Ridgefield Public Schools
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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.

School Start Times Project Update

Superintendent Baldwin reports that the District Steering Committee for the School Start Times Project met twice over the summer and will be meeting again on August 24th. Two high school students have joined the committee, rounding out the membership with strong representation from parents, educators, administrators, and community leaders. 

“The committee work remains on schedule for a late October Board of Education decision, and we are looking forward to vetting the transportation scenarios at our next meeting.”

At the August 24th Steering Committee meeting, the committee will be reviewing a report by School Bus Consultants. The report is expected to provide several change scenarios to transportation to deliver an 8:30 a.m. start time at Ridgefield High School which aligns with the research on sleep and adolescent health. Jonathan Costa, the project manager from EdAdvance, will be presenting a report on the work of the Steering Committee to the BOE at the opening meeting on August 28th. 

RPS August Calendar Highlights

The momentum is building at the Ridgefield Public School’s central office as we move into August and make our final preparations for the start of school year 2017-18. This month we have our leadership retreat and new teacher orientation, followed by the return of our teachers for professional development and classroom set-up.  

The new digital phone system installation is complete; our main numbers are the same, but all personnel have new extensions. Central office staff are trained on the new system and you may use this link to access the new central office extensions. Teachers will gain access and receive training starting August 28th; please use email to contact them in the meantime. We will continue to update our websites throughout the month with our new 4 digit extensions.

The first Board of Education meeting is Monday, August 28th. The full schedule has been posted to the BOE page on our website for your reference.

Our first day of school for kindergarten-9th grade is Thursday, August 31st, and our 10th-12th graders begin on Friday, September 1st.  The parent-student Power School portal is now open for RHS students.  Elementary and middle school portal access will reopen on/about August 21st.  Bus schedules will be available on Power School on August 20th.

For a fun and informative evening, you can mark your calendars now to attend your student’s Parents Open House night; see the complete schedule linked here.  

Be sure and review the revised 2017-18 school year district calendar, approved by the Board of Education on June 26th with the additional half-day professional development days, and updated on July 12th to reflect the November parent-teacher conferences.  

Enjoy the rest of your summer and feel free to contact your school or the central office if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming our Ridgefield students back to school!

District Calendar Correction

Our district on-line calendar incorrectly stated an early dismissal time for all schools at 12:15 p.m. on September 14, October 12, and April 6. This has been corrected and we apologize for the confusion. Early dismissal times at our schools are as follows:

  • Ridgefield High School 10:30 a.m.
  • East Ridge and Scotts Ridge Middle Schools 11:05 a.m.
  • Branchville, Ridgebury, and Scotland Elementary Schools 11:40 a.m.
  • Barlow Mountain, Farmingville, and Veterans Park 12:15 p.m.

Ridgefield Public Schools Phone System Changes

RPS New Phone System Arriving 8/7/17 10:00am Same phone numbers, new extensions, Listen to new options on auto-attendants, search by name directoryOn Monday, August 7, the Ridgefield Public Schools will be activating their new phone system. The main phone numbers for the schools and central office will remain the same. Internal extensions have all been changed from five to four digits.

You will notice new auto-attendant messages when you call the schools or central office. Please listen carefully to the new options and selections for each location. Callers will be able to use a “search by name” feature in order to contact specific staff members. 

We anticipate the new extensions will be updated on the website and district documents over the next few weeks.

For more information, please read the press release in full.

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.

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.