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Glen Rock High School Student Council hosted a toy drive in collaboration with the Glen Rock Police Department

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Glen Rock NJ, the Glen Rock High School Student Council hosted a toy drive in collaboration with the Glen Rock Police Department, which concluded today. Student Council members assisted officers in loading up the toys for delivery this afternoon. All of the toys will benefit local children in need. The Glen Rock Police Police commended the students,”Great job students and a huge thank you to all who donated!”

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Glen Rock Schools Emergency Closing day for Monday, April 17th, 2023 following Nabisco Implosion

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March 29th, 2023

Dear Glen Rock Staff, Students, and Parents,
As you may be aware, the Nabisco demolition date is scheduled for Saturday, April 15th, 2023 at 8:00 am. Should the demolition occur as scheduled, the district, out of an abundance of caution, will use one of its remaining emergency closing days for Monday, April 17th, 2023.

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No Quarantine After Holiday Travel For Unvaccinated Glen Rock Students

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Glen Rock NJ, in a letter Glen Rock Superintendent Brett Charleston laid out the “Restart Committee” recommendations  for student holiday travel :

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Glen Rock’s Crossing Guards Honored at Luncheon

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Glen Rock NJ, on the afternoon of June 24, 2021, following the last day of the school year, Glen Rock’s Crossing Guards were honored at a luncheon courtesy of Victor Quinn at the Glen Rock Inn, a long-standing tradition.
Adult school crossing guards, first established in Glen Rock during the early 1950’s, play an important role in the lives of our school children. They help them safely cross the street at key locations.

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Glen Rock High School Teacher Test Positive for COVID ,Glen Rock High School and Middle Schools to Go All Remote Learning as of Monday

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Glen Rock NJ, Glen Rock High School will shut down in-person learning for the second time in less than a month after a teacher tested positive for COVID-19.

On Saturday, Superintendent of Schools Brett Charleston in a letter to parents and gradians said both the high and middle schools will close for at least two weeks and shift to remote learning instruction due to the positive test, while fall athletics and other after-school activities will remain unchanged.

Virtual instruction at the schools will run from Nov. 16 to Nov. 25, the letter states.

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School districts across the country are beginning to release their school reopening plans

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Ridgewood NJ, School districts across the country are beginning to release their school reopening plans. Many plan to remain online throughout the fall. As the next several weeks unfold,  The Ridgewood School district and many of our neighboring  districts will start to roll out their plans.

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Glen Rock School Administration Consolidation

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Glen Rock NJ, a new proposal to unite the borough’s middle and high schools under one principal and add half a dozen other administrators .The plan, which would take effect at the beginning of the next school year, would appoint one person to lead grades 6 through 12 and approve the hire of up to five content-area supervisors during the next two years.

School officials say they could fund the extra staff within the state’s 2% school tax levy cap, which keeps districts from raising property taxes without seeking voter approval via a referendum or ballot question. The proposal was promoted as budget neutral.

The proposal has been met with resistance by some parents, teachers and former officials who said the district is barreling toward restructuring without considering the consequences.

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Congressman Gottheimer Calls Swastikas and anti-Semitic Vandalism, “entirely unacceptable and they will not be tolerated in our schools or our communities”

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Glen Rock NJ, Congressman Josh Gottheimer issued the following statement on reports of swastikas and anti-Semitic vandalism found in northern New Jersey schools in recent weeks:

In recent weeks, swastikas and anti-Semitic vandalism have been found in multiple schools in northern New Jersey.

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Glen Rock Schools public safety communications enhancements at Glen Rock High School completed

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Glen Rock NJ, today Glen Rock Mayor Bruce Packer announced that the public safety communications enhancements at the Glen Rock High School/Middle School have been completed and fully tested. The system is 100% operational and has met or exceeded all expectations.

Packer said in a press release,”We want to especially acknowledge the efforts of Sgt. Greg Carter, Tom Jennings and Don Mutch as they were instrumental in making this a success. We note that Mr. Jennings gave many hours as a volunteer and truly appreciate his time.

We offer thanks and acknowledgement to all of the key member of our Radio Task Force:

OEM Member and GRPD Sgt Greg Carter
OEM Member Tom Jennings
Glen Rock Public School Facilities/Security Department Don Mutch
Supervisor of Glen Rock Public School Facilities & Security Sandy Marinos”

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Glen Rock Police Hold Luncheon to Honor Crossing Guards

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Glen Rock NJ, following the last day of school Glen Rock’s Crossing Guards were honored at a Luncheon courtesy of Victor Quinn at the Glen Rock Inn. Adult school crossing guards, first established in Glen Rock during the early 1950’s, play an important role in the lives of our school children. They help them safely cross the street at key locations.

The Glen Rock Police thanked the Glen Rock Crossing Guard Corps for their dedicated service to Glen Rock’s school children and wishes each of them a great summer!

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Glen Rock Officials Condemn Swastika Incident At School

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The Mayor and Council condemn any and all acts of hate. Hate speech and hate in any form is not welcome in Glen Rock.

While the Superintendent and BOE are the appropriate lead on the response in the schools to this incident, we have offered our help and support in any way that they deem necessary.

In the wake of this incident, we urge our community to come together; for us all to speak with our children and our neighbors; to discuss the impact of our words and actions on others, whether or not the intent is malicious.

As a governing body, we will continue to work with the Superintendent and the schools as appropriate, to reinforce the culture of empathy and inclusion that is the hallmark of our community in Glen Rock

Mayor Bruce Packer

Council President Kristine Morieko

Council Member Michael O’Hagan

Council Member Amy Martin

Council Member Bill Leonard

Council Member Arati Kreibich

Council Member Mary Barchetto

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Glen Rock Approves $14.7 Bond Referendum

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Glen Rock NJ, Glen Rock referendum narrowly passes according to the unofficial results posted on the Glen Rock Schools Facebook page. The
$14.7 million bond referendum question  had 937 yes votes and 879 no votes.

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No Threat Made Against Glen Rock Public Schools

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Glen Rock NJ, Glen Rock Public Schools has issued the following statement on their Facebook page :

To all Parents and Community Residents,
I have been apprised of a rumor circulating in town about a threat to our High School. I want to dispel this rumor. There has been no threat made.
Bruce Watson, Superintendent

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Glen Rock Schools Find US Armed Forces Offensive

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Glen Rock NJ, in a case of political correctness run amuck , Glen Rock Public Schools backs out of an American Legion Coloring Contests as cartoon of US Military is called offensive .

Statement from Bruce Watson, Interim Superintendent regarding the American Legion Coloring Contest :

“I have received a number of emails regarding my decision not to have our 4th and 5th grade students participate in this year’s American Legion Coloring Contest. This has caused me to pause. Perhaps I had too much concern for the impact of the picture. Today we look at everything thru a different lens when it comes to our students. There was no disrespect intended to our veterans and now after listening to parents, I will reverse this decision and allow the pictures to go home for parents and students to decide if they wish to compete.”

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Glen Rock High School Athletic Complex Turf Field Sinkhole Under Repair

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Glen Rock NJ, On Saturday, Aug. 5, a sinkhole appeared at the southeast corner of the football field.
District employees quickly responded to the situation and secured the area. The hole was appropriately covered, gates to the field and track were locked, and signage was posted, letting the public know that the area is temporarily off limits. For safety purposes, lights were left on overnight and security personnel were in place on Sunday, to discourage anyone from disregarding the signs and entering the field complex.

On Monday, Aug. 7 the district reached the Contractor of Record, Quality Electric. After assessing the situation, the contractor informed the district late Tuesday, Aug. 8 that the damage will be repaired at no cost to the board since all work is still covered under the warranty. Further, the district has been notified that Quality Electric will be using Land Tek (the company that installed the turf football field) to repair the damage and restore the field. Land Tek is scheduled to begin the work on Thursday, Aug. 10; completion is anticipated by the weekend.
The district intends to have the field complex ready for the start of next week’s athletic practices.
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