Clark Board of Education’s Virtual Showcase of Success
Submitted by Christine Casale Broski
The Clark Board of Education recently celebrated the achievements of students and teachers as part of its virtual Showcase of Success. Each day, Superintendent Grande has been recognizing the efforts of students and teachers through his daily Honeywell announcements.
This year’s Governor’s Educators of the Year were recognized for educational excellence and their commitment to student learning. The Governor’s Educators of the Year Program recognizes “educational innovation, student achievement, the rewards of teaching, and important services outside the classroom environment that lead to student success.”
This year’s winners were: Janice Gossman, Art Teacher – Arthur L. Johnson High School Educator of the Year; Molly Cusick, School Counselor – Arthur L. Johnson High School Educational Services Professional of the Year; Thomas Peitz, Art Teacher – Carl H. Kumpf Middle School Educator of the Year; Steven Acosta, School Counselor – Carl H. Kumpf Middle School Educational Services Professional of the Year; Mary Jo Baker, 3rd Grade Teacher – Frank K. Hehnly School Educator of the Year; Cecilia Petela, 2nd Grade Teacher – Valley Road School Educator of the Year; Kristina Novello, Paraprofessional Aide – Clark Preschool Educational Services Professional of the Year.
20 students were also recognized for earning perfect NJSLA scores on the 2019 Spring Assessment. These students were Meagan Lambert, Andrew Matos, Michael Olszewski, Madeline Carnesi-Silberstein, Jenna Grandal, Brett Makowsky, Brian Morris, Jack Nemeth, Robert Rooney, Grace Warnick, Matthew Buttelmann, Dillon Cahill, Stephen Ciccotelli, Kyle Gunsiorowski, Mark Hansen, Tania Oliveira, Nila Tasharofi, Grace Wright, Isabella Gomes, and Wiktor Sliwa.
25 students also received the State Seal of Biliteracy. These students needed to demonstrate a proficiency level of Intermediate Mid in all four domains of a world language. In addition, they were required to demonstrate proficiency in English by meeting the State high school graduation requirements for English language arts or through attaining the appropriate cut score on the ACCESS for English Language Learners (ELLs) assessment. These students were Juan Acosta-Lopez, Vicente Afonso, Justin Altamirano, Juliette Barakat, Andres Barraza, Sandy Botros, Omar Brito-Vargas, Emi Budnik, Briahna Castano, Andrea Coarite, Brandon Costa, Elizabeth Gondek, Julia Jaskiewicz, Ashley Jimenez, Gabriella Lopez, Saul Lopez, Gabriella Matos, Ariana Menes, Veronica Mierzejewski, Gabriella Mintz, America Renteria, Julian Rodriguez, Adrian Skiba, Oliwia Szostek, and Yahiree Yoplac.
Superintendent Edward Grande commented, “These students and staff members displayed their greatness in a variety of ways. We could not be more proud of them, especially at such a time as now.”