Latest High School News & Announcements
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GR Public Library Presents: A Body in the Library
Calling all super sleuths, daring detectives, and incredible investigators! A murder most foul has been committed at the Glen Rock Library. You’ll need all your wits about you as you examine the clues, interrogate the suspects, and figure out “whodunit!” It may be the person you least expect! This program is for teens in grades 6-12 and runs approximately 2 hours. The murder mystery will take place on Friday, May 9th at 7pm. See flyer below for more info.
- GRPL Presents: The Body in the Library
Boosters Club Senior Awards Dinner
Each June, the Glen Rock High School Boosters Club sponsors the Senior Awards Dinner recognizing Seniors who have participated in extracurricular activities or athletics during their high school years.This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, June 10th at Macaluso’s located at 161 Rea Avenue in Hawthorne beginning at 6:00 P.M. Many Scholarships and Recognition Awards are presented at this dinner. Applications for specific Scholarships are available from Mr. Violante. Recognition Awards applications and dinner information is available online and will also be available in the Guidance Office.
- 2014 Senior Awards Dinner Invitation
- 2014 Senior Awards Dinner Application for Recognition
The New Dangers of Heroin
Click here for an important program at Midland Park High School.
NJDOE H.I.B. Self Assessment
Click here for a copy of the New Jersey Department of Education School Self Assessment for Determining grades under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights.
You Are Invited to a Faculty-Parent Book Discussion
Please join us for a Faculty-Parent Book Discussion of Danah Boyd’s new book, It’s Complicated: the social lives of networked teens on Thursday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Media Center.
- "It's Complicated" Book Discussion Flyer
On the Air with Arlotta
We are pleased to announce the February issue of our periodic video newscasts:
This segment features our Winter Sports teams. Enjoy!
On with the Air with Arlotta also airs on GRTV after the BOE meetings on MWF 9:30-12:30AM and 6:30-9:30PM. It also airs on Sundays after the BOE meeting in the 4:00-7:00PM timeslot. Finally, "On the Air" is posted on the GRTV Board of Education online Vimeo channel:
New Payment Options from Pomptonian
I am happy to announce that the Glen Rock School District is partnering with Pomptonian Food Service to enhance delivery of the school lunch program. A new computerized "Point of Sale" (POS) system for Glen Rock High School students begins on December 2nd which allows students to purchase lunch using funds that parents have placed on their account, creating a cashless transaction via a pin card, if you choose to do so. In this case, log on to www.payforit.net . You will need your child’s student I.D. number, which can be obtained via Genesis. Funds can be added at any time at the cafeteria register, using cash or check payable to the GR BOE. All students will receive a temporary identification card on or before December 2nd, which includes their student I.D. number in case they would like to take advantage of this new payment option. Click here for more specific information discussing all of your payment options.
TRAFFIC ALERT FOR MONDAY, FEB. 3
Important changes to GRMS/HS traffic procedures effective Monday, Feb. 3.Dear parents,
The recent severe drop in temperatures has increased the amount of vehicle traffic at arrival and dismissal times for the MS/HS complex. The resultant bottlenecks along school routes have caused a dangerous increase in near misses for pedestrians. In order to protect our students to the best of our ability, the school district is joining with the Glen Rock Police Department to make the following improvements
effective Monday, Feb. 3:
No Left Turn on Kirkwood Place
The “No Left Turn” ordinance onto Kirkwood Place from Radburn Road will be reinstated during school hours on school days. A barricade will be in place to assist with enforcement. Vehicles must enter Kirkwood northbound on Radburn.
Student Drop-off/Pick-up Area
The student drop-off/pick-up area remains along the south side of Kirkwood Place, across from the entrance to the high school. Students should be dropped off along the right curb of Kirkwood Place ONLY. The center lane will remain open for through traffic and to allow staff members to enter and exit the Hamilton parking lot. Once a student has been safely discharged, vehicles are asked to pull away from the curb into the “Through Traffic” lane and proceed with caution to exit at Harristown Road. Drivers are reminded that dropping students off in the “Through Traffic” lane is an extremely hazardous practice; it needs to cease immediately. A crossing guard is posted at the high school entrance to assist students with crossing the driveway.
Staff parking access
District staff will continue to enter the parking lot via the “Through Traffic” lane. Only vehicles displaying staff parking permits or district employee identification will have access to the high school parking lot during arrival and dismissal times. There will be no public access to that lot or the Hamilton Circle during arrival and dismissal times.
Drivers are asked to heed these necessary changes to ensure student safety and a reasonable flow of traffic. As weather permits, drivers are encouraged to continue to utilize nearby side streets for drop-off and pick-up of students. A crossing guard is posted at the intersection of Belmont Road and Harristown Road to assist students who can then easily enter or exit the building through the Auditorium or Hamilton lobbies.
Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying
There is relatively new legislation regarding Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB). Our district has always taken student misconduct seriously, in all forms, and will continue to do so. We support the goals of the law and will fully implement its requirements. The legislation requires reporting of suspected HIB, investigation and determination of whether the behavior is HIB or not. It defines specific reporting and follow-up activities. Harassment, intimidation or bullying means any gesture, written, verbal or physical act, or technological threat whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents that takes place on school property, at any school sponsored function, going to and/or from school, or off school grounds that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other pupils.
The district policy and contact information for the Anti-Bullying Coordinator is available on the district website. The High School Anti-Bullying Specialist is Mr. Joseph Sutera.
He can reached at (201)-445 7700 or via email at email@example.com .
Building Access Update for GRHS
Effective Monday, November 18, the Hamilton Lobby doors to Glen Rock High School will remain locked from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. All visitors to the high school, middle school or community school will need to ring the doorbell at the right of the Hamilton doors to gain access to the building. Thank you for your cooperation.
New visitor protocol for Glen Rock High School
As part of the Glen Rock Public School’s ongoing efforts to improve security in all district buildings, several additional procedures are being put into place for the opening of schools this fall.
Visitors to Glen Rock High School, Glen Rock Middle School and Glen Rock Community School will enter and exit the buildings using the Hamilton entrance, located at the high school traffic circle. Upon entering the lobby, visitors will need to register with the greeters at the Reception Desk. All visitors will be asked for proof of identification and will receive a date- and time-stamped badge to be worn while on the premises for each visit. A table has been placed next to the desk to collect any forgotten items being dropped off for either high school or middle school students.
The reception desk will be staffed Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. These new procedures will be in effect as of the first day of school, Monday, Sept. 9.
Integrated Pest Management
Click here for a letter concerning Integrated Pest Management.
Changes to National Honor Society
The Faculty Council for The Glen Rock National Honor Society has voted to increase the minimum required GPA for NHS membership from 3.5 to 3.75. This change will begin with the incoming Freshman (Class of 2017). The current sophomores (class of 2016), juniors (Class of 2015), and seniors (Class of 2014) will be "grandfathered" and still be required to meet the previous minimum GPA of 3.5.
Glen Rock High School Named to Newsweek magazine’s top 2,000 high schools in the U.S.
For the second year in a row, Glen Rock High School (GRHS) has been named to Newsweek magazine’s list of the top 2,000 high schools in the country. For 2013, GRHS is ranked 218, up from a ranking of 287 the previous year. Data used in the analysis is self-reported by the institution for the 2011-12 school year.
According to the publication, the ranking highlights the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation, “…those that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads.” The list is based on six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent.)
“Glen Rock High School is proud to be associated with the 2013 Newsweek report on America’s Best High Schools,” said Dr. Paula Valenti, superintendent of schools for the Glen Rock School District. “According to the report, Newsweek and The Daily Beast analyzed graduation rates, participation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs, accompanied by acceptance into a two- or four-year college in the calculation. The 2013 methodology was also updated to include a weighting of the percentage of students enrolled in an AP, IB or Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) course.”
Valenti continues, “It should be noted that the Northeast produced 25 percent of the top schools and we are proud that Glen Rock High is among those selected for the roster. Of particular interest is that Glen Rock High School is the number one Bergen County comprehensive high school on the roster! Our students, teachers and staff are among the brightest and the best, and are led by outstanding administrators! They have made their school, community and families proud.”
GRHS Principal John Arlotta, who took the helm in July 2011, states, “We are flattered to be recognized amongst the top high schools in this country. We are proud of our fine student body and staff, which are most responsible for this ranking. We continue to explore ways to personalize the education for each of our students by increasing rigor and offering associated opportunities, based on our students’ talents, passions and interests.”
GRHS currently serves 726 students in grades 9 to 12.