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Happy Thanksgiving
District Strategic Plan in Action

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Effective PANTHER teacher interviewed

  • Community forum to present “Brighter Futures”

  • JFK/Eastside Thanksgiving Classic marks 90 years!

Effective Academic Programs

PANTHER teacher highlighted - Recently, PANTHER Academy physics teacher, Mr. Ahmed Salama, was interviewed by journalist Steve Adubato on his television program, “One on One”. Some of Mr. Salama’s effective teaching activities with his students were profiled, followed by an in-depth interview by the award-winning reporter. You can stream the entire segment by clicking here.

Keen on Kean - About 20 students and parents from the School of Information Technology (SOIT) made an informational trip to Kean University. This trip was different from many other school-sponsored college visits, in that the students were required to be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult. This requirement helped foster greater parental involvement in the college application process and gave parents an opportunity to see first-hand what campus life entails.
The SOIT group received a warm welcome and had a wonderful time touring the campus grounds, athletic facilities, academic facilities and a residence hall.  The students even had got to sample on-campus dining and were treated to a free buffet lunch in one of Kean’s cafeterias.

A highlight of the experience was a review of the university’s unique Spanish-speaking program which provides an extra opportunity for students who have been in the English as a Second Language program at any point during their high school years. This special program is unique to Kean University.

Stomp Rockets

Stomping for knowledge - The students in Mr. Thompson's class at the School of Government and Public Administration took part in an outdoor lab exercise using “stomp rockets”. Stomp rockets are model rockets propelled by compressed air created by stomping on a rubber bladder. The students worked in groups of three in preparing to propel their rocket. During the rocket flights, the students recorded the total flight time. Once back in the classroom, all students had to use their newly acquired knowledge of gravity, free fall, and two kinematics equations to solve for the initial velocity of the rocket and altitude achieved. This lab applied two real-world situations where the properties of physics could be applied.

It’s no wonder - Alexander Cardillo, Personal Aide at School 7, recently donated a set of brand-new "Wonder Novels” to the School 7 Library. Mr. Cardillo's generous donation was in remembrance of his grandmother, Rosaria Cardillo, who passed away last December. School 7 students are extremely excited to start reading Wonder Novel themes such like anti-bullying, tolerance, and respect.

Pictured from left to right are: Media Specialist, Ann Hazley; Language Arts Teacher, Barbara Turco; Personal Assistant, Alexander Cardillo; School 7 Principal Nicholas Vancheri; and Language Arts Supervisor Alexis Canonico.

School 7 Wonder Novels

sharing resources

Good stuff! - New Roberto Clemente teacher and “Tools 4 Schools” liaison, Sandralis Gonzales, recently headed to Hillside, NJ, where she filled her car with free notebooks, graphic novels, backpacks, pushpins, bookmarks, and paperclips for her Paterson colleagues and students. Upon her return, she scheduled sessions before and after school and during her lunch and prep periods, when her fellow teachers could receive items from the treasure trove. Science teachers, Ms. Chiquito and Mrs. Cruz, gratefully took advantage of this opportunity. Ms. Gonzales also assisted Ms. Chiquito in registering with the organization and arranging a time when she, too, might gather supplies at the Hillside warehouse. 

Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools 

Bullies take note! - Ms. Karcich’s second grade class at the Charles J. Riley School 9, are determined to make a difference.  In honor of Violence Awareness Week, the class “took a stand and put up a hand” against bullying. Students discussed different types of bullying and what they should do if they experience bullying directly or as a bystander.  Each paper hand is their pledge to put a stop to bullying in their classroom and their school. Ms. Karcich and Ms. Sarameh facilitated the project.

School 9 Violence Awareness

Strike! - As a way to promote school spirit while breaking down some of the barriers that make communication between students and teachers difficult; Destiny Academy undertook their first Positive Behavior Support in Schools (PBSIS) Bowling Trip on Oct. 23rd. About 100 students and staff knocked down the pins at Parkway Lanes in Elmwood Park. The bowling trip was put coordinated by the Destiny Academy PBSIS committee.

Family and Community Engagement

Save the date – State District Superintendent Dr. Donnie Evans will be hosting a Community Forum centered on the new 5-Year Strategic Plan, “Brighter Futures”. The forum will be taking place at International High School on Thursday, December 4th beginning at 6:00 p.m. Included with an outline of the new Strategic Plan, the forum will deliver detailed information on how the district plans to continue its forward momentum with programs such as “School Choice” at the elementary schools. As always, Dr. Evans and members of his administrative staff will respond to questions and comments from the public at the conclusion of the presentation.

Football rivalryAn historic rivalry - The year 2014 marks the 90th anniversary of the annual Thanksgiving Day football game between the John F. Kennedy and Eastside. In preparation, both entertained their opponents, in back to back scrimmage contests, on a chilly and blustery November day. The two teams turned in tremendous performances, prefacing their impending “Turkey Bowl” showdown.

Present at both contests this season was an impressive array of both Kennedy and Eastside football alumni. Members from both sides of the fence spoke about what is perhaps one of the longest high school rivalries in the entire nation, and of the particular games in which they themselves played. This group includes present Kennedy Head Coach, Mr. Ron Jackson.  Another luminary on hand was Mr. Al Moody. Mr. Moody played as both a junior and senior for Central High School in the 1963 and 1964 games. This year, Perennial district educator and former BOE President, Ms. Willa Mae Taylor is slated be honored at the big game.

This years’ Thanksgiving Day game will be played on Thursday, November 27, at 10:30 a.m. at Baurle Field. Most of the fans attending the tune-up games were hesitant to predict a winner. Two opinions were offered, however. Recent Rosa Parks graduate Nigel Smith stated, “I think Kennedy will win by a score of 23-19.” Terra Gatling, a current wide receiver for Eastside, currently on the injured reserve list, picked his team to prevail by a score of 21-14.

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School 7 students took on their counterparts from Schools 18 and New Roberto Clemente for a running competition organized by physical education teacher, Mr. Aaron Goldstein. The students and teachers had a great time working on staying in shape and rooting on their respective classmates.

School 24 morale boostersA real taste of home - As a school-wide project, the students and staff of School 24 are going to be “Morale Boosters" for the sailors stationed aboard the US Navy Guided Missile Destroyer, USS Gridley. The Gridley is currently on deployment and won't return to the U.S. for 6 months. The School 24 community will also be writing to sailors aboard the USS Comstock, also on deployment, and a local Air Force unit on deployment in Afghanistan. The School 24 family is determined to bring smiles to the brave servicemen and women overseas. They have been busy making decorations, writing letters, packing boxes, and have already shipped their “Thanksgiving in a Box” packages overseas. These servicemen and woman will be spending the holidays away from family and loved ones, and these items are sure to bring happiness and joy across the miles! If you or your school would like to join the School 24 Morale Booster project, contact Ms. Kathy Bruno. By the way, Ms. Bruno's own daughter, Brittany Davis, is stationed aboard the USS Comstock.


Cheering at Christmas in Florida - The Eastside Elite Cheerleaders will be traveling to the Colorado Springs Disney Resorts, Buena Vista, Florida on December 4 through 7, to participate in the 2014 National Cheerleading Association (NCA)/National Dance Alliance (NDA) Christmas Extravaganza at the Annual Disney Christmas Parade. The parade will be broadcasted on local and national television, including the Disney Channel on Christmas Day.

These young ladies competed for the opportunity to attend the Disney event at this year’s NCA Summer Cheer Camp at Rowan University. Both Junior Varsity and Varsity teams won the honor to attend, and Miss Patrice Bailey attained All-American status with the NCA.

GOPA Veterans DayThey Served with Honor - The School of Government and Public Administration (GOPA) held its annual Veterans Day Program honoring all veterans on November 14th in the Eastside Media Center. Honored guests included veterans from American Legion Post # 227 and veterans currently on staff at the Eastside High School Complex. The program began with a call from the Battalion Commander (BC) of the JROTC “Mighty Ghost” Battalion, Stephanie Alamo, for the Posting of the Colors. Ms. Alamo stated the purpose of the day, followed by a thank you message to the veterans delivered by Cadet YVeteran's Day Tapsazmeel Rodriguez. Historical remarks were shared by Cadet Marleene Rodriguez. BC Stephanie Alamo along with Cadet Sargent Major Adrian Rodriguez and Cadet Kasey Sanchez called all attending veterans forward, and after introducing them, had them place a flagged pin where they served on a World map. “Taps” was played by Sargent Sanders after a moment of silence for the fallen. In closing the program, GOPA presented the veterans from Post #227 with 23 packages of collected items to be sent to soldiers presently deployed overseas. The Student Government Association of the school also presented the VFW Post with their own special gift.

Efficient and Responsive Operations
NRC at William Paterson

Nearly a dozen teachers from School 12 and New Roberto Clemente recently attended a William Paterson University (WPU) Professional Development Workshop on “Co-Teaching” as taught by Professors Liz Brown and Peter Griswold. Dr. Golden, WPU Professor in Residence at both schools, accompanied the group.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 26: Early dismissal

1:00 p.m. for students; 1:10 p.m. for staff

Nov. 27-28 Thanksgiving

District Closed

Dec. 3: Board of Education Workshop

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

Dec. 4: Community Forum

2014-2019 Brighter Futures Strategic Plan
6:00 7:30 p.m. at International High School  

Dec. 4: "Prepare for College" Workshop

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Rosa L. Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts

Dec.17: Annual "Dinner for the Needy"

5:00 - 8 p.m. at Eastside High School  

Dec. 17: Board of Education Regular Meeting

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

Dec. 17: Special Education & Bilingual Advisory Council Meeting

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at School 9

Dec. 23: Early Dismissal

1:00 p.m. for students; 1:10 p.m. for staff

Dec. 24-31 Winter Recess

District closed

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