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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.

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:

“Anxiety Awareness: What’s All the Angst About?”
October 3, 2017: (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. at Ridgefield Library and 7:00 p.m. at Scotts Ridge Middle School)
A screening of the new documentary Angst: Breaking the Stigma Around Anxiety, followed by an open discussion and Q&A session with noted psychiatrist Aaron Krasner, M.D., $5.00 suggested donation at the door. See our flyer for full details.

“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. 

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.