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News

There's a lot happening in our vibrant and growing community! From important reminders to noteworthy events, we’ve included all the latest news here on one page. Make it your first stop when you visit our website to ensure you are always aware of what is going on.

Standing Up for Kindness!

“When we openly celebrate the wonderfully diverse classrooms that we have in our community, it helps to make every student feel welcome and safe, and illustrates to them that we are more powerful when we choose to promote love instead of hate.” - Dr. Karen Baldwin

One need not look far to witness kindness in our school community. Students at Ridgebury Elementary made kindness commitments, RHS students are sending gifts to first responders, East Ridge students are spreading messages of kindness with rocks, and Veterans Park students are getting a special acknowledgement for kind deeds. Read more!

Parenting The #Selfie Generation: Project Resilience

The Project Resilience Parent Workshops continue this month on Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. with “Born to be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks, and How We Can Help Keep Them Safe.” The featured speaker will be acclaimed adolescent psychiatrist Jess Shatkin, M.D., of the NYU Child Study Center,  and author of a groundbreaking, research-based guide that sheds new light on why young people make dangerous choices. Come join us as he offers solutions that work.

“Parenting the #Selfie Generation” is a community-wide collaboration with Ridgefield Public Schools, Ridgefield Council of PTAs, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Youth Commission, Books on the Common, Project Resilience, Town Vibe, and Silver Hill Hospital.

View the flyer for the full schedule of workshops.

School Start Times Project

The Board of Education has approved a change in school start times to more closely align with the research on student sleep and health. The change will take effect in the 2019-20 school year to provide sufficient time for community collaboration, education, logistical review of transportation services, and development of policies and practices to nurture the holistic development and wellness of every student.

Please take a moment to read the complete press release regarding the school start times project.

Dr. Miller Schedules Live Facebook Forum

Update on the Digital Initiative

Dr. Robert Miller, RPS Director of Technology and Operations Development, will host a Live Facebook Forum on October 24 focused on the Digital 1:1 Learning Initiative. Topics that will be covered include how students use Chromebooks in school, details about how and what the insurance covers, internet filtering on student devices, and general questions from parents. The event is Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. It is public event so you do not need to have a Facebook account to watch. Just tune in on the RPS Facebook page.

Day in the District

Let's talk math!

October 10 is World Math Day! Join us for a math lesson featuring Dr. Merryl Polak, SRMS’s Teacher Ambassador and see how on this day in the district a dynamic educator found an engaging and memorable way to incorporate multiple math concepts, instill a key lesson, and have fun! View the video below.

Clubs and Activities

Did you know that East Ridge Middle School offers over 15 before and after school clubs and activities? Check out our Extracurricular Activities page to find out more!

Stuff a Bus

Help the RPS transportation company, First Student, stuff a bus with supplies needed in Puerto Rico for hurricane recovery. Read more>>>

Construction News

There will be construction on North Street and Barlow Mountain Road the week of September 25th. This will result in delays impacting all busses in the district for the week. Due to this large scale impact we will not be sending out notifications of individual bus delays during this period. Thank you for your patience.

School Start Time Presentation - Dr. Kanaan

On September 18, 2017, Dr. Kanaan from UCONN presented to Ridgefield parents and staff on the issue of healthy sleep patterns and its relationship to school start times.

We encourage you to watch this informative presentation online.

Parenting the Selfie Generation

Parenting the #Selfie Generation Resilience for LifeRPS is happy to partner with the Ridgefield Council of PTAs, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Youth Commission, Books on the Common, Project Resilience, Town Vibe, and Silver Hill Hospital in presenting this year’s series of parent workshops. Coming in October:

“10 Best-Ever Techniques to Manage Anxiety and Depression”
October 19, 2017: (Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Scotts Ridge Middle School)
Go home with practical strategies to manage anxiety and depression from renowned expert and author, Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D. See our flyer for full details.

Mark your calendar for all workshops with this schedule for the full series.

Adolescent Sleep Research by Dr. Jennifer Papa Kanaan

The Board of Education’s Steering Committee for the School Start Times Project will host a community information event featuring speaker Dr. Jennifer Papa Kanaan on Monday, September 18, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the East Ridge Middle School auditorium. She will present the latest medical research on the importance of adolescent sleep and how it is being applied to the issue of healthy start times for Ridgefield’s students.

Please read our full press release for the details on the event.

District Calendar Correction

Our district on-line calendar incorrectly stated an early dismissal time for all schools at 12:15 p.m. on September 14, October 12, and April 6. This has been corrected and we apologize for the confusion. Early dismissal times at our schools are as follows:

  • Ridgefield High School 10:30 a.m.
  • East Ridge and Scotts Ridge Middle Schools 11:05 a.m.
  • Branchville, Ridgebury, and Scotland Elementary Schools 11:40 a.m.
  • Barlow Mountain, Farmingville, and Veterans Park 12:15 p.m.

Ridgefield Public Schools Phone System Changes

On Monday, August 7, the Ridgefield Public Schools will be activating their new phone system. The main phone numbers for the schools and central office will remain the same. Internal extensions have all been changed from five to four digits.

You will notice new auto-attendant messages when you call the schools or central office. Please listen carefully to the new options and selections for each location. Callers will be able to use a “search by name” feature in order to contact specific staff members. 

We anticipate the new extensions will be updated on the website and district documents over the next few weeks.

For more information, please read the press release in full.

Student Team and Homeroom Assignment

We will e-mail student team and homeroom assignments to parents on or about August 11.

Revised 2017-18 School Year District Calendar Approved

At the June 26, 2017 Board of Education meeting, the 2017-18 revised calendar was approved. Four half-days have been added for professional development. Our building leadership is reworking the half-day schedules as such to allow for longer class times by alternating morning and afternoon classes on these shortened professional development days. We will monitor the effectiveness of this new schedule and keep you updated throughout the school year on the details of this work. We are confident that these professional development investments will make a positive difference in the classroom for our students.

View the revised 2017-18 district calendar.

Open House Event Dates Scheduled for Fall 2017

Please mark your calendars for our Fall 2017 school open house events:

  • Barlow Mountain Elementary School - September 13
  • Branchville Elementary School - September 13
  • East Ridge Middle School - September 28
  • Farmingville Elementary School - September 13
  • Ridgebury Elementary School - September 12
  • Ridgefield High School - September 14
  • Scotland Elementary School - September 12
  • Scotts Ridge Middle School - September 27
  • Veterans Park Elementary School - September 13

Our New Mission Statement & Vision of the Graduate

We are happy to share our new Mission Statement and Vision of the Graduate. This is the culmination of the efforts of our Strategic Coherence Planning Committee, a team of BOE members, administration, teachers, parents, and community members who worked diligently throughout this past year to define the outcomes we want for our Ridgefield students. Approved by the BOE, this will define our work going forward.

School Start Times Project Update

At the May 22 Board of Education Meeting, Superintendent Baldwin and the Strategic Planning Committee presented their plan for reviewing school start times across the district and the opportunity to change them to align with current research on adolescent sleep and be responsive to elementary level feedback.

We invite you to visit our new webpage dedicated to the School Start Times project.