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Paramus School District

District News

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.

Memorial's Teacher of the Year Award

Mrs. Kristine Hart, music teacher at Memorial Elementary School in Paramus, recently received the Bergen County Teacher Educational Services Recognition Award for the 2017-2018 school year. It makes a difference when teachers go above and beyond. We want to congratulate Mrs. Hart and thank her for all she does on behalf of our students! #ParamusProud

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The Power of Dance 5

Paramus High School Dance Department Presents Power of the Dance 5Save the date! On Thursday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the PHS auditorium, the Paramus High School Dance Department will present The Power of Dance 5. Come celebrate an evening filled with a collection of intriguing and original pieces of choreography performed by students in dance II, dance III, dance honors, and the Spartanettes Dance Company. There are special featured guests and collaborative performances with the honors chamber choir, symphonic band, and wind ensemble. In addition, there will be a special performance to the music of West Side Story to celebrate Jerome Robbins’ and Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthdays. You can now view a sneak peek of The Power of Dance 5. We hope to see you there!

District Holds First String Festival

On May 3, Paramus Public School District orchestra students participated in a string festival featuring the fourth grade orchestra, the middle school orchestras, as well as the chamber strings and the Paramus High School String Orchestra. The evening culminated with over 200 students playing a beautiful arrangement of "Ode to Joy" by Beethoven. Many thanks to our music teachers for organizing the event - Ken Korn, Reita Powell, Kristine Hart, Kerry Russo, Angela Girvan, Kim Chiesa, and Judy Wilkes. It was a great night!

Students Selected for All-State Choir

Selected from over 800 students from New Jersey, the following PHS choir members are now members of the 2018-2019 New Jersey All-State Choir. 

  • Katherine Horne – Alto I
  • Joyce Ko – Soprano I
  • Katherine Scoullos – Soprano II

The students will perform alongside the New Jersey All-State Wind Ensemble at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in February 2019. Congratulations to our students and Ms. Cascione, director of choirs at Paramus High School.


Orchestra Students Participate In Festival

On Saturday, April 28 Clifton High School hosted the 2018 North Jersey School Music Association (NJSMA) Elementary Honors Orchestra Festival. Orchestra students in grades 4-6 were nominated by their directors to rehearse and perform in a concert. Congratulations to Kim Chiesa, the region 1 chair. The guest conductors for the festival were: Chryselle Angderson from the Sparta School District, Michael Holak from the Leonia School District, and Joseph Mankin from the Clifton School District.

Congratulations to the following Paramus orchestra students that were chosen to participate in this special event. The students from East Brook were: Daniel Chung, Kelly Lee, Ian Park, Jayne Lee, Andrea Cartagena, and Johanna Park, and the students from West Brook were: Justin Woo, Angel Kim, Arsen Arakelian-Gonzalez, Mehreen Khateeb, Mana Mizobuchi, and Andrea Radoman.

Paramus High School Hosts First Annual Juried Art Exhibition

On April 19 the Paramus High School Art Department hosted the first annual juried art show. The event was an open call to all student artists in the Paramus High School community. Led by Dennis Dalelio, a jury of faculty and staff (Bryan Gorski, Felicia Steele, Steve Olweck, Michael Ferrari, Mary Ellen Lavin, and Jeremy Westhaver) selected the strongest work for the exhibition. The impressive amount and quality of the work submitted made for quite a show. A special thank you to the selected students who not only made the work but also helped convert the Paramus High School media center into a beautiful art gallery. Several students were awarded honorable mention certificates or prizes for best in show and best in category. Please see our list of art show award winners for complete details. Congratulations to our art teachers for challenging and inspiring our students each and every day! The work will be on display in the Paramus High School media center until April 26.

Culinary Arts Represents at Taste of Paramus

On Tuesday, April 17 the Education Foundation of the Paramus Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted the 12th annual Taste of Paramus at the Terrace Restaurant. The event was well attended by the community who enjoyed sampling signature dishes from area restaurants. The Paramus High School Culinary Arts Department, under the direction of Chef Levinsohn, was invited to host a table at the event. Students prepared a menu that included the following: piña colada parfaits, vegan zucchini pasta, assorted cheesecakes, and Moroccan rice pudding with hibiscus and rose water.

Paramus Named Best Community for Music

Seal for 2018 Best Communities for Music Education. Brought to you by The NAMM FoundationFor the fourteenth consecutive year, Paramus has received an award for one of the “Best Communities for Music Education in America” by NAMM. Communities whose programs exemplify a commitment to music education receive this award. Districts around the county receive this award based on funding, staffing of qualified teachers, commitment to standards, participation, and access to music instruction. The initiative recognizes and celebrates communities and their school administrators, teachers, board members, parents, community leaders, and students for their support and dedication to their music education programs.

A special thank you goes out to the Paramus Board of Education, Dr. Robinson, Mr. Adams, Mr. Donohue, Mr. Cea, the administrative team, our talented and dedicated music teachers, the Music Parents Association, and our talented music students for supporting music education in Paramus. To learn more about this prestigious designation, please visit the NAMM Foundation website.