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Upcoming Events
12/23/2014
- MS/HS Holiday Assembly
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
12/24/2014
12/25/2014
12/26/2014
12/29/2014
 
District Announcements
Computer Science Education Week
Clarendon Students Get in on the Fun of Coding
Students in Mr. Sommer's Technology classes get in on the fun of coding as part of Computer Science Education Week. Students got to code snowflakes with the ladies of Frozen, Elsa and Anna (http://studio.code.org/s/frozen), Mr. Sommer reports that this is just another day in his computer class as coding is quickly becoming
a popular part of every day.
 
 
 
SHS Class of 2017 Chipotle Fundraiser
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Secaucus High School Class of 2017. Come into the Secaucus Chipotle on Monday, December 22nd,from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Secaucus High School Class of 2017.
Far out!
Honeywell Chooses Secaucus Martinelli-Wurst for Educators in Space Academy
Far out! Michelle Martinelli-Wurst, Clarendon's and Huber's Gifted and Talented teacher has been chosen to participate in Honeywell's prestigious Educators in Space Academy. She was chosen as one of approximately 100 educators from around the globe to take part in exercises that simulate activities as an astronaut serving missions in space.

This coming June, Mrs. Martinelli-Wurst will travel U.S. Space & Rocket Center on the Huntsville campus of the University of Alabama. There she will receive a week of training in aspects of mathematics and science that she will bring back to her students and the entire Secaucus educational community.

More about the program can be found at http://educators.honeywell.com. Congratulations Mrs. Martinelli-Wurst!
It's That Time of Year
Huber Street School Gets in the Holiday Spirit!
Students and teachers at Huber Street Elementary school transformed their hallways and doors into a colorful winter wonderland. 

  
Secaucus Parent Academy
Parent Academy Info Night Documents Posted to Website
We would like to thank all parents for coming out to the PAC on the evening of 12/15 for our first Parent Academy night. The presentations and handouts are available on http://www.sboe.us under Departments > Assessments in a file called PARCC/CCSS Parent Academy.

The questions you asked last night are currently being generated into an FAQ and will be up in the coming days. We look forward to seeing you in the near future at our Instructional Nights! Dates are TBA.

 
Secaucus Parent Academy
Secaucus Public School District and Secaucus Education Association Co-Sponsor CCSS/PARCC Parent Academy Info Night 12/15/2014 @ 6:30 in the PAC
The Secaucus Public School District (SPSD) in conjunction with the Secaucus Education Association (SEA) will be co-sponsoring an informative evening for parents on 12/15/14 at 6:30 p.m. in the MS/HS PAC. Topics will include a general overview of the district adoption of the CCSS and PARCC, how to help your children with CCSS, Title 1 targeted assistance funding, and our Basic Skills initiatives.
District administrators will present various initiatives in place and in development to support your students and you. Light refreshments provided by the SEA through a NJEA PRIDE grant, will be served.

Later in the year, the SPSD and SEA plan to co-sponsor our CCSS Parent Academy Boot Camps evenings that will provide hands-on instruction on how to assist your children with CCSS-related work. More information on dates for the Boot Camps will be available in the near future. Please follow us on Twitter @SecaucusPSD. Click to view the evening's program here.
It's That Time of Year
SHS Honor Societies Co-Sponsor Toy Drive
SHS students from the American Technology 
Honor Society and National Honor Society collected toys for children in need. In this picture the president of American Technology Honor Society Bishoy Said (right) and National Honor Society Kush Shah (left) are loading the toys to be delivered to children in Secaucus.
Computer Science Education Week
For SMS Students, Hour of Code is Only the Beginning
Secaucus Middle School students, along with their STEM teacher, Mrs. Smeyers, have been working taking the Hour of Code to another level. They have been working on 20 hours of coding projects since they stepped foot into their cycle class.
Coding exposes the students to practical problem solving skills, collaborative learning, and sharpens recall and memory.  The students have worked diligently on various puzzles that introduce coding skills. 
Many of the students continued working on the lessons outside of class  to complete the activities.  Some students have taken it to the next level and have partaken in various tutorials on how to code HTML, the language that drives the Internet. Outstanding work!
 
Computer Science Education Week
SHS Students Complete Hour of Code Tasks
Mr. Eisenberg's students Applied Computer Concepts show off their certificates of completion for participating in various tasks from 
Code.org. Similarly, his 
computer programming students participated in the Bebras Challenge, an international computational thinking contest.While many students around the region, state, country and world participated in the Hour of Code, Mr. Eisenberg uses the principals of 21st century learning (critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication) in his classes every day. Bravo everyone!
 
Computer Science Education Week
Huber Street Students Celebrate Computer Science Education Week
Students at Huber St. School in Grades 2 through 6 celebrated  Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14 in a very special way.  

During their Computer period
Grade 2 students in were taught and experimented with Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/hoc) programming language. Students in Grades 3 through 6 participated in the Hour of Code (code.org/learn), which is a world-wide event that exposes the students to early programming.  

Scratch and the tutorials offered on Hour of Code were enjoyed by the students and many of them have taken the websites home to continue.  Huber Street Computer teacher Mrs. Wright was very impressed with the students' ability to progress through the puzzles and challenges offered on both programs.  “This is just the start for these elementary students in the world of programming,” said Mrs. Wright.  “Watch out Bill Gates!"


 
Policy Update
Secaucus Board of Education Approves Revisions Two Policies
At its regular meeting on November 20, 2014, the Secaucus Board of Education approved the revisions of two previously existing policies: 5530: Student Substance Abuse and 5600: Student Discipline - Code of Conduct. PDF versions of the policies can be downloaded via the links provided. Please review these policies as they directly relate to your children.
Spring Musical
SHS Announces Hairspray as 2015 Spring Musical
SHS announces that it has chosen Hairspray as the spring 2015 spring musical. Hairspray is a colorful comedic musical that follow the exploits of Tracy Turnblad as she gains celebrity on The Corny Collins dance show, then campaigns for social justice and in 1962 Baltimore. 

Performances are all in the PAC; dates and times are as follows: 
  • Thursday, 4/16 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday 4/17 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 4/18, @ 3:00 p.m.
Tickets will be $12 and will go on sale on or about 3/1/2015.
@SecaucusPSD Twitter Account Now Live!
@SecaucusPSD Twitter Account Now Live!
The Secaucus Public School District is now tweeting information about district events. If you use Twitter, you can follow us and get the information as it is tweeted by following the handle @SecaucusPSD.
SBOE Reports on 2014 Top SHS Students
SBOE Reports on 2014 Top SHS Students​
 
At the monthly Board of Education meeting on November 18, Trustee Jack McStowe delivered a brief report regarding the our students' time-in-district to their GPAs and SAT scores. Of the 144 members of the Class of 2014, 130, or 90%, took the SAT at least once.
 
The data indicate that of the 130 students who took the SAT at the top 10% of the class of 2014 received an average GPA of 4.086 and scored an average of 1918 out of a possible 2400 on their SATs. Of these 13 students, 85% of them were enrolled in Secaucus schools at 3rd grade or before; 86% of them enrolled during elementary school.
 
Students at the top 25% of the graduating class scored an 1801 and received an average GPA of 3.874. Of these students, 81% of them entered the school system during Grade 3 or prior. Ninety-four percent of them enrolled during elementary school.
 
Students in the top third of the class of 2014 scored an average of 1733 and received an average GPA of 3.762. Of these students, 80% of them entered the school system during Grade 3 or prior. Ninety-five percent of them enrolled during elementary school.
 
The average combined SAT score (Critical Reading, Writing and Mathematics) in NJ is 1523. In Secaucus, the Class of 2014’s SAT average combined score is 1460.
 
The District Testing Report was delivered at the October 2014 board meeting which outlined the district SAT averages among other data points. This report can be found on the district’s homepage or under Departments > Assessments.
SHS Vollyeball Team State Champions!
Secaucus High School Clinches State Volleyball Title
Down rival Bogota in two games 

This afternoon, the Secaucus High 
School Patriots girls’ volleyball team defeated the Bogota Buccaneers 25 to 22 and 25 to 15. Today's win represents the school's 19th NJSIAA girls' volleyball championship.

The contest was held at South Brunswick High School in Monmouth Junction, NJ.

The entire Secaucus community is proud of the volleyball team’s hard word, dedication and continued commitment to excellence! Congratulations!


 
SHSMB Announces Clothing Drive
SHSMB Announces Clothing Drive
The Secaucus High School Marching Band is pleased to announce that its Annual Clothing Drive will be held at the following times 11/15 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, 11/17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 11/20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and 11/22 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

The band will be collecting gently used coats, clothes, shoes, hats, cloves, belts and and other clothing items, linens, and stuffed animals and small toys for children. The drop off point will be on the Middle School side of the school behind the PAC. For more information, call Anne Grewe at 201-725-7109.
From the Governor's Office: NJ Launches Statewide Ebola Plan
Through executive order, Governor Christie signed and has established the Ebola Virus Disease Joint Response Team (EVD-JRT) that will direct and coordinate all matters pertaining to New Jersey’s public health response to the virus... Read the plan here.
CDC Publishes Enterovirus-D68 Factsheet
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has developed an Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) fact sheet that outlines preventative practices that will help ensure your child does not contract it or other illnesses. The fact sheet can be downloaded here. 
2013-2014 Assessment of Student Standardized Test Performance Presented
The Secaucus Public School District is required to present the public a report on student standardized test performance. This report was delivered at the October 16 Board of Education meeting. To see a PDF of the presentation, click here.
Enterovirus D68
The Secaucus Public School District is concerned about the continued health and safety of all members of our educational community. There have been reports of illnesses spreading among children. One of these diseases is Enterovirus D68. More information about this virus can be found here.
District Announces Revised Attendance Polcy and Regulations
The Secaucus Public School School is committed to the continued academic excellence of all students. As such, the Board of Education recently revised its Student Attendance Policy and Regulations. Please click on the Attendance Information button to review the information. If you have any questions, please contact your school's main office.
NJDoE Releases CCSS Brochure for Parents
The New Jersey Department of Education recently released a brochure discussing the
 important aspects of the Common Core State Standards (Click here to download the brochure). We encourage all parents, guardians, students, and other interested individuals to read it to become more informed about the state-approved standards that drive our district's curriculum and guide our students' learning.
SBOE Principals ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

 
Announcements
Welcome Back To School!
 


This summer, Secaucus Art Teachers, Doug Depice and Melissa Dargan Heintjes have been busy beautifying a part of our town near the New Jersey Turnpike ramp near Mausam restaurant.

Mr. DePice is a 40-year veteran of the Middle/High School Fine Art Department. Ms Dargan-Heintjes, once a student of Mr. DePice, now a colleague, is in her second year teaching Art to students at Clarendon School.
 
Beginning last year, the pair began a mural-painting with students in their respective schools.
they were thrilled to apply their craft at Mayor Gonnelli’s request in a much larger and hotter outdoor setting. After receiving input from the Mayor, the artists decided on painting portraits of individuals who helped make the world a better place and reproduced works by Vermeer, VanGogh and Matisse. They also put their own creative spin on portraits of famous individuals such as Walt Whitman and the Afghan Girl with the piercing blue-green eyes who graced the cover of National Geographic.

 
The Secaucus School District is proud of the accomplishments of those who serve in its educational community and provide a splash of beauty to our town.
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