Sunday, April 28, 2013
Students climbed, sang and danced at nearby club
Brookdale Kindergarten students recently enjoyed a field trip to the Montclair YMCA. At the club, students participated in a variety of activities, including music class, dance class, and rock climbing.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The school is one of 25 New Jersey county vocational-technical schools ranked among the best high schools in the U.S. by the publication.
This week, U.S. News and World Report awarded Bloomfield Tech a bronze medal in its list of the best schools in the country. Bloomfield Tech, part of the Essex County Vocational Technical Schools, was among 14 New Jersey vocational-technical schools to receive a bronze medal. On its website, US News said the awards were based on student performance on state language arts and math accountability tests, particularly the performance of disadvantaged students, and student participation in and performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. The magazine developed its methodology in concert with the American Institutes for Research and graded the schools based on how well they serve all their students, …
Salvatore Goncalves honored for work on inclusive iSTEM Education.
Bloomfield Middle School Principal Salvatore Goncalves was awarded the 2013 William A. Cuff Educator Award by a selection committee of the Center of Pedagogy/MSUNER and the Dean's Office of the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University. This award is presented to an educator who has made a significant contribution through teaching or administration. This William A. Cuff Educator Award is in recognition of his collaborative work on inclusive iSTEM Education in partnership with faculty from the Department of Secondary and Special Education. Mr. Goncalves received the honor at an Awards Ceremony on the campus of MSU on April 10. He was presented the award by Dr. Francine Peterman, Dean of the College of …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Reagan-era inspired music and performances ruled the night.
The 5th Annual Brookdale Elementary Talent Show was held Friday, April 19, 2013. But the music was from about three decades earlier. The theme for this year's show was "Rock of Ages" and the '80s were on full display with the students took the audience back to the days of big hair, neon cloths, Madonna, Michael Jackson and more. There were 23 acts with 43 students in all. The students opened the show together singing "We Will Rock You" and ended the night with the finale "We Are the Champions." Dancers, singers, drummers, pianists and guitarists of all ages performed songs by the likes of Joan Jett and Survivor. The show's director Jack Lynch, a DJ and veteran actor of television and theatre and father of Annabella and Grace (5th and …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Bloomfield Middle School students take home awards in math game competition.
Bloomfield Middle School students guided by advisor Lauren Barton took home awards in the Essex County Challenge 24 competition on Tuesday, April 16. The game is a math strategy card competition where players have to figure how to sequence numbers into equations that equal the number 24.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Bloomfield Middle School recently held its annual Cookie Smackdown where students pitted their baking skills against each other. Their results were judged in rounds for taste, appearance and difficulty level. The event was sponsored by the Middle School's Home & School Association and coordinated by language arts teacher Judy Quarto.
Friday, April 19, 2013
New library art space named for 2002 college graduate who died of complications from muscular dystrophy in 2003.
On Thursday, Bloomfield College officials opened their new Scott H. Kaplan Art gallery, named for a fondly remembered 2002 graduate who passed away a year after graduation from muscular dystrophy. Kaplan, a Verona resident, was a Creative Arts & Technology student skilled with graphic design who made his mark on the campus as a student, friend and advocate for the disabled. The new gallery, on the second floor of the Bloomfield library, was partially funded by Kaplan’s parents who have pledged money over the next five years for the upkeep of the space. The Kaplans also fund a scholarship in their son's name that has been awarded to seven students. Speaking at the dedication of the gallery, Ellen Kaplan, Scott’s mother, said they were …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
St. Peter's Prep student takes part in biennal exchange with German school.
This month, Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City welcomed 22 students from Clara-Fey Gymnasium, a school located in Schleiden, in Western Germany. The greeting marked the 14th biennial German exchange between Prep and the school, which is Eifel hills of western Germany. Activities included time on campus as well as several New York excursions and a weekend in Washington, D.C. The German leg of the exchange will take place this June. Matthew Capobianco, '14, son of Mary Ann and Greg Capobianco and a graduate of Saint Thomas in Bloomfield, hosted Julia Reetz.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Student became temporary top school administrator after parents' donation.
This month, Anthony Rizzi had a school day most students only dream of. On Wednesday, April 10, Brookdale 5th grader Rizzi became his school's Principal. Anthony spent the day shadowing Mr. Fleres and observed classrooms, ate lunch with the office staff and held a meeting with Superintendent Jason Bing. Rizzi's family won the opportunity by bidding on a basket sponsored by Brookdale Principal Joseph Fleres at the Brookdale Beef Steak fundraiser dinner. The basket raised $325 for the school and earned Anthony the chance to learn about the responsibilities and perks of being a principal. As Principal, Rizzi mostly resisted the temptation to mandate mischief. One notable exception: he issued a proclamation that all teachers should assign …
View the average SAT scores and median household incomes of more than 20 public high schools in Essex County to see where Bloomfield ranked.
The higher the median income of a school district, the higher the SAT scores in Essex County. The only eight public high schools to meet the state’s average SAT benchmark of 1550 are in school districts where median incomes are at least $88,000, according to the New Jersey School Performance Report. The eight schools’ median incomes are well above the county average of $55,876 and state average of $71,180. All but two of the 19 public high schools in Essex County that did not meet the state SAT benchmark were in communities with a median income below $88,000. West Orange and Cedar Grove were the only high schools in the county with median incomes above $88,000 that failed to meet the state benchmark. The highest average SAT scores came…