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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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Secaucus High School Patriot Athletic Club

Show your team spirit by joining us for a fundraiser to support
Secaucus High School Patriot Athletic Club. Come in to the
Chipotle at 700 Plaza Dr. in Secaucus on Tuesday, April 25th between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00p.m. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Secaucus High School Patriot Athletic Club.
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Secaucus High School Consumer Bowl Champions Honored at Secaucus Board of Education Showcase of Success

Members of the Hudson County Champion Consumer Bowl and their advisor, Ms. Alexis Chisari, were honored at the Board of Education’s Showcase of Success on April 12th. This past January Secaucus High School won the Hudson County competition for the fifth consecutive year. This past week they competed in the Northern Region Competition, taking second place in the competition. The Secaucus High School Consumer Bowl competition team consists of team captain Kaitlyn O’Connell, Zishan Patel, David Perez, Nader Alkhabbaz, and Kendryck Ceballos. In the photograph above, Secaucus High School Consumer Bowl team members Kendryck Ceballos, Nader Alkhabbaz Kaitlyn O’Connell, and Zishan Patel pose for a group photograph with Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Robert Berckes, Advisor Ms. Alexis Chisari and Board of Education President Jack McStowe.
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Secaucus Board of Education Honors Middle School Student Joey Liang

At the Secaucus Board of Education Showcase of Success on March 23rd. the Board recognized Middle School student is Chaoyi (Joey) Liang. Joey, an eighth grade student, who placed in the top 5% nationally in the Mathematics Challenge. In the photograph above, eighth grader Chaoyi (Joey) Liang holds up his Certificate of Merit as Board of Education President Jack McStowe, Chaoyi’s Mother Tengron Le, and Secaucus Middle School Principal Rob Valente look on.
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Board of Education Honors Clarendon School Geography Bee Winners

At the Board of Education Meeting this past week, the Board honored the Clarendon School Geography Bee Winner and runners up. At the Showcase of Success honoring these students, Huber Street School Principal Steve Viggiani commended each of the students for their outstanding performance, and afterward each pupil was presented with a Certificate of Commendation on behalf of the Board of Education by Board President Jack McStowe.

Those students honored were National Geographic Bee First Place Winner Jake Salvatore, Second Place Winner Zachary Veloz, and Third Place Winner Chloe Lin.
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Board of Education Honors Huber Street School Geography Bee Winners

At the Board of Education Meeting this past week, the Board honored Huber Street School Geography Bee Winners. At the Showcase of Success honoring these students, Huber Street School Principal Linda Wilhelm commended each of the students for their outstanding performance, and afterward each pupil was presented with a Certificate of Commendation on behalf of the Board of Education by Board President Jack McStowe.

Those students honored were National Geographic Bee First Place Winner Evan Papadopoulos, Second Place Winner Rakshan Reddy, and Third Place Winners Anika Antala and Anshi Agashiwala.
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Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds Mario Cofini Honored at Board of Education Meeting

Mario Cofini, Secaucus School District Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds, was honored by the Board of Education at the Board’s Showcase of Success on March 23rd.

Mr. Cofini was honored for his leadership skills and abilities during a recent power surge at Clarendon School that compromised the motors of the hot water circulating pumps threatened to shut down the school. Due to his fast actions, knowledge, and connections; Mario was able to replace the faulty parts overnight, thus assuring the school would not need to be closed down. Mr. Cofini was also recognized for his leadership efforts during the two major snowstorms this winter.
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Secaucus Board of Education Honors High School Teacher Thiago Leite on his Selection as New Jersey Parent Teacher Association's Outstanding Teacher of the Year

At the Board of Education meeting of March 23rd, the Secaucus Board of Education honored High School English teacher Thiago Leite on his impressive accomplishment of earning recognition as the New Jersey Parent Teacher Association’s Teacher of the Year.

Earlier this month the New Jersey Parent Teacher Association (NJPTA) concluded their annual convention with a celebratory dinner honoring exemplary educators thorough the state. At this dinner Mr. Leite was presented with the NJPTA’s Outstanding Teacher of the Award. Mr. Leite’s name had been previously placed into nomination by the members of the local Secaucus High School PTA on account of his dedication to the school district in and outside of the classroom.

in the photograph above, Mr. Leite poses for a picture with Board of Education President Jack McStowe; his Mother Regina Leite; and Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Robert Berckes
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