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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Superintendent's Report
November 24, 1998

Junior-Senior High School

Last week was the completion of another Heights’ tradition, Spirit Week.
There were theme contests and fund raisers every day, and the activities
culminated in a pep rally on Friday.

The first marking period has been completed, and grades have been mailed
out. Overall, there was a good proportion of A’s and B’s. The
administration has been analyzing grades on an individual teacher basis
to ensure that everyone is applying uniformly rigorous standards of
performance when evaluating  students’ work.

The main focus of the Jr / Sr High School this year is two-fold. First,
the continuing incorporation of technology into the curriculum wherever
possible.  The second objective teachers are being urged to work with
colleagues in varied disciplines to deliver new, expanded lessons that
reflect collaboration and team - teaching coupled with identification
and presentation of the CCS.

Journalism students together with those involved in the internship
program of The Observer sold pizza to raise money for Hurricane Mitch
victims.

The National Honor Society, under Ms. Czekaj’s direction, is accepting
requests for peer tutoring in various subjects.

English 12 classes are studying The Odyssey while English 11 students
are working on "The Canterbury Tales."

Students in the Research Cycle are learning the Internet and
PowerPoint.  Ms. Geftic’s classes are creating a travel brochure
focusing on Greece in the time of Homer.  The Shakespeare Honors Class
used the media center’s CD-Rom on Shakespeare.  This included period art
and performances of selected scenes.  Mrs. Mikulka assisted the school
nurse in medical research using the internet.

Christine L. won the Hasbrouck Heights High School Veterans of Foreign
Wars Voice of Democracy essay contest.  She will receive a $500
scholarship from the local post and move on to the district
competition.  Second place was taken by Dan G. and third by Chris F.    

The French/Spanish Club under the direction of Ms. Carr and Mr. Eggmann
attended a matinee performance of the Broadway musical "Beauty and the
Beast".

Mr. Brady’s classes are studying systems of linear equations and
inequalities.

The Key Club under Ms. Hicswa’s direction had a successful fundraiser
whose proceeds will be used to help defray the cost of the Senior
Soiree.  The Key Club will be holding a Food Drive, Coat Drive, and Toy
Drive to help the needy during the upcoming Holiday Season.

Ms. Bizik and Mr. Gorski took their Earth Science classes to the Liberty
Science Center on November 6.  Ms. Korkgy took her U.S. History classes
to tour Ellis Island.

Ms. Hicswa has been nominated for listing in Who’s Who Among America’s
Teachers -- 1998 Edition

Mr. Masucci’s industrial arts classes made posters for the State
Football game.  They are finishing their work on a float and are also
designing a new sign for the Board of Education Office.  Industrial Arts
classes built model cars and used them to study speed and distance.

Sixth grade students have started their study of ancient civilizations
and cultures.  One of Mrs. O'Hagan's Social Studies classes was visited
by Ms. Ilene Kihara, a college student from Kenya.

Seventh grade students heard the use of "Math in the Real World" when
Mr. Caputo, Attorney at Law and Health Inspector for the town of West
Orange, visited their math classes.

The 8th grade literature web page is now up and running!!!!

Mr. Cassiere's 8th grade Social Studies classes are participating in an
interdisciplinary project that is being run in conjunction with the 8th
grade Literature classes studying of Edgar Allen Poe and "The Tell Tale
Heart."

Mr. Sicilian's Drama 8 cycle students are currently working on
recreations of famous speeches, movie scenes, drama scenes, etc.

The Middle Level and the Music Department are very proud of Lynette
V.,  a seventh grade student.  Lynette was selected by audition to
perform in the Bergen County Middle School Chorus.

The Girls Soccer Team recorded the first ever league championship in
Hasbrouck Heights High School history finishing their season with a 12
and 7 record.

Following Friday nights 41-6 victory, Joe S. was selected as the
Records Athlete of the Week.  His accomplishments for the night were 4
touchdowns, 215 yards rushing and 15 tackles on defense.

The Madrigal Choir, under the direction of Ms. Kastner, will perform on
Friday, December 11 at 12 pm in Paramus Park at the Holiday Concert
Series in Macy’s Court.

Mrs. Mihm will supervise our students wrapping of presents for the
American Cancer Society on December 16 at Bergen Mall from 10 am to 2
pm.

Student enrollment for grades 6-12 is 752.



Euclid School

Fire Prevention Month was celebrated at Euclid School.  Fire captain
Richard DeSimone (also a parent at Euclid School) presented a fire
safety program for K-2nd grades at Euclid School on Monday, October
26th.

On October 21st, the fourth grades from Euclid and Lincoln Schools,
along with Mrs. Cerasuolo visited the Performing Arts Center in Newark.
The children witnessed a magnificent performance by the NJ Symphony.

The Euclid and Lincoln PTAs along with Bill O'Shea's Florist and the
Hasbrouck Heights Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Halloween Window
Painting Contest on the Boulevard for children in grades 3-5 on
Wednesday, October 21st. Winners from Euclid School were:  Jennifer
S. - 2nd place-Composition, Michelle D.M, - 2nd place-Content,
Catherine C. - 3rd place-Content, Shannon W. - lst place-Humor,
Annalisa A. - .3rd place-Composition, Taryn M.C. - 3rd place-Humor
and Bijal S. - 1st place-Content.

The annual Halloween parade was held at Euclid School on October 30th.
Students, staff and parents joined in the fun.

The PTA sponsored a Monster Mash dance for the children of Euclid School
on October 30th.  Two sessions were held -  one for the students in
grades K-2 and one for the students in grades 3-5.

The PTA is once again sponsoring the "Little People's Chorus" on Monday
afternoons from 3:08-4:15pm conducted by Mrs. Cerasuolo with a recital
for the children's parents at the last session.  Thank you again to Mrs.
Grossano for another fun cultural arts program.

School Colors Day was held on Friday, November 6th.  Staff and students
proudly wore their black and gold colors.

The current enrollment at Euclid School is 322 students


Lincoln School

Congratulations to: Lincoln students who were winners in this year's
Chamber of Commerce Window Painting Contest:

HUMOR  1st place: Brielle M.
   2nd place: Tara D.
     Michael M.
   3rd place: Melissa G.
     Ralph P.

CONTENT  1st place: Michael C.
     Christina C.
   2nd place: Michael C.  Stephanie G.
   3rd place: Blake E.

COMPOSITION 1st place: Allison C.
   2nd place: Diana N.
   3rd place: Kate M.C.
     Nicole W.

A Halloween parade was held for all Lincoln School's children on Friday
afternoon, October 30, 1998.  all teachers, students and many parents
participated in this very well attended event.  .

The D.A.R.E. program began on the fifth grade level on Thursday,
November 5, 1998.  Sergeant Jack DeLorenzo is our D.A.R.E. officer this
year.  This is Sergeant DeLorenzo's first year as a D.A.R.E.
instructor.  He has shared a great deal of positive comments about the
D.A.R.E. program and the enjoyment he is experiencing teaching our
Lincoln School's fifth graders about the dangers of drugs.

Mrs. Jane McClean organized an activity this year that had all Lincoln
School's children bring home a cut out representation of a hand and find
someone that would not smoke on American Smokeout Day or would not start
to smoke. These hands were displayed in the windows in the front of the
school for all to see.  The use of the colors red, white and blue also
included the spirit of American Education Week which also occurred
during this same week.

Math and Language Arts sequencing meetings continue to take place on the
scheduled Mondays throughout the month.  Teachers are finding that the
format and information contained within the scopes invaluable.

During the New Jersey Education Association Convention in Atlantic City,
Miss Sandra Unglert, Mrs. Kathryn DiGuglielmo, and Mrs. Cheryl
Terlemezian and the opportunity to present Lincoln School's Family Quilt
and the efforts behind the scenes that made this growing quilt a
reality.  All three teachers were also honored at the convention for the
$1,500.00 grant they received through their work in the Kindness
Committee.

The enrollment for Lincoln School as of November 17th is 367.

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