Sunday, May 5, 2013
The incredible line-up of guests included 'CBS Evening News' reporter Jim Axelrod, producer for "Real Time with Bill Maher" Mary Knowles, and sports editor for The New York Times Jay Schreiber.
Montclair High School students received a wealth of information and advice about contemporary journalism from some of the industries biggest names. The high school's Civics and Government Institute’s second media symposium included a round table discussion by "CBS Evening News" reporter Jim Axelrod; producer for "Real Time with Bill Maher" Mary Knowles; founder of Next Media Studios Scott Norvell; Optimization Manager at Bing Neal Wilson; writer and director of the film “Concussion” Stacie Passon; author of the American Girl Book series “Meet Cecile Denise" Lewis Patrick; and sports editor for The New York Times Jay Schreiber. Many of the guests stressed the importance of being a versatile person who follows his or her passions, which …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Former West Orange High School teacher, Erica DePalo, 33, of Montclair, was sentenced to a three-year suspended sentence of parole with no jail time Monday afternoon, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said.
The 33-year-old former West Orange High School teacher and Montclair resident who admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student was sentenced Monday and will serve no jail time, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said. Erica DePalo, a former Essex County Teacher of the Year, was sentenced on Monday in Newark Superior Court to a three-year suspended sentence of parole with no jail time. She will also forfeit of her teaching license and be on lifetime supervision under Megan's Law, a spokesperson for the prosecutor's office said. When DePalo acccepted the plea deal in February the interim superintendent of the West Orange School District, James O'Neill, told Patch he was “personally disappointed” and felt the parents …
Friday, April 12, 2013
New Jersey Department of Education released its 'School Performance Reports" Thursday.
[Updated 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12] Montclair High School’s academic performance is “about average,” but its college and career readiness is ranked “high” when both are compared to schools across the state. These were some of the findings in the New Jersey Department of Education’s “School Performance Reports” released Thursday, which analyze schools in a new, more detailed way. The report, which replaces the state’s annual School Report Card, factors in a host of never-before-used data, such as whether students are on track for college and a career, percent of students taking at least one AP test in a certain subject, and the percent of elementary and middle school students chronically absent. Superintendent Penny MacCormack welcomed …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The community is invited to help build a blueprint for Montclair Public School's strategic plan.
The location of Superintendent Penny MacCormack's Wisdom Sharing Event on Wednesday has been moved into the Montclair High School. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. in auditorium of the high school, located at 100 Chestnut St. The event will begin with a 30-minute presentation, and then be followed by an interactive, community-building exercise in which your comments will help build a blueprint for the Montclair Public School's strategic plan. The superintendent's event was originally scheduled to take place in the high school's amphitheater. MacCormack has spent the first 90 days of her tenure as superintendent on a listening and learning tour of the district, gaining insight and feedback from parents, teachers and students. The …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
An expert panel will discuss how to handle the demands of high school life for both students and parents.
Wednesday, March 13
Are you worried your child is being eaten alive by stress and the constant pressure of homework, tests, grades and balancing athletics with school? And how does all this tension affect your family? An expert panel will address these stressful topics in a parent workshop on Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the LGI Room at Montclair High School, located at 141 Park St. This workshop is for parents with students in the high school only. The panel will include: Dr. David Steinke, psychologist at the high school; Dr. Erica Gerstman, a psychologist in private practice in Montclair; and Bob Roth, the executive director of the David Lynch Foundation whose work on student stress has been featured on national television. Bring your concerns …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Check out the top stories making headlines in Montclair last week.
Out with the old ways of teaching, in with the new. As Superintendent Penny MacCormack continues her first year leading the district, she unveiled Monday how she will reshape Montclair schools. Looking to next year, the superintendent wants to restructure central office and even rename it “Central Support.” Montclair's teachers union ended its "work to contract" effort Monday as the Montclair Board of Education and union resume contract negotiations. While the NCAA lifted a ban on New Jersey colleges from hosting tournament and championship games on Wednesday, it came too late for Montclair State University who missed out on several games on its home turf this year. When the Montclair Fire Department announced it had handful of openings…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Teachers and other members of the Montclair Education Association will not volunteer any additional time past their paid hours, including before and after school and during weekends, until they reach agreement on a new contract.
More than 250 Montclair teachers and other staffers packed into a tense and often raucous Board of Education meeting Monday night, as union officials said teachers would not perform any duties beyond the letter of their contract until a new deal is reached with the district. Board President Robin Kulwin said a mediator would likely enter in the negotiations, which would "expedite a settlement." "Despite best efforts," Kulwin said, "the parties were growing further apart in their settlement demands, not closer together. It became clear, we needed the assistance of a mediator." The union members packed the standing-room-only room with blue and red shirts and buttons supporting the MEA. Many cheered as parents and residents lined up to …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Plus the Top 5 reviewed restaurants, 7-Eleven robbery and a couple scammed out of their wedding bands.
More than 700 guns — including an AR-15 high-capacity assault weapon similar to the one used in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting — were turned in this weekend in Montclair during a countywide gun buyback program. A Montclair resident who was honored as the Essex County Teacher of the Year in 2012 pleaded guilty Tuesday to endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. Recommendations for how best to utilize Montclair’s land and housing resources, known as the unified land-use element of the township’s Master Plan, was unveiled Tuesday at a 4th Ward community meeting where about 60 residents turned out. Montclair district's practice of student tracking -- pairing students of similar educational …
Monday, February 11, 2013
High school students competed against hundreds of students from across the county and Canada last week at the University of Pennsylvania's Model Congress Conference.
Monday, February 11
A delegation of Montclair High School students took home 25 awards recently at the University of Pennsylvania's Model Congress Conference. Montclair students competed against various other schools – both public and private – and hundreds of students from across the nation and Canada between Feb. 7 and 10 at the university in Philadelphia, Pa. Students were assigned to committees that modeled the United States Congress, where they researched and proposed bills for passage. Bills would then be presented to the larger congress where they were argued and debated and voted on. While the representatives from Montclair did not win the coveted best delegation award – an honor they had won the previous three years – the students did take home …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
If your son or daughter signed a letter of intent this week, send his or her information – sport and school – to the Montclair Patch editor email@example.com for posting!
Student athletes at Montclair High School will be playing at some of the top colleges and universities this fall. It was National Letter of Intent week, and Montlcair student female athletes gathered in the high school's library on Thursday to officially choose where they will attend school and play sports after graduation in the spring. Among the local athletes who signed letters of intent on Thursday were: There are multiple other student athletes in Montclair who signed letters of intent this past week. If your son or daughter signed a letter of intent this week, send his or her information – sport and school – to the Montclair Patch editor firstname.lastname@example.org for posting or add it in the comment section below!