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Maximizing opportunities to meet the needs of all students for a meaningful life

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"Break A Leg"

March 13, 2022

“The gardener does not make a plant grow. The job of a gardener

is to create optimal conditions.” Sir Ken Robinson

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Cast with Charlotte D'Amboise

The Indian Hills Theater Company welcomed two-time Tony-nominated actress, Charlotte D’Amboise. She is currently in the leading role of Roxie in the Broadway show, Chicago. Charlotte D’Amboise led the actors in a 4-hour workshop that was an invaluable opportunity!! This truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the actors and actresses of the Indian Hills Theater Company. Within these few hours, students not only had the opportunity to ask questions and gain feedback from a Broadway star, but the cast performed various numbers in full makeup, hair, and dance attire. Ms. Kim Marino coordinated with the ITC Department and our student Heads of Tech to bring light and sound to the stage. Needless to say, the cast was beyond excited for this amazing opportunity.

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NJGPA Final Reminder

Here is a final reminder that the District is administering the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJGPA) to all 11th-grade students during the week of March 14th. Please read through this linked document for information about the NJGPA, transportation and busing information for all students (tested and non-tested students), bell schedules during testing days, materials to bring for testing (e.g. wired headphones compatible with the student laptop, an approved calculator for the math assessment, pencils, etc.), and make-up testing information.

After School Academic Assistance Program Reminder

The District’s after-school academic assistance program is up and running with opportunities for students to receive extra help from the district’s faculty. This program provides struggling students with an opportunity for extra help in Math (Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2), English (Grades 9 and 10), and Science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics). We encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity for extra help! The current schedule through March 25th along with additional information can be found on the District’s website

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Ramapo Boys' Basketball Advances to

Tournament of Champions

Our Boys Team is the Number 1 Seed in North Jersey/Group 3/Section 1 for the NJSIAA State Tournament. They won their last 5 games against Paterson Eastside High School 47-44 on Tuesday, 2/22/22, Watchung Hills High School 69-68 on an overtime buzzer beater shot by Chris Cervino on Saturday 2/26/22, Northern Highlands High School in the State Tournament 72-53 on Tuesday 3/01/22, another State Tournament victory 62-44 over Morris Hills High School on Thursday 3/03/22, and finally a win in the Semifinals of the State Tournament 63-46 over Paramus High School on Saturday, 3/05/22. The boys defeated Tenafly High School on Tuesday, 3/08/22 in the State Sectional Final before more than 1,000 fans in our RHS Gym. From there they stunned 10th ranked Colonia High School in the North Jersey Group 3 State Semifinal at Phillipsburg High School 49-39. The team moves into the Group 3 State Final game at 2 pm on Sunday, March 13th. The game may be viewed online by clicking here. Let's go Po!

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Grow and Give

Congratulations to the UPSMR Juniors who placed first in the statewide 2022 New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative (NJECC) Design Thinking Competition.  Students in Ms. Murphy’s UPSMR Research Projects class designed innovations to meet challenges that arose due to Covid.  UPSMR students presented all of their ideas locally through an idea pitch day and then collaborated as a class to continue revision work on the final submission from the class, “Give and Grow” presented by Christine Peng.  Students designed an educational and gardening campaign to meet the needs of families that have experienced employment instability and food insecurity due to the impacts of Covid. 

The project was submitted by Ms. Ashley Murphy on behalf of her Indian Hills High School students Joseph Amoruso, Nina Buchakjian, Catherine Cilingiryan, Joshua Fishman, Tara Flynn, Annabel Han, Deniz Kalkandelen, Lauren Lim, Christine Peng, and Selin Uygun. This year’s challenge was to showcase one local community's silver lining in solving a local problem caused by the pandemic using Stanford University’s design thinking process.

The project entitled "Grow and Give" was selected as the 2021-22 winner by judges after evaluating several entries from around the state using a rigorous rubric and was recognized at the annual NJECC State Educational Technology Conference held on March 8th. The projects also appear on the following website.

NJECC is a 35-year-old not-for-profit organization with over 100 member K-12 school districts and is directed by a Board of Trustees and advised by an advisory board made up of practicing K-12 educators from its member districts. NJECC's vision is to Lead, Inspire, and Transform Education through Technology. NJECC's mission is to create opportunities for the sharing of ideas, collaboration, networking, and professional development that support New Jersey educators in creating innovative and transformative learning environments using technology. NJECC is the New Jersey COSN and ISTE Affiliate.

Please join us in congratulating our students on this impressive work and recognition.

Working Together


Left: Dr. Dionisio with Wyckoff Mayor Boonstra. Right: Dr. Dionisio with Township Administrator Mr. Cavallo.


Dr. Dionisio has been engaging with leadership and community stakeholders in our FLOW communities. He recently welcomed Mr. Matthew Cavallo, the new Wyckoff Township Administrator, at a recent Township Committee Meeting on March 1, 2022. Dr. Dionisio had the opportunity for introductions with Mayor Boonstra, the Wyckoff Township Committee, and Wyckoff Police Chief Murphy.

On March 9th, Dr. Dionisio, along with RIH Principals Dr. Vacca and Mr. Smith as well our Student Assistant Counselors (Andrea Saladino and Jasmen Mantashian), had the opportunity to participate in important conversations with Franklin Lakes REACH on the dangers arising from alcohol and drug abuse. Dr. Dionisio had the opportunity to meet with Mayor Bivona, the FL REACH Committee, and Franklin Lakes Police Chief Pezzuti.

Dr. Dionisio was introduced to Oakland Polic Chief Sanzari several weeks ago and is looking forward to his upcoming meeting with Oakland Mayor Schwager.

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Carnegie Hall Concert Award in the International Music and Arts Society Congratulations to Alexandra Cahill, Ramapo junior, on winning the Grand Prize Carnegie Hall Concert Award in the International Music and Arts Society Olympia Competition. The International Music & Arts Society was founded in 2010 with the mission of advancing musical and cultural relationships between teachers and students from all over the world. Alexandra will be performing Witches’ Dance by Edward MacDowell at Carnegie Hall. Please join us in congratulating Alexandra Cahill!

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Superintendent’s Corner Column



March 11, 2021

It is with great pleasure that we announce the recommendation of Mr. Michael DeFazio as the new Ramapo High School Head Football Coach. Coach DeFazio will join the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District with a passion and commitment to leadership, character, academics, and athletic excellence. Coach DeFazio is a northern New Jersey native from Morristown who attended the Delbarton School (‘02) and Columbia University (BA ‘06 & MS ‘09) where he played football and baseball. Coach DeFazio has been recommended for Board approval at the Board of Education meeting scheduled for March 14, 2022. Read more here.

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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Connect to Hills Athletic Schedules
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Connect to  Po Athletic Schedules

Welcome to the

Ramapo High School APTS

Association of Parents, Teachers & Students

Welcome to the 

Indian Hills High School PTSO

Parent, Teacher, Student Organization

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The Ramapo Indian Hills Board of Education implemented a new video streaming platform on our District webpage. RIH Board of Education meetings may be viewed directly on our District website by clicking here or at the following link:

Archived Board of Education videos may be accessed at the following link. Additional information is available on the District webpage under the Board of Ed tab at the top of the page.



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