PPHS Parent information about vaping

May 1, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians of Palisades Park Jr./Sr. High School:

Across the nation, there has been a significant increase in the use of electronic smoking devices by students to “vape” tobacco and other nicotine products. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens, electronic smoking devices (often called “vapes” or “e-cigarettes”) are the most common nicotine delivery system among youth in the United States.

Vapes are battery-operated devices that deliver nicotine and/or flavorings without burning tobacco.  In most e-cigarettes, puffing activates the battery powered heating device, which vaporizes the liquid in the cartridge.  The resulting vapor is then inhaled (called ”vaping”). On many vapes and e-cigarettes that are being used, the wattage can be turned up to an unnecessary high level, thus promoting a higher concentration of nicotine per puff.   Despite growing in popularity, many questions remain over vapes and potential health risks. Because vapes can contain nicotine, they may serve as a “gateway” drug to addict yount people who may go on to regular cigarettes or smokeless tobacco.  In the state of New Jersey, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase a vape pen or cartridge.

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Niche.com Ranks Palisades Park Public Schools in Top 100

The Palisades Park Public School District has been ranked in the Top 100 public school districts in New Jersey by Niche.com for 2017.

Click for Palisades Park Public Schools Niche.com Ranking Information 

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Niche.com rankings are based on analysis of key statistics that include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, pubilc ratings and many more. The site also assigns grades for diversity, health and safety, administration and activities and clubs. 

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cirillo, acknowledges the staff, students and community in continually raising the level our school system.

Click below to see a more detailed letter by Dr. Cirillo. 

 

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Palisades Park School District Ascends the List of New Jersey’s Top High Schools

The Palisades Park Jr./Sr High School has climbed dramatically on the New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s List of New Jersey Top High Schools. The Palisades Park Jr./Sr High School moved-up an impressive 118 spots from being listed as # 246 in 2014 to # 128 in 2016. 

Superintendent, Dr. Joseph Cirillo, congratulates the entire staff and students of the Palisades Park School District for what he calls an amazing accomplishment. “Moving up over 100 places in the ranking, in such a short period, demonstrates that we are making significant gains in preparing our future graduates for college and careers for tomorrow. Dr. Cirillo adds, “I am extremely proud of this momentous improvement and know we will soar even higher in the near future!” 

Read more by clicking the link the below to read the entire press release. 

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