Thursday, June 13, 2013
A Belleville High freshman's heartwarming film focuses on triumph over diversity.
Belleville High School students were honored Tuesday for their projects that focused on "Famous People Who Had Disabilities Yet Still Managed to Find Success." Freshman honors history student Chris Andrade spent hours producing a heartwarming five-minute film on people who found success while struggling with disabilities. But Andrade wasn't the only Belleville High School student that created projects for Special Education Week. Belleville Schools supplied Patch with a list of students who made projects. Grade Anthony Alban 9 Christopher Andrade 9 Alea Butler 9 Nathaniel Coronel 9 Jason Derakhshan 9 Christian Farrand 9 Celia Federic 9 Jacob Garcia 9 Kimberly Grande 9 Danny Guerra 9 Kevin Hoseia 9 Reyna Moreira 9 Ruthie Nguyentran 9 …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Bagpipe playing alumnus bellowed at the school.
This past Thursday, Belleville High School students enjoyed a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration that included Irish music from Mr. Gallagher’s class and a special guest experience from “The Bagpiper of Belleville High School," better known locally as BHS graduate Chase Hamilton (class of 2010). For the fifth year in a row, Chase marched Mr. G’s class through the halls of BHS, playing his bagpipe to the cheers and applause of students and teachers alike. After enjoying some Irish soda bread (supplied by our Culinary Arts students), Chase also played for the Guidance and Main Offices and ended with an encore for our Superintendent, Dr. Feldman. All this on March 14th (3/14) known as “Pi Day” by our Math Department, a fact that did not escape …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Students broached serious topic through reading and essays.
February was Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and Belleville Middle School students explored the topic through their assignments. Students in Ms. Ferraiolo and Mrs. Calhoun's Language Arts classes read non-fiction articles about dating violence, and then wrote open-ended items on this subject. Students' work was displayed on the first floor bulletin board, next to the main office.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Band includes two Belleville Middle School musicians
Monday, October 22, 2012
The Belleville High School Marching Band is having a busy season: with a Beatlemania- themed repertoire that includes arrangements of “Get Back,” “Paperback Writer” and other Fab Four faves, the band has competed this month at MetLife Stadium and Rutgers Stadium, as well as competitions and events the next few weeks at East Brunswick (Oct. 27), at the township’s Veterans Day parade Nov. 12 and at the dedication of new bronze lion statues at the Belleville Public Library Nov. 1. Belleville High’s marching band also includes top students from the middle school in their ranks. This year there are two 8th grade BMS students on the field. Kevin Alfaro(left in the photo) and Marco Angamarco are in the 2012-13 Belleville High School Marching …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Emotional hour-long funeral mass for Bloomfield High School junior killed in Broughton Avenue car crash
The Bloomfield community said its final goodbyes Friday to Christina Lembo, almost one week after the 16-year-old soccer player was killed in a tragic car accident just blocks from her home. Beginning and ending with the trill of a single bagpiper, the hour-long funeral mass was held at the Lembo family's church, St. Thomas the Apostle, packed with at least a thousand mourners. Lembo, a junior at Bloomfield High School who played varsity soccer and on traveling teams, died early Sunday morning after the car she was in the backseat of collided with another on Broughton Avenue shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday. Flanked by sons Anthony Jr. and Joseph, Lembo's mother, Theresa, quietly looked on from the church steps Friday morning as pallbearers …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Everything from roof repairs, to new paint jobs, to new copper water pipes completed for the start of school in September
Belleville schools are undergoing a series of repairs and improvements to get ready for the new school year. School Board member Joseph Longo toured the district’s eight schools this week and talked about some of the improvements – which include new paint, flooring and lighting. Longo is on the buildings and grounds committee. School No. 3 has new sidewalks and front steps. The light fixtures in the all-purpose room have been placed with new, brighter, energy-efficient bulbs. “That was part of a general, overall electrical upgrade to School No.3,” Longo said. At School No. 5, the floor in the art room was replaced. “The floor had become kind of wavy, and was becoming a hazard, and now it is brand new,” Longo said. There is a small …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Class of 2012 Commencement moved indoors by heat advisory, but ceremony goes off without a hitch, and Valedictorian and Salutatorian deliver upbeat speeches.
In a theatre awash in the blue and gold gowns and balloons representing the school's colors, long, loud cheers followed three speeches, along with a heartfelt thank you from Principal Russell Pagano, who said his first full year as principal was a great experience, and talked about success. "Keep pushing yourself," Pagano said. "You will achieve your goals." Some 384 seniors graduated from Belleville High School, after a heat advisory moved the festivities into the jam-packed air-conditioned Connie Francis Theater's high school auditorium last Thursday. The speeches followed an enthusiastic welcome from Senior Class President Joseph Dayne Servidio, who started the crowd's series of huge, long ovations, unfazed by the crazy weather that had…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Belleville and Nutley Class of 2012 Commencement ceremonies planned for early evening Thursday and Friday, then graduates will party at Project Graduation.
Even though high school students in Belleville will graduate tomorrow, Nutley students will have to wait until Friday for their ceremonies. But, after both graduation ceremonies are a memory, the schools will provide Project Graduation celebrations that will continue late into the night. Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. in both towns, with graduates marching into Belleville’s Municipal Stadium and Nutley’s Park Oval, respectively. In the event of rain, diplomas will be handed out in the school’s auditoriums. Project Graduation is a drug- and alcohol-free event to keep graduating seniors out of trouble. Fundraisers are held throughout the school year to help offset costs of the event. Students and parents run car washes, clothing drives, fashion …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
More than 80 separate scholarships totaling more than $65,000 presented to Belleville High School students at the high school's Connie Francis Theatre.
Nearly 70 separate civic groups, families and individuals handed out more than $60,000 in college scholarships earlier this month. The 35th Senior Awards Ceremony was presented by the Belleville Student Personnel Services Department June 7 at the High School's Connie Francie Theatre. For a complete list of scholarships and winners, see the attached pdf. Patch will feature some of the winners and their college and career plans as the 2012 class approaches graduation, with Commencement set for June 20. Barbara Correnti, director of Student Personnel Services, described the program's purpose. "By providing financial support, all who are giving scholarships tonight are helping to shape the foundation of students' lives," Correnti said. She …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Belleville art students recognized by Caldwell Teen Art Jam Contest for two- and three-dimensional creations judged by Montclair Art Museum officials.
Dozens of Belleville High School students were recognized by the Board of Education after competing in the Caldwell College Teen Art Jam Contest earlier this spring and some of the art works were chosen to be published in an art book. Student Christian Hernandez was given an award for a pastel portrait he composed of an orphaned child in Haiti. Hernandez said he learned a lot about children in poverty in other parts of the world, and was "thankful" for the award. High School Vice Principal Russell Pagano said the Teen Art Jam, "was about celebrating art." "These students shared their inspiration and creativity," Pagano said. The students created two- and three-dimensional art, and competed against others from the North Jersey area, he said…