Craig High Information Letter (CHIL) Highlights: January to June, 2018

Craig High Class of 2018

Kyle Beyrent , County College of Morris (Randolph, NJ)
Reid Crevani, Eastwick College (Ramsey, NJ)
Evan Foulds , American Flyers Flight Training School (Morristown, NJ)
Mihir Jacinto , Pace University (New York, NY)
Peter Jager, Morris County VoTech (Denville, NJ)
Kate Patyk, Threshold Program at Lesley University (Cambridge, MA)
Matt Mee, Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Emma Rogers , Caldwell College (Caldwell, NJ)
Zack Rossignol, County College of Morris (Randolph, NJ)
Sophie Spina , Mitchell College (New London, CT) or St. Thomas Aquinas (Sparkill, NY)

Additional Acceptances
Bergen Community College, Brookdale Community College, Ocean City Community College, Adelphi University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NYIT, Fairfield University, LaSalle University, Quinnipiac University, Ramapo College, Widener University, William Paterson University

CHS Programs and Events

CHS Grad Panelists from Left to Right: Brian Bekarougllari (’11), Natalie Gallerano (’11), Ryan Coates
(’17), Steve Rodriguez (’17), Cameron Tallau (’17), Camille Incao (’17), Tyler Czubachowski (’16)

CHS Hosts Annual Grad Panel 2018: In early January, eight CHS Alum’s shared their post-secondary knowledge and experiences with the students and parent’s of CHS as well as parents from Craig Middle School. Their message was one of hope and potentials with an underlying message that life after high school is not a straight line and that is okay. They also talked at length about the process for pursuing and receiving accommodations and the various college support systems available. They also shared about changing majors, gap years/5th year programs, difficult roommates, and all the amazing social opportunities that college life has to offer. A special thanks to Craig High’s Director of College Counseling, Mrs. Dawn DeSimone for facilitating and guiding the panel.


Craig High Students Create Valentines for Morris View Health Care Center: Under the guidance of CHS Art Teacher, Mrs. Tartaglia, our CHS students created a series of one-of-a-kind Valentine’s day cards for every resident at the Morris View Health Center located in Morris Plains. Each multi-media card is hand-stenciled and adorned with ribbons.

PACSAC Day 2018: In late May, CHS hosted its 3rdannual PACSAC Day. The name derives from the three events that make it up: the PACS Waffle Breakfast, The CHS Science Expo, and our CHS Student Awards Ceremony.

Our goal was to create a comprehensive CHS Community Event that took a collective of annual single school events and allowed our parents the opportunity to attend them all in one day! Our morning began with our PACS Waffle Breakfast in our Student Lounge, followed by our Science Expo where each guest received a map of the various science themed classrooms and had the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of our CHS Student Scientists. Science Fair Theme rooms included:

  •  The Brain and the Body
  •  Natural Disasters
  •  Chemical Reactions
  •  The Animal Kingdom
  •  Inventions and Innovations
  •  Power Sources
  •  Our Senses

Our day wrapped up with a celebration of our student accomplishments at the CHS Student Award Ceremony held in the BHS Auditorium.

CHS Juniors Experience College Research-Writing Lab at Montclair State: As a component of our Junior Seminar Course led by our Director DeSimone, the Craig High 11thgrade spent some time at Montclair State University (MSU). Our students of College Counseling, Mrs. Dawn explored the campus, climbed the outdoor amphitheater, and toured the MSU Sprague Library learning about the various potentials the college library ranging from archives to legal documents.

They also had the opportunity to experience a College Freshman Research seminar. Led by an MSU Media Specialist, our students learned about databases, limiters, authentic sources (peer-reviewed), citation tools, abstracts, and the various differences between journal and magazine/newspaper articles. They also learned about the amazing support system that college reference librarians offer and that they never need be afraid to ask for help.


CHS College Tour Series-County College of Morris (CCM): The CHS Junior Class toured the County College of Morris (CCM) located in Randolph. They also attended a special seminar that focused on the differences that they will experience between HS and College, what disabilities services entail, and how to pursue and apply for them.

Community colleges have become a more popular and a strategic choice for many students over the past few years. It is the perfect option to allow students to explore a variety of majors before deciding on one specific field to follow. Once a student receives their Associate Degree, they can transfer to any number of Bachelor granting colleges and universities throughout the country.

CHS Freshman Create the LD Windows of Fame: The CHS 9th grade, guided by Mrs. Brown, just finished up their “LD Wall of Fame” but due to adhesiveness and spacing issues it has become the “LD Windows of Fame”. Over the course of the last month, students chose a famous person with a learning disability and completed research and created a poster board on them. The focus of the project was to share their history, their challenges and the personal strategies they used to manage their disabilities.

Sophomore Abbey Mullin and Junior Natasha Kelsey Wrapping Up Our TREX Drive for this year. Natasha is holding a birdhouse made up of the plastic that we recycled courtesy of TREX

Craig School Wraps Up TREX Nationwide Recycling Competition: Since December, both CHS and CLS-CMS have been collecting all kinds of plastic as a part of the TREX nationwide PLASTIC and WRAPS recycling competition. TREX ( is an eco-friendly decking company. After 6 months of collecting, we are proud to share that as a school community we recycled over  50lbs of plastic that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill and taken 100 of years to decompose. Instead, our plastic recycling was turned into composite decking which is made of 95% recycled wood and plastic. And although our school did not place in the top tier of recycling schools, we did join 100’s of other schools around the country and brought greater attention to our students on how we can be an active participant in protecting and preserving our planet. Special thanks to Mrs. Cap for being our TREX coordinator and bringing TREX to our schools.

Jacob, Nick, Mihir, Mr. Simpson, David, Colby, and in the middle, Robot

CHS Robotics Builds a Robot from “Scratch”: The Craig High School robotics club spent this year building a robot from scratch. This involved a collection of equipment and supplies from a variety of sources ranging from the mechanics from an electric wheelchair, a radio and receiver from a model helicopter, and some other parts courtesy of our local hardware store and the CHS Science Classroom. This project was a giant leap beyond the traditional step by step “build the robot someone has built before” type of activity. Because of that leap, the CHS Robotics club encountered several dead ends along the way but our team persevered and our final robot ended up being reliable and quite agile!

Last week, our Robotics Club held an internal competition to crown our “Robotic Driver of the Year”. The event was held in our gymnasium and involved a slalom course set up and timed runs. Robotics Coach, Mr. Simpson shared that the plan for next year is to improve on the control mechanism to add a camera so the robot can be controlled even when out of the line of sight of the operator.

BHS Invites

CHS Students and Teacher attend BHS Fiesta Navidena Holiday Mixer: Before we went on holiday break back in December, CHS students received a special invitation to join the BHS Spanish Club for their annual “Fiesta Navideña”. It was truly a BHS-CHS Community event as BHS students, CHS students, BHS faculty, and CHS faculty celebrated together to welcome the holiday season. Many of the holiday treats we enjoyed had a Latin flair ranging from homemade quesadillas, Morir soñando (Dominican drink that features “leche condensada” and orange juice), and “dulce de leche” bars to name a few. Dr. Cap invited the Spanish Club to hold next year’s Fiesta Navideña in the Craig High student lounge. Special thanks to Mrs. Buck and Mrs. Reich (BHS Spanish Club Facilitators and awesome BHS teachers) for extending the invite and making CHS and our students feel part of the BHS family.

CHS Students Enter Boonton Public Library Haiku Competition: The Boonton Holmes Public Library extended an invite for CHS students to submit Valentine Day Haiku’s as part of their “2018 Valentine Day Haiku Competition”. Our students Haiku’s went head-to-head with other area HS student’s Haikus. For those new to Haikus, it is a three line poem that originated in Japan. The first and third line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and they don’t usually rhyme. A big thanks goes out to Ms. Bank and Mrs. Gallagher for encouraging, guiding and supporting our Haiku writers.

BHS ROAR Advisor Vicki Cornell and L3 Seniors Kate and Sophie

CHS Community Service-BHS R.O.A.R. and CHS L3 Collection for JBWS: The CHS Ladies Leadership League (L3) and the ladies of the BHS “Respect Oneself and the Rest” Club (ROAR) recently wrapped up their collection for the Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS). During the collection, students developed posters and handed out flyers, shared morning reminder announcements, and created donation boxes.



Prom 2018: Fourteen CHS students and their guests joined 150 BHS students for the BHS Prom 2018 at the beautiful Legacy Castle in Pompton Plains this past Thursday. After a cocktail

hour of Shirley Temples and baked mac ‘n’ cheese balls and a dinner buffet that would rival any in AC, they danced the night away. That is when they weren’t taking pictures in the wacky photo booth. It was an amazing night with an amazing group of CHS students

CHS Seniors Photography Work Displayed at Mountain Lakes Photography Show: The Garden Club of Mountain Lakes sponsors an annual photography Show for amateur photographers. The show is limited to 50 total selected pieces in very specific photographic categories that include “The Garden State” (scenic views of NJ), “I spy a wild…”(wildlife in nature), and “Flowers in Focus” (Flowers and Plants). CHS Seniors, Kyle Beyrent and Kate Patyk were two of the chosen photographers for the annual display held at the Mountain Lakes Library. In addition to being just chosen for the show amongst submitted works from amateur photographers ranging from HS to adults, Kate Patyk’s photo placed 3rd overall in the “Flowers in Focus” category! Congrats to Kate and Kyle for representing CHS so proudly!

CHS Student Spotlights

CHS Senior Takes a Gap Trimester Overseas in Gaps Medic Program: CHS 12th grader, Emma Rogers has been spending her 2nd trimester in the Dominican Republic interning at a hospital and experiencing the culture of another country. The Gap Medics program ( that she was accepted into provides pre-clinical healthcare students insights into future careers through job shadowing. Emma has been studying Pediatric Trauma, Emergency Room Support, and Anesthesiology.

CHS Student Art Work on Display at the Morristown Performing Arts Center (MPAC):The MPAC hosted a private reception for all HS student artists whose work was chosen for their annual MPAC Theatre Program exhibition. Amongst the 30 students from various Morris County HS, two of our very own CHS artists had their work on display. The theme for this year’s program was “Imagine! Discover! Create! Celebrate the Arts”. Below is a picture of the HS students from Randolph High, Boonton High, and Craig High including our very own CHS 10th Graders, Charlotte Fricke and Colby Tallau (3rd and 4th from the left). Congrats to Colby and Charlotte for representing CHS so proudly and a special thanks to CHS Art teacher, Mrs. Tartaglia and her never-ending pursuits to find opportunities for the artists of CHS to shine!

CHS Seniors Photography Work Displayed at Mountain Lakes Photography Show: The Garden Club of Mountain Lakes sponsors an annual photography Show for amateur photographers. The show is limited to 50 total selected pieces in very specific photographic categories that include “The Garden State” (scenic views of NJ), “I spy a wild…”(wildlife in nature), and “Flowers in Focus” (Flowers and Plants). CHS Seniors, Kyle Beyrent and Kate Patyk were two of the chosen photographers for the annual display held at the Mountain Lakes Library. In addition to being just chosen for the show amongst submitted works from amateur photographers ranging from HS to adults, Kate Patyk’s photo placed 3rd overall in the “Flowers in Focus” category! Congrats to Kate and Kyle for representing CHS so proudly!

Kyle Beyrent’s “Blue Butterfly” which also took 3rd place at the 1st annual Haggerty Education Center “Focus on Photography Contest” amongst 10 Morris County HS and 80 student photographers

Kate Patyk’s “Wildflowers” 3rd Place in the “Flowers in Focus” Category


Avantdog by CHS 11th Grader, Charlotte Fricke, in its New Home!Boonton’s Dog Days of Summer 2018: The Boonton Dog Days of summer kicked off Friday, May 4thwith a leash cutting ceremony in front of the Dog Days of Summer mural located at Church and Main Street (right next door to the BHS Public Library). The Dog Days is a summer long celebration of the Arts and the Artists who create and in this case, create unique interpretations of dog and cat statues with names ranging from Minecraft Dog to Chester the Jester to Whizkers the Gray!

Over 120 dog and cat sculptures are now on display up and down the entire length of Main Street, Boonton. And amongst these 120 dogs and cats, two of them were designed by CHS’s very own, Charlotte Fricke. Charlotte created PSYCHOLDELO DOG which was adopted by Home Grown Radio on Cornelia Street (a couple steps off Main Street near the Wan Yan Kitchen) and AVANTDOG which was adopted by L Photography located at 921 Main Street near Sam’s Deli.


CPR and Defibrillator Training for CHS 11th and 12th Grade: In 2014, the state of NJ passed a law that requires all high schools provide CPR instruction and how to use a defibrillator prior to graduation starting with the class of 2018. CHS is very fortunate to have in its student body a certified EMT who has a wealth of experience in both CPR and using a Defib to go along with her long list of specialty safety and medical certifications. CHS senior Emma Rogers gave an amazing two-day presentation to our 11th and 12th graders as a facet of their health classes this week. She demonstrated the how’s and why’s of CPR and then provided opportunities for our students to practice what they learned on actual CPR dummies. She then walked them through how a defibrillator works and the process of using it in an emergency. It was a wonderful and insightful presentation that may one day help save a life.


National Honor Society Leads Earth Day Event at CHS: The CHS Chapter of the National Honor Society facilitated a school-wide Earth Day Project, “Beautifying Boonton” . Members of our NHS helped facilitate our “trash pick” groups to clean up designated school/neighborhood quadrants around BHS/CHS. Armed with pick-up sticks and garbage bags, the NHS led their peers around the surrounding neighborhoods and gave it a good spring cleaning. In total, we picked up over 37lbs of garbage. But when all the wet newspapers, hubcaps, broken hearing aids that our students picked up were weighed, the 9/10 grade took the Earth Day title, 22lbs to 15lbs!


CHS Varsity Jacket Society 2018

CHS Varsity Jacket Society Inducts Three New Members: We are proud to share the newest members of the CHS Varsity Jacket Society (CHSJVS). The society was decimated by graduation last year leaving one lone standing Varsity Jacket member, Junior David Altman. At our CHSVJS recent induction ceremony held in front of the CHS sign, David welcomed Senior Mihir Jacinto, Junior Natasha Kelsey, and Freshman Henry Borner Du Cane.



CHS Sports Desk

Badgers Improve to 4-1 after Road and Home Victories: The Badgers improved their season record to 4-1 with a convincing road win over Benway HS a couple weeks back and pulled out a close home victory against Winston Prep this past week. The Badgers swept the two-game series from Benway, their conference rivals from Wayne. Craig High’s bench depth proved to be the key to victory as they wore Benway down with a solid, rotating defense and some solid scoring off the bench from 9th graders Jarod Christern and Gianfranco Bardales. The Badger’s unveiled a zone defense that proved to be rock solid led by strong play from junior David Altman and senior captain Evan Foulds. Freshman Ben Flayderman and season MVP candidate CJ Gizzi led the scoring attack for the Badgers.

Against Winston Prep, game-ball honors went to Sophomore, Ben Flayderman for controlling the boards from beginning to end and coming down with an absurd amount of rebounds, including 5 consecutive boards in a 10-second span. This Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 the CHS JV Hoops Team will be playing their first afterschool basketball game ever! They will be taking on Winston Prep (Whippany) once again. Game time is 3:30PM at the Reeth-Furlong Gym in Mountain Lakes. Come on out and cheer on the Badgers as they make CHS history.


From Left to Right: Abbey Mullin (10th), Natasha Kelsey (11th), James Conway (9th), Dave Altman (11th), Jeremy Valentin (9th), and Mihir Jacinto (12th)

CHS Intramural Bowling League: The CHS Intramural Bowling League kicked off their winter season at the beginningof February. Their first task was to designate each bowling team with an appropriate and effective bowling team name. Bowling team names being considered but not making the final cut included “Livin’ on a Spare”, Alley Cats, “I Can’t Believe it’s not Gutter”, “Too Legit to Split”, “King Pins” and “Pin Pals”. After much student debate, our two bowling teams finally reached consensus. We would like to introduce you to the XMEN and SPARE ME! Each team is led by varsity bowling veterans with Junior David Altman at the helm for SPARE ME! and Senior Mihir Jacinto taking point for the XMEN.

Throughout February, under the direction of CHS bowling coaches Mrs. Maas and Mrs. Chitticks, our CHS bowlers received guidance to improve their game and increase their alley edge while competing in some friendly CHS community competition.


From Left to Right Copa Teams: Los Tejones, BHS All Stars, 5-Star Lasagna, Ball Handlers, French Toast Mafia, Peterborough, Creek Boys, Real BHS

Los Tejones (The Badgers) Compete in BHS’s Annual La Copa: CHS joined seven student led teams from BHS for the 5th Annual Copa de BHS. The Badgers dropped their two opening games, both nailbiters at 1-0. In their final game, they gave the BHS All Stars all they could handle in a game that came down to the final seconds, 2-1. CHS Senior and Los Tejones Captian, Sophie Spina scored for the Badgers which increased her Copa scoring totals in her 4-years at CHS to 3 goals. The solid defense of freshman Jeremy Valentin and Kevin Soutar protected Badger Goalie and semi-brick wall, Jarod Christern and kept CHS in each and every contest. Freshman Grady Fitzsimons was everywhere the ball was and Gianfranco Bardales and Sophie Spina kept the BHS goalies and defenders on their toes with multiple shots on goal. Los Tejones truly represented CHS proudly!