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District HiLites

In this issue:

  • Scholarships for tech-savvy students
  • School 28/PAGT takes a unique look back
  • Guys with TIES dress to impress
  • School 24 students strut their stuff
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December 3, 2015

Effective Academic Programs

Riding rockets to college

Robotics ScholarshipsFive members of the JFK Robotics/College Prep Team have received scholarships worth up to $40,000 from Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU). The team members all were enrolled in FDU’s Technical Enrichment & Outreach Program. The program gives students hands-on activities spanning various technical and scientific disciplines. The students built rockets and bridges, programmed computers, and conducted various practical experiments. Because of this program, which met every Saturday, the students all walk away with a greatly enhanced skill set, and a better understanding of what they need to be part of the future workforce. Tenth grader Yeraldine Ochoa expressed her many thanks by saying, "The professors and staff really cared about what we learned at the campus. I especially want to thank School 6 principal, Mr. Stanley Sumter for helping me to be part of this wonderful program."

Sound the alarm!

Academy of Health Science (HARP) juniors and seniors participated in Paterson’s City-Wide Emergency Preparedness Drill Exercise. The students received valuable information from a nationally recognized physician, Dr. James Pruden. Dr. Pruden is Chief of Emergency Medicine and an expert on emergency preparedness. HARP Academy's future health care professionals also assisted in triage of patients and evaluating critical cases. Allied Health Teacher, Lecia Williamson and Science Teacher, Edward Black served as chaperones during this career-related event.

Sound the Alarm
School 24 report card night golf cart

Students from School 24 showed the wonderful work they've been doing in class when parents visited for Report Card Night. A dramatic-comedy, "Squanto Helps the Indians," was acted out by Edward Russini's drama students. Later, Daniela Lopez’ dance students danced to “ABC-123” by Michael Jackson.

In the November 19 publishing of District HiLites, we reported on the fantastic job Eastside Auto Tech classes did restoring the Bauerele Field golf cart. Here is a photo of the like-new vehicle in all its resplendent glory!

Creating and Maintaining Healthy School Cultures

Ties to excellence

Guys with TiesThe “Guys with T.I.E.S.” club at the School of Education and Training (SET) at JFK is an organization dedicated to providing leadership opportunities, forums for the exchange of ideas, and stimulating interest in academic excellence. Membership is open to all junior and senior male students of SET.

T.I.E.S. stands for: "Talent, Intelligence, Excellence and Success." According to Mr. Uddin, one of the Guys with T.I.E.S. organizers, “We have a dual mission: one is personal and professional development of our students; the other, is to connect to our community and become better citizens. We advocate a team approach to help members get their lives organized and become familiar with resources to help them become better students.  We also focus on outreach programs that concentrate on fundraisers that assist charities in the healing process for hunger and homelessness. We also reach out to children and adults with cancer and other illnesses.”

A look back at the Silk City

Founder's DayThe city of Paterson has a dynamic history dating back to the 18th century and on Monday, November 30th, School 28 and the Paterson Academy for the Gifted & Talented (PSGT) celebrated its November 1792 founding. Founders Day is a time to reflect and take pride in our city’s many accomplishments. Staff, students, and special guests including State District Superintendent, Dr. Donnie Evans were able to participate in a gallery walk of research and artifacts about Paterson’s history as classroom ambassadors gave an account of their respective topics. Topics included historic landmarks, the Passaic River, The Paterson Silk Strike, Paterson Inventions and Hinchliffe Stadium, to name a few.

Dr. Evans delivered opening remarks to the student body, commending the students and staff for the hard work evident in their displays. He noted that Gifted and Talented Education serves the purpose of providing instruction that meets the learning needs of high performing students and that it was evident that the first objective of the District’s Strategic Plan, Effective Academic Programs, is being met. Finally, Dr. Evans thanked the children and their parents for their willingness to be a part of this school.

Prior to the Founders Day celebration, all students at PAGT viewed the documentary, “Paterson and Its People” which highlights our city’s diverse ethnic history. The executive producer and writer of the documentary, Dr. Vincent Parrillo, who is also a Sociology Professor and Graduate Director from William Paterson, came to the school to address the students’ questions about the film firsthand.

Tradition, rivalry, and fun

Thanksgiving Football game

The 91st annual Thanksgiving “Turkey Game” battle between The Eastside Mighty Ghosts and JFK Knights was as exciting as any from years past. The game started with flourish and fanfare that included star quarterback, Cornelius Kinchen tearing through the banner with his teammates, followed with the ceremonial kickoff by Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres. After a hard-fought battle, it was Kinchen who led his Knights to a 33-28 victory over the Ghosts.

Family and Community Engagement

With honor and appreciation

The School of Government and Public Administration at Eastside recently honored veterans from American Legion Post # 227 along with military veterans of the Eastside Campus staff.  All honorees received a Certificate of Appreciation for their dedication to our country and the preservation of our liberty. Cadets from the JROTC presented the American Legion vets with a total of twenty-five boxes of non-perishable foods, along with cards and letters from staff and students.  The American Legionnaires will package these goods together with the letters and send them to current soldiers who are deployed overseas during the holidays.

Gopa Veterans Day
dept. of special services School 9 Thanksgiving Tree lighting

The Department of Special Services hosted a forum entitled: Preparing for the Future Guardianship and Estate Planning for Parents of Special Needs Children and Adults. This event featured Passaic County Surrogate Court Judge Bernice Toledo, and Attorney Naomi Collier, Esq. Parents received a wealth of information on the process of guardianship and estate planning.

This year, School 9 carried on its annual tradition of donating Thanksgiving goody baskets to twenty-five community families chosen at random.

School 24 performing arts students were excited to be a part of Paterson's Annual Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony! Participants included select students from Ms. Daniella Lopez's dance classes. Students were chosen based on their love for the arts as well as their outstanding academic achievement!

Make no bones about it; a success

School 13 bone marrowDozens of staff, teachers, parents, students and community members turned out for a bone marrow drive at School 13. The drive was organized in an effort to help Everett Bridgers, a former School 13 student and son of staff member Kim Bridgers, who suffers from Sickle Cell disease. Volunteers swabbed their cheeks to be tested in order to find potential matches for him and hundreds of others who need bone marrow transplants. The drive yielded many new potential donors and raised funds to help cover the cost of the testing. For more information about donating or becoming a potential donor, contact “Be the Match” or The HLA Registry, DC #074, A Be The Match Partner Division of Community Blood Services, 102 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale, NJ 07645, (845) 494-6882.

Seventy-eight strong

In honor of Mrs. Mason’s six-year survivorship of breast cancer, she organized a walk to raise awareness of the health concerns facing many women. Six Alexander Hamilton Academy staff members joined seventy-two current and former students who participated in this heart-warming event held at Overpeck Park in Bergen County.

Student participation involved making banners and collecting donations for the American Cancer Society. These efforts satisfied the requirements for their school-based Service Learning Project. The event has become an annual Alexander Hamilton tradition.

78 strong

Efficient and Responsive Operations

Back to (high) school

Professor Nadeen Thomas and her Diversity and Equity in Schools class from William Paterson University (WPU) recently paid a visit to the School of Information Technology (SOIT) at Eastside. The class of approximately twenty- five WPU students met with SOIT Principal, Vivian Gaines and SOIT’s Climate and Culture teacher, Wallace Gaffney, to learn about the history of SOIT and receive an overview of its pathways and student growth data. Coordinated by the SOIT Professor in Residence, Ms. Dina Scacchetti, the students also participated in a Q&A session with Principal Gaines. Following that, the group toured the building and stopped to observe some classes, including two technology courses.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 3: HARP Blood Drive

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at 175 Main St.

Dec. 10: District Annual STEM Expo

9:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. at John F. Kennedy Educational Complex gymnasium

Dec. 11: Early Dismissal for Students

1:00 p.m. for students

Dec. 16: Board of Education Regular Meeting

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

Dec. 23- Jan. 1: Winter Recess

District Closed

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
— Dale Carnegie, author and motivational speaker