CLARENDON SCHOOL SECOND GRADERS LEARN A LESSON IN CHARACTER AND GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP FROM MAJOR LEAGUE PITCHER PAT LIGHT
Major league baseball pitcher Pat Light delighted Second Graders at Clarendon School this past week with a visit to their classroom. Mr. Light’s visit was coordinated to take place during the Week of Respect. Light read a motivational story to the second grade students and discussed the importance of good sportsmanship. A key topic that were highlighted throughout the presentation was how hard work and determination will allow a person to achieve any goal they set for themselves. After reading the story aloud to the class, Light fielded questions from his captivated audiences on a wide range of topics, ranging from how he would handle bullying to his biggest challenge on the baseball field. After his well-received presentation, Light joined his young charges on the school’s baseball field where he posed for a picture with the second graders, their teachers and aides, and administrators.
Sisters Brianna and Hailey Hawxhurst were honored at the Secaucus Board of Education’s Showcase of Success on September 21st, in honor of them donating their hair to cancer patients through the Pantene Beautiful Lengths charity program.
Both Preschooler Hailey and her big sister, Eighth Grader Brianna, donated 10 inches of their hair so that wigs might be able to be made from their hair for cancer patients. This is the second time that Brianna has made the donation of her hair.
While introducing the sisters, Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knops praised the young ladies for their altruism, compassion, and empathy. Brianna then came to the microphone and shared a heartfelt message, reinforcing her belief and commitment to the cause of donating her hair to cancer patients, as part of her desire to help those less fortunate. At the conclusion of her poignant remarks, all in attendance at the Board of Education Meeting gave her a rousing standing ovation.
Afterwards Hailey and Briana were presented with Certifications of Appreciation by Secaucus Board of Education President Jack McStowe.
Photograph: In the photograph above, Showcase of Success Honorees Hailey and Brianna Hawxhurst pose for a picture with their parents, Lieutenant Austin Hawxhurst and Mrs. Amy Hawxhurst; Board of Education President Jack McStowe, Secaucus Middle School Principal Rob Valente, and Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani after being honored at the Board of Education’s Showcase of Success.
At the Board of Education Meeting of September 21st, the Secaucus Board approved the hiring of Mr. Raymond Dorso as the Interim Director of Special Services. Mr. Dorso will be replacing former Director Susan Smahl, who is retiring as of September 30th.
Mr. Dorso received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Stockton College and a Masters Degree from Rutgers University in Social Work. He subsequently earned certifications as a School Social Worker, a Supervisor, and a Principal. Mr. Dorso spent the first six years of his career working in the role of a Child Study Team School Social Worker, and later worked in the capacity of Child Study Team Supervisor. From here he worked as the Supervisor of Asbury Park Alternative Middle School and after this as Supervisor of Alternative Education with the South Brunswick School District.
Mr. Dorso was appointed the Director of Special Services of the New Milford School District in July of 2009. During his time as the Director in New Milford, he brought numerous innovations into the Special Services Department, most notably the researched-based program “Inner-Bridge Crossing” to serve students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Mr. Dorso also served in the capacity of Director of Special Services in both the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District and the Lakewood Township Public Schools.
In the photograph, Mr. Raymond Dorso is welcomed to the Secaucus School District by Huber Street School Principal Linda Wilhelm, Secaucus High School Prinicpal Dr. Robert Berckes, Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani, Secaucus Middle School Principal Robert Valente, and Director of Curriculum Dr. Daniela Riser.