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New Beginnings

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning.” Louis L'Amour

September 11, 2022

Welcome back! There is nothing like the hustle and bustle of preparing for and looking forward to the first day of school. This year marked the 23rd first day of school for me and the excitement continues with the anticipation of each day.


Our teachers welcomed our students back to our classrooms with open arms and I am proud of the efforts and dedication of our staff who contributed to the important events leading up to the start of the new year. 


Convocation & Service Awards - Thursday, September 1st was our Annual Convocation and Service Awards Ceremony where we convened our entire staff. We kicked off the school year with our students' performances reminding us of our purpose in the work we do each day. Convocation was a positive and uplifting opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our faculty and staff.


New Staff Orientation - On August 30th & 31st we coordinated our annual new staff orientation to support the onboarding and transition of our new faculty members with members of our administration, supervisory team, and teacher teams who collaboratively turnkeyed important information. New staff orientation was a huge success.


Professional Development - This past summer was reserved for the continued growth and learning of our faculty. Our staff participated in group and individual learning sessions via our professional learning department. Our leadership retreat enabled our district to assemble our supervisory, leadership, and administrative support staff at the end of August for team building and collaboration activities to further strengthen our team and renew our focus. 


Strategic Plan Steering Committee - The steering committee met this past summer and our commitment to strategic planning will continue over the next several months. A new strategic plan will empower the team to identify our priorities and develop a structure and cadence to help us accomplish our goals.


Curriculum Revision & Development - The administrative and supervisory team recently presented the curriculum revision updates at the August 30th Board of Education meeting. Our team provided important insight into the areas of the curriculum revision which was approved by our Board of Education that evening.


Our District approach to the curriculum development process had two phases: Spring Curriculum & Summer Curriculum. The first phase of the Spring Curriculum work was completed by June 30th, emailed and posted on the District website for Board and public review in mid-July, with an opportunity to collect public feedback on the curriculum. The second phase of the Summer Curriculum work was completed by August 1st and similarly emailed and posted on the District website in early August, with review and public feedback collection. It is also worth noting that the District solicited feedback from the community prior to curriculum work being conducted for Social Studies and Comprehensive Health and Physical Education which occurred in the Spring.

Our leadership team provided an overview of the new course curriculum and curricular revisions and updates. The presentation provided an overview of department program goals and outcomes, curricular revision highlights, any new courses in specific departments, and the points of pride we celebrate in our curriculum. The curriculum should be a living document that evolves over time. Curriculum revision should be an ongoing, iterative process where we continuously plan and design, implement, analyze, assess, and evaluate based on teacher and supervisor feedback, student and community input, state standards, and legislated requirements. 

I would like to thank our dedicated teachers, supervisors, and administrators who played a significant role in the development and revision of our curriculum. The total number of hours for Spring Curriculum work was 699 and the Summer Curriculum work was 740. That amounts to 1,439 total hours devoted to curriculum development, enhancement, and revision where the expertise of our educators translates into the teaching and learning that we have come to expect and appreciate for our students. Thank you to our teachers and supervisors for their incredible efforts. 

There is renewed energy and momentum as we begin the new year and I am looking forward to the progress that is yet to come. Wishing you a wonderful start to the new year.

All my best,

Dr. Rui Dionisio

Superintendent of Schools

Welcome Back Braves!


The Braves celebrate the first day of school with added spirit provided by our Cheerleaders, who came to school extra early on the first day to help get the year started with the right energy and enthusiasm. Many thanks to our incredibly supportive PTSO and PAC for providing the banners, signs, and a DJ who kept the spirit positive through the rainy morning. It’s a great year to be a Brave!

Senior Ambassadors Setting the Brave Standard

Carmen Noya (left), Natalie Lorenzo (middle), and Meghan Mainelli (right) spend the first day of school directing freshmen to their classes and getting ready for their Senior year at IHHS.

As members of our Senior Ambassador program, these students work to provide peer support for our younger Braves as they learn to navigate their schedules and acclimate to the Indian Hills High School experience. 

These seniors remember how helpful it was to be grouped up with caring members of the Senior class who will answer their questions honestly and provide insights into the supportive culture of our school. The same set of seniors will work with the 9th graders in organized break-out sessions throughout their full Freshman year to help with the transition to high school and to have a trusted peer who they can reach out to if they are finding difficulty in that acclimation process.

We’ve had a great opening to the school year and it has been a lot of fun seeing all of the introductory activities occurring as students get to know one another and their teachers. 

At the end of August, our Ramapo High School Flag Football Team played an exhibition game against Kennedy High School at halftime of the NY Jets and Atlanta Falcons Preseason NFL Football Game. We are so excited for the team! 

The Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District and the Ramapo High School Field Naming Committee have planned a wonderful event and dedication to honor our dear friend, colleague, and coach, Drew Gibbs. On Friday, 10/07/22 at 6 pm on the Turf Field at Ramapo High School, we will host a field naming celebration to formally dedicate and name the football field at Ramapo, "Drew Gibbs Field." After the ceremony, the Ramapo High School Football Team will take on arch rival River Dell High School. The evening was carefully planned to be a tasteful and fitting honor to Drew. We hope to see everyone on October 7th!

Ramapo Football opened their season with a solid 48-20 victory at Willingboro High School. The team hosted rival Wayne Hills High School where they earned a 48-7 win.

United States Service Academy Interest Day

School Calendar

The 2022 - 2023 School Calendar has been Board approved and is posted on the District website. The School Calendar may be accessed below or by clicking here.

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Association of Parents, Teachers & Students

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Parent, Teacher, Student Organization

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