Activities & Clubs
A Card Game Club - Mr. Kase & Mr. Murtha
Adventure Leadership Peer Support - Mr. Quirk
Adventure Opportunity Peer Support - Mr. Knott
Anime Club - Mr. Maye
Anime Club is a place where people share their love of anime, a Japanese style of film and animation, and discover new stories every week. With a tightly-nit community, the Anime Club aims to introduce students to some of the most interesting and diverse stories of all time. Whether you prefer murder mysteries, psychological thrillers, action-packed shows, or slice of life, Anime club has a show for you.
Applied Engineering - Dr. Labowsky, Mr. J. Kay & Mr. Wohner
Armenian Students Association - Ms. Chamesian
Armenian Club meets once a week during Unit Lunch. Students gather to discuss Armenian culture, heritage and history, led by student presentation and followed by informal group discussion. Meetings typically include trivia games and Armenian snacks! The club is also working on projects to raise awareness of Armenian culture and heritage within Ridgewood High School and the community at large.
Asian Festival - Ms. Kirtane
Asian Festival is a unique, student-led celebration of Asian cultures. From club fair to the Potluck celebration to the Festival, students enjoy and work together to choreograph and perform as well as design and showcase the traditional and modern cultures of various countries in Asia. Club activities culminate in a school-wide Asian Festival and a community-wide Benefit, two days of performances and decorations representing Asian Cultures. The celebration also involves a popular Asian food luncheon provided by involved students. Any student is encouraged to join this fun activity and no prior experience is necessary.
Astrology Club - Ms. Nold
Astronomy Club - Ms. Shah
Astronomy Club was created for students to be able to share their passions with peers, further their knowledge, and engage in exciting outdoor activities. These will include trips to observatories, stargazing parties, and watching space phenomena like meteor showers and eclipses. This club appeals to any student who shares an interest in the study of space and exploring the unknown. Our in-school club meetings will consist of watching documentaries, discussing new space discoveries, and planning our outdoor events.
Badminton Club - Mr. P. Kay & Ms. Mitola
Teams will play doubles and take part in divisional games and then compete in a single elimination tournament. This year there are 3 divisions of 18 teams competing, a total of 108 students. The club has its own classroom page where regular announcements are made and the game schedule is posted. Teams will play only 1-2 games of one set (first to 21 points) per week so the commitment level is not so overwhelming for those students who like to study during lunch time or who belong to other clubs.
Battlebots Club - Mr. Wohner
Biology Academic Team, along with the Chemistry and Physics Academic Teams, are part of the New Jersey Science League. In this league, students compete against other members around the state of New Jersey by taking tests in various science disciplines. In Biology team, student members meet weekly during Unit Lunch to practice for these tests and hone their skills. Competitions are held once per month from January through April on different topics within the field of Biology. Students’ tests are scored and the top 2 scores from each competition make up our team score which is ranked amongst other competing teams in the state of New Jersey. All students presently taking introductory Biology (not AP level) are eligible to join.
Biology Academic Team I - Ms. Joseph
Book Club - Ms. Aromando
Brass Ensemble ("Ridgewood Brass") - Mr. Luckenbill
Is open to any RHS brass player currently registered as a full-time member of an RHS performance class (Band, Choir, Orchestra). Brass Ensemble runs from November through May with performances in February and May. The ensemble focuses on the development of ensemble skills and brass pedagogy through performance of brass ensemble compositions.
Cambodia Club - Ms. Nolan
Students in the Ridgewood Public Schools have been raising money and awareness to support our sister school, the Ridgewood Village School, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia since 2007. The mission is to galvanize support for the people in Cambodia, where genocide occurred in the 1970's. The club is dedicated to improving opportunities for the youth and rural poor in Cambodia through education. Every year, it pays the salary of one Cambodian teacher.
Chemistry Academic Team I - Mr. J. Kay
The RHS Chemistry Team participates in the New Jersey Science League. Weekly meetings are held from November through April. At these meetings, we prepare for league-sponsored exams. The science league awards plaques and certificates for high-performing students. Open for students taking their first year of Chemistry
Chess Club - Mr. Escobar
Children's Aid and Family Services Club - Ms. Pinches
Chinese Club - Ms. Lee
Our club is seeking to promote the awareness and understanding of various Chinese cultures by doing different cultural activities and reaching out to school/Chinese community to provide support. Students with interests in exploring Chinese cultures and willing to provide support are all welcome.
Clarinet Ensemble - Mr. Haas
Open to any RHS clarinet player currently registered as a full-time member of an RHS performance class (Band, Choir, Orchestra). Clarinet Ensemble rehearses on Wednesday afternoons from November through May with performances in February and May. The group focuses on the development of ensemble skills and clarinet pedagogy through performance of compositions written for the clarinet family of instruments.
Classics Firm Society - Mr. Lucci
Coexist - Mr. Rathgeber
Promoting cultural and religious awareness and acceptance in a place where all are encouraged to share their culture and personal stories and discuss current events.
Community Outreach - Mr. Rathgeber
Cornhold Club - Mr. Cronk
Crafting for a Cause - Ms. Farrar
Culinary Arts - Dr. Bray
This club helps those who want to pursue cooking as either a hobby or a potential job. We plan on cooking and/or baking for both events and organizations to increase our effect on the community. The club will get together to discuss recipes as well as do bake sales and community work.
Dance Company - Ms. Landa
The RHS Dance Company is a club that welcomes anyone with an interest in dance, regardless of experience. Students meet weekly to share technique, choreography and ideas. Student leaders choreograph dances on their peers for performances in the Celebration of the Arts and the Spring Dance Concert.
Dance Team - Ms. Musso
The RHS Dance Team prides itself on learning from each other and unity among its team members. Each dancer is an integral part of the team and has the opportunity to showcase their talents through choreography which is developed by members of the team and then performed. A crowd favorite, RHS Dance Team is often asked to perform at school events such as Varsity Basketball games, Winter/Spring Dance Concerts, and Celebration of the Arts.
Dart Club - Mr. Mitchell
Debate Team - Ms. Clarke-Anderson
DECA - Ms. Mendez, Mr. Murtha & Mr. Cronk
A co-curricular organization which allows students currently enrolled (Fall or Spring Semester) in an approved business education class (finance is not approved) to take the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom and compete in a series of competitions. All preparation for DECA is done during your business class, at unit lunch, or at optional night time prep nights. Students compete at regional, states, and national competitions through test-taking, role play scenarios, business papers, and presentations.
Diversity Club - Mr. Nyhuis
Drama, New Players - Dr. Schaefer
Dungeons and Dragons - Ms. Gordon
E-Sports - Mr. Lucci
exCell - Ms. Wood & Mr. Aday
Club exCELL is for students who want to develop their leadership skills by participating in learning opportunities and then sharing their knowledge with others. The students are committed to their own growth as well as making an impact in their local community.
Film Club - Mr. Holland
The Film Club meets weekly to watch and discuss movies, with a definite emphasis on independent or smaller studios. Each week, the club will either be watching a movie, discussing what we thought of the previous movie, or trying to come up with suggestions to watch next. Some weeks we watch short films - particularly those nominated for various awards at festivals or Oscars. For students interested in movies, particularly hoping to broaden and explore both 'classics' and newer, more off-beat films, it's a nice place to meet up with like-minded students each week.
Finance Club - Mr. Monahan
The Finance Club meets during unit lunch once a week to discuss the state of the US and global economy. Although sophomores have the option of participating in the Euro Challenge competition, the primary focus of the club is preparation for participation in the Fed Challenge. The team travels to the Federal Reserve Bank of NY for training, and again to make initial presentations. If the team makes the semi-finals of the competition, they return to the Fed for a full day of presentations as they compete to win the competition. Although there is no prerequisite for joining the club, the members are typically veterans of finance, business, accounting, and/or economics courses.
First Tech Challenge(Robotics) - Ms. Abbatielo
Fishing Club - Mr. Pizzuto
Fitness Club - Mr. Pounds
Flute Ensemble - Mr. Haas
Open to any RHS flute player currently registered as a full-time member of an RHS performance class (Band, Choir, Orchestra). The group focuses on the development of ensemble skills and flute pedagogy through performance of compositions written for the flute family of instruments.
Four Square - Mr. Pizzuto
French Club - Ms. Palumbo
The French Club at Ridgewood High School is open to all students who wish to explore the French culture. A multitude of topics are discussed such as: geography, cuisine, travel, music, etc.
Freshman Focus Advisory - Mr. Maye
Freshmen F.O.C.U.S. is designed to assist ninth graders as they enter Ridgewood High School. Activities have been planned to ease the immediate transition to a new building and academic setting. This program will also provide the opportunity for students to address the issues of personal development that all adolescents face through these important four years. The goal of Freshmen F.O.C.U.S. is to provide a solid foundation and immediate sense of community that strives to enhance the academic and personal success for each student.
Gay Straight Alliance - Ms. Mende
Student run club that provides a safe and inclusive space for high school students of every sexuality, gender identity and expression. Participants socialize, discuss and engage in activities that address issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community and create a platform to ameliorate these problems. The door is always open for people wanting to be educated on such topics as well as those with perspective and information to share.
Gender Equality - Ms. Richards
German Club - Ms. Parks
The German Club is open to all students with an appreciation and interest in German culture. Students have the opportunity to meet and organize activities for German Exchange students, as well as participate in social activities related to German.
Girls 4 Business - Mr. Nyhuis
Girls in Communications - Mr. Kase
Educate RHS femals students about the diversity in the communications industry and job opportunities. Will be delivered through: guest speakers, field trips to companies, PPT presentations, podcasts, etc...
Girls Who Code - Ms. Valeri
Girls' Fitness: Weightlifting - Mr. Pounds
Global Classroom - Mr. McDonald & Ms. Pollitt
The Global Classroom Club is part of an international organization. We spend the year doing research on a particular educational topic supplied by one of the countries that are a member of this international movement. Selected members of the club then travel to that host school and presents their findings at the Global Classroom Conference. The countries involved in this organization are Australia, New Zealand, The Czech Republic, Germany, The Shetland islands, Sweden, South Africa, and Ridgewood High School.
Guitar Club - Mr. Pizzuto
History Club/Quiz Bowl - Ms. Valeri
An academic trivia competition in which upon given a series of clues describing a concept, belief, literary or artistic work, notable historical figure, or just about anything else under the sun, two teams compete head-to-head to be the quickest to figure out who or what the clues are referring to. In our tri-weekly practices, the RHS Quiz Bowl team deepens their understanding of everything from Nietzschean philosophy to atomic electronegativity. All this practicing pays off in the myriad of tournaments we attend, ranging from casual scrimmages, to the National History Bee and Bowl in Washington DC. RHS Quiz and History Bowl provides something for everyone, whether endeavoring to hone their academic skills, or just looking for a tight-knit group of friends united by a common interest.
Homework Helpers - Mr. Ferreri
International Snack and Culture Exchange - Mr. Muro
Jam Club - Mr. Pizzuto
Jazz Band - Mr. Fink
Jazz Band Assistant - Mr. Fink
Jazz Band Assistant - Mr. Fink
Jazz Band Lab - Mr. Haas
One of two jazz ensembles at RHS. The primary focus of the Jazz Lab is to introduce jazz ensemble music to students with limited experience playing in a jazz style. Students learn to play in a variety of styles ranging from swing to Latin to rock and funk. The Jazz Lab rehearses once a week from November through May, and gives performances monthly from February through May. Students who are registered for a music performance class are eligible to audition for the Jazz Lab. Auditions for the Jazz Lab are held in early November.
Latin Club - Mr. Lucci
Latin Quiz Bowl (Latin Academic Team) - Ms. Gigante
Literary Arts Magazine (Genesis) - Ms. Hans
Genesis: Into the Wood is Ridgewood High School’s literary arts magazine, which publication was in print up until 2012-2013. Since then the RHS Literary Arts Magazine has had an online presence. The goal, however, is to publish in both mediums, and to this end has begun to synthesize writings from 2013 to the present in a hard copy print edition titled: Genesis: Rewind to be printed this summer. Genesis meets twice a month for the purposes of addressing organizational matters as publication and fund raising. In addition to these meetings, the magazine conducts monthly writing workshops to inspire students to write.
Lunch Recreational Activities - Mr. P. Kay
Magic Club - Ms. Maksimov
Marching Band - Mr. Luckenbill
A competitive fall activity in which students in grades 9-12 develop aspects of leadership, discipline, and musicianship in a large group setting. The Marching Band season begins with a week of training during mid August, including a six day Band Camp in upstate New York. The Marching Band performs at all home football games and at several local, regional and national competitions. Musicians in the marching band must be enrolled as full-time members of an RHS performance class (Band, Choir, Orchestra), while any RHS student may audition for membership in the color guard.
Marching Band Twirlers - Mr. Luckenbill
Maroon and White Art Exhibits - Ms. Maxwell
A prestigious and honored tradition, the Maroon and White Exhibitions are held in conjunction with the music and dance performances. Any student who is enrolled in one or more RHS visual arts classes may submit portfolios of their artwork. The RHS Art faculty will select for exhibition those students they feel have achieved a high level of artistic accomplishment. Students may submit applications and examples of their artwork in September. A portfolio should contain at least 5 or more works in any medium. The group shows, generally consisting of five to six artists, open on a Thursday in the month, and artwork is typically displayed for 2 weeks.
Maroon and White Dance Recital - Ms. Landa
Maroon and White Music Recital - Mr. Haas
An avenue for solo classical music performance made available to advanced student musicians through a competitive audition held in the fall of each school year. If selected, student musicians perform on one of five after school recitals held in the Learning Commons during the winter and spring. The Maroon & White Series is a time-honored tradition at Ridgewood High School, dating back to 1964. Students interested in auditioning for a Maroon & White Recital must attend the information meeting in September.
Math Club - Ms. R. Gattoni & Mr. Turkington
Offers an opportunity for interested students to participate in individual and occasional team competitions in mathematics covering topics from Algebra 1 through Precalculus. Competitions include Bergen County Math League, New Jersey Math League, the AMTNJ Contest, AMC, and AIME. Many of the competitions are held at RHS.
Mathematics Academic Team - Ms. R. Gattoni & Mr. Turkington
Offers an opportunity for interested students to participate in individual and occasional team competitions in mathematics covering topics from Algebra 1 through Precalculus. Competitions include Bergen County Math League, New Jersey Math League, the AMTNJ Contest, AMC, and AIME. Many of the competitions are held at RHS.
Mathematics Team, Ninth Grade - Ms. Truncale
The 9th Grade Math Team is an academic team open to 9th graders who have an interest in mathematics and developing their problem-solving skills. The team participates in math contests at a statewide and national level, and typically meets after school. Students on the 9th Grade Math Team are able to participate in contests given by the upperclassmen Math Teams as well.
Meditation and Stress Relief Club - Mr. Rathgeber
Helps improve sleep, relieve stress, improve mood, and much more through meditating, organizing binders, managaing time, and napping.
Meditation Club - Mr. Maye
Mental Health Awarness Club - Mr. Feeley
Mentors - Mr. Nyhuis & Mr. Bailey
Mock Trial Team - Ms. Hans
Mock Trial is a Moot Court Competition that initiates at the County level and then moves through State and National competitions. Each year 30 high schools compete in a single elimination format at the Bergen County Courthouse where they conduct a mock trial that takes them from opening to closing arguments, which bookend the direct and cross examinations of their respective witnesses. Practicing attorneys are the judges. Students are responsible for preparing their oral arguments as well as drafting their lines of questioning. Appropriate courtroom demeanor is required. The cases are tried in January and February of every year in the evening hours. Mock Trial welcomes all who are interested in the law, public speaking, and like the challenge of having to think quickly on your feet.
Model Congress - Ms. Chamesian
Model Congress meets once a week during Unit Lunch. The club is a simulation of actual United States Congressional, Supreme Court, and National Security Council sessions. Each week, one student presents a bill that is debated by elected officials in the US Senate and House of Rep. Students debate the pros and cons of the bill, ultimately deciding if they would like to pass the bill or make any amendments. Students represent the viewpoints of states and party members of their choice, and also have the freedom to share their personal opinions.
Music Production - Mr. Luckenbill
National Art Honor Society - Mr. Cronk
The National Art Honor Society strives to inspire and recognize students who have shown outstanding ability in art, bring art to the attention of the school and the community, and increase an awareness of art in relation to other areas of the school curricula. Membership in this chapter is be based upon art scholarship, service, and character. To be eligible for selection to membership, the candidate must be enrolled in or completed at least one semester of art at RHS. An eligible candidate must have a minimum art scholarship average of B. Members are required to attended regular weekly meetings, organize, and participate in fund-raising events and projects, such as the painted pumpkin sale and mural projects.
National French Honor Society - Ms. Polk
The National French Honor Society (La Société Honoraire de Français) is a society that recognizes the cumulative academic accomplishments of students currently enrolled in Levels 3 and above. The criteria to be considered eligible for this society is at least an "A-" in French and at least a "B-" in all other courses, according to our sponsoring organization, the American Association of Teachers of French. Students are notified in April of their acceptance.
National Honor Society - Ms. Chamesian
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Ridgewood High School's chapter works hard to bring the accomplishments of our outstanding students to the attention of parents, teachers, peers, and the community. No student is inducted simply because of high academic average. The Ridgewood High School chapter strives to recognize the total student, one who excels in scholarship, service, leadership and character.
National Latin Honor Society - Ms. Gigante
National Spanish Honor Society - Ms. Rotella
National Technical Honors Society - Ms. Casatelli
Membership in the Society and the local NTHS Chapter shall be composed of students enrolled in workforce education programs such as Ridgewood Academy for Health Professions (RAHP) or Career Pathways in Medicine (CPM). Students qualify for membership according to the regulations of the Society and the local NTHS Chapter. Membership is based on participation in career exploration through the respective programs, academic performance and community service.
Operation Smile - Ms. Cornacchia
Paddle Tennis Club - Mr. Knott & Mr. Quirk
Peer Counselors Service Organization - Mr. Maye
Percussion Ensemble - Mr. Fink
The RHS Percussion Ensemble plays music for percussion instruments only. Members do not need to be percussionists, but need to have good rhythmic skills. The Percussion Ensemble rehearses once a week from late November through May. The Percussion Ensemble performs 2 concerts at RHS (Winter and Spring) and participates in a Percussion Festival outside of the school. Auditions for the group are held in Early November.
Photography Club - Mr. Luo
Students must have a camera to participate as we will be taking professional photos. If a student does not have a camera, they are allowed to use their phones, but they may not be able to participate in certain activities. We will teach different styles/types of photography, how the camera works, (maybe) how to edit photos, different themes (ex. macro), different camera settings.
Physics Academic Team I - Mr. Mitchell
Physics Club
Ping Pong - Mr. Nyhuis
Pizza Club - Mr. Lynaugh
Pizza Club is a social club with a definite purpose: to find the best pizza in town! Although we do not meet every week, the club tries to meet at least twice a month to pick pizzerias and have a tasting. First, we define a 'rubric' for best pizza, and then we pick the pizzerias and taste them. At the end of the year, we strive to have a taste-off to crown the best pizza in the Ridgewood area. It's a large club with a membership of both students and teachers and is a great opportunity to get to know students across the school.
Political Discussion Club - Mr. LaFemina
Programming Club - Mr. Pizzuto
The Programming Club provides a platform for coders at various levels to collaborate and learn. Members of the club include people who have never coded before and would like to learn, as well as people who have been coding for many years. Members work together on projects and use each other as resources for learning new material.
Progressive Student Alliance - Mr. Escobar
Project Interact Club - Ms. Reilly & Ms. Feeney
The club motto is "Service Above Self". The club provides an opportunity to participate in fun and meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills and meeting new friends. Through service activities, “Interactors” learn the importance of: developing leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others, advancing international understanding and goodwill. Project Interact works with the local Rotary Clubs.
Reconnect: Christian Catholic Club - Mr. Pizzuto & Mr. Fabish
Refreshment Stand - Mr. Pizzuto
RHS Ambassadors - Mr. Maye
RHS Bike Club - Mr. Fabish
RHS Film Making Club - Mr. Holland
RHS-TV Club - Mr. Holland
Ridgewood A Cappella (East 627) - Mr. Cheng
The RHS A Cappella Program features four contemporary a cappella ensembles: two all-male groups, the Maroon Men and East 627, and two all-female groups, the AcaBellas and the Trebles. The groups have numerous performance opportunities throughout the school year. In order to participate in these ensembles, a student must be enrolled in an RHS performing ensemble.
Ridgewood A Cappella (Maroon Men & AcaBellas) - Mr. Bourque
The RHS A Cappella Program features four contemporary a cappella ensembles: two all-male groups, the Maroon Men and East 627, and two all-female groups, the AcaBellas and the Trebles. The groups have numerous performance opportunities throughout the school year. In order to participate in these ensembles, a student must be enrolled in an RHS performing ensemble.
Ridgewood A Cappella (The Trebles) - Mr. Bourque
The RHS A Cappella Program features four contemporary a cappella ensembles: two all-male groups, the Maroon Men and East 627, and two all-female groups, the AcaBellas and the Trebles. The groups have numerous performance opportunities throughout the school year. In order to participate in these ensembles, a student must be enrolled in an RHS performing ensemble.
Ridgewood Carolers Ensembles - Mr. Bourque
The RHS Carolers is a club that is open to any student enrolled in an RHS performing ensemble. The Carolers are a community service based ensemble that rehearse from October through December and perform seasonal music at various local events during the winter/holiday season including Downtown for the Holidays and the Valley Hospital Tree Lighting. The group is directed by Mr. Bourque, RHS Choir Director.
Ridgewood Crew (non-RHS Club)
Ridgewood Emergency Services (TIES)
SAT Prep Team - Ms. Ingoglia
In the RHS Sat Prep Team/Club, Upperclassman teach Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors and provide guidance about the SAT test. In the SAT Prep Club, each meeting is split in half. The first half of the meeting is dedicated to learning a new concept/topic and each meeting has its own specific topic. The second half of the period is just free time for anyone to ask one of us specific questions or problems they have. We will also give suggestions on which books to use in order to efficiently study for the SAT.
Save the Waves - Ms. Rotella
"Surfrider" (organization that keeps beaches/water clean). We will also learn about ways to conserve and share those ideas with the school through creating posters.
Saxophone Ensemble ("Sax Appeal") - Mr. Haas
Open to any RHS saxophone player currently registered as a full-time member of an RHS performance class (Band, Choir, Orchestra). Saxophone Ensemble rehearses on Wednesday afternoons from November through May with performances in February and May. The group focuses on the development of ensemble skills and saxophone pedagogy through performance of compositions written for the saxophone family of instruments.
School Newspaper (High Times) - Mr. Brunner
The Ridgewood High School High Times Newspaper is a student led and run newspaper that represents the news topics that are important to the student body of RHS. Through monthly publications, both online and in print, the High Times strives to be an open forum for student discussion and young journalism.
Science Competitions - Mr. J. Kay
RHS Science Competitions Club offers opportunities for students to compete in organized science competitions. Some examples include ACS Chemistry Olympiad, TSA TEAMs Engineering competition, USA Biology Olympiad, F=ma Physics Olympiad. The club welcomes suggestions and is open to all students.
Science Discussion Club - Mr. Quraishi
Shake Hands Around the World - Ms. Farrar
Penpal with peers by writing an email or sending a video letter every month. The main purpose is to learn about each other's culture and their school life.
Sharing the Arts - Ms. Landa
Sharing the Arts is a non-profit performing arts program for individuals with mild to moderate developmental delays, including chromosomal abnormalities, Asperger's, genetic anomalies and other developmental delays. Their mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with special needs through the performing arts. The Sharing the Arts Club at RHS is a collaboration between the high school volunteers and the STA students in which they work on all aspects of putting on a production leading up to a full production of a musical.
She's the First - Ms. Saladino
She's the First is a club that raises money for scholarships for girls in low income countries such as Guatemala, India, Kenya, and Peru, to receive education. This club is based off of the larger organization also called She's the First, we want to help fund and raise awareness for this non-profit charity organization, as it addresses serious and sometimes ignored issues of women's education. It's called She's the First because the girls that we are helping are the first girls in their families to graduate from high school. Finally, the second goal of this club is to create leaders in our community to help address these continuous problems in our world today.
Ski Club - Mr. Bunzey & Mr. Quirk
The RHS ski/snowboard club goes to Mount Creek on 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings in January and February. Our chartered bus leaves RHS at 3:30pm and returns at 10:15 pm. If you enjoy skiing and/or snowboarding, this is the club for you.
Social Place
The Social Place brings together RHS mentors and Ridgewood school children who have social challenges due to high functioning Autism, Asperger’s, Chromosomal Disorders, ADHD/ADD or similar developmental delays. Mentors meet with club advisors to discuss logistics of upcoming activities, strategies for promoting social skills, handling behaviors and communication challenges. Consistent attendance at meetings and events is crucial to building the relationships with the children. Mentors participate alongside the children at each event encouraging participation, drawing out conversation and building friendship among the children. Above all, The Social Place provides an opportunity for children to have fun during typical activities that they might not otherwise participate in.
Spanish Club - Ms. Purrinos
The Spanish Club is dedicated to bringing cultural awareness outside of the classroom to students who are passionate about the language and the culture. Furthermore, the club offers opportunities for honing verbal skills with students from various levels.
Special Needs Siblings and Friends - Ms. Reilly
Sports Statistical Analysis - Mr. Pizzuto
STEM Club - Ms. Valenti
STEM is an acronym that stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics”. In this club, students participate in a variety of hands on activities and engage in inquiry based projects. These projects and activities are designed to facilitate exploration within the scope of STEM.
Stock Market Game - Mr. Maye
What would you do if you were given $100,000? Would you spend it all at once? Would you think about putting some of it in the bank? We’d like to teach you how to invest it, so you might grow it. Through The Stock Market Game (SMG), you will gain a fundamental understanding of investing and how you might get your money to work for you.
String Ensemble - Ms. Geronimo
String Ensemble is open to students who play violin, viola, cello, or bass. Small ensembles are arranged throughout the school year for a variety of performing opportunities, including Downtown for the Holidays and RHS Small Ensemble Concerts. Rehearsal times are TBA. Open to students currently enrolled in a curricular music ensemble at RHS.
Students for Environmental Action (SEA) - Mr. Zaino
The Students for Environmental Action Club is dedicated to promoting ideas about sustainability and how we can protect our planet. The club organizes the Earth Day Celebration at Ridgewood High School, and facilitates guest speakers and activities to help teach our community about how to be more "green" in our daily lives. The club also takes field trips to elementary schools to share information with children about the environment, participates in Super Science Saturday and community events, and works with other clubs at the school to ensure events and activities are as "green" as they can be. Finally, the club is always expanding, and looking at ways to earn grants for funding sustainability projects at RHS.
Super Smash Brothers at Lunch Club - Mr. Lucci
Support Our Troops - Mr. Pizzuto
Is a club that wants to do good things for their troops. The purpose of the club is to strengthen the morale and well-being of the current military service members and their families. We have supported former RHS graduates and staff family members who have joined the military by sending cards, blankets and candy to show them we care.
Technology Student Association - Mr. Gyulay
TSA is a national organization of students engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Our goal of beginning a chapter at RHS would center around preparing students for annual competition. The chapter would function similarly to DECA, with students meetings to work on a variety of subjects including web design, coding, cybersecurity, computer science, and many more. We would like to invite members of Girls who Code, Computer Competition, Computer Club, RObotics, and Applied Engineering Club to attend meetings and compete. We hope that our chapter can serve as an umbrella over the wide range of clubs that focus on similar topics at the school, and will open new competition and experiences to those people.
T.E.E.E.M. (Global Philanthropic Club) - Ms. Musso
Teen LEADS - Ms. Musso
RHS Teen LEADS is a civic engagement and leadership development program, based upon the Volunteer Center of Bergen County's highly successful adult program, Bergen LEADS. The main objective of Teen Leads is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about local public policies and the role of leadership in the local community. Throughout the course of the year, the members of Teen Leads research a local issue and then collaborate to develop a solution. They present their findings to a panel of community leaders at the end of the year.
Tennis 4 All - Ms. Sieck
Tennis is a game for life, and as such, should be accessible to anyone. Regardless of your abilities, you can learn how to play tennis and enjoy your time on the court. As a member of the club, you will get an opportunity to learn how to play tennis and make new friends in the process. Each club meeting will include learning a new drill, practicing the shot, and enjoy a game at the end. We hope to create a friendly and accepting environment for anyone.
The Office Club Info - Ms. Musso
Tri-M Music Honor Society - Ms. Geronimo
Tri-M Music Honor Society is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements and to provide leadership and service opportunities to young musicians. To be eligible for membership, a student must complete a service requirement, maintain a B average in their music classes, a B average in all of their academic courses, be presently enrolled in a curricular music ensemble (with the exception of pianists and guitarists), and be recommended for membership by their school's music faculty.
Turning Point Club - Ms. Musso
Unified Sports Club - Mr. Kilkullen & Mr. Rinaldi
This club will allow students to socialize and participate in skill building with the goal of having a Unified Sports basketball team that will compete against teams from other districts.
Vegan Club - Ms. Comissiong
Video Game Club - Mr. Troy & Ms. Gordon
Video Game club offers kids an opportunity to come eat lunch, watch and/or play video games. The games played are voted on at the previous meeting and all are welcomed to join in the fun. The club owns an X-Box & Wii gaming system and kids can bring in games to add to the list of options. The Club is run on Tuesday & Thursday during unit lunch in room 202 by Ms. Ferenczi & Mr. Troy.
Winter Color Guard - Mr. Luckenbill
A competitive winter activity similar to the color guard of the Marching Band, except the performances take place indoors using recorded music. The Winter Guard creates a visual representation of the music that incorporates dance movements while spinning flags, batons, rifles, and sabres. Winter Guard rehearses 3 times a week (M/W/Sat) from November to April and performs at competitions throughout the tri-state region.
Winter Twirlers - Mr. Luckenbill
Women Empowering Women - Ms. Hans
This is a student initiated club began by students who wanted to help others less fortunate than themselves. To this day, students come together once a month to discuss and put a plan into action to raise money for Shelter Our Sisters, through cake and wrapping paper sales that will provide clothing and necessary items from the organization’s “wish lists” to needy mothers and their children. In addition, students have participated in various events in support of battered and needy women and their families in all parts of the world to give them voice, support and aide.
Woodworking - Mr. Mitchell
The Woodworking Club welcomes anyone interested in working with wood and doing projects such as making toys and games, making furniture, wood carving, wood turning, jig saw work, intarsia (making pictures with various woods), shelves, and things around the house. All skill levels are welcome, even those who have never used a tool.
World Challenge - Ms. Farrar
The World Challenge club is composed of students scheduled to go on expedition with World Challenge. During meetings students discuss fundraising activities, explore the destination and plan group bonding activities. There are general meetings as well as small group meetings with the teachers leading the groups.
Yearbook Advisor/Business Manager - Ms. Valenti
Yearbook club works in conjunction with the yearbook staff to develop and create the two yearbook publications. Students will process images, take photographs, layout pages, write and edit interviews, review, sort and organize materials and much more. The club meets bi-weekly at first, as there is not a lot of material to work with in the beginning, and then meets weekly as the books are further into production.