Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The school received averge to low scores when compared to schools in its 'peer group,' about 30 similar schools in the state, and schools statewide.
A state report found Hillside Elementary School failed to meet its academic achievement targets last year and found achievement gaps among its students. The New Jersey Department of Education’s “School Performance Reports" showed the school's 626 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade in 2011-12 scored below the state targets in academic achievement. Total schoolwide proficiency in language arts on the state standardized test New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge was 73.9 percent, below the target of 79.8 percent, and 82.3 percent in math, below the target of 87.6 percent. Black and Hispanic students were also found to be lagging behind their white counterparts in schoolwide achievement scores in language arts and math…
Friday, April 12, 2013
Mayor Booker 'set a tone for the rest of the evening that was so inspiring for us as young students,' said Montclair High School senior and President of the Civics and Government Institute Jake Ephros.
Students in Montclair High School's Civics and Government Institute were addressed by Newark Mayor Cory Booker at its 14th annual state dinner on April 10 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. Booker’s address focused on how small acts of kindness can change the world. He told personal stories from his family and youth encouraging students to acknowledge those who fought for freedom and justice before them and to continue the work by caring about others. “His emphasis on how we’re the next generation and how we can’t just sit around living off of what our parents have given us, how we have to take it and make it better, was pretty inspiring,” said Montclair High School senior Eliza Jacobson. CGI President and Montclair High School senior Jake …
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…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
“Playing for a screaming crowd of 500 people with full sound, lights, and stage effects in one of New York’s premier performance venues — this was the real deal, and Montclair definitely came to play," said owner the school's owner Matt Sandoski.
Thursday, March 7
Students from School of Rock Montclair were chosen as finalists in a performance competition at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan on this past weekend. On March 3, 30 young musicians representing Montclair, who ranged in age from nine to 17, competed against bands from eight other School of Rock locations in New Jersey, Westchester, N.Y., and Long Island, N.Y. “The diversity of musical styles and performance talent that the Montclair musicians brought to the stage was dizzying,” said Matt Sandoski, owner of School of Rock Montclair. “We covered a wide range of genres, songs, and energy that truly rocked the crowd and blew the judges away.” The Montclair students played the best songs that were featured in their winter performance season …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Joseph Aziz, a 26-year-old student from Weehawken, expects to work with the university to take classes in the spring semester.
Montclair State University rescinded a suspension Thursday it had handed down to a male student who made fat jokes about a female student on social media websites. Joseph Aziz, a 26-year-old student from Weehawken, began serving his semester-long suspension on Jan. 2 for violating the university’s No-Contact Order with a female student whom he had made comments about online. But on Thursday, Montclair State President Susan Cole revoked the suspension. “While Montclair State should never have issued its unconstitutional gag order in the first place, we commend President Cole for acting swiftly to end the situation once it became public,” wrote Foundation of Individual Rights in Education Vice President Robert Shibley, which is a …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Erica DePalo, 33, of Montclair, was arrested in late August on multiple charges of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.
The case against a West Orange teacher from Montclair charged with a having sexual relationship with one of her students has been referred to a grand jury, according to the Essex County’s Prosecutor’s Office. Erica DePalo, 33, pleaded not guilty in September to charges that she had a sex with a 15-year-old student who attended her honors English class at West Orange High School. DePalo was originally scheduled to appear in court on Monday. However, it was canceled because she will have to appear before a grand jury, said prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Katherine Carter. DePalo, who was chosen as the 2011-12 County Teacher of the Year, is facing charges of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, and …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Charles H. Bullock School celebrated National School Lunch Week on Tuesday with a visit from state Department of Agriculture officials and district administrators.
Education in Montclair now extends from the classroom to the lunchroom. Students at Charles H. Bullock School celebrated the start of National School Lunch Week on Tuesday with a visit from state Department of Agriculture officials and district administrators. The nationwide initiative is focused on education and offering students healthy choices in the lunchroom. “I know I am standing between you and your lunch so I’m going to make this quick,” said Rose Tricario, director of the DOA's Division of Food and Nutrition, to a lunchroom full of students. "Try something different. Try something you’ve never had before." And when students got on line to buy their lunch, they had a bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods to…