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Jump in Enrollment Reduces School Quality

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 Steve Kim from a post of Facebook
Ridgewood NJ, I wrote this back in 2018. The discussion is still relevant. Local issues impact us directly. We need to focus on them as top priority. That can be best done in spring.
Vote NO to November election consolidation. The vote is way back in your ballot on page 3. In November, all local issues get placed way in the back and many are forgotten.

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A Culture of Bullying Reported at Ridgewood High School


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Ridgewood NJ,  sources tell the Ridgewood blog that in September 2018 a member of the Ridgewood Girls Varsity Tennis Team  posted a derogatory unsportsmanlike photo on social media of a Ramapo High School Girls  varsity tennis player . Despite complaints from Ramapo School representatives and parents , the Ridgewood High School administration has done nothing and according to sources  acted like nothing ever happened.

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So the question remains for the Ridgewood School System ; who knew ,when did they know and why did they not act?


November 13,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood High School “ANTI BULLYING POLICY” was adapted in 2016 , it has very clear rolls for students , parents and staff, While the kids involved in the incident have gotten all the attention , the little public information that is available about the incident and what led up to the incident would lead anyone to suspect the Ridgewood High School anti bullying policy , despite years of finger wagging was not followed and it appears that not only were students documented to be in violation of the policy but clearly so were some staff and parents .

So the question remains ; who knew ,when did they know and why did they not act?

Roll of the Staff

Staff must promote and reinforce the notions that IT IS SAFE TO TELL and IT IS EASY TO TELL because the school finds bullying behaviour harmful and unacceptable – this message is supported by the high value placed on Children’s Rights and the Anti-bullying pledge. Staff must always listen effectively and non-judgementally when children are trying to communicate about a bullying issue, and through training and support, be fully aware of strategies that might be usefully employed in response.  Senior staff and pastoral staff, have a particular responsibility to support colleagues in dealing with incidents of bullying.  Consideration must also be given to individual needs and circumstances.

Staff are given regular training through whole staff, House and Sharing meetings.  This includes updates in policy, curriculum or legislation.  Specific training information, findings from surveys and work with children is disseminated to staff on Inset days.

Ridgewood High School will support staff’s needs for in-service training to help ensure that anti-bullying strategies are effective, and raise awareness of possible bullying risks and vulnerable groups/individuals.

Staff should always consider their responsibility as role models and subsequently go about their duties in an anti-oppressive manner.

School staff are on duty around the college before school, during break & lunch and after school.  Support and Guidance staff must be informed of bullying incidents or concerns to ensure accurate recording and monitoring.  Support and Guidance staff will work together with form tutors and other relevant staff to ensure effective intervention.

Reporting of incidents should be recorded on SIMS as bullying incidents. A log should also be made on the victims Behaviour log.  The Support and Guidance team, including Heads of House will ensure that form tutors are informed and able to monitor and support children daily. They may also decide that extra support is needed from Heads of House, Support and Guidance or Peer Mentors. However, form tutors are normally the first line of support and daily contact for children experiencing difficulties.

Parents/carers must be informed of their child’s involvement in any incidents of bullying behaviour and strategies put in place by the member of staff dealing with the incident/s.

Bullying of or by school staff whether by children, parents or staff must be reported to the relevant line manager and Head Teacher.  Matters should be dealt in line with relevant discipline policy guidelines.

Roll of the parents or Guardians

The parent/carer is vital in the implementation of this policy.  Sometimes a child will not inform school staff if they are being bullied but will inform their parent or other family member.  When this is done the parent/carer is expected to contact the form tutor or a member of the Support and Guidance team team to discuss the incident to enable staff to deal with the issue.

A parent/carer may also see changes at home that may possibly indicate that bullying is taking place.  It is again vital that the parent communicates with school staff with any concerns.

Anti-bullying information is passed onto parents throughout their child’s time at Ridgewood; general information at induction evening, displays at parent events, newsletter articles and e-safety awareness sessions.

The parent/carer of a student displaying bullying behaviour must be contacted by school staff and then, if necessary invited into the school to discuss the behaviour shown by their child.  It is also essential that the

parent/carer of the student doesn’t feel isolated and that they are also getting support in ensuring that the behaviour is not repeated.

Parents/carers must be informed of any bullying issues and informed of any interventions.

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Reader says Teachers unhappy with their jobs in our school system should look elsewhere

Ridgewood EA teachers protest

Ridgewood teachers are some of the highest paid in the entire State. We all want raises and better health care from our employers but most of us are just happy to have a job now. In fact if anyone I know behaved the way these protesting teachers have been they would be fired. The teachers don’t seem to understand that things are not great for a lot of people since the recession and recovery has been slow. Those who enjoy the security of tenure, and automatic raises can’t seem to grasp what is going on for so many of us struggling to pay our taxes. Hold the line BOE. Teachers unhappy with their jobs in our school system should look elsewhere. We don’t need malcontents in our classrooms and there are a lot of people who would be very happy to have their jobs..

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Reader says Ms. Brogan’s failure to support the children and teachers was a terrible and unexpected blow to the Ridgewood School System


Sheila Brogan horrified the assembled multitude that night at BF and sure enough, her comments have returned to haunt us many times over. They were quickly turned into PowerPoint slides by Valley’s attorneys. Our elected BOE hires the Superintendent of Schools, not the reverse, and should have stood firm, acting as a staunch defender of students’ and teachers’ health, safety, and ability to learn and teach in peace and health. That defection was one of the harshest blows in this nearly decade-long fight to prevent Ridgewood from becoming Valleywood. Ms. Brogan’s failure to support the children and teachers was a terrible and unexpected blow. She has a great deal to answer for and should stop running for reelection to the BOE.