District HiLites

In this issue:

  • New paperless forms system is operational
  • JFK's Cornelius Kinchen best in Big North!
  • NBA employees have a ball volunteering at School 10
  • “Girls with Pearls” club mobilizes at SET
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October 1, 2015

Effective Academic Programs

Ahead of the curve

Jessie Cheramy and Marleene RodriguezSeniors Jessie Cheramy and Marleene Rodriguez from the School of Government and Public Administration at Eastside High School (GOPA) are both taking two college courses through a dual enrollment program with Passaic County Community College (PCCC). They are enrolled in Astronomy and College Algebra, which are courses offered within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program. As Marleene explains, “It’s a great experience because we are sitting side by side with college students and we are all getting the same education! It feels great knowing that we can do the work and compete with college students!” Marleene and Jessie plan to take two more classes during the spring semester and will have earned a total of twelve college credits by the time they graduate high school.

Nation building, one girl at a time…

 Jessie CheramyJessie Cheramy, a junior from the School of Government and Public Administration at Eastside High School (GOPA), was sponsored by the West Milford Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Post 289 to participate in Girls State New Jersey 2015.  Jessie embarked on her week-long adventure at Georgian Court University where she took part in building a virtual city, state, county and country. “I got to experience first-hand, the ins-and-outs of how a government works. It was awesome; I made lots of friends and learned how to network.” Upon arrival to Georgian Court University, Jessie registered to become a citizen of a city.  Together with other citizens, she worked to establish a local government and elect city officials. Two cities created a county to be organized by freeholders and a sheriff; then, those counties became a state and created a state government. The young ladies had their choice of various offices or positions they wanted to campaign for. Jessie was appointed as a high county official.

A taste of college

Robotics TeamThe Department of Family & Community Engagement recently organized a college trip for the students of the JFK Robotics/College Prep Team. The club visited the Rutgers Newark campus for their annual, Jump Start College Tour. During this event, the students were given a detailed lecture on picking which college degree they should pursue, received insight into the financial aid system, and heard accounts from Rutgers graduates about what it took to finish college. The students gained valuable information on making the most of their college education. Student Christopher Martinez offered this insight, "I'm really looking into the Rutgers Law School as a focus. I'm happy that this event cleared up many of my questions about going to college. I feel I'm better prepared now for what’s to come."

Creating and Maintaining Healthy School Cultures

Reactivating a popular club at SET

The Girls with Pearls club is back at the School of Education and Training at the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex (SET) this year. The club’s young women are ready to do great things!  This year the group is being led by Ms. DiMarco and Ms. Katz, while Ms. Rodriquez is assisting with all things culinary. Ms. Que will be assisting with volunteer matters and community involvement. 

The club currently has three committees which include: Social Action, Design and Fundraising. Each committee will have student leadership and a faculty advisor. Each committee will operate on its own and then report their progress back to the club.
Academic activities will include guest speakers, field trips, preparing for college interviews, writing college application essays, and etiquette, all while building friendships that will last a lifetime!

Some exciting activities and events are planned for this year. There will be a Breast Cancer Walk that includes the sale of ribbons and baked goods to raise money and awareness for the cause. There will also be various volunteer activities within the community like visits to the Adult Day Care Group at Christian Health Care Center, where members spend quality time with the senior residents. The annual Blue and Silver Ball will take place in the winter which is an exciting event for everyone involved.

welcome back night at school 13 Marco Joseph

School 13 held their Welcome Back Movie Night on September 18. It was a time for families old and new to the school to network and be updated on some of the exciting activities planned for this year.

Marco Joseph, a GOPA senior, participated in the Northeastern Invitational Track Meet last summer. He travelled to Connecticut with a local Paterson Track Team, Transit East, and competed in the 400m Hurdles, 4x1 Relays, and the 4x4 Relays, taking first place in all three competitions.

Healthier schools recognized

Healthy SchoolsFour district schools have earned awards for leading comprehensive health, physical activity, and wellness efforts during the 2014-2015 school year. Three of them earned the Bronze Lets Move! Active Schools Award and one school earned both that and the 2015 Bronze National Healthy Schools Award from The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Tobi Knehr, Director of Full Service Community Schools & Grants Procurement, Director of Physical Education, Athletics & Health Services, Anna Adams, and Ms. Jessica Schaeffer from the Alliance were all on hand at the September regular meeting of the Board of Education to present each school with a handsome plaque recognizing their achievement. Bronze Lets Move! Active Schools Awards were presented to: The School of Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism at Eastside High School, the School of Government and Public Administration at Eastside High School, The School of Information Technology at Eastside High School and The School of Education and Training at John F. Kennedy Educational Complex (SET). SET will receive their National Healthy Schools Award at the Leaders’ Summit, which will be held October 2-4 in Washington, DC.

20,000 votes for our favorite QB!

After a vigorous campaign to see that our hometown quarterback got the big prize; Paterson JFK Knights’ own Cornelius Kinchen gets the win! He has been selected as NJ.com’s Top Big North Quarterback, with some 20,000 votes to his credit. Cornelius has once again done his team, city, school district, family and friends proud. Click here to read the whole story at NJ.com.

Hispanic Heritage Month at SET

In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, School of Education and Training at the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex (SET) teacher, Belkis Lepiani, created a hands-on project in her Spanish classes where students research and present information about Hispanic celebrities. The students have been very excited to read, write and learn about a variety of famous Latinos.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 in the United States. During this time, we recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and this group’s impact on our society through their heritage and culture.

Family and Community Engagement

NBA staff volunteer at School 10

School 10 welcomed over 100 employees of the National Basketball Association (NBA) for their Day of Service. The organization’s global community outreach program, NBA Cares sponsors this program, which addresses important social issues such as education, youth and family development, health and wellness.

School 10 students (grades 4-8) enjoyed a number of workshops including: Solar Car Workshop, Anti Bullying Workshop, and a Chocolate Bridge Building Activity. A Nutrition Workshop discussed the importance of good health, while the Leader of the Jungle activity exposed students to the democratic election process. The NBA Fitness Clinic allowed students to engage in basketball and fun fitness activities. The employees also built a table for the Teacher’s Lounge, made a Titans’ Pride sign out of cups that is currently displayed on the playground, painted an array of college banners and made benches for the school’s upcoming Harvest Festival.

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Efficient and Responsive Operations

Say goodbye to paper

In an effort to streamline and expedite our operations, while at the same time saving trees and respecting the environment, our district has launched its new “paperless forms” initiative using the Versiform system. This web-based system is an exciting step towards advancing our district priority to increase the efficiency and responsiveness of our internal operations. 

Versiform is easy-to-use, secure, and all processed forms are stored for future retrieval and reference – and all district staff members have access to the system. There are currently more than 10 frequently used forms available, with more to come. The Paterson Public Schools Versiform portal is available via a link button on the district “Staff” webpage.

New and improved App!

appThe Paterson Public Schools application for mobile devices has proven to be a very popular vehicle for communicating with all district stakeholders. This year, we have instituted a brand new app for all to download, so we can all stay connected with the latest important announcements, news and emergency notifications. If your device currently has the old district app installed, you must delete that first; then go to your app provider (Google Play for Android or Apple App Store) and search “Paterson Public Schools,” download the new app, and open it. Be sure to set your preferences for your school or schools, and of course choose “district” for important information that affects the entire school district. That’s all there is to it.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 7: Board of Education Workshop

6:30 p.m. at 90 Delaware Ave.

Oct. 12: Columbus Day

District Closed

Oct. 14: PSAT Testing

1:00 p.m. High School Student Dismissal; Full Day for Staff

Oct. 21: Board of Education Regular Meeting

7:00 p.m. at John F. Kennedy Educational Complex

Oct. 30: Staff In-Service

1:00 p.m.Student Dismissal

Nov. 4: Board of Education Workshop

6:30 p.m. at 90 Delaware Ave.

Nov. 5: NJEA Convention

Schools Closed

Nov. 6: NJEA Convention

District Closed

Nov. 11: Veterans' Day

District Closed

Nov. 13: 1st Marking Period Ends

Nov. 17: Report Card Distribution (9-12)

5:30 – 7:30 pm

We are each given a block of marble when we begin a lifetime, and the tools to shape it into sculpture. We can drag it behind us untouched, we can pound it to gravel, we can shape it into glory.
— Richard Bach, Writer