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Welcome, "Mr. D!"

Newly hired Secaucus High School Interim Principal Mr. Di Guglielmo began his tenure in District on Friday, January 20th. In the photograph above, "Mr. D" is welcomed into the High School community by Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Bob Berckes.
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Clarendon School Teacher of the Year Maleesa Lamatina and Educational Service Provider of the Year Barbara Biven Honored at Board Meeting

As part of the Board of Education's Showcase of Success at the January 19th Board Meeting, the Board of Education honored District Teachers of the Year and Educational Service Providers of the Year. The recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award at Clarendon School was Kindergarten Teacher Maleesa Lamatina while the honoree of Educational Service Provider of the Year was School Nurse Barbara Bivin. In the photograph above, Mrs. Lamatina and Mrs. Bivin pose with Board of Education President Jack McStowe and Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani at the ceremony honoring the award recipients.
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Secaucus High School Girls Basketball Coach John Sterling Honored for His Achievement of 500 Career Victories

Girls Basketball Coach John Sterling was honored at the Board of Education Showcase of Success on January 19th for his achievement of 500 career victories. During an illustrious 28 year career as a Girls Basketball Coach, Mr. Sterling amassed an amazing 500-147 record at Bogota, Wood-Ridge, and Secaucus High Schools. As a ten year coach at Secaucus High School, Coach Sterling has compiled a record of 172-49, leading the team to the Hudson County Tournament championship in 2014. On three different occasions the team has made trips to the North 2, Group 1 finals. In the photograph above, Coach Sterling is surrounded by his team members after being awarded a plaque on behalf of the Board of Education.
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Interim Assistant Principal at Secaucus High School and Secretary at Huber Street School Join District Staff

At the Board of Education Meeting of January 19th, the Board approved the hiring of Interim Secaucus High School Assistant Principal Dan DiGuglielmo and Huber Street School Secretary Kimberly Pascarello. During a 41-year distinguished career in North Arlington, Mr. DiGuglielmo had served as elementary and middle school mathematics and Basic Skills Mathematics Teacher, Assistant Principal at North Arlington High School, and Principal at North Arlington Middle School. He was the recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award in 1984, and in 1996 was elected to the North Arlington Athletic Hall of Fame. Mrs. Pascarello worked in District over the past eight years as a Classroom Aide. In the picture above, Mr. Dan Di Guglielmo and Mrs. Kimberly Pascarello pose for a picture after their appointment with Board of Education President Jack McStowe, Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani, Huber Street School Principal Linda Wilhelm, Secaucus Middle School Principal Robert Valente, and Director of Curriculum Dr. Hope Blecher.
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Mario Cofini Joins the Secaucus School District in the Capacity of Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds

Joining the school district in the capacity of Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds effective January 16th is Mr. Mario Cofini. Mr. Cofini received his Associates Degree from Bergen County Community College in Business Management. He earned certification as an Educational Facilities Manager from Rutgers University. For the past thirteen years, since January 2004, Mr. Cofini has been employed as Director of Buildings and Grounds with the Perth Amboy School District. In this capacity he had oversight of 18 buildings consisting of over 2 million square feet. In addition he developed and administered a $16 million dollar department budget. Mr. Cofini also serves as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University where he instructs coursework leading to the attainment of a Certified Educational Facilities Management Program. In the photograph above, Mr. Cofini is welcomed to District by Middle School Principal Rob Valente, Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani, School Business Administrator Grace Yeo, Huber Street School Principal Linda Wilhelm, and Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knops.
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Dr. Phil Nicastro of Strauss-Esmay Presents to District Staff

As part of the District-wide In-Service Day of January 16th, all members of the staff attended a workshop focusing on new policies, case law, and updated developments in school law. The presenter of the workshop was Dr. Phil Nicastro of Strauss-Esmay, owner of the company that provides policy updates to over 480 of the school districts in New Jersey. The workshop was highly informational and well received by all in attendance. Posing for a group picture after the workshop presentation are Security Coordinator Michael Makarski, Middle School Principal Rob Valente, Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani, Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knops, Dr. Phil Nicastro of Strauss-Esmay, Huber Street School Principal Linda Wilhelm, High School Principal Dr. Bob Berckes, and Director of Curriculum Dr. Hope Blecher.
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NJEA Leadership Team Visits and Tours Secaucus High School

Two members of the state-wide New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) leadership team visited Secaucus High School this past week. The visitors, NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan and NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean Spiller, toured the high school, visited classrooms, dined with teachers, and met with administrators and staff during a three hour visit. Also coming to visit was Bob Blistan, retired teacher and husband of Marie; and Tom DeSocio, the NJEA Field Representative. Throughout the morning visit the NJEA visitors complimented all aspects of the school including the new construction project, the quality of instruction in the classroom, and the impressive performance of the high school students engaged in their classroom learning activities.

The visit was arranged through the efforts of High School Physics Teacher Peter Newman, who as a sophomore in high school had Sean Spiller as his Science Teacher. Mr. Newman invited the NJEA Leadership team to Secaucus High School where Mr. Spiller had the opportunity to watch his former student teach.

In the photograph above, Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Bob Berckes, Physics Teacher Mr. Peter Newman, NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean Spiller, NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan, NJEA Field Representative Tom DeSocio, and Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knops pose for a picture while touring the high school.
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Board Meeting Dates

At the Board of Education Reorganization Meeting on Wednesday, January 4th the board adopted meeting dates for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years.
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Board of Education Trustees Sharon Dellafave, Kathy O'Connell, and Jack McStowe Sworn in at Board of Education Reorganization Meeting

At the Board of Education Reorganization Meeting of January 4th, newly elected Board Trustee Sharon Dellafave and re-elected Trustees Kathy O'Connell and Jack McStowe were sworn in to their positions on the Board of Education by Business Administrator Grace Yeo. In the photograph above, the three Board Trustees pose for a photograph with Business Administrator Grace Yeo prior to being sworn in
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