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Secaucus School Educators Receive Five Day Orton-Gillingham Training At the Conclusion of the School Year

This past week a total of 31 Secaucus School teachers and staff members, most of whom work with primary aged students, received five full days of Orton-Gillingham training onsite in District. An Orton-Gillingham education specialist from the Institute of Multisensory, Laura Sabido, joined the teachers at Huber Street School to model multisensory lessons using various materials from the Orton-Gillingham program. In the photograph above District staff who gained certification in Orton-Gillingham, pose with their trainer, Mrs. Sabido, at the conclusion of the five day training.
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Board of Education Honors Secaucus Elementary Schools Hudson County Academic Bowl Second Place Finishers

At the Secaucus Board of Education’s Showcase of Success on June 15th, the Board honored members of the Elementary Schools Hudson County Academic Bowl Second Place Finishers. The members of the Hudson County Academic Bowl Team were Jake Salvatore, Gabriela Romanelli, and Leoul Melis from Clarendon School; and Andrew Kashian, Matthew Kashiam, and Mykailla Harper from Huber Street School. The Secaucus students represented the only fifth graders in the competition, as the teams of the competing schools were all sixth graders. In the photograph above, members of the Secaucus Elementary Schools Hudson County Academic Bowl Team pose for a group picture after being honored at the Board of Education’s Showcase of Success. Pictured from left to right are Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani, Leoul Melis, Gabriela Romanelli, Andrew Kashian, Jake Salvatore, Matthew Kashian, Huber Street School Principal Linda Wilhelm, Mykailla Harper, and Board of Education President Jack McStowe.
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Board of Education Appoints new District Director of Curriculum and Secaucus High School Assistant Principal

At the Board of Education Meeting of June 15th, the Board approved the hiring of Dr. Daniela Riser as the District's Director of Curriculum and Mr. Jeff Case as the Secaucus High School Assistant Principal. Dr. Riser has been in District since 2000, serving in the capacities of Teacher of Biological and Integrated Science, Science Department Facilitator and Chair, and most recently as Supervisor of Science, Family and Consumer Science, Business, and Art. Mr. Case comes to us from the Warren Hills Regional School District, where he served in the capacity of High School Science Teacher, Assistant Football and Wrestling Coach, and Lunch Duty Supervisor. Please join us in wishing both Dr. Riser and Mr. Case continued success in their new positions.
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Secaucus High School Senior Drew Fournier is Recipient of Prestigious Paper Mill Playhouse Student Achievement Rising Star Award

Secaucus High School Senior Drew Fournier was announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2017 Paper Mill Playhouse Student Achievement Rising Star Award on the basis of his performance as Rehearsal Pianist for the Secaucus High School musical performance of “Shrek.” Drew was selected for this highly competitive award from approximately 100 high school performances judged throughout the State of New Jersey. It is the first time in the history of Secaucus High School that a student has been the recipient of the Paper Mill Playhouse Student Achievement Rising Star Award. In the photograph above, Drew poses for a picture with Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Robert Berckes, his Father, Instrumental Teacher and Band Director Mr. Robert Fournier, and Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knops.
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Cast of Musical "Shrek" Is Honored at the Board of Education's Showcase of Success After Performing Two Musical Numbers from the Production

As part of the “Showcase of Success” at the Secaucus Board of Education Meeting of May 11th, the Board recognized and honored the cast, crew, musicians, and staff members of the extremely well received musical performance of “Shrek” performed this past April 6, 7, and 8 in the Performing Arts Center. In the photograph above, the cast of "Shrek" pose for a group picture holding the certificates awarded to them from the Board of Education on the Huber Street School Stage after performing two musical selections from the production.
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Crew of the Musical Selection "Shrek" Honored at May 11th Board of Education Meeting's "Showcase of Success"

As part of the “Showcase of Success” at the Secaucus Board of Education Meeting of May 11th, the Board recognized and honored the cast, crew, musicians, and staff members of the extremely well received musical performance of “Shrek” performed this past April 6, 7, and 8 in the Performing Arts Center. In the photograph above, the crew of “Shrek” pose for a group picture after being awarded their certificates. Pictured from left to right are: Crew: (Top row) Director Maleesa Lamatina, Bethany Olive, Catherine Diaz, Jarred Semelmacher, Alina Ortiz, Madison Delaney. (Bottom row) Connor Marquez, Lana Kalapodakis, Nicole Meyer, Esha Bavishi, and Board of Education President Jack McStowe.
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Student Musicians Who Performed in the Musical Production of "Shrek" Are Honored at the Board of Education's "Showcase of Success"

As part of the “Showcase of Success” at the Secaucus Board of Education Meeting of May 11th, the Board recognized and honored the cast, crew, musicians, and staff members of the extremely well received musical performance of “Shrek” performed this past April 6, 7, and 8 in the Performing Arts Center. Pictured above are the student musicians who performed in the pit during the musical performance of Shrek. Pictured from left to right are: Director Maleesa Lamatina, Drew Fournier, Ali Alobaidi, Paige McFadden, Alexana Araujo, and Board of Education President Jack McStowe.
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Secaucus Board of Education Honors Staff of the Musical Production "Shrek" at Showcase of Success

As part of the “Showcase of Success” at the Secaucus Board of Education Meeting of May 11th, the Board recognized and honored the cast, crew, musicians, and staff members of the extremely well received musical performance of “Shrek” performed this past April 6, 7, and 8 in the Performing Arts Center. In the photograph above, the staff of “Shrek” poses for a group picture at the Showcase of Success. Pictured from left to right are Producer Patrice Phemsint, Assistant Director Sarah Sciscilo, Musical Director Ilias Siafakas, Director Maleesa Lamatina, and Board of Education President Jack McStowe.
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Secaucus High School Valedictorian and Salutatorian Honored at Thirtieth Annual Hudson County Academic Achievement Recognition Program

Secaucus High School Valedictorian Nader Alkhabbaz and Salutatorian Abutalha Ahmed were honored on for their academic achievement at the Annual Hudson County Academic Achievement Program at La Reggia Restaurant on May 10th. Valedictorian Nader Alkhabbaz has earned a 4.4 cumulative grade point average. His extracurricular activities at Secaucus High School include serving membership on the Junior States of America, the Secaucus High School Tennis Team, the Challenge Team, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, American Technology Honor Society, and the National English Honor Society. Nader will be continuing his education at Princeton University after graduation.
Salutatorian Abutalha Ahmed possesses a cumulative grade point average of 4.313. During his time at Secaucus High School he has been a member of the Junior States of America, served as SGO President, was elected Captain of the Secaucus High School Basketball Team, served as historian of the National Honor Society, and served membership in the American Technology Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. Abutalha also served as a basketball camp counselor. Abutalha will be attending Rutgers University in the fall.
At the Hudson County Academic Achievement Recognition Dinner, Nader and Abutalha were honored by Hudson County School Officials in an audience that consisted of their fellow Valedictorian and Salutatorians throughout the county and their families. Secaucus Board of Education President Jack McStowe, Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Robert Berckes, and Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knops were also in attendance in support of Nader and Abutalha.
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