Venti lends a helping paw to Farmingville students

There’s a new face wandering the halls of Farmingville Elementary School, out to lend kids a helping hand. Er, make that helping paw. Her name is Venti, a three-year-old black labrador from Guiding Eyes for the Blind — a nonprofit that breeds and trains seeing eye dogs for the blind. When she’s not palling-around with her foster mom — Principal … read more

Saved by the bell? Schools still weighing start times

The school board has hit the snooze button on a plan to start schools later. The Board of Education acknowledged that work on the project had stalled at its most recent meeting on Sept. 11. At least one resident who supports the change appeared to voice her frustration with the delay. “You have a project manager who has been with … read more

Schools question pay-to-participate fees

Junior quarterback Owen Matthews runs with the ball during a scrimmage in Newtown last week. — Andy Hutchison photo

Are the high school’s pay-to-participate fees a vital source of revenue or a burden on the district’s financially-strapped families? That was a question raised by Board of Education Vice Chairman Doug Silver during a discussion on the athletics budget at the board’s Sept. 11 meeting. “Is the pay for play system creating a hardship for families?” Silver asked Dane Street, … read more

RHS senior Fiona Sleigh named National Merit semifinalist

Ridgefield High School senior Fiona Sleigh has been named a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship. Sleigh, who’s name was announced with approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship program last week, was the only RHS student to earn the academic recognition.   As a semifinalist, Sleigh will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for … read more

RHS senior elected to serve on state Board of Education

The Connecticut State Department of Education has named Ridgefield High School senior Tarini Krishna as the student member of the state Board of Education throughout the 2018-19 school year. Krishna, a 17-year-old senior, told The Press she was inspired to serve as student representative after she joined several students last year to protest cuts to the high school English department. … read more

College fair set for Oct. 10 in Wilton

As part of the College Fair Partnership, Ridgefield High School will co-host one of the largest College Fairs in Connecticut in concert with Wilton High School on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The doors of Wilton High School Field House at 395 Danbury Road will open from 7 to 9 p.m. to admit area high school students and families. College representatives from … read more

School board superintendent survey open to community members through Sept. 21

The Board of Education has engaged Cooperative Educational Services (CES) to conduct an executive search to find a new Superintendent for Ridgefield Public Schools. CES will assist the board in developing a comprehensive leadership profile with the desired skills and attributes of the next Superintendent. This leadership profile will be used by the Board of Education in the interview and selection process … read more

Farmingville third grade teachers to receive Keeler award

The third grade team at Farmingville Elementary School (FES) will be honored with the Anna Keeler Award for Excellence in History and Civics Education at the Fall Party at Keeler Tavern on Saturday, Sept. 29. Established in 2015, the award recognizes teachers whose passion and dedication motivate students to understand how the past shapes the present and informs the future. … read more

GoFundMe hopes to support ‘Miss Jane’ in battle against cancer

Ridgefield resident and preschool teacher Jane Knudsen, known to her students as “Miss Jane,” has been battling stage four metastatic breast cancer for the past eight years. Two months ago, Knudsen’s left foot became paralyzed. Her doctors originally thought it to be neuropathy from her chemotherapy but now it is believed that her cancer has metastasized to her thoracic spine, … read more