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LHS Administration

Edward Bertolini
LHS Principal
(201) 302-5200, ext. 5200
bertolini@leoniaschools.org
Charles Kalender
LHS Vice Principal
(201) 302-5200, ext. 5201
kalender@leoniaschools.org
Adrienne Stein
Director of Student
Services and Testing
(201) 302-5200 ext. 5210
stein@leoniaschools.org 
Steve Perrotta
Athletic Director
(201) 302-5200, ext. 5208
perrotta@leoniaschools.org 

 Great News

Four LHS students won chairs at the NJSMA regional orchestra auditions.  

Seniors Kelly Kim, Adam Guo , Sophomore, Hannah Jung - violins
Freshman Seowon Jeong - cello

Kelly Kim placed 4th out of a field of almost 100 entrants.

 

Leonia Singers Continue Their Record Setting Year!

The following students were selected to participate in the 2018 Northern New Jersey Region One Honor Choir:

Freshmen: Stephanie Hong and Omara Morales.
Sophomores: Samuel Lee and Justin Hong.
Juniors: Ula Goldstein, Gianna Williamson, and Samuel Wilson.
Seniors: Alex Bien, Daryl Castro, Adam Guo, and Chanpyo Kim.

Adam, Gianna, Justin, Samuel Lee, and Daryl all scored in the top ten in their voice category.
These 11 singers represent the most students ever placed in this choir by Leonia High School!

Congratulations! 

The Arts Thrive at Leonia High School 
     

Recently there has been discussion amongst Leonia High School personnel to lock the little theatre during the day to protect the new  piano, donated from a NYC benefactor. However, it has remained open due to the influx of students during the day and after school who play freely, spreading beautiful music throughout the school. It is such a rarity and delight for LHS to have its very own “Piano Bar” within its walls, allowing students to express themselves, relieve stress, as well as practice and refine their talent.

Additionally, Leonia High School’s chorus continued its award-wining performances during the two November days off for the NJEA Teacher Convention, November 9th & 10th. The following Leonia High School students were selected by audition from over 1200 applicants to be members of the 2017 NJ All-State Chorus. They performed on Friday, November 10 in Atlantic City as the Final Event of the 2017 NJEA Convention. Then they performed again on Sunday, November 19 at the New Jersey Performing Arts center in Newark New Jersey.

All State Choir:

Ula Goldstein
Gianna Williamson
Adam Guo
Leor Cohen
Paul King
Daryl Castro
Alex Bien
Justin Hong

Sophomore, Justin Hong, was one of only 16 finalists to be nominated for the Governor’s Award.

Congratulations to all students who performed and received accolades for their achievements!

Buddy” Lessons at Leonia High School

Cross-curricular learning is an exceptional trend in breaking down walls between traditional topics of instruction, and this practice—newly implemented at Leonia High School this year—has proven to be no exception. Teachers from different disciplines paired up and were tasked with planning, preparing, and delivering two lessons (one in the fall and one in the spring) that synthesized the two disciplines.

The first year of any new initiative will have its hiccups such as “pacing was off” or needing an “introductory lesson…before joining them together”, but overall LHS’s “buddy lessons” were a success due to the enthusiastic partnerships and collaboration between the pairs to ensure lessons were effective and engaging for students.

The feedback received from teachers was overwhelmingly supportive, as many were “please with my buddy’s efforts” and lessons were “stimulating and challenging” for students. Students “were appreciative to see two teachers in class combining their knowledge,” motivating them to “ask and answer questions.” The students “loved it” and “were interested in the topic and the way it was portrayed.”

Some sample lessons include:

French and English 
Sarah’s Key (novel) regarding the beginning of the Holocaust and the German invasion of France

Web Programming and Finance
Students learned about risk and detailed investment choices in Excel spreadsheets, created a webpage, and bolstered their portfolios. Students will revisit in the spring to see how their investments did.

Science and History
Looked at DNA and its use to identify relatives, leading into analyzing Thomas Jefferson’s lineage, ultimately to prove through primary, historical documents to determine if in fact Jefferson was the father of Sally Hemings’ children (a former slave).

History and Health
Political campaign of Harvey Milk (backdrop of the 1970s and sexual orientation)

English and Physical Education
The Amazing Race (students completed tasks related to physical fitness, reading comprehension, and problem solving skills as well as working in teams)

Marketing and Psychology
How companies position or frame messages in their marketing tactics to appeal to consumer