Principal's Corner

PrincipalAugust 20, 2018
Welcome PAAAS Families:
It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we write this inaugural letter to welcome you to the 2018-19 school year! We hope you have enjoyed the summer recess and took the time to relax and reconnect with family and friends.    
As we prepare to embark upon our 10th school year, there is reason to celebrate. Our collective effort to execute the PAAAS vision, to be New Jersey’s premier small learning community providing personalized arts and academic preparation for the 21st century student, continues to be recognized.

Angela Bento

This year, there will be new faces among our student body as well as our faculty and staff. Mrs. Aurora J. Hill, Vice Principal, is back to join the PAAAS family. We also welcome all new faculty and staff members and wish them much success. We all look forward to another exciting year with our scholars. 
Just a few reminders: 
     • The school day begins at 7:50am and ends at 4:00pm. Students may be dropped off at the bus drop-off point in the rear of the parking lot – Jefferson side. Parents accompanying late students only may use the Rock Avenue entrance. 
     • Our school implements the uniform policy 100%; the uniform includes khaki pants and either a navy blue (grades 7&8) or hunter green (grades 9-12) polo shirt with black or brown shoes only. Solid color Vans are also approved. Students may also wear a solid color button down sweater. Shirts are to be tucked in and boys must wear belts at all times. No sneakers, shorts, baggy pants, joggers, hoodies/sweatshirts, headgear scarves are allowed. 
     • There are no exceptions for uniform violations. Students who violate the uniform policy will receive demerits that will impact their ability to participate in extra-curricular activities and or having to attend a Saturday detention. 
     • This year we are encouraging parents to fill out lunch applications online. Please visit, click on the drop box Quick Links and select Online Lunch Applications.ONE FORM PER FAMILY, PLEASE! If you have a Direct Certified status (DC) DO NOT FILL OUT THE APPLICATION. If you are unable to complete the application online, you may pick-up an application in the main office - paper applications will not be sent home. Online lunch applications will be processed quicker! 
     • If you have not signed up for a Parent Portal account, we encourage you to. Please visit our main office to sign up. The Parent Portal allows you to access your child’s attendance and grades and communicate with your child’s teacher from your computer or smart phone. 

The administrative team, faculty and staff of PAAAS look forward to another collaborative year with our families, community stakeholders and school partners. Together, we will continue our pursuit of excellence for ALL scholars! 
We will see you on Thursday, September 6th. 

Dr. Angela Bento Mrs. Aurora J. Hill
Principal Vice Principal