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Board Meeting June 13, 2019

 

At the June 13 Elizabeth Board of Education meeting at Donald Stewart Early Childhood Center School No. 51, the meeting opened with a video highlighting the latest stops of Board President Stephanie Goncalves’ You’re One of a Kind Tour as she goes to visit each school in the district to meet students and team members and see the educational activities taking place.

The Board recognized students and team members of Elizabeth Public Schools for their outstanding achievements. The student honorees for the evening were those selected during the Board President’s Tour as Stephanie’s Stars, which is an award for students who have shown to be one of a kind in such characteristics as going above and beyond, helping others, being a positive role model, performing at a high level, or making impactful contributions to their learning community.

The Board honored the career of Elizabeth Public Schools custodian Ismael Rosado for his inspiring example of the human spirit and endurance, showing a continued strong work ethic and commitment to excellence at the age of 88. Rosado will be retiring in August 2019.

For community excellence, the Board recognized parents at schools throughout Elizabeth Public Schools who have played an active role in the learning and academic success of Elizabeth Public Schools children. The Board also recognized the Elizabeth Bilingual Education Parent Advisory Committee and Elizabeth Special Education Parent Advisory Committee for their support of families with students who are English Language Learners (ELLs) in the bilingual program or students receiving special services.

The Board welcomed the Rotary Club of Elizabeth so they could present their educator of the year award to Elmora School No. 12 Teacher Marsha Henkel.

Following the awards portion of the meeting, Board President Goncalves announced that through the Board’s work with the Elizabeth Education Association, the parties were able to negotiate a contract that is a win-win-win for EEA members, Elizabeth Public Schools, and the Elizabeth community it serves. She thanked the members of the EEA negotiation team for their steadfast commitment to working with the Board to arrive at an agreement as well as her colleagues on the Board for the time they dedicate to serving the Elizabeth community. She added the Board worked tirelessly to ensure that the provisions of this contract rewarded district team members who ensure every child achieves excellence as well as rewarded the Elizabeth community with a school district that continues to be efficiently operated while providing a high quality education for its children.

The opening calendar of the meeting ended with a video highlighting the excellent achievements of Elizabeth Public Schools during the 2018-2019 school year.

PRESENTATIONS

STUDENT EXCELLENCE

Stephanie’s Stars

Alice Peris, George Washington School No. 1

Frandelys J. Garcia, Winfield Scott School No. 2

Annie Chimbo Fernandez, Nicholas S. La Corte School No. 3

Maria Guartazaca, Joseph Battin School No. 4

Keisean Bracy, Mabel G. Holmes School No. 5

Camila Conza, Toussaint L'Ouverture-Marquis de Lafayette School No. 6

Justin Harris, Terence C. Reilly School No. 7

Alexandra Koon, iPrep Academy School No. 8

Edward Tejeda, Jerome Dunn Academy School No. 9       

Ethan Mollo Lopez, Elmora School No. 12

Joshua Pagan, Benjamin Franklin School No. 13

Jeanelise De Jesus, Abraham Lincoln School No. 14           

Katherine Gomez, Christopher Columbus School No. 15

Sienna Maria DePalma, Madison Monroe School No. 16 

Cynthia Boakye, Robert Morris School No. 18      

Matthew Quinones, Woodrow Wilson School No. 19

Samiah Eleazer, John Marshall School No. 20       

Ariana Garcia, Victor Mravlag School No. 21         

Gerald Pineda, Donald Stewart ECC          School No. 51

Giulianna Brito, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ECC School No. 52

 

STARS OF EXCELLENCE

Ismael Rosado, Custodian

 

COMMUNITY EXCELLENCE

 

Parent Involvement

Salahuddin Raheen, George Washington School No. 1

Michelle Corniel, Winfield Scott School No. 2

Hector Porto, Nicholas S. La Corte School No. 3

Marjorie Delgado, Joseph Battin School No. 4

Erica Williams, Mabel G. Holmes School No. 5

Olephia Williams, Toussaint L'Ouverture-Marquis de Lafayette School No. 6

Suzette Negron, Terence C. Reilly School No. 7

Sandra Cordovi, iPrep Academy School No. 8

Mylene Pazmino, Jerome Dunn Academy School No. 9

Maira Ackerman, Elmora School No. 12

Kerilyn Saltarelli, Benjamin Franklin School No. 13

Donna McDonald, Abraham Lincoln School No. 14

Martha Cedeno, Christopher Columbus School No. 15

Andrea Rios-Cardona, Madison Monroe School No. 16

Alex and Dina Echevarria, Robert Morris School No. 18

Clemencia Mateus, Woodrow Wilson School No. 19

Shakemiah Norville, John Marshall School No. 20

Holly Sepulveda, Victor Mravlag School No. 21

Jennifer Perez, William F. Halloran School No. 22

Loretta L. Stevens, Nicholas Murray Butler School No. 23

Elda Camara, School No. 25

Rosana Oliveira, Dr. Orlando Edreira Academy School No. 26

Diana Garcia, Dr. Antonia Pantoja School No. 27

Crystal Paz, Juan Pablo Duarte-Jose Julian Marti School No. 28

Sandra Cordovi, Albert Einstein Academy School No. 29

Awilda Hernandez, Ronald Reagan Academy School No. 30

Hellennha Cabrera, Frances C. Smith ECC School No. 50

Melissa Llano, Donald Stewart ECC School No. 51

Yenys Aguilar, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ECC School No. 52

Sima Farid, Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy

Eddy Martinez Coello, John E. Dwyer Technology Academy

Marisol Valencia, Admiral William F. Halsey Academy

Margarita Matos, Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy

Michelle Velez-Jonte      EHS-Frank J. Cicarell Academy

 

Krista Ramirez, J. Christian Bollwage Finance Academy

 

BPAC Committee Members

Helizhabeth Cabrera, EPS Bilingual Psychologist and BEPAC Coordinator

Dr. Gilda Del Risco, Community Partner-Kean University

Susy Perez, parent of children in the bilingual program

Theresa Amin, ESL teacher

Marie Sajous, Haitian/Creole bilingual teacher

Jessyca Villareal, Bilingual Social Studies teacher, parent of children in the bilingual program

Marysella Mularz, Guidance Counselor, parent of children in the bilingual program

Rebecca Orellana, Bilingual and ESL Supervisor

Ileana Mena, World Language Supervisor

Sandra Nunes, Director of Bilingual and ESL Education

 

SEPAC Committee Members     

Michelle Santos, President

Mariver Arcure, Vice President

Leanna Villavicencio, Secretary

Mariluz Maldonado, Communications/Outreach Officer

Ana Bermeo, Communications/Outreach Officer

Maria Echeverria, Policy & Programming Officer

 

Elizabeth Rotary Club presents Marsha Henkel, Teacher from School 12 with their Educator of the Year Award.

 

2018-2019 Elizabeth Public Schools Year-in-Review Video