On May 22, 2018, The New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Development held its annual Dare to Dream Conference at William Paterson University. This student leadership conference focuses on preparing students with disabilities for college, employment, and career, as well as highlights examples of self-advocacy. A positive learning experience for all, the Dare to Dream conference inspires students to reflect and think on the obstacles they have overcome and focus on their bright futures. Some of our students were brave enough to stand up to a full house and speak about their experiences as a high school student with learning disabilities.
On May 9, 2018, Community High School held its first Alumni Career Fair. Approximately a dozen alumni involved in various careers including lawyer, television, law enforcement, teaching, software engineering, and social work came to the school to talk to the current students.Read more
On March 23, 2018, our Spring Theatrical Production was performed to a full house! With 27 cast members, it was one of the largest casts ever to play on the CHS stage. Director Lisa Stein and Musical Director David Graessle previously directed the show 18 years ago, but with only 6 actors and less songs.
"It was great to do the show again, and do it with the extra characters, ensemble and songs", said Lisa. "As much as we loved the show 18 years ago, this one was really amazing with the extra actors singing, acting and dancing. We really had a blast".
On Thursday, May 10, 2018, the Community High School hosted a post-secondary planning seminar for upcoming junior and senior parents. The focus of this seminar was to discuss the exploration and application process for various post-secondary education placements.Read more
The Boys Basketball team is off to a strong start in their 2017-18 campaign. Currently sitting at 3-3 on the season, the team opened up with strong victories over rivals Green Meadow and Barnstable, as well as a hard-fought loss against West Caldwell Tech. Using an up-tempo offense, the squad averaged scoring over 60 points a game in the first half of the season. Daily practices have enabled the players to improve their skills and work together on the court. They are now gearing up for a run of games to finish out the season, with Hudson Charter and BCCA among the opponents.
The Career Discovery Program helps seniors explore their career choices through trips and potential intern programs.
This month students went to Blick Art Supply store. The students met with artists and employees and discussed artist supplies and careers in the art field.
The Career Discovery program has taken student to Holy Name Hospital, Houlihan's, Teaneck Fire Dept, Teaneck Police Dept, Liberty Science Center, Eastwick Colleges in Hackensack and Nutley. Upcoming trips we have scheduled are, Vet/Pet Spa-Groomer, Smashburger, a nursing home, The Gym fitness center and Empire Beauty.
Our new Communications Broadcasting elective class is up and running. This year, two shows have taken shape: "Sports Extras" - an engaging roundtable sports discussion - and "Default Radio" - an exciting foray into the world of EDM (Electronic Dance Music). In addition to these programs, students have also conducted interviews with their favorite staff members. Interested in radio production, podcasting, sports broadcasting, or voiceovers, Communications Broadcasting is the place to be!
Learning happens everywhere, especially at The Community School. You only need to look at the 9 foot tall windmill gracing the Field of Dreams to be reminded of this. With the guidance and support of the lower school maintenance crew Barry and Keith, Sean O’Beirne, a group 4 student, worked on and off for weeks to construct this magnificent metal structure. Assembling the windmill was a special project that Sean took on. He was involved in the process from beginning to end. He helped construct the windmill as well as figure out how to anchor it so that it would be level, stable and sustain strong winds and lastly, where to display it. The final result is really quite stunning!
Community Lower School celebrated its first Harvest Day on Monday, October 30 th . Many of the students came dressed as their favorite character from either a book, movie or television show to add to the celebration of the afternoon. The students had a fun filled afternoon with activities and crafts provided by the Parents Association. The front entrance way was adorned with colorful scarecrows that had been decorated by each homeroom. The students, separated into teams, spent their afternoon split between the gymnasium and their classrooms. The gymnasium was festively decorated with hay bales and pumpkins and was transformed into a beautiful fall wonderland. The students were able to pick pumpkins and decorate them and play a variety of fun games that included a pumpkin obstacle sweep, jack o lantern bean bag toss and bobbing for marshmallows. They also spent time working on fall themed crafts in their classrooms. It was a great afternoon enjoyed by all.
Transform your body, mind, and spirit with CHS’s newest elective: Yoga and Mindfulness. This class incorporates Yoga postures with breath work, Mindfulness methods, and a Meditation practice, giving students useful tools to integrate into the real world.Read more
The CHS Parent's Association sponsored the End of the Year Barbecue. Students and staff feasted on hamburgers, hot dogs and of course, a visit from the ice cream truck! We all came together to celebrate another great year at Community High School. Thank you Parent's Association!
On Thursday, June 8th, the Senior Class along with their Senior Advisors and Toby Braunstein, the Director of Education, enjoyed a luncheon at Houlihan’s in Paramus, NJ. After many long months of resume writing, filling out college applications and composing essays, this was a great way to end the year! The CHS Parents Association treated the group to a tasty lunch and even tastier dessert. Everyone had a great time eating, talking and laughing. Congratulations to the Class of 2017!
Many group 2 students at the Lower School are interested in making positive changes and improvements within their school and communities. They wanted a chance to openly express their concerns and possible solutions, and so the “Group 2 Committee” was formed! Group 2 teachers, Ms. Giammaria and Ms. Bischoff, oversee this voluntary club that meets every Friday during lunch to give students a chance to collaborate in a social environment.
So far this year, the Group 2 Committee has organized school-wide events such as Pajama Day and Career Day. These charitable events have helped raise money for the Community School (students will discuss how to allocate these funds). The Group 2 Committee is a fun way for students to unite and actively work together to make positive changes, create a community atmosphere, and practice team building skills.
The 26th Annual Community School Fashion Show and Benefit, sponsored by our dedicated Parents Association, was a night to remember for all our Community High School models, families, friends and teachers. It was a terrific opportunity to watch our students shine on the runway.
Once again, the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey was the perfect venue for a special night full of hors d’oeuvres, basket raffles, super prizes, beautiful music performed by our students, 50/50s, a sit-down dinner and more. The most rewarding part of the evening was watching the pride in our students’ faces as they walked the runway and showed off beautiful clothes from local stores in front of approximately 145 attendees. Our juniors and seniors were dressed from head to toe in formal attire from Laundry by Shelli Segal and Biltmore Tuxedos. They all looked spectacular, and Community High School is immensely proud of our stunning student models.
The rain didn’t dampen the spirit of the Class of 2017 when they traveled to Six Flags Great Adventure for their much anticipated senior trip. El Toro, Nitro and Bizzaro were a few of the coasters the seniors were seen on. Those who braved the rides were rewarded with short lines and big thrills.
The class of 2017 was also spotted next to the fountain dancing with Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird and Sylvester the Cat. On the Off Road Adventure, memories were made when the seniors were able to get up close and personal with the resident giraffes- even getting the opportunity to hand feed them! Each year, the graduating class looks forward to spending time celebrating their last few weeks together as the class of 2017.
For our annual Yearbook trip, we went to One World Trade and toured the museum. It was an emotional experience, but the students enjoyed it immensely. We walked around the area, saw the Oculus, the reflecting pools, and took in the sights of the city. We then walked down the waterfront to Battery Park where we took some photos and enjoyed the beautiful day. While at Battery Park, the students rode the Seaglass Carousel. The carousel is gorgeous, and we all had a wonderful time. Thank you to the CHS Parents Association for sponsoring the Yearbook Trip.
After a year of hard work, we would like to recognize our United for Service members. Pictured above are just a few of our dedicated students.They have participated in the Englewood Walk for Awareness (Breast Cancer Walk), the food and coat drive, benefitting two local charities, including the Englewood Center for Food Action. Also, the UFS students organized the Mother's Day Plant Sale, which raised money for the CHS Student Activities Fund. They have also been active members in the weekly UFS club meetings and have taken their volunteering spirit and efforts outside of the school of their own volition. We are very proud of all of the students who participated in the UFS Club this year and we hope that all underclassmen will return next year.
The Community High School Peer Leaders Horizon’s program had another fantastic year at Nyoda Hills. The day was packed with leadership and team building activities. After some engaging opening activities, our students were placed at several different courses to promote successful communication in order to achieve specific goals set by the amazing staff at Nyoda Hills. One of the most challenging activities is the Wall Climb. The students must work together in order to get every individual over an eight-foot wall. At the end of the day, every student has accomplished a confidence boosting challenge at Nyoda Hills.