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Honor Societies Inductees
Honor Societies Induction
05/16/2022
On the evening of Wednesday, April 13, the High School celebrated the induction ceremony of the Multi-Disciplinary Honor Societies. New members were inducted into their respective ceremonies by their advisers. New members received a membership certificate and recited the pledge to their organization in front of a proud audience. The societies who inducted new members include: Business Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Italian Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, English Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and English Language Learners Honor Society.
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A scene from the play Newsies
Newsies - a Spring Smash Hit!
04/04/2022
From Thursday, March 31 through April 2, 2002, student actors and crew presented Disney’s “Newsies” musical. Directed by Mrs. Linda Gerdes, with the musical direction of Mr. Leo Leuci, the musical was a spectacular success. Students in grades 7-12 had the opportunity to shine, whether on stage or behind the scenes as part of the crew. This performance was a special final high school moment on stage for seniors Fifi Latinwo, Gedalias Liriano, Lesly Meyers-Gelin, Oliver Pashman, Taylor Parris and Elaine Tosado. It was also the final show to be directed by Mrs. Gerdes, after 17 years of successful productions. The audience was blown away by the incredible talent of our student actors. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for these Scarlets.
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Student in Virtual Wax Museum
Grant's Living Wax Museum
03/31/2022
The 6th Grade students held the annual 2022 Grant School Wax Museum on March 29th. The students posed as wax figures to portray all types of interesting people which included artists, actors, athletes, inventors, politicians, musicians, cultural leaders, and all kinds of trendsetters from all walks of life. The wax figures come to life as the visitors approach them to talk about their “claim to fame” and other interesting parts of their life. The students prepared for the Wax Museum by reading a biography and taking notes in a graphic organizer. From their research, the students then chose what they would share with visitors, and practiced their “speeches” in school and at home. Students from Kindergarten to the 5th grade, as well as the parents and guardians of the 6th grade, enjoyed learning about all the people represented at the Wax Museum. The event was captured on video and pictures were taken to later be viewed by all. All of the 6th grade students participated in this year’s wax museum and expressed how excited they were to perform for the entire student body. It was great to see the expressions on the visitors’ faces and the reactions by not only the visiting classes but also from the teachers and parents when first seeing the students dressed as the wax figures in full costume. The 6th grade students remember attending the wax museum as young students and looked forward to this year’s event. They did an amazing job and put in a great deal of time and effort.
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Extended Day Programs
Extended Day Programs at RP!
02/14/2022
Extended Day Programs are after school activities offered for students in grades K-12. These after school programs help support students academically, socially and emotionally and are offered in all of our district school buildings! If your child is looking to get involved after school, if they need extra help with homework or could use additional academic support, this is the place! More information about our extended day programs can be found through the main menu. Just mouse over "Academics" and click the "Extended Day Programs" link in the additional resources section.
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Social Media and Mental Health Title Slide
Social Media and Mental Health
02/02/2022
Dr. Ferraro and Mrs. Sher presented an SEL topic this month on Social Media and Mental Health. Here is a recording, along with a copy of the presentation. This is part of the district's SEL initiative and we hope this information can help support you at home. Learn about the pros and cons of social media, what to look out for on devices, healthy ways to balance social media, and resources for families.
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DECA Competition Stage
DECA Success!
01/11/2022
DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) describes its mission as preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. The RP DECA club is currently in its 9th year, and we are proud to proclaim that it has been another record-setting year for our students!
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4th of July Parade Float
July 4th Float
07/14/2021
Happy Fourth of July! This year all three Ridgefield Park Elementary Schools participated together in the traditional town Fourth of July Parade. It was a great way to really kick off the summer season in true RP fashion. After overcoming many challenges this year, the theme of the 2021 float was, “We’re In This Together.” Members from all three PTA’s worked together to make this fun and colorful project come to life. Students and PTA board members from all of the elementary schools rode on their impressive creation while waving to the crowds, blowing bubbles and energetically dancing to great music. A great time was had by all!
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Egret at NJ Meadowlands Environment Center
RP Summer Academy Planning Underway!
05/14/2021
Central Office personnel and the Summer Session Planning Committee have been hard at work making preparations for extended learning during the summer of 2021. Increased funding from the NJDOE coupled with the need to reacclimate many students to an in-person educational environment have combined to make updating the summer program desirable. Partnering with the Meadowlands Environmental Center, the district will be offering a wide variety of hands-on, interactive science activities to supplement instruction for our K-12 students in need of additional math and language arts support. Lots of exciting opportunities have been included.
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Students Earn Associates Degrees
Seniors Earn Associate Degrees
05/13/2021
On Thursday, May 13th, 8 of JSHS seniors became the first cohort of students graduating from the Early College Program. This was the first group of students to participate in the program that allows students to earn their associate's degree while earning their high school diploma at the same time.
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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Logo
RP Senior Named Jack Kent Cooke Scholar
04/16/2021
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation recently announced their 2021 Cooke College Scholars and our own Larissa Flores has been selected as one of the 61 winners! This year’s recipients, who represent 26 states, were chosen from a pool of more than 5,800 applicants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marianas, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. Cooke College Scholars receive up to $40,000 annually for up to four years to attend the college or university of their choice, along with ongoing educational advising from Foundation staff and access to a network of over 2,800 active Scholars and Alumni. Scholars will also receive opportunities for internships, study abroad, and access to graduate school funding.
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Rocket League Car
JSHS to Start an Esports Team
03/01/2021
ESports is a rapidly growing global trend that allows "gamers" to represent their schools on an organized team and allows for competition at the local, regional, state and even national levels. ESports have grown so much that colleges are even offering scholarships to epsort players.
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Scarlet Quill Masthead
Get `em while they last
02/28/2021
Available now... the first ever edition of "The Scarlet Quill, Jr." The Scaret Quill, RPJSHS's esteemed quaterly magazine, has been a staple in Ridgefield Park for many years. It's a great place to sample the journalistic talents of our budding authors, ane we're excited to announce that now you have another publication to help satisfy your literary appetite - "The Scaret Quill JR."
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Read Across America
Read Across America at RP
02/23/2021
Tuesday, March 2 is Read across America Day - a day to celebrate and promote the joys of reading. To celebrate virtually, Ridgefield Park Junior/Senior High School Media Specialist, Ms. Quinn, recorded a video reading of an excerpt from a school library book for students to watch and listen to. The theme for the week supports a 2020-21 district wide initiative to promote social justice and to celebrate our diversity. At our elementary schools, a similar theme is being followed during a week long celebration with lots of activities. Students are being challenged to keep the reading going throughout the month of March. ​ You can view the high school videos at:
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RPPS Web Site Homepage
RPPS Web Site Relaunch
02/22/2021
We are pleased to announce that the Ridgefield Park district website has a new look and feel. Click "VIEW MORE" for a full description and link to a video tour of our site.
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