Friday, May 10, 2013
A two-year collaborative process culminated Friday afternoon when Thomas Jefferson Middle School opened its outdoor classroom to students and teachers.
Thomas Jefferson Middle School unveiled its brand new outdoor classrom Friday afternoon at a brief dedication ceremony attended by assistant superintendent Natalie Lacatena, Mayor John Cosgrove and Councilwoman Lisa Swain. The classroom is the second phase of science teacher and environmental club advisor Susan Goldstein's three-phase plan to "recycle" previously unused space behind the school using grant money. The project's first phase was the addition of a raised planting bed located near where the outdoor classroom now exists. "This project took two years to complete and will enable classrooms in the school to have the opportunity to work outside," Principal Sherrie Galofaro said during her opening remarks Friday. "If you know Mrs. …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Fair Lawn Public Schools will have open at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday due to inclement weather.
The snow that has blanketed the area Monday will delay Fair Lawn Public Schools Tuesday, Board of Education president Michael Rosenberg said. Students should report Tuesday at 9:35 a.m., according to a notice on the school disrtict's website. Staff are expected to arrive 10 minutes earlier, by 9:25 a.m. Edison's AM Kindergarten and half-day pre-K students will dismiss at their regular times, the notice states. PM Kindergarten will begin at its normal time. As for local private schools, St. Anne School will have a one-hour delay and open at 9:20 a.m., according to its website, and the Van Riper Ellis Christian School will open at 10 a.m. due to the hazardous roads. Van Riper Ellis will have no before care program, an announcement posted on …
Fair Lawn Public Schools students will have their artwork exhibited this week at the Community Center's annual student Arts Festival.
The annual Fair Lawn Public Schools Arts Festival kicks off Tuesday night at the Community Center with an opening reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The festival, which has artwork by students in kindergarten through 12th grade, will run through Thursday night. Tuesday's opening reception includes performances by the high school's drama students, catering by the culinary arts students and music by the strings students. Hundreds of students and their parents came out for last year's festival. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each morning
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Dr. Leonardo Rodriguez, of the United States Navy, sent a plaque to students and staff at Milnes Elementary who had lifted his spirits earlier in the year by sending a care package of cards and candy to Afghanistan.
Dr. Leonardo Rodriguez, a Navy doctor serving in Afghanistan, was so touched by the care package of cards and candy he received last year from the students and staff at Milnes Elementary that he thanked them with a moving tribute of his own. To show his appreciation, Rodriguez, the stepbrother of Milnes physical education teacher Jason Becker, sent the school a plaque with an American Flag that was hung over the base he was stationed at in Kandahar. The plaque's inscription reads: This flag was proudly displayed during the care of multiple U.S. combat casualties in the Emergency Department NATO Role III, Multinational Medical Unit, Kandahar, Afghanistan 22 August 2012 in recognition of the support provided to us by H.B. Milnes Elementary …
Friday, March 1, 2013
The Fair Lawn Board of Education Thursday unanimously passed an $88.3 million preliminary budget for the 2013-2014 school year.
As a result of cost-savings from the district's custodial privatization and switch to the State Health Benefits Program for employees last year, Fair Lawn schools superintendent Bruce Watson said the district's 2013-2014 budget paints the rosiest tax picture residents will have ever seen. The Fair Lawn Board of Education unanimously passed an $88.3 million 2013-2014 preliminary budget Thursday that raises annual taxes $73.92 on the average assessed homeowner -- a 0.85 percent increase that Watson claimed was "the lowest it's ever been in the history of Fair Lawn schools." The proposed budget, which is scheduled for official adoption on March 21, adds approximately 11 staff positions, introduces a supplemental "full-day" kindergarten …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Fair Lawn public school students will now be required to attend class during their scheduled winter recess week on Friday, Feb. 22, to make up for time lost because of Superstorm Sandy.
Fair Lawn public school students, who lost seven class days due to power outages following Superstorm Sandy, will have their weeklong winter recess shortened as a result. The district sent a letter home to parents last week informing them of the school calendar switch, which requires students to make up class on what had been the final day of winter recess, Friday, Feb. 22. "Since we had built in three emergency closing days into the 2012-2013 school calendar, and have to date used four of these closings, I have requested that the board of education allow me to immediately communicate the necessary changes to our school calendar so families can plan accordingly," Superintendent Bruce Watson's letter to parents reads. If circumstances force…
Friday, November 2, 2012
Fair Lawn public schools will be closed Monday, Nov. 5 and Tuesday, Nov. 6, but will re-open Wednesday for the remainder of the week.
Fair Lawn public schools will re-open on Wednesday, Nov. 7, and hold classes for the remainder of the week, Board of Education president Michael Rosenberg said. District schools, which had been set to close Thursday and Friday next week while teachers attended the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City, are now going to be open due to the convention's cancellation. Radburn School and Edison School, both currently still in the dark, will not re-open Wednesday unless they have regained power, Rosenberg said. Although schools will be closed Monday, the borough has scheduled a Trunk-or-Treat event that evening at Memorial and Thomas Jefferson middle schools, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cars should arrive between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Fair…
Monday, September 24, 2012
Debbie SanJulian has been teaching at Milnes Elementary for 25 years and is the school's 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year.
Monday, September 24, 2012
With school just getting underway, Patch will be introducing readers to some of Fair Lawn School District's reigning "Teachers of the Year," as well as district educators who are moving into new roles in the district or who are simply new to the district. Each has been kind enough to answer a few questions we've posed to them about their teaching philosophy and what has informed their approach over the years. Fair Lawn native Debbie SanJulian is a third grade teacher at Milnes Elementary School and its 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year. SanJulian received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from William Paterson College, and also holds a real estate/mortgage license. She's married with three children. SanJulian began teaching in a …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Janean, 30 is in her seventh year teaching health and physical education at Fair Lawn.
Friday, September 14, 2012
With school just getting underway, Patch will be introducing readers to some of Fair Lawn School District's reigning "Teachers of the Year," as well as district educators who are moving into new roles in the district or who are simply new to the district. Each has been kind enough to answer a few questions we've posed to them about their teaching philosophy and what has informed their approach over the years. Janean Marxen, 30, is a health and physical education teacher at Memorial Middle School and its 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year. She grew up in West Milford and now lives in Ogdensburg with her husband, Jesse, and their dog, Rocky. Janean graduated Magna Cum Laude from William Paterson University in 2006, with a bachelor's in Physical …
Leveling off seen for salaries of superintendents across New Jersey
Friday, September 14, 2012
By Colleen O'Dea, NJ Spotlight School administrators’ salaries in New Jersey rose less than the typical teacher's pay over the past two years, and increases should level off for the foreseeable future as state-mandated caps on superintendents’ earnings kick in. An analysis of the New Jersey Department of Education’s certificated staff databases found that the average school professional whose primary duties are administrative earned $118,172 in 2011-2012, up just $31 over the prior year and a gain of less than 4 percent from 2009-2010. Click here to see an interactive map of administrator salaries for districts across the state Those are salaries for superintendents, principals, business administrators, their assistants, and other …