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Summit Year in Review: The Year in Schools

Here's a look at some of the school-related stories that made headlines.


Summit High School held it's annual Semi-Formal Friday night at L'Affaire on Route 22 in Mountainside. 


Two Brayton School  fifth graders reached the third round of the New Jersey state spelling bee on Saturday, completing a whirlwind six weeks of competition that took them from the Summit bee to a regional round and, finally, the state spell-off in New Brunswick.


Paul Sears, Principal of, detailed a proposal Thursday night to renovate the antiquated and unsafe auditorium at the high school.

The existing auditorium has an unsafe rigging system used to move scenery and props which was temporarily repaired by the Board of Education last year. Michael Wozny, an architect with EI Associaties, also said the stage floor is close to be unsafe.


Summit schools will reduce the size of its basic skills instructional staff from 12 to seven for the 2011-12 school year. The move is being made on the recommendation of the BOE Curriculum Committee in an effort to improve efficiency and to be in compliance with federal education guidelines.


The Summit Board of Education plans to introduce changes to its "Public Performances By Pupils" policy on June 16, which would prohibit those in attendance at student performances, athletic contests and other events from posting photos or videos on Internet sites including, but not limited to, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.


Summit High School managed to come away with wins in three categories at the Paper Mill Playhouse 2011 Rising Star Awards, honoring excellence in high school musical theatre in New Jersey. The winners are:

  • Outstanding Performance by a Featured Ensemble Group: "The Stenographers," in the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie.
  • Student Achievement Award: Ben Tolles, Stage Manager for Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • Student Achievement Award: Running Crew for Thoroughly Modern Millie


One hundred twenty-two families were happier this Thanksgiving because of free turkeys donated by Oratory Prep School families. Seniors Tom Giaquinto, Michael Pacelli and Alfonso Guerriero, at right, put the last frozen turkeys into one of three cars’ trunks on November 22 to drive them to the donation site.


"In addition, small amounts of roof damage have also been repaired. Power has been restored at all buildings except for Brayton. Fiber optic lines among the schools have been tested and are functional as well as our phone lines.  will continue to serve as a warming station and charging station at least until 8 PM."


This week Schools Superintendent Nathan Parker issued a letter about cancelled plans for a full-day, tuition-based kindergarten pilot program that was shot down by a special committee.  The planned $7,500 to $9,000 program would have serviced only a limited number of students at a higher cost than was acceptable for the community. 


Middle School Wrestlers Are County Champs

Wrestlers coached by middle school physical education teacher Dennis Marcantonio, social studies teacher Kevin Kostibos, and science teacher Casy Fath took home the gold in a weekend tournament.

The champion team members are Thomas Tarantino, Philip Angelo, Steven Salazar, Jonathan Ramirez, and Jeysson Reyes.


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