Clark Board of Education Recognizes National Merit Commended Student, Approves Preschool Supervisor

Arthur L. Johnson High School Principal Richard Delmonaco, left, recognized National Merit Commended Student Andrew Kamichoff. Credits: Susan Roselli Bonnell

CLARK, NJ – At its most recent meeting, the Clark Board of Education highlighted the achievements of Arthur L. Johnson High School senior Andrew Kamichoff in its “Showcase of Success.” Kamichoff was one of 34,000 students across the nation to be named a National Merit Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

“It’s a great, great honor,” ALJ Principal Richard Delmonaco said in his remarks. “It’s well-deserved for all your hard work.”

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition based on Preliminary SAT (PSAT) scores.  Approximately 1.5 million high school juniors take the test each year.  

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In addition to his academic success, Kamichoff has achieved the Boy Scout rank of Eagle and is a member of the ALJ bowling team.  He hopes to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The board also approved the job description of Supervisor of Preschool/School Nurse for the district.  Lori Kowalski, who has served as the preschool’s nurse, was promoted to the dual position.  Interim Superintendent Edward Grande said that Kowalski has effectively been running the preschool for many years and the board’s action formalizes her role.  Kowalski thanked Grande and the Board for the opportunity.

Four teachers from the district will travel to Rider University to participate in a “Next Generation Science Standards” lesson development program.  District science supervisor Thomas Misiak, Kumpf Middle School science teacher Danielle Bihuniak, fifth grade teacher Bryan Lowe and ALJ biology teacher Suzanne Nagourney will represent the district.  

“It’s another opportunity for us to have a partnership with a secondary institute,” Grande said.

Board member Sheri Sandler reported that the technology committee is providing a video conferencing and distance learning unit to each building in the district.  The equipment will allow for broadcasting to a central location within each building.

The technology department will also be conducting an inventory of smartboards.

“We are trying to make a conscientious effort, if the classroom does not have a smart board, that by the end of the year the classroom will be outfitted with a smartboard,” Sandler said.

Henry Varriano reported that the arts committee has arranged for an art teacher faculty meeting at Designer’s Gallery in Clark.  Local artist Cynthia Dawley will attend the meeting to speak with the teachers. 

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