• August 2019

    Dear Bogota Bucs Students and Families: 

    Welcome back!! I am so excited to start my second year as principal of Bogota Junior Senior High School. 
    I feel honored and humbled to be part of the Bogota family and look forward to continuing to move our district in the right direction. I would also like to extend a special thank you to our superintendent,
    Mr. Damian Kennedy.  It is under your guidance that we have been able to continue to move forward in such a positive manner.  

    Looking Back

    This year we finished our parking lot!  This project took a lot of time and team effort from both the school and the town and we would like to thank all involved for their commitment to this process.  Our school (and our parking lot) is better for it! 

    Also exciting is Bogota’s commitment to constant contact and teamwork with our parents and students.
    We now regularly use our district Twitter @BogotaPublic to showcase not only the big events but the day to day activities that happen in our school.    Please follow us for all of the most updated academic and sports related information. Additionally, we updated our camera system and once again, added even more chrome book carts. We hope to reach our goal of one to one in the next few years! 

    Our student athletes continue to make us proud.  We were league and sectional champions in multiple sports, had 19 wins in basketball and made it to the second round in the Jamboree (first time since 2000-2001 season), and our girls’ volleyball team took home the title of NJIC Patriot Division and NJSIAA Group 1 State Champs!  Cross Country (boys and girls) secured the title of NJIC Patriot Division Champs and our soccer program continued to see improvements. We also partnered up with Ridgefield Park for the first year in order to continue to improve our wrestling team. Also always making us proud, our twirlers and our band received a large number of awards and are recognized as one of the most decorated teams in New Jersey.   

    Additionally, our students participated in DECA for the second year in a row and took their business skills all the way to Atlantic City. We also started the Dance Club which performs at pep rallies and the Garden Club.  The Garden Club has taken off to a quick start thanks to Ms. Amanna. You can view the gardens on the right side of the school. This will provide an area for students to relax, read, have an outdoor class, etc. More details to follow.    

    One of my proudest accomplishments to date is the introduction of our wellness/mental health clinic.  We as a school understand that mental health is important at every stage of life and must be built into our everyday in order for our students and our staff to be successful.  Through our new clinic we offer individual emotional, psychological, and social well-being as well as group work.

    Finally, we held our first Honor Roll Breakfast.   Our honor students were treated to a breakfast that included actual breakfast!  Music was provided, the gym was decorated, and our students and parents were welcome.  A very special thank you to all those who donated and ran the food stations. I look forward to future breakfasts. 

    Moving Forward Into Our Future

    For our 19-20 school year, the Bucs will be welcoming new staff members, including a new Biology teacher, History teacher, Spanish teacher, Media Specialist, and several new aides.   We also say goodbye to
    Mr. Poletto as he goes back to his roots teaching Spanish in the elementary schools where his career started in Bogota.  

    We will also be welcoming a new Vice Principal in the upcoming weeks.  Mr. Buesser has returned to his home district as an administrator of a middle school.  We wish him well. He will be missed!

    In an effort to continually improve safety, we will also be adding more cameras, have put in new lock down buttons, and will welcome our first Special Law Enforcement Officer – Class III.  We also expanded our safety team and updated all manuals.  

    We also plan to revamp our entire academic probation.  A committee met all of last year to talk about the current benefits and drawbacks currently in place.  With the new guidelines, students who attend in order to participate in extra-curricular activities will be held more accountable.  Academic probation will also work closely with the student and the teacher (of the failing grades) to ensure the correct work is being done.  

    I am very proud of our school and I am looking forward to working closely with the Parents Teachers Organization (PTO), the community, students, teachers, staff and all clubs and organizations that have been so supportive and helpful in the past. I know that the school does not work without a strong family and community presence and I am thankful every day for the support. We plan to continue to raise the bar through improved instruction, student leadership, and increased expectations for both ourselves, our staff, and our students.  

    Have a wonderful summer.  Stay healthy and safe. We look forward to another successful year.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Kelly Foley DeCongelio

    Principal


    IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

    SEVENTH GRADE AND NEW STUDENT/TRANSFER ORIENTATION:

    Every effort is made to ease the transition from sixth to seventh grade.  We will have an orientation program on Wednesday, August 28 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., in the auditorium at which time students will meet and speak to administration and other staff, receive their schedules, tour the school building and have an opportunity to ask questions, express concerns and practice using their locks and lockers.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • The first day of school will be Wednesday, September 4.  All students should report to their Period 1 class promptly at 8:10 am this day.  As a reminder, any student who arrives to a classroom after 8:15 am is considered late (regardless of whether or not they were in the building already).    
    • Back-to-School Night is on September 26 – 6:30 p.m.
    • As you are aware, there is a uniform dress code.  We are counting on your cooperation in this endeavor.  Information related to the authorized uniform provider is available on our website.
    • All returning students are asked to bring their padlocks with them (previously issued), to secure their assigned lockers.  Replacement locks will cost $6.00 new and $3.00 used. All new students will be given padlocks free of charge.
    • Each student will also be given a student handbook (planner) early in the school year.  It contains important information about the school.

    DISCIPLINE:

    Our Discipline Policy has been written to ensure that parents and students are aware of the consequences for unacceptable behavior in school.  It provides for parent participation in the discipline process. Repeated acts of defiance will be dealt with according to district policy.  

    There will be extended homerooms early in the school year so teachers may review school rules, some of which will be:  academic eligibility for participation in extra-curricular and athletic activities, substance abuse, smoking, attendance, cutting, fighting, locker use and responsibility, leaving school grounds, harassment and bullying.  Students will be asked to share written materials with you.

    Students may not wear or carry hats or use electronic equipment and cell phones during the school day without permission.  Such items are to be secured in lockers or book bags.

    SCHOOL UNIFORM:

    • All students must follow and comply with the Uniform Dress Code.
    • It is the parent or guardian’s responsibility to ensure that the student is wearing the official school uniform.  All Students must enter the building wearing their uniform.   Only vendor issued shirts and proper pants are acceptable.  If a student is not in uniform, a parent/guardian may be called to bring proper uniform or student may be asked to stay in the office for the remainder of the day.
    • Shoes: Only sneakers, dress shoes and sandals with straps in front & back are permitted.
    • During Physical Education class, white or school tee-shirts, shorts and sneakers are required.  Students are only allowed to wear the Gym Uniform during Physical Ed. classes. Reminder: Students should lock their items in a locker during their PE class using their own lock.  Locks should be removed at the end of the PE class.  

    STUDENT RECOGNITION:

    Throughout the year we are proud to recognize students’ academic excellence and creative and athletic achievements.  This is accomplished during awards programs, announcements and postings. We are very proud of the hard work and diligence of Bogota’s students. Please make every effort to attend our Roll of Honor celebrations, as they are important events

    PARTICIPATION IN CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

    In accordance with district policy, any students wishing to participate in a school organization, club or school sponsored athletic team, must attend an orientation meeting along with their parent/guardian to review accountability standards pertaining to alcohol and drug use, behaviors and academic requirements.   This meeting is conducted by a school administrator and is offered several times a year. No student will be allowed to participate in activities until this obligation is complete.  

    ACTIVITY ORIENTATION: 

    The scheduled meeting will be sent out via Real Time Announcement. 

    STUDENT SCHEDULE:

    Student schedules may be accessed online (student and parent portal).   

    ENCLOSURES: 

    • Going Green Letter 
    • Free and Reduced Lunch Application* (From the Board of Education)
    • PTO letter and forms
    • Naviance Registration Code (9-12 Grades Only)
    • Senior Lunch Permission Form (12th Grade Only)
    • 11th & 12th Gr. Transcript/Records Release Statement 
    • Welcome Letter (7th Grade Only)
    • Class Dues Letter