Education Foundation Sponsors More programs, Events at Passaic Valley High School

Passaic Valley High School students of the month are Brooke Berrigan (freshman), Bedour Issa (sophomore), Mouna Sakhat (junior), Brittany Piatt (senior) and Jonathan Flores (senior). Credits: Photo courtesy of Jaclyn Luker

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Passaic Valley High School will be offering a Summer Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) (STEM) camp this year. The program will be sponsored by the Passaic Valley Education Foundation, which runs the art camp program during the summer.

According to Dr. JoAnn Cardillo, superintendent, the foundation has decided to expand programs for students by offering an afternoon STEM camp program to be held after the morning art camp program. She detailed the program at the Board of Education meeting held on Feb. 28.

"Students can attend one, or the other, or both," Cardillo explained. "It's still the same grade levels - entering fifth grade to eighth grade. It will run Monday through Thursday. The STEM program is going to have a lot of hands-on activities and some outdoor experiences, as well."

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Randall Sanders, PVHS environmental science teacher, is spearheading the STEM summer program. Sanders is a recent graduates of William Paterson University. Mike DeLuccia will continue to head the summer art camp program. 

Details on the PV summer camps will shortly be available at

"Randall is a recent graduate of WP University," she said. "We have lots of great things happening at the high school.


The high school has a newly redesigned website, which Cardillo said is geared to contain updated information, including accessibility to the high school's policies online.

"The plan was to have policies accessible online," she explained, adding that Anthony Meluso, network and computer system administrator, worked on the redesign and upgrades.

In addition, Cardillo said the high school now has a new app available for both Apple and Android platforms. Those who are interested in the free app can visit the Apple App Store or Google Play on a device and search Passaic Valley Regional High School District to download.

The official Passaic Valley High School app gives a personalized window into what is happening at the school and gives the latest news and information, added Cardillo.


Cardillo also highlighted the Education Foundation's upcoming "Wine and Beer Festival" event planned for March 31 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Meat Cutters Hall, located at 245 Paterson Ave. in Little Falls. The cost is $40 per person and includes tasting of over 60 wines and beer as well as an assortment of vodkas, a commemorative tasting glass. Food will be provided by ShopRite of Little Falls and it will offer attendees a chance to win various prize baskets.

"Funds raised by this Passaic Valley Education Foundation event provides funding for the high school to run programs such as its five-week summer theater program, which is open to area students from grade 4 to 12," Cardillo noted. The foundation aims to enrich programming for students by offering activities and programs not covered by the high school's operating budget.

For more information or tickets, contact Passaic Valley Education Foundation Vice President Jared Fowler at 973-890-2544 or or visit showtix4u.


Students of the month were also honored during the board meeting. They are Brooke Berrigan (freshman), Bedour Issa (sophomore), Mouna Sakhat (junior), Brittany Piatt (senior) and Jonathan Flores (senior).

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