Monday, March 4, 2013
The grant will go to purchase the Pearsons Education Developmental Reading Assessment Management System.
The Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) awarded a grant to the School District of the Chathams of $9,600 to go toward the purchase of a Pearsons Education Developmental Reading Assessment Management System. The system will help give assessment-driven reading instruction to students in grades 1 through 5, and will help teachers assess student reading levels. Faculty at Lafayette Avenue School, Milton Avenue School, Southern Boulevard School and Washington Avenue School will be able to use the system. The grant request was submitted by the district's Supervisor of English Language Arts K-5 Helen S. Comba and by the principals of the aforementioned schools. Colleen Markley, the president of CEF, said this system will help teachers "better …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Education Foundation's grant will go toward purchase to enhance student writing.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) awarded an $11,000 grant to Chatham Middle School to fund the purchase of 16 Netbooks. The Netbook computers will be used by students throughout the school to promote and enhance writing across the curriculum. Principal Robert Accardi applied for the grant, along with eighth-grade English teachers Lisa McTague and Carmela Zack. Colleen Markley, the president of CEF, said the organization is "pleased to have provided these grants, which will benefit students throughout Chatham." The grant was made possible, Markley said, by the generosity of residents and businesses of the Chathams. Because of their support, she said, "the Foundation has been able to continue its efforts of supporting innovative and …
Monday, December 3, 2012
From elementary school students to high schoolers, 'tis the season for Chatham's music students to strut their stuff.
Families within the Chathams will know the holidays are here by the bevy of holiday concerts within the School District of the Chathams, which kick off at 7:30 p.m. Monday with the Chatham High School choral concert at the Chatham High auditorium. The winter concert provide students with the chance to show off their talents and what they have learned thus far this year. The winter concert schedule for the School District of the Chathams is:
Monday, November 5, 2012
The school principal reported the smell of gasoline outside the school building, and no trace of gas was found inside.
The Chatham Township Fire Department called PSE&G in to investigate a gas leak outside of Lafayette Avenue School Monday. According to Matt Chase of the Chatham Township Fire Department, LAS Principal Cheryl Caggiano reported the smell of gasoline outside the school building at about noon Monday. Chase said the fire department found "minor traces of gas on the outside of the building," but no traces inside either LAS or Chatham High School. Since there was no gas reading inside the schools, Chase said there was no need to evacuate students and faculty. "We called PSE&G," Chase said. "It's not a major leak." The Chatham Township Police and Green Village Fire Department also responded to the gas leak.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Three new boilers at Lafayette Avenue School will also be ready in October.
Peter Daquila, the business administrator for the School District of the Chathams, said the district's new security camera and card access systems will be operational by the end of October. "The contractor has completed all the required wiring for the card access and the camera systems," Daquila said. "Card readers have been installed on all the doors, and the system to allow the access is currently being programmed." Under the new system, staff members will be able to swipe identification cards to gain access the schools. Also, about 200 security cameras operating on a centralized system will be added to the district's six campuses. The project "was the big capital expense in this year's budget," Dr. Michael LaSusa said. It was approved …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Drop-off patterns and staff members directing traffic helped make the first day of school easier for motorists.
When Chatham High School introduced their new traffic policy in 2011, which did not allow cars dropping off passengers to enter the front parking lot, motorists took some getting used to it. When school began Thursday morning, traffic flowed much easier outside Chatham High. "That's why we're here, to get these cars through quickly," Assistant Principal Lori Gironda said as she and Douglas Walker, the new co-assistant principal, directed cars through the drop-off zone. A school district staff member guarded the entrance to the parking lot and allowed only cars with permits to enter. A new, later start time for Lafayette Avenue School also helped alleviate traffic conditions. As a result, cars were able to travel south along Lafayette …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Marco Freyre joined the staff at Lafayette Avenue School Monday.
After almost ten years in the classroom, Marco Freyre said he is ready to take the next step in his career and take over as assistant principal at Lafayette Avenue School. "I'm going to try to introduce myself to everybody, put out a positive vibe and talk to as many people as I can," Freyre said. "I'm just really excited about the whole thing. I can't wait to get started." Freyre's first day in Chatham was Monday. For the last nine years, he worked as a fifth-grade teacher in the Long Hill school district and served as Dean of Students at Millington School. Cheryl Caggiano, the principal at LAS, said Freyre's job description will be similar to that of Brian Fleming, who resigned to become the principal at Mountain Lakes' Briarcliff Middle…
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Enrollment at Lafayette Avenue School hovers just under 700 students.
When school starts in September, Lafayette Avenue School will welcome the largest class Chatham has ever seen. As of Friday, the rising fourth grade class—the future class of 2021—has 369 students. The fifth grade class has 327 students enrolled, for a total current enrollment of 696. Principal Cheryl Caggiano said she expects a few more students to come in. "I think we'll start the year, according to my calculations, with just over 700 kids," Caggiano said. "Last year we were at 636 for the whole year." Fortunately, with extensions done in previous years, classroom space is not a worry for the administration. "We have the space," Caggiano said. "We were lucky because in the last years we've had small group instruction in large classrooms…
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Everything your student needs for the 2012-13 school year.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Wondering what to buy for your child's first day at Lafayette Avenue School? The school has a recommended list which can be found below: Fourth Grade School Supplies: Fifth Grade School Supplies:
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Educators from Jefferson and Long Hill will move into positions at Chatham High and Lafayette, respectively.
The Board of Education unanimously approved two new assistant principals at Chatham High School and Lafayette Avenue School in a single vote Monday. The two newcomers are Douglas Walker and Marco Freyre, who will take the positions vacated by George Alexis and Bryan Fleming, respectively. According to Superintendent Michael LaSusa, both went through "the same process [as] we have with other appointments." This includes interviews with the school principals, Personnel head Debra Becker, himself, the school board's Personnel Committee and Search Committees, which included school board members, teachers and parents from both schools and their Parent-Teacher Organizations (PTOs). Both received the unanimous endorsement of the school board's …