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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.

Spring Concerts

We hope you will join us for our upcoming spring concerts! You can find the schedules listed below.

May 22, 2019

  • 7th/8th Grade Concert: 9:00 a.m. - Performed for students
  • 7th/8th Grade Concert: 7:00 p.m. - Performed for families only

May 30, 2019

  • 5th/6th Grade Concert: 8:45 a.m. - Performed for students
  • 5th/6th Grade Concert: 7:00 p.m. - Performed for families only

See you there!

Extra! Extra! Read All about It!

Take a walk down the seventh-grade wing at West Brook Middle to read feature articles by our student journalists! We are proud of their hard work and creativeness!

The work of 7th graders posted to the hallway bulletin board
Paramus Faculty & Staff: Here They Go Again!

Teachers dressed in costumesThe Paramus Scholarship Show Fund is proud to be celebrating 60 years of fundraising and providing Paramus High School seniors with scholarships. This year’s production of Mamma Mia featured faculty and staff from all over the district who are proud to join the community to support this great cause. The show, directed by retired Paramus teacher, Kathy O'Neil, took place on March 29 and 30 at Paramus High School. The Paramus faculty and staff feature performers and leads in this year's exciting production were Victoria Rice (PHS), Jennifer Jennings (Midland), Robert Marion (Midland), Ginny Amato (retired), and Christin McKenna (transportation). They carried our audience to the beautiful Greek Islands for a musical extravaganza by the hit group ABBA. Mary Hall (East Brook) helped keep things running smoothly supervising a crew of great volunteers backstage. Hats off to the Paramus Scholarship Show and its dedicated volunteers for 60 years of hard work toward a great cause!

Financial Literacy

Believe it or not, knowing how to write and deposit a check is still a 21st century skill! Eighth grade financial literacy students recently learned about online banking and practiced writing their signatures with Mr. Rembecky. It was a wonderful learning experience for all!

View more photos of students learning about Financial Literacy
Region I Elementary Honors Orchestra

Orchestra studentsOn Saturday, April 27 students from 23 different schools in New Jersey participated in the region I elementary honors orchestra program at South Orange Middle School. Students in 4th through 6th grades were nominated by their music teachers and placed in different orchestras based on ability level. Each orchestra rehearsed all morning and performed in a special concert at 3:00 pm. Orchestra students from Paramus High School assisted the teachers to ensure that students were able to get from place to place. Congratulations to all who participated! A special thank you to Mrs. Nimmo, region 1 orchestra division chair, for organizing the event!

Participating teachers and students included:

  • Memorial - Mrs. Kristine Hart, Olivia John, Lenna Kinosian, Angela Kim, Nia Bautista, Tyler Hom, Michale Bassily, and Aisha Shafoat
  • Midland - Mrs. Kerry Russo, Joe Fujita, Ashlyn Renu, Stefanie Galarza, and Olivia Davis
  • Stony Lane - Ms. Chrysten Andgerson,  Reyhan Khanji, and Evelyn Na
  • East Brook - Mrs. Kim Nimmo, Daniel Chung, June Lee, Christen Lee, Sophia Sarkies, and Sophia Tsien
  • West Brook - Mrs. Kim Nimmo, Matthew Chen, Mary Daclan, Arnav Patel, Chris Shyy, and Spencer Park
  • Paramus High School Assistants - Hannah Kim, Jamie Kim, and Yoona Park

Digital Citizenship

West Brook fifth graders worked together to create their digital citizenship pledges with Mr. Rembecky. They have been working hard all year to learn about all the ways to use technology safely and responsibly.

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New Jersey Student Learning Assessments in ELA and Mathematics

The Paramus School District will be administering the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments in ELA and Mathematics (NJSLA-ELA and NJSLA-M), formerly known as PARCC, beginning May 6, 2019, for grades three–eight. The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment provides an academic level of information about student progress, which makes it a tool to measure student performance. NJSLA identifies the areas in each subject where a student needs additional support and where he or she has mastered the content to challenge them to go deeper into the subject matter. For additional information, or to see your child’s testing schedule, please view our NJSLA Letter.

If you have any questions regarding the NJSLA Assessment, please contact your child’s school counselor. As always, making sure your child gets a full night of sleep, eats a nutritious breakfast, and arrives at school on time are all important ways to help students be successful. We appreciate your emphasizing the importance of taking the test seriously, as it represents the hard work that they have put into school all year.

Teacher Recognition

Congratulations to Mrs. Dugan on her achievement of winning West Brook’s 2019 Teacher Recognition Award! Thank you for all that you do for our school and students. We are so #ParamusProud!

Orchestra Festival

On Tuesday, April 9, the Region I Orchestra Festival was at East Brook Middle School. Orchestras from five different school districts in Bergen County came together to perform for each other and received feedback from guest clinicians Mr. David Wroe and Mrs. Helen Cha-Pyo. Congratulations to each orchestra for their performance and participation in the festival!

Orchestra standing on stage The orchestra performing on stage
March Was Music in Our Schools Month

Click to view more. Two students pose with musical accessories.Everyone enjoys music, whether by listening to it, singing, or playing an instrument. March was Music in Our Schools Month. Every year, musicians worldwide celebrate and promote the benefits of high-quality music education programs in public schools. West Brook students joined by showing support for their school music program. The West Brook music department sponsored three design contests to help students celebrate music: posters, music hats, and innovative musical instruments. The winners were Jack Dawli, Mrs. Lightenberg’s class, Alissa Lenda, and Mary Daclan. Mrs. Ahrendt’s band students received music appreciation pins as a reward. She asked the students to wear the pins for the month of March. Each time Mrs. Ahrendt saw a student wearing a pin, the student received a point. A $25 gift certificate to Best Buy was the award for winners with the most points. 

Fifth and sixth-grade band winner was Jack Dawli, and the seventh and eighth-grade winner was Amelia Khanji.

Immunization Information

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has mandated that children born on or after January 1, 1997, and entering grade six, shall have received one dose each of the following vaccines:

  • Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis)
  • Meningococcal vaccine

The child must receive both vaccines after the child’s 10th birthday.

All students who will be turning 11 years old, on or before September 1, 2019, must provide documentation of these two immunizations from their primary care provider on or before September 1, 2019. All pupils are to be in compliance with the New Jersey immunization regulations in order to remain in school.

Please have your primary health care provider complete the 6th Grade Immunization Form. Detach and return this form to the school nurse on or before September 1, 2019.

For additional information, please visit our Registration page.

Paramus Named One of the Best Communities for Music Education

2019 Best Communities for Music Education. Congrats! Brought to you by The NAMM Foundation.Congratulations to our amazing music education staff! NAMM has again chosen Paramus Public Schools as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in 2019! 

The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Designations are for districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. 

We are so proud! #ParamusProud

Japanese Poetry Tanka

We really love all of the beautiful Japanese Poetry Tanka! Thank you, Ms. Burke! Thank you, students, for your creativity!

Japanese Poetry Tanka drawings on a wall