Watch Montclair High School Class of 2017 Commencement Broadcast Live

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Watch the Montclair High School class of 2017 graduation broadcast live — coverage starts at 6:00 p.m. tonight on channel 33 for Verizon FiOS and channel 34 for Comcast viewers.

The program will also be streamed live from 6:00 p.m. on the TV34 streaming site:

And you can watch on Facebook live – at

This year’s graduation speaker is Benilde Little, novelist, journalist and Montclair resident. Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Montclair BOE: Protests Against More Staff Cuts; Discussion of Proposed Solar Panels For High School

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 8:42am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Board of Education’s June 19 meeting had a light agenda, and the threat of storms no doubt kept many people away – an electrical blackout caused the proceedings to be taped rather than broadcast live on TV34 – but those that did show up were very vocal in their support for retaining teachers who could be affected by budget cuts.  This time it was Glenfield Middle School math teacher Faisal Sheikh.

Glenfield Middle School students at the June 19 Montclair Board of Education meeting protest the potential firing of math teacher Faisal Sheikh for budget reasons.

A bunch of Glenfield students sat up front to show their support for Sheikh, and Board of Education President Laura Hertzog took it upon herself to explain the procedures of the meeting before it began should any of them want to contribute to public comment.   A few of them did, with Noah Fishman telling the board Sheikh has made learning math fun and with Joanne Keyser calling him “amazing.”  Several adults spoke up on Sheikh’s behalf as well, with Evan Cutler saying the teacher has made math his daughter’s favorite subject after she started sixth grade hating it, while Scott Richards said Sheikh helped his own child come a long way in getting his math grades up. Sara Mosle, herself an educator and an education reporter, opined that to hire talented teachers and then not retain them would make it difficult to attract new teachers. Continue Reading

Montclair Cooperative School Graduates Eleven

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 18, 2017 12:53pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The 11 members of the 8th grade at Montclair Cooperative School graduated on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Described as “few, but mighty”, the students were accepted into the following high schools:

Montclair Cooperative School Class of 2017 and their 8th grade teacher, Judy Bereczki.
Photo: Joy Glenn

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Shop For Beautiful Jewelry Created by Renaissance’s Students for An Equitable World

Friday, Jun 16, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Renaissance middle schoolers, “beading” the change they want to see in the world, participated in Students for Equitable World (SEW), creating and selling beautiful jewelry with the proceeds going to charity. The students showcased their creations at a reception.

Wade Maxx Framing on Vallet Road in Upper Montclair has offered to extend the sale of the students’ pieces until Sunday. Stop by, see the students’s work and purchase a piece of jewelry.

Residents Protest Staff Cuts at Montclair BOE Meeting

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 08, 2017 8:40am  |  COMMENTS (1)

The Montclair Board of Education had a light agenda for its June 7 workshop meeting, but the meeting itself lasted a long time due to the overwhelming number of comments from residents protesting the various cuts in the 2017-18 school-year budget and the proposal to cut 55 paraprofessionals and 35 teachers. At the same time, 10 science teachers were present to receive awards for their participation in a science fellowship.

The Montclair Board of Education


Parents of Nishuane School students were out in full force to protest the proposed dismissal of Assistant Principal Evan Kozak, who was lauded by one Montclair resident after another for his attention to the students and for his innovative program of elective classes. Kozak had developed an elective curriculum allowing first-graders to select classes that included instruction in Shakespeare, architecture, and astronomy. Nishuane parents also praised him for being engaged with families with children in the school. Continue Reading

MFEE Amazing FundRACER Raised $97,000!

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2017 12:31pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

On May 21st, The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) town-wide community event — The Amazing FUNDRACER: The SEQUEL — grossed approximately $97,000 to support MFEE’s new initiatives to better prepare our youngest learners for school and to better equip our tweens/teens for life after high school.

Photo: Chanda Hall

One hundred brave racers took on the challenging course that lasted over four hours, covered the entire town of Montclair, included 13 challenges (plus an additional four mini-challenges) and three Pit Stops! Challenges included scavenger hunts in Montclair Center, eating dried bugs, building a Big Wheel and riding it in Glenfield Park, a water balloon toss , and many more. In the end, Team Fricke and Frack, both Renaissance Middle School parents, were victorious! Continue Reading

New Montclair High School Fashion Club Finishes Year With First Annual Student Fashion Show

BY  |  Tuesday, May 30, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The new Montclair High School Fashion Club presented its first annual student fashion show on Saturday, May 20. The Fashion Club was founded by graduating senior and president of the club, Charlie Williams, during the 2016-2017 school year. The club’s adviser is Mr. Jeffrey Freeman, who teaches English classes in the MHS Center for Social Justice (CSJ) Small Learning Community.

The fashion show was a fitting send off for the club’s seniors. The outdoor event was hosted by Williams, one of four student designers who presented a collection at the show. Williams will attend Parsons School of Design to study fashion photography this fall. Fellow senior club member, Maiya Wright, a club officer and resident photographer, will attend the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) to study fashion photography. Senior club member and fellow officer Sakina Balija-Toure will attend school in NYC this fall at the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, to study the business of fashion.

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Montclair Citizens Petition BOE to Reinstate High School Staff Westervelt and Gannon

BY  |  Tuesday, May 30, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

At the May 15 Montclair Board of Education (BOE) meeting, students and parents pleaded with the BOE not to lay off Montclair High School (MHS) Athletic Director Jeff Gannon.

Walter P. Springer was one of those people who supported Gannon. Now Springer is backing up his words with action. He has started a petition requesting the reinstatement of Gannon and Kim Westervelt, formerly the MHS assistant principal for English, who was also included in the recent wave of layoffs.

The petition argues that Gannon and Westervelt were removed without cause. The 2017-18 school budget that passed funded both positions. Furthermore, neither Gannon or Westervelt received an evaluation detailing poor performance from their supervisor before being layed off. Continue Reading

Make A Toast To Montclair Teachers and Support Montclair Schools

BY  |  Monday, May 29, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Now through June 22, the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) will hold its 21st season of the Toast to the Teachers event series. You can be part of it — choose a special teacher, principal, coach or other person from Montclair Public Schools and host a party (toast!) in their honor. You cover the (tax-deductible) costs of your party and proceeds benefit MFEE programs in Montclair Public Schools. Can’t host this year? Choose one or more Toasts to attend and honor educators while supporting Montclair Schools.

To host, visit to complete registration process or by calling 973-509-4021 at least two weeks before your party. MFEE will create your online Toast Registration page!

Buzz Aldrin Middle School and Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Collaborate on STEM Skills

BY  |  Sunday, May 21, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

On May 11 and 12, Buzz Aldrin Middle School and Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center (formerly called Mountainside Hospital) collaborated for an in-school STEM SKILLS program for 6th, 7th & 8th graders.

Daniel Taylor, the STEM Coordinator for Buzz Aldrin, designed the program with the hospitals’ community health and services team, including Grettel Muscato and Florey Cruz-Cerpa. Their goal was to introduce students to the variety of career options available in a hospital environment, and enhance understanding of the educational paths taken to achieve those professions.

Students heard from Dr. Luigi Baretto (family medicine), Nicole Gengaro (radiology technician), Andrea Cohen (registered nurse and diabetes counselor), Margo Murray (occupational therapist), Dr. Marianne Ramos (pharmacologist), Dr. Marybeth Friel (family medicine), Elena Mills (dietician), Dr. Priya Mehta (internal medicine), and Michele Langfield (clinical social worker). Continue Reading

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