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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.

Thanksgiving Feast for Friends

On Tuesday, November 26, 2019, Stony Lane School held its annual Thanksgiving feast for friends, an annual heartwarming gathering of our community to embrace the true meaning of the holiday.

For nearly two decades, this feast is a month-long effort to gather donations of money, food, and household goods for local families in need. Stony Lane teacher Debbie Winters led in conjunction with the Paramus Human Services and Food Pantry Coordinator. With the dedication of those in our school community, and the generous donations of items and loose change from the students, families, and the school staff, over 40 Paramus families with financial hardship, received a turkey and a dinner basket with all the trimmings. Along with the Thanksgiving donations, there was a school-wide collection of household and food products to fill the shelves of the pantry.

In addition to giving to others, the school comes together to sit down under one roof and partake in Thanksgiving traditions of songs, stories, and eating a meal together. The menu includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, cornbread, and followed by Jell-O and brownies for dessert. What makes this event even more fun and meaningful is that each grade makes one of the side dishes or desserts in school with their teachers and classmates!

The act of sharing with those who are less fortunate teaches our children to not only appreciate all they have, while again and again learning the lessons of compassion and community! We would like to wish a happy Thanksgiving to all!

Students with canned goodsStudents performing on stageTeachers and students at the Thanksgiving Feast
Bergen County Middle School Chorus and Band

The Music Educators of Bergen County presented the 2019 Bergen County Middle School Chorus and Band Festival on November 17 at Bergenfield High School. Several East Brook and West Brook Middle School students performed by invitation and received recognition at the November 12 board of education meeting. Faculty Nicole Doyle, Rebecca Dugan, Angela Girvan, and Gregory Nalesnik helped lead the chorus and band. Congratulations to all the students and teachers who participated!

choir performing
Mindfulness at West Brook

On November 20, West Brook Middle School was the site of the district's first #ParamusProudLIVE, a series of live social media conversations spotlighting some of the incredible programs and accomplishments within Paramus Public Schools. Principal Dr. Spollen-LaRaia, along with counselors Michael Engber and Vanessa De Jesus, discussed the school culture climate survey and the mindfulness programs West Brook has implemented.

The school took many suggestions from the survey to improve school culture such as improving environmental awareness and extracurricular activities. Ms. De Jesus provides guided mindfulness sessions to prioritize self-care allowing faculty and staff to take advantage of a little calming downtime before heading home. Students are learning how resilience can help them manage stress through engaging in mindful listening, mindful breathing, and mindful movement with regular visits from Core Yoga.

We are thrilled that West Brook is leading the way on incorporating mindfulness in our schools and look forward to sharing these methods with all Paramus students, staff, and the community.

view more photos of West Brook Middle School was the site of the district's first ParamusProudLIVE
Veterans Day

Paramus' Veterans Day program was at Memorial Elementary School on November 11. Led by Mrs. Hart, fourth-grade students sang at an indoor ceremony and shook hands with our veterans before moving outside to Paramus Veterans Memorial Park. Distinguished guests included Superintendent Dr. Michele Robinson, Mayor Richard LaBarbiera, the Paramus Police Department, and many veterans from our community. Later, twenty-three Memorial School fourth graders visited Brightview Senior Living Center to attend a Veterans Day celebration honoring the resident veterans. They sang songs, recited poems, and presented the veterans with thank you cards.

view more photos of Paramus' Veterans Day program
Engineer Visit

Mr. Mark Love, a civil engineer with a background in highway design and transportation and planning, visited West Brook and East Brook Middle Schools on Friday, November 1, 2019. He gave a hands-on lesson to 8th grade algebra students as part of a program called Engineers Teaching Algebra.

Mr. Love began each 90-minute session by introducing students to drawings of the highway entrances and exits at a recently expanded mall and had a major intersection and traffic light installed. After giving students some basic engineering rules for traffic planning and traffic patterns, Mr. Love challenged them to develop a safe and efficient phasing plan for the traffic light signals to safely and smoothly address the volume of traffic in 90-second cycles.

Students were actively engaged in problem-solving and excited to present their initial plans to Mr. Love. After their first attempt, students were able to modify their original phasing plans to become more sophisticated by handling greater amounts of traffic during each phase of the 90-second cycle and therefore improve how effectively the overall volume of traffic was managed.

The 8th grade students were enthusiastic about the workshop, especially when they were able to solve real-life problems using the math they learn in school.

Mr. Love continued to stress how important it is to learn algebra and the many careers students would be able to pursue as a result of their math studies. He also felt confident he had met some future engineers in the classes.

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Education Foundation Dream Awards Gala

group of nine that attended the galaThe 24th annual Paramus Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation's Dream Awards Gala took place at The Terrace at Biagio's in Paramus, New Jersey on October 16.

In addition to recognizing the successes of the 2018–2019 dream grants, the 2019–2020 dream grant recipients were announced. 17 new grants were awarded totaling $39,147.36! These grants will go directly to teachers who are creating innovative ways to help our students across all disciplines.

The foundation also honored the 2019 Life Achievement Award recipients Danielle Dispenza Manis, Paramus High School graduate and Relay For Life - American Cancer Associates advocate and Nick Vallelonga, Paramus High School graduate, actor, screenwriter, producer, and film director. They also gave special recognition to members of the Paramus Children’s Health Foundation.

Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce and the Education Foundation for supporting Paramus Public Schools!

group that attended the 24th annual Paramus Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation's Dream Awards Gala
Paramus High School Wellness Fair

The Paramus High School Counseling Department had its annual wellness fair on Wednesday, October 23. Several community resources provided educational materials and informational brochures to students.

Paramus Fall Band Concert
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On October 22, the 7th through 12th grade bands in the district came together for an outstanding fall concert. The music parent association hosted a dinner for the band students prior to the concert. As the finale, over 200 band students performed the Mission by John Williams. Congratulations to all of the band students and to Mrs. Ahrendt, Ms. Girvan, Mr. Gizzi, and Mr. Donellan, directors of bands for the Paramus School District, on this great achievement.

Paramus Arts

American Young Voices recently shared a great clip from the Governor's September visit to Paramus High that features several of our outstanding arts students. We're #ParamusProud that this is getting national attention!

To learn more about American Young Voices, please visit their website.