LIBERTY LINES November 28, 2016 - ISSUE 7


We are thrilled to announce that Cameron Clarke, Howard University class of 2017 and McNair Academic class of 2013, has just been selected to receive the prestigious 2017 Rhodes Scholarship, which provides all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. Clarke was one of only 32 students nationwide out of 2500 applicants to receive this incredibly competitive award. A double major community health education and biology, Clarke is already author of six academic publications and lead author on five, and a certified EMT. As co-president of Howard’s chapter of the Peer Health Exchange, he has worked tirelessly both at Howard and in local public and charter schools as a health educator and peer leader. He is also a news editor of The Hilltop, Howard’s student newspaper, and a current Congressional intern with the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. At Oxford, he plans to study Primary Health Care, and afterwards, attend medical school, then work in public health policy and conduct clinical research. AT McNair, Clarke was not only an excellent student and a member of the National Honor Society, but also an athlete and leader in the school community. He served as vice-president of his class, president of the drama club, and a valued member of the varsity tennis team. He also was a state runner-up in the Poetry Out Loud competition. Jersey City Public Schools and McNair Academic are extremely proud of his accomplishments.


Capital One Bank and The Heart of America Foundation® To Unveil New Technology Corner at James J. Ferris High School Community Receives State-of-the-Art Tech, Furniture, and Digital Books The Jersey City Public Schools celebrated the grand opening of the new Technology Corner at James J. Ferris High School on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Through a generous grant from Capital One, The Heart of America Foundation’s READesign® team worked with Ferris High School staff and community to transform an area within the facility into a state-of-the-art technology center, providing innovative tools for students. Technology editing machines, green screens and a touchscreen TV, donated in conjunction with new furniture, will provide on-demand access to business and financial literacy tools, closing the gap in digital education access and empowering students to develop the skills needed to succeed in our digital economy. The Technology Corner at Ferris High School will also support the school and the District’s student broadcasting initiative. Approximately 25 Capital One Bank volunteers worked at Ferris High School on Wednesday to complete the new Tech Corner with activities ranging from assembling furniture and preparing technology to conducting financial literacy classroom activities with students. In addition to this, the volunteers helped set-up the new digital literacy resources that will focus on state of the art filming and editing techniques.


The Instructional Leaders of William L. Dickinson High School saw the need to bridge the gap between high school and opportunities for college and career. Focusing on our district’s Power Goal, the Instructional Leadership Team created and implemented DHS’s first “Breakfast with a Professional.” Selected male and female students were provided an opportunity to meet with professionals from both the business and college sectors on a monthly basis. The program provided an opportunity for students to network with professionals from various industries. Students interacted with these professionals in an informal setting where they discussed trends in industry; which colleges provide opportunities to earn degrees within those professions; and discuss what potential employers seek when considering possible candidates for available positions. The team wanted to create an atmosphere where students are able to speak with professionals rather than be susceptible to an experience where professionals speak to them. Welcomed were Mr. Lonzell Wilson, who currently serves as the Human Resources Director for UPS Informational Services, and Ms. Doris. R. Sanders-Haedley, who currently oversees Community Relations with UPS North Atlantic within the Human Resources Division. The feedback from our guests and students was overwhelmingly positive. All feedback will be considered during the planning stages of the next “Breakfast with a Professional.”


Students at PS 33 participated in a Class Snack Election. They made posters to campaign for their favorite snack. Then the students cast their ballots in the voting box. They loved the activity, and it helped them understand the voting process!


The latest Parent Workshop, offered by the Office of Family and Community Engagement, was a success. The presenter, Dr. Joel Nunez, proposed self-care and systemic strategies focusing attention on the prevention and treatment of emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and diminished sense of care giving accomplishment and effectiveness. If you were unable to attend Part I, Part II is being offered on November 28 and all are invited to attend. Please call 201.413.6988 for registration information.


On November 14, Ms. Luce, Principal of Ezra L. Nolan Middle School, had the pleasure of welcoming Mr. Franklin Walker and Ms. DeMarchena, MOSAIC Research Coordinator, to induct the 2016-2017 MOSAIC Ambassadors. The students were selected amongst their peers and advisors will have the opportunity to serve as a leader within their Mosaic Advisory and the chance to make important, positive changes within their school for a term of one year. These students have been charged with taking on the challenge of creating a Positive Purpose Project throughout the year, which will be presented during a culminating activity at Rutgers University.


The Hudson County Sheriff's Office invited the families of PS 33 to have Cookies With A Cop on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. The students and their families danced, played games, and of course, enjoyed cookies with the officers. This fun-filled event helps to bridge the gap between the community and law enforcement.


To celebrate their Centennial, the Dr. Michael Conti School community have been holding several events to mark the occasion, including a Multicultural Recital, the Conti Olympics, and the Centennial Harvest Garden Party. The party was held in the Conti School Family Garden, the site of a series of ongoing beautification projects, which began a few years ago with the help of parents, staff, administrators, and community organizations. The garden is being put to good use with classes being held outdoors in this beautiful setting. The Centennial Harvest Garden Party was a chance for PS 5 families to enjoy the benefits of their hard work ahead of the upcoming winter months.


Peer Group Connection Starts with a Junior 3-Day Retreat filled with fun, collaboration, and hard work​. The 19 juniors selected (through an application and interview process) for our school Peer Group Connection (PGC) class started the school year with a three-day (September 19 - September 21) retreat to the Archdiocesan Retreat Youth Center in Kearny, NJ. During this retreat, students took advantage of the time to focus on themselves, one another and the primary objectives of this program. PGC is an activity-based program that supports and eases students’ successful transition from Middle to High school. The program empowers high school juniors to create an environment for incoming freshmen. This year, pairs of junior peer leaders will meet with groups of 10-15 freshmen, once a week, in outreach sessions designed to strengthen relationships and inspire young people to become engaged leaders who positively influence their peers.


PS3 has several holistic projects underway on its school campus. A variety of stakeholders, including Slow Foods of Northern New Jersey and dedicated staff and volunteers, have come together to create a vibrant school garden and outdoor classroom space. Their mission is to instill in their students the habits necessary to live a healthy lifestyle by growing a variety of organic vegetables, including heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce, peppers, and herbs. Over the past two years they have harvested, making delicious healthy salads. Students look forward to building on these efforts to include a soil composting program and a worm farm, which will allow them to make their own soil. Planning is underway now to design and install a pollinator garden to attract a variety of insects, including butterflies. The tomatoes pictured are late bloomers that don't receive enough sunlight at this point in the year to fully ripen. They will be used to make fried green tomatoes!



Collaborative Professional Development for teachers - 12:45 p.m. dismissal for students ONLY - November 30, 2016


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