LIBERTY LINES FEBRUARY 21, 2017 - ISSUE 11

OUR SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE

Dear Jersey City Community,

As we usher in Black History Month, in the context of recent national and international events, the words spoken by President Barack Obama at his inauguration seem especially relevant today.

“For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this earth and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass, that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve, that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself, and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.”

While acknowledging the struggles, contributions and accomplishments of Black Americans from Crispus Attucks to Frederick Douglass to Martin Luther King Jr., in making America great and the land of equality, we should remember, borrowing liberally from Desmond Tutu, our equality is bound up in our brothers’ and sisters’, for we can only be equal together. America is yet to be that “perfect union”, and the legacy of the enslavement of Blacks still stains our society, but that should compel us to be even more committed to justice for all.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream wasn’t just for Black Americans. It was for America. It was for the ideals of America. It wasn’t just Blacks who marched on Washington in 1963. It was people from all races, colors and creeds who wanted to take a stand for what is moral and right. The protests, sit-ins and picket signs ignited a national conscience, that looking at our history, has to be reawakened every decade or so. The election of the first African American president filled so many of us with hope, and we truly believed, “Yes we can.”

And, despite these times, it is even more important that we believe, yes, we can. Inequalities persist throughout our country; there are far too many who feel the sting of discrimination because of race, gender, religious beliefs, national origin, sexual orientation, or just being different. But we have to continue to believe we are better than that. We have to continue to take a stand, individually or collectively, large or small, because freedom and justice for all may be more fragile than we think.

And we must remember our history. It has been said the Black History is just American History.

Indeed it is....Dr. Marcia V. Lyles

MCNAIR SENIOR NAMED REGENERON SCIENCE TALENT SEARCH FINALIST

JACKSON WEAVER TO COMPETE FOR TOP AWARDS IN THE NATION'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS SCIENCE AND MATH COMPETITION

PROJECT RESERVOIR WINS

PS 28 received official news that another Project Reservoir team won the first round of the Lexus Eco Challenge Air and Climate. The team wins $10,000 to be split between team members and the school. This team is remarkable in that it is a team of all girls and all 7th graders, their adviser is Andrew Vedder, a 2nd year science teacher. For the first time, Project Reservoir has winners in the Land and Sea Challenge and the Air and Climate Challenge. Both teams are now busy working on their projects for the final challenge.

ANNUAL COIN-DRIVE KICKOFF

Students and faculty at Alfred E. Zampella School 27 gathered for the annual coin-drive kickoff assembly. This year, the National Junior Honor Society is leading a coin drive to raise Money for Miracles in the hopes of funding research to find a cure for cancer and help those currently battling the disease. Ms. Campoverde, a representative from the American Cancer Society, presented an informational powerpoint about cancer and how everyone's donations can help. Students and staff also watched a touching slideshow with pictures of teachers in PS 27 who are currently battling cancer and of those who fought cancer and won. The coin drive will run from 1/17/17 to 2/16/17. If anyone would like to contribute to PS 27's-coin drive, please contact Karen McGinn at kmcginn@jcboe.org. A special thank you to the mother of the NJHS Vice President, Ivonne Garcia, for having t-shirts made for the NJHS officers to promote their coin drive. ​

THE CONWELL KIDZ WIN NATIONAL AWARD AT 2017 JUNIOR THEATER FESTIVAL

Conwell Kidz Drama Program won a Freddie G. Teacher Award and Fellowship for Excellence in Music award at the 2017 Theatrics Junior Theater Festival Atlanta, which occurred January 13, 14, and 15 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA. Educator Nicole Oliver was one of four exceptional educators from schools and performing arts centers around the country selected for the eighth annual “The Freddie G. Fellowship.” Freddie G. Fellows receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City, complete with professional development, Broadway performances, and unforgettable celebrations. In addition to the New York experience, each of the teachers’ organizations receive $5,000 from Freddie and Myrna Gershon to enhance their arts program and further the collaborative and inclusive spirit of producing a musical. The Freddie G Fellowship is underwritten by Music Theatre International Chairman and Broadway Junior founder, Freddie Gershon, and his wife, Myrna. Additionally, the students from Conwell Kidz Drama Program performed selections from Magic Tree House Collection Pirates Past Noon KIDS for all festival attendees, including New York Times-best-selling author, Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House Series of books at the festival’s New Works Showcase.

DISTRICT'S SCIENCE FAIR WINNER

PS 27's Jessica Flores, grade 8, won 1st place in the District's Science Fair and will go on to represent Jersey City in the Hudson County Science Fair

WHO KIDNAPPED MR. PICCILLO?

Fourth-grade students at P.S. 33 participated in a mock crime scene investigation "Who kidnapped Mr. Piccillo?" In this activity, students had to examine the crime scene and make inferences about each piece of evidence, analyze the case files to see how each piece of evidence connected the suspect to the crime, and finally draw a conclusion as to who committed the crime. The students presented their case to their peers offering an explanation of how the crime was committed. Once we identified our perpetrator, the "detectives" staged an arrest. Luckily, Mr. Piccillo is now back at work, safe and sound!

PS 17 CELEBRATES THEIR 100TH DAY

On February 16, 2017, the kindergarten students at Joseph H. Brensinger Elementary School 17 celebrated their 100th day of school. administrators, teachers, and students had an 'oldie but goodie' experience dressing as 100-year-olds. Activities and lessons focused around the 100th-day theme; the hands-on activities and project-based learning made the celebration a highlight of the students' year.

PS 5'S KINDNESS CHALLENGE

PS 28 Boys' Volleyball MS North Division Champs!

PS 14 VISITS THE NEWARK MUSEUM

LITERACY AND MATH TASKS AT PS 24

Students at Watters School 24 in grades K-2, celebrated the 100th Day of school by participating in literacy and math tasks.

LIVE FROM THE NJ SHARING NETWORK

The students of Renaissance Institute, along with their teachers, Mrs. Love and Mr. Bennoude, visited the headquarters of the NJ Sharing Network in New Providence, NJ on February 16, 2017. The NJ Sharing Network is committed to increasing the number of lives saved through innovative transplant research, family support, public awareness, and education about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

PS 12 THANKS NEIGHBORING FIREHOUSE

PS 12's Acting Principal, Mr. Macagnano, stopped by the firehouse of E22/TL4. and handed a poster and a bunch of cards from the students wishing the firefighters well after the break-in at the firehouse. The cards themselves were beautifully decorated, but it was the words on the inside of each one that really moved them. Puts things into perspective, there is more good than evil in the world. A big THANK YOU to all the students and staff that took the time to make all the cards; each one was read.

LIBERTY LINKS

Jaheir Moore of Whitney M. Young PS 15

COME JOIN IN ON THE FUN

Items are still accepted at Central Office security - 346 Claremont Ave. Collections will continue throughout the winter months.

Congratulations to PS 28 for earning the outstanding attendance for the month of January with 95.6%.

THANK YOU

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