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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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Lead Test Results

Attention: A copy of the letter to parents of Huber, Middle and High Schools regarding Lead Water Testing results is available under the Community Connection to Parents. Clarendon School was deemed Lead Free and therefore, is not part of the results.

A copy of the results is also available by contacting our Supervisor of Buildings Grounds, Mario Cofini at 201-974-2000 extension 2658.

Thank you for your attention in this matter.
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Secaucus Middle School Students Shine in Law Day Celebration in William J. Brennan Courthouse in Jersey City

All Rise! Monday, May 1st was Law Day. Originally conceived in 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower and the American Bar Association, Law Day was set up to celebrate the rule of law.

As part of the celebration, Hudson County holds a writing competition each year for students between 6th and 12th grade. This year’s topic was The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Two Secaucus Middle School eighth graders earned honors. Colleen Young won first place for the 8th grade poetry writing competition while William DeIasi won the second place prize for the 8th grade essay writing competition.

Secaucus Middle School made a clean sweep of the 6th grade awards. Ayush Agarwal took home the first place prize for the 6th grade essay writing competition, with his classmate, Javier Graham taking home the second place prize. Not to be outdone, Krushay Bhavsar (1st place) and Anya Singh (2nd place) swept the prizes for the 6th grade poetry writing competition.

The competition receives hundreds of submissions from throughout Hudson County. In all, six Secaucus Middle School students combined to take home half of the middle school Law Day awards.

The students and their parents were treated to a beautiful awards ceremony at the historic William J. Brennan Courthouse in Jersey City. The Keynote Address was given by retired Supreme Court Justice, John E. Wallace Jr., who explained the history and importance of the 14th Amendment.

Photo: In the photograph above, Secaucus Middle School Law Day winners pose for a group picture with the Honorable Judge Young and Secaucus Middle School Principal Rob Valente. Pictured from left to right Front Row: Javier Graham, Ayush Agarwal, Krushay Bhavsar, and Anya Singh. Back Row left to right: Honorable John Young, J.S.C., Colleen Young, William DeIasi, and Secaucus Middle School Principal Mr. Rob Valente.
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School Business Administrator Grace Yeo Receives Tenure and Is Honored With Presentation by Administrators at Board of Education Meeting

Secaucus School District School Business Administrator/Board Secretary Grace Yeo was recognized on her attainment of tenure at the Board of Education Meeting of April 12th. Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knops and the four Principals presented Ms. Yeo with an inscribed clock for the occasion. In the photograph above, Grace Yeo poses for a picture with Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani, Secaucus Middle School Principal Rob Valente, Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Robert Berckes, and Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knops after the administrators presented her with the inscribed clock and extolled the numerous virtues of working with such a quality person and professional.
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Secaucus Middle School Educator Named Winner of Esteemed Barnes and Noble “My Favorite Teacher Award”

This past week the Secaucus Board of Education honored Secaucus Middle School Language Arts Teacher Nicole Hernandez and sixth grade student Laila Lemise
Nicole Hernandez, a language arts teacher at Secaucus Middle School, was selected by the Clifton Commons Barnes and Noble Store as their store’s winner of the company’s “My Favorite Teacher” Contest. Mrs. Hernandez was nominated for this impressive award by her sixth grade student Laila Lemise. Laila used the vehicle of a heartfelt poem to express her appreciation and gratitude to her sixth grade language arts teacher. In the photograph above, sixth grader Laila Lemise and her teacher, Nicole Hernandez hold up the Certificates of Merit that were provided to them by the Secaucus Board of Education at the Showcase of Success. Posing with them are Leila’s Dad, Secaucus Middle School Principal Rob Valente, and Board of Education President Jack McStowe.
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