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Former Secaucus High School Principal Patrick Impreveduto Provides Welcoming Address at Superintendent's Convocation

Longtime Secaucus School District Educator Patrick Impreveduto surprised faculty and staff assembled at the annual Superintendent's Convocation with a guest appearance as a speaker at the annual district-wide beginning of the school year staff gathering. When introducing Mr. Impreveduto, Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knops quoted Sir Isaac Newton, "If I have seen further, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants," Former High School English Teacher and Middle and High School Principal Impreveduto delivered an eloquent address, at which time he praised the district staff and reminded them of the crucial role they play as not only teachers, but as role models and guiding lights in the lives of their students. At the conclusion of his motivational address all district employees attending the Convocation in the Performing Arts Center gave Mr. Impreveduto a standing ovation. In the photograph above, Mr. Impreveduto poses for a picture with the entire administrative team at the conclusion of his uplifting address.
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New Jersey Senate Education Chair Senator Teresa Ruiz Delivers Keynote Address at Superintendent's Convocation

Senator Teresa Ruiz, Chair of the New Jersey Senate Education Committee; delivered a heartfelt, poignant, and motivational keynote address at the Superintendent's Convocation. Senator Ruiz; author of legislation for TEACH NJ, mandatory monthly safety drills in public schools, and college campus safety regulations; addressed the entire administration, faculty, and staff. In her talk, the Senator commended district educators for their dedication and commitment to the students in their charge. Senator Ruiz shared her admiration and respect for teachers, while lamenting the fact that educators do not get their proper recognition in a world where education opens so many doors. After Senator Ruiz concluded her well received remarks, she presented district Teachers of the Year and Educational Service Providers of the Year with Certificates of Merit. In the photograph above, Senator Teresa Ruiz poses for a picture with Board of Education President Jack McStowe, Board of Education Trustee Sharon Dellafave, and Secaucus Education Association President Nancy Lynch.
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Secaucus School District Hosts Four-Day Orientation Program For Newly Hired Teachers and Administrators

Since the conclusion of the previous school year this past June, a total of 18 new staff members have been hired by the Secaucus School District to fill a number of positions within the the school system. As a means of acclimating, orientating, and inducting the new teachers into the Secaucus Schools, the district’s Administrative Team planned, organized, and facilitated a four-day comprehensive workshop this past week; focusing on a number of timely and relevant issues for the novice teachers and newly-hired staff members. In the photograph above, the newly-hired teachers and staff pose for a group picture while being provided a tour of the school district.
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Secaucus School District Brings Elementary STEM Training to Teachers From Across the State

On Thursday, August 24th, the Secaucus School District hosted a professional development workshop focused on infusing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) instruction into the elementary classroom. The program was organized by the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (NJCTL), a non-profit organization devoted to bringing high-quality science and mathematics instruction to school districts worldwide. Teachers from across the state participated in sampling various STEM activities with their colleagues during the interactive workshop. A majority of the instructors who attended were elementary teachers, science specialists, and special education teachers from the Secaucus School District. Breakfast and lunch was provided by NJCTL and the event was free of charge for the faculty involved.
This year, Secaucus plans to infuse more STEM-centered topics and activities into elementary instruction, specifically into their science classes. “We have had a long-standing partnership with NJCTL for a number of years now and value their assistance in providing our science and mathematics departments with excellent instructional resources”, said Dr. Daniela Riser, Director of Curriculum and Instruction. “This year, we’re look forward to working with them throughout the school year to incorporate more STEM topics into the elementary curricula. We thank them for bringing this workshop to us and had a great experience today.”

In the photograph, Secaucus elementary faculty are all smiles during the workshop. Pictured standing from left to right are Sharon Holsten, Alexis Leppin, Cindy Viera, Orietta Tringali, Kim Woeckener, and Melissa Lopena. Seated from left to right are Ricci DiGerolimo and Kerry Pruden.
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New Staff Members Appointed at the August 24th Board of Education Meeting

A number of new district staff members were appointed at the Board of Education Meeting of August 24th. At the conclusion of the Board Meeting the newly appointed staff members posed for a group picture with members of the Administrative Team and Board of Education President Jack McStowe.

Pictured from left to right, bottom row are: Director of Special Services Susan Smahl, Huber Street School Principal Linda Wilhelm, Secaucus Middle School Special Education Language Arts Teacher Amy Haddad, Clarendon School Long Term Replacement Fourth Grade Teacher Tara Mizzoli, Huber Street School Basic Skills Instruction/Special Education Teacher Alexandra Zaller, Huber Street School Long Term Replacement Fourth Grade Teacher Alexandria Robitaille, Secaucus High School Long Term Leave Replacement Guidance Counselor Elise Lennon, and Special Services Secretary Donna Waiver.

Depicted from left to right, top row are: Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani, Director of Curriculum Dr. Daniela Riser, Huber Street School Second Grade Teacher Shelbey Manthorpe, 6-12 Science Supervisor Dr. Jerome Kaiser, District-wide Computer Technician Matthew Miller, Secaucus High School Business Teacher Matthew Whitford, Board of Education President Jack McStowe, and Secaucus Middle School Principal Rob Valente.

On behalf of the entire school district and school community we wish each of these new staff members a school year ahead filled with success and fulfillment.
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New Standards-Based Report Cards Presented at August 24th Board of Education Meeting

During the early part of July, a committee comprised of two Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade Teachers; one each from Clarendon and Huber Street Schools, worked in conjunction with the Elementary Principals and Supervisor to create a brand new Standards-Based Report Card that will be implemented during the upcoming school year for Grades K-2. Teachers Faith Ann Rennie, Manal Abuhouran, Laurie Valente, Dawn Leon, Jessica Hensle, and Cindy Viera created a new-look Standards-Based Report Card for each grade level.

At the Board of Education Meeting of Thursday, 24 August, the newly-created Standards-Based Report Cards were presented to the Board in public session by Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani, Huber Street School Principal Linda Wilhelm, and Director of Curriculum Dr. Daniela Riser. The presentation was well received by the Board of Education and all in attendance.
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Please Join Us For A Coffee with the Elementary School Principals and Elementary Supervisor to Discuss "What is a Standards-Based Report Card and how will it Assess my Child's Academic Performance?"

With the adoption of a brand new Standards-Based Report Cards in Grades K-2 for the upcoming school year, the elementary principals and supervisors will be hosting a coffee to discuss this new report card. The topic of the Coffee is "What is a Standards-Based Report Card and how will it Assess my Child's Academic Performance?" It will be held on Tuesday, 29 August at 9:00 in the morning with a second coffee scheduled for that evening at 7:00. Kindly RSVP your attendance to Mrs. Ann Marie Grecco at agrecco@sboe.org or (201) 974-2000, Extension 2115.
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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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