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The Palisades Park School District, committed to meeting the evolving needs in a nurturing environment of mutual respect, prepares graduates to value life-long learning and develop skills and attitudes to make meaningful contributions as responsible members of a diverse community, ready to compete in a global economy.

IMPORTANT Safety Letter From Superintendent of Schools - UPDATED

Palisades Park Community:

I’m writing to follow up on my letter of May 21, 2018 to update you regarding the actions taken by the

Bergen County Sheriffs, Palisades Park Police Department, and school officials in response to threatening

graffiti written on a desk yesterday at Palisades Park Jr/Sr High School.

Prior to the start of today’s school day, two specially trained K9 dogs searched both the interior and exterior of the School and detected no threat. Additionally, school officials ensured that all students and staff were properly screened prior to being admitted to our facilities.

After consulting with the County Officers and local law enforcement, our schools were deemed safe and school opened at approximately 7:45 a.m.  By 8:15 a.m. school was operating.   

I thank you for your patience and assistance in working with us in this very important matter. During these very concerning times, each and every safety concern will be addressed immediately in partnership with experts in law enforcement.

I commend the authorities for their diligence and am extremely grateful to the faculty and staff for their ongoing commitment and dedication. I must also acknowledge the resoluteness of our students for their resilience in modeling appropriate behaviors during this stressful time. We all wish that this period of their lives could only be about fostering bonds that last a lifetime as they grow and learn together. However, the only way to make that wish a reality is through impenetrable safety and security procedures. Safety is and must remain our top priority.

I ask for your continued support over the final weeks of our school year as we work to ensure the safety and well-being of all students. Again, please discuss these concerns with your child (ren) and if you or your child have any information regarding this or any matter, contact the Palisades Park Police Department at 201-944-0900.  

Joseph Cirillo, Ed. D.

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NJ Department of Education Statewide Assessment Feedback

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is seeking input from superintendents, teachers, test administrators, parents/caregivers, students and other stakeholders about how to best transition to the next generation of statewide assessments. The first phase of outreach will begin in May.

If you are interested in participating in a Statewide Assessment Collaborative, please complete and submit an online interest form by May 8 at 11:59 p.m. Locations and other details will be published by May 11.

Additional ways to engage include:

  1. Watch an online recorded webinar and complete a questionnaire (details will be available on the NJDOE

    Assessments webpage later in the month).

  2. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any comments or questions regarding the statewide

    assessment program. Specific recommendations to enhance the current program or support for elements of the current program are encouraged.

Please read all the details in the New Jersey Department of Education memo about Statewide Assessments by clicking the link below.


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2017 - 2018 Palisades Park Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to our 2017 - 2018 Teachers of the Year. We are so proud of our staff that has been recognized for their commitment to the students of the Palisades Park Public Schools. Their tireless efforts and continued dedication to improving the learning experience are a part of what makes them the Teacher of the Year for their respective school. The teachers will be accompanied by Dr. Cirillo and the Administration at a luncheon with all the Bergen County Honorees. 

We are so excited to honor these deserving individuals who represent all of the staff of Palisades Park Public Schools in making the educational experience memorable for the community.


Early Childhood Center
Ms. Samantha Matarazzo
Kindergarten Teacher

 18 March ECC TeacherOfTheYear

Lindbergh Elementary School
Mrs. Kathleen Payerle
5th Grade STEM Teacher

 18 March Lindbergh TeacherOfTheYear

Palisades Park Jr./Sr. High School
Ms. Rachel Morgese
Special Education Teacher

18 March PPHS TeacherOfTheYear 

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IMPORTANT Notice of Makeup Days


410 Second Street Palisades Park, NJ 07650
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Dr. Joseph Cirillo
Superintendent of Schools

Please be advised of this very important letter

March 23, 2018

Dear Palisades Park District Families:

All Palisades Park Public Schools will be open on April 5th and 6th due to the recent snow days. Both days will be half day schedules. Given these circumstances, families have three options for April 5th and 6th as follows:

Option 1: Send your child to school. All schools will be open and will operate on a half-day schedule.

Option 2: I understand that vacations and family events may have been planned for months in advance of Spring break. If students cannot attend on April 5th and 6th an absence will be recorded , but no child will be penalized in any way. Further, the instructional activities conducted on April 5th and 6th will be enrichment activities. No student will fall behind the regular sequence of instruction due to an absence on April 5th or 6th.

Option 3: We will be posting activities for each grade level on google classroom. Students can participate in the school day remotely and via the internet. Students who complete all of the grade-level activities posted for each day will receive credit for attending school virtually. Our virtual school day activities will be posted on the District website before the end of next week.

As of today, June 22nd is tentatively scheduled as our 180 school day for all students. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you and your families.


Dr. Cirillo

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2016-2017 Palisades Park School District Performance Reports

Please review the Palisades Park 2016-2017 School District Performance Report. These reports are provided by the New Jersey Department of Education to inform parents, educators and students about how well our schools are preparing students for college and careers. 

Please click the links below for more information about your child's school performance.

Dr. Charles Smith Early Childhood Center

Lindbergh Elementary School

Palisades Park Jr./Sr. High School

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