LIBERTY LINES JUNE 1, 2016 - EDITION 5

SILENT PROTEST HELD AT DICKINSON HS

B BOLD B URSELF and William L. Dickinson High School celebrated their second annual DAY OF SILENCE on Thursday, May 19, 2016. In the United States, the Day of Silence is the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) annual day of action to spread awareness about the effects of the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and their supporters. The student members insisted on making the event inclusive in regards to representing anybody who may have been silenced due to any and all adversities they experience (d) in their lives. The Day of Silence has been held each year in April since 1996. While the National Day of Silence was observed on April 15, the student members decided to postpone their silent protest until May 19 due to statewide PARCC testing. Last year, BBBU had 137 participants sign-up; this year, they proudly tripled their numbers. Over 400 students and staff members signed-up, signed-in, and chose to remain silent from 8:30 AM to approximately 2:30 PM where they all reported to the auditorium to break the silence during eighth period. Prior to breaking the silence, the 400-something students viewed a twelve-minute video prepared by B BOLD B URSELF DHS members, otherwise known as “Boulders," via recommendations from the entire student and staff population. The slideshow was made up of breathtaking photos from history, selfie photos of members telling why they chose to be silent on May 19 and memorial pictures of international, national, and local people who have been silenced by, but not limited to, disease, death, murder, suicide, bullying, violence, and/or politics. Among those memorialized in the inspiring and moving movie were former Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles T. Epps, Jr., Associate Superintendent Patricia Bryant, Language Arts Teacher Migdalia Mojica, and a number of students lost by the DHS community, such as Jay R. Patel, Michael Ortega, and including most recently, Rondell Rush. The 45-minute assembly also consisted of some discourse led by student host and senior member, Bobby Williams, and a read aloud by their club advisor, Ted Guzmán. Mr. Guzmán read an excerpt from Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul entitled Speak Up by Alexis Streb. After school, the diversity awareness and sensitivity club sponsored a double feature event honoring recently deceased masters of self-expression; they viewed Labyrinth starring David Bowie and Graffiti Bridge starring Prince Rogers Nelson.

PS 16 AND 38 ENJOY LSC'S NEW EXHIBIT, DINO DIG

Students and staff from Cornelia F. Bradford School 16 and James F. Murray School 38 had a wonderful hands-on experience at Liberty Science Center’s new exhibit, Dino Dig. The students’ experience started off by meeting and talking to Jack Horner, a world renowned Paleontologist who has served as a technical advisor for the Jurassic Park movies. Students discussed their favorite dinosaurs with him, and he talked about why certain dinosaurs were put into the movie. One of our students even stumped Mr. Horner with a dinosaur he didn’t know! He explained that with over 800 dinosaurs even he didn’t know them all. After the educational meeting with Mr. Horner, it was time to get digging! With their dinosaur guide and brush in hand, students searched the site for dinosaur fossils. They had a blast finding and classifying various fossils. “It was a wonderful experience to take science outside the classroom. They learned firsthand how paleontologists work in the field,” remarked PS 16 teacher, Mr. Cook, when asked about the trip. “There is no doubt that participating in an activity enhances education, and that’s exactly what my grade 4 students had the opportunity to do,” stated Mrs. Fudali, PS 38 teacher, who also participated with her students.

MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVED AT MS 7

MS 7's National Junior Honor Society students placed a memorial in honor of our fallen. Situated on the hill of our yard sat flags and a memorial wreath. Every flag placed represented 5,000 soldiers' lives lost protecting and defending our freedom. The students placed 240 flags, representing a total of approximately 1.2 million lives of soldiers lost (American Revolution - present day). On Friday, May 27, 2016, the MS 7 NJHS led the student body in a Memorial Day Observance by reciting a speech provided by the Disabled American Veterans and playing Taps (recording by United States Marine Band). Our observance benefactors: Jersey City Police Officer Benevolent Association generously donated the flags, Jersey City Education Association generously donated the wreath, Disabled American Veterans provided the speech.

THE LION CUB GIFTED BOOKS TO PS 8'S FIRST GRADERS

The PS 8 Bulldogs would like send a special THANK YOU to the Rotary Club of Jersey City for sending personalized storybooks to each and every 1st Grade student!

CITY OF TREES THANKS INSPIRED JCPS STUDENTS

The City Of Trees window painting event included 96 students in total from MS 4 and 7, PS 8, 22, 23, and 38, Academy 1, Renaissance Institute, and Snyder HS. Paintings are on display throughout the summer along Central Avenue. Please see link below.

COACH HURLEY VISITS PS 28'S BASKETBALL TEAM

What a huge honor and deepest thanks to Coach Hurley for going in and running a practice with PS 28's basketball team!

PS 23 THIRD GRADERS VISITED THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

On May 18, third-graders from P.S. 23 went to the Museum of Natural History to see and learn about the history of our world. They learned about dinosaurs, animals, rocks, and minerals. First, they saw molten rocks and learned more about how rocks are formed and where to find different kinds of rocks. Then, they saw dinosaur skeletons and even a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull. Next, they went to the Hall of Biodiversity, where there were models of fish, butterflies and many more animals. In the next room, they saw a life-size (or maybe even bigger) model of a blue whale, the largest animal in the world. Finally, they visited the animal statues, which appear in dioramas. Third-grade student Hassan Nasir said, "It was amazing! I think the best part was the 21,000-pound blue whale." Third-grader John Rojas said, "The animals in the dioramas were so life-like!" Everyone had a great time.

TRAPOSQUITOES OF PS 28

Traposquitoes in the process of making mosquito eliminating prototype using compost. Take that, Zika!!!

JC ROTARY CLUB STRIKES AGAIN AT PS 24

The first grade students at the Chaplain Charles J. Watters School 24 received personalized books courtesy of the Rotary Club of Jersey City on Friday, May 27, 2016. Students were excited to dance with the bear and eager to start reading their new books.

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