HASBROUCK HEIGHTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS Superintendent's Report January 29, 1998
Junior-Senior High School
We are currently in the midst of the midterm exam period. Every course is not conducting an exam during this period, but every teacher is obliged to turn in a test, project, or some form of assessment over the previous two weeks. All of these were reviewed by administration for appropriate design and rubrics.
Schedule planning in terms of curriculum and course offerings has commenced. Our focus is on expansion of electives, most efficient loading of classes, and an evaluation of the objectives of courses with regard to Core Content Standards.
As of January 14, 1998, the Pilots Log is officially on line and proud of our very first web page! Take a look at our newspaper at: http://members.tripod.com/~pilotslog. A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes to the extraordinary efforts of Adrian B., the web page editor-in-chief for the Pilots Log, who brought this massive project to fruition.
Mrs. Schneeweiss' three communications classes are actively working on public service announcements in conjunction with Hackensack University Medical Center. The thirty second announcements are written, taped and edited solely by students. A field trip to Hackensack Hospital resulted in the beginning of a documentary on infectious diseases including an interview with Dr. Jeffrey Boscamp head of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.
Tradition especially means something to the Italian Club of Hasbrouck Heights High School. For 27 years they have taken part in one of the most celebrated Christmas traditions, caroling. Students from the 9-12 grades, under the leadership of Mrs. Washburn, gather together singing Italian Christmas carols to the local grammar schools. This activity was almost replaced this year, but the true spirit of tradition helped the students fight to get it back.
Junior Joe S. was selected by the Bergen County Coaches Association to the First Team All County Football Team as a linebacker, later in the month Joe also received recognition as a First Team Group I All State Linebacker.
Senior student Rob C. performed in the Bergen County Regional Choir at Bergenfield High School on Sunday, January 18. Participation in this select group is a result of a highly competitive audition.
Seniors are receiving acceptances from many competitive colleges and universities. They include: Brown University, The College of New Jersey, University of Connecticut, Fordham University, Rutgers University, Penn State University, University of Massachusetts, Seton Hall University, University of Rhode Island, Montclair State University, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Miami, New York University, Syracuse University, Villanova University, Drexel University, and Drew University.
Christine L., a junior, and Christopher D.O., a sophomore, have been selected to represent the High School at the New Jersey State Elks Association 4th Annual Youth Peer Leadership Conference at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick on January 23-25, 1998.
Mrs. Washburn along with students from the High School Italian Club, visited Euclid School on Thursday, December 18th. Staff and students enjoyed a variety of holiday songs sung in Italian. Thank you to Mrs. Washburn and her students for this lively and much appreciated program.
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 16th. Twenty fourth and fifth grade students from Euclid School participated, two of which were finalists. First place winner was John G., a fifth grade student in Mr. Dolan's class. Michael D., also in Mr. Dolan's class, was a runner up. These children will compete in the District Spelling Bee in February.
Mr. Hoskin and the Lincoln School Jump Rope for Heart Demonstration Team will travel to the Metuchen and Lodi School Districts and perform their dynamic jump rope routine on Friday, January 30.
Congratulations to Gary M. who became a finalist in the Junior Women's Club annual Spelling Bee held at the Jr.-Sr. High School on January 16, 1998. Gary will now compete in the next level of competition in Oradell on February 27, 1998.
Several meetings have been held by the PTA Drug Free Committee with representatives from both Lincoln and Euclid Schools. The purpose of the committee is to schedule programs and activities which help students "Say No to Drugs".