Montclair HOMECorp and Glenfield School’s House Schwartz Host Poetry Slam

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Poetry Slam

This year HOMECorp and 73 See Gallery teamed up with Glenfield Middle School’s House Schwartz to celebrate the poetry skills of middle school students. Over 30 students participated in the first Poetry Slam held at 73 See Gallery and Design Studio on April 16 sponsored by HOMECorp’s Julius Foster Fund.  The Julius W. Foster Fund provided scholarships to Montclair’s Glenfield Middle School students who successfully completed the former “Read Your Way” program.  This year the funds were used to host and to provide prizes for the Poetry Slam.

The 1st place winner of the poetry slam will be featured in the 1st Annual Montclair Poetry Festival which will take place on May 30 – June1.

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Meet the Author: The College Admissions Bible

BY  |  Monday, Apr 21, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The College Admissions BibleNatasha Scott, a graduate of Kent Place School in Summit, NJ, is a 2011 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the author of a new book called The College Admissions Bible. She’ll discuss the book and the insider tips and tricks to tackle the college admissions problems at Watchung Booksellers on Wednesday, May 7 at 7 pm.

The concise yet comprehensive guidebook  contains everything you need to know about getting into college. You’ll learn the difference between the SAT and ACT and which test is right for you, how to maximize your relationship with your guidance counselor, and how to graduate college debt free — among man other things.

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Montclair Superintendent Introduces New District Director of Technology in Her Latest Newsletter

BY  |  Friday, Apr 18, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (10)

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District’s new Director of Technology, Barry Haines

Montclair Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Penny MacCormack, sends out a monthly newsletter titled “Straight from the Superintendent.” In her latest edition she discusses the approved 2014-2015 budget and gives props to District Chief Operating Officer Brian Fleischer for his work, shares information about her meeting with Hillside School parents, announces upcoming PARCC 101 information sessions, and introduces the district’s new Director of Technology or “IT Guy” Barry Haines.




Read the entire newsletter here, and learn more about Barry Haines below:

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Nishuane School Raises Over $300 for the Montclair Public Library from its Pennies for Pages Program

BY  |  Friday, Apr 18, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

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The kids at Montclair’s Nishuane School have been doing a lot more reading this year— 31,488 books!

Children, parents and staff participated in the fourth annual Pennies for Pages, a school wide activity to encourage reading and raise money for the Montclair Public Library.

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A Whole Community Art Project at Bullock School

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Each 5th grader at CHB painted part of this mural!

Each 5th grader at CHB painted part of this mural!

Every single student at Charles H. Bullock — that’s 463 children from Kindergarten through Grade 5 — took part in the planning, drawing, and painting of the latest Artist-in-Residence project at the elementary school. This art project is truly a community project, and it adorns the halls of the Charles H. Bullock stairways in creativity and color. Six joyful and expressive murals illustrate the school song as well as the Bullock students’ amazing amount of creativity and optimism.

Bryn Heathman, a Bullock mom and graphic designer, oversaw the project from start to finish. The mural came to life thanks to artist Andy Witten’s vision, another Bullock parent, which allowed the students’ creativity to remain authentic while maintaining a consistent aesthetic. Witten, also a Bullock parent, was brought on board thanks to the popular Bullock PTA sponsored Artist-in-Residence program.

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Mayor Jackson Announces New Montclair Board of Education Members

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 11:49am  |  COMMENTS (6)

merninMayor Robert Jackson today announced his appointments to the Montclair Board of Education. 

Norman Rosenblum has stepped down after serving three years as a board member, leaving a vacant spot and the term left by former member Tanya Coke and filled by Anne Mernin, was up for appointment.

Jackson has appointed former township councilor and NJ Department of Legislative Services Director Jessica de Koninck to serve on the Board. Ms. de Koninck, a long-time Montclair resident, was also counsel for the Maplewood South Orange schools.

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Warmer Weather = School Dress Code Violations

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

dress codeWarmer weather brings flowers, sunny days, and less clothing. And less clothing often causes schools to deal with dress code violations. Typically, it’s girls who get the violations because the rules are against length of shorts and skirts. Other than boys wearing saggy shorts and jeans revealing their underwear, the violations sway towards girls. Sexist? Some parents think so. Recently a school in Illinois banned leggings for being “too distracting to boys” to be fit for the classroom.”

This week, I followed several Facebook discussions of Montclair Glenfield Middle School parents complaining that their daughters were made to change for what teachers/administrators felt were too short shorts, while the parents thought they were “modest” and appropriate. Some parents said that their daughters were told they couldn’t wear leggings or knee socks as well.

We reached out to Dr. Joseph Putrino, principal of Glenfield School for clarification:

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Montclair Civil Rights Commission and Superintendent to Discuss Allegations of Racial Inequality in Schools

BY  |  Friday, Apr 11, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

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The Montclair Civil Rights Commission sent a letter this week to Montclair School Superintendent Penny MacCormack, the Board of Education and Town Council indicating “apparently increasing allegations of racial mistreatment and the rising level of frustration that members of the African American population are communicating” regarding students’ experiences in Montclair Schools.

The letter was a follow up to a Civil Rights Commission meeting in March in which about 30 residents, mostly parents, complained about numerous incidents that they believed were racially charged, including broken noses at the hands of white students, charges pressed by a teacher against an African American eleventh grader for what she alleges was a pencil thrown at her, and a teacher who had been reprimanded for unnecessarily placing African American boys in special education classes, but who was promoted and still remains in the district today.

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Montclair Kimberley Academy Students Helping to Fight Hunger

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Montclair Kimberley Academy juniors Joe Amato and Ben Rapsas have teamed up with the Partners for Health Foundation to fight hunger.

The young men enlisted more than a dozen peers to join them in a Food Run that was held on Sunday, April 6.  Each runner/walker raised funds and traversed a 5K route outlined by an MKA Cross Country coach.  The course began in Brookdale Park, then went through Montclair and ended at the Salvation Army, which is the recipient of all funds raised.

Thanks to a new matching grants program for the Fight Hunger the Healthy Way Campaign, Partners for Health is matching every dollar raised by this Food Run.  The teens raised $2,200, which means the Salvation Army will receive a check for $4,400.

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Op-Ed: 5 Smart Questions Parents Should Ask About Testing in Our Schools

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (6)


The following is an Op-Ed by Eloiza Jorge, an educator and Montclair mother.

The Montclair Public Schools is one of the biggest reasons I returned here to raise my children.  I‘m thrilled to be part of this thriving, diverse community.  Overall, I’m pleased with the quality and caliber of education my children receive– as a teacher educator and supervisor of student-teachers I can say that with confidence.

Yet, there are trends happening and decisions being made on our children’s behalf that we must critique.  Here are five “fat” questions that may help you formulate a more informed opinion about our local BOE’s priorities and decision making when it comes to testing in our schools.

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