Thursday, May 16, 2013
Cops & Rockers scheduled to take place May 18 evening in Verona.
Verona kids are fine tuning their instruments and getting ready to take on township police in the third annual Cops & Rockers battle of the bands. This year's show will be held at on Saturday, May 18, at the Verona High School Auditorium, 151 Fairview Ave. Tickets will cost $10 at the door. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the performance starts at 6 p.m. The show was originally scheduled for Saturday Feb. 9, but was rescheduled following a snowstorm. “We wanted to give local kids a chance to show off their talents at a battle of the bands and give them the ultimate rock star experience,” said Cops & Rockers Sgt. Dan Greco who founded the event in 2011 with the help of the Verona PBA Local #72. “The Verona kids put on an amazing show for our first…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
School ranks 718 in the nation's top 2,000 high schools.
In the most recent Newsweek America's Best High School rankings, Verona High School was rated number 718 and also ranked number 44 of the highest among open enrollment schools in New Jersey. Since 2012 the school has moved up 57 spots, having come from 775th nationally in 2012. "This honor comes as the result of many years of planning and implementation of new curriculum and expanded offerings district-wide," said Verona Superintendent Steven Forte. "This is truly an amazing accomplishment for Verona." The publication gave the high school an overall score of 3.13. The top school in the country, Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, was given 4.84. Newsweek ranked the high schools based on six components: 25 …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
U.S. News and World Report releases 2013 "Best High Schools" report.
U.S. News & World Report released its annual list of the nation’s best high schools Tuesday, but neither Verona nor Cedar Grove made the list. The list, which includes the top 50 performing schools in New Jersey, measures a variety of criteria including, the proficiency levels on High School Proficiency Exams (HSPA). Other information included in the report shows 16 percent of Cedar Grove High School participated in Advanced Placement (AP) testing, the school has a student to teacher ratio of 15-to-1 with 31 full-time teachers. Out of the 450 students enrolled, two percent of the population is categorized as economically disadvantaged. At Verona High School, 38 percent of students participated in AP testing. The school has a student to …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Students in Verona High School Essentials of Marketing Class meet learn how marketing applies to Stryker Orthopedics.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Verona High School student Mira Braneck writes Letter to the Editor regarding Verona's five-year plan.
Thursday, April 11
Verona is looking ahead to the next five years. The Verona Public Schools, at the end of the current five year plan, is in the process of writing a new Strategic Plan for the development and improvement of the district over the course of the next five years. “This plan is reflective of our growth as a district,” said Elizabeth Jewett, Director of Instructional Studies, and the Strategic Plan Internal Coordinator. Jewett, who arrived during the second year of the current Strategic Plan says that it “served as a guidepost” for the creation of the new plan, especially “for curriculum and instruction.” The past five year plan was focused on “teacher outcomes,” which was necessary to lay the groundwork for the current plan, said Jewett, which “…
Monday, April 8, 2013
Several Verona and Cedar Grove residents were recognized for their recent accomplishments.
Verona and Cedar Grove are both full of accomplished people, as well as celebrities like as celebrities like NFL star Anthony Fasano and comedian and actor Jay Mohr, both of Verona and Chef Amanda Freitag of Cedar Grove. Local residents are never short of achievements. Brendan M. Walsh of Verona Verona attorney Brendan M. Walsh of Pashman Stein, P.C. was recently honored as an up-and-coming under 40 lawyer by New Jersey Lawyers magazine. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Artist Christina Saj of Cedar Grove Cedar Grove resident artist Christina Saj was recently featured on Alpha Omega Arts as their …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The Student Council of Verona High School will be hosting a town-wide garage sale on May 18.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Representatives from three local colleges will conduct interviews and accept seniors on the spot.
Verona High School seniors will have the unique opportunity to interview for college and be able to get an answer right on the spot, Wednesday, April 3 as VHS holds Instant College Decision Day. Instant College Decision Day will be hosted by representatives from Bergen Community College, Essex County College and the County College of Morris. Guidance counselor Colleen Green has been helping students put together their application and prepare for interviews with the three local colleges. “Usually student are accepted because the colleges give requirements ahead of time,” said Verona High School Principal Glenn Cesa. “Some positive things are that it's a decision on the spot with no waiting and it provides an opportunity to prepare and …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Deadline for Instant College Decision Day in Verona is Wednesday, March 20.
Verona High School Seniors will have the unique opportunity to interview for college and be able to get an answer right on the spot, but only if they make the Wednesday deadline. Students must visit Guidance Counselor Colleen Green by Wednesday, March 20 to express interest in the program, said Verona High School Principal Glenn Cesa. “Mrs. Green will help the students review the requirements, help them prepare and make an application for Instant College Decision Day,” said Cesa. Instant College Decision Day will be held on Wednesday April 3 and will be attended by representatives from Bergen Community College, Essex County College and the County College of Morris. “Usually student are accepted because the colleges give requirements ahead …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Pilot program will require students to have ID cards in their possession.
Students attending Verona High School will undergo new security measures under a pilot program slated to begin next week, officials said Wednesday. In response to the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which 26 people were killed, district personnel and police officials have been attending twice-monthly meetings and classes to learn measures to improve school safety as well as preparedness, Verona Police Chief Douglas Huber said Wednesday morning. At the last safety class in February, he said, Verona Schools Superintendent Steven Forte and several police officers attended. As part of the pilot program, students are being required to have their school identification cards in their possession, Huber …