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Honor Society Inductees
Honor Societies Induction
On the evening of Wednesday, April 13, the High School celebrated the induction ceremony of the Multi-Disciplinary Honor Societies. New members were inducted into their respective ceremonies by their advisers. New members received a membership certificate and recited the pledge to their organization in front of a proud audience. The societies who inducted new members include: Business Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Italian Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, English Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and English Language Learners Honor Society.
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A scene from the play, Newsies
Newsies - a Spring Smash Hit!
From Thursday, March 31 through April 2, 2002, student actors and crew presented Disney’s “Newsies” musical. Directed by Mrs. Linda Gerdes, with the musical direction of Mr. Leo Leuci, the musical was a spectacular success. Students in grades 7-12 had the opportunity to shine, whether on stage or behind the scenes as part of the crew. This performance was a special final high school moment on stage for seniors Fifi Latinwo, Gedalias Liriano, Lesly Meyers-Gelin, Oliver Pashman, Taylor Parris and Elaine Tosado. It was also the final show to be directed by Mrs. Gerdes, after 17 years of successful productions. The audience was blown away by the incredible talent of our student actors. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for these Scarlets.
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Dr. Fowlin Standing with Students
Dr. Mykee Fowlin presents...
On March 29, RPHS students had the opportunity to participate in an assembly given by Dr. Mykee Fowlin - actor, psychologist, and poet. His one-man presentation took us on a journey to our core beliefs and perceptions through the lens of different characters. In humor and serious moments alike, our students experienced a range of emotions but walked away knowing that they were not alone in their experiences. The building was abuzz after the assembly, as many students continued the conversation in their classes. They discussed the performance and their interpretations of the characters presented along with the important messages delivered. It was a special moment shared by our school community. We are thankful to have had this opportunity!
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Fashion Show Participants
Fashion Forward at RPJSHS
The Project Graduation Parent Committee hosted a successful Tricky Tray and Fashion Show event on March 23, 2022 to raise funds for the Class of 2022’s graduation night event. A long-standing tradition at RPHS, the attendees enjoyed taking their chances at winning over 200 baskets or prizes, including grand prizes of a MacBook and AirPods! The highlight of the evening was the runway show, where models from the Class of 2022 showed off their finest prom attire and spring looks! It was a special evening, and thank you to the RPHS Project Graduation Committee members for making this event a success. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for Project Grad!
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Black History Month Display
Black History Month at RPJSHS
The celebration of Black History Month at RPJSHS was indeed a memorable and meaningful one! Starting with a collaboration between the Lives4Change Club and Fashion Club, a beautiful display of black fashion icons, influencers, designers and models was created in the Commons for all to admire and learn. Members of the Lives4Change Club also collaborated with elementary teachers in the district to highlight African American authors in a virtual reading event. Ms. Quinn, our media specialist, assisted in the selection of children’s books and this opportunity connected our high school and elementary students through the magic of storytelling. The Valentine’s Day fundraiser sponsored by the Lives4Change Club not only brought the love to our school on February 14th, but helped the organization raise some funds to acquire some great merch! In the words of Mrs. Brako Bismarck, “this doesn’t just end with February, and that we will all strive to acknowledge that Black History is your history, it’s my history, and it’s our history.”
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Wrestler Shown in Match
Junior Wrestler makes it to the State Finals!
Junior Theresa Zeppetelli made Scarlet Buc history when she placed 2nd in the State in her weight class at the 2022 NJ Girls Wrestling Championships held on February 20, 2022. Already a county champion and regional finalist, Theresa breezed through the quarterfinals with a pin in 1:09, and claimed a victory in the semifinal as well. Reflecting on this wrestling season, Theresa says “Looking back, I can honestly say I am so proud of myself and how much I accomplished. I became a county champ, regional finalist and even became 2nd in the state of New Jersey. For the future, my goals are to keep my county champ title, become regional champion and possibly state champion. I can’t wait for next season!”
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DECA Success!
The RP DECA Club Scores Again! ​ DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) describes its mission as preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. The RP DECA club is currently in its 9th year, and we are proud to proclaim that it has been another record-setting year for our students! Special congratulations are in order for the following students for placing in the top 16 for their competitive event and qualifying for the DECA State competition. Kevin McAleer - Food Marketing Gianna Terrarosa - Hotel and Lodging Management Emily O'Neill - Hotel and Lodging Management Emma Lee - Principles of Hospitality and Tourism Oliver Pashman - Principles of Marketing George Ye - Restaurant and Food Service Management Tyler Jacobs - Sports and Entertainment Marketing Jonathan Colon & Vincent Chen - Marketing Management Team *1st Place overall! A number of our future leaders also qualified for the International competition (ICDC) through the stock market game competition. This is the first time Ridgefield Park students have qualified for this event! Congratulations to Jesus Mancera, Alyssa Ortiz, and Daniel Coleman, who placed 18th in the North Atlantic Region and 5th in New Jersey! We are incredibly proud of their success and all of students who are an active part of the Ridgefield Park DECA Club. Congratulations to Mr. Quackenbush and the whole DECA team!
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Clubs and Activities are BACK and booming!
Clubs and Activities are BACK and booming!
Returning to in-person learning brought many positive changes for all of us. One of the best has been the “renaissance” of our many club offerings! It’s easier than ever before to join a club - students can visit our Clubs/Activities bulletin board in the Commons and join the Google Classroom or find out the next meeting dates. The 2021-22 school year has brought some clubs to our roster, including the Fashion Club, Comedy Club, eSports, and Stitch for a Cause; in addition to the existing clubs we have offered in the past. We are proud to support students with new club ideas and make it happen, thanks to our volunteer advisors! Please visit our Clubs 21-22 website and see what we have to offer!
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College Kick-Off Week Success!
College Kick-Off Week Success!
During the week of October 18-22, our Guidance Department sponsored information sessions for our Class of 2021 students. Over the course of 5 days, representatives from over 35 colleges, universities, technical schools and the military met with our students. During these sessions, students were able to gain more insight and information about the possibilities that lie ahead! We culminated this week with Alumni Day, where the RPJSHS faculty and staff wore their college gear with pride. Next up, Instant Decision Day!
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Hispanic Heritage Month at RPJSHS
Hispanic Heritage Month at RPJSHS
The Spanish teachers at RPJSHS, along with their students, created a beautiful recognition and celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in the halls of our school! The interactive “Musica en Español” displays shared songs from the various Spanish-speaking countries, using a direct link to Spotify! The gallery “Orgullo Hispano” featured biographies of famous celebrities, artists, authors, actors, athletes, politicians and activists. The personal stories of our Hispanic students and their families were shared in a very moving presentation entitled “Estoy aquí para contar la historia…” It’s safe to say that our school community looks forward to this tradition of pride and culture being celebrated during Hispanic Heritage Month! Many thanks to the teachers and students for all their hard work and sharing the pride with all!
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RP Students Perform Radio Suspense Theatre
RP Students Perform: Radio Suspense Theatre
The Theatrical Arts have returned to Ridgefield Park Jr. Sr. High School! Now is your chance to travel back to the 1940s and attend a real radio show. Watch and hear our student performers as they prepare to perform two tales of suspense - “Fear Between Floors” and “Lost and Found” complete with commercials and musical interludes! This show within a show follows the lives of a group of radio actors both backstage and onstage as they get together to perform their weekly radio show, Radio Suspense Theatre. We even have 2 sound technicians who will be performing sound effects on stage!
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Early College Program Graduates
Seniors Earn Associate Degrees
On Thursday, May 13th, 8 of JSHS seniors became the first cohort of students graduating from the Early College Program. This was the first group of students to participate in the program that allows students to earn their associate's degree while earning their high school diploma at the same time. The program, which starts in the students' junior year, has the students taking high school courses in the morning and then attending Bergen Community College in the afternoon. Students completing the program have the ability to enroll in a 4 year college program as a junior straight out of high school both shortening the duration they are in school to complete an advanced degree and, since the district currently covers 1/2 the tuition, making college more affordable for students.
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RPHS Lands ProStart Grow Grant
Ridgefield Park JSHS will receive $5,000 in special funding to update and expand their ProStart program thanks to The Rachael Ray Foundation (RRF). ProStart, a two-year career and technical education program focused on culinary arts and restaurant management, is offered in 1,700 schools across the country and currently enrolls 130,000 students. RPJSHS was selected as one of the 27 schools to receive $5,000 in funding for the initiative
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Larissa Flores Named Jack Kent Cooke Scholar
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation recently announced their 2021 Cooke College Scholars and our own Larissa Flores has been selected as one of the 61 winners! This year’s recipients, who represent 26 states, were chosen from a pool of more than 5,800 applicants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marianas, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. Cooke College Scholars receive up to $40,000 annually for up to four years to attend the college or university of their choice, along with ongoing educational advising from Foundation staff and access to a network of over 2,800 active Scholars and Alumni. Scholars will also receive opportunities for internships, study abroad, and access to graduate school funding.
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JSHS Looks to Start Esports Team
ESports is a rapidly growing global trend that allows "gamers" to represent their schools on an organized team and allows for competition at the local, regional, state and even national levels. ESports have grown so much that colleges are even offering scholarships to epsort players.
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Read Across America
Read Across America Week
This week is Read Across America week and to celebrate virtually, our Media Specialist, Ms. Quinn, recorded a video reading of an excerpt from a school library book for students to watch and listen to. The theme for the week supports a 2020-21 district wide initiative to promote social justice and to celebrate our diversity. This is also in concert with the elementary schools who are following a similar theme creating continuity through all district schools. Students are being challenged to keep the reading going throughout the month of March. The videos can be accessed by clicking the link below.
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RP Website Relaunch
We are pleased to announce that the Ridgefield Park district website has a new look and feel. We've added a megamenu which will put most important resources only one click away as well as a qucklinks bar for our most accessed resources. Then there will be more text to test the overflow feature.
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