Please allow me to take the time to recognize your magnificent contributions to our nation as we celebrate American Education Week from November 17-21. According to the NEA, this week “presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education." This year’s theme is "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility." I was thrilled to read this theme because public education is the only vehicle for many of our youth to have full participation in the “American Dream.” Click the title to continue reading Dr. Kuchar’s message.
Dining to Donate at Matthews' Diner will take place November 18th through the 20th. When you have breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Matthews' Diner on this day, 20 percent of your bill will be donated to the Friends of the Library. You must present the flyer at the time of payment for the donation to count. Click the title for more details.
59 Bergenfield High School students received the AP Scholar Award in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. Of the 34 different college-level Advanced Placement courses and exams, Bergenfield High School offers 24 College Board authorized classes to its students. In 2014, 357 BHS students took 606 AP exams. Click the title to read more.
For the second year in a row, Bergenfield High School has been named a 2013-14 Blue Star School by Working in Support of Education (w!se). BHS earned this national distinction for the students’ performance on last year’s w!se Financial Literacy Certification Test. In order to earn the Blue Star School recognition, a school must achieve a 75 percent passing rate on the test and have either a majority of students on a given grade level take the test or have the students who took it achieve an average score of 80 percent or higher. Click the title to read more.
Keep calm and help prevent the spread of illness! The CDC recommends the following steps for proper hand washing: (1) Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap. (2) Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. (3) Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice. (4) Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. (5) Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. Click the title for more information.
A proud supporter of Bergenfield’s commitment to improvement, 2014 Yearbook Advisor Norm Dapito submitted Crossroads for the Medalist Critique, a yearbook and online/print work review process facilitated by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The Medalist Critique is intended to help students improve their final product, and contains a written set of standards that represent best practice for student media. The results of the Critique are encouraging: Crossroads received a gold medal based on a total score of 824 (scores between 800 and 1000 qualify for gold). The yearbook was judged on three categories: references, verbal, and visual, and it scored the highest in verbal. With such stellar performance on its first review, it is clear that more prestigious competitions are on the horizon for the Crossroads staff! Click the title to read more.