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Hasbrouck Heights Public Schools
Superintendent's Report
December 21, 1999

Junior-Senior High School

The Middle Level presented their annual play over two days. The show," Hula Hoops and Halos", was a successful event.

The yearbook staff for the class of 1999 are proud winners of two awards. First at the local level, the Herff Jones Publishers proudly presented the 1999 staff with the Showcase Award for overall excellence. The staff also won recognition on the national level by being awarded first place for overall excellence from the American Scholastic Press Association.

Mrs. Geftic's English 12 completed a unit on Homer's classic story of the Odyssey. In conjunction with this unit, students created Greek masks, Power Point presentations about life in Greece, board games about The Odyssey or CADD drawing of a temple or theater in Greece.

Mrs. Geftic's and Mr. Pankiewicz's journalism students are currently preparing the second issue of Pilot's Log. Students have focused on such issues as hunger in America, cheating in school, and air travel safety concerns.

Watch out AT&T and MCI, here comes Kimmel Line! The students in Miss Kimmel's Spanish I class learned phone etiquette and had phone conversations they prepared the night before.

In High School geometry classes students are constructing triangles from special forms to reinforce the 180 degree concept. In the Middle Level, students construct geometric mobiles to demonstrate their knowledge of several geometric shapes. Algebra students are using graphing calculators to discover the translation of functions.

Students in Mrs. Hicswa's Biology classes created 3 dimensional cells. On December 3rd, Ms. Korkgy's World History had a Greek festival featuring a wide variety of Greek dishes. This was a culminating activity for a unit on Greek History and culture.

Editions of the Newspaper were distributed in November and December. A second publication, the 'Star Paper,' will showcase creative writing examples from all three grade levels.

Eighth grade students Allison H., Lynette V., and Oriana F. performed in the Bergen County Middle School Chorus on November 21st. They were among 100 other selected 7th and 8th grade students who preformed in a concert at Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest.

Mrs. Wallace and Ms. Wolf met with 5th grade teachers to discuss the 5th and 6th grade Language Arts program. This meeting is a continuation of on-going articulation meetings between the two grades.

On December 2nd at the Fiesta in Wood Ridge Head Tennis Coach Neal McCarthy was honored by the Bergen County Coaches Association Century Club. Mr. McCarthy who is already a member of the 100 victory club was honored for reaching the 200 victory plateau.

The following seniors have been honored by being named Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars: Christopher D'O., Anthony D. F., Emma F., Annalisa G., Kishan P., Leena P. and Stefany R..

Mrs. Stevenson and Ms. Romano went to Ramapo College to learn about Immediate Decision Day and new programs.

Total Student Enrollment: 784 as of November 30, 1999.

Euclid School

The kindergarten classes held their annual Thanksgiving Feast on November 24th. Children from both kindergarten classes dressed up as Pilgrims and Indians and made butter and cornbread, sang songs and recited what they were thankful for.

On Thursday, November 18th, "Native American," was presented to the entire school explaining Native American customs with songs and stories.

On Friday and Saturday, December 10th & 11th, the Euclid School PTA held their annual Holiday Gift Shop in the school gym. It was a great success. Children had the opportunity to shop for family and friends and have their gifts wrapped.

The "Great American Smoke out" was celebrated at Euclid School with students and parents receiving materials supplied by the American Cancer Society. Employees wore their smoke-out tee shirts and health instruction was provided to students.

The Math Prime Program, at Euclid School, has begun. Students, from the 5th grade are meeting with their instructor, Mrs. Searle, twice a week during their lunch hour. Students will be exploring the concepts of Set Theory, Geometry and Algebra. The students are excited about the program about the program and anticipate a challenging year of Math.

The students of Euclid School could literally see and hear every word during the musical production of "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't," which they saw on Friday, December 10th. Throughout the entire performance, hearing impaired actors spoke their lines and the lines of the three deaf actors who simultaneously used American Sign Language.

The current enrollment at Euclid School is 323.

Lincoln School

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 who are interested about Jump Rope for Heart programs. All expenses (transportation, uniforms, cost of substitute teachers) will be paid and/or reimbursed by the American Heart Association.

On Friday, December 3rd, the special education and resource room children from Lincoln School planted tulip bulbs in the front of Lincoln School. The tulips were a result of a $500.00 grant awarded last year by the School Boards Association to Cheryl Terlemezian and Karen Coiro for a grant they wrote entitled Kids Cultivate With Class.

Lincoln School held its third monthly Bank Day on the year on December 15th. Many new accounts were opened in addition to many deposits made into existing accounts.

An assembly was held on December 13 for the fourth graders on Preventing and Correcting Hearing Loss.

Science curriculum sequencing meetings continue to take place on the scheduled Mondays throughout the month. At this point the sequencing of the Science Curriculum been completed in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade.

The Holiday Workshop was held on Saturday, December 11th in the Lincoln School Gymnasium from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The gymnasium was beautifully decorated for this event.

The enrollment for Lincoln School as of December 13, 1999 is 353.

Tuesday, January 25................... Science Exchange

Best wishes to everyone for an enjoyable holiday season and a Happy Year 2000!!

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