Mrs. Reeds CAD 1 class has been learning how to create view designs of buildings while the CAD 2 class has been learning and using 3-D tools to create floor plans. The Graphic Design class is working with fonts to create a design and functional art called patterning. The Tech 9 class is involved with problem solving to create solutions to problems.
Ms. Kimmels French II class learned how to ask questions in a variety of different ways while the Spanish II class created rubrics to assess their activities.
Mrs. Washburns Italian
classes are spending time traveling through different regions of Italy using the Internet.
Reading comprehension from the research complemented the Internet activity.
CP (College Prep) & Honors Physics continue the study of light and optics.
Chemistry classes are using molecular models to understand the shapes of molecules.
Biology classes are beginning a
microbiology unit and have attempted to take samples from different areas and items
throughout the school hoping to find bacterial growth. In connection with this unit, the
honors class is reading a Robin Cook novel of their choice - Toxin or Vector.
The math teachers are conducting after school workshops for each of the four cluster areas to help 11th grade students improve their scores on the HSPA test to be given March 4-8.
The Math Club continues to tutor students before and after school in all areas of math.
In addition, the editors of the Pilots Log will be attending Columbia Scholastic Press Conference on March 21, 2003 as finalist for the Gold Crown Award. Of the 1,550 magazines, newspapers, and yearbooks that submitted copies for this judging, the Pilots Log was the only school in the New York-New Jersey area to be so honored.
Besides this award, the staff of the Pilots Log will be honored at Columbia University on February 27, 2003, as first place winners of the Quest for Excellence Contest.
Mrs. Geftics English 12 students are currently studying the Holocaust. During this unit, students will be examining the ramifications of prejudice by reading such literature as Night by Elie Weisel and viewing such videos as "Triumph of Spirit" and "Shindlers List".
On March 20, 2003, the class will be visiting the Holocaust Museum in New York. After their tour, students will have an opportunity to speak to a survivor.
Mrs. Czekajs English 10 classes are studying the Transcendental writings of Emerson and Thoreau. Each student is selecting one maxim with which he or she agrees, and creating a poster illustrating its message, using a combination of media.
The AP English literature class is reading Toni Morrisons much-acclaimed novel Beloved in conjunction with Black History month.
Mr. Van Dams three English 11/British Literature classes are beginning their unit on Renaissance poetry and drama.
The English 11-Honors/British Literature class is also studying Renaissance poetry and drama and utilizing the HSPA-type assessment pieces. Students will continue to assess their performances and create test-taking strategies as part of this unit. A heavy emphasis will be placed on improving their writing for specific purposes and audiences.
The English 12-Honors/World Literature class is beginning their study of Greek drama and philosophy. Students will read pieces from Socrates, Plato and Sophocles.
The 9th grade English classes of Ms. Monetti and Mrs. Meyer have begun their study of William Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet. They have examined his life and times and are reading the play. In addition, the students are building Globe Theaters, making swords and shields, portraits of Queen Elizabeth and William Shakespeare, and maps of Italy and England as projects.
Mrs. Schneeweisss Drama
class is busy beginning production work on The Sound of Music which will be performed on
March 20th and 21st. The senior directed plays have been pushed to April 3rd.
The physical education classes
have started the Basketball, Hockey and weight room units. The students have a choice in
different classes to choose their activity.
On January 17th, Assemblywoman and former Mayor Rose Heck visited two U.S. History I classes and discussed major issues going on in the State. She gave a very informative and frank talk on problems facing the area and her district.
U.S. History II- the students completed a review of World War I and the "return to normalcy". The classes then connected the immigration issues of the 1920s with current situations.
World History- All classes
concluded their studies on Rome by watching the film Gladiator. They engaged in a writing
assignment when the film ended, which required them to make connections between the
material presented in class and the historical accuracy of the film.
Science: Kindergarten classes recently learned about winter, outer space, our wonderful body machines, and the concepts of sinking and floating. Our first graders are studying arctic and nocturnal animals. The second grade is begging a unit of study about rocks. The third grade is finishing up a unit on biomes and is beginning a unit on the solar system. The fourth grade is continuing to learn about earthquakes, layers of the earth, and focusing on volcanoes. Our fifth graders are presently comparing and contrasting the characteristics and functions of plant and animal cells.
Social Studies: Our kindergarten students participated in activities and projects related to George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Dr. King, holidays celebrated around the world. The first grade is learning about landforms and is concentrating on forests, oceans, deserts, and grass lands. The second graders recently completed a unit honoring the legacy of Dr. King. The third graders are completing a unit on patriotism, American celebrations such as the Fourth of July, and the history of our National Anthem. The fourth grades are discussing the problems that the English colonies faced as they settled in New Jersey. The fifth graders are learning about the New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies by doing cultural compare and contrast activities.
Language Arts: The kindergartners are using inventive spelling to write in their journals, while they continue to learn the letters with the "Letter People Program." Our first graders are completing the study of long vowel sounds and are working on blends with long vowel sounds. The second graders are have been writing friendly letters to our overseas troops. The third grades recently completed the story Mufatos Beautiful Daughter and are beginning the story The Boy Who Cried Wolf. The fourth graders have been focused on pre-writing and writing exercises using similes and dialog. They have also been exploring informative vs. narrative text. The fifth graders are reading From The Mixed-Up World of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and are focused on vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Art: The kindergarten is working on a poster contest for fire safety. The first graders are painting hot air balloons. The second grade students are still working on constructing 3-D houses out of milk cartons with paper mache. The third graders are presently weaving on a cardboard loom. The fourth graders are painting the heads of their hand puppets. The fifth graders are painting their 3-D masks.
Physical Education: The students are finishing up a jump rope unit and have been learning about and playing volleyball.
Brotherhood / Black History Month: Every class at every grade level completed projects and activities surrounding the celebration of Brotherhood / Black History Month as indicated in the teachers plan books. There are two main hallway displays dedicated to this celebration. Directly outside of the library/media center, there is an I have a dream wall where students wrote their individual dreams of peace. Also, next to the nurses office there is a display of "Great African-American Achievers." Mrs. Dussaults students each completed a book report on a black Americans. The reports are being displayed on part of the classroom chalkboard as part of a Great African-American timeline.
The kindergartners participated in activities regarding Dr. Martin Luther King and his dream. The first grades created and discussed portrait pages highlighting black Americans such as Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, and Booker T. Washington. The second graders composed booklets on Great African Americans. The third graders engaged in activities regarding Dr. Martin Luther King and completed reports on individual black Americans. The fourth graders created their own I Have a Dream speech in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King and other great black Americans. The fifth grade watched a movie about Dr. Martin Luther King called "Our friend Martin" and engaged in related journal writing activities. Each day they review their calendar of famous black Americans in social studies.
High School - On January 31, 2003, Mrs. Cafferty and Ms. Kimmel attended a workshop entitled "Enhancing Your Foreign Language Instruction." The workshop was sponsored by the Bureau of Education & Research.
On February 6, 2003, Mrs. Meyer and Mrs. Stein attended "The New Language Arts Core Curriculum Content Standards" workshop at the Bergen/Passaic County Curriculum Consortium, Fair Lawn, NJ.
Middle School- On February 11, 2003 Mr. Donnelly attended the District and School G.E.P.A. Training Workshop sponsored by the N.J.D.O.E.
Euclid School - Technology workshop - January 27, 2003 - February 10, 2003 - Media Center - Euclid Teachers of Grades 3, 4, and 5. Inspirations was taught along with its use in alignment with classroom lessons. Faculty meeting held on January 23, 2003 - February 3, 2003. Main discussions were on Grade 3 and Grade 4 testing. Teachers would be submitting to the principal the next grades comprehension test from their classes. Video Conference Attended in Lodi on January 29th regarding networking with other districts in New Jersey. Curriculum Consortium held in Fairlawn on Language Arts Core Standards.
Lincoln School - Mrs. Valenti and Mrs. Farruggio attended an all day workshop on Inclusion in East Hanover on Feb. 21, 2003.
High School - Successful fire
drills were held on: 9/3/02 at 2:08 pm: 9/6/02 at 1:18 pm: 9/25/02 at 1:21 pm: 10/21/02 at
1:14 pm: 10/29/02 at 1:59 pm: 11/14/02 at 9:47 am: 11/25/02 at 8:58 am: 12/10/02 at 8:58
am: 12/17/02 at 9:47 am: 1/10/03 at 1:13 pm: 1/20/03 at 1:14 pm: 2/4/03 at 8:59 am:
2/5/03 at 11:15 am
Euclid School - Friday, September 13, 2002 2:15-2L16,50 1 min. 50 sec. Monday, September 16, 2002 3:05-3:06.30 1 min. 30 sec. Thursday, October 17, 2002 2:25-2:26.35 1 min. 35 sec. Tuesday, October 17, 2002 11:00-11:02 2 min. (time includes student in wheelchair) Friday, November 15, 2002 2:10-2:11.35 1 min. 35 sec. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002 2:27-2:28.38 1 min. 38 sec. Tuesday, December 10, 2002 2:10-2:11.21 1 min. 21 sec. Wednesday, Dec.16, 2002 10:00-10:01. 25 1 min. 25 sec. Thursday, January 30, 2003 2:28-2:29.35 1 min. 35 sec. Friday, January 31, 2003 1:30-1:31.29 1 min. 29 sec.
Lock Down Drill - Friday, December 13, 2002 (Letter sent home to parents 12/11) Wednesday, January 22, 2003 (realized training of all substitutes that enter the building is vital)
Lincoln School - Wednesday 9/04/2002 1:30 PM Thursday 9/19/2002 11:20 AM Friday 10/18/2002 2:00 PM Wednesday 10/23/2002 8:55 AM Thursday 11/18/2002 11:15 AM Tuesday 11/19/02 9:55 AM Lock Down (24 sec.) Monday 11/25/02 2:00 PM Monday 12/9 2:00 PM Lock Down (35 sec.) Tuesday 12/10 2:00 PM Wednesday 12/11 8:45 A.M. Wednesday 1/15 8:50 A.M. Tuesday 1/21 2:25 PM Lock Down Wednesday 1/22 8:50 A.M. Thursday 2/13 9:05 AM Lock Down (36 sec.) Friday 2/14 9:00 A.M
Mrs. Kritzers Art Club recently visited the Guggenheim Museum. Forty-five students along with five chaperones viewed the permanent exhibition as well as a special photo and video exhibit.
Mr. Eggmanns French III class are selecting French names of prominent and influential persons in American History. Research will then be conducted to show the French influence in the United States.
Mrs. Kitzers Art 6 classes are studying Cubism and the art of Picasso.
Brotherhood Month: Mrs. OHagens 6th Grade Social Studies classes studied the history of Civil Rights and the rise of Dr. Martin Luther King as a Civil Rights leader. Mrs. Gays 7th Graders are taking a virtual ride on the Underground Railroad via the Internet. Using the results of their research, they will create diary entries describing their escapes from slavery. This project is being done in collaboration with Mrs. Rowland and will be assessed as both a Social Studies and an English assignment. Mrs. Ruccis 8th Grade classes discussed the problems and some solutions of the underground cities in the early 1900s. Kindness and Justice Week: Middle School teachers, in recognition of Kindness and Justice Week, nominated students who performed an act of kindness and/or justice. Numerous names were submitted and certificates recognizing their act will be presented to them.
Euclid School -
Lincoln School - Marking Period: (straight As with no minuses)
Third Grade -Jennifer D.,
Christopher P., Meenal U. Fourth Grade - Tiffany A., Samantha P. Fifth Grade -Camille B.,
Alexis F., Kristen H., Tyler McG., Kerrin M., Julie Y.
Michael Sickels - Leave of Absence effective February 7, 2003. Mr. Sickels was called to active duty in the United States Marine Corps.
Jacquelyn DeFilippis - appointed Grade 5 Euclid School Teacher replacement for Mr. Sickels effective February 5, 2003. Step #1, BA $36,774 pro-rated.
Christa Luzzi - Appointed Grade 4 Lincoln School Teacher replacement for Kimberly Cicero maternity leave. Ms. Luzzi will report on May 1, 2003. Step #1 BA $36,774 pro-rated.
Jason Becker - Physical Education Student Teacher grades 6-12. January 22, 2003 - May 8, 2003. Mr. Nicholas Delcalzo will be the supervising teacher.
Job Descriptions: Principal - District Related Activities and Programs Special Education Educational Instructor
Policies: 1st Reading - o 5110 Attendance o Criteria For Placement In Honors Courses Mathematics grades 6 through 11 Science grades 9 through 11 English grades 9 through 12 History grades 9 through 12 o 4111 Recruitment, Selection and Hiring
2nd Reading - o 5145.1 School Colors and Mascot o 6115 Ceremonies and Observances o 5131.2 Hazing/Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation o 5131.2 Hazing/Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation - Regulation o 5123 Promotion/Retention - Regulation
Relay for Life 2003, date TBD at Hasbrouck Heights Depken Athletic Field. Event sponsored by American Cancer Society and Hasbrouck Heights Student Council. Mrs. Barbara Kritzer, Advisor.
Presentations to Board of