August 1, 2018
Dear Bogota Bucs Students and Families:
Happy summer and welcome back!! I am excited to start the new year as principal of your school. I feel honored and humbled to be part of the Bogota community and look forward to all of the things we will accomplish together.
We are proud to announce that last year Bogota Jr./Sr. High School was once again ranked the 68th best high school in New Jersey by US News Best High Schools and received national recognition as a silver medal school! A big thank you to our staff, our parents, and our students for making Bogota proud!! And a special thank you to our new superintendent, Mr. Damian Kennedy. It is under your guidance that we continue to move forward in such a positive direction. You will be missed in the high school but myself and the staff know the district is in great hands.
This year we successfully transferred over to RealTime. Through this application, students and parents can see up to the minute grades, report cards, discipline, and more allowing us a school to communicate effectively with students and parents. Thank you for making this a smooth transition. As a district, we are moving toward a paperless, greener environment. Please make sure you log onto our parent portal and update your email address. Going forward we will be sending home less paper mail and more emails. We have also officially launched our first YouTube channel and a new Videography class. You can visit us for the latest happenings in and around our school by tuning into our very own channel, Bucs Nation. Additionally, we updated our camera system, launched a new Bogota App for the phone, and added even more chrome book carts. Also exciting is Bogota’s commitment to constant contact and teamwork with our parents and students. In order to further this communication, we revamped our entire web site to make it more user- friendly and started a new twitter account @bogotajrsrhs. Please follow us for all of the most updated academic and sports related information as well as pictures depicting events happening during our school day.
Over the past school year, we continued to make improvements to our facilities. We are happy to showcase our newly renovated gym, an updated wrestling room, and most recently, a newly renovated weight room thanks to a generous donation made by Mr. Michael Lukacs (Class of ’91). We also updated our band room, finished our outdoor area in the back of the school, completed the renovation to our biology rooms, and put in a new sound system in our auditorium.
Our student athletes continue to make us proud. We were league and sectional champions in multiple sports, had over 20 wins in basketball, and had an athlete of the week in the Bergen Record. We are also proud to announce that once again our twirlers and our multiple bands received a large number of awards and are recognized as one of the most decorated teams in New Jersey. Our students participated in the newly formed DECA team as well as the newly added and popular tech club. Students were given the chance to work in the school and gain hands on experience in the tech world. A special thank you to Mohammad Saleh for running such a great program!
We honored our local veterans at our Veterans Day Assembly and hosted our Second Annual Hall of Fame Dinner where we honored 22 new inductees. This was an extremely well received positive night that reminded us what it means to “bleed purple.” We hope the next time you are in our school you will take a minute to visit our new Hall of Fame showcase highlighting many of our former athletes.
Most importantly, and in order to equip our students to be college and career ready, we will again be offering new courses as we continue to increase our electives offerings. These classes will utilize technology including IPads, laptops, increased smart boards and smart panels, additional access points and chrome books.
Moving Forward into Our Future
As you may have also noticed, we are also in the middle of a huge renovation to our front parking lot. This project has taken 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 are parking lot) will be better for it!
For our 18-19 school year, the Bucs will be welcoming new staff members, including a new Physical Science teacher, Physical Education teacher, English teacher and several new aides.
Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new Vice Principal, Mr. Michael Buesser. He comes to us from Kinnelon High School and I believe he will be an excellent addition to our team.
I am very proud of our school and I am looking forward to working closely with the PTO parents and the community, students, teachers and staff and all of the 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 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.
As always, in this packet you will find many important papers. Please take the time to read them and fill out the ones needing to be returned.
Have a wonderful summer. Stay healthy and safe. We look forward to another successful year.
Kelly Foley DeCongelio