On October 11th, 24 students and teachers from Shin Cheon High School in Korea visited Palisades Park Jr./Sr. High School. Mr. Donohue and Mrs. Munn welcomed them to PPHS and spoke about the format they would follow as they attended classes in the morning. Mrs. Retkwa had arranged for student council members to be paired with each of the visiting students. They went to classes and lunch with their partners. While students were in classes, Mr. Donohue and Mrs. Munn gave the teachers a tour of the school and highlighted the school’s features. The visit concluded with Mrs. Munn leading a question and answer session in the auditorium. The students were wildly enthusiastic about their visit, commenting on the small class sizes when compared to their classes in Korea. They were appreciative of the friendships they had cultivated with the students from PPHS. Yoon Young Beol, the principal of Shin Cheon High School expressed his desire that his high school and PPHS become sister schools. Students in both schools had a great experience. They exchanged contacts and the student council members of PPHS were invited to Shin Cheon High School in Korea.
NEW PALISADES PARK HIGH SCHOOL WELLNESS CENTER!
On May 15, Palisades Park hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new Wellness Center at the Palisades Park Jr./Sr. High School. The Wellness Center will provide the services of a school psychologist in a drop-in setting to offer immediate interventions and support for students who perceive themselves as in crisis or just need to talk.
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joseph Cirillo, said, “Opening a wellness center for our students was a top priority for me because research documents that a positive school climate leads to decreased school violence and aggression, increased academic achievement and improved attitudes among students and staff.”
Joining the celebration was Bergen County Executive, James J. Tedesco who underscored Bergen County’s efforts to expand the Stigma-Free initiative. “I applaud the Palisades Park School District for joining the Stigma-Free movement and facilitating the physical and emotional health of its students, educators and staff.”
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.