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Franklin Borough School
Grades 6, 7 & 8


Teachers can be contacted by calling (973)-827-9775 and entering the extension next to their names.


Teaching Staff

Mr. RJ Baumgartner - ext. 454

Mrs. Elaine Bartholomew - ext. 431

Mrs. Danielle Emery - ext. 462

 Ms. Jessica Garris - ext. 403

Mrs. Mary Jordan - ext. 432

Ms. Andrea Kovalsky - ext. 435

Ms. Melissa LaCouture - ext. 416

Mr. Tom Law - ext. 424

Mrs. Diane Menzel - ext. 433

Mrs. Kim Panaite - ext. 423

Ms. Alyssa Pisauro - ext. 428

Mr. Jason Samiljan - ext. 456

Ms. Stephanie Sapio - ext. 406

Mr. Jason Siegert - ext. 469

Mr. Fred Street - ext. 442

Mrs. Cassandra Symons - ext. 408



Mrs. Bartholomew

smiling sunMrs. Bartholomew’s
Class News


As the school year comes to an end, I would just like to say that I truly enjoyed working with your child this school year. All of the students have made great progress, and I am proud of their many accomplishments. I wish you all a safe, healthy, and happy summer!

Mr. Baumgartner
Mrs. Emery


Ms. Garris


Mrs. Jordan

Hello June

It’s hard to believe that it is the end of the school year. It has been a pretty amazing year. The eighth graders will be missed, but they are ready for greater adventures.  

The eighth graders continue reading The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton.  It is a coming of age novel about two rival gangs and their trials and tribulations. They continue to develop their vocabulary and writing skills using prompts from the novel.   

The sixth graders will begin the novel Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. This Newbery Honor-winning, hilarious Floridian adventure involves new kids, bullies, alligators, eco-warriors, pancakes, pint-sized owls, and more. They have learned many interesting facts about endangered species.

All students are encouraged to use smiley face tricks and their vocabulary words to enhance their writing.  They continue to develop their vocabulary and writing skills using prompts from the novels. Remember every Tuesday vocabulary definitions are due and every Friday paragraphs using these vocabulary words are due. By completing these assignments, it helps the students to perform well in their quizzes and writing assignments.  

In CAM classes, Accelerated Math is online. Each student is working on his/her own level.

In addition to language art classes, I assist in Mr. Samiljan’s sixth grade math classes.  Here the students are working on all exponents and order of operations.

This summer each grade level will be assigned summer reading.  Check with your child for additional information.  Just because it’s summer, there is no need to take a break from reading.  Remember what Bell Hook’s said, “Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books.”  So visit your library this summer.


Ms. Kovalsky


Mrs. Menzel


Ms. LaCouture


Mr. Law


Mrs. Panaite

June sun with sunglasses

Mrs. Panaite's June Web Update

Another school year flew by!  We have made such progress in our reading and writing skills.  I encourage  your child to reading daily and keep a journal over the summer to maintain these skills. If you need to contact me, please feel free to call school at 973-827-9775 x423 or email me at kpanaite@fboe.org.

5th Grade:

     Reading: Wonder By: R.J. Palacio

     Writing: Creative writing and reading responses

 Homework is given nightly, so please make sure your child is completing it.

6th Grade:

     Reading: Hoot  By: Carl Hiaasen

     Writing: Narrative writing, and creative writing, and a mythology newspaper

 All work missed due to absences must be completed.

Everyone is a reader... Some just haven't found their favorite book yet.


Ms. Pisauro

 Ms. Pisauro


June Website Update

  June beach

Grades 2-4 Wilson Reading System Groups: Students on level 2.3 will learn new welded sounds that are rule breakers: ind, ild, ost, and olt.  We will also discuss “closed syllables” as the year comes to a close.  Students on level 3.1 continue to learn about the “schwa” sound and will practice decoding and encoding words that contain this. I cannot begin to explain how proud I am of all of the students who participated in the Wilson Reading System this year! Because of their hard work, persistence, and determination, there has been such tremendous growth and progress throughout this year. I look forward to seeing what next year brings and watching my students take on new challenges as their fluency continues to develop.  I hope everyone has a safe and fun summer! Keep reading!


Grade 7 Social Studies: As the year comes to an end, so does the seventh graders unit on the Civil War.  To conclude this unit, we will discuss the last victories of the North and South during the war.  We will also examine the Battle of Gettysburg, discuss the events that occurred there, and analyze Lincoln’s infamous Gettysburg Address.  Students continue to receive weekly assignments throughout this unit and should use each as a study tool for their upcoming tests and quizzes.  All assignment due dates can be found on the website posted below.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.  We hope you have a safe and fun summer! See you next year!

Mr. Baumgartner's Website: http://www.oncoursesystems.com/school/webpage.aspx?id=11247904


Mr. Samiljan


Ms. Sapio


Mr. Siegert


It has been a true pleasure teaching seventh grade this year.  I have enjoyed my time with all of my students, and I wish them the best of luck in eighth grade.  I hope everyone has a great summer, filled with fun, sunshine, and, of course, reading!

Mr. Street

It is the end of the year home stretch! Mr. Street´s class is excited to finish the book The Sign o the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Speare. Our 8th graders had a wonderful time visiting New York City to see Wicked on Broadway. They also paid a visit to their favorite stars at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.

We had a great time this year doing various STEM projects. We learned about the many ways science, mathematics, and art come into play in engineering and designing most of the things we see around us and use every day. Overall we have had a very exciting year, but we are looking forward to summer!

smiling sun

Mrs. Symons







Last update June 06, 2017