Welcome to the Ridgewood Public Schools
A Message from the Superintendent
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Ridgewood Public Schools. As the largest school system in Bergen County, the Ridgewood district comprises ten schools, including one housing our pre-k handicapped program; six elementary schools (K-5); two middle schools (6-8); and one high school (9-12). Of the districtís approximately 500 teachers and administrators, 65% have Masterís degrees and 5% hold doctorates.
Ridgewood Public Schools deliver a high quality education focusing on maximizing the potential of every learner. The district is continually recognized on state and national levels for school and individual achievements. Our students consistently score extremely well on state and national tests and above state and district factor groups. The districtís more than 5800 students all have an opportunity to succeed under the tutelage and guidance of a dedicated, professional faculty and administration. In addition, all students are taught in a technologically advanced setting and are provided with numerous opportunities to excel in the formal classroom and extracurricular activities, including the arts, athletics, student publications, and academic competitions.
The Ridgewood Public Schools district is governed by a five-member Board of Education. Members are elected to rotating three-year terms by the voting public.
Annual Recognition Winners are Announced
The district has announced the winners of the annual Recognition Program for teachers and education services personnel.
The Board of Education approved the following winners at its April 13, 2015 meeting: Susan Fink, Educational Services Personnel; Paul Cronk, Hawes School; Ellen Wolff, Orchard School;
Nicole Blatt, Ridge School; Samantha Stankiewicz, Somerville School; Amanda Zampolino, Travell School; Paul Wyka, Willard School; Amber Nizza, Benjamin Franklin Middle School; Janelle Jacoby King, George Washington Middle School; and Nancy Reilly, Ridgewood High School.
The 2014-2015 winners were chosen by a panel of parents, teachers and administrators from nominations solicited from parents, students and community members.
The Ridgewood Teacher Recognition Award reception will be held at the Education Center on Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. for the award recipients, their families, school parents, teachers and friends. Each award recipient will receive a stipend of $500 ($250 awarded by the individual Home and School Association and $250 awarded by the Board).
4.15.15: Parent / Guardian Satisfaction Survey is Coming Out in May
District parents and guardians will have the opportunity to provide anonymous feedback to the Board of Education in May, when they will be asked to fill out the 2014-2015 satisfaction survey. The survey period will run from Tuesday, May 5 through Friday, May 15. All district parents and guardians with email addresses on file will receive an email link to the survey. Click here for more information.
Board Approves Next Orchard School Principal
4.14.15: At its April 13, 2015 meeting, the Ridgewood Board of Education approved the appointment of Mary Ferreri to the position of Principal, Orchard School. Click here to read a letter sent to the Orchard School community on April 14, 2015.
Hot Off the Press: rps.eNews 4.14.15
rps.eNews is the district's electronic newsletter that is e-mailed approximately twice a month, following Board of Education meetings. It contains news of the Board, events of interest to the RPS community, student and teacher honors and awards, and notices of upcoming village-wide activities.
Click here to read the April 14, 2015 issue.
Click here to subscribe or unsubscribe to rps.eNews.
3.25.15: Information on the 2015-2016 School Budget is Out
The preliminary proposed school budget is under discussion by the Board of Education.
Click here to view the latest presentation, given at the April 13, 2015 Board
of Education meeting.
3.11.15: Update on Strategic Planning
At the March 9, 2015 Board of Education meeting, goals were approved that were compiled from the district strategic planning day held in September. The five goal areas are student achievement, technology, communications, facilities and diversity. Click here for details.
Board Approves 2015-2016 School Calendar
Click here to view the 2015-2016 School Calendar, approved by the Ridgewood Board of Education on February 23, 2015.
Curriculum Series for Parents and Guardians Continues
PROGRAM ADDED: The district has added a program, "All About Google Apps for Education," a series of three stand-alone workshops designed to introduce parents and guardians to the world of technology in the classroom. These workshops will be offered on April 15 (elementary school level); April 20 (middle school level): and April 22 (high school level). Each workshop is limited to 25 participants and pre-registration is required. .
Click here to go to the pre-registration page.
Click here for the flyer and more information.
Board of Education Meets on April 27, 2015
The Board of Education will hold a Regular Public Meeting on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. This meeting will include a Public Hearing on the Budget.
Board of Education meetings are held on the third floor of the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, NJ. The public is welcome to attend, or to watch live via the district website's "Link in Live" tab. Live streaming is also available on FiOS channel 33 and Optimum channel 77.
Click here to view the agenda for the April 27, 2015 Public Hearing on the Budget and Regular Public Meeting.
Click here to view the Preliminary Proposed 2015-2016 budget presented at the April 13, 2015 Joint Meeting with the Village Council and Regular Public Meeting.
10.02.14: FAQs on Common Core and PARCC
Please click here for updated FAQs on Common Core Curriculum Standards (CCSS) and PARCC testing, released October 2, 2014.
This folder contains Board and District goals for the current and prior school years, and reports relating to the achievement of those goals.
Archives of regular and special public meetings of the Ridgewood Board of Education
Superintendent's File Cabinet
Agendas for the 2010-2011 and prior school years
Minutes of Board of Education meetings for the 2010-2011 and prior school years
Links to Web casts of Board of Education meetings from January 28, 2008 to July 20, 2009. Also included are links to special events: Teacher Recognition ceremony 2010 and forum on "Preparing Our Students to be Leaders of Tomorrow."
The 2014-2015 School Calendar and official list of religious holidays for 2014-2015.
Also, the 2015-2016 School Calendar, approved by the Board of Education on February 23, 2015.
Correspondence, resolutions and other materials relating to the state education scene.
District/Community Planning Goals and action plans and programs.
Dr. Fishbein is a regular contributor to "The Ridgewood News," writing a monthly column called "The Superintendent's Corner." This folder contains Dr. Fishbein's archived columns.
Letters to Ridgewood Public Schools parents/guardians and staff, and Letters to the Editor.
Speeches and other formal remarks