District HiLites

In this issue:

  • High School Academy Fair comes to JFK October 29

  • Kennedy places in Yearbook competition

  • School 6 wins Family Arts Festival

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October 19, 2015

Effective Academic Programs

2015-2016 Academy Fair

The annual High School Academy Fair comes to the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex gymnasium on Thursday, October 29 beginning at 6 p.m. The High School Choice Fair is essential for eighth grade students, their parents and caregivers to learn all about the twelve unique Paterson public high schools. Each school offers a different career focused theme, designed to engage students’ particular interests and future goals. At the Fair, students and their families can meet and talk to representatives from each school including: the principal, teachers, guidance counsellors, and even currently attending students!

School 29 Principal

School 29 Principal Jorge Ventura recently spent a morning at William Paterson University as a contributor and participant in a series of round table conversations about the use of technology in schools.  Mr. Ventura, who has introduced Google Classroom in his school, shared insights with more than a dozen educators visiting from the Netherlands.

On the road to college

Robotics at MSUThe Department of Family & Community Engagement organized a trip for the JFK Robotics/College Prep Team to attend the Montclair State University Open House. The university gave the students a opportunity to experience, first-hand, what the college has to offer. Almost every dean of the various departments were on hand to answer questions about their particular programs. The students were able to attend many break-out sessions that provided in-depth lectures on their major courses of study. Our students came away with a greater understanding of the university as a possible choice for college. Student Abdul Khalifa stated, "The university gave us so much information about career choices, that I feel better equipped to pick which university I want to attend. I'm so happy I came here to learn about MSU."   

The write-stuff

JFK Journalism II AwardThe 2015 yearbook, produced by Journalism II students in the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex, has won third place in a state-wide competition, the 2015 Summer Yearbook Contest, sponsored by the Garden State Scholastic Press Association. Yearbook adviser, Mrs. Amy Rios will take students from all four academies to Rutgers University to participate in Fall Press Day where they will attend various journalism workshops. 

Creating and Maintaining Healthy School Cultures

Worldwide understanding

The School of Education and Training at the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex (SET) is participating in two projects to build global awareness. In Youth Talk, a Bridges of Understanding Foundation and Global Nomads Group initiative, students will connect with peers in the U.S., the Middle East and North Africa while building cross-cultural awareness and global citizenship. As project director, Ms. Elisabeth Gitelle, SET English teacher, will help her students explore the driving question, “How do we, as youth, engage our communities to create positive social change?” 
Ms. Gitelle will work Carol Bruzzano, Professor in Residence from William Paterson University, along with SET teachers, Mr. Carlos Rios, and Mrs. Lories Nye-Slockbower, in the semester-long program which features weekly lessons, a global citizen project and four video conferences with international students.
In a second activity, Ms. Christine Keppel’s art students and their peers in Mrs. Nye-Slockbower’s Literature in the Classroom will have an opportunity to creatively practice kindness and develop global awareness. They will create portraits and storybooks for youth in Madagascar, Africa, by participating in Memory Project (http://memoryproject.org). The nonprofit organization invites art teachers and their students create portraits of youth around the world who have faced serious challenges. SET teachers were given photos of 20 children in a Madagascar orphanage. Students will create portraits and storybooks that will be hand-delivered to the children early next year. SET students will enclose their own photos in the packet, as well.

Dr. Evans visit to school 20

Dr. Evans paid a visit recently to Mr. Walker’s 5th Grade class at School 20 and paused for a picture.

Leading By Example

ACT Student LeadersThe School of Architecture and Construction Trades at the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex (ACT) is proud to introduce their student representatives for the 2015-2016 school year. The student reps were chosen based upon their citizenship, grades and behavior. The ACT reps are expected to lead their fellow students by setting a positive example in the halls, cafeteria and classrooms. These students are also members of the Student Government Association (SGA). Each student was given an academy shirt that has the words, Student Representative displayed on the back. They are encouraged to build pride in their school amongst their peers.


Port of Call: Paterson

School 3 military visitOn September 11, School 3 received a visit from Ms. Bruno’s daughter, Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) Davis. Students in Paterson Public Schools have been part of a Morale Booster project with the officer for several years now, and LTJG Davis has visited several classes within the district during that time. This year, Davis brought with her many items she has gathered during her travels around the world, along with her many experiences. The students will continue to remain in touch with LTJG Davis through letters and e-mails. On her next visit in December, she will be bringing a very special, surprise visitor from the United States Marine Corps.


Angels on her shoulder

Kudos to New Roberto Clemente (NRC) students Angel Morel and Yeniser Cruz, who recently jumped into action to aid a teacher in need. The boys noticed science teacher, Ms. Cruz, pulling her car back into a parking space at the end of a school day because of a flat tire; they raced over, quickly removed the tire and replaced it with the spare before the teacher had time to ask for help. They even ran to the mechanic around the corner to borrow the tools they needed. Well done, Angel and Yasir, and many thanks from Ms. Cruz the district for being such fine role models!

Family and Community Engagement

Is there a doctor in the house?

School 5 medical fairThe Dept. of Family & Community Engagement, working alongside the New Jersey Help Center (NJHC), Full Service Community School 5, New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC), and the JFK Robotics/College Prep Team, hosted a Medical Fair to assist the people who live in the school’s community. Over 200 people received a wide range of much needed medical services. Those services included, were but not limited to: flu shots, eye exams, blood sugar screenings and blood pressure screenings. Thanks to the generosity of numerous medical organizations, all these services were provided at absolutely no charge to the community.

More than just an ounce of prevention

In support of National Fire Prevention Week (October 4 - 10), Architecture and Engineering firm, LAN Associates, provided four Paterson public schools with educational materials that teach children and adults the importance of fire safety and preparedness at home, school, and the workplace. “A student’s education and a safe working environment come hand in hand,” said Paterson Mayor Joey Torres.  “Opportunities like this allow our teachers to stress the importance of fire safety to their students, a subject where knowledge is crucial to safety.”
LAN Associates is an architecture and engineering firm that specializes in designing and renovating buildings with high fire safety standards. LAN Associates supplied fire prevention banners, posters, brochures, and goodie bags to students at Schools 4, 15, 24, and 25.

JFK varsity soccer team

The New York Red Bulls Community Outreach program provided the JFK Varsity Boys soccer team with free tickets for the Red Bulls Vs Montreal Impact game on October 7th. The boys had a great time, experiencing lasting memories, especially for some who had never been to a professional game before.

Art, for the sake of our planet

School 6 environmental artPaterson’s School 6 has won an NRG Creatively Green Family Arts Festival from Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania, and NRG Energy, Inc.  School 6 was selected as one of the six winning schools out of 18 that applied from New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. Winning schools receive an opportunity to host a family event for up to 300 people, featuring Young Audiences artists that celebrate imagination and creativity while promoting a better understanding of individual and community responsibility to protect our planet. The two hour family arts festival consists of a dynamic performance by a Young Audience artist focusing on the importance of protecting our environment; hands-on art making workshops led by Young Audiences’ professional teaching artists that promote environmental sustainability; and a community art-making project to be played, displayed or shared during the event.

Get the new smart device application

No one should be without the Paterson Public Schools application for smart devices. Whether you are a student, parent, teacher, administrator, support staff, or stakeholder of any kind, the NEW Paterson Public Schools app is an essential tool to be connected around the clock with your school and the district. With the app you will get immediate notification of important dates, events, breaking news and emergency announcements. You can also view calendars, food service menus, athletics updates and much, much more.
Getting the app is easy; just visit the Google Play Store for Android devices or the Application Store on Apple devices and search “Paterson Public Schools.”  Download the free app, set your preferences to receive notices from the district, along with your individual school or schools and you’re set! That’s it! (NOTE: if you have the “old” Paterson Public Schools app on your device, you must delete it first.)

Back to School Night at School 13

school 13 back to school night

Upcoming Events


Oct. 19 - 23: School Violence Awareness Week

Oct. 21: Board of Education Regular Meeting

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

Oct. 29: High School CHOICE Fair

6:00-8:00 p.m. at JFK 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



Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing."

-- Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president