Branchville Elementary School to close early Friday

Branchville Elementary School will close early Friday, Oct. 12. The school has been operating under partial power following Thursday’s storm. “Teaching and learning has continued throughout the morning, but now we have lost water pressure and need to conduct an early emergency dismissal at noon,” Ridgefield Public Schools tweeted Friday shortly after 11:30 a.m. Branchville is located at 40 Florida Road … read more

Video game addiction: Does it hinder children’s development?

How do you reach a kid who would rather blast digital zombies and humans in a video game than go outside and play? That was a concern raised by parents during a presentation by Dr. Paul Weigle on “digital addiction” at the Ridgefield Library on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Weigle, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Hartford Healthcare, gave an hour-long … read more

Department of Health: Number of high schoolers who vape doubles in two years

Just how common is vaping among high school students? According to a survey conducted by the state Department of Health (DPH) between March and June of 2017, as many as one in seven high schoolers said that they currently use a vape — double the number reported in 2015. The survey also revealed that high school seniors were twice as … read more

Scotland School blood drive: ‘Little Doctors’ help to save lives

Scotland Elementary School will be sponsoring its sixth annual student-run blood drive  Thursday, Oct. 25 from 4-8:30 p.m. On this day, the fifth grade students, who have worked to both educate and recruit potential donors, will act as ambassadors for the drive, escorting people to their seats, handing out snacks and juice and entertaining the children of the donors while … read more

Editorial: Wasted college stress

Kids are stressed out — really stressed out — about getting into college. It’s unnecessary, and unfortunate. “There’s so much pressure put on you to do everything to buff that résumé,” a student interviewing for a Youth Commission seat told the selectmen last week. “… The competition to get into school is really the main pressure.” Parents aren’t the whole … read more

Stress on teens is main concern for new member of youth agency

“I do feel like being a teen in this day and age is very stressful,” Peter Gutstein told the Board of Selectmen. “… I hope to alleviate some of that stress on the teens of Ridgefield.” Gutstein, a 16-year-old junior at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, was named to the Youth Commission by the selectmen at their Sept. 26 … read more

Post-budget hires: Three new teachers added in September

The district hired three new high school staff members and 16 para-educators between the last week of August and the middle of September. The new high school staff included a business teacher, a school counselor, and a chemistry teacher. Of the 16 new paras hired, nine were special education instructors, and six were supervisors. The remaining hire is a clerical … read more