Paterson Top Stories

With Spirit and Talent, Paterson Students Commemorate Black History Month

Rosa Parks jaz ensemble   All photos by George Garbeck, Paterson Publi...
Norman S. Weir students
School 8 performers
Don Bosco soloist


PATERSON, NJ – In song, poetry and even sign language, Paterson school children celebrated Black History Month with a series of spirited performances on Wednesday.

The program began with two educational presentations. First was Eastside School of Information Technology student Breann Davis’ “Did you know in Back History,’’ followed by John F. Kennedy School of Education & Training

Sign Up for E-News

student Niuverys Rodriguez’ report on Billie Holiday.

Then four students from Don Bosco Technology Academy – Jeryka Morales, Nahid Miah, Ruth Delania Gonzalea and Christrina Gales-Brooks - gave a show that featured an a cappella rendition of Etta James’ “I’d Rather Be Blind,’’ a rap about equality and the poem, “Peace.’’

Next, children in grades k through 2 from School 8 sang “Marting Luther King” while using American sign language. That was followed by Norman S. Weir students singing “in the Morning Lord” and “You can See a Brighter Day,’’ two original compositions by Kelvin Quince. School 7 students then performed “Sing Celebrate for Martin Luther King, Jr.’’

The finale was the Rosa L. Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts’ jazz ensemble playing “Riding on a Blue Note’’ by Duke Elington and “A Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie.

Here’s a list of the performing students provided by Paterson Public Schools:


Ms. Barreto  Bilingual/ESL Kindergarten: Denis Aguilar Ventura, Adolfo Aguilar, Eliana Calizaya, Lucy Cano-Bartolo, Bryant Coronel, Yaret Coronel-Acevedo, Alexis Cuenca, Jared Díaz, Kevin Estrada, Emily Gutiérrez, Yoseli Huelitl-Rosas, Jayden Jiménez, Jesús Leal-Gonzalez, Jazmín Martínez, Augusto Enrique Matos Pérez, Scarle Matos, Rummely Mercedes Polanco, Jelsy Morales, Jordy Rosas, Alvaro Silvas, Noel Vázquez, Ariana Verastegui

Mr. Joven Bilingual/ESL 1st Grade: Daniella Aguilar, Jadin Ayala, Guadalupe Coatl, Lesley Cornoel, Miguel Escamilla, Jaylene Flores, Steven Fuentes, Melina Guitierrez, Misael Gutierrez, Luis Lucero, Alan Lugo, Christian Martinez Vazquez, Anel Matos, Yajadri Matos-Matos, Ryan Muriel, Leslie Perez, Jacqueline Razo, David Reyes, Gudalupe Robles, David Rodriguez Garcia, Angela Vazquez, Cecilia Vazquez, Sophia Vergara, Brian Zamora

Ms. Castano  2nd Grade Bilingual/ESL: Daleysha Bermúdez -Cabán, Jiovanni Contreras, Justin Contreras, Alexis Escamilla-García, Jasón Estrada, Franchesca Feliz, Daisy Fuentes, Isabel Guizar, Melanie Herrera, Ruby Martínez, Pablo Matos, Yesica Mendoza,

Jaslee Rivas, Diana Salgado Orea, Yonatan Sanchez, Daniel Silvas, Myrian Torres-Andrade, Eddiel Tosté-Pedraza, Laura Valle


4th Grade: Jasmine Mc Duffie, Alexis Robinson, Nicole Warren

5th Grade: Ashley Bristow, Robert Garcia, Saeliz Guzman, Norissa Howell, Michael Jackson, Tatiyana Johnson, Marianna La Cotera, Lannea Martinez, Khadija Moody, Patricia Quiros, Kallee Slappy, Tykera Williams, Korey Wilson

6th Grade: Mar’Kyse Alford, Jayla Brown, Kayla Camacho, Martin Campusano, Carmen Caraballo, Mykayla Chatman, Jalen Colon, Christine De Cando, Mariah Gonzalez, Melinda Perez, Tehya Robertson, Dymond Robinson, Macio Robinson, Jahniyah Silver, Basheen Tripp

7th Grade: Nasir Carter, Juliab Briggs, Sabriya Fantauzzi, Victoria Gary, Jasmyn Graham, Joshua Heber, Ashante Johnson, Jayla

Mc Duffie, Nia Nelson, Nasir Nichols, Rasheen Peppers, Shannell Pommells, Precise Smith, Kaelyn Soto, Imani Wade, Carter Warren

8th Grade: Keyon Billie, Devin Bristow, Sergio De Jesus (Tech. Crew), Jahvon Devine-Jones (Tech. Crew), Javonna Jacobs,

Tania Lee, Christahja Lighty, Sha’nihya Ross, Janeen Slade

School 7

Andrea Casale, Quadel Williams, Nathaniel Harrison, Keemazjia Rousseau, Shelsea Sena, Luz Martinez, Kayla Camacho, Sadora Saimpris, Tiffany Colon, Karina Terhune, Alexandra Zarate, Farhanna Zaman, Jalil Harris, Jaileen R., Kevin Jackson, Monica Navarro, Yessenia Monge, Donovan Marshall, Jaziah Peace, Devin Perez, Leo Magdaleno Maldonado, and Matthew Horton

Rosa Parks Jazz Ensemble

Keily Caba, Jabbria Vanderhall, Troy Greer, Quincy Brayton, Ashely Jackson, Hector Garcia, Anthony Pena, Clarice Forbes, Nicholas Andrej, Rafael Vasquez, Amuary Veloz, Christine Howard, Monae Clancy

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


‘We Must Not Be Enemies’

May 9, 2018

Dear Editor

I want to take opportunity to congratulate Mayor Elect Andre Sayegh on his awesome election night victory and for running a campaign to unite all Patersonians. His message of “One Paterson” resonated with the electorate. I believe that Paterson's best days are ahead. He will govern the city the same way he campaigned, always putting Paterson and ...

Five Former Salesmen For Morris County Clinical Lab Sentenced For Bribing Doctors In $100 Million Test Referral Scheme

May 18, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – Five individuals were sentenced today for bribing doctors in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running and elaborate scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, New Jersey, its president and numerous associates, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Doug Hurley, 38, of Hillsborough, New Jersey, and Kevin Kerekes, 52, of ...

Pascrell Signs Bipartisan Discharge Petition to Force a Vote to Protect Dreamers

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) signed a bipartisan discharge petition to force a long-overdue vote on the House Floor to protect America’s Dreamers.

“Thanks to a cruel act by Donald Trump and inaction by this Republican Congress, Dreamers have been living under a cloud of fear and uncertainty,” said Rep. Pascrell.  “I ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

This week's feature will focus on TAPinto Paterson's franchisee, Steve Lenox. Find out how the current owner of a public affairs firm went from a former State Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg to a proud TAPinto franchisee for New Jersey's third largest city.


Q. When did you join

I joined in September, ...

Passaic County CASA Recognizes Volunteer Child Advocates at Annual Event

May 11, 2018

WAYNE, NJ- More than 50 staff members, volunteers, and board members from Passaic County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) celebrated the impact of CASA volunteers at the organization's Volunteer Appreciation Brunch on April 28, 2018, at Laurelwood Arboretum in Wayne. This annual event recognizes Passaic County CASA volunteer advocates and the difference they make in the lives of ...

PayPal CEO says Rutgers grads need to "Help Repair the World"

May 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Dan Schulman, president and CEO of PayPal, called on the Class of 2018 to take a stand for social justice as they graduate during a time of unprecedented technological and social change.

He talked about the decision at PayPal to rescind plans to build a global operations center in North Carolina following legislation many considered discriminatory against the ...

Murphy Signs Legislation Championed by Paterson Senator Nellie Pou to Give DREAMers In-state Financial Aid

NEWARK, NJ - Legislation co-sponsored by Paterson's Senator Nellie Pou (D-35) allowing students to apply for state financial aid assistance, joining nine other states nationally to make both tuition and financial aid available to DREAMers, was signed into law on Wednesday by Governor Phil Murphy.

The DREAM Act was a bill created by Congress to allow undocumented immigrants ...

Brownie Troop Donates Cookies to Paterson Military Food Pantry. Joint Effort by Great Falls Rotary and Passaic County Board of Realtors Continues to Thrive

May 19, 2018

Today was such a momentous day in the life of a Rotarian/Realtor and the perfect example of community service and partnerships.

Roger Fields, a fellow realtor and current President of the VFW post in Butler and his wife Joan, when approached by Brownie Troop 96521 Butler-Bloomingdale Service Unit regarding the donation of Girl Scouts cookies immediately provided them with my contact ...