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Scott Durham Achieves National Certification

Mr. Scott Durham, our very own Supervisor of Athletics at John F. Kennedy, has attained national certification with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). Having completed a rigorous course of examinations and various qualifying accomplishments, Mr. Durham is now fully designated as a Certified Athletic Administrator. Mr. Durham is the first district athletics administrator to attain this high standing.

Attention: All Elementary Schools

The Department of Humanities is calling all First, Second, Third and Fourth Grade spellers to the district Spelling Bee!Spelling Bee
Third and Fourth Grade Spelling Bee April 24, 2015
First and Second Grade Spelling Bee May 29, 2015
Time & Location:
8:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. at School 24
Additional information please contact
Wanda Kopic, English Language Arts Supervisor, 973-321-2220 or 

Photos from last years Spelling Bee

Human Resource Services Extended Office Hours

The Human Resource Department announces extended office hours from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at 90 Delaware Avenue

Wednesday, February 4                              Thursday, February 19
Wednesday, March 11                                 Thursday, March 26
Wednesday, April 1                                      Thursday, April16  
Wednesday, May 13                                     Thursday, May 28
Wednesday, June 3                                      Thursday, June 18

Central Office Employee of the Month for January

Paterson Receives Accolades from Editors of

In an opinion piece, NJ.Com has recognized Paterson Public Schools for its innovative use of educational programs aimed at reducing chronic absenteeism. Click here to read the full editorial.

'Double Your Impact' Grant Available

Many educators are familiar with the “DonorsChoose” program (donorschoose. org) where grantors of funds are matched with specific classroom needs and projects. Now, thanks to an anonymous grant, Paterson teachers can “Double Your Impact” for pre-k through grade 2 projects that cost less than $800. This “Double Your Impact” grant is available NOW, so submit your project as soon as possible. Visit the Giving Page to see and donate to active Paterson Double Your Impact school projects, or go to to learn all about the organization and get started with your special project!  For more information, see the attached flyer.

NJ DOE Announces its New InnovateNJ  Web Site

The New Jersey Department of Education’s (NJDOE) Office of School Innovation is pleased to announce the launch of the new InnovateNJ initiative. Details can be found in this document and on the InnovateNJ web site.

Get Connected with Paterson Public Schools …
Download our APP

Now you can be connected with the district and our individual schools through Paterson Public Schools’ new downloadable application (APP) available for portable “smart” devices! Discover the many useful features of the PPS app by viewing this video created by Rosa Parks HS students. Instructions on how to access and use the app can be found here. It's easy!

Dell Specials for Paterson Public Schools

Dell computer has special offers for Paterson City School District students, faculty, and staff.  Visit to take advantage of their promotions or call 1-800-695-8133 and reference Member ID: US29289392. Current specials can be viewed here.

Student Growth Percentile Video

SGP VideoThis video is part of the NJ SMART educational series. It provides viewers with a better understanding of what a student growth percentile (SGP) is, the concept of academic peers and how it relates to growth percentiles, how an individual SGP is calculated and interpreted, and how SGPs can be reported and interpreted for groups

Panther Academy Weather Station Operational

Get up-to-the-minute weather information from the Panther Academy Weather Station simply by clicking on this link. Alternatively, you can download and install on your computer the weatherbug application (select Paterson and Panther Academy as your location). For further information contact Planetarium Manager, Gary Swangin.

Purchasing Process for District Staff

Proper procedures to assist Paterson Public School employees in making authorized purchases for the school year are clearly outlined in the following two documents: Ordering Process and Purchasing Manual



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