The Bergenfield High School Athletic Department is proud to announce that it is accepting nominations for the Sixth Annual BHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Nominees must have graduated from BHS a minimum of ten years ago, and must have been a varsity letter winner, team, coach, or contributor to the athletic department. Honorees will be inducted at a banquet to be held in the spring of 2018. Click the title for more information and nomination forms.
As you may be aware, the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that influenza activity is currently rising and is expected to continue for the coming weeks. We are in communication with our local health officials to keep abreast of the latest information regarding flu conditions in our area. Click the title to for important information on how we can work together, at school and home, to safeguard our students from the negative impact of the current flu season.
Bergenfield has been recognized as a 2017 Best School by Niche, the largest website for researching K-12 schools! This year, we ranked 56th in New Jersey... Click the title to read more.
Our district strongly supports fostering a positive classroom and school climate for our students and staff throughout the year. Not only is providing our students a safe environment paramount for building academic success, but allows them to grow from a social standpoint. Here at Bergenfield Public Schools, we take great pride in having a learning community that come from many ethnicities, religions, backgrounds and beliefs. We hope that our district community respects the differences of classmates, colleagues and citizens and recognizes that respecting peers can help make society more tolerant against divisiveness. Our schools commemorated Week of Respect in various forms to help hinder bullying and instill a culture of respecting others. Click the title to read more.
As the saying goes, “let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me.” To bring a little bit more peace in our classrooms and with each other, our district elementary schools participated in commemorating International Day of Peace. Click title for more information.
Our district pauses in tribute to remember the innocent lives that were taken 15 years ago on September 11, 2001. Click the title for more information.
The Bergenfield Public Schools announced today that Bergenfield High School achieved bronze certification for its sustainability efforts through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. Bergenfield High School becomes the first school in Bergen County, NJ to be certified by the nonprofit organization, joining a group of 83 schools across the state in 2016. Click the title for more information.
Welcome back! Today brought new classes, faces and teachers for our students, as well as marked the beginning of another year when goals and big dreams can be set. We will work hard to make this a fruitful year of success and knowledge for our children. Our district is committed to ensuring that they have the necessary skills and experiences to be positive individuals in a global society. We look forward to building strong relationships with our parents and guardians, and appreciate their continued support for our learning community. Let’s make this year the best one yet!
Last week, the Bergenfield Public Schools welcomed 24 staff members to the Bear family for the 2016-2017 school year. At the full-day orientation, Mr. Christopher Tully, Superintendent of Schools, provided an overview of the district and introduced the new cohort to members of the district leadership team. Additionally, the group took a tour around Bergenfield visiting all the schools, as well as met with Allison Moonitz, Director, Bergenfield Public Library and Christopher Massey, Captain, Bergenfield Police Department. We look forward to having our new staff members inspire and work with our students and learning community!
At the July 25th board meeting, the Bergenfield Board of Education appointed Mr. Christopher Tully as the next Superintendent of Schools. Click the title to read more.
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.
Congratulations to the Bergenfield Public School District 2015-2016 Teachers of the Year! Click the title to see this year's recipients.
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. Click the title to read more.
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. Click the title to read more.
Bergenfield Public School District is excited to be recognized as a Digital School Districts Survey winner by the Center for Digital Education for 2015-16. This is the district's fifth year in a row making the top ten list for the nation for innovative uses of technology! Click the title to read more.
Bergenfield Public School District has once again 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 for 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.
BHS Principal Jim Fasano and Interim Superintendent Christopher Tully accepted a check in the amount of $10,000 on behalf of the Board of Education. The funds were received after the high school was selected as a winner in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant Program, funded by the PSEG Foundation. The winning project, proposed by the high school's Green Team, focuses on the recycling of food waste for the purpose of composting. The produced compost will then be used to fertilize the grounds of the school. Students enrolled in the Green Technology classes will oversee the project on a daily basis. Click the title to read more.
On January 26th, Director of Curriculum/Humanities Supervisor Tara Schneider and BHS Principal James Fasano had the pleasure of sharing the Bergenfield High School AP Experience success story at the 2016 College Board Regional Forums in Baltimore. The presentation focused on how encouraging all students to challenge themselves by taking at least 1 AP class before they graduate will better prepare them to be successful in college. The video on the following page was the finale to the presentation, and was such a hit with the audience that the College Board has inquired about using it for future presentations. It truly captures the spirit of our students, passion of our teachers, support from the administration, and the Board's commitment to college and career readiness. Click the title to view the AP Experience video.
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. Click the title for more information.
Congratulations to Emily Hughes for placing first in the 8th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest. Emily placed first in the entire Tri-State Area with her essay on Pope Francis. Click the title above to watch the press video from the ceremony as well as view event photos.
Mrs. Susan Baez was recently honored by the New Jersey Department of Education in the 2015 Exemplary Secondary Educator Recognition Program! Mrs. Baez, who has been with the Bergenfield Schools for over 14 years, is no stranger to this extraordinary and impressive level of distinction, having already been recognized for her demonstrated excellence in classroom teaching earlier this year. Evidenced by a verifiable track record for raising student achievement, Mrs. Baez's success as an educator is distinct, notable, and commendable. During the 2014-2015 school year, she was named the BHS Teacher of the Year, a title awarded under the rigorous selection guidelines outlined by Governor Christie's Educator of the Year Program.
Bergenfield High School Principal James Fasano recently announced that Caoilin Ramsay has been named one of 16,000 Semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Caoilin joins a group of academically talented high school seniors with an opportunity to advance and compete for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. Click the title to read more.
Congratulations to former Hoover Elementary School student, Devananda Anoop, who placed in the 94.63% nationally and 92.45% statewide, which translates to 5th in NJ and 24th in overall U.S., in the XVIII Math Kangaroo Olympiad! Click the title to read more.
Roy W. Middle School has partnered with the NY Giants to bring students the Play 60 program. Play 60 provides engaging educational opportunities and events designed to teach children the importance of remaining active. Students are challenged to be active 60 minutes a day in an effort to fight childhood obesity. Last week, students were visited by professional NFL players from the NY Giants. Damontre Moore, Daniel Fells, Dwayne Harris, and Marcus Harris addressed the students and gave away two pro jerseys. It was a fitting way to wrap up the students' annual Field Day!
Bergenfield High School has been included in the article titled “50 Inspiring Schools Meeting the Challenge” by TheBestSchools.org. TheBestSchools.org selected Bergenfield High School based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, extracurricular richness, geographical and demographical diversity, and reputation. Click the title to read more.
Working in Support of Education (w!se), a New York City based, national educational not-for-profit, today announced its third annual “100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance” national ranking during a ceremony sponsored by Voya Financial® at the New York Stock Exchange. The 100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance recognizes the top performing high schools in w!se’s national network. BHS ranked among the top 30 high schools within its network. Click the title to read more.
This spring, the RWB PE Department has partnered with the NY Giants and the American Heart Association for the Play 60 Challenge, an official NFL campaign geared toward encouraging kids of all ages to increase their daily physical activity. On April 24th, our 6th graders were introduced to this exciting program by Jameel McClaine and Devon Kennard in the morning and Prince Amukamara and Daniel Fells in the afternoon.
For the fourth year in a row, Bergenfield High School made the Washington Post’s prestigious list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” The ranking places Bergenfield High School in the top 5% in the nation and top 7% of high schools in New Jersey. Click the title to read more.
The NAMM Foundation recognizes the Bergenfield Public School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. Bergenfield joins 388 districts across the country to receive the prestigious distinction in 2015. Click the title to read more.
Top-ranked school districts have been announced in the Center for Digital Education's and National School Boards Associantion's 10th anniversary Digital School Districts Survey. The survey recognizes exemplary school boards’ and districts’ use of technology to govern their district, communicate with students, parents and community and improve the learning environment and district operations. Bergenfield has been ranked number five among mid-sized student population districts in 2014-2015. Click the title to read more.
Last night, the Bergenfield High School Boys Basketball Team defeated Ewing, ranked 8th in the state, by a score of 80-72 in a thrilling overtime victory in the NJSIAA Group 3 Finals. The impressive win marks the Bears’ first state title since 1945, and sends Bergenfield surging into the Tournament of Champions. The Bears enter the tournament as the #4 seed in a playoff bracket that includes the four public school champions and two parochial school champions from around the state. They will face off against the #5 Paulsboro Red Raiders this Wednesday, March 18th, at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, with a tip-off time of 5:30pm. The entire Bergenfield Learning Community couldn’t be more proud of you. GO BEARS!
59 Bergenfield High School students received the AP Scholar Award in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. Of the 34 different college-level Advanced Placement courses and exams, Bergenfield High School offers 24 College Board authorized classes to its students. In 2014, 357 BHS students took 606 AP exams. Click the title to read more.
Keep calm and help prevent the spread of illness! The CDC recommends the following steps for proper hand washing: (1) Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap. (2) Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. (3) Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice. (4) Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. (5) Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. Click the title for more information.
The National Association for Music Education has announced the list of winning applicants for the 2014 All-National Honor Ensembles. These student musicians from all over the country will convene in Nashville, Tennessee from October 26th to October 29th for a prestigious performance opportunity. On the list of chosen students is Bergenfield High School Senior and soprano singer, Carolina Restrepo. Under the guidance of choir teacher Malcolm Couden, Carolina is the second BHS student to participate in an All-National ensemble since Mr. Couden joined the BHS staff. This distinction is another addition to Carolina’s already impressive high school resume. Click the title to read more.
A proud supporter of Bergenfield’s commitment to improvement, 2014 Yearbook Advisor Norm Dapito submitted Crossroads for the Medalist Critique, a yearbook and online/print work review process facilitated by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The Medalist Critique is intended to help students improve their final product, and contains a written set of standards that represent best practice for student media. The results of the Critique are encouraging: Crossroads received a gold medal based on a total score of 824 (scores between 800 and 1000 qualify for gold). The yearbook was judged on three categories: references, verbal, and visual, and it scored the highest in verbal. With such stellar performance on its first review, it is clear that more prestigious competitions are on the horizon for the Crossroads staff! Click the title to read more.
Bergenfield Board of Education’s Food Service Department provides you with a convenient and secure online payment service called mySchoolBucks. This website allows you to deposit money directly into your child’s school meal account and view balance/purchase information for the past ninety days. Click the title for more information and registration directions.
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. Click the title to read more.
Hoover Elementary School fifth grader, Beatrice Aquino, was named the Grand Prize Winner for the 2014 Scholastic MLK Day Poster Contest -- a national art competition. To enter the contest, students had to create an original Martin Luther King, Jr.–themed poster (no larger than 11" x 17") that inspires people, his or her own age, to help others through service and answer Dr. King’s question, “What are you doing for others?” Entries were judged equally on artistic interpretation of the Challenge Theme; how well the artwork inspires others to engage in service; originality; and technical skill. Click the title to read more and see her winning poster.
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, 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.