HASBROUCK HEIGHTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS Superintendent's Report May 24, 1999
Junior-Senior High School
This school year has seen continuing growth in the area of academic achievement. Many individual awards have been attained by our students throughout the school year. A good number of students have also been involved in our advanced placement testing program, taking these tests for college credit. Our main focus at this time of the year is matching students with appropriate courses, and insuring that the number and selection of courses will be adequate to meet student needs and interest.
Ms. Schneeweisss classes are making plans for a year long video project between the class of 2000 and the class of 1950. Ms. Schneeweisss Junior Honors English class completed their study of Gullivers Travels and is beginning the appreciation of the Romantic Poets, including Keats, Byron, and Shelley.
At the May 21st Teen Arts Festival at Bergen Community College, HHHS students participated in Theater, Dance, Vocal Music, Arts and Creative Writing exercises for critiques by professionals in the respective fields. The Yearbook staff for the Class of 2000 has been selected and are already hard at work.
The American Scholastic Press Association gave First Place national honors for excellence in journalism to Michael C., Steven S., the staff, and advisors Lora Geftic and Gary Pankiewicz of the Pilots Log The last two issues of the Pilots Log are currently being worked on.
The Senior directed play was performed on May 20. Directors Rob C. and Christine L.
Ms. Mikulka announces that there are now 2 computers in the school library with internet access.
Mr. Stines Honors Physics class is studying electromagnetic induction. Students in Mr. Stines CADD classes received their final project for the year requiring them to draw an oblique view of the schools exterior to scale.
Ms. Cassidys US I classes are studying the period surrounding the Civil War. Her WH students are delving into exploration, absolute monarchies, and the Enlightenment. Ms. Korkgys WH classes are discussing feudalism and its decline in Europe as well as the power struggles between Pope and Monarch. State Senator Lou Kosco addressed Ms. Cassidys US I Honors class.
The annual Holocaust Remembrance assembly was held early this month. The guest speaker, Mr. Leo Lowy, was a survivor of Terezin Ghetto and Auschwitz.
To encourage reading and the reflection on read material, Mrs. Wallace met with the school system librarians, the town librarian, Mrs. Schoen and Mrs. Stein to revise the summer reading list for incoming grade 6 students. The letter and list to students will be distributed to the elementary schools for subsequent distribution to students.
Mr. Carcich and Mr. Metelski, 6th grade science teachers, accompanied their science class to Allied Signal in Teterboro. The students and teachers had the opportunity to view the production of many technical parts of the space shuttle and station.
Ms. Jennifer Galfy, 7th grade Science and English teacher, Ms. Lisa Sugarman, Middle Level teacher, and Sgt. Jack DeLorenzo attended the first of a series of training sessions for the new Peer Leaders Club advisors.
On Monday, May 10th, the Girls Track Team won their third consecutive league championship while going undefeated in dual meets with a record of 8 - 0. The Boys Tennis Team clinched their league championship on Monday, May 10th, by defeating Becton Regional 5 - 0.
Students in Ms. Reeds Graphics II classes have created CD covers and are working on original typefaces. Students in Mr. Masuccis shop classes are learning to use a chisel. Painting I classes are studying surrealism and impressionism and the works of Monet, Manet, and Renoir. Photography students are learning framing techniques.
Christine L. received the Caring Award from the Bergen County Professional Counselors Association.
Nurses will attend the May meeting of the Bergen County School Nurses' Association. The educational component will be AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATION.
Successful fire drills were held on April 21,
1999 and May 12, 1999.
The fourth grade classes at Euclid started the ESPA (Elementary School Proficiency Assessment) Testing during the week of May 3rd. The third grades of Euclid School went on a field trip to the IMAX Theatre in Nyack, New York to view a movie on the Solar System. They then walked to the Rain Forest Cafe (within the same mall) for a tour and lunch. They returned to the Imax Theatre for a 3D movie on dinosaurs.
Fifth grade students from Euclid School participated in the culmination of the D.A.R.E. program on April 15th at the Kiefer Auditorium.
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 3rd. Bravo to our super staff for a job well done!
Kindergarten Orientation took place on Wednesday, May 5th. Mrs. Lambe and Mrs. Pantaleone welcomed the parents and future students. They spoke briefly about the curriculum and special events throughout the year.
Each spring the 5th graders at Euclid School participate in a scoliosis screening, as part of the comprehensive health program here in Hasbrouck Heights. This year, Dr. Mark Del Calzo, assisted Mrs. Della Fave, in preparing the students for this screening program.
On Wednesday, March 12th, the students in 2nd and 3rd grades attended a "Kids on the Block" Puppet show which taught them important information about their friends who may be visually or physically impaired.
Thank you, once again to Mrs. Romano, of our PTA, for the program on Friday, May 14th, "Hip Pickles". Three musicians emphasized the importance of teamwork and personal success using percussion (African drums & air drums) highlighted with song and dance, using student volunteers.
The current enrollment at Euclid School is 326.
Congratulations to Lincoln School's (5th Grade) Newspaper Club under the guidance of Ms. Kathryn Kalisch and Mrs. Mary Ann Pagano. The 1999 edition of the Leopard times will be published soon.
Congratulations to Lincoln School's Stock Market Club under the direction of Mrs. Lynne McGreevy.
Fifth grade safety patrol members enjoyed a great day viewing a 2D film entitled "Back to Africa" at the IMAX Theatre in the Palisades Center in West Nyack. Following the film, the children enjoyed fun, games, the "Mad Scientist" and great food at Woodland Park.
On May 5th, Assemblywoman Heck visited Lincoln School and shared the fun Dome Game with our fourth graders in the Lincoln School gym.
On April 20th, Officer Jim Cava, a Retired Naval Petty Officer, presented our children in grades K-5 with a very patriotic assembly program.
The Jump Rope Demonstration Team had the wonderful opportunity of visiting the Forum School in Waldwick on May 5th. Lincoln School raised $5,324.00 for the American Heart Association this year. Congratulations to Mr. Hoskin, all of our teachers, parents and (of course!) our Lincoln School students for a super job!
April 23rd served as Lincoln School's Monthly Bank Day. A representative from the Trust Company bank arrived at Lincoln School to record the numerous deposits made by students that had opened a passbook savings account the month before. New accounts were also opened on April 23rd an those students received their personal passbook and a slinky.
Lincoln School faculty and staff enjoyed a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week thanks to our wonderful Lincoln School PTA. The teachers received many items throughout the week by our generous PTA to include seeds, flowers, and a faculty room fruit display.
Fire Drill for students occurred on May 11, and May 21. All students and staff members exited the school building safely.
The enrollment for Lincoln School as of May 15, is 367.