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School News

At West Brook, we appreciate our involved parents and community members. We also enjoy broadcasting our latest news and information here on our News page, where we will chronicle school activities and student achievements and publish announcements. We’ll also offer helpful resources and information. So check back often; we’ll update it regularly.

Keeping Up with West Brook

The REACT Club hosted a Thanksgiving luncheon for over fifty local senior citizens. The band, orchestra, and choir students provided entertainment, while Mrs. Christine Goldman and Ms. Nancy Fox led the students in serving a hearty, traditional Thanksgiving meal prepared by Pomptonian Food Services and organized by a number of volunteers, including Mrs. Diane DeFeo. We are thankful for the many helping hands, who continued this wonderful tradition at West Brook and shared this time with our local residents.

Congratulations to Mr. Larry Goodman, physical education teacher who had his induction into the sixth class of the Paramus High School Athletics Hall of Fame!

Students in Mr. Joshua Torr’Andell’s class shared similarities and differences between Egyptian and current cultures with peer feedback. Students showcased their learning through Google presentations.

Who said math isn’t fun? Eighth graders enjoyed using linguini to practice the Pythagorean Theorem by measuring the length of pasta to make triangles with Mrs. Nina Vindigni, Mrs. Talin Boyadjian, and Mrs. Erin Van Vleet.

Two wolves, Kotori and Raven, visited West Brook Middle School all the way from Howling Woods Farm in Jackson, NJ, organized by Mrs. Vanessa Vaglio and Mrs. Elizabeth Smerdon. The sixth-grade students learned about phenotyping wolves from wolf-dog hybrids and selective breeding. They also had the pleasure of a meet-and-greet!

Ms. Nicole Becker and Mrs. Talin Boyadjian, eighth-grade science teachers, held a spectacular “Element Fair” the week of November 25. Each of the eighth-grade students selected a scientific element of his/her choice, researched the element, and created a “superhero” to represent the element. Their work encapsulated a gallery walk that all of the eighth-graders had the opportunity to explore.

Mrs. Ahrendt and Mrs. Dugan led the seventh/eighth-grade band and select choir students in a live performance at Stew Leonard’s first Christmas tree lighting at the Paramus Park Mall. The students’ performance was magical, complete with snow, a visit from Santa, and hot chocolate for attending Paramus residents. Check out the performance video posted on Twitter!

On December 6, students were greeted by Italian music and fresh pasta prepared by Pomptonian Food Services. Students had the opportunity to see firsthand how fresh pasta is made using a hand-cranked machine. Of course, there was also the opportunity to taste the fresh pasta served in the cafeteria.

School Counselor Vanessa DeJesus has been leading “Mindful Wednesday” sessions for staff, sharing practices in self-care and mindful moments. The sessions have provided the staff with opportunities to decompress and learn strategies for helping to calm their busy lives and understand that just a few minutes a day can have a positive impact on overall well-being.

Everyone enjoyed the winter concerts and the work of the students under the direction of Mrs. Lisa Ahrendt, Mrs. Rebecca Dugan, Ms. Judy Wilkes, Mrs. Kimberly Nimmo, and Mrs. Kristine Hart.

Seven to Eight Band and Select Choirs Performance

On Tuesday, December 3, the West Brook seven to eight band and select choirs performed at Stew Leonard’s in Paramus for their first annual Christmas tree lighting event! Students, families, and community members took on the cold weather to hear the beautiful music featured in this wonderful event and to begin the holiday season. Student performers are under the direction of Mrs. Lisa Ahrendt, Band; and Mrs. Rebecca Dugan, Choir.

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