LIBERTY LINES may 18, 2016 - edition 3

Snyder HS Junior Aaliyah Tisdale, one of the organizers of the Anti-Violence Rally at Snyder, speaks about the pain of gun violence.

PS 3 STUDENT TAKES STAGE AT UNION COUNTY PAC

Kayla Lavilette, a 5th grader at Frank R. Conwell PS 3, will be playing Shonelle in School of Rock Youth Production at UCPAC on May 20-22, 2016. School of Rock is a brand new musical based on the famous Paramount film. The stage musical on Broadway is produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who has composed 14 new songs to create a score. School of Rock, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. Kayla has been performing with the Conwell Kidz Drama Program for the past 2 years. The Conwell Kidz traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, this year to compete in the Junior Theater Festival and, against all odds, won for Overall-Outstanding Performance. Kayla feels at home on the stage and decided to start pursuing her passion and auditioned for the Kota production of School of Rock. "I am so honored to be selected to be a part of the School of Rock production. The show is so much fun, and I get to meet amazing kids who share the love of performing. The rehearsals are so much fun, and I know we are going to put on an amazing show." Scenes from the School of Rock movie, starring Jack Black, were filmed at UCPAC in 2002. The 1,300-seat historical Vaudeville Theater continues to host celebrity artists, concerts, musicals, and community events. Union County Performing Arts Center is located at 1601 Irving St., Rahway, NJ. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 732-499-8226 or visit www.KOTAproductions.com.

"EAT RIGHT, MOVE RIGHT" - PS 6 ARE DIVISION CHAMPS

NY JETS wide receiver presents PS 6 with fitness, nutrition grant.

MCNAIR'S KARANVEER SINGH REPRESENTS AT THE NJ SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Recently, McNair junior Karanveer Singh was selected as a representative at the New Jersey Scholars Program. Karanveer will take part in a five­-week summer internship with thirty­-eight students from around the State as part of the highly­ competitive program, which features a faculty composed of esteemed college professors and admits less than 15% of applicants each year. During his time in Lawrenceville, Karanveer will construct a 10­-15 page research paper under the theme “The Great War Era: Cultural Splendor or the Collapse of Civilization?” Karanveer was informed of the program by his history teacher, Mr. Selby, and by his older brother, a NJ Scholars alum. Mr. Selby and the “supportive family” of McNair played a crucial role in his application process, drafting letters of recommendation, and guiding him through the details. Even so, when he discovered that he had been accepted, he was shocked, particularly since he’d been greatly impressed by the students in his group interview. Part of his initial excitement stemmed from all the wonderful people he had encountered at the interview. “The people and alumni that I met during my group interview resembled the kind of people McNair loves to create: those who are confident, eloquent, creative, and sociable.” Karanveer will also be able to explore the Great War and the Lost Generation, topics, which have been touched on throughout his high school years, and which will be expanded on over the course of the program. In doing so, he will not only be gathering new information and insight, but he will be taught how to apply these lessons, a key aspect of life, as a McNair student.

PS 24 WILL NOT SELF-DESTRUCT!

Students at the Chaplain Charles J. Watters School 24 engaged in a close reading of the lyrics from the 1989 Hip Hop song, "Self-Destruction." Through annotation and classroom discussion, they determined the theme and central idea of the textual lyrics. They were so inspired by the message that they recreated the video for music class. This is their stance on bullying and destruction within their communities and school.

PS 12 IS WILD FOR BOOKS!

Each student received a free book of their choice in their Jungle-themed reading room as part of our RIF (Reading is Fundamental) Book Distribution Program. The students' Safari guide, (June Sanders Reading Specialist) was able to wrangle up the rare and elusive White-horned rhinoceros (Thomas Macagnano, Assistant Principal) to share his love of reading to the students. Jersey City Police Officer, Sean Connors, also stopped by to support the event. Unfortunately, yesterday also marked an end of an era. For the past 23 years, the Julia A. Barnes School has been participating in RIF Book Distribution Program. Since then, thousands of beautifully illustrated books were given to the students, free of charge, to support and encourage recreational reading. Jersey City RIF programs lost funding approximately seven years ago, but PS 12 has been able to continue providing RIF books with the support of the Macy's Book Smart Award, which they won five years running. RIF also extended their grant an additional two years thanks to the many wonderful cards and letters the staff and their students provided in support of RIF. Sadly, PS 12 has not been able to obtain a new benefactor. PS 12 would like to thank its faculty and staff so much for their many years of support, enthusiasm, and encouragement. RIF could not have been successful without them, or without the Reading Specialist, June Sanders, who made it all possible.

MULTICULTURAL CELEBRATION AND AWARDS CEREMONY AT PS 24

The Chaplain Charles J. Watters School 24 celebrated their 3rd marking period accomplishments during the Multicultural Celebration and Awards Assembly on May 18, 2016. Students experienced Indian, Spanish, Egyptian and country songs and dances. Congratulations to all who received an award!

MOODY'S MEGA MATH CHALLENGE PROVED CHALLENGING FOR MAHS STUDENTS

A group of two McNair juniors and three seniors battled frigid conditions, limited time, and fatigue to compose an eighteen ­page, math­-based research paper during the last week in February. Starting their day at 7:30 a.m., the students worked together to solve a complex math problem as part of Moody’s Mega Math Challenge. The experience was facilitated by a McNair math teacher, Christopher Kaczka. Though Mr. Kaczka was not permitted to assist the scholars throughout the challenge, he mentored them in the weeks beforehand, and he supervised them during the fourteen-hour work process, throughout which they consulted the Internet and various books. Mr. Kaczka described an “intense energy that filled the atmosphere as diagrams and charts were created, and equations covered the boards.” Juniors Jeriel Lao and Jackson Weaver and seniors Sarbari Sarkar, Sandy Seedhom, and Christopher Colon worked tirelessly, aided by the powers of orange juice and bagels. Student Jeriel Lao described how the day unfolded, explaining how the nature of the tasks closely resembled the environment of business jobs. He also expanded on the significance of collaboration throughout tedious hours of grueling math, saying “We split up the work into teams based on the number of concerns at the time. At some points it would be two teams of two, and the other person working on the report; other times it would be all of us in a group to come up with a major decision; or it could just as easily be all of us working individually, calling when something interesting ends up on the table, physically or metaphorically.” Despite the help of his team­mates, Jeriel was surprised by the difficulty of the mathematical concepts, which were presented to him. He confessed “To be honest, I personally was not as prepared mathematically/scientifically as I expected to be, but due to the challenge of my current and previous classes, I expanded on those concepts with logic to create something entirely new, which helped when it came to more conceptual questions.” Although the team did not emerge victorious this year, the McNair community is proud of these students for their accomplishments, and we wish them all the best in their future mathematical endeavors!

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