WAYNE, NJ – At the last Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Wayne schools, Dr. Mark Toback called the two principals of Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley High Schools to the front of the Town Council Chambers for a special recognition.

“I’d like to introduce Mr.Kenneth Palczewski, the Principal of Wayne Valley High School, and Mr. Michael Rewick, Principal of Wayne Hills High School,” said Toback from the podium. “I’m very happy to present them with two plaques this evening.”

"In November, Newsweek announced its ranking of the top 5,000 STEM High Schools in the United States for 2019," Toback began. "They honored excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Wayne Hills was named number 1,771 and Wayne Valley was named number 1,951 with nearly 27,000 high schools operating across the United States, both Wayne high schools are among the top 7% nationally. So, that’s really something to be proud of."

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"Achieving this recognition is really a coordinated effort to advanced STEM learning in Wayne at all grade levels," continued Toback. "New science labs at the high schools, new curricula, new course offerings and educational materials, new technology and general attitude toward advancing general STEM education are all factors in these awards."

"Ultimately, the primary factor is the excellence teaching that takes place every day," said Toback. ":So, we are proud of our staff and our students for this significant accomplishment. Congratulations."

Toback, handed each of the principals the plaque honoring their achievement as they received a well-deserved round of applause.