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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.
The superintendent’s proposed budget was approved by the board of education and presented to the board of selectmen. It is currently under consideration by the Ridgefield Board of Finance (BOF). Please note that the town budget (which includes the proposed BOE Budget) will be subject to a public hearing on March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall large conference room. This is an additional opportunity for you to speak and share your views. We believe our budget request is both fiscally responsible and advances teaching and learning in our schools. We hope you will come out and support the budget at the town referendum in May. If you have any questions, please contact us.
The RPS library media specialists have created a great new website, “Media Literacy in Our Schools,” that focuses on “determining authority, accuracy, currency, and bias as it applies to sources and search skills for our students.” The site includes helpful links, how to use the five Ws (who, what, when, where, and why), interesting tricks to spot fake news, lesson plans, and more to empower our students with ever strengthening media literacy skills.
"Information literacy is a core component to the curriculum our librarians teach, and our teachers embed within core instruction. We are rolling out a common professional learning experience for teachers at all schools on media literacy—essentially how to critically analyze news stories to determine if a story is true or not," explained Dr. Robert Miller, district technology director.
On April 18 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Miller will host a live Facebook forum for parents to learn more about media literacy. As we get closer to the event, we will send more information and invite parents to participate from home. Parents will be able to watch with or without a Facebook account.
Paul Hendrickson has been the business manager for the Ridgefield Public Schools for over eight years now. He is a key resource at all board of education meetings and oversees our budget preparation as well as its day-to-day management, along with transportation, food services, and facilities. He has served his country as a member of the Navy, worked as an educator himself and a business executive in major US corporations, and served in government in his hometown. We invite you to take a few moments and meet this important member of our district leadership team - Paul Hendrickson.
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. for the final parent workshop in this outstanding series from Project Resilience entitled "Sexting, Tweeting, Snapping, & Other Teen Realities: What Parents Need to Know about Teens and Social Media." Speakers include Tom Dardis, Ridgefield Police Department; Tim Salem, principal, Scotts Ridge Middle School; Robert Miller, PhD, RPS director of technology; Colleen Keenan, student, RHS; and Chris Parrot, MS, president, Your Self Series. Learn more about the event on our program flier.
The State of Connecticut has a new framework on "Telling the story of how well a school is preparing its students for success in college, career, and life." The Next Generation Accountability System will be presented at a future BOE meeting. We encourage you to learn more about this new accountability system.
Spring is almost here! Please take a moment to review our March calendar highlights for details on all of our activities.
The Ridgefield Public Schools, in partnership with the Ridgefield Council of PTAs and Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, invite the community to join us for a conversation on emotional intelligence with Dr. Mark Brackett on Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the East Ridge Middle School auditorium.