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The month of February was short due to our winter break, snow days, and delayed openings. However, in addition to working on third marking period assignment and projects, we managed to add a trip to Boonton Bowling Lanes and a celebration of Valentine's Day with Candy Grams to our February schedule. The month ended with a National Honor Society induction ceremony for three of our outstanding junior students. 

This school year our National Honor Society members will be running a food drive in March, a Blackout Day to save energy on Earth Day in April, and a school beautification project during the spring.

On February 26th students interested in our After School Boot Camp program enjoyed a free trial session. If we have sufficient student interest, this program will run from 2:30 to 5:00 once a week for eight weeks on Thursdays starting March 26th and ending May 28th. This Boot Camp program will include warm up activities, plyometric/strength/agility exercises, and a cool down. Healthy refreshments and nutritional guidelines will be provided. The cost for the program will be $250.00. Students will need to be picked up by their parent/guardian. 


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing began this month. Some of our students will be returning to their home districts for this assessment. Some districts are sending staff to our high school to conduct the testing at Sage Day Boonton. There are also some parents who have decided to opt out of the testing this year, and those students will be attending a regular school day at Sage Day Boonton rather than participate in the testing. Testing dates differ from district to district which will make March a challenging month for teachers and students alike; however, we will be flexible and resourceful in order to  maintain our commitment to high academic standards and continuity of instruction for all of our students.


*March 26- After School Boot Camp begins

*March 2-27 - PARCC testing as per home district schedule

*March 2-27  - NHS Food Drive



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On March 6th, our Advisory Groups yet again engaged in various activities; this time, centered around the science-fiction adventure film, The Hunger Games. The advisory groups from each grade level participated and competed in an array of challenges to see which grade would be crowned the victors. 


On March 10th, our 9th grade students traveled to our Sage Day Mahwah campus for their annual 8th/9th grade Articulation Day.  The students engaged in a variety of social/physical/art-related activities, which included ice-breaker/team-building activities, along with some sports/music/art options. This has been a really nice tradition for the past few years and all students are treated to a pizza lunch before our students return back to Rochelle Park. 


On March 19th, twenty-five of our students and six of our staff members took the bus into NYC to attend the off-Broadway show, The Little Prince. This is a touching new stage adaptation of the enchanting French fable.  


Mrs. Janet Bertelli, our Clinical Director and Dr. David Strauss, staff clinician, hosted a support group for adoptive parents on the evening of March 19th. 


On March 20th, school was closed for students, as Sage Day hosted a conference that was held at the Parsippany Hilton. 


Sage Day at Rochelle Park will be hosting Spirit Week from March 23rd - March 27th. This is a week-long event where students have the opportunity to dress up in fun ways - to be unique, silly and creative. Students get together to show off their school spirit and support. The week wraps up with a student vs. staff basketball game on Friday.  So, get ready for:


Monday - Pajama Day

Tuesday - Sportswear Day

Wednesday - "Merica" - wear Red, White & Blue

Thursday - Hat Day

Friday - School Spirit Day - wear your track shirts, SDF shirts and any other school clothing. 

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam is set to be administered to students in grades 9-11 this month. 


mahwah campus


All our math classes celebrated Pi day on Friday, March 13th. The students talked about the history and fun facts about  the endless number Pi  3.1415...which happens to be the beginning of an endless number.  This year is even more special because it represents the date the students made personal pudding pies and played activities involving circles, shuffle boards, rubber band boards, and a magnet game invented by an 8th grade student.


Spirit week was the week of March 16th-19th. The schedule was: 

Monday - Crazy hair, crazy hat and crazy sock day

Tuesday - Super hero day

Wednesday - Music/art day

Thursday - PJ day

Friday - School was closed for staff professional day


The highlight of spirit week was the Arts Festival and Tricky Tray on Wednesday evening, March 18th. Students showed us their talent and artwork.


Also, anyone can now stay abreast of events at Sage Day Lower & Middle School by continually checking the recently-created student-run blog: