Glen Ridge High School Marching Band and Color Guard Kicks Off the Season with “This Is the End”

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Glen Ridge High School Marching Band

The Glen Ridge High School Marching Band and Color Guard unveiled their newest competition-ready performance during halftime at the school’s football game Saturday, September 20, 2014. Under the direction of GRHS Music Director Kevin Lagos and Color Guard Instructors Frank Salati and Lizann Landers, the 2014 show, entitled “This Is the End” weaves together selections from the last movements of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Holtz’s Planets, Ravel’s Bolero, Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, as well as the theme from the Merrie Melodies cartoon series. According to Lagos, the “intensity of ending after ending creates a very exciting show and should keep the crowd engaged the whole time!”

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Montclair Academy for Culinary & Hospitality Excellence Kicked Off Series at MHS

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Academy for Culinary & Hospitality Excellence

Anthony Bracco and Bryan Gregg

Yesterday, MACHE (Montclair Academy of Culinary & Hospitality Excellence), a cooperative extracurricular club at Montclair High School, kicked off their new series of interactive seminars with “Cooking CSA Style.”

Montclair Academy for Culinary & Hospitality ExcellenceForty Montclair High School students attended the presentation by Bryan Gregg, chef and owner of Escape Montclair, along with Anthony Bracco, proprietor of Bracco Farms. The discussion focused on the benefits of locally sourced produce, as well as how and why this produce is being sought by local restauranteurs, like Gregg.

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Montclair Schools Superintendent Answers Questions at Civil Rights Commission Meeting

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (17)

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Montclair Schools Superintendent Penny MacCormack was a special guest during last Thursday’s Montclair Civil Rights Commission meeting, answering a wide range of previously submitted questions on topics ranging from the achievement gap to overcrowding in classrooms, and angering some parents who left after discovering the format of the meeting did not allow for the public to voice concerns or ask questions of their own.

More than 30 residents, including two Town Council and four Board of Education members along with representatives from the NAACP and Montclair Education Association, filled the room to hear Dr. MacCormack, who arrived on crutches after a recent surgery, share her thoughts and advance concerns that continue to loom at the beginning of the school year.

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Montclair Board Meeting: Focus on Progress and Strategies to Improve the High School

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (11)

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Monday’s Montclair Board of Education meeting was the first to be broadcast live on Fios Channel 33 — and with a new school year under way, there were many new things to report.

Superintendent Penny MacCormack kicked off the meeting held in the Montclair High School Auditorium remarking on what she called a successful September and thanking all those involved with the opening of the 2014-2015 school year. Breakfast for the first time is being served at all schools in the district, she said, and 94 percent of families received one of their top three magnet school choices, while 80 percent received their first choice.

Parents of K-5 students will see new report cards this school year and can say bienvenido to the return of language arts instruction. High schoolers returned from summer break to find renovated/remodeled bathrooms and cafeterias, the latter designed with small round tables more conducive to group discussions, a lounge area and charging stations. The teens will soon be surfing the new high school website, which officially launches on Friday, September 26.

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Montclair SEPAC Open Meeting

BY  |  Monday, Sep 22, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

montclair SEPACMontclair SEPAC is the Montclair Special Education Parent Advisory Council, which is a volunteer group of parents and guardians that provides support and information to parents and caregivers of children with special needs. Each district board of education is charged under the New Jersey Special Education Code to ensure that a special education parent advisory group is in place to provide input to the district on issues concerning students with disabilities.

Montclair SEPAC meets monthly to share information and ideas, raise and resolve concerns, and ensure that issues affecting children with special needs are given the attention they deserve. SEPAC’s workshops and presentations will help you to more effectively advocate for your child and navigate the system throughout your child’s educational career. At SEPAC you can get involved in making a difference for your child and for Special Education within the district as a whole. You will make connections, garner resources, become more informed and stay informed.

With the start of a new school year, SEPAC invites the Montclair community to join to learn more about the group at its open meeting in the beginning of October.

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Rosh Hashanah: Vacation Camp Child Care Options

BY  |  Friday, Sep 19, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

vacation campsSchools are closed on Thursday, September 25 for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

If you need childcare, here are some Vacation Camp options:

Little Live Y’ers Vacation Camp
Who: Kids in preschool – kindergarten.
What: A day filled with fun activities: swimming, gym, arts and crafts and more!
Where: The Geyer Family YMCA, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Thursday, September 25. Kids can be dropped off as early at 7:30 a.m. and picked up as late as 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 per day per child for members; $70 for non-members. Must register at least 2 days in advance.

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Montclair Achievement Gap Advisory Panel Launches Community Sharing Forums in October

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Achievement Gap Advisory Panel The Montclair Public Schools’ Achievement Gap Advisory Panel (AGAP) will host a series of fall meetings open to the public to gather information and hear the community’s perspective on how to best address the long-standing achievement gap within the district:

Achievement Gap Community Sharing Forum for Grades K- 5
Monday, October 13, 6:30 pm
Nishuane School – Auditorium, 32 Cedar Avenue
Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.


Achievement Gap Community Sharing Forum for Grades 6-12
Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 pm
Glenfield School – Auditorium, 25 Maple Avenue
Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.

The Montclair Achievement Gap Advisory Panel is an independent body of approximately 40 volunteers comprised of concerned parents, academicians, community organizers, and non-profit leaders.

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Grading NJ Schools for the Arts

BY  |  Friday, Sep 12, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Grading NJ Schools for the Arts

When we’re getting our kids ready for the school in the morning, a successful departure is part art, part science. The same mix should be in the education they’re getting from September to June (with a little readin’ and ‘rithmatic thrown in), and a recent study conducted for The Star-Ledger’s “Inside Jersey” magazine crunched the numbers to see how much arts education was in the mix in high schools across the state, and how that impacted the overall quality of the education for our little Jerseyans.

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Montclair High School Honors the Victims of 9/11

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


In remembrance of the victims of 9/11, a wreath was placed at the World Trade Center Memorial on the Montclair High School Campus in a brief ceremony this morning.   

Student Coalition officers Benner Rawley, President, Malcolm Luck, VP, Ben Schreiber, Secretary, and Jesse Sands, Treasurer were joined by Detective Kim Nelson-Edwards, MPD and Principal James Earle. The entire student body observed a Moment of Silence during the morning announcements. 



Breakfast For All At Montclair Public Schools

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (18)

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One of the new initiatives and investments beginning this school year at the Montclair School District is a Breakfast Program at all schools.

Before this year, the District operated a compliance-driven school breakfast program, offering a morning meal where required by law.  Last year, 1,457 students qualified for free or reduced-price meals in the district, 22% of the overall student population.

Now all Montclair Public School children can get breakfast at school. 

Studies show that many children go to school without breakfast. They also show that children who have eaten a nutritious breakfast are better behaved at school, have longer attention spans, score higher on tests, and are more interested in the educational program.

There’s no question that breakfast is important, but how will this program affect the budget?

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