Ridgefield Public Schools
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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.

BOE Update

The video of the BOE October 16 Special Meeting dedicated to discussion of the School Start Times Project is now available for viewing. Please use this link, for we are unable to load it into our video-on-demand archive at this time. Also, we invite you to read "Board Notes," a new feature on our BOE page. This monthly communication directly from our board members will provide you with summaries of current topics the board is discussing. Please see both the current issue and notes from September.

Dr. Miller Schedules Live Facebook Forum

Update on the Digital Initiative

Dr. Robert Miller, RPS Director of Technology and Operations Development, will host a Live Facebook Forum on October 24 focused on the Digital 1:1 Learning Initiative. Topics that will be covered include how students use Chromebooks in school, details about how and what the insurance covers, internet filtering on student devices, and general questions from parents. The event is Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. It is public event so you do not need to have a Facebook account to watch. Just tune in on the RPS Facebook page.

A Community Conversation on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

On November 2, 2017, assistant superintendent Kimberly Beck, along with our humanities supervisor, ERMS and SRMS Science Department leaders, and the RHS science chair will discuss key highlights of NGSS and answer your questions. The gathering will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library. 

Learn more with these links:

Day in the District

Let's talk math!

October 10 is World Math Day! Join us for a math lesson featuring Dr. Merryl Polak, SRMS’s Teacher Ambassador and see how on this day in the district a dynamic educator found an engaging and memorable way to incorporate multiple math concepts, instill a key lesson, and have fun! View the video below.

Three Questions for Dr. Alison Villanueva on Multi-Tiered Support Systems

What is MTSS?

MTSS is a framework for providing ongoing, day-to-day classroom interventions or extensions in a general education setting to maximize student learning. It is grounded in the principle that all students will learn at high levels and grow both academically and socially. The MTSS model is based on the following principles: teach all children effectively, intervene early, adopt a problem solving methodology, and use a multi-tiered model of service delivery. 

MTSS does not replace special education practices, and is not a ‘gateway’ to special education but rather systematically offers instructional and behavioral supports for all students, including high achievers. RPS is in the professional learning phase of its implementation. For more information, please read our article on MTSS.

Leadership Insight with Mr. Salem

Meet Principal Tim Salem of Scotts Ridge Middle School. Watch our video interview with him and in 10 minutes learn why he loves his work at SRMS, how the mission and vision of the graduate are being incorporated, the greatest challenge, and the importance of the daily work of maintaining a school culture that strengthens teaching and learning success for his staff and students. Don’t miss his advice at the end on what he believes is the best way we can support our middle school students.

Also, Principal Salem is happy to share with the RPS community the same information he shares with his staff on school culture. Enjoy his “Reflections on School Culture.”

Supporting Math Mindset at Home

Our elementary schools have been working on building a positive environment for our students and thinking about the ways we work in math. Pat Cooney, our K-5 math specialist reports that one of the most important things you can do for your child this year is to encourage a growth mindset or the idea that ability can grow and change with hard work and learning new strategies. By reinforcing these ideas at home, you can help develop your child’s growth mindset. You can learn more in this article from Ms. Cooney about our work, what is means, and how parents and guardians can help support their student in developing a positive mindset for math.

RPS October Calendar Highlights

October is often the month we enjoy the most here in New England for the daily artistry offered by our beautiful trees. We hope your family has settled nicely into the rhythm of the new school year and are enjoying these warm days and cool nights. 

For RPS, October includes a holiday, a professional development half-day, and some important BOE meetings. 

Schools and offices will be closed on Monday, October 9 for Columbus Day, and Thursday, October 12 will be an early dismissal day for students for professional development for RPS faculty and staff. 

The Board of Education has regular meetings scheduled on Tuesday, October 10 and Monday, October 23 and a Special Meeting scheduled for Monday, October 16 dedicated to the School Start Times initiative. The full meeting schedule has been posted to the BOE page on our website for your reference. 

Finally, two important surveys are happening this month, one sent via e-mail regarding school start times (e-mailed to parents on September 27) and another on homework (to be given to high school students sometime later this month). The School Start Times survey will close-out on Monday, October 9 (Columbus Day).  

The full district calendar can be viewed on our website.

May you enjoy the fall weather and have a Happy Halloween!

Correction 10/2/17: The homework survey in October is for high school students.

Highlights of Professional Development

Professional learning is ongoing in Ridgefield Public Schools, and the underpinning of the district's efforts to support the District Mission, innovation, and growth. We look forward to sharing our work with you over the year. Our educators will be focusing on a variety of topics and professional activities, including but not limited to: NEASC at RHS, Standards-based Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), Responsive Classroom, Core Arts Standards, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Measures of Academic Progress (MAP®), Lesson Study, Active Engagement Strategies, and Digital Literacy.

Miller's Minutes

Do you want to know what is happening at our Board of Education meetings? We offer a live feed of each meeting, posts on social media, and archive footage, minutes, packets and agendas all on our website. 

Dr. Miller reports live on Twitter during Board of Education meetings. From those tweets we have created Miller’s Minutes, a new way to get the information you want, in a way that may work for your busy life.

Please take a few minutes to read Miller's Minutes, which will appear every week after a BOE meeting.

District Presentations to Board of Education