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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.

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
Head Lice Information

In accordance with current scientific research and best practice standards recommended by the Center for Disease Control, American Academy of Pediatrics, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the National Association of School Nurses, Paramus has adopted a proactive approach in assessment and treatment of head lice.

According to the position statement of The National Association of School Nurses (2016), it is unlikely that people can prevent all head lice infestations. Parents/caregivers will benefit from receiving support from the school nurse about the importance of regular surveillance at home, choosing and adhering to the protocols of evidence?based treatment recommendations, and educating to dispel head lice myths. Please look at the following resources for more information about lice.

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

Paramus High School Marches at Disney World

The Paramus High School Spartan marching band was chosen after a highly competitive audition to perform at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. On Sunday, March 31 they marched in The Festival of Fantasy Parade down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. We could not be more proud of our students. Thank you to all the supervisors, staff, family, and friends who have supported the musicians and get to see this incredible accomplishment!

The Paramus High School Spartan marching band performs on Main Street in Magic KingdomThe Paramus High School Spartan marching band pose in front of postersThe Paramus High School Spartan marching band walks down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom
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.

Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Week
Photos of Read Across America week

In honor of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America week, East Brook students and staff celebrated in many ways. They wore crazy socks and wacky outfits! Visiting readers came to the classrooms to read their favorite stories, teachers shared their memories of learning to read, and students read to themselves and each other. Check out the awesome photos!