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NORTH PLAINFIELD HIGH SCHOOL 

 

THE WOODSMAN 



2015-2016 

 

41

st

 Edition 

 

Proud Schools for a Proud Community 

 

 

North Plainfield High School 

34 Wilson Avenue 

North Plainfield, New Jersey 07060 

www.nplainfield.org

 

 

 

Accredited by 

Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and 

New Jersey State Department of Education 

 

 

This book is the property of: 



 

 

 

 

Name _______________________________ 

 

 

 

 

Grade __________ Homeroom __________ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Counselor ___________________________ 

 

If found, please return to:   

         

Central Office 

North Plainfield High School 

34 Wilson Avenue 

North Plainfield, NJ 07060 

or call 

(908) 769-6000 

 


 

 



NORTH PLAINFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION 

 

33 Mountain Avenue 



North Plainfield, New Jersey 07060 

(908) 769-6050 

www.nplainfield.org

 

 



Board of Education Members  

 

President - Linda L. Bond-Nelson 



Vice President - David W. Branan  

Bianka Butler 

Sandra Dodd 

John Fellin 

Thomas Kaspar 

Kathleen Mullen 

 

 

Central Administration 



 

Dr. James McLaughlin, Superintendent 

 

769-6060, ext.6104 



Ms. Michelle Vella, Assistant Superintendent 

769-6059, ext.6106 

Donald Sternberg, Business Administrator   

769-6050, ext.6105 

 

 

 



North Plainfield School District Mission Statement 

 

The North Plainfield School District is committed to developing and maintaining a world class 



learning environment by providing a relevant, integrated, and progressive curriculum that will 

foster continued intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth in all students in order to 

prepare them to succeed in our dynamic, diverse, and technological society while also 

developing in them an appreciation for the humanistic and aesthetic aspects of life. 

 

North Plainfield High School recognizes the diversity within our learning community and 



respects the individuality of each student.  We are committed to providing 21

st

 century 



technology, fostering intellectual development, establishing self-esteem and encouraging 

personal responsibility.  We realize the need for all students to become independent, lifelong 

learners prepared to successfully meet the demands of a changing world. 

 




Belief Statements of North Plainfield High School 

1.  Education is the shared responsibility of the school, student, family, community and government. 

2.  Shared values and common goals shape and enhance the culture of our school community. 

3.  Interaction with individuals of diverse backgrounds teaches tolerance and appreciation of others. 

4.  Learning how to learn provides the necessary framework for personal and professional success. 

5.  Education as a top priority ensures student success. 

6.  Everyone possesses inherent self-worth. 

7.  Everyone is entitled to a safe and supportive learning environment. 

8.  Everyone deserves a comprehensive and rigorous education. 

9.  We recognize that forward thinking requires the motivation of risk taking and accept error as an 

integral and vital part of the learning process. 

10.  Everyone has the opportunity for growth through a wide variety of activities that complement and 

extend the curriculum. 

11.  We value and celebrate diversity, which contributes to an environment of mutual respect. 

12.  Everyone plays an important role in developing a compassionate and inquisitive school 

environment. 

13.  We understand the importance of academic and personal integrity. 

14.  Participation through volunteerism and service helps to create a better community. 

15.  Instilling a sense of civic responsibility lends itself to a more cohesive community. 

 

North Plainfield High School Philosophy 

The educators and support staff of North Plainfield High School are committed to providing every 

student with the environment, resources, and technology necessary to gain the knowledge and to develop 

the skills needed to meet the intellectual, cultural, and physical challenges of a lifetime of learning. 

 

We recognize that in today’s society schools share with parents the obligation of providing the best 



education for all children. We, therefore, accept the responsibility of organizing an educational program 

that builds a strong foundation of essential skills, encourages concept development, nurtures critical 

thinking, inspires creativity, and fosters an understanding of emerging technology. At the same time, this 

program recognizes the individual differences and capabilities of our students. 



 

History of North Plainfield High School 

Around the turn of the century, many people in North Plainfield and Plainfield favored the merger of the 

two communities. This annexation-consolidation idea closely paralleled the United States-Canada 

theories of the time. With North Plainfield just north of the brook, it soon became popular to refer to 

North Plainfield as “Little Canada.” Thus, the name Canucks appeared and was later adopted by the high 

school. The athletic field was originally named Canuck Field but was renamed in 1963 to the Howard P. 

Krausche Field in honor of the NPHS teacher, coach, and athletic director. 

 

North Plainfield High School, as part of Somerset School, was founded in 1896. Its first graduating class 



consisted of three students. The present middle school building was erected in 1924 on Greenbrook Road 

on the old Wilson estate “Tunlaw,” and in 1926, an addition was built. In 1954, a new building – first 

called the annex – was erected, and, in 1960, the main section of the building was constructed facing 

Wilson Avenue. The high school gym was added in 1989, and a successful 2000 building referendum 

provided more classrooms and improvements. The building currently houses middle school and high 

school pupils. The graduating Class of 2015 has approximately 260 students. 



 

 


Table of Contents 

Academics 

 

Academic Honesty ………………………………………………….. 



10 

 

Academic Dishonesty ………………………………………………. 



10 

Class Rank……………………………………….………………….. 

10 

Examinations 



 

Examination Exemption Policy………………………………. 

11 

 

Examination Make-up Policies………………………………. 



11 

Grading System……………………………………….……………… 

11 

Grade Levels and Credits ………………………….…………………  



11 

Graduation Requirements…………………………………………….  

12 

Homework Policy……………………………………………………. 



13 

Home Instruction …………………………….……………………… 

13 

Honor Roll…………………………………………………………… 



13 

Incomplete as a Quarter Grade………………………………………. 

13 

Intervention and Referral Services Committee ……………………… 



13 

N.C.A.A. Academic Requirements ………………………………….. 

14 

Progress Reports……………………………………………………… 



14 

Report Cards…………………………………………………………. 

14 

Scholarships………………………………………………………….. 



15 

Student Records……………………………………………………… 

15 

Administration Contact Numbers …………………………………………… 



  8 

Affirmative Action  

Affirmative Action Policy ……………………………………………. 

15 


Complaint Procedure………………………………………………….. 

16 


Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying ……………………………….. 

16 


Rights of Married Students and Pregnant Students …………………. 

17 


Sexual Harassment …………………………………………………... 

17 


Attendance 

 

Attendance Policy …………………………………………………… 



17  

 

Absenteeism ………………………………………………………… 



18 

 

 



Field Trips…………………………………………………….  

18 


 

 

Family Trips ….……………………………………………… 



18 

Absenteeism and School Property …………………………………… 

18 

Academic Withdrawal ………………………………………………. 



19 

Academic Withdrawal Appeals …………………………………….. 

19 

Early Dismissal ……………………………………………………… 



20 

Make-up Work ……………………………………………………… 

20 

Return from Absences ………………………………………………. 



20 

 

Tardiness …………………………………………………………… 



21 

 

Truancy ……………………………………………………………… 



21 

Bell Schedule ………………………………………………………………. 

  9 

Board of Education ………………………………………………………… 



  2 

Calendar for the 2015 – 2016 School Year ………………………………… 

  7 

Code of Attire 



Code of Attire Policy……………………………………………….. 

21 


 

Alternate Class Attire ………………………………………………. 

22 


 

 



Physical Education Attire ………………………………….. 

22 


 

 

Excluded Articles of Clothing ……………………………………… 



22 

Disciplinary Issues  

 

Discipline Procedure and Actions …………………………………   



23 

 

 



Disciplinary Action Definitions ……………………………. 

23  


 

Code of Conduct ………………..………………………………….             24 

 

 

Issues Requiring Disciplinary Action ……………………………… 



24 

 

 



Academic Integrity … ……………………………………… 

24 


 

 

Cutting Class………………………………………………... 



25 

 

 



Cutting SIT ………………………………………………… 

25 


 

 

Cutting 15 Minute Lunch Detention………………………..  



25 

 

 



Firecrackers, Fireworks, and Incendiary Devices..…………  

25 


 

 

Inappropriate Behavior …………………………………….. 



26 

 

 



Insubordinate Behavior …………………………………….  

26 


 

 

Misuse of the Internet ……………………………………… 



26 

 

 



Snowballs …………………………………………………… 

26 


Substance Use ……………………………………………… 

27 


 

 

 



Tobacco Products …………………………………..  

27 


 

 

Telephone/Portable Electronic Communications Devices … 



27 

 

 



 

Remotely Activated Paging Devices ………………. 

27 

 

 



 

Restricted Use of Other Portable Communication Devices  27 

 

 

Vandalism …………………………………………………… 



28 

Weapons …………………………………………………….. 

28 

 

Automatic Suspensions …………………………………………….. 



29 

 

Electronic Communications 



 

Genesis ……………………………………………………………… 

29 

 

Staff Email ………………………………………………………….. 



30 

Staff Webpages……………………………………………………… 

30 

General School Information and Policies 



 

Acceptable Use Policy……………………………………………… 

30 

 

Corridor Passes……………………………………………………… 



31 

Daily Announcements ……………………………………………… 

31 

 

 



Field Trips …………………………………………………………… 

31 


Identification Cards…………………………………………………... 

31 


 

Library/Media Services……………………………………………… 

32 

 

Locker Policy………………………………………………………… 



32 

 

Lost and Found………………………………………………………. 



33 

 

Lunch Procedures…………………………………………………….. 



33 

 

Parking……………………………………………………………….. 



33 

 

Physical Education and Health……………………………………….. 



33 

 

 



Gym Lockers ………………………………………………… 

33 


 

 

Medical Excuse ……………………………………………… 



33 

 

Pledge of Allegiance ………………………………………………… 



34 

Pupil Fines …………………………………………………………… 

34 

Safety Regulations 



 

 

Bicycles, Skates, Rollerblades, and Skateboards…………… 



34 

 

 



Fire Drills and Evacuation Procedures ……………………… 

34 


 

 

Inclement Weather ………………………………………….. 



34 

 

School Grounds/Surrounding Areas………………………………… 



34 

General School Information and Policies continued... 

School Resource Office……………………………………………… 

35 


 

Study Hall Guidelines ……………………………………………….. 

35 

Telephone Use………………………………………………………... 



35 

Visitors and Volunteers………………………………………………. 

35 

Working Papers ………………………………………………………. 



35 

Health & Medical Services  

School Nurses ………………………………………………………… 

36 


 

 

Health Office Policies ……………………………………….. 



36 

 

Elevator/Chair Lift …………………………………………………... 



36 

 

Emergency Cards ……………………………………………………. 



36 

 

Immunizations ……………………………………………………….. 



37 

 

Scoliosis Screening …………………………………………………... 



37 

 

Student Assistance Coordinator ……………………………………… 



37 

History; Belief Statements; Philosophy, North Plainfield High School……….         3 

Publicized Materials 

 

Policy on Publicized Materials……………………………………….. 



38 

 

Bulletin Boards ………………………………………………………. 



38 

 

Outside Sign ………………………………………………………….. 



38 

School Activities 

 

Student Activity Eligibility Policy …………………………………… 



39 

Clubs and Organizations …………………………………………….. 

39 

 

Athletics 



 

 

Academic Eligibility Requirements ………………………….. 



40 

 

 



Age Eligibility ……………………………………………….. 

40 


 

 

 



Athletic Equipment Accountability ………………………….. 

40 


 

 

Attendance Eligibility ………………………………………… 



41 

 

 



Physical Exam Requirement ………………………………… 

41 


 

 

Requirements for Letters ……………………………………... 



41 

 

 



Sportsmanship ………………………………………………… 

41 


 

School Counseling Office  

 

School Counseling Services …………………………………………... 



42 

 

Alternative Educational Programs ……………………………………. 



42 

 

Change of Address ……………………………………………………. 



43 

 

Job Placement ………………………………………………………… 



43 

 

Summer School ………………………………………………………… 



43 

 

Withdrawal from School ………………………………………………. 



43 

Selection of Courses …………………………………………………………… 

44 

 

Senior Option ………………………………………………………….. 



44 

Schedule Requirements ……………………………………………….. 

44 

Schedule Changes …………………………………………………….. 



44 

 




NORTH PLAINFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOL 

 

Calendar for the 2015-2016 School Year 



 

Holidays, Religious Observances, and In-Service Days 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

 



In the event of an emergency or inclement weather and there is a need to 

“make-up” additional school days, scheduled days off will become days of 

attendance in the following order: February 16, April 10,9,8,7,6, 2015. 

 

 

Please note: The last four (4) days of school are tentatively scheduled to be four(4) hour 

sessions in grades K-12.   

 

 

 

 

 

September 3, 8 

September 4, 7 

September 9 

September 14 

 

September 23 



November 3 

November 5, 6 

November 25 

November 26, 27 

December 23 

December 24-31 

January 1 

January 18 

February 12 

February 15 

March 25 

March 28-31 

May 30 

June 23 


June 24 

In –Service – Open for Staff Only 

Labor Day Holiday 

Schools Open 

Rosh Hashana 

Yom Kippur 

In-Service – Open for Staff Only 

NJEA Convention 

4-Hour Session 

Thanksgiving Recess 

4-Hour Session 

Winter Recess 

Winter Recess 

Martin Luther King’s Birthday 

In-Service – Open for Staff Only 

Presidents’ Day 

Good Friday 

Spring Recess 

Memorial Day 

Graduation/Last Day for Students (Tentative) 

Last Day for Staff (Tentative) 




NORTH PLAINFIELD HIGH SCHOOL 

(908) 769-6000 

 

 

 

Interpreters available at (Intérprete estar disponible) 769-6000, ext. 3115 



Administration 

Dr. Jerard W. Stephenson    Principal 

Deyci Rodriguez            Assistant Principal 

John Tarnofsky              Assistant Principal 

  

Directors 

Jane Delaney                 Director of Pupil Services 

Karl Gordon                  Director of Athletics 

Maggie Dock                 Director of School Counseling Services  

Milton Mathis                Director of Operations 

Phyllis Prestamo            Director of Human Resources 



 

Supervisors 

Maria Araneo                  Special Education 

Dr. Hope Blecher            Language Arts,  

Karl Gordon                    Health and Physical Education 

Patricia Marseglia           Mathematics 

Tom Mazur                     Fine, Practical, and Performing Arts  

Diana Sefchik                 Basic Skills, Bilingual/ESL, and  

                                        World Languages 

Jamil Maroun                  Science, Social Studies, and Library 

                                        Media 

Michele Armento           Testing and Data Analysis 

Darrell Taylor                 Manager of Technology Systems and 

                                        Computer Administrative Services 

 

School Counseling 

Shane Repman               Grade 9 - 12 

Joelle Bruno                   Grade 9 - 12 

Nancy Reyes                  Grade 9 - 12 

TBD                               Grade 9 – 12 

Frank DaSilva                Student Assistance Counselor                               

Madeline Gill                 College/Career Counselor 

Melissa DeCos-Palma    Family Resource Coordinator  

Dana Smith                     District Counselor/Anti-bullying                      

                                        Specialist 

 

Student Liaison Coordinator 

Jacquelyn Fields               Student Liaison Coordinator                                              

 

Ext. 3103 



Ext. 3104 

Ext. 2186 

 

 

769-6090, Ext.2142 



Ext. 3101 

Ext. 3118 

769-6158 

Ext. 6111 

 

 

769-6090, Ext. 2103 



Ext. 3147    

Ext. 3101 

Ext. 3135 

Ext. 3102 

Ext. 3154 

 

Ext. 3109 



 

Ext. 3124 

Ext. 3283 

 

 



 

Ext. 3127 

Ext. 3116 

Ext. 3188 

Ext. 3153 

Ext. 3134 

Ext. 3114 

Ext. 6116 

Ext. 3191 

 

 



 

Ext. 3277  

 

 

To report an absence, call the Attendance Office 



(908) 769-6000, Ext. 3130 

 




NORTH PLAINFIELD HIGH SCHOOL 

 

Bell Schedules 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regular Bell  

Schedule 

 

Period 0       6:55 – 7:37  

 

HR               7:40 – 7:50  

 

Period 1      7:53 – 8:35  

 

Period 2      8:38 – 9:20  

 

Period 3      9:23 – 10:05  

 

Period 4     10:08 – 10:50  

 

Period 5     10:53 – 11:35 

 

Period 6     11:38 – 12:20  



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