Thirteen retirees gave 311 years to Ridgefield schools

A building mechanic who worked in all nine schools, three elementary special education aides, and the high school English teacher whom former President Barack Obama’s speechwriter credits with teaching him to edit were among the 13 faculty and staff members who retired from Ridgefield Public Schools this spring — between them more than 311 years of teaching and working in … read more

‘My Teacher Rocks’: Spanish professor wins contest’s top prize

Ridgefield High School Spanish teacher Daniela Silvestri was in for a surprise the morning of Wednesday, June 12, when called into the office to “speak” to Principal Stacy Gross. Instead, Ridgefield Orthodontist Dr. Blaine Langberg, along with school administrators, greeted Silvestri and awarded her a $250 prize for winning his office’s “My Teacher Rocks” contest. “The contest was held during … read more

Ridgefield student news: Clemson, Fairfield, and Quinnipiac

Nicolas Moss, Ridgefield High School class of 2014, completed a five-year co-op degree and graduated with a bachelor of applied science in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He was awarded the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Achievement Award of Engineering, as presented to a student showing great promise in the civil engineering discipline. He … read more

Ridgefield high senior scholarships: Davis Education, Reynolds + Rowella, and Weir Farm

The following is a list of Ridgefield High School graduating seniors who have recently been recognized with scholarships from local community organizations: Friends of Weir Farm awarded one of its first scholarship awards to Ridgefield High School senior Anna Lourenso on June 4. Lourenso was awarded for excellence in visual art. Sheila Wakoff and James Burch, board members of Friends … read more

Class of 2019: ‘Quiet compassionate leaders’ look ahead to Ridgefield High graduation

They were a class marked by community service, participation in school clubs, and triumphs on the sports field. The 401 members of the Ridgefield High Class of 2019 will walk across the stage at the O’Neil Center at Western Connecticut State University’s westside campus Friday, June 21, wearing their caps and gowns. They will leave clutching diplomas. But for a … read more

Election Connection: West Conn news show featuring two Ridgefielders receives praise

The Western Connecticut State University 2018 production of the annual election night program  Election Connection has garnered prestigious recognitions from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Interactive Visual Arts. The Boston/New England chapter of the NATAS chose the WCSU “Election Connection” broadcast as one of three winners earning Honorable Mention for Outstanding University Newscast in … read more

Ridgefield High students participate in ‘Senior Walk’ at Veterans Park

Two dozen members of the Ridgefield High School Class of 2019 returned “home” to Veterans Park Elementary School on Tuesday, June 18. In three days, they walk across the graduation stage at West Conn Friday, June 21. The graduating seniors wore their caps and gowns at Veterans Park, participating in the school’s “Senior Walk.” A similar event took place at Ridgebury Elementary School … read more

Tiger Hollow weight room: School board member questions who feels welcome

Ridgefield's Tiger Hollow Stadium in early fall. — Joshua Fisher photo

Do Ridgefield High School’s female athletes feel comfortable using the weight room at Tiger Hollow? That was the question raised by school board member Fran Walton during a presentation on the sports complex at a June 10 meeting “I wanted to ask you about the weight room. Is it coed?” Walton said. “It is,” Athletic Director Dane Street responded. Walton … read more

Living History: A slice of life from 1929

Among the recent additions to the Ridgefield Historical Society’s collection is a 1929 scrapbook that beautifully details a year in the life of Ridgefield High School students at a time when the country and the world was on the precipice of great changes. The album was the meticulous work of Marion G. Scofield and it illustrates the ordinary lives of … read more

Ridgefield High School repairs will cost $30,000

Longer handles on eye-wash stations for wheelchair-bound science students, assisted hearing devices in the high school theater, and a fresh coat of paint denoting spots for the handicapped in the student parking lot. These were among the noncompliance issues raised in a recent civil rights report on Ridgefield High School by the state’s Department of Education. Assistant Superintendent Craig Creller … read more

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