Embracing, Nurturing, and Educating ALL God's Children
What's New at St. Nicholas School
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I can hardly believe that the school year has drawn to a close. It seems like only yesterday I arrived at Saint Nicholas School for my first day. I must say that the welcome I received by the students and their families was heartwarming. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute and look forward to next year.
Sadly, we said good-bye to some of the most wonderful young people I have ever known. The eighth grade class was filled with talented, kind-hearted, generous souls who are now going on to new adventures at McNair Academic, High Tech, St. Peter’s Prep, Marist, Hudson Catholic, St. Mary’s Rutherford, St. Anthony’s, and Stuyvesant High School. Congratulations to each one.
A special thank you to all the people who spent so much time and effort making the 8th grade graduation, luncheon, and graduation dance celebrations to remember.
Mrs. Amin (and children)
Mr. & Mrs. Castillo
Mr. & Mrs. DeOcampo
Mr. & Mrs. Flores
Ms. Helen Fontanez and Angelina & Marissa
Ms. Jill Jaeger
Mr. & Mrs. McVey and Mimi
Mr. & Mrs. Motir
Mr. & Mrs. O’Mara and Kyle
Mr. & Mrs. Patel and Purvi
Mrs. Claudia Ross
We have many reasons to be proud of all of our students. Did you know that our students put a special emphasis on service this year? Each class sponsored a service project, and through these projects much was accomplished: Cancer victims were helped through our donations to the American Cancer Society, the Pennies for Patients Project, and the Locks of Love event. Our 2nd graders partnered with Christ Church in New Providence and collected school supplies to be donated to a needy school in Nicaragua. Our 3rd graders collected food and toys for our furry friends at the Hudson County Animal League. The Hoboken Shelter received over $1,000 and many donations of food and supplies thanks to the efforts of our 1st graders. Grades 4 and 5 collected many, many bags of groceries and toiletries for the St. Lucy’s Shelter right here in Jersey City. The Books for Soldiers program will be able to purchase magazines, DVDs, and books for our military men and women thanks to our 8th graders. Also, the 7th grade and the Kindergarteners held an ‘April Baby Shower’ and sent many baby items to our local Crisis Pregnancy Center through the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of Newark. As they have done for many years, monthly monies were collected for our brothers and sisters in the Missions. The students at Saint Nicholas School embrace their responsibility for service to those less fortunate than themselves.
Our Student Council and National Junior Honor Society members demonstrated their capacity for leadership this year through the many hours spent serving others, especially our wonderful Christmas carolers who sang and shared Christmas gifts for the residents at St. Joseph’s Home and the Harbor View Nursing Home. As well, these outstanding young people made us proud when they acted as tour guides during our Catholic Schools Week Open House. The compliments showered on these students by our guests were richly deserved.
This year we invited the whole community of Saint Nicholas to attend both our Christmas Concert and our Spring Concert. Students sang up a storm and performed beautifully which truly enriched our lives and our school community. From our littlest ballerinas to our most ‘hip’ jazz dancers, these were truly performances to remember. Our Drama Club put on an original performance: ‘Toys Will Be Toys’ which entertained us with silliness and laughs and gave our students a chance to shine! Our Science Club which focuses on STEM projects and hands on science lab experiments brought many science concepts to life.
The year was also filled with special academic competitions at which our students made us proud such as the: Marist Olympics, the Queen of Peace Academic Challenge, and the Catholic Challenge at the Archdiocese of Newark. This year’s Science Fair was another example of academic excellence. In particular, we are so very proud of 7th grader Sindey Amar who has been named a Broadcom Masters Nominee in the 57th Annual Jersey Journal Hudson County Science Fair. Sindey won the Broadcom Masters Regional Award in the National Competition which places her in the top 10% of her age group. She is entered into the regional competition this summer with her submission: ‘Can You Make a Non-Powered Radio?’ Congratulations Sindey, and thank you to her teacher Ms. Wahba for the excellent instruction and coaching.
Our Technology Department expanded this year from two Internet-accessible labs to the inclusion of a set of 30 iPads that are available to teachers to infuse technology into the daily curriculum. Students have access to either technology lessons or technology infused curriculum up to 5 periods each week. Teachers are always looking for ways to reach students through all different modalities, and we will continue to enhance, update, and refine our technology offerings.
As if all of these achievements were not enough our Terra Nova standardized test results clearly demonstrated the strength of our academic program. Students across all grades in almost every category measured exceeded the Archdiocesan scores. Average (or mean) scores on the Terra Nova Assessments in Reading, Language, Math, Science, and Social Studies in all grades exceed the national mean score by at least 18 percentile points. The majority of scores are between 25 and 40 percentile points above the national mean scores. No wonder 30% of our 8th graders were accepted to the highly selective McNair Academic, High Tech, and County Prep High Schools, and of course our local Catholic High Schools.
Thank you to all of our parents and guardians for the trust you place in us each day to ‘embrace, nurture, and educate’ your children, preparing them for lives of service and leadership. It is our privilege and honor to do so. I wish each of you a blessed, healthy, and enjoyable summer.
See you in September!
Mrs. Bernadette Miglin, Ed.S.
Our Saint Nicholas 'Kids Camp' with Mrs. Kane, Ms. Obiedzinski, and Ms. Lou Ann began on Monday, June 22. The teachers are organizing activities and fun for students to keep their skills fresh and have fun at the same time. Dance, music, technology, art, sports, and fun in the park will all be included.
We are looking forward to this summer's Sports Clinics. Students will spend their days with friends improving their volleyball, basketball, and soccer skills. Thank you to Miss Taylor Sanchez and Coach Karim Mazarou for organizing these clinics.'
The registration process for our 2015-2016 school year is ongoing. Please call the office (201) 659-5948 for an appointment. Let us help you secure the excellent education your child deserves -- it is available here at Saint Nicholas School.
POWERSCHOOL NEW PARENT PORTAL
Please make note and save this link for the new access link to the Parent Portal on PowerSchool to view you child's grades.