Latest High School News & Announcements
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.
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On the Air with Arlotta
We are pleased to announce the first segment of our periodic video newscasts:
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:
Philippine Relief Donations
The GRHS class officers and advisors are holding a supply drive for relief in the Philippines. All students are encouraged to bring an item from the following list, although any donation will be accepted along with monetary donations. For drop-off locations and a list of what is needed, please click here.
Petrussis at GRHS
We have received information from the Bergen County Community Health Department that an eleventh grade student in Glen Rock High School was diagnosed with a probable case of pertussis (Whooping cough). The student has been treated and is no longer contagious.
Pertussis is a respiratory disease caused by bacteria which is spread through the air in droplets through sneezing and coughing. Those considered at high risk are those not immunized, immune compromised, women in the last three weeks of pregnancy, or young infants. It is advisable that those at high risk or someone with a persistent cough should contact their medical provider.
Click here for a fact sheet discussing pertussis. If you have any questions or concerns, it is recommended you contact your private physician.
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.
Pathways Halloween Party
Pathways for Exceptional Children enjoyed its largest event yet with over 40 elementary students and just about the same number of high school mentors attending a Halloween Party on Oct. 30. Congratulations to all who helped make it a great event, and a special thanks to Karolina Callahan and Erica Melz for organizing such a fun experience!
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 .
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.
Inside Jersey Magazine
Inside Jersey Magazine released their top performing high schools in the state. Despite changing their criteria, Glen Rock High School was once again selected as one of the top high schools in Bergen County, with its score rising just over 4%:
Integrated Pest Management
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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.
Click here to find parent information for Grad Ball 2014.