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Hasbrouck Heights Public Schools
Superintendent's Report
May 30, 2000

 

Junior-Senior High School

The month of May has been a very busy time in regards to community involvement. A variety of student activities, including a number of department and class trips such as the Band trip to Virginia, the 8th grade trip to Washington, and the 7th grade environmental trip have highlighted this time period.

There were two special events which merit particular attention. One was the reunion of the Class of 1950. This special event brought together the graduates of 1950 and the Class of 2000 to share their common heritage as students of Hasbrouck Heights High School. Two full days and many hours of preparation were devoted to a series of events that resulted in thirteen $1000 scholarships for members of the Class of 2000 and wonderful memories for the members of the Class of 1950. The second event was the Senior Soiree, which is a luncheon/dance hosted by our Key Club for Senior citizens. It was held on Saturday afternoon, May 20, and was a total success for everyone involved.

Many individual awards have been attained by our students throughout the school year.

Mrs. Geftic's English 12 classes are currently reading Maus by Art Spielgelmann, the Pulitzer Prize winning book about his father's experiences during World War II. The annual Holocaust program took place on April 17, 2000. Two survivors, Mrs. Betty Knoop, a child survivor of Buchenwald, and Mr. Karl Shapiro, a child who was hidden in a bunker for 18 months, spoke to the juniors and seniors.

The Pilot's Log is proud to announce the following awards:

For the State of New Jersey, New Jersey Press Women:

* First Place: Feature Writing awarded to Adrian B. for "Winning the War on Acne"
* First Place: News awarded to Adrian B. for "Fire from the Sky"
* First Place: Single Page Layout awarded to Adrian B. and Cameron J. for "Goal!"
* Second Place: Feature Writing awarded to John F. for "Floyd Batters Heights"
* Second Place: Two-Page Spread awarded to Carl C. for "Floyd: When Disaster Strikes".
* Second Place: Graphics awarded to Victoria B. for "Acne: Just Embarrassing".
* Second Place: Sports awarded to Phil C. for "Growing Up Orange and Black".
* Third Place: Single Page Layout awarded to Adrian B. for "Fire from the Sky".
* Honorable Mention: Feature Photo awarded to Jean L. for "Kid Rock Storms the Crowd".

In the Nation: American Scholastic Press Association

* First Place Overall Excellence (Third year in a row).
* First Place Outstanding Centerfold for "Acne Just
Embarrassing" graphic illustration by Victoria Bolognese and layout by Adrian B.
* First Place Outstanding Centerfold for "Floyd: When Disaster Strikes" graphic design by Carl C. and layout by Adrian B.

On April 14, 2000, the Hasbrouck Heights High School French Club moderated by Mr. Eggmann held its annual luncheon at La Maisonette Restaurant in the Pearl River Hilton.

Mr. Sayer's College Chemistry students visited Fairleigh Dickinson University to do a chemistry experiment utilizing the College laboratory environment. Mr. Stine's AP Statistics and AP Physics students have taken the Advanced Placement exams. His Honors Physics students are completing the study of electromagnetism utilizing generators and induced currents. Ms. Cassidy's U.S. History 1 classes are doing a mock trial of the impeachment of Andrew Johnson as a closing exercise for their unit on the Reconstruction Period. Students in U.S. History 2 are studying Leadership in the 60's. To enhance their knowledge, they will see the movie "JFK".
All seventh grade students had the opportunity to explore the flora and fauna of the Meadowlands when they visited the Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Center. This experience was made possible through a grant received from PSE&G by our district. Students in Mr. Carcich's and Mr. Bitetto's 6th grade science classes are learning how we are put together as they construct human skeletons. Students in Mr. Rispoli's 6th grade math classes are working on probability this month. Mrs. Stein attended a conference "Preventing School Violence" which was presented by New Jersey Association of School Administrators. In addition to having the moving experience of hearing Dr. J. Hammon, Superintendent of the Columbine School District. To continue our increasing use of technology in the classroom, Mr. Rispoli and Mrs. O'Hagan attended a 2 day conference on teaching with technology.

Leo B., a junior, became the first Singles Tennis Player in Hasbrouck Heights High School history to win the Bergen County Coaches tournament. In Girls Track on Saturday, May 13th, the girls track team won their third consecutive league championship at the B.C.S.L. League Meet held at Lyndhurst High School. The Baseball Team is currently 18-6 overall and in second place in their league. They have qualified for the State Tournament and are playing Glen Rock today in the State semi-finals.

Students in business law classes had two speakers in the field of law visit them. Hasbrouck Heights Police Chief Michael Colaneri spoke about laws in Hasbrouck Heights and an undercover policeman spoke about police undercover work. The class visited the Bergen County Court House and the Bergen County Jail.

Total Student Enrollment 785 as of May 30, 2000.


Euclid School

The Student Council held meetings on Thursday, April 13th and Thursday, May 11th. They were very busy ordering, sorting and delivering the items ordered from their Human-i-tees fund raiser. This was done in conjunction with the PTA, the profits were donated to the Beautification Committee.

Mrs. Pasquini, from the local VFW, visited the second, third and fourth grades on Thursday, April 13th and spoke about flag etiquette.

Third graders celebrated with the fifth annual International Feast on Wednesday, April 19th. This will be a culminating activity for our "Multicultural Unit", where students will bring in a dessert or appetizer from the country they reported on for the year.

Thank you to our PTA for the program presented on Wednesday, April 19th. Students were taught the basics of robot programming with the hands-on use of robots utilized during the assembly program. The concepts included robotic arms, body movements and synthesized voices.

Victor's presented a program to the third graders on Wednesday, May 3rd, introducing them to the different instruments that will be available to them next year, if they wish to join the band.
The third grades of Euclid School went on a field trip on Wednesday, April 12th, to the Imax Theater in Nyack, New York to view Disney's "Fantasia." They then walked to the Rain Forest Cafe (within the same mall) for a tour and lunch. Meghan Rose Machtemes, from Mrs. Cintron's class was the winner of the Rain Forest Poster Contest sponsored by the Rain Forest Cafe. Rosie and her family were treated to dinner at the cafe. Her poster will be placed in their showcase.

Karen Della Fave provided a CPR renewal program at the Franklin School gym on May 1st and 2nd. Staff members from the three schools participated in the event.

The PTA continued with their lunchtime reading program this month, for Kindergarten through Second Grade on Tuesday, April 11th. The children enjoyed this program. Thank you to Mrs. Pikowski and her volunteer readers for this month's program. Also, a big thank you to Dr. Eglow and Mrs. Edwinna Carroll for volunteering to read.

Kindergarten Orientation took place on Thursday, May 4th. Mrs. Pantaleone welcomed the parents and future students. She spoke about the curriculum and special events throughout the year. Our new kindergartners took a tour of the school. The children enjoyed their visit and are looking forward to the new school year.
Buddy, a hearing companion dog, visited Euclid School on Thursday, April 13th. He and his trainer Debbie Schaser, demonstrated the many ways that hearing dogs help those who are hearing impaired.

Fifth grade students enjoyed this hands on program on Friday, May 12th, that taught them how to read and utilize a map. Mrs. Jane Jones presented the program, from the American Automobile Association.

The current enrollment at Euclid School is 330.



Lincoln School

On May 14th, our third graders had the opportunity to visit the IMAX Theater in Palisade Mall in addition to enjoying the wonderful experience of eating lunch at the Rain forest Cafe. This was a very enjoyable trip for the children as they were able to learn more about the world of dinosaurs through the IMAX Theater 3D movie.

As part of the grant funded program "Reading Across the Sounds of Silence", Mrs. McClean arranged to have representatives from Heightened Independence and Progress (HIP) present an assembly program to our fourth and fifth graders on April 18th. HIP is a center for independent living for people with disabilities.

The Lincoln School Annual Art Happening took place on April 13, 14, and 15. Mrs. Beer engaged the K-5 children in many wonderful projects.

Lincoln School collected $6,843.67 for the American Heart Association.

The Jump Rope Demonstration Team had the wonderful opportunity of visiting the Bleshman School in Paramus on May 3rd.

On May 3rd, representatives for Victor's House of Music visited Lincoln school to do a short assembly program for our third graders.

During the week of May 15th, Lincoln School kindergarten teachers administered the Gesell Developmental Readiness Test to 44 registered students for next year's kindergarten class.

On April 11th, members of the district's professional development committee attended an orientation session on the implementation of the professional development standards at Bergen County Technical School in Hackensack. In attendance were Mrs. Schoen, Mr. O'Hare, Mrs. Kathryn DiGuglielmo, Mrs. Melissa Rad, Mrs Lora Geftic and Mrs. Jane Gay. The teachers selected for the committee are representatives of Lincoln, Euclid, the middle level and the high school. This session was very informational and the committee looks forward to sharing the many interesting aspects of this 5 year/100 hour mandate.

On Monday, April 10th, 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. The teachers were asked to dialogue about the strengths and weaknesses of the curriculum in place, determine future needs and write down their conclusions. This was the first of some very productive meetings on our reading curriculum.

On May 12th, members of the Hasbrouck Heights community, faculties and staff from all of our district's schools were invited to Lincoln School for the planting of a tree in memory of Mrs. Cheryl Terlemezian. A tree was planted in her memory

The enrollment for Lincoln School as of May 15, 2000 is 354.

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