Let's Talk TPS
District Communication - June 16, 2022
Dear TPS Community:
I want to start by thanking our entire community - staff, students, and families for your flexibility and support over the past week. The end-of-year is always a busy time and each and every one of you stepped up, put on your creativity toolbelt, and in some cases returned to a time of overhead projectors, whiteboards, and pencils and paper to ensure that education and end-of-year activities continued throughout our district. In addition, you were receptive and patient with our communications. It was noticed and is appreciated.
In this final edition of “Let’s Talk TPS” for the 2021-22 school year, we honor our retirees for their service to our schools and our students, and we express gratitude to all those who contribute to the lives of Tenafly’s children and the success its schools. To our district-wide team of administrators, teachers, educational service professionals, support staff and paraprofessionals, we extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for your leadership, dedication, knowledge, expertise and compassion day in and day out. Whether teaching in a classroom, servicing in an office, cleaning our halls, tending to our properties, healing a wound, drying a tear, or offering words of support and assistance to parents, you and the work you provide are invaluable to our success. Likewise, to the parents and caregivers who support the work of our schools from home, we thank you for being our students’ first and lifelong educators, and we appreciate the work that you do to support our work here in the Tenafly Public Schools. And to those in the community who support our schools through donations, time, and service, we sincerely thank you as well.
Please be reminded that June 21st, 22nd, and 23rd are early dismissal days, and the final day of school is next Thursday, June 23rd.
As we close one school year and prepare for a new one, we bid congratulations to our THS seniors on their high school graduation! We wish a safe, fun, and happy summer to our entire school community. May it be filled with time to refresh and rejuvenate as well as new learning experiences during time spent with friends and family. We welcome back our 10-month staff on August 31st and school reopens for students on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.
Again, congratulations and best wishes to all of our graduates! You make us Tiger Proud!
Yours in Education,
Shauna C. DeMarco
Superintendent Tenafly Public School
Graduation and Promotions - Dates & Times
THS: Commencement 2022 will be held at Geissinger Field on Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:00pm. Our rain date is Thursday, June 23rd. The second rain date is Friday, June 24th.
TMS: Promotion Ceremony 2022 will be held on Geissinger Field on Tuesday, June 21st at 6:00pm. The rain date is June 23rd at 10:00am.
Mackay: Promotion is Wednesday, June 22nd at 9:00am at TMS.
Maugham: Promotion is Tuesday, June 21st at 10:30am at TMS.
Smith: Promotion is Tuesday, June 21st at 9:00am at TMS.
Stillman: Promotion is Wednesday, June 22nd at 11:00am at TMS.
Celebrate Diversity Contest Winners
Thank you to everyone who came submitted an entry to the first annual Celebrate Diversity Art and Essay contest! The submissions were truly amazing and the work and talents of our students shone brightly at our Celebrate Diversity event. Congratulations to all of our winners:
Hayoon Chung- Kindergarten - First Place
Camala Shim - Grade 1 - Honorable Mention
Hannah Kim Grade 2- Honorable Mention
Olvia Luo- Grade 3 Stillman- First Place
JuliAnne Shim- Grade 4- Stillman Honorable Mention
Shirley Zhang- Grade 7 First Place
Lindsay Kim- Grade 6- Honorable Mention
Emily Kim- Grade 10- First Place
Lydia Jung- Grade 10-Honorable Mention
Jenna Lee- Grade 9- Honorable Mention
Joanna Pak- Grade 11- Honorable Mention
Mallia Ahmed- Grade 9- Honorable Mention
Olivia Luo- First Place
Jamie Lee- Honorable Mention
David Shin- Grade 8- First Place
Soeun Lee- Grade 7- Honorable Mention
Somin Lee- Grade 10-First Place
Ah-In Kim- Grade10- Honorable Mention
Passing the Torch
Congratulations to the 2022 Coccia Foundation student awardees for excellence in the study of Italian language and culture pictured here with Italian Professor Michael Vicchio. Five THS students were recognized with the “Passing the Torch” award given by the Foundation though a grant from the Paragano Family Foundation.
The award is given to students who are, through their contributions and studies of the Italian language and culture, “Passing the Torch” to future generations by keeping our young scholars interested in rich Italian heritage, language and culture. Bravissimo!
NJ Academy of Science Awards
Grant In - Aid Research Program Award
1st Place - Yuanning Hu, Subin Pyo, Andy Zhao
2nd Place - Crystal Ye
1st Place - Isabel Dubov
2nd Place - Andrew Volynsky, Sean Kim, Jonathan Levy
2nd Place - Zack Sun
1st Place - Gabrielle Eimbinder, Elliot Yoon
Summer is Almost Here! Are you Registered for Summer Enrichment?
Have you signed your student up for Summer Enrichment? Be sure to check out the many exciting course options, such as Energy Investigators- an exciting STEM-like class, Art History for Kids, Quiz Bowl Junior, Strategy Through Gaming, Digital Photography or Adventures in Science!
THS Students Perform at Lincoln Center
THS students Ryan Tully, ’22 and Leo Besen, ’23 performed at the Alice Tully Hall at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s program. Visit the Chamber Music Society to view the performance. Bravo!
TMS Students Perform at Lincoln Center
TMS 7th and 8th grade orchestra students performed at the Lincoln Center as a part of the “Young Ensembles Program.” They were part of select chamber ensembles chosen for this prestigious program. The concert was held at the Rose Recital Hall in Lincoln Center on Thursday, June 2nd. Pictured from left to right are: Chang Yoon Kim, Jae Ha (Justin) Kim, Tristin Yun, Brian Lim, Sophia Zhang, Ayumi Takayama, Aiden Ko, Christopher Oh, Christian Sen, Juno Moon, Kenneth Shi. Bravo!
To view the performances:
National French Contest Winners
AACR Winner - NJRSF Cancer Research
THS sophomore Subin Pyo is a 2022 Nokia Bell Labs North Jersey Regional Science Fair winner. A member of Columbia Stem Cell Initiative, Subin has been conducting research on a nutrigenomic program of intestinal stem cell in pediatric development and IBD. We are Tiger Proud!
TMS 8th Grade French National Contest - Grand Concours Winners
Medalists - Period 1
Eric Yuan (center) displays his Le Premier Prix plaque surrounded by teacher Anne Nelson; gold medalist Michelle Lee; silver medalists Esther Pak, Lucy Wang, Hillary Xie, Shreya Sibal, William Zhou, Valeria Perales-Garcia, and Hadas Naveh; and bronze medalist Makenna Wolmer.
Medalists - Period 6/7
Michael Middlezong (center) displays his Le Premier Prix plaque surrounded by gold medalists Davin Shin and Fady Temimi; silver medalists Lea Rubenchik and Nina Shah; and bronze medalists Kiran Muttiah, Danielle Shapiro, Avyay Manoj, and Harshu Shah.
8th Grade Contest Participants with Teacher Anne Nelson
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Celebration of Diversity! We were humbled by the number of you that joined us! Thank you to our HSAs, clubs, staff, and students who donated their time, goods, and talents. Students, families, and staff streamed in throughout the evening to join us, and we were happy to celebrate our contest winners and the wonderfully diverse world in which we live!
One Book, One Community - Pick Up Your Book for Summer
TPS launched its first-ever One Book, One Community at the Celebration of Diversity event! There are still copies of the Wishtree available for pickup. Contact Heidi Chizzik for your copy and help Tenafly be an “All Are Welcome Here” community.
Music in the Parks
The Tenafly Middle School 8th grade Band, Chorus, and Orchestra participated in the “Music in the Parks” festival in Jackson, NJ followed by a trip to Six Flags. All three groups received Excellent and Superior ratings, with Orchestra taking home a perfect score and “Best Overall Orchestra” award! TMS student Clara Pimenta received the “Outstanding Choral Soloist” award, and Emma Yoon received the “Outstanding Piano Accompanist” award. Congratulations to all!
Congratulations Student Athletes!
Congratulations to our student athletes who signed letters of intent for college athletics.
Ben Roberts - UMass - Lowell - B Lax
Claire Guitmann- Tufts - Softball
Jon Tsipenyuk - Union College - Tennis
Ella DeSalvo- Lafayette College - Swimming
Kenny Uchida - Franklin & Marshall - Football and Track & Field
Way to go Tigers!
10th Annual Science Research Symposium - video
Save the date for this amazing event next October! Join the TMS Global Citizen Club for an exclusive performance by the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble with Stiltwalker, World-renowned Kora Musicians, World-class Stiltwalker, Oral History/Storytelling by Griots from Gambia, and art from Pax Rwanda and the African Art Museum of the SMA Fathers. Fun for the whole family, including face painting, baked goods, music, African food, games, mask making, and so much more.
Festivities are on Friday, October 21st at TMS. More details to follow!
School Board Elections
Interested in becoming a member of the Tenafly Board of Education? Three School Board Seats will open in January 2023 (3-year terms). To apply, complete the Nomination Petition by Monday, July 25, 2022 (before 4 p.m.). The November 2022 Annual School Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. For additional details, the New Jersey School Board Association’s (NJSBA's) Candidate Kit provides information and links to important websites for anyone considering running for their local school board. Visit the NJSBA website for complete details. For the petition, please use the form located on the Bergen County Clerk website.