Faust News

Marking Period 4

Principal's Message

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for being so cooperative in the different transitions throughout the school year. In the 4th Marking Period, we received a warm welcome from Becton Regional High School’s administration, faculty, and staff so that we could continue to educate our students in a safe, harmonious learning environment. Throughout our stay at Becton Regional High School, I can honestly say it has been a wonderful and positive experience for all our students and staff. We truly appreciate their unwavering hospitality, kindness, and generosity, and our district is very grateful. Having our Districts work together for the best interest of our students and families of East Rutherford has been a pleasure and shows our commitment to our students’ education and bright future.

Additionally, I want to thank our PTA for their delicious goodies and treats for our faculty, staff, and students to lift our spirits throughout the school year. We appreciate their time and commitment to the families of the East Rutherford and school community. A sincere thanks also to our 8th Grade parents who helped make our graduates’ commencement celebration special and memorable before moving on to high school.

To our graduates, congratulations on your achievement! All of the teachers and professional support staff at Faust and McKenzie Schools wish you the best as you take on the next 4 years of high school. We know that you are well prepared and have gained a firm educational foundation while attending the East Rutherford School District.

Lastly, over the summer, please visit our website at www.erboe.net to find updates and other related information pertaining to the 2021-2022 academic school year. You will also find suggested English Language Arts and Math resources and learning activities for your child to explore and practice. There are no required assignments for July and August, but it is strongly encouraged that your child strengthens their educational skills to keep their mind stimulated over the summer.

All of us at Faust School look forward to seeing our students and their families in September. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns over the summer.

Have a healthy, safe, and enjoyable summer.

Warmest regards,

Mrs. Regina Barrale

Alfred S. Faust School Principal


(201) 804-3100 Ext. 3003

Virtual Talent Show - Directed by Mrs. Corsale

I am so happy to present our Virtual Talent Show to Faust Faculty, Staff, and Students. Thank you to everyone who volunteered assistance. Please keep in mind that we will try this again next year to bring back the once-popular and fun Faust Talent Show.

You will find the link below. Our students did an amazing job sharing all different types of talents and even our Superintendent shared a performance!

Enjoy the Show!

Physical Education & Health - Mr. Cocozzo

As the school year comes to a close, our Physical Education classes have continued to work hard in the area of fitness. Students have been completing weekly workouts of their choice within the classes that include weight training, yoga, and dance. Through strict COVID restrictions, it was important for our students to understand the importance of staying physically active and I believe many were able to grasp this idea. In addition to our fitness activities, students were also working on a marking period-long “Virtual Room” project. This project allowed the students to choose any topic within the area of Physical Education, Health, or Social-Emotional Health. The students then created a virtual room that taught the user all about their topic through the use of Bitmojis, websites, or Google Docs that were all linked neatly within their room. Some student choice topics included Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Healthy Eating, Football, and even Pole Toppling!

Financial Literacy - Mrs. Barnett & Mrs. Pappas

Students in sixth and seventh Financial Literacy created a final project: “My Business!” Students were required to reflect upon their skills and talents. They then were challenged to create a business plan based on these abilities. Students created a presentation explaining the concept of their business. The aspiring entrepreneurs created a logo, slogan, and advertisements. During the creation of their business advertisements, students utilized persuasive writing techniques. You might see some new local businesses soon, such as dog walking, babysitting, math tutor, bike repair, and jewelry making! We look forward to seeing our future entrepreneurs succeed!

Dance with Ms. Setlock

Dance this year at Faust looks a little different, but we are making the most of it! In 6th, 7th, & 8th-grade, students just finished up learning about Modern Dance. Students participated in discussing many historical modern dance pioneers and the impact they had on the dance industry. In 5th grade, students are currently learning different dance combinations in various styles. Students were able to perform short combinations in styles such as Hip Hop, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theater. Each week, students were able to experience a different style of dance and compare and contrast the qualities of each. 5th-grade students had a blast learning how to dance the different styles and became more confident in performing! All students are progressing greatly and having fun while moving their bodies! Can’t wait for Dance at Faust next school year!

Summer Reminders from the Nurse

  • Physical examinations are important for all students. Forms are available on the school website to print out. If you cannot find what you need please contact me.
  • 6th-grade students require one dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis) and one dose of MCV (meningococcal vaccine) both due by age 11 at their Annual Physical. Documentation needs to be sent to the nurse by the start of the school year.
  • Parents, please arrange for your child’s medication to be picked up the last day of school. Medications not picked up will be discarded.
  • Any student having a physical over the summer that requires an inhaler, Epi-pen, or other medications at school, please reach out to me for the required forms or print them out from my website so you can bring them with you to the doctor’s appointment. Forms need renewal every school year (Sept-June).
  • Please remember even over-the-counter medications require a doctor’s order before bringing medication to school, again the form is on my website or you can contact me.

Please contact me with any questions: kpacelli@erboe.net

Most importantly have a fun, safe, and healthy summer!

Theatre - Mrs. Clemens

During Marking Period 4 Theatre students have been creating and demonstrating many skills and abilities throughout their grades.

In fifth and sixth grade, students explored the career of a playwright and learned how to apply these skills to create plays. They have been choosing characters, genres, and settings and have completed the first scene for their original plays within the class. They were also able to share their scenes by asking other class members to read them in a table read.

The 7th and 8th graders have put their production hats on! The classes have been creating their own theatre companies which included selecting a show to produce and creating a company name. They met with investors to ask for startup money and created a production schedule which included securing a venue for their performance. They also worked with their groups to decide on ticket costs, salary for those involved, fundraisers, marketing strategies, and length of the run of the show. After the project, students discussed their plans with the investors and the other teams. During this entire process, students investigated and researched the show their team chose to produce.

Seventh Grade ELA - Ms. Petraitis, Mr. Colavito, & Mrs. Pappas

Students in the seventh grade ELA have been engaged in a modified literature circle reading of the novels Esperanza Rising and Hatchet this marking period. Through these novels, we have reviewed literary terms like conflict, characterization, figurative language, and theme. Students have been able to identify these concepts in the text as well as incorporate them into their writing. Students were also able to recognize and relate to the theme of perseverance in the face of difficulty, as exemplified in both novels. Ms. Petraitis, Mr. Colavito, and Mrs. Pappas would like to wish all our students and their families a happy and safe summer!

Band - Mr. Schweikardt

Mr. Schweikardt could not be more proud of all the music students at Faust School. Their devotion to the band and your Faust School Community is a testament to their dedication, and the pride they take in themselves and their classmates. I looked forward to the times we interacted and loved the recordings you sent me.

To my current 5th, 6th, and 7th-grade band members, I look forward to seeing you in person and making music together with you!

To my former 8th graders, I wish you happiness and success in High School! Best wishes to all of you, and have a safe and enjoyable summer.

Fun with Mrs. Lahullier

Mrs. Lahullier’s math students have worked extremely hard this year and excelled in persevering through such an unconventional school year. Students spent the last few weeks connecting to the real world in math class. Lessons varied throughout the grade levels but each student was able to relate each lesson to situations that they have already encountered in life and will continue to encounter. Topics included money sense, discounts, and tax, finding better deals, mental problem solving, and making wise choices. They should be very proud of the hard work they put in this school year!

ELA Grade 5 - Mrs. Corsale

Faust 5th graders dove deep into learning all about how informational text is written and structured. Following several types of activities, the student then had an opportunity to do their first in-depth research project on a topic of choice. Students selected topics ranging from foods, people, sports and events, to science, engineering, and technology. The 5th graders each presented their projects and we were all amazed at the new things we learned!

Hola Familias de East Rutherford - Mrs. Fox & Ms. Cuello

As you are aware the World Language Department Spanish 5th and 6th graders have continued learning virtually during the entire 4th marking period. We have had the opportunity to teach in person some of the 7th and 8th graders during this marking period. We hope that next year we will have our lives back and meet all of our students in person. During this marking period, all grades have proceeded to learn and use different learning platforms such as Nearpod, Wizer.me, PearDeck, and/or Flipgrid. As a class we have had many hiccups getting started but eventually, learned to appreciate and learn from them.

As for our 7th and 8th-grade groups, most have done a great job participating in review games using Quizizz, Gimkit, Quizlet Live, and/or Kahoot. They also have expanded their knowledge in actively using different learning platforms. The World Language Department has tried to keep our students motivated and engaged during this time. We want to wish our 8th-grade students the warmest congratulations and many accomplishments as they continue to embody our school’s mission to “understand themselves, accept their worth, fulfill their potential, and become effective and responsible citizens in a democratic society and in a multicultural world.”.

La Sra. Fox y la Srta. Cuello les dicen hasta pronto y buena suerte a todos nuestros estudiantes. “Feliz verano”

Student Council - Mrs. Reed & Mrs. O'Connor

The Student Council ended the year hosting Alex's Lemonade Stand. We are so excited to announce that a grand total of $670 was raised by our school! Student Council members served lemonade to students and staff at Becton, virtual students picked up their lemonade after school and several families and staff made donations on our team webpage. In a true act of kindness, Eesha Oza, Nina Podkalicka, and Sonal Shahani generously donated all of the proceeds from their jewelry company called Innofashion totaling over $100! We thank the entire East Rutherford community for coming together to help make this year's Lemonade Stand a huge success. We are grateful to have such a wonderful community. This special fundraiser helps change the lives of children with cancer through funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families, and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer.

The Student Council ended the year with some summertime spirit days such as tropical Tuesday and sunglasses Wednesday and we wish everyone a fun and relaxing summer. We wish our President Claudia Da Mata good luck on her 8th-grade speech and all our 8th graders the very best in high school. Students, we hope you plan to join our club next year.

6th Grade Science - Mrs. O'Connor

It's raining, it's pouring, the sixth grade is learning! The sixth grade just finished a unit that covered the water cycle. They reviewed some information they may have learned a few years ago but also added to their knowledge of the water cycle by investigating more about condensation and how plants evaporate water from their leaves. They also created "Water Cycles in a Bag" to show them how the cycle works. Sixth-grade science was a little different this year, but we did our best to keep the class exciting.
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Advisory - Mrs. Fox and Ms. Cuello

During advisory class in marking period 4, discussions arose about conflict resolution, stress, managing our emotions, effective teamwork, developing self-compassion, kindness, self-care, friendships, self-worth, active listening, adapting to change, and other topics. Showing awareness and respect of different cultures and traditions around the world, learning skills to strengthen their relationships with diverse groups of people and individuals. Mrs. Fox and Ms. Cuello were able to continue to foster a safe supportive environment in which students felt comfortable, respected, and valued to build a strong classroom community.

Sixth Grade Language Arts - Ms. Cerny

As our school year came to a close, students read Lois Lowry’s historical fiction novel, Number the Stars. The novel is set in Denmark during WWII. To fully understand the setting, students completed research projects on a choice study about the novel’s setting. Some project titles included Heroes of the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel, and Anne Frank. Wow! The sixth-grade students blew their teachers away with compelling information as well as graphic design and presentation skills. Well done students! It was a pleasure to learn with and from you!

7th Math and 7th Pre-Algebra - Mrs. Gentry

As the weather was heating up, so were our math skills! Although the year has been unlike any other, the 7th- grade math and pre-algebra students have done an unbelievable job. They finished the year strong by showcasing their knowledge of various skills by creating PowerPoints, assessments, color by number worksheets, posters, brochures, and even developing their own escape rooms. We are proud of all they have accomplished and wish them all the best in 8th grade!

5th Grade - Mrs. Dizdarevic, Mrs. Koch, Ms. Bibb, & Mrs. Corsale

The 5th graders have concluded a challenging and exciting school year. They have adapted to different modes of teaching and learning and have done all of this with great effort and positivity. We are proud of their perseverance this school year! The hybrid students celebrated with a sweet treat on the last day of in-person classes. We hope they have an amazing summer!

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5th Grade Science - Ms. Bibb

Marking period four was the final adventure for 5th grade. First, we started the marking period by learning about gravity and how it is constantly pulling us down. In this context, down really means that gravity always pulls everything toward the center of the earth. For our first lab, we traveled to Jupiter, Mars, and the moons of Saturn to see how high we could jump on those terrestrial objects. We then explored the sun, our moon, and the stars we see every night. We learned about the way the Earth and its moon rotate and revolve at the same time! This movement causes natural patterns that we experience every day. From the phases of the moon to the different constellations in the sky, there is always something new to see right where we are on earth. Thank you all for coming on this amazing journey through Earth and the universe.

See you next year!

7th Grade Science - Mr. Rizi

Marking Period 4 was all about the Earth, its history, and what happens inside of our planet! Students reviewed Earth's place in the known universe, explored the fossil record, examined how fossils form and learned about plate tectonics. When exploring the fossil record, students learned about the different epochs and compared and contrasted ancient lizard families such as the dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and plesiosaurs. Students chose an organism from one of these prehistoric reptile families and created an informational pamphlet on them (picture attached). 7th-grade science came to a close with a variety of review games to highlight what students have learned all year including atoms and molecules, cells, body systems, and genetics.
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8th Grade Science - Mrs. Yang

Mrs. Yang's 8th-grade science class developed and used a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.

When light shines on an object, it is reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through the object, depending on the object’s material and the frequency (color) of the light. The path that light travels can be traced as straight lines, except at surfaces between different transparent materials (e.g., air and water, air and glass) where the light path bends. Lenses and prisms are applications of this effect. A wave model of light is useful for explaining brightness, color, and the frequency-dependent bending of light at a surface between media (prisms). However, because light can travel through space, it cannot be a matter wave, like sound or water waves.

Students completed the PhET simulation practices of Bending Light, Beer’s Law Lab, Color Vision, Molecules, and Light.

8th Grade Math - Mrs. Gerity & Ms. Kaminski

The 8th grade Pre-Algebra students finished off this wild year by making and playing review games. Our students had fun interacting with each other and working together to create their Kahoots and Quizziz games. Our Algebra students spent their last few days of school designing and presenting pictures in Desmos using the equations that they learned throughout the year. It's amazing what math can create! Enjoy your summer and congratulations on graduating. Good luck in high school!

5th Grade Math - Mrs. Koch

5th Graders ended the year working hard on Geometry, Volume, and Metric Conversions. As the school year ended, students played many games to review all 5th grade standards. Keep practicing those multiplication and division facts! Utilize IXL Summer Boost & Summer Adventures as well as Freckle Adaptive Practice to stay sharp with your Math skills over the summer. Have a wonderful and safe summer! See you in September!

Music Cycle - Mrs. Schweikardt

Congratulations! It is hard to believe we are at the end of another school year. It has been so good to see so many students at Becton. The students this marking period have been wonderful, whether they were in person or on Zoom! As we come to the end of the fourth marking period, the 5th grade has done a great job learning to read and write music on the staff as well as learning notes and rest values. They even can play simple tunes on virtual xylophones! Their favorite song is the theme from Star Wars. The 6th grade has done a great job learning about the orchestra and they can recognize the sound of most of the instruments being played. The 7th grade has enjoyed going back and learning about composers and classical music of the 1700s and 1800s. They especially enjoyed learning about Beethoven and listening to his 5th symphony. The 8th grade rocked as we learned about the history of rock and roll. I would like to wish all of the 8th-grade class good luck and to let you know you will be missed!

Guidance Partners Up with Art - Ms. Muse & Ms. Machere

May was Mental Health Awareness Month. Last year, East Rutherford was officially deemed a Stigma-Free School District, joining the Bergen County Stigma-Free Initiative, a county-wide program that aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. It is estimated that 17-20% of children living in the United States, 1 out of every 5 children, experience a mental illness in a given year, while approximately 19% of adults experience a serious mental illness each year. Our goal this year was to raise awareness and create a school culture where faculty, families, and students feel supported in seeking treatment without fear of stigma. We successfully donated money to NAMI (National Alliance Mental Illnesses) on behalf of the school district, 5th-8th grade students participated in a yoga and mindfulness session, there was a month-long student series focused on stress, anxiety, increasing levels of happiness and body image, as well as a digital art contest that was held with a focus on an artistic representation of mental health awareness!
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Social Studies - Mrs. Dizdarevic, Mrs. Benevento, Mr. Majsiak, & Mr. Barone

In the 5th-grade Mrs. Dizdarevic's class explored the events of the Holocaust. Students participated in discussions and examined primary sources to further their understanding of this devasting event. Students discussed what it means to discriminate and explored the ways in which it's important to never be a bystander in times of mistreatment. Students in 6th-grade Social Studies finished the school year studying the Bill of Rights. Students were assigned specific amendments to research and examine. Meanwhile, the 7th-grade students created websites outlining the causes of the Civil War. Students used primary and secondary documents to gather the information for their web pages. The 8th-grade students also practiced their research skills by studying Roman Emperors.

Grade Eight ELA - Ms. Bayeux

To finish up their final marking period at Faust School, all eighth-graders had the chance to choose an endangered or extinct species to learn about. Students conducted research, evaluated various sources for validity and bias, and created detailed, colorful, and insightful presentations about their species. Additionally, students were challenged to incorporate additional media into their presentations by creating skits, videos, and FlipGrids about their species. All in all, students had fun learning about their species and sharing their presentations with peers. Congrats to our eighth graders, as you are now research experts!

Grade Seven Honors - Ms. Bayeux

Grade Seven Honors English students spent the last few weeks of school learning all about William Shakespeare, Elizabethan England, and The Renaissance. Students collaborated to conduct research on areas including The Globe Theatre, Bubonic Plague, London, Queen Elizabeth I, and the various types of writing of William Shakespeare. At the end of the unit, students presented their findings in interactive presentations that included digital media resources and Kahoots. Truly, the Bard would be proud to see how much fun the students had learning about his time and era.