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Governor's Educator of the Year Awards MS

My name is Christine Lepore and I have been teaching Physical Education and Health at the Lewis F. Cole Middle School in Fort Lee for 15 years. Before coming to Fort Lee, I taught Physical Education in the parochial schools in Manhattan, New York, for five years and after taught Physical Education and swimming for seven years to at-risk adolescents in Harlem, New York. I am so fortunate to work at the Lewis F. Cole Middle School. The Physical Education team, as well as the teachers and administration, are very caring and supportive. Being one of 11 children, I have always been involved with caring and bringing up kids so I decided to go into a field that made the most sense to me. Because health and fitness are my passion, I try my best to teach my students to make healthy choices, and I run the intramural program on Wednesdays and Thursdays. When it comes to my personal fitness, I go to boot camp each day after work. I received my B.S. in Physical Education from Hunter College in New York and my M.S. in Recreation from Lehman College in the Bronx. Besides teaching, my husband and I are raising our family Katie 19 is a film major, and Julianna 15 is a sophomore in high school. I am so grateful for this recognition of “Teacher of the Year.” Thank you to the Lewis F. Cole staff, I truly would not want to work anywhere else.

After graduating with a BA in English from Montclair State University, Mrs. Spahn began teaching at the Lewis F. Cole Middle School 1996. Immediately, she recognized that middle school students were quite unique and a lot of fun to teach because they arrived to class each day with loads of energy and were often unpredictable. Mrs. Spahn also understood early on that the faculty and administration of the middle school were very supportive of each other, and as a result, she remained in her classroom teaching her students to love reading and writing for the next 13 years. After earning her Master’s Degree in Education with certification as a School Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Spahn changed hats and moved into the library in 2009. The media center, according to Mrs. Spahn, is the heartbeat of the school, the place where learning, reading, research, and technology all come together. Over the last five years, Mrs. Spahn has worked hard with the support of administrators like Mrs. Giacomelli and Mr. Daniello to assist teachers and students with using technology every day in the classrooms. As a result of Mrs. Spahn’s efforts, middle school teachers have become more comfortable and proficient with technology. Even more importantly is the fact that students have begun to develop their 21st Century skills through this daily interaction with technology. Moving forward, Mrs. Spahn would like the new media center, which is scheduled to open this fall, to inspire students to be creative though the addition of a “Maker Space.” Overall, Mrs. Spahn is extremely honored to be receiving the Governor’s Educational Services Professional of the Year and would like to thank the administration, faculty, and students of the Lewis F. Cole Middle School. 
MS Math Advancement Guidelines and Opportunities

Current 6th and 7th Graders:
Please click HERE to read a very informative letter from Mr. Daniello which details the middle school math advancement guidelines and explains the middle school summer course offerings that are available to students entering 7th and 8th grade.

Current 8th Graders:

Please see your guidance counselor if you are interested in course advancement over the summer. The linked form must be completed and submitted by June 5th, 2015.

Summer Course for Advancement Request Form

Educere online link for course advancement


Five middle school students receive awards in the Letters About Literature Contest

Under the direction of School Library Media Specialist, Cean Spahn, and Language Arts teacher, Barbara Milone, 8th grade students here at the middle school wrote personal letters to their favorite authors. These letters focused on how one book, short story, or even poem inspired students to change their view of themselves or their world. The letters were then entered into the 2015 “Letters About Literature” contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Out of the more than 69,000 nationwide entries, over 2,000 of which were from New Jersey, the national judges returned only about 196 letters to New Jersey. The third and fourth rounds of judging, performed by members of New Jersey’s educational and library communities, narrowed that number down to under 100 before judges in the fifth round selected one first and one second place winner, along with29 Distinguished Honor letters. For the third year in a row, a student from the Lewis F. Cole Middle School came in as one of the top two winners in the entire State of New Jersey in the Level II contest category.

Congratulations to New Jersey’s SECOND place winner, Grace Tan, an eighth grader here at the middle school. The judges were quite impressed with Grace’s sincere letter to Stephen King, which explained how King’s article “What You Pass On” taught her to be more generous, help others, and live each day as if it was her last. 

Additionally, out of the 29 New Jersey Distinguished Honor winners in the Level II contest category, four are from the Lewis F. Cole Middle School. Congratulations to Renata Ashapatov, Lily Koslow, Bertina Kudrin, and Haley Lifrieri. All of their letters demonstrate writing sophistication and the positive effects that books have on readers.

In addition to receiving recognition on New Jersey’s Center for the Book website, all of the winners have been invited, along with their families, to a statewide awards reception, which will be held in Hamilton, N.J., on May 19th.

Everyone here at the middle school is extremely proud of the winners for their exceptional achievements!

Classrooms of Tomorrow

Click HERE for a link to an interesting WPIX news report which discusses what classrooms of tomorrow will be like featuring staff from the Lewis F. Cole Middle School. 

NJ Kids Safe Online Poster Contest

Special congratulations to Sam Kwon for being named the 8th Grade State Winner of the Kids Safe Online New Jersey Cyber Security Poster Contest. The competition included 483 posters from 38 of New Jersey’s K-12 schools. Sam will be honored at an awards luncheon sponsored by the New Jersey Association of School Resource Officers. Sam’s poster (shown to the left) will also be submitted to the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center as an entry for the national competition. Everyone at the middle school is proud of Sam’s accomplishment and wishes him success in the next round of judging!

School Anti-Bullying Specialist Information
School Anti-Bullying Specialist
Lewis F. Cole Middle School
Angela Waack, Guidance Counselor
467 Stillwell Avenue
Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024
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