• April 19th BOE Meeting Postponed

    The Board of Education meeting scheduled for tonight, April 19th, has been postponed and will take place next week, Thursday, April 26th.


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  • 2018 Summer Enrichment Program

    We are thrilled to announce that registration is open for the 2018 Summer Enrichment Program right here at Midland School!  This program is designed to prevent regression over the summer months and support the varying academic needs of students who will be entering 1st through 8th grades in the fall.  The Summer Enrichment Program will run in the afternoon hours, and walking supervision will be provided from the Rochelle Park recreation camp if needed.  Our program teachers are looking forward to providing fun and educational activities for your children in both mathematics and English language arts in order to boost their academic confidence as they prepare to enter into a new school year in September. 


    Go to the program website to find out more information at https://goo.gl/uBHXcQ  or register for the program at https://rochellepark.revtrak.net/rw-summer-enrichment/


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  • Spring Parent-Teacher Conference Day

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    This is a reminder that tomorrow, April 18th, is Spring Parent-Teacher Conference Day. We will have two sessions. The afternoon session will be from 1:30 - 3:00 PM. The evening session will be from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.

    Please be reminded that tomorrow (Wednesday) is a shortened-session day with dismissal at 12:41 PM. Please make arrangements to pick up your children at this time.


    Brian R. Cannici, Principal


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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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  • School Security Letter


    Please take a moment to read the following letter regarding school security. 

    security letter


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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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  • Genesis and Report Card Update

     Attention Parents:

    Please be advised that Genesis is closed temporarily in order to allow time for teachers to complete and input their grades for Marking Period 2. Genesis will re-open on February 15th. Additionally, report cards will be distributed on Friday, February 16th. Thank you.

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  • Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Registration Letters to Parents


    Pre-K Registration Letter

    Kindergarten Registration Letter


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  • Dear Parents/Guardians,

                 We would like to remind you that it is cold and flu season. We ask that if your child/children are showing symptoms of being ill (fever, vomiting, diarrhea or excessive coughing) or have been diagnosed with an illness, that you keep your children home from school. We are trying to prevent the spread of illness to the other students and staff members.

    We want to remind you that students need to be symptom free (no vomiting or diarrhea) and fever free (without the help from medication) for a full 24 hours before returning to school.

                We ask that you be considerate of others so that we may maintain a healthy and safe environment for our students and staff.



    Mr. Brian Cannici, Principal 

    Mrs. Sheryl K. Meyers, RN, CSN, School Nurse


    Click to view Illness reminder letter 2018



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  • Final Gas Line Update

    We are pleased to announce that the gas line issue has been fully resolved. Our contractor, Triple P, was on site throughout Saturday and installed a brand new external gas line (pictured in yellow). The line was pressure tested and passed inspection with the Rochelle Park Code Official yesterday afternoon (see the attached final inspection approval). The line is now back in service and all units fed by that line are fully operational.

    Let me again express my appreciation for everyone’s patience as we have thoroughly and safely brought this matter to closure. The administration and Board of Education will continue to keep the community well informed about this and other important situations or events in our district.

    If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at gzoeller@rochellepark.org or at 201-843-3120 ext 114.

    Inspection    Sticker


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  • Gas Line Update

    First let me say that the safety of our staff and students is always our top priority. At no point has anyone been in any danger based upon the scope of the gas line issue. PSE&G, the Rochelle Park Fire Department, the Rochelle Park Police Department, the municipal Code Official, and our school administration have all worked cooperatively throughout this process. We thank and applaud our emergency and municipal authorities for their professionalism and attentiveness as together we work through this matter.

    That said, we were very disappointed that the contractor did not satisfactorily rectify the gas line issue in the Media Center two weeks ago when the original problem came to light. Our whole goal has been to make the necessary repairs and get back to our normal business of educating students. To that end and in consultation with a number of professionals as well as the Code Official from Rochelle Park, we have engaged Triple P Plumbing & Heating, a very highly regarded firm with significant experience in these types of issues. A brand new external line will be run that does not run through the Media Center. Triple P will be on site tomorrow (Saturday, 12/2) and we hope to have this matter brought to closure swiftly.

    I sincerely apologize for any concerns about safety this has caused in our community. For all of us who work and learn in this building each day, please know that we take safety very seriously. Your patience and understanding has been greatly appreciated. The administration and Board of Education will continue to keep the community well informed about this and other important situations or events in our district.

    If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at gzoeller@rochellepark.org or at 201-843-3120 ext 114.

    Dr. Zoeller, Superintendent of Schools


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  • 2017 District Testing Report

    At the October 19, 2017 meeting of the Rochelle Park Board of Education, Mrs. Lisa Fletcher, the interim Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, provided the Board and public with our annual District Testing Report. As the public may know, district scores have been on the rise and it is for this reason that we are no longer designated as a “focus school” by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). The presentation may be found by clicking here. Any member of the public who has questions about the report may contact Mrs. Fletcher at lfletcher@rochellepark.org.


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  • 2017-18 District Testing

    Please find attached a letter from Mrs. Fletcher, our interim Curriculum Supervisor, on the state required testing your students will be participating in during the 2017-18 school year.  2017-18 Testing Letter


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  • A Message from the Board of Education

    At the meeting of the Rochelle Park Board of Education on September 14, 2017, there were a number of comments and questions presented to the Board that insinuated that an affirmative action investigation that was earlier authorized by the Board involved the District’s students. Indeed, the intimation was that the investigation concerned or worse, concluded that our students were subjected to a hostile environment. Neither the claim that was investigated nor the report of the consultant involved any of the District’s students. Moreover, there has never been a claim that our students were subjected to a hostile educational environment by an employee of our District. To the contrary, our students attend school in a safe and healthy environment that allows them to excel academically and socially.


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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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  • Proposed 2017-18 School District Budget 

    At the April 20, 2017 meeting of the Rochelle Park Board of Education, the administration made the formal, public presentation on the proposed 2017-18 school budget. The public who attended the 7:30 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 7:30 P.M. May 4, 2017 meeting of the Board of Education, the board will again accept comments from the public on the budget as part of a formal Budget Hearing. The board will then 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 2017-18 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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  • Revised and New School Calendars

    Dear family, staff, and community members:

    As you know, we only used two (2) of our five (5) allotted emergency closing days during the current school year. Based upon this the Board of Education took action to modify the current calendar. As a result, we will be closed on Tuesday, May 30th (the day after Memorial Day) and our last day of school will now be on Monday, June 19th.

    In addition, the Board of Education took action to adopt the 2017-18 school calendar. Both of the calendars are available in the upper left-hand corner of our website.

    We wish all of our school community members a pleasant spring.

    Very sincerely yours,

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

    Superintendent of Schools


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  • Dear Parents and Guardians:


    Registration for the Rochelle Park PreK-4 Program will be on Tuesday April 18th and on Thursday April 27th 2017.  Rochelle Park residents may register their children from 1:30 pm – 3:00pm in the main office.  There will also be an Open House you may attend to find out more information about our Preschool Program on Thursday April 27th from 10:00 to 10:30am in room 106. Please note that spots are very limited and registering your child does not guarantee you a spot!  There will be a lottery for 8 preschool spots that you may attend on Tuesday May 2 at 10:00am in the Media Center.


    At the time of preschool registration, parents are required to bring their child’s birth certificate and immunization records. It is not necessary to bring your child with you to registration.  In addition, parents must have their child/ children examined by a private physician prior to the opening of school in September 2017.  Examination forms will be available at the time of registration. All parents must show proof of residency in Rochelle Park by presenting a copy of a deed, signed lease or affidavit, and utility bill.  Children must be age 4 on or before October 1, 2017, in order to be eligible for registration.


    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Miss Johnson at Djohnson@rochellepark.org


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  • MANDATORY Kindergarten Parent Orientation:

     Wednesday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM

    Midland School Media Center

    (Parent Questionnaire should be turned in at this time.)


     Other Mandatory Dates:

    ~May 17th or May 24th

    Dial-4 Student Assessment

    (times assigned at parent meeting)


    ~June 13th – 1:00-2:30pm -  Kindergarten Round-Up


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  • Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be as follows:

    Tuesday, March 7, 2017

    Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017


    All sessions will be held from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM in the Main Office at Midland School #1.

    Please call first and set up an appointment. At the time of registration, parents are required to bring their child’s birth certificate and immunization records. It is not necessary to bring your child with you to registration. In addition, parents must have their child(ren) examined by a private physician prior to the opening of school in September 2017. Examination forms will be available at the time of registration. All parents must show proof of residency in Rochelle Park by presenting a copy of deed, signed lease or affidavit, and utility bill. Children must be age 5 on or before October 1, 2017 in order to be eligible for registration. All forms are available in PDF format on our website at www.rp.bergen.org under “For Parents” section “Registration forms”.


    We are looking forward to receiving your children in the 2017-2018 school year.



    Brian R. Cannici




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    Dear Members of the Rochelle Park Community:

    At the October 13th Board of Education meeting, Mrs. Hurd, our Director of Curriculum, gave a comprehensive report on District Assessment.  The excellent news is that our students are trending up on the PARCC assessment and this is a tribute to our faculty and staff members who work with our students every day.  You may access that report here.  

    Also at the October 13th meeting, our Principal, Mr. Cannici, presented a letter that was recently received from the Executive Director of the Regional Achievement Centers (RAC), John Marshall. For those of you that do not know, the Regional Achievement Centers are intervention teams that were launched by the New Jersey Department of Education to implement proven turnaround principles and improve student achievement in districts that were identified as “Priority” or “Focus” Schools. Back in 2012, Midland School No. 1 was identified as a “Focus School” due to an achievement gap that developed between higher and lower performing subgroups on state assessments.

    We are very happy to report that the letter from Mr. Marshall provided our district with some very encouraging news about the progress we have made in recent years. Our administrative team and our instructional staff members have been working extremely hard to improve student performance on state assessments, and the results we recently received prove that the hard work is paying off!  Please feel free to read Mr. Marshall's letter here.

    We are very encouraged by our progress to date and hope to continue to have your support as together we take our next steps in improving our program and achievement scores.


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    Tuesday, JUNE 21st!


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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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  • Children

    Letter from our Principal regarding School-wide Emergency Evacuation Drill Conducted. 

    Click here to read letter


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  • new messaging tool this year   

    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.


    Brian R. Cannici



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  • Parent Info Clipart  

    Letter from our Principal discussing Changes and New Morning Drop-off Procedures.

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