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Superintendent's Corner Column

Promise Made. Promise Kept.

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” John Muir

June 18, 2023

From the beginning, we recognized the significance of involving our community in our strategic planning initiative. The input and perspectives of our diverse stakeholders are vital in creating a plan that truly reflects the needs and aspirations of our students, parents, teachers, staff, and community members. Your active engagement as stakeholders, through survey feedback, focus groups, and other initiatives, has been instrumental in shaping the future of our educational community and demonstrated our commitment to our shared goal of educational excellence. 

Over the past year, our Strategic Plan Steering Committee embarked on a significant journey to provide direction for the future of our schools. Through countless hours of listening to community feedback, collaborative discussions, brainstorming sessions, and thoughtful consideration of diverse perspectives, we have collectively crafted a comprehensive strategic plan that lays a solid foundation for our future success. 

I have witnessed the passion and enthusiasm with which our team has approached each meeting, showcasing a genuine commitment to excellence and an unwavering belief in the transformative power of education. Their ability to work together as a cohesive team, fostering inclusivity and open dialogue, has been inspiring. Each committee member has brought unique insights and perspectives to the table, enriching the depth and quality of our strategic plan. Through effective collaboration, they have successfully aligned our goals with the broader vision of our district, ensuring our initiatives are forward-thinking and student-centered.

Developing our new five-year strategic plan required dedication, time, and effort, which has been instrumental in shaping our strategic plan. Extensive research, relevant data collection, and best practices analysis have not gone unnoticed. We are deeply grateful for their unwavering commitment and willingness to go the extra mile.

Our new strategic plan will serve as our guiding light, leading us toward our shared vision of educational excellence and continuous improvement. Our community’s invaluable insights, ideas, and feedback have shaped the direction and priorities of our strategic plan, ensuring that it aligns with the values and aspirations of our community. We express our utmost gratitude and admiration for each one of you who contributed your exceptional efforts and unwavering commitment to providing insight that helped shape the goals that will help guide the future of Ramapo Indian Hills Regional. Go Po! Be Brave!

Wishing you a happy Father's Day!

With deepest gratitude,

Dr. Rui Dionisio

Superintendent of Schools

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RIH Summer Learning Academy

The Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District is excited to offer over 70 weeklong sessions across several content areas. These sessions are aimed to provide students with hands-on in-person learning experiences, skill review and reinforcement, and performance-based opportunities that address learning needs. All participants that register prior to June 12 should have received a confirmation email on Friday. If you have any questions or concerns please email [email protected].

If you are still interested in participating, the registration window has been extended to Friday, June 23! Please review the confirmed summer learning schedule, session descriptions and registration information on our website.

RIH District News

Congratulations to District Art Supervisor, Rich Burton, and the entire Visual Arts department for being recognized at last Friday's 43rd Annual Governor's Arts Award Ceremony for continually maintaining high standards in High School Visual Arts.

On Monday, June 12th the RIH Mountain Bike Team and Oakland Recreation combined for an amazing ‘Try it Out’ MTB Event with NJNICA (New Jersey Interscholastic Mountain Bike League) ! Over 30 Oakland 5th - 8th graders learned how to shred the mountain bike trail like pros. A big thanks to Oakland Recreation coordinator Megan Rotundo, Coach Olson and Coach Mary Beth from NJNICA, and our MTB Team student-athletes who helped coach our newcomers. A great day overall as students learned basic skills for 30 minutes and then ‘shredded the trails on our Indian Hills HS MTB Trail system for the last 30 minutes. Look for ‘Try it Out’ MTB events for Franklin Lakes and Wyckoff Middle schoolers next Fall!

Indian Hills Updates

Indian Hills Science & University Program SMR students hosted the first HOSA meeting to gain interest in establishing an Indian Hills chapter.  HOSA is an international student-led organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services and several federal and state agencies. HOSA’s mission is to empower future health professionals to become leaders in the global health community, through education, collaboration, and experience. HOSA actively promotes career opportunities in the health industry. Students will complete in local, regional, and national competitions in a variety of health related fields.   All interested students are invited to attend future meetings.

Congratulations to Indian Hills Fashion & Technology student Amaya Pichardo. Amaya earned 2nd Place in the Senior Division for the NJ State Fashion Design Contest for 2023 sponsored by the DAR. Ms. Crossley worked closely with her students and entered 4 students into the competition.  Amaya submitted a cotton blend, longline coat with pockets and buttons. Emma Graffanino entered a satin dress with a wrap front and a zipper and bow at the back. Ashley Marscovetra submitted a knit jumper with side seam pockets, and Isabella Gartner entered a pair of velour shorts with pockets, a drawstring and double elastic waistband.  We continue to be amazed by the talent and growth in skill-set of the students in our Fashion & Technology courses.  

The 2023 issue of Inscape, the award-winning art and literary magazine of Indian Hills High School, has arrived! We are proud to share the magazine in digital format here with you. Inscape is a student-created magazine which features poetry, short fiction, artwork, photography, and other creative pieces created by Indian Hills students and faculty. Students then design, layout, and publish this year-end magazine.

Inscape is the proud recipient of multiple school publication awards from the American Scholastic Press Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Congratulations to all members of the design and editorial staff, as well as all students and staff members who have had their works published!

Editors-in-Chief: Meghan Mainelli (‘23) and Carmen Noya (‘23)

Editorial and Production Advisor: Dianna Peller

Art and Design Advisor: John Mungiello

Link to Inscape 2023 Digital

On Friday, June 9, IHHS “Click Clack Front and Back” (CCF&B) came together to celebrate its fourth year of advocating for traffic safety in the FLOW community at an end-of-year party with some special guests. Those guests included Assemblyman Auth, Officer Albert from the Borough of Oakland Police Department, Mr. Fredericks, Assemblyman Auth’s Chief of Staff, and Governor Murphy via video call. 

Assemblyman Auth introduced Governor Murphy to the wonder teens of CCF&B and his support for making wearing a seatbelt in the rear a primary offense. Assemblyman Auth explains Bill A5163 and what steps CCF&B can take to advocate further for the bill to gain bipartisan support from NJ Legislators. Officer Albert, who heads up the Traffic Bureau with the Borough of Oakland Police Department, shared information and a personal story. 

CCF&B had planned to attend the U Got Brains Champion Schools Program sponsored by the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey on Thursday, June 8, but due to the air quality challenges in NJ, attended the Virtual Showcase Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 13 via Zoom and learned that we were runners up for the third year in a row. 

Please visit the CCF&B social media platforms for further information and updates on their progress. We thank the administration, IHHS staff, and the FLOW community for supporting their safety efforts. Please remember to Click Clack in the Front and Back!

Pictured below is Click-Clack Front and Back Team with Assemblyman Auth and Officer Albert from Oakland PD and Assemblyman Auth with Governor Murphy on Video-Phone.

Indian Hills Athletics

Congratulations to Marco Festa who received the Bergen County Umpires Association Bob Lewinter Award. This award is handed out annually to one baseball and one softball student-athlete for their inspiration, dedication, and hard work to the baseball/softball teams of their school. Nominations are submitted by coaches and selected by a committee from the BCUA. Marco was honored at Biaggio’s in Paramus this past week. Great job Marco! 

Freshman Audrey Amoruso was honored at the Bergen County Women’s Coaches Association dinner for making FIRST TEAM All County honors for softball! Great job Audrey! 

In 2016, following the passing of former IHA softball coach Anthony LaRezza, the Bergen County Women's Coaches Association established the Anthony LaRezza Award, given to an individual who has made exceptional contributions to Bergen County softball. Each year, they honor an individual with this award prior to the start of the BCWCA Softball County Final game. This year, our very own Indian Hills Softball Coach, Joe Leicht, was the recipient! What a tremendous honor for someone who has dedicated his life to coaching! Congratulations Coach!

THANK YOU to all the Indian Hills parents, students, athletes, fans, and supporters for everything you have done for us this school year! Sports is a team game and your continued support is necessary for our success! It is greatly appreciated and we are very excited for next year! Go Braves!

Ramapo Updates

On Tuesday June 7th, Ramapo High School Business students completed a Wall Street walk, visiting sites such as the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall, the Charging Bull Statue, US Bankruptcy Court and the 9/11 Memorial.

Thermochemistry and Ice Cream …. And flavors!  Students in Mrs. Green’s chemistry class made ice cream to study changes in thermal energy in systems.

Ramapo Athletics

Ramapo softball players, Ella Saxton and LeeAnn Downey, were honored at the Bergen County Women Coaches Association spring dinner for earning First Team All-County recognition.

At the BCCA All County Dinner, the Ramapo Boys Golf Team was named Bergen County Team of the Year!  Harry Cohen was named first team All County and first team All State and Coach Brian Gogerty was selected as Coach of the Year!

Ramapo’s Boys Tennis First Singles  player Max Loia was named First Team All County at the recent BCCA Dinner.  He is pictured with his father and Head Coach of the Ramapo Boys Tennis Team, Scott Loia.

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