents, featuring experts from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), as well as Superintendent of Schools Erik Gundersen from the Pascack Valley Regional School District on Tuesday.

Speakers addressed concerns regarding anti-Semitic activity in New Jersey schools and shared best practices in curbing the rising trend. Superintendents from more than thirty North Jersey schools joined the call, including representatives from school districts in Bergen, Sussex, and Warren counties. The ADL was represented by Deputy Director Melanie Robbins, Associate Regional Director for New Jersey Alex Rosemberg, and Education Director for New York/New Jersey Nicole Straker. The NJOHSP was represented by Chief of Staff Patrick Rigby.

On November 6th, Pascack Valley staff members found three Nazi swastikas in Pascack Valley High School. Additional swastikas and a racial slur were found at Pascack Valley High School at the end of November,  followed by anti-Semitic symbols and racial slurs scrawled on a bathroom wall in Pascack Hills High School in early December. A few days later, a similar incident occurred at Ridgewood High School.

The ADL identified 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents perpetrated throughout the United States in 2017. This represents an increase of 57 percent over the incidents reported in 2016. New Jersey experienced the third-highest number of those incidents in the nation.

Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) said, “These incidents are completely unacceptable. We cannot ignore the fact that our schools are facing a disturbing uptick in incidents of hate and intolerance. As both a parent and your Congressman, I am ready to work with New Jersey superintendents to ensure that instances of bias, hatred, and anti-Semitism are swiftly addressed and dealt with. Together, we must continue to send a strong and clear message that anti-Semitism and all acts of hate have absolutely no place anywhere in our communities.”

Evan R. Bernstein, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League New York/New Jersey Regional Office said, “We are grateful to Representative Gottheimer for convening a call today with ADL, NJOHSP, and dozens of school superintendents to discuss how we can collectively address hate, bias, and bigotry in our K-12 schools.  Last year, we at ADL saw a surge in anti-Semitic incidents targeting students across the country, which included an astounding 94 percent rise in incidents at K-12 schools. Unfortunately, elementary, middle and high schools have exceeded public spaces (such as parks and streets) as the locations with the most anti-Semitic incidents, surpassing homes, businesses, Jewish institutions, and college campuses.  We remain deeply troubled by these trends, but are heartened by the outpouring of support from elected officials and community leaders in New Jersey, who remain committed to addressing this very serious problem. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with Representative Gottheimer and others to build a safer and more inclusive learning environment for our young people in New Jersey.”

Superintendent of Schools Erik Gundersen said, “I appreciate that the Congressman and other local elected officials throughout the Pascack Valley area have rallied behind our district in light of these events.  It is important for all elected leaders and faith-based leaders to join their school partners to shed light on how our communities must stand up against hateful actions.  The Pascack Valley Regional High School District can’t do this alone and needs the ongoing support, guidance, and expertise of our community partners and other national organizations, such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey as we strive to move forward.  Together, we will be able to inform, take action, and educate our students and communities on how we can stand up against hate. It is my hope that the Congressman’s conference call, where we received a briefing from The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and The Anti-Defamation League, along with learning from Pascack Valley Regional’s experience, will provide superintendents with the tools to more effectively address anti-semitic events – should they present themselves in additional schools around the 5th Congressional District.”

This summer, Congressman Gottheimer led a Synagogue Security Summit with experts from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the NJOHSP.

Congressman Gottheimer has also worked across the aisle in Congress to combat disturbing uptick in bias, intolerance, and hate crimes against Jewish institutions. He led 11 other members of New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation in writing a letter to Congressional leadership, requesting a funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice for their programs to better secure Jewish Community Centers (JCCs).

In September, the President signed the Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act (P.L. 115-249), legislation Congressman Gottheimer cosponsored, which criminalizes the intentional obstruction of any person’s free exercise of religious beliefs by threat of force against religious property.

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Anti-Semitic, Racist Graffiti Found at Schools Throughout Bergen and Union Counties

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Ridgewood NJ, Several schools in Bergen and Union counties have recently been vandalized with graffiti containing hateful messages and symbols. In Bergen County, a student at Ridgewood High School alerted officials on December 4 of a swastika alongside a Star of David carved into a bathroom stall.

On November 30, swastikas and racial slurs were found on a bathroom wall at Pascack Hills High School in Montvale. That incident follows several others since September in which anti-Semitic and racist graffiti had been drawn at nearby Pascack Valley High School in Hillside. In Union County, students reported on November 30 that swastikas had been scrawled inside bathrooms at Summit High School.

The symbol and other offensive drawings had been discovered a day earlier on bathroom walls at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School. Superintendent of Summit Public Schools June Chang told parents that swastikas were also seen at the middle school before the Thanksgiving holiday break.

On November 29, Edison Intermediate School Principal Matthew Bolton told families a student at the Westfield school “defaced school property with messages of hate directed at various groups.” Similar incidents in the area occurred over the past two months, as a swastika was drawn in a bathroom at Franklin Elementary School and misogynistic, racist, and anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered on exterior walls of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

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Reader says ,”School will focus on education and the parents should focus on the child’s deviant behavior”

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Unfortunate that it happened at school. RHS is not responsible, the student is. RHS did not raise this child. I take responsibility for my children. They are wonderful kids and I raised them well. The district educated them as per state guidelines.
Shameful behavior and deserves to be addressed by school in some manner. School will focus on education and the parents should focus on the child’s deviant behavior. Vandalism is a crime and child should be turned over when she is identified.

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Ridgewood Board of Education Public Meeting tonight December 3 2018 7:30 PM

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Board of Education Public Meeting   will be tonight December 3 2018 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place .

At all regular meetings, two opportunities are provided for citizens to make comments. The public comment periods will be scheduled after presentations. or just prior to the end of the meeting, whichever occurs first. The first opportunity may be limited by the presiding officer . in order for the Board to continue with its scheduled agenda. The second opportunity will occur at the discretion of the presiding officer taking into consideration a break point in the agenda.

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Ridgewood High School Ranked Number 7 in the Niche 2019 Best Teachers in Bergen County

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Ridgewood NJ, Niche ranked the best teachers serving in Bergen County . Ranking based on student and parent ratings of teachers, teacher salaries, teacher absenteeism, teacher tenure, student-teacher ratio, and the Niche Academics Grade for the school.

The 2019 High Schools with the Best Teachers ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic and teacher data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and parents. Ridgewood High School came in #7 in the county , just ahead of Pascack Hills #8, Glen Rock #9 and Mahwah #10, but behind Bergen County Academies #1, Northern Highlands #2, Bergen County Technical #3 , Fairlawn #4 ,Northern Valley Demarest #5 , and Northern Valley Old Tappan #6 .

https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-teachers-public-high-schools/c/bergen-county-nj/

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Ridgewood falls to Piscataway at MetLife Stadium

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Maroons fell short in their effort to take down undefeated Piscataway. In a FINAL at the North Jersey Group 5 Bowl Game at MetLife Stadium on Saturday morning Piscataway 31 Ridgewood 21. Ridgewood scoring Will Cardew 26 yard TD run, McDermott 27 yard pass TD catch James Miller 2 pt conversion & James Hogan 1 PAT .

Ridgewood Senior Running Back Will Cardew has now passed Brian Mercer (2004) as the single season all time rushing leader at Ridgewood High School.

Ridgewood Football ended the 2018 season as New Jersey North 1 Group V State Champions with an Overall 10-3 / Division 6-0 vs TOUGHEST public school schedule in New Jersey and NJSFC Liberty Red Division Champ.

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Fourteen RHS band members have been selected to perform in the 2019 All-Bergen County High School Band

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Ridgewood NJ, Fourteen RHS band members have been selected through competitive audition to perform in the 2019 All-Bergen County High School Band. Once again, this is the highest number of students selected from any one school to participate in the 87-piece ensemble. The All-County Band will perform their concert on Sunday, January 13 at Paramus High School.

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Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) hosts Service Academy Night at Ridgewood High School

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Ridgewood NJ,  Yesterday, Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) hosted over one hundred attendees at his second of two Fifth District Service Academy Nights for high school students interested in attending one of our country’s five military academies.

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