The Community High School Student Council spent the month of December, collecting toys for the annual CHS Toy Drive. Through the generosity of students, staff, CHS families and alumni, hundreds of toys were donated. Members of the CHS Student Council, dressed as Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty, and elves, delighted the little ones at the Happy Day Child Care Center at the YMCA of Greater Bergen County in Hackensack, NJ. CHS students spent the day at the YMCA singing, dancing and visiting Santa with the children.
In December, students who participate in Career Discovery had an opportunity to visit the Totowa Animal Hospital and The Seven Star Pet Resort and Grooming in Passaic County, NJ.Read more
In November, the Career Discovery Team brought a group of our CHS senior students to Holy Name Hospital here in Teaneck. These students were chosen based on their interest in the medical field. The students met with the Director of Community Affairs and Public Relations. They toured the hospital, specifically various departments including Radiology, Security, Food Services, Emergency and Triage, Labor and Delivery and the Hospital Pharmacy.
Orientation is a very busy time for our new students. The three days of school are packed with fun and informative orientation classes, such as “Welcome to CHS,” “Intro to Study Skills,” “CHS Code of Conduct,” “Intro to the Chromebook,” and “Ice Breaker Activities.”
This year we introduced another class to the orientation called, “Digital Citizenship.” This course introduces the students to the idea that with the widespread use of technology today it is our duty to be lifelong responsible digital citizens. In the course, there is a roundtable discussion that focuses on navigating the internet safely, appropriately and responsibly, with a focus on social media use.
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!