ps 5 Wins PIX11's 'Fuel my school' and a Hefty $$ prize !

The Dr. Michael Conti School community gathered in the auditorium last Friday to hear WPIX11 announce that out of more than 600 finalists, we were chosen the winner in the Middle School category of the "Fuel My School" Contest! We won in large part due to our focus on authentic Project Based Learning, along with initiatives on social justice, kindness, and a culturally responsive curriculum, through which PS5 students make a difference in the world. The $11,000 prize will be spent on upgrading our science lab and transforming it into a STEAM lab which will be available to ALL grade levels.

Kudos to our middle school teacher (and recent Ed.D recipient) Dr. Yalitza Vega for submitting the winning essay to PIX11!


Our 4th & 5th grade dual language students gave a beautiful performance of Spanish songs at the recent Jersey City Public Schools Bilingual Proclamation Ceremony. And congratulations to PS5 student Nadia Holahan for being recognized as the Dual Language Student of the Year in the grade 3-5 category!

4th & 5th grader from PS5's Dual Language program perform "Cielito Lindo" at the ceremony(left), and Nadia Holahan receives the "Dual Language Student of Year" award.

grand opening: Conti Sensory Room

PS5's Sensory Room (designed to provide students experiences through movement, touch, light, and sound, as well as inclusive opportunities to promote social interaction) has officially opened. Thank you to Special Education Supervisor Candace Coccaro and Director Gerry Crisonino for securing a grant from Subaru that made this amazing room possible. We were very happy to have representatives from Subaru, including Hudson Auto Group owner Andy Shapiro, along with Jersey City Public Schools Acting Superintendent Franklin Walker, Chief of Staff Dr. Norma Fernandez, and Board Trustee Gina Verdibello on hand for the festivities.

mentoring program

PS5 students in Room 219 have been participating in the MARRC (Mentoring and Restoring Relationships with Cops) Initiative, a partnership between JC Public Schools, the JC Police Dept, and the Hudson Co. Sheriffs Office. Students are initially paired with volunteer law enforcement officers to engage in weekly letter exchanges, and later meet to discuss issues like bullying, internet safety, and conflict management. The MARRC Initiative aims to promote an understanding between law officers and students in order to build community relationships, as well as improve students’ academic skills in Language Arts, and further social skills and self-confidence.

LIBERTY Humane Donations

Conti middle school students presented more than 20 boxes filled with pet supplies and food, along with $205 in cash donations, to Liberty Humane Society. The donated items were collected through a drive organized by students in Rooms 305 & 308, as an extension of their recent project addressing ways to help neglected and abused animals.

Experts from the shelter educated students on ways to care for animals and introduced them to a lovable rescue dog named Blue.

Principal for a day

This past Tuesday, the Dr. Michael Conti School welcomed Mr. Sherwin Tsai, an attorney, to serve as our Principal for a Day. The goal of this annual program is to promote community involvement in our public schools. Mr. Tsai shadowed PS5 Principal John J. Rivero and got to see the multifaceted challenges that instructional leaders and teachers address on a daily basis. Many thanks to Mr. Tsai who surprised the first grade Dual Language class with a supply of notebooks, pencils, and sunglasses.


Our teachers & staff were treated by the Conti PTA to lunch and mini-massages on Teacher Appreciation Day

celebrating mom

The Friday before Mother's Day, first-graders held a "Muffins with Mom" celebration. Rooms were decorated, moms and kids posed for shots in a photo booth, songs were sung, and each child got to get up and talk about the qualities that makes their mom so special. There were many smiles, hugs, and happy tears during the celebration!


Our students in grades PreK through 2 had great fun celebrating the JCPS "Week of the Young Child." Activities included Breakfast With Parents, Welcoming Guest Readers, Creating Tie-Die Shirts, Super Hero Costume Day, Mix-n-Match Day, Share Your Adventure Day, Bubbles and Chalk Field Day, Classroom Color & Ice Cream Day, Pajama & Movie Day, and even a trip to Bambino Chef to make chocolate-chip scones!

MURALs that motivate

Colorful murals that convey messages to inspire, uplift, and educate, have been appearing on walls and doors throughout our school. Students from PS5's Kindness Council identified areas needing beautification, selected the messages to be painted, and lent a helping hand to artists Andrea McKenna and Tanvi Malushte, who both volunteered their time over the course of eight days to help make this project a success.

A collaborative effort between students from the Conti Kindness Council, parent Natalie Gallagher, and artists from Art House Productions made this murals project possible. Be on the look out for more pieces in the near future!


Thank you!

Conti Chatter NEWSFLASH! @2018-2019

Created by:

K. Sexton, PS5 Library Media Specialist

Principal John J. Rivero

Assistant Principal Alan LaMonica


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