Fanwood Grad Competes in 2017 Deaflympics

Former Fanwood student, Shellane McKitty, will be competing in 3 upcoming Deaflympics2017 events in Samsun, Turkey. See below for the schedule and GOOD LUCK, SHELLANE!

The events will be airing live on Youtube at

7/26 – 400m semi-final at 10:30am EST
7/27 – 400m final at 9am EST
7/28 – 4 x 100 relay semi-final at 12:50pm EST
7/29 – 4 x 100 relay final at 11:40am EST
7/29 – 4 x 400 relay final at 11:40am EST
7/30 – closing ceremony


Arbor Day Festivities

The rainy weather did nothing to dampen the excitement for the annual Arbor Day Ceremony.  This event is a meaningful one for our senior class and is steeped in tradition. The Arbor Day Ceremony at Fanwood is not only considered to be a senior class right of passage, but it is also one of the most treasured annual events.

Seniors planted a tree and buried a time capsule filled with memories of their time here at Fanwood. As tradition states, this time capsule will be opened years from now when the senior class return to celebrate their years together at Fanwood.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event special for the students.

The MJP Competition Results are IN!

Recently, Fanwood students and staff had the opportunity to enter into the Marie Jean Philip Competition. Participants who participated in this year’s competition submitted ASL poetry, ASL stories, and ASL artwork that adhered to the following rules: 2017 Rules and Categories

Students from 21 schools and programs across the United States participated in this year’s competition and we are thrilled to announce that FOUR of our Fanwood”ers” placed in the top three of their category!


Congratulations to the following:

Alyn Diaz – ASL Poetry: Under 8 Category   3rd place

Linda Mosca-Ginis – ASL Poetry: Open Competition  2nd place
TySheen Jordan – ASL Storytelling: Open Competition 1st place
Kathryn Cooper: Art: 3rd place

Watch the video for student interviews and their final submission.



Athletes of the Month

The female athlete of the month for December is Samantha Pon. Samantha is a versatile player who helps the Lady Tornadoes in any way she can. In the month of December Samantha helped lead the team to a 2nd place finish in the New Jersey Tip off Tournament.  At that tournament, Samantha earned a spot on the All-Tournament team in recognition of her hard work throughout the weekend.

During the month of December Samantha had 62 rebounds (7.8 per game), 35 steals (4.4 per game), and 48 points (6 per game). As the captain of the team, she has done a wonderful job at leading the team on, and off, the court. Congrats Samantha!




Carlos Vega is December’s Athlete of the Month. The team coaches based this decision on his strong leadership as captain of the team, as well as his dedication to his teammates.

Carlos averaged 18 points per game since the month November and was instrumental in leading his team to victory in the Tip-off tournament at NJSD. Carlos also earned a spot on the All-Tournament team in recognition of his hard work throughout the weekend.

Carlos constantly took responsibility for his team’s success and fed his team with support and guidance throughout the season. As a first time captain, Carlos quickly learned to face challenges as a leader, which the coaches were quite proud of.  Some of his goals this season was to build his confidence and show his passion in working with his team.  Carlos grew a great deal this season, and became a player who exemplified teamwork through his passing and shooting skills. His dream is to win the championship at ASD on Feb. 27 and states, “we work together as a team with confidence and preparedness”.


Students #GoRedForWomen during American Heart Month

Here at Fanwood, educators believe that, on top of the common core classes, students should also learn to be aware of health, social, and political issues. Led by teacher, Amy Newland, students organized a #GoRedForWomen day, where they all wore red and dedicated part of class time towards learning about the impacts of heart disease.

#GoRedForWomen encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and is also an action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease.

In fact, more women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health.

Click below for more of Fanwood’s #GoRedForWomen Pictures

Students Compete in Battle of the Books

battle-of-the-booksFanwood’s Middle School students competed Gallaudet’s Battle of the Books Competition. This is the first time the School has entered into this particular academic competition, and the team felt feelings of excitement and apprehension about what to expect in a “real” match.

The purpose of Battle of the Books is to promote literacy amongst Deaf and Hard of Hearing middle school students; promote a spirit of academic competition and good sportsmanship; and to encourage critical thinking skills. Click here for more info about the competition

Their first competition was against the Marie Philip School. The students were nervous at first, but handled their first ever game with poise! It was a very close game, but Fanwood took the win a final score of 36-34.

Excited by their win, and the growing audience of supporters, the team started match 2 vs. Michigan School for the Deaf with confidence.  The final score was 38-26..Fanwood earned their second win!

The team faced Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) in the final match of the day. It was the most challenging round yet, but they did a really great job of staying focused. Ultimately, MSD took the win with a final score of 24-42.

The Fanwood coaches, parents, and staff members are proud of the teams success in their first ever competition. They witnessed the hard work and dedication put forth by the students.  Judging by their smiling faces, it was clear the students felt a sense of pride and genuine enjoyment.