Monday, December 10, 2012
A Fort Lee PR professional recently visited her son’s fourth grade class at School No. 1, teaching the students about her profession, reinforcing their teacher’s emphasis on writing skills and helping them produce press releases.
A group of fourth-graders at Fort Lee School No. 1 had the opportunity Friday to learn a little about the public relations trade and how PR professionals communicate with journalists. Fort Lee resident Anya Grottel-Brown, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the New York City-based Momentum Communications Group and the parent of a fourth-grader at the school, said she visited her son’s class at the invitation of his teacher, Luddy Serulle-Green. Impressed by Green’s emphasis on what she called “the importance of connecting what her students learn in class with real world opportunities and careers,” Grottel-Brown taught the kids about media and storytelling and had them write their own press releases about news of importance to…
Monday, December 3, 2012
Attorney for Whiteman Plaza calls leaving cars in parking lot a “continuing problem” and warns of a “systematic plan” to tow illegally parked vehicles.
The Fort Lee Public School District recently posted a letter on its website warning parents that they risk being towed if they park at Whiteman Park Plaza when picking up or dropping off their kids at Fort Lee School No. 1. The letter, which is addressed to the school’s principal, comes from a Fort Lee law firm that represents the plaza, notifying the school, which in turn is urged to notify parents, that they can’t park at Whiteman Plaza if they’re transporting their children to or from school and leaving their vehicles in the parking lot. “My client has asked me to send this letter to your attention in an effort to address the continuing problem with parents parking and leaving their vehicles in the Shopping Center to either pick up or …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The Fort Lee School No. 1 annex comprises four new classrooms and was one of the referendum-approved projects started over the summer. After lengthy construction delays, the wing officially opened Wednesday.
Fort Lee school officials, teachers and parents gathered at the new wing of Fort Lee School No. 1 Wednesday for a grand opening celebration. The school gained four new classrooms thanks to Fort Lee voters, who approved a roughly $30 million referendum in January. The bright and colorful wing that once housed the school district’s central offices was one of several referendum projects started over the summer of 2012. Fort Lee Board of Education president Yusang Park and Interim Superintendent Sharon Amato agreed that the new educational space was a long time in coming, but that finally seeing it completed was exciting. “We had some issues, definitely, when we first started; we had a lot of delays,” Park said. “But everything came together, …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Fort Lee school officials had to deal with multiple power outages in multiple schools Wednesday but managed to get the kids through a full day--their first in a long time.
Wednesday was supposed to be a “return to normalcy,” as Fort Lee’s Superintendent of Schools called it, for students in the district after seven days away from their classrooms, classmates, lessons and teachers. The devastation and widespread power outages, downed trees and wires in the borough Hurricane Sandy left in its wake had prevented schools from opening all of last week, in addition to this Monday. Then came Tuesday, which was Election Day. But Wednesday didn’t quite work out to be a “normal” school day for Fort Lee students on their first day back. “We did have quite an eventful day with power going in and out in multiple schools all day,” said Superintendent Steven Engravalle. At about 12:45 p.m., Fort Lee School No. 3 went down…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
User submitted photos: More than 100 pumpkins were sold at Fort Lee School No. 1.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Fort Lee School No. 1 PTA held a pumpkin sale this week, which one PTA members described as “a big success.” The sold more than 100 pumpkins and have several more on order. Students also had the opportunity to win a prize by buying a chance to guess the weight of the School No. 1 “Giant Pumpkin.”
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Maria Pulice, who died in September 2011, taught in the Fort Lee district for 41 years and led the Fort Lee Education Association for seven years.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
More than 50 people, including colleagues, friends and family, attended the Maria Pulice Memorial Service Tuesday at Fort Lee School No. 1 in what turned out to be a moving tribute to longtime educator and union leader, according to Fort Lee resident David Sarnoff, who was in attendance and submitted these photos. “There were several speakers paying tribute, and the memorial culminated in the playing of ‘Ava Maria’ by members of the School 1 faculty on piano, violin and flute,” as Sarnoff described it. “They also dedicated a garden in memory of Maria Pulice.” Pulice, who taught in the district for 41 years, died on September 30, 2011 at the age of 64, slightly more than a year after she retired. Diane Henry, one of Pulice’s closest …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Students turned up in full force again Monday to urge the school board to overturn the interim superintendent’s decision not renew two of their teachers’ contracts. But the board took no action, putting an end to more than a month of lobbying efforts.
The Fort Lee Board of Education held three Donaldson hearings Monday at a special private session and took public comment for about 90 minutes at its special public meeting in a packed Fort Lee High School library before recessing back into private session once a again for a fourth hearing. But when the meeting was re-opened to the public at about 11 p.m., board attorney Matthew Giacobbe announced to the dozens of people who stuck around to hear the outcome that the BOE was “not taking any action this evening,” in effect upholding Interim Superintendent Steven Engravalle’s decision not to renew the contracts of four educators in the district. During the public session, student after student and parent after parent spoke out in support of …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Sarah Pardi of the Fort Lee Public Library wrapped up a week of visits to Fort Lee School No. 1 Thursday, during which she talked about the library’s summer reading program.
A Children’s Librarian from the Fort Lee Public Library was at Fort Lee School No. 1 Thursday morning to speak with students about the summer reading program taking place at the library starting almost immediately after school gets out. Sarah Pardi was visiting the local elementary school Thursday for her last of several visits, which started last Friday, to meet with two classes of first-graders and later classes of fourth- and fifth-graders, reading with them, talking about the public library’s summer reading program and other things like how to get and use a library card. “We’re trying to generate interest in our summer reading program, which is where the kids come and keep track of the books that they read and then earn prizes as they …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
BOE president says there will be a principal in place at Fort Lee School No. 1 by the beginning of the next school year but says current principal, Kristine Cecere, whose contract was recently not renewed, has rights the school board has to protect.
Parents, students, faculty and community members resoundingly voiced their support last week at the Fort Lee Board of Education’s regular business meeting for two Lewis F. Cole Middle School teachers whose contracts recently were not renewed. But seventh grade Language Arts teacher Christina Martelo and seventh grade Science teacher Ian Zellman were not the only people in the school district who were not renewed this year. Fort Lee School No. 1 principal Kristine Cecere is also among those in the district finding herself in a similar situation, and the decision not to renew her contract has some parents concerned about leadership at their children’s school moving forward. It was nearly a year ago that the school board voted to appoint …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Euwan Kim of Fort Lee School No. 1 won for her grade level in a county-wide contest
Euwan Kim, a fourth grade student at Fort Lee School No. 1, was named the winner for her grade level in the 2012 “Don’t Stand by for Bullying” contest sponsored by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. The contest, which was open to all county students, challenged entrants to “tell us how you won’t just stand by and let bullying happen.” Elementary school students submitted posters, middle school students sent in PowerPoint presentations and high school students made videos. Schools chose their top entries for each grade level. The final voting was conducted online at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office website. "In this, the second year of our contest, we have seen a 25 percent increase in the number of schools participating," said …