Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

The month of December continued our annual “Toys for Tots” drive. We collected various new and unwrapped toys that were distributed to local families in order to spread joy to those in our community.

On December 1, 2015, we held our first Honor Roll Breakfast of the year. Parent(s) and guardian(s) were invited to share in the academic successes of the students. Students enjoyed a delicious breakfast and were awarded certificates in recognition of their achievements.

Smile! GWJHS held its school picture days on December 10th and 11th. The students had the opportunity to dress up and put their best face forward. Yearbooks will be on sale later in the year!

On December 15, 2015, we held our annual Winter Concert. Two assemblies were held during the day in addition to an evening performance. Students were given the opportunity to showcase their musical talents, whether they are a beginning band member or a seasoned chorus member. Our violinists also had the chance to exemplify what they have learned thus far under the tutelage of our music teacher, Ms. Lauren Podkul. A special thanks to all involved in making this concert a success including our band director, Ms. Raquel White.

On December 22, 2015 students were welcomed to attend a class trip to the Bergen PAC Theatre to see live presentations of several famous short stories. Students basked in the ambience of the theater’s atmosphere as they witnessed for many of them their first theater performance. Overall the trip was a wonderful success and many students came back raving about how they had a memorable time.

As we draw nearer to the mid-point of the school year, let’s take a moment to reflect on all that the students have learned thus far. With the issuance of the interim reports, students have the opportunity to check their current progress and make a plan for their future. It is important to set goals and make a plan for success. Together, with your help, we can continue to prepare our students for college, work, and life!


Educationally yours,   


Dr. Josue B. Falaise


  February 2016  
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