Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The 2012-13 school year kicks off Thursday, and the district has strict rules for getting your student registered.
The new school year begins Thursday, which means there are lots of things for parents to consider and prepare. One of the most important is to make sure one's child is registered in time for the first day. If your child has not been registered yet for whatever reason, it's time to get to it. The Parsippany-Troy Hills public school system follows rules set by the Board of Education. A parent or guardian must present proof of residency. According to the school district website, individuals must provide one document from Category A (either a contract of home sale, mortgage document or payment book, property tax bill, recorded deed or signed lease) and two documents from Category B (a bank statement with redacted figures to protect privacy, …
Monday, September 3, 2012
Final installment of Patch's three-part series with Dr. LeRoy Seitz on back-to-school 2012.
The 2012-13 school year begins Thursday, and controversial Superintendent of Schools LeRoy Seitz says he wants to get the new year off to a positive start. In what is becoming a yearly tradition, Patch sat down with the superintendent Aug. 22 at the Board of Education building for a wide-ranging discussion on matters educational. In part one of our three-part chat with Seitz, we covered the continuing athletic field brouhaha, school maintenance, property taxes and making difficult choices. In part two, we talked about district initiatives, the teacher tenure law and student achievement. This final part focuses on stopping bullying and harassment in schools, controversies that have created district distractions and whether it is true that …
Moms share tips and creative lunch ideas.
Kids head back to school this week. Back to school means back to packing lunches. Yikes! I have such a hard time coming up with new ideas. Peanut butter and jelly gets boring. Nutella has been a great backup especially paired with some strawberries, but that gets old too. Regardless, both options will be in my pantry for busy mornings but I need some more interesting solutions. Do you have any good lunch box ideas? I asked around and some other moms shared their tips with me. Elise S., an N.J. mom of two, told me how she brightens up peanut butter and jelly or tuna sandwiches with a little trick. “I sometimes cut them into different shapes with cookie cutters or use a little gadget that cuts the sandwich into a circle with no crusts.” …
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Former Parsippany Hills principal makes the leap to a senior position with the district.
Over the past four years, Parsippany public schools have gone through three different curriculum and instruction directors. Nancy Gigante, the newest administrator to fill the spot, wants it known: She intends to stay for a while. Already an experienced hand in working with curricula for the district, the former Parsippany Hills High School principal told Patch she has many plans for strengthening professional development for teachers, bringing technology into schools to prepare students to compete in the global economy and helping more students boost their performance in the classroom and, eventually, in life and the work world. "I've been lucky, because in my role as principal, I had gotten involved with many district initiatives," …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
With the new school year upon us, help get your kids’ brains working again with this fun, free daily email newsletter.
Parsippany students go back to school on Sept. 6, which means it’s time for an abundance of expensive school supplies, backpacks full of complicated text books and dreaded questions about math homework. With back-to-school stresses piling up, Laura Overdeck wants to let children and parents in on a little secret: Math can be fun. Really. Overdeck is on a mission to change the way Americans think about math — especially given that math anxiety has been tracked in kids as young as age 5. This is what inspired her to create Bedtime Math, a nonprofit that sends out a daily email with a math problem tailored to “wee ones,” little and big kids. Overdeck is a Westfield native who now lives in Short Hills, N.J. She is an astrophysics graduate …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Second of a three-part series with Dr. LeRoy Seitz on back-to-school 2012
The 2012-13 school year begins next Thursday, and controversial Superintendent of Schools LeRoy Seitz said he is focused on getting things off to a positive start. In what is becoming a yearly tradition, Patch sat down with the superintendent Aug. 22 at the Board of Education building for a wide-ranging discussion on matters educational. In part one of our three-part chat with Seitz, we addressed the continuing athletic field brouhaha, school maintenance, property taxes and the challenges—and consequences—that come from setting priorities. In part two, which follows, we focus on district initiatives, the teacher tenure law and improving student performance. Part 3 will appear Monday. Patch: At the end of the last school year, you put forth…
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
First of a three-part series with Dr. LeRoy Seitz on back-to-school 2012.
Dr. LeRoy Seitz remains a lightning rod for Parsippany. As the chief executive officer of the township's public school district, he is focused on keeping Par-Troy's elementary, middle and high schools running smoothly. Arguably, he has overseen numerous successes during his tenure here. Most recently, Parsippany was ranked No. 15 on the CNN/Money Magazine list of Best Places to Live for municipalities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000, a feat fueled by the national reputation of the school system. And NJ Monthly Magazine honored Parsippany High School (No. 86) and Parsippany Hills High School (No. 15) for being among the top-100 high schools in the state. But all is not rosy. The superintendent appears to be the prime target of…
Monday, August 20, 2012
Whole grain-rich foods, more fruits and vegetables mandated.
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Monday, August 20, 2012
School districts across the country will bring new meaning to the "apple a day" saying this school year as nationally-mandated school lunch standards take effect. Beginning in September, the new lunch standards, introduced in January by First Lady Michelle Obama under the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, will be implemented. The standards were created to help fight childhood obesity throughout the nation. According to a press release from the United States Department of Agriculture, the new meal standards are designed to "make the same kinds of practical changes that many parents are already encouraging at home." This involves the inclusion of fruits, vegetables, whole grain-rich foods, low-calorie foods and foods with reduced amounts of …
Sunday, August 19, 2012
New education and tutoring services opens its doors on Baldwin Road.
Just in time for the new school year, a new business has come to Parsippany to provide individual help for students in need. C2 Education, an educational and tutoring services company, opened its doors to the public Wednesday, celebrating the occasion with a grand opening ribbon cutting. Mayor James Barberio and Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso were on hand for the festive event. Program Director Jane Yoon said the tutoring center, located at 200 Baldwin Road at Route 46, is the 136th branch of the firm founded at Harvard University in 1997. "We are the fastest-growing network of educational centers in the county," Yoon said. C2 Education offers students from kindergarten through high school personal tutoring, …
Friday, August 17, 2012
NJSIAA incorporates the new Group V this season.
Friday, August 17, 2012
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association released its classifications this week for the upcoming high school football season, following the executive committee's approval to create a Group V designation in the four public school sections in May. "This creates a greater opportunity for schools and for student-athletes," Jack DuBois, NJSIAA assistant director who is in charge of football, said following the approval. "It increases the number of teams playing in the playoffs from 128 to 160. At the same time, it eliminates 16 consolation games that schools didn't want to play anyway." The proposal also allows teams with records are under .500 to participate in the playoffs if they are needed to fill an eight-team bracket. "We…