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Midland Park Jr. & Sr. HS PTA Newsletter

November 2017


Letter from the President

Dear Parents, 

I hope the first 2 months of school have gone smoothly for everyone! The PTA has been very busy. We already welcomed the 7th graders with a bagel breakfast, held our annual mum sale, organized Career Day, and hosted the teacher bagel breakfast.  

A big thanks to all of you who have joined the PTA this year! If you haven't had a chance to join yet, it's not too late - you can find the membership form on the MPHS website. Please keep in mind that your child cannot be considered for a PTA scholarship their senior year if you have not been a PTA member each year that they've been in school.

One important change:  We will no longer be publishing a paper directory, so please be sure to fill out the directory Google form, even if you were already listed in the directory. The link to access the form is also on the school website. 

Our next meeting is Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the HS Media Center. Mr. Capuano will be there to discuss what is new in the schools and to answer any questions you might have. Please try to attend!

Thank you!
Laurie Kamp


PTA Reminders by Text


Instructions on how to join "Remind"  

Join “Remind” to receive important reminders of PTA meetings and events:

Go to text messages on your phone.  

Enter this number: 81010

Text this message: @mphspt

Box Tops for PTA

Save your box tops and help earn money for the PTA. The BOX TOPS, bring the box tops to the main office/PTA mailbox or 69 Evergreen St.

The PTA received $160 for our Oct submission!  Also, a reminder not to submit expired box tops.  Just keep clipping!

If you have any questions please contact Julianne at calderone69@aol.com.  Thanks!

Midland Park Career Day


Midland Park High School held its annual Career Day on Monday, October 9th.  Students started their day visiting different careers in a job fair format.  Speakers included Social Workers, Real Estate Agents, Stylist, Teacher of the Blind, Information/Communications Technology and Financial Analysts as well as local Police, Fire and Ambulance members.  Students gained insights on educational backgrounds and the details of their daily jobs.


IBM presenters, Shirley Held and Cindy Loo talked about their super computer, Watson, that originally helped put the first men on the moon.  They described how Watson was capable of winning Jeopardy as well as reading and watching the Harry Potter books and movies while comparing and contrasting the differences between them.  Lisa Raffaelli, a graphic designer in the Hotel Industry, spoke to about designing brochures, invitations and creating web pages with the importance of capturing the feel of all the different resorts.


Paul Josephsen and Carey Dunst from Adslot spoke about the digital advertising industry and how their generation is who the major brands are looking to reach and hope to hire someday due to their technology and social media skills.  Roman Gackowski spoke about his TV production company and the many parts involved in creating TV advertisements and documentaries.


Lt. Joe Torrillo, shared his experience working for the NYFD.  Joe went to college for structural engineering but then decided to take the NYC fire exam with a few friends.  He was the only one that passed, worked downtown and quickly rose though the ranks becoming a Lieutenant.  After severing his thumb during a rescue he was put on desk duty and fire safety training.  He approached Mayor Rudy Guiliani about creating a Fire Safety Learning Center which the Mayor funded with $3M.  He poured three years of his heart and soul into the Learning Center to help students learn how to protect themselves from fire.  Fisher-Price toys created one of their Rescue Heroes figures, “Billy Blaze”, after him to-be-launched 9/11/2001 at the Fire Safety Learning Center Joe created.  Joe was traveling from his home in Brooklyn on 9/11 and saw the first plane hit the twin towers.  He rushed to his old firehouse and grabbed an off duty fireman’s gear and ran to help rescue people from the towers. Joe was caught in the collapse of the first building and rushed to a rescue boat on the Hudson.  Debris from the second building collapse hit the boat and Joe rolled off his stretcher into the engine room.  Upon being discovered he was brought over to Jersey City Trauma Unit.  No one knew his true identity or whereabouts since he was wearing another man’s fire gear.  After enduring numerous surgeries and 200+ doctor’s visits, Joe traveled our fifty states to raise the American Flag in  honor of the tenth Anniversary of 9/11.  He is currently serving as an expert witness for the 9/11 terrorists trials in Guantanamo Bay.

Joe spoke to the students about perseverance, being a leader and not a follower and to follow your passions in life- a message given by all the presenters.




The mission of the Midland Park Public Education Foundation(MPPEF) is to enhance and support new curriculum initiatives and enrichment opportunities within Midland Park’s public school system through teacher grants, district-wide grants and scholarships. The MPPEF would like to, once again, thank the community for their support of our 4th Annual 5K run, Walk and Kids Fun Run that was held on September 16, 2017. Fundraising events, such as the 5K, enable us to continue to support our mission. Please join our next event:  Revenge of the Nerds: Seaside Soiree on April 14, 2018 at Macaluso’s in Hawthorne. Tickets go on sale December 1st! As in the past, this event is sure to sell out, so get your tickets early!


2017-2018 Board of Trustees: Diane Allen, Delmarie Alvarez, Jackie Bolten, Sarah Buttino, April Catuogno, Joan Doumas, Bridget Galella, Jane Gerald, Lisa Graham, Chrisana Grande, Suzanne Mayer, Dina Murray, Deb Oliveri, Erin Ortandl, Emily Parker, Eileen Russell, Shannon Shortway, Barbara Tarleton, Carrie Thompson, Grace Torry, Anna Vlacancich, Nicky Warner.

Remember to check out the Midland Park School District website (Organizations, MPHS PTA, Boosters, PAP, MPPEF, High School News) for all your up-to-date information.  Here you will find daily bulletins, information from guidance, athletics, school closings, parent organizations, forms and much, much more.  Please add it to your favorites:  www.mpsnj.org.

If you received this email in error, or prefer that a different email address be used or no longer wish to receive this newsletter, please contact me at mavannelli@aol.com



Marianne Vannelli

Corresponding Secretary, MP Jr./Sr. HS PTA 

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