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



Junior-Senior High School

The summer months proved to be very productive for a number of our staff members. They participated in The Summer Institute where they worked on Scoping and Sequencing the Curriculum for Social Studies and Work Place Readiness.

Teachers in both the English and World Languages Departments have begun the process of reviewing, analyzing and compiling information for making budget requests for the 2000-2001 school year.

All students are in the process of being tested and evaluated on the books they read this summer.

The kick-off for Mrs. Geftic's English 12 came in the form of a Power Point presentation for English 12 students. They were treated to an overview of the course of studies ranging from the reading of the epic Gilgamesh and the study of Homer's Odyssey to acting out the Shakespeare's Hamlet and studying the heart-wrenching diary of David Sierakowisk.

Mrs. Geftic and Mr. Pankiewicz are please to report that in the summer 2000 Journalism Contest sponsored by the Garden State Scholastic Press Associate, the Pilot's Log took top honors. From over 300 entries and 12 categories, the Pilot's Log placed first 6 times including the best newspaper in the State of New Jersey, Division C. The winners are:

First Place: News Writing Adrian B.-"Fire in the Sky" First Place: In-Depth Reporting Adrian B., Justin M., Kristen M., Duke D.- "Winning the War Against Acne" First Place: Artwork/Illustration- Vicky B.- "Fifty Years and Counting" Second Place: Art Work/Illustration- Carl C.- "Thieves in Cyberspace" First Place: Editorial Cartooning- Dennis D.- "Not such happy days" Third Place: Editorial Cartooning- Dennis D.: "Clean and sanitary...not here" First Place: Layout and Design- Adrian B. and Cameron J.- Cover 1950s Issue FIRST PLACE: OVERALL EXCELLENCE- The Staff of the Pilot's Log

In addition to these awards, the Pilot's Log has also obtained top honors in the National Scholastic Press Association Contest.

Students in all Physics courses will have expanded curriculum and lab experiences due to the introduction of double period laboratory time in their schedules.

Many meetings are scheduled which will give parents opportunities to express ideas and ask questions concerning the Middle Level Program. Starting in October, parents can also meet with Mrs. Stein from 7:00 to 7:30 pm before the PTSA Executive Board meetings. The sixth grade reception was hosted by the PTSA on September 15th.

The extra-curricular programs in the Middle Level have begun. Under the guidance of Mr. Sicilian and Mr. Stillman, Middle Level Student Council elections will be held soon. Mrs. Caputo will be advising the Student Activities committee. Her committee has already initiated plans for several dances. Mrs. Wallace has begun the production of the Middle Level Newspaper. The Renaissance Club activities, under the guidance of Mr. Carcich and Mr. Cassiere, will soon be started with a new focus on space exploration, aviation, and U.S. history and government. Mrs. Schneeweiss, High School and Middle Level Drama director has begun sign-ups for the Middle Level play. Mrs. Toy will be starting meetings for the Middle Level Environmental Club. Middle Level students are meeting daily after school to practice tennis and several inter-school meets have been scheduled. The Middle Level Art Club under the direction of Mrs. Reed will be getting underway.

The Fall Athletic Program got underway on Friday the 15th, with the Football Team recording a 8 - 0 win over Secaucus. The Girls Tennis, Boys Soccer, and the Girls Soccer Teams each recorded two wins in last week's opening week of play. The Cross-Country Team opens their season today as they travel to Becton Regional High School.

What's new in the HS Art Department this year? Digital Photography!! Our Digital Photography classes are operational, running periods five and six. Office Systems Technology is off and running for the school year 2000/01.

All the major schedule changes were completed during the week prior to the opening of school and during the first week of the new school year. The department continued to make changes in schedules which presently totals 245.

Counseling assignments for the 2000-2001 school year will be as follows:

Ms. Romano - Students grades 9 through 12 whose last names start with the letter A through L. Mrs. Stevenson - Students in grade 9 through 12 whose last names start with the letter M through Z. Mr. Grimaldi - Students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Mr. Balestrieri - All students in Euclid and Lincoln schools.

High School counselors will be meeting with seniors, through their English classes, to review the College Admission Process. College calendars and magazines are being distributed to all seniors.

Open Houses and Scholarships have been listed and posted in guidance. College Visits, Open Houses and Scholarships are updated and posted weekly in the Guidance Department. Ms. Romano is coordinating college tours with All Aboard Tour Company. When the Media Center is available we will once again use that facility for posting. Preparations are presently being arranged for the administration of the PSAT's on Saturday, October 21, 2000.

Enrollment for grades 6-8 is - 375 Enrollment for grades 9-12 is - 409

A successful fire drill was held on September 14, 2000.


Euclid School

Euclid School welcomed the opening of the 2000-01 school year, show casing our new wing. Many, many thanks, once again, to Mr. Voelker, Mr. Raymond and Pat Mucha (their high school helper) who had the school looking brand new.

Dr. Stepura held the Orientation Staff Meeting for Mr. McGovern on September 8th in which he introduced new staff members and addressed the items in the Opening Day Packet

School Colors Day was held on Friday, September 18th, the Euclid students and staff proudly displayed their black and orange.

The Euclid School PTA held its first executive board meeting on Tuesday, September 12th. Attendance for this meeting was overwhelming! The PTA held a "Meet the Principal" reception to introduce Mr. McGovern. President Art Suriano, several Board of Education Members and I were present and spoke on the new building addition. Mr. McGovern gave any interested parents a sneak preview of the new wing classrooms.

Many thanks go to Pat Carlin for her hard work throughout the summer.

Mr. Michael Sickels is this year's safety patrol advisor.

On September 11th, after a brief welcome by Mr. McGovern, introducing himself, Mrs. Della Fave and Mr. Balestrieri, they spoke to new Kindergarten parents. Parents gave positive feedback and are looking forward to the 2000-01 school year.

I held a faculty meeting on Monday, September 18th, on the agenda were the following items: Special Ed scheduling conflicts, Schedules, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Back to School Night, Curriculum Monday, Enrichment Program, and Building Safety.

A fire drill was held on Monday, September 18, 2000

The current enrollment at Euclid School is 333.



Lincoln School

Lincoln School opened with 333 students on September 11, 2000.

During the first day of school, Mrs. Schoen had the opportunity to visit all the classrooms and welcome the children Back to School.

A welcome tea for kindergarten and new parents was conducted on Monday, September 11, 2000. Parents were informed about school and district policies and procedures as well as the full day kindergarten.

A meeting with our fifth grade Safety Patrol was held on Monday, September 11. Mr. Dean Hoskin, Miss Kathryn Kalisch (Safety Patrol Advisors) and Mrs. Schoen were in attendance.

On September 19th children in grades K-5 had the opportunity to listen to a wonderful assembly program provided by our Lincoln School PTA. Mrs. Paula Davidoff is a professional storyteller and seemed to really enjoy her craft. Children in grades K-2 listened to Folk tales from Around the World and children in grades 3-5 were mesmerized by stories told about Gods and Mythology.

The first regular monthly meeting of the Lincoln School PTA was held on Tuesday evening, September 13th. The regular meeting began promptly at 7:30 p.m.

I was in attendance for the meeting and spoke abut how the Hasbrouck Heights School District is a progressive one. Mention was made to the two Summer Institutes held in the areas of Work Place Readiness/Technology and Social Studies as a result of a $152,000 grant. I also spoke of the wonderful facilities in the district as a result of an approved referendum three years ago.

A special thanks is in order for Mrs. June Raymond. Mrs. Raymond is to be congratulated for all her hard work this summer. Congratulations to the Lincoln School teachers for a wonderful opening day! Six Lincoln School teachers worked with many other district personnel to formulate an extensive and well written Social Studies and Work Place Readiness curriculum for the district.

Fire Drills for students occurred on September 13, 2000 and September 21, 2000.

The enrollment for Lincoln School as of September 21, 2000 is 332.

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