Tuesday, April 23, 2013
District will kick off a partnership with Trattoria Bella Gente in Verona on Thursday.
The Verona School District announced it is striking up another business partnership, spearheaded by Superintendent Steven Forte, who has been searching for alternative forms of revenue for the district. Beginning in May, Trattoria Belle Gente in Verona will donate money to Verona Foundation for Educational Excellence (VFEE). “All people have to do is dine out on Thursdays and write Verona Schools on their checks and Bella Gente will donate 10 percent to VFEE,” said Forte. Forte and representatives from VFEE will kick off the new partnership on Thursday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m. at Belle Gente. “When a donation is made to the Verona Foundation for Educational Excellence, 100 percent of the profits benefit the students,” said Foundation …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Verona Superintendent Steven Forte reads 'The Lorax' by Dr. Seuss to students at Brookdale Elementary School.
Verona Superintendent of Schools Steven Forte read to students at Brookdale Avenue Elementary School in Verona. To celebrate Read Across America Day, Forte read the Lorax using an interactive app on his iPad, which thrilled and amazed the students.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Students will participate in school spirit week to raise money for the New Jersey Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Brookdale Avenue School in Verona is kicking off its 10th annual spirit week on Monday to build school spirit and raise money for the New Jersey Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The week was originally called “pennies for patients” but it was changed to spirit week since so many generous Verona families were donating more than just change, said Principal Richard Rampolla. School parents, students and staff will donate $2 or more to the New Jersey Leukemia and Lymphoma Society but oftentimes they donate much more, he added. Last year the school raised $535, a big accomplishment with just 133 students, said Rampolla. This year they home to match it and raise over $500. Monday is Hat Day where students get to wear a hat of their choice to …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Both the Verona and Cedar Grove School Districts will have early dismissals due to the snow storm, superintendents said.
Both Verona and Cedar Grove will have early dismissals on Friday due to the impending snowstorm. Both Verona Superintendent Steven Forte and Cedar Grove Superintendent Dr. Gene Polles confirmed the schools will be on half-day schedules. Cedar Grove will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. Our Lady of the Lake School will be dismissed at 12:10 p.m. Verona schedules are as follows:
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Verona students joined high school's from around Northern New Jersey learning the benefits and options of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.
Leaders from President Obama to Warren Buffett have stressed the need to educate more American students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields in order to keep America competitive in the global economy. On Friday afternoon, Bergen Community College hosted its first annual Teen STEM Day to offer Northern New Jersey high school students the opportunity to learn about different career paths. More than 30 students from Verona High School were in attendance. "Dr. Nicole Santora, our district Science and Math supervisor was instrumental getting this program off the ground," said Verona Superintendent Steven Forte. Santora attended as a chaperone and helped students pick and sign up for three or four workshops based on …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A new bill working its way through the state Assembly would require New Jersey schools to link a panic button to local police departments.
A new bill, introduced by Assemb. Ralph Caputo (D-Belleville) requiring New Jersey schools to have a panic button to alert local authorities of potential life-threatening emergencies is working its way through the state Assembly. Assembly bill A3691 was introduced on Monday, Jan. 14 and referred to the Assembly Education Committee. Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. (D-18), chairman of the Education Committee, is one of the primary sponsors of the bill. The bill comes a month after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., which left 26 people, including 20 children dead. Verona and Cedar Grove Schools have been re-evaluating their safety guidelines since the Dec. 14 shooting. Verona Chief of Police Douglas Huber compared the panic button …