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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.

Students Get Real with Engineering

Photos about engineering students at East Brook Middle SchoolDuring December at East Brook, Mrs. Disavino’s design team of structural engineers came together to create exciting rollercoasters that included drops and loops. Reflecting on their revisions and collaboration is a vital component of the design process, so they were able to video conference with a Swedish civil engineer who helped them refine their rollercoaster designs. They incorporated science, geography, and languages into this real-world experience. 

Mrs. Dates-McGowan’s 7th-grade students also had the opportunity to video conference with an aerospace engineer with whom they discussed real-world topics such as teamwork, revisions during the design process, and different types of engineering careers. What a great opportunity for the students! Thanks to Mrs. Carroll-Matos for sharing the photos.

Congratulations, Mrs. Nimmo

Person playing a violinFor two decades, School Band and Orchestra Magazine's “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” focused the spotlight on outstanding music educators from each state. This year, the organization reviewed 880 nominations. It gives us great pleasure to announce that for the 2018–2019 school year, School Band and Orchestra Magazine selected Mrs. Kim Nimmo as one of the 50 directors who make a difference. This is quite an honor for Mrs. Nimmo and for our school district. Please see the article on Mrs. Nimmo (scroll down to New Jersey). Congratulations, Mrs. Nimmo! 

Mrs. Nimmo says, "Music is an important part of your life, but orchestra teaches more important life lessons such as responsibility, being accountable for your actions, and being an integral part of a community."

2019 MEBCI Bergen County Choir and Bergen County High School Band

On October 25, Paramus hosted auditions for the 2019 Bergen County high school choir. Please congratulate the following students who made it into this prestigious program: Nicolas Gallucci, Joyce Ko, Stephanie Havatian, Sydney Mastropasqua, Jonathan Ho, Talaar Rastguelenian, Katherine Horne, Katherine Scoullos, Irene Jang, and Allison Xiao.

On November 27, Paramus hosted auditions for the 2019 Bergen County high school band. Over 300 students auditioned. Please congratulate the following students who received placement into this prestigious ensemble: Joyce Ko - flute, Brandon Lui - trumpet, Rachel Kim - flute, Brian Lee - tenor saxophone, Maya Ortiz - flute, Simon Jang - timpani, Matthew Davidson - bass clarinet, and Kyle Cho - saxophone (placed first in his section.)

Mr. Donellan and Ms. Cascione will serve as hosts for the 2019 MEBCI Bergen County Band and Choir Festival on Sunday, January 13 at Paramus High School.

Choir membersBand members
Debate Team Members Achieve Gold

Cavin Gada and Chery Gada with their debate awardParamus High School students Cavin Gada and Chery Gada, earned a gold TOC Public Forum Debate Bid at the Princeton Classic Debate tournament for the first time in Paramus history. The competition consisted of novice and varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate, congressional debate, public forum debate, dramatic interpretation, duo interpretation, humorous interpretation, oral interpretation, oratory, and extemporaneous speaking.

This victory will enable them to participate in the Tournament of Champions (the most prestigious debate tournament in the United States), held at the University of Kentucky in May 2019. Congratulations Cavin and Chery! #ParamusProud

Spartan Football

Check out a great Q & A with senior Matt Amato about the Spartans' amazing football season. Keep up the great work team, we'll be watching!

Red Ribbon Week Visit from L.E.A.D.

In addition to visiting all of the Paramus elementary schools, Detective Sargent James Teehan and Police Officer Ben Fox of the Paramus Police Department L.E.A.D. Unit came to Parkway School to talk to the children about Halloween safety. The children were reminded to wear bright costumes and to carry glow sticks or other safe illuminating items while trick or treating at night. They also spoke about having parents check all treats prior to eating them and making sure to travel in groups while being supervised by an adult. 

L.E.A.D. Officers also reminded students to look all ways before crossing the street. They should not be using electronic devices or anything distracting while crossing. Pedestrians should always be aware of their surroundings whether a guard is crossing them or not. Drivers sometimes are distracted, which causes added safety issues for all involved.

Other topics, which the L.E.A.D. officers covered, included good drugs-bad drugs, stranger danger, and Internet safety. School-aged children should always know their guardian’s home and contact numbers in case of an emergency or if they get lost.

Police officer teaches students about safetyPolice officer stands with a few students