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Hasbrouck Heights Public Schools
Superintendent's Report
January 25, 2001


Junior-Senior High School

The period that this report covers is also the time of the year when we have the opportunity to promote cultural awareness and community involvement.

Some of the activities included:
a) Performances by our vocal groups at local malls during the holidays.
b) Free gift wrapping at the Bergen mall by the Key Club and the Health Careers Club to benefit the American Cancer Society.
c) Holiday celebration ceremonies by the French and Spanish Clubs.
d) The annual caroling at the elementary schools and around town by the Italian Club.

We are also starting to plan for next year's schedule; with particular emphasis on class sizes, effective room utilization, and appropriate curriculum design with regard to the CCCS.

Mayor Torre and the Town Council honored the staff of the Pilot's Log on January 9, 2001 for the accomplishments. Special recognition was given to Kristen M., Laura G., Carl C., Cameron J., Shane T. and Allison W. for their efforts. In May, the State of New Jersey has invited the Pilot's Log staff and advisors as well as the Board of Education to attend a special Proclamation Pilot's Log Day in Trenton, New Jersey.

Two students, Andrew C. and Jennifer C., will be attending a workshop in February sponsored by the Record Newspaper. During these workshops they will work with students from 25 schools as well as the editors of the Record gaining valuable insight into newspaper editing, layout and design. The day's activities include a tour of the plant and one-on-one sessions with a reporter.

Mrs. Hicswa's biology students are participating in the Biology Bee. It is an academic game that is a cross between a spelling bee and jeopardy.

Students in Mrs. Bucceri's U.S. II classes have been studying the 1920s. To enhance that study, they completed a group project and saw the movie "Inherit the Wind".

In December, the Economics class went to the Federal Reserve Bank (Branch in NJ) and the Meadowlands Sports Complex to complete our study on the Federal Reserve System and how sports is a major business in NJ.

When classes resumed after the break, the World History class discussed the religion of Islam as well as the culture that corresponds with it. Students were able to compare and contrast the religion's major beliefs with those of Judaism and Christianity.

The Honors World History class has been studying Egypt.

On January 11, 6th grader David S. won the Middle Level competition of the National Geographic Bee and a chance at a college scholarship.

The sixth grade students from Hasbrouck Heights Middle Level attended Buehler Science Center in Paramus on December 20th and 21st. In addition an outer space (as close to authentic as possible) experience, the sixth graders incorporated language arts and communication skills by participating in a press conference.

Three Middle Level Math teachers, Mr. Rispoli, Ms. Krysz, and Mr. Cassiere, attended a workshop on integrating technology into the classroom. This was the third of several workshops which the teachers will be attending at Steven's Institute through our district's State-Wide Systemic Initiative Grant.

Mrs. Stein attended a workshop concerning preparation of students for the ESPA and GEPA mathematics tests.

In Wrestling, Morgan H. won the 189lb. Bergen County Coaches Tournament.

The Girls Basketball Team finished second in the Garfield Christmas Tournament and is currently 8-5.

The Boys Basketball Team won the Saddle Brook Christmas Tournament and is currently 6-7.

The Physical Education/Health Department has completed the Middle States Manual for their area and a commendation should go to the departmental coordinators, Mrs. Hotchkiss and Mrs. Kolich.

The Business Department is involved in compiling a departmental manual for the upcoming Middle States Evaluation.

The Special Education Department is also involved in the compilation of a departmental Middle States Manual and with some variation, is following the same format as mentioned above.

Art 7 class have been learning about the life and works of various artists.

Seniors are receiving acceptances from many competitive colleges and universities. They include: University of Hartford, West New England College, Penn State, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Seton Hall University, Columbia University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Montclair State University, Muhlenberg College, Kean College, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Willliam Paterson University, Felician College, Albright College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, New Hampshire College and College of New Jersey.

The junior class did extremely well on the HSPT which was administered in October. The passing rates were 94.6 in Writing; 94.6 in Mathematics; and 93.5 in Reading.

Successful fire drills were held on December 15, 2000 and January 11, 2001.

The current enrollment at the Middle School is 381, and 412 at the High School.

Euclid School

Students in Kindergarten and First Grade, along with their teachers, held a special program for their parents in the Euclid gym on Thursday, December 21st, to celebrate the holiday season.

The Hasbrouck Heights Junior Woman's Club hosted a town-wide spelling bee in the Kiefer Auditorium of the Hasbrouck Heights Jr./Sr. High School on Friday, January 12th. Mac S., a 5th grader from Mr. Sickels class, placed 2nd as a finalist from Euclid School. He will compete in the district wide Bee next month with the Junior Woman's Club.

The students in Euclid School's fifth grades successfully constructed their personal milk jug mannequins. These mannequins were used during their Health class. Students learned the steps in responding to an emergency.

On Tuesday, January 16th, the Euclid School PTA sponsored a program about New Jersey for students.

Euclid School Nurse, Karen Della Fave, provided an American Heart Association CPR Training Course for a group of staff members on Monday and Tuesday January 8th-9th.

Fire Drills
Thursday, January 11, 2001
Tuesday, January 16, 2001

School Colors Day was held on Friday, January 5th.

The current enrollment at Euclid School is 334.

Lincoln School

Congratulations to the winners of the Junior Women's Club Spelling Bee from Lincoln School who will be representing Hasbrouck Heights at the District Spelling Bee in February.

Third Place Kathleen A.
Fourth Place Kevin C.
Fifth Place Jasmine J.
Sixth Place Dana K.

On December 20th, all of Lincoln School's children had the wonderful opportunity to hear the High School Italian Club sing in the Lincoln School Gymnasium, under the direction of Mrs. Washburn.

On Friday, December 22, all of the Lincoln School children were once again singing. However, this time they were enjoying the voices and the instruments played by our Lincoln School fourth and fifth graders, under the direction of Mrs. Sandra Cerasuolo and Miss Carron Moroney.

Lincoln School's American Heart Association's North Jersey Jump Rope Demonstration Team will be headed off to show their talent to students in Edison, New Jersey on January 22nd.

The Lincoln School faculty and I are so very proud to introduce our newest venture to promote the joy of writing. Everyday our children practice various forms of writing and often have their work displayed proudly inside and outside the classroom doors.

On December 13th, teachers from grades 3 to 5 from both Euclid and Lincoln Schools met to complete the sequencing for the aligned Social Studies curriculum.

On January 17th, the faculty took part in a workshop dedicated to Alternate Assessment. Dr. Maggie Liebmann met with K-1, 2-3, 4-5 and special area teachers to discuss the many alternate assessment strategies. This workshop for teachers will serve as a solid foundation for the incorporation of alternate assessment strategies in the classroom. This program is funded through the district's Goals 2000: Local Reform Enhancement Grant.

On Thursday, January 11th, Mrs. Schoen and Catherine Cassidy, one of our high school teachers, attended a meeting sponsored by the South Bergen Curriculum Jointure. The objective of this meeting was to have representatives from thirteen districts who would meet together on a monthly basis to establish K to 4, 5 to 8 and 9 to 12 Social Studies Curriculum Standards aligned to New Jersey's Core Content Curriculum Standards.

A fire drill for students occurred on January 11, 2001.

The enrollment for Lincoln School as of December 15, 2000 is 332

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