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LHS Scholarship Awards Program Posted: Mon, March 17, 2014

ALL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY March 28, 2014 We anticipate the posted local scholarships and awards will be available to qualified...

HSPA Prep Guides Posted: Tue, February 11, 2014

      HSPA 2014 Student Manual   2014 Your Guide to the HSPA

Financial Aid Night Letter Posted: Wed, December 18, 2013


Leonia Schools … There’s an app for that! Posted: Fri, June 7, 2013

         Leonia Schools             … There’s an app for that!    Leonia School District now has a new app available on the iPhone,...

LHS April Lunch Menu Posted: Tue, April 1, 2014

Please click on the link below to download:    LHS Lunch Menu Leonia Breakfast               District Food Services  
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Great News! 

I am so pleased to announce that last evening, the Leonia Board of Education and the Leonia Education Association reached a tentative agreement pending Board approval and Association ratification.  Congratulations to both parties - they worked diligently and cooperatively to reach this Memorandum of Agreement.

Joanne Megargee

Leonia High School Music Department excels in the
2014 Music Heritage Festival in Chicago

The Leonia High School Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble traveled 800 miles to Chicago to compete in the 2014 Music Heritage Festival.

Our extremely talented groups swept a majority of the awards. In the Choral section, under the direction of Mr. Kerry Dunn, the Men’s Choir received a Silver Award, Women’s’ Choir received Gold 1st Place, and Chamber Choir also received Gold 1st Place. In the Strings Section under the direction of Mr. Jack Rosenberg, the Chamber Orchestra received Gold. In the Band Section, under the direction of Mr. Larry Silverman, the Jazz Ensemble received Silver 3rd Place, and the Wind Ensemble received Silver 2nd Place.

The Chamber and Women’s Choir both received Adjudicator Awards. This award is only given to groups who received an average score above 95. In addition to receiving these awards, both of the choirs and the Chamber Orchestra were invited to perform at Festival of Gold at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The sweepstakes for Total Program Award, the most prestigious award a school can win, was awarded to Leonia High School. In order to receive this award, a school needs at least three ensembles that average a score closest to 300. For Leonia High School, this was our Chamber Choir, Women’s Choir, and Chamber Orchestra.

Maestro Awards are given out to an outstanding individual performance. These awards are not easy to receive. Our very own Kyle Dunn (Men’s chorus soloist) and Ruby Lee (Flute soloist) received these awards.

The Heritage Festival, sponsored by World Strides, gave a special recognition to Mr. Larry Silverman during the awards ceremony, who will be retiring this year after more than 20 years of teaching.

 Academy Freshman Students visit the Meadowlands

The Freshman Academy students visited the Meadowlands Environment Center and completed a program entitled “Ecology of the Estuary”.  The actively engaged students discussed water chemistry and looked at various food webs.  The day included testing water samples for temperature, turbidity, salinity, pH, and dissolved oxygen content.  Students viewed and videotaped organisms under the microscope and ended the day using nets to collect various live specimens (from microscopic to nymph stage to fish).  Everyone caught something!!!  A great time was had by the students, Mrs. Smyth, and Mrs. Lav.

Leonia DECA Makes it Count at DECA State Conference

Thirty-eight Leonia DECA members have returned from the recent DECA State Leadership Conference with amazing results.  Sixteen of them were state finalists! In addition, Leonia DECA won six state events, and earned five national leadership spots, allowing 16 of our members to represent New Jersey DECA at the International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia from May 2-7.  The following students achieved overall outstanding results placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the state and will be leading the way to Atlanta with our national team:

Juniors –  Moustafa Abdelaziz ,David Johanneson, Simran Kaur, and Julian Bargo Sophomores- Christie Nakajima and Roberto Ruiz

Additional finalists include:

Seniors Aya Nukina, Amanda Maldonado and Nada El-Jerai, Christine Park, Juniors Jonnie Kay and Tony Vargas, Sophomores Clannys Alvarez, Matt Kennelly, Gina Lee, Jasper Ballot.

Bailey Chen and James McKee won individual awards in Automotive Services Marketing.  In addition, Aya Nukina was awarded an $800 DECA Scholarship and Moustafa Abdelaziz was elected to the position of NJ DECA State Treasurer.

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 Oratorical Contest

Junior Viki Leibow won the Bronze Medal in this year's American Legion Oratorical Contest in Trenton. Representing the northern region, she competed against champions from across New Jersey for the state title. Her formal presentation was entitled "The United States Constitution in History; An Exercise in Balance." The informal follow up dealt with the issue of 'unreasonable search and seizure' as outlined in the Fourth Amendment. For her performance, Viki was awarded a $2,000 scholarship for college.


LACA Cupcake Wars

The Leonia Academy for the Culinary Arts hosted a Cupcake Wars competition and fundraiser in February.  32 contestants from Leonia High School, Leonia Middle School and the community entered their cupcake creations. 15 judges consisting of culinary professionals and cupcake enthusiasts tasted and evaluated the entries.  Celebrity judge Johnny Manganiotis, owner of Mr. Cupcakes, spoke to the Leonia Academy for the Culinary Arts (LACA) students about his career path before he judged cupcakes. Prizes were awarded to Gabby Lopez, LACA LHS freshman, for Best Use of Technique, Hannah Joo, LHS junior, for Most Creative, Ji Eun Lee, LACA LHS junior, for Best Overall Taste, and to Naya Reid, LMS 8th grader, for Best Presentation.  Cupcakes were sold to enthusiastic buyers, with proceeds benefitting the LACA program. Cupcake Wars will be back next year by popular request.

 JSA Students Excel at Winter Congress

The Leonia High School chapter of the Junior State of America attended the annual Winter Congress Convention in Washington, D.C.  JSA is a national student-run organization that was established in 1934 to promote leadership and civic participation in high school students.  Urging students to “Be the People,” the Junior State holds conferences and conventions across the country with opportunities for students to debate important issues and run campaigns for offices within the organization.

The Leonia delegation was led by founding chapter president Roberto Ruiz-Melendez, who also served as a committee clerk.  During the convention, chapters introduced bills to various committees dealing with important national topics.  Senator Bryce Robins and Representatives Dylan Gonzalez and Won Joon Kang sponsored a bill to mandate domestic energy using liquid fluoride thorium.  After making arguments and counter-arguments, the bill passed in the Mid-Atlantic Region House and Senate with little opposition.  Other participants included Representatives Christopher Ozomgi, Moustafa Abdelaziz, and Nasir Ismail, and Senators Julian Pecht and Oliver Racciatti.

The group will next attend the annual Spring State Convention held in Parsippany, New Jersey.



Leonia DECA helps raise awareness of malaria through “Leonia Nothing But Nets”

Contact Name: Rowena Gianfredi , DECA Advisor at Leonia High School
Contact Phone: 201-302-5200

Leonia High School’s DECA chapter has started the “Leonia Nothing But Nets” public relations campaign. Leonia DECA is a strong chapter of over 82 dedicated students part of the global association of marketing students.

This public relations campaign has strived to raise awareness of the epidemic of malaria in Africa. Every 30 seconds, a life is lost in the battle against malaria. Vaccines curing malaria do not exist and medication is too costly for families in Africa to afford. Nothing But Nets is a non profit organization which delivers insecticide bed nets to families in need. Nothing But Nets plans to provide a bed net to every family in need in Africa by 2015. With the help of Leonia DECA and the community we can help put an end to malaria! Each bed net is only $10.00, which can save a life. Malaria is easily preventable.

“Leonia Nothing But Nets” Project Managers  Simran Kaur, Bailey Chen and David Johannesson have displayed their project in Leonia Public Library. This display is extremely important for the campaign, where it allows the DECA members to branch out to the community. “Leonia Nothing But Nets” has displayed the “Community Net” where people can sign their names on the net pieces saying “I ________ Support Nothing But Nets,” and attach it to the wall creating the “Community Net.”

Together as a community we can help Nothing But Nets fulfill their goal to ending malaria in Africa!

For more questions or concerns please contact Rowena Gianfredi at 201-302-5200 or gianfredi@leoniaschools.org

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LHS DECA Students Excel
at Northern Regional Conference

Leonia DECA has proven to “Make it Count” after a successful triumph at the recent Northern Regional Conference.  Over 2500 students from various North Jersey high schools participated in the event held at Ramapo College.  DECA is an international association for marketing students, which prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Seventy-seven Leonia DECA Members competed at the Regional Conference and the following 31 students have qualified to attend the State Development Conference to be held March 10-12 in Cherry Hill.

Seniors –Aya Nukina, Amanda Maldonado, Michael Gutter, Danilo Lavia, Christine Park,  and Julia Rosario

Juniors – Moustafa Abdelaziz, Lauren Farfan , Simran Kaur, David Johannesson, Jonnie Kay, Tyler Moldoff, Bailey Chen, Frank Chung, Julian Bargo, Tiffany Sherris and Danielle Kim

Sophomores – Clannys Alvarez, Matt Kennelly, Gina Lee, James McKee, Roberto Ruiz, Raquel Santiago, Teams of Anthony Cassano and Allen Makarov, Mark Derbaremdiker and Isaac Tejada, Nasir Ismail and Jesse Sifre

Freshman -  Danna Hernandez-Calderon, and Raul Rosas

Top Honors went to the team of Gina Lee and Christine Park as well as Aya Nukina and Roberto Ruiz for their overall event achievements.  Individual event awards were won by Bailey Chen and Amanda Maldonado.  Good Luck to all as they represent Leonia High School in Cherry Hill.

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Marketing Students Earn College Credit

The Leonia Board of Education and Sussex County Community College have a concurrent enrollment agreement that applies to students enrolled in Marketing Strategies. Concurrent enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to take college-credit bearing courses taught by college-approved high school teachers. Seventeen Marketing Strategies students taught by Mrs. Rowena Gianfredi recently enrolled in Principles of Marketing 220 that is currently being offered at the college in the Spring 2014 semester. Students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment, earning transcripted college credit at the time they successfully pass the course. This is a valuable option for any high school student because the cost for these 3-college credits is merely $150!

The marketing program at Leonia High School offers a 4-year sequence of electives.  Students are not required to take all four years; however, this concurrent enrollment agreement is only available to students when taking Marketing Strategies, which is the second-year course. Students who elect to take the third and fourth year courses, Entrepreneurship and Sports/Entertainment Marketing, receive Honors credit. In addition, all marketing education students are eligible to join DECA, an international association of marketing students.

 The American Legion Oratorical Contest

On Sunday, January 12, the American Legion Oratorical Contest took place in Rochelle Park. Two students from Leonia High School took home high honors.viki and jacob.JPG

Junior Viki Leibow earned first place. Jacob Lazar took third.

Contestants made a ten minute presentation on the subject of the United States Constitution. Each was then required to speak for five minutes on a specific element of the document as chosen by the judges.

Eight students from LHS participated in this competition. In addition to Viki and Jacob they included: Moustafa Abdelaziz, Rafael Diaz-Granados, Gabriella Hasaj, Simran Kaur, Sharon Liu, Melanie Spector. Their advisor was Mr. Cullen.

Viki now moves on to the Northern New Jersey regional tournament on February 9.


The National Honor Society's fall blood drive of the school year was a huge success. Students, staff members, and a few members of the Leonia community including Leonia Police Chief Tom Rowe donated, resulting in 107 units collected.  This year's blood drive was the most successful in the school's history. A huge thank you to all involved - including the blood drive chairs - Romy Gabay & Miroo Kim, and moderator, Mrs. Bozik.

The National Honor society will host anther blood drive in the spring
on Thursday, March 20th – mark it down in your calendar!

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