WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- Recognition of retiring teachers, Teachers of the Year, Student of the Month and appreciation for the Pascack Pi-oneers was featured at the Wood-Ridge Board of Education meeting on Monday night in the auditorium.

A Certificate of Appreciation was given to the Pascack Pi-oneers, a nationally-recognized robotics team. Teacher and first-year coach Keri Parry said, because of the Pi-oneers, the group had gone from "a club to a competitive force." The team participated in six competitions, won the Outstanding Rookie Team Award and The Motivate Award.

"I want to especially thank Team 1676 Pascack Pi-onners for literally and figuratively getting Wood-Ridge Robotics moving," she said. 

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She said they helped with early team registration, worked with the team afterschool for five hours a week, provided team shirts, and spare parts. They even helped find local sponsorships for the team.

"The help that the Pi-oneers gave Wood-Ridge is going to last beyond this amazing competition season," she said. "The skills and technqiues are going to carry on to next season."

"I want to thank the parents who helped out with Wood-Ridge Robotics, the committed team members, and and a special thanks to the Pascack Pi-oneers for your generosity and graciousness for this one of a kind mentorship experience."

Dr. Sue DeNobile explained that the team had originally received a Department of Education-funded grant. But by the time the Wood-Ridge grant paperwork was processed, they were no longer eligible as the program had already begun. Because of that, Pascack Pi-oneers stepped in to mentor the new program.

"The students gave so generously from the heart," she said. "I promise you, given the opportunity, we too will pay it forward."

Keith Lisa, Wood-Ridge Intermediate School principal, awarded Student of the Month to Ryan George, saying he was kind, hard-working and respectful.

Two retiring staff members were recognized for their service. Peter Catania, district facilities manager with 17 years, and Theresa Nass, teacher at Doyle School for 34 years, the Board extended "their sincere gratitude and appreciation" to both.

Jennifer Hynes, Christine Green and Kristen Borrelli were recognized as Teachers of the Year.  

In addition, Marc Sinclair was announced as the new Athletic Director, replacing David Porfido.


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