Friday, April 26, 2013
OPS sends two teams to the Odyssey of the Mind Challenge; one qualifies for world championship.
In March, Oradell Public School sent two teams to the Liberty Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament in Somerset, N.J.--ARTchitecture: The Musical and The Pet Project. Both teams qualified for the State Tournament in Ewing, N.J. Odyssey of the Mind is an international program that provides students the opportunity to develop problem-solving skills while also learning how to effectively work in a team. Students learn how to think divergently while solving the challenges of a presented problem. The “ARTchitecture: The Musical” team was required to create and present a performance that included a replica of a documented architectural structure built between 1,000 AD and 1,600 AD. The performance needed to include three works of art that …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Junior scientists shine at the annual Science Fair.
The moldy cheese project. Eggs-speriment. Moody music. Homemade make-up. Creativity ruled as junior scientists from Kindergarten to the sixth grade strutted their scientific stuff Friday at Oradell Public School's annual science fair. More than 130 students participated in the annual OPS Science Fair, organized and run by the PTA's Science Fun committee, led this year by Vanessa Hosein and Melissa Saldana. The multi-purpose room was packed with students and parents curious to see the experiments which covered many areas of science--chemistry, biology, electromagnetics, and psychology and physics. The fifth and sixth grade projects were judged. The winners are: 5th Grade 1st Place: Kathryn and Kellie "Can Hand Sanitizer and Soap Stop the …
Friday, April 12, 2013
The Christie Administration released its new School Performance Reports for the 2011-2012 school year Wednesday.
Students at Oradell Public, Roosevelt and Cherry Hill elementary schools were found to be better performing than those at the Regional schools when compared to their new peer groups and the state according to the new School Performance Reports. Released Wednesday, the reports are a new version of the long-running School Reports Cards that have measured school performance on a variety of metrics since the 1990s. Oradell students academic performance is considered high when compared to their peer group (in the 73rd percentile) and statewide (92nd percentile). Roosevelt School was ranked in the 70th percentile (peer group) and 88th (statewide) for their academic achievement while Cherry Hill was 55th (peer group) and 82nd (statewide). …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Cherry Hill and Roosevelt Schools both fell in the rankings, according to schooldigger.com
Oradell Public School (OPS) was named among the top 40 elementary schools in the state in 2011-2012, according to school ranking website schooldigger.com. Drawing from performance data from the New Jersey Department of Education, OPS was ranked 35th out of 1,254 elementary schools in the state. Roosevelt and Cherry Hill both fell in the rankings to to 179 and 263 respectively. Third and fourth-grade students from all three schools showed high proficiency in mathematics, ranging from 88 to 97 percent on average in the ASK evaluation tests. Language arts proficiency for all three was between 80 to 86 percent. Oradell students averaged a 183.7 on the combined ASK tests, with Roosevelt (179) and Cherry Hill (168) trailing their neighbors. …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The K-6 district will be pioneering a climate change program throughout the spring.
What can Oradell kids to do fight climate change? They can influence their parents, as shown by a pioneering climate change program, Cool the Earth running in Oradell Public School (OPS) this spring. On March 27, students at Oradell Public School watched a fun, inspiring play starring OPS teachers and administrators which explains the concept of climate change to kids. “In addition to increasing awareness of climate change in our school community,” Cathy Sears of the PTA’s Enrichment Committee, who brought the program to OPS said. “OPS’s participation in Cool the Earth will take Oradell one step closer to becoming a “Sustainable Jersey” town, which is a state-run program that provides access to grants and funding opportunities to …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The Board of Education introduced its $11.1 million 2013-14 school budget earlier this week
With state aid remaining flat and Trenton requiring $43,261 to be returned, the Oradell Public School's 2013-14 budget will include a $43 increase to the average homeowner under the recently introduced $11.1 million budget. The proposed budget comes in at the state mandate 2% tax levy cap of $10,043,194 after OPS learned it would again receive $328,932 in state aid. According to OPS Business Administrator Alfredo Aguilar, the $43 tax increase is the current estimate while the district waits on the final 2012 ratables amount to be determined by the borough. The increase is based on the 2011 numbers. For the second year in the row, OPS like many other school districts in New Jersey, was hit with a new fee to return a portion of their state …
Friday, February 22, 2013
The tuition-based program is currently accepting registration through March 8 for all borough children ages three to four for the 2013-14 school year
Oradell youngest youth will once again be able to attend a general education preschool program at Oradell Public School next fall as the district has renewed the tuition-based classes. The class offers the borough's three and four-year-olds to attend school five days a week and the opportunity to socialize, play and learn under the direction of the preschool staff. "We expect to have 30 tuition based students," Thomas Santagato, Director of Special Education and Student Support Services at OPS said. "We have the program last year and it has to be reapproved every year." The 2012-13 preschool students who entered the program at age three are automatically enrolled into the 2013-14 four-year-old program, according to Santagato. The General …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Oradell Public School recently welcomed more than just students through its doors as students were greeted by a variety of Birds of prey
Oradell Public School students were treated to a visit from “The Raptor Project,” an extraordinary and outstanding array of "Birds of Prey" - eagles, hawks, falcons and owls displayed in an exquisite natural habitat. The Raptor Project, was created by Jonathan and Susan Wood of New York, to increase awareness and education of these majestic birds while also providing a home for the birds which were unable to be re-introduced to the wild. Sponsored by the OPS PTA, the assembly taught students about the birds’ lifestyles and habitats and thrilled the children as the birds took flight across the auditorium. Follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to our free daily newsletter.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Ryan will hold "open office hours" next week before he officially retires from the district
After two decades with the Oradell School District, Principal Scott Ryan's career is coming to an end on September 1 as he officially retires from the K-6 district. As such, he will be holding "open office hours" on Thursday, August 30, 9am to 11am and 1pm to 3pm for students and residents to stop in and say goodbye before his final day. Ryan, whose retirement was not initially expected before the start of the 2012-13 school year, led to the creation of a dual Superintendent/Principal role for incoming superintendent Anne Facendo. As part of his farewell, the Oradell Board of Education is asking current and former students and family members with any pictures or well wishes for Ryan to send them to Oradell Public School, care of Board of …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
This fall, the school will welcome a new superintendent, assistant principal and two supervisors of instruction
After being thrown a curveball last week with news that Principal Scott Ryan would be retiring in August prior to the start of the school year, the Oradell Board of Education announced their new administrative staff on Wednesday night. Along with Ryan, Oradell Public School will also be losing the services of Assistant Principal John Norton who will be taking a similar position in a different district. Instead the district will continue to have Thomas Santagato serve as Director of Special Education and Student Support Services and welcome four new administrators to their new positions. Anne Facendo who was named as the lone finalist for the Superintendent's job will now enter the district in a dual role as Superintendent/Principal, …