Friday, June 22, 2018

June 22, 2018

District News:
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library.  Click HERE to see the agenda. 
  • June 25th, 26th, and 27th are 4-hour days for all students.  June 27th is the last day of school.  
Magowan School News:
  • We had a very successful Mighty Max Birthday. The students and parents really enjoyed themselves. Mighty Max was a big hit along with all of the other activities. We want to thank everyone for their support and a special thank you to the PBSIS committee who organized this activity.
  • Our students had their annual visit to Memorial Field where they had time together with their specific grade level for a picnic and free time activities.
  • Our 4th graders recently visited Ridgway School for their "Step Up Program". Our students really enjoyed visiting their new school for next year and becoming familiar with the different program offerings.
Ridgway School News:
  • Jun 26th - 8th grade graduation at 6:30 pm. 
  • Ridgway Middle School's NJHS raised $150 for Denim Day for the Troops.  Combined with our Fall Denim Day, we gave a total of $320 to the GI Go Fund. 
  •  Congrats to Mrs. Fontana and the St. Jude walkers for raising a grand total of $26,100 over the last 6 years.  

Congrats to this years 8th grade Salutatorian Khloe Lubin(L) and
our class Valedictorian Kristina Siwak(R).  

The many trophies and medals earned by our outstanding music department at the annual Great Adventure Music Competition.

Congrats to Mr. Melvin(L) and Mr. Reed(R) 

Shania Hosein, Mackenzie Cash and Paige Giles work with our local seniors at the Moorestown Care One Facility.  The all had a blast playing BINGO.

One of the beautiful gifts that the residents of Care One received from our NJHS.

What a great turn out for the final game of Ridgway's annual PBSIS HAWK-BALL Classic. 

Some of the "Dodge Ball Divas" taking a break in between games.  

The 8th grade students enjoyed a beautiful day at Camden Yards for their final field trip.

The 7th grade students had a great time at the annual Probability Carnival.  Students were tasked with creating their own probability games for all to enjoy.  

Thank you to the career day presenters that came to present today.  The students were able to see a great variety of professions that they can explore.  

Mighty Max and Sammy the Hawk helping the PTO and the EPTSD with the first annual softball game.  A great time was had by all and the teachers have to come back next year to defend their trophy!!! 

Corner of Curriculum & Instruction:

Edgewater Park Summer Challenge

Ridgway Middle School
    • Ridgway students will receive summer reading books and materials prior to leaving on the last day of school.  
    • Our IXL Math Challenge will be revealed next week!  Please encourage your child to participate, this is a great way to avoid the summer backwards slide.  Please email Mr. Trampe at with any questions.

Magowan Elementary School
    • Magowan school will provide all students a One Book One School summer reading assignment before the end of the school year. Students have the option of listening to Mrs. Fry read their book online on the Magowan website, borrowing a copy from the main office, purchasing their own copy, or attending a live read aloud each Friday in the summer at noon. Directions are being distributed to show how students can earn special time with Mrs. Fry at the start of the new school year. 
    • We will also continue the math IXL challenge which will be distributed with report cards and posted on the Magowan website. There will be an incentive for completing the minimum required time.  Please email Mrs. Fry at  with any questions. 
PTO News:
  • The 1st Annual PTO Softball Game was a great time! Thank you to all the EPTSD teachers, parents, and students that played. Thank you to the Bygrave family for the fun face painting and music. Thank you to the NJHS for your hep with crafts and games. Thank you Chief DiFilippo, EPAA, Edgewater Park Township, and Endeavor for all your help and support. The EPTSD will need to defend their winning title next year!!! 
  • PTO members received their PTO Book Club book this week. Happy Summer Reading!
  • We had a great 2017 - 2018 year. We raised over $17,000 this year and it helped pay for field trip buses, 8th grade yearbooks, 4th Grade Art Trip, art supplies, teacher and staff appreciation, library books, PTO 8th Grade Awards, PTO Book Club, Red Ribbon Week, Treat Trail, and so much more!!! Thank you to our many volunteers, sponsors, and EPTSD administration, teachers, and staff for making this year successful. We are looking forward to enriching our district in 2018 - 2019 school year. .

Friday, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018

District News:
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway Library.  Click HERE to see the agenda.
  • June 27th will be the last day of school for all students, with June 25th, 26th, and 27th being 4-hour days for all.
Ridgway School News:
  • May 24th - 8th grade trip to Baltimore.
  • May 25th - South Sudan Car Wash.
  • May 29th -30th NJSLA Science Assessment for grades 5 and 8.  
  • June 1st - Ridgway's annual Hawkball Tournament. 
  • June 11th - Career Day for grades 5-8.
  • June 14th - Hawksfest for Ridgway students during the school day.
  • June 26th - 8th grade Graduation 6:30pm.
  • 4th grade Step up day is scheduled for June 7, 2018.
  • 5th grade Parent Orientation will be held at Ridgway Middle School, June 12, 2018 from 10am to11am or 6pm to 7pm.   Please join us at the session that fits your schedule best.

Congrats to Mrs. Ramm's homeroom for winning most PARCC spirit.  Enjoy your Popsicle party.  

Magowan School News:

May 23th - Magowan Spring Concert - 7:00 pm at Ridgway School
May 24th - Drama Club Play - 7:00 pm in the Magowan Multipurpose Room
May 31st - Fun Day for students - held during the school day
June 1st - Mighty Max Birthday Party, 5:30 to 8:00 pm
June 7th -   4th graders visit to Ridgway School
June 13th - ESL Night - 6:30 - 7:30pm Magowan Cafeteria
June 27th - 4th Grade Luncheon
June 27th - Last Day of School

Magowan Elementary School participated in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes
EPTSD student art work on display at the BCSD Art Show

EPTSD student art work on display at the BCSD Art Show

Our Mighty Max Math Masters, 1st graders Cinaya Hicks-Senior, Treymir Hilton-Franklin and Jonel Felix with their teacher Ms..Guarino and Principal Mr. Marini

PTO News:

BOGO Book Fair May 16 - 23 at Ridgway LRC
  • Ridgway students can shop during lunch period
  • The next Family Night is May 23 6:30 - 9:00 PM during the Magowan Spring Concert
  • All EPTSD students can be entered into a drawing for a pack of books with purchase. The drawing will be held May 23 and announced at school
Teacher supply raffle...Nominate your favorite teacher and help them stock their supplies!!!
  • $5.00 per nomination
  • Drawing will be help May 23 at 9:00 PM
May 23 Deli & Pizza Night
  • Order from Deli & Pizza Shop from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and they graciously donate 20% of your order.
June 9 11:00 - 1:00 1st Annual Edgewater Park PTO Softball Game
  • Are you a parent or alumni or EPTSD Teacher or Staff member and want to play!! You're in by May 22 to reserve your spot. Players will get a t-shirt so, grab your glove and let's have some fun.
  • Don't want to play softball? That's okay. There will be food, games, and crafts available. Come out and enjoy the game.
  • Want to help? We need volunteers to help with food, games, and crafts. Let's make this an event to remember!!!!
June 13 6:30 PM at Ridgway LRC - The last PTO Meeting of the 2017 - 2018 school year
  • Come out and hear the 2018 - 2019 budget and welcome our newest board member, Angelina Palombi as Coordinating Secretary 

Monday, April 23, 2018

April 23, 2018

District News:
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 5:30 in the Ridgway Library.  Click HERE to see the agenda.
  • Click HERE to see the minutes from our two recent Strategic Planning meetings.  The third and final Strategic Planning meeting will be on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 6:30 in the Ridgway Cafeteria.
  • Click HERE to see the revised 2017-2018 District Calendar.

Ridgway News:
  • April 13, 2018 - marking period ends.
  • April 19, 2018 - report cards issued.
  • April 30, 2018 to May 4, 2018 PARCC - testing begins for grades 5 and 6.
  • May 7, 2018 to May 11, 2018 PARCC - testing begins for grades 7 and 8.
  • May 16, 2018-  Ridgway Middle School annual Spring Concert will be held at 7:00 PM. 
  • May 29, 2018 to May 30, 2018 - New Jersey Student Learning Assessment for Science will be held for all 5th and 8th grade students.  

Mr. Fabian sharing his life experiences with our 8th grade students.  

Kristina Siwak and Mr. Melvin compete during the PBSIS Family Feud Tournament.

Chief Gene Difilippo and officers from the Edgewater Park Police Department working with our staff on school security.  

Magowan News:
  • April 11th to 17th - PTO Book Fair
  • April 12th - 2nd Grade Zoo Trip
  • April 19th - Report Cards Issued
  • April 19th - Kindergarten Aquarium Trip
  • April 27th - Arbor Day Tree Planting - 3rd Grade, 9:00-10:00 am in the front of the building.
  • The Magowan School Spring Concert will be on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:00 pm at Ridgway School.  

Ms. Slavinski is using Smart Board Technology in the teaching of subtraction.
The students in the picture are Eliezer Santiago and Jordan Tucker.

Garden Club students are working on their plants that are growing in one of our plant and water towers.
The students are growing vegetables, fruits and salads.
The students pictured are Lucille Snyder, Qaddean Bright, and Skylar Daniels. 
The Garden Club advisers are Mrs. Farley and Mrs. Eachus.

Mrs. Gillece is volunteering at the Book Fair sponsored by the PTO. The students holding their books are
 Winston Grice and Daniel Miller

Corner of Curriculum & Instruction:
  • New Jersey recently changed the format and test for statewide assessment in Science.  The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment - Science will now be administered in Grade 5 (instead of 4) and Grade 8.  
    • Click HERE to find the Grade 5 Parent, Student, and Teacher Information Guide in English and Spanish
    • Click HERE to find the Grade 8 Parent, Student, and Teacher Information Guide in English and Spanish
    • Grade 5 and Grade 8 will test on:  May 29th and 30th
  • Attention all 5th, 6th, and 7th Graders do you love Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math?  Ridgway Middle School is offering a free STEM camp Wednesday, June 27th, 28th, 29th & July 2nd & 3rd.  The program is free of charge to those students who apply and are accepted.  Camp runs from 8:30-2:30 please click HERE for more details.  Be sure to see Mr. Trampe with any questions asap as spots are filling up!
PTO News:
  • The Magowan Book Fair was held April 11 - 17. Thank you to everyone that volunteered to help make the book fair a success!
  • A Spring Flower and Garden Fundraiser will start April 23 and all orders are due May 3 to guarantee delivery before Mother's Day. They make the perfect gift for Moms!
  •  PTO Meeting May 9, 2018 at 6:30 PM at Ridgway
    • This meeting will hold elections for 2 board positions. If you are interested, please email to be put on the ballot. 
      • All nominees must be entered no later than May 5, 2018 to be included on the ballot on May 9, 2018
      • You must be a paid PTO member in good standing for at least 15 days to be eligible for nomination
      • Any Edgewater Park resident may be a PTO member and eligible for nomination
  • The Ridgway Book Fair will be held May 16 - 23. There will be two family nights during the Spring Concerts, May 16 & May 23. The book fair will also be open during lunch hours for students.
Here are some future save the dates for upcoming PTO events, so mark your calendars:
  • June 9, 2018 1:00 - 1:00 - Parents & Alumni versus Teachers and Staff Softball game
  • June 13, 2018 - PTO Meeting - The last of the school year
We are hard at work planning more events and fundraisers. If you would like to help, please join us at our monthly meeting!

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!