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Summer Happenings at Bergen Tech

Our summer plans to offer video classes in Tai Chi, yoga, and meditation have been met with success. Our coworkers have found the midday breaks to be really refreshing, providing a chance to slow down and decompress. The short yoga sessions, approximately 20-40 minutes long, have been so popular that we are looking into continuing during the school year if we can locate available space.

We’ve had some setbacks in our school garden, and have had to adjust our plans week to week. Construction of a new building on the Paramus campus caused unforeseen problems, resulting in some of our roadways and campus green spaces to be dug up for new water pipes. The construction encircled the garden beds, closing off access to the garden by students. Luckily, volunteers stepped forward and helped with weeding and watering (our sprinkler system broke down!) and the harvesting of herbs and early vegetables. Construction seems to be on schedule, so we anticipate that students and staff will have full access to the garden by the beginning of the school year. In the meantime, our Extended Year Program staff and students are using the produce that is harvested weekly from the garden.

Our yoga instructors are gearing up for fall with new class offerings and an expanded schedule to accommodate a larger number of employees. We have also partnered with the district Student Wellness Committee in an effort to provide employees with meditation and mindfulness that complements classes being offered to students.

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Bergen County Technical Schools

The Bergen County Technical School District comprises four high school campuses, a daycare center, and Adult & Continuing Education division. Our partner district, Bergen County Special Services, educates students with disabilities ages 3-21, as well as provides educational and job training services to adults. The districts serve students and clients from 71 towns in Bergen County.