Weekly Update

Weekly Update

October 20, 2017

Principal's Message of the Week


Dear BHS Community,


Boonton High School has some wonderful news about two students!


BHS Senior Olivia Niuman and Junior Andrew Portas attended their first meeting as a part of Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen's Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) on Wednesday, October 18.   The YAC is comprised of students from across the NJ 11th Congressional District.  Students have to submit a brief written explanation about why they feel the YAC would be a valuable experience for them in their High School careers.  


Both Olivia and Andrew plan to pursue studies in government upon their graduation.  The purpose of the Committee is to give students a first hand look at the workings of the federal government, gain an understanding of the legislative process, and have an opportunity to discuss current issues with the Congressman.  Yesterday's meeting was at the Morristown National Historical Park.  Students were given an indepth tour of Washington's Headquarters and had an opportunity to learn about the National Parks Service and the Department of the Interior.


I hope everyone has a great weekend.


With Bomber Pride,
Jason Klebez


Department of the Humanities Message


Dear Boonton High School Community,


This week, ELA articulation occurred between John Hill Middle School, Lincoln Park Middle School, and Boonton High School.  Using a standards-based approach, teachers and administrators shared curriculum initiatives for each school.  The meeting included a discussion of key common core standards for Reading Literature.  Teachers and administrators engaged in a common grading activity with related PARCC writing samples.  It was a wonderful opportunity for passionate educators to meet, discuss, and align curriculum.


Over the next two weeks, students are looking at the ways they can measure their growth in the Humanities areas on our first benchmark.  In History, students are writing about primary source documents.  In English, students are annotating and writing about key passages from works of literature.  In Art and Music, students are creating portfolios that document their growth. In World Language, students are working on writing and speaking in the target language.  Overall, we are proud that our students are building skills of reading, writing, and reflecting across content areas.  


Rebecca Kipp-Newbold

Supervisor of Humanities

STEM & Business Departements Message


Mrs. Vicki Cornell, technology teacher shared the following reflection on her trip with BHS students:


BHS students attended an Engineering Career Day with dozens of other high schools from around the region, at the Newark College of Engineering (NCE) at NJIT on Friday, October 13.


The day started with Moshe Kan, Dean of NCE, led the morning off with a discussion about the college experience and degree goals, and what engineers actually do, giving examples of the work of some of the 150 talented faculty and 5,000+ students from around the globe.


Did you know that a group of NJIT and UMDNJ students invented the artificial knee, and another NJIT alum invented the catalytic converter? Or that a Drexel student invented the barcode? These improvements to our daily lives were all thanks to the work of engineers!,


Students then broke into smaller groups and were able to tour campus facilities, talk to current engineering students and professors, and see some amazing demonstrations, like welding, concrete materials testing, destructive aluminum testing and a performance by students' competitive BAJA vehicle and solar car.


To top off the day, senior Petros Apostolidis was accepted to the school during the visit to the Instant Decision table. We are all proud of you, Petros!



Ray Sawyer

Supervisor of STEM & Business

Calendar Reminders

10/23-10/27 - Red Ribbon Week

10/23/17 - BOE meeting 8:00 p.m.

Class Updates



Any freshmen who feels that they are not doing well in any of their courses should see Mr. Nash to set up extra help sessions.

All student ID’s and pictures were given out. Please make sure you wear your ID and it is visible at all times. Any student who did not receive a lanyard should see Mr. Nash.

The Early Learning Center in Mountain Lakes is hiring. If interested, contact the YMCA in Mountain Lakes.

The 6th Annual Photography Contest at County College of Morris is now accepting admissions of Photos. Please see Mr. Nash for more information.

The Congressional Leadership Fund is looking for fall interns. See Mr. Nash if interested.

All freshmen are reminded to check their email regularly for information sent by their teachers and/or Ms. Ballway & Mr. Nash.  

Any freshmen who did not turn in their Parent/Student User Agreement for their Chromebooks need to see Mr. Nash for a form.

Please remember to call the attendance line if your child is going to be absent from school. The number is 973-335-9700 x 4500.



Please make sure you are wearing your ID visibly.


Sophomores are currently in Driver’s Education this marking period. Please make sure absences for Driver’s Ed. do not exceed 4, as students will lose credit because it is a marking period course.


If you haven't gotten your Chromebook yet:

  • e-mail Mrs. Comer or stop by for a form!


If you have any questions, please reach out to your Vice Principal, Mr. Forman, or your school counselor, Mrs. Comer.



Mrs. Callahan's last day prior to her maternity leave will be October 25th.  We welcome Mrs. Soni to the Class of 2019 as Mrs. Callahan's maternity leave replacement!

In an effort to prepare students for her departure Mrs. Callahan met with all gym classes this week and covered the following information:

1. Students participated in a survey designed to identify specific interventions. These interventions will be designed based on the survey feedback.

2. Students were introduced to the Junior Year College Planning Guide which can be found on the School Counseling Website and utilized throughout the school year to stay on track with pertinent college planning details.

3. Students created Collegeboard and ACT accounts.  Students were familiarized with these websites in order to prepare them for the college search process and SAT/ACT test registration platforms.

4. Students also discussed the importance of resume writing.  With National Honor Society Applications due this winter/spring students were encouraged to evaluate and explore opportunities to further their learning.

Any junior who feels that they are not doing well in any of their courses should see Ms. Callahan to set up extra help sessions.

Student ID’s and pictures were given out this week. Please make sure you wear your ID and it is visible at all times.

All juniors are reminded to register for the SAT’s/ACT’s early to ensure your placement on the day(s) of the test. Please go to the following websites to create an account and sign up: SAT http://www.collegeboard.org & ACT http://www.act.org

The following are the upcoming dates for the SAT’s/ACT’s:

SAT’s:                                             ACT’s


11/4/17-register by 10/5/17          10/28/17-register by 9/22/17


12/2/17-register by 11/2/17           12/9/17-register by 11/3/17


Please remember to check your email regularly for information sent by your teachers and/or Ms. Ballway, Ms. Callahan & Ms. Soni.




All senior parents and students should complete the FAFSA which opened on Oct. 1.  Required: You and your student must create your FSA ID before logging in to complete the FAFSA.  Directions and Resources have been emailed out.


OCTOBER –Time Line


  • If you are applying Early Decision or Early Action, be aware of your school’s deadlines

  • If you are applying to colleges that require the CSS Profile for financial aid, initiate the process now.

  • By the end of the month, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the HESAA NJ State Aid, and the CSS PROFILE online

  • College Rep Visits: Check Naviance for when college/military representatives will be visiting BHS

    • University of New Hampshire at Durham- October 24

    • Green Mountain College- October 27

    • Seton Hall University October 27

  • IDD Days: Check Naviance for when upcoming Instant Decision Days are taking place and be sure to register with Ms. D!

    • Fairleigh Dickinson University - Florham Campus- 11/14

    • Wilkes University- 11/21

    • Johnson & Wales University (Providence)- 11/29

    • Seton Hall University-12/12

  • If you still need to:

    • Take the SAT on October 7th and/or the SAT Subject Tests.

    • Take the ACT on October 28th

    • Register for the November 4th SAT (Deadline October 5th).

  • Continue to attend College Fairs/Information sessions to investigate further the colleges you plan to apply to

  • Work hard, your fall semester grades of senior year are important and will be sent to your prospective colleges!

Gateway Academy

The freshmen academy students are working with their mentors to decide on their contemporary social issues project.


The sophomores are brainstorming ideas for their contemporary social issues project which will be presented in December.


Juniors will be visiting Monmouth University on Tuesday, October 24th.


Seniors continue to improve their resumes with their mentors. They are also putting together their final outline for their senior thesis.


Any Gateway students interest in an internship with The Congressional Leadership Fund, please see Mr. Nash.

Student Assistance

Parents and students: Ala-teen is now holding a meeting for students whose lives are affected by someone else’s drinking.

Butler High School
Guidance Conference Room
Tuesdays at 3:00 pm

All teens from all schools are welcome!


Leah Birchler, LCSW, SAC

Student Assistance Counselor


Winter sport physicals will be done at BHS on 11/6/17.  Remember to download forms from BHS website.


Please return any forms sent home over the summer.


Please update the parent portal for contacts and emergency contacts as soon as possible.


Marcia Nunn Tucci RN BS CSN

School Nurse BHS