Hope Happenings

October 2022

Busy, Busy Busy!

Hope Academy students have been busy this school year. Take a look at what we have been up to!

William Paterson University PDS Marshmallow Challenge

Hope Academy is thrilled to be a part of the William Paterson University Professional Development School Network. This partnership provides many learning opportunities for our students and staff. In September, our WPU Professor in Residence facilitated the Marshmallow Challenge with staff and students. The challenge is designed to to promote social learning, collaboration and creativity. Hope Academy had a great time and worked well together.
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Mr. DePaola's High Tech Music class has been hard at work creating digital music. Click on the link above to hear more.

Passaic County Teen Summit

Hope students attended the Passaic County Teen Summit at William Paterson. The summit is designed to motivate, encourage creativity, and foster teamwork the the development of new programs that promote the prevention of substance abuse and mental health awareness. The theme for this school year is Rise Above. Utilizing their imaginations, students are tasked with collaborating to develop an awareness instrument that can be used as a prevention tool in their school community to bring about positive change. Thank you, Mr. Carroll, for chaperoning our students at this meaningful event. We can't wait to see our students creation.

College and Career Readiness

Ms. Casella's English 4 students completed an online professional development course of their choice as part of a College and Career Readiness Project. Students received certifications in a variety of topics such as Implicit Bias, Sportsmanship, and Suicide Prevention. Pictured are Dan'yai who earned her certification in NCAA Eligibility and Yasin "Yaya" who earned his certification in Understanding Implicit Bias.

Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Luz Morales

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Mrs. Morales is a long time teacher that has been part of the Hope Community for the past four years. Her favorite part of teaching at Hope is the students. "Getting to know our students you can see how amazing they are. I love seeing their potential and having them realize it!" She is most proud of being able to share her knowledge with our students and having them understand "how much I love and care about them." In her free time, Mrs. Morales loves to read and listen to music.

Thank you, Ms. Morales, for your dedication to our students.

A Modern Take on Macbeth

Students in Ms. Casella's English 1 are working on building their vocabulary by completing a narrative writing assignment. Students were able to choose one of the characters they read about in Macbeth and incorporate their words into various formats including text messages, emails, or letters. Students Joshua, Zugey, and John did a fantastic job bringing their characters to life using their vocabulary.

Small Group Work in Geometry

Ms. Termanini's Geometry class ahs been working in small groups to problem solve together. Students have been able to discuss and work out a step by step solution to problems Collaboration is truly a key to success.