N orth Arlington High School Monthly Report – January 2010




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Mr. Nazi’s Algebra II-H class had a very productive first half of the year in Algebra II. They are ready to further their studies and explore more advanced topics in algebra.




  • Mr. Nazi’s HSPA classes are preparing for the New Jersey HSPA Test in mathematics. The continuously practice multiple choice, short constructed response and open ended questions.




  • Mr. Zukatus’ HSPA class has been working with geometry based word problems. Students have shown how to solve said word problems using geometric principles and formulas in order to prepare for the HSPA test.




  • Mr. Zukatus’ Geometry classes worked with triangles and bisectors of triangles. Students are able to find mid-segments of triangles, including length, as well as bisected angles and line segments, showing congruence in each.




  • Mr. Zukatus’ Statistics classes have been working with probability distributions. Students are able to tell whether a distribution results in unusual results or not, and are able to find probabilities for compound events using probability distributions.




  • Students in Mrs. Khalil’s Computer Q Basics completed Chapter 8 and reviewed Chapters 1 through Chapter 8 for the midterm. Students wrote various types of programs using Input/ Output statements, fundamental statements, control structures, loop structures, and String/ Standard functions.




  • Students in Mrs. Khalil’s Algebra II-A reviewed all forms of the equation of a straight line. Students learned to find the slope, slope- intercept form, point- slope formula and direct variation. Students reviewed for the midterm exam all of Chapter one and Chapter two. The smart board is constantly being used for graphing equations and number lines in all the Algebra 2A classes.



  • Students in Mrs. Khalil’s Algebra I-B were introduced to the elimination method of solving systems of equations. Students now understand the three different methods to solve a problem using graphing, elimination or substitution. Review for the midterm was also being acknowledged. Students were given review packets for Chapter six and seven. The smart board is constantly being used for graphing equations and number lines in the Algebra I-B class.



  • Mr. Capriola’s Geometry Basic classes completed a Hands-On Enrichment activity that involved geometric constructions. Students were presented with the steps used in constructing medians, altitudes, perpendicular bisectors, and angle bisectors within triangles. Students were than asked to give written explanations on the procedures they used in creating the constructions. This project help give students a better understanding of the physical relationships special segments in triangles.




  • Mr. Capriola’s Algebra I classes completed Real-World activity about US Population. Students were presented with an article and graphs on US Population over the last century. The students gave written responses to questions regarding the information and graphs and calculated the rate of change for different 10 years periods. Students then compared these rates of change and made predictions on future population growth or decline. This activity allowed students the opportunity to see how the algebraic concepts of slope and rate of change are modeled by many real world applications.




  • Students in Ms. Samko’s Algebra I-A course have completed ratios and proportions as well as percent change in chapter three. Percent change was applied to retail mark-up, sales tax, and discounts.




  • Students in Ms. Samko’s Algebra I-B course have completed deciding which method of solving systems of equations is best for a given problem. Post-midterm exam topics include a short review of graphing inequalities in 2 variables and progressing to solving systems of inequalities graphically.



Business Education


    • Mrs. Tomko’s and Mr. Kenny’s Computer Applications students completed a unit on creating and formatting tables, memos, and letters in Microsoft Word.




  • Mrs. Tomko’s and Mr. Kenny’s Advanced Computer Applications students completed PowerPoint with a presentation project and comprehensive exam.




  • Mrs. Tomko’s Introduction to Business class students worked on Marketing and Advertising. Teams prepared an original sportswear line that was presented with storyboards. The entire school voted on the “best” idea in the cafeteria during lunches. The students also prepared a “Got Milk” ad campaign with original pictures taken in the spirit of the original advertising campaign.




  • Mrs. Tomko’s Wall Street class has completed the course content and prepared for the midterm/final for this half-year class.




  • Mr. Kenny’s Accounting 1 students journalized entries (general journal) after analyzing transactions. After journalizing, students posted to the general ledger and prepared a trial balance and financial statements based on a general ledger




  • Ms. Rosolen’s Multimedia class worked on a comprehensive multimedia project that was presented on the Exam date. This project consisted of all the skills previously learned in this half-year course.




  • Ms. Rosolen’s Desktop Publishing class continued work on their design portfolios which included a number of projects. This month each student created a CD/DVD label and jewel case cover and a magazine cover.


Family and Consumer Science


  • Mrs. Comer’s Culinary Arts students have been working on recipe costing. As a kitchen group, students were required to find a recipe to feed twenty people for $6.50 or less. Math played a vital role in the completion of this project. Figuring how much a cup of flour costs from a five pound bag was challenging and rewarding as the students analyzed a variety of data. As a reward for their efforts, we will be preparing four recipes selected as groups from each period.




  • Mrs. Comer’s Child Development students have been analyzing data they collected throughout the fall, through textbook work. Understanding of physical, social-emotional, and intellectual development has been gained through classroom discussion, anecdotal stories, and student feedback.



Art


  • Ms. DuJack’s Art classes completed a project on one-point perspective cubes and cylinders using a pencil, paper, ruler and colored pencils. They learned various terms such as horizon line, vanishing point, receding lines and point of view and applied them into their drawing.


The students also completed a 3-page typed essay on a famous artist and analyzed a famous art work by combining the elements and principles of art into the essay. They then created their own original art work and compared/contrasted their work to the famous work.


  • Mrs. Branco’s Art students used guidelines in the CCCS to create their mid-term works of art. They combined the elements of color, line, shape, form, value and texture to complete foam core guitars. This was a multi layered project and the students incorporated technology, writing, and art into a cohesive project.




  • Mrs. Branco’s Art Cycle students used the elements of art to create an original work of commercial art by creating their own original cartoon using a humorous scene from their own lives. They also had some art history using the work of Georgia O’Keefe as inspiration for pastel works of art. They created drawings using pastels of large scale flowers and insects.


Music


  • Mr. Kastner’s Instrumental classes worked on developing better technical understanding of the skills necessary to perform in the keys of Bb, Eb, Ab, F, and C. They utilize the “Foundations for a Superior Performance” method to work through these keys.


Physical Education:


  • Brianna Ryan, Michele Vespoli, Dan Farinola Junior Health: In junior health for the month of January we discussed long term and short term effects, withdrawal symptoms, risks and dangers as well as what dangerous substances can be put into a drug and how it can affect a persons body and mind. We discussed peer pressure and ways to avoid it. We applied the knowledge we learned from class to specific situations and made the best decision possible already knowing the negative effects a drug can have on your system.




  • Brianna Ryan, Michele Vespoli Sophomore Driver Education: Students were taught all of the knowledge they will need to know in order to become a safe and good driver. On January 14, 2010 students were able to take the final test for the class in which if they pass, they are one step closer to becoming a licensed driver. We issue the students a form saying they have completed and passed the class, they then take this form to the driving school or DMV of their choice.




  • Paul Marcantuono Freshman Health: In freshman health students learn a basic knowledge of all health topics. A lot of class lessons were based on tobacco and alcohol knowledge. In Mr. Marcantuono’s class, every Friday is dedicated to working on a freshman health project. At the end of the marking period, their projects are presented to the class and graded on presentation and well as the information and facts used for the project.



As a Department: Physical Education

Fitness Friday is still on Mondays and seems to significantly help the momentum of participation for the week. We finished partner badminton at the end of December and introduced a singles tournament when the students came back from break. They already knew the rules and skills needed to play badminton, so this tournament was finished within a week. We then introduced team handball into the class. Team handball is a fun, fast passed game that allows all students of all athletic ability to actively participate and work together as a team. This helps to introduce team work as well as sportsmanship. We divided the entire gym into teams so every single student had a team to play on. This significantly increases the participation level in the gym and the students really seem to love the game.



  1. Workshops Attended:




  • The NAHS and NAMS English Department attended a District Professional Development Writing Workshop on January 6, 2010 facilitated by Montclair State University. A university professor shared expectations of colleges in regards to student writing abilities as well as teaching and writing strategies to be applied in classrooms.




  • The NAHS and NAMS Social Studies and World Languages Departments attended a District Professional Development Workshop on January 6, 2010 facilitated by Supervisor Nancy LoPresti that included the ongoing pacing charts for these disciplines. This was an opportunity for the middle school and high school teachers to work collaboratively.




  • Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Kusher, Mrs. Murad and Mrs. O’Brien-Romer attended a workshop entitled, “Grant Writing” on Wednesday, January 20, 2010. It was a Bergen County Educational Association Instructional and Professional Development Workshop.




  • On January 6, members of the high school and middle school math departments, attended a workshop to set up curriculum mapping and pacing guides for all the math courses in the middle school and the high school. The group worked in small groups to curriculum mapping for a total of 26 mathematics courses.




  • On December 18, Miss Fash attended a workshop at Rutgers University about the End-of-Year course exam. At this workshop, the presenter discussed the changes to the standards, as well as the outline/make-up of the end-of-year exam. The presenter discussed strategies for the test, as well as reviewed material to expect on the test.




  1. Student Recognition:




    • Six of Ms. Ingannamorte’s Creative Writing students, Danielle Choinski, Gina Fantacone, Alissa Frederick, Tom Hoedt, Ashley Johnson and Megan Trinidad wrote poems that were accepted for publication in the Fall 2009 Creative Communication periodical.




    • Chris Cordeiro, a member of the North Arlington High School Math League, scored 5 points out of a possible 6 points on the January contest. This is the highest score received by any member in recent years.




    • Miss Fash’s SRA class: 50% of the students in that class achieved the Proficient level on the October administration of the HSPA. These students will not need to complete the SRA process for graduation.




  • Artwork by Ms. DuJack’s and Mrs. Branco’s students is on display in the school’s main hallway and in the Superintendent’s hallway.




  1. Accomplishments:




    • Mrs. O’Brien-Romer is on the District Professional Development Committee which completed the professional development plan for the 2010-2011 school year.




    • SADD, under the advisement of Ms. Ingannamorte collected $500.00 in donations for the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.




    • The Spanish Honor Society collected approximately 100 coats that were delivered to Saint Francis’ Soup Kitchen in Newark, as NAHS Spanish Honor Society students collaborated with Queen of Peace “HANDS” students in this community outreach.




    • Mrs. Maresca’s classes participated in a paper-folding activity for the holidays. They created “Tetra-tetra Flexagons”, which, when opened, displayed various holiday greetings.




    • Mr. Dembowski is opening the weight room Monday through Thursday for students that are not in season and need to be ready for spring sports.




    • Mr. Dembowski and the junior class are selling fortune cookies to be delivered on Valentines’ Day for a fund raiser.




    • Mrs. Zukatus’ Geometry classes completed projects involving congruent triangles. Students were able to make their own maps to lost items, and using congruent triangles, write stories based upon them. Students showed much enthusiasm for the project, and scored exceptionally well on all aspects of the project.




  • Mr. Kenny has continued as the Junior Lady Vikings Basketball coach. The team is in the process of a very successful season!




  • In Mr. Farinola’s junior health classes, he successfully completed the career planning paper with his students. Students are to research their job of choice after high school and write a paper on it. This paper includes all of the steps it takes to get from high school, into college. The paper also focuses on what each student is interested in as well as what grades you need to be accepted and the price of tuition. The students also research a job and the salary in that particular field. Some students also add the average retirement age and ending salary so they have a good idea of what to expect once college is over and life begins for them.



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