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  • Invitation: Bond Referendum Open House

    The community is invited to attend an Open House Tour of Ramsey High School and Smith Middle School on October 13 to learn more about the December 11 Bond Referendum vote. The event will be held from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Please feel free to attend at whatever time works for you. District representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the proposed building projects. Click headline for more information.

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  • More Funding for Schools, But Only Some of Them

    The news has been flooded with feel-good reports about the State of New Jersey’s supposed boost in funding for schools. On the whole, it sounds like great news. Dig into the details, though, and the truth comes out: More money isn’t as much a reality as more money for some. And the boost for some was made possible by a ding for others. The short version is: Ramsey was awarded a slight increase in state funding in early spring, but saw no additional benefit when new Governor Phil Murphy kicked off summer with a much-touted announcement about even more school funding. Click headline for more information.

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  • Standardized Testing

    As required by the New Jersey Department of Education, the results of the statewide standardized assessments were reported to the Board of Education at the meeting held on Monday, September 24. Individual Student Reports for the Spring 2018 PARCC are being mailed home from each district school on Friday, September 28. Click headline for more information.

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  • Referendum Update - #InvestInRamsey

    Bond Proposal Shifts Second Question to 2019 In addition to hiring staff, deep-cleaning buildings, and planning curriculum, the leadership of the Ramsey School District spent summer months fine-tuning the bond proposal that voters will consider on December 11. The building plans are now more detailed and the financial estimates are more solid. The most notable difference is the shift from two questions this December to two separate votes this December and the following November. The state’s Department of Education has overruled Ramsey’s original intent to request an operating budget boost on the Dec. 11 ballot. While we disagree and are looking to appealing that decision, we also know we can’t put all our plans on hold. Every delay deprives Ramsey students of facilities they need and deserve.

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  • Safety and Security Update

    The safety and security of our students and staff continues to be one of our top priorities. While we can’t disclose all the details for security reasons, there are significant safety and security upgrades that we would like to share with you. Two additional district security officers. Mr. Joseph Farrow and Mr. Jerome Fowler, both recently retired police officers, will join Mr. Michael Fanning as district security officers. Both Mr. Farrow and Mr. Fowler bring years of experience and training that will increase the security at all of our schools. A new lock-down system at each school. This enables anyone inside the schools to instantly put a school in lockdown.

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  • What Great Teachers Do Differently

    To help kick off the 2018-2019 school year for the teaching staff, the district will be hosting Todd Whitaker, one of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation and teacher leadership. Todd has written over 40 books including the national best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. On Wednesday, September 5 he will be giving three separate talks to the staff in Ramsey about this topic. He will begin the day speaking to the K-5 staff and then address the high school staff in the afternoon before ending his day at Smith school.

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  • The Ramsey School District is a Common Sense District

    The Ramsey School District has just been approved as a Common Sense District, an honor that recognizes our efforts in teaching digital citizenship to young people and engaging the entire community in this important discussion and supporting educators using technology for learning. The recognition acknowledges our district's’ commitment creating a culture of digital learning and citizenship...(Click for More)

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  • RHS Class of 2018 Graduate speaks at United Nations!

    On May 30th, Ramsey High School School senior Zachary Zimmer delivered a speech to the United Nations at the “Evolving Hatred: Antisemitism and BDS Today” panel, which was sponsored by Israel’s permanent mission to the United Nations. Through his speech, Zachary exemplified many of the qualities that Ramsey Public Schools look to encourage in our students: being adaptable and self-directed, developing a sense of social responsibility, and cultivating one’s passions. Zachary’s speech highlighted ways to address Antisemitism on college campuses across the United States as part of UN Youth Dialogue Day during which students from around the world spoke. Zachary addressed the Israeli ambassador Danny Danon, Ambassador Katalin Bogyay of Hungary, and numerous other diplomats from Germany, Guatemala, Great Britain, France, Argentina, and Paraguay.

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  • Hubbard School Recognized as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship

    Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Mary A. Hubbard as a Common Sense School. Mary A. Hubbard has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. The recognition acknowledges our school’s commitment to creating a culture of digital learning and citizenship. Click headline for more information.

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  • RHS Students accepted into All-State Chorus Ensembles

    The Ramsey High School Music Department is proud to announce that 4 students have recently auditioned for, and been accepted into, All-State Choral Ensembles. Jeffrey Castellano, Bailey Felderman, and Allison Los have earned seats in the 2018-19 New Jersey All-State Mixed Chorus, and Alyssa Mathew has been accepted to the 2018-19 New Jersey All-State Treble Chorus. This is Jeffrey’s 2nd year in All-State Chorus, and it is also the most RHS students accepted to All-State chorus ensembles in more than 10 years. The students are under the direction of RHS chorus teacher, Mrs. Rebecca Saltzman. In order to gain acceptance into these prestigious ensembles, the students must undergo a rigorous “blind” audition process against students from across New Jersey. As part of the All-State chorus ensembles, the students will have the chance to perform in venues such as Atlantic City’s Convention Hall and NJPAC in Newark.

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  • Models of Excellence - Tisdale School Staff Recognition

    At the May 7, 2018 Board of Education meeting two staff members from Tisdale School were recognized for receiving accolades from the NJ Department of Education. Third grade teacher Mrs. Beth Papaz is the recipient of the Governor’s Educator of the Year, and school social worker Mrs. Lisa Moment is the recipient of the Governor’s Service Professional of the Year. These recognitions highlight staff members in schools that demonstrate exceptional talent, serve as models of excellence for the profession, are experts in their field and hold the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues. The following are Principal Aliano's remarks about each outstanding educator.

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  • Stomping Out the Stigma - A Teacher's Perspective

    The effects of mental illness are felt by so many adults and children, no matter where they may live or what they may do. As a teacher, there have been times when the effects of mental illness march right into the classroom. Over the years, some of my students have been able to articulate their thoughts about how this disease affects them, while other students have not been able to express their feelings with the same exactness. In any of those cases, the need for encouragement, love, and support have always been necessary. When the opportunity to join a cause like Ramsey Stigma Free Committee arose, I knew that it was one I could not pass up. Click headline for more.

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  • Proud To Be Stigma-Free

    Despite its prevalence, many individuals fail to seek help or treatment due to the stigma that society has attached to mental illness. Many people with a mental illness experience shame and fear of judgment from friends, family and co-workers. Such judgment is often rooted in a lack of awareness that mental illness is a disease that warrants the same recognition and treatment as any physical disease.

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  • A Student's Perspective on World Challenge Trip to Bolivia

    Please enjoy Abby Greenberg, a Ramsey High School student's perspective on her World Challenge trip to Bolivia this past summer.

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