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Ridgewood School’s Announce the Back-to-School Night Schedule


August 3,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood School’s announce the Back-to-School night schedule is as follows:

Benjamin Franklin Middle School: Tuesday, September 12 at 7 p.m.

George Washington Middle School: Thursday, September 28 at 7 p.m.

Hawes Elementary School (Gr. 2-3): Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Hawes Elementary School (Gr. K-2): Thursday, September 14 at 8 p.m.

Orchard Elementary School: Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Ridgewood High School: Wednesday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Ridge Elementary School: Tuesday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Somerville Elementary School: Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m.

Travell Elementary School: Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m.

Willard Elementary School: (Gr. K-2): Tuesday, September 26 at 6:15 p.m.

Willard Elementary School: (Gr. 3-5): Wednesday, September 27 at 6:15 p.m.

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Ridgewood Council selects firms to conduct impact studies

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file photo by Boyd Loving


The Village Council decided this week to go forward with multifamily housing impact studies on education, municipal planning, fiscal impact and traffic, hiring three firms to complete the work.

Ross Haber Associates (education), RBA Group (traffic) and BFJ Planning/Urbanomics (fiscal and municipal planning) were selected for the studies.

A special public meeting was held in the Benjamin Franklin Middle School auditorium on Tuesday, and featured interviews with five consulting firms.


Ross Haber Associates recently conducted a study for the Ridgewood Board of Education on the feasibility of full-day kindergarten.

Haber explained that his studies for the village would be focused on what financial impact the new additions would have on Ridgewood schools.

“Would these new students in any way, shape or form impact the budget?” he asked. “Would it require the hiring of new staff? Might the expansion include construction in the schools if needed? Would you need additional crossing guards?

“This is not to say that any of these things are going to happen,” Haber said, “this is to say these things could happen.”

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Back to School : Ridgewood School News



The  Ridgewood Board of Education will hold a Regular Public Meeting on Monday, August 24 2015 at 5 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the meeting at the Ed Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3. The meeting will be aired live on FiOS channel 33 and Optimum channel 77. Or it may be viewed live via the district website at using the “Link in Live” tab.

Click here to view the agenda and addendum for the July 20, 2015 Regular Public Meeting

Re-registration is Open for Parents and Guardians

Skyward Family Access is the district’s primary mode of communication with parents, so the district must have up-to-date email and phone numbers in the system at all times, especially for emergency situations. Beginning August 10 through midnight September 7, parents and guardians must logon to Family Access to complete the Mandatory Online Re-registration process.

Click here for details on Mandatory Re-registration.

Board of Education Announces Vacancy, Seeks Applicants

The Ridgewood Board of Education is seeking qualified applicants to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Michele Lenhard on August 1. The application deadline is Tuesday, September 15 at 4 p.m. Click here for details..

Back-to-School Night Schedule is Out

Click here to view the 2015-2016 Back-To-School Night schedule.

Substitutes Teachers are Needed

The district has put out a call for additional substitute teachers, nurses and secretaries for the 2015-2016 school year. Substitutes enjoy the freedom of selecting their dates of work according to their personal schedules through a self-scheduling online system. Pay rates for the 2015-2016 school year are as follows: teachers $92 to $125 per diem; nurses $130 per diem; secretaries $12.50 to $17 per hour.

Click here for full information on the requirements and process. For further information, please contact Eileen Rix at 201-670-2700, ext. 10542 or [email protected].

School Calendars are Approved
Click here to view the 2015-2016 school calendar.
Click here to view the 2016-2017 school calendar.


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Ridgewood school officials respond to low score on teacher evaluation


AUGUST 14, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2015, 12:31 AM


Ridgewood education leaders this week expressed disappointment with the recently released AchieveNJ Teacher Evaluation chart, saying the scoring system doesn’t tell the entire story.

Village teachers scored collectively low in the evaluation, a tool used by the state to gauge which educators and schools are the most effective. Specifically, the chart showed which teachers fall into the “effective” and “highly effective” categories, and gave a percentage of the total number of teachers in the school who were highly effective.

The highest-ranking Ridgewood school was Benjamin Franklin Middle School, with a 46.15 percent highly-effective rating (24 highly effective teachers out of 52). George Washington Middle School scored 25 percent highly-effective, or 14 highly-effective teachers out of 56.

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Christie agrees to study later school start times


A new state law requires New Jersey’s Department of Education to study the feasibility and potential benefits or consequences of starting school later at middle and high schools. (Adam Clark,

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The  Ridgewood Board of Education will hold a Regular Public Meeting on Monday, August 24 2015 at 5 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the meeting at the Ed Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3. The meeting will be aired live on FiOS channel 33 and Optimum channel 77. Or it may be viewed live via the district website at using the “Link in Live” tab.

Click here to view the agenda and addendum for the July 20, 2015 Regular Public Meeting.

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Tenafly, Ridgewood study late school start



New Jersey middle and high schools start their day on average at 8 a.m. — on par with other schools in the nation but too early for students to get a good night’s sleep, according to medical experts.

And that, in turn, can contribute to a host of health problems for adolescents, those experts say.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a state-by-state analysis this week showing that school start times for 2012, the most recently available data, averaged 8:03 a.m.

The report came less than a year after the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that middle and high schools begin their days no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Only 17.7 percent of schools — and 14.9 percent in New Jersey — started at 8:30 a.m. or later.

“Getting enough sleep is important for students’ health, safety, and academic performance,” said Anne Wheaton, lead author and epidemiologist in the CDC’s Division of Population Health. “Early school start times, however, are preventing many adolescents from getting the sleep they need.”

Students should get 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep, according to the CDC. Insufficient sleep is common among high school students and is associated with such health risks as being overweight, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and using drugs — as well as poor grades, the agency said in its report.

In New Jersey, school start times have been debated for years, but the debate intensified after the pediatrics academy released its 2014 policy paper.

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Lazy summer days harder to come by in North Jersey; some say schoolwork over break is too much


AUGUST 7, 2015, 7:51 PM    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2015, 11:48 PM

The freewheeling summer celebrated in countless songs and poems isn’t so carefree for many students who come home from school in June with hefty homework assignments that span grades and subjects.

Summer homework isn’t a new thing, but it is a big topic year after year, especially when it spills into family vacation and weekend activities. In one high school, students are even petitioning for homework equity, saying it should be given to all students or none at all.

Parents are conflicted, with some pushing back or grudgingly accepting it, while others say the work keeps kids sharp and competitive and makes the school year easier. Yet all parents seem to long for the summers of their youth when they read what they wanted — if they wanted — and didn’t have the stress of schoolwork hanging over their heads.

“What gets lost is the opportunity for a kid to pick up a book and say, ‘I’ve been dying to read this,’” said Randi Asher, a Glen Rock parent and a homework critic. “To have that entire summer to throw yourself into nature and to experience learning in a way that is different from an assignment. It’s not that they don’t have that opportunity. There is the whole summer, but this detracts from that.”

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Ridgewood school board member Michele Lenhard resigns


August 6,2015

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Michele Lenhard has resigned from the Ridgewood Board of Education (BOE) effective Aug. 1, stepping down from the elected position she has held since 2007. School officials told The Ridgewood News this week that Lenhard is relocating out of the district. ( )

The Ridgewood Board of Education is seeking a qualified candidate to fill a mid-term vacancy on the Ridgewood Board of Education. The vacancy became effective on August 1, 2015.

The Board is delegated by law to serve the children of Ridgewood as the policy-making legislative branch of the School District. Responsibilities of the Board are to: 

Monitor student achievement.  Set district policies and goals.  Provide financial oversight.  Approve Human Resources recommendations and hire and evaluate the superintendent.  Serve as the communications link between the community and the school district. 

To fill vacancies on the Board of Education. Board members are required to attend meetings approximately twice a month and serve on committees that require an additional time commitment.

This position will be effective through our Reorganization Meeting in January 2017. This position will be placed on the ballot at the annual election, scheduled in November 2016. The winner will fill a regular three-year term from January 2017 through January 2020.

Legal Requirements: To become a member of a local Board of Education in New Jersey, you must be:  A citizen of the United States of America  At least 18 years of age  Able to read and write  A resident of Ridgewood for at least one (1) year preceding the date of the appointment  Have no interest in any contract with, or claim, against the Board  Registered to vote in the district  Not disqualified as a voter pursuant to NJSA 19:4-1

To Apply: Any qualified Ridgewood resident interested in filling the vacancy on the Ridgewood Board of Education should pick up an application at the Education Center or download one from our website at and then submit a letter of interest, application and resume by 4 p.m. on September 15, 2015 to: Dr. Alfredo Aguilar ([email protected]) Board Secretary 49 Cottage Place Ridgewood, NJ 07451 The Board of Education will review all applications submitted and interview legally qualified candidates at the public meeting on September 21, 2015. Candidates will be advised of the interview schedule. Any questions should be directed to Dr. Aguilar at [email protected] or 201-670-2700 ext. 10503.

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N.J. judge says parents can’t be made to pay for kids’ bullying


AUGUST 5, 2015, 11:26 AM    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2015, 12:00 PM

SOMERVILLE — A New Jersey judge has ruled that the parents of alleged bullies cannot be held financially liable for their children’s actions.

The ruling came Monday in a lawsuit against the Flemington-Raritan and Central Regional School Districts by the family of a boy who claims to have been bullied by others, saying the schools did not do enough to stop it despite years of complaints.

The school districts attempted to have the parents of 13 alleged bullies held responsible for negligence, arguing that parents share responsibility for their children’s actions even when they’re at school.

Their children are accused of making fun of the boy’s weight, using anti-gay slurs, throwing pasta at him and pulling down his pants. The lawsuit from the alleged victim, now a teenager, did not seek to hold individual classmates responsible.