2016-2017 School Year

Special thanks to Alumni in Recovery (AIR) speakers on April 18, 2017 at the High School.

AIR is a volunteer program, started in Bergen County, offering a service to school systems.  AIR is a safe and reliable group of responsible young people in recovery from drug and alcohol addition, speaking in schools they are familiar with.  AIR's goal and purpose is to give teens and preteens an opportunity to identify with the speaker's feelings and experiences, helping them to opt for positive choices along their own paths.  www.alumniinrecovery.org

2014-2015 School Year

Special thank you to our riveting speaker, Dorene Zacher from New Milford High School, for sharing her extremely powerful and enlightening presentation on substance abuse and addiction and how might be affecting our teens.

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PTO Meeting:  Tuesday, 2/24/15 - Long Term Recovery

Thanks to all battled the cold to join us at the PTO Meeting on 2/24. We enjoyed a special movie screening of "The Anonymous People" - an independent feature documentary about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addictions. 

Thanks to Dr. Randi O'Neil for bringing this movie to our attention, and to Stephanie Drag from the Bergen County Prevention Coalition. If anyone would like to reach out for assistance or information about services, Stephanie can be reached at 201-261-2800 or sdrag@cafsnj.org. 

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PTO Meeting:  Tuesday, 11/18/14 - College Planning (Financial Focus)

Thanks to all who attended our PTO Meeting on 11/18. Our speaker was Robert Traitz, a Certified Financial Planner & College Planning Specialist, who offered insights and advice about the college planning process. As anyone who has heard him in the past will tell you, he is enlightening in many ways and has free, practical advice that is helpful to parents of students in any grade if they are thinking about furthering their education.

Bob Traitz, Certified Financial Planner, College Planning Specialist, 201-566-3013

www.americaneducationfunding.com

bobtraitz@verizon.net
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PTO Meeting:  Tuesday, 9/30/14 - "Rumor Dell"

Thanks to all who attended our first PTO meeting of the year - Tuesday, 9/30/14 - and met the school Administration:

Patrick Fletcher- RD Superintendent of Schools
William Feldman- Tri-District Coordinator
Lorraine Brooks- RDHS Principal
Richard Freedman- RDMS Principal

They discussed various school programs and answered questions, with emphasis on how the Core Curriculum and PARCC testing will impact our students and schools.

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2013-2014 School Year

Our final meeting of the year was held on 5/13. Thanks to William Feldman, the Tri-District Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, who discussed the Common Core State Standards and the Summer Reading Program for MS and HS students. More information will be provided to students when it is available. Thanks also to Dr. Chu, who demonstrated some exciting technology made available through the use of a PTO Mini-grant. If you wanted to find out more about open Board positions or volunteer opportunities on the River Dell PTO, please contact us at: email@riverdellpto.com.

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PTO Meeting: 4/22/14 - Teen Mental Health

Teen mental health presentation, featuring Wendy & Steve Sefcik who shared the story of their son T.J.'s battle with depression and how we can help our teens. Our speakers would be happy to hear from you with any questions or need someone to talk to. Click HERE for a flyer of resources compiled by the Sefcik's.

  • Wendy Sefcik: cell- 908-227-8481, email- wendy@sefcikprod.com
  • Steve Sefcik: cell- 973-476-2900, email- steve@sefcikprod.com
  • Michele Hart-Loughlin, Program Coordinator for Bergen County Div. of Mental Health Services: phone- 201-634-2745, email- mhartlo@co.bergen.nj.us

Click HERE to link to Bergen County Division of Mental Health Services, who can provide you with additional information about mental health services and providers.

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PTO Meeting: 2/18/14 - RD PTO has partnered up with DriveSafer. See program flyer HERE.


DriveSafer Teaches Car Control and Defensive Driving. Clinics are held at MetLife Stadium-East Rutherford. These events are for drivers to have hands-on, behind-the-wheel training by certified high-performance driving instructors in their own vehicles. Participants pay for these courses (and this is how our school would make money, getting back 12%).  They also receive insurance discounts (for three consecutive years) as well as being able to have 2 points removed from their license (if they already have points). We strongly encourage teens to bring their parents and other family members as participants as well.

Upcoming program dates for Basic Car Control Clinic at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford:

11/22/2014 and 12/13/2014
Please take a look at their website for further information and dates:  www.drivesafer.com

ALSO:

-We were presented with a fabulous Farm-to-Table Cooking Demo, featuring seasonal and simple meal ideas by Fresh & Fancy Farms.  Please visit the Fresh & Fancy Farms website to view their upcoming programs and to contact Meg: www.freshandfancyfarms.com

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PTO Meeting: 11/19/13 - 
 "High School Graduation...What's Next?"

  • Jennifer Luberto - Senior Options Coordinator at RDHS - jennifer.luberto@riverdell.org
  • Patty Barlow - RDHS Guidance - patricia.barlow@riverdell.org
  • Jeremy Chin - Bergen Community College - Enrollment Specialist - jchin@bergen.edu
  • Julie Field - Bergen Community College - Enrollment Specialist - jfield@bergen.edu

Meeting Summary: The following RDHS Senior Options programs were discussed: School To Work, Internships, Senior Service, Dual Enrollment. More details can be found on Ms. Luberto's web page on RDHS website.

The Naviance system available to River Dell students was discussed, and benefits were reviewed. More details can be found on the Guidance website (Naviance tab) or you can contact your child's Guidance Counselor. Also, if your child is interested in technical/career training at one of the Bergen Academies, they need to apply in 8th grade.

Various programs available at Bergen Community College were discussed, including their One-Year Certificate Programs. Course offerings can be viewed at www.go.bergen.edu and a catalog can be viewed at www.bergen.edu/catalog.

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Detective Sergeant Tim Gerity of the Bergen County Prosecutors Office, Computer Crimes Task Force, gave a presentation on Teen Internet Safety.

He spoke in great detail of the latest trends, sites and applications and spoke directly to the serious consequences of our children's digital decisions. Some of the various activities he discussed included cyber bullying, texting, sexting, videos and web cam use just to name a few.

Below are the web sites that were included in his presentation. These sites are excellent Internet Safety resources for parents of children of all ages. They contain a lot of information, take your time and share with your family and friends!

Awareness + Education = Prevention

www.BCPO.net
www.CyberAngels.org
www.Getnetwise.org
www.isafe.org
www.Protectkids.com
www.safekids.com

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