Mission Statement

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    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

  • Verona High School Recognized on the College Board’s 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success

    Verona High School is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. To be included on the 9th Annual Honor Roll, Verona High School had to, since 2016, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP. Read more by clicking the heading above.

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  • The Verona High School STEM Team Designed The Best Catapult.

    On Friday, October 26th, the VHS Engineering Team won the 16th Annual Rowan University Pumpkin Chunkin Competition. The students built a catapult that won first place overall after firing a pumpkin more than 400 feet. Check out the News 12 NJ Video here.

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  • Verona High School Recognized as #2 High School in New Jersey by College Board

    We are proud to share that Verona High School was recently recognized by College Board as a top performing high school in New Jersey. VHS is ranked #2 in New Jersey in participation in Advanced Placement exams in grades 9-12. Even more impressive, as our student participation has increased, so have our student performance outcomes. Our school district is among the top performing high schools in the entire nation. This ranking is the second independent recognition, most recently being acknowledged by NJ Monthly as the #24 top high school in New Jersey. We have much to be proud of. Click the above link to read more.

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  • The Verona Board of Education Candidates Forum

    The Verona Conference of SCAs presents the Verona BOE Candidates Forum. Click the link above to watch the candidate positions on Board goals and governance.

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  • Superintendent Corner Column - Why Your Vote on Full Day Kindergarten Is Important

    On November 6, 2018, the Verona community will have an opportunity to cast an important vote that would increase funding to the Verona Public Schools to invest in full day kindergarten through a commitment to increased staffing at the elementary level. If approved by the community, full day kindergarten would begin in January 2019. In each subsequent year, full day kindergarten would become a full year program beginning in September and ending in June. Read more by clicking the link above.

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  • Superintendent Corner Column - Why Your Vote on Mental Health Matters

    On November 6, 2018, the Verona community will have an opportunity to cast an important vote that would increase funding to the Verona Public Schools to invest in social emotional learning by increasing mental health programming and professional staffing at the elementary, middle, and high school level. Read more by clicking the link above.

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  • Verona High School Named Top High School By NJ Monthly Magazine 2018

    We remain steadfast in our belief that all students can achieve at a high level and maximize their individual potential. To become a model school district, one that excels in every category, we must dedicate ourselves to educating the whole child. All of our success, including this recognition as one of the best high schools in New Jersey, is the result of the collective efforts of all of our staff Pre-K through grade 12. Our accomplishments are the fruits of our labor, the dedication of our staff, beginning at the elementary level, progressing through critical transition years in our middle school, and culminating in high school with the commitment and effort of our Verona High School staff. We have much to be proud of.

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  • Verona Public Schools Magazine Fall 2018 Edition

    The Verona Public Schools Magazine Fall 2018 Edition is the second 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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  • VHS Class of 2018 Graduation Video

    For your viewing and downloading: We invite you to please enjoy video of the VHS Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony. We wish the graduates our very best as each pursues his or her dreams.

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  • Help for Haiti

    Since this past summer, the VHS French Club, along with our French teacher Mrs. Mordkovich and myself, have collaborated with Mr. Evans Auguste in the development of a library collection for the St-François Xavier School in the town of Ouanaminthe in Haiti. During the past 2 months, we have been leading a book drive to benefit Haitian students ages 6-12. Books in English, Spanish, and French were donated to the cause. Additionally, our music teacher and band director Mr. Lynch, along with the Verona Music Department, collected instruments and other music equipment for École St-François Xavier’s music program. Please click the above heading to read the full press release.

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  • NJDOE School HIB Report Card 2016-17

    The following New Jersey Department of Education May 29, 2018 School Self-Assessment for Determining Grades under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Report Crd for the 2016-17 academic year has been published by the NJDOE for the Verona Public Schools. The report card is established by self assessment data at each district school by the school safety team comprised of administration, school safety specialists, teachers, staff, and parents. Please click the above header link for more details and access to the report card.

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  • Update on Class of 2020 NJDOE Graduation Requirements

    The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has made an error in their communication with public schools as it relates to NJ high school graduation requirements and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC). This error is impacting public schools across New Jersey, not just Verona High School. During the 2016-2017 school year, the NJDOE provided schools with a chart for graduation requirements as it relates to the State standardized assessment (PARCC). The chart of graduation requirements was included in our PARCC parent letter that we sent to parents in March 2018. On May 11, 2018, the NJDOE posted on its website that it had changed the Class of 2020 graduation requirements chart (see page 9 in the PARCC parent letter). On May 18, 2018, the NJDOE sent a clarifying email on this matter to all public school districts. Please click the above link for more details.

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  • Verona High School Partners with Positive Coaching Alliance to Benefit Student Athletes

    Verona High School has established a 3 year partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building sports experience. The partnership provides Verona High School access to PCA’s training for coaches, sports parents, student-athletes and administrators, comprising live group workshops, online courses, books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson and additional online resources, such as e-mailed follow-up tips and reminders. Please click the above link for more details.

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  • Full Day Kindergarten Presentation May 2018

    A proposal for full day kindergarten was presented at a public Board of Education meeting on May 22, 2018. Please click the link above for more details.

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  • National History Day at HBW

    Three eighth grade students from H.B. Whitehorne Middle School have been chosen to represent the state of New Jersey at the 2018 National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland, College Park. There, they will join other students from across the country to celebrate their historical research and compete for a coveted national medal. Congratulations to Meghan Kenneally, Emma Sheehan, Ella Mathewson, and Miss Rebecca Hadjiloucas honored at a winners’ circle workshop at William Paterson University on May 9, 2018. Click the header link above for more details.

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News

  • 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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  • VHS Fitness Center Fundraiser Press Release 2016

    Beginning October 2016, Verona High School instituted a new and unique fundraising effort that will raise funds to upgrade the VHS ­fitness center facility with new equipment while also enhancing the paver dedication walkway on the Thomas J. Sellitto Athletic Field. Please see the attached press release for more information.

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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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