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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.

Teacher Negotiations Update

Please see this important update on the Paramus Board of Education’s contract negotiations with the Education Association of Paramus (EAP).

For Immediate Release
By the Paramus Board of Education

The Paramus Board of Education and the Education Association of Paramus were unable to reach a contract settlement after exhausting mediation efforts and are now engaged in fact finding with a state-appointed fact finder. There will be a fact-finding session on November 20, 2019. During this time the teachers continue to receive the salary and benefits they previously received under their expired contract. 

The board proposed a three-year agreement with salary increases that are competitive with the Bergen County three-year average settlements. The board also agreed to family illness leave, additional bereavement leave, increases in extracurricular and chaperone stipends, the restructuring of summer school and summer work pay, and a reduction in non-teaching duties for traveling teachers assigned to the middle schools. 

In exchange for the board’s concessions, the board proposed a change in the health insurance plan, which will continue to provide a quality health care plan at lower costs for the board and the teachers. As an incentive to make this change, the board agreed to share some of the reduced premium savings in the first year of the contract with every teacher in the district. The board also proposed flexibility in scheduling instructional time at the middle schools to accommodate a block schedule that will enhance the academic program for middle school students. 

The board has offered a highly competitive salary and benefits package for all teachers in consideration for their valued contributions to the district's outstanding educational and extracurricular programs that is within the financial constraints imposed by the 2% tax levy cap and the significant tax burden already imposed on Paramus residents.

The board looks forward to the November 20, 2019, fact-finding session and remains optimistic that through the combined efforts of both parties that a voluntary settlement can be reached.

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.

view more photos of engineer visting with West Brook and East Brook Middle School
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
view more photos of fall concert

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.  

The Arts at Penn Station

Aerial view of Penn StationWe are #ParamusProud to announce that Paramus High School teacher Yasmine Rana will be part of NJ TRANSIT's “Music in Motion” program this fall. It will feature performances at Newark Penn Station from October to December, including artists such as Eun Hee Ahn, Edwin Estremera, Xiaofang Chen, Jeff Snyder, and our own Yasmine Rana.

The performances are part of The TRANSITional Art Project, a temporary public art partnership between the agencies that select artists for both visual and performance exhibition from NJ TRANSIT and New Jersey State Council on the Arts (State Arts Council).

100 Yards with Trevor Bopp

Get to know our PHS Spartans quarterback! sports columnist Darren Cooper interviewed Trevor Bopp for this week's “100 Yards.” Check out the video here! #ParamusProud

Calling All Superheroes

The Pride of Paramus, the Paramus High School Spartan Marching Band, performed at Music in the Park XXII in Midland Park on Sunday, October 6. Our band has won this competition six times since 2008 and is always a standout. This year the show featured themes from The Incredibles, Ant-Man, The Avengers, Spiderman, Batman, Captain America, and Superman. Congratulations to all performers, and thanks to all staff and supporters!