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Posted 09/28/2016 11:22AM

The Guidance Departments of Indian Hills and Ramapo High School are sponsoring a "College Fair" on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. It will be held at INDIAN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL on Yawpo Avenue, Oakland.

Representatives from approximately 140 schools and colleges will attend to meet with students and parents to provide information about entrance requirements, programs of study, current costs, financial aid and campus life. A wide variety of institutions will be represented ranging from highly competitive colleges to career-oriented business and technical schools. Please see attached a list of the participating schools and colleges.

The college night program will provide an outstanding opportunity for students and their parents to gather up-to-date information about a number of schools and colleges and get answers to important questions they may wish to ask. Don't miss this important event!

PARKING – Parking will be permitted in the student parking lot. Parking will also be available at the Copper Tree Mall on the corner of Yawpo Ave and Ramapo Valley Road. A shuttle bus will provide transportation to the school.

Posted 09/22/2016 08:38PM

For 8th grade parents whose child has an IEP

Parents can attend either session


Ramapo High School

Little Theater

7 PM-8PM

December 5, 2016

RSVP dpellegrino@rih.org


Indian Hills High School



January 5, 2017

RSVP thargadon@rih.org

Posted 08/31/2016 12:35PM

August 31, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! It is hard to believe that our warm, sunny summer days are behind us and we are gearing up for the new year. Our two high schools will share nearly identical enrollment levels with Ramapo at 1133 students and Indian Hills at 1145 students. The freshmen at both schools have had freshmen orientation and we hope are a little more acquainted with our facilities and expectations. The senior ambassadors always do an outstanding job of supporting the incoming students and we all appreciate their tremendous efforts.

As we begin the new year, I would like to bring to your attention a couple of administrative changes at Ramapo High School. As you may recall, Dr. Moore left us at the end of last school year and Mr. Travis Smith has taken over as Principal of Ramapo. He certainly hit the ground running on July 1 and many of you may have already met Mr. Smith. Additionally, during the summer, Mr. Dan VanderMolen left us mid- August to become a middle school principal in Mahwah. We wish Dan all the best as he begins his journey as a Principal. Mr. Michael Mancino has begun at Ramapo as our new Assistant Principal and I look forward to our students and parents getting to know Mr. Mancino. Also, Mrs. Arlene DiFiore, Guidance Supervisor, decided to retire from public school education and take on a position in counseling at nearby St. Joseph High School in Montvale. We wish Mrs. DiFiore the best as she begins her retirement with a new position!! Many thanks to Mrs. DiFiore for all of her support while at Ramapo. Mrs. Jennifer Perry has been selected as the next Supervisor of Guidance at Ramapo and I am sure she will be an outstanding addition to our leadership team in the District. I am very confident that Mr. Travis Smith, Mr. Michael Mancino and Mrs. Jennifer Perry will be tremendous assets to our District and you will be very happy as you get to know each of them.

Just a couple reminders as we begin our year together. First and foremost, we are all role models for students. As administrators, teachers, support staff, coaches and of course parents, our children are watching every move we make. A very high priority for us will be to continue to build an environment of respect. Whether it is through social media, speaking on a cell phone while in the car with students, text messaging, emailing, etc., we are all continually role modeling for our children. If you ever have a concern, please contact the teacher or coach/advisor first to attempt to have the problem addressed. We are all here to try to resolve any issues or problems you or your child may have. Most often, a quick phone call or email to the teacher or coach is the best avenue to begin to find a solution.

We are very excited about a couple new initiatives in the District this year. During the summer, a new bike trail was cleared at both high schools, approximately a one-mile loop, and mountain biking will become part of our Physical Education Curriculum for this school year. Our Physical Education Curriculum continues to build upon lifetime skills, fitness and nutrition. Additionally, we have added several Syracuse University courses to our curriculum through which students will receive both high school and college credit. Our Pathway Programs continue to grow and of course, our University Programs continue to provide students with particular interests, very focused educational opportunities.

The 2016-17 school year looks to be a very exciting time for our athletic programs, drama, music programs, and many clubs. As you know, our athletes, musicians, drama performers, academic team competitors keep us busy and entertained day in and day out through the year. I would like to thank all of the parents and families for the outstanding support of our students in all of their various talents. Many of these activities require the commitment of the entire family in order to get students to and from practices, lessons, games, matches, competitions etc. Without the amazing support and dedication of parents, much of this would not be possible.

As we now move into our new school year, I welcome our incoming 9th grade families to the District and welcome everyone else back for another wonderful year. We are so blessed to have a support structure in place where our children are nurtured by caring families and taught by outstanding teachers.

Please get involved in your high school parent-teacher organization, the PTSO or the APTS. Both of these organizations do a great job at providing you with information as well as supporting the work of our schools.

High school is an exciting time for families. Enjoy every minute because before you can blink your eyes, your children will be off to college, university, work or the military.

I look forward to a wonderful year supporting the needs of students and families in our communities! Best of luck!

Best regards,

Beverly Mackay

Superintendent of SchoolsSuperintendent's Welcome Back

Posted 08/26/2016 12:19PM

Returning upperclassmen (Grade 10-12) may pick up their laptops before school starts once the insurance premium have been paid. However, both the parent and student MUST sign the AUP / Laptop agreement forms by mid September. This yearly agreement will be sent out by September 4th, 2016.

Insurance is paid via MySchoolBucks. This is the same process as last year.


  • Monday (August 29): 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday (August 30): 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday (August 31): 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Thursday (September 1): 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM / 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday (September 6): 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM


  • Monday (August 29): 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday (August 30): 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday (August 31): 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Thursday (September 1): 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM / 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday (September 6): 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Date/time subject to change due to the various construction projects around the schools. Please check the District website for the latest update.

All outstanding fines / fees must be paid in full.

Additional pickup dates/times will be announced once school starts.

Posted 06/29/2016 04:06PM

Please click here for the District Lead and Copper Drinking Water Test Results.

Posted 06/14/2016 09:12AM

Dear Parents/Guardians

At last evening's Board meeting, Mr. Travis Smith was unanimously approved and welcomed to our District as the next Principal of Ramapo High School. Mr. Smith comes to us from Arthur. L. Johnson High School in Clark NJ, where he served as Assistant Principal for five years. He brings a wealth of experience including building management, school safety and security, best practices in teaching and evaluation, Intervention and Referral Services, cross curricular lesson design and High School Athletics. Prior to that, Travis spent eight years as an English teacher, football coach and track coach at North Plainfield High School.

I would like to extend a tremendous thanks to the Principal Search Committee, Dan Sutherland, Joe Collins, Ron Anello, Joe DelBuono, Jonathan Samarro, Staci Anson, Jen Perry, Greg Hudak, and Lisa Brefach (APTS President). This committee spent many long hours together reviewing resumes, interviewing candidates and discussing the strengths of all applicants. The time dedicated to this important process at this busy time of year is very much appreciated.

We all wish the best of luck to Travis Smith as he joins the Ramapo family.

Best regards,

Beverly MacKay

Superintendent of Schools

Posted 05/26/2016 09:00AM

May 26, 2016

Dear Members of the Class of 2016, Parents, and Guardians:

The end of the academic year is quickly approaching. For seniors and their families, this marks an important milestone in their lives. It is a time for celebration and to honor the individual and collective achievements of the Class of 2016. Enclosed is information to help you and your family prepare for the end of the year. Please take the time to review the material below with care.

Participation in the graduation ceremony is a privilege. Please respect the fact that this is a proud and important moment for your families and friends who have come to honor you and your class. We expect that all students who choose to participate will respect the dignity of the event. We ask parents to support our efforts by not hosting, or condoning attendance at, parties before or after graduation at which alcohol or other illegal substances might be consumed. It is critical that all parents/guardians and students complete the Graduation Contract and return it to the main office before Tuesday, June 14th.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support. We have had a great year, due in large part to the leadership and good citizenship displayed by the senior class. I am looking forward to honoring your achievements as graduates and celebrating the end of your high school careers.


Louis Moore


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