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Upcoming Events
- Visions Dance Recital
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
- Allegro Arts Academy
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
- Dance Fusion
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
District Announcements
JSA National
SHS JSA Tops in the Nation!
We are proud to announce that SHS' Junior State of America has been awarded the National Civic Impact Award, making them the #1 chapter in America! 
See their chapter video here. 

Congratulations to Mr. Gehm, Ms. Z. and all the students of the JSA!
Support the Class of 2019 at Buffalo Wild Wings!
The Class of 2019 has organized a fundraising opportunity with Buffalo Wild Wings at 470 Harmon Meadow Blvd. Starting on Wednesday, May 25 through June 26, 10% of every bill will be donated to the Class of 2019.
Attached is the ticket that you would have to present to your server in order for the donation to be made. You can just save the ticket to your phone, no need to print it.

Please feel free to share the ticket with anyone and stop by as frequently as you want throughout the month.
School Announcements
Live From Surgery
SHS Students Remotely View Surgical Procedure
Ms. McKenna's AP Biology and Mr. Newman's Anatomy/Physiology and Comparative Anatomy classes visited the Liberty Science Center to experience LSC's "Live From!" series.

With Dr. Daniela Riser and Mrs. Bennett, the students watched a live surgery from New York City's prestigious New York Presbyterian Hospital. The surgery, conducted using the DaVinci Surgical Robot, involved removing a fibroid tumor from a young woman's uterus. The students were able to interact with the surgeon, asking questions about the procedure and about becoming a surgeon throughout the surgery.

This is the fourth time Ms. McKenna and Mr. Newman have brought their classes to watch a "Live From!" surgery. It is certainly a highlight each year for the students.

After the surgery and lunch, the students were able to tour LSC before returning to ‪#‎SHS‬.  
Academic Honorees
Secaucus High School Valedictorian Brandon Halpin and Salutatorian Hannah Faye Canonigo were honored at a county-wide recognition dinner at La Reggia Restaurant.  On behalf of the entire Secaucus School Community, we extend our congratulations to these outstanding students.  Both Brandon and Hannah Faye have been outstanding academic performers and role models during their illustrious time as students in the District.

Photograph: Secaucus High School Salutatorian Hannah Faye Canonigo and Valedictorian Brandon Halpin take a moment from the festivities at the Hudson County Academic Achievement Recognition Program to pose for a group photograph with their parents and school officials.  Pictured from left to right are Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knops, Hudson County Superintendent Monica Tone, Mr. Gregorio Canonigo, Mrs. Lydia Canonigo, Salutatorian Hannah Faye Canonigo, Valedictorian Brandon Halpin, Mrs. Annette Halpin, Mr. James Halpin, Board of Education President John Gerbasio, and Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Robert Berckes.
Rising Star Nominee
SHS Senior Daniel Pokras Nominated for Rising Star Award
We are pleased to announce that ‪#SHS‬ senior Daniel Pokras has received a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star nomination from the Rising Star Awards selection committee.

Daniel, who played the role of Kyle The UPS Man, in our recent production of Legally Blonde, is one of five nominees chosen from 93 high schools across New Jersey who participated.

Daniel has been invited to attend the awards ceremony at Papermill in Millburn, NJ on Tuesday evening, June 7.
Arbor Day
SHS Science Club Plants Trees for Arbor Day
Faculty Advisor Ms. Denise McKenna and 10 members of the SHS' Science Club volunteered to plant saplings at Mill Creek Point on Arbor Day.  A variety of saplings including evergreens and deciduous trees were planted.  

A fun time was had by all, despite the cold and damp weather!. Because this outing is a highlight for the club each year, the club looks forward to continued participation in the town's Arbor Day festivities!

Seniors Kristy Boocz, Leslie Guerra, Ava Mroz, Alejandro Sanchez
Juniors Connor Dunning, Basant Eshmawy, Daniella McGarrity Kayla Nicolich, Alyssa Rivera. Sophomore: Maria Gigante

SAIL Hosts Senior Citizens Prom; Students Receive Scholarships
On Thursday, April 7, 2016, the students of the S.A.I.L. program held their Sixth Annual Senior Citizen Prom Spring Fling Event at Secaucus High School.  During the Senior Citizen Prom, the S.A.I.L. students provided dinner service to the seniors along with a night of dancing and entertainment. 

Ann Scalzo age 97 former owner of A and R paint store in the North End  dances with Joe Petruzelli of
 Secaucus High School at this year's senior citizen prom. Ann loved every minute of it and wants to come back again  next year. Ann we look forward to next year to spend time again with you.

This year the Fil-Aid Organization donated $1500 to the S.A.I.L. program.  During this years Senior Citizen Prom Spring Fling the S.A.I.L. program was in turn able to award three deserving high school seniors with S.A.I.L. scholarships.  These scholarships were given based off of each students extraordinary service, community involvement and leadership skills.  Each student received $500 toward a college of their choice. The recipients of the scholarships were Fedah Mohammed, Leslie Guerra, and Caroline Cerny.

Girls in Tech Symposium
SHS Students Participate in the 2016 Girls in Technology Symposium at HCCC
On March 16, 2016, four Secaucus High School students attended the “2016 Girls in Technology Symposium” along with nearly 200 female students from fourteen high schools around the county. The third annual event was held at the Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Culinary Arts Conference Center in Jersey City.

The day-long event showcased opportunities for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields and the innovative contributions women are making. The students also competed in a project display contest themed Technology: The Past, Present and Future. (Read the entire story here)
Consumer Bowl
SHS Takes 4th Hudson County Consumer Bowl Title in 5 Years!
We are proud to announce that the SHS Consumer Bowl Team has captured it's fourth straight Hudson County Championship in five years under Coach Cherryl Bott-Melfa. The Team defeated High Tech HS (North Bergen) 160-85 in the first round, then defeated Liberty HS (Jersey City) 165-40. The Hudson County teams who participated in the competition were Secaucus HS, County Prep, High Tech HS, Ferris HS, Liberty HS and Dickinson HS.

The SHS team goes on to the the Northern Regional Competition, which will take place on April 22, 2016. 

To find out more about the Consumer Bowl, please go to

From left to right: Pierce Bolton, Kaitlyn O'Connell, Kendryck Ceballos and Robert Walshe
Miss Lee's Closet
S.A.I.L. Students Create Clothing Closet
Miss Lee’s Closet is the latest undertaking of the S.A.I.L. program. The S.A.I.L. students developed a Prom Dress Drop program several years ago. This program provided prom dresses free of charge to help students and families in need. Over the past few months, the S.A.I.L. program has been fortunate enough to receive donations from Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli and Ms. Lee, which has enabled our project to expand. The SAIL students wanted to take this opportunity and run with it by creating a full clothing closet that is available to not only those struggling financially but all middle and high school students. 

Ms. Lee states, "It has never been lost on me the enormous amounts of money that students and their families spend on clothing, particularly dresses for proms, birthday parties, and other formal events. If we can help out a little, why not? We have a wonderful opportunity to turn new and gently used clothing into another community service project that serves our students and the families in the Secaucus community. The response has been nothing but positive."

S.A.I.L. students are responsible for running the closet and collecting donations. The closet is frequented by many students throughout the week and it is wonderful to see the Secaucus Middle and High School student body taking advantage of our new program. Students are extremely happy and excited with this new project. It seems to be extremely helpful all around, particularly, to those who may not have the money or time to go out and buy extravagant outfits or even casual clothes to wear on an everyday basis.

Miss Lee’s Closet has everything ranging from formal gowns, jeans, sweaters, jackets, men’s suits, skirts, casual dresses, shirts, and school uniforms. ALL students are welcome to come before school and take home any of these items free of cost. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this great program! You can follow MISSLEESCLOSET on Instagram to view some of the items available in the closet.
The Doctor's Advice

Doctor Knows Best !!
We are now in the winter season and here are some health tips to staying healthy:
  1. Everyone should eat a well balanced and proportionate meal/ healthy snacks
  2. Get plenty of daily exercise. ( 20 minutes minimum)
  3. Remember to get plenty of rest to help boost your immunity so you can fight the effects of the cold and flu. (Turn off your cell phones/computers/lap tops/ at least 30 minutes before you go to bed, so your brain activity can slow down and you can fall asleep)
  4. Make sure you wash your hands frequently each day
  5. When you have to cough/sneeze, try the elbow cough, not your hands. Using your hands will infect the next person.
  6. Use disinfectant sprays/wipes on all the common areas of contamination at school, work, and home. The top  top germ contaminated places in school/home are:
    • ​​telephones
    • faucets
    • light switches
    • door knobs
    • writing utensils
    • appliances
Always think positive,laugh,love, and live each day to be a do gooder. You will feel like a million.
Dr. Bob
SAT Math Hat Trick
SHS Senior Scores Big on SAT Math 
SHS Senior Vinit Parikh was honored with a standing ovation at the SBOE meeting on 2/25 for his accomplishment of achieving a “hat trick” of attaining perfect scores on three different SAT Mathematics assessments. Vinit received perfect scores of 800 on the Mathematics portion of the SAT in both June 2014 and October 2015, as well as receiving an additional perfect score of 800 on the Math Level Two Subject Test of the SAT.
In the photograph, honoree Vinit Parikh holds up his certificate as SHS Principal Dr. Bob BerckesVinit's mother Devanshi, and Board of Education President John Gerbasio look on.
Showcase of Success
SHS Junior Celebrated for Mathematics Excellence
SHS Junior Akash Rana was honored with a standing ovation at the Secaucus Board of Education Meeting's Showcase of Success on 2/25 for his accomplishment of achieving a perfect score of 800 on the Mathematics section of the SAT.

In the photograph, honoree Akash Rana holds up his certificate as Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Bob Berckes, Mother Rita Rana, Father Pravin Rana, and Board of Education President John Gerbasio look on.
Day of...
SHS Holds a Day of Respect, Remembrance, and Reflection
SHS held a Day of Respect, Remembrance, and Reflection on February 23.  Students were exposed to motivational speakers who overcame adversity in their lives to ultimately make the world a better place. 

In the photograph, some of the Day of Respect, Remembrance, and Reflection presenters and guests pose for a picture in between presentations.  Pictured from left to right are Brian Branco, Gary Smiley, Secaucus Mayor Mike Gonnelli, Alan Moskin, Jacy Good, Steve Johnson, General Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, and  Mathematics Supervisor Amanda Prieto.

Here's the link to Verizon FiOS1 - New Jersey's coverage of SHS' Day of Respect, Remembrance and Reflection. 
Ulrich Sisters
Sisters Amanda and Kristina Ulrich were honored at the Secaucus Board of Education’s Showcase of Success on January 28th for their achievements and recognition as members of the Secaucus High School Girls Basketball Team.

Freshman Amanda was honored through the Bergen Record last month by being selected as the Bergen Record Female Athlete of the Week. Sister Kristina, a senior, recently achieved a major milestone by scoring her 1,000th career point.

In the photograph above, Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Bob Berckes; Amanda Ulrich, Kristina Ulrich, Bob Ulrich, Maria Ulrich, Anthony Gomez, and Board of Education President John Gerbasio pose for a group picture after the Amanda and Kristina were presented with certificates by the Secaucus Board of Education.
Perfect 800s
The Secaucus Board of Education honored four students who achieved a perfect 800s on the Math portion of the SAT at last night’s Board of Education Meeting’s Showcase of Success.

SHS Principal Dr. Bob Berckes introduced each student, highlighted each pupil’s career at the high school, and stated how proud the school community was of each honoree. Board of Education President John Gerbasio then presented each student with a certificate of commendation on behalf of the Board.

In the photograph above, Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Bob Berckes; Students Kevin Ge, Ken ZhongAnkit Patel, David Perez; and Board of Education President John Gerbasio pose for a picture after the ceremony honoring each of the four students.
Peschetti Sisters
The Secaucus Board of Education honored sisters Gianna and Julia Peschetti at their January 29 Showcase of Success during the Board Meeting.
Seventh grader Gianna Peschetti was highlighted in an article published in the 2015 edition of Exceptional Parent (EParent) Magazine. The article highlighted how Gianna spent five days a week throughout the school year as a sixth grader at Clarendon School in Secaucus volunteering her time, being a mentor and offering assistance to others in her school, which culminated with her being a special friend to her classmates.

Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani, Gianna’s principal this past school year, spoke highly of Gianna’s altruism and dedication to making her classmates’ school experiences positive and productive ones.

Gianna’s older sister, Julia, currently a senior at Secaucus High School, was honored for writing the quality article and memorializing her sister’s compassion towards her classmates in the publication.

In the photograph (l to r), Secaucus High School Senior Julia Peschetti, Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani, Secaucus Middle School Seventh Grader Gianni Peschetti, and Board of Education President John Gerbasio pose for a picture after the Showcase of Success Ceremony.

The article is available on courtesy of Exceptional Parent Magazine.
SHS/Library Baking Contest
SHS Announces winners of SHS/Secaucus Library Baking Contest 

Congratulations to our cake-baking teams!

First place winners in the Secaucus Public Library bake contest - John Y, Brittany M, Amber N - were excited about their results. Standing left to right flanking them are Dibrary Director Jennifer May and Judges Nina Pesci, Diane Grafeld, Josephine DeGennaro and Fred Grafeld

SHS 2nd place winners in the S public library bake contest Nicole K, Monica M, Natalia, and Eva 
pose with judges Nina Pesci, Library Director Jennifer May Diane Grafeld,Fred Grafeld,and Josephine DeGennaro. 

SHS students Maria G, Caitlyn C, Madelyn M, and Kirsten W proudly show off their 3rd place winning cake with judges Josephine De Genarro, Fred Grafeld, Diane Grafeld and Library Director Jennifer May and NIna Pesci. 
2014-2015 HiB Scores
SPSD Announces HIB Self-Assessment Scores for 2014-2015
According to the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act of 2011, all school districts must annually engage in a self assessment to gage performance in preventative and responsive measures to incidents of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB). Out of 8 possible criteria, each school in the Secaucus Public School District individually scored a 76 out of 78 possible points. Subsequently, the district scored a 76 out of 78. The official document is attached here. 

For more information regarding the NJDoE's responses to HIB, please see a November 24, 2015 memo from Assistant Commissioner Susan Martz and an FAQ the NJDOE has developed
Youth Advisory Board
Secaucus Youth Advisory Board
The Junior State of America (JSA) is a nonprofit, student-run organization that, for over eighty years, has strived to empower the youth through social, economical, and most importantly, political discourse and activism.

The JSA Secaucus chapter has decided to open a town Youth Advisory Board, aiming to further enable the youth of the community to experience the political process. The Youth Advisory Board will work with the town council, tackling myriad related issues. Each position will be in charge of a certain aspect of the community: education, health, law, and general community concerns. If you have any questions please contact the Secaucus High School JSA chapter president, Iqra Ahmed, at

Interested students can apply using this form.
HESAA Student Loan Guide
HESAA Student Loan Guide
​New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) has prepared a Student Loan Guide to be distributed to New Jersey high school students.  In January 2013 legislation was passed by the New Jersey Legislature and signed into law by Governor Christie requiring HESAA to provide a booklet/brochure and directing high schools to annually disseminate it to each student in the 11th and 12th grades.

In accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:71A-35, I am forwarding the Student Loan Guide e-booklet link to you below and some of our other valuable tools to help students and families. The e-booklet link to the Student Loan Guide can be found here:
SHS STEM Program
Students interested in applying for SHS' STEM program must start the process by filling out this application and returning it to their guidance counselor. Your application will be reviewed by the Science Department faculty and you will be notified of their decision.  Click for STEM Application
Ed Services Professional of the Year
Mrs. Kathy Gerbasio, SHS' Educational Services Professional of the Year

Mrs. Gerbasio graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in 1978 with a Diploma - RN. She then became a staff nurse at St. Michaels's Medical Center in Newark where she worked in the Recovery Room and as a Surgical ICU nurse. Ms. Gerbasio then became a staff nurse, Head Pediatric Nurse and a Nursing Supervisor in St. Francis. Later, she worked for many years in the Recovery Room (PACU)/Endoscopy. Afterward, she worked at Port Authority of NY & NJ as Chief Nurse at Journal Square Transportation Center and was there for the 9/11 tragedy.

Mrs. Gerbasio Graduated Bloomfield College 2005 with BSN and received her School Nurse/Teacher of Health Certification from Felician College in 2007. Graduated Felician College 2011 with Masters in Education.

After receiving these certifications, she Worked Hoboken School District for a year. She has been employed in the Secaucus School district for eight years as the School Nurse at Secaucus Middle and High School.

Outside of school, Mrs. Gerbasio is President Secaucus Board of Health and Member of Secaucus Emergency Fund.

Congratulations Mrs. Gerbasio!

Teacher of the Year

Mr. Michael Vitulano, Secaucus High School Teacher of the Year

Mr. Vitulano is a 1984 graduate of Secaucus High School. He then graduated from Virginia Military Institute in May 1988 with a Bachelor Arts in Economics. After graduation, Mr. Vitulano was commissioned as a Second Lt. in the United States Marines Corps.

A proud veteran, Mr. Vitulano served on Active Duty in Camp Lejeune, NC from 1989-1992. He participated in Operation Desert Storm during the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War.

Upon his return, Mr. Vitulano graduated from St. Peter's University in 1998 with a Master of Arts in degree Education. He later graduated from New Jersey City University in 2003 with a Master of Arts in Math Education. He holds several NJ certificates including ESL, Mathematics and Supervisor.

Mr. Vitulano has taught mathematics in grades 9 through 12 at SHS since 2000. Additionally, he is an assistant coach for the SHS varsity football team and outdoor track and field team.

Congratulations Mr. Vit!

Booster Club
SHS Booster Club Membership Drive
Secaucus High School's Athletic Department provides unmatched experiences for a significant portion of our student body every year. It has been and continues to be an integral part of the fabric of the entire school community. To help support the many aspects of the athletic program that operate in Secaucus High School, please consider supporting the Booster Club by becoming a member. 
The Secaucus High School Booster Club is a non-profit organization made up of parents/guardians, staff, alumni and friends that supports the school's Athletic Department. It mission is to support all High School athletics and to enrich Secaucus High School and the Athletic Department. Please see the form attached to this link to join. Annual dues are only $10 per individual. 

If you would like more information about the Booster Club please feel free to contact us
Thank you for your support!
SHS HiB Specialist
Secaucus High School
Jill Preis
11 Mill Ridge Road
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Phone : (201) 974-2033
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