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April 23, 2023

Teacher of the Year

Indian Hills HS - Owen Ross

Every spring we welcome the challenge of determining our Educator of the Year. With so many talented, dedicated, and hardworking educators in our building, it can be difficult to narrow it down to a single finalist. 

The submissions that came in for our honoree included the following accolades:

"... the best teacher in this school … someone that you could easily turn to for advice and guidance."


“ … a wonderful teacher [who is] encouraging for all students whether … in class or in the hallway.”  

“ … goes above and beyond, both as a teacher and as a mentor for the young students and athletes.”

“ … makes the students comfortable and feel supported through everything that they do … lifts up their spirits and is a HUGE role model within IHHS and the community.”


It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Owen Ross for being awarded this year's Educator of the Year!

Ramapo HS - Kimberly Deamer

Every year, the Ramapo community nominates its favorite teachers for the Teacher of the Year Award–-a teacher who goes above and beyond. We are happy to announce that we had many nominations this year, which is a credit to our staff.

Some of the comments for this year’s recipient:

“Every time I walk into her classroom my mood just instantly improves…such a smiley and friendly woman, but also an outstanding educator.”

“She always goes above and beyond. She is very creative and original.”

“She makes notes easy to comprehend and I always feel confident going into a test.” 

“Her students know that she genuinely cares for their success, and themselves as individuals. She is always professional, caring, and morally responsible.”

“She is a great role model to her students and peers.”

Congratulations Mrs. Deamer, and thank you for all you do for Ramapo High School.

Indian Hills Updates

Indian Hills Student Leaders and Scholars Recognized

Congratulations to UPSMR Juniors Daniel Zelster and Abeer Shuja. Daniel has been accepted into the New Jersey Governor’s School program of Engineering and Technology. Daniel will have the opportunity to attend the prestigious summer program at Rutger’s University to complete academic classes and conduct student led scientific research. Daniel was also the recipient of this year’s University of Rochester Award for Innovation and Information Technology for his scientific research work in the UPSMR program. Congratulations to Abeer Shuja for her recognition as this year’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Science Medal for her academic achievement in science. Krishan Patel has been recognized for his scholarship and achievements in science, earning the University of Rochester’s Bausch & Lomb Science Award.

Congratulations to Junior Jebriel Tantawi and UP-ISB Junior Sofia Hasan for earning nominations and recognition from the University of Rochester. Jebriel earned the George Eastman Young Leaders Award for his strong leadership in and out of the classroom. Sofia earned the Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony Award for her serious interest in social justice.

The Indian Hills Science Department has been busy using and creating models to work with the science and engineering practices. Biology classes have been modeling the history of the Earth with the creation of timelines and analyzing evidence of evolution with the use of interactive cladograms.  Chemistry students modeled limiting reactants in a chemical reaction with a Smores analogy-Yum!  Horticulture students have been creating landscape design maps to model solutions to landscaping problems in a landscape design challenge.  STEM students created models of a Mars rover which included coding to complete a task within the mission to Mars lab.

Spike Out Hunger Spike Ball Tournament 

There are not enough positive words to describe how awesome Caden Concepcion, Michael Caso, and Ava O’Neal are for what they accomplished! The three Juniors planned and prepared a Spike Ball Tournament to raise funds for Full Belly Brasil and do their part to help stop world hunger. This is just another shining example of how tremendous and well rounded the students at Indian Hills are! Jackson Cole and Anthony Puglisi were the overall winners! Go Braves!!

Indian Hills Athletics

The Bergen County Women Coaches Association held their end of season dinner and Natalie Christopher took home 1st Team All County honors for Girls Bowling. Natalie was the Bergen County Individual Bowler of the Year and set multiple school records and she helped lead the Girls Bowling Team to the FIRST State Sectional Championship in school history! Natalie will be continuing her academic and athletic career at Division 1 Fairleigh Dickinson University in the Fall! Congratulations Natalie! 

Katie Lawrence is the reigning Swimmer of the Year for Bergen County and followed up her freshman campaign by winning 1st Team All County honors in TWO events this season! Katie took home 1st Team honors in the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke. She will have us updating the record boards at Indian Hills as she also set multiple school records and is now preparing for Nationals with her Wyckoff YMCA Swim Team. Katie is only a sophomore and has a very bright future ahead! Way to go Katie!!

The RIH Mountain Bike Team

Coach John Russo and the RIH Mountain Bike Team, for the first time in our two-year team history, finished in the top 15 at the NJNICA MTB Race #1 at Camp Edge in Alloway, NJ! Congrats to Freshmen Ethan Ablorh-Odjidja and Simone Fischer for competing strongly in their first ever 10 mile mountain bike race. Excellent performances that elevated our team score were also turned in by Indian Hills Junior Cole Hamilton and Senior Justin Paysour. Big congrats to IHHS Sophomore Evan Wands who made our team’s first podium appearance (Place 1 - 5) in team history! Evan finished in second place out of 70 competitors! Congrats Evan! 

Ramapo Updates

Active & Interdisciplinary Learning at Ramapo

Mrs. Barnes' Anatomy and Physiology class met with Ms. Sporn's Choreography class for an interdisciplinary lesson that focused on the importance of body awareness, injury prevention, and maintaining healthy bodies.  The lesson incorporated dance, body movements, various joints in the body, and skeletal/muscular anatomy. The students then created dance videos using anatomical terminology and dance movements they learned with Ms. Sporn. The students had a lot of fun participating in this lesson!

Field Trip to the MET…RIH Social Studies

Modern European History AP students from Ramapo and Indian Hills participated in a field trip at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 6th. Ms. Meredith Noah and Mr. Shannon Luke collaborated to bring students through a museum scavenger hunt that journeyed through different European Art Movements, recreating different masterpieces and creating video analysis of other works. Students (and teachers) had an amazing time taking in the genius of the great European masters.

Ramapo Band Percussion Workshop Guest Speaker

Ramapo Band Director, Mr. Erik Sloezen invited percussion instructor Mr. Steve Bartosik to work with our students to build and reinforce music skills and techniques. He worked on Broadway as a drummer in the pit and was in charge of auditioning for the Rockettes.  Our students had an opportunity to work with Mr. Bartosik for multiple days in preparation for the upcoming Spring Concert.  

RHS Student Gold Masque Presents: URINETOWN

Last weekend, Ramapo's drama club, Gold Masque, presented their Spring musical,"URINETOWN."  Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, "URINETOWN" is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, environmental collapse, privatization of natural resources, bureaucracy, municipal politics, and musical theatre itself!  This Gold Masque production has been entered into Papermill Playhouse's Rising Star Awards program and awards nominations are expected to be announced in early May.

Congratulations to the Cast, Crew & Production Team on this amazing production!

RHS Students To Receive Scholarships For URINETOWN

This week, seven of Ramapo's Gold Masque students received scholarships to attend the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts after a representative from the Conservatory attended the opening night performance of the Spring musical URINETOWN. The scholarships received can be applied to either a degree program or a summer intensive program at the Conservatory.

$1,000 - Alexis Ulmer, Marissa Colangelo, Samuel Ornstein, Mary Regan

$10,000 - Kayla Kanefke, Leonardo Fornasieri

$15,000 - Bryan Fortunato

Congratulations to our Gold Masque students for receiving these scholarships!

Gold Masque Receives Nominations For Montclair State University's JoAnne Fox Theater Night Awards

Also, this week, nominations were announced for Montclair State University's annual JoAnne Fox Theater Night Awards. Ramapo's Gold Masque drama club entered their Spring 2022 production of GODSPELL into the competition and received three nominations!

  • Outstanding Achievement by an Actress in a Contemporary Musical
  • Taline Banks, Ramapo High School Class of 2022

  • Outstanding Production of a Contemporary Musical
  • Becca Corrado, Production Director

  • Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design
  • Adam Nemeth, Lighting Designer

Congratulations to Taline, Ms Corrado and Mr Nemeth on their nominations!

FLOW Jazz Night

This past Tuesday Ramapo High School hosted Jazz Night and was a resounding success.  Mr. Mark Friedman of the Ramapo Jazz Band and Mr. Jason A. Clark of the Indian Hills Jazz Band worked together to host a great night of music and fun.  Pieces from James Brown and Celia Cruz were highlighted but the specialness of the night was experiencing the upcoming talent from our FLOW sending districts.  Mr. Michael Sasson of Wyckoff’s Eisenhower Middle School, Mr. Jason Clark of Oakland’s  Valley Middle School and Mr. Brian Kozichek of Franklin Lakes Franklin Avenue Middle School highlighted the great work their students have put in all year with the Jazz Band.  

The RHS Guidance Department hosted the Seeing Eye Dogs (right to left: Fresco, Emerson, and Elise) on Wednesday, April 5th to help ease the stressors of quarterly exams. The Seeing Eye is currently looking for “puppy trainers” as shared by our RHS Alumni Team. For more information, please look at the Seeing Eye website for information on how to help. 

Ramapo Athletics

Both Boys and Girls Ramapo High School Track had a big weekend at the Comet Relays at Hackensack.  Go Po!

Members of the Ramapo Competitive Dance Team are all smiles at their recent team dinner while sporting the Ramapo “R” Letter.  Go Po!

At a recent Meeting at Wyckoff Town Hall, the Ramapo High School Boys Basketball Team was honored by the town leaders, including Mayor Tom Madigan for winning the NJSIAA 2023 Group 3 State Championship! 

Go Po!

At the North South All Star Game last month, The NJ Basketball Coaches Association Honored Ramapo High School Boys Basketball Coach Nick Vier and Girls Basketball Coach Sandy Gordon with the John Wooden “Legacy Award” for their outstanding seasons.  Coach Vier was recognized for the 2022-23 season and Coach Gordon for the 2020-2021 season.

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