• HHS Busing Update

    Attention: Parents of Hackensack High School Students

    As you are aware, the district has been in continuous discussions with the John Leckie Bus Company about the ongoing issues with the bus routes they are contracted to provide Rochelle Park students who attend Hackensack High School. Our three chief concerns have been: (1) that students are picked-up and dropped-off at consistent times so that families can better plan, (2) that bus stops are at established locations, and that (3) students arrive at and depart from HHS consistent with being "on time for school."

    Based upon these ongoing conversations, John Leckie has provided us with revised pick-up times associated with two of our stops. These are attached in a PDF file provided to us by Tim Leckie himself.  Click HERE.  I continue to be quite upset that this issue was not fully resolved earlier and that if changes were necessary, these should have been discussed and communicated to our district and to you well in advance.  Mr. Leckie takes full responsibility for this whole matter and has apologized to me multiple times in the strongest terms.  He has also stated that your child will be provided with a hardcopy letter from his company to this point as they exit the bus today.

    I want to be very clear to everyone, this school district in no way endorses what I consider to be a business practice failure on the part of the John Leckie Bus Company.  We fully appreciate and sympathize with the hard feelings many of you now have – my staff and I share them.  This was no way to start off the school year for anyone and most especially for our students.  Mr. Leckie assures me that with these changes in place, the situation is now resolved.  Let me tell you – it better be!  To that end, if there continue to be issues, even with these revised times, I want to know about it ASAP. Email me at gzoeller@rochellepark.org right away. More than that, be sure to email Mr. Tim Leckie at leckiebuscorp@yahoo.com


     

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  • HHS BUSING ISSUES

    Attention: Parents of Hackensack High School Students
     
    Since the start of school, most Rochelle Park students have been experiencing busing issues.  Be assured that the BOE/Business Offices have been diligently working with Region V and the John Leckie Bus Company to rectify all transportation issues.    As of this morning, we were assured by Mr. Leckie that all issues with the bus routes would be handled by the end of the day.  
     
    We thank you for your patience and look forward to having these issues resolved.
     
    Best regards for a safe and happy school year!
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    Latchkey registration for the 2018-2019

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  • Proposed 2018-19 School District Budget 

    At the April 26, 2018 meeting of the Rochelle Park Board of Education, the administration made the formal, public presentation on the proposed 2018-19 school budget. The public who attended the 7:00 P.M. meeting were able to ask questions after the presentation was over. The PowerPoint used for that presentation may be found here.

    At the 7:00 P.M. May 10, 2018 meeting of the Board of Education, the board will take formal action to adopt the budget to meet the state timelines as required under law and regulation.

    We urge any members of our community who have concerns about the district’s operations and proposed 2018-19 budget to reach out to our Superintendent, Dr. Zoeller, directly at gzoeller@rochellepark.org or by phone at 201-843-3120 ext 114.


     

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  • Chromebook Kick-off

    Dear 6th, 7th, and 8th grade families: All of the documents and information for our 1-to-1 Chromebook initiative are now finalized and may be found at the link below. They will also be sent home tomorrow in hardcopy.

    Read all of the documents carefully and follow the instructions provided. We are ready to go! https://rp.bergen.org/Page/2131


     

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  • 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Chromebook Initiative

    Dear 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Families:

    The Rochelle Park School District would like to inform you of an exciting addition to our instructional program. Strategic technology integration is key to supplementing an authentic, engaging, and relevant learning environment. We have been moving toward that goal over the past few years as we have converted over to being a Google for Education school and significantly upgraded our technology infrastructure. In continuance of that end, we will be implementing a 1:1 Chromebook initiative at Midland School. Every 6th, 7th, and 8th grade student will receive a Chromebook that will be used to foster creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. Students will be provided daily access to valuable applications and resources to strengthen student achievement across the curriculum and foster the development of 21st century skills.

    Early next week we will both email and send home in hardcopy information on our Acceptable Use Policy and Frequently Asked Questions. We will also include information on our Maintenance/Self-Insurance Fee. This fee covers unintentional and non-negligent damage in addition to a yearly accidental damage waiver.

    Since the program is being phased in, the information for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are all somewhat different. Please (1) look over the information carefully, (2) fill out the forms completely, (3) return them to your English teacher, (4) follow the instructions for going on-line to pay the Maintenance/Self-Insurance Fee, and once all of this is done (5) your Chromebook will be issued.

    Again, all of this will be emailed and will be going home with your student early next week. Once you receive and review the information, feel free to contact me directly with any questions/concerns that you may have at gzoeller@rochellepark.org.

    Have a pleasant weekend,

    Geoffrey W. Zoeller, Jr., Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools


     

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  • Hackensack Contract Negotiations Update

    Members of the Rochelle Park Community:

    Recently there has been some confusion about our current relationship with the Hackensack School District and the state of our negotiations for a successor tuition contract. Obviously, I am unable to go into details about the ongoing negotiations until the contract is settled, but let me share with you what I can at this time. 

    During the 2016-17 school year, the last year of our seven-year contract with Hackensack, our district paid $14,781 per pupil in tuition. With the contract expiring on June 30, 2017 and no successor contract in place, we were ‘informally’ led to believe that tuition for the current school year would go up by 2%, which is not in our previous contract, but language to this effect exists in the tuition contracts of at least one of the other sending districts (i.e., Maywood and South Hackensack). 

    A 2% increase over last year would have resulted in a tuition rate this year of $15,076 – a number that has been widely quoted in the newspapers and by various officials in Maywood, Rochelle Park, and South Hackensack (though not by Hackensack and not by this office). While it is certainly understandable why many individuals were quoting this number, it turns out that the $15,076 figure is not correct. Hackensack has already agreed that the tuition rate for 2017-18 is to be frozen at the same rate as 2016-17 – that is to say at $14,781. Since Hackensack themselves has made that commitment publicly, I feel comfortable in divulging this aspect of our negotiations to date with you at this time.

    There is a lot of speculation and rumor out in the community and some of this is coming out of our neighbors and good partners to the East – Maywood. Please know that Maywood’s issues and Rochelle Park’s issues are not the same. Maywood owes a very considerable additional sum of money, often referred to as arrearages, while Rochelle Park owes NONE. We are negotiating from very different places.

    I hope this message has cleared up some of the confusion, but if anyone would like to reach out to me, feel free to email me at gzoeller@rochellepark.org or call me at 201-843-3120 ext 114.

    Very sincerely yours,

    Geoffrey W. Zoeller, Jr., Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools


     

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  • Attention Parents of 7th and 8th Grade Students
     
    Please be advised that letters were mailed this week containing placement information for ELA and Math.  Students in 7th grade who have been recommended for Honors ELA 7 and/or Pre-Algebra will be receiving these letters.  Students in 8th grade who have been recommended for a change of placement from last year's class will also receive these letters.  Please note if your child is in 7th grade and does not receive a letter he/she will be scheduled in ELA 7 and/or Math 7.  If your child is in 8th grade and does not receive a letter there has been no change to his/her schedule for either subject.
     
    Thank you!

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  • Focus School Status Removed!

    Dear members of the Rochelle Park community:

    It is my distinct pleasure to report to you that after years of hard work and achievement, the New Jersey Department of Education informed us today that the “Focus School” status has been removed from Midland School!

    I would like to congratulate our director of curriculum and instruction, Mrs. Cara Hurd, for leading the work in the multi-year revisions to our curriculum and our principal, Mr. Brian Cannici, for his tireless efforts in supporting best practices in our classrooms. Of course, the lion share of the credit must go to our wonderful faculty who has worked so cooperatively in supporting Cara and Brian’s efforts while delivering solid instruction to our students every day.

    Finally, I want to thank both the past and current Board of Education who bought into the vision of what needed to be changed and on how best to accomplish it. Given extremely tight budgets with which to work, resource allocation targeted to strengthening curriculum and instruction has been a primary focus. Thank you for your support of that vision, our school, our teachers, and our children. 

    Rochelle Park has much to be proud of!

    Allow me to wish you all a wonderful Fourth of July and a pleasant and fun-filled summer.

    Very sincerely yours,

     

    Geoffrey W. Zoeller, Jr., Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools


     

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  • Family Math Night segment appears on TV!

    We are extremely proud to share the Project T.E.A.(M)2 segment that was recently featured on Classroom Closeup NJ.  This grant funded program was the brainchild of three of our own staff members and resulted in our ongoing Family Math Night series.

    Congratulations to all of our school community members who made this possible!

    To view the segment, click HERE.


     

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  • Important Information From Pomptonia Food Service 

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    Elementary Snack Program Update

    Rochelle Park Snack Program


     

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    New messaging tool this year 

    Some of our middle school teachers are using a new messaging tool this year called "Remind". This tool, which can be used as an "app" on your cell phone, helps teachers share important updates and reminders with students and parents. If you receive an email explaining that your child's teacher is currently using "Remind", please be advised that it is safe and that we are aware of its use in our classrooms.

     

     


     

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