Harrison’s Ray Lucas Gets Inducted into the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame 

Harrison native, Ray Lucas, visited Washington Middle School to celebrate his induction in the 2017 Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame. A 1991 graduate of Harrison High School, Ray attended Rutgers University, playing quarterback and graduating in 1996. Upon graduating from Rutgers, Ray went on to play for the New England Patriots, the New York Jets, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Miami Dolphins. He is currently an Emmy award-winning studio analyst for SportsNet New York.
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At the school-wide assembly, Ray told the students, “School work was always challenging for me. I had to work hard at it, and that’s what I tell you today...work hard for what you want—dream the impossible. Working hard and graduating from Rutgers remains one of my most meaningful accomplishments. And I’m absolutely flabbergasted that they selected me for the Athletics Hall of Fame”.

October is a very busy month for our students! They have celebrated both the  Week of Respect, from October 2nd to October 6th, and  School Violence Awareness Week, from October 16th through the 20th, with activities organized by their building's Anti-Bullying Specialists.  Not content to share their students' commitment to respect and kindness at school, the anti-Bullying Specialists have also planned a district wide event for parents. On October 25, 2017, at 7:00 pm, all parents are invited to Washington Middle School, to attend Harrison's Night with the STARS.  STARS stands for Sharing Tolerance Acceptance & Respect. Students from Harrison High School, Washington Middle School and Hamilton Intermediate School will dance, sing and speak words from their heart surrounding the STAR ideals. Artwork will be on display that has been created by our preschool students and the students from Lincoln Elementary School.  Please check out the flier below and some photos of our students and their work and please be sure to come out to our Night With the Stars!
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On Thursday June 15, 2017, Curriculum and Instruction hosted a Summer Reading Kickoff at the Harrison Public library. Over 150 students attended. All students received a free book, made a bookmark, enjoyed cookies made by our culinary students, and participated in a sing along with Music teacher Robin Lee.

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On Wednesday,May 24, 2017,  Washington Middle School hosted a Multicultural Festival for students and the community of Harrison, in order to appreciate and recognize all of the diverse cultures that exist in our "one square mile" town. Involvement from a diverse group of  students and club members helped to promote the acceptance and understanding of all cultures.

Organized by Washington School teacher, Mr. Uril Parrish, the event featured international cuisine and traditional dances performed by adults and children of all ages. The dancers and performers did an extraordinary job and everyone in attendance agreed that the food was delicious!  The performances were exceptional and captured the essence of cultures. The following dance styles were alive at the festival: Modern, Salsa,  Capoeria, Marinera, Portuguese Folk Dances, Caribbean Dances, Chinese Traditional, Hip-Hop, Pop, African, Samba, Contemporary, Reggae,  and Soca. 

Mr. Parrish would like to extend a special thank you to all the students, parents, and community members who supplied and enjoy the foods, desserts, and drinks of the various cultures presented at the festival. A special "Thank You!" also, to Washington Middle School teacher, Ms. Tara Kraenzlin, for capturing the spirit and the beauty of the event in the accompanying photographs!
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On Sunday, May 7, 2017 students from Harrison High School's Peer Leadership Program and Drama Club participated in the Elks' Annual "Walk Out on Drugs" event. Organized statewide, this event draws attention to the Elks efforts to stem the pernicious tide of substance abuse and the toll that this abuse takes on our communities. Pausing for a brief "photo op" are these energetic and dedicated students, along with Harrison BPOE #2326, Exalted Ruler, Larry Bennett, and fellow Elk, Larry Kelly. Also pictured are Harrison High School's Briana McTeigue, and Joan McNichol, Lincoln School's Donna Oeckel and Washington School student, Ethan Oeckel. Thanks to this group's efforts, 2 additional Harrison High School students will be able to attend the 2018 Elks Statewide Peer Leadership Conference.

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On Thursday, March 23, 2017, the 7th Annual Volleyball Tournament to Benefit Project Graduation brought players from throughout the community together for a night of fun and friendly competition. Twelve adult teams competed for the grand trophy and Harrison High School students competed against one another for their own trophy and for points earned toward this year's Battle of the Classes. Pictured above are the grand champions, whose team name, prophetically, was "The Champs". The Champs were led by Harrison High School graduate, Tijani Rezki. Also pictured are the Harrison High School match champions, "The Seniors", as well as two tribute teams. Tribute teams were "Team WillPower", playing in support of Anthony Espaillat's upcoming marathon fundraiser to benefit Camp Fatima and "Players in Honor of Brianna Monterossa", a group of family and friends honoring a member of the Harrison High School Class of 2018, Brianna Monterossa.

On Thursday, February 2, 2017 students from Washington Middle School attended, the Path to Leadership Conference, sponsored by the NJ State Elks Association and funded by the Harrison/East Newark Lodge, #2326. Students attended seminars designed to support positive life choices and to encourage service in their community. Following this event, on February 3,4, and 5, 2017, students from Harrison High School's Peer Leadership program attended the NJ State Elks 27th Annual Statewide Leadership Conference. Peer Leaders from Harrison High School have attended this conference annually, for 23 years, due to the efforts of the Harrison/East Newark Lodge #2326, the Harrison Education Foundation, the Harrison Board of Education and the Harrison High School PTSO. Each year students return energized and motivated to give back to their community. This year you will find the Peer Leaders engaged throughout Harrison and East Newark, participating in "Sticker Shock", an awareness campaign designed to increase community awareness of the penalties associated with purchasing alcohol for underage teens. Pictured here are students from Washington Middle School and Harrison High School, along with their chaperones, Mary Anne Dunphy, Mike Di Roma, Brianne McTeigue and Joan McNichol. Also pictured is Harrison/East Newark Elk, Nicholas Landy.

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Harrison Public Schools and the Harrison/East Newark Municipal Alliance have just completed a joint project within our community.  The Strengthening Families Program was offered to families of children enrolled in Harrison Public Schools who are also residents of Harrison Gardens and Kingsland Courts. Families gathered together throughout the month of January, and met in focus groups designed to foster communication skills, build positive parenting techniques, maintain stress management and  foster substance abuse prevention. Each evening session began with a "family style" meal and ended with a fun family activity. Parents, children and staff alike will miss our time together! Watch for more Strengthening Families Programs to be offered throughout Harrison.

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Something truly unique and special took place in front of the Harrison Library last week. “Light it Up Harrison Blue” was a spectacular, town wide kick-off event for The Week of Respect, an annual endeavor observed by school children throughout the state of New Jersey to underscore the importance of treating every human being with respect and dignity.

Joined together with members of the community—Harrison Mayor, Hon. James A. Fife; Harrison Public Schools Director of Personnel, James P. Doran, Ed.D; Superintendent of Schools, Frederick G. Confessore; members of the town council and board of education; Harrison Public Schools’ students from all grade levels showcased the theme of “Respect” through song, dance, poetry readings and an artwork display. At the conclusion of the event, the Library Park was swathed in a brilliant blue light, as were all of the public schools.

"Self-respect and respect for others is the foundation for all that we accomplish in our schools. We are confident that our students' performances and presentations highlighted the atmosphere of respect for others that we cultivate each and every day in our schools", said Joan McNichol, Director of Student Life and Services for Harrison Public Schools.

Press Release Credit: Laura Comppen ~Art Teacher~ Washington Middle School
Photography credit: Sandy Bishop

National Hazing Prevention Week

National Hazing Prevention Week is September 19 – 23, 2016 and in anticipation of this week, Harrison High School recently hosted a presentation for all Fall Athletic Teams. Jackie Collard, Anti-Bullying Specialist for Harrison High School and Joan McNichol, Director of Student Life and Services, led players and coaches through experiences and discussions designed to prompt dialogue in individual team meetings and to educate players concerning the potential physical and emotional hazards that are inherent in the practice of hazing. By employing the adage "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.", the Anti-Bullying Specialists work year round in order to promote the social and emotional character development of Harrison Public Schools' students. Watch for more events during the New Jersey's Week of Respect, which will be observed  October 3 through 7, 2016 and America's Safe Schools Week, observed October 16 through 22, 2016.

Pictured above is Jackie Collard, surrounded by athletes and coaches who appear to have enjoyed the presentation.

On May 19, 2016,  students from Washington Middle School gave a  presentation to the Hudson County Consortium for Social and Emotional Learning. Washington Middle School's award winning Hallway of Heroes project was featured as an example of the implementation of student focused learning to improve school climate. Pictured are WMS teachers, Kim Madalena, Sharon Catrambone and Amy Morillo along with their students. Joan McNichol, Director of Student Life and Services is also pictured.

Washington Middle School students listen as their peer describes the impact that the events of September 11, 2001 have had upon his family.

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•Become well adjusted, productive and contributing citizens ready to confront the challenges of an advancing technological society
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