Mission Statement

  •  In partnership with a supportive community, we inspire our students to be creative, critical thinkers and compassionate global citizens through dynamic teaching, meaningful curricula, and enriching experiences.

Announcements

  • Building A Better Verona Referendum Update November 5, 2019

    It is with much appreciation and gratitude that I thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You stepped up. Each of you became educated and informed. All of you who came to the polls and exercised your right to vote made a difference. You have helped set the course for Verona with the (unofficial) passing of both referendum questions. Both referendum questions passed by an overwhelming majority. The Essex County Clerk's Office will finalize mail-in and provisional ballot final results in the coming days. Read more by clicking the heading link above.

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  • Public Notice of Superintendent Contract

    Superintendent Contract Hearing Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:11-11, the Verona Board of Education (hereinafter the "Board") is providing notice of its intent to hold a public hearing and to take action to rescind/replace the Employment Contract to the Superintendent of Schools at its regular meeting to be held on December 10, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at the Verona High School Learning Commons in Verona, NJ. This notice serves to meet the required 30-day notice prior to taking action and the 10-day notice of a public hearing as required by the statute. Prior to any action, the Board will permit the public to make comment on the proposed contract.

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  • Verona Board of Education Candidates Forum

    The Verona Board of Education Candidates Forum was held on October 15, 2019 in the Verona High School Learning Commons. This event was hosted by the Verona Conference of SCA and moderated by the League of Womens Voters of Montclair. Watch the video to learn more about the candidates in anticipation of Election Day on November 5, 2019.

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  • Building A Better Verona - Referendum 2019

    The educational opportunities we are able to provide our children are directly correlated to your support. We want to continue to provide our students a world class education in Verona. But in order to succeed in this endeavor, we need your help to continue on the positive path forward we have paved for our children. Building A Better Verona is our campaign to educate and inform our community on the current conditions of our schools and the facility needs we must improve upon to continue to provide safe and healthy spaces for student learning. It is time to rededicate ourselves in providing our children and staff the facilities we need.

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  • Join Us For Building A Better Verona Referendum Presentations

    Our schools and facilities are nearly, if not already, 100 years old. In 2005, the Verona Public Schools conducted a comprehensive needs assessment that identified $67 million in capital improvement projects. At that time, and with the understanding that such a large number was too much for the taxpayer to bear in one referendum, the Verona Board of Education decided to spread out the projects over a longer and more manageable period of time. The decision was made to identify the highest priorities and mobilize referendum projects every 5-8 years. We have been successful with this plan, completing the 2005 and 2014 referenda on time and under budget. Read more at: https://conta.cc/2lluPDZ

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  • Verona Public Schools Awarded Future Ready Schools Bronze Certification

    We are extremely excited to share that the Verona Public Schools has been awarded Future Ready Schools - NJ Bronze Certification! Congratulations to Verona High School, H.B. Whitehorne Middle School and Brookdale Avenue Elementary School for earning this prestigious recognition. Our results are a testament to the efforts of our technology department leadership and the dedication of our faculty and staff to improve access and align resources to best prepare our students for success in the digital age.

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  • Verona Public Schools Magazine 2019 Edition

    The Verona Public Schools Magazine 2019 Edition is the third annual celebration of a focused endeavor to convey the progress of our collective efforts in our district’s strategic plan. The goal of this publication is to showcase where and how the district is moving forward and recognize the efforts of all involved; to reset ourselves to the next level of a standard so we constantly see the logical next steps to pursue; and to keep us grounded in the commitment to our community through our strategic plan. We hope you enjoy reading what makes the Verona Public Schools so very special.

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  • DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION MAGAZINE NAMES VERONA PUBLIC SCHOOLS TOP 34 'DISTRICTS OF DISTINCTION' IN NATION

    TRUMBULL, Conn.—(July 15, 2019)—In its July/August edition, District Administration magazine honors 34 school districts as “Districts of Distinction” across the nation. The Verona Public School district was recognized as an innovative district in DA’s annual awards program. This is the ninth round of honorees for this national recognition program, which began in November 2014.

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  • DR. DIONISIO SELECTED ESSEX COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR

    We are proud to announce that our Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Rui Dionisio, has been recognized as the 2019-2020 Essex County Superintendent of the Year. This prestigious award is given to a Superintendent who exhibits leadership for learning, communication, professionalism, and active participation in community involvement with an understanding of regional, national, and international issues. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Dionisio on this latest accomplishment. Click the link above to read more.

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  • Board of Education Annual Review & Goal Setting

    The Verona Board of Education is focused on governance of the district and supports the goals set forth through community input from our stakeholders in our district strategic plan. the following is a summary of our district progress aligned to the strategic plan and our goals moving forward.

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News

  • Spring 2019 NJSLA Results

    On October 29, 2019, Mr. Miller, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Mr. Steven Schels, Supervisor of Humanities, and Mr. Glen Stevenson, Supervisor of STEM, presented the spring 2019 NJSLA results in ELA from grades 3 to 10 and in mathematics from grades 3 through Algebra II.

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  • Spring 2018 PARCC Results

    On October 9, 2018, Mr. Miller, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, presented the spring 2018 PARCC results in ELA from grades 3 to 11 and in mathematics from grades 3 through Algebra II.

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  • AP Highlights & Scholar Awards

    On September 25, 2018, we celebrated the accomplishments of our dedicated and hard working AP students.  Mr. Miller, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, and Mr. Cogdill, VHS Principal, presented AP Highlights and Scholar Awards for the 2017-18 school year to a packed audience.  Congratulations to all of our AP Scholars!

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  • 2018 V~SEA (Verona Summer Enrichment Academy)

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  • THE VERONA SCHOOL BOARD ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY INFORMATION

    June, 2017 – The Verona School District has announced it has information available for citizens interested in running for a vacant seat on the Board of Education.

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  • Board of Education 2017-2018 Budget Presentation - April 25, 2017

    The Board of Education 2017-2018 Budget presentation that was presented on April 25, 2017 Public Hearing, may be reviewed by clicking the above heading.

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  • Brookdale Technology Donation Press Release

    The Verona Board of Education has accepted an anonymous donation of $14,400 that will go toward technology in the media center and technology lab at Brookdale Avenue School at the general meeting on February 28, 2017. With this generous donation, Brookdale Avenue School will be able to upgrade their media center technology...

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  • Verona Junior Woman's Congratulate Spelling Bee Winners

    On Saturday, January 11, 2017, over thirty 4th and 5th graders participated in the annual Junior Woman’s Club of Verona Spelling Bee Competition held at F.N. Brown Elementary School. A special thank you to our judges, Mrs. Cheryl Ashley, Director of the Verona Public Library; Mrs. Corisa Walker, Library Media Specialist at F.N. Brown and Brookdale Avenue School; and Mr. Charles Miller, Director of Curriculum who kindly volunteered their time for the morning. Thank you to Diana Weeks and Joanna Rybak from the Verona Juniors who organized the event. Finally, thank you to Verona Juniors President, Erika Grothues, who announced the words.

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  • Chromebooks in the Classroom

    Verona Foundation for Educational Excellence (VFEE) is proud to announce a Special Grant awarded to the Verona Public Schools in support of the District Wide Google Initiative. In 2015, VFEE granted $75,000 over the course of three years to support Chromebooks in our Classrooms. $25,000 was awarded at the Verona Board of Education meeting on September 8, 2015. VFEE will provide $25,000 per year for the next two years making the Google Initiative Grant the largest award by VFEE since its inception in 2007.

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  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Update

    The Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment department consisting of Director of Curriculum, Mr. Miller, Supervisor of Humanities, Dr. Bangia, and Supervisor of STEM, Mr. Stevenson, updated the Board of Education and the public with the latest information regarding Verona's curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

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  • Asking All the Right Questions

    Opening up dialogue with your child is critical to their outlook on life and supporting them in achieving their individual potential by asking the following questions: “What was the best part of your day and why?”, “What are you thankful for?” and “What was the most challenging part of your day and how did you handle that problem?”

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  • Inquiry in Action

    The Verona Public Schools district is dedicated to cultivating learning environments that nurture the curiosity that exists naturally in children. It was clear from teacher feedback that last year’s inquiry-based science pilot program fostered a high level of student engagement. The new science program, developed with support from the Smithsonian Institute and National Academies of Science, is being implemented this year in our elementary and middle schools with the goal of increasing student engagement and improving student knowledge of scientific processes.

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  • Field Turf

    December 8, 2016 The Star Ledger recently published an investigative article on Field Turf regarding a product called Duraspine used to construct athletic turf field fibers. Field Turf has advised the Verona Public Schools that the new athletic fields being installed in our community are not made with this material. Attached are two letters from Field Turf providing detail on the matter and confirming that the Verona Public Schools is not impacted by this situation. Please click the Field Turf tab above this text to view the correspondence.

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  • Leaving a Legacy-In Memory of Arthur Acquaviva

    Mr. Arthur Acquaviva, known as “Mr. A” to staff­ and students, was a valued and trusted member of the VHS family. Art was named Library Media Specialist in 2000. During his tenure, he was responsible for leading the effort to transform our library into a 21st Century learning facility. Earlier this year, we received news that Mr. Acquaviva made a significant donation to Verona High School in the amount of $266,042. In accepting this generous contribution, the District will be renaming our library the Arthur Acquaviva Learning Commons. The donation provides funds to continue Art’s desire to enhance VHS with a 21st Century space, infusing the learning space with new and flexible furnishings to meet our student and faculty needs. Additional funds provided by Mr. Acquaviva will be allocated for a scholarship fund for Verona High School graduates.

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  • Joint BOE-Township Meeting 10-24-16

    The Verona Board of Education and the Verona Township Council conducted a joint meeting on October 24, 2016 at the Verona Community Center to discuss important highlights specific to each organization. The Board of Education discussed the District Strategic Plan, Academic Progress, Commitment of our Staff, and Building and Facility Improvements. The Township Council provided information on Recreation Updates, Shared Services, and PILOT agreement discussion.

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  • Mr. Robert Merkler
    121 Fairview Ave.
    Verona, NJ 07044
    Phone: 973-571-2029 ext. 1026
    Email: rmerkler@veronaschools.org
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