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Hasbrouck Heights Public Schools
Superintendent's Report
March 28, 2000


Junior-Senior High School

In the school itself, we have had the community involved through the Winter "POPS" Concert, PTSA Founders Day ceremonies, and the Middle Level Book Sale. We are also in the midst of planning our orientation meetings for incoming Sixth Graders and incoming Freshmen.

We are into the scheduling process at this time for the '00-'01 school year. Current courses and anticipated needs are being evaluated to determine what additions/deletions would be most appropriate for our curriculum offerings. We anticipate introducing several new courses, particularly in the Social Sciences and English, to broaden our elective choices. In addition, we are revamping several courses, most specifically our Computer Programming offering, to better meet the needs and interests of our students.

Mrs. Geftic's English 12 classes are completing the reading of Hamlet. The annual Holocaust program is set for April 17, 2000 at 9:30 A.M. Students in Journalism class have completed the third edition of The Pilot's Log. The staff of the 2000 Coronian (yearbook) continues to work hard and on schedule.

Several of our brightest mathematics students are members of the Mathematics League.

Mr. Sayer's College Chemistry students visited Fairleigh Dickenson University on March 2nd and 9th to study Rates of Reactions. Mr. Stine's classes are studying many concepts which are directly applicable to work-place readiness. His Advanced Placement Physics students are studying Quantum mechanics (atomic energy related.) Ms. Korkgy's World History class is studying Ancient India. Ms. Cassidy's Mock Trial team lasted through three rounds of competition and are to be congratulated on their fine effort.

The High School Key Club, under Mrs. Hicswa's direction, will be sponsoring the Senior Soiree on Saturday, May 20th.

All 7th graders began their study of the science of crime solving by attending a fascinating lecture on Forensic Science. Dr. Clayton, our visitor from the Bergen County Medical Examiner's Office, discussed her occupation and her role in solving crimes.

For the second year, eighth graders took the GEPA test. The test was one day longer than last year, having included a day for testing student knowledge in Science.

With the first week of March being National Drug Awareness Week, various activities took place to heighten student and parent sensitivity to the issue.

Middle Level students showed their support for another important charity when they "Jump Rope" and "Shoot Hoops" for Heart in gym next week. This program, through the efforts and devotion of Mr. Delcalzo, was kicked off by all the Middle Level students watching a demonstration by our elementary schools' Jump Rope Team.

The Girls Basketball Team finished their season with an impressive 18-9 record. They won their last eight out of nine games, propelling them to the Group I State Sectional Final. They lost to second seeded Emerson Boro in the final by a score of 34-33, in the final seconds of play. In Boys Basketball, Michael C. who scored a career 1,000 points earlier in the season was a First Team All League Selection.

Renee W. was a First Team All County Selection in the Shot Put for her performance in the County Meet Of Champions held at Garfield High School during the Winter Track Club season.

New class rankings through the first semester have been posted for all 12th grade high school students. The top three are as follows:

Valedictorian Stefany R.
Salutatorian Christopher D.
Third Honors Kishan P.

Counselors are continuing to see seniors concerning post secondary school plans. Mrs. Stevenson, Ms. Romano and (SAC) Ms. Bizik met with Dr. Stepura to discuss the establishment of a PAC (Pupil Assistance Committee).

Total Student Enrollment: 783.

Euclid School

On Tuesday, February 15th, a live animal program was presented at Euclid School exploring the delicate interrelationship between predator and prey. Bill Fix explained to the students why some are becoming endangered and why most are not really the villains that Folk-lore and Fable have made them out to be. Thank you again to the PTA for sponsoring such a fun learning opportunity.

On Tuesday, February 15th and Wednesday, February 16th, the Euclid PTA sponsored their annual Science Exchange with 180 students participating. Grades 3-5 set up and demonstrated their experiments on Tuesday and grades K-2 demonstrated their experiments on Wednesday. Thank you to Mrs. Oundjian and Mrs. Simpson for all their hard work and dedication to this annual event.

The National PTA Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Awareness Week culminated on Friday, March 10th, with the entire student body cheering against drugs at the annual parade and rally. Fifth grade students from Euclid and Lincoln Schools participated in the culmination of the D.A.R.E. program on March 10th at the Kiefer Auditorium.

Euclid School actively participated in the "Read Across America" program on Thursday, March 2nd. Children in Grades K-1 were partnered up with members of the HHHS football team as book buddies.

A staff meeting was held on Monday, March 6th. The focus of the meeting was a CAP (Child Abuse Prevention) presentation on "bullying" done by Bert Myer, a representative of CAP. The Hasbrouck Heights Junior Woman's Club's donation funded this informative program.

Euclid School held Kindergarten Round Up on Wednesday, March 15th. As of today (3/8/00) 47 students have registered.

On Tuesday, March 7th, Sports Illustrated for Kids, visited the fifth graders. Euclid is a field study site for the publication.

The Euclid PTA held its annual Family Fun Night on Monday, March 20th, at The Montvale Roller Rink. This event was held free of charge for all students and their families, providing they were PTA members.

Art teacher, Laura Beer, announced that Euclid Eagles, David S. and Nicole B., had winning posters in the Fire Prevention Poster Contest, on Friday, March 17th. Their posters were sent to the county Fire Prevention office for judging in Fort Lee. Let's wish them Good Luck!

The current enrollment at Euclid School is 327.

Lincoln School

Lincoln School celebrated Read Across America this month. Thanks to the support of many people, the children at Lincoln School celebrated the importance of reading throughout the day. Many thanks to Mrs. Donna Wipper for her organization of this program, and to Lincoln School parent, Mrs. Suzanne Coulouris for her creative artistic abilities.

Our Drug Free Week at Lincoln School was an incredible success. The Lincoln School PTA, along with the Euclid School PTA, coordinated a fun filled week of educational activities and programs that supported a drug free life. On Friday, March 10th, fifth grade students from both Lincoln and Euclid Schools participated in the D.A.R.E. Graduation in the high school gymnasium.

On Friday, March 3rd Lincoln School's second graders had the opportunity to take their yearly field trip to the circus.

On Friday, March 10th, Lincoln School's Jump Rope Demonstration Team had the opportunity to perform for the 6th, 7th and 8th graders at the Junior senior High School.

On Monday, February 28th, teachers in grades 3 to 5 at both Lincoln and Euclid Schools met in the Euclid School library to begin an analysis of the reading curriculum currently in place at both schools.

During the week of March 1st through March 5th, the Lincoln school faculty and staff participated in many exciting activities and assembly programs. In conjunction with the Euclid School PTA, the Lincoln School PTA coordinated an outstanding Drug Free Week.

The Lincoln School PTA held their monthly meeting on March 9th. The Executive Board VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO SUPPORT THE 2000-2001 SCHOOL BUDGET.

Lincoln School held the annual Kindergarten Round-up registration on Wednesday, March 15th. As of today 36 children have registered.

The enrollment for Lincoln School is 351.

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