Friday, August 24, 2018

August 24, 2018

District News:
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library.  Click HERE to see the agenda.
  • EPTSD staff will return on 9/4 for two days of collaboration and preparation.
  • All students, except PreK and K, will return on 9/6 for a 4-hour day.  PreK and K orientation will be on 9/6 and PreK students will arrive on 9/7.  We are all looking forward to seeing your children again.
  • Click here to view the District calendar to view the other important dates for the year such as:
    • Parent-Teacher Conferences
    • Marking Period Dates
    • Report Card Dates

EPTSD salutes all of our secretaries, technology staff, maintenance staff, and custodians.  These staff work behind the scenes all year long to ensure smooth operations and a successful learning environment.  During summer months, they work especially hard to prepare for a successful school opening. We are very grateful for all that they do!
CST Secretary Keri Gasiorowski

Custodian Monika Rowe, Facilities Manager Thaddeus Zimecki, and Pitt Bull Technology Support Candace Schmid
Business Office Secretaries Mary Lou Doyle and Mary Korzinski, Superintendent's Secretary Lori Rebilas

Transportation Secretary Sarah Rovinsky and Mogowan Main Office Secretary Charlotte Fitzpatrick

Ridgway Main Office Secretary Laura Pregler and Curriculum Office Secretary Lisa Butcher

Custodians Alison Brenner, Chris Doyle, Oscar Grant, Chris Mickle, and Mel Baynard

Not pictured are:  Custodian Norma Bacino, Maintenance Staff Fran Varsaci and Jason Thorpe, and Secretaries Karen Gunderman and Sherry Sullivan

Magowan School News:
  • Welcome back! We can't wait for the first day of school on September 6th. This is a 4-hour day for grades 1 to 4. Please remember that lunch will not be served on this day.
  • Don't forget there is still time to get in your IXL minutes and complete your summer reading assignments.
  • The Parade to Success will be on Friday, September 14th at 2:15 pm. Please come out to cheer us on.
  • Back To School Night is scheduled for September 26th at 6:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you there.
  • Summer recap:
    • Over the summer, all classrooms had SMART panels installed. We are looking forward to seeing the creative ways they will be used.
    • Both tech labs have been upgraded to have Chromeboxes. These devices will allow even more grade levels to take advantage of our Google Apps learning environment.
    • Our Extended School Year (ESY) program had a wonderful 16 days of learning and fun. It was great to see enthusiastic learners and passionate teachers engaged together!
    • Read with the Principal Fridays were a great success. We look forward to finding more creative ways to continue to foster a culture of readers over the course of the year.

Our fantastic ESY staff!

Mrs. Fry reads to students on Fridays

New SMART Panels installed

Ridgway School News:
  • Welcome back!  School starts September 6th.  This is a 4-hour day for all students..  Just a reminder, no lunches served on 4-hour days and dismissal will be at 12:30.  
  • September 7th will be a full day for students. 
  • Back To School Night is scheduled for September 27th at 6:30 PM.  
  • Students- Please remember to complete and bring in your summer work on the first day of school.  
  • Please review, sign and have your student return any papers back to school by            September 19th.  
  • Please join us at Rita's in Willingboro on September 19th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for a Celebrity Scoop event with Mr. Trampe and Mrs. Fry (the new Magowan Principal).

We are looking forward to another great year.  If you have any questions please feel free to stop in, call or email.  

One of the new additions that we made this summer.    Go HAWKS!!!

PTO News:

Welcome Back!!!

Your PTO has been hard at work planning the 2018 - 2019 events and fundraisers. The 2018-2019 Membership Form will be sent home as well as the Volunteer Form. If you have questions please email

  • August 27th is the first official PTO meeting 6:30 PM at Ridgway LRC. Come see what we have planned and how you can make a positive impact for your child and your school

Here are few key dates for the month of September...                       
  • September 5th – Your PTO will deliver School Supply Kits to your child's classroom if you placed your order in June 
  • September 19th – Rita’s Celebrity Scoop 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Featuring Amanda Fry and our special guests Ron Trampe and Michael Radichel at the Rita's in Willingboro on Route 130
  • September 23rdSkateNight 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at Holiday Skate
  • September 24thPTO Meeting 6:30 PM at Ridgwary LRC
  • September 26th – Deli & Pizza Night 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Call and place your order and Deli & Pizza Shop with graciously donate 20% of your order to the PTO
  • We will be accepting Memberships and selling Bingo tickets at both Back to School Nights Magowan September 26th and Ridgway September 27th

We need YOU! Parents, community, staff…. The PTO serves the children of both Magowan Elementary and Ridgway Middle School.  The PTO needs volunteers. A volunteer can be a family member, neighbor, friend, a teenager who needs volunteer hours…anyone can volunteer. Volunteering doesn’t always mean attending events either…there are ways to help from your own home!

We are looking forward to a great 2018-2019 school year and supporting our school district and community!

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.