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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.
Kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year will take place on the following dates:
- Barlow Mountain Elementary - Monday, February 27
- Farmingville Elementary - Tuesday, February 28
- Ridgebury Elementary - Wednesday, March 1
- Scotland Elementary - Thursday, March 2
- Veteran's Park Elementary - Friday, March 3
- Branchville Elementary - Monday, March 6
These dates are for parents only. We will introduce parents to some members of the school staff, and we will also review registration forms and distribute important information. Please take a moment to review the kindergarten registration press release for the 2017-2018 school year.
In the month of January 2017 Ridgefield Public Schools will close on Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Please review the district calendar on our calendar page. Board of Education (BOE) meetings will take place on Monday, January 9 and Monday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. Please visit our board of education page to learn more about the BOE and how to view meetings live online.
Ridgefield Public Schools' shared purpose anchors the district in providing all students with relevant, engaging, and multiple learning opportunities. And when we say "all" students, we really mean it! As a district, we acknowledge that children access learning in varying ways and that setting the stage for student success both academically and socially looks different for every child. Personalized learning, and how it impacts students, is the underlying foundation of the Scientifically Research Based Intervention (SRBI) team. Read more about how our district leaders are teaming up to improve SRBI.
The Ridgefield Public Schools pre-k program provides the opportunity for children ages three and four with and without disabilities to learn together in a safe and nurturing environment. Please join us at one of our following open houses:
- January 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- February 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- February 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- March 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- March 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Please see our pre-k open house flyer for more information.
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The consulting firm of Milone & MacBroom have completed their report of enrollment projections for 2016-17 through 2026-27 and recommends that we do not close an elementary school at this time. These projections (see page 19) are based on many different factors and assumptions including birth rates, home sales, and unemployment rates.
They also provided an update on the capacity study, a strategic review of how our buildings are being utilized. For an interesting view at how a school built in the 1960’s can support only half the population it was designed for in the 21st century (see pages 29-30).
In creating the capacity report, the firm of Milone & MacBroom have studied floor plans, classroom use by grade level/subject, classrooms used for special education programs, specialty classrooms/labs, the presence of shared spaces, and accessibility such as elevators or barriers. That combined with teacher contract limits, class size guidelines for k-8, industry standards in educational design, and Connecticut School construction grants guidelines has resulted in a report on the projected capacity percentage for each building over the same 10 years (see pages 37, 40, and 43). Please note that Milone & MacBroom define capacity at 90% to build in necessary flexibility, thus a school at 100% capacity is actually not full to the brim but at a number that warrants a red flag indicating a need for close monitoring and strategic space utilization; this is a standard industry model.
The firm asked the board of education for direction on the various models of school configurations they wished them to apply to the capacity study data. The board chose several, from moving 5th into a 5th-8th grade configuration, creating a 5th-6th and 7th-8th grade system and others. They presented the results in a report to the board of education at the November 28 meeting, and there were no big standout models for how best to reconfigure, but a few possibilities that warrant deeper inquiry such as how the various options would affect bus scheduling, and speciality class availability.
Our superintendent, Dr. Karen Baldwin, thanked them for their continued diligence in testing the assumptions our current policy is based on and they will make a report to the board of education on January 9, 2017. The board of education will discuss the planning assumptions in the capacity study and potential impacts of decision making at the December 12, 2016, board meeting. The board of education will determine what capacity study plan options to move forward for public input and administrative modeling inclusive of financial savings/impacts and educational innovations by January 23, 2017.
Parents, you are invited to the Parenting the #Selfie Generation series, "How to Raise an Adult," on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse. This workshop will feature Julie Lythcott-Haims, author and former dean of Stanford University. This series is a collaboration of Ridgefield Public Schools, Ridgefield Council of PTA’s, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Youth Commission, Fairfield County Bank, Books on Common, Project Resilience, Town Vibe, and Silver Hill Hospital. Please view the flyer about "How to Raise an Adult" for more details. You may also view the complete schedule complete schedule of our parenting workshop here.