Kinnelon Public Schools Newsletter

December 2015 - January 2016

An End to 2015 and a Look Forward to 2016

We, at Kinnelon Public Schools hope the holiday season ended with a beautiful New Year celebration and everyone has all of their resolutions in place as we move into 2016.

I want to congratulate and welcome our new Board of Education member Mrs. Jemi Gillen-Ruth and congratulate newly elected Board of Education President Dr. Marcy Pryor and Vice President Mike Petruccelli. The elections held on January 5 at the Board of Education Reorganization meeting were unanimous.

Suburban Trends Girls Soccer Player of the Year: Julia Kleczkowski of Kinnelon

Among the great things that happened to Kleczkowski is the fact that as a senior she scored 23 goals and registered a New Jersey state leading 26 assists.
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KHS Mock Trial Advances Past Mountain Lakes!

The KHS Mock Trial Team will be advancing to the Semi Finals Competition after moving past Mountain Lakes on 1/21 at the Morristown Courthouse. Good luck to the KHS Mock Trial Team!!
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The Governor's Educator of the Year Program

The Governor’s Teacher of the Year program requires nominees to have achieved a 2014-15 summative rating of Effective or Highly Effective. The teacher or educational services provider must be a dedicated and skilled teacher leader who anticipates actively continuing in his/her teaching career for at least five (5) more years, one who inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn; demonstrates a strong ability to foster excellence in education as evidenced by ongoing contributions to the improvement of student learning and the learning environment; demonstrates leadership in educational activities at the school, district, and/or state and national level that take place both within or outside the school setting; must have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues; demonstrate poise, eloquence, and the ability to maintain a demanding schedule.

Kinnelon High School's Teacher of the Year is Math Teacher Mrs. Jackie Bargarozza; the High School’s Educational Services Provider of the Year is School Counselor Mr. Michael Buesser.

Pearl R. Miller School’s Teacher of the Year is Special Education Teacher Mrs. Teresa McMahon; PRM’s Educational Services Provider of the Year is Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant Mrs. Lisa Nafash.

Kiel School’s Teacher of the Year is Second Grade Teacher Mrs. Debbie Reinhardt; Kiel’s Educational Services Provider of the Year is Paraprofessional Educator Mrs. Terry Lewis.

Mrs. Bargarozza, Mrs. McMahon and Mrs. Reinhardt have all been nominated for the Morris County Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to all and best of luck to the teachers who have moved on to the County Educator of the Year selection.

Visual & Preforming Arts at Kinnelon Public Schools

North Jersey Region 1 Honors Choir at KHS

Kinnelon High School hosted rehearsals of the North Jersey (NJ Region 1) Honor Choirs this week, with over 300 singers from schools across northern New Jersey. They will present a concert on Saturday at Sparta HS. Congratulations, again, to the KHS students that were accepted to the groups: Gina Lauria, Leen Khashashina, Kathleen Morrisroe, Carly Giacoio, and Jessica Lisowski.

North Jersey Area Band at PRM & KHS

This year Kristen Park, Erin Mickey, Mitchell Polevoy, Evan Lane and Peter Davin were all accepted into the North Jersey Area Band. Nearly 400 students auditioned for 100 spots in the exclusive band. Of note, Kristen Park auditioned on two instruments and received first chair overall on both, which is an incredible achievement. Also notable is that Mitch, Evan and Peter are all 9th graders, and very, very few 9th graders are accepted into this band.

As for PRM, there are 8 students in the group; Grace Goldberg, Emma Whittemore, Daniella Rizzo, Haydn Hishmeh, Matthew Melada, Morgan Festa, Alessio Mennonna and Paul Schrope. Both Grace and Alessio were in the group last year as 7th grade students so being a part of this for a second year is a great privilege. It is also important to note that Daniella Rizzo placed first on Bass Clarinet and this maintains about decade plus steak of having the “First Chair” on an instrument occupied by a PRM student! These students participated in the 52nd annual NJAB Concert on Sunday, January 17th at Mt. Olive HS.

KHS Student Artist Wins Illustration Contest

Congratulations to KHS artist Elisa Leone for her first-place finish designing the Morris County Manual cover. She will receive a check for $500.00 as an award. Her work will be reproduced as the cover for the Morris County Manual in the spring. This will be the fourth cover Kinnelon High School students have supplied for this publication and the 14th award students have earned in this contest over the last 17 years. Elisa and her computer art teacher, Mr. Geoff Flash, will attend the award presentation at a future County Freeholders meeting.

Charitable Acts and Fundraising at Kinnelon Public Schools

Destination Imagination Team the DI DAMSLs Run a Successful Coat Drive

Last month our Destination Imagination team the DI DAMSLs collected used coats in good condition to donate to children in Paterson, NJ. Their goal was to collect 100 coats.

The students and their families in Kinnelon were very generous. They were able to exceed their goal and collected 111 coats! The DI DAMSLs would like to thank all who gave for their generosity!

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Upcoming Events at Kinnelon Public Schools

For a complete list, please check the school and district calendars.

Kiel Family Fun Night

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 6:30pm

115 Kiel Avenue

Kinnelon, NJ

Run by the KHS Trust Club. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Activities are continuous so feel free to arrive and depart to match your family’s schedule. RSVP Club Advisors— or Dress casual Wear sneakers for parachute games. Snow Date 2/10.

Destination Imagination Instant Challenge Night

Friday, Feb. 5th, 6pm

Stonybrook School l 118 Boonton Ave. Kinnelon, NJ 07405

Board of Education Work Session Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 8pm

Kinnelon High School, Kinnelon Road, Kinnelon, NJ

Kindergarten & First time Kinnelon First Grade Student Registration Day 1 - Evening Session

Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 5-8pm

Kiel School Office

Please register students for September 2016 Kindergarten and any student entering first grade that has not attended Kinnelon School kindergarten and will be attending 1st grade in September 2016.

Kindergarten & First time Kinnelon First Grade Student Registration Day 2 Morning/Afternoon Session

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 9:30am-2:30pm

Sisco School

Please register students for September 2016 Kindergarten and any student entering first grade that has not attended Kinnelon School kindergarten and will be attending 1st grade in September 2016.

Kiel School STEM Night

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 6-8:30pm

115 Kiel Avenue

Kinnelon, NJ

KESHA and Kinnelon Public Schools will be sponsoring a STEM Night at Kiel School on 2/18/16 at 6:00 PM. The event will include a general information session and then (4) 20 minute activities for your children. STEM Activities will include Problem Solving with LEGOS, Water Filter Challenge, Circuit Designs, Rollercoaster Design, Playing with Polymers and much more. Thank you to our KHS STEM Club volunteers for making this event possible!

Register online at

Kinnelon Board of Education Regular Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 8pm

Kinnelon High School Auditorium