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Hasbrouck Heights Public Schools
Superintendent's Report
February 28, 2002

Junior-Senior High School

Our ongoing efforts to maintain effective communications between the school and the community are also reflected this month in our preparations for the outreach program to eighth grade parents. This program is designed to orient both parents and students to the next phase of education, which includes the often challenging move up to the high school.

The Eighth Grade Orientation program was held on 2/12/02. The Guidance Department provided information that will help prepare families for the different and varied academic demands of the high school.

Mrs. Czekaj’s English 10 classes have been reading Emerson and Thoreau, and learning about American Transcendentalism. Each has selected a quote from one of these influential authors, and created a poster illustrating how he or she interprets the meaning of that selection. They then presented their posters to their classmates, and hung them in the classroom to inspire other classes.

The National Honor Society has been running its annual "Cupid-grams" fund raiser for Valentine's Day. This raises money for our scholarship fund. In keeping with the Honor Society's dedication to service, this year part of the proceeds will be shared with the Key Club, to help fund their community activities. National Honor Society members continue to provide tutoring for Junior-Senior High School students who need assistance with their class work.

In honor of Black History Month, Mrs. Incognito's 6th grade Literature students selected and researched examples of African American poetry. After reading works by Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Richard Wright, students recited their poems, created themes, and represented the poems utilizing any art form of their choice.

English teachers on all three grade levels conducted the Bergen Record spelling bee. Five finalists from each grade level participated in a "play off" to see who will represent Hasbrouck Heights Middle Level at the County competition in March. First place winner was Danielle N. and second place went to Kevin C.

To help prepare 8th grade students for the GEPA, Mrs. Dolan has required her students to do special presentations of principles of meteorology to their Academic Core classes. Their topics ranged from air masses and their effect on the United States to hurricanes and tornadoes and other types of severe weather.

The Physical Education and Health Departments will be trained and recertified in CPR, as well as Blood Borne Pathogens during the upcoming in-service day scheduled for Friday, March 1, 2002. All staff will participate and receive this mandatory and valuable training. The Phys. Ed. Staff will also visit other Group One schools in order to observe classes and investigate other curriculums.

On Wednesday, January 30th, the Girl's Indoor Track Team won the Bergen County Indoor Relay Championship. This was the first time in school history that our girls have won this prestigious track meet.

On Friday, February 22nd and Saturday, February 23, 2002 the Wrestling Team won the District 15 Championship which was held at Becton Regional High School.

On Tuesday, February 26th the Boy's Basketball Team won the first round of the NJSIAA North I, Group I Basketball Tournament by eliminating Ridgefield High School by a score of 37 to 29. The teams record is not 15-6. They will compete in the second round of the tournament on Thursday, February 28th at Secaucus High School. The boy's basketball coach is Joseph Caruso.

On Thursday, February 28th the Girl's Basketball Team will be playing Bogota High School in our gym at 7:00 pm in the second round of the NJSIAA North I, Group I Basketball Tournament. The girl's basketball coach is Gary Pankiewicz.

Monique Villalona was accepted into the 2002 All North Jersey Junior High School Honor Choir. This audition is open to students, in grades 7-9, in Northern New Jersey. She will be performing in a concert on March 24, 2002, at Chatham High School. A new website has been created for all of Mrs.Brinker's classes: This website provides announcement info and homework assignments as well as other information regarding the art and photography curriculum.

Seniors continue to receive acceptances from competitive colleges and universities. Mid-year reports have been mailed to the colleges that have made requests.

A successful fire drill was held on February 8, 2002.

Total Student Enrollment as of January 28, 2002 - 837 ;High School - 434; Middle Level - 403

Euclid School

The Trust Company Bank came back to Euclid School on Tuesday, February 12th, to accept additional deposits and new accounts.

Our PTA held another pizza lunch this month on Friday, February 15th. Thank you again to Mrs. Waring, the PTA pizza lunch committee and all the volunteers who helped distribute the lunches.

The Euclid PTA Executive Board had their monthly on Thursday, February 7th. Mr. Palma was in attendance and the following items were on the agenda: Art auction, Blimpie Lunch, Book Fair, ox Tops, Carnival, Drug Awareness Week, Family Fun Night, CAP Program recap, Kindergarten roundup, Lunchtime reading, Market Day, Memory Book, Note cards, Pizza Lunch, Teacher's Luncheon and the Science Exchange. The 2nd General Membership Meeting was also held on Monday, February 11th. The new Superintendent of Schools, Joseph Luongo spoke to the parents after his introduction by Mr. Palma.

Fire Drill - Monday, February 4, 2002; Friday, February 15, 2002

School Colors Day was held on Friday, February 1st. Staff and students proudly wore their school colors.

On Monday, February 4th and Tuesday, February 5th, the Euclid PTA sponsored their annual Science Exchange.

The Euclid School PTA held another book fair, this year, on Wednesday, February 13th and Thursday, February 14th. A sincere and special appreciation to the Euclid School PTA for promoting the importance and value of reading!

The current enrollment at Euclid School is 339 ;

Lincoln School

Grade 1 - Students in grade one will soon be learning new vocabulary words in Spanish: house, apartment, couch, chair, table, bed and door.

Grade 2 - Students in grade two will soon begin learning the words to the French song "Alouette". This song is about a bird. The learning of this song in French will be tied into an interdisciplinary unit with Mrs. O'Brien, one of our very creative and talented Lincoln School parents. The students will then learn the colors in French. Mrs. O'Brien will help the students paint the feathers of a bird in the different colors they learn in French.

Grade 3 - Students in grade three can now speak in very detailed sentences about people and things. The students have learned to describe people and things in many different ways and often act out some of the descriptions too.

Grade 4 - Students in grade four can now use prepositional phrases to describe people and things. The students are truly enjoying their new knowledge in French as they speak in more detailed sentences using many parts of speech.

Over the past couple of months , representative from the Bergen County Department of Health Services met with fifth grade students to discuss the new program for students in grades 5 through 8. This is a grant program through the Bergen County Department of Health Services, the Partnership for Community and our district. On February 11th, students in grades 4 and 5 received a lesson on the components of a healthy lunch. On February 12, representatives from the Bergen Count Health Department visited Lincoln School and checked the students' lunches during lunch and congratulated them for eating healthy lunches. This was a very worthwhile and educational lesson for our students.

On February 6th, the fifth grade safety patrol participated in a safety patrol ceremony. This ceremony gave Mrs. Schoen and the Safety Patrol advisors, Mr. Hoskin and Ms. Kalisch, the opportunity to congratulate the students on a "job well done" so far and install the newly chosen officers of the patrol.

This year 40 proud third, fourth and fifth graders at Lincoln School are members of the Lincoln School Jump Rope Demonstration Team. The Demo Team continues to entertain their audience with many jump rope tricks that are all beautifully choreographed to music by Mr. Hoskin. These children and their coach representing Lincoln School are the ONLY Jump Rope Demonstration Team in the State of New Jersey. The Demo team has most recently performed at the PHERD Convention in Edison on February 4th, the Greta Meadows Middle School in Great Meadows on February 5th and the Bleshman School in Paramus on February 8th. Mr. Dean Hoskin is the volunteer advisor/coach for the "Demo Team" and is to be commended for his dedication and commitment to our team this year.

The winners of the Drug Free T-Shirt contest are:

Third Grade - 3M - Robert R. - T-Shirt Design Fourth Grade - 4M - Julie Y.  Fifth Grade - 5K- Sima G.

The winners of the Drug Free Poster Contest are:

Kdg. - KU - Jessica B. - 1st Kdg. - KU - Frank H. - 2nd First Grade - lT - Nicolette G. - 1st First Grade - lT - John A. - 2nd Second Grade - 2 DG - Nicole C. - 1st Second Grade - 2G - Christopher S. - 2nd

Total student enrollment is 349


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