2021-2022 Teacher and ESP of The Year

2021-2022 Teacher and ESP of The Year
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We are pleased to announce the 2021-2022 Teachers and Educational Services Professionals of the year for Pascack Hills High School! This year, we recognize James Soltmann (Science Teacher) as our Teacher of the Year.  Our Educational Services Professional of the Year is Brittany Punim (School Psychologist).

When recognizing each teacher and professional in their respective classrooms and offices, Superintendent Fishbein shared quotes from students and colleagues who nominated the recipients. Below are a few of these quotes, which best describe the character of the recipients, and their impact on our school community.

We congratulate this year's recipients for all of their continued efforts to make our school a special place.

Mr. James Soltmann
Science Teacher

"Mr. Soltmann truly cares about what he does both in and out of the classroom. His students appreciate that he makes learning accessible, fun and enjoyable to learn. He is an amazing coach who knows how to empower and bring out the best in his players."

"You can find Jim in different facets in the school from being a coach, to being an advisor to Camp Raspberry, to being a dedicated teacher. Jim has gone above and beyond to let his students know that they are valued, that they are capable, and that there is always an opportunity for growth, and he does it with such fierce compassion!"


Ms. Brittany Punim
School Psychologist

"I've never worked with someone as selflessly and wholeheartedly committed to her students as Mrs. Punim. Mrs. Punim goes FAR above and beyond in her role as the School Psychologist. She provides endless support to the students whom she case-manages and counsels. In times that she cannot provide the support firsthand, she races to find the person who can provide it to her students. She is a true collaborator, in that she fosters a team approach and communication between students, teachers, and parents. The PH school community emphasizes the importance of relationships made with students, and Mrs. Punim does that seamlessly. Her students know her as an advocate, their biggest fan and believer in them but also as a counselor guiding how to problem-solve and cope through the challenges of high school life. So much of what Mrs. Punim does may be behind closed doors, but I continue to marvel at dedication, which she treats well beyond a profession. Mrs. Punim is very deserving of this recognition!"

COVID19 Updated Guidance

Sept 2022


The New Jersey Department of Health recommends that students with the following symptoms or combination of symptoms be promptly isolated from others and excluded from school:


  • At least two of the following symptoms: fever (measure or subjective), chills, rigors (shivers), myalgia (muscle aches), headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion, or runny nose;


  • At least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new olfactory disorder, or new taste disorder.


  • A medically supervised  negative  COVID19  PCR test or Rapid Antigen test is required to return to school for symptomatic individuals, even with an alternate diagnosis such as a positive strep or influenza swab.  This requirement for testing is for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status. We can not accept home tests at this time to rule out COVID19.

  • Please notify the attendance officer or the school nurse office if your child is exhibiting Covid-19 compatible symptoms. 


  • Please notify your school Nurse

  • Student will need to remain home for 5 days from symptom onset (symptom onset is considered day “0”)

  • Days 6-10: Students may return ONLY if no symptoms and fever free for 24 hours.  They must wear a well fitted mask at all time, indoor and outdoors, during this time frame while at school.

  •  Regardless of immunization status of other family members, those who are COVID 19 positive should be isolated from others in the household, if possible, for the full 10 days

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