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Welcome Back 2019

Welcome back for the 2019 - 2020 school year. I hope you enjoyed a wonderful summer and had the opportunity to spend time with friends and family. After spending two weeks in Peru with RHS World Challengers, I was able to spend a week on the beach with my family. Like so many of you, we officially hit the next stage in our lives and we dropped off our first child to college. Needless to say, it was a day of mixed emotions.

While the Ramsey School District is excellent, we know that the only way to stay excellent and grow is to continually develop and evolve. Much of this “improvement” takes place over the summer months. This summer we had 91 teachers working on revising our K-12 curriculum, including our Profile Projects at Grades 3, 5, 8, and 12. On top of that, 126 teachers participated in 18 different professional development offerings! These professional development offerings included a week-long technology institute, mental health training, and a variety of workshops, focusing on best practices of teaching and learning in all disciplines across the K-12 spectrum.

Facilities have also been a major focus this summer. The Ramsey High School field turf and track project is moving along and should be ready shortly. It really looks sharp! We are updating our visitor vestibules, installing air conditioning, replacing windows, and much more!

On November 5, the community will be asked to approve a budget question allowing the District to move ahead with full day kindergarten. As you know, Ramsey is the only Bergen County school district without full day everyday kindergarten. To continue attracting homebuyers - the tax base of the future - Ramsey must meet the same standards as surrounding towns. Please look out for more information.

To end, I would like to give a special thank you to all the District staff and personnel who have done an incredible job this summer preparing our schools for the start of the school year. I look forward to seeing you throughout September. With community support, we look forward to another year of Achieving Excellence One Student at a Time. Good luck tomorrow!

Looking forward to a great school year!

Matthew J. Murphy, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools