CLARK, NJ - Students at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School are learning how to code in the school’s Coding for Cougars Program.

Kumpf students learn to code in Python, a professional programming language, making the skills learned relevant and applicable to many careers.

Kumpf teachers Matthew Serwedes and Marlena Sundo  guide students through concepts and sample projects using a coding and computational thinking approach. Projects include video game design and graphic design simulations.

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“We are pleased so many students have taken advantage of the Coding for Cougars program.  It is a great way for students to get introduced to computer program coding.  So much of our lives will revolve around “coding” in the future; it is great that our students can learn these concepts at an early age,”  said Carl H. Kumpf Middle School Principal Rick Delmonaco .

Coding for Cougars is an after school activity available to Clark students in grades 6-8. Classes are held from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.

Each session consists of twelve (12) one hour sessions. The cost is $75 for Level One Coding for Cougars participants or $50 for Level Two Coding for Cougars participants. The cost includes all necessary materials and license permissions.

Students will also have access to the computer program license at home.

More information and a permission slip can be found on the district’s website.   Permission slip and check must be returned to the Kumpf Main Office by January 23rd. Enrollment is limited. Any questions, please contact Mr. Delmonaco at