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News & Notices

At Ridge Ranch, we appreciate our involved parents and community members. We also enjoy broadcasting our latest news and information here on our News page, where we will chronicle school activities and student achievements and publish announcements. We’ll also offer helpful resources and information. So check back often; we’ll update it regularly.

First Grade Learns Through Art

Students in first grade at Ridge Ranch school made 3-D ears of corn after learning about the Native American Legend of the Five Corn Kernels.


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National School Psychology Week
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During the week of November 8–12, 2021, schools throughout the country celebrated National School Psychology Week to highlight the important work school psychologists do to help students thrive. This year's theme is "Let's Get in GEAR." (grow, engage, advocate, rise). The theme's acronym provides a challenge to grow both personally and professionally. It encourages us to engage in best practices and advocate for children's access to mental health and learning supports. To rise implies resilience and renewal despite the challenges of the past. This has a particular resonance this year as we work to help students, families, and school staff emerge from the challenges of the past year and a half. When we get in gear, we move together. When one gear moves, the gears connected to it move as well. When we move together there is a positive synergy that builds and becomes greater than any single effort. Just as we continue to grow and develop as people and with our skills, sometimes with support from others, we can develop resilience beyond stressful circumstances. School psychologists are particularly skilled at assisting students and staff in growing and working together while shifting into different gears to meet the demands of school and life. Please visit the National School Psychology Week page for more information.

NASP Poster. Let's Get in Gear. Grow, Engage, Advocate, Rise.

You may notice that some of our psychologists have the letters NCSP after their names. This credential means that they are nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB). The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) sets standards for graduate preparation, credentialing, professional practice, and ethics. The NASP practice model (2010) outlines the comprehensive services that school psychologists are encouraged to provide. For more information about school psychologists, please visit the National Association of School Psychologists website.

School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community. Consultation, direct service delivery, individualized learning and interventions, understanding and respecting diversity, and advocacy on behalf of what is best for students all require connecting with individuals and helping others connect positively with each other. Creating caring connections is also about finding how best to connect needs with supports, challenges with solutions, and barriers with the skills to overcome them.

Please join us in celebrating and acknowledging the exceptional contributions of Paramus' School psychologists in creating positive outcomes for students in our school community and their field:

  • Juliana Barbaro - Paramus High School
  • Michelle DeRosa - Midland, Stony Lane, and Parkway
  • Stefanie Fauchere - Parkway/ECC
  • Denise Galianos - East Brook and Ridge Ranch
  • Melissa Meyers - Paramus High School
  • Amy O'Gorman - Memorial and Paramus High School
  • Eileen Purtill - West Brook
Earth Science Natural Hazards Unit

As a culminating activity for Ridge Ranch School, the 4th graders completed the earth science natural hazards unit. The students were visited by the Paramus Office of Emergency Management (OEM). They were able to work with the members in order to generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural earth processes on humans. The students were also given a tour of the OEM mobile command unit where they saw first hand how Paramus helps to prevent and serve during natural hazards.

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Police Department Visit
Paramus Police Department visiting with students

Thank you to the Paramus Police Department for visiting Ridge Ranch School for red ribbon week. It was so much fun to have you here.