• BHS Named a 2013-2014 Blue Star School by Working in Support of Education (w!se)

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 10/16/2014

    2014 Blue Star School For the second year in a row, Bergenfield High School has been named a 2013-14 Blue Star School by Working in Support of Education (w!se). BHS earned this national distinction for the students’ performance on last year’s w!se Financial Literacy Certification Test. In order to earn the Blue Star School recognition, a school must achieve a 75 percent passing rate on the test and have either a majority of students on a given grade level take the test or have the students who took it achieve an average score of 80 percent or higher.

    As part of the Financial Literacy Certification Program, w!se also recognizes the teachers whose students exhibit outstanding achievement in finance courses. BHS teacher, Mr. Scott Bisig has again shown commendable progress to that end, earning his second Gold Star Teacher Award in a row. To be considered for the Gold Star Award, a teacher must achieve a 90% pass rate in at least one of their classes on either the Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test.

    About the w!se Financial Literacy Certification Program: Most students drop out of college not because of academic failure but because of personal debt and the fastest growing group filing personal bankruptcy is young people ages 18 to 25. w!se’s Financial Literacy Certification Program (FLCP) addresses the urgent need for financial literacy and education. The program provides high school students with access to financial education and the opportunity to become certified financially literate. Participating schools teach personal finance and administer w!se’s standardized Financial Literacy Certification (CFL) Test. Teachers have access to training, educational resources, pre-tests, and online practice tests. Students who pass the CFL Test are Certified Financially Literate, earning their CFL. Developed in 2003, the program has expanded nationally and has been widely recognized for its success, including the US Treasury Department’s John Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education.
     
    If you have questions or would like to sign up, contact Andrea Campbell at acampbell@wise-ny.org or (212) 980-5054. To learn more about the program, visit: http://www.wise-ny.org/programs.htm#.
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  • Bergenfield High School Ranks amongst Top Bergen County Schools

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 8/27/2014
    The Daily Beast 2014

    Bergenfield High School Ranks amongst Top Bergen County Schools
    Named #402 of America’s Top 500 Public High Schools by the Daily Beast


    New York, NY: Results of a national search for the best public high schools place Bergenfield High School at #402, with a graduation rate of 98.4%, college bound rate of 89.6%, and average SAT score of 1460. BHS is one of 43 New Jersey schools recognized, and proudly stands amongst other top Bergen County contenders such as the Bergen Academies in Hackensack, and the Glen Rock, Ramsey, Cresskill, Demarest, Old Tappan, and River Dell school districts.

    Relying on criteria culled from existing school surveys, The Daily Beast compiled the 2014 list of Top High Schools across the United States, using six performance measures: graduation and college acceptance rates, college level courses and exams, SAT/ACT scores, and percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch. The most heavily weighed factors – graduation and college acceptance rates – are critical indicators of college and career readiness, the goal upon which the district hinges its continued long term improvement efforts.

    The Bergenfield Learning Community is no stranger to success. This award comes at the heels of other recent accolades, which include being named one the Most Challenging Schools in America by The Washington Post for the third year in a row. In 2014 alone, the district has also been praised for its use of digital technology and efforts to teach personal finance to high school students.
     
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    For more information, please visit the rankings online:
     
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  • 100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 4/29/2014
    Working in Support of Education (w!se), a leading New York City based educational not-for-profit, announced Bergenfield High School as one of the “100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance” during a ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange.

    The release of the rankings marks the 11th anniversary of the w!se Financial Literacy Certification Program. The award-winning program provides teachers with a curriculum and instructional resources to teach personal finance and to measure student knowledge through the w!se standardized Certification Test. Students passing the test are designated Certified Financially Literate™, which shows that they are financially capable when they graduate. Since its introduction, the program has become integral to personal finance instruction in thousands of classrooms across the United States and is now offered in 34 states.

    The 100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance recognizes the top performing high schools in w!se’s national network. BHS course instructor, Mr. Scott Bisig, was also recognized by w!se this school year with the Gold Star Teacher Award based on his students’ performance on the Financial Literacy Certification Test. Across the nation, about 77 percent of students passed the test last school year, earning them a certification for being financially capable. Over 90 percent of Mr. Bisig’s finance class passed this exam, which earned him the distinction of being honored by w!se.

    For more information about w!se, visit the program website for the most recent program news and updates.
     
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  • 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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  • Bergenfield Public Schools Receive National Award

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 4/18/2013
    Magna Awards recognize school districts for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools.
     
    Magna Awards Alexandria, Va. (April 3, 2013) – Bergenfield (N.J.) Public Schools has been selected as a first place winner in the 19th annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) American School Board Journal (ASBJ).
     
    Bergenfield Public Schools is being honored in the under 5,000 enrollment category for its Advanced Placement for ALL program which decreased the district’s number of high school dropouts to zero in 2012. A district-wide approach was used to increase teacher expectations and tailor learning to individual students’ needs. Bergenfield pays AP exam fees for low-income students and has increased student access to computers. As a result, the percentage of students scoring 3 or above on AP exams went from 52 in 2008 to 71 in 2012. Additionally, four-year college attendance rates jumped from 52 students in 2008 to 183 students in 2012.
     
    The Magna Awards, supported by Sodexo, recognize districts across the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools. This year’s three grand prize, 15 first place, and 15 honorable mention winners were selected from three enrollment categories: under 5,000 students, 5,000 to 20,000 students, and over 20,000 students.
     
    This year's grand prize winners are the Derry Township School District, in Hershey, Pa., Albemarle County Public Schools in Charlottesville, Va., and the Fontana Unified School District in Fontana, Calif. Each of the grand prize winning school districts will receive a $4,000 contribution from Sodexo on
    April 14, during Sunday’s General Session at NSBA’s 73rd Annual Conference in San Diego.
     
    “The Magna Awards showcase the great work going on in local school districts across the country to increase student achievement and success,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director of NSBA. “This year’s Magna Awards recipients are national models that school leaders can learn from. NSBA commends Sodexo for its continuing support of this program and its goal of highlighting outstanding public school achievements.”
     
    “Just like the school districts recognized in the annual Magna Awards program, Sodexo supports student achievement,” said Steve Dunmore, President of Sodexo Education-Schools. “As a partner in education, Sodexo realizes that it is vitally important to call attention to and support school districts that go above and beyond to enrich the learning environment for its students. Therefore, we are proud to sponsor the Magna Awards again this year.”
     
    ASBJ initiated the Magna Awards in 1995 to recognize school boards for taking bold and innovative steps to improve their educational programs. An independent panel of school board members, administrators, and other educators selected the winners from nearly 300 submissions.
     
    The 2013 winners are highlighted in a special section in the May issue of ASBJ and will be formally recognized on Saturday, April 13, at the Best Practices for School Leaders Luncheon, which is part of NSBA’s 73rd Annual Conference.
     
    In addition to the ASBJ special section, the district's winning entry will be posted on the Magna Awards website and added to the program's searchable best practices database. Both can be found at www.asbj.com/magna.
     
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