• Bergenfield High School made The Washington Post's list of "Most Challenging Schools in America"

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 4/10/2014
    For the third year in a row, Bergenfield High School made The Washington Post’s “Most Challenging Schools in America” list. According to the Washington Post article, posted on their web site at http://apps.washingtonpost.com/local/highschoolchallenge/, Bergenfield High School is ranked 1,442 nationally, 57th in the state of NJ, and 9th in very competitive Bergen County, New Jersey.

    This ranking places Bergenfield High School in the top 5% in the nation and top 10% of high schools in the state and county. At the same time, Bergenfield High School demonstrated remarkable improvement by moving up the list 178 places. In 2013, Bergenfield High School ranked 1,620 nationally compared to ranking 1,442 in 2014.

    According to the Washington Post, “The Challenge Index is designed to identify schools that have done the best job in persuading average students to take college-level courses and tests."

    The Washington Post’s education columnist, Jay Mathews, has been ranking the most challenging schools in the country and the D.C. region for 16 years. There are more than 1,900 schools on the America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014 list. Noted in the national and local tables is the percentage of students eligible for government meal subsidies — a common benchmark for poverty — and each school’s average SAT score.

    In congratulating his staff, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Kuchar, stated, “Bergenfield’s steady progress is the result of an unrelenting commitment to elevating the achievement of all students by using technology to assist schools with infusing accountability at all levels.” Dr. Kuchar added that progress began with the Board of Education. He stated, “By setting high expectations, the Bergenfield Board of Education has created a community of lifelong learners collaborating to ensure each member of the community strives to attain a personal best. As a result, in 2012 and 2013 Bergenfield High School had zero dropouts. The Washington Post ranking is certainly objective confirmation that we are on the right track as we continue to strive for our mission of moving from Good to Great.”
     
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  • Digital School Districts Survey Identifies Innovative Uses of Technology

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 4/8/2014
    Top-ranked school districts have been announced in the tenth annual Digital School Districts Survey by the Center for Digital Education (CDE) and the National School Boards Association (NSBA). The survey showcases exemplary school boards’ and districts’ use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and the community, and improve district operations.

    Bergenfield has placed in the top ten rankings for three years in a row, and has been ranked number eight in the country among mid-sized student population districts in 2014.

    Read the full article and see all the winners online at the Center for Digital Education.

    http://www.centerdigitaled.com/awards/digital-districts/2013-14-Digital-School-Districts-Survey.html
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  • NAMM Foundation Spotlights Bergenfield as one of 2014’s Best Communities for Music Education

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 4/4/2014
    The NAMM Foundation awards school music education programs with the announcement of 2014’s Best Communities for Music Education (BCME). This year, the NAMM Foundation designates 376 districts as Best Communities for Music Education and 96 individual schools as SupportMusic Merit Award winners. These districts and schools set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education.

    Read the full "NAMM Foundation Spotlights 2014's Best Communities for Music Education" article and see all the winners online at NAMM.org

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  • Several Bergen towns among best in NJ for young families, analysis says

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 10/22/2013
    Four Bergen municipalities are among the best places in New Jersey to raise a young family, according to a study undertaken by a financial planning website. The analysis ranks Bergenfield as #6 in the state for 'best towns for young families', citing our schools for being high performing. The analysis combined school ratings from Greatschools.com, cost of living factors, and median household income growth.

    Read the full "Several Bergen towns among best in NJ for you families, analysis says" article from NJ.com.
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  • Technology Strides by U.S. School Districts – Top 10 Districts Honored

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 4/16/2013
    Top-ranked school districts have been announced in the ninth annual Digital School Districts Survey by the Center for Digital Education (CDE) and the National School Boards Association (NSBA). The survey showcases exemplary school boards’ and districts’ use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and the community and to improve district operations.
     
    Bergenfield ranked number eight in the country among mid-sized student population districts. 
     
    Read the full Technology Strides by U.S. School Districts - Top 10 Districts Honored article and see all the winners online at the Center for Digital Education.
     
     
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  • Bergenfield Schools made the Washington Post list of America's Most Challenging High Schools

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 4/16/2013
    The prestigious Washington Post has published its 2013 list of America’s 1900 Most Challenging Public High Schools and, we are extremely proud to announce, that Bergenfield is ranked Number 1620 on the list. Since, according to the National Center for Statistics, there are 27,575 public high schools in the nation, this outstanding ranking places Bergenfield High School in the top 5.5% of America's high schools!
     
    View the Washington Post’s full list of national and local rankings of how effectively a school prepares its students for college here:
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  • Person of the Year(s)

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 11/14/2012
    Bergenfield Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Kuchar was honored as the YMCA Person of the Year at the 47th Annual Sports Award Banquet Nov. 20.

    Read the full Person of the Year(s) article on NorthJersey.com
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  • America's Promise Alliance

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 11/1/2012
    100 Best Communities Bergenfield School District, a first-time 100 Best winner, earned a spot on the list because of its multiple programs that support the success of all students. One initiative paired Bergenfield with Seton Hall University to create a post-secondary program for students with autism so they can experience college life and independent living while gaining work skills. In addition, its Tri-Valley Academy provides comprehensive educational services for autistic children. Outside of the classroom, children with autism can join the Not Far From Par program, which uses golf to teach social, education and life skills.
     
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  • Top Ten U.S. School Districts Honored for Technology Know-How

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 4/24/2012
    Top-ranked school districts have been announced in the eighth annual Digital School Districts Survey by the Center for Digital Education, the National School Boards Association (NSBA), and convergemag.com. The survey showcases exemplary school boards’ and districts’ use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and the community and to improve district operations.

    Bergenfield was ranked number nine in the country among mid-sized student population districts. The top ten rankings reflect those school boards/districts with the fullest implementation of technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as represented in the survey questions.

    Read the full Top Ten U.S. School Districts Honored for Technology Know-How article and see all the winners online at Converge Magazine.
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  • Shell Science Lab Challenge Announces 2012 Grand Prize Winner and National Finalists

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 4/9/2012
    Arlington, Va., - Shell Oil Company and the National Science Teachers Association today announced the grand prize winner and four national finalists in the second annual Shell Science Lab Challenge. The competition encouraged teachers (grades 6-12) in the U.S. and Canada, who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources, to share their approaches for a chance to win a school science lab makeover valued at $20,000.
     
    National Finalist: Denise Ponte and Joseph Mastroeni, Roy W. Brown Middle School, Bergenfield, N.J.
    Ponte and Mastroeni share room 237 at Roy W. Brown Middle School, teaching 300 seventh and eighth graders Earth science, physics, and life science. The classroom was last updated in the late 1960s, when new lab tables were installed. Despite the outdated facility, Ponte and Mastroeni work to connect science lessons to their students’ lives using project-based lessons, creating opportunities for students to explore their world and participate in investigations, collecting data and developing critical-thinking skills. They hope that by updating the lab it will allow them to conduct more self-directed investigations and provide more collaborative learning opportunities for their students while including students with disabilities and English language learners. 
     
    The four national finalists will each receive a science lab makeover support package for their school valued at $8,500. The prize package includes a $3,000 Shell cash grant, $3,000 in donated lab equipment, $1,000 in NSTA prizes—to include an NSTA bookstore gift certificate and NSTA conference registrations, NSTA memberships and NSTA Learning Center subscriptions for two teachers—and an expense-paid trip for one teacher to attend the 2012 NSTA National Conference on Science Education. 
     
    Continue reading the full press release Shell Science Lab Challenge Announces 2012 Grand Prize Winner and National Finalists on NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) 
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