Thursday, May 23, 2013
Student council sponsored semi-annual drive.
Wayne Hills students helped to save several lives Wednesday by giving blood. Many students participated in the 12th annual student council-sponsored blood drive. "I have enough blood," student Anthony Distrso said. "I feel like if you give, you're giving someone a chance to survive. I feel everyone should give blood for that reason. Pay it forward." Community Blood Services of Bergen County ran the blood drive. The donated blood will be separated into platelets, red blood cells, and plasma. "It's probably the ultimate form of giving. You're saving three lives and it promotes giving, which is a really good thing," said Joe Turso, student council advisor. The student council holds a similar blood drive in the winter. — Have a question or …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
District wants to greatly increase technology to enhance the curriculum and provide students new learning opportunities.
Increasing the amount of wi-fi coverage in the district, using technology to supplement and enhance the curriculum, and adding hundreds of tablet devices into classrooms. Those are some of the goals of the district’s three-year technology plan, which the Board of Education approved through 2016 at a meeting earlier this month. “The plan isn’t inclusive of everything that we’re doing,” said Joe Borchard, the district’s educational technology coordinator. “It’s really a road map of where we want to be year after year.” Borchard wants to bolster the wi-fi network and create a mobile, student-centered learning environment. The integration of technology to enhance classroom learning is becoming more popular in the district. More than 300 …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Trustees will discuss a report the board's communications committee created on the firm's activity.
Education officials are discussing whether or not to renew the district’s $30,000 contract with Success Communications, the public relations firm the district hired last March. The contract was renewed a year ago. It expires in June. Success is paid $2,500 a month for its services, which includes sending out press releases and posting on the school district’s Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts and on the district’s website. Laura Stinziano, second vice president of the Board of Education and chairwoman of the board’s communications committee, said that the committee recently created an annual report on the firm. The board delayed voting on whether to rehire the firm at a recent meeting to allow trustees time to review the report. …
Sophia Jeon from Schuyler-Colfax Middle School had to show the positive effect her parents have had on her life.
A Wayne middle school student received an award for demonstrating the positive effect her parents had on her life as part of the state Division of Family Development’s annual Teen Media Contest. Sophia Jeon, a student at Schuyler-Colfax Middle School, took third place in the middle school category of the contest. Entrants had to illustrate the ways in which their parents have instilled the importance of community service and being a well-rounded student. "With this year's theme, we gave young people the opportunity to think about where community service fits into family life and how parents' values are reflected in the activities they choose to involve their families in." “Each winner received a U.S. Savings Bond, a plaque of achievement, …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Vincent Wood graduated from Ramapo on Friday.
Vincent Wood was named to the Dean’s List at Ramapo College for the Fall 2013 semester. Wood graduated from Ramapo on Friday with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in substance abuse counseling. Ramapo students must earn a 3.5 grade point average while taking 12 or more credits during a semester to be named to the Dean’s List. Ramapo College, a liberal arts institution, is located in Mahwah.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Nicole Fabris replaces Laura Russomano.
The Board of Education hired a new principal of Theunis Dey Elementary School. Nicole Fabris was hired at the board’s meeting Thursday. Fabris will earn a pro rated salary of $119,827; her salary will be updated pending the completion of negotiations. She has a master's degree from Montclair State University. Fabris replaces Laura Russomano effective July 25. Wayne Valley Principal Robert Reis will retire after 17 years at the school on Aug. 1. Pamela Longo and Kenneth Kaplan, principals of Pines Lake and Randall Carter elementary schools will also retire in August. — Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Daniel Hubbard at Daniel.Hubbard@patch.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter. For news straight to your inbox, sign up for our …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Ryan Mosseau is an education major.
Resident Ryan Mosseau has been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2013 semester at Champlain College. Students at Champlain must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or more to be named to the Dean’s List. Mosseau is majoring in early childhood/elementary education. Champlain College is located in Burlington, Vt.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Graduate did not attend school until she came to New Jersey when she was 15.
Juana Ortiz fulfilled a lifelong dream Wednesday. The 40-year-old woman graduated from college, NorthJersey.com reported. Ortiz walked in William Paterson University's graduation ceremony at the Izod Center. Ortiz was born with cerebral palsy. She came to New Jersey from the Dominican Republic when she was 15. She was never able to go to school in her native country. “I thought I would never be able to make it this far,” Ortiz told the website.
Graduates and their family and friends share pictures and thoughts from the commencement ceremony at the Izod Center.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Troy Zaffino seeking damages for violation of rights as he said he was not involved in the assault of two students at an Urban Club Road party in 2011.
A portion of a federal lawsuit filed by one of nine former Wayne Hills High School football players accused of the aggravated assault of two students found beaten and left in the street was dismissed in federal court on Monday. Troy Zaffino is suing the town and board of education for $15 million. According to court documents, a judge granted a motion filed by Wayne Interim Superintendent of Schools Michael Roth and Wayne Board of Education trustees to dismiss the case against the school board. However, township Mayor Christopher Vergaro, Police Chief John Reardon, Capt. James Clarke and others also were named as defendants in the lawsuit and so far, the case against the town and police officers has not been dismissed, according to Zaffino…