Explore 2000 students set sail on Hooked on Fishing, not on Drugs trip

(Atlantic Highland, NJ-October 31, 2013) Thirty-four sixth and eighth grade anglers from Hudson County Schools of Technology Explore 2000 Middle School sailed from Atlantic Highland last week as part of the Hooked on Fishing not on Drugs program.

The state funded program is aimed at teaching children about fishing, the marine environment and how to protect our natural resources, said Don Marantz, a longtime fisherman and member of several area fishing organizations. “It helps explain what conservation is and why it’s important to all us and equally important, it helps our youth focus on constructive activities, keeping them off the street and away from drugs,” said Marantz, who went along with the Jersey City students on the Oct. 24 fishing trip. The trip was set up by Liz Jackson of the state Division of Fish and Wild Life, Hudson County Freeholder Jose Munoz, Guttenberg Mayor Gerald Drasheff and Explore 2000 Middle School Coordinator of Field Experiences John Pontecorvo. While at sea, the children were aided by experienced anglers provided by The Hudson River Fisherman’s Association, The Jersey Coast Anglers Association and The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance. “The group enjoyed a beautiful day on the ocean but regrettably, the fish did not cooperate and not many were caught,” said Marantz, adding that more fishing trips will be organized.

-By Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal

Welcome Back

Hudson County Schools of Technology’s Explore 2000 Middle School will provide opportunities throughout the year for you and your family to join us in planning your academic future based on your interests and to share in your success.

Back to school 2012-2013 overview, establishing advisory committees, afterschool program opportunities, and annual title 1 information will be provided during this session. Please try your best to attend this important.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Parent/Guardian and Students:
Kindly join us for an informative session re-introducing you to our learning community!===Explore 2000 Middle School

HCST’s Jersey City Center
525 Montgomery Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
RSVP by August 30th – 201.631.6396

Parent Workshop: How to Teach Your Child the Love of Art – April 22nd @ 7:30pm

Parents and Guardians!

Hoboken artist and teacher Sheri Alimonda is offering a workshop for Explore 2000 Middle School parents and children; the first to take place on April 22 at 7:30. The parent workshop will be entitled “How to Teach Your Child the Love of Art” – a PowerPoint presentation illustrating the positive aspects of art.

A follow-up workshop for the students “Why Does the Mona Lisa Smile?” will be provided in the near future (date to be announced after NJASK Testing).

Please RSVP by April 19th to reserve your seat at our April 22nd Parent Connection Workshop J 201.631.6396

Artist’s Information:
Sheri Alimonda is a professionally trained portrait artist and teacher who loves sharing her knowledge of art with others. Her training began at age 12 at the ArtSchool of Oil Painting, where she learned the old master techniques she uses in her work and teaches her students today. Sheri has painted live at the Museum of TV and Radio in Beverly Hills, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and while painting live at the NY Art Expo was discovered and nominated for the first ever “Academy Awards” for art, the ArtTV Awards. She has been a guest speaker aboard Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Ships as well as in Europe aboard Oriental Lines. She has appeared on numerous TV shows including Good Day New York.


Calmady image is a reproduction painted at age 14, this is the style Ms Alimonda teaches, and yes! Kids can do it!

Exploring the 20th Century – Student Showcase


The students of HCST/Explore 2000 Middle School are excited to share their experiences of Exploring the 20th Century!

On Thursday, March 22, 2012 you are invited to attend our Student Showcase.
The event will be held between the hours of 9am-12pm at HCST 525 Montgomery Street Jersey City, NJ 07302.

Please join us!!! Walk with our students as they bring you back to the early 1900’s with their interactive timeline. Learn how the contributions made in the areas of economics, technology, social and political advancements have enabled our country to become a world leader.

Kindly RSVP to Ms. Jefferey by calling 201-631-6396 or email mjeffere@hcstonline.org


There is a quote “Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.” This quote has an abundance of meaning. It is trying to say that when you work together the outcome is better then you expected it to be. You spread the work evenly and work together in order to complete the assignment. You collaborate with your peers and enjoy the task as much as you can. Before you know it, it is done and more enhanced then you anticipated. As you may have experienced, when you work together the outcome is improved.
teamworkkidsatableWhen a teacher gives you a hard assignment, you get frustrated because of the difficulty level of the project. However, when the teacher says the magic words “you can work together”, you get delighted as if all the pressure has been taken off your chest. You know that now the workload has significantly decreased. However, that does not mean you give the whole workload to your partners, it means you divide the work. This makes the task amusing and tranquil. On the other hand, if you want this project to be a success you will need use teamwork skills.

Explore 2000 is a very collaborative school in which the facilitators try to grab any opportunity they can to let the class work together. Teamwork has made me a better student. It has unlocked my social side because you need to interact with other pupils. I have made many great projects with my fellow students using teamwork skills. I have gained an abundance of knowledge when I do such projects. I learned about their individual interests and opinions about the assignment. Using the knowledge I learn from others, I make my present projects better. So I try to participate in collaborative projects as much as I can.

When I work with a team, I create a bond with my teammates it feels like we are a family. It becomes less pressurized and more fun. I am my true self when I am working in a team. We all make a friendship between each other which results in us working together better. Everyone in Explore 2000 considers themselves as a family member. We work together very well and always achieve success.

In conclusion, teamwork can help you progress as a student, and it is also very entertaining. So participate in your next collaborative assignment! You may even make some new friends. This belief also creates a family-like experience in your daily learning. Teamwork can be very beneficial in you education and it boosts your social interaction.

The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side. ~Margaret Carty

Explore 2000 Middle School

enchantment2012Welcome to Explore 2000’s website! Explore 2000 is a project based middle school where students get to learn by engaging in different hand-on field experiences. Here, all the students get to pursue their academic interests on their own with the help of many great facilitators.

Explore 2000 is a very small school, so we’re like one big family. This family like any other has different styles and ideas, but at the end of the day everyone is always caring. We hope you enjoy the Explore 2000 website!

-M. Malmad