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Miss New Jersey Raises Awareness at Benway


In her final public appearance as Miss New Jersey USA 2016, Jessielyn Palumbo joined Susan G. Komen North Jersey to visit the Benway School on Thursday October 6, 2016 to promote Breast Cancer Awareness.

Miss Palumbo and Gina Fernicola, Director of Development for Susan G. Komen North Jersey, gave a presentation to the student body that expressed the need for fundraising for breast cancer, how donated money is used, statistics for people at risk for breast cancer, and how to be screened for the disease.

Benway followed the presentation with a Breast Cancer Walk to kickoff the school’s fundraising campaign “Benway Battles Breast Cancer”. The Benway community donated money, crafted signs, and wore pink in support of the cause as they took their walk around the campus. The Benway School will have another walk on Friday October 21, as well as numerous other fundraising events throughout the month.

Benway's First Student Film

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After a marking period of Film Production Class, and a few weeks in our music lab, the student short film, Escape From Benway, is finally ready for release! The students who participated in the class wanted to make a movie that spoofed horror films and so the project began. Their hard work was guided by both our film instructor and music teacher, Matthew Bijas and Vincent Scalia respectively. The students learned about acting, lighting, editing, adding a musical score, and more. Their efforts received a roaring ovation from the student body during a school premiere; which included pop corn, a red carpet walk, film awards, stars, a Benway Walk-of-Fame, and an environment that you can truly find "Only At Benway." So we are proud to present to you, the comedic student film, Escape From Benway! (Please do not forget to check your YouTube settings, as this video is available in 1080P.)

Benway’s New Knot


Mr. Peter Puccia recently created a new type of knot for his Navigation class. It is a rescue knot that can be used to save people in perilous situations.

This knot is designed to create a loop, which will go around a victim and under their armpits. Once attached, both the rescuer, and the victim, can help pull the victim to safety. If the victim becomes unconscious, the rescuer can turn the knot into a noose to secure the victim, and pull them to safety.

Mr. Puccia envisions this knot being able to help victims who are stuck on a ledge, are in danger in water, are stuck in a cave, and other life threatening situations. The Navigation class has practiced this knot extensively, in case they would ever need to use it in their travels.

Below is an instructional video, demonstrated by a Benway Navigation student, on how to make this knot. The hope of the class is to spread awareness of this knot, so that it may help save lives.

Benway Downs Deron for Fifth Straight Win

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By Matthew Bijas
May 12, 2016

The Benway Falcons flew past Deron on the softball diamond today, defeating the Tigers by a score of 13-7. After an up and down start to their season, the Falcons have displayed great perseverance and teamwork by stringing together five straight wins. The Falcons will look to extend their winning streak next week, as their League Title defense continues. Good luck to all of the young men and women of Benway Softball.

Benway School Hosts Holocaust Survivor

Holocaust survivor Rickie Bernstein visited Benway School on Monday November 30th, to tell her story to the students. Bernstein was asked to come in to Benway School as part of the New Jersey state mandated curriculum on Holocaust education. Bernstein Is a member of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, created by Steven Spielberg in 1994. As a member, she recorded her testimony about her Holocaust experience, which started before she became a teenager.

Local newspaper, Wayne Today, printed a story by Debra Winters about Rickie’s visit to Benway School and her experiences. Read the Article Online Here!



Parenting Baby Sim

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Benway School is always trying to find new ways to help our students grow and make educated decisions with their lives. This year we added a project to the Health curriculum to strengthen those efforts, a parenting simulation. In this simulation, students were responsible for an interactive doll for 48 hours and logged their experiences. The video below explains the project in greater detail, through the experiences of one of those Benway students. 

ASAH Names Benways Vincent Scalia Educator of the Year

ASAH is a not-for-profit organization of private schools and agencies in New Jersey which provide highly specialized services to more than 11,000 children with disabilities. Founded in 1974, ASAH now serves more than 145 schools and agencies throughout the state.

Each year, ASAH (Association of Schools and Agencies for the Handicapped) members are asked to nominate an educator and a paraprofessional who demonstrate excellence and commitment to their students. We are proud to announce that the winner of this year’s Region 1 ASAH Educator of the Year is Benway’s own, Vincent Scalia, Teacher of Music!!!! Benway and our students could not be happier or luckier to have this amazing teacher as our own.

Growing Awareness


The Benway School once again made a difference by offering to host an event for the surrounding communities. On April 12 United By Autism sponsored speaker, Gary Weitzen, from POAC Autism Services shared his presentation entitled: Hidden Dangers- Keeping Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Safe in the Community, School, and Home. The event was open to parents, service providers, and educators to receive valuable training on strategies that could be applied immediately to increase safety and decrease risk at home, in the classroom, and in the community. Participants could not get enough of the presenter as he addressed wandering, internet safety, bullying, school and transport issues, safety curriculum, tracking resources, fire and disaster preparedness, and physical modifications to the home and classroom to protect our families and students. This information was literally lifesaving.

United By Autism is a 501c3 organization that uses the donations they receive to share resources like this with the public to increase autism awareness. For more information on this subject visit and for more information on United By Autism visit

To help make this workshop possible, students from Benway’s Adult Transitions program worked diligently to set up for the event. A member of United By Autism wrote this letter to those Benway students, in recognition of their efforts:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the transitions students at the Benway School for volunteering their time to our organization, United By Autism. They rolled up their sleeves setting up and breaking down tables and chairs so that we could share an important workshop with so many families and educators on April 12 at their school. We could not have had the room look so beautiful without their help. It was a pleasure meeting Ms. Simpson at the event and I heard so many wonderful things about Ms. Alves and Ms. Persson and the work they are doing to prepare their graduates for the “real word”. Thank you to Benway and this team for helping to spread autism awareness and doing such a great job in the process. We look forward to working with you again in the future!

Greta LePera
United By Autism"


Benway Students Chat with NASA’s Ice Bridge Crew

Benway students from Mr. Puccia’s Environmental Science classes as well as other interested students participated in a live chat with NASA Airborne Science Program Mission. On Friday, April 24th students gathered around a classroom Smartboard, logged in, and chatted with members of Operation Ice Bridge.

Falcons Finish With a Fury

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Leon scored 21 points to lead the Benway Falcons to a 59-52 victory over Sons of Morris County on Thursday. The Falcons sealed their victory in the fourth quarter on a free throw from Mark, after trailing by as much as 19 points in the third quarter. 

Benway came back hard in the second half with solid play, despite being outplayed by the Sons during the first half of the game. With 22 points in the final quarter, the Falcons had a solid finish.
With a field goal percentage of 41% (9-for-22), Leon had a great game from the field, also sinking 33% (3-for-9) of threes attempted.

In his final game as a Falcon, senior Shickell scored 8 points, grabbed 20 boards, and had 8 monster blocks. Shickell saved his best defensive game for last in what has been an unbeliviable, school record smashing career. 

Mark went into double digits, scoring 15 points for Benway (5-for-15). Also chipping in for the Falcons were Bon Jovi (9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals) and John (4 points, 6 rebounds).
The Benway Falcons finished the game with 46 rebounds (20 offensive / 26 defensive), eight blocks and 13 steals.

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*Edited by Matthew Bijas


New Robotics Class!


The Benway School is proud to announce our new Robotics Class! This class is designed to have students build and program robots. To accomplish this, Benway has three new EZ Robots and a 3D Printer! Students are also building their very own robots from scratch. But enough from us, watch the brief video below to hear about our class from our robot himself, JD!

Benway Events

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Columbus Day
19 Oct 2016
Staff In-Service
08 Nov 2016
Election Day
18 Nov 2016
Staff Professional Development
23 Nov 2016
Early Dismissal
24 Nov 2016
Thanksgiving Break

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