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					                             MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS

MONTH: May 2008
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: JEFFERSON SCHOOL

Kindergarten
    Ms. McCrea’s Kindergarten engaged in:
         o Addition of single digit numbers (Harcourt Math)
         o Letter families –at, -ap, -ad (Harcourt Reading) their pronunciation and
             application in sight words.
         o Water discoveries (Harcourt Science)
         o Thematic Units and Centers on Insects -- Ichthyology
    Mrs. Northrop’s Kindergarten engaged in:
         o Science- Planting and daily observation of seedlings as they grew
         o Social Studies- Identifying holidays, using a timeline and recognizing
             parts of a calendar including, day, week, month.
         o Language- Word Basketball, Oral Reading, Expanding Sight Word Lists
         o Math- Addition and Subtraction as they play Math Basketball
         o Writing- Writing stories using more than one sentence

First Grade
     Mrs. Pereira and Mrs. Paglucci’s first grade classes are continuing to work on
       Theme 5 Set Sail in Reading. This theme centers around all sorts of different
       places characters explore from backyards to far away destinations. Infused within
       this theme are lessons on long vowels, verbs, main idea, describing words, and
       distinguishing from reality and fantasy. In Social Studies, we are continuing Unit
       6 The Marketplace, where the students are learning about markets, things peop le
       want, and the work that people do. This unit coincides with our current
       Math Unit on Money and Time. In Science, we are discussing Unit D Weather,
       which is the perfect integration with our current curriculum.

Second Grade
    Mrs. Nolan’s and Mrs. Korycinski’s second grades receive mail on a daily basis
      from all parts of the world. The envelopes contain replies from the Flat Stanley
      project in which they are presently engaged. In Math, students are learning about
      geometry, three digit place value, and patterns. Integrating reading and science,
      children are studying the solar system. The unit of study began with a story in the
      second grade reading anthology entitled "Postcards from Pluto." Students created
      solar system projects at home and shared them with the class. They also used the
      computer to find photographs of the planets and visited some interactive websites
      on the Smartboard.

Third Grade
      Mrs. Keogh’s 3rd graders:
    Picked-up and packaged over 300 trees for student distribution on Earth Day.
    Earned Read to Succeed passes to Great Adventure.
      Traveled to the Papermill Playhouse to view Dear American.
      Planted seeds, observed and measured their growth: sent plants home for
       Mother‘s Day.
      Created a Mother‘s Day placemat with an original repeated pattern design for the
       border (Math related)
      Created a class video which will be sent home with a parent journal.

Mrs. Harte’s 3rd grade:
   Explored various graph forms by using manipulatives and the Smartboard.
   Prepared for the annual Spelling Bee and conducted their in-class competition.
   Prepared for class trip by studying immigration and beginning history of the US.
   Traveled with 3K to Papermill Playhouse to see Dear America.
   Completed summary of a chapter books which each child read independently.

Fourth Grade
    Miss Jacobson’s 4th grade Science class continued to learn about and work with
      electricity and magnetism. Students completed hands-on investigations in which
      they identified and compared characteristics of magnetism and electricity. The
      classes began to study the physical properties of matter and completed
      investigations to study the states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases.
    Mrs. Herrmann’s 4th grade Home room activities:
      -Participated in Teacher Appreciation Week activities
      -Class Spelling Bee (1st place) Maritza Cubello (2nd place) Jaela Ross-White
      -Mrs. Laughlin and Mrs. Dennison read to class
      -Class trip to Liberty Science Center
      -Mr. Fernandez (Andrew‘s father) gave a presentation on
        The Meadowlands Commission
      -Character Magic Assembly
      -Engaged in Mother‘s Day activities
    Mrs. Rotondo’s 4th grade students recognized Native American Rights Day
      which is observed on May 12th , by engaging in a writing prompt where students
      explained why some people look down on others because they are different. A
      whole group discussion followed with ways to treat all people equal. Students
      created and illustrated unique Mother‘s Day poems. May 18 th was Youth Against
      Violence Day; the class discussed bulling, ways to avoid fighting and methods to
      prevent fights. A writing activity followed where students listed ways to help
      others during a potentially dangerous situation. Dr. Carrick, New Jersey City
      University Professor in Residence, worked with all fourth grade math students on
      an M&M activity. Students sorted, estimated, aggregated and graphed data in
      cooperative groups.
    Mrs. Applegate’s 4th grade Social Studies class completed booklets from New
      Jersey State House about various aspects of New Jersey‘s municipal, county, and
      state government. Students also completed research projects about notable New
      Jersey people, places, and historical sites. Reports were required to have
      background information, pictures, contributions and/or importance about the
          approved topic of their choice. Students orally presented their reports in class.
          Leveled readers were also used to supplement these topics.

Fifth Grade
     Miss Jacobson’s 5th Grade class completed NJASK testing. Students began the
       study of atoms and elements. They learned concepts about elements, compounds,
       and molecules. They also applied their concepts by using the periodic table to
       find specific information and identifying elements.
     Mrs. Rotondo’s 5th grade math classes continued their focus on higher level
       thinking questions in preparation for the NJ ASK, which was taken the week of
       May 5th . Fifth graders focused on Study Island as a test preparation tool.
       Students were encouraged daily to complete all areas of assessment on Study
       Island. As a review, SmartBoard technology was employed for various
       mathematic activities and lessons.
     Mrs. Herrmann’s 4th and 5th Grade Language Arts Classes
       Mrs. Herrmann‘s Language Arts Classes are eagerly engaged in Literature
       Circles. Students are not only progressing in reading and writing strategies but in
       discussion etiquette as well. The 4-6 member groups are working simultaneously,
       each reading different teacher approved novels and performing different tasks.
       The small groups of students are enjoying gathering together to discuss their
       novels in depth. They are all engaged in critical thinking and reflection as they
       read, discuss, and respond to their book. In addition, the students are involved in
       cooperative learning and peer collaboration experiences. Each member of the
       circle is assigned a daily role which helps guide the group in their reading
       activities. Students are enjoying reading many different novels within their circle
       inside and outside of class. These Literature Circles are building excitement for
       books!
     Mrs. Applegate’s 5th grade Social Studies class studied key people and events
       leading up to and including the American Revolutionary Period. Students were
       given a list of people, places, and events of material discussed in class from which
       they were to choose one topic to research and complete with a diorama with
       detailed information about the topic. Dioramas were orally presented in class. To
       supplement information about this period in American History, students watched
       a historical fiction movie, Johnny Tremain, and related it to material in text and
       discussed in class.
     Mrs. Applegate’s 5th grade class took NJ ASK 5 in Math and Language Arts.
       The class had completed work on Study Island in these areas. Writing Workshop
       folders were completed by all students, with selected pieces put into individual
       writing folders that were combined with pieces from previous years to be sent to
       NAMS. Students also worked on completed individual memory essays of their
       time spent at Jefferson School.

Art
         Ms. Cronk’s Art Classes continued their world tour this month! In May we
          visited Asia and Australia. Each grade created several unique projects inspired by
          the cultures and countries we studied. Some of our exciting projects included:
               Kindergarten- Chinese Paper Fans
               1st Grade- Aboriginal Dot Pictures
               2nd Grade- Rice Paper Kimonos
               3rd Grade- Elegant Asian Elephants
               4th Grade- Henna Designs
               5th Grade- Gyotaku Fish Prints

Music
   Mr. Mullens’ instrumental music students marched in the Memorial Day
      Parade and partook in a very successful and enjoyable Spring Concert. They are
      looking forward to ―touring‖ the elementary schools in early-June. This will
      provide an opportunity to showcase their newly acquired instrument skills.

Comprehensive Health & Physical Education
   Mrs. Robb’s Physical Education students in grades 3, 4, and 5 contributed
     $1505 to the American Heart Association as a result of funds raised through a
     Jump Rope for the Heart. The schools will receive a $100 gift certificate for
     physical education equipment from US Games. Mrs. Robb also arranged for an
     assembly program with the New Jersey Devils Hockey Association. Former
     Devil Rob Skrlac (right wing #32 ) spoke to students in grade 3, 4, and 5. He
     spoke of sportsmanship, character and decision making.

Computers
   Mrs. Paglucci, grade 1 teacher recently received an Ed Foundation grant which
     enables her to purchase an interactive computer assisted learning program entitled
     Reading A to Z. All primary grade teachers are becoming familiar with its
     nuances.

Speech
    Mrs. Hale’s students receiving speech and language services have made progress
      towards mastery of the goals set forth in their Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
      Goals have been addressed in the context of the general curriculum and/or NJCCS
      when appropriate.

BSI, Supplemental Reading, Student Support:
    Mrs. Volpe’s Resource Class continues to be successful in completing the
       curriculum instruction according to each students Individual Education Program
       (IEP) and weekly action plans. All students are successfully progressing towards
       their own goals and objectives.
    Mrs. Osinski‘s and Mrs. Young‘s students are eagerly engaged in computer
       assisted instruction in both reading and in mathematics. Geometry ,
       multiplication and long division skills are the focus of their encounters.
    Mrs. Osinski’s second graders enjoyed using yardsticks and rules to measure
       ―everything and anything‖ in their classroom. They then set about using
       balancing scales to determine equal weights given items with different densities.
ESL
      Mrs. Nouravi, ESL teacher, recently administered ―The MA C II” to evaluate the
       English Proficiency of students in grades K-5 in four areas : speaking, listening, reading
       and writing. Also, the Reading A-Z website has been used in many ESL classes in
       grades 1 and 2. Students had an opport unity to ask and answer questions as they read
       the story books.

Health Office
   o Nurse-Doreen Terletzky is presently conducting an assessment and intervention
       of health needs for a recently diagnosed 7 year old diabetic student. The process
       includes developing an Individualized Healthcare Plan (IHP) as mandated by the
       Department of Education.
   o Due to an outbreak of pediculosis, examination of grade specific students occurs
       at regular intervals.
   o Participated in Kindergarten orientation.

Workshop Attendance
   Ms. McCrea participated in several Saturday workshops focused on delivery of
     early childhood curricula
   All staff members participated in cross curriculum meetings conducted Tuesday
     May 13, 2008.

Trips:
    Ms. McCrea’s Kindergarten went on a class trip sponsored by the PTO to Van
       Saun Park, Paramus. The visit included admission to the Bergen County Zoo,
       train, pony and carousel rides, as well as a class picnic.
    Mrs. Northrip’s Kindergarten sojourned to the TurtleBack Zoo on a class
       outing. Their visit too included a train ride and class picnic.
    Other class trips included: Ellis Island and Liberty State Park; The Liberty
       Science Center; The Bronx Zoo.

Student Recognitions
    For over a decade North Arlington Elks Lodge #1992 has supported The GOOD
      CITIZEN AWARD which recognizes and rewards students for their exemplary
      school citizenship and outstanding work ethic. In early June, 48 Jefferson School
      students will be so honored.

School Accomplishme nts
    Ms. Colleen McCrea attended Teacher of the Year Recognition d inner held at the
       Fiesta in Carlstadt. On hand to greet this year‘s outstanding teachers was the
       County Superintendent Dr. Graham.

Special Programs
    Grades 3, 4, and 5 participated in the annual Jefferson School Spelling Bee
    Mrs. Young, Reading Specialist, recently conducted The Battle of the Books for
       grades 4 and 5.
      Ms. McCrea’s class sent paintings and cards to McCauley Hall Health Care
       Center, Watchung, NJ, as part of their character education unit on volunteerism.
      Mrs. Nolan’s second grade held their annual pancake breakfast. Student teacher
       Sondra Infante and aide Natalie Keliber assisted the class. Students were
       responsible for cooking, setting up, serving, cleaning up, and decorating the gym.
       ―We learned important life skills and about nutrition and a great time was has by
       all and the pancakes were delicious !”

NEWS REALEASE

The National Schools Project is designed to share our youth‘s talents with others as well
as provide publishing opportunities for young poets. Ms. Marge Maier, elementary
reading coach, presented North Arlington‘s Washington School students with the
opportunity to write original prose. Not only did she coach and work with many of these
students to submit their creations, but also she made this information available district-
wide through a newsletter, a website, and a bookmark created for distribution. Tatiana
Yared, a gifted and talented student in Mrs. Korycinski‘s 2 nd grade became aware of this
opportunity. She visited Ms. Mair‘s website for details and then Tatiana took the
initiative to follow through and submit her poem. After review by a panel of educators,
Tatiana‘s poem was selected for publication in the 2008 edition of Young American
Poetry Digest (several Washington School students also had their poems selected). The
selection panel chooses only the best poems submitted and are especially well written for
the age level of the student. This is the 12 th year of this National Schools Project --
complete information can be found at www.youngpoets.org. Ultimately Tatiana hopes to
put here poem to music by using Garage Band which is an interactive computer program.
Noteworthy, of course are the Washington School students whose works were also
selected for publication.
                              MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS

MONTH: MAY
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - ROOSEVELT
Pre-K
    Mrs. Mack’s Pre-kindergarten class began their study of butterflies. Children
      are learning about the life cycles of butterflies and are observing and recording
      changes to their caterpillars on a daily basis. The class is anxiously waiting for
      the butterflies to emerge. As an art project, the students cut out butterflies and
      then painted them to resemble the Painted Lady butterflies. These are beautiful
      and are displayed on the corridor bulletin boards.
    Pre-K Parents continue to read to the class. This month Mrs. Alho and Mr. Ketz
      read to the children.

Kindergarten
    Mrs. Malanga’s kindergarten class has been learning about insects this month.
      The children acted out the metamorphosis of a butterfly, did an author study of
      Eric Carle, created their own Hungry Caterpillar stories, made craft caterpillars,
      painted butterflies, measured bugs and sang insect songs. They are now waiting
      for their real caterpillars to emerge into butterflies!

First Grade
     Mrs. Arena’s first grade class is learning the format of letter writing. Children
       created a postcard to a friend or a family member after learning the steps of
       writing the address. They also illustrated a picture of the place they visited on the
       front of the postcard. The postcards are displayed on our school corridor bulletin
       board.

Second Grade
    Mrs. Phalon’s class, as part of their science and math program, planted two types
      of seeds, marigold and green beans. The students observed and recorded
      observations in a journal daily. Students also measured the lengths of stems and
      leaves and recorded the measurements in their journals.
    Students continue to use Harcourt School.com on a weekly basis to reinforce
      literacy focus skills (cause and effect, main idea, synonyms, and antonyms).

Third Grade.
    Mrs. Giuffre’s third grade class worked in small groups to make murals of their
      community. The mural included landforms, bodies of water, climate, human and
      physical features. Student groups presented their murals to the class and then
      displayed them in the hallway.

      Mrs. Crismale’s third grade class chose a biography from the library. After
       reading a book, students completed a book report. Oral presentations about the
       biography they read will be made before the class by each student. Students will
       dress the part of the person they read about as they perform their work.
Fourth Grade
    Ms. Jaume’s fourth grade class is already preparing for the grade 5 state test.
      The students have risen to the challenge of persuasive writing. First, they wrote a
      collaborative piece regarding a new design for the New Jersey State Quarter.
      Using their Social Studies textbook as their resource, they each designed their
      own state quarter and wrote an accompanied persuasive essay.
    Ms. Jaume’s fourth grade class demonstrated their understanding of realistic
      fiction in their latest book report. The theme was Café Jaume. Given a ―menu‖
      of options, the students selected how they wished to depict information from the
      story. Differentiated instruction was offered as they chose from an appetizer,
      entrée, and dessert. On the day of their oral presentations, Ms. Jaume served a
      food sample from each section of the menu. The lesson was a huge success.

Fifth Grade
     Mrs. Badiola’s fifth grade class wrote persuasive paragraphs about whether or
       not public trials are necessary in a democracy. Citing both sides of the
       controversy, children backed their opinions with facts and also provided an
       opposing idea. The paragraphs were then transposed into notes and used for
       public speaking

Resource –Special Ed
    Mrs. McKenna, Resource Room teacher, worked collaboratively with Mrs.
      Arena as an inclusion teacher in the first grade as the children learned how to
      write postcards. The children had to write about a place they had visited. Mrs.
      McKenna assisted her resource room children and their classmates.

Basic Skills
     Mrs. DiTommaso gave each Basic Skills student 10 index cards on which to
       write ten of their spelling words. As Mrs. DiTommaso dictated the words,
       students wrote one word on each card. As a class the misspelled words were
       corrected. The index cards were then sorted onto two tables, one table labeled for
       words that end with ―ild‖, the other table labeled for words that end ―ind‖.
       Students had to sort their index cards and place them on the correct tables.
Art
     Ms. Cronk’s Art classes continued their world tour this month! In May, they
       visited Asia and Australia. Each grade created several unique projects inspired by
       the cultures and countries they studied. Some of the exciting projects included:
     Kindergarten - Chinese Paper Fans
     1st Grade – Aboriginal Dot Pictures
     2nd Grade – Rice Paper Kimonos
     3rd Grade – Elegant Asian Elephants
     4th Grade – Henna Designs
     5th Grade – Gyotaku Fish P
Music
   Mr. Mullins’ band students from each elementary school have been rehearsing
      at Roosevelt School for their Annual Spring Concert. All efforts with students in
      the instrumental program at their home schools have been to practice and rehearse
      in small groups to be ready for this special event. Rehearsals at Roosevelt School
      provide students and teacher their first opportunity to hear the full sound of the
      entire band.

Comprehensive Health & Physical Education
   Mrs. Robb’s classes met with challenge problems this month:
     Kindergarten and Grade 1 had a basketball challenge of counting aloud their
     baskets while working as teams and trying to score higher in a given amount of
     time than the other time.
     Grades 2 & 3 had a transportation challenge using scooters as boats and having
     to take a goat, a wolf and a head of cabbage across the river. The goat, if left
     alone, would eat the cabbage and the wolf would eat the goat. The children
     enjoyed shuttling back and forth across the ―river‖ to try to find a solution.
     Grades 4 & 5 were fascinated with the challenge of ―Oceans & Islands‖ in which
     each team must cross the ocean using scooters and jump ropes, and not touch the
     water at any time. Hula hoops were strategically placed in their paths to provide
     ―Safe Islands‖.

       These problems required students‘ critical thinking skills, teamwork, solving
       mental problems and using students using their physical abilities.

     ―Peds for Kids‖ program, begun last year with grant funding, was introduced to
     Grade 3. Students learn about pedometers, how to reset, how to attach them to
     their clothing and then keep a log of their results each gym period. The goal is to
     have a greater number of steps each gym class and to stress eating a healthy diet.
Computer
   Miss Tokarz program continues to support classroom instruction:

       Kindergarten / First Grade students are working with Trudy‘s Time & Place to
       learn direction, time, and map skills.

       Second Grade students are working with Kid Pix Deluxe drawing tools to make
       a spring picture. Students will demonstrate the use of lines of symmetry to make
       a butterfly.

       Third Grade students are continuing to use Typing Pal, Jr. for basic
       Keyboarding skills as recommended in the State Standards. One lesson is
       included as part of their weekly Technology classes. The students are also
       working with Kid Pix Deluxe to make a simple slide show that shows the topic of
       spring and how things grow.
       Fourth Grade students are continuing to work with Keyboarding skills in
       Typing Pal Jr. whenever a project is completed and they have extra time.

       Fourth/fifth Grade students were given Schoolexpress.com website (Typing) as
       an at home source to practice Keyboarding.

       Fifth grade students are working with Kid Pix Deluxe in groups to make and
       present a slide show including transitions, sound, and the production of the slides
       themselves.

World Language
   Mrs. Gonzale z’ students in grade 4 participated in an interactive board game-
      style classroom object vocabulary game. This game uses the Smart Notebook
      software displayed on Smart Boards at Jefferson and Washington Schools.

School Accomplishme nts
    An Autism Speaks fundraiser was sponsored by our Student Council under the
       guidance of their advisor, Mrs. Badiola. Change was donated by our students
       during lunch time for one week. This fundraiser was done because one of our
       Roosevelt School families has an autistic child. Children donated $ 86 to this
       worthy cause.

Special Programs
    The Roosevelt School Annual Butterfly Program has begun. Each classroom
       including ESL and Resource Rooms received a Butterfly Pavilion and 33 Painted
       Lady caterpillars with special caterpillar food. The caterpillars take about three
       weeks to develop. Children‘s books were also purchased for each class,
       appropriate to the grade level, so that children can learn more about the life cycle
       of the butterfly.

       To aid the Butterflies on their day of release, Mothers’ Day flowe ring plants
       were purchased for each class. Each class selected a barrel and planted their
       flowers. When the butterflies are released next month, they will be released near
       the flowers and trees on our front lawn. This will be a ready source of food
       supply for our butterflies on their release until they are ready to fly away.

      Mothers’ Day Plant Sale
       Plants were made available for all children to purchase at cost for Mothers‘ Day
       gifts. This program is an annual program run by the PTO as a service to our
       children.
Field Trips
     Mrs. Badiola’s fifth grade class, on May 27th , will visit the Stirling Hill Mine in
       Ogdensburg, New Jersey. This trip correlates to the New Jersey Core Curriculum
       Content Standards, 5.8.A. Earth‗s Properties and Materials as well as augmenting
       our study of Earth Science.

      Mrs. Badiola’s fifth grade class attended the North Arlington Middle School
       production of Into the Woods. The students and teacher totally enjoyed the
       production. Attending the program is very motivating to our students who
       become excited about being a part of the production when they are in the NAMS
       next year. It is also wonderful for our staff, students and me, the principal, to note
       how many of our past Roosevelt School students were involved in the Into the
       Woods.

      Mrs. Badiola’s fifth graders will attend a NAMS orientation program during the
       last week in May.
                            MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS

MONTH: MAY
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: WASHINGTON

Pre-K
Mrs. Luciano’s – Pre-K class

      Science – We learned about the life cycle of a butterfly as we watched the
       amazing changes from caterpillar to butterfly. We we re great “butterfly
       keepers”.
      Math - We learned about symmetry as we painted one half of a butterfly
       shape, closed the paper and rubbed.
      Lite rature - We have enjoyed learning nursery rhymes and acting them out.

Pre-K
Mrs. Johnson’s - Pre-K class

      Mrs. Johnson’s Pre-K class has been very busy again this month learning
       about opposites and rhyming, reviewing all the letters in the alphabet and
       exploring numbers and patterns. They have really been enjoying their time
       in the gym playing “Duck, Duck, Goose”, running races and playing various
       games with balls.
      We are so thankful to all of the parents who came in during the week their
       child was the “Star Student”. Just this month alone, the children we re able
       to make personalized visors and t-s hirts; bring home an “injured” stuffed
       bear and create a cute ladybug or ant art project (along with snacks!). All
       materials were provided by our generous and creative pare nts.

Kindergarten
Mrs. Haag’s - Kindergarten class

      Science – We walked around our school neighborhood and looked at all the
       different plants that had started to bloom. We pulled a dandelion weed so
       that we could study the diffe rent parts: roots, stem, leaves and flowe r.
      We planted our own individual sunflowe r seed and gave them water, sunlight
       and air. Then we waited for them to s prout. Some of us have transplanted
       our plants to our backyard. We are hoping that our sunflowe rs will reach 12
       feet in height.
      Continuing our lesson about plants, we studied the different types of leaves
       that have grown on all the diffe rent trees near school. We saw pointy leaves
       and “needle” leaves. We talked about how the leaves looked the same and
       how they looked different. We dre w a picture of all the leaves we saw.
First Grade
Miss Pusaver’s – First grade class

      The 1st grade students completed and pe rformed their “Living Book
       Reports”. The students dressed up as the characte r from the story they
       chose and performed a retelling of it. Family me mbers enjoyed watching this
       special performance.
      In Math we are learning time and measurement.
      In Reading, the 1st grade is learning all about underwater animals to go
       along with the story The Big Big Sea.

Second Grade
Ms. Mielke’s - Second grade class

      In May the students in Ms. Mielke’s 2nd grade class worked on a time-line for
       social studies. They charted important events in their second grade
       classroom. Each student illustrated their event on chart paper to conclude
       this activity each student typed their event on our classroom computer. We
       will display our time-line in the hallway in June.

Second Grade
Miss O’Connell’s - Second grade class

      Students in Grade 2-O worked with a partne r to create and illustrate poems
       about the weathe r. The fifth grade students paired with the second grade
       students to type their poe ms on the laptops. The poems was presented to our
       class. This project was the matically based and it included science and
       language arts.

Third Grade
Mrs. Schneider’s - Third grade class

      Studnets started reading novels with accompanying teacher made open-
       ended questions for students to answe r in essay form.
      Students made tessellations by using pattern blocks traced onto construction
       paper.
      Students completed research reports on desert animals.

Fourth Grade
Ms. Verrier’s - Fourth grade class

      Class Play – “Red Writing Hood” performance
      Class Trips – “Birds of Prey” at Ramapo College, Libe rty Science Center
      Science Hands-On Investigation – coral reef diorama
      Social Studies – research re port on a person from NJ history
      Mother’s Day – Cards and Plant Sale
      School Assembly – reptiles
      Book Fair

Fifth Grade
Ms. Lonergan’s – Fifth grade class

      The fifth grade went to see the middle school play this month.
      Relief was had by all whe n the NJ ASK test was completed.
      The class enjoyed the reptile assembly.
      The Student Council raised money for the victims of Myanmar.

Pre K-3 class:
Ms. Kenny’s - PreK-3 class

      Read Book: Giraffes Can’t Dance - All activities for this week were based on
       this book.
      Students visited the Turtle Back Zoo and recognized animals.
      Students discussed various animals that you can find at the zoo.
      Students painted the dots on giraffes and discussed attributes of the animal.
      Students made the cricket from the above book. They discussed different
       bugs.
      Students played, “Guess the Animal” with two students from Mrs. Luciano’s
       class. They picked an animal cracke r and pretended to be the animal they
       selected. The other students guessed what animal they were.

First Grade
Mrs. Kosiakowski’s – First grade class

      In May we planted cucumber seeds and watched them grow into seedlings.
       We made sure we kept the soil moist and kept them in the sunlight. Then we
       took the m home to plant in our garden.

      We practiced our inve nted spelling while writing about our favorite season.

      We also learned how to read a thermometer. First we put it in hot water and
       then we put it in cold water. We saw the me rcury rise and fall!

Second/Third Grade
Ms. Whalen’s – Second and Third grade class

      Ms. Whalen’s 2nd and 3rd grade class has been very busy. We had a fantastic
       trip to Turtle Back Zoo. Come see the pictures hanging in the hallway. We
       made beautiful magnets for our mothers for Mother’s Day. We also got the
       opportunity to purchase flowers from the PTO Plant Sale. We’ve been
       working on money and measuring in both math and science. In social studies
       we learned about diffe rent cultures and we looked up on our world map
       whe re our ancestors came from. We saw a wonde rful assembly called
       Snakes & Scales. Boy, did we enjoy touching the boa constrictor. We also
       learned about Memorial Day and made beautiful flags. Congratulations to
       Brian for earning Student of the Month for May.

Fourth Grade
Mrs. Cutruzzula’s – Fourth grade class

      Mrs. Cutruzzula’s 4th grade class took part in Friendship Day sponsored by
       the Elks Organization at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. The children
       enjoyed the train ride, animal exhibits and lunch provided by the Elks.
      The Verizon Pioneer Club sponsored our trip to Liberty Science Center in
       Jersey City. The students vie wed “Hurricane on the Bayou” at the IMAX
       Theater before visiting many of the hands-on activities.
      Mrs. Cutruzzula’s fourth grade class learned how to write letters and
       address envelopes. The students wrote letters to professional athletes,
       entertainers and even a presidential hopeful. The class walked to the North
       Arlington Post Office to mail their letters and are hoping to receive responses
       back.

Fifth Grade
Mrs. Frede rickson’s – Fifth grade class

      Mrs. Frede rickson’s 5th grade class at Washington School successfully
       completed and survived the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge
       2008 test!
      On May 13th , High School Guidance Counselor Mrs. Marie Griggs, and he r
       group of outstanding sophomore ladies, brought a most interesting program
       about bullying to our class. The Viking girls directed role plays and asked
       questions from the 5th grade students. It was an enlightening experience for
       everyone and we appreciate the work that M rs. Griggs and her pupils put
       into the presentation.

Physical Education
Mrs. Scalia’s - Physical Education class

      The 2nd through 5th grade students are busy completing the 8 physical
       challenges which test individual and partner skills. Some of the events are
       tennis paddle, balance shuffle, hula hoop, pogo stick, jump rope and volley-
       up. Students are encouraged to physically challenge themselves in
       completing the 8 events.
      Certificates will be awarded to students who complete at least 5 events.
MONTH:_May 2008
MIDDLE SCHOOL

Mathematics
   Miss Neubaue r's math classes learned how to plot points in each of the four
     quadrants on a coordinate grid. Then, they used that knowledge to create a
     picture by plotting points. Next, they wrote up a list of directions for someone
     else in the class to follow to hopefully get the same picture after plotting the
     points. Her students also worked on the Four Color Problem. This problem
     requires students to use only four colors to color the entire United States, and no
     two states could touch that were colored the same color.

      Students in Mr. Bernstein's eighth grade math classes created scale model
       houses which were then put on display. This lesson was the culmination of
       lessons dealing with scale, proportion, like figures, perspective and geometry.
       Students demonstrated their skill in combining elements they have learned this
       year to successfully produce a real scale model of a house. Students had a lot of
       fun and helped each other throughout the lesson. The variation and creativity
       employed by the pupils was something to behold.


      Miss Thomas’ 6th , 7th, and 8th grade math classes will be spending the rest of
       the year working on real-world math situations. In only a few years these
       students will be responsible to do some planning, whether it‘s on a trip or figuring
       out how to save money for a car. Students will learn all the preparation and
       budgeting it takes to fulfill a strong desire.

           o The 6th and 7th graders worked in groups to create a dream vacation to
             a place of their choice. Groups started with a dollar amount and through
             this, they will be responsible to find transportation, hotels, excursions, and
             meal plans to fit their budget. The students found the right price, booked
             the accommodations through their travel agent, Miss Thomas by the use of
             checks. They were also responsible to find the exchange rate of the
             American dollar for leaving the states, differences of time zones, and
             creating a map drawn to scale.

           o Miss Thomas’ 8th grade students took the budgeting project a step
             farther. They had fun earning a salary from a career of their choice. The
             students were required to choose a career and then randomly picked a
             salary out of a ―hat‖ after a probability lesson. After learning their
             salaries, including how much they will net and gross each week, the 8 th
             graders were able to create a budget. They browsed through the
             classifieds to find an affordable home and car, learned what their average
             bi-weekly (as opposed to monthly) utility bills would be and then picked
             out the best cell phone plan.
        Mrs. Califano’s math students investigated volume by creating and comparing
        containers of various shapes. The students made 3-dimentional figures using
        three 5x8 index cards and folding one into a rectangular prism, one into a
        cylinder, and one into a triangular prism. They taped these figures closed and
        added bases. Next they estimated which shape would hold the most or the least
        (the volume). Finally, they used rice to test these predictions.

        Miss Maucione’s class completed their 4th marking period project. This project
        consisted of the students teaching the class. They picked a lesson out of their
        textbook and had to teach the class. They were split into groups and were given
        about 15-20 minutes to teach the lesson. The students were creative and really
        enjoyed this project. The students also constructed their own 3-D figures. They
        were given a pattern and had to fold the pattern into a 3-D figure. Once they
        folded the pattern they had to complete a chart listing the characteristics of the 3-
        D figure. Foldables were used throughout the month to help students remember
        geometric terms.



        Ms. Janzcak math students worked in a group of three and planned a vacation.
        Given a specific budget, they needed to calculate their round-trip costs for travel,
        lodging, food and entertainment. Students worked on multiple math skills, e.g.
        making decisions. Travel options, rounding numbers, estimating the costs of all
        the above, calculating the overall costs for a vacation, and using techno logy in
        problem solving. At the end of the project they presented their plan in the form of
        a collage on poster board to the teacher.




Language Arts
    Mrs. Duff’s sixth grade class read Where the Red Fern Grows this past month.
      After reading, the students watched the movie and did a comparison of the book
      and the movie using a Venn diagram.

       Mrs. Helms’ reading class focused on their expository writing skills. The
        students were assigned a how-to project. Each students wrote an essay on how-to
        prepare their favorite family recipe. Focusing on an audience and using order
        words, the students presented their how-to essay to the class. Topics that were
        chosen were; Chicken Yakitori, Chocobobs, Irish Soda Bread, Seker Pare, & Flan
        de Coffee to name a few. Finally we all got to enjoy the deliciously prepared
        food.
   Mrs. Boyd's 7th grade reading students were immersed in a variety of folk
    tales. The students studied the elements of myths, legends, tall tales, and fables.
    They researched and located folk tales from their own background. As a
    connection with math, the students used tangrams to create pictures to retell that
    folk tale. They acted out the folk tales read in this unit as a review for the test

   Miss Keeler’s Reading class entered Tolkein‘s legendary world of Middle-
    Earth. The class was introduced to his classic novel The Hobbit and all of the
    mythical races of species within it. Beginning with the lore of dragons, the class
    compared and contrasted the personality traits of realistic and fantastical beings.
    After the setting was understood, the class began to follow the quest of the titular
    Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.Through both group activities and individual assignments,
    the class explored the various themes of the novel; these include Bilbo‘s heroism,
    race, lineage, and character.

   Mrs. Coughlin’s 6th grade writing classes worked on expository writing. This
    area of writing deals with the importance of accurate information. Writing
    invitations, creating maps, and writing directions for making their favorite
    sandwiches are among the activities the classes worked on to learn expository
    writing. These lessons fulfill the NJCCCS in many ways including 3.2B 5, 6, and
    9 and 3.2 D 12.


   Mrs. Kowalczyk's Writing 8 classes have had a busy year writing many essays
    and doing a great deal of vocabulary development work. This month the students
    spent their class time on a few fun projects. The first one was called "Broadcast
    News", where the students had to work on writing an actual newscast using their
    creative writing and critical thinking skills. The next one was called "Magazine
    Magic", where the students used several different writing styles to write different
    articles for a magazine. The last one that they worked on was called "A Cooking
    Show", where the students got to create a cooking show that they could do in
    class and then bring in the finished meal so that the rest of the class could sample
    it. These projects were the culminating activities to a long year of writing many
    different essays and articles.

   Mrs. Keegan's 6th Grade Reading Class just completed their second mystery-
    suspense novel of the year. They already started reading their third novel and
    want to finish a fourth before the school year ends. The class did a great job re-
    enacting some of the scenes from the novel. They have already written some
    predictions on how the story they are reading now will end.
          Mrs. Callahan’s 7th grade reading classes continued reading the book Holes.
           Character development and conflict were key areas of discussion.
          Mrs. Callahan’s 7th grade writing classes concluded their unit on persuasive
           writing by writing essays which related to changing the school hours and
           extending lunch time.
          Mrs. Callahan 6th grade reading classes began reading Top Ten Ways to Ruin
           the First Day of School. Classroom discussion revolved around genre, author‘s
           purpose and an author‘s use of humor.



   World Languages
    Mrs. Marchese’s sixth graders learned all about the activities they do after
     school. They have learned many verbs to express their pastimes and hobbies.
    Mrs. Marchese’s seventh graders learned the verb to have and the three
            different meanings.
                    1. I have cold, thirst and freight. ( showing feelings)
                    2. I have a car. (Showing possession)
                    3. I have 13 years. (Showing age)

           Mrs. Marchese’s eighth graders practiced for the NJ STAMP Test.



Social Studies
        Mrs. Walsh’s sixth grade class used a specialized vocabulary in Social
           Studies. As some students were not recalling such terms as rural, urban,
           decidious, coninferous, and six other terms, she decided to give the class what
           she called "POP" Quiz notes. These notes listed the terms and their
           definitions. The students then had the notes to study for a few days and then
           the "POP" Quiz was "popped" on them.

          Mrs. Fisher's class studied the Spartans. They participated in an activity called
           the Spartan Manhood Challenge. It supported lessons that were taught in class.

          Mr. Wolowitz's writing class had to face one of their biggest fears by getting up
           in front of the class and delivering a two minute speech. For the last few weeks,
           the students would get some tips from Mr. Wolowitz about how speak in front of
           people. Some of the tips he went over were: speak clearly, do not speak too fast,
           standing up straight, making eye contact, and to use their hands for emphasis.
Science

         Miss Scerbo’s students learned about the digestive system in science class. One
          activity that the students did to better understand this system was to act out a
          play. The title of the play is called The Adventures of Harriet Hamburger. The
          students were given parts, props, and a script to act out the adventure that Harriet
          would go through while being digested. Some parts in the play were Erin
          Esophagus. Louie Liver, Mike Molar and Sally Salvitory Gland. The students
          really enjoyed themselves and at the end understood the digestive process better.


         Mrs. Galante’s sixth grade students studied the 10 minerals from Moh's
          hardness scale. They researched an individual mineral and reported on how
          they were made, where they came from, and what they are used for. The
          students wrote 2 paragraphs, did an illustration, and presented their information to
          their classmates.

         Mr. Haines lead the entire eighth grade class on a class trip to Montclair State
          University‘s School of Conservation in coordination with the GK12 program with
          Mr. Bernstein, and the MSU Fellows.

         Mr. Haines lead the eighth grade overnight class trip to Boston, which included
          80 students and 11 parent chaperones.

         Mr. Haines’ science classes brought in and have presented final poster projects
          which had began in January as a 10 page research papers and concluded with the
          students becoming the class ―experts‖ on their topics and disseminated the
          information to their classmates.

         Mr. Haines had select students prepare posters for the Math/Science day at
          Montclair State University on June 6th where they will be judged in competition
          with students from surrounding school districts which have been involved with
          the GK12 program.




Art
         Mrs. Branco participated in creating many wonderful props for the Drama show.
          She taught students after school how to develop real life scenery.
Music
                The NAMS Bands participated in the MEBCI sponsored Bergen County
                 Elementary/Middle School Band Festival in Midland Park on May 9th.
                 Both bands received a plaque inscribed ―outstanding performance.‖

                 The NAMS Bands and Chorus performed their spring concert on May
                 14th with great success.

                The NAMS Bands will be marching in the borough Memorial Day Parade
                 on May 26th .




Comprehensive Health & Physical Education
         Both the 7th and 8th graders prepared for the 2008 upcoming Field Day.
            The students leaned how to compete in events such as the shot put, high
            jump, discus, long jump and the most popular event, the hurdles!
            Although the weather was a major factor this month, the students were
            determined to get outside and get some practice time. .




Guidance
    Mrs. Bacek continued to work with those students ―academically‖ at-risk for the
      school year. Many of these students will have to attend our summer school
      program. Some students still have the opportunity to pass for the school year.




Special Ed

       Students in Ms. Tzakis’ class wrote letters of gratitude to the young veterans of
        the Iraq War. Students expressed how difficult it must be for them to put their
        lives on hold to fight for our country. We also tied this into our history lessons on
        the President‘s Cabinets, one of which is the Department of Veterans Affairs. We
        hoped that they were providing our soldiers with the financial and medical
        assistance they deserved.
      Students in Ms. Tzakis’ grade 7 history class explored the Middle Ages and the
       Feudal System. They constructed shields that represented their family crest. They
       researched colors and symbols that were actually used by the knights.




Student Recognitions
      Grade 6- Flora Balla, Jamie Sharpe, Matt Katsock, Kaylee Vasquez
      Grade 7- Katie Rouski, Kaitlyn Welton, David Pe ralta, Robert Gwiszcz
      Grade 8- Rachel Miske, Gisselle Trochez, Kim Moreno, Tyler Krychkowski
      Ms. Janzcak’s Class- Joseph Reiff
      Ms. Tzakis Class- Jamie Aquino



Field Trips
     On April 30 through May 2 the sixth grade students of the North Arlington
       Middle School went on the Environmental Trip to Blairstown, NJ to a camp
       called ―Happiness is Camping‖. The teachers that attended were Ms. Scerbo,
       Ms. Neubauer, Ms. Deblasio, Mr. Guanci and Mrs. Komme r. The students
       took part in a number of activities that relied on team work. The students first
       played a number of large group games and later were split up into smaller groups
       for the classes. The classes included the zip line, the tower, the swing, pond
       ecology, and ASE. The first night the students performed skits and told scary
       stories in front of the camp fire while making Smores. The second night was the
       big square dance and ice cream social. The final day had students race across the
       pond in row boats and this year no one got wet!
Monthly Highlights: May 2008

North Arlington High School



Curriculum and Instruction

Mathematics Department:

      Miss Fash’s Geometry Honors students completed a project where they had to
       research different types of tessellations and create their own. They had to include
       the figure(s) used and the transformation(s) required to create the tessellation.

      Mr. Dembowski’s students continue to use their time effectively and complete
       assigned projects by their due dates. Class time is used diligently to work on
       projects and attempt complex problems to further their understanding of material.

      Students in Ms. Meichenbaum’s Math Technology classes are currently learning
       right triangle trigonometry. Her Algebra 1 students are currently finishing a
       chapter on factoring

Englis h Department:

      Ms. Albuquerque’s English 4 and English 4 Honors classes completed their
       reading and exploration of Hamlet by composing their own poems using
       figurative language and emulating the famous soliloquy, ―To be or not to be.‖

      Ms. Burns’ English 3 and Englis h 3 Honors are reading Pygmalion (English
       III Honors also reading Wuthering Heights,) and are engaged in a number of
       activities surrounding this literature including, Smartboard presentations,
       interpreting stage directions and presenting dramatizations. Students in all classes
       are also reading a collaboration of poetry and discussing tone, diction, symbolism
       and mood. The POGO class is reading various news sources from around the
       world and comparing/contrasting the sources. They are also maintaining daily
       journals to write their reactions to the discussions on these critical world issues.
       Students are learning about and evaluating the usefulness of the International
       Humanitarian Law established by the Geneva Convention. Visual and
       Performing Arts students are using Smartboard technology to learn about
       improvisation and pantomime.

      Ms. Hughes’ English I and Englis h I Honors students completed their
       mandatory freshmen historical fiction research papers. The students have been
       reading excerpts from the play Romeo and Juliet and completed ―body
       biographies‖ of main characters to delve into the character‘s personalities and
       impact to others. They also wrote poems regarding these characters. English II
       students read excerpts from Othello, created a ―playbill‖ and also drew ―body
       biographies‖ to explore the characters in depth.

      Ms. Ingannamorte’s SAT students honed in on vocabulary skills, and many
       students took the SAT test in May. English IV students are delving into
       Shakespeare, reading Hamlet, having already seen the play on a class trip. The
       students agreed that seeing the play is a tremendous help to reading and
       understanding the play.

      Ms. Nichols’ English 3 students are reading Macbeth. As a follow- up, hands-on
       activity, students brought in play dough and molded it in to different things that
       reminded them of scenes that were read in class. Learning to Write/Writing to
       Learn students are putting together a portfolio of their favorite pieces of the year.
       Selections are being typed and a final project of their choosing will be added.

      Ms. Singler’s AP Lit students have completed their AP Novel and this year,
       acted out and filmed some of their scenes. Mrs. Singler was a lead participant in
       our 2008 Summer Reading Committee and was instrumental in helping to get
       parents involved this year as well.

      Ms. Turner’s students in Englis h I completed their mandatory freshmen
       historical fiction research papers, are reading The Odyssey and have examined the
       poem The Song of the Siren, by Margaret Atwood; writing their own ―siren‖
       songs in pairs. English II students have begun reading excerpts from The
       Crucible, discussing the Red Scare and Joseph McCarthy, and how it was the
       basis for the writing of this play. They are also performing scenes from the play
       in class. The Journalis m class focused on writing better captions for pictures by
       writing captions from pictures they brought from home. They are also diligently
       working to put together the final issue of the Viking Saga for this school year.


Social Studies Department:

      Mr. Galante’s PEG Honors class took a virtual tour of ―The Forbidden City‖ via
       the Smartboard. The Modern World students completed biographical reports on
       the Dictators of the 20‘s, 30‘s & 40‘s. Samples were hung on the
       Superintendent‘s Bulletin Board. Sociology classes presented a mock presidential
       election with their age group (separated by gender) being the random sample.
       They published the results of the candidates‘ winning status among NAHS
       Modern World Students.

      Ms. Ingannamorte’s AP European History students took the AP European test,
       and shared their positive experience with each other. They are also completing a
       year-end project based on their choice of who they believe to be the most
       influential person of the last one hundred years. Presentations will be made in
       June. US I students are approaching the Civil War and examining our earliest
       relationships with our Mexican and Canadian neighbors. They are also
       researching our states early flag, state seal, date of statehood and other interesting
       Civil War era facts.

      Ms. Kusher’s students in all classes continue to follow and discuss the
       presidential primary elections.. US I students completed their studies on the
       Jackson era leading up to the Civil War. US I Honors students played a
       Smartboard based ―Jeopardy‖ game on the War of 1812. US II students
       completed their study of the New Deal and the culture of the 1930‘s examining
       the art of Grant Wood and such movies of the time including, ―Gone with the
       Wind,‖ ―The Wizard of Oz,‖ and the radio broadcast, ―War of the Worlds.‖

      Ms. O’Brien’s PEG class watched ―The Last Emperor,‖ and
       compared/contrasted the life of a Korean and American student. The AP US
       History students took the AP US History exam and went on a scavenger hunt
       with clues related to their own birth year. US Government students are following
       the presidential race closely, discussing the issues and watched the movie
       ―Unprecedented,‖ analyzing the events of the 2000 presidential election. US
       History II students listened to the radio broadcast, ―War of the Worlds,‖ and
       reviewed primary source documents on the Hoover Administration. They also
       analyzed photographs of Dorothea Lange from the Great Depression.

      Ms. Smith’s US I students are studying the early battles of the Civil War, and
       are writing personal accounts of what they believe the life of a soldier or family
       on the home front would have been like. Later, they will compare their accounts
       with those of American Historians. US II Honors classes utilized Smartboard
       technology to view personal stories of the Holocaust. Students were given
       identification cards which included a brief biography of a Holocaust survivor and
       were asked to write three diary entries based on the life of that survivor. The
       PEG classes have been studying early East Asian Empires and were treated to a
       Smartboard virtual tour of the ―Great Wall of China‖ and the ―Forbidden City.‖


World Language Department:

      Ms. deDiego’s Spanish IV Honors students completed their in depth study of
       Spanish culture and the Arts by working in small groups to create a mural
       depicting their favorite artists and representing the styles/political influences of
       their time. They are also studying the history of ―Flamenco‖ dancing and
       discussing their views totally in the target language. These activities have greatly
       enhanced the native and non- native speaker‘s vocabulary. Spanis h II and III
       students have learned the vocabulary of the human body and also learned
       expressions using the verb ―doler‖ to express pain or discomfort. This activity
       culminated in the student‘s creation of a life-sized human body, completed
       labeled and creatively decorated. These posters are hanging throughout the third
       floor for others to learn from and enjoy.
      Ms. LoPresti’s Spanish IV students are keeping with the culture, art and
       literature theme by reading the contemporary novella by Julio Fuentes, Aura. The
       novella embraces the ―surrealismo mágico‖ style which keeps the students
       interested, and utilizes all of their new grammar skills for comprehension.
       Additionally, the students have begun watching a contemporary version of Miguel
       de Cervantes‘ Don Quixote de la Mancha, discussing this famed work for its
       international merit and contemporary look at the human dilemma.. Students are
       also expanding on their vocabulary by discussing the characters and the scenes,
       including the infamous ―windmill‖ scene.

      Ms. Murad’s Spanish I students are learning food and restaurant vocabulary,
       using it with interactive games, art projects and Smartboard activities and
       focusing on descriptive adjectives. Spanish II classes read a few episodes of
       Lazarillo de Tormes and also learning some contemporary vocabulary associated
       with cars and car parts.

      Ms. Pereira’s Spanish I students are reading ―Dear Abby‖ letters in Spanish and
       responding to them writing back in Spanish as well. They also acted out an award
       ceremony using the superlative and dialogued with fellow classmates in the target
       language. Spanish I Honors students discussed and wrote about
       ―Cyberspanglish,‖ and dialogued with a partner using present and past tenses.
       Additionally, students picked names from a hat and acted out conversations as
       celebrities. Finally, students wrote and read compositions comparing the
       similarities and differences between middle school and high school students. In
       keeping with the departments art and culture theme, Spanish 3 Honors students
       studied a drawing by Frida Kahlo entitled, ―El Autobus,‖ which has very deep
       meaning due to Kahlo‘s devastating accident that changed her life when she was a
       young adult. Additionally, students are studying new vocabulary that helps them
       to give and receive directions, and put it to the test by reading a map.

      Ms. McKeown’s French II Honors students are reading French poetry selected
       in accordance with their interests and skill level. For practice, they will write a
       ―bio-poem‖ in French, and begin assessing their writing skills including use of
       tenses, adjective agreement and using various pronouns. This activity is cross-
       curricular as it also enhances the student‘s dictionary skills as they look up new
       vocabulary, parts of speech, etc.


Science Department:

      Mr. Mott’s Biology Honors Class continued the study of genetics. Each student
       performed various experiments comparing statistical information to that of chance
       in terms of traits of organisms. They also used mathematical formulas to calculate
       expected vs. actual. Finally they developed reasoning skills in the determination
       as to what effects traits. A computer generated simulation was used to
    demonstrate the various movements in eukaryotic and prokaryotic chromosomes,
    and a comparison was made. The students also simulated a genetic cross with the
    use of coins to represent parents. They calculated the results based on 100 and
    2800 tosses, and compared the results of expected (calculated mathematically)
    and chance (coin toss). The relationship of chance events and probability was
    made. Comparisons of various anatomies were examined along with their
    evolutionary significance. Various structures were compared and Darwin‘s theory
    of evolution was discussed. In addition a comparative anatomy of various
    organisms was begun; the dissection of the worm was the first. Great detail was
    discussed, followed by the comparison of worm and live pill bugs to examine
    various structures and complexity. The students are preparing to examine live and
    preserved fish to compare structure.

   Mr. Mott’s AP Biology performed a lab to demonstrate transpiration. Each of the
    plants was put under various environmental conditions and than results was taken
    for the following 50 minutes. The rate of transpiration was calculated to the
    square cm. of a leaf. Results were shared. The results of the drosophila crosses
    were examined this month, as the offspring are separated. They continued to run
    their genetic lab with the various strains of drosophila and drew final conclusions
    about their specific traits. The results were analyzed and shared. Lastly they
    observed the oxygen carbon dioxide cycle and the factors which would affect the
    amount of dissolved oxygen in the water. All results were shared and reviewed.
    All labs from the year were reviewed for the AP Exam in May. Final review for
    the AP exam occurred

   Mr. Mott’s Anatomy and Physiology class examined the muscular system. A
    cat‘s muscles were dissected and related to various human muscles. The Anatomy
    and Physiology class examined the muscular system. Each muscle equivalent on
    the cat was carefully dissected and related. This was followed by examination of
    the internal organs of each of the remaining systems. The students were assigned
    specific body systems and then presented their findings. Lastly the final dissection
    of the cat for internal organs occurred. The students observed the variations that
    occur as a result of pregnancy in the cat. Delivery of the kittens was examined,
    then each of the remaining systems were examined, as well as the identification of
    all of the organs, and some of the abnormalities that occurred.

   Mr. Mott’s Biology Class began the study of Genetics. The students did several
    labs on mono and dihybrid crosses examining punnett squares to real time factors.
    The results were analyzed. The students then did a web search to research the
    processes involved. A simple dissection of the worm was performed.

   Mrs. Abdel Messih’s Biology Classes completed the following activities:

          DNA Model Kit Lab (All students): Students have constructed a DNA
           model using plastic kits provided in the laboratory. Also, the students
           simulated transcription and translation by combining their models,
           creating a complementary RNA strand, and finding the amino acids
           equivalent.
          Earthworm Dissection Lab (All students): The students have used
           earthworms provided in the laboratory to identify the external organs in
           the Earthworm and the organs that make up various systems of the
           Earthworm.
          Frog Dissection Lab (All students): The students have worked in groups
           using frogs provided in the lab to identify internal and external structures
           of frog anatomy and what features of the frog‘s anatomy and morphology
           lead to classify it as an amphibian.
          Catfish Dissection Lab (All students): The students have worked in groups
           and used catfish provided in the laboratory to identify the external organs
           in the catfish and the organs that make up various systems of the Catfish
          Gene Expression Activity (All students): the students have demonstrated
           the importance of genetic code through simulating RNA translation using
           class materials.
          Genetic Disorders On-Line Project (All students): the students have
           worked in groups of four and have pretended to be genetic counselor
           teams working in a hospital to identify the genetic disorders in humans,
           their symptoms, and ways of treatments. The students used the computer
           to collect required information and present it in PPT slide show.
          Gene expression project (Bio H): The students simulated the flowing of
           genetic information in cells from DNA to proteins by creating a DNA
           molecule and trace the genetic information until it becomes a polypeptide
           chain.
          Human Genome Project Research (Bio H): The students have used the
           computers to research the human genome project, when it started and
           ended, and the significance of identifying the entire sequence of the
           human genome. The students put their findings in a report.
          Cloning and vaccine research (Bio H): The students have searched the
           web to collect information about the application of genetic engineering in
           medicine and agriculture using one example of each.

   In Mr. Velardi’s environmental science the students continued to aid in raising
    awareness for recycling through the collection and organization of discarded
    paper. The students discussed resource use, society‘s dependence on oil, the
    ecological impact of human, biodiversity, and the endangered species act.
    Students were assessed with a test on their understanding on resource use and
    biodiversity. The students also viewed and discussed a film on the effect of the
    human footprint.

   In Mr. Velardi’s biology the students performed a laboratory experiments that
    demonstrated concepts in genetics and anatomy. These experiments involved
    creating DNA diagrams, and studying DNA sequences a nd the dissection of an
    earthworm. In the classroom the students gained an understanding of the function,
    structure and replication of DNA. Students were assessed with a test on their
    understanding of DNA. In addition, the students performed numerous review
    questions for the state biology test.

   In Mr. Velardi’s Anatomy and Physiology the students were assigned an organ
    system in which they had to research. The students then completed a term paper
    and a PowerPoint presentation on their assigned organ syste m. Students then
    viewed and discussed a film detailing each of the anatomical and physiological
    concepts for organ system in the human body.

   In Mr. Rapp’s Chemistry Classes completed the following activities:
        Students performed a laboratory experiment in which they found the
           molecular mass of an unknown gas and corrected its volume to standard
           conditions of temperature and pressure.
        Students performed a lab in which they reacted a piece of magnesium
           metal with hydrochloric acid. They determined the volume of hydrogen
           gas produced per mole of the metal at room temperature and pressure.

   In Mr. Necoechea’s Honors Che mistry, students have performed a series of
    experiments measuring the energy changes during phase changes and chemical
    reactions. Students measured the molar heat of fusion of ice, the heat of
    crystallization of sodium thiosulfate, and the heat of combustion of paraffin. At
    the theory level, students are being introduced to the calculation of heats of
    combustion from heats of formation, the calculation of Gibb‘s free energy, and
    the use of Hess‘s law.

   In Mr. Necoechea’s Physical Science, students have studied weather, climate,
    and environmental science. Particular emphasis has been placed on the
    quantitative analysis of climate (and other environmental) data. Activities have
    been drawn from both the PBS website and the Prentice-Hall resource guide, and
    have included a graphical analysis of temperature and precipitation for three
    cities, and an analysis of fossil fuel consumption from 1978 through 2001.

   Mr. Spaccavento’s Physics 1 classes completed activities involving the
    Momentum, Conservation of Linear and Angular Momentum, Energy,
    Conservation of Energy, Conservation of Matter and Energy. The Law of Work,
    Simple Machines, Efficiencies, Mechanical Advantage, The First and Second
    Law of Thermodynamics, Heat and Temperature, mixtures, Heat Engines States
    of matter, Phase and Temperature changes and Calorimetry.

   Mr. Spaccavento’s Physics 2 students studied the development of electronics
    and specifically the computer from the Vacuum Tube through to the Integrated
    Circuit. The development of the computer industry as we see today was explored
    from the UNIVAC to today‘s machines.
Business Education Department:

      Mrs. Tomko’s and Mr. Kenny’s Keyboarding students are currently presenting
       Game Show projects that were worked on collaboratively. Students completed
       Lesson 5 and 6 of Excel. This involved function formulas, sorting, filtering, etc.
       Students have begun the Internet Unit. They are learning the basics of the
       internet, how it works, and effective search/research techniques.

             Project- As a capstone Excel project, the students created games in Excel
              using all the skills they learned. They created 25 Excel review questions
              from lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 and incorporated these questions into the
              game (in the form of cell comments). The students presented these games
              to the class using the SmartBoard.

      Mrs. Tomko’s and Mr. Kenny’s Computer Applications II students
       completed working with worksheet charts in Excel, creating charts (column, bar,
       pie, line scatter) and making changes to them. Students have begun the Advanced
       Microsoft Word portion of the class.

             Project-Students also created Excel review games. Students created 30
              Excel review questions from their experiences and incorporated them into
              the game. Students used their advanced knowledge of Excel (charts,
              hyperlinks, research tool, conditional formatting, functions, etc.) in the
              making of their games. The students presented their games to the class
              using the SmartBoard.

      Mrs. Tomko’s Intro to Business students are working on Insurance and have
       completed chapters on Life and Health Insurance.

      Mrs. Tomko’s Personal Finance students have been busy working on the
       Wedding Projects including budgeting and consumer buying skills. Presentations
       will begin next month.

      Mr. Kenny’s Accounting students are learning Cash Controls. This involves
       writing checks, filling out stubs, bank reconciliations, petty cash, change account,
       etc.

             Project-Students will use Excel to create Accounting statement templates.
              These templates will be used for their final exams

      Ms. Rosolen’s Web Design students worked on group projects highlighting the
       impact computers and the Internet have on society. The groups were able to
       decide on the format for their presentations—PowerPoint, Webpage, Brochure,
       etc.—and presented their findings to the class. The FrontPage program was
       presented to the class and they have been busy creating websites using this
       program.
      Ms. Rosolen’s Information Management students are currently working on
       practice tests in preparation for taking the IC3 certification test.

      Mr. Kenny and the Student Council conducted Spirit Week.

      Mr. Kenny and M rs. Tomko (Class of 2008) Working on Prom, Senior Trip to
       Boston, Class Night, and Graduation. Additional preparations are being made for
       the year-end activities.

      Ms. Rosolen and M rs. Tomko (Yearbook) The 2009 yearbook work has begun.
       The theme has been selected and the cover design has been created. Members of
       the junior class had their senior portraits taken on May 13 and 14.


Family and Consume r Science:

      Mrs. Come r’s Culinary Arts students completed a menu planning project that
       taught them about the value of this marketing tool. Menu d esign, pricing, and
       artistic medium were discussed. Students then planned and designed their own
       menus and this drove recipe selections and preparation in the foods laboratory.
       Recipes such as burritos, baked mashed potato casserole, and homemade
       mozzarella sticks were prepared to name a few.

      Mrs. Come r’s Child Development students were busy preparing for nursery
       school graduation. Programs, diplomas, decorating, and speeches were written in
       preparation for this special day. Ownership, accomplishment, and pride were
       seen through each completed event.


Music Department:

      Ms. Corcoran’s Chorus classes performed a number of selections at the Spring
       Concert, including a medley from Rent.

      Mr. Kastner’s Instrumental classes fine-tuned their pieces for the concert and
       presented a very enjoyable performance at the Spring Concert on May 13. The
       Band Trip to Florida provided the musicians with the opportunity to attend a
       workshop in Epcot with a professional musical director which culminated with
       the Band taping the background music on a DVD.

      Mr. Kastner’s Music Cycle class worked on a project utilizing the computer
       room in which they researched an artist and presented an oral report to the entire
       class.
      Ms. Corcoran (Chorus and Musicals) Both musicals, The Little Shop of
       Horrors and Into the Woods had successful runs and received very positive
       reviews from the audiences.

      Mr. Kastner (The Tri-M Music Honor Society) The induction ceremony for the
       group was held on May 23.

Art Department:

      Ms. DuJack’s Art classes worked on a variety of projects this month:
           Writing assignments focusing on modern art
           Graphing exercises
           Pointillist project on Overlapping Shapes
           Calligraphy project in which the students wrote ―Chinese proverbs‖ in
             calligraphy
           Drawing assignment on creating paper currency for a fictitious country.

          Students are also learned basic handling, cleaning, and techniques involved in
          working with the airbrush system. The advanced students completed airbrush
          paintings and acrylic paintings for Teen Arts.


Physical Education Departme nt:

      Ms. Vespoli, Mr. Marcantuono, Mr. Placenti, and Mr. Farinola
          o Expanded warm- up activities to include cardiovascular components of
             fitness
          o Students continued utilizing our weight room to improve on muscular
             strength and endurance through various strength training exercises.
          o Mr. Cimo, Paul‘s student teacher has taken on full responsibility of Mr.
             Marcantuno‘s Physical Education classes. Mr. Cimo has improved on
             student discipline, attendance taking techniques, and the o verall
             understanding of how to run a high school physical education class.
          o Finishing in early May all Physical Education students completed a school
             wide Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge. Each student will complete
             a timed sit-up and push- up event, shuttle run, broad jump, and pull-
             up/flexed arm hang. These activities will test our student body on
             flexibility, endurance, agility, and strength components of fitness.
          o Continued the unit of indoor soccer/ outdoor stick ball/ and outdoor
             basketball. These activities will foster student participation and improve
             game skills.
          o Students will begin an outdoor golf unit focusing on grip, stance, and
             swing. Students will be taught the correct way to ―chip‖ a golf ball. This
             unit will culminate with a chipping competition using our outdoor targets.
          o Several students were selected to begin taking full golf swings using 6
             irons.
          o Students utilized the outdoor field area by walking around the perimeter of
            the field for 30 minutes. This activity was geared to improve student‘s
            cardiovascular fitness as well as promote healthy living habits.


Workshops Attended:

      Mrs. Maresca attended the second session of a workshop on ―Differentiated
       Instruction‖ presented by the South Bergen Jointure Commission. This workshop
       addressed the issue of grading and assessment when assigning a variety of tasks to
       students of varying ability levels.

      Mr. Mott and Ms. Abdel Messih will be at the read for the NJ end of year
       Biology test on June 2 and 3, and read at the AP read in June.

      Mr. Spaccavento attended a NJAAPT Executive board Meeting at Rutgers.

      Nancy LoPresti and Mr. Kinloch attended a Smartboard software workshop
       presented by Montclair State University, which provided valuable information
       about the latest software for use with the Smartboard. Sample CD‘s were brought
       back to provide demonstrations for next year.

      Karin Kushe r attended a BCEA workshop on autism focusing on strategies and
       techniques for the teaching of students with Autism.


Student Recognition:

      Miss Fash’s classes are currently helping the SADD organization in their can
       drive by collecting ―cans for credit‖. Each student will receive bonus points for
       every can they bring in.

      Klevi Fusha, a student in Ms. Meichenbaum's Algebra 1 class, is continuing to
       tutor his peers after school.

      Mr. Mott’s Students: Juliet Hughes, Nathalie Almonte, SeHe Cho , Amanda
       Yau, Marisa Brown, John Ahn, Andrea Sanchez, and Alexandra Schemel were
       inducted into the Who‘s Who in Science for talents performed in AP Biology or
       Human Anatomy and Physiology Class. This has opened scholarship
       opportunities to them if they continue to pursue a career in Science.

      Twenty nine music students were inducted into The Tri-M Music Honor
       Society. The induction ceremony for the group was held on May 23 which
       included performances by the inductees.
      The Concert Band should be congratulated for their excellent performance in
       Disney World.

      The Concert Band and the Chorus performed at the Bergen County Teen Arts
       Festival and received excellent comments from the adjudicators.

      All seniors have been recognized when they have been accepted to College and
       have had their name displayed on the Bulletin Board outside the Home
       Economics room. A gold star appears next to the college that the student has
       agreed to attend.

      Ms. de Diego (and her baby, Camilla) chape roned three Spanish Honor Society
       students including Luis Gomes (and his Mom), Palek Patel and Jessica Anaya
       who participated in the annual Cerebral Palsy walk-a-thon in Brookdale Park,
       Bloomfield on Saturday, May 17th . We greatly appreciate Ms. de Diego‘s giving
       of her week-end time and are proud of these NAHS representatives who did the
       same for a worthy cause.


Accomplishments:

      Mrs. Maresca’s Precalculus classes completed a unit on exponential and
       logarithmic functions. As a culminating project, the students used the website of
       Kelly‘s Blue Book to research the selling prices of new and used cars. They used
       these values to find an exponential regression in the form y = ab x, covert it into
       the form y =A0ekt, and find the rate of depreciation. Then they compared their
       rate to the rates of the other students and analyzed how these rates would affect
       their decision to buy a new or used car.

      85% of Miss Fash’s Algebra 2A juniors received Proficient or Advanced
       Proficient on the HSPA.

      Mr. Dembowski’s students, Eddie Tillou, Martina Spacilova, Michael Palatella,
       Madeleine Velez, and Shaboo Williams have made great efforts to help and tutor
       students in their classes who are having trouble with new material.

      The chess club continues to meet on Fridays and after school.

      Mr. Spaccavento has been elected to the NAHS Athletic Hall of Fame for his 25
       years of coaching. The induction ceremony for him and 10 former athletes was
       May 9th

      Mr. Velardi completed Graduate classes this spring semester which included:
       Ecology, Developing Communication Skills for the Atypical Child, Medical
       Implications in Special Education, and Procedures of Teaching the Mentally
       Retarded.
      Mr. Spaccavento was awarded a grant through the Rutgers University Physics
       Department to work at the University this summer performing research in modern
       particle physics under Dr. Steve Schnitzer.

      Mr. Spaccavento also has received funding through QuarkNet to provide jobs to
       3 or 4 students at Rutgers for a portion of the summer. Senior Matt Cordiero
       worked there last summer, he may return, with several juniors from this year. All
       the details are still being worked out.

      Over 275 applications to various colleges were sent out, senior scho larships
       opportunities were recognized and local scholarships were assigned to many
       seniors.

      Ms. O’Brien and Ms. Smith have taken on the challenge to select representative
       essays from their PEG classes as submissions in the ―Association of Black
       Women Lawyers of New Jersey Law Day Competition – 2008.‖ We are looking
       forward to having a finalist among our entrants.

      Mrs. Burns, Ms. Turner, and Ms. Corcoran presented a fabulous school play,
       Little Shop of Horros, enjoying record attendance. Their dedication and the
       student‘s hard work yielded one of our school‘s most professional and memorable
       plays.


Sports:

      Baseball:
       The baseball team finished the season with a 10-13 record a 7 game improvement
       from last year. The boys have impressive wins against Wallington, Secaucus, and
       Harrison. The team was lead by senior pitcher Joe Monahan, senior outfielder
       Anthony Iavarone, and senior first baseman Mike Gross. The JV team finished
       with 6 wins and was competitive in a majority of their contests. The teams
       finished the season with 33 athletes on both teams.

      Softball:
       The softball team finished the season with an 11-11 record and qualified for the
       state tournament. Unfortunately they lost a close game in the first round to High
       Tech 3-0. The girls improved on their win total from last year and will have a
       majority of the team returning next season. They posted impressive wins against
       Lyndhurst, Harrison, and Wood Ridge. The JV team finished with 5 wins in the
       league.

      Boys Track:
       The boys track team finished the league season with a 6-2 record and placed 2nd at
       the league championship meet. The boys were lead by seniors Ruben Santos,
        Anthony Orovio, Matt Barrington, and Dawys German. The team will be
        competing in the State Sectionals and State Group Championships. The team is
        comprised of over 30 boys doubling the participants from last year‘s team. 8 boys
        will compete in the state finals track meet in Egg Harbor.

       Girls Track:
        The girls track team finished the league season with a 7-1 record and placed
        second in the league championship meet. The girls will be competing in the State
        Sectional meet in Parsippany, and the State Group Championship in Egg Harbor.
        The girls have broken several school records in the pole vault, and relay events.
        Coach Fash was selected as the BCSL National Girls Track ―Coach of The Year‖.
        8 girls will compete in the state finals track meet in Egg Harbor.

       Golf:
        The golf team finished the season with 6 wins which was good enough for third
        place in the league. Our boys had the opportunity to compete in the Bergen
        County Golf Championships, as well as the BCSL Championships. The team
        consisted of 8 golfers all of which will be returning next season.


   Honors/Awards
       o Anthony Iavarone won the Lou Lanzalotto Scholarship from the Bergen
          County Coaches association.
       o Kaitlyn Schaefer won the Bergen County Women‘s Coaches Association
          Scholarship.
       o Kristen Palatella represented our school as the NJSIAA Scholar Athlete
          Award winner.
       o Kerrin Dys broke a school record by belting 3 homeruns in one game
          (Harrison 5/19)
       o Joe Monahan pitched a no-hitter against Harrison 5/19
       o Our programs were highlighted in several newspaper articles including the
          Star Ledger, Bergen Record, The Observer, and The Leader.
       o Gissela Andagana and Mike Rodriguez have been selected as our BCSL
          Sportsmanship winners. They will attend a luncheon on May 28 at the Chart
          House in Weehawken.
       o Our girls and boys track teams set several school records in the pole vault, 800
          m, long jump, and sprint medley teams.
       o Spring Sport Awards Night was held on May 27, 2008 in the high school
          cafeteria.


Implementation of Objectives:

       Mr. Abu-Hakme h’s AP Calculus finished preparing and took the BC version of
        the AP Exam. After the exam, students worked on a modeling project where they
    have to derive equations and analyze graphs using differentiation and integration
    techniques.

   Mr. Abu-Hakme h’s Statistics class started a unit on Correlation and Regression
    where they learn how to make inferences about a correlation between two
    variables and describe such a relationship with an equation that can be used for
    predicting the value of one variable given the value of the other variable.

   Mrs. Maresca’s Algebra 2 classes used the TI-89 graphing calculators to explore
    the graphs of rational functions. The calculators allowed the students to analyze
    the domain of the function as well as the vertical and horizontal asymptotes.

   Mrs. Maresca’s Precalculus classes used the TI-89 graphing calculators to find
    an exponential regression to model the growth of E-coli bacteria.

   Mrs. Maresca’s HSPA Math class is working on a unit on data analysis. The
    students used scatter plots to interpret distributions and apply them to real-world
    situations.

   Miss Fash’s Algebra 2A and Geometry Honors classes are completing weekly
    writing assignments based on the topics of the week. Students are asked to reflect
    on, explain, or justify their work through a journal-style writing assignment.

   Mr. Capriola’s Pre Algebra class recently completed an assignment on relations
    and functions. Students researched and analyzed information on different sets of
    real-world data to determine if any relationship existed between the sets of data.
    If the students found a relationship they were also instructed to determine whether
    the relationship was a function. This assignment enabled students to gain a better
    understanding of how functions are used to describe the relationship between two
    quantities.

   Mr. Capriola’s Geometry Basic class completed hands on activity involving
    transformations. The activity involved the rotation of a triangle about the center of
    a circle. Students traced the triangle around the circle at 60 degree intervals
    creating a circular pattern of the figure. Using these results the students then
    repeated the activity with there own figure to create a colorful design. This
    activity helped students to improve their understanding of drawing and identifying
    rotational images.

   Mr. Capriola’s Algebra 1 classes completed an activity involving the factoring
    of polynomials and vertical motion. Students were asked to research the initial
    take-off speed of various types of commercial jet airliners. The students then had
    to use their researched take-off rates and the formula for vertical motion to
    calculate the initial take-off height after 60 seconds of the various types of planes.
    Students needed to utilize their knowledge of factoring polynomials in order to
    derive their answers from the formula of vertical motion. Students were also
    responsible for interpreting their results and determine what factors of each type
    of airliner affected initial take-off heights. This project helped students understand
    how both mathematical and scientific procedures relate to real-world applications.

   Mr. Dembowski’s Geometry classes have been learning surface area and
    volume. The classes have also been working on projects using geometric
    probability. Each student is creating a game that can be played by all ages that
    uses geometric probability. Some games students have been working on are bean
    sack tosses, ski ball, and coin tosses. To present their projects, classmates will
    have the opportunity to play each game.

   Mr. Dembowski’s Algebra 1A classes have been working on graphing
    equations, graphing functions, and slope. Students were presented with real
    situations such as renting cars and acceleration to demonstrate functions on
    graphs. Students are also researching and beginning their final project for the
    year. Students are researching one topic covered in Algebra 1a this year and
    creating an advertisement that demonstrates their understanding of the material.

   Ms. Meichenbaum’s Math Technology completed a writing assignment that
    used word problems to solve for distance, rate and time. This helped students
    practice applying the formula d = rt in real-world word problem solving
    applications.

   Students in Ms. Meichenbaum’s Algebra 1 classes are currently finishing a
    chapter on factoring. This section is especially important because students have
    to use critical thinking skills to determine the factors of one number that add to up
    another. Later in the month, students will be introduced to graphing quadratic
    functions which will prepare them for Geometry and Algebra 2.

   Ms. Hazina’s Algebra II Honors class working on a project ―About Face‖.
    Through this project, students use graphs of quadratic relations to create designs
    for clown faces. They try to capture specific emotions in their designs. They will
    organize a display of their work.

   Ms. Hazina’s SAT and HSPA classes were practicing the different problem-
    solving strategies and taking practice tests.

   Ms. Hazina’s Computer Programming class is working on the ―Multiple
    Choice Grading Program‖. Project Overview: Create a program to correct and
    grade a set of multiple choice test results. Read a set of correct answers (the key),
    from a data file, and compare it with the answers in a data file with students‘
    names and answers. The data file will have two fields, separated by a comma, for
    each student. The first field will contain the student‘s name. The second field will
    contain a set of answers to a multiple-choice test. For each student, compare the
    answer key answers to the answers from the student‘s record. Keep a count of the
    number of answers from the student‘s record that match the answers in the answer
       key. For each student, display the student‘s name, the number of correct answers,
       and a letter grade. Calculate the letter grade scale based on information provided
       by the instructor. Calculate the average number of correct answers for the class
       and report it in a separate picture box.

      The guidance staff analyzed test scores and determined who needs remediation
       classes in next years schedule in order to be more knowledgeable for the tests
       next Spring. Student‘s schedules for next year were modified to affect this need.


      The Freshmen research papers were collected and nearly 100% of the students
       handed this in on time! We continue to work toward timely submissions for all
       level‘s research papers.

      The 2008 Summer Reading List has been compiled, distributed and is posted on
       the school‘s website. We were pleased to have five parent participants this year
       that were an integral part of the research and selection process. Thank you notes
       for their participation were sent at the end of May.

      Englis h, Social Studies and World Language staff worked diligently on their
       bench mark assessments during the May Cross Curricular meeting and most have
       completed the first; the second one (given in November) has been started as well.
       We will use our June 3rd in-service day to participate in ―Study Island‖ training
       and continued work on bench mark assessments for next year.

      All Departme nts are pre paring their Final Exams with particular concentration
       on differentiated assessment strategies to reach all learners. Mrs. LoPresti will be
       reviewing all Finals formats to meet this important objective.


Special programs:

      Miss Fash was inducted to the North Arlington Athletic Hall of fame for her
       achievements as a high school athlete in Volleyball and Track and F ield. Miss
       Fash also received the honor of the BCSL National Girls‘ Track and Field Coach
       of the year award for the 2008 season.

      Mr. Dembowski and the freshmen class have been working together to collect
       dues and create new fund raising ideas for the following years.

				
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