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To wrap up the year of writing, Ms. Dombrowksi and Mrs. D’Aurizio’s Writer’s Workshop classes participated in a community-based writing assignment that mirrors the work of Brandon Stanton in Humans of New York.
Students were encouraged to go out into the school community as well as the Town of Secaucus community to interview someone they wouldn’t normally talk to, to get their “story.” Students then had to turn their stories of struggle, inspiration, and/or fears into an abbreviated version or a caption to encapsulate the main message to the audience. The classes were extremely moved by the stories they received even vowing to change their ways and adopt more positive behaviors.
The Secaucus High School JSA was honored by the New Jersey General Assembly in a special recognition program on the floor of the General Assembly. Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto presided over the ceremony, where the accomplishments of the JSA were shared with the full legislative body.
In the photograph,Speaker Prieto presents an Assembly Resolution honoring SHS' JSA to JSA President Iqra Ahmed and Advisor Mike Gehm.
The numbers are in and they're absolutely stunning! Huber Street raised a phenomenal $30,565. Clarendon bested them by raising an unbelievable $34,039.94. The $64,604.94 will to to help support pediatric cancer research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Special thanks to the faculty who have taken the point in growing this program and the entire educational community for supporting it!
While raising funds is important, it also teaches our students about philanthropy and helping people who truly need it.
At the Board of Education Showcase of Success on June 15, Secaucus High School graduating senior Iqra Ahmed was honored as the recipient of the school's Citizenship Award, an honor that is voted upon by the high school faculty.
In introducing Iqra, Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knops commented that she "Walked into Secaucus High School in September of 2012 and since that time has left her imprint on the hearts of the school community forever."
Iqra has an impressive academic record throughout her high school career in addition to serving as Tennis Team Captain, JSA President, and JSA Mid-Atlantic Cabinet Director of Logistics this current school year.
The students, faculty, and staff of Secaucus Middle School have a special message for Mayor Michael Gonnelli. We know that we've always been able to count on him. We want him to know that he can count on us, too. Best wishes and get well soon! See the video here!
The SMS Character Club held their annual SMS BANDS TOGETHER during the month of May.
Together, SMS collected almost 40 boxes of character, colorful or decorative band-aids for the Children's Hospital at St. Joseph's Healthcare System in Paterson.
If anyone is still interested in donating "fun" band-aids, they may send them to the Middle School to the attention of Allison Cunniff, Character Club advisor.
Please see this important public service announcement from the Secaucus Coalition for a Healthy and Drug Free Community. Go to http://www.drugfreesecaucus.org for more information.
Please see the attached memo from Interim Superintendent Ken Knops regarding water testing in our buildings.
A PDF version of the calendar can be found here.
The SBOE honored the four schools' Teachers and Educational Services Professionals of the Year during the Board's Showcase of Success at the April 28 meeting.
The Teachers of the Year are: Kimberly Woeckener from #Clarendon, Anna Critelli, Huber Street, Amanda Jones, SMS and Michael Vitulano, SHS.
The honored Educational Services Professionals are Lucy Biegler, Clarendon, Zahava Pianko, Huber Street (not pictured), Nancy Jaber, SMS (not pictured) and Kathleen Gerbasio, SHS.
The SBOE has approved its operating budget for the 2016-2017 school year. A link to the pdf of the advertised budget can be found here.
Congratulations to the following students for winning special awards at the #STEM Showcase held at
U.S. Naval Science Special Award
- Eshaan Mangat, Secaucus Middle School
- Tyler Lam, Huber Street
- Ergen Banja, Secaucus Middle School
- Eshaan Mangat, Secaucus Middle School
- Sri Manyata Peddinti, Secaucus Middle School
More information on this contest can be found here:
Congratulations to all winners!
Students from the middle and high schools celebrated Pi Day (3/14/16) with a variety of projects and activities. Pi - 3.14... is an infinite and non-repeating number that helps solve geometric problems involving circles. Teachers from both schools showed off their students' Pi-based creativity in a variety of ways. To see more images, please Like our Facebook page (SecaucusPSD) or our Twitter account (@SecaucusPSD).
We are proud to announce that the SHS Consumer Bowl Team has captured it's fourth straight Hudson County Championship in five years under Coach Cherryl Bott-Melfa. The Team defeated High Tech HS (North Bergen) 160-85 in the first round, then defeated Liberty HS (Jersey City) 165-40. The Hudson County teams who participated in the competition were Secaucus HS, County Prep, High Tech HS, Ferris HS, Liberty HS and Dickinson HS.
The SHS team goes on to the the Northern Regional Competition, which will take place on April 22, 2016.
To find out more about the Consumer Bowl, please go to http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/bowl
From left to right: Pierce Bolton, Kaitlyn O'Connell, Kendryck Ceballos and Robert Walshe
District Hosts Realtors Day
The district hosted a Realtors Day on Friday, March 11th for the purpose of familiarizing local realtors with the many positive attributes of the school district. As part of the day, the realtors were presented an overview of the district, provided with district data and information, and given tours of each school by the respective Principals and PTA Presidents.
In the accompanying photographs the Realtors and district officials pose for a group picture on the steps of Huber Street School and Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Robert Berckes provides the realtors with a visit to the school cafeteria during lunchtime.
Congratulations to Israel Vega, Natalie Collins, Mackenzie Szabo, Carlee Hults, Madison Delaney and Zachary Pascarello who were named Secaucus Middle School Students of the Month!
As our construction is well underway, click here to see the 3D architectural rendering of the project as it was envisioned.
Below are still shots of the architectural renderings
SHS Junior Akash Rana was honored with a standing ovation at the Secaucus Board of Education Meeting's Showcase of Success on 2/25 for his accomplishment of achieving a perfect score of 800 on the Mathematics section of the SAT.
In the photograph, honoree Akash Rana holds up his certificate as Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Bob Berckes, Mother Rita Rana, Father Pravin Rana, and Board of Education President John Gerbasio look on.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Presentation discussed at this event.. click here