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					     North Arlington High School
     January, 2009 Highlights

I.   Curriculum and Instruction and Implementation of Objectives:

     English Department

        Mrs. Albuquerque’s students participated in “No Name Calling” week by
         engaging in a lesson adapted and implemented from the website:
         http://partnersagainsthate.org . Juniors and seniors had an opportunity to work
         cooperatively for evaluating the repercussions of stereotypical labels and discuss
         plausible forms of intervening when name-calling takes place in any setting. Mrs.
         Albuquerque’s English IV Regular and Honor students viewed the Italian film
         Life is Beautiful with subtitles in order to fulfill the foreign films‟ requirement of
         the curriculum. Students discussed how the events of the holocaust were
         portrayed in the film and the producer‟s decision to juxtapose them with the
         primary theme of celebrating life. Mrs. Albuquerque’s English III students
         viewed the 1991 production of the film Robin Hood and compared/contrasted the
         similarities and differences existent between the film and the ballad. This served
         as a culminating activity for the unit on medieval literature. Students were capable
         of viewing some aspects of medieval life, society, and values. Some of the most
         notable factors were the significant differences present among all social classes.

        Miss Katierose Augustine’s English I: Honors students finished the short story
         unit. Students sketched an additional daydream style comic strip based on “The
         Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Students applied their knowledge of the elements of
         a short story to create an original short story. Miss Augustine’s English I and
         English II students finished the poetry unit. The students created an array of
         original poems and compiled them in a poetry book. One example was the
         Headline Poem in which students cut out words and/or phrases from magazines
         and newspapers to construct a poem made of headlines. Miss Augustine’s HSPA
         Review students finished the HSPA pre-test and are now identifying the
         differences between different types of writing such as Persuasive, Entertaining,
         Informative, Instructive, and Giving Directions. They also utilized Study Island
         Computer Lab every Monday. In addition, all of Miss Augustine’s students
         participated in “No Name Calling Week” by acting out plays, creating song lyrics,
         writing dear diary entries and sketching comic strips. These activities taught the
         students about the hardships of bullying while promoting positive ways to treat
         fellow students.

        Students continue to work on their vocabulary building, grammar, and reading
         skills in Jeannine Burns’ SAT Preview Class. Students use the SAT Online
         course to practice test taking skills as well as classroom activities which use
         learned concepts in context. Students from Jeannine Burns’ second cycle of
         Visual and Performing Arts are about to perform their final projects, dialogues
         from famous plays such as Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, You’re a Good Man
    Charlie Brown, as well as, many others. They have used a rubric to assess each
    other‟s performances and provide formative peer assessments. Students have also
    viewed and listened to examples of professional actors performing, using the
    SmartBoard with internet resources. In English 3 Honors students have been
    reading the poetry of the Metaphysical and Puritan writers of the 17th and 18th
    century. Jeannine Burns uses the SmartBoard to model how to close read and
    analyze the poems. Students then work in small groups to use the same skills on
    other poems and share their work with the class. In preparation for the Midterm
    Exam Jeannine Burns created a Jeopardy style game that can be displayed on the
    SmartBoard and it is posted on the internet so that after the game students can use
    it to study at home. In Propaganda of Genocide and Oppression, Jeannine
    Burns has been guiding the students through a detailed discussion of The
    Holocaust. Using the SmartBoard to display historical maps, the class has
    discovered how geography played a large role in World War II. In recognition of
    No Name Calling Week, students have paid special attention to the propaganda
    methods used by the Nazis to vilify Jews, Gypsies, and Poles during Hitler‟s rise
    to power. The class has also taken a close look at how the Einsatzgruppen
    functioned and the psychology of the perpetrators, as well as bystanders, as
    Germany progressed along the continuum of destruction.

   Ms. Ingannamorte’s Creative Writing class has been completing their
    memoirs. Students enjoyed sharing childhood pictures and memories with each
    other. Ms. Ingannamorte’s English III classes enjoyed reading the adventure of
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The class had very interesting discussions
    about chivalry and compared the roles of men and women during the Middle
    Ages and now. The period 9 English class was visited by Kaitlin Dembowski,
    sister of present student Alex Dembowski. Kaitlin is a proud member of the
    United States Marine Corp and is waiting to deploy to Iraq. She shared her
    experiences and expectations with the class. The class had many interesting
    questions to which some surprising answers were given. She stressed team work
    and perseverance were a must. They made comparisons between today‟s military
    and the Knights of the Round Table.

   Mrs. Kaufman’s Strategies for Improving Reading used the on-line Study
    Island to prepare for the state test given in March. Students were provided with
    study questions, study sheets and opportunities to study with a partner prior to
    their exams. Students were asked to identify safe and empowering ways to cope
    with and respond to name-calling and bullying in their lives. Mrs. Kaufman’s
    SRA students read articles in The Bergen Record that related to the events prior to
    the inauguration. Students watched the inauguration from television screens inside
    their classroom and took notes. Mrs. Kaufman’s Pass students worked on poetry
    and math projects.

   Mrs. Nichols’ Journalism students have been working on articles for the
    February issue of the Viking Saga. Students have been learning more about
    headlines and are reading newspapers to see exactly how the headline identifies
    the story. Students are looking forward to applying their new skills in the next
    issue of the Viking Saga. Mrs. Nichols’ English II students have completed the
    poetry unit. They have written and presented their original poetry to the class
    implementing the poetic devices they have learned about. Mrs. Nichols’ English
    III Honors students have worked diligently on a “No Name Calling Week”
    project. They each chose someone from history that they felt would be a
    spokesperson to promote the week. Students then wrote a public service message
    that they felt the person they chose would have written.

   Holly Singler’s AP English class is continuing to write a class novel. There have
    been some spirited discussions on the plot; however, the novel does seem to have
    been written by one author rather than eight different authors. The English AP
    and English IV Honors classes read After the Fire by Robin Gaby Fisher, a book
    written about the fire at the freshmen dorm at Seton Hall in 2000. The author is
    going to come to school on either January 30th or February 2nd to speak with the
    students about the writing process. The students are also going to the North
    Arlington Public Library on January 29th, at night, to meet the two young men
    about whom the book is based. The English IV classes have finished reading,
    discussing, and writing about Richard Wright‟s Native Son in preparation for
    Black History Month.

   Ms. Turner’s classes have been working on poetry as well as studying novels
    outside of class. They have been analyzing poems as well as writing their own.
    English I classes also participated in a project called “Poetry Survivor.” The
    classes were divided into groups and each group chose their own poet. Each day
    was given a particular theme and groups were responsible for presenting a poem
    by their chosen poet following that theme. Each day one group was voted off
    Poetry Island and a prize was given to the winner at the end of the week. English
    II and II Honors classes also completed a poetry project. Students in these
    classes had the option of either choosing a theme and analyzing a set of poems
    based on that theme, or writing their own poems on topics of their choosing. All
    English classes also read and discussed several articles involving bullying in
    honor of “No Name Calling Week” in the last week of January.

    Social Studies Department


   Ms. Ingannamorte’s AP European History class enjoyed meeting Mr.
    Mohamed el Filali. They found his presentation to be informative and very
    candid. The students were able to ask questions and were impressed how clear
    and relative Mr. Filali‟s answers were. He made a real connection with the
    students. All classes will be addressing the issue of bullying this month. Students
    will work in groups to identify types of bullying taking place in schools and on
    the internet, along with solutions and ways to address and stop these actions.
    Students will then make posters highlighting solutions. All classes have been
    diligently preparing for midterm exams.
   Ms. Jimenez’s USII classes observed No-Name Calling Week by engaging in
    role-playing activities that explore the effects of using unkind language toward
    others. A thoughtful class discussion followed on how what we say can affect our
    peers and our society. Ms. Jimenez’s PEG classes viewed a film clip that also
    presented the effects of name calling. Students were asked to reflect on how they
    would feel in the shoes of the people they saw on screen and what they can do to
    make sure they do not fall into the trap of unkind behavior.

   Mrs. Kusher’s U.S. History I students read a primary source document about the
    experiences of George Washington and his soldiers at Valley Forge during the
    Revolutionary War. Students were surprised by the hardships endured by
    Washington and his troops. They couldn‟t believe that the only food the soldiers
    had was “fire cake.” Fire cake was a flour and water mixture baked over the fire.
    In Mrs. Kusher’s US History I Honors classes, students learned about the
    Boston Massacre. Students then completed a project that required them to write a
    story about the event as it would have been told in a colonial newspaper and a
    British newspaper. Students had to include a headline for each story and a hand-
    drawn picture. Students in Mrs. Kusher’s Economics class created and
    performed holiday economics songs. The lyrics were based on concepts that they
    learned in class and were sung to familiar holiday tunes. Students did an
    outstanding job, had fun, and reviewed many concepts learned thus far this year.

   Ms. O’Brien’s A.P. U.S. History class and U.S. History II classes analyzed
    primary source documents from the World War I era. The Zimmermann Note
    was one of the factors that led to American involvement in WWI and the students
    were able to see the proposition that Germany made to Mexico. In addition, Ms.
    O’Brien’s A.P. students analyzed a political cartoon from the Prohibition era and
    worked on writing responses to document based questions. These document
    based questions will appear on the Advanced Placement exam in May. Ms.
    O’Brien’s Sociology classes continued using total physical response. The
    students created skits to explain the concept of deviance. All of Ms. O’Brien’s
    classes used paired learning when reviewing for their midterm exams.

   Ms. Smith’s US I class read an excerpt from the diary of a soldier in the
    Continental Army training at Valley Forge under the command of George
    Washington. Based on the soldier‟s accounts, students created illustrations of a
    soldier‟s life at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-1778. After presenting
    their illustrations to the class, students compared their visions of Valley Forge
    with actual pictures of the camp site. Ms. Smith’s Sociology students wrote skits
    that illustrated deviant behavior. Students worked in groups to act out the skits in
    front of their classmates. Discussions on role playing, deviance and the
    positive/negative consequences of deviance ensued. Ms. Smith’s US II Honors
    students watched the A&E Biography on Theodore Roosevelt and wrote an essay
    on whether they would have supported Theodore Roosevelt as president if they
    were alive during his time in office. Ms. Smith’s US II students investigated the
    impact of yellow journalism during the late 19th century by analyzing Spanish
    American War headlines and political cartoons from the New York World and
    New York Journal. Students either wrote an article or created an illustration that
    might have been found on the front cover of a yellow journalist‟s newspaper
    during the time of the Spanish American War.


    World Languages Department

   Mrs. de Diego’s Spanish classes have been working on the past tense in Spanish.
    They have also discussed the Christmas celebrations and the Three Kings Day in
    the different Spanish-speaking countries. The students had the opportunity to
    bring in the special cake that is traditional to have for the Three Kings Day
    morning, which is on January 6th. A few students in each class brought a cake for
    their classmates to enjoy and to allow the class to experience this tradition first
    hand.

   To create awareness during No Name Calling week, Mrs. McNerney’s Spanish
    classes reviewed Spanish vocabulary, often used loosely, to address peers and
    other people. These are words that may be hurtful and have negative connotations
    when used insensitively or out of context. Spanish I students wrote encouraging
    notes to a classmate they may not have a close relationship with, acknowledging
    something positive, a special talent or ability that other ways may not be
    recognized due to lack of communication. To that end, they used the specific
    vocabulary learned in class, along with the grammar and other vocabulary
    previously mastered. Mrs. McNerney’s Spanish I Honors students discovered
    the power of words to build self-esteem, by role playing in a similar manner, all in
    the target language.

   Jean McKeown’s French I students will be studying adjectives this week. The
    emphasis will be kindness and opposites. Il n‟est pas égoïste. Il est généreux. (He
    isn‟t selfish. He is generous.) It will be part of a previous project, the family tree.
    Students will increase their vocabulary while describing their family members,
    real or imaginary.

   Mrs. Murad’s Spanish I students have been working on foods. Mrs. Murad
    gave the students supermarket circulars and the students brought in pictures of
    foods also. The students made a collage using the photos of the foods and they
    labeled the foods in Spanish. Mrs. Murad “gave” the students $100.00 to spend
    in the supermarket to “buy” foods. The students had to tell the class what they
    bought and how much the items cost in Spanish. Mrs. Murad’s Spanish III
    Honors students read an excerpt of the Spanish classic, DonQuijote de la
    Mancha. To review the sequence of events; the students retold the story in
    Spanish. The first student began retelling the story, a second student continued
    the sequence by stating what happened next, and the rest of the students followed
    and continued retelling the story to its end.
   Ms. Sanabria’s Spanish II Honors and Spanish II students participated in a
    spelling bee game that was both educational and exciting for the students. The
    students had to spell learned vocabulary in the target language using the Spanish
    alphabet. The sense of competition proved to be an added motivation to learn.
    This month the students will learn and practice “no name calling” in the target
    language.

    Mathematics

●   Mr. Nazi’s AP Calculus students realized that there are two main branches of calculus:
    Differential Calculus and Integral Calculus. They successfully completed part I:
    Differential Calculus, which determines the rate of change of a quantity. Students now
    are ready to explore part II Integral Calculus which finds the quantity where the rate of
    change is known.

● Mr. Nazi’s Statistics computed the odds of winning the lottery. They designed different
  lottery experiments and decided how many correct numbers you must choose in order
    to win. They performed all necessary computations and compared the results from
    different groups.

● Mr. Nazi’s Algebra II-A students are working with graphing non linear functions. They
  are comparing the graphs of linear and non linear functions and studding the effect of the
  leading term on the shape of the curve.

● Mr. Nazi’s HSPA class is heavily involved with problems related to probability and its
  applications. They are practicing challenging HSPA sample problems related to these
  topics.

   Mrs. Maresca’s Precalculus classes applied their knowledge of right triangle
    trigonometry to solving real-world problems, such as finding the heights of tall
    buildings by using the angle of elevation or depression.
   Mrs. Maresca’s Algebra 2 classes were introduced to the “completing the
    square” method of solving quadratic equations by using algebra tiles on the
    overhead projector. The students found various configurations which
    demonstrated the concept.
   Mrs. Maresca’s SAT Preview class has been focusing on the areas of algebra
    and functions as well as data analysis. They continue to use the SAT Online
    Course program to analyze their strengths and weaknesses.
   Mr. Capriola’s Geometry Basic Classes completed an activity that involved real
    life identification of geometric figures. Students had to find examples of
    triangular structures in the real world. Students were then asked if they could
    identify medians, altitudes, and perpendicular bisectors within the triangular
    structures. Students were then asked to explain the architectural importance of
    these segments. This activity helped give students a better understanding of the
    real life applications of triangular segments.
   Mr. Capriola’s Algebra I Classes completed a real-world project involving
    functions. Students were given two sets of real-world data, student enrollment and
    number of students per computer, and asked to create tables and graphs based on
    that data. The students were then asked to make predictions based on their graphs
    and explain the methods used to make these predictions. This project helped give
    students a better understanding of how linear functions relate to everyday life.
   Miss Fash’s Pre Algebra students worked at completing the 4th Benchmark and
    have completed their mid-term exam review in preparation for their exams.
   Miss Fash’s Algebra II-A students worked at completing the 4th Benchmark and
    have completed their mid-term exam review in preparation for their exams.
   Miss Fash’s Algebra II-B classes worked at completing the 4th Benchmark and
    have completed their mid-term exam review in preparation for their exams.
   Miss Fash’s SRA students received their results for the October administration
    of the HSPA. She is proud to announce that 85% of the seniors in the SRA Math
    class passed the test. Only four students out of twenty six remain in the course.
    These students will complete the SRA process to be approved for graduation.

●   Mr. Dembowski’s Geometry and Geometry honors classes completed their
    projects for the second marking period. Each classmate created a story that would
    interest them or related to subject matter from another class. They then
    incorporated triangle congruency problems into the story that can be solved on a
    map created by the students. The project demonstrated their knowledge of using
    congruent triangles, geometry tools such as protractors, and units of measure.
    Students also presented their projects for the class to observe and try to solve
    during the class.

●   Mr. Dembowski’s Algebra 1B classes have completed their projects for the
    second marking period. The project used the material from Chapter 7, Systems of
    Equations, to compare prices of two competitive companies. Students needed to
    research two companies and create an equation to represent their payment plans.
    Then, the plans were graphed to show a point of intersection and how the plans
    differ over time. All students also had to use the elimination and substitution
    method to compare the data collected. The project was summed up with a two
    page essay discussing the methods and their findings. All students presented their
    projects to inform the classes of their discoveries.

●   Mr. Dembowski’s HSPA Review class is working on cluster IV probability. To
    aid the students working on probability, as a class, the students used dice and
    cards to learn material. Students were given points to wager on the probably of a
    certain card being pulled. First they needed to solve the probability, and then the
    student drew a card. Through the lesson, students learned probability as well as
    probability without replacement.

●   Ms. Meichenbaum’s Algebra I students recently completed a unit about
    graphing relations and functions. Students learned the different forms of a linear
    equation and were comfortable enough with the material to switch from one form
    to another.

●   Ms. Meichenbaum’s HSPA students completed their note-taking of the entire
    HSPA review book they have been working with since September. Now the
    students will be focusing on the exams as a whole and the sub-topics they are not
    yet understanding. HSPA students will also continue to use the Study Island
    program to increase their practice with multiple choice questions.

●   Students in Ms. Meichenbaum’s Math Technology classes completed a unit on
    central measures of tendency. Students readily prepared for their midterms
    through a review packet that was assigned as homework, and reviewed in class.

●   Students in Ms. Meichenbaum’s Algebra II Honors class quickly and easily
    learned the concept of synthetic division, through the application of the process as
    an alternative to long polynomial division.

●   Mr. Zukatus’s Algebra I and Algebra I-A Mr. Zukatus’ Algebra I classes worked
    with graphing linear equations, functions, and arithmetic sequences. Students
    struggled at first with graphing linear equations, but soon became accustomed the
    equation into y-intercept form and then plugging in points. From there, functions
    came quite easily to the classes. Students worked to see if mappings, ordered
    pairs, tables, or graphs were functions, and learned how to tell for each type if it
    will be a function or not. Arithmetic sequences came easily to the students, and
    they had fun figuring out certain numbers within each sequence.

●   Mr. Zukatus’s Algebra 1A classes worked along with solving equations for
    given variables as well as solving weighted average problems. Students took a
    liking to solving for a given variable, even though they were hesitant at first on
    how to solve when there was more than a single variable. Students struggled with
    weighted averages, but once they realized the formulas to solve them, they were
    able to work through without issue.

●   Mr. Zukatus’s Geometry class worked along with mid-segments in triangles as
    well as bisectors in triangles. Students learned how to construct a mid-segment,
    as well as find the length of a mid-segment. Students also worked along with
    perpendicular bisectors, medians, and altitudes to construct circumcenters,
    incenters, centroids, and orthocenters of triangles.


   Mrs. Maresca’s Algebra 2 classes completed several units on solving quadratic
    equations. These methods included factoring, completing the square, and the
    quadratic formula.
   Mr. Dembowski’s students are actively participating in class as well as regularly
    attending pass period for extra help. Pass period has also been used to work on
    projects and ask any questions that occur while completing the project.

   Mr. Zukatus’ Algebra-I and Algebra-IA classes have completed a project
    involving ratios and proportions dealing with cooking. Students took recipes and
    converted them to feed a certain number of people that they were assigned.
    Students were enthusiastic about the project and filled them with many details and
    pictures to go along with the mathematics portion of the project.

   Mr. Zukatus’ Geometry class has completed a project involving congruent
    triangles. Students used stories involving a pirate map to determine if they could
    find buried treasure. They then made their own stories involving congruent
    triangles, and made their own maps to go along with their stories.


    Business Education

   Mrs. Tomko’s and Mr. Kenny’s Computer Applications II students completed
    a unit on creating and formatting tables in Microsoft Word. They have begun
    formatting research papers based on the format detailed in the NAHS Research
    Paper Design Booklet published by the English Department.

   Mrs. Tomko’s and Mr. Kenny’s Computer Applications I students have
    completed PowerPoint with a presentation project and comprehensive exam. The
    students will be moving on to Excel.

   Mrs. Tomko’s Introduction to Business class has been busy working through
    marketing and advertising. Students will be completing a project in which they
    will create an original cereal and cereal box complete with slogan, trade character
    and nutritional panel.

   Mrs. Tomko’s Wall Street class has completed the course content and is
    preparing for the midterm/final for this half-year class.

   Mr. Kenny’s Accounting 1 students are journalizing (general journal) after
    analyzing transactions. After journalizing, students posted to the general ledger
    and prepared a trial balance and financial statements based on a general ledger.

   Ms. Rosolen’s Multimedia class worked on a comprehensive multimedia project
    that was presented on the exam date. This project consisted of all the skills
    previously learned in this half-year course.

   Ms. Rosolen’s Desktop Publishing class is continuing work on their design
    portfolios, which include a number of projects. This month each student created a
    CD/DVD label and jewel case cover and a tri-fold brochure.
    Family and Consumer Science

   Mrs. Comer’s Culinary Arts students have been working on recipe costing. As
    a kitchen group, students were required to find a recipe to feed twenty people for
    $20.00 or less. Math played a vital role in the completion of this project. Figuring
    how much a cup of flour costs from a five pound bag was challenging and
    rewarding, as the students analyzed a variety of data. As a reward for their
    efforts, we will be preparing four recipes selected from each period.

   Mrs. Comer’s Child Development students have been analyzing data they
    collected throughout the fall, through textbook work. Understanding of physical,
    social-emotional, and intellectual development has been gained through
    classroom discussion, anecdotal stories, and student feedback.


    Art

   Ms. DuJack’s Art classes completed one-point perspective cubes and one-point
    perspective buildings. Advanced students completed two-point perspective
    buildings and perspective paintings in acrylic.

   Mrs. Branco’s Art class students have worked for the entire month of January on
    portraiture. They have explored the „idealized‟ portrait, sketched different shape
    eyes, ears, noses, hair etc. They then began the project that will not only be their
    Mid Term project, but also their benchmark. They are creating a self portrait.
    They are required to bring in a photo of themselves and draw from that image.
    They will use value, color and line to create this work. This project was involved
    and the students used their own faces as inspiration for their work. The students
    who require special help did very well on these projects; they were encouraged to
    look closely at their faces and used line techniques to create a realistic self
    portrait. They had great pride in their work.

   Mrs. Branco’s Art Cycle students did a project involving linear perspective.
    They created a series of boxes, gave them simulated depth and used patterns to
    give the work interest. This work used the technique of OpArt like the work of
    artist Victor Vasarely. They then create a street in perspective, giving the
    buildings interest, such as signs, windows and they also included people. This
    busy street scene creates a sense of movement in the work of art.


    Music
         Mr. Kastner’s Instrumental classes have been introduced to the Auralia Ear
          Training Program to improve skills. All students are working for improvement in
          their technique on their individual instruments specific to their needs.




II.   Workshops Attended:

         Literature Circles: All English teachers attended a “Literature Circles” in-
          service workshop on January 8, 2009 at NAHS presented by Ms. Rose McCauley.
          In this professional learning community, Ms. McCauley introduced the
          implementation of Literature Circles into the classroom, and showed the many
          varied ways that this strategy can be used. All staff are expected to utilize this
          new strategy once or twice before Ms. McCauley‟s return on March 31st, for the
          follow-up and completion of the workshop series.

         Small Group Learning and TPR (Total Physical Response): The Social
          Studies and World Languages Teachers also attended a professional learning
          community workshop on January 8, 2009. Humanities supervisor, Nancy
          LoPresti conducted this workshop which provided information, strategies and
          role-playing opportunities for staff to learn the benefits of each. Teachers have
          been asked to implement small group learning and TPR activities throughout the
          remainder of the year. This training also provided support to the thematic goals
          outlined in this year‟s teacher PDP.

         Mrs. Albuquerque and Mrs. Murad attended the BCEA “Money for Kids”
          workshop on January 21, 2009 at the Glenpointe Marriott Hotel in Teaneck. This
          was the second workshop in a series of four. Although this workshop was
          primarily for teachers of mathematics, it provided excellent ideas for creating
          authentic-based performance tasks that may be adapted and implemented for any
          discipline. The concepts reviewed and modeled are universal in the field of
          pedagogy.

         Mrs. Kusher and Ms. O’Brien attended an after school workshop presented by
          the Bergen County Education Association on January 21, 2009. This workshop
          was about authentic assessment and evaluation. It was the second workshop in a
          series of four presented by the BCEA. The first one attended by Mrs. Kusher
          was in the Fall and related to school safety.

         Mr. Abu-Hakmeh and Mr. Dembowski attended the “Innovative Mathematics
          Intervention Consortium II Workshop” on January 22 presented by the New
          Jersey Department of Education. The workshop informed participants of a
          revised New Jersey core curriculum standard that is web based. The speaker also
           prepared the audience for the new assessments that will take place in the math
           classroom.

          Mrs. Maresca attended a very informative workshop on January 21 at the
           Glenpointe Marriott in Teaneck, NJ. The program, presented by Dr. Jim Gamble
           of the Madison Institute focused on authentic-based mathematical performance
           tasks.

          Ms. Meichenbaum and Mr. Nazi attended a professional workshop about
           dealing with difficult and non-compliant students in January. The workshop was
           very helpful and both teachers were able to use some of the strategies the very
           next day.

          All Department Staff attended the Thursday, January 8, Professional Learning
           Community Meeting where we discussed the Standards Clarification Project and
           how the Benchmark Assessments need to be in alignment with the Standards.
           Everyone then reviewed their Benchmarks and updated them as necessary.



III.   Student Recognition:

          The student members of the Spanish Honor Society, under the supervision of
           Olivia de Diego, collected approximately 150 warm, winter coats for the
           homeless of our county. The coats were delivered by Ms. de Diego and Mrs.
           LoPresti to St. John‟s Church in Newark; a reputable facility known for it‟s
           outreach in our and neighboring communities.


          Daniel Griffiths, a student in Miss Fash’s Algebra II-B and SRA Math class
           achieved an Advanced Proficient score on his October HSPA test.

       ●   Mr. Dembowski’s students effectively completed their projects by the due dates.
       All the projects demonstrated hard work and a great deal of creativity.

       ● Students in Mr. Capriola’s Algebra I Classes voluntarily created study partner
           groups outside the classroom. This allows students to confer and help one another
           when more difficult concepts are introduced. The students were very proud of
           their initiative.

       ●   Students in Ms. Meichenbaum’s classes are generally working very hard and the
           results have become clear as several students received perfect scores on writing
           assignments and/or in-class assessments.
         Artwork by Ms. DuJack’s and Mrs. Branco’s students is on display in the
          school‟s main hallway and in the Superintendent‟s hallway.



IV.   Accomplishments:

         Mrs. Albuquerque successfully completed six graduate credits towards her
          Master‟s of Science in Education and Learning.

         Jeannine Burns has begun preparation for Shakespeare Day at Mahwah High
          School on April 23, 2009. Auditions for the play All’s Well That Ends Well were
          held by Jeannine Burns and a cast has been selected. Mrs. Burns has now
          begun the process of abridging this 2 hour play into a 45-60 minute performance
          that can be taken up to Mahwah High School. If all goes well, the group plans to
          do an encore performance in October for the public schools of North Arlington.
          Students are enthusiastic and would like to start their own chapter of the Thespian
          Club, a nationally recognized honor society for actors.

         Mrs. de Diego’s Spanish III and IV students worked on a Power Point
          Presentation about the highlights in their lives. The Power Point had to include
          pictures on each slide and a verb in the infinitive form. This project will be
          presented after the Mid-term exams and will be graded as an Oral Test. Students
          will present and explain their lives to their classmates in the target language.

          All members of the department of mathematics attended a two-hour professional
          learning community meeting with the middle school math teachers. Similarities
          and differences in students‟ basic skills and performance were discussed, as well
          as strategies to help improve student achievement.

         The National Honor Society, under the direction of Mrs. Maresca, conducted a
          Computer Match program. Each student in the high school completed a
          questionnaire which will be used to find their most compatible matches. The
          results will be received just in time for Valentine‟s Day. Many faculty and staff
          members also participated in the program.


         Mr. Dembowski and the sophomore class are meeting weekly to plan and prepare
          for the sophomore semiformal on February 26th.

         Mr. Kenny has continued as the Junior Lady Vikings Basketball coach. The team
          is in the process of a very successful season!

         Mr. Kenny and the Student Council is teaming up with the Interact Club to plan
          a “Community Service” open house on January 27.
V.        Special Programs

             Mohamed el Filali, presenter and motivational speaker, was sent a large envelope
              filled with thank you notes from the students who enjoyed his touching and
              informative presentation in December. We look forward to his return appearance
              at NAHS next year.

          ●   Mr. Dembowski and Coach Marcantuono are having a t-shirt fundraiser to
              support the North Arlington baseball team.

                 All Algebra 1B and Geometry projects are displayed in classroom 207.



VI.       Press Releases:

             Registration for Nursery School Program



VII.      Field Trips:

         French III and IV students are making final preparations for their trip to Paris and
          Normandy Beach February 10 –February 16, 2009



                              January Athletic Highlights

         Boys Basketball:
          The Boy‟s basketball team has a 1-11 record so far this year. The team has been
          competitive in most games falling short at the end in several contests. The team is
          lead by Junior Peter Santos who is averaging 18 points per game.

         Girls Basketball:
          The Girl‟s basketball team has a 10-2 record and has qualified to compete in the
          Bergen County Tournament. The girls are presently in second place in the league
          behind St. Mary‟s. Tara Fisher leads the team in scoring, averaging 17 points per
          game.

         Bowling:
          Our Bowling team is in first place in the league and ranked 1st in Bergen County.
          Ashley Johnson, Matt Priore and Sean McDonald lead a strong Viking team. Several
          bowlers will be competing in the state tournament next weekend.
   Wrestling:
    Our wrestling team has a 7-6 record so far this year. The team is lead by Jason Viana
    (215 pounds), and Nick Tanelli (135). We close our league schedule against
    Weehawken and before competing in District 15.

   Cheering:
    Our girls qualified once again for Nationals, which will be held in Orlando, Florida in
    late March. The Girls will continue competing throughout the winter season, as well
    as perform at all home basketball games.

   Special Honors:

    Girls’ Basketball Team is ranked 17 in the Bergen Record.

    Bowling Team is ranked 1st in the Bergen Record.
MONTH: ____January_____
MIDDLE SCHOOL

Mathematics
   Miss Thomas‟ Algebra students spent time learning everyday math skills. From
     proportions to percents, students learned the concept behind many familiar words and
     solved everyday math problems. They learned about scale models and the concept of
     reading a map, even with a navigation system! Students also learned how to find a
     percent of a number, find the sales tax, found tricks to leaving a 10%, 15%, and 20% tip,
     and how to set up proportions. Upon completing the first half of the unit and before
     preparing for the midterms, students spent a day working together to solve a multi-step
     problem about an oversize hand found on the blackboard when students entered the
     classroom. This problem was taken from the New Jersey Department of Education
     website. The problem involved concepts from all four content standards.
   Students in Mr. Bernstein's sixth and seventh grade Math classes investigated fractional
     equivalents while creating tangrams. Scissors, crayons, and construction paper were
     the materials used, as students created art while seeing first hand relationships between
     area and various geometric shapes.
   After learning about mean, median, and mode, Mrs. Califano‟s students created a survey
     of appropriate questions to ask fellow students in the class, e.g. height in inches, hours
     per week doing homework, slices of pizza you eat in a week, and children in each family.
     After taking the survey, students gathered with their partners to find the mean, median,
     mode, and range of the data for their particular survey question. They compiled the data
     into a frequency table and also created a bar graph to display their findings. Finally, all
     completed work was placed on chart paper.
   Miss Neubauer's Math classes played fraction bingo to review simplifying fractions.
     They also created their own review questions to help each other study for the chapter
     test.
   Ms. Maucione‟s Math classes prepared for the NJ ASK. They completed worksheets that
     contain open ended problems. The students were required to solve each problem and
     provide an explanation of their work. In order to help them prepare for the NJ ASK, the
     students also used Study Island. In addition, they prepared for their midterm through
     review sheets and many practice problems.

Language Arts
    Miss Thomas‟ Writing students took the mysterious “hand” problem to a whole new level
     and wrote descriptive stories about it. They wrote about ways the hand could have
     reached the third floor and the probability of it appearing in a math classroom. They
     then gave character to this creature using many descriptive words. Upon completing their
     stories, the students drew a scaled down picture of this creature to match the character in
     their stories.
    Mrs. Roller's ESL students took time to have a current events discussion the day after a
     plane made an emergency landing in the Hudson River. The students, who watched this
     news at home, sometimes in their first language, were eager to converse about it in
     English. Even the most reluctant students were engaged, willing to take risks and to
    accept help from fellow students in order to share, in English, what they had seen and
    heard. After the discussion, each wrote a news article about the incident.
   “Work … toil … labor.” For the month of January, Ms. Demetroules‟ Writing class
    focused on verbs and building their vocabulary. Students were given the challenge of
    finding synonyms for common verbs that they use in writing, e.g. do, make, see, and
    walk. This was done in effort to help students vary their vocabulary in writing pieces.
   Mrs. Kowalczyk's Writing 6 started to learn about explanatory writing. They were given
    some quotes to interpret this process in preparation for the NJ ASK 6 test in May. In
    celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., the students were given one of his great
    inspirational quotes. The quote was "Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame
    but greatness, because greatness is determined by service." The students wrote their own
    interpretation of the quote and then the class discussed everyone's response.
   Mrs. Duff‟s sixth grade has been working on and completing their Literature Circles.
    Each small group had jobs to complete about the book. The final project will be to create
    T-shirts about the story with some type of creative picture, as well as a saying or writing
    about the books content.
   Mrs. Scerbo‟s Writing class students began to learn about the art of persuasion. The class
    studied commercials and advertisements and learned how persuasion is used in the
    media. Students also typed a letter to their parents persuading them to buy them
    something they really wanted.
   Mrs. Callahan‟s and Ms. Tzakis‟s 8th graders were recently treated to a guest speaker.
    Richard Van Dien, a former NAMS and NAHS student, returned to speak to the students
    about life after middle school. The areas Rich spoke about included maintaining a
    positive attitude towards school, utilizing available resources, and effective study habits.
    In response to Rich‟s inspirational discussion, the students wrote letters thanking him for
    taking the time to speak to them and encouraging them to reach for their goals.
         o Mrs. Callahan‟s 7th grade Reading class read several short stories during the
             month of January. The students also compared the elements of a short story to the
             elements of a novel. Class discussions were centered on character development,
             conflict and story resolution.
   Mrs. Boyd‟s students were formally immersed in skill work to help them prepare for the
    NJ ASK Test. Inference, fact and opinion and making predictions were just some of the
    skills students reviewed to help them practice. The students used Study Island as a tool
    independently at home and in school as a class with the use of the SmartBoard. Midterm
    reviews and exams were also a focus this month.
   Miss Keeler‟s Writing class worked collaboratively in groups of three and created the
    foundations of their own countries. This lesson successfully integrated NJCCCS from
    several subject areas including Reading, Writing, and Social Studies. The seven groups
    of students each creatively designed a flag, drafted a Bill of Rights, and composed a
    National Anthem. To conclude the lesson, each group sharpened their public speaking
    skills by presenting the proposed country to the class. Flags were displayed, Bills of
    Rights were read and explained, and the National Anthems were sung to popular tunes.
    This cooperative learning activity provided an opportunity to learn what coincides with
    all eight areas of Gardener‟s Theory of Multiple Intelligences.
   Ms. Neubauer‟s Writing class wrote "Who/What am I?" paragraphs about different items
    for their classmates to guess what they wrote about.
    In 1922, the Newbery Award became the first children's book award in the world. Every
     year the American Library Association awards the Newbery Metal for the most
     distinguished American children‟s book published the previous year. During the month of
     January, the students in Mrs. Helms‟ reading classes chose an award book to read and
     then wrote a book report. In the report, students were given an opportunity to write
     themselves into the novel as a new character. Their final project resembled the actual
     Newbery Award.
    Mrs. Coughlin‟s grade 6 Reading classes compared the book, James and the Giant Peach,
     to the movie version. The students took notes and then created a Venn diagram that
     showed the differences and similarities between the book and movie versions.

World Languages
   Mrs. Marchese‟s sixth graders learned about going to school and school activities. They
      also learned about Central and South America.
          o The seventh graders learned to talk about their family in Spanish. They also
              learned how to describe their homes or apartments.
          o The eighth graders learned about "el futbol," "el baloncesto y el beisbol." They
              also learned about team sports and all the physical activities that are involved in
              them. They then compared the different sports on a Venn diagram.
   To create awareness during “No Name Calling Week”, Mrs. McNerney‟s Spanish classes
      reviewed vocabulary that is often used loosely to address peers and other people, in
      manners that may be hurtful and have negative connotations. The students came in
      contact with the power of words to build self-steam, to release stress and tension, and to
      effectively communicate with each other.
          o The seventh and eight graders wrote small notes to a friend, acknowledging
              something positive, as well as a special talent or ability that others may not
              recognize on a regular basis. They used the specific vocabulary learned in class,
              along with the grammar and other vocabulary that was previously mastered.

Social Studies
    Ms. Demetroules‟ Social Studies classes took a step back away from geography and into
       history. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.‟s birthday, the 6th grade examined issues
       surrounding the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960‟s, and King‟s birthday as a Federal
       holiday. Different pictures from the era were presented to give the students a closer look
       into the controversial times.
    The students in Mrs. Fisher's classes learned about the early Hebrews. Posters on the
       Four Central Beliefs of Judaism were created. The students also learned about Yom
       Kippur, Hanukkah, Rosh Hashanah and other important holy days.
       Mid-term exam preparation was also done throughout the month of January. The
       students were given a review sheet and a review game was also played in order to refresh
       lessons that have been taught.
    Mr. Wolowitz's 8th grade Social Studies classes learned about how the forefathers
       created the first government of the United States. The students learned about how and
       why The Articles of Confederation failed and why a new constitution was needed. The
       students spent a good part of the month learning about the United States Constitution and
       how it has survived for over 200 years. As an added bonus, a few students ate lunch in
         Mr. Wolowitz‟s room to watch the inauguration of the 44th President, Barack Obama. It
         was a very historic day that Mr. Wolowitz wanted every one to witness.

Science
     Mrs. Galante‟s students completed their study of weather by researching hurricanes,
       tornadoes, thunderstorms, and snowstorms. Using a graphic organizer, the students
       compared the four types of storms, the damages they cause, and safety precautions that
       should be taken. As a result of their research, the students designed a storm collage using
       newspapers, magazines, internet, and personal photographs of a specific storm. The
       students designed the collages on a storm of their choice based on the information they
       learned in the chapter. The collages were displayed in the hallways and classroom for all
       to see.
     Ms. Scerbo‟s 6th grade students learned about mollusks, arthropods, insects, and
       echinoderms. The students began to observe tadpoles and are anxiously awaiting their
       change into a frog. They also completed a web quest on both arthropods and insects
       through the use of laptops and were then assigned an insect project. This project gave
       students the opportunity to build a model of an insect and to label all of its important
       parts, as well as learn about survival and adaptation.
     Mr. Haines‟ students studied waves and how they traveled through the use of two
       different types of springs to simulate transverse and longitudinal waves. A second
       activity was to make a “human wave” using simple materials. They next hung the
       constructed wave across the entire classroom to demonstrate wave motion and the
       transportation of energy from one location to another. The students also prepared for
       mid-term examinations and brought in musical instruments they constructed.

Art
       Mrs. Branco‟s students had a very creative January.
           o The 6th grade created a mural full of tropical fish and mammals.
           o The 7th grade is well on their way to a fun mask project. They even have
               Teletubbies this time!!
           o The 8th grade completed a project based on the Randy Pausch "Last Lecture."
               They created a cartoon character which was inspirational. They also had to create
               a name for the character using positive words.

Comprehensive Health & Physical Education
   Ms. DeBlasio‟s students finished up the second marking period of Physical Education
     with a "Wild-n-Wacky" games unit. The students played a variety of cooperative games
     that focused on cardiovascular fitness. They enjoyed 'Speedball' the most because it‟s a
     combination of traditional soccer, basketball, and football.
   Each grade also worked on a final marking period project in Health class.
         o The 8th graders worked on posters about infectious disease.
         o The 7th grade students created comic strips about their changing minds.
         o The 6th graders designed their own family, home-emergency kits.
Computers
   Mr. Guanci showed all of his computer classes an Internet Safety Power Point
     Presentation. The classes later discussed what they learned from the videos, as well as
     true stories of what happened to kids their own age. All of the students were shocked at
     what could happen if you use the internet incorrectly. Upon the conclusion of the
     discussion, the students all completed a writing assignment based on internet safety with
     their writing teachers.

Guidance
    This month, when meeting with counselees, Mrs. Bacek focused on mid-term exams,
      good study habits and projecting strategies for success for the second half of the year.

Special Ed
    Ms. Janczak‟s 6th grade Science class explored the life cycle of a frog. They created their
       own individual life cycle to help them remember each phase. Like Ms. Scerbo‟s
       students, they are too awaiting the transformation of their tadpoles into frogs.

Workshop Attendance
   Mr. Haines attended the Theater Day Workshop at Montclair State University and gained
     useful knowledge for both NAMS Shakespeare and Drama programs. Mr. Haines and
     Ms. Keeler also successfully wrote a third grant for the Shakespeare Program.


Student Recognitions
    Catrin Janczak....................           Matthew Smykowski
        Persa Tzakis.......................      Kiana Ortega
        Grade 6...............................   Conrad Malinowski
                                                  Waqas Azhar
                                                  Alexis Rosko
                                                  Giuseppe Gugliuzza
     Grade 7...............................      Kaitlyn Pichardo
                                                  Nick Martin
                                                  Andrew Hays
                                                  Nicole Moncayo
     Grade 8................................     Sumanth Karasala
                                                  Michael Stringham
                                                  Stephanie Cervino
                                                  Michael Brandao



School Accomplishments
    The 6th grade student council collected 19,145 soda tabs that will be donated to the
       Ronald McDonald house through Laurinda Pereira.
    Mr. Nicolle began a candy fundraiser to assist in cost for the spring festivities.
    Mrs. Galante began final preparations for the yearbook set up.
    The Middle School conducted a school-wide Holistic Writing Day assignment. The
       results of the scores will be compared to another writing day to be held in March.
    Saturday school began to assist students with academics.
 Mandatory extra help also began for all students below academic levels with their
  respective teachers.
                  HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2009
                              JEFFERSON SCHOOL


Kindergarten
Ms. McCrea‟s kindergarten class celebrated Black History Month by reading:
    Young Jackie Robinson by Edward Farrell (1992)
    Wilma Unlimited : How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull
       (1996)
      Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes (2002)
      They also discussed segregation and the Civil Rights movement for Martin Luther King Day, and
       the abolition of slavery for Abraham Lincoln's Birthday.

Mrs. Northrop‟s kindergarten class is presently engaged in:
    Science- The study of Winter, Water Changes, Hibernation
    Social Studies- Transportation
    Language- High Frequency Words, Robust Vocabulary, Comprehension
    Math- Geometric Shapes
    Writing- Story writing with illustrations, sharing stories with class

First Grade
Mrs. Pereira & Mrs. Paglucci's first grade classes have been working diligently to write and
illustrate a class book, entitled Snowed In. Once completed, the book will be sent to a publishing
company where it will be bound, duplicated, and a hard cover will be created. This project was a
collaborative effort by all of the first grade students. A tremendous amount of time and effort
went into this book. The students learned a great deal about the publishing process while they
improved their vocabulary and writing skills. Being a young published author gives our students
a sense of pride and accomplishment. Also, we completed our Mid-Year Benchmark
Assessment in Reading and Math.

Second Grade
Mrs. Nolan‟s second practiced counting collections of coins up to a half dollar. They used
manipulative coins and the Smartboard to practice the concept. Students also learned about
different types of land and water habitats. They discussed the differences between fiction and
nonfiction writing. Mrs. Nolan‟s second graders have read over 2,800 books thus far this school
year.

Mrs. Korycinski‟s second grade students engaged in the following activities during the month of
January:
    Learning about the leaders of our local, state, and federal government.
    Learning about the process in which our leaders are chosen.
    Discussing the responsibilities of the President of the United States.
    Labeling countries and oceans on a map of North America.
    Learning the words and the meaning of The Star Spangled Banner.
    Reading a biography about Martin Luther King Jr. and discussing the meaning of equal
       rights.
      Counting coins and completing a variety of problem solving activities by using
       manipulatives and real money.

Third Grade
Mrs. Harte and Mrs. Keogh‟s third grade activities included:
    Reading- Readers‟ Theater used for a story
    Math- Challenge and extra support work for differentiation
    Science- Ocean Zone charts created by class and use of graphic organizer sheets to study
      the unit
    NJ ASK3 practice in math and LAL
    Continued use of Study Island for various lesson skills
    Testing using benchmarks for reading and math

They have also been very busy reviewing for the NJASK.

Fourth Grade
    Mrs. Rotondo‟s fourth grade students created and illustrated unique New Year resolutions.
Students engaged in oral activity in which children complimented another peer. A self-esteem
boosting short story was read by students. No Name Calling Week was acknowledged with a
writing prompt of how other students‟ feelings get hurt from name calling, etc. A read aloud of
Martin Luther King Jr.‟s biography was conducted. Students shared what they felt was most
memorable about MLK. Students also engaged in a graphing activity derived from MLK data.
President Obama‟s inauguration was viewed, discussed in detail, and a writing assignment was
conducted to mark this historical event. Children expressed their utmost enthusiasm for this
memorable event.

    Mrs. Rotondo‟s class is continuing weekly open-ended word problem solving strategy
assignments and daily practice during P.A.S.S. from Harcourt NJ ASK Test book. Students are
continuing weekly speculative and explanatory timed prompt writing assignments

    Mrs. Herrmann‟s fourth grade read four short stories and a chapter book entitled Class
President which they read independently and created a book report that included developing
their own marketing strategy to promote the sale of the book. Reading skills taught and
reinforced this month included cause and effect, drawing conclusions, predicting outcomes, and
using reference sources. Students continue to learn new weekly robust vocabulary words to
enhance their reading and writing skills in preparation for the upcoming NJASK4 in May.

    Mrs. Herrmann‟s fourth grade Social Studies classes learned and discussed how New Jersey
was affected during the Civil War, World War I, The Great Depression, and World War II. In
addition, the class honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by performing a Readers Theater script
which showed the challenging times King faced a as teenager in our society. Students also read
biographies about King and wrote their own biographies. On Inauguration Day, students
watched history being made as they witnessed our President being sworn into office and
participated in many Inauguration Day activities.

Fifth Grade
Miss Jacobson‟s 5th Grade engaged in Black History Month
    Classes were provided with copies of The Record which contains special NIE Black
       History Month activities to read and do activities with students
    Packets containing information on notable African-Americans are provided to read,
       study, and do related activities
    Video on African- American experience, followed by an essay with personal reaction to
       the African-American experience to the present.

Mrs. Applegate‟s 5th grade Reading classes continued using the Harcourt Reading series,
Storytown, Students successfully accessed their reading texts from home. Emphasis was placed
on the focus skill of generalization, compare and contrast, cause and effects, robust vocabulary,
and reading comprehension strategies. Leveled readers were used by students to reinforce skills
from their text. Students reviewed strategies for Readers Theater and continued to work on
lessons related to Study Island in Reading. The Smartboard was frequently used to review stories
and workbook pages. Fiction book reports were completed by all students. Assessment tests
were given to all students.

Mrs. Applegate‟s 5th grade Social Studies classes studied early explorers from European
countries. Studies focused on economic reasons for the European explorations and early
settlement of the Americas. Students watched videos of notable European explorers, completed
related map activities, and completed a comprehensive packet on examining primary source
documents examining various aspects of early European exploration. The Smartboard was used
to enhance text assignments.

Mrs. Applegate‟s 5th grade writing class continued to work on Study Island lessons and began
completing activities for the program. Writing skills focused on speculative writing and personal
essays. Students continued to work on grammar activities.


Art
Ms. Cronk‟s art classes are engaged in many and varied activities including:
     Creation of silhouette collages, using black paper for their main object and a torn tissue
      paper background to add contrast and color.
     Maintaining personnel sketchbooks which they use to express themselves, and solve
      creative problems. Sketchbooks will be kept at school and used throughout the year in
      conjunction with selected projects.
     Students learn about the world‟s first artists and create their own “cave paintings.”

English Language Learners
Mrs. Nouravai‟s English Language Learners continue to engage in activities designed to increase
robust vocabulary, character analysis and comprehension.

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.
Music
Preparation has begun for the annual Spring concert. Instrumental students continue to advance
their skill level and are being challenged with new and exciting musical pieces.

Comprehensive Health & Physical Education
Ms. Doreen Terletzky, reports:
     Registering new students-formulating health charts.
     Monitoring flu vaccine requirement for PK students-2nd and 3rd notices sent to parents.
     Tuberculosis state reports completed and mailed.
     Obesity presentation.
     Revised Individualized Healthcare Plan for diabetic student.
     Screenings conducted: height/weight, audio.
     Ordered supplies for the 2009-2010 school year.
     Conducted CST evaluations.
     Reviewing grade 5 charts. Notice to grade 5 parents-grade 6 immunization requirements.

Basic Skills
Mrs. Osinski’s and Mrs. Young’s reading groups are practicing reading fluency and working on
their critical thinking skills.
Mrs. Osinski’s math classes are practicing addition, subtraction and multiplication skills.

Special Ed
Mrs. Volpe‟s Resource Class is successfully achieving the goals and objectives set forth in each
student‟s Individual Education Program (IEP). The class enjoyed writing poems related to the
year 2009. They used rhyming words to expand their vocabulary and to improve their internet,
thesaurus, and dictionary skills.

Workshop Attendance
Staff members attended grade level articulation meetings dedicated to common benchmark
assessment goals.

Student Recognitions
Each month one child is selected from each class as the Student of the Month. The decision
process is a difficult one as many students regularly demonstrate extra-ordinary effort,
cooperation, kindness, a positive work ethic and learning attitude. North Arlington‟s Jefferson
School teaching family is pleased to proclaim the following children as Students of the Month of
January Angela Lin, Aashvi Manakiwala, Andrea Shafrin, Ellen Villapando, Serena Pagan,
Yomna Ahmed, Jessica Graci, Enzo, Correa, Billy Addeo, Andres Baez, Antonio Monahan,
Michael Paolello, Luke O'Donnell, Andrea Shafrin, Saisuki Putumbaka, Rahul Patel.


School Accomplishments
Mrs. Applegate reports:
         Peer Mediation
           Skits and/or stories were presented to Grades K, 2 and 4. Students will and set up
             activities and skits for Grades 1, 3, and 5 to be given in February.
          Had peer mediations for a number of students in upper grades at lunchtime.
Mrs. Keogh reports:
          Discussed various terms related to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
          Viewed the Inauguration of President Barack Obama and students wrote one thing
             they learned
          Viewed a Character Ed. Video on “respect”
          Mrs. Dennison read to the class (NAWC)


Special Programs
    Identification, discussion and celebration of noteworthy people is a year-long endeavor. It is
not limited solely to the month of February and it encompasses folks of all ethnic backgrounds.
Teachers of all grades engage their students in various activities including:
     Ms. McCrea‟s kindergarten class celebrated Black History Month by reading:
            o Young Jackie Robinson by Edward Farrell (1992)
            o Wilma Unlimited : How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman by
                Kathleen Krull (1996)
            o Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes
                (2002)
            o They also discussed segregation and the Civil Rights movement for Martin Luther
                King Day, and the abolition of slavery for Abraham Lincoln's Birthday.
     Mrs. Herrmann's Social Studies classes are celebrating Black History month by reading
       and discussing reader's theater scripts focused on Harriet Tubman and Jackie Robinson.
       In addition, students will utilize the Smartboard technology to view and engage in
       activities highlighting the top ten African-American Inventors in American History.
     Mrs. Rotondo‟s fourth grade students
       1. Read articles and or books which follow:
                Teammates (Jackie Robinson)
                 Great Black Heroes: Five Brave Explorers
                1. Esteban Dorantes (discovered territories known as Arizona and New Mexico)
                2. Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable (founded city now known as Chicago)
                3. James Beckwourth (helped develop the American West)
                4. Matthew Henson (reached the North Pole)
                5. Mae C. Jemison (traveled in space)
       2. Read and discuss African Americans who changed the world.
       http://www.enchantedlearning.com/history/us/aframer
       3. View and discuss website on The Underground Railroad:
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/railroad

      5A and 5J Black History Month Activities
          o Classes are provided with copies of The Record which contains special NIE Black
             History Month activities to read and do activities with students
o Packets containing information on notable African-Americans are provided to
  read, study, and do related activities
o Video on African- American experience, followed by an essay with personal
  reaction to the African-American experience to the present.
MONTH: JANUARY, 2009
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: ROOSEVELT

Pre-Kindergarten
    Mrs. Mack’s pre-kindergarten class learned about Martin Luther King, Jr., who he was
      and for what he stood. Several stories will be read about friendship, being kind to each
      other and treating each other fairly.
    The class created a class book about types of clothing worn in winter and snowy weather.
      Each student created one page of the book and, on completion of the book, it will be
      placed in the class library for all to enjoy.

Kindergarten
    Mrs. Malanga’s kindergarten class practices their Robust Vocabulary words in a fun
      way. Two teams compete in a “Vocabulary Game”. One person from each team plays as
      definitions are provided by Mrs. Malanga. The two players then call out the
      corresponding vocabulary word. Points are awarded to teams with correct answers. The
      children are highly motivated and love this way of practicing their robust vocabulary.
    Mrs. DiTommaso’s kindergarten class learned high frequency words and geometric
      shapes. To reinforce their learning, students cut out snowflakes and drew one geometric
      shape per flake and labeled it. Children then wrote sentences about what they have
      learned. On completion of their works of art, snowflakes were hung from the ceiling in
      the hallway.

First Grade
    Mrs. Arena’s first grade children are learning about sequence and order. Students have
       been discussing life cycles. Children created a chain reflecting the life cycle of a frog.
       The frog‟s life stages are displayed on each link of the chain in the correct order.

Second Grade
    Mrs. Phalon’s class continues to use Enchanted Learning to do research on the
      computer. This month students researched rain forest animals and wrote an informative
      paragraph about the animal of their choice.
    Mrs. Torsiello visited the classroom and read a story about a snowman. She then helped
      the students make a candy snowman.

Third Grade
    Mrs. Giuffre’s third grade class is going to write pen letters with third grade students in
      Rockaway, N.J. Mrs. Giuffre‟s students wrote their first letters this week and included a
      photo of themselves. They are waiting anxiously for responses from their new “friends”.



Fourth Grade
    Ms. Jaume’s grade 4 has been hit by Planet Madness. Dioramas were produced to
      represent each of the planets. The students‟ oral presentations not only included details
          about their planets, but how their dioramas were constructed as well. Next, small groups
          created scale models of distances between planets. Math was an integral part of their
          investigations as they estimated the conversion of astronomical units (AU) to cm.
          Critical thinking completed the project as they individually had to draw conclusions
          about the solar system.
         Mrs. Crismale’s 4th graders’ dioramas are on display in the classroom. Students
          selected a planet to study and present in a diorama. Dioramas had to contain information
          on the planet‟s size and the planet‟s moons. Dioramas had to be constructed with size to
          scale. Five interesting and researched facts had to be included with the project.

Fifth Grade
     Mrs. Badiola’s fifth grade, in preparation for the NJ ASK5, has begun speculative
       writing. In keeping with the recent presidential election, the class brainstormed items
       that they believed were important issues that President Barack H. Obama would address.
       Each child chose one of the items, the economy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the
       environment and speculated what our newly elected commander –in-chief would do.
     As is the classroom custom, Mrs. Crismale and Ms. Jaume‟s fourth grades joined with the
       fifth grade on the third Wednesday of the month for Mix-It-Up Day. This ongoing
       program helps to combat bullying and harassment.

Art
         Ms. Cronk’s kindergarten art classes learned about Native American artwork and
          created painted blanket pictures. Mrs. Cronk’s 1st grade art classes learned about neon
          colors, and created fluorescent fish collages and paintings. These are spectacular and
          hanging in the corridors. Ms. Cronk’s 2nd grade classes traveled back in time to study
          the cave art of Lascaux, France. Third grade art classes studied Gustav Klimt and
          created metallic pattern collages inspired by his intricate paintings. Ms. Cronk’s fourth
          grade art classes studied silhouettes and created their own silhouette scenes while fifth
          grade art classes crafted unique handmade books. Fifth grade art classes crafted unique
          handmade books.

ESL
         Mrs. Stringham’s ESL kindergarten students learned how to categorize groups of items
          using realia (real objects) in the classroom. Picture Cards were used in a game in which
          students matched group of items that are alike. Students also participated in an
          interactive game on the Smart Board in which they grouped small and large animals,
          fruits, vegetables, and dinner and breakfast foods.




BSI
         Miss Kleber’s BSI reading students are continuing to develop a Robust Vocabulary
          through exploration of meanings and by using words in conversation. First and second
          grades have been giving their own examples by incorporating actions or drawings into
          their explanations.
      Second and Third grade BSI math students have been using coin manipulatives to
       reinforce counting money, comparing amounts and giving change.

World Language
   Mrs. Gonzalez Spanish language students in grade five are learning rules of Spanish
      grammar such as gender and number agreement of articles, nouns and adjectives. Under
      Mrs. Gonzalez supervision, students are working to build a strong foundation for future
      Spanish classes at NAMS.

School Nurse
    Ms. Terletzky, school nurse, reports the following activities during January:
       - Registering new students – formulating health charts
       - Monitoring flu vaccine requirement for Pre-K through Grade 3 students with
          notices sent to parents
       - Tuberculosis state reports completed and mailed
       - Obesity presentation
       - Revised Individualized Healthcare Plan for diabetic student
       - Screenings conducted – height / weight, audio
       - Ordered supplies for the 2009-2010 school year
       - Conducted CST evaluations
       - Reviewing grade 5 charts. Notice to grade 5 parents-grade 6 immunization
         requirements.

Computer
   Miss Tokarz, as part of the expectations of the Technology Standards, has raised her
     expectations on student use of computer terminology and vocabulary, keyboarding skills,
     shift keys and saving to back-up folders. Kindergartners are learning to shutdown the
     computers correctly and appropriately.

      Individual teacher requests for students or staff assistance are supplied. The technology
       program is adjusted where necessary in order to assist teacher(s) requests for cross
       curriculum projects.

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).
       Services have been delivered through inclusion and pull-out programs. Computer
       software has been integrated into therapy.



Resource Room / Special Ed
    Mrs. McKenna’s grades 3, 4, and 5 Language Arts students were assigned a project
      entitled “My Personality Bag”. The purpose of this activity was for students to choose
      five objects that described them in some way and put these items inside a brown bag.
      Next, they gave an oral presentation and told about themselves using the objects in the
       bag as a springboard for their presentation. Many students brought in family photos,
       trophies, ribbons, examples of their hobbies, etc. for the presentation. Students gave
       excellent and interesting presentations.
      Mrs. Whelan’s third and fourth graders learned about the Chinese New Year. They
       figured out their animal signs and they are born under and what they are supposed to be
       like when born under that sign.
      Mrs. Whelan’s students studied the food pyramid. They learned what foods belong in
       each category and the quantities of healthy food to eat. They also studied the importance
       of exercise for a healthy heart. Students learned to take their pulse when their bodies are
       at rest and then after jogging in place to see how their heartbeats changed.

Special Programs
    Ms. Cronk and Mrs. DiTommaso completed the RAINBOWS Program Facilitator
       training.
    Mrs. Greene attended the Bergen County Vicinage training program regarding Adoption
       versus Kinship Legal Guardianship.
    Mrs. Greene attended an annual meeting between Child Placement Review Board
       members and Superior Court Judge Mizdol regarding needs of children and teenagers in
       foster care placement.
MONTH: January 2009
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: WASHINGTON

Pre-K
Mrs. Johnson’s – Pre-K class

      This month we’ve been studying the winter season. We discussed cold weather,
       made lists of cold things, and conducted an experiment using ice and snow. We
       collected ice chunks from outside, placed them in various places in our class, made
       predictions about what would happen and then observed the results. The children
       were excited to check the trays as they came in to class in the morning and
       throughout the day as they worked in centers. Almost all predicted that the ice
       would melt, but some were amazed that a few students correctly predicted that the
       ice would dry up. This led to a discussion about evaporation and the water cycle. It
       was a simple little activity but a great way for kids to come to some understanding
       of a pretty complex process!
      We’re also discussing hibernation and completing a unit of study about bears.
       We’re reading lots of stories about bears. We’re bringing in bears from home and
       counting, sorting, classifying and making graphs of types of bears.

Pre-K
Mrs. Luciano’s – Pre-K class

      We are “Looking A Head” in 2009. We made hats for our self portrait and shared
       something we want to do in the New Year. For example: “I want to learn how to
       play soccer”.
      After reading Lois Ehlert’s book Snowballs, we created snow people using a variety
       of materials. Each one is so unique.
      We are reading and comparing different Gingerbread stories. Gingerbread Baby,
       Gingerbread Boy, Gingerbread Girl, The Gingerbread Man and Jan Brett’s newest
       story Gingerbread Friends.

Kindergarten
Mrs. Haag – Kindergarten class

      Social Studies – The Kindergarten class rang in the New Year by decorating festive
       party hats, which are hanging in our room; we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr.’s
       birthday by listening to a story about his life.
      Reading – We focused on medial short /i/ and short /o/ sounds;. Mid-year
       benchmark assessments are being administered the week of l/19 – 1/23.
      Math – We just completed our geometry and fractions theme book. We are now
       starting to learn about numbers 10 – 30 and are working on ten-frames. Mid-year
       Benchmark assessments are being administered the week of 1/19 – 1/23.

Kindergarten
Miss Pusaver’s –Kindergarten class
      Miss Pusaver’s Kindergarten is learning about all kinds of shapes in Math. We
       made pictures using only circles, squares, triangles and rectangles! We also used
       paint to make “Snowflake Symmetry”! In Reading, we learned about animals that
       hibernate and different seasons. In Science, we are currently learning about
       different kinds of body coverings on animals.

First Grade
Mrs. Dillon – First Grade

      In January, the first grade learned how to interpret many different types of graphs.
       In Science, they learned about how animals need plants for shelter and food. We
       wished our classmate Kate A. well in her move to Australia. We will miss her and
       communicate via e-mail. We are thankful for our new classroom rug – we love it!

Second Grade
Ms. Mielke’s – Second Grade

      This month, Ms. Mielke’s second graders enjoyed sharing our Poster Book Reports
       with the class.
      We learned how to subtract using regrouping in Math class.
      We started our letters in cursive handwriting and wrote winter stories and acrostic
       poems in Language Arts.

Third Grade
Miss Maier’s – Third Grade

      Math – Subtraction of 3- and 4- numbers with regrouping and across zeroes.
      Social Studies – Communities and Geography
       Recognize different communites have different landforms and bodies of water
       Identify physical features of a community.
       Use map and globe skills to locate relative and absolute locations.
       Received a personal letter from National Director of Communications for the
       Disabled American Veterans thanking the students for their photos, letters, banner,
       and Thanksgiving Day VA hospital decorations and monetary contribution in the
       sum of $32.75 for all the disabled American veterans.
      Science – Soils
       How soils form
       The different types of soils
       Conserving soils
      Literacy – Theme 2 – Together We Can
       Focus skill – Main Idea and Details
       Robust Vocabulary
      Grammar – Simple and compound sentences
       Writing – Form: Summary; Trait: Sentence Fluency
Third Grade
Miss O’Connell’s – Third Grade

      Students in Miss O’Connell’s third grade class, investigated and created a projects
       based on a Community Helper. The students interviewed friends, family members,
       and fellow citizens to gain an understanding of specific careers. They gathered
       information, and presented it to the class using their poster boards which were
       decorated with pictures from their interviews.
      After having discussed various careers in Social Studies including our thematic unit
       project, we hosted our first CAREER DAY. Parents and family friends were
       invited to come into our class, and speak about their careers. Career Day had
       several valuable benefits. First and foremost, it provided students with an up-close
       and personal view of a wide variety of jobs. In addition, it offered parents an
       opportunity be active in their child's school. As a result, Career Day allowed
       students to take pride in their parents and their parents' support.
      Once again I thank all of our parent volunteers; this truly was an incredible
       experience for all involved!

Fourth Grade
Ms. Verrier – Fourth Grade

      Reading/Writing: students wrote a 5 paragraph Literature Review of the book
       Felicia the Critic
      Science: to follow up on last month’s investigation, the students are researching
       bird adaptations using the laptops. Research reports will be written and illustrated
      Social Studies: in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, the class listened to his "I Have
       a Dream" speech on the smart board and discussed the importance of social
       tolerance and the changes that have taken place in our country's history. Students
       also watched the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20th.
      Science: the class will attend a field trip to The Meadowlands Environmental
       Center on Fri. Jan. 23rd. to further investigate animal adaptations (this is a
       continuation from November and December Highlights)

Fifth Grade
Ms. Lonergan – Fifth Grade

      Students worked on creating expository essays about Martin Luther King, Jr.
       Unfortunately, our class trip was cancelled due to snow.

Pre-K 3
Miss Kenny’s – Pre-K 3 class
    We read the story, Just a Snowy Day and Winter Time.
    Students created snow, using Insta-snow. I measured out the water, students
      requested to pour the water and then to put the “magic” powder in the bowl. They
      watched as snow was created. Students then made letters, shapes and other objects
      as they played with the (fake) snow on the table.
      Students sorted clothing (i.e. winter and summer) and talked about why you
       wouldn’t wear shorts or a bathing suit in the winter.
      We played the snowman game. Each student dressed up in a hat, scarf and mittens.
       The other students closed their eyes. I removed one article of clothing and asked the
       students, “What’s missing?”

Kindergarten
Mrs. Kosiakowski’s – Kindergarten class

      This month, Mrs. Kosiakowski’s Math class learned how to add three numbers. All
       of the students used the number line to figure out the answers to many addition
       problems. They learned that you can add any two numbers first and then add on to
       the third one to get the correct answer.

Second Grade and Third Grade
Mrs. Cutruzzula

      Mrs. Cutruzzula’s Grade 2 – 3 wrote Winter Haiku Poems. Each student typed
       their poem on the computer and printed them on snowman paper.

Fifth Grade
Mrs. Keegan’s – Fifth Grade

      Mrs. Keegan’s fifth graders have been busy finishing their posters for the Elks
       contest. They have also been busy reading and working on Martin Luther King, Jr.
       essays.

				
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