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Honoring 40+ Years of Service

40 years plusFollowing an invitation from Acting Superintendent Eileen Shafer, 32 current employees of Paterson Public Schools came to the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex auditorium to be honored for their 40+ years of service to the district during the September Board of Education meeting. Loud applause reverberated around the theater as each name was read along with his or her total years serving the children of Paterson. When combined, the service of these dedicated district employees equals more than 1300 total years! Leading the pack in most years served is JFK Secretary, Phyllis Hamer, who has 61 years on-the-job! Running a close second, is JFK Supervisor of School-Based Science, Jane Silverstein, who has accumulated 56 years with the district. Click here for a chart listing all of our dedicated staffers with 40+ years of service.

Doing Our Part for Hurricane Relief

Like many of you, over the past week, I have watched the devastation that the people in Texas and Florida, have endured because of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.  Many families were displaced, and the road to recovery will take many days, months or even years for things to get back to normal for those affected.  Nelson Mandela once said, “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

The Paterson Public School District would like to make a difference in the lives of the residents of Texas and Florida, particularly the students who are impacted.  I am requesting that you partner with us in this effort so we can be united in our display of support in helping those in Houston to rebuild.

Please give your donation to the people as follows:

1st Floor – Shawnee McLeod & Robyn Jackson (Security)
2nd Floor – Beverly Hayek
3rd Floor – Michele Fiorillo
4th Floor – Gloryvette Rodriguez

Once these individuals collect the contributions, they will be given to Ms. Pamela M. Powell, Chief of Staff at 90 Delaware Ave. The downloadable donation form must be completed and signed when the money is hand delivered to Ms. Powell. If you would like to write a check to make your donation it should be made payable to the American Red Cross. After all of the contributions are collected, one donation will be sent on behalf of all who contributed.  

Thank you.

Eileen F. Shafer
Acting State District Superintendent

Welcome Back Video Message from Superintendent

Please listen to this important message from Ms. Eileen Shafer, Acting Superintendent, regarding her goals and expectations for the 2017-2018 school year. This video also features messages from every union leader, our Board President, and our Deputy Superintendent.  

Superintendent's welcome back video

Use Internet Explore to view video.

Paterson Releases “Readiness to Open Schools Report” and Launches New Attendance Campaign (#PPShowUp)

Superintendent Shafer shares all initiatives/events taking place to ensure all schools are fully ready to open for students on Sept. 7th. She also introduces new campaign to promote daily student attendance.  Read more here:
Opening Schools Press Release

Board Report Part 1
Board Report Part 2a
Board Report Part 2b
Board Report Part 2c
Board Report Part 2d
Board Report Part 2e
Board Report Part 3

Summer Leadership PD

The full week of training at PCCC included a lunch break to view the eclipse.

Summer PD PowerPoint Presentation: English     Spanish

PCCC training

eclipse viewing

Paterson Public Schools Partners with Insight Insight logo

Insight Network will provide and manage the substitute program for Paterson Public Schools in the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Click here for information on how to apply and on the times and locations of open house sessions.

2017 Crisis Intervention Manual Available

The 2017 Crisis Intervention Manual along with crisis forms, brochure and crisis resources are available on the Student Assistance webpage.

Get Connected with Paterson Public Schools

Like us  on FacebookFor up-to-date information about district events join the official Paterson Public Schools Facebook page.

Panther Academy Weather Station

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 three documents: Ordering Process, Purchasing Manual, and EduMet Requisition Training Manual

Praxis II Tests

This site has some great free Praxis 2 practice test questions.




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