Welcome and welcome back, Ramapo Central!

posted by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated ]

[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.

Suffern High School welcomes freshman class

posted by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated ]

[September 2, 2015] Principal Patrick Breen was joined by administrators and peer leaders in welcoming the Class of 2019 during Suffern High School's Freshman Orientation on August 26.

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.

Food Service changes coming this fall

posted Aug 10, 2015, 9:11 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Aug 27, 2015, 7:41 AM ]

[August 10, 2015] Ramapo Central has upgraded its meal prepayment service with new vendor MySchoolBucks.com, which offers parents a better mobile experience, faster checkout, more automatic payment options and easier account management.

Parents with an existing MyLunchMoney account may access their new MySchoolBucks account via http://www.myschoolbucks.com using their registered email address and password information—and will not need to create a new account. Student names, account balance information, meal histories and automatic payment settings will also be available through my MySchoolBucks.

As with the previous vendor, parents will be able to:

    • Prepay for meals with cash or check through their child’s school cafeteria or the Food Service office in Hillburn
    • Prepay for meals with Visa, Mastercard or Discover
    • View their child’s purchases
    • Receive low balance alerts
    • Access their MySchoolBucks account on desktop and mobile devices (via Android and iOS apps)

All services are free, except for prepayment by credit card, for which there is a $1.95 fee charged for each transaction. Need technical support? Call 800-479-3531.

MySchoolBucks enrollment is voluntary; non-participating students may continue to pay for meals as they have in the past.

Meal pricing for the 2015-16 school year

Elementary Breakfast: $1.00

Elementary Lunch: $2.25

Secondary Breakfast: $1.25

Secondary Lunch: $2.50

Athletics program ranks tops for girls, third overall statewide

posted Jul 30, 2015, 9:54 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Aug 27, 2015, 7:46 AM ]

[July 30, 2015] The 2014-15 Kerr Cup results are in and Suffern High School finished as the top AA school in New York State for girls athletics, third for overall athletic program among AA schools and fourth in the state for the overall athletic program among all schools. There are roughly 250 AA schools in the state and more than 700 schools total.

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.

Guccione credits a longstanding tradition of Mountie Pride for the program’s success.

“When I attended Suffern High School in the 90's, some coaches and athletes lightheartedly referred to our program as the ‘Suffern Sports Academy,’” he said. “Athletics has always been considered a vibrant part of students' overall education here.  The groundwork was laid out by teachers and coaches many years ago, and we have been fortunate enough through the years to have coaches who have continued to build on this tradition of high achievement. There is a strong sense of pride in the Suffern community for our athletic programs, and this support base has been an integral part of our success.”

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

District gears up for midsummer migration

posted Jul 28, 2015, 10:08 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Aug 27, 2015, 7:47 AM ]

[July 28, 2015] Starting August 7 at 5pm, all Ramapo Central School District Microsoft Outlook accounts will be migrated to Gmail. The automated migration process is expected to take 4-6 weeks and will include staff email, contacts and calendars. Staff may not have access to this information during this time. However, Gmail access will be available throughout the migration process.

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 opens the door to higher ed for first-generation students

posted Jul 17, 2015, 10:43 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Aug 27, 2015, 7:48 AM ]

[July 17, 2015] Seven Suffern High School juniors and seniors attended Camp College, an all-expenses paid weekend program hosted by Siena College and the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling on July 10-12. Transportation to and from the event was funded through a grant from Capital One.

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.

Fall sports recertifications and physicals start August 11

posted Jul 17, 2015, 10:07 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Aug 27, 2015, 7:49 AM ]

[July 17, 2015] Sports physicals and recertifications for fall high school sports will be given at Suffern High School, starting Tuesday, August 11. All athletes must report to the Suffern High School Nurses’ Office with BOTH a 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

Wednesday, August 12

11am-12pm: Field Hockey

12pm-1pm: Girls Tennis

1pm-2pm: Girls Swim/Dive

Monday, August 17

8am-10am: Open recertifications for all athletes

Tuesday, August 18

8am-10am: Open recertifications for all athletes

NOTE: Fall athletes unable to recertify in person may fax (845-369-5609) or email completed forms to vchillino@ramapocentral.org or jwinkelhoff@ramapocentral.org starting Tuesday, August 11 until NOON on Friday, August 14. Only recertification forms received during this period will be accepted.



High school athletes in need of a physical must report to the Suffern High School Nurses’ Office at 7:30am on either Thursday, August 13 or Thursday, August 20. Don’t be late: The medical professional will arrive promptly and will remain on-site for a very short time.


Recertifications for middle school sports will be done during the first week of school. Those in need can receive a physical on either Thursday, September 3 or Thursday, September 10.

All middle school athletes must submit a completed and signed pre-participation form to the Suffern Middle School Nurse’s Office.

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