The Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair Collecting School Supplies

BY  |  Friday, Jul 18, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

School SuppliesSorry to break it to you, but summer will be over before you know it and kids will be back in school, which means it’s time to start thinking of school supplies. 

When you’re out shopping, think about picking up a few extras for local kids in need.

The Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair is currently collecting new school supplies for children in the Essex county area, such as notebooks, pens, calculators, crayons, backpacks, etc,  —anything children need to begin the new school year. 

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(UPDATED) NJ Department of Education to Offer Greater Flexibility In Preliminary Years of Teacher Evaluation

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

nj department of educationUPDATE: Montclair’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Penny MacCormack, offered this comment about the evaluation modifications:

At this point I firmly believe that the new state assessments should in no way be a component of teacher evaluations until we have had more experience with the assessments and can trust the results are a quality reflection of student learning. The announcement by Commissioner Hespe is an important move in the right direction, and I am very pleased that the state listened to the concerns being voiced by concerned citizens across the state.  All of us can unite around the idea of high quality teachers in our classrooms, but as we are showing in Montclair, change, even needed change, must be a step-by-step process.

The NJ Department of Education announced yesterday it has made some modifications that will offer greater flexibility to school districts in the two student achievement components of teacher evaluations, including the introduction of a review process for teachers’ 2013-14 school year ratings.

For the 2014-15 school year, the Department is modifying the weights of student growth components in teacher evaluations as measured by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) assessments and as measured by a teacher’s individualized student growth objectives, or SGO, which are specific student learning targets that are developed between teacher and principal, rather than based on a uniform statewide assessment.

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Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair to Remain Open

BY  |  Monday, Jul 14, 2014 4:16pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

As soon as the ArchdImmaculate Conception High Schooliocese of Newark announced that Immaculate Conception High School would close on June 30, the school community pooled their strengths to raise the funds, and spirit, to keep their school open. They managed to raise just shy of $500,000 in less than a month.

Their effort worked, because today this letter with good news arrived from the Archbishop of Newark:

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Watchung Cooperative Preschool Moving to a New Montclair Location

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Watchung Cooperative Preschool The Watchung Cooperative Preschool is moving to the First United Methodist Church on North Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. The move will take place after camp finishes at the end of July, and the school will be ready for students this fall.

The school originally began in 1967 as the Watchung Church Cooperative Nursery School and was located within that church at 143 Watchung Avenue in Montclair. In the mid-70s, after a fire at the church and the sale of the property, the school was relocated to the Montclair Heights Reformed Church at 71 Mount Hebron Road. It was renamed the Watchung Cooperative Preschool and dropped its religious affiliation. Over 40 years later, the school finds itself again needing a new home. The Montclair Heights Reformed Church was recently sold to new owners, and the sale is scheduled to close this July.

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Montclair Schools and Education Association Collaboratively Develop a Framework for Upcoming School Year

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 5:56pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

montclair schools taskforce With the first implementation of a curriculum and assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards and a compromised assessments issue, which led to an investigation, it was a rocky year for the Montclair Public Schools district. Starting the upcoming school year off on more positive note, the Montclair School District and Montclair Education Association(MEA) today announced that a collaborative task force has developed an educational framework for the 2014-2015 school year. The overriding goal of the task force was to create an agreed upon plan for providing a quality educational experience for all Montclair Public School students.

The task force was put together by MEA President Gayl Shepard and Montclair Schools Superintendent Penny MacCormack, who selected, evenly, the 26 members who met in May and June.

According to the press release, the framework was created for all students from k – 12th grades and will be used as a road map for educators.

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Montclair Academy for Culinary & Hospitality Excellence to Offer Culinary Education to High School Students

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Academy for Culinary & Hospitality Excellence


Montclair has a new culinary school in town and it’s at Montclair High School.

Thanks to the Montclair Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) and the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) the former cooking program, Culinary Club, has been renamed the Montclair Academy for Culinary & Hospitality Excellence (MACHE) with hopes to offer an innovative culinary course for students.

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Nearly $300,000 Raised So Far to Save Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair

Saturday, Jul 05, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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ICHS Seniors, from left to right: Maria Vargas, Akilah Love, and Alexa Hart, all from East Orange.​​

Since the Archdiocese of Newark announced that Immaculate Conception High School would close on June 30, the faculty, students, Board of Trustees, parents, and community have pooled their strengths and are fighting to keep the school open. In less than a month, $274,006 has been raised through an online fundraising website and the school is over half way to its fundraising goal of $500,000.  

Huge efforts are being made on a daily basis by faculty, alumni, parents, students and friends of ICHS. There have been numerous phone-a-thons, efforts to bring attention to the value of the school with press releases, social media, and old-fashioned handouts to the community. Students continue to post flyers about fundraisers, updates are made almost hourly on the school’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages by Amy Popp, a librarian and a technology teacher at ICHS, and the school community has called and written the Archdiocese asking to keep the school open.

Yvette Chisolm, parent of an incoming ICHS junior expressed her sentiments about the efforts being made.

“I have been in the IC family for five years now. I have IC graduate and an upcoming junior. I like that IC is a small family where the teachers care about the students. I would love IC to stay open not just for my daughter but for future generations. This is why we are fighting so hard to keep IC open. Our children’s education and 90 years of tradition are most important to us. It’s time to stop just closing schools and time to focus on fighting to keep them open.”

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Essex County Freeholders Honor the Montclair High School Crew Team

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair High School Crew Team

During its June 25 meeting held at Montclair Town Hall, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored the Montclair High School Crew Team for the third consecutive year, and for its outstanding 2014 season. The Board’s Commendations were sponsored and presented to members of the team and their coaches by District 5 Freeholder Brendan Gill of Montclair.

“Tonight’s presentation has become an annual affair. For the third year in a row, it is my pleasure to acknowledge the success of one of the newest sports at the high school”, said Freeholder Gill, “but one that has already established itself as one of the most successful in the Montclair tradition; and that is the Crew Team”, adding “and it’s always special when I’m able to honor student-athletes from my alma mater, Montclair High School.”

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Let’s Hear it For the MHS Project Graduation Parent & Community Volunteers

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Project Graduation

Every year, after the commencement ceremony, the graduating seniors of Montclair High School board buses and are escorted through town with police sirens blaring to go to an undisclosed location for a night of fun. It’s called Project Graduation and it couldn’t happen without all the volunteers who raise the funds, organize, and chaperoned the event. Here are some of the parent and community volunteers who made it happen for the Class of 2014.


Congratulations Montclair High School Class of 2014

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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