ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Six Aldene School students showcased their individual talents at last night's Board of Education meeting.
The students were chosen based on their performances in Aldene's Talent Show, which took place in the beginning of February.

Among the acts was a comedy routine courtesy of third-grader, Cooper Crawford. Everyone in attendance laughed when Crawford quipped: “One day Mrs. Foy yelled at me for something I didn't do - my homework.”

The other acts included: an Irish dance performed by Jaquline Kosakowski, a song and dance routine performed by Isabella Grossmueler, a flute solo performed by Natalia Osuna-Dworzynska, a vocal solo performed by Jacob Piatkowski and a dance and light show performed by Connor Gaffney.

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“We had such a phenomenal talent show this year, I firmly believe that it's one of the best talent shows that I think we've ever had, ” Linda Green, music teacher and talent show coordinator, said.

In other business, Superintendent Pedro Garrido announced that he has received a few opt-out requests surrounding the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing which will take place in the elementary schools from March 2-13, in the middle school from March 9-27, and in the high school from March 17-19.

“The state of New Jersey does not recognize the opting-out of PARCC,” Garrido said.

Written notice cannot excuse a student from taking the assessment. A student can only be excused if he or she refuses the test, which causes the student to be considered “disruptive,” according to the language from the testing manual, even if the decision is based on parent wishes, warned Garrido.

“If we do not meet a 95% participation rating for the assessment, the district will lose state aide. We depend on approximately $10 million in state aide,” Garrido said.

The PARCC results do not count for three years. Which means the results will not affect things like students being moved to a Gifted and Talented program or teacher evaluations Garrido said.

Garrido also mentioned that the two things that make the PARCC test different are that it will be taken on computers and, it will be aligned with Common Core standards.

“These are the highest standards we have ever had before,” Garrido said.

More information on PARCC testing is available on the Roselle Park School District website by clicking here.  

Alyssa Davis is reporting this story as part of the journalism program at Kean University.