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.
WORLD LANGUAGE CELEBRATION & DUAL LANGUAGE HONORS
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
CELEBRATION OF THE YOUNG CHILD
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.