Thursday, May 2, 2013
Intermedia, a literature and arts publication produced by students at Lewis F. Cole Middle School, was one of only two middle school publications in the country to receive the Gold Crown award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
Intermedia, a student-produced arts and literature magazine at Lewis F. Cole Middle School, was one of only two publications in the country recognized last month for a Gold Crown, the top award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). The magazine, now in its 41st year in print, has been recognized by the CSPA before, but this is its first time winning the top award. The other school recognized with the award was Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland. “They judge an individual issue on creativity and organization of the book, as well as he content and the overall design,” said Cean Spahn, the faculty literary advisor for the publication. Student literary editors Alexandra D’Ambrosio and Christina Ping, …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Lewis F. Cole Middle School math team takes 5th place at Bergen-Hudson Regional Competition.
Members of the Lewis F. Cole Middle School Math Team earned fifth place honors at the Math Counts Bergen-Hudson Regional Competition on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 under the direction of Ms. Sumedha Kumar, coach and facilitator of the program. Math Counts is a challenging and competitive math program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement for students in grades 6th – 8th grade. Each competition consists of four parts; the sprint, target, team and countdown rounds. The competitions are comprised of four levels: school, chapter, state and national. The students will be competing again in mid-March in the State Competition.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Lewis F. Cole Middle School’s Bias Busters group also recently participated in the New Jersey Apartment Association's Holiday Party for Underprivileged Children.
Monday, January 7
For the past 40 years, Intermedia, an art and literary magazine created by 7th and 8th grade students at Fort Lee’s Lewis F. Cole Middle School for the entire student body, has been submitted to Columbia University for judging in various categories by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). The school’s 2011-12 edition is no exception, according to one of two Intermedia advisors, Nina Anderson, an Art teacher at the middle school, who works with media specialist Mrs. Spahn to advise the students who create the publication. This year, CSPA graded more that 1,400 submissions representing all 50 states, according to Anderson, who said Fort Lee’s 2011-2012 edition was selected as one of the top publications in the country. In …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Robert Daniello will take over as principal of Lewis F. Cole Middle School on no later than March 4. The BOE is also holding a special meeting on Jan. 7 to choose a board attorney, among other professional services.
The Fort Lee Board of Education voted Tuesday to appoint a new principal at Lewis F. Cole Middle School roughly three months after the school’s former principal resigned. The board appointed Robert Daniello, currently the principal of Secaucus Middle School, to the post. But the final details of his contract won’t be hammered out until a new board attorney is selected, which school officials anticipate will happen at a special meeting on Monday, Jan. 7. “The resolution itself is that we will be hiring this person; we agreed to do so,” said Fort Lee Board of Education president Yusang Park on Wednesday. “And as far as the details are concerned, it will be worked out.” According to the resolution the board passed at its special business …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Fort Lee’s new interim superintendent says an advertisement is set to go out this weekend for a middle school principal, but that if officials can’t find the right person right away, they may hire an interim until they do.
As Fort Lee students and teachers rapidly approach the halfway point of the school year, Lewis F. Cole Middle School is still without a permanent leader. But school officials say that while an advertisement is going out this weekend for a principal, they will consider an interim principal until they find the right person for the job. The issue came up at the Fort Lee Board of Education’s regular business meeting Monday, with several concerned parents pushing for answers. Officials said at the time that they had posted for an “interim principal,” a designation that only raised more questions, and that they had conducted interviews earlier in the year but didn’t approve anybody to take on the role permanently. Later in the meeting, the board…
Friday, November 9, 2012
Fort Lee students, members of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) took part in activities around the national theme, “The Best Me is Drug Free.” Those activities included the formation of a “human red ribbon.”
Before Sandy wreaked havoc in Fort Lee and across the region, there was Red Ribbon Week at Lewis F. Cole Middle School. Daily themes and activities included a “human red ribbon” formation on the middle school’s athletic field to promote Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), according to middle school SADD advisor Stefanie Yundi. “We want our students to make the right choices as they become teenagers and not be peer pressured into drugs or alcohol,” Yundi said. “We want them to be strong individuals by making the right decisions along the way.” Students and staff participated throughout the event and encouraged student participation. This year’s Red Ribbon Week theme throughout the country was “The Best Me is Drug Free.” “We also …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Parents, relatives and friends filed into the Fort Lee Community Center Wednesday to commemorate the successes and milestones of the Class of 2012.
Students clad in black robes and orange tassels gathered at the Fort Lee Community Center Wednesday evening for the Lewis F. Cole Middle School promotion ceremony. The graduates exuded excitement and showed some jitters as they prepared for new experiences as incoming freshmen at Fort Lee High School. “I’m excited for the new changes that high school has to offer,” said eighth grade graduate Julian Castro. “It’s been fun, and we’ve come so far. It’s great knowing that all these people who were there from the beginning are now here for our middle school graduation.” According to principal Rosemary Giacomelli of Lewis F. Cole, the students are graduating with a strong sense of character and judgment. She values the “social and emotional …
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 …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Fort Lee native Paul Mandala has been an avid hiker and long distance cyclist for years, but when a friend signed up for his first Ironman, Mandala could not resist the challenge.
After hiking through the Appalachian Mountains last year from June 7 through Oct. 2, Fort Lee native Paul Mandala decided he was ready to set his sights on a new challenge, the Ironman U.S. Championship on Aug 11. His longtime friend, Fort Lee firefighter Keith Elisberg, informed him of the iconic world class endurance race coming to their hometown. “We did it [Appalachian hike] faster than most people do,” said Mandala, adding that he was prepared mentally to push on for 10 to 14 hours, despite the 45-pound backpacks. “Most people take [the Appalachian Mountains] about six months and we did it in three months, three weeks and three days.” "If you’re not ready, you’ll always hit that bonk point and completely run out of energy,” added the …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
A statement from the treasurer of the Fort Lee Education Association, Howard Lipoff.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Editor’s Note: The following is the text of a statement made by Howard Lipoff, treasurer of the Fort Lee Education Association (FLEA), to the Fort Lee Board of Education Monday, May 7, at the BOE's regular business meeting. Lipoff provided the statement to Patch to publish as an letter to the editor: My name is Howard Lipoff and I am the treasurer of the Fort Lee Education Association. I addressed this board a year ago and expressed my concern when teachers at the high school were terminated abruptly after three years of excellent reviews. Now, a similar situation has occurred at the middle school. These decisions have caused great damage to the Fort Lee School District and I urge the board to take actions to rectify the situation tonight…