Wednesday, April 24, 2013
St. Anne School held its annual walk-a-thon Wednesday morning to benefit the Autism Speaks organization.
Wednesday, April 24
St. Anne School held its fifth annual walk-a-thon Wednesday morning to benefit Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization. Students received a sticker for each lap of the walk-a-thon they completed and the school rased a total of $5,000 for autism research. All of the school's students and teachers participated in the walk-a-thon, which is held each April during Autism Awareness Month. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each morning
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Lyncrest Elementary reopened its outdoor environmental center Tuesday through the efforts of the school, the borough of Fair Lawn and the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission. The center was severely damaged in Superstorm Sandy.
Lyncrest Elementary re-opened its environmental center Tuesday for the first time since Superstorm Sandy left the school's winding nature trail impassable and sent a tree crashing through the landing of its outdoor classroom. Over the past few months, the school, the borough and the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission have joined forces to repair the center's damages so that Lyncrest students again can enjoy a hands-on opportunity to interact with nature and study the environment. "This was a joint community effort," Lyncrest principal Maria Corso said at Tuesday's re-dedication. "The borough of Fair Lawn paid for the lumber, the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission did the work and this is what you have today." Corso said her vision for the …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Jerry Taylor, former vice president of the Saddle Brook Board of Education, will fill the seat vacated in March by trustee Keith Rosso.
Former Saddle Brook Board of Education trustee Jerry Taylor will fill the board seat vacated last month by Keith Rosso. After interviewing four replacement candidates, the board unanimously chose to appoint Taylor, who served as the board's vice president last year but opted to run for council last November rather than seek re-election to the board. "All of the candidates did well," board trustee Bob White said. "It was a matter of the board’s opinion that Jerry did the best. He has the past experience on the board. He was the most suitable candidate." White said he hopes Taylor provides some stability to the board, which has already had two trustees resign this year. In addition to Rosso, who left in March to take a job out of state, …
Monday, April 15, 2013
View the interactive map of SAT scores and Median Household Income for the 47 public high schools in Bergen County.
In Bergen County, income and SAT scores go hand in hand. All but five of the public high schools in Bergen County where students met the state's average combined SAT benchmark of 1550 live in communities with a median household income greater than $100,000, according to data from the state's recently released New Jersey School Performance Report. On the flip side, 23 of the 24 public high schools in the county where students failed to meet the state's benchmark came from communities with a median household income below $100,000. Mahwah, Fort Lee, Leonia, Fair Lawn and Midland Park are the only high schools in towns with median household incomes below $100,000 that met the goal. Waldwick is the only high school in a town with a median …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Christie Administration released its new School Performance Reports for the 2011-2012 school year Wednesday.
Less than one-quarter of Saddle Brook High School students met the state's SAT benchmarks last school year, fewer than any of the school's 30 school group peers with similar demographics, according to the Christie administration's 2011-2012 School Performance Reports. Released Wednesday, the reports are a new version of the long-running School Reports Cards that have measured school performance on a variety of metrics since the 1990s. The new reports use many of the same sources of data like student achievement, graduation and dropout rates, demographics and class sizes, but they also match each school up with 30 peer schools from across the state. Schools are matched based on demographics, percentage of low-income students, percentage of …
The Christie Administration released its School Performance Reports for the 2011-2012 school year Wednesday.
Fewer Fair Lawn High School students reached the state's SAT benchmarks than their school group peers, according to the Christie administration's 2011-2012 School Performance Reports. Released Wednesday, the reports are a new version of the long-running School Reports Cards that have measured school performance on a variety of metrics since the 1990s. The new reports use many of the same sources of data like student achievement, graduation and dropout rates, demographics and class sizes, but they also match each school up with 30 peer schools from across the state. Schools are matched based on demographics, percentage of low-income students, percentage of special needs students and percentage of limited English-speaking students. Once …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Inside Fair Lawn's Wayne Robbins filmed the fifth annual Fair Lawn High School Fundraiser Fashion Show on March 13
Fair Lawn High School held its fifth annual Fundraiser Fashion Show on March 13. The show featured male and female FLHS students strutting their stuff down the high school's D Cafeteria runway to raise money and awareness for Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, an organization whose goal is to foster a more accepting society that celebrates individuality and embraces differences. "The show is all about promoting the acceptance and celebration of diversity and in order to make the show happen, we have tons of different kids, athletes, fashion club members, tech kids and student government members all working together for this one cause," said Nicole Mattina, an FLHS English teacher and the Fashion Club's faculty advisor. "It’s pretty neat…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Former Circle Systems Group principals overcharged districts, exchanged gifts for work, U.S. Attorney says.
Two former executives of an athletic equipment supply firm each face 20 years in prison after admitting their roles in a scheme to defraud schools. Mitchell Kurlander, 54, of Allentown, Pa., and his father-in-law, Alan Abeshaus, 81, of Highland Beach, Fla., pleaded guilty today in federal court to one count of mail and wire fraud conspiracy. Kurlander and Abeshaus served, respectively, as chief financial officer and chief executive officer of Circle Systems Group Inc., which had contracts with a number of New Jersey school districts. The athletic apparel and equipment firm systematically defrauded school districts from at least 1997 to 2007, according to a release by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, by keeping duplicate payments from schools …
Monday, April 1, 2013
More than 160 schools across Bergen County slated for security reviews, prosecutor says.
Officials are set to inspect more than 160 Bergen County schools in an expanded security initiative formed after the Newtown elementary school massacre, the county prosecutor announced Monday. Under a newly formed county task force, police chiefs in towns that requested the safety reviews will designate a police liaison to receive training from the prosecutor’s office and work with school officials to develop a security plan, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said. “This task force system will create a permanent security environment whereby local schools will have a greater access to information and assistance in their efforts to keep our schools safe,” Molinelli said in a statement. The security inspections have been going on …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Radburn and Milnes elementary schools also ranked in the top 52 of New Jersey's elementary schools, according to SchoolDigger.com
Lyncrest Elementary, recently named one of the state's 57 Reward Schools, was ranked among the top 15 elementary schools in the state in 2011-2012, according to school rankings website SchoolDigger.com. Drawing from third and fourth grade performance data from the New Jersey Department of Education, Lyncrest was ranked 14th out of 1,254 grammar schools in the state. Radburn Elementary grabbed the 46th spot, with Milnes Elementary right behind it at No. 52. No other Fair Lawn or Saddle Brook elementary school made the top 300. Third and fourth-grade students from all three Fair Lawn schools showed high proficiency in mathematics, each scoring above 95 percent proficient on average in the ASK evaluation tests. Language arts proficiency for …