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There's a lot happening in our vibrant school district! We’ll include all the latest district news on this page. Make it your first stop when you visit our website to stay updated on all the latest.

Congratulations to Emily McCausland

Congratulations to Paramus High School senior Emily McCausland on her selection as a 2019 scholar athlete from the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). The NJSIAA conducted its 26th annual scholar-athlete luncheon at the Pines Manor in Edison on Sunday, May 19. Way to go, Emily!

Power of the Dance

The Paramus High School Dance Department presents Power of the Dance on Wednesday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. We hope you can join us for this amazing performance.

Power of Dance Paramus High School dance Department Wednesday May 22 at 7pm
College Decision Day

May 1 was College Decision Day. In order to support our seniors and to have underclassmen start thinking about college, the School Counseling Department encouraged students and staff to wear college attire. Students who wore a college shirt were entered into a raffle for a Starbucks gift card. Congratulations to Matthew Davidson, our winner, who will be attending Robert Morris University in the fall.

Matthew Davidson holding his Starbucks gift card
Paramus Faculty & Staff: Here They Go Again!

Teachers dressed in costumesThe Paramus Scholarship Show Fund is proud to be celebrating 60 years of fundraising and providing Paramus High School seniors with scholarships. This year’s production of Mamma Mia featured faculty and staff from all over the district who are proud to join the community to support this great cause. The show, directed by retired Paramus teacher, Kathy O'Neil, took place on March 29 and 30 at Paramus High School. The Paramus faculty and staff feature performers and leads in this year's exciting production were Victoria Rice (PHS), Jennifer Jennings (Midland), Robert Marion (Midland), Ginny Amato (retired), and Christin McKenna (transportation). They carried our audience to the beautiful Greek Islands for a musical extravaganza by the hit group ABBA. Mary Hall (East Brook) helped keep things running smoothly supervising a crew of great volunteers backstage. Hats off to the Paramus Scholarship Show and its dedicated volunteers for 60 years of hard work toward a great cause!

Bergen County Poster Contest Finalist

Midland School 4th grader, Gia, is being recognized for her entry into the Bergen County poster contest. Her artwork made her a finalist in the competition. Gia is very excited that her poster about Bergen County will be in the upcoming 2020 Bergen County calendar. Congratulations Gia!

Gia poses with her artwork

NJ High School Rankings

U.S. News and World Report ranked Paramus High School as one of the best high schools in New Jersey. Congratulations and thanks to all the staff and teachers who work tirelessly all year to support and develop our students! Please read the article on the Patch website for more details. Way to go, Paramus!

Region I Elementary Honors Orchestra

Orchestra studentsOn Saturday, April 27 students from 23 different schools in New Jersey participated in the region I elementary honors orchestra program at South Orange Middle School. Students in 4th through 6th grades were nominated by their music teachers and placed in different orchestras based on ability level. Each orchestra rehearsed all morning and performed in a special concert at 3:00 pm. Orchestra students from Paramus High School assisted the teachers to ensure that students were able to get from place to place. Congratulations to all who participated! A special thank you to Mrs. Nimmo, region 1 orchestra division chair, for organizing the event!

Participating teachers and students included:

  • Memorial - Mrs. Kristine Hart, Olivia John, Lenna Kinosian, Angela Kim, Nia Bautista, Tyler Hom, Michale Bassily, and Aisha Shafoat
  • Midland - Mrs. Kerry Russo, Joe Fujita, Ashlyn Renu, Stefanie Galarza, and Olivia Davis
  • Stony Lane - Ms. Chrysten Andgerson,  Reyhan Khanji, and Evelyn Na
  • East Brook - Mrs. Kim Nimmo, Daniel Chung, June Lee, Christen Lee, Sophia Sarkies, and Sophia Tsien
  • West Brook - Mrs. Kim Nimmo, Matthew Chen, Mary Daclan, Arnav Patel, Chris Shyy, and Spencer Park
  • Paramus High School Assistants - Hannah Kim, Jamie Kim, and Yoona Park

New Jersey Governors Award in Arts Education: 2019 Excellence Artistry and Leadership in Dance

View more photos of Manami SaitoPlease join us in congratulating Manami Saito for receiving the prestigious New Jersey Governors Award in Arts Education! Manami is a member of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts, the Spartanettes Dance Company, and has participated in the dance department for the past four years. Manami received her selection through a vigorous application, audition, and nominations process spearheaded by Mrs. Ranieri, dance educator. She created her own solo that will be in the Power of the Dance concert in May, and she will also be performing at NJGAAE on May 14, in Trenton. This is the second recipient of the NJ Governors Award for Excellence, Artistry, and Leadership in Dance awarded to a student at the Paramus High School Dance Dept. Congratulations!

West Brook Teacher Recognition

Congratulations to Mrs. Dugan on her achievement of winning West Brook’s 2019 Teacher Recognition Award! Thank you for all that you do for the school and our students. We are so #ParamusProud!

Orchestra Festival

On Tuesday, April 9, the Region I Orchestra Festival was at East Brook Middle School. Orchestras from five different school districts in Bergen County came together to perform for each other and received feedback from guest clinicians Mr. David Wroe and Mrs. Helen Cha-Pyo. Congratulations to each orchestra for their performance and participation in the festival!

Orchestra standing on stageThe orchestra performing on stage
March Was Music in Our Schools Month

Click to view more. Two students pose with musical accessories.Everyone enjoys music, whether by listening to it, singing, or playing an instrument. March was Music in Our Schools Month. Every year, musicians worldwide celebrate and promote the benefits of high-quality music education programs in public schools. West Brook students joined by showing support for their school music program. The West Brook music department sponsored three design contests to help students celebrate music: posters, music hats, and innovative musical instruments. The winners were Jack Dawli, Mrs. Lightenberg’s class, Alissa Lenda, and Mary Daclan. Mrs. Ahrendt’s band students received music appreciation pins as a reward. She asked the students to wear the pins for the month of March. Each time Mrs. Ahrendt saw a student wearing a pin, the student received a point. A $25 gift certificate to Best Buy was the award for winners with the most points. 

Fifth and sixth-grade band winner was Jack Dawli, and the seventh and eighth-grade winner was Amelia Khanji.

Bergen County Recognition Program Honorees

A big congratulations to our Bergen County Recognition Program Honorees! Our 2018-2019 honorees are:

  • Alexis Fishman - Memorial Elementary School
  • Denise Tripaldi - Midland Elementary School
  • Christine Rath - Parkway Elementary School
  • Linda Broek - Ridge Ranch Elementary School
  • Leslie Rochman - Stony Lane Elementary School
  • Jara Beagleman - East Brook Middle School
  • Rebecca Dugan - West Brook Middle School
  • Marlaina Postolakis - Paramus High School
What an honor to receive this recognition!

Partners in Reading

The Paramus High School students recently spent the morning at Ridge Ranch for Read Across America week! The high school students worked with students from kindergarten through fourth grade. They shared a Dr. Seuss book and created an activity to go along with the lesson. Everyone had a terrific time!

Two Partners in Reading participantsGroup of students and teachers holding Dr. Seuss books
Paramus Named One of the Best Communities for Music Education

2019 Best Communities for Music Education. Congrats! Brought to you by The NAMM Foundation.Congratulations to our amazing music education staff! NAMM has again chosen Paramus Public Schools as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in 2019! 

The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Designations are for districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. 

We are so proud! #ParamusProud

NJSCA Announces 2019 “Counselor of the County” Awards Recipients

Dana Folcarelli poses with Tommy LoBue and Laurie CorizzoEwing, NJ. – On Friday, March 22, 2019, NJSCA honored school counselors from the different counties within the state of New Jersey at the annual “Counselor of the County” Awards Program held at The College of New Jersey. School counselors get nominated by their colleagues and chosen by their own county’s School Counselor Associations for this award. 

The award honors the professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates – and often lifesavers – for the nation’s students. Dana Folcarelli, a school counselor from East Brook Middle School, is the 2018–2019 Counselor of the County for Bergen County. 

Candidate selection for the Counselor of the County Award happens at their county-level school counselor associations. Their selection is because of their ability to deliver an effective school counseling program, which focuses on academic development, career counseling, and personal/social support. They further distinguish themselves by proving to be leaders of systemic change, advocates for students, and collaborative professionals who seek the success of the “whole” student in school and in life. For more specific information on this association, visit the New Jersey Counselor Association website.

Congratulations Dana, we are so proud! Pictured here is Dana with Tommy LoBue, Principal of East Brook Middle School and Counselor Laurie Corizzo.