Monday, March 5, 2018

March 23, 2018

District News:
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway Cafeteria.  Click HERE to see the agenda.  Chief DiFilippo will present important information on school security.  Please come out to stay informed.  
  • Thursday, March 29, 2018 will be an early dismissal day for all students.  Schools will be closed for Spring Break from March 30th through April 8th.  Schools will re-open on Monday, April 9, 2018.  
  • The next Strategic Planning meeting will be held on Thursday, April 12th.  Two identical sessions will be offered.  Participants can choose to come at either 3:30 pm or 6:30 pm in the Ridgway Cafeteria.  All staff, parents, students, and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend this collaborative meeting.  Click HERE for more information.  
Magowan School News:
  • We had our Read Across America Event on March 2nd and it was a huge success. Our guest readers did an outstanding job and the students really enjoyed the readers.

We had two students who really excelled in Math and received a Mighty Max Math Master T-Shirt.

                            Ms. Guarino, our Math Master Connor Ayrer, and Mr. Marini

                           Ms. Hanner's class, our Math Master Mustafa Yazici, and Mr. Marini

  • We had an Assembly program sponsored by the Edgewater Park Clean Communities. 

Ridgway School News:
  • PARCC testing for grades 5 and 6 will be April 30, 2018 to May 4, 2018.
  • PARCC testing for grades 7 and 8 will be May 7, 2018 to May 11, 2018.
  • NJSLA-Science Assessment for grades 5 and 8 will be May 29, 2018 and May 30, 2018. 
  • Ridgway Middle School Spring Concert will be on May 16, 2018 at 7:00PM. 
  • 8th grade class trip to Baltimore Harbor will be on May 24, 2018.   

Iron Giraffe- Water for South Sudan advisers- from (l to r) Mrs. Russell, Mrs. Westphal, Mrs. Wick and Mrs. Schwartz

Codilyn Korhammer proudly representing Ridgway Middle School at the Burlington County School Boards Association Annual 8th Grade Dialogue and Reception.  

Mr. Gaffney and his students having fun at the Recycling presentation.  Thanks to Jim Bernard and the Edgewater Park Township Committee for providing this event to our students.

Ridgway students help support each other with positive messages.  

Some beautiful artwork found in the hallways of Ridgway Middle School.

The NJHS held a cereal drive.  203 boxes will be distributed to the Sacred Heart St. Vincent's Food Pantry and the Extended Hand Ministries Homeless Shelter both located in Mt. Holly.

Mrs. Dunn and Mrs. Wick "helping" Mr. Radichel while raising money for the Iron Giraffe  project.
Mr. Radichel being a good sport and letting the kids place over 600 pieces of Duct tape on him to affix him to the wall for a great cause. And yes, he is over 1 foot off of the ground in this picture.   Ridgway Middle School loves to combine fun and STEM into our lunch time.  

A special thank you to the Edgewater Park Police Department, Beverly Fire Company No. 1 and Hope Hose Fire Company No. 2 and Sammy the Hawk for joining Ridgway Middle School on March 14, 2018 "Walk Out."

(From l to r) Kyree Owes, Shania Hosein, Jada Corry and Emirhan Aykit enjoyed a great college experience while attending the 2017-2018 Middle School Leadership Institute on the campus of Camden County College.   

NJHS partnered up with Sara's Smiles to make inspirational cards in the shape of clouds to be placed in hospital rooms of cancer children to uplift their spirits. They also used the money raised from candy grams and pencil grams to donate the the cause. 

(back row ) Kimberly Karson, April Kelly, Kristina Siwak, Khloe Lubin, Spencer Shappell, Tiffany Mohabir, Eduardo Coazozon Catarino, Codilyn Korhammer, Owen Evans, Aisha Robinson-Herring

(middle row) Paige Giles, Mackenzie Cash, Dominic Cooper, Chris-Tina Middlebrooks, Taylor Snowden, Shania Hosein, Matthew Wajda, AJ Torres

(front row) Josh Tietz, Skyler Kania, Connor Daly, Dominic Giannetto

Corner of Curriculum & Instruction:

  • April marks the opening of our Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing window. While the testing window remains open from April 16th until May 25th, our district will administer the PARCC Test on the following dates:

  • Students in our school will test their knowledge of Language Arts and Math. Total testing time for individual students on the PARCC is estimated at approximately 6-7 Hours depending on grade level.

  • You can learn more about PARCC and find helpful hints on how to help your child with test-taking on the state website,  As always, a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast before testing have been shown to help with concentration.

  • PTO News:
    • The next PTO meeting will be on Wednesday, April 11th at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library.

    Friday, February 23, 2018

    February 23, 2018

    District News:
    • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library.  Click HERE to see the agenda.  
    • The District will begin working on the next Strategic Plan on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Ridgway cafeteria.  Click HERE for more information.

    Magowan School News:

    This month Magowan School will be participating in Read Across America on Friday, March 2nd.
    On this day we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday. This year we will be celebrating this event in
    conjunction with The Burlington County Education Association. Legislators, Assemblymen/women,
    NJEA officers and other distinguished guests will be reading to our children. This will be
    a fun and informative day for all involved.

    Progress reports will be mailed home on March 5, 2018. Reading to your child and
    helping them with their homework are important factors in your child being successful in school.

    We presently have students involved in a variety of after school clubs and activities. We have
    approximately 150 students involved in these activities. Some of the clubs and activities are
    volleyball, math club, garden club, art club, homework club, drama club, glee club, writer's club and
    young astronauts.

    We will be having our Pre-school and Kindergarten Round Up on March 7th and 8th, between the hours
    of 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. No Appointment Is Necessary. This roundup is for registration of children for
    our Pre-school and Kindergarten classes for the 2018-19 school year. Your child must be 4 years old
    before October 1, 2018, to be eligible for Pre-school and 5 years old before October 1, 2018, to be
    eligible for Kindergarten.

    We will be having our Spring Break at the end of the month. We will have a 12:45 pm early dismissal
    on March 29th and school will be closed from March 30th to April 6th. School will reopen on Monday,
    April 9th.

    Have a great Month of March. Stay well and be Safe.

    Ms. Nicosia and Ms. Phillips preparing for Read Across America

    Bailey Martin from Ms. Summers' Kindergarten class stands in front of her drawing entitled, "When I Am 100 Years Old."

    Ridgway School News:

    Congratulations to our first Ridgway student to receive a Chromebook as part of the 1:1 initiative, Codilyn
    Korhammer. Our 7th and 8th grade students will be able to take home this device for school related assignments. Accompanying
    Codilyn is Supervisor of Technology, Mrs. Pam DeSanto.

    • On February 6th, our 8th grade students toured Burlington County Institute of Technology/Westampton Campus to explore options for their high school career. 
    • Ridgway Middle School's annual Talent Show will take place on March 8th at 7:00 pm.  
    • The 7th grade trip this year to Medieval Times will be on March 23rd.  The $65 will be due by March 2nd.  
    • The 8th grade trip this year to Baltimore Harbor will be May 24th and will cost $85. 
    • The Iron Giraffe dance will be held at Ridgway School on March 2nd from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
    • The 7th and 8th grade students had a magical evening at the annual Sweetheart Dance hosted on February 16th. 

    • On March 16th,  Ridgway School will host its annual Family Feud competition during the school day.  

    March 22nd is PBSIS movie night.  We will be featuring the movie "Wonder."  Doors open at 5:30 PM- Movie starts at 6:00 pm in the Ridgway Cafetorium .  ADMISSION IS FREE                     Have Dinner with Us: Pizza & Hot Dogs

    Snacks & Refreshments Will Also Be Sold
    (All proceeds support Ridgway PBSIS)

    *All Students MUST be accompanied by an adult during the event.       
                                                             Maximum Occupancy: 550 people                                                                                                              

    Edgewater Park Police stopped by the Ridgway PBSIS  3 on 3 Basketball Tournament.
    From Left: Edrese Williams, Officer Knight, Joseph Coutinho, Elias Rodriguez, Officer Ryder, Sean Taylor, Corey Taylor, Albert Tibbs.

    Congratulations to the cast, crew and directors of "The Little Mermaid Jr."  Everyone did a great job!  Another two night sell out performance!!!

    Little Mermaid Jr. cast from (l to r) Kayti Raymond, Noah Williams, Reagan Van Brunt and Lexus Park.

    Princess Ariel- Reagan Van Brunt and Prince Eric-Jordan Fitzgerald Duff.


    Congrats to this Month's Rotary Student of the Month-Katlyn De Jesus. 

    Water for South Sudan
                                             By: Alyssa Horoff and Lonah O’Neal
    Last year was Ridgway Middle School’s first year doing the Water for South Sudan Project. The fifth graders read a book  called A Long Walk To Water.   It tells the true story of a young boy named Salva Dut. In 1985, during wartime in Sudan, Salva was driven from his village and away from his family.  He continued to walk and encountered many hardships like lack of food and water.  Eventually, he made it to a refugee camp. While in the camp, Salva was given the chance to go to America where he was given a new family.  While in America, he learned that his dad was still alive. However, his father was in a sick tent dying from the poor quality of water he was drinking. As a result, Salva started a non-profit organization called “Water for South Sudan” to help raise awareness and money to build wells.
    After being inspired by Salva and his story, the fifth graders decided to start a Community Service Project. Their goal is to raise $17,000 before June of 2020!  The money being raised will help Water for South Sudan purchase a new drill, as well as, build a well in honor of Ridgway Middle School.
    During the month of March 2017, the fifth grade worked hard to raise money. They sold Water for South Sudan bracelets and t-shirts just to name a few. All of their hard work paid off.  Last year they raised $4,315.
    The most exciting news was the fifth graders were given the opportunity to go and meet Salva Dut.  On March 24, 2017, they traveled to Kean University to listen to Salva (and other speakers) discuss the global water crisis.  After the speeches, the fifth graders surprised Salva with a donation. Kean University then honored the fifth graders with the “Outstanding Human Rights Student Activists” award!
    This year, the fundraising will start March 1st and continue until the end of the month. Some activities the fifth and sixth graders are going to do include:  A Water for South Sudan dance, taping a teacher to the wall, and new bracelets.  A new t-shirt design was also created by sixth grader Alyssa Horoff.  T-shirts will be sold for $10 ($5 goes to Water for South Sudan) and can be ordered by contacting Mrs. Schwartz at You can also make a donation online at the following website  
    This Community Service Project experience has allowed the students of Ridgway Middle School to grow in so many ways.  The impact of this project has provided them the opportunity to think globally. As their hero Salva Dut would say, “Stay calm when things are hard or not going right for you. You will get through it when you persevere instead of quitting. Quitting leads to much less happiness in life than perseverance and hope.”

    PTO News:

    Deli & Pizza Night 
    February 28th 4:00 to 8:00 PM

    Order any menu items and 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the Edgewater Park PTO

    Thank you Deli & Pizza for your continued support of the Edgewater Park PTO!!!

    Thank you everyone for 
    sending in Box Tops!

    The classes that submitted the most Box Tops from each school will be announced soon. 


    The Edgewater Park PTO Needs You!

    We have a PTO Meeting 
    March 14th at 6:30 PM at 
    Ridgway in the LRC Room. 

    Please come and be an important piece in 
    your child's school.

    Alone we can do so little, 
    together we can do so much!

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    January 19, 2018

    District News:
    • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library.  Click HERE to see the agenda.
    • 2016-2017 School Performance Reports are now available.  Click HERE to see the reports and information on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Click HERE to see an important letter from Dr. Rakszawski regarding the Magowan School Performance Report.
    • Dr. Rakszawski and Dr. Inverso Vogt will offer a presentation to parents on ESSA and Magowan's status on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library.
    • Just a reminder that schools will be closed on February 19th in observance of President's Day.

    Mr. Holley, Mr. Shappell, Mrs. Raymond, and Mrs. Daly getting sworn in as Board of Education members on January 2, 2018.  Congratulations to all!

    Magowan School News:
    • We have instituted our new Drop Off and Pick Up procedures.  Each day, we have evaluated the procedures and we have mad some minor changes to tine tune the plan.  The amount of time it is taking to Drop Off over 500 students is 12 minutes and the Pick Up is averaging 13 minutes.  We appreciate everyone's patience.  The staff worked hard to make this happen and the safety of our students has been greatly improved.  Thank you to everyone!
    • The end of the 2nd marking period is January 31st and report cards will be issued on February 7th. 
    • It is important for our students to be present at school as often as possible.  Student success is linked to their attendance.  We will be implementing positive reinforcement activities for students to help in this area.
    • Read Across America Day will take place on March 2nd.  We are very excited that the Burlington County Education Association will be hosting their celebration at Magowan School this year.  This means that they will be inviting legislators, assemblymen/women, and other important people to come in and read to all Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms.

    Ridgway School News:
    • It is hard to believe, but the 2nd marking period will be coming to an end on January 31st.  Report cards will be distributed on February 7th.
    • On February 6th, SOAR awards will be presented at 6:00 pm to selected students.
    • Congratulations to 8th grade student Codilyn Korhammer, who was selected as this months Rotary Student of the Month.
    • Click HERE for information on the 8th grade committee hoagie sale.
    • Please join us for the production of "Little Mermaid, Jr." on February 13th and 15th.  Both shows begin at 7:00 pm.  

    Soaring Student, Kaylee Vanoyen & Mrs. Swanson

    Lexus Park & Shania Hoesein - SOAR Committee Members collecting tickets for positive behavior

    October & November Students of the Month - Josh Tietz & Khloe Lubin

    Corner of Curriculum & Instruction:
    • NEW - Adult English Language Learner Workshop!
      • Improve your English and address your concerns about your child's education
      • When - Every Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, STARTING FEBRUARY 7TH
      • Where - Magowan School (room to be determined)
      • NO COST
      • Child care will be provided by 8th grade NJHS students for children over 3 years of age
      • NOTE - your child does NOT need to be in the ESL program to benefit from this opportunity!
    • Special Education Advisory Committee
      • Wednesday, March 14th - Basic Rights in Special Education
      • Wednesday, April 11th - Digging Deep Into an IEP
      • Wednesday, May 9th - Summer Transition ans ESY
      • All sessions are from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
      • Location to be determined
    • On January 10th, the Strategic Plan Goal 5 Students Implementation Team presented at the PTO meeting on the topic of Growth Mindset.  Click HERE to view the presentation.
    • Click HERE for resources for Parents from the New Jersey Department of Education

    PTO News:
    • PTO meeting on February 14th at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library
    • We have some exciting events in the works.  Karate week at Magowan School and Student Bingo for both Magowan and Ridgway students hosted at Ridgway.  Keep an eye out for dates and details
    • Be sure to 'like' the PTO Facebook page to get up-to-date information.
    • Receive PTO updates by emailing us at

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    District News:
    • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in the Ridgway Library.  The Board training originally scheduled for 5:30 has been cancelled.  Regular business will begin at 6:30 pm.  Click HERE to see the agenda.
    • The Board of Education will hold its annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway Library.
    • December 22, 2017 will be a 4-hour day for all students.  Schools will be closed for Winter Break from December 22, 2017 through January 1, 2018.  Schools will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  Happy Holidays!
    Magowan School News:
    • Our Winter Concert will be held on December 13th, at 7:00 pm, at Ridgway School. This is a great event and our students have been practicing very hard to provide you with an  evening of great entertainment.
    • Progress Reports will be mailed home on December 20th.
    • All of our school clubs have met and we have a great student turnout. We have a total of 14 clubs that provide students with a variety of activities.
    • In the very near future we will be modifying our Arrival and Dismissal procedures. Parents will be receiving a detailed packet with the revised procedures.
    • The last day of school before our winter break will be December 22nd. This is a half day of school with a normal start time and a 12:45 pm dismissal time. Our AM Pre-K class will meet from 8:40 am - 10:29 pm. and our PM Pre-K class will meet from 10:56 am - 12:45 pm, on the 22nd. Our winter break is December 23rd - January 1st. School will resume on January 2nd, 2018. The Magowan Staff would like to wish everyone a Safe and Joyous Holiday Season.
    • Latchkey Program: On December 22nd there will be no latchkey program for PreK from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm and there will be no latchkey program from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. There will be 7:00 am - 9:00 am latchkey program.
    .Ridgway School News:
    • The annual winter concert will be held December 14th at 7 PM.
    • Winter Pep Rally December 18th for the students.  
    • Progress report to will be distributed December 20th.
    PTO News:
    Our December 13th meeting is cancelled so you can enjoy the Magowan Winter Concert at Ridgway! Attending PTO meetings is important to stay up tp date with upcoming fundraisers and events and voice your ideas for future fundraisers and events, so see you in January!
    You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” ~ Winston Churchill
    The Holiday Shoppe at Magowan runs December 11 - 15. All students will have the opportunity to visit the shop with their class. A flyer and envelope was sent home with your child’s scheduled day. If you would like more information, email
    The Holiday Shoppe Family Night is December 11 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Come see all the items that are available! Santa will make his appearance 6:30 - 7:30. A photo with Santa and a holiday frame craft will be available for you (limit one photo and photo frame craft per child).
    As always, volunteers for the Holiday are needed, please email if you can help make the Holiday Shoppe a success!
    Cherrydale pickup is December 11 6:00 - 8:00 PM. If you placed a Cherrydale order you can pick it up during the Holiday Shoppe Family Night just in time to wrap those gifts for the holidays!
    Have a Happy Holiday from your Edgewater Park PTO!

    Check out this Growth Mindset Music Video by C. J. Luckey

    Growth Mindset posters at Magowan School

    Ridgway's NJHS Members assist Santa and the PTO of Fleetwood Elementary School in Mt. Laurel at their Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Shop.
    Back Row: Chris-Tina Middlebrooks, Shania Hosein, Paige Giles, Kimberly Karson, Mackenzie Cash, Codilyn Korhammer Middle Row: Matthew Wajda. Taylor Snowden, Lexus Park, Josh Tietz  Bottom: Aiden Daly 

    Fatima Hernandez - Jump Into Reading winner!
    Magowan School names winners for the annual Jump Into Reading Challenge
    1st grader Fiona Huang - Jump Into Reading winner!

    Wednesday, November 8, 2017

    November 8, 2017

    District News:
    • Schools are closed on November 9th and 10th.
    • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library.  Click HERE to see the agenda.
    • November 22nd is an early dismissal day for all students.
    • Schools will be closed on November 23rd and 24th.  Happy Thanksgiving!
    • Please remember that Thursday, November 16, 2017 is now an early dismissal day. All parents must sign and return a form to verify that you are aware. Click HERE to see the form.
    Magowan School News:
    • Magowan will be welcoming parents for American Education Month during the month of November. Family members will have the opportunity to visit their child’s classroom. Each teacher will send home a correspondence with dates and times.
    • Parent conferences will held on November 16th, 17th, and 20th, from 1:15pm - 3:25pm and on November 21st from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. On those days 1/2 day AM Pre-K hours are  8:40-10:29 am.  1/2 day  PM Pre-K hours are 10:56 - 12:45 pm.  Latchkey hours are the same  EXCEPT for Nov. 22nd.  -  We will have 7-9 am latchkey ONLY  -  no pre-k or 3-6 pm latchkey.
    • Mr. Scott Reed our music teacher will be celebrating his 50th concert this school year. This is quite an accomplishment. Also, the school band this year will have about 80 % of the 4th grade participating. This is largest number of students we have ever had in this program.
    Ridgway School News:
    • The Senior Social, held October 18, 2017, was a tremendous success.  Special thanks go out to the NJHS, Student Council, RMS Jazz band,  RMS staff, The Elks Club, EPTSD BOE, EP Town Council and local vendors in our area that help make it such a special night for all.  
    • The 6th grade camping trip was another great time had by all campers and staff.  
    • October 20th, PTO BINGO- hosted at RMS
    • October 23rd-27th Red Ribbon Week
    • Parents of 8th grade students- Personalized messages for the yearbook are due no later than November 30th.  Please see Ms. Reilly or Mrs. Stellwag for more details.  
    Corner of Curriculum & Instruction:
    Our school community needs your help in instilling the life long love of reading in all of our children.  Our curriculum supports readers of all ages and focuses on creating good reading habits.  Our programs are funded from local and federal funds under the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Check out this article on How to Raise a Reader.
    Below are some resources for accessing books and text:
    PTO News:
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    The monthly PTO Meeting is now November 15th at 6:30 PM at Ridgway in the LRC room. See you there!
    Our Cherrydale Fundraiser starts soon. You should receive your packet soon and they are due back no later than November 27th end of school day. Orders will be ready for pick up during the Holiday Shoppe Family Night December 11th just in time for the holidays!

    Holiday Shoppe.jpg
    The Holiday Shoppe at Magowan is December 11th - 15th. Students will have the opportunity to shop at the Holiday Shoppe on their class designated day (a flyer will be sent home with their day). Holiday Shoppe Family Night is Monday, December 11th where your child can meet up with Santa, have some crafting fun, and more while you check out the Holiday Shoppe.

    As always, thank for all your support throughout the school year!

    4th grade students give a special welcome to Magowan Interim Principal, Mr. Ray Marini.  From L to R - Alafy Lopes DePaula, Madison Kremper, Nathan Sever, Ahmet Ozdemir

    Payten Pincin has fun in Mrs. Greco's class

    Growth Mindset posters from Mrs. Farley

    Jovanni Rosa enjoys Mrs. Grecco's class

    Town Council and BOE members at the recent Senior Social event.