In the News
[September 2, 2015] Hugs and smiles greeted students as they streamed into Ramapo Central schools to begin the 2015-16 academic year on September 2.
Students also discovered some friendly new faces in their buildings. A number of administrators have transitioned to new leadership positions throughout the District, including: Cherry Lane Principal Angela Aguilar, Suffern Middle School Assistant Principal Danielle Castaldo and Suffern High School Assistant Principal William Castellane. In addition, a number of new administrators, teachers and staff have joined the Ramapo Central team; click here to view a slideshow.
Wishing everyone a fantastic school year!
Photo caption: Principal Angela Aguilar welcomed Jacob, a kindergartener, and his younger sister to Cherry Lane Elementary School on September 2.
Incoming freshmen received their schedules and learned about the broad range of opportunities—outstanding academic offerings, a top-ranking athletics program and dozens of clubs, activities and organizations—available to them.
"You will love it here," promised Assistant Principal Dr. James Douglass. "And if you don't, let one of us know and we'll help you."
After a welcome assembly, the ninth-graders participated in homeroom meetings and tours led by peer leaders.
"It's good to see friendly faces," said senior Alyssa Conklin, a peer leader volunteer. "On the first day, they'll already have people that they know ready to help them."
Fellow peer leader Liz Trojan added, "We also literally walk their schedules with them, so that they'll know where to go. It's much better to do this with someone who knows the building."
Photo caption1: Peer leaders led incoming freshman in a few rounds of “The Suffern Clap,” an enduring tradition.
Photo caption2: Friends of Rachel Club representatives invited new students to join them in promoting a chain reaction of kindness throughout the Suffern High School community.
The Kerr Cup rankings are determined by the New York State Sportswriters Association according to a point system based on regional and state competition accomplishments. Suffern High School’s ranking belies its relative size compared to other AA schools, which have enrollments double its size—or greater.
“This award is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of the student-athletes, the parents who support their children, and our experienced and accomplished coaching staff who provide the leadership needed to achieve this type of accomplishment,” noted Director of Athletics, Physical Education, Health & Wellness Andy Guccione.
The 2014-15 rankings are the highest ever for Suffern High School. The highest prior ranking was fourth place for girls athletics in 2012-13.
For more information on the 2014-15 Kerr Cup: http://www.newyorksportswriters.org/asc/index.shtml
This migration is part of the District’s overall Google migration. “Going Google” will reduce technology costs while providing Ramapo Central staff and students with anytime/anywhere access to email, files and tools and unlimited mailbox size.
Need to reach a District staff member? As of August 7, all emails to District personnel should be sent to @ramapocentral.net. Emails sent to .org will still reach the intended recipient; however, .net will be the primary email domain. Please note that staff will be able to access new email throughout the migration process.
Camp College participation is a component of the broader collaboration among Suffern High School guidance, ESL and AVID faculty members to prepare low income and first generation students for college success.
To be eligible for consideration, students are required to submit an essay and interview with Suffern High School ESL teacher and ASPIRA advisor Rob Mariani, guidance counselor Marissa Guijarro and science and AVID teacher Colleen Stritmater. Participants were selected based on grade point average, leadership potential and first generation status (i.e., the first in their family to go to college).
Stritmater led this year's Suffern High School delegation.
"Volunteering my time over the summer to mentor these students is as much of a learning experience for me as it is them. In 48 hours, our students have the opportunity to meet new people, experience dorm life, attend college classes and go to workshops on topics such as Finding the Right Fit, Financial Aid and Essay Writing. Finally, they attend a college fair where many of the college admission counselors serve as camp mentors. How many other students have this opportunity?" she said. "For me, I get to network with professionals in the college admissions field, which opens doors for all of my Suffern High School students, not just the ones attending camp. The mentor family extends across the state, and together we are opening the doors to the youth of New York State."
Photo caption: A group of students from Suffern High School toured the Siena College campus as part of the 2015 Camp College, co-hosted by Siena and NYSACAC.
completed emergency card and a completed pre-participation form.
As a reminder, high school fall sports begin August 17; middle school sports begin September 9.
In order to recertify, athletes must have had a physical within the past year that was certified by the school medical professional. If your physical is not current, you must get one. High school athletes must report to the Suffern High School Nurses’ Office during their sports’ designated recertification session.
Tuesday, August 11
8am-9am: Boys & Girls Cross Country
9am-11am: Boys & Girls Soccer
11am-12pm: Boys & Girls Volleyball
12pm-2pm: Football & Cheerleading