Friday, May 3, 2013
Police, fire, and emergency personnel staged a car crash scenario to deliver a hard pre-prom lesson on drunk driving to high school seniors.
A week before prom, and as students head toward graduation and the summer break, Fort Lee seniors were shown a dramatic visual lesson in the dangers of drunk driving Friday morning. Police, fire, and emergency personnel staged a reenactment of a fatal drunk driving accident in the high school parking lot, the senior class looking on as the emergency workers rescued student actors from the wreckage and arrested the responsible driver. "Next week is the prom, so we wanted to make sure this was part of everybody's mind set," said Detective Jamie Cuevas, the school resource officer who organized the reenactment. In the fictional accident, which, as police and fire officials reminded students, has played out in many real world scenarios, two …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Students from the Environmental Club purchased, planted, and added new scenery to the high school landscape this week.
The high school Environmental Club’s two-year fundraising drive culminated in a project this week—in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day—to add plants to the landscape surrounding the school. The club raised over $2,000 through bake sales and recycling drives, and sought to use the money to add a permanent imprint on the school’s environmental scenery. “Our hope is to make this an annual fundraiser so every year we can do something for the atmosphere of the building,” said Brianne Baker, the English and social studies teacher who advises the club. On Wednesday and Friday, the club broke out the shovels to plant a cherry tree, four dogwoods and several flowering bushes in the front of the school. “It all had to do with school beautification, …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The annual state school performance reports showed that Fort Lee ranks highly in indicators of college readiness among other schools with similar demographics.
According to a state performance report released this week, Fort Lee High School outranks many of its peer schools in college preparation. The state used new data in this year’s reports to chart college readiness in its annual, measuring participation and scores on the SAT and advanced placement (AP) tests. According to the report, Fort Lee ranks highly in SAT scores and AP participation among other schools with similar demographics. The high school met statewide targets for most college and career readiness indicators, scoring in the 93rd percentile among peers for participation in the SAT, the 97th percentile for students taking at least one AP test. “The information in the performance reports is based on last year’s test scores,” Dr. …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
The Week in Review: A weekly roundup of some of the top local stories on Fort Lee Patch.
A second teenager left locked in a police transport van two years ago filed a civil lawsuit in Newark. Officials decline comment due to pending litigation. Parents and students show up at BOE meeting pleading for new uniforms for FLHS Band and Color Guard. Letter asks that Zoning Board not grant variances to developer to save the last building of historical significance to Fort Lee's place in the early film industry. There is an application before the Zoning Board of Adjustment seeking height, side and rear-yard variances to demolish the structure known as 'Rambo's Saloon' in order to construct a new residential two-family dwelling. Fort Lee legacy, Mario Jacovino Jr., signs to play Wilkes football. Palisades Amusement Park, currently on …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Parents and students show up at BOE meeting pleading for new uniforms for FLHS Band and Color Guard.
The Board of Education met Wednesday to review the preliminary 2013-2014 school budget before the public presentation on March 28. In reviewing the line items, a plea was made by Board President Jimmy Park and members of the Board, as well as the public, to allocate the $22,645 in special state aide towards the purchase of uniforms for the High School's marching band and color guard. Board of Education member Holly Morell said that the FLHS Color Guard has no uniforms at all--parents go to Party City to buy costumes that look like Color Guard uniforms. Also, there are not enough band uniforms to go around, and those uniforms that exist are worn and in poor condition because they are approximately 20 to 30 years old, according to parents …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Chamber of Commerce hosts third annual Basketball Tournament to raise funds for the Academy of Finance.
The Greater Fort Lee Chamber of Commerce (GFLCC) held its third annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and Fundraiser Saturday to benefit the Fort Lee High School Academy of Finance (AOF). The basketball tournament is held once a year in the Fort Lee High School gymnasium. It’s a double-elimination tournament made up of teams of community businesses, professional services, police and firemen and students. Money raised also funds an internship for an 11th grade AOF student, which is one of the requirements of the program.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
See all of Fort Lee's top news stories for last week here.
Fort Lee Board of Education accepts the resignation of Steven Engravalle as Superintendent of the Fort Lee School District. Tentative tax increase due to unforseen expenses brought on by Hurricane Sandy and a 20 percent increase from the BCUA. During emergency situations, such as Superstorm Sandy presented, special needs requires special preparedness. Fort Lee Police charge Bronx man with heroin and gun possession after a motor vehicle stop. Officials report that 7-year-old Ava Sangavaram lay bleeding for hours after mother stabbed her before taking her own life. The average home sold last year in Fort Lee went for $450,886 down 10.1 percent from 2011. Fort Lee on board to dedicate their own Comfort Women Memorial. Officials emphasize the …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Executive Producer and Director of Law & Order SVU kicks off ninth annual Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Film Festival at Fort Lee High School.
Michael Smith, Executive Producer and Director of Law & Order SVU, visited the students of Fort Lee High School Friday to kick off the ninth annual Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Film Festival. Tom Meyers, Executive Director of the Fort Lee Film Commission, told the students that the Film Commission initiated this film festival and opened it up to all Bergen County high school students as a way to continue the story of American film that began in New Jersey over 100 years ago, specifically in Fort Lee. In the tradition of filmmaking in Fort Lee, Meyers told the assembled students, "We want you to be able to tell your story, and this festival lets your voice be heard." Smith, who grew up in Long Island and now lives in New Jersey, attended…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Officials emphasize the dangers of prescription drug use to Fort Lee High School Freshman.
With prescription drug abuse on the rise, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, through the Division of Consumer Affairs, kicked-off 'National Consumer Protection Week' by hosting a presentation about prescription drug abuse at Fort Lee High School last week. Eric Kanefsky, Acting Director with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, along with representatives from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in Middlesex County, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, the New Jersey Association of School Resource Officers, and local law enforcement emphasized the dangers of taking prescription drugs without a doctor's oversight to Fort Lee High School Freshman. "At their core, prescription drugs have the same effect …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Fort Lee beats out other teams to win Honorable Mention in the Small Varsity Intermediate Division.
This past weekend the Fort Lee High School Cheerleaders performed at the Reach the Beach National Competition in Ocean City, Maryland with over 250 other teams from around the country. Fort Lee received Honorable Mention in the Small Varsity Intermediate Division beating out other teams. The judges praised Fort Lee Cheerleaders for their dance synchronization and great energy. Coach Jacky Corcoran said this whole experience has been surreal as a first year coach. "All of our hard work paid off and I could not be happier with the result," she said. Coach Nikki Luppino said the girls really came together and performed flawlessly after only a few weeks of practice. "We are so proud of the work that they have put in," she said. According to …