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Local schools readying to open for 2018-2019 school year

Posted: Aug. 13, 2018 2:50 pm

Thousands of Sussex County schoolchildren will head again to the classroom through the first week of September as schools reopen for the 2018-2019 school year.

While summer time zipped by, native school officers have been busy placing ultimate touches on new packages and shining up school hallways and lecture rooms in preparation for the scholars’ return. Although most native districts had to cope with the disagreeable shock of sudden cuts in state school funding, native school officers are wanting ahead to a brand new school year with nice anticipation. Makerspaces, Chromebooks, will increase in safety and new and enhanced packages are among the many modifications college students will see as they return to class.

Here is a pattern what’s new or up to date for the upcoming school year. Local school districts that have been unable to meet the deadline for this part and have further back-to-school information ought to contact Kathy Stevens at


Andover Regional

According to Principal Cindy Mizelle, Andover is launching a brand new math program, district-wide, in grades Okay-Eight referred to as Eureka Math. Eureka not solely focuses on the method for fixing actual world issues, but in addition teaches college students how to take into consideration drawback fixing conceptually in order that they turn out to be fluent in math. A district math night time shall be held to introduce mother and father to the brand new program.

In the Long Pond School, educational lecture rooms could have a category set of Chromebooks. A brand new grading schedule utilizing trimesters, as an alternative of quarters, is in place.

The school will proceed to concentrate on Charger Pride — recognizing college students and employees for demonstrating traits akin to: Caring, Honest, Accountable, Respectful, Generous, Empathetic,Responsible, Personable, Reliable, Idealistic, Dedicated and Energized.

A committee of employees members and fogeys has been discussing beautification tasks that may promote a brilliant and constructive studying setting. The group just lately painted a mural and extra murals are within the works. It additionally designed an outside studying classroom in one of many enclosed courtyards, including new crops, flowers, shrubs, and an outside aquarium containing goldfish.

At the Florence M. Burd School, the media middle has been up to date with new furnishings and designed to incorporate a STEM/makerspace program.

The school is rising its Lego robotics program by means of a grant from Thorlabs. It has added new Chromebook carts to the third-and fourth-grade lecture rooms.

A full-day, tuition based mostly preschool program is being provided for group youngsters.

Security measures in each schools proceed to be evaluated and enhanced, and the surveillance system is up to date.

Wireless projection has been put in for every instructor to permit them to transfer concerning the classroom with their laptops whereas working with college students.

Epson projectors at the moment are in all educational lecture rooms.

Another 5 lecture rooms in Long Pond School and 5 in Florence M. Burd School have been up to date with Front Row audio system, which permits each scholar within the classroom to hear the lesson like they’re within the entrance row.



Franklin Borough School college students have been busy studying all summer time, in accordance to Chief School Administrator John R. Giacchi. Many college students have been collaborating within the school’s first Summer Book Club. The membership has stored college students engaged and offered a enjoyable, social surroundings to follow their literacy expertise.

Students and employees will discover the hallways, auditorium and cafeteria freshly painted in vibrant school colours. The custodial group renovated a classroom that may now function a makerspace for all grade ranges. The school will even add three 3D printers, in addition to three interactive televisions, enabling college students to interact in technology-infused studying experiences.

Chromebooks at the moment are within the third and fourth grades, as well as to the center school.

The district has a continued effort to encourage father or mother involvement and has scheduled 4 Parent Academies all through the year, in addition to Family Nights that may give attention to math, literacy, and STEM. These enjoyable and interactive occasions will permit households to expertise studying collectively.

The school might be introducing a brand new character schooling program, Second Step, and bullying prevention program, Olweus. Second Step will present a brand new strategy to supporting college students’ social and emotional progress, whereas Olweus is designed to enhance peer relations and make schools safer, extra constructive locations. The objective is to scale back unfavorable interactions amongst college students, forestall the event of bullying issues and obtain constructive peer relations.

Spring monitor for center school college students has been added to the sports activities packages.


Green Hills School

Green Hills is instituting standards-based report playing cards, and has modified the report card schedule to three marking durations as an alternative of 4, in accordance to School Superintendent John Nittolo.

A standards-based report card lists the talents college students ought to study in every topic at a specific grade degree, as an alternative of 1 general grade for that topic.

A brand new monetary literacy course is obtainable to eighth-grade college students.

The school will proceed its “Greenhouse” conferences the place all Sussex County districts are invited to Green Hills to talk about and deal with important points in schooling.

A brand new roof is being put in, and the school has added 4 new ADA-compliant loos and 10 new air con/heating models in its lecture rooms.

A full-time steerage counselor has been added to the employees, who will facilitate Mustang of the Month as a scholar recognition program.

All college students in Okay-Eight will take part within the CAP program as a way of bullying prevention. The program is being facilitated by The Center for Prevention & Counseling.



The Hardyston school district has launched into a three-year roll out of its new English Language Arts program for grades Okay-Eight that encompasses a literacy strategy and incorporates studying and writing workshops, in accordance to Chief School Administrator Michael Ryder. This year will give attention to assessing studying ranges and guided studying instruction. In addition, a guided studying library with almost Three,000 ebook titles will probably be used to promote individualized studying.

The district is presently conducting a search for a full-time studying specialist who will assess college students and develop methods to shut studying gaps in early literacy. The place may even present skilled improvement to academics. Other skilled improvement will concentrate on science and know-how and arithmetic for grades Okay-Eight shall be analyzed so as to improve scholar achievement.

The elementary and center school media facilities have gotten creativity facilities for college students to study robotics, engineering, physics, and teamwork. The gifted and gifted packages have been restructured to captivate excessive achievers’ creativity and keenness. The center school media middle had two glass partition partitions put in final year so as to create studying nooks for unbiased thought and student-centered studying. In addition, cafe tables, ottomans, different tender seating preparations, white boards, sensible boards, and Lego boards are being put in to make the media middle the training middle of the school. Plans additionally embrace the creation of an audio/visible room, which can permit college students to study and grasp the artwork of audio and video manufacturing.

At the center school, college students will probably be launched to hydroponics — the power to develop greens indoors, with out soil, year-round. The media specialist and household shopper science academics will train college students how to develop and use produce all through the year. The program may also permit college students to give again to the group as produce turns into extra plentiful.

The center school has additionally upgraded its cafeteria by buying new tables so as to improve versatile seating preparations. The band room may have new carpet tile put in. Both the elementary and center schools could have water fountains changed with water filling stations to scale back the school’s carbon footprint by reducing using plastic water bottles.

The district has additionally deliberate for vital enhancements to its cyber safety community and video digital camera surveillance.

Working together with the Hardyston Police Department, the district has elevated bandwidth between schools and the police station and has elevated the variety of video cameras within the schools. The district has additionally been knowledgeable that one in every of its foremost bus contractors has put in video cameras on its buses to improve scholar security.


High Point Regional High School

High Point Regional High School is specializing in the mixing of character schooling and social and emotional studying via a number of strategies to proceed its aim of creating a well-rounded college students, stated Principal Jonathan L. Tallamy.

The school renovated two science labs to create a versatile science lab space for chemistry, biology, physics, and environmental science; finishing a renovation of the science facility that started in 2014. Based upon scholar requests, a junior varsity women volleyball workforce has been added and the talk staff has been introduced again. A self-defense elective shall be provided, which was requested by college students.

High Point is increasing its electives packages and us now providing a second year music know-how — digital modifying and recording, maker lab, digital branding your future, thriller and suspense/science fiction. The school’s social ambassador program has grown in recent times and the group is inspired to comply with the school’s occasions and bulletins via social media platforms comparable to Twitter (@HPRwildcats), Facebook (, Instagram (HPRHS), YouTube and Live stream.

High Point has additionally elevated its concurrent enrollment partnerships to embrace SCCC, NJIT, Ramapo, and Syracuse University.

Lindsay LeDuc has been employed as an assistant principal.

Ninth-grade dad or mum night time is Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.; Back to School night time is Sept. 27, 7 p.m.; Eighth-grade excursions are Nov. 14-15; Eighth-grade open home is Jan. 10, 6 p.m.



Students in grades Okay-5 will obtain enrichment via a brand new gifted and gifted program that may allow exploration and understanding of content material via creativity and problem-solving, stated Principal Emil Binotto. Students in this system can take part in Engineering Design actions within the makerspace, coding, superior filming within the studio, superior Spanish, and humanities enrichment.

In the Durban Avenue school, fourth and fifth graders will take part in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) actions within the makerspace lab, which has added new modules, together with a catapult constructing module. All modules are designed and written by Christina Munoz, makerspace teacher, and give attention to the engineering design course of. Studio D, situated within the makerspace, is Durban Avenue School’s recording studio. Students write, movie, and document their very own segments that are then broadcast to the school inhabitants day by day beneath the course of Ruth DeSalvia.

In the Hopatcong Middle School, an Innovation Lab has enabled college students to concentrate on imagineering, school redesign, ethics, and scholar progress. The high-tech bodily and virtual environments discovered within the Innovation Lab are engineered to help collaborative STEAM tasks, humanitarian “design thinking”, and scholar exploration with virtual/combined reality studying instruments. The Innovation Lab consists of versatile areas, a presentation/communication middle, video studio, augmented reality/virtual reality hub: HTC Vive methods, Z-Space, Google cardboard areas, makerspace tables with giant work floor, writable partitions, movable furnishings and 3D printers.

The district has partnered with a number of organizations, together with Liberty Science Center, NASA and Ramapo College, in an effort to improve the educating school’s capability to interact college students, to promote problem-solving and genuine studying, and to combine content material utilizing leading edge know-how and assets.

At the elementary degree, Liberty Science Center will proceed to conduct skilled improvement periods, educational modeling and hands-on content material supply with college students. At the secondary degree, NASA will proceed to present skilled improvement based mostly on Next Generation Science Standards, emphasizing engineering design and rooted in precise NASA missions.

New to the district this coming school year might be Ramapo College’s Master of Science in Educational Technology Program, which will probably be open to all space academics. The program will use the center school’s Innovation Lab as its satellite tv for pc classroom, and can function hands-on studying, specializing in educational design, Google websites, project-based studying, virtual and augmented reality, synthetic intelligence, and digital citizenship, amongst different subjects.


Kittatinny Regional High School

New employees at Kittatinny this year consists of enterprise academics Theresa Iliff and Adam Kudlacik and social research/historical past instructor Emily Wisneski. Matthew McCloskey and Carmelina Stolzenberg are educating English arts/literacy as depart replacements, stated Superintendent Craig M. Hutcheson.

The school has a brand new STEM lab, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) lab. A brand new weight room and health middle has been constructed, which is a collaborative challenge between the school and Kittatinny Cougar Athletic Association.

A brand new energy-efficient HVAC system for the primary constructing has been put in.

Freshmen will take part in a brand new “Discover Your Passion and Purpose” workshop. Leadership Development via Victory Road Leadership is being provided to all student-athletes. The school may even be launching College & Career Week, highlighting alternatives for college students.

Some of the loos have been upgraded and new pc stations and extra Chromebooks for scholar use are within the media middle.



The Lafayette school will proceed its focus to help the social, emotional, bodily, and educational wants of all college students, stated Superintendent Jennifer Cenatiempo.

The school is build up its anti-bullying programming in each grade to safeguard college students from harassment, intimidation, and bullying.

Initiatives for this year embrace:

º The inclusion of robotics and coding instruction by way of using Ozobots that are codable robots that each one college students Okay-Eight can use at numerous ranges.

º Integration of Snap Circuits program to help consciousness of circuitry by way of scholar centered exploration of the snap circuits items.

º Additional digital microscopes have been offered for the center school science lab.

º Two further laptop computer carts have been added to the districts’ know-how assets. All college students in grades Four-Eight could have every day use of laptops of their lecture rooms to help educational goals.

º Two further desktop labs are additionally out there all through the day for all grades to make the most of.

º The Mileage Club Fitness Finder Program will probably be carried out in grades Okay-Eight. Students will full weekly and month-to-month strolling objectives on the school monitor.

º All college students in grades Okay-Eight will obtain bodily schooling class or well being class day by day.

º Mathematics instruction has been prolonged to embrace two every day durations of math instruction.

º Professor in Residence Program has been established with Montclair State University the place a professor comes to the district to help consciousness of math educational methods to train all college students math ideas.

º Arts instruction will embrace ceramics, nice artwork, music, instrumental instruction, and choir.

º Instruction on guitar will probably be added within the music program.

º Daily enrichment and intervention time has been allotted inside the grasp schedule.

º Daily skilled studying group time for academics has been constructed into the grasp schedule.

ºAdditional benchmarking instruments to monitor and monitor scholar progress have been added to the educational programing.

ºA full-time primary expertise educator has been added to instruct, monitor, and monitor college students as they make educational positive aspects per the grade degree goals.

ºAlgebra can be provided to eighth-grade college students who’re chosen for that program.

ºHonors studying and honors writing will probably be provided to seventh and eighth grade college students who’re chosen for that program.

ºAll middle-school college students could have a every day research corridor.

ºStudents in grades Okay-Three will proceed wellness initiatives together with every day motion alternatives, yoga and mindfulness within the classroom ideas.

The annual Back to School picnic is Friday, Sept. 14.


Marian McKeown School, Hampton

New employees members at Marian McKeown School embrace Steven McHugh Sr., Ph.D., as enterprise administrator, stated Superintendent Craig M. Hutcheson.

New instructors embrace Ryan Lausch (particular schooling), Megan Weinholdt (third grade), Laurie Grune (particular schooling) , Samantha Newton (second grade). Judy Maher has been employed as a paraprofessional.

The school has a brand new and up to date gear in its STEM lab (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). A STEM Robotics program is being funded via a grant from Thorlabs. Daniel Weissmann will lead the STEM program. Kindergarten instructor Lauren Alger is main a brand new robotics membership for college students.

A foyer guard has been added for elevated safety, together with a brand new customer administration system.



Ogdensburg School is providing college students in grades fifth by way of eighth grade quite a lot of elective courses this year, in accordance to Leanne Paolazzi, supervisor of particular schooling.

Students can select electives comparable to band and refrain, to newspaper, makerspace, math competitors league and coding.

One additional interval of science has been added for these focused on doing extra science experiments. Science can be a spotlight within the decrease grades, as nicely, with science academics from the higher grades bringing their experience to these college students 3 times every week.

The school schedule consists of additional help inside the school day for college students in grades Okay-Eight. Lower grades have two intervention durations constructed into their weekly schedule to permit for multi-tiered help in English language arts and math. For center school college students with busy after-school schedules or for those that want additional assist, Ogdensburg is providing a research corridor as an alternative of recess. The college students could have the selection day by day. Ogdensburg Borough Public School has an lively Facebook web page and encourages the general public to “like” and comply with the web page.



The district is getting into its fourth year of STEM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), stated Superintendent Michael A. Rossi Jr., Ph.D.

A standards-based report card has been carried out by means of Grade 5.

Students will discover new science, drafting and life expertise rooms.

Security has been upgraded in vestibules to embrace a foyer guard, and the district has additionally employed a school useful resource officer and 5 armed safety guards.

The telephone system has been upgraded and two new school buses have bene bought.

New employees members embrace a kindergarten instructor, elementary steerage counselor, excessive school biology instructor, athletic coach and groundskeeper.



Stanhope is kicking off the brand new school year with a brand new administrative construction, with new superintendent Steve Hagemann, who was employed in January to substitute Timothy R. Nicinski, who retired. Alicia DiCataldo, who had been educating fourth grade, was employed as the brand new principal.

Over the summer time, group volunteers labored collectively to construct a brand new, and much-anticipated playground, which can open simply earlier than the start of the school year. The gymnasium flooring was additionally refinished. Security has been upgraded, most notably with a brand new vestibule outdoors important workplace, Hagemann stated.

Stanhope shall be launching standards-based grading in grades Okay-Three, and has established a versatile skilled improvement initiative for employees. New Chromebooks are being bought for employees and college students. This would be the sixth year of this initiative, however the first year with this new tier of units.

DiCataldo has labored onerous to set up a brand new Postitive Behavior Intervention System, PBIS with the collaboration of Michelle Lockwood, BCBA. This incentive based mostly program will spotlight the #WeAREVRS slogan, selling Values, Respect and Service in each our school and group amongst our college students, selling constructive character schooling.

The fifth annual ice cream social can be held Sept. Four. Back to School night time is Sept. 13.


Sussex County Charter School for Technology

Sussex County Charter School for Technology is wanting ahead this year to continued success of its STEM program and hands- on, student-centered challenge studying. As a results of a First Energy grant, the scholars might be studying about sustainable power, wind power, and passive photo voltaic power, stated Principal Mark Edgerton.

Underwater robotics will probably be studied within the Women’s Engineers Club, with college students engaged on circuitry this year.

A brand new greenhouse has been constructed and a few classes might be held there, in addition to hydroponics and, because of a grant from Century Link, the school might be in a position to purchase screens and sensors that may be carried out into the greenhouse and hydroponics program, to improve this system with know-how. Robotic backyard helpers will work with this system.

The school has additionally added classes utilizing its climate station and monitoring the seasonal modifications.

Pet rescue will proceed the momentum of the earlier years via an onsite adoption day at The Charter School, and organizing a canine/ cat sponsorship (the place every membership member sponsors a canine or cat of their selection) with the West Milford Animal Shelter.

Events upcoming embrace an open home on Nov. Four and a Harlem Wizards basketball recreation within the High Point Regional High School gymnasium, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.



Initiatives in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), Chromebooks, Reading and Writing Workshops, and data-driven intervention are underway.

A brand new collection might be launched this year referred to as Big Ideas Math, in accordance to Brenda VanWarner, administrative assistant to the superintendent.

This collection represents a reinvestment in math supplies and instruction and spans grades Okay-Eight.

The center school program continues to be on the chopping fringe of instruction, providing college students programs in robotics, novel/comedian e-book design, and forensics.

The district has revised its standards for entry and exit into Tier 2 and Tier Three Title I packages, with a give attention to father or mother communication and collaboration.

It additionally has adopted a knowledge and analytics device referred to as Otus. Combined with school expertise, Otus will construct upon the district’s means to acquire and handle scholar knowledge from a number of sources.

Several tasks obtained underway this summer time, together with the set up of latest auditorium seating and flooring, gymnasium flooring and bleachers at Sussex Middle School.

In addition, safety guards have been added in all schools.

Christopher Gregory has been employed because the Wantage School principal and Michael Linskey is the brand new Sussex Middle School vice principal.



Concurrent courses provided on the excessive school, beneath agreements with Temple University, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, Syracuse University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Memorandum of Agreement with Sussex County Community College allow college students to earn school credit in 24 programs, in accordance to Assistant Superintendent Charles McKay, Ph.D.

Vernon Township High School provides AP programs in 20 topics.

Career and Technical packages on the excessive school are in fields the place there’s excessive job demand and embrace engineering, allied well being, development know-how and amenities administration, digital multimedia design, hospitality, cosmetology, music manufacturing and pc science.

In grades Three-12, every scholar has a Chromebook.

New amenities embrace a brand new engineering lab with a full-size laser cutter and an industry-grade Revit program and a brand new digital music lab with MIDIs, Macs, mics, and a sound sales space. A brand new Cosmetology lab and program will qualify college students for their cosmetologist license once they flip 18.

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