Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The school's growth performance ranked in the lower third in both language arts and math when compared to schools in its peer group and all schools statewide.
Mt. Hebron Middle School fell short of its academic achievement targets last year and student growth in language arts and math was found to be lagging behind most schools in the state, according to a recent report. The New Jersey Department of Education’s “School Performance Reports" found Mt. Hebron's 548 students in sixth through eighth grade in 2011-12 who took the state standardized test New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge were 73 percent proficient in both language arts and math, which was below the school's goals of 76.7 and 77.7 percent, respectively. While students schoolwide missed the state benchmark for proficiency, the only group in the school that actually missed its proficiency targets was black students. All …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Middle school student awarded Gold Key for poetry while high school senior wins Silver Medal for novel.
Sunday, February 3
Montclair High School students joined the ranks of writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote and Joyce Carol Oates in earning kudos in the 2012-2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Regional winners of the competition have been announced and those students who have earned a "Gold Key" for their work will see their work advance in the competition. Deryn Mierlak, an eighth-grade student at the Mt. Hebron Middle School in Upper Montclair was awarded a Gold Key for poetry for her piece titled, “Native Land.” Helen Laser, a 12th-grade student at Montclair High School in Montclair was awarded a Silver Medal for her novel titled, “Red Things.” Student submissions are judged by luminaries in the literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Samantha Morra is demoted for allegedly enrolling her children in Montclair schools even though she pays taxes in Little Falls
The Montclair School Board voted Monday night to terminate Samantha Morra's position as assistant principal of Mount Hebron Middle School and return her to a teaching position in the district. Montclair school district officials confirmed last month that the central office was investigating Morra to determine whether she enrolled her children in Montclair schools using a Montclair mailing address that is actually part of the Little Falls school district. On Monday night, Dr. Clarence Hoover, acting as interim schools superintendent now that former Superintendent Dr. Frank Alvarez has stepped down, recommended that Morra be demoted. Morra had held the $115,000-a-year assistant principal position for two years. Now she'll return to her …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Interim superintendent says he will make a recommendation to the school board within 10 days regarding an allegation against Assistant Principal Samantha Morra.
Montclair school district officials confirmed last month that the Central Office is investigating Samantha Morra, assistant principal at Mount Hebron Middle School, to determine whether she enrolled her children in Montclair schools using a Montclair mailing address that is actually part of the Little Falls school district. Interim Superintendent Dr. Clarence Hoover said Wednesday that he would make a recommendation to the Montclair Board of Education within the next 10 days regarding the allegation. "As you know, personnel issues are not made public before the Board of Education has a chance to discuss my recommendation(s)," he said. Hoover is acting as interim schools superintendent now that former Superintendent Frank Alvarez has …