HASBROUCK HEIGHTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS Superintendent's Report September 24, 1998
Junior-Senior High School
The 1998-99 school year has gotten off to a very positive start. Our new staff, both teachers and administrators, have moved right into their assignments like seasoned veterans and our academic programs are well underway and on the right track. Our curriculum will see the addition of a new course, CWA, Contemporary World Affairs, taught by the principal Mr. O'Hare.
Mrs. Geftic's Journalism class has 3 students working as interns at the Observer. They are producing news articles on the high school and on high school sports and they are also involved in updating and modernizing the layout of the paper.
Mrs. Geftic received Special Recognition from the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund as its 1998 Advisor of the Year.
Mrs. Stevenson spoke to the seniors taking Advanced Placement English concerning the college application process and the impression that taking Advanced Placement courses makes on college admissions counselors.
Ms. Geftic's classes are utilizing the internet to do research on Journalism and Anglo Saxon. They are also learning how to use some of the various search engines that are available.
All seniors taking Advanced Placement English were offered the opportunity of participating in the "Voice of Democracy Essay Contest."
The Marching Band will be participating in a competition on September 27 at Port Chester, New York in a US Scholastic Band Association sponsored event.
Mr. Meyer's 9th grade classes are studying Animal Farm, A Separate Peace, and The Miracle Worker.
A Middle Level Parent-Student handbook, which is a combination handbook, assignment pad and study skills guide, was distributed to every student during the first week of school.
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.
Three major activities which eased the transition of the 6th graders to the Middle Level were the Discovery Game, a Guidance Orientation, and the grade level reception.
An orientation was conducted by Mrs. Alves, Middle Level Guidance Counselor. Mrs. Alves discussed our guidance program, the importance of study, and the importance of organizational skills with all students in their social studies classes.
Sixth grade parents can expect to see much work centering around space travel. Seventh Grade parents can expect our judicial and court systems to be the topic of many conversations, studies, and projects. In reflection of the high demand in the work world for professionals with expert communication skills, eighth graders will be concentrating much of their work on the various means of communication.
To begin cross-curriculum studies for the year, the sixth grade students are heightening their knowledge base in Literature, Social Studies and Communications through studies of "locations in the world." The Academic Cycle classes (new this year) are providing enrichment activities in all Core areas.
On September 1, Labor Day, the entire Hasbrouck Heights Football Team attended the annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon at the Hasbrouck Heights V.F.W. Hall. As a team they donated $360.00 and took telephone calls in between football practice sessions.
By all indications Euclid School had a very smooth opening to the 1998-1999 school year.
The first Friday of each month holds the theme, "School Colors Day." On Friday, September 4, the Euclid students proudly displayed their black and gold.
The Euclid School PTA held its first executive board meeting on Tuesday, September 8th. Attendance for this meeting was terrific! Agenda items discussed were: the upcoming gift wrap sale, Town Day, Book Fair and the annual Halloween Monster Mash. Mr. Donnelly welcomed parents back to Euclid School and spoke about the new, up and coming school year.
The Safety Patrol advisors, Mrs. Melissa Rad and Mrs. Mucha, have this year's safety patrol guards in tip top shape.
Ms. Carron Moroney, our new Instrumental Music Instructor introduced fourth and fifth grade students to different instruments along with outlining this year's instrumental music program.
On September 10, after a brief welcome by Mr. Donnelly, Mrs. Lambe and Mrs. Pantaleone conducted a curriculum meeting with parents.
The current enrollment at Euclid School is 316
Back to School Night was held on Tuesday evening, September 22, 1998. The program was conducted in the Lincoln gym beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The first regular monthly meeting of the Lincoln School PTA was held on Tuesday evening, September 8. Parents had the opportunity to arrive 45 minutes before the meeting time at 7:30 p.m. to meet the principal. Committee reports were presented. Programs and activities for the school year were discussed. The involvement of staff members in the Summer Institute a Felician College was emphasized. In addition, the importance of active articulation of activities and programs between the Lincoln and Euclid School was stressed as a #1 priority for the school year.
A special thanks is in order for Mrs. June Raymond. Mrs. Raymond is to be congratulated for all her hard work this summer.
A fire drill for students occurred on September 9, 1998. All students and staff members exited the school building safely.
The enrollment for Lincoln School as of September 17, 1998 is 368.
Upcoming Events Tuesday, September 22- Back to School Night (7:30 pm/Gym) Saturday, October 10 - Town Day (Woodland Park)