Have you signed up for Burbio yet? It’s free!

posted Nov 23, 2015, 8:12 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Nov 23, 2015, 8:13 AM ]

[November 23, 2015] To make it easier for families to keep track of important school, sports and extracurricular activities, Ramapo Central has partnered with Burbio.com, a free, online community calendar service. Check out this two-minute video for a quick overview of how it works.

What you should know:

  • Sign up is easy. Just click on the "Sign Up" button on the upper right corner of the Burbio.com home page and complete the short form. Once your account is created, recommended calendars based on your zip code will appear onscreen. Click to subscribe to whichever calendars you wish to create a personalized calendar. Burbio calendars can be synced to desktop and mobile devices.
  • School calendars and JV and Varsity winter sports schedules are already live. Modified sports schedules will be uploaded shortly. For instructions on how to add, follow or sync sports schedules, click here.
  • It’s for clubs and community organizations, too! Scout troops, libraries, carpools and other groups can also create or share their calendars for free. Here’s how to do it.
  • A weekly email keeps subscribers posted on all that’s happening in our area. In addition to creating personalized calendars, subscribers also receive "This Week in the Ramapo Central Community," a weekly listing of upcoming local events every Sunday.

Burbio.com launched in 2014 and Ramapo Central is the first Rockland school district to sign on. Several Westchester County districts are already onboard. Read the StartUp story on lohud.com.

"Good deed" project brings SMS students, local firefighters together

posted Oct 16, 2015, 11:13 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Oct 16, 2015, 11:23 AM ]

[October 16, 2015] On October 9, the Tallman Fire Department hosted a pizza party to thank Suffern Middle School students for their support. Seventy-five students in health teacher Diane DiAmbrosio’s class had written letters to Tallman and Suffern firefighters on September 11, in honor of the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

“We didn’t have a chance to thank the first responders who gave their lives on September 11, so we wanted to let the Fire Department know that it’s people like them that make us feel safe,” said Greg, an eighth-grader.

The firefighters were so moved by students’ letters that they contacted DiAmbrosio to arrange a pizza party visit.

“Your letters meant a lot to us,” Chief Chris Stevens told the group. Each generation of his family has volunteered with the department since its founding in 1909.

“It was special to receive something like that from people we didn’t even know,” added President Steve Steinhardt.

Firefighters answered questions about their work, which ranges from responding to forest fires, structural collapses and hazmat incidents to vehicle extrications and searching for lost hikers. In fact, a few members had to leave mid-lunch to respond to a fire call.

The firefighters--all Ramapo Central alumni--encouraged those interested in becoming first responders to get involved with the Rockland County Fire & EMS Youth Academy.

DiAmbrosio credits Scholastic’s 9/11 Good Deed Challenge for inspiring the letter-writing project.

“I wanted to encourage my students to see September 11 as an opportunity to give back to their community, as a way to show respect for those that made ultimate sacrifices that day. It was immediate, personal and relevant to our community,” she reflected.

Photo caption: Suffern Middle Schoolers earned a thumbs-up from Tallman Fire Department firefighter Dennis Murphy for their September 11 letter-writing campaign to local first responders.

21C playgroups prep preschoolers for kindergarten

posted Oct 8, 2015, 6:36 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 6:36 AM ]

[October 8, 2015] Did you know that the 21-C program offers free playgroups for children ages 5 and under who live in the District?

• English Language Learners (ages 3-5) meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00-11:00am
• Incoming Kindergarteners (ages 4-5) meet Wednesdays from 11:45am-12:45pm

Both playgroups meet at RP Connor Elementary School and focus on socialization and school readiness skills through games, story time and hands-on activities. Drop-ins are welcome.

For more information, call Coordinator Denise Kane at (845) 357-2858 x23129.

Photo caption: Denise was the first to arrive at the opening session of the Incoming Kindergarteners playgroup on October 7.

Sparks fly as Viola welcomes the Wizard of Menlo Park

posted Oct 1, 2015, 10:41 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Oct 1, 2015, 10:54 AM ]

[October 1, 2015] Did you know that Thomas Alva Edison holds the record for the most US patents awarded? (He received a whopping 1,093.)

Thanks to a September 30 PTA-sponsored visit by Edison himself, Viola Elementary School third-, fourth- and fifth-graders discovered how he did it. With practical jokes, student assistants and even a sing-along, the world-famous inventor shared his four life lessons:

  1. Work hard and play hard
  2. There are no mistakes...as long as you learn from them

  3. Look at your problem from a different angle

  4. Find something you love to do and do it all your life

Principal Christine Druss explained that the presentation served two key purposes.

“Our fifth-graders have already researched Thomas Edison and know a great deal about his life and accomplishments,” explained Principal Christine Druss. “But he also represents the personal attributes that we emphasize at each of these grade levels: determination, grit and leadership. Through the Expeditionary Learning modules, students have studied these traits as exemplified by historical and political leaders. This assembly gave us an opportunity to show them that the are the character attributes of great inventors and engineers, too.”

Photo caption:  Thomas Alva Edison shared some of his bright ideas with Viola Elementary School students on September 30.

Parent members sought for District strategic planning process

posted Sep 28, 2015, 5:48 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Sep 28, 2015, 7:17 AM ]

[September 28, 2015] In the coming weeks, Ramapo Central will launching three committees--Teaching & Learning, Communication & Partnerships and Intervention & Supports--to inform the District’s strategic planning process.

What you should know:

  • Each committee will be comprised of teachers, administrators, students and parents

  • Committees will meet several times during this fall and winter, possibly both during the day and in the evening

  • Committee members will be asked to provide feedback, contribute ideas and help develop action plans to guide the District in further enhancing educational excellence and opportunity for all students

  • Parent volunteers are needed

Interested? Click here to apply.

Questions? Email Deputy Superintendent Stephen Walker.

Field hockey takes on Tunnel to Towers

posted Sep 24, 2015, 10:43 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Sep 24, 2015, 10:44 AM ]

[September 24, 2015] On September 27, Suffern JV and Varsity Field Hockey will take part in the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run to benefit injured first responders and veterans.

Read the story by Lohud journalist Nancy Haggerty here.

Summer Scholar Ian Diamond links literature to history

posted Sep 16, 2015, 8:08 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Sep 16, 2015, 8:09 AM ]

[September 16, 2015] What did YOU do over summer vacation?

Suffern High School English teacher Ian Diamond spent a week exploring New York City history as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar.

Diamond took part in the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History seminar “Empire City: New York and the Transformation of American Life, 1877-1929,” led by historians Kenneth T. Jackson and Karen E. Markoe.

The NEH Summer Scholars program aims to promote the use of primary sources in K-12 instruction. Participating educators attend lectures, visit landmark sites and work with documents that they can incorporate into their curricula.

“The course looked at immigration and industry and how these forces transformed neighborhoods,” Diamond explained. “We spent most afternoons doing walking tours around the city. It felt a bit like archaeology, discovering evidence of what we had learned in our morning lectures.”

In one neighborhood, the connection between past and present was unexpectedly personal. A group bus tour in the Bronx  passed, coincidentally, through the area where Diamond had taught before coming to Ramapo Central in 2000.

“I hadn’t been back to the area since,” he said. “The neighborhood has evolved in a positive sense. It was great to see how far it’s come.”

Back at Suffern High School, Diamond has assigned primary documents to inform discussion of Barbara Ehrenreich’s book “Nickel and Dimed” in his AP Language and Composition course. He noted that tying literature to history makes it more relevant for students and inspires them to think more deeply.

“My hope is that students will want to go out and find out-of-the-way historical sites and explore for themselves,” Diamond reflected. “I’d like to them to be curious about the world around them.”

Photo caption: Suffern High School English teacher--and NEH Summer Scholar--Ian Diamond is using primary sources to bring literature to life in his AP classes this year.

SHS commends 145 AP Scholars

posted Sep 9, 2015, 6:29 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Sep 9, 2015, 6:30 AM ]

[September 9, 2015] AP Scholar Awards have been presented to 145 Suffern High School students for exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement exams taken through May 2015. Twelve students earned the highest honor—National AP Scholar—for achieving an average score of 4 or higher on all AP exams, with scores of 4 or higher on 8 or more exams. 

Congratulations to:

52 AP Scholars (earned an average score of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP Exams): Snehith Abraham, Tayyaba Ahmed, Aleena Aykara, Benjamin Boston, Nicolette Capalbo, Eunice Cho, Emily Codispoti, Stephen Deboer, Brooke Dervish, Gray DeSimone, Samantha Donato, Mary Dugandzic, Naomi Emanuel, Jonathan Feingold, Michael Feingold, Jessica Ferrar, Robbie Gershon, Brooke Gitlin, Nicholas Granovsky, Kenneth Gu, Daniel Hack, Carolyn Hampsey, Patrick Hennelly, Margaret Hotaling, Sophie Jay, Mahira Kauser, Caitriona Keane, Skyler Keane, Ashley Kim, Evan Kraushaar, Rachel Liebergall, Siobhan Mariquit, Isabel Mathew, Kirsten Meehan, Julia Mintz, Evan Moravansky, Allison Paroff, Ross Plumer, Madison Rabinowitz, Vinay Ramaswamy, Maximilian Ranzato, Jamie Ratowsky, Jacob Rivas, Nyasia Rivera, Joshua Rosenthal, Sachin Shah, Rebecca Silver, Aneesh Soni, Abigail Sterling, Julia Szurnicki, Alexandra Vinick and Vivien Zhan

26 AP Scholars with Honors (earned an average score of 3.25 or higher on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams): Richard Bosco, Oumaima Chamar, Steven Cioffi, Hannah Consiglio, Rucha Desai, Jonathan Divietro, Carly Eisen, Rachel Fischer, Lauren Giella, Grant Goodman, Sara Haberman, Alexandra Hannaby, Sara Holand, Rachel Katz, Kati Kim, Michael Korongy, Christopher Moore, Melissa Peskin, Haley Potter, Eltha Raymond, Eytan Rubinstein, Craig Specht, Ashley Sullivan, Juliette VanSchaik, Jingyi Wen and Rebecca Werfel

67 AP Scholars with Distinction (earned an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams): Ayesha Ali, Marilia Andrade, Thomas Assad, Dylan Back, Cyrus Behzadi, Tyler Borenkoff, Jacob Brenner, Alyssa Burke, Dana Citrin, Alexa Corker, Rahi Desai, Jacob Diamond, Jessica Dobkin, Jeremy Dohmann, Brandon Donato, James Dowd, Samir Dutta, Nikki Dworkis, Alexander Fernandez, Michael Fernandez, Joseph Girard, Joshua Gorelick, Brooke Greenstein, Ryan Gutmann, You Jeen Ha, Rachel Haberman, Lenard Halim, Scott Hoberman, Katarina Hock, Sami Israel, Jared Jay, Alexander Kaplan, Saumya Kasliwal, Isha Kumar, Ari Lachenauer, Lauren Lawson, Michael Lepori, Stephen Lereah, Jacob Lipton, Emily Liu, Craig Long, Peter Manos, Cameron Martel, Alexa Martin, Levi Matza, Harrison Munitz, Michael Nicholson, Courtney Ollis, Timothy Patwell, Dunahay Pereyra, Chad Popik, Sarah Pungitore, Catherine Sadoff, Melanie Sadoff, Erika Samovici, Zachary Scholl, Ryan Sedwick, Brett Silverstein, Rebecca Skulsky, Imani Solan, Jeremy Solomon, Yiran Tian, Samantha Walker, Justin Weisberg, James Wilson, Siyoung Woo and Kate Zendell

12 National AP Scholars (U.S. students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams): Alyssa Burke, Jacob Diamond, Samir Dutta, Alexander Fernandez, Joshua Gorelick, You Jeen Ha, Rachel Haberman, Saumya Kasliwal, Cameron Martel, Sarah Pungitore, Ryan Sedwick and Kate Zendell

Suffern High School offers 24 AP courses which provide students with academic challenge and the opportunity to earn college credits. Offerings span the humanities and sciences and include art history, calculus, Chinese, computer science, music theory, physics and more. For a full listing, check out the 2015-16 course catalog here.

Welcome and welcome back, Ramapo Central!

posted Sep 2, 2015, 9:30 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Sep 2, 2015, 9:31 AM ]

[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 Sep 2, 2015, 9:10 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Sep 2, 2015, 9:11 AM ]

[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.

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