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Hasbrouck Heights Public Schools
Superintendent's Report
October 30, 2000


Junior-Senior High School
In the past month, we have focused on one of our major objectives, namely, the increased participation and presence of parents and the community in the Jr/Sr High School. We promote this presence by conducting two Back to School Nights, one for the high school and one for the junior high. The dedication ceremony for our new facilities was another way of involving the parents and the community in the activities of the school. In addition, we held the Third Annual Eighth Grade Open House; a way of introducing the opportunities and curriculum available at the high school. Another annual event that is especially successful is the College Admissions Night sponsored by the Guidance Department.

The High School Proficiency Test was administered to the Junior class and several seniors on October 3, 4 and 5. Also, the PSAT has been scheduled for a very large group of students, reflecting a trend that we have noticed for the past three years. The English Department has implemented a series of strategies to foster the development of skills necessary to take the PSAT for our students. Hints and strategies for taking the test were explained, sample questions analyzed and discussed, and practice questions were given. Teachers of students in grade 12 English courses have been included instruction in their classes to help prepare students for the SAT. All of the areas tested are being addressed in the classroom. Counselors visited English classes to explain the PSAT and test strategies. The administration of the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test was held on Saturday, October 21st.

On October 6th, we held an In-Service for teachers organized by the South Bergen Jointure. Topics covered reflected the requirements of the Goals 2000 Local Reform Enhancement Grant. They included "Introduction to Cooperative Discipline", "Assessment: Practices and Methods", "Technology and The World of Work", and "PAC Procedures" (Pupil Assistance Committee), mainstreaming strategies and Power-Point for teachers.

Mrs. Geftic's English 12 classes along with junior history classes attended a special assembly presented by Mr. Nick Delcalzo (our own Nick Delcalzo's uncle) on the Holocaust. The French, Spanish and Italian Clubs have all begun their activities for the school year.

In a continued effort to have classes which are interdisciplinary, Miss Kimmel combined French with other subject areas. The students in Miss Kimmel's Foreign Language cycle class learned French while doing a science experiment.

Mrs. O'Brien and Ms. Small attended a workshop on teaching AP Calculus and AP Statistics. The New Jersey Science Convention was attended by Mrs. Hicswa and Mr. Sayer. Mr. Stine attended a workshop on teaching AP Physics.

The Middle Level Student Council, under the supervision of Mr. Sicilian and Mr. Stillman, will be emulating the national elections this year. Mr. Stillman's first Community Awareness cycle class is working on two community service projects devised by the students. The first project pertains to cleaning up the litter in town and encouraging people to curb their pets, while the second project is designed to make drivers more aware of children.

Mrs. Dunne's eighth grade math students have been reviewing the math exercises book they completed in the summer. This is serving as an extensive reinforcement of skills in preparation for the Grade Eighth Proficiency Assessment test. On September 27, 2000, Amanda Winka, Cecilia Cambridge, and Lindsay Renna attended the Communities Against Tobacco (CAT) Youth Summit. Ms. Bizik participated with the groups' leaders to help plan this workshop. The Anti-Drug Council held a meeting for potential members on October 5, 2000.

The Guidance Department hosted a "College Admissions" seminar on Thursday, October 12th. Mr. Richard Mullin, the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment at St. Peter's College in Jersey City spoke to senior parents about general admissions procedures at colleges and universities. High School counselors completed information for the Garden State Scholarship program. Counselors have updated the Guidance web page for parents, students and staff. Counselors have called state colleges for applications. Several colleges and universities have visited the high school during September and October. They are as follows: Northeastern College New Jersey Institute of Technology St. Peters College Mitchell College East Stroudsburg College Allentown College College of Saint Elizabeth Albright College Lafayette College Seton Hall College Lock Haven College SUNY - Albany Ramapo College

Successful fire drills were held on September 27 and October 13, 2000.

Total Student Enrollment as of October 15, 2000 - 786 - gr 6-8 = 375; gr 9-12 = 411.


Euclid School

Euclid School's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Back to School Night were held on Wednesday, September 27th, show casing the new addition.

Our Health Services Department held a health assembly for the students in Kindergarten through Fifth grades, this was presented by the National Theater for Children on Wednesday, October 11th. The program which was titled "2 Smart 2 Smoke" was an interactive theater production which delivered an important tobacco prevention message.

Euclid School celebrated Fire Prevention Week with a special visit from Captain Richard DeSimone of the West New York Fire Department. Captain DeSimone, who is also a parent at Euclid School, volunteered his time to come to speak to the students in Kindergarten through Second grade.

The PTA Executive Board Meeting was held on Tuesday, October 10th. The Child Abuse Prevention program was presented to Kindergarten parents, in the evening, at Lincoln School on Thursday, October 5th, before it was introduced to the children on Thursday and Friday, October 12th and 13th. Fire Drills were held on: October 4, 2000, 1 min. 50 secs. and October 10, 2000, 1 min 40 secs.

School Colors Day was held on Friday, October 13th. Staff and students proudly wore their black and orange colors. This day coincided with our "Warm up to Reading" program from 2:25-2:45 pm. During this time, the entire school sits out in the hallway on the floor to read a book .

Euclid Eagles Student Council is soaring into the new school year. We are working hand and hand to create our new banner. Student Council and the Kindness Committee have joined hands and sent out paper people and hands to each member of our Euclid School family to display.

The current enrollment at Euclid School is 335 students.


Lincoln School
Back to School Night for Lincoln School was held on Tuesday, September 26th. It was an exciting and well-attended evening. Second and Third grade teachers from Lincoln and Euclid Schools met with Mr. Walter Eggmann to discuss the World Language material that had been received and prepare for the first lessons of the year.

On October 3rd, Mrs. Dierdre Haman, our elementary school enrichment teacher began the enrichment program in grades one, two and three. Every 7 to 8 weeks, Mrs. Haman will concentrate on a new content area that will enhance the established grade level curriculum.

For the next 3 weeks, Mrs. Haman will be concentrating on the content area of Science. The content area for enrichment in first grade will be SENSES, the second grade level will be REPTILES AND MAMMALS, and the third grade level will be LIVING AND NON-LIVING THINGS.

October 3rd also marked the first day for the beginning of the High Achievers program for the fourth and fifth graders at the end schools. This year Mrs. Dierdre Haman will construct the program around the theme called "Marvelous Mysteries".

The D.A.R.E. program began for Lincoln School fifth graders on October 12th. Sergeant Shawn Mullins is our D.A.R.E. officer this year. On Wednesday, October 4th, all K-5 students had the opportunity to attend an assembly program on the use of computers in music.

On October 20th, fourth graders from Lincoln and Euclid Schools visited the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to attend the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Concert. A schedule for the grade level Curriculum Monday meetings was discussed at the October 2, 2000 faculty meeting. Teachers were presented with a schedule that discussed what days they would be meeting to complete the Social Studies Curriculum that had been worked on during the Summer Institute.

A fire drill for students was held on October 6, 2000 and October 25, 2000. All students and staff members exited the school building safely.

The enrollment for Lincoln School as of October 17, 2000 is: 330.

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