HASBROUCK HEIGHTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS Superintendent's Report May 28, 1998
Junior-Senior High School
The HHHS chapter of the National Honor Society held its induction ceremony Thursday evening May 8, 1998. Fourteen new members were inducted in recognition of their outstanding achievements in scholarship, service, leadership and character.
Sophomore Mike K. is a Bergen County winner in the PTA Cultural Arts contest. His essay on the theme "It Could Happen" will now move on to judging on the state level.
Mrs. Schneeweiss' Communications classes are currently analyzing directors, genres and special effects in a film study unit. Mrs. Czekaj's Shakespeare Honors class recently presented scenes from Twelfth Night to Mr. Sicilian's 7th period class of eighth graders. Mrs. Bucceri's U.S. 2 classes are concluding their study of the 1960's by viewing the movie JFK. In Mrs. Reed's Painting 1 class the students have completed their Surrealism painting where they created a painting full of hidden meanings and dreams. Students then began and finished work on a still-life. The students in photography class have created a collage using juxtaposition of images.
On April 2nd, the Sixth Grade Class saw a student production of Into the Woods at Jersey City State College. The play reinforced the 6th grade Literature curriculum. Mrs. Wallace's sixth grade Literature students have recently published some of their poems on the Internet as part of an international organization called KidsPub.
On April 22nd, in celebration of Earth Day, the seventh grade took their annual walk to Woodland Park to clean up the park.
The Seventh grade environmental trip (camping) was fantastic. We departed Heights at 9 AM with 90 very excited seventh graders. We returned with 90 very tired, but much wiser, children who had survived hiking, forest survival, challenge courses, nature lectures, boating, crafts, and many other new experiences. Thanks go to our chaperones Mrs. Rowland, Mr. Carcich, Ms. Sugarman, Mr. Scuilla, Mr. Van Dam, Mr. Stillman, Mr. Toy, Mr. Curci, Mr. Clark, Mr. DelCalzo, Mr. Brady, Mr. Walsh, Mrs. Sheridan, and our nurses, Mrs. Desimone, Mrs. Gagliardi, Mrs. Brady, and Mrs. Dommenge. Special thanks to Mrs. Reed for providing a Nature Arts experience for the students and to Mrs. Toy and Mrs. Caputo for the extensive planning for the trip and for recording all the fun on film.
Michael C., a junior, is the winner of the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award presented by the University of Rochester. Michael will now be eligible for a minimum scholarship award of $24,000 over four years at the University.
Dan G., a junior, is the winner of the Xerox Award for outstanding achievement in the humanities and social services. He will also be eligible for a $24,000 scholarship at the University of Rochester.
Twelve seniors in the graduating Class of 1998 will be honored for the achievements at the Twelfth Annual Honor Scholars Recognition and Awards Dinner sponsored by Euclid Lodge #136 of Free and Accepted Masons. The dinner will be held on June 5, 1998 beginning at 5:30 P.M.
Students in Second Grade enjoyed a safety program sponsored by Hackensack Medical Center. The highlight of this program was a visit from a 6 foot kangaroo (special thanks to Mrs. Rubin for volunteering to wear the costume) which visited our students during this program. Fifth grade students enjoyed the annual trip to Great Adventure sponsored by the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department. This trip is in recognition of the students' participation as safety patrol helpers throughout the school year.
Euclid School PTA honored its teachers and staff with special treats and a luncheon hosted by the Euclid School PTA during the week of May 4th.
School Colors Day was held on Friday, May 8th. Staff and students proudly wore their black and gold colors.
The gifted and talented program has completed their aviation projects with all of their hands-on work displayed for a week at the Borough Hall.
Many thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Clark (4th grade parents at Euclid) for donating many colorful and informative Science books to be used by all fourth grade classes. A metric scale was also donated.
On May 14th, the fifth grade took a class trip to the Tenafly Nature Center. The students took part in a series of hands-on activities which cover one cell organisms, wildlife and environmental issues.
The current enrollment at Euclid School is 313 students. The number of students registered for kindergarten, 1998 is 44.
Congratulations to Christina A. (5th Grade-Ms. Kalisch) for being selected as a winner in the Shopper News "Design an Ad" contest!
This year's D.A.R.E. Culmination Program was held on Tuesday evening, May 5th at the Kiefer Auditorium. Fifth graders from both end schools joined together to show their commitment to remain "drug free". The students read essays on this topic. A special note of thanks to: Assemblywoman Heck, Chief Werner, Detective Castiglione, Detective Colaneri, Mrs. Cerasuolo, Mr. Dolan, Miss Kalisch, Mrs. LaTorre, Mrs. Pagano and Miss Vistosky.
The students are enjoying viewing the worm compost which is being shared by all the grades. This has been made available to them through the grant awarded to the Hasbrouck Heights Elementary Schools through the Bergen County Utilities Authority.
The first graders have been learning about the helpers in our community with visits by Mayor Torre, Fire Chief Greco and Dr. Stepura, Superintendent of Schools.
The Seventh Annual PTA Science Exchange was held on Tuesday evening, April 28th. Parents, teachers, students and board members enjoyed seeing and handling 146 different projects displayed by approximately 167 students. Throughout the week of May 4th, the PTA honored Lincoln's teaching staff with mementos, treats and a wonderful luncheon. Lincoln's support staff also was recognized.
Lincoln PTA's "Family Fun Night" was held on Wednesday, May 6 at The Rink in Montvale. All families who are PTA members were able to skate free-of-charge and receive pizza and soda, also at no charge.
Thursday, June 18 - Fifth Grade Promotion Exercise (10:30 a.m./Gym)A Parent Committee has been organized to plan for the fifth grade promotion and party scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 1998.
The enrollment for Lincoln School as of May 18 is 368. The number of students registered for kindergarten 1998 including retentions is 55.