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Superintendent's Corner Column

Forward Progress

“Everybody gets one chance to do something great. Most people never take the chance.” The Sandlot

October 23, 2022

Good morning Ramapo Indian Hills! The Fall season has been a positive and successful start to the year. Our recent Open Houses at Indian Hills and Ramapo High Schools were a huge success welcoming our prospective incoming freshmen students next year. Our sporting events have brought immense school spirit and pride to our district. The UP Open Houses and other important events are on the horizon highlighted on our calendars on our school and district websites.

The strategic planning process continues to make great strides with our steering committee. The committee kicked off the planning process in the Spring with data review sessions in July and September. Most recently our October meeting processed more community feedback from Thought Exchanges. Future sessions will focus on Vision & Goal Setting, Designing Initiatives, Developing Roadmap, and Monitoring, Governance and Communicating the Strategic Plan. We encourage you to review more on our District website under the Strategic Plan mega menu tab.

Last but certainly not least, a special congratulations to Rich Burton, RIH Supervisor of Art. Mr. Burton received the The George DiBouno Recognition Award from Art Educators of NJ on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. Please join us in congratulating him on this prestigious honor. We welcome you to read more below in this edition of the Weekend Morning Brew.

All my best,

Dr. Rui Dionisio

Superintendent of Schools

Students Teaching Each Other

Does deriving equations from data sound challenging? Not for the freshman students in the University Program in Engineering and Design! Here you see one team presenting their results for peer review. Teamwork depends on strong communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills. UP engineering students gain great experience in all of these skills as they move through the science, engineering, and technology program as a group over four years. If you would like to know more about all the University Programs, join us at the Open House on October 27th at 7 pm at Ramapo High School. 

Anthropology at the Bronx Zoo  

Students in Mrs. Vander Molen's Anthropology class had the opportunity to observe primates at the Bronx Zoo on Friday, October 14th. Students worked with an official Zoo Ethogram to observe primate behavior and report their findings. There was some definite monkey-ing around on this trip!

Indian Hills Fall Sports Update

Although the Fall season is still in progress, as we head into the postseason, let's take a look at how Indian Hills have done so far! The Fall season overall has been a HUGE success! 

The Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams have had a stellar season. They started early in the season with 1st place (Boys) and 2nd place (Girls) team wins at a meet at Six Flags Great Adventure in September. Last weekend they took home the Bergen County Group C Team Championships for both the boys and the girls! This weekend, they head to Darlington to compete in the Bergen County Meet of Champions! We have high hopes for them and wish them the best of luck!

The Girls Volleyball Team has had some great success this season! They are currently 13-11 on the season with a huge Bergen County Tournament upset victory against the other school in the district, Ramapo, just a couple of weeks ago. It was their first county win in quite a few years! They are looking to take the positive momentum they have gathered into the postseason as they prepare for the NJSIAA State Tournament. We are hopeful for a home game in Round 1! 

The Gymnastics team finished the season 9-3 and took 3rd place as a team at the League Championships last week. We also had an individual gymnast, Lindsay Thompson, who finished 3rd on the beam, and 4th overall, at the League Championships! We had two gymnasts score a 9.5 or higher this season. Lindsay scored a 9.5 on her floor routine and Carlin Fatuova tied the school record with a 9.55 on the beam! They will participate in the Bergen County Championships on Friday, 10/21, at Ridgewood High School. 

The Girls Tennis team had a good year. We saw some success on the court, but most importantly the girls improved each time they went to play! The girls worked hard each match and never gave up. The numbers for the team increased tremendously this year and the future is bright for the Girls Tennis Team! They made the NJSIAA State Tournament as a team, but lost to Mahwah early on. Their season recently ended and they are excited to get back to work for next season! 

The Cheer Team has been putting in extra hours of work this Fall! You can find them at every football game, no matter how cold it gets. They can also be seen around campus involved in various school community events. They were there on the opening day of school, welcoming all of our students to a new school year. They have been helping out with the rec cheer programs and you can find them within the community at events like the Oakland Achievers games on Sundays. Their enthusiasm is contagious and the halftime routine is dizzying with all of the flips and aerials they pull off! They make it very difficult to not be excited at a football game with them on the sidelines! 

The Football Team began the year off with a HUGE victory to start the season! The win came on the road, against a very tough Fair Lawn team, and was only the 2nd season opening win in the last 15 years. The next week, we hosted Teaneck at home and invited rec football players from the FLOW communities to come and join us. The turnout was tremendous! The team has experienced some injuries to key players, but the team mentality is what they are all about, so the "next guy" has stepped up to fill the void! Last week was a big win at Hopatcong and the team looks to notch another win on Friday night against Bergen Tech. There are only two more games for football after Friday's contest. We are waiting to see the teams we are matched up against for those final two weeks. The games will be played on 10/27 (away) and 11/3 (home). One thing is for sure...the BEST FANS IN BERGEN COUNTY will be here to support the team and help cheer us to victory! 

The Girls Soccer team displayed a big time highlight in the opening round win against Cresskill in the Bergen County Invitational. The offense was on high that day as the girls scored 3 goals and Cresskill was never able to recover. The girls had their Senior Night on Wednesday night and faced a very tough Leonia team. In the stands were rec soccer players, from the girls soccer programs in the FLOW communities, cheering our team on as they won the game 9-2! After the game the rec players were able to come on the field and meet with the team and take pictures. It was an excellent night for all involved! 

The Boys Soccer Team entered the season with very high hopes, but were quickly met by the injury bug. Coach Mayer lost 4 of his starters early on to injury. Again, the "next guy" up mentality took over and the boys fought hard as the season progressed. The highlight of the season was the 2nd Round game in the Bergen Cup, playing Bergen Tech. The Braves trailed most of that game and scored 2 late goals, under 5 mins to play, to take the game to OT. Eventually, they gave up the winning goal with under 1 min to play. Although the end result was not what they wanted, the boys definitely left everything on the field as they worked together to try and win the game! We are excited for the final home game on 10/25 when we play DePaul. We will also be hosting the boys rec soccer teams from the FLOW communities that night and expect to have a ton of fun! Currently, the boys are holding on to hopes of making the NJSIAA Tournament as a lower seed. It's not where you start, but rather where you finish! 

Each team has experienced success and are driven to get better! You can get all of your Indian Hills Athletic updates on Twitter and Instagram: ihhs_athletics. Give us a follow and cheer on your favorite team, or better yet, all of them! 

Go Braves! 

Ramapo Athletic Updates

The Boy’s soccer team is currently 12-0-1 and ranked #12 in the state of NJ.  They will play Finals of the Bergen County tournament this Saturday at 6pm at Indian Hills High School vs Ridgewood.

Girls soccer is 11-2 and ranked #6 in NJ. They will take on IHA in the semifinals of the Bergen County Tournament on Sunday at 2 pm at River Dell High School.

The Girls Tennis Team is 15-1 and ranked #13 in the state of NJ. They recently won the Bergen County Tournament Championship and are set to take on Wayne Hills High School in the Semifinals of the NJSIAA N1/G3 State Tournament. The team had terrific individual success in the ongoing NJSIAA Individual Tennis Tournament. Ella Saxton upset Millburn’s #1 singles player and played great against the #6 ranked player in the draw before bowing out. Cadie Sauter played well and advanced to the round of 32 while first doubles won 3 matches over the weekend (10/7) to advance to this weekends Quarterfinals. A superior run by juniors Elizabeth Ring and Caroline Baker. 

The football team is currently 5-2 with great win against Old Tappan last week and a big contest this week at home against Ridgewood. The state tournament begins the weekend of 10/28.

Cross County has been very active with the league championships at Darlington Park and meet at Six Flags Great Adventure in late September. The Ramapo girls XC has been having a fantastic season. They won the Six Flags Wild Safari Invite with a school record team average of 20:02, 22 seconds faster than the previous team average record. The girls currently are ranked 3rd in the County and 19th in the state. Junior Amelia Keogh is having a terrific season running a personal best time of 18:50 which is the second fastest time in the county this season.  

Girls Volleyball has been very active with 15 matches played. They recently had a nice win over Bergenfield and consistently play well against the top teams in Bergen County.

Gymnastics is currently 9-1 and recently finished second in the Bergen County Tournament. The league and state tournaments are upcoming for this high performing squad.

Mountain Biking

Students from Mr. Ohren’s Mountain Bike Class shredding the ‘Teacher Lot Trail’ at Indian Hills High School!

That's A WRAP

Adam Nemeth, the district coordinator of Multimedia Technologies, made a presentation to Mrs. Marino's That's a WRAP class about the use of digital tools in the process of music production. This brand-new elective teaches students the crafts of writing, recording, arranging, and producing music. That’s a WRAP combines the mechanics and production of music while providing students with the knowledge and skills needed in the digital music production industry. Students learn how to use the newly acquired production equipment with Presonus, a digital studio workstation, to develop and produce their own music!

JETS Sports Business Day

Indian Hills students from our University Program in International Studies and Business, Economics CPE, and Sports History CPE attended JETS Sports Business Day at MetLife Stadium on October 19, 2022. Students heard from executives within the JETS organization, learned about the various career opportunities within the JETS organizations, and visited luxury boxes, the team locker room, conference and event spaces, and ended their day on the field. Students will be welcomed back for game this season.

Teachers Collaborating 

Common professional collaboration time on October 12th provided an opportunity for teachers to share best practices and engage in meaningful professional dialogue about teaching and learning.

Art Award

A big congratulations to RIH Supervisor of Art, Rich Burton, on receiving The George DiBouno Recognition Award from @arteducators_of_nj on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. This award has been established to honor members whose dedication to art education in New Jersey was marked by a realization of the power of leadership in education to move the arts to the forefront. This award is for those who are “within” the field of education but not Art Educators. Over the past decade Mr. Burton’s commitment to our visual arts program, our faculty members, and RIH students have been nothing short of a contagious positivity; he always sees the glass as half-full rather than half-empty. Cheers, Mr. Burton!! This is well deserved. 

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