Bergenfield, NJ (April 6, 2017) – Bergenfield Public School District is excited to announce that it has once again been recognized as a Digital School Districts Survey winner by the Center for Digital Education for the 2016-17 school year. This marks the district's sixth consecutive year placing in the top ten nationally for its innovative use of technology.
The Center for Digital Education’s Digital School Districts Survey Awards recognize schools that are integrating technology for innovative curriculum and improved student learning. The Digital School Districts Survey top-ten rankings are awarded to the school boards/districts that most fully implement technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as represented in the survey questions. All U.S. public school districts are eligible to participate.
“We are excited to receive this recognition again, as it highlights the Board's commitment to providing our students with the technological resources needed to succeed in the 21st century,” stated Mr. Christopher Tully, Superintendent of Schools.
For more information and to see all of this year’s winners, visit http://www.centerdigitaled.com/awards/digital-districts/Digital-School-Districts-Survey-2016-17-winners.html.
About the Center for Digital Education
The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insights to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.
For the fourth year in a row, BHS has been nationally ranked in the top 100 for high schools teaching personal finance by Working in Support of Education (w!se). This year, BHS is ranked 4th in nation for all mid-sized high schools and 18th place overall among all high schools who take the national financial literacy certification exam.
Bergenfield High School has been ranked among the top 4% of high schools in the United States by the U.S. News & World Report in the 2016 Best High Schools survey. BHS was recognized as being the 38th best high school in the state of New Jersey, and the 10th best in Bergen County, behind such prestigious schools as The Bergen Academies, Northern Highlands, Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Cresskill, and Northern Valley Regional High School Demarest.
For the fifth year in a row, Bergenfield High School has made the Washington Post’s prestigious list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” This year’s ranking places BHS at 1098 in the nation, landing the school in the top 5% in the nation and top 4% of high schools, both public and private, in New Jersey.
BERGENFIELD, NJ. (March 30, 2016) – Bergenfield Public School District (BPSD) has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. BPSD joins 476 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2016.
The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.
To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the district answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
This award recognizes that BPSD is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, replaces No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing—while leaving behind subject such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.
“The Bergenfield Public Schools are very proud of once again being named one of the Best Communities for Music Education,” said Christopher Tully, Interim Superintendent of Schools. “This recognition is the result of all of the hard work of our students and staff.”
As BPSD finalizes its 2016-17 budget, the NAMM Foundation’s Best Communities for Music Education Award and the implementation of the federal ESSA law bring attention to the importance of keeping music education part of the school’s core education for all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overall success in school
Community music programs have been drawing increased attention because of a landmark study by Northwestern University brain scientists. These researchers found new links between students in community music programs and academic success in subjects such as reading.
Beyond the Northwestern study, other reports indicate that learning to play music can boost academic and social skills, such as processing math and learning to cooperate in group settings.
A 2015 study, “Striking A Chord” supported by the NAMM Foundation, also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.
View the full list of districts recognized as among the Best Communities for Music Education.
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About The NAMM Foundation:
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.
Sustainable Jersey announced that Bergenfield High School has been awarded a $10,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant funded by the PSEG Foundation. Four $10,000 grants and thirty $2,000 grants were distributed to fund a variety of projects including food composting, outdoor classrooms, sustainability education, rainwater collection, recycling and more.
Bergenfield Public School District was ranked 76th in New Jersey by Niche, a company dedicated to providing reviews and insights from everyday experts for the purpose of helping families find the best places to live, visit, and raise a family. Visit the link to view the district's profile.