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News & Notices

Our students are making headlines, and we want to share all the great news with you. We will keep this page updated with important announcements, news stories, and student shout-outs. Please check back often, and help us celebrate our students’ many achievements.

Turkey Disguise

The crafty first graders at Memorial School helped to save a few turkeys this Thanksgiving by disguising them. Who can you spot?

View more photos of turkey disguise projects
Walking in Nature

Students in Mrs. Malellari’s kindergarten class took a nature walk and recorded their observations.

Students walking around outside looking for things on their clipboardsStudents showing her clipboard for the camera of her nature observations

Writing Projects

Mrs. Oliff and Mrs. White's first-grade class presented their opinion writing projects. They shared their opinions and their reasoning.

View more photos of first grade writing projects
Enjoying Fall

Memorial students in Ms. Scimeca’s second-grade class lounged after their outdoor lunch on a beautiful fall day.  

2nd graders lounging after outdoor lunch
National School Psychology Week
School Psychologists text art graphic

During the week of November 8–12, 2021, schools throughout the country celebrated National School Psychology Week to highlight the important work school psychologists do to help students thrive. This year's theme is "Let's Get in GEAR." (grow, engage, advocate, rise). The theme's acronym provides a challenge to grow both personally and professionally. It encourages us to engage in best practices and advocate for children's access to mental health and learning supports. To rise implies resilience and renewal despite the challenges of the past. This has a particular resonance this year as we work to help students, families, and school staff emerge from the challenges of the past year and a half. When we get in gear, we move together. When one gear moves, the gears connected to it move as well. When we move together there is a positive synergy that builds and becomes greater than any single effort. Just as we continue to grow and develop as people and with our skills, sometimes with support from others, we can develop resilience beyond stressful circumstances. School psychologists are particularly skilled at assisting students and staff in growing and working together while shifting into different gears to meet the demands of school and life. Please visit the National School Psychology Week page for more information.

NASP Poster. Let's Get in Gear. Grow, Engage, Advocate, Rise.

You may notice that some of our psychologists have the letters NCSP after their names. This credential means that they are nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB). The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) sets standards for graduate preparation, credentialing, professional practice, and ethics. The NASP practice model (2010) outlines the comprehensive services that school psychologists are encouraged to provide. For more information about school psychologists, please visit the National Association of School Psychologists website.

School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community. Consultation, direct service delivery, individualized learning and interventions, understanding and respecting diversity, and advocacy on behalf of what is best for students all require connecting with individuals and helping others connect positively with each other. Creating caring connections is also about finding how best to connect needs with supports, challenges with solutions, and barriers with the skills to overcome them.

Please join us in celebrating and acknowledging the exceptional contributions of Paramus' School psychologists in creating positive outcomes for students in our school community and their field:

  • Juliana Barbaro - Paramus High School
  • Michelle DeRosa - Midland, Stony Lane, and Parkway
  • Stefanie Fauchere - Parkway/ECC
  • Denise Galianos - East Brook and Ridge Ranch
  • Melissa Meyers - Paramus High School
  • Amy O'Gorman - Memorial and Paramus High School
  • Eileen Purtill - West Brook
Writing Narrative Stories

Students in Mrs. Ottina and Miss Moran's writing class worked together to complete a paragraph inquiry in order to make their personal narrative stories stronger!

Six students working on different paragraphs for writing classThree students working on their narratives while sitting on chairsFour students sitting at their desks and working together on their paragraphs
Principal's Book Club

Memorial fourth graders enjoyed the Principal's Book Club on a nice day outside with Ms. O'Boyle.

Fourth grade students outside during Principal's Book Club