Midland Park Jr./Sr. High School
Assistant Principal: Mr. Peter Galasso
Office Phone: 201-444-7400
Secretary to the Assistant Principal: Mrs. Carol Weaver
Thank-you for visiting this portion of the district website. Here you will find information concerning my philosophy as well as district information that hopefully will help you and your children though these years at Midland Park Jr./Sr. High School. If you have any questions regarding your child or the school please feel free to contact me.
I have always found it important in education that those individuals whom are entrusted with your children are as transparent as possible. I think this philosophy is more important now then it has ever been before, because the face of education is undergoing a 21st century makeover, a makeover unlike anything we have ever seen in this field. Schools are no longer confined by the building the students and teachers reside in. The days of the one room school house with 30 students and one teacher are long gone. Even the days that we, the adult generation, remember, where teachers alone disseminated the information that the students needed to know have succumbed to the contemporary vision. The inclusion of technology into the curriculum has made schooling a tangible experience for todays students that is not confined by the school building walls. Youtube, Skype, google docs, smart devices, smart boards, on-line media, etc. have become the norm in our classrooms and because of this students are held accountable for even more knowledge and more skills than ever before; this is because the needs of the 21st century workforce have evolved as well.
But certain things in education have not changed and probably will never change. Though the world moves at an alarmingly fast rate, and the younger generations seem to always be just ahead of us as the 'new' becomes an everyday part of our lives, certain pillars of schooling have not changed. These standards include punctuality, attendance, respect, and work ethic. No matter how much the face of education changes, students will always be held accountable for these fundamental principals. And just as we teach students geometry, and Shakespeare, and chemistry, Midland Park makes it a priority to teach these pillars of education to students as well.
Below you will find some answers to frequently asked questions and links to resources that will make this office more transparent. If at any time you have any concerns regarding your child and his or her schooling please contact me.
Mr. Pete Galasso
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why did my child get a detention for being late to school?
--2 Tardies = 1 detention --4 tardies = 1 detention --5+ tardies = 1 detention for every tardy
- The MPHS Board Policy has established a policy for being late to school. A student who arrives late to school, or arrives late to homeroom is considered tardy. This policy is as follows...
Where and when is detention?
- Detentions vary depending on the infraction. Typically tardy detentions are after school for 1 hour, where as a behavior infraction that violates the code of conduct will mostly likely be a 7am detention in the main office. For every detention students are given a detention slip marked with the infraction, the date detention will be served, the time and place.
What is the difference between an excused absence and an unexcused absence?
- An excused absence is when a student misses school, but for a reason that is excused by board policy, i.e.; doctors visit(with note), funeral, college visit(with documentation), or drivers test. Family vacations are not an excused absence. All other absences are considered unexcused and will accumulate as dictated by BOE policy?
How many days is my child allowed to be absent?
- It is crucial that all students attend school as much as possible. There is nothing like direct instruction in the classroom, however, it is a long school year and we know there are always mitigating circumstances that cause students to be out of school. The Midland Park attendance policy is as follows...
--- All students are allowed 12 UNEXCUSED absences without loss of credit. Once a student reaches 13 UNEXCUSED absences in a class, the student will lose credit for that course. EXCUSED absences do not count towards the absence policy.
What if I feel my child is getting too much HW/tests/quizzes/projects?
- At Midland Park we try to balance the expectations in the classroom with outside the classroom, which can be difficult as your child gets involved with more and more after school activities. In middle school teachers are able to meet more frequently than the high school teachers because of the team approach at the middle school level. At the high school level student course loads are more personalized and varied and all teachers do not have common students. At times, especially at the end of marking periods, students may have multiple tests/ quizzes, essays, or projects. Students are afforded ample time to complete all their assignments depending on the rigor involved. If you or your child is concerned about anything that is going on the classroom we strongly suggest adhering to the following protocol....
- Student speaks to Teacher
- Student speaks to Guidance Counselor
- Parent speaks to Teacher
- Parent/Student speaks to Administration
- We believe students should advocate for themselves as mush as possible. This is a skill that students must learn as they enter into secondary schooling and the workforce. This is why we suggest as much student involvement in the process as possible.
What if my child is having trouble with another student?
- If your child is having trouble in school with another student they should immediately reach out to an adult in the school. If your child does not want to reach out to a teacher they can contact the counselor, the Student Assistance Counselor (SAC) or administration. Below is the contact information for the guidance department and the SAC, who are trained in dealing with peer conflict and remediation.
Student Assistance Counselor