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District Strategic Plan in Action

Friday, March 20, 2015

  • School 2 reading program is nationally recognized

  • Eastside Boys’ and Girls’ basketball teams have winning seasons

  • Black History show undeterred by weather

Effective Academic Programs

Gifted and Talented AcademyMaking math count - For the second year running, The Paterson Academy for the Gifted & Talented sent a team to the prestigious Mathcounts Competition. The students practiced hundreds of questions in preparation for the competition. This year’s event took place at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. This year’s team was coached by Mrs. Teresa Mola, and included students: Justin Dorsch, Dibya Dey, Marcelo Vargas, Lajayzia Wright, Emily Cruz, Carolina Flores, Emmanuel Roldan, Mohammad Abdulazeez, Sandra Navarro and Tawhid Ahmed. The school earned the award, “Most Improved School” for which they received a beautiful trophy, ribbons and certificates. A “Best in School” award went to Dibya Dey and Mohammad Abdulazeez. Mohammad also succeeded in scoring in the top 25th percentile!

GoPA’s Place in legal history - Ten Students from The School of Government and Public Administration (GoPA) made the local news when they became the first team in the history of Paterson to compete in the Vincent J Apruzzese National Mock Trial Competition since its inception in 1982.

This year’s trial was about a high school student who is injured on an overnight class trip while breaking curfew.  The schools had to set up a defense and a plaintiff team to try the case.  Each team consisted of two student lawyers and three student witnesses portraying roles from the case. 

The GoPA team consisted of juniors Jessie Cheramy, Marleene Rodriguez, and Jhonas Mercado. The team was rounded out with sophomores Zaire Lee-Dixon, Christopher Cristobal, Luz Arias, Jhonatan Garcia, Desirae Hazel, Nataly Rosas and Freshman Jonelsy Gonzalez.  Attorney Helen Tuttle of the law firm Drinker Biddle and social studies teacher Mr. Joe Marino have guided the team throughout the year.

  Should there be zoos Alexander Hamilton Family Reading

Ms. Hodges's School 15 fourth grade ELL students proudly displayed their opinion essays on the topic: "Should There Be Zoos?"  The students wrote a six-paragraph essay using strong arguments and reliable evidence to support their opinions.  As part of the project, the students made animals to enhance the bulletin board.

The Alexander Hamilton Academy celebrated Family Reading Night. During this event families were able to spend quality time reading, exploring and creating together. All of the participants exercised their imagination by entering the remarkable world of Dr. Seuss.

CAHTSSomething’s cooking - Four culinary students from the School of Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism (CAHTS) attended the NJ ProStart Culinary Competition held at The Grand Summit Hotel in Summit, NJ. The team consisted of junior Precious Mahoney, and seniors Ashley Chang, Luz Tejada, and Jacqueline Romero. These dedicated young ladies practiced diligently for the competition since last October. The yearly competition is sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).

Seven teams from around the state met to showcase their culinary talents. Competition segments included: menu planning and design, recipe writing, recipe costing, knife skills, and preparing a three-course gourmet meal within 60 minutes. After the six-hour event, a variety of scholarships are awarded to the top five teams. The CAHTS Ghosts impressed the sponsors and judges by placing fourth their very first time out.  Head Judge, Chef Paul Dillon, Dean of Culinary Arts at Hudson County Community College remarked, “Your team had the best poultry fabrication and knife skills.” Each of them received a scholarship to Monroe University.

SOIT winners

Write again! - The School of Information Technology (SOIT) also had two winners in the IPAC Black History Essay Contest Olivia Gauntlett, grade 11, won first place ($50.00) for her essay on how iconic figures in black history overcame difficult obstacles. Jose Zelaya, grade 10, won second place ($25.00). Jose did not speak or write English when he arrived in the United States from Nicaragua two years ago!

Spell-bound - The Dr. Frank Napier, Jr. School of Science & Technology held its 2nd Annual Spelling Bee for the first through fourth grades during the third week of February. Mrs. Joseph, a Grade 3 teacher, coordinated the Spelling Bee along with Mrs. Benitez, Ms. Hodge, Ms. Powell, and Ms. Tober. The students were eager and well prepared for the event. The audience was engaged and cheered all the participants on.

This year, Daviyon Brown, Nyasia Nelson, Melany Duran and Karina Pichardo are the winners of Napier Academy's Spelling Bee. They will be representing the school at the upcoming district spelling bee.

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The Rosa L. Parks School of Fine and Performing Arts held a highly motivational “pep rally” in advance of the PARCC testing implementation.

From Finland to Paterson - New Roberto Clemente School recently welcomed University of Helsinki Professor Maria Salenius, who spent several days in New Jersey before flying to Mississippi to present a paper at the annual John Donne Conference. During her visit, Professor Salenius had the opportunity to visit classrooms, share insights with teachers and students, and meet with Principal Hector Montes, who discussed with her plans for implementing the upcoming PARCC tests.  William Paterson University Professor in Residence Betsy Golden arranged the visit.

Maria Salenius

Ruby Cotton

Art and History - The Inner Faith Performing Arts Center, Inc., (IPAC) hosted its annual Black History Art and Essay Contest during the month of February at the Paterson Museum. Students received cash prizes and citations presented by the Honorable Councilwoman, Ruby Cotton. The arts center partners with the City of Paterson, NJ Grassroots Arts Commission, Women of Empowerment, and Heart of Hannah to organize a city-wide Black History Art and Essay 2015 Contest. Click here for a list of winners.

Supercharged reading - School 2 has made their reading engines roar! The school is now nationally recognized by Scholastic, Inc. for having read over 100,000 minutes with the Scholastic Rev-up Reading Race. Students and staff read for a total of 185,311 minutes between February 15th and February 28th. This event was held in conjunction with the Scholastic Book Fair and Read Across America Week, hosted by the School 2 Library.

School 2 Reading Race

School 1 Artists

Museum quality - Seventeen aspiring young School 1 artists had their work showcased at the opening of the yearly Student Art Exhibition at the Paterson Museum. The Paterson Museum Student Art Exhibition is a city-wide art show dedicated to the creativity of the young artists in our Paterson schools. The students were accompanied by their families and proud art teacher, Mrs. Moschberger. The students who are in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade at School 1 will have their artwork on display at the museum’s Hannah Gallery through March 27, 2015.

Rosa Parks Pi Day MLK reading

In celebration of Pi Day (an annual event dedicated entirely to the mathematical constant, Pi), the entire Rosa L. Parks School of Fine and Performing Math Department  wore Pi T-Shirts made by Ms. Jennifer Kolb. During the day, students were given circular treats, watched videos on the history of Pi and participated in a school-wide Pi contest. Sophomore Rafael Trofel was the winner who memorized 55 digits of Pi. This was quite an impressive feat, to say the least!

The Martin Luther King Educational Complex kindergarten staff and administrators, Ms. Monica Flores-Principal and Mrs. Ramona Marichal-Serrano, celebrated Read Across America Week by reading Dr. Seuss books and dressing up as “Things” 1 through 22!

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State District Superintendent Dr. Donnie Evans reads for a group of School 20 students as part of the annual Read Across America celebrations.

Creating and Maintaining Healthy School Cultures

Celebrating Black History – The district-wide annual celebration of Black History returned to the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex, albeit a month later than originally scheduled due to the weather. The postponement seemed only to energize the performers, because the 2015 production was one of the best ever! All of the originally scheduled schools participated and left their audience of students, parents, teachers and administrators wanting more. Poetry recital, choral singing, historical presentation, dance and instrumental music all aligned with a historic perspective on the contributions of African and African-American notables, made for a very stirring hour of student performance. In other words, “You should have been there!” But if you weren’t there, the entire show will be available on the district’s streaming video channel and cable access, schedule to be announced.

Black History Month Celebration

They raised the roof - More than forty students took to the New Roberto Clemente School stage to present a rousing performance in honor of Black History Month. Superbly directed by New Roberto Clemente music teacher Mr. Webb, the group drummed, sang, and danced their way into the hearts of their audience. The event also included a slide show featuring brief bios of various African-American musical artists followed by snippets of their best-known songs. The projected photographs and song clips often sparked spontaneous cheers and a choral response from the middle school students and teachers in attendance.

NRC Concert

Family and Community Engagement

Ghosts come up big - Congratulations to the Eastside Ghosts and Lady Ghosts basketball teams as both were named this year’s Passaic County Champions!  The boys’ team also claimed the 2015 Group 4 championship at Rutgers University.  This win earned the Ghosts a spot in the state Tournament of Champions (TOC) – only the third Passaic County boys’ basketball team to reach the TOC since its inception in 1989 – and they’ve done it twice since 2011.   The boys’ team lost on Wednesday night – but we could not be more proud of their efforts.  Kudos to both teams for an amazing season!

An exciting season - Taub/Doby concluded another exciting season. The 2014-2015 Taub/Doby Basketball & Cheerleading League is a program held each year in the City of Paterson, in collaboration between the Paterson Division of Recreation and the Paterson Public School District.  The League meets after school for practice. The season started in December and concluded in March.

The players and cheerleaders for the year 2014-2015 included children from Schools:  2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 18, 21, 24, 26, 27, 28, and 30, Alexander Hamilton Academy, Don Bosco Tech, New Roberto Clemente, Norman S. Weir and the Paterson Science & Technology Academy. This past season, each school had fifteen 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students on both the basketball team and the co-ed cheerleading squad.

Tigers roar! - On March 8th, The School 12 Tigers and the Paterson Charter School for Science & Technology Lions played the Championship Game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Approximately seven hundred students from the sixth, seventh and eighth grade attended the Championship Game, with the Tigers emerging victorious. The entire group got to enjoy a NY Nets game following the Taub/Doby shootout.  

School 12 triumphs! How about a look at the Taub/Doby championship game between School 12 and Paterson Charter School of Science and Technology at the Barclay Center?

Efficient and Responsive Operations
Kevin Walsh at NRC

Always growing - Kevin Walsh, Director of William Paterson University's Educational Leadership Program, recently visited New Roberto Clemente School (NRC) and met with teachers interested in applying for the Educational Leadership degree program. NRC social NRC Pizarro and Mascellinostudies teacher John Barriento part of the Class of 2016 program cohort came by to share his enthusiasm for the program. NRC's Professor in Residence Betsy Golden arranged the gathering and looks forward to welcoming new candidates soon.

New Roberto Clemente teachers Ms. Pizarro and Mr. Mascellino have had proposals accepted for the New Jersey Middle School Conference!  The two teachers will present workshops at William Paterson University, where the event will be held on March 27th.  

Upcoming Events

Mar. 24-26: 5 Yr. Long-Range Facility Plan Community Forum

5:00 - 8:00 pm.

Mar: 24: at School 21

Mar. 25: at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School

Mar. 26: at School 28

Mar. 28: Epitome of Soul Arts Symposium

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Rosa L. Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts   

Apr. 1: Board of Education Workshop

6:30 p.m. at the Administrative Offices, 90 Delaware Avenue

Apr. 3 & 6: Spring Break

District closed

Apr. 7 - 10: Spring Break

Schools closed

Apr. 15: Special Education & Bilingual Advisory Council Meeting

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at School 18

Apr. 15: Board of Education Regular Meeting

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

Apr. 16: 3rd Marking Period Ends

“I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”
— John D. Rockefeller American businessman and philanthropist