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Welcome to the Clark Public School District 
Mr. Kenneth Knops, Superintendent of Schools
kknops@clarkschools.org
Anti-Bullying Coordinator - Mr. David Geschwendt
dgeschwendt@clarkschools.org
Arthur L. Johnson High School
365 Westfield Avenue
Clark, New Jersey  07066
(732) 382-0910, Ext. 3178

Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Policy

Notification of Rights Under The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 


Highlights

"Message From the August 5 BOE Meeting Regarding the Rental of St. Agnes School"

Due to unforeseen delays in coming to an agreement with St. Agnes Church, it has become evident that time and costs have rendered the occupancy of St. Agnes impossible by the start of school in September. 

The Board has spent a great amount of time weighing its options and considering what is in the best interests of the students, taxpayers, and entire Clark community. As a result, it is with a heavy heart that the Board has decided that it will not be entering into a lease agreement with St. Agnes. 

In place thereof, the district's plan is to transform the current FKH and VRS libraries into 21st-century media centers that will house a multitude of programs such as technology, basic skills, gifted and talented, English as a Second Language, and speech classes. The spaces that are now being used for these other classes will be reclaimed for use as traditional classrooms. This plan would also allow the district to extend the literacy enrichment pilot program that has been successful in the lower grades up into the upper grades. Through this program, the library teachers collaborate with the classroom teachers so that the central language arts literacy instruction is reinforced during the "special" time in the students' actual classrooms.

Important Information for Our Preschool/Kindergarten Parents
 
With the move to St. Agnes School not taking place, our preschool and kindergarten programs will return to how they have been offered in past years.  For example, the arrival and dismissal times will remain 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. for preschool and 8:40 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. for kindergarten.  The preschool tuition rates will also remain the same and the before/after care program will still be offered at each of the three sites.  However, please be aware of the changes to this year’s payment rates for the preschool component of the program (listed at the link to the left of this homepage).  A kindergarten orientation program will be held at both FKH and VRS on Wednesday, September 3 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.  At this time, the children will have the opportunity to visit their classrooms while their parents attend an information session.  A preschool meet and greet for both students and parents will be held at the Clark Preschool Annex in the Municipal Building on Wednesday, September 3 at 1 p.m.

FOUR NEW TEACHERS HIRED AT JULY 22ND BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

Four new teachers were hired at the 22 July Board of Education Meeting for the
upcoming school year.  Among those hired were Christopher Vanderslice, Biology and
Environmental Science maternity leave replacement teacher at Arthur L. Johnson High
School; Mrs. Tara Gordon, Special Education maternity leave replacement teacher
at Arthur L. Johnson High School; Miss Melissa Gabriele, District English as a Second
Language Teacher, and Miss Samantha McHugh, maternity leave Kindergarten Teacher.

In the photograph above, newly hired teachers Christopher Vanderslice,
Samantha McHugh, Melissa Gabriele, and Tara Gordon pose for a picture
at the conclusion of the Board of Education Meeting with Assistant Superintendent
Ed Grande, Board of Education President Lorraine Aklonis, and Superintendent
of Schools Kenneth Knops.


DISTRICT TEACHERS OF THE YEAR HONORED AT CEREMONY AT KEAN
UNIVERSITY ON MAY 28TH

Our four District Teachers of the Year were honored at a county-wide breakfast
ceremony at Kean University. 

Pictured above are  Union County Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak (third, right) and Freeholders Sergio Granados (left), Linda Carter (fourth, right) and Vernell Wright (second, right) spoke with (from second, left) teachers Doreen Babis, Rachel Bollaro, Stephanie Philippakos, Assistant Superintendent Ed Grande, teacher Diane Spagnoli and Superintendent Kenneth Knops of the Clark Public School District at the Union County Teacher Recognition Breakfast at Kean University in Union. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS HOST MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATION
CEREMONIES ON FRIDAY, MAY 23RD

Both the Frank K. Hehnly and Valley Road Elementary Schools hosted Memorial Day
Commemorations.  Guest presenters included 2013 Lieutenant Governor Candidate
Milly Silva, Assemblywoman Linda Stender, Union County Freeholder Chair Christopher
Hudek, Freeholder Sergio Granados, and Clark's own William J. Duffy.


Pictured from left to right at VRS:  Assistant Superintendent Ed Grande, Councilman
Al Barr, BOE Vice President Carmen Brocato, Elementary Supervisor Janeen
Allmendinger, Councilman Richard Kazanowski, Superintendent Kenneth Knops,
5th Grade Teacher Bryan Lowe, Retired Police Captain William J. Duffy, Union
County Freeholder Alexander Mirabella, 5th Grade Teacher Kelly Williamson,
and 2013 Lieutenant Governor Candidate Milly Silva.


Pictured from left to right at FHK:  Army National Guard Private First Class
Adam Kipnis,Marine Corps Veteran and Clark Police Department Lieutenant, 
Pedro Matos, Union County Freeholder Sergio Granados, Superintendent
Kenneth Knops, Union County Freeholder Chair Christopher Hudak, Clark Board
of Education Vice President Carmen Brocato, Assistant Superintendent Ed Grande,
Elementary Supervisor Janeen Allmendinger, Frank k. Hehnly School Principal
Shirley Bergin, Clark Councilman Al Barr, Union County Under Sheriff and Veteran
Vincent DiTrolio, Retired Clark Police Captain William J. Duffy, Navy Aviation Mechanic
Airman Veteran Kenneth Henry, Army Colonel Richard Ledden, and Army Veteran and
Frank K. Hehnly First Grade Teacher Mary Arrowood.


NATIONAL ANTI-BULLYING PRESENTER JOHN HALLIGAN IN DISTRICT
FOR THREE PRESENTATIONS ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 21ST
National Presenter John Halligan shared his touching and poignant
"Ryan's Story" at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School.  A morning assembly was held
for sixth and seventh graders, an afternoon assembly for eighth graders, and an
evening presentation for parents and community members.

National HIB Presenter is pictured with Carl H, Kumpf Middle School
Principal Jennifer Feeley, Assistant Principal Amanda Cloutier, and 
Superintendent Kenneth Knops after his moving "Ryan's Story" Presentation.


FRANK K. HEHNLY AND VALLEY ROAD SCHOOL STUDENTS PRESENT
VETERANS BOOKLETS TO THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL AT MAY 19TH
COUNCIL MEETING

Students from Frank K. Hehnly and Valley Road Schools interviewed various
Clark Veterans and compiled these interviews into a bound book of biographical
sketches of Clark residents.  On the evening of May 19th the students and their
teachers presented these booklets to Mayor Bonaccorso and the Clark Council.
In the photograph above, teachers Kelly Williamson, Bryan Lowe, and
Nina Sinicropi present a bound copy of a booklet to Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso.



CLASS OF 2014 PERSONALIZED GRADUATION SIGNS NOW ON SALE

Arthur L. Johnson High School 2014 Graduates Justin Beciero,,Emily
Curran, Chelsea Caplette, and Vin Banek stand behind Emily's
Graduation Sign.  Personalized signs may be purchased for $35 through
the Central Office at 365 Westfield Avenue.  You may purchase signs up to
June 1st.

SENATOR RAYMOND LESNIAK VISITS THE FRANK K. HEHNLY
SCHOOL AND PRESENTS TO THIRD GRADE CLASSES

   
Senator Raymond Lesniak visited the Frank K. Hehnly School on April 21st
and delighted his enthusiastic audience of Mrs. Baker's and Miss Lewis's
third grade classes with a presentation on how a bill becomes a law
and the value of living in a democracy.  In the picture to the left, Senator Lesniak is
welcomed to Frank K. Hehnly School by Superintendent Kenneth 
Knops and
 Principal Shirley Bergin.  In the photo at right, Senator Lesniak poses 
for a picture
with his third grade audience and teachers Mrs. Baker and 
Miss Lewis after
his well received presentation.


CARL H. KUMPF MIDDLE SCHOOL HONORED BY NEW JERSEY ASSOCIATION
OF MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION AS A "SCHOOL TO WATCH"

   
 
Carl. H. Kumpf Middle School has been named one of only two new "Schools
To Watch" by the New Jersey Association of Middle Level Education.  Pictured 
above are the Schools to Watch faculty and administration committee members
and the student discussion panel members.


FRANK K. HEHNLY FOURTH GRADERS VISIT THE STATEHOUSE AND TOUR
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND SENATE CHAMBERS WITH SENATOR BATEMAN

 
 
Frank K. Hehnly School fourth graders are pictured in the New Jersey Senate
Chambers with Senator Christopher "Kip" Bateman, with and without their masks!


 



 
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Upcoming Events

Tue, Sep 2 - Wed, Sep 3
Teachers Report
(Professional Development for Staff)
Wednesday, September 3
Freshmen Orientation
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, September 4
School Opens
7:50 a.m. (No Early Morning Classes)
Students Return
Friday, September 5
Early Morning Classes Begin

Weather

Today, 8/28/2014
High: 84 Low: 66
Mostly clear
19% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 8/29/2014
High: 79 Low: 57
Clear
0% chance of precipitation.