Electronic Newsletter #31 - May 14, 2013
School 5 LMTI members have been volunteering their time in the morning to tutor their peers in math. These LMTI students, part of Ms. Clemons’ Advanced Math Class, are helping their peers who have expressed an interest in improving their math skills. Tutor/LMTI member Destiny Colmenares said that she feels tutoring her peers makes her feel proud and that she enjoys helping others to become better students.
Ms. McLee’s transitional kindergarten class at Washington School 2 followed the butterfly’s life cycle over the course of one month. The butterflies were delivered in the caterpillar stage. They ate and grew quickly forming into pupas, also known as chrysalis, and then butterflies. The students were very excited when they were able to release the butterflies.
Martin Luther King Jr. School 6 faculty and staff joined parents and families of the school’s autistic children to Walk for a Difference in early May. The event was held at Clifton Stadium and featured a free carnival for all….Additionally, the school held a successful Tricky Tray on May 2 to celebrate family/school/community connections.
Students at School 17 in Ms. Dana Pergola and Ms. Maria Donayre’s prekindergarten class (below) have been enjoying the spring-like temperatures by moving their classroom outdoors. Students, as well as teachers, have been tremendously enjoying activities in the outdoor classroom.
Passaic High School students are preparing for the Third Annual Walk-A-Thon for Obesity Awareness and Exercise Promotion which will be held tomorrow at 2:45 p.m. at Boverini Stadium. The Walk-a-Thon is open to all students and faculty.
Grant School 7 students received a two-part series of workshops by School Social Worker Jessica Espino in April. The goal of this series was to decrease the sense of shame that children have been expressing due to the composition of their families. For the first in-class lesson of the series, the children engaged in activities to explore the numerous different types of families (e.g., single-parent families, blended families, adoptive families, etc.). The children were read the book Who’s in a Family? while Ms. Espino facilitated discussions throughout. The children also engaged in a True/False game to reinforce these different types of families with the main goal of validating the fact that all families are special and important. The second part of the series also utilized bibliotherapy to stimulate conversations about the ways in which families change (e.g., divorce, death, new baby, marriage, moving, etc). This lesson’s main goal was to normalize the idea that families are continuously changing and to provide ways in which the children could cope with the stress that may arise from these significant life changes.
Electronic Newsletter #30 - May 7, 2013
School 5 recently launched a Math Parent/Student After-School Program on April 22nd. Headed by Math Coach Claudia Morales, the program’s main objective is to unite parents and students in learning math strategies and improving the students’ mathematical thinking skills. The program will run for ten sessions; one mathematical topic will be covered per session. Topics include Exponents, Geometry, Fractions/Decimals/Percents, Open-Ended Response, and Algebra Concepts/ Skills. At the end of the ten sessions, those students and parents who have participated in five or more classes will receive special recognition at a pizza and ice cream party.
In addition, there was a Mathematical Parents’ Workshop in April where the parents learned about the Standards of Mathematical Practices. Math Coach Morales guided the parents through each of the eight mathematical practices and offered parent-friendly activities for each practice so they could help their children think more like mathematicians while at home.
Electronic Newsletter #29 - April 30, 2013
Students at School 17 were excited about the assortment of books offered at the recent Book Fair. There was an amazing selection for the children, as well as books of interest to parents. Some parents donated books to their children’s classroom library. The Book Fair was a great way to get everyone excited about reading.
Aside from raising funds for the cause, the whole school participated in a community project to raise awareness. Placed in front of the school was a mural of an empty light bulb with the quote Working together to make a difference, one piece at a time. At the April faculty meeting, each classroom teacher was given a puzzle piece and asked to create an Autism Awareness lesson for their class to participate in this cause. Teachers were provided with some materials and given the opportunity to teach their students about Autism any way they chose.
At the end of each lesson, teachers were encouraged to decorate their puzzle piece with their class, signifying a pledge or agreement to raise awareness. As each class participated in the lesson, the puzzle pieces were placed in the light bulb. Each piece was unique and different, much like each person with Autism is unique and different. Before the end of the month, the light bulb was completed and the decorative mural in front of the school represented that each person at Daniel F. Ryan School 19 was aware, respectful, and willing to support the cause.
Electronic Newsletter #28 - April 23, 2013
Ms. Reilly’s sixth-grade science class at Mario Drago School 3 created group projects of the human body including the digestive, circulatory, muscular, skeletal, and respiratory systems. Each sixth grader had specific roles and responsibilities in the groups that were chosen randomly. Ms. Reilly also provided students with a question list to make sure that all main things were covered in each system. Through a positive attitude and directive effort, students completed the challenging project.
William B. Cruise School 11 students in Mr. Caraballo’s class visited ShopRite and were instructed step by step on how to make Easter eggs. They were also taught how to make a quick and nutritious lunch. In addition, students learned how to pack groceries and helped out for a short period of time. It was a great experience for the class.
Passaic High School has been posting upcoming summer programs for pre-college students in the daily bulletin. NJIT School of Architecture is holding an overnight or weeklong session for those interested… UMDNJ of Newark is hosting a Summer Youth Scholars Program for any sophomore or junior student from an economically disadvantaged community with a 3.0 GPA. Sponsored by the Hispanic Center through the New Jersey Medical School/Office for Diversity and Community Engagement, this summer program runs for six weeks.
Additionally, high school students in need of extra academic help are being offered after-school homework help Tuesday through Friday, as well as tutoring from FAST students. Those in need of academic assistance should look into these programs.
Electronic Newsletter #27 - April 9, 2013
Martin Luther King Jr. School 6’s Early Childhood Wing had 37 families participate in making Easter baskets and crafts on March 27th. The children enjoyed a visit from the bunny as they dyed eggs, made cards with stamps, and participated in a Spring Easter Egg Hunt. Families and staff, along with Parent Liaison Rosa Espejo, volunteered their time and efforts.
Students in Elaine Fernandez’s class at Grant School 7 worked on painting paper cups with their choice of paint to make Easter baskets for the class egg hunt. Once their baskets dried, the children used pipe cleaners to make the handles. They were very proud of their individual baskets.
School 5 LMTI students have been very busy volunteering time to tutor their peers in math every morning. The students, who are part of Ms. Clemons’ advanced math class, are helping others who have expressed an interest in improving their math skills. Additionally, LMTI members worked hard at organizing and collecting items for the Salvation Army Food Drive. LMTI students deserve praise for all of their volunteer efforts throughout the year.
Roosevelt School 10 Art Teacher Ishak Meggali began his mural on the back drop of the school’s auditorium stage on December 14th. His vision was to leave behind a happy place for students, parents, and the community. That afternoon everyone learned of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. As a school community, Roosevelt School 10 felt it was important to dedicate the mural to the fallen angels of Newtown, Connecticut. A framed canvas print of the mural was sent to Sandy Hook Elementary with the hopes that it will brighten their wall and connect them to the children and staff at Roosevelt School 10.
Electronic Newsletter #25 - March 26, 2013
On March 11th, Mario Drago School 3 opened its Parent Resource Room. The idea of a Parent Resource Room came to light when Dr. Krenicki generously purchased books for all parent liaisons to have a library. The books were such a good idea that School 3 wanted to take it a step further. Principal Lucianin also found a room that could be converted to the Parent Resource Room. Parent Liaison Jenesee Fernandez thanks all involved in making this happen. Parents were thrilled at the amount of books for the children.
Grant School 7 students enjoyed reading and Seussical fun beginning March 1. They held a Read-a-thon after the school day ended where students wore pajamas, and parents enjoyed reading to their children. Ms. Marisol Rodriguez, graduate of PHS and author of The Princess and the Chocolate Castle, read her book to the children. Students and parents also enjoyed quality time together with various activities. Vilma Camacho designed and baked a Dr. Seuss cake for all. Family fun continued on March 19 with the Great Family Book Swap and Family Movie Night tonight from 5-7 p.m.
Lincoln Middle School celebrated its first LMS art gallery in February. Students created artwork covering a number of different genres and themes and displayed the works of art throughout the school for parents, community members, and their peers. This gallery will be repeated again in June to celebrate students’ work from the second half of the school year. Creative works were displayed from students in Mr. Wozny, Ms. Stroinksi, Ms. Navedo, and Ms. DiCristo’s classes.
During the evening, patrons of the art gallery were treated to selections provided by the LMS award winning band and chorus. The Strings Department made their public debut as well. Mr. Place, Mrs. Pagorek, and Mrs. Elder worked with students to put together the accompaniment pieces which created a wonderful atmosphere for the evening’s festivities.
Electronic Newsletter #24 - March 19, 2013
Prekindergartners in Ms. Dorothy Sharo’s class at Grant School 7 recently created a snack for their peers. The class has been focusing on the topic of feelings and ended the unit with a “happy smile snack.” They used apple wedges, sunflower butter, and yogurt covered raisins to create a smile.
Electronic Newsletter #23 - March 12, 2013
Bilingual kindergarten students in Ms. Salinas’ School 16 class have been exploring objects that can be made from paper. They created a papier-mache heart using a wheat paste to mold strips of newspaper over a heart-shaped balloon. They used this technique to change the paper from flexible to stiff and strong so that it would keep the heart shape. After it hardened, students popped the balloon and pulled it out of the mold; they cut circle holes and attached a small milk carton as the basket for the hot air balloon. The three-dimension science project taught students many things, as well as recognizing that paper has many observable properties.
Ms. Kathleen Ellison’s Mario Drago School 3 prekindergarten class read and celebrated the story The 100th Day of School. They also split the class into four groups where the children worked together to count 100 Cheerios and glue them to a numbered chart.
Washington School 2 PTO held a workshop on Women and Heart Health on March 1. The workshop was presented by St. Joseph’s Healthcare System. Ms. Angela Harris, Manager of Community Outreach, and Ms. Connie Castaneda, R.N., spoke on the importance of keeping your heart healthy with proper eating and exercise.
Ms. Niki Clemons, advisor of LMTI at School 5, helped students with the Pennies for Patients Program during February. The students and staff generously donated $2,612.98 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Electronic Newsletter #21 - March 5, 2013
Mario Drago School 3 kicked off 2013 with the Positive Behavior Supports in Schools (PBSIS) assembly in January. The students celebrated behaving “Respectful, Responsible, and Ready,” the PBSIS behavioral expectations. Laser Mania treated students and staff to an outstanding laser light show using the school theme of Aspiring Higher. Laser Mania used an assortment of current and recent pop/rock music and corresponding laser animation and imagery. Two sixth-grade students from Ms. Obeso’s class dressed up as tigers, the school mascots. They welcomed and cheered students on during the assembly.
Mario Drago students also participated in a Black History Month celebration at the Board of Education meeting on February 25th. Under the direction of Mrs. Hopkins, fifth and sixth-grade students presented the history of Negro Spirituals. Jada Aranceta narrated while Briana Castillo, Rachell Hiraldo, and Amber Roberts performed a dance to Wade in the Water.
Over at Washington School 2, Ms. McLee’s kindergartners had to estimate the number of jelly beans in two jars. Jayden Bello guessed both jars correctly with 30 in A and 90 in B jar while Ashley Geraldino was off by one on jar B.
Music Teacher Mr. Michael led School 5 students in the African-American Assembly in late February. Additionally, student Tykeim Barrett gave a rendition of Chuck Berry’s music, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Washington School 2 held a reading workshop for all parents on Friday, February 22nd. Literacy Coach Diane Salvatori spoke on the importance of reading and discussing stories with children, as well as the benefits of visiting the library. Parent Liaison Nancy Rivera spoke on the Read-a-Thon sponsored by the EAP.
Electronic Newsletter #21 - February 26, 2013
Students have been learning about dental health at School #16. Children in Ms. Buttler's prekindergarten class did an experiment to identify healthy and unhealthy foods. They discussed crunchy, chewy, and sticky foods and played a game called Guess Whose Smile.” Students in Ms. Rendon's bilingual kindergarten watched a dental video on the SMART Board that taught them what they can do to have healthy teeth.
After the discussion, they conducted an experiment where they used egg shells, vinegar, soda and water. The egg shells represented teeth; the vinegar represented the salty foods, and the soda represented the sweet foods. They placed the egg shells in the containers with the solutions and left them there for a couple of days. In writing, the class learned new vocabulary words and wrote about their observations. At the end of the week, they made a class book with observations and conclusions. Students in Ms. D'Amico's kindergarten class wrapped up their wood and paper unit for science and created a city out of boxes. Students will now be exploring characteristics of various living things during their Animals 2x2 unit.
During the second week in February, School-Based Social Worker Jessica Espino conducted in-class workshops on Traffic Safety for grades K-2 at Grant School 7. Elmer the Safety Elephant handouts reviewed rules for walking safely, such as looking all ways before crossing the street and waiting for the traffic light to turn green. Traffic signs and signals were reviewed with the students, and important cautionary rules for safety (e.g., playing away from the street and parked cars) were reinforced. Ms. Espino also facilitated a discussion pertaining to the importance of not going outside without an adult’s supervision and how they could entertain themselves while indoors to prevent boredom. Lastly, all students took part in a class activity to review safety strategies, and the 1st and 2nd graders worked on a sentence completion activity that reviewed Elmer’s Seven Rules for Traffic Safety.
Electronic Newsletter #20 - February 20, 2013
Students at Mario Drago School 3 sent hundreds of snowflakes to Sandy Hook elementary students, honoring those who lost their lives that day. Additionally, sixth-grade students visited NJIT where they learned about the classes and the grading system and sat in on a mini lecture. Walking from building to building, students had a great opportunity to see the campus, and they were impressed with the fact that NJIT is a commuter school.
Electronic Newsletter #19 - February 12, 2013
Daniel F. Ryan School #19 held its 3rd Annual School Spelling Bee on January 23rd. Sixteen 4th and 5th graders competed against each other to win the title of School Spelling Bee Champion. After 15 rounds, Alyssa Genao emerged as the school champion. This is the second year in a row that Alyssa won the School Spelling Bee. She will compete in the Regional Spelling Bee on March 20th.
Passaic High School celebrated Black History Month with an assembly for the Senior Class sponsored by the African-American Club on February 8th. In addition, the annual Unity Luncheon will be held this Thursday, February 14, in the library. The luncheon proceeds go to the Carlist A. Creech Heritage Scholarship. Advisors Ms. O’Bryant-Hopkins, Ms. Allen, and Ms. Carter are issuing tickets for the event.
Parents and grandparents visited prekindergartners in Ms. Molina’s class at Mario Drago School 3 at the end of January. They worked together for Family Art Day, creating some beautiful works and just having fun. Over 30 adults attended…and the memories were priceless.
Ms. Torres’ third-grade students at School 5 shared their personal essays with Ms. Andrich’s fifth graders. The fifth graders were amazed with the stories written by the younger students. The third graders wrote great hook openings, strong conclusions, and vivid details.
Electronic Newsletter #18 (Revision) - February 5, 2013
Students were able to showcase their own dreams and goals during presentations by the Climb drama/dance group, chorus, technology club, and band. The 4th and 5th grade band students played with and were inspired by the National Championship PHS Band. Band Director Chris Rusca shared how the band’s perseverance and hard work resulted in their success this year. During the day, Classroom Close-Up NJ documented the celebration and interviewed some of the students and staff. The PBSIS Booster Event on NJTV will air on April 28, May 4, May 26, and June 1 at 12:30 pm and 7:30 pm.
Ms. Lizette Rivera’s transitional kindergarten class at Grant School 7 completed a science unit on wood and paper. At the end of the unit, students read The Piñata Maker and made their own handmade piñata with newspaper. The students created their own Sponge Bob piñata….During celebration of the Writer’s Workshop, the class used Educreations with the assistance of Technology Coordinator Stephanie Monico. Kindergartners recorded themselves reading their story on the iPad and then listened to themselves as narrators through the SmartBoard.
Electronic Newsletter #17- January 29, 2013
Achieve 3000 sponsors a number of motivational and student contribution contests to encourage students to use their differentiated instruction solutions. They also recognize educators for a job well done. William B. Cruise Memorial School 11 is proud to recognize Melanie Turner, a language arts literacy 6th grade instructor, who was awarded an iPad from Achieve 3000 for her outstanding work with students using the program. She is pictured here with Mr. Prudhomme, Achieve CT Manager.
Preschoolers in Ms. Diane Borie and Ms. Jocelyn Rodriguez’s class at School 17 recently brought in the snow from outside to their water table so they could explore the snow. Together, the children made a snowman. Using different size snowballs, the children created a 3-D snowman. This lesson intertwined science, math, language and creative representation parts of the High/Scope Curriculum, as well as met Preschool Core Curriculum Standards. The children predicted what would happen to their snowman overnight; when they came back to school the next day, they saw that their predictions were correct.
Board of Education President Salim Patel addressed Daniel F. Ryan School 19 students during the Positive Behavior Support in Schools (PBSIS) Booster Event in mid-January. The event celebrated the success the students have shown in their RACE to Success to be Respectful, Accountable, Caring, and Exceptional. The Theme for the day was Dream… Aim… Succeed. PBSIS Coach Ms. Loflin and Team Member Ms. Estrict highlighted the students’ successes this year and activities for the day; they also recognized the efforts of the PBSIS Student Ambassadors.
Electronic Newsletter #16 - January 22, 2013
Under the leadership of Director Terrence Love, the Quality of Life Program has once again launched numerous activities for both students and parents this year. At right, students learn karate after school. In addition to academic assistance, this year the program has sponsored trips to the United Nations, Christmas Spectacular, Six Flags, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, as well as instruction in technology, fitness, intramural basketball, guest speakers, professional development, adult fitness, line dancing, and Zumba classes.
The Quality of Life Program continues to seek ways to strengthen academics for students. Therefore, the program has adopted a new curriculum which is more aligned with the objectives on the NJASK than the previous curriculum. The program anticipates funding in the amount of $34,000 to extend services to students with special needs for the spring and summer semesters. Director Love is excited about a possible opportunity to reapply for a fourth cycle of the 21st Century Community Learning Center’s five-year continuation grant in the spring.
Prekindergartners (right) in Ms. Durham’s class at Grant School 7 have been putting their MAC laptops to good use. They worked on starfall.com where each student focused on the letters in his/her name. This site is a great reinforcement of letters, sounds, and words for the children …Prekindergartners in Michele Solowinski’s class at Mario Drago School 3 have been engaging in role play and reenacting stories such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs in their Block Area.
Electronic Newsletter #15 - January 15, 2013
Pulaski School 8 has been very busy withnumerous activities. Every month, studentsare recognized by teachers for their hard work, good behavior, and an outstanding example to their peers at a Student of the Month Breakfast. Principal Fraguela welcomed parents with a brief speech praising students for their efforts. Additionally students with A’s and B’s received certificates at the first Honor/Merit Roll Assembly.
On December 7, Detective Castellanos was the guest speaker for a workshop entitled Computer Cop. Parents were made aware of the dangers of the Internet.
Shortly after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, Mr. Fraguela called for two meetings on school safety. On December 20th, school committees-- SLC, PTO, and PERT-- held a joint meeting to discuss School 8’s emergency/safety procedures. Present at this meeting were SRO Velarde, Lieutenant Gentile, and Sergeant Callaghan. A follow up meeting took place to inform the rest of the parents about the discussion that took place in December. Parent Liaison Marta Febres was instrumental in planning this workshop. Co-chair Mrs. Burgos also spoke to those in attendance.
School 8 staff members are required to participate in creating an Interactive Anti-Bullying Bulletin Board on a rotating monthly basis. A schedule is in place where all students from every classroom take a “gallery walk” by the bulletin board; the students in return discuss and write what they have learned. The bulletin board reflects authentic student work and//or ideas identifying, addressing, and preventing bullying. The December anti-bullying bulletin board encouraged students to reflect on what it means to be a friend; they were also given the opportunity to show kindness towards each other, especially during the holiday season.
The Passaic High School Saturday HSPA Math Academy began last Saturday, January 12, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. This academy will help prepare students for the spring HSPA state test.
Electronic Newsletter #14 - January 8, 2013
Students at School 17 enjoyed posing with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Santa’s helper. All students were given the opportunity to greet Santa and receive a candy cane.
Ms. Delgado at School 5 conducted the Second Teacher Guided Reading Workshop as part of the School Improvement Plan and Regional Achievement Center inspired implementations. The school is focusing on intensive professional development throughout the year to improve academic achievement and instructional growth.
Mario Drago School 3 held its first annual Chanukah celebration this year. A student in Ms. Schwartz’s fifth-grade class wanted to do something to celebrate her Jewish heritage. A celebration was held with Ms. Witkin and Ms. Schwartz hosting. Ms. Schwartz explained the meaning of Chanukah and the significance of the eight candles on the Menorah to the children. The candles were lit, and blessings were said for each one. Students also played with the dreidels and other games. Mr.Wurtle played his guitar as the children sang songs.
The students (K-2) at Grant School 7 took part in friendship building workshops given by School Social Worker Jessica Espino. The students reviewed the characteristics and behaviors necessary to be considered a “good friend,” as well as different strategies to help initiate, establish, and maintain friendships. They also participated in three friendship building activities. One was meant to demonstrate to the children that although they may view some of their classmates as very different, they all share commonalities that can act as the foundation to develop new friendships. The second activity allowed the children to practice giving compliments to their classmates. The last called for the children to identify what characteristic(s) makes them a “star friend.” They wrote these attributes on a star and decorated it; the beautiful stars are proudly showcased on the bulletin board outside the main office.
Electronic Newsletter #13 - December 18, 2012
Special education classes at School 16 are working with Special Olympics of New Jersey to implement the Young Athletes Program. The special education teachers plan on kicking off the program during their health period and gym time. Along with Physical Education Teacher Mr. Rodriguez, classroom teachers will introduce the students to the world of sports. The Young Athletes Program serves as an introduction to sports and offers families and teachers the opportunity to share in the success of a future athlete. The implementation of the program will help participants develop the prerequisite skills that will enable them to compete in organized sports.
School 5 celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with its annual Musical Assembly. Students from each class performed a variety of selections to celebrate the rich culture. Pictured is Mr. Munoz’s class preparing to sing Arroz con Leche…. School 5 also conducted successful SIOP training on metacognitive strategies led by Ms. Matos-Kruck. Ms. Pazowski, grade level captain and active member of School 5’s Data Team, demonstrated the various techniques and strategies being used to address the students’ academic needs.
On November 30th, Mario Drago School 3 held its first annual Diwali Assembly. With an accompanying slide show, students discussed interesting facts relative to the Indian culture. They performed to traditional and fusion musical mixes. PHS students from Club India also performed various dances, in addition to an evening show with a traditional Gujarati dance.
Electronic Newsletter #12 - December 11, 2012
Parents visited Daniel Ryan School 19 throughout November to learn about their children's curriculum, instructional strategies, homework policy, and daily routine in the classroom. Parents gathered together by grade level to discuss issues relevant to their children's grade level. Preschool parents attended the workshop They're Not Just Playing, They’re Learning. Upon looking inside of a preschool classroom, many families believed their children do nothing but play all day long. This workshop taught parents the reality of what happens throughout the day in the preschool High/ Scope curriculum. Parents were amazed at the different things children are exposed to, such as increased vocabulary, lessons in socialization, new concepts with numbers, letters, cutting, writing, pre-reading and so much more.
Master Teacher Lenny Kostick and Social Worker Bernadette Velez demonstrated the importance of establishing a daily routine at home, such as that practiced within school. For example, the families were told that just as adults have to develop a plan of action for what they will do at work, or perhaps have a list of things to do at home, preschoolers practice such skills in planning what area they will play in and what they wish to do during plan-do-review time. Afterwards, all 30 families were motivated to have fun creating their own daily routines for their children to follow at home.
On December 6, the Taino performers taught Grant School 7 students many different ways that the holidays are celebrated throughout the Caribbean and South America. All enjoyed learning new songs and chants of the different cultures. Some were even lucky enough to help provide background music.
Electronic Newsletter 11 - December 4, 2012
During SGT, Grant School 7 prekindergartners in Ms. Elaine Montoya’s class decided which color they wanted to paint their pumpkins (this group opted for orange only). To their surprise, they were given a straw to paint with, as students blew the paint through the straws. This is a great activity which teaches a child how to position their lips. This positioning helps with the sounds w, oo, and o. When the child does the actual blowing, it strengthens the tongue for sounds like k and g.
Electronic Newsletter #10 - November 27, 2012
In order to inform parents about bedbugs, Washington School 2 PTO held an informative November workshop. Ms. Araceli Pintle from the Passaic Health Department discussed facts on bedbugs and how to prevent them. This was followed by a question and answer period…Additionally; it was the annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway. Over 25 donated baskets and turkeys were raffled off to the parents. Then, parents and school personnel shared what they were grateful for in a discussion period.
Teachers and Staff at Daniel Ryan School 19 have much to be thankful for, and they wanted to share their blessings and help others that are so much less fortunate. They raised money to join the Thanksgiving Program sponsored by the Recreation Department and made donations of non-perishable Thanksgiving food items to make Thanksgiving baskets. As a result of teachers and staff generosity and great hearts, eleven ShopRite gift certificates were donated and several School No. 19 families participated in the Thanksgiving Program sponsored by the Recreation Department on November 19th. Each family went home with enough food items to prepare a meal and a ShopRite gift certificate. Additionally, 40 Thanksgiving baskets were distributed to our students’ families on Monday, November 19th. They all appreciated the staff's kindness and expressed their gratitude.
Glenda Munoz initiated, planned and coordinated a visit to William B. Cruise Memorial School 11 by representatives of the Cherokee Nation. On November 16th, members of the Eagle Medicine Band of Cherokee Indians, led by Chief David “Stands With Song” Hughes, visited to provide Native American Dance Exhibitions, storytelling, a mini history lesson, interactive dancing, and Q/A for fourth- grade students and faculty. It was a perfect ending to a full marking period of Native American lessons in the classroom. Glenda Munoz’s successful Instructional Council Grant proposal covered the expenses incurred.
Electronic Newsletter #9 - November 20, 2012
Electronic Newsletter #8 - November 13, 2012
Red Ribbon Week was celebrated at William B. Cruise Memorial School 11 from October 23-31. This is a week for students to become more aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol. School 11 staff and students worked hard to create this awareness and encourage all to say “No” to drugs and alcohol by promoting a healthy and drug-free lifestyle. Many activities were planned, including a drawing and writing contest, as well as wearing special clothing to support the anti-drug theme. Ms. Guevara and Ms. Chang’s class wore red shirts to support the theme.
Electronic Newsletter #7 - October 30, 2012
Daniel F. Ryan School 19 prekindergartners spent a full day at Wightman’s Farm in Morristown. They went on a hayride through the apple orchards to the pumpkin patch. Each child decorated a pumpkin to take home; after lunch, students enjoyed the haystack maze, climbing station, tunnels, and slides.
School 16 started off their school year with the slogan Plant The Seed to Read. Teachers have been working diligently on creating classroom lending libraries and infusing those books into their literacy programs. Kindergarten teachers Paula Yalong and Kimberly Vander Have kicked off their lending libraries by including parent involvement and literacy connections by having their students write a book report on their lending library book. Children will continue to write weekly reports based on the literacy comprehension skill studied that week. The students are excited to read their reports and show their classmates what they did at home to represent their lending library book.
Washington School 2 held a PTO Workshop for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Parents were informed about the importance of self check, yearly mammograms and prevention. Nurse Rita Coleman encouraged preventative measures and knowledge on the subject. Additionally, Big Brothers/Big Sisters provided children with book bags and basic school essentials at this meeting…Guests and staff members also enjoyed a brunch celebrated for Hispanic Heritage Month. Parents brought their favorite food dish representing their country.
Electronic Newsletter #6 - October 23, 2012
Vincent Capuana School 15 hosted the first monthly Parent Workshop in conjunction with Preschool 1A on October 11th. Assistant Principal Enid Schey welcomed over 60 parents who took part in an activity to Help Your Child Succeed In School; she also discussed the preschool curricula. Presenters: SW Shari Roth, SW Julieta Tapia, and Master Teacher Barbara Sack answered many questions, served healthy refreshments, and provided informational handouts. It is the first of frequent meetings to connect the community with the school.
The kindergarten students at #15 kicked off the year-long reading contest. This year's theme is BE A SMART COOKIE: READ! After each child reads ten books at home, his/her teacher fills a large cookie jar display with a "Cookie" with the child's name and date finished. The parent signed list is then shown to Assistant Principal Schey, who proudly presents the child with a treat of the real thing...a package of yummy cookies. In only two weeks, 18 packages have been earned. Last year's contest yielded a total of 2,470 books read. We are aiming for an even higher amount from our SMART COOKIES.
The SAE (Summer Academic Enrichment) Program at Daniel F. Ryan School 19 provided a structured academic experience for general education students who were identified as academically at-risk and in need of Tier III interventions according to the Response to Intervention model by the Intervention & Referral Services (I&RS) committees at each school. The summer program encouraged students to remain engaged in academics over the summer targeting skills in language arts and math, as well as incorporating a co-teaching approach.
As a result of student participation in the SAE Program, students’ post assessments revealed student growth in both reading and math. In all classrooms, 90% or more of the students’ demonstrated growth and in some cases 100% proficiency on both post tests.
Electronic Newsletter #5 - October 16, 2012
Roosevelt School 10 students gained a better understanding of animals and wildlife conservation from a recent assembly program. The educational show, presented by Wildlife Encounters, can be seen on Animal Planet. During the show, the students met some of the world’s most exciting and fascinating animals from the rainforest. Presenter Tim Davidson shared information about natural history, geography, and the need to protect our rainforests.
Electronic Newsletter #4 - October 9, 2012
Mario Drago School 3 guidance counselor Elana Rudnick invited her 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students to New Student Lunch Groups where she hosted “getting to know you activities.” This was an opportunity for children to meet other students in the school who are experiencing similar circumstances. Rudnick has also been presenting introductory lessons focusing on the role of the counselor, as well as explaining counseling self-referral and the comprehensive guidance program offered to every child.
Prekindergartners in Ms. Michele’s class at Mario Drago School 3 are enjoying seeing their work displayed on the colorful bulletin boards in her room. The board colors coordinate with the area signs in the classroom that were painted over the summer by Ms. Michele, her husband Eric, and her son Nicholas.
At Daniel F. Ryan School 19, Grade 2 teacher Ms. Toro organized a Summer Reading Club with some of her second graders. In July, Ms. Toro met once a week with students at Barnes & Noble for the club. The students selected to read the book Stone Fox , which they really enjoyed.
Passaic High School students can now sign up for the new tutoring program FAST. The program, which will offer extra help in areas needed, will run from 2:40-3:40 p.m. in the main building. ..PHS students are once again making a difference to help others. The Junior Optimists are sponsoring a Food Drive from October 4-17. Additionally, many students are set to participate in the first Blood Drive of the year this Thursday. If interested, students are asked to first get a permission slip from the nurse prior to Thursday.
Electronic Newsletter #3 - October 2, 2012
The ceremony continued with the reading of two essays from students in Mr. Bender's 6th grade social studies class. Their essays expressed the impact and sorrow over the 9.11 events. The readings were followed by guest speaker Kenneth Lucianin who shared his own amazing 9.11 survival story. Students also heard from Assistant Principal Manny Negron who was dressed in his military uniform and shared his own experiences with students and staff.
Daniel F. Ryan School No. 19 held its 2012 Positive Behavior Support in School (PBSIS) Kick-off on Tuesday, September 25th. The students celebrated the success achieved as the result of the PBS implementation last school year; office referrals were decreased by 28% and student suspensions by 51%. Students also celebrated their weeks of learning the school-wide expectations and successfully demonstrating them throughout the school.
The day began with an outstanding performance by the Passaic High School Band for the students who were inspired by the level of excellence that the band demonstrated. The entire school was energized and excited by the presentation, as well as from words of encouragement by Dr. Vargas, Mr. Chomko and PBSIS Committee members.
In the afternoon, students participated in several activities including face painting, enjoying ice cream and dancing. The day ended with the monthly drawing of the Cheetah Spot Winners. At the monthly drawing, students and staff are chosen to receive prizes to recognize their efforts.
Electronic Newsletter #2 - September 25, 2012
Passaic High School students enjoyed a visit from Jets RB Shonn Greene last Tuesday. Greene, joined by team nutritionist Wendy Sterling, reinforced the importance of eating a good breakfast. In conjunction with the American Dairy Association, the NFL has been supporting the Breakfast in the Classroom and Fuel Up to Play 60 initiatives. Thanks to Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Holster, Passaic was the first district in the state where the superintendent mandated the program for all schools. Now, Passaic is a model to show other districts that they can do this as well.
Washington School 2’s first PTO meeting of the year was highly successful. Over 40 parents came to meet Principal Luis Lobelo, Parent Liaison Nancy Rivera and the new staff. Social Worker Ms. Mantecon and School Nurse Rita Coleman both spoke on the workshops they will be having for the parents throughout the year. The expectations for both parents and students were addressed by Mr. Lobelo. Ms. Rivera spoke of the importance of the PTO meetings and parental involvement. Officer Valarde discussed safety both at home and in school. A general survey and PTO election sheets were distributed, as well as a question and answer period help.
Electronic Newsletter #1 - September 18, 2012
Daniel Ryan School 19 commemorated the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th with guest speakers. Teachers planned lessons and activities to remember and to reflect this unforgettable moment in history and to reconsider the effect that September 11 has had on our country and the world.
Ms. Morgan Everett, Grade 3 teacher, invited Sgt. Joseph Tschudy, who is now a recruiter, to talk to the students about his experience on September 11th. Sgt. Tschudy is an Afghanistan soldier and an Iraqi veteran.(below) Additionally, Mrs. Nancy Everett, who is a 9.11 survivor, was also a guest speaker (above). The former Board of Education President talked about her experience on September 11th. Students listened closely and asked very important questions. Mrs. Everett ended her discussion by reminding the students that the attack on the United States brought us closer together and as a result we became stronger.
As a follow up writing activity, third graders will write letters to both Sgt. Joseph Tschudy and Mrs. Everett thanking them for joining in the remembrance for those who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks.
Food and Nutrition Services Coordinator Karen DeLamater was recently honored at the Convention Center in Denver as the Outstanding Food Service Director of the Year. She was also honored at the NJ School Nutrition Association Conference in August with a crystal engraved award and citation presented by the NJ Senate and Assembly for her work to create a healthier lifestyle for the children in Passaic.