The first day of school in the Secaucus Public School District will be Thursday, Sept. 6, according to the Board of Education. It will be a half day of instruction.
Another half day will take place on Sept. 7. The first full day back for students will be on Sept. 10.
NJ DOE names Secaucus teacher as Hudson County Teacher of The Year
The state’s Department of Education has named a local teacher as their 2018-19 Hudson County Teacher of The Year, according to a press release.
The honor is going to Patricia Smeyers, a fifth grade teacher at the Clarendon Elementary School.
“Mrs. Smeyers is a teacher known for innovation, creativity and keen knowledge of best practices that ignite her students’ interests,” the press release says. “Her technique incorporates strategies designed to meet the needs of all learners through project based instruction.”
Smeyers has a Master’s degree in Educational Technology and has a Technology Integration Specialist Certificate from Boise State University. She has also received a NASA Explorer School STEM award.
Additionally, a district social media guide Smeyers created received the Teacher’s Guild/International Society for Technology in Education Favorite award and was highlighted at the 2018 International Society for Technology in Education Convention.
She is also is a member of many New Jersey Associations, including The Association of Mathematics Teachers, The Technology and Engineering Educators Association, and The National Science Teacher Association. She is a certified Google for Education Trainer.
Smeyers was recognized as one of 21 county teachers statewide at a recent awards ceremony at Jackson Memorial High School in Jackson, N.J.
Leonard Bernstein to be celebrated at Summer Concerts on the Hudson on Monday, Aug. 27
To mark the 100th birthday of one of America’s greatest composers and conductors, Summer Concerts on the Hudson will present “A Musical Tribute to Leonard Bernstein” on Monday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. This free concert will feature almost 20 singers, dancers, and musicians in an evening of instrumental and vocal music. The groundbreaking music from Bernstein’s Broadway shows, “On the Town,” “West Side Story,” and “Candide” will be highlighted, featuring piano-percussion duo Synchronicity, concert pianist and Hoboken resident Gleb Ivanov and a cast of Broadway performers.
Among many others, the cast includes William Michals, who last month received rave reviews as Captain Hook in a revival of Bernstein’s “Peter Pan”; Mikaela Bennett, who earlier this month starred as Maria in a concert version of “West Side Story” at the London Proms concerts; Adam J. Levy who is currently performing in the new musical Dave at the Arena Stage; Weehawken resident Patrick Boll, who was featured on Broadway in “Mamma Mia”; and Danny Gardner, who starred in “Crazy For You” at the Signature Theatre and received a Helen Hayes nomination for his performance.
Emmy winner Nancy Giles will emcee the evening.
These free concerts take place at Lincoln Harbor Park, just north of the Chart House restaurant on the Hudson River in Weehawken. Free parking is available and public transportation, including NJ Transit bus 158 from the Port Authority and Hudson Bergen Light Rail, will bring concertgoers to Lincoln Harbor. Please use 1700 Harbor Boulevard for GPS directions.
HRPAC’s concerts are family friendly and free of charge to the general public. Limited seating is available, however, audience members are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket, if possible, and encouraged to picnic on the lawn.
For more information including the full summer concert schedule, directions, updates, and rain date info, please check the HRPAC website, www.hrpac.org, or call the concert info line at (201) 716-4540.
Free senior citizen computer classes
The Hudson County Schools of Technology is sponsoring a free senior citizen computer class, beginning on Sep. 10. Each class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Transportation to the classes will be provided from the Secaucus Senior Center, 101 Centre Ave., at 3 p.m. on class days.
The course teaches seniors computer basics and hands-on experience with a PC. Course topics will include computer overview, hardware, software, the mouse, printers, and more. Those interested must sign up before Aug. 24. Contact Karen at (201) 865-4422 to register.
Drop off your empty plastic bags in municipal building boxes
Secaucus has installed boxes in its municipal buildings, including Town Hall, the environmental department office, and the recreation center, for residents who want to discard empty plastic bags and clean plastic film.
It’s a recycling initiative, according to a Facebook post from Secaucus Environmental Director Amanda Nesheiwat. Discarded plastic bags can present a danger to the environment, clogging sewage systems and releasing toxic chemicals in soil. They also pose a danger to animals that ingest the bags, which can cause digestive problems and even kill them.
Free educational program offered for relatives of the mentally ill
If you have a loved one living with a mental illness, you may benefit from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family free education program. Locally, the English-speaking program starts Sept. 18 and the Spanish-speaking program starts Sept. 24.
The classes consist of 12 2.5-hour classes for families and caregivers of adult individuals living with a mental illness, with a focus on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
The course will be given by family members of individuals with a mental illness that have been trained by NAMI as educators of the Family-to-Family Program.
To register for either program, contact Martha Silva at (201) 861-0614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third annual ‘Out of The Darkness’ walk to be held Sept. 9
The third annual “Out of the Darkness “ walk to fight suicide will take place in Braddock Park in North Bergen on Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. North Bergen daughter and mother duo Jeannette and Maria Sanchez started the walk after Jeanette’s brother killed himself in 2012. In 2016, the two women teamed up with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for the first walk. It also honors those who have lost their lives to suicide. Proceeds from the event will go to the AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
To register for the walk, visit https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.event&eventID=5490. For more information, contract Maria or Jeanette at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (201) 978-1115.