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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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Secaucus School District Educational Service Providers of the Year For 2016-2017

The Secaucus School District is pleased to announce the Educational Service Providers of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year. Educational Service Providers are selected by panels in each of the various schools. The Educational Service Provider recipients for 2016-2017 are: School Nurse Barbara Biven representing Clarendon School, School Nurse Joyce Corcoran from Huber Street School, and Guidance Counselor Helen Bacigalupo representing Secaucus High School. On behalf of the school community, we extend our congratulations to each of these Educational service Providers of the Year and express our gratitude for the outstanding job they do day in and day out in support of our students.

Pictured above top row are District Supervisors Amanda Trombetta, Christine Candela, Dr. Daniela Riser, and Dr. Danielle Garzon. Bottom row, seated are John Gerbasio, Board of Education President; Educational Service Providers of the Year Barbara Biven, Joyce Corcoran, and Helen Bacigalupo, and Secaucus Education Association President Nancy Lynch.
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2016-2017 Secaucus School District Teachers of the Year

The Secaucus School District is pleased to announce the Teachers of the Years for each school for the 2016-2017 school year. Teachers of the Year are selected by panels in each of their respective schools. The selection panels are comprised of administration and staff at each building. Each panel carefully evaluates State of New Jersey Department of Education Criteria for Teachers of the Year and reviews the qualifications of each nominated teacher. The Teacher of the Year recipients for 2016-2017 are: Mrs. Maleesa Lamatina representing Clarendon School, Mrs. Cindy Viera from Huber Street School, Ms. Toni Ann Palmisano from Secaucus Middle School, and Mrs. Allison Urbanovich representing Secaucus High School. On behalf of the school community, we extend our congratulations to each of these Teachers of the Year and express our gratitude for the outstanding job they do day in and day out.

Pictured above top row are Secaucus Middle School Principal Rob Valente, Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Bob Berckes, Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani, Huber Street School Principal Linda Wilhelm and Board of Education President John Gerbasio. Bottom row, seated are Teachers of the Year Ms. Toni Ann Palmisano, Mrs. Allison Urbanovich, Mrs. Maleesa Lamatina, Mrs. Cindy Viera, and Secaucus Education Association President Ms. Nancy Lynch.
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Secaucus High School Students Talk S.T.E.M.

This past week students from Dr. Ennis’s AP Physics I class visited Mrs. Demone’s Algebra I Honors course to talk about their experiences in the Secaucus High School S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy. “This special presentation was the idea of our freshman S.T.E.M. Academy students at Secaucus High School,” explained math supervisor Amanda Trombetta. “The students wanted to be able to talk to their peers in a classroom setting to share their personal stories about the program and why they decided to apply.”
The S.T.E.M. Academy was originally established in 2003. It is recognized for being inspiring, challenging, and for providing invaluable opportunities to motivated students to explore their interest in the fields of mathematics, science and engineering. This is a demanding four-year program and admission is highly competitive. Selection is based on performance in previous mathematics and science classes, teacher recommendations and a personal essay.
Students enrolled in the S.T.E.M. Academy follow a rigorous course sequence that satisfies all district graduation requirements with an emphasis on STEM and Advanced Placement courses in mathematics and science. Additionally, students have the opportunity to meet college students and professionals in the fields of science and engineering and tour relevant schools and facilities. “Our S.T.E.M. academy students are getting accepted into many prestigious colleges,” said the science supervisor Dr. Daniela Riser. “Last week’s presentation was a great way for our eighth grade students to learn about what potential opportunities exist for them at Secaucus High School especially in the S.T.E.M Academy.” This year some of the college acceptances of the senior S.T.E.M. Academy students include Ivy League schools such as Dartmouth and Cornell.

In the photograph above, freshman S.T.E.M. Academy students from Secaucus High School speak to eighth graders at Secaucus Middle School about their experiences in the program. Pictured left to right are Ethan Nguyen, Harris Spahic, Alyssa Jaipersaud, Mohammed Al Obaidi, Hiya Bhavsar, Madeleine Hanley, Anushka Advani, and Olivia Fox.
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‘Toying’ Around with Graphic Designs!

Mrs. Carrie DiOrio, Art Teacher at Secaucus High School, had two guest speakers come speak to her Computer Graphics and Photography classes this past week. Tom DiFazio and Brian Davis were the school guests who spoke to the students about the process of designing new toys. Tom and Brian both work in the design industry and volunteered to speak to our students. Mr. DiFazio summarized the steps of how he began as a toy designer and how he became successful in the field. He showed students exactly what is involved in making a toy design ‘come to life’. The student’s favorite part of this presentation was actually seeing some of their creations (toys). Mr. Davis, who works with Mr. DiFazio for Fisher-Price, explained the process involved in toy creation and demonstrated the functionality of one of their new toys. Students mentioned that they didn’t realize how much time and dedication it took to create one toy. They were also surprised to learn that there are multiple teams of people in different fields of work involved to design and produce a single toy. Behind all the toys you see on the store shelves are masterminds such as Mr. DeFazio and Mr. Davis. Hopefully, Secaucus High School gets the chance to hear from these talented designers again in the New Year and they can come to visit again!

In the photograph above, Ms. DiOrio poses with her Graphics Design class and her guest speakers, Fisher Price toy designers, Tom DiFazio and Brian Davis. Pictured from left to right are: Ms. DiOrio, Rachel Sanzari, Lindsay Reynolds Mendez, Mr. Tom DiFazio, Alyssa Rivera, Wayne Flaig, Akshay Patel, Mr. Brian Davis, Nur Abouzid, Ericsson Khoo, Kevin Ge, Sakuntha Welagedara, Jaden Gonzalez, and Kyle Duda
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