LIBERTY LINES MARCH 3, 2017 - ISSUE 12

22ND ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING ORATORY COMPETITION WINNER

Nathanael Ramdyal, a seventh grader at Ezra L. Nolan MS 40, took first prize in Jersey City's 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition January 21, 2017, held over three days at City Hall Chambers with his passionate rendition of Dr. King's speech "How Long? Not Long!" Nathanael took home a trophy and a $500 cash prize for his efforts.

BOOK BUDDIES AT PS 24

The middle school students of Watters School 24 kicked-off Read Across America week by reading to their book buddies in the primary grades! It was a great way to start the week-long celebration of math and literacy.

PS 23 K-2 HONORS OUR VETERANS WITH A FUNDRAISER AND ESSAY CONTEST

In life, inspiration can come in many forms. Sometimes it is a kind gesture or even a kind word. Other times, it is a man by the name of George Chmiel who ran fifty miles a day across the United States of America. For the faculty and students of PS 23’s K-2 program in the Marc Anthony DiNardo Annex, it was exactly that act of kindness that would inspire them to show their very own sense of patriotism and respect for our Veterans. George Chmiel is an avid runner who took his hobby one step further for a worthy cause by raising money for Guardian for Heroes Foundation and Paralyzed Veterans of America. He ran across the country in order to raise awareness and money for Veterans through Beastmode for the Brave, an organization he founded. When the students and faculty of PS 23 K-2 heard about such a cause, they felt the need to help out. Truly inspired, they raised and donated $160 to the organization. With a Patriotic Dress-Down Day, students and faculty showed their pride in America. However, K-2 classroom teachers went even further by developing an essay contest, “How Can You Show Your Patriotism?” The student who wrote the winning essay in each grade level earned a Dominos large pizza for their family. The proud winners were Vyvy Vu, Routhline Purification, and Byron Zuniga-Enamorado. Although only three students took home a winning gift certificate, all students felt as if they had won. They learned more about our Veterans while financially helping those in need. By being inspired, they actually became an inspiration.

MS 7 HOSTING HEALTHY FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

In the spirit of love and in efforts to foster healthy family relationships, Franklin L. Williams MS 7 hosts "My Favorite Guy/Gal" every February. Staff work together to encourage the students to invite a family role model to this fun-filled event. Families are greeted at the door by student volunteers and directed to the photo-booth to create a personal keepsake to take home. They are then invited to the planned joint activity facilitated by the Art's department. This year's art project was a paint night that bore the theme "A Family That Plays Together Stays Together." The principal, Mr. Edwin Rivera, concluded this activity with a heart-warming message for the 200 participants in attendance. Parents and students were escorted to the gymnasium where students were blindfolded and lead through an obstacle challenge by their parent, emphasizing the need for help and guidance no matter how old we are. The evening was topped off by a hot buffet prepared by the talented cafeteria staff in an ambiance created by light music and candlelight. Principal Rivera and Assistant Principals Stringile and Barnaskas rolled up their sleeves and served food to the families. Moreover, the staff's dedication to fostering healthy family connections made this evening an absolute success!

JERSEY CITY STUDENTS MAKE THEIR MARK AT POETRY OUT LOUD COMPETITION

On Thursday February 23, McNair student, B​​reana Sena, competed at the Region 6 Poetry Out Loud Contest and won a spot to go on to compete in the State Championship on March 9th. This was her first year going to regional competition, where she faced a challenging set of competitors drawn from 20 schools across Hudson, Bergen, and Passaic Counties. Breana recited three poems "I Sit and Sew" by Alice Dunbar Nelson, "Self-Inquiry Before the Job Interview" by Gary Soto, and "Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe. McNair is the defending State champion, sending Celeste Sena to National competition. Students from Dickinson and Snyder also competed, and these schools and Renaissance had students attend the event as spectators. Over 24,000 students compete in NJ on the classroom level, so it a robust and challenging program to win.

AUTHOR SHAREYNA N. SCOTT VISITS SNYDER HS

On Tuesday, February 14, author, Shareyna N. Scott, came to read to students from her book, The Test of a Woman. The book deals with real-life experiences of women through short stories and focuses on women's emotional healing and building a healthier lifestyle. Students and teachers were able to speak with Ms. Scott about her life as an author. The event was coordinated by English teacher, LaShonda Mahaley, and held in Snyder High School's new Library Media Center.

INDEPENDENCE DAY OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC CELEBRATED AT CITY HALL

Both 1st graders from PS 22 and ESL Cafe Club students from Ferris HS were invited to perform at JC's Dominican Independence Day celebration. Students performed a traditional Dominican dance called Merengue in traditional cultural attire.

JERSEY CITY PRINCIPAL HONORED

Watters School 24’s Principal Rosalyn S. Barnes was among the “Best of the Best” honored by Black Interest Team Enterprise (B.I.T.E.) at their black-tie gala hosted at the Casino in the Park on Saturday, February 25, 2017. She received the 2017 Education Leadership Award in the presence of over 30 district colleagues and hundreds of community leaders and supporters. The keynote speaker for the evening was Senator Ronald Rice who delivered a charge to community members to rally in unity to support the efforts of community organizations. Citations were given by Senator Sandra D. Cunningham and Councilman Jermaine Robinson. Principal Barnes would like to especially thank B.I.T.E, Watters School 24 family, and everyone else who supported her throughout her years in education.

PRE-K ENGLISH/SPANISH DUAL LANGUAGE

APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE NOW! CONTACT OUR EARLY CHILDHOOD DEPARTMENT AT 201.915.6045 OR GO TO OUR DISTRICT WEBSITE, WWW.JCBOE.ORG), AND DOWNLOAD APPLICATION.

KINDERGARTEN AND 1ST GRADE DUAL LANGUAGE

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Interim Progress Reports Distributed - Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Daylight Savings Time Begins on Sunday, March 12 - Set your clocks ahead one-hour

Caucus - CO, 1R - Board Members will begin every meeting at 6 PM, with a closed session from 6-7:30 PM on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Board of Education Meeting at PS 20, 6 PM on Thursday, March 16, 2017

Collaborative Professional Development for teachers from 1:30 - 3:45 PM on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. There is a 12:45 dismissal for students ONLY

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