Ridgefield Public Schools
Our shared purpose is to provide highly engaging, relevant and personalized learning
for ALL members of the community

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There's nothing we enjoy more than sharing the good news about our wonderful students and staff members. And we have a lot of great things to share! Read all about student and faculty awards and accomplishments, past happenings, upcoming events, and so much more.

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

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.

Ridgefield Education Foundation Awards Grants

At the June 12th Board of Education meeting, The Ridgefield Education Foundation announced it has awarded grants to five teachers for four projects in our schools. 

The winning projects were awarded to Janine Johnson for “Going Deep! Virtual Reality in the SRMS Library Learning Commons,” a project that will utilize virtual reality to improve student learning, empathy and creativity, 

Holli Levy and Liza Shaban of VPES for “Coding and Computer Science with Dash and Dot Robots” in which students will participate in real world research using computer science skills, Mike Merati of RHS, for “Business and Finance Symposium” in which students will collaborate with local businesses by studying industry analysis reports and offering business solutions in a real world environment, and Charlsie Vanderrest of SRMS, for “Nature Lab” which will provide access to natural history specimens inspiring connections between not only science, art, and design, but all aspects of their learning. 

RPS is surely grateful for these grants and the ongoing support REF provides our education community. And we congratulate these teachers on their innovative and forward-thinking work. 

Read the full press release here.

View the June 12th REF Presentation to the BOE.

Retiring Teachers Honored at BOE Meeting

Twenty-one members of our Ridgefield education community retired at the end of this school year and were honored by their principals and the Board of Education this month. Retirees included administrators, faculty and staff. Each retiree was honored with remembrances by their school principal and a book was donated to their respective libraries in their name. A grateful district thanks these outstanding professionals and wishes them all the best in their retirement. To learn more about the retirees, please read our memo.

Freshman Readiness Course offered in July!

The Ridgefield Summer Learning Program is proud to offer the Freshman Readiness Course to all incoming freshmen. This is a three-day seminar focused on acclimating incoming freshmen with the routines, skills, and expectations of the high school. All sessions are taught by current freshmen teachers at RHS. Students will focus on a variety of skills including time management, navigating the high school, how to read the rotating schedule, reading and annotating skills and more. Three sessions will be offered July 11-13, July 18-20 and July 25 - July 27. Click here to view a flyer with full details.

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.

Day in the District - Community Day Celebration for RPS Staff

On Thursday, June 22nd, the Ridgefield Public Schools staff came together to celebrate the completion of another great year of education, reflect on their work, and look to the future framed by our new Mission Statement and the Vision of the Graduate. It was the official last day of school for our faculty as they completed the year’s professional development curriculum and closed up shop for the summer. We invite you to view the video and share one final day in the district. 

School Start Times Project Update

The Steering Committee for the BOE School Start Times Project has been selected and held its first meeting on June 19th; another meeting is being finalized for July. Jonathan Costa of EdAdvance has been hired as a consultant to assist the committee in the role of project manager. The committee includes a wide spectrum of community members and educators (see link below for list). We will continue to update our website with information released by the committee.

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

Steering Committee Members

Ridgefield Public Schools Appoints New Veterans Park Elementary School Leader

On Monday, May 22, the Ridgefield Board of Education voted unanimously to support Superintendent Karen Baldwin's recommendation of Ellen Tuckner as Principal for Veterans Park Elementary School. Ellen Tuckner is currently Principal of Mohegan Elementary School in Shelton and was previously Assistant Principal at Cider Mill School in Wilton. "Ellen’s breadth of experience in elementary school education is a perfect fit for Ridgefield Public Schools,” said Ridgefield Superintendent Dr. Karen Baldwin. 

We invite you to read the press release in full here.