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            For those who don't know me, I am Ms. J Barbarise. I have been employed the Weehawken District since 1976. I began my career in Woodrow Wilson School, as a 2nd grade teacher, then 'graduated' to the 7th grade until 1981. Then I taught, here at TRS, as a 4th, Kdg, and 6th Grade teacher. I was the original 6th grade teacher in the newly adopted Academically Talented Program! ;) After returning from my maternity leave, I continued to teach Grade 6 in Room 303 for 30 years. For the past seven years, I have been a Basic Skills teacher for grades 3 - 6. This year has been assigned to Grades 5/6 Academic Support Team: Math Coach.

          I am I looking forward to working with both fifth and sixth grades in Math as their "Math Coach". You could find me in my room #208 when I’m not assisting my math student sin their homerooms. Our math topics for the next few weeks will include Number Operations, and we will be focusing on decimals, place values, and fractions. We will also be reviewing all basic number operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. My sixth grades will be introduced to Integers- positive and negative number s and the number line. When my students have some free time – great idea to brush up on those Math skills. Check out this site for another fun way to practice some math skills:

                    As a student, my educational background includes receiving Bachelor of Arts degree from Felician College, and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Northcentral University. I  also have achieved 30 graduate credits in Education beyond my Masters degree. I have also enjoyed teaching Math at Bergen Community College. Although, I have stepped down as President of the Weehawken Education Association, I still remain on the WEA executive Board as Corresponding Secretary and NJEA PRIDE Chairperson. So if you have any activities, you would like the WEA to co- sponsor, please contact me. Being supportive of our district’s school, town activities-academic, athletic, and social events- has always been my priority. Just to name a few of WEA PRIDE co-sponsorship; our elementary and high school’s musical concerts," Read Across America", "Breakfast with Santa", Art shows, Parents' Nights, Baseball, Football, Basketball, Soccer, (etc.) Recreation Programs, “Taste of Roosevelt”, and so many more. So if there’s something you would like our WEA to sponsor, we are always willing to help.

          One of my greatest pleasures is to see some of past students returning back to school with a new role- as parents! So please, stop in and let’s reminisce. I would love to hear how you have been since the elementary grade days!

         One of my deepest passions has also being a facilitator in our district for our 5/6 Grade Peer Leadership Program for over three decades. My leaders and I have also been engaged in so many more student-driven, yearlong activities, and we always welcome any new ideas. While learning and practicing many social and interactive skills, we're always reaching out to our community.PTO, and classrooms.The group has carried on the tradition of collecting broken crayons to be recycled for the Hudson County Improvement Authority. Old and used eyeglasses can also be donated to the Gift of Sight Program sponsored by the Lions Club, as well as, recycling used ink cartridges.This year ,already,my sixth grade Peer Leaders are in "full gear" and have llaunched some school and community projects. Along with our PTO and Engine # 5 Firehouse in Weehawken, we  successfully completed collecting much-needed supplies for the hurricane, wildfire, and earthquake victims.

         We will  also  be writing letters and supporting our PTA in our Children's Hospital Collections and Card -writing  in March, as well as, looking forward to our spring-time annual Animal Shelter Drive  for the BC Protect & Rescue Foundation in Cliffside Park.  We'll be collecting Towels, Treats,Toys, and Supplies-So please, any donations will be accepted until  May 15, 2018. Drop Boxes will be displayed around TRS.Here's a picture of last year's  my Peer Leaders  who have successfully ran a towel drive by remembering our furry four-legged friends.  I've downloaded some pictures of the great experiences we've had last year. (Our latest article can be seen here: enjoy! )


         The success of every student must involve parent involvement, so I am requesting, that you please don’t be a stranger. I welcome your thoughts and comments about your children, so  do keep in touch with me. Also, if you feel there is something I need to know about your child, please do not hesitate. I can be reached either through this website, via my school email: or by contacting the school office 201.422.6140. I’m here to help- so  don’t hesitate a minute! :)

 Please continue In the Spirit of Giving and Stay involved in your child's education!


...And don't ever forget, “YOU”- THE PARENTS- ARE your children's #1 Fan!! ;)