Principal's Corner

Cranford High School Principal’s Monthly Report:

On September 8, 2017 Cranford High School made history. We started our first day of the Rotate and Drop Schedule. It was an impressive event that was well executed by the teachers, students, custodians, administrators, secretaries, and community members. We stood together unified and changed the direction of Cranford High School forever.


Students reported, “Though we come to school earlier, the day goes so much faster.” Another student remarked, “I am not rushing around the building anymore and I have time to get work done during lunch.” A senior noted, “We are able to complete more in depth learning activities during class, I enjoy the longer periods.” An underclassman told me, “It is nice to choose where I get to sit during lunch.” One senior said, “Open Campus is very efficient and no one wants to be late because we will lose our privilege.”


Teachers have stated, “I like that I can transition to multiple activities during the class period.” -- ”The students are getting a lot accomplished during class.” -- “The students love the new schedule and enjoy coming to school more.”-- “I am able to assist students on a one to one basis now.”-- “The lunch lines are shorter than they were last year.”-- “Kids are coming to me for extra help during lunch and it is helping them understand things before the next class.”-- “I was not a believer, but seeing it in action is amazing, I am on board now.”


The schedule is going so well that another school heard about the successful implementation and wanted to visit our school as a model for their potential move toward a Rotate and Drop schedule.


In January 2017, the CHS Concert Choir present their first-ever solo performance at Carnegie Hall, New York City in a program of invited choirs entitled, “Of War, Peace, and the Power of Music.” Fifteen students were accepted into NJ All-State Choruses, and seventeen students were selected for the American Choral Directors’ Association All-Eastern Honor Choirs.


Academy students travelled to the Regional High School Dance Festival in Norfolk, VA participating in five days of master classes, workshops, lectures and performances with a special dance college fair and scholarship audition. Two CHS dance films were featured in the Festival’s OnCamera event and two students received scholarships for summer intensives from Philadelphia University of the Arts and Bates College. Student work was selected for the DanceUp! Festival at the 92nd Street Y in New York City and at the Teen Arts Gala at the UC Performing Arts Center and the State Teen Arts Festival. The Academy hosted guest artists Akhila Deshwari for Contemporary Indian Dance and Patti Crumrine for Hip-Hop Dance classes.


Cranford High School is happy to boast that 891 AP tests in 30 disciplines were taken by CHS students this past year. 71% of these students scored a “3” or higher. We had a result of 155 AP scholars as a result of their hard work and dedication.


In the New Jersey Monthly, Cranford High School remains one of the “Top High Schools in New Jersey,” ranked #54 in the state.


The Washington Post says that in 2017 CHS ranked #535 in a nationwide analysis of public high schools and ranked CHS #18 in New Jersey, and 2nd in Union County, up from #856 nationally and #23 in the State in 2016.


CHS theater productions were recognized with 12 nominations and 2 awards at the Montclair Theatre Night Awards Program May 2017. Four students received awards for their monologues and scenes at the Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey’s annual competition.


Two students had their art work shown at the prestigious juried high school art exhibition Fresh Perspectives at the Morris Museum and two students had their work shown at the Congressional Art Show. One student’s poster was selected for AAA 2017-2018 School Calendar. Four students had their work selected for exhibit at the Union County Teen Arts Showcase.


A CHS student received Honorable Mention for the second straight year in the National Center for Women and Informational Technology award for Aspirations in Computing. CHS teacher Richard Bell was recognized with the NJ Educator Award from the National Center for Women and Informational Technology. Cranford High School received a grant from the Cranford Fund for Educational Excellence to purchase a 3D Printer, which has been incorporated into several of the computer classes.


One CHS senior entered the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards nationwide competition during 2016, among a select few who have made it to the National Medalist level after winning a Regional Gold Key award for her memoir. That student was also a New Jersey Scholar last year. A current junior student advanced from the school-wide Poetry Out Loud competition to the regional competition at South Orange Performing Arts Center. The annual Poetry Palooza is a celebration where students perform poetry that is both original and of established poets. The event features students from Creative Writing, Speech Arts, and Performing Arts classes as well as staff from the Cranford High School literary magazine, Prologue.


CHS Engineering students participated in the Union County Bridge Building competition at UCC and the Panasonic Robotics Competition at NJIT; woodworking students raised money to purchase Toys for Tots by creating and selling various student made projects such as cutting boards, bowls, cheese boards and other items; automotive students kept teachers and community members on the road by completing car repairs at cost as part of their coursework. Automotive students took a trip to the Auto Training Center in Pennsylvania to learn about post secondary opportunities in the automotive field. Two Automotive students entered the UTI (Universal Training Center) Top Tech Challenge.


Two Conference Championships, two County Championships, two State Sectional Championships, two Union County Scholar Athletes, and one New Jersey State Scholar Athlete.


On January 5, Cranford High School sent 88 students to the NJ DECA Regional Conference at Kean University to compete against students from 22 other high schools across Central New Jersey, including Warren Hills High School, Highland Park High School, and Sayreville War Memorial High School. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA is a program for business-minded students looking to find real world applications for what they learn in their business classes. At the conference, students are presented with business scenarios, given 10 minutes to creatively solve the problem, and another 10 minutes to role play the solution before a judge. In addition to the role play, all DECA members are required to take a written test in their chosen business area. Thirty-five CHS students placed among the top 10 in their respective events at the regional competition, qualifying them to attend the NJ DECA State Career Development Conference in Atlantic City in February. Students must place among the top 3 in their event at the State Conference to qualify for the DECA International Career Conference, held in Anaheim, California, in late April. Four students qualified to compete in California, and one student won an instructional award for her event, Food Marketing. She was a top scorer in one of her three events and was recognized on stage for Role Play #2. There were approximately 150 competitors in this event, with delegations from So. Korea, China, Canada, Mexico, and all 50 states. Almost 20,000 high school students attended this convention.


In January 2017, the CHS Concert Choir presented their first-ever solo performance at Carnegie Hall, New York City in a program of invited choirs entitled, “Of War, Peace, and the Power of Music.” Fifteen students were accepted into NJ All-State Choruses, and seventeen students were selected for the American Choral Directors’ Association All-Eastern Honor Choirs.


Academy students traveled to the Regional High School Dance Festival in Norfolk, VA participating in five days of master classes, workshops, lectures and performances with a special dance college fair and scholarship audition. Two CHS dance films were featured in the Festival’s OnCamera event and two students received scholarships for summer intensives from Philadelphia University of the Arts and Bates College. Student work was selected for the DanceUp! Festival at the 92nd Street Y in New York City and at the Teen Arts Gala at the UC Performing Arts Center and the State Teen Arts Festival. The Academy hosted guest artists Akhila Deshwari for Contemporary Indian Dance and Patti Crumrine for Hip-Hop Dance classes.


In January, the Cranford High School Model U. N. Club participated in the 47th Annual YMCA Model United Nations Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Our delegation of 106 students participated in the conference with approximately 1,900 students representing over 30 schools throughout the New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. A Cranford High School student was recognized for Premier Diplomat as a delegate from Mali, another was recognized as the Outstanding 1st Year Delegate in the World Health Organization, another was elected as Chair for the Nation Building Committee, and another was elected as Vice Chair for the Nation Building Committee. As committee chairs they are now part of the YMCA Model U. N. conference Officer Corps. that will be planning next year's conference. The Cranford High School delegation as a whole was awarded Outstanding Delegation. This distinction is given to schools in the conference for their adherence to program rules and overall preparation and performance of the student delegates. Two students were invited to attend the annual YMCA Youth Conference On National Affairs (CONA). Twenty-five student delegates of the approximately 1900 who attend conference are selected for this honor. The Cranford High School Youth in Government organization won the prestigious award of “Premier Delegation. In addition, two students were awarded Best Brief, one student’s bill passed, one student won for Outstanding Legislation, another student was elected Senate Clerk and CONA alternate delegate, one student was awarded Premier Delegate for the Courts, and another student was elected Senate President.


Cranford High School once again surpassed the state and national average with an average S.A.T. score of 1151 which combines Critical Reading and Writing (580), Math (571).


CHS will host this year’s first Science League Competition in January, in which students will compete against other NJ High School students in the subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science. Science League students compete in four competitions a year, with many CHS students placing in the top three of their subject area. Students earned college credit for passing Rutgers Courses taught at CHS in the areas of Medical Terminology, Dynamics of Health Care, and Emergency and Clinical. Also this year students had the opportunity to enroll in a new course, AP Physics 1. Science Academy students organized and facilitated a STEM afternoon in June at BPS for students in grades 1-4. Many of these students will also be participating in STEAM Night at BAS in November . Additionally the Science Department continues to improve student inquiry through new programs and equipment such as the Vernier Equipment in Physics Courses that was purchased through grant funds.


For the 2017-2019 academic years, Cranford Public Schools was one of eight districts nationwide to be chosen as a host school for J-LEAP (“Japanese Language Education Assistant Program”) which brings native Japanese Language Assistant Teachers to educational institutions in the U.S. for up to two years. The purpose is to strengthen Japanese language programs and provide an assistant teacher to team-teach with the lead teacher in their classes. The program started in 2011 and is jointly administered by The Japan Foundation and The Laurasian Institution. On October 18, 2017, Leslie Roberts, Japanese Language Specialist from The Laurasian Institution, visited both Hillside Avenue School and Cranford High School. Roberts-sensei observed Wingate-sensei (lead teacher) and Kimura-sensei’s (assistant teacher) Japanese classes and gave extremely valuable feedback to both teachers. That morning, Roberts- sensei met with Dr. Fogas and Ms. Santa to present a certificate of recognition to Hillside Avenue School. During the afternoon, she presented a second certificate of recognition to Mr. Cantagallo and Mrs. Bellino at Cranford High School. This certificate is not only to commend selected Japanese Programs that are participating in a very competitive fellowship, but also to welcome colleagues into the J-LEAP family. CHS students continue to participate in Web-based National Exams in Latin and German. Forty-eight World Language students were inducted into the French, German, Latin, Japanese and Spanish National Honors Societies and honored at the Induction Ceremony held in June 2017.


Cranford High School sponsors the Cougar Cubs program as a learning experience class for the students enrolled in the Child Development Program for Cranford residents. Most importantly, it provides a rewarding learning experience for the young children. This program creates an environment for learning and helping your child grow mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally. The program also is structured to create experiences that will help the young children grow and develop individual and group cooperation skills. There are 30 CHS Child Development students and 9 Cougar Cub participants in this year’s program. Five CHS Teacher Cadet students are working collaboratively with peers at Technology High School in Newark to participate in a Lesson Study collaborative in the following areas of Mathematics: AP Calculus, AP Statistics, and Pre-Calculus. As part of the partnership, students participated in co-observations, lesson planning and implementation.


Cranford High School celebrated Black History Month in February like it has never done before. Under the direction of Mrs. Carroll, Ms. Podbelski and the Diversity Council, throughout the month, two seminars were conducted, one college professor lecture, one guest speaker, and a week long exhibit was created. Many students and staff visited the exhibit during lunch.


Students

We are pleased to announce the 6 senior students who achieved Commended Student status in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Over 1.6 million students took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in October 2016. Gabriel Beckford; Keith Brown; Meg Cui; Dylan Depuy; Katherine Ruane; and Katherine Stochel are among the 34,000 students who are considered high performers and are being recognized for their exceptional academic performance. These students scored at or above the Commended Student Selection Index score but below their state or selection unit’s Semifinalist Selection Index score; therefore, making them Commended Students.


Adam Hollanek has been nominated and selected to be the junior class student Board of Education representative


Clair Ushay was the first student in the history of CHS go out for Open Campus.


Many CHS students are brainstorming and implementing fundraisers to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma.


During Breast Cancer Awareness Month many of our athletic teams are supporting the cause with various “pink out” activities.


Two CHS students were selected to attend Boys State this past summer.


During Breast Cancer Awareness Month many of our athletic teams are supporting the cause with various “pink out” activities.

The Marching Band won Best Music at the Somerville Pioneer Band Festival and overall finished in second place. The CHS Opening Gala Concert rose to the level of brilliance. Under the supervision of Anthony Rafaniello, the Dance Program led by Emily Donahue, the Band Program led by Dan Chernosky, the Acting Program led by David Marconi and the Choral Program led by Meghan Magnus, the event was something to behold. The elegance and grace of the dancers, the pointed and directed notes of the band, the conviction and hilarity of the actors, as well as the serenity and pitch of the choir brought the audience to a state of euphoria.


Cranford High School’s Teacher Cadet program has paired with Technology High School in Newark this year to have some of our students assist in teaching some high school math classes as part of their Teacher Cadet training. Some of their teachers will be visiting our school to analyze our math program as a model for their future plans. Student participants from CHS are:
Brenna Dolan, Gianna Fallone, Laura Feeney, Mark Lynch, and Sydney Sherburne.

The following students were inducted into the Future Educators of America Club: President Sydney Sherburne, Vice President Laura Feeney, Secretary Gianna Fallone, Treasurer Julia Kelly and, Diego Colon, Brenna Dolan, Kristen Feeney, Anna Horne, Michelle Kiamie, Mark Lynch, Colleen MacNamara, Gabby Markase, Elizabeth Molfetto, Kaitlyn Petschow, Anna Roberts, Meghan Santarelli, Lauren Sillito, Maddie Szark, Taylor Zolnowski. Mrs. Barbara Narus serves as advisor.

The following students were honored by the International Thespian Society for the outstanding work and academic achievement led by our Mr. David Marconi and our Performing Arts Academy (thespian rank and academic distinction follows the names): Oren Alexander (International Honor), Geena Anderson (Thespian 5-Star), Alexa Bobko (Honored), Jordan Burd (International Honor/Scholar), Samantha Dalli (National Honor Thespian/Vice President’s List), Victoria Dalli (Honor Thespian), Olivia DiFulco (Honor Thespian/ Scholar), Melanie Gabel (National Honor Thespian), Kyra Goga (Honor Thespian), Andrew Gordon (Honored), Olivia Grasso (Honored), Juliana Guarisco (Honor Thespian), Megan Joyce (International Honor),Anna Kalafatis (Honored), Judith Kirkikis (Honored), Sarah Kudron (Honor Thespian), Marisa Lijoi (Honored), Matthew Mallick (Honored), Kathryn Manhardt (Honored), Kathryn Marotta (International Honor/Vice President’s List), Kelly McMahon (Honored), Niamh O’Donovan (International Honor/Scholar), Olivia Olivella (International Honor), Lilian Rebelo (International Honor/President’s List Scholar), Natasha Salvati (Honor Thespian), Laura Salway (Honor Thespian), Brenden Scalea (National Honor Thespian/Vice President’s List), Nora Sullivan (Honored), Katrina Wischusen (Honor Thespian), Noah Wohlsen (Honored), Sophie Zacharda (Honor Thespian).

Sophomore Daniel Serna was honored this month at HomeFirst’s Evening of Thanks Award Event for his initiative to put together a school supply drive for students in Plainfield. He will be named a HomeFirst Hero. Visit this site for more information: http://www.homefirstinc.org/16907-2/

The following AP Latin students attended a series of lectures and participated in an academic Latin competition at Classics Day at Montclair State University, under the tutelage of Ms. Aileen McGuire : Keith Brown, Sydney Sherburne, Katherine Stochel, and Grace Varga.

U.S. Paralympics announced 2017 Track and Field High School All-American, Norris Foster, Class of 2017. He was honored for outstanding performance in these track and field events: 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and discus.


Computer Science students celebrated the birthday of Grace Hopper, a pioneer in computer programming, during the week of December 9, Computer Science Ed Week. The Freshman Forum classes were invited to join the Computer Science students in the library for an Hour of Code Event, as they have done for the past 4 years.

On Friday, December 8, the following students attended a Leadership Conference hosted by the Union County Freeholders at Kean University to create a service learning project: Caroline Hartnett, Enya Manning, Paige Antoniwicz, Jose Calixto, Maeve Touhey, Tom Gilmartin, Nina Carbone, Ellie Rokicki, Sasha Knapp and Kevin Donovan.


The Rotary Interact Club recently held a Light Up the Night Fundraiser at one of the CHS home football games. As a result of this fundraiser, $700 in gift cards were sent to Ponderosa Elementary School in Houston, Texas, which has been struggling to recover since Hurricane Harvey. The following email was received from the Lead Counselor at Ponderosa Elementary: “I met with a mom today that had lost her home in the flooding. She was not aware that we had gift cards to help. She is a single mom with a 9 year old son. I asked her about assistance in the form of gift cards to get him something for Christmas. She broke down crying and told me she felt like an island on her own with nobody to help and had already told him there would be no Christmas. I gave her some of the gift cards you sent and she could not be any happier. It gives our parents hope to know there is assistance. She said to tell you THANK YOU!”

On January 9th the Guidance Department held its second annual Alumni Panel. Eight students from college returned to talk to seniors about their experiences and how best to prepare for the next steps of their academic careers.

Allen Davies was named as Cranford High School’s “Union County Unsung Hero” for 2017-2018 and will be honored at the March 14th county celebration.

For the 10th year Cranford High School was named as a New Jersey Association of Student Councils “Honor School”. This award recognizes excellence at the student council school level.

The following are the Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey (STANJ) competition results from January 6, 2018: Katrina Wischusen, Dramatic Monologue Finalist, Haley Baranowski, Comedic Monologue Finalist, Katrina Wischusen & Pria McNeil, 3rd Place Comedy Pairs, Sophie Zacharda & Brian Nigro, Dramatic Pairs Finalists, Alexa Bobko & Noah Wohlsen, 5th Place Dramatic Pairs, Kelly McMahon & Katie Manhardt, Improv Pairs Finalists, Anna Kalafatis & Judith Kirkikis, 6th Place Improv Pairs, Kelly McMahon, 3rd Place Best Actress in State, Noah Wohlsen, 3rd Place Best Actor in State, "She Kills Monsters", Nora Sullivan, Noah Wohlsen, Andrew Gordon, Sophie Zacharda, Marisa Lijoi, Katie Manhardt, Sullivan Grace, Pria McNeil, Haley Baranowski, 4th Place Best Scene, "Letters to Sala", Kelly McMahon, Alexa Bobko, Anna Kalafatis, 2nd Place Best Scene. This was the first year that CHS had one finalist in every category.


Our CHS Poetry Out Loud champion this year is 12th grader Josiah Cadet, a student in one of Michelle Balseiro's Speech Arts classes. He read the poem "I, Too" by Langston Hughes. The regional competition was on Feb. 7

The Cranford High School Model U. N. Club participated in the 48th Annual YMCA Model United Nations Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The CHS delegation of 100 students participated in the conference with approximately 1700 students representing over 30 schools throughout the New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania area. CHS student accomplishments: Danny Nicholas was recognized for Outstanding Country as a delegate from Czech Republic; Colin Budries and Minato Hiroaka were recognized for Outstanding Country as delegates from United Kingdom; Nicholas Assaf was recognized for Outstanding Country as a delegate from United States of America; Madeline Simone was recognized for Premier Country as a delegate from Australia; Gabe Beckford was recognized as Premier Diplomat in the Non-Governmental Forum; Andrew Rojo was recognized for writing an Outstanding Country Research Paper; Cam Matheson was recognized as the Outstanding 1st Year Delegate in the International Criminal Court; Burke Jaeger was elected as Chair of Nation Building Committee. The Cranford High School delegation, as a whole, was awarded Outstanding Delegation. This distinction is given to schools in the conference for their adherence to program rules, and overall preparation and performance of the student delegates.

The following students were invited to attend the annual YMCA Youth Conference On National Affairs (CONA). Twenty-five student delegates of the approximately 1700 who attend conference are selected for this honor. We have the distinction of having 2 students attending. Those students are Burke Jaeger and Emma DeBole. The following students was selected as an alternate: Gabe Beckford

CHS DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Regional Competition Results - Kean University, January 11th, 2018 - Individual Event Finalists: Apparel and Accessories Marketing, 1st place - Emma Lore; Automotive Services Marketing, 3rd place - Jayna Mallon; Entrepreneurship Series - Lee Rosenthal; Food Marketing Series - Steven Shore, Joseph Casazza, Veronica Niemiec; Hotel and Lodging Management, 1st place - Kathryn Pringle; Principles of Marketing - Benjamin Quinutolo, Sara Iredell, Noah Kopla; Sports and Entertainment Marketing, 1st place - Kevin Schwartz, Ian Sullivan, Erin Infante, Michael Callahan, Chloe Levy; Principles of Hospitality & Tourism, 1st place - Maddy Larrabee, 2nd Place - Deirdre Tighe, 3rd Place - Rachel Durant, Joseph Carrea, Sarah Martin; Business Service Marketing, 3rd place - Kerry Pollock; Retail Merchandising - Kaitlyn Herreid, Restaurant & Food Service Marketing, 2nd place - Matthew Doran, Madison Howells. Team Events: Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making - Zachary Blevins/Gavin Kellett, Michael Carracino/Brian Nigro; Marketing Management Team Decision Making - Samantha Berry/Claire Readie, 3rd place; Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team Event - Chris Guiditta/Hannah McCarthy, Matthew Fonseca/Jeremy Hunt, 3rd place; Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making - Daniel Gomez/Christian Malamug. Congratulations to all 95 of our CHS Deca members for an outstanding conference!


Congratulations to the following students who placed in the top 6 of their events at the New Jersey DECA State Career Development Conference which was held from February 27 through March 1, 2018, in Atlantic City, NJ. Scoring in the top 6 earned them a spot to compete at DECA’s International Career Development Conference this April in Atlanta, Georgia!

2nd Place - Matthew Doran (Restaurant and Food Service Marketing)
3rd Place - Hannah McCarthy and Chris Guiditta (Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team)
5th Place - Matthew Fonseca and Jeremy Hunt (Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team)
5th Place - Emma Lore (Apparel and Accessories Marketing)

Finalist - Kevin Schwartz Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series

The following students received Instructional Awards for their individual events:

Emma Lore - Role Plays 1 & 2 (Apparel and Accessories Marketing)
Kevin Schwartz - Role Play 2 (Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series)
Kathryn Pringle - Role Play 1 (Hotel and Lodging Management)

In addition, the following students received the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute Certified Guest Services Professional Certification for excellence in their written tests and role play events:

Kathryn Pringle (Hotel and Lodging Management)
Matthew Doran (Restaurant and Food Service Marketing)

Finally, the Cranford High School DECA Chapter was recognized for achieving Diamond Level Membership which is achieved by increasing student membership and adding alumni and professional membership to the chapter.

Congratulations to all 35 DECA students who participated and represented Cranford High School at the 2018 NJ DECA Career Development Conference!

Cranford High School DECA Advisers are Mrs. Donna Cathcart and Mrs. Cynthia Keyasko.


Congratulations to our JV Girls Basketball team for winning the Union County Championship.


Congratulations to Josiah Cadet for being the Group 3 55m Hurdle State Champion.


On February 21st, 2018, the CHS Latin Club convened to participate in a “FreeRice.com” academic competition for a charitable cause. Together, through their efforts, they raised approximately 18 thousand grains of rice that will be donated to the World Food Bank.


On Friday, March 9, 2018 at Orange Avenue School, Cranford High School students were awarded with NJATJ's (NJ Association of Teachers of Japanese) Japanese Language and Culture Study Award. The students honored were Lindsey Twaskas, Alexander Whitemore, Judy Dullavin, Riona Wilson, Tim Eimer, Jennifer Flynn, and Will Sassi, nominated by Fisco-sensei, Kimura-sensei, and Wingate-sensei. There ceremony was attended by Mr. Horiki from the Consulate of Japan, who gave the congratulatory address.


Over 100 students attended the Teen Arts Festival at Union County College on March 15th.


Three students Alexandra Pachowski, Laura Salway and Natalie Schindler had artwork selected to be a part of the Fresh Perspectives-A Juried Art Exhibition at the Morris Museum from March 16th to June 3rd.


Staff

In Mrs. Sherman’s class she is assisting the students compose their college essays to ensure they have the best opportunity to be accepted into a school of their choice. Mr. Schugel’s classes are rigorously working through understanding a problem and how to apply that same problem solving strategy throughout future problems. Mrs. Cathcart’s Freshman Forum class was discussing why minimum wage is important and how it affects the future of small businesses. In Mrs. House’s classes they were asked to utilized the design theory of STEM education, to build the tallest marshmallow tower in the world. Mr. Rosenblum’s Architecture class students were designing two story houses that would fit in a nine hundred square foot floor plan.


The teachers are utilizing highly engaging lessons as a catalyst for rigorous learning.


The annual faculty barbeque was a resounding success.Over 80 staff members came out to celebrate the return to school.


Mr. Pat Gorman’s Advanced Graphics classes are working on The Memory Project. It is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, and extreme poverty. The class receives the portraits, create digital designs with them, and mail them back to the foundation. Along with the portraits the class sends digital pictures and videos of the students working on their designs, these are later turned into a video and showed to the children who receive the portraits.

Ms. Linda Cortinas’ Advanced Photography students will be working with Mr. Gorman’s Advanced Graphics students on a collaborative project. With both teachers working closely together, they plan for the Graphics students to individually teach the Photos students photoshop techniques to later apply with their own photography and vice versa for the Photography students teaching the Graphics students.


The Cranford High School Teach of the Year is Mr. Richard Bell. The Cranford High School Educational Services Professional of the Year is Mrs. Elena Saldutti.


School Info


In addition, important information can be found on the right navigation as well as below. I encourage you to take a few moments to review the following documents, and please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

  1. Homeroom Locations
  2. Guidance Counselor Assignments
  3. Attendance Welcome Letter
  4. Family Life and HIV/AIDS Curriculum and grade 9, grade 11 and grade 12
  5. Dress code
  6. Student Handbook 2017-18 which includes information regarding:
  7. Academic Integrity Procedures (UPDATED)
  8. Final Exam Procedures (UPDATED)
  9. Cranford High School Office Phone Numbers


In addition the following documents are also posted on the side navigation. These forms are optional and should only be returned if you choose to apply.

  • Free and Reduced Lunch Packet (Please complete and return to homeroom teacher if you choose to apply.)
  • Application for Student Accident Insurance (Please complete and return to homeroom teacher if you choose to apply.)


Hard copies will also be available in the main office.

Please take some time to review our entire website at your convenience as it is has a wealth of information.

Lockers
All students are assigned a locker with a combination lock to secure their school supplies. Please note that due to security reasons, only school issued locks may be used on lockers. We expect that students will keep the lockers neat and clean. Students will be responsible for damages and may be assessed the cost of repair. If, however, students find their lockers have been damaged in any way, they should report it to the main office immediately. In addition, students will need to keep their locks for their high school years. Before they graduate or leave the high school for any other reason, the students must return their locks to us. If students lose a lock or do not return a lock, they will be assessed the replacement cost at the time of loss. This year’s replacement cost is five dollars.

Surveillance Cameras
Cranford High School has security cameras inside the building and around the perimeter of our school to ensure the safety of all staff, students, and visitors and to safeguard our facility from vandalism and theft. Cameras will be used in locations as deemed appropriate by the administration. Video recordings will be reviewed if there is evidence that a violation of board policies, administrative regulations, building rules, or laws has occurred.

Sophomore, Class of 2019

Advisors:

Robin Melleno    mellenor@cranfordschools.org

Gregg Caverly    caverlyg@cranfordschools.org

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Freshman, Class of 2020

Advisors:

Mike Mangarelli    mangarelli@cranfordschools.org

Denice Schmidt    denice.schmidt@cranfordschools.org

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