April 2013

Mahwah: Middle School

The month of April brings a new marking period and the energy associated with a school year moving successfully into the final quarter of the school year. April begins with a field trip to West Point and a tour of the United States Military Academy on April 5th. Our Parent and Teacher Conferences will be Wednesday, April 10th. Meetings with parents and guardians further establish essential connections between home and school which serves to better support our students. Ninth grade students from the Sage Day High School campuses in Rochelle Park and Boonton will be meeting with 8th graders in a program of fun activities and a pizza lunch to assist in bridging the gap between middle school and high school. This articulation program has been highly successful over the years.


Rochelle Park: High School

prom yacht 2013The deadline to hand in money for the Junior/Senior prom is April 12th. The prom this year is on May 23rd, aboard the World Yacht Cruise in NYC. This is a 3-hour cruise, from 7:00-10:00, aboard a luxurious ship filled with a delectable sit-down dinner, unlimited “mocktails”, juice and soda, spectacular views of the New York skyline and dancing under the stars. This is an elegant, very memorable evening for all those who attend.

Our seniors are still busy sending out college applications. Some of our seniors have already heard back and have been accepted by the following colleges: Fairleigh Dickinson University, Arcadia University in Philadelphia, University of Hartford, Rowan University, Monmouth University, Wagner College, SUNY Albany, Towson University, Rider College, College of Saint. Rose, Kutztown University, Bergen Community College and Lincoln Tech.


Boonton: High School

The concept of a Theme Tree was developed from a simple graphic of a black tree in winter. We wondered

156what it would be like to not only paint it on the wall, but drill actual branches into the wall enabling us to hang things off the tree. We soon called it “The Theme Tree” and started using the tree as a means to develop cross curricular projects with Art and English. The addition of lights (the color reflecting the theme) adds a pleasant atmosphere and brightens the room.

We change the tree periodically to visually represent a book the students are working on or to create images that reflect journal entries or narrative essays. This year we focused on journal and narrative essay themes which included: “Fall, A Season of Letting Go” and “Winter Wishes”. For the Fall theme tree students were supposed to reflect on something they wanted to fall away from their life, something to let go of that was hindering or sabotaging them. The results were so powerful. One student made a big sweet 16 which represented her need to act her age and not try to rush her childhood.The winter wish had to be something that was not about material possessions. A snow globe that a student made had little mittens glued on it to represent his desire for his family to all be together with each set of mittens representing a family member. It has been a great success and the students anxiously look forward to the next theme!