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Benjamin Franklin Middle School Pauses to Remember as Country Remembers Upcoming 80th Anniversary of D-Day

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Ridgewood NJ, Benjamin Franklin Middle School students were reminded today of the real reason behind Memorial Day when members of American Legion 53 joined the students at the school’s annual Memorial Day Remembrance event. Each year the school selects a veteran to highlight. But, this year, the event highlighted the upcoming 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 6th, remembering the day 150,000 allied soldiers invaded Normandy, France, which was occupied by Nazi Germany in 1944. This event ultimately led to the liberation of Europe.

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Benjamin Franklin Middle School’s Annual Phone-free Friday Night Declared a Success

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Ridgewood NJ, Benjamin Franklin Middle School  students dropped their phones at the door for the school’s second annual phone-free Friday night! The theme was scavenger hunt, and the students had a blast!
This amazing event that had our students away from their screens for an entire evening!

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Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl Kicker and RHS Alumni Younghoe Koo had his First Encounter with a Football at Benjamin Franklin Middle School

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Ridgewood NJ, Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl kicker and RHS alumni Younghoe Koo had his first encounter with a football not until middle school. Born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1994, Koo’s upbringing centered around soccer, and he even clinched victory in a regional kicking competition in Korea.

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Teaneck Police Department Actively Investigating a Threat to Benjamin Franklin Middle School

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Teaneck NJ, Teaneck Chief of Police Andrew R. McGurr announces that the Teaneck Police Department is actively investigating a threat to Benjamin Franklin Middle School that was brought to the attention of the Teaneck Police Department this week.

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The Ridgewood Board of Education is Casting a Wide Net Looking for Candidates for Benjamin Franklin Middle School Principal

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Ridgewood NJ, Benjamin Franklin Middle School principal search is underway. We have cast a wide net to ensure that the best selection for this position. Until the best candidate is selected, current vice principal Greg Wu, who did not apply for the position, will fill the role of Acting Principal.

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Benjamin Franklin Middle School Student Tosses the First Pitch at a Jackals Home Game in Hinchliffe Stadium

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Ridgewood NJ, Nick G., a student at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, loves learning about different sports teams and especially their mascots. Recently, Nick, a 7th grader in the school’s RISe program, was invited to throw out the first pitch at a Jackals home game! Nick was super excited and was able to meet all of the teammates. Nice toss, Nick!

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75th Anniversary of JAMBOREE Show Dates: Mar 3rd, 4th, and 5th at Benjamin Franklin Middle School

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Ridgewood NJ, since 1947, Jamboree has presented an original musical revue to raise need-based scholarship funds for college bound Ridgewood High School seniors. Over 125 RHS parents and guardians contribute each year by performing on stage, designing costumes, building sets, and working backstage.

The Jamboree Scholarship Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) qualified charity and all contributions are tax-deductible. The entire production and all Jamboree fundraising efforts are 100 percent voluntary.  All fund revenues are raised through program advertising, ticket sales and corporate and individual sponsorships.

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Benjamin Franklin Middle School Awarded Sustainability Grant and Somerville Elementary School Achieves Sustainability Certification

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Ridgewood NJ,  Sustainable Jersey for Schools and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) announced that Benjamin Franklin Middle School  (BFMS) has been awarded a $2,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant. Fourteen $10,000 grants and twenty $2,000 grants were distributed to support a variety of projects including outdoor classrooms, aquaponics food production, water bottle refilling stations, anti-bias training, school wellness programs, waste reduction, student green team capacity building and more.

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Remote Learning Brings a New Set of Issues for COVID at Ridgewood Schools

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood schools reported the following Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases for the week ending January 8, 2021.

Four individuals at Ridgewood High School; these cases are of known origin.
Three individuals at Benjamin Franklin Middle School; one case is of known origin and two cases are of unknown origin.
One individual at George Washington Middle School; this case is of known origin.
One individual at Ridge Elementary School; this case is of known origin.

The Village Health Department has determined no close contacts in school were found for all of the cases; therefore, only the individuals and family members are quarantined.

Please remember, during this time of remote learning, if a family member becomes symptomatic or tests positive, please communicate with your school nurse.

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No Break from COVID during the December Ridgewood School Recess

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood School District reported winter break Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases during the December Recess.

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Ridgewood High School Alumni Makes 2021 NFL Pro Bowl

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Ridgewood NJ, persistence and determination pay off for . The Atlanta Falcons kicker and former Ridgewood High School Football star and a graduate of Benjamin Franklin Middle School and Ridgewood High School was named to the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl on Monday night, a little over one year after being released from his second NFL team.

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Benjamin Franklin Middle School and Ridgewood High School Go All Remote

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Ridgewood NJ, Due to two recent separate positive COVID-19 cases of unknown origin in each school, Benjamin Franklin Middle School and Ridgewood High School will transition to all remote learning , Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

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Ridgewood Schools Report Multiple Cases of Coronavirus

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood School system sent out a  letter inform informing parents and gradians of the following Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) positive cases. Two individuals at Ridgewood High School have tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19); these cases are unrelated to each other. Two individuals at Benjamin Franklin Middle School and two individuals at George Washington Middle School have tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19); these cases were unrelated to each other and the individuals were not within the school buildings.

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Benjamin Franklin Middle School students win Middle School Best Film at the Count Basie Teen and College Film Fest 2020

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Ridgewood NJ,  Ridgewood students Maiah Riedel and Emily Scharfenberg won Middle School Best Film at the Count Basie Teen and College Film Fest 2020 for their documentary, Unbridled.
The film was showcased at this year’s virtual film fest, which ran from March 30 through April 6. The two student filmmakers attend Benjamin Franklin Middle School (BF), where they have been active members of the Film Club for the past two years. Unbridled is the story of a Mustang training and rescue facility located in Allendale that also serves as a wellness center for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Eighth grade students from Benjamin Franklin Middle school competed in the Bergen County Brain Busters Competition

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Ridgewood NJ, Eighth grade students from Benjamin Franklin Middle school competed recently in the Bergen County Brain Busters Competition. There were 32 teams competing from 16 middles schools. Second place winners were the BFMS student team of Alex Khalitov, Ryan Cho, Ethan Holden and Tommy Clark. Also participating in the competition were Joonho Oh, Kevin Shen, Sarah Jeong and Zerlina Huang. The student advisor is BFMS Math Teacher Courtney Pfeiffer.