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Hasbrouck Heights Public Schools
Superintendent's Report
December, 2000




Junior-Senior High School

The closing of the Fall sports season saw a number of our athletes gain recognition at the league and county level. Our Boys' and Girls' Soccer teams, Girls' Tennis team, and our Football team all made the state playoffs.

The Middle Level presented their annual play over two days. The show, "Groovy", gave a large number of students the opportunity to display their talents.

The Faculty has been concentrating on developing Inter-disciplinary instructional lessons that incorporate Technology as either an adjunct to the curriculum or as a focal point of the lessons.

The English Department is proud to report that the 2000 Coronian Yearbook was awarded first place from the American Scholastic Press Association. There were 1100 yearbooks, newspapers and magazines judged from across the country. Out of a possible score of 1,000 the 2000 Coronian Yearbook received 910 points! Mrs. Meyer is the moderator of the Coronian.

The French, Italian and Spanish Clubs are conducting their annual programs reflecting the customary holiday celebrations as is done in the countries of the pilot languages being studied.

The Key Club members, under the direction of Mrs. Hicswa, conducted their annual coat drive. This year they supplied over 100 coats to needy people. The Club is participating in Operation Dear Abby. In this project, students are writing letters to a service person stationed overseas.

College Chemistry students attended Fairleigh Dickenson University on December 12th. Under the direction of Mr. Sayer and a Professor at the University, the students measured the physical and chemical properties of a reaction and utilized computer facilities at the University to analyze data.

Mr. Mujica, a resident of Hasbrouck Heights and parent of Lisa spoke to the 6th grade about the Vietnam War.

Middle Level students elected their officers for the Student Council. Winning this year's election are Amanda Fabrizi, President; John Gagliardi, Vice President; Jaclyn Hohnecker, Treasurer; and Paul Radziewicz, Secretary.

Seventh grade students in Mrs. Gay's Social Studies classes are participating in a National Geography Bee. These questions are one part of the students' preparation for the contest. All Middle Level students will have a chance to participate in the Record newspaper Spelling Bee.

Cross-grade Middle Level meetings will occur this year so that continuity of curriculum can be continually enhanced. The Science teachers met in December and reviewed the Science Scope and Sequence.

All 6th grade team teachers met with 5th grade teachers to discuss several skills goals and expectations as students progress from 5th to 6th grade. Topics addressed were note taking and listening skills.

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

Dr. Liebmann, from the Teacher Education Department of Felician College, spent a day meeting with the Middle Level Staff to discuss alternative assessment methods and how they relate to learning styles, multiple intelligences and student developmental levels.

Mr. Stillman, 8th grade Literature teacher, presented the Hasbrouck Heights Junior Police Auxiliary Program at the New Jersey Regional Community Policing Institute's graduation ceremony on December 14th.

The Football Team capped off their season on Thanksgiving Day with a 20-7 victory over arch rival Wood Ridge High School giving them a final record of 7-3 on the year. The following players were selected to the BCSL All League Team:

First Team: Michael DeFranco RB., Jessie D'Amore OG., Craig Meyer LB., and Chris Albanese Deep Back. Second Team: Jack Vogt QB., Matt Wixon DL., Ryan Malone WR., Greg Leone TE. Honorable Mention: Steve Hyun and TJ Kroncke.

The Girls Tennis Team finished their season with an overall record of 15-2, and 11-1 in the league. They were BCSL National Division League Champions and were runner-up in the Group I State Sectionals. The following girls received All League recognition:

First Team: Madalina Radu, (First Singles), Sylvia Semper and Emmeny Beadle, (Second Singles). Honorable Mention: Lacey Brooke and Simona Radu.

Coach Neal McCarthy was selected "BCSL National Coach Of The Year".

The Girls Soccer Team finished their season by setting a school record for most wins in a season with a 17-5 record. The following girls received All League recognition:

First Team: Krista Grohsman (Goalie), Makenzie Woods (Back), Jacqueline Ciccone (Back), Kim Van Hook (Midfield), and Kelly Della Fave (Forward). Second Team: Christine Ayubi ( Midfield), Jayna Misiunas (Midfield), Nina Fasciano (Midfield), Christine Warren (Forward). Honorable Mention: Loretta Fitzgibbons. All Bergen County: Makenzie Woods (Second Team) Honorable Mention All County: Krista Grohsman, Jacqueline Ciccone, Kim Van Hook, Kelly Della Fave.

Coach Ollie Pimm was selected "BCSL National Coach of The Year".

The Boys Soccer Team finished with a 10-7 record and 9-5 in the league. The following boys were selected for All League Honors:

First Team: Trevor O'Grady (Wood Ridge) Midfield. Second Team: Vincent Marchese (Back), Gary Gagliardi (Back), Jeff DePalma (Forward), Michael DiNicilou (Back). Honorable Mention: Bill McCarthy.

Matt Casella was honored as a Scholar Athlete from the BCSL National/Olympic Divisions.

The following Cross-Country Runners were selected to All League Teams:

Second Team: Jamie Lynch and Becky Lee Third Team: Alan Aspili, Andy Beadle, Evelyn Franco, and Suzanne Gipson.

Accounting I students are working on journalizing transactions for petty cash and bank service charges, as well as doing bank reconciliations.

Sophomore and Junior students who took the P.S.A.T.'s in October received their scores personally from the counselors beginning in December.

College applications are being processed by the Guidance Office. Teachers are in the process of writing recommendations for seniors for their applications.

Successful fire drills were held on November 29 and December 5, 2000.

Total Student Enrollment: as of November 30, 2000 is 792 - Middle Level (379) High School (413)

Euclid School

The kindergarten classes held their annual Thanksgiving Feast on November 22nd.

On Monday, December 4th, Mrs. Kathy Ambrose from the Tomorrows Children's Foundation visited the students at Euclid School to help kick-off their "Adopt-A-Family" program.

Students, their families and staff have been donating gifts, preparing a holiday food basket and making cards for the school's adopted family.

On Friday and Saturday, December 8th & 9th, the Euclid School PTA held their annual Holiday Gift Shop in the school gym. It was a great success.

Fire drills were held on Friday, November 21, 2000 - 2:10pm - 2:10.50pm - 1 min.50 secs.;Tuesday, December 5, 2000 - 2:20pm - 2:21.40pm - 1 min.40 secs.;Friday, December 15, 2000 -10:10am - 10:11.40am - 1 min.40 secs.

The PTA held a brief monthly Executive Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 12th. Thank you to Mr. Art Suriano, President of our BOE for his piano accompaniment to the holiday singing.

Students in grade four and five will participate in a classroom spelling bee this month. The winners will then compete in the Hasbrouck Heights Junior Woman's Club townwide spelling bee to be held on January 12th in the Kiefer Auditorium.

As a community service project, Mrs. Gant's second grade class collected hats, mittens and gloves for those in need.

On Tuesday, December 12th, the Euclid School students attended a pop concert sponsored by the HHEF. The four pierce ensemble featured various holiday music.

The current enrollment at Euclid School is 331.

Lincoln School

Parent-Teacher Conferences were held on November 13, 14, 15, and 16, 2000.

In keeping with the spirit of giving and kindness, Lincoln School families graciously donated many canned good. The first purpose was to increase children's' awareness of good nutrition. The second purpose was to donate food to a Food Pantry.

In conjunction with the second grade social studies unit on Pilgrims and Indians the children enjoyed a special presentation about Indian culture on Monday, November 20th.

On Tuesday, November 28, fifth grade parents from both Lincoln and Euclid Schools had the opportunity to learn about the fifth grade D.A.R.E. program. This evening was held in the Hasbrouck Heights Jr.-Sr. High School auditorium.

Lincoln School's American Heart Association's North Jersey Jump Rope Demonstration Team will begin practicing in order to be prepared for their visits to other school districts that are interested about "Jump Rope for Heart" programs.

Social Studies curriculum sequencing meetings continue to take place on the scheduled Mondays throughout the month.

The Holiday Workshop was held on Saturday, December 9th in the Lincoln School Gymnasium from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

A fire drill for students occurred on December 11, 2000.

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

BEST WISHES TO EVERYONE FOR AN ENJOYABLE HOLIDAY SEASON
AND A HAPPY 2001!

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