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2018-2019 Registrations Are Now Open

Kindergarten: Starting March 1 you can call 973-321-2501 to make an appointment for kindergarten registration. Registrations are by appointment only and begin on March 26 and continue until June. Flyer with important details

Kindergarten CHOICE applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now being accepted.  Applications are due to Central Registration by March 20.  

Elementary School CHOICE applications are now available for the 2018-2019 academic school year.

Fine and Performing Arts @ School 24 CHOICE applications with (2) letters of recommendation are due to School 24 by March 29, 2018. Placement letters will be mailed by May 4, 2018.
Fine & Performing Arts Application: English    Spanish

2018-2019 In-District Preschool Registration

List of locations: English   Spanish    Arabic   Bengali

Gifted and Talented Academy Now Accepting Nominations

The Paterson Academy for the Gifted & Talented at School 28 is currently accepting nominations for September 2018.  Nominations should be submitted to guidance counselors at each school by Wednesday, February 14th.

Flu Prevention is the Best Medicine!

It’s Flu Season and we must all take precautions to prevent catching or spreading the flu. District staff and children are advised to take the following steps to help prevent the transmission of infections such as influenza:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve, not your hands;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Wash hands frequently, especially after coughing or sneezing;
  • Stay home if you are sick, keep your child at home if they are sick, especially with a fever.  

Return to school only when you or your child are fever-free, without the aid of any fever reducing medications.

If you have not received a flu shot it is not too late.  Flu shots are available at the Paterson Division of Health - 973-321-1277.

For additional information on the flu, you can visit this website from your New Jersey Department of Health.

Students at School 18 Celebrate Reading ‘Under the Stars’

The School 18 Literacy fair has become an annual event that is really something of a spectacular affair! In fact, volunteer judges and district administrators from Superintendent Shafer on down agree that the School 18 Literacy Fair should stand as a model for the rest of the district! Now in its 4th year, the Literacy Fair is getting bigger and better. Read all about the event in this article from TAPintoPaterson.

JFK Senior Honored by NJSIAA

Elibeth Ventura Elibeth Ventura

On Sunday February 4, 2018 The NJSIAA Held a National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Seton Hall University.  JFK senior Elibeth Ventura was the 2018 Honoree for her accomplishment in Bowling and softball.

Kennedy Senior Named Athlete of the Week

Jadon Watson, indoor track and field star at JFK, was named Northjersey.com's "Male Athlete of the Week." He recently cleared 6-8 in the high jump ranking him number 1 in the state and number 7 in the nation this year. Read more about Jadon here.

Jaylen Colon Reaches Basketball Milestone

Colon reaches 1000 points

JFK Knights senior Jaylen Colon racked up 24 points against Columbia thus putting him into the elite 1000 career points club! Jaylen was also chosen “Player of the Game” at the 70 to 60 Kennedy win.

2018-2019 Budget Process Message from Acting Superintendent Shafer

2018-2019 Budget Process Message from Acting Superintendent Shafer

Students Blossoming at School 24

The Fine and Performing Arts Program at School 24, started in 2015, has become quite successful. This story on NorthJersey.com highlights the achievements of various students in the program.

Superintendent to Meet with Parents

Acting Superintendent, Eileen Shafer has scheduled quarterly meetings with district parents. All are welcome to attend! These meetings will be held in the cafeteria at the district offices at 90 Delaware Avenue from 6:00 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. The dates are February 22, 2018; April 12, 2018; and June 7, 2018.

SEPAC Parental Advisory Council Launched

Parents of children with special needs enrolled in Paterson Public Schools are invited to participate in the newly established Paterson Special Education Parent Advisory Council (P-SEPAC). This group has been formed to enable parents of children with physical, emotional or behavioral challenges, along with students receiving special services under an IEP or 504 Plan, to have a voice in district policy and practice regarding their children. If you are the parent or guardian of a child facing such challenges, you are strongly encouraged to participate in the new P-SEPAC council. A schedule of meetings can be viewed here (English & Spanish), and you can view these public service announcement video messages from P-SEPAC leaders, available in both English and Spanish.

It’s a Fact -We Need YOU

As our effort to provide all families and stakeholders with timely, relevant and important news and communications grows, so does our social media presence. Get on board with the districts official Facebook, Twitter and mobile App today. Give us a like on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and download our app to be part of Paterson Public Schools social media circle. We have prepared a new flyer in both English and Spanish available here that you can download, print, and share with others. Spread the word!

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Paterson Public Schools Water Testing Results

Per a recent state law, all districts are required to test the water quality every six years. Paterson Public Schools has completed its annual district-wide water testing; and as noted in this report, most outlets tested at acceptable levels. The few water fixtures with a reading above the 15 ppb limit were taken “offline” until repairs were made and subsequent results indicate a “below the limit” reading. 

Although not required by law, Paterson will continue to test the water every year in order to ensure the highest quality water delivery possible in our schools and district offices.

Get Connected with Paterson Public Schools

App flyerBe sure to download the New and Improved Paterson Public Schools App to your phone or other smart device! This is the best way to stay in contact with your school or schools, as well as the district itself. Timely, important school and district information of every kind will be at your fingertips. Visit your provider’s app store today (Play Store for Android, iTunes or App Store for Apple devices) and search: “Paterson Public Schools.” It’s easy, quick and free! After you install the app, go to setup and select your school or schools, along with the school district and you’re done. View our App flyer here.

Like us  on FacebookFor up-to-date information about district events join the official Paterson Public Schools Facebook page.

Project Child Find - Help Is Available

If a Paterson Public Schools’ student is having problems in their physical, social, communication, cognitive or sensory development, parents may contact the Department of Special Services at 973-321-0431 to obtain further information regarding help for students with potential disabilities.

Transportation Questions

school busIf you have any questions regarding transportation, please contact 973-321-0830 or 973-321-0686. 




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