Pictured are some of the S.G.O. members who helped with the planning and carrying out of the event: Bottom (L to R): Eshaan M, Daniel M, Jarred S, Grace B, Gianna P, Abigail W, Jessie G, Sydney F, Preston L. Top (L to R): Josue M, Karen K, Heather G, Zachary P, Grace A, Olivia F, Caterina C, Skylar E, Sofia W, Alyssa J. Missing from the photo Angelina M.
In the photograph above, members of the Huber Street School PTA pose for a group picture at the conclusion of the successful Founders Day Celebration. Pictured from left to right: Top row – Mary Eccles, President, Gwen Barroqueiro, Suzanne Nardone, and Christine Shiffer. Bottom row – Teacher Representative Cindy Viera , Jennifer Monnecka, Rizalyn Campo, Jaime Drumeler, Chiquita Bradley and Teacher Representative Orietta Tringali.
Interim Superintendent Knops has secured Jacy Good and her husband Steve Johnson, who advocate the Hang Up and Drive movement to promote safe, distraction-free driving on our nation's roads. The presentation will be on February 23 at 7 p.m. in the PAC.
We encourage our entire community - especially those families with secondary students - to attend this important presentation. Please see Mr. Knops' invitation memo or the Hang Up and Drive website for more information about the presentation and the speakers.
Educator-Led GoMath Parent Night a Success
Parents and guardians of elementary aged students in the Secaucus School District received a special evening training program on the District’s new Mathematics Series, Go Math.
The training was facilitated by the District’s Mathematics Supervisor, Amanda Trombetta, with assistance from the District’s Math Coaches Zaida Couto and Kristin Backiel along with Teacher Tammy Hennessy.
Left to Right: Ms. Christine Candela, Supervisor of ELA/Fine Art, Ms. Zaida Couto, Huber Math Coach, Ms. Kristin Backiel, Clarendon Math Coach, Ms. Amanda Trombetta, Supervisor of Math/Business, Ms. Tammy Hennessy, Clarendon Special Education Teacher, Dr. Daniela Riser, Supervisor of Science and Ms. Mayling Cardenas, Supervisor of Social Studies/World Language.
Sisters Amanda and Kristina Ulrich were honored at the Secaucus Board of Education’s Showcase of Success on January 28 for their achievements and recognition as members of the Secaucus High School Girls Basketball Team.
Freshman Amanda was honored through the Bergen Record last month by being selected as the Bergen Record Female Athlete of the Week. Sister Kristina, a senior, recently achieved a major milestone by scoring her 1,000th career point.
In the photograph above, Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Bob Berckes; Amanda Ulrich, Kristina Ulrich, Bob Ulrich, Maria Ulrich, Anthony Gomez, and Board of Education President John Gerbasio pose for a group picture after the Amanda and Kristina were presented with certificates by the Secaucus Board of Education.
The Secaucus Public School District cordially invites all parents of students in Grades K to 5 to GoMath! information night from 6:30 to 8:30 on February 2, 2016 (inclement weather date: February 4, 2016). in the MS/HS PAC.
This two-hour session, led by district math coaches and teachers, will focus on helping parents gain a deeper understanding of the GoMath! program, the CCSS in math and the Mathematical Practice Standards. They'll also leave with the tools they need to support their mathematical learners at home. A PDF version of the flyer discussing the event can be downloaded here.
Refreshments and takeaways will be provided by the Secaucus Education Association through and NJEA Pride Grant.
Please see the memo from Interim Superintendent Knops regarding this by clicking here.
SBOE HONORS SHS STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED 800s ON SAT MATH
The Secaucus Board of Education honored four students who achieved a perfect 800s on the Math portion of the SAT at last night’s Board of Education Meeting’s Showcase of Success.
SHS Principal Dr. Bob Berckes introduced each student, highlighted each pupil’s career at the high school, and stated how proud the school community was of each honoree. Board of Education President John Gerbasio then presented each student with a certificate of commendation on behalf of the Board.
In the photograph above, Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Bob Berckes; Students Kevin Ge, Ken Zhong, Ankit Patel, David Perez; and Board of Education President John Gerbasio pose for a picture after the ceremony honoring each of the four students.
The Secaucus Board of Education honored sisters Gianna and Julia Peschetti at their January 29 Showcase of Success during the Board Meeting.
Seventh grader Gianna Peschetti was highlighted in an article published in the 2015 edition of Exceptional Parent (EParent) Magazine. The article highlighted how Gianna spent five days a week throughout the school year as a sixth grader at Clarendon School in Secaucus volunteering her time, being a mentor and offering assistance to others in her school, which culminated with her being a special friend to her classmates.
Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani, Gianna’s principal this past school year, spoke highly of Gianna’s altruism and dedication to making her classmates’ school experiences positive and productive ones.
Gianna’s older sister, Julia, currently a senior at Secaucus High School, was honored for writing the quality article and memorializing her sister’s compassion towards her classmates in the publication.
In the photograph (l to r), Secaucus High School Senior Julia Peschetti, Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani, Secaucus Middle School Seventh Grader Gianni Peschetti, and Board of Education President John Gerbasio pose for a picture after the Showcase of Success Ceremony.
The article is available on http://www.sboe.us courtesy of Exceptional Parent Magazine.
The 2016 National Geographic Bee School Finals were held at Clarendon School on 1/21 and Huber Street School on 1/22/16 under the direction of Mrs. Michele Wurst, Gifted and Talented Coordinator.
The 2016 National Geographic Bee top three of Clarendon School are:
1st Place Ayush A - Mrs. Wassong’s 5th Grade
2nd Place Arjun A - Mrs. Smith-Bonin’s 6th Grade
3rd Place Leoul M - Ms. Primavera’s 4th Grade
The top three from Huber Street are:
1st Place Arhan M - Mr. Bonin’s 6th Grade
2nd Place Danny A - Mr. Bonin’s 6th Grade
3rd Place Ayaan M - Ms. Holsten’s 4th Grade
Ms. Wurst and Ms. Cardenas K-12 Supervisor of Social Studies pose with the school winners.
Both Ayush and Arhan, our school bee champions, will take a test to qualify to compete at the State of New Jersey level before Friday, February 5, 2016.
Congratulations to all participants and finalists! We all win because we have all learned something new!
As we gear up for PARCC 2016, please see the following memos regarding our district's procedures assessments from September 30, 2015.
Please note that while the Secaucus Public School District encourages all students to participate in state mandatory standardized assessments - including PARCC, we would like parents who choose to refuse mandatory state standardized assessments to do so in writing to their school's principal by January 29, 2016.
International anti-bullying presenter John Halligan delivered three emotional and well-received programs to district students and parents on Wednesday, January 20. Mr. Halligan, whose son Ryan committed suicide at age 13 after enduring four years of bullying and cyberbullying, has dedicated his life to sharing “Ryan’s Story” to impressionable students and their parents.
Mr. Halligan received a standing ovation after his presentations to both middle school and high school students. An evening presentation to parents and community members was attended by an audience of approximately 100 parents and other members of our community.
In the photo: Susan Smahl, Linda WIlhelm, Interim Superintendent Ken Knops, Mayor Mike Gonnelli, Norma Hanley, Ruby Pantoliano, John Halligan, Kathy O'Connell, Dr. Bob Berckes, Rob Valente, Linda Diemer, Steve Viggiani, Dr. Tom Tufaro and Lou Giele
The Secaucus School Board of Education was honored in support of School Board Recognition Month in New Jersey by the Secaucus Mayor and Council at the Council Meeting on January 12.
The Mayor and Council read a resolution that commended the work and mission of the local school board and recognized the dedication of the Board of Education to the community and its children. The resolution further commended the positive working relationship between the municipal government and the local school board.
Pictured below is a group photograph of the Secaucus School Board and the Secaucus Council after the reading of the resolution.
The Preliminary 2016 National Geographic Bee was held at Clarendon School on 1/14/16 and 1/15/16. Congratulations to our 13 finalists from grades 4, 5 and 6. These students will compete on 1/21/16 at the 2016 National Geographic Bee School Finals held at Clarendon School. Our school bee champion will take a test to qualify to compete at the State of New Jersey level.
Grade 4 Finalists: Chloe Lin, Vatsal D, Gabriela R, Leoul M and Param P.
Grade 5 Finalists: Saloni S, Jarrod L, Ayush A and Aarti A
Grade 6 Finalists: Benjamin R, Eva C, Thomas M and Arjun A
Please see the attached memo from Mr. Ken Knops, Interim Superintendent, regarding the new Before Care Program offered through the Town of Secaucus.
Services will begin February 1, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Huber Street and Clarendon schools. The cost will be $100 per child per month.
For more information, please contact Karen Pero at 201-330-2077.
On January 7, 2016, the NJDOE released a memo that adjusted the testing requirements for high school graduation, specifically for those students who took the PSAT10 or PSAT/NMSQT as offered in October 2015. The memo also alludes to changes that will take place after the redesigned SAT is released in March 2016.
The entire January 7 memo can be found here.
The Secaucus Board of Education will be holding a Special Meeting on Monday, January 18, 2016 in Huber Street's Multipurpose Room at 7 p.m.
The format will be a "meet and greet" session with the board members. Additionally, there will be an open discussion regarding the elementary school re-districting as well as other matters.
Refreshments will be served. The official legal notice is available here.
The Preliminary 2016 National Geographic Geography Bee was held at Huber Street School on 1/13/2016. Congratulations to our 13 finalists from Grades 4, 5 and 6. These students will compete on 1/22/2016 in the National Geographic Bee School Finals held at Huber Street School. Huber's Bee champion will take a test to quality to compete at the State of New Jersey level.
Grade 4 Finalists: Ayaan M, Arnav P, Andrew K and Ronan Y
Grade 5 Finalists: Josiah S, Krushay B, Aashi M and Yazan K
Grade 6 Finalists: Danny A, Anas K, Arhan M, Athanasia C and Alexandria F
Meet the 2016 Secaucus Board of Education
The Secaucus Board of Education held their annual Reorganization Meeting this past Tuesday evening, January 5, 2016. Newly elected Board Members Joan Cali, Louis Giele, and Norma Hanley were sworn in by Interim Business Administrator Ed Appleton. John Gerbasio was re-elected Board of Education President and Jack McStowe was elected Vice-President, both by unanimous votes.
Pictured below is the 2016 Secaucus Board of Education. Top row, left to right: Joan Cali, Vice President Jack McStowe, Interim School Business Administrator/Board Secretary Ed Appleton, Norma Hanley, and Louis Giele. Seated: Lance Bartletta, Ruby Pantoliano, President John Gerbasio, Joseph Lewis, and Kathy O’Connell.
Parents: Did you get your student a new smart watch? If so, please review Policy 2363 with them and discuss the device's use while at school.
According to the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act of 2011, all school districts must annually engage in a self assessment to gage performance in preventative and responsive measures to incidents of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB). Out of 8 possible criteria, each school in the Secaucus Public School District individually scored a 76 out of 78 possible points. Subsequently, the district scored a 76 out of 78. The official document is attached here.
For more information regarding the NJDoE's responses to HIB, please see a November 24, 2015 memo from Assistant Commissioner Susan Martz and an FAQ the NJDOE has developed.
For the new year, SMS has started a Student of the Month based on good character.
Every month, students will be nominated by teachers or staff members because they observed an act of kindness or being an overall positive student.
Here are January's recipients:
Jamling Lama (7th grade), Daniel Martinez-Zamora (8th grade), Danielle Marnell (7th grade), Carmelina Sanci (7th grade), and Shana Coggins (7th grade)
In light of the recent fires, accidents and other negative issues surrounding devices known as "hoverboards", Interim Superintendent Knops has banned the devices in all school facilities. Please see his December 30, 2015 memo here.
Attention parents/guardians. Beginning January 4, 2016, the SPSD will begin using PayForIt.net (PFI) as our lunch payment and accounting system. PFI is a Secure Online Payment system, which enables parents to pay fees and fund accounts quickly and easily online. PFI also allows parents to review lunch purchases, opt into and manage email reminders about their student's accounts, and set thresholds to automatically replenish lunch accounts.
You will need your student's school ID number, which is available on the Realtime Parent Portal.
Please see the attached flyer for account set up instructions and other information.
For your convenience PFI has moblie Apple and Android apps available so you can monitor your student's account from any web-enabled iOS or Android device. You can download the Apple App here and the Android App here. Data rates may apply.
Note: All balances from the current system will be automatically transferred to PFI. To continue to fund your child's account online, you must set up a PFI account.
Wednesday, February 10
Thursday, February 11
To register for Kindergarten, children must be five (5) years old on or before October 1, 2016. Click here for more Kindergarten registration information...
Pre-Kindergarten registration will be held Monday, March 14 & Tuesday, March 15, 2016. To register for Pre-Kindergarten, children must be four (4) years old on or before October 1, 2016. Click here for more Pre-K registration information...
Public notices will be advertised in the Home News prior to the registration dates. The District urges parents and guardians to use the on-line pre-registration system available on this website.
2016 8th Grade Geo Bee Champion Crowned
SMS hosted its annual 8th Grade Geography Bee on 1/8/2016. Each class sends representatives to compete in answering questions about World Geography. Each SMS Social Studies teacher sends at least two team representatives.
Mr. Innis, Ms. Jones, Mr. Somerset, Ms. Kapusnik, and Ms. Castelli each prepared their students. So many students performed extremely well, but two stood out above the rest.
In the end, Anushka outlasted Sebastian to win the competition. Congratulations to all who participated, and in particular to Anushka. Her hard work and determination were evident in how well prepared she was.
Pictured L to R: Ms. Kapusnik SMS Social Studies Teacher, S. Flood, A. Advani and Ms. Cardenas, Supervisor of Social Studies.
At last night's Board of Education meeting, Dr. Thomas Tufaro, Director of Technology, Data Assessments and Grants and District Testing Coordinator gave a presentation on the District's and the schools' 2015 PARCC performance.
A PDF version of the presentation can be found here.
A video recap of the presentation can be found here.
Mr. Steve Viggiani, Principal of Clarendon School is proud to announce that Ms. Lucy Biegler (left), Literacy Coach and Ms. Kim Woeckener (right), Science Teacher - have been named Clarendon School's Educational Services Professional of the Year and Teacher of the Year, respectively.
Meet Ms. Biegler
Ms. Biegler has been working at Clarendon School for 23 years. She taught Pre-School, Kindergarten, Fourth Grade and Third Grade prior to becoming the Literacy Coach.
Ms. Biegler has a Masters Degree in Reading Specialization, a Principal's Certificate, an Orton Gillingham Certificate from the Multi-Sensory Institute and is currently working on her practicum to receive her Dyslexia Certificate.
Meet Ms. Kimberly Woeckener
Ms. Woeckener has been teaching for 24 years. She began her career teaching third grade for one year in Texas before moving to Secaucus. Ms. Woeckener started at Clarendon School 22 years ago teaching Science and Art. She later moved to first grade before being appointed to her current position as the elementary Science teacher. Ms Woeckener has a Masters Degree in Education.
Congratulations Ms. Biegler and Ms. Woeckener!
PARCC testing window for Grades 3-8 will open on April 5 and close on May 13. The testing window for Grades 9-11 will open on April 11 and close on May 20. Schools are developing their own schedules grade- and subject-specific schedules.
Families planning on refusing assessment should do so in writing to their child's principal by January 29, 2016.
Secaucus Alumna Publishes Article
SHS student Julia Peschetti tells the story of her sister Gianna's relationship with Cameron in this amazing article printed in EP - Exceptional Parent's December 2015 edition.
For more, go to http://www.eparent.com. The entire Secaucus community is proud of these students and their accomplishments!
Read the entire article here.
Dr. Thomas Tufaro, Director of Technology Education, Data Assessment and Grants and District Testing Coordinator presented a slideshow discussing statewide PARCC scores. A copy of the presentation can be found here.
After all the PARCC data has been received and analyzed, Dr. Tufaro plans to give an additional presentation on district and school-level PARCC data as part of his annual Assessment of Student Performance Report at a board meeting in the near future.
Parents seeking information on how to interpret their student's score reports can go to http://www.understandthescore.org.
The SPSD recently produced a 6-panel brochure that highlights some of the excellent programs in our elementary program. It can be downloaded in its entirety here.
Presentation discussed at this event.. click here
Kindergarten students at Huber Street School had a great time on Bed and Breakfast Day. Students in Mrs. Jaeger's Kindergarten class also had the pleasure of hearing a book read by Mayor Michael Gonnelli. The book, Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear, is about receiving a special gift. In keeping with the theme, Mayor Gonnelli presented each student with a gift. Thank you Mayor Gonnelli for being so thoughtful.
Secaucus Middle School is proud to announce the winners of the 2015-2016 Governor’s Educators of the Year Awards. There are two awards given out each year; the Educator of the Year and the Educational Services Professional of the Year.
Ms. Amanda Jones, SMS Educator of the Year SMS' Educator of the Year is Ms. Amanda Jones who has been teaching History at the Middle School since 2009. Additionally, she’s served as an advisor to eight different committees and clubs. Ms. Jones is a Google Certified Teacher and has used those skills to train our Middle School students and teachers on how to use Google Apps for Education.
Ms. Jones is the co-author of an interdisciplinary book combining History and Art. She was given the responsibility of presenting the book during the 2014 NJEA Convention in Atlantic City, NJ.
In addition to her wonderful classroom activities and lessons, Ms. Jones is also the head coach of the Secaucus High School varsity softball team and has written multiple different curricula for our school district and Hudson County.
Ms. Nancy Jaber, LDT-C, SMS Ed Services Professional of the Year
The Educational Services Professional of the Year is awarded to Ms. Nancy Jaber. Ms Jaber works as a case manager in the Middle School Child Study Team and serves as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant for both the Middle and High School.
Ms. Jaber served as a teacher of the handicapped in middle school, earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education, and was the Inclusion Specialist for the entire District of Hoboken.
With Nancy leading the charge, Secaucus Middle School students will participate in the Special Olympics. Thanks to Ms. Jaber’s efforts, SMS students will be able to compete in athletic contests without fear of judgment or loss.
SMS is fortunate to have such hard-working, compassionate professionals like Amanda and Nancy. Congratulations and thank you for your dedication to our students.
In the photo left: Ms. Nancy Jaber, right: Ms. Amanda Jones
The Secaucus Board of Education is pleased to announce that they have appointed Mr. Ken Knops as Interim Superintendent.
Mr. Knops, who will formally assume his duties on Monday November 30, 2015, is highly regarded in the educational community and brings a history of success in his previous school districts. SBOE President states, Mr. Knops "will be an asset in our continuing efforts to improve the education of the students in our community".
In the photo: Left to Right: SBOE Trustee Ms. Ruby Pantoliano, SBOE President Mr. John Gerbasio, Interim Superintendent Mr. Ken Knops, SBOE Vice President Mr. Joe Lewis, SBOE Trustee Ms. Kelli D'Addetta and SBOE Trustee Mr. Jack McStowe.
Attention HS Parents: The NJDOE just released "cut scores" - i.e., scores that determine proficiency for students who took PARCC ELA 9, 10 and 11 and PARC Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra 2. A copy of the approved assessments and their corresponding cut scores is attached.
Mr. Michael Vitulano, Secaucus High School Teacher of the Year
Mr. Vitulano is a 1984 graduate of Secaucus High School. He then graduated from Virginia Military Institute in May 1988 with a Bachelor Arts in Economics. After graduation, Mr. Vitulano was commissioned as a Second Lt. in the United States Marines Corps.
A proud veteran, Mr. Vitulano served on Active Duty in Camp Lejeune, NC from 1989-1992. He participated in Operation Desert Storm during the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War.
Upon his return, Mr. Vitulano graduated from St. Peter's University in 1998 with a Master of Arts in degree Education. He later graduated from New Jersey City University in 2003 with a Master of Arts in Math Education. He holds several NJ certificates including ESL, Mathematics and Supervisor.
Mr. Vitulano has taught mathematics in grades 9 through 12 at SHS since 2000. Additionally, he is an assistant coach for the SHS varsity football team and outdoor track and field team.
Congratulations Mr. Vit!
Mrs. Gerbasio graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in 1978 with a Diploma - RN. She then became a staff nurse at St. Michaels's Medical Center in Newark where she worked in the Recovery Room and as a Surgical ICU nurse. Ms. Gerbasio then became a staff nurse, Head Pediatric Nurse and a Nursing Supervisor in St. Francis. Later, she worked for many years in the Recovery Room (PACU)/Endoscopy. Afterward, she worked at Port Authority of NY & NJ as Chief Nurse at Journal Square Transportation Center and was there for the 9/11 tragedy.
Mrs. Gerbasio Graduated Bloomfield College 2005 with BSN and received her School Nurse/Teacher of Health Certification from Felician College in 2007. Graduated Felician College 2011 with Masters in Education.
After receiving these certifications, she Worked Hoboken School District for a year. She has been employed in the Secaucus School district for eight years as the School Nurse at Secaucus Middle and High School.
Outside of school, Mrs. Gerbasio is President Secaucus Board of Health and Member of Secaucus Emergency Fund.
Congratulations Mrs. Gerbasio!