Kennedy High School as a full-service community school | Paterson Times

Kennedy High School as a full-service community school


The purpose of this letter is to inform the community about a historic moment in Paterson. Paterson’s John F. Kennedy Educational Complex became the very first high school in the entire state of New Jersey to receive the distinct designation of being a full-service community high school.

I had the opportunity to stand with fellow elected officials as we cut the ribbon to officially signify the grand opening of the program. I was filled with excitement as I listened to the speakers. I could feel a sense of pride and urgency in each speech made.

I must thank our Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr for his continued support of Paterson’s students. His efforts helped to secure federal funds for the program. The Congressman’s remarks today were a reminder of what we must do as a district to ensure our students success.

I am particularly proud of the work that the Department of Family & Community Engagement has done. This work is not easy but they manage to make it happen every time.

Paterson has something to be proud of. A full-service community school will provide even what can’t be provided in a traditional classroom. With this full-service community school, the students will truly appreciate the overall experience. We must take a holistic approach when it comes to our students. This program will help do just that.

What matters most is the overall health and well-being each student. A child who feels loved, is properly nourished and is given the necessary tools to succeed will work harder in the classroom.

Again, we as a city and school district can hold our heads up high. We have a ways to go but today was certainly a step in the right direction.

Corey Teague
School board member

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    You need to talk to teachers and see what is REALLY going on in that school

  • Paterson Resident

    Central office is top heavy. That need to be your focus. Too many supervisors and a soon as there is a budget issue central office higher ups are quick to let go classroom teachers. There are way too many made up jobs in central office waaaaaay too many and some of these people don't do a dam thing all day.