Kinnelon Public Schools Newsletter

October - December 2016

Kinnelon Students Paying it Forward

KHS Giveback Club

The KHS Giveback Club is providing 100 care packages filled with blankets, hats, gloves, and personal hygiene items to homeless veterans living at the Lyons Veterans Hospital this holiday season. The club has worked hard to collect the donations and wants to thank the Kinnelon community for their support.

PRM Student Council Builds Spirit and Supports the Wounded Warrior Project

The PRM Student Council, advised by teachers Mrs. Jeczo and Mrs. Cromwell have taken on the motto “One School, One Community”. The student council have been working together as a school to ensure students feel safe and enjoy the time they spend while at school. They have engaged in fundraising to support The Wounded Warrior Project as a reminder to students that giving back is an important quality to lift a community. As they worked to build school spirit, students took part in various lively grade level competitions to earn the Colts Cup. They have had various activities that included theme days, pep rallies, faculty/student athletic games, and most recently a winter-themed door decorating competition. For this latest competition students stayed after school on Friday afternoon to decorate doors to create winter door masterpieces! PRM is proud to announce that our 6th grade won the competition and did a wonderful job embracing the winter theme and showing their creativity.

PRM Students vs. Faculty Basket Ball Game at the Winter Pep Rally

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PRM Collects Food for Local Food Pantry

PRM grade level class committees collected and organized over 200 food items for the Kinnelon Food Pantry making baskets for needy families for Thanksgiving.

PRM Social Outreach Club Visits Kiel for a Thanksgiving Feast

The Social Outreach Club members in grade 8 at Pearl Miller participated in the Kiel Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. It was a wonderful event in which the grade 8 students interacted with students in kindergarten, grades 1 and 2 to teach them about the traditions associated with Thanksgiving in America. The grade 8 students dressed as Pilgrims or Native Americans and spent quality time with their younger peers during lunch.
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Thanksgiving Feast Prepared by the Life Skills Class

We thank Mrs. Staples and the staff in the Life Skills class at PRM for providing a wonderful Thanksgiving Feast for the staff. The students created shopping lists and then went to the supermarket to purchase supplies for the celebration. Starting the day before, the students prepped many food items and transformed our classroom into a festive dining room. Guests enjoyed a scrumptious homemade meal. The students were in charge of the entire process that began with making beautiful invitations to cleaning up after the the meal. All of the student’s hard work paid off and led up to a day full of joyful cooking, serving, and feasting.

Stonybrook Student Council Host Fundraisers for Two Good Causes

Stonybrook School’s Student Council is currently collecting new books for children aged 8-14 through Tilly’s Kids House of Mercy. The House of Mercy Mission is a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit, inner-city mission located in Newark, NJ that provides programs such as food, clothing and help for needy families in the community.



The council is also running their annual collection for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) called Pennies for Patients. The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS is the leading source of free, highly specialized blood cancer information, education and support for patients, survivors, families and healthcare professionals

Tri-M Music Honor Society and the KHS Student Council Collect Toys for Tots

The Tri-M Music Honor Society & the KHS Student Council collected 268 toys for Toys for Tots. Lourdes Greco, a KHS Special Education Teacher, donated 100 toys in addition the 268 toys to make our total 368 toys. Thank you so much to all who participated and contributed to this wonderful cause.

A "Full Value" Education

Kiel School Embraces Full Value with the Full Value Playground

The Full Value Playground was a created with funds from KEHSA mini-grant. The mini-grant proposal from teachers Mrs. Santagato and Mrs. Tinney was to have students paint the blacktop where they have recess behind Kiel school with the six Full Values and group calling procedures. In their proposal they stated that Full Value, used daily by their students, teaches them to effectively respond to each other and meet academic goals in a positive way. Students learn to “call group” by circling up when they are experiencing conflict to resolve it proactively and amicably. The guidelines for "calling group" expect them to be able to establish a leader, state the issue, listen for feedback, and agree on a resolution. The Full Value playground is a beautiful representation of how Kiel school embraces a Full Value education. The picture below is an aerial view of the playground and if interested you can click the play arrow on the second picture to view a video.

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Kiel Elementary School Blacktop 2016 painting

Kiel Students Recognize Each Other's Leadership Qualities

This year the students in Ms. Baskinger’s PE classes have been very excited about the “Peer-to-Peer” recognition piece of class. Throughout class, students recognize a peer who is doing a great job by following directions, playing safely, and helping others. At the end of class, students stand up and recognize that peer. This exercise allows students to develop leadership qualities by striving to be a role model, and it also provides students with a sense of accomplishment and joy for their efforts.

Other Happenings

8th Grade Students visit Cedar Crest to Demonstrate the Full Value of Caring for Others

The students in the 8th grade Full Value elective are visiting Cedar Crest residents once a marking period to give the students the opportunity to visit with the residents, socialize, and participate in activities with the residents. School counselors Mrs. Romano and Mrs. McClain hope this unique experience will help the students demonstrate the value of Caring for Others. They are also partnering up with some of the Kiel 2nd grade classes to participate and lead Full Value activities with them.

Stonybrook and PRM Teachers Team up to Teach about the 2016 General Election

Grade 5 teachers Mr. Shechtman and Ms. Bruce teamed up with Mr. Goff, Mr. Boardman and Mrs. Battaglia to teach about the 2016 General Election. PRM grade 8 students gave the grade 5 students a geographical and biographical overview on Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton, Republican Party Candidate Donald Trump, and the lesser known candidates such as Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Constitution Party candidate Darrell Castle. The grade 8 students presented the platforms of the candidates in a way that the grade 5 students were informed on the issues.
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Keyboarding at Stonybrook

This year the students in grades 3 and 4 Stonybrook have keyboarding as one of their Encore classes. Mrs. Stroczynski and Mrs. Vanderclock have been busy working with students to develop keyboarding, word processing and other technological skills through a variety of challenging, interactive lessons. Two areas of focus that the students have been working on are keeping their fingers trained on the home row and not glancing at the keyboard as they type. To improve their technique and skills, students have been self reflecting using a checklist to monitor their progress. This checklist allows students to identify areas where they are doing well and areas where they can improve.

Mindfulness at Stonybrook

Mrs. Prezioso’s mindfulness group meets weekly, during lunch, and focuses on basic concepts of being aware on a daily basis, practicing fundamental skills such as meditation and exploring practical daily applications of mindfulness. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to participate in a movement that allows them to bring awareness to the “here-and-now”. Studies find that youth benefit from learning mindfulness in terms of improved cognitive outcomes, social-emotional skills, and overall well-being. In turn, these benefits may lead to long-term improvements in life. Benefits include improved attention and focus, better grades, reduced test anxiety and less stress, improved self-regulation of emotions, and overall improved behavior in school.
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Kids’ Yoga at Stonybrook

During the first half of lunch, Ms. Borowiec shares her time by teaching a yoga class to interested grade 5 students. Ms. Borowiec is passionate in her belief that the benefits of yoga are endless. Our students recognize their improved strength and flexibility, increased concentration, focus, and attention. Kids’ yoga increases self-esteem and decreases anxiety, increasing the ability to relax. Engaging in regular yoga practice also increases trust, compassion, teamwork and leadership skills as well as strengthening the immune system. Here at Stonybrook, we have observed a greater sense of community among these students.

Following each weekly session, the students eat lunch with Ms. Borowiec in her classroom. Ms. Borowiec feels blessed to share her passion with our students. If you would like to see Stonybrook Yoga in action, visit the Stonybrook School Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/StonybrookElementary/.

KHS Science Class Approved for College Credit

Kinnelon High School has just been approved to offer college-level science courses through State University of New York at Albany. Starting this school year, Mrs. Nancy Rinaldi, who was trained by the university last summer, will teach Methods in Science Research classes over the course of three years. Students will have the opportunity to earn four college credits per course, for a total of 12 college credits. We are very excited for the opportunity this will provide for our students.

Science Research Club

On December 2, 11 members of the Science Research Club attended a meeting of the Waxman Student Scholars at Rutgers Busch Campus. Kinnelon seniors Kate Dolph and Prenav Reddy were among the presenters at this meeting. Their project focused on the DNA sequence analysis of genes from the duckweed plant, and how these genes compare to those found in other species. Duckweed, a fresh-water aquatic plant, is of interest to the scientific community because of its use in bioremediation, and its potential use as a biofuel.
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Computer Science and Hour of Code Week

Computer science week is designated to bring awareness to the importance of computer technology to all students. During the week of December 5-11 students engaged in the Hour of Code highlighted through Code.org. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. For more information, the link below will take you to code.org.

Strategic Planning Meeting 3

Thursday, Jan. 5th 2017 at 7-8:30pm

121 Kinnelon Road

Kinnelon, NJ

Meeting will be held in the second floor auxiliary cafeteria. If you didn't attend the first two meetings, we would love to have your input in this last planning session.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Proposed School Calendar

The 2017-2018 school year calendar has been posted to the district website for public review and comment. Go to http://www.kinnelonpublicschools.org/pages/KPSD to see the propsed calendar and provide input.

Celebrating Students

National Merit Scholarship Corporation Recognizes KHS Students

Mr. Suda, KHS Principal is proud to share that he was recently notified that eight Kinnelon students who took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), met the requirements to enter the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Of some 1,500,000 program entrants, each of these students is among the 50,000 (top 3%) highest-scoring participants who will be recognized. Of the more than 50,000 high scorers nationwide, about 34,000 are identified as commended students (top 2%) and 16,000 as semifinalists (top 1%).


National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist Scholar (Top 1%):


  • Calais Cronin


National Merit Scholarship Commended Scholars (Top 2%):

  • James Armstrong
  • John Barry
  • Ryan Chien
  • Kate Dolph
  • Patrycia Glowiak
  • Pranav Reddy
  • Sarah Wang

We offer congratulations to the students, their respective families, and the Kinnelon community with a special thanks to the staff, teachers, administrators and BOE members who developed and maintained an educational environment founded on high expectations, rigor and excellence.

PRM Teacher and Band Director Mr. Scanlon and 6 students Selected to North Jersey Area Band

Mr. Brian Scanlon reports that 6 Pearl R. Miller Middle School student instrumentalists have earned spots in the junior high North Jersey Area Band. Maya Vaitovas, Julia Hackney, Gavin Hurtado, Matthew Melada, Cameron Faison and Braedon Carroll will represent Kinnelon and PRM in the group.

Additionally, Mr. Scanlon has the distinct honor of conducting the North Jersey Area Band Junior High Percussion Ensemble.

We are proud of our students and their teachers and commend them for their hard work and dedication!


To find out more about the NJAB, go to http://www.njab.org.

Mr. Ryan Stroud reports that KHS Musicians have found success in auditioning for the North Jersey Area Band!

Overall, 5 musicians have passed through the audition process and secured spots. Freshman Daniella Rizzo (Bass Clarinet) and sophomore Evan Lane (Clarinet) have been chosen for the Symphonic Band.

Three students were accepted into the Wind Ensemble, the top group for North Jersey Area Band. They are sophomore Mitchell Polevoy on Trombone, sophomore Peter Davin on French Horn and senior Erin Mickey on French Horn.

This matches the most students KHS has placed in the Wind Ensemble and the 9th consecutive year we've had at least 5 students clinch spots in NJ Area Band.

Congratulations to Mr. Stroud, these fine students, the KHS Music Program and KHS!

For more info about the NJ Area band, go to http://www.njab.org.

Kiel and Stonybrook Students Showcase Art at the Kinnelon Public Library

Another Successful STEM Night at Stonybrook School

Student and Staff Volunteers for STEM Night

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Congrats to our Swim Coach, Mr. Boardman, for receiving the NJSIAA Swimming Award!

Upcoming Events

  • 12/16/2016 - Kiel and Stonybrook Report Cards mailed
  • 12/23/2016 - Minimum (1/2) day
  • 12/26/2016 - 01/02/17 - Winter Break Happy Holidays!
  • 01/03/2017 - Schools are back in session in 2017!
  • 01/04/2017 - Board of Education Re-organization meeting
  • 01/05/2017 - Straegic Planning Meeting #3
  • 01/16/2017 - Staff Professional Development Day - Students do not attend

Happy Holidays from Kinnelon Public Schools!

During this holiday season the main focus of this newsletter is on the great work our students and staff do to generously provide for those who are less fortunate. We are proud of our students, staff and greater community in the Kinnelon Schools.


So no matter what you are celebrating during this time of year, may peace and happiness fill your home. We are all ringing in a New Year on January 1 so make 2017 the best one yet!

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