New teachers welcomed for 2015-16 school year

Starting from left back: Jenna Greco (Pre-K at George Washington School), Deirdre Bland (Special Education at Eleanor Van Gelder School), Alicia Max (Reading Specialist at EVG), Elba Rodriguez (World Language at GW and EVG), Sheila Daley (Child Study Team at GW and EVG), Meredith Gavzy (1st Grade at GW), Amber Casey (Special Education at GW), Naomi Blank (6th Grade English at EVG), Danny Conde (Music at GW).  Starting from left front: Kimberly Tansey (4th Grade at EVG), Lori Rattner-Raisch (Art at EVG), Katherine Philip (3rd Grade at EVG), Dimitrios Nannas (Physical Education at GW)  Not in photo are:  Samantha Barragan (Pre-K at GW) and Monica Zamora (4th Grade at EVG)

By Douglas E. Hall As the school system was about to open on Sept. 3 to begin the new school year, new teachers had a busy orientation day on Aug. 26, which began with a meet and greet breakfast provided by Doug Langer of AXA Equitable.  This was followed by an ice breaker and overview [...]

Eleanor Van Gelder School Marks 100 years


By Douglas E. Hall It’s been 100 years since the stately Eleanor Van Gelder School (EVG) on Undercliff Avenue first opened its doors in September 1914 that the children of this borough might get an education.  There have been several additions as the school population grew.  This centennial school year will have an EVG population [...]

Postma heads new team to boost school performance

The new principal of EVG School Raul Sandoval and the new Edgewater Superintendent of Schools Kerry Postma.

By Douglas E. Hall Kerry Postma, Edgewater’s new superintendent of schools has an attitude – an attitude to succeed, an attitude to overcome whatever might stand in the way of providing the best education that can be offered to the 900 students in the district’s two schools – George Washington and Eleanor Van Gelder – [...]

Grade Schoolers Back from Tomahawk Lake Trip


Some of the 350 local students, grades 5 to 8, celebrate their return to the Community Center from a summer camp day outing to Tomahawk Lake, Sparta.  This program runs from July 2 through Aug. 8 and is directed by Jill Sullivan, camp director for the Community Center.    Photo by Lynne Grasz Hall

Cella out, Postma succeeds her as school chief

Dr. Lorraine Cella

By Douglas E. Hall Dr. Lorraine Cella, who came on board as chief school administrator Jan. 2, 2011 cleaned out her desk and made public her resignation, which had apparently been worked out with school trustees since she gave notice in April of her intention to leave the school system. She announced no plans, but [...]

EVG’s graduating Class of 2014: 88 students


By Douglas E. Hall It was graduation time at Eleanor Van Gelder School on June 19 when 88 students were graduated from the sixth grade, completing their elementary school education in Edgewater.  Most will attend the Leonia Middle School in the fall to begin 7th grade studies and most of these students will graduate from [...]

Lights Fail, but EVG Choir Sings on in Dark


By Douglas E. Hall It was expected to be another year of the annual tree lighting at the western most portion of the Promenade of City Place.  The tree lighting was set for 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21. Then with the daylight of the late fall evening beginning to fade the lights went out [...]

Education Unit raises more than $39,000 for Schools

Edgewater Education Foundation (EEF) member Sandy Klein, also a member of the Board of Education, at left, holding microphone, explains the auction and raffle procedures at the EEF Gala fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 25.

By Douglas E. Hall More than 200 supporters of the Edgewater Education Foundation (EEF) gathered on Friday, Oct. 25 at the Villa Amalfi in Cliffside Park for the second annual Under the Sea fundraiser for Edgewater Schools.  Figures were not available for how much was raised this year, but it was indicated that the total [...]

Prime Time Early Learning Center provides foundation

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By Douglas E. Hall While September may be traditionally the month when children go back to school, the days of the year’s ninth month are just part of a year-round program for the Prime Time Early Learning Center in that organization’s facility in Edgewater. This prep school for children before they begin kindergarten in elementary [...]

Edgewater Schools show Sharp Rise in Enrollment

George Washington School

By Douglas E. Hall Enrollment in Edgewater schools is up sharply in both the Eleanor Van Gelder School and the new George Washington School, with EVG, up to 388 from last year’s enrollment of 332.  Washington for the current school year has 502 students, up from 425 last year.  This brings the total school population [...]