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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.

Enrichment Business Competition

Congratulations to East Brook and West Brook 7th grade Enrichment students who participated in their business competition. Kudos to The Vaulted Fountain restaurant group for winning Best Ambiance and to the Say Cheese restaurant for winning Best Menu.

Click for more photos. Three students pose with their trophies.
Playground Dedication

Memorial Elementary School unveiled the Mrs. Russell Playground on June 17 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. We will install a plaque at a later day to honor Mrs. Carol Russell for her dedication to Memorial School and students. We wish her well as she retires.

More photos of playground dedication
Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Alexis Fishman, a fourth-grade teacher at Memorial Elementary School, recently received the Bergen County Teacher/Educational Services Professionals Recognition Award for the 2018–2019 school year. Congratulations, Mrs. Fishman! Thank you for everything you do for our students!

Mrs. Alexis Fishman, a fourth-grade teacher at Memorial Elementary School, recently received the Bergen County Teacher/Educational Services Professionals Recognition Award for the 2018–2019 school year
Brain Busters

On Monday, May 31, ten 7th and 8th grade West Brook Middle School students participated in the final competition for the Bergen County Brain Busters organization. West Brook students Alex Agabap, Caitlin Celio, Abhi Desi, and Philip Tsigankov placed 4th overall out of a field of 36 teams. Congratulations to all of our winners!

Click for more photos. Students pose together in front of a Bergen Brain Busters sign.
The Power of the Dance

On Wednesday, May 22 the Power of the Dance again exemplified the power of meaningful messages through movement. The power of love, the need for acceptance, and the beauty of tolerance spoke loudly to the audience through carefully selected musical pieces. They were brought to life by thoughtfully choreographed arrangements by Mrs. Claudine Ranieri and her students. This year celebrates 10 years of dance in Paramus. Over 35 dancers performed for two packed audiences including 7th graders from both middle schools and high school students during their in-school preview concert and evening performance for our community. 

The performances were filled with magical moments. Selections from their Disney trip included The Lion Kings’ He Lives In You, Be Prepared, Hokus Pokus, and the electrifying grande finale Never Had A Friend Like Me from Aladdin. This year's concert featured dance honors senior choreography by NHSDA awardees June Kim, Hei Jin Kim, and Manami Saito. In addition to choreography by dance 3 students, Makalya La Bode, Morgan Hergenhen, and Isabella Verma created works about adversity, self-love, and suicide prevention. A featured highlight of the evening was guest choreography by Daniel Padinera, artistic director of Padinera Dance Company. His contemporary piece, An End, A Beginning, performed by select dance 3/honors students, left the audience speechless. Dance 2 students wowed the audience with a new hip hop dance, One Million Rising, raising awareness about female empowerment and education. Mrs. Ranieri was thrilled to have guest performances by alumni dancers Jenna Tormey, Paramus High School 2017 and Alyssa Tiren, Paramus High School 2015. Paramus High School dance is looking forward to many more years of dance education in Paramus. Congratulations on a job well done to all who participated!

Recycled Regatta

Click to view more photos from the Recycled Regatta event.What can you do with water bottles, duct tape, and plastic wrap? Build a boat, of course! Eighth-grade students in Mrs. Dziob’s STEM class accepted the challenge to build a boat almost entirely out of recycled materials. The students raced their boats against other competitors on Sunday, May 19 during the Earthfest Recycle Regatta at Overpeck Park in Leonia. The regatta sponsor was Hackensack RiverKeeper.

West Brook entered two boats into the competition: Big Boy, with co-captains Alex Agabap and Lucas Kim and Lil’ Boat, with captain Joeb Rahman. The design for both boats was inspired by a prototype developed by Daliah Dann, Alex Guerriero, and Allison Trejo-Yance.

A sigh of relief echoed from all at the regatta when our boats were lowered into the water, and we discovered that they actually floated! Not only was our build successful, but thanks to the masterful maneuverings of Joeb, Lil’ Boat captured first place in the race. In addition to designing their boat, Big Boy’s team also made their own paddles out of PVC pipe and clipboards. Unfortunately, our paddle design wasn’t as successful as our boat’s design, and by three-quarters of the way through the race, Alex and Lucas were paddling back using their hands! Despite the handicap and riotous laughter from the shore, Big Boy finished fourth in a field of seven.

Congratulations to all the STEM students who participated in the race! You can check out the video of the race on the Paramus Public Schools Facebook page.

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!

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!