The Anthony J. Infante School 31 held its second annual Diwali celebration on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, with performances and a fashion show choreographed and directed by the P.S 31 parents. Much time and energy went in to creating a spectacular day honoring the Festival of Lights. Students, parents, and staff were greeted on Tuesday morning by a Rangoli that decorated the first floor lobby. Highlighting the theme Unity in Diversity, students performed dances, teachers and parents sang cultural songs, and parents and their children dressed in native costumes reflecting the various states in India. Parents also provided each classroom with sweets to mark the occasion. Supervisors Blanca Jackson and Manisha Shah joined in the festivities, which were organized by teachers Keri Lonieski and Tara Schmitt.


This year marks the 27th anniversary of the partnership with the JCPS, Visual Arts Department and the Port Authority (PATH) in creating an original holiday message of good will. Annually, a poster is selected from a K-8 student artwork to be honored and commercially printed and displayed in all PATH trains and stations for the holiday season. The administrators of PATH selected the winners. Category K-2 Winner: Kristy Patel, P.S. 31 Grade 2 - Art Specialist, Heidi Curko Category 3-5 Winner: Neamyah Rolon, P.S. 25 Grade 5 - Art Specialist, Kathleen Toy Category 6-8 Winner: Trishali Gannoju, P.S. 23 Grade 7 - Art Specialist, Maria Francisco One of the three winning posters will be printed and displayed in PATH trains. All the winners and runner up posters in each category will be printed and displayed throughout the PATH stations. The celebratory unveiling of the chosen poster in a decorated PATH train will be on Friday, December 2, 2016, commencing at 11:00 a.m. with a performance by the Jersey City Arts choir in the main concourse of the Journal Square PATH station. Immediately following the unveiling, all 3 winners and their special guests will be honored at a luncheon. The art specialist, principal, and parents of the students are invited to attend the ceremony and luncheon.


There was a wedding of the letters Q and U at Joseph H. Brensinger in Ms. Heffernan and Mrs. Mudzinzki's class. After, a parade of letters, Q and U shared the following vows. The wedding was officiated by the reading teacher, Ms. Gaughan. Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to join in union the letters Q and U. Welcome all letters. Are you ready to take your vows and combine your letters to a lifetime of working to make words? Please say, “I am.” U is a fine letter individually, and is free to form words by himself; words such as umbrella, unicorn, unite, up, and under. However, Q finds herself needing more, a letter that she may travel with in words. Side by side, these two letters form words such as quick, quiet, queen, and quest. Almost always, in the English language, we will find Q joined with U, as a couple It is our privilege to unite them here today to form one sound /kw/ Will Q and U please face each other. Do you, Mr. U, take Miss Q to be your partner and form words like quiet, quail, and question? Please say, “I do.” Do you, Miss Q promise to stand by Mr. U to form words like quiz, quit, and quarter? Please say, “I do." Do you all promise to stay together through quicksand, earthquakes, and during quiet times? Please say, “I do.”


The Alexander D. Sullivan School community was invited to attend Science Day at NJIT, an event sponsored by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Science Day is a national initiative to provide access and awareness of STEM fields and to broaden the participation of Hispanics along all segments of the science and engineering pathways. All students at A.D. Sullivan School, in grades 3-5, were invited to attend the fun-filled event along with their parents. The parents took part in financial literacy workshops while the students engaged in STEM related activities which were facilitated by the engineering students at NJIT. The students took part in hands-on explorations by designing bridges, creating code, practicing lab safety and experimenting with chemical reactions. The special event even included a brief tour of the campus. Students at the Alexander D. Sullivan School had a phenomenal time and will be looking forward to visiting the campus in the near future. At PS 30, future engineers are in the making!


After seeing Mixed-Race Mixtape at William Paterson University on a club field trip, the student members of B BOLD B URSELF DHS were moved enough to make everything possible for the jazz/hip-hop/rap group to visit William L. Dickinson High School the following school year. “Mixed-Race Mixtape is a refreshing and honest new performance fusing hip-hop, monologue, and movement. This concept rap album on the theatre stage follows its storyteller and emcee, Fig, through his many alienating, heart-warming, traumatic experiences growing up in Southern California. From his 5th grade history class, to salsa lessons at his abuela’s house, encounters with local police, and his college orientation, Fig and #MRMT explore the challenges of growing up outside of the box and beyond the choices of black, white, and “Other.” Featuring an all millennial cast and crew, its music, lyrics, and choreography speak directly to the new, now, and next generations of young people, empowering us to tell our stories.” (#MRMT) While considering options on how to get the group to visit their school district, Don Smartt and Steve Hillyer of the Green Market in Journal Square hosted the student members on four different occasions to help them raise the funds for the event. The Green Market at Journal Square matched the funds raised by the students dollar-for-dollar. On Friday, October 14, 2016, Jersey City Public Schools closed out their week-long celebration of the National Week of Respect by hosting approximately six-hundred students from throughout the entire district at city’s largest high school. While 250 of the students were Dickinson’s very own, the other 350 students came from Ferris, Innovation, Liberty, McNair Academic High Schools, Infinity and Renaissance Institutes, Middle Schools #7, #40 and Academy I. The event was being sponsored by Jersey City Public Schools; Student Life & Services; the Secondary Division; the Green Market at Journal Square; William L. Dickinson High School; and the student members of B BOLD B URSELF DHS. Board of Education President Vidya Gangadin, Associate Superintendent Franklin Walker, Directors Paula Christen, Dr. Norma Fernández, Heather Martindale, Supervisors Blanca Jackson, Chantel Snow and Professional Development Coordinator Michele Siebel were in attendance. The forty-eight B BOLD B URSELF DHS student member volunteers hosted and escorted all the visitors throughout the building and leading them to a station right outside of the School Auditorium adjacent to the Library Media Center. There, DHS’s art students assisted the visitors in participating in their “Hands up for the Week of Respect” project which resulted in three banners with varying colored hand-prints; the hand-prints represented each of the students, faculty and staff attending the Mixed-Race Mixtape performance. Finishing touches are currently being done to the banners, which will soon be on display at Dickinson High School. After the about one-hour show which started shortly before 11:00 AM, the members of the group lead a Q & A session where approximately 20 students were given the opportunity to ask amazing questions regarding diversity, prejudice, racism and success in the jazz/hip-hop/rap industry. The students left the event feeling empowered and having a better understanding of The Week of Respect and Diversity Awareness & Sensitivity.


On Monday, October 31, 2016, Nicolaus Copernicus School - P.S. 25 hosted its annual Halloween Parade. A long-standing tradition, their Pre-K students started off the parade by leading the procession of ghouls, zombies, superheroes, princesses, and magical and mystical students around the school's parameters. Once all of the students from Pre-K through grade 5 have joined, the parade then made its way a few times around the school. It truly was an exciting event for students of all ages! It was remarkable to see how much their community celebrated each other during the parade. Emboldening our emphasis on leadership by example and community, the Halloween Parade inspired camaraderie and companionship throughout all grade levels.
The students and staff of the Fred. W. Martin Center for the Arts went pink in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A total of $625. will be donated to the American Cancer Society Organization.


Project Reservoir's Team D.R.O.N.E. was named one of the winning teams in this year's Lexus Eco Challenge: Land & Water. This $10,000.00 prize, awarded to the individual students and the school, will continue to support authentic, community-based STEM activities at PS28. The project advisers, Robert O'Donnell, Joel Naatus, Malissa Yabut, Chris Brown, and Andrew Vedder, are to be commended for their tireless dedication to the children of Jersey City.


In efforts to increase the integration of S.T.R.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art & Math) programs into the school, James F. Murray P.S. 38 has launched the Window Decorating Club. This club allows students in grades 4-8 to express their artistic abilities by assisting in window painting to create a warm, welcoming environment at the front doors of the school. Pictured are the students who put their art skills to work by designing an autumn atmosphere. Additionally, the students in the club will visit classrooms and read seasonal story selections to students in grades Pre-K-2. To bring Principal Sandra Jones’ vision to life, co-advisors Ashley Appell and Yasmin Mebarez have worked with students to complete the fall scenery. As the seasons change, so will the front doors of P.S. 38. Quarterly, a new group of students will use their creativity to give a seasonal welcome to students, staff, and guests as they enter the building.

Quinceañera at PS 30

With the guidance of our World Language ​and ESL ​Teachers, Mrs. Vazquez, Mrs. Vallin, and Ms. Garcia, Mrs. Hathaway’s class participated in the Hispanic Heritage Assembly​ at Alexander D. Sullivan School​. The students celebrated a girl’s Quinceañera, or her 15th birthday. This tradition includes taking part in a ceremony in which she is presented to the community as an adult during a party in her honor. The teachers choreographed a dance to the song, Tiempo de Vals. The students did a wonderful job learning the dance and were a joy to watch. The girls were dressed in beautiful gowns and the boys were equally as impressive in their suits and ties.




Congratulations to Academy I for earning the outstanding attendance for the month of October with 97.9%.

High School Parent Conference (except Snyder and Innovation) from 6:30 - 8 p.m., November 15, 2016

Board of Education Caucus will begin with a closed executive session. The public meeting will resume at CO, 1R, 7:30 p.m., November 15, 2016

Elementary School Parent Conference Night from 6:30 - 8 p.m., November 16, 2016

Snyder HS, Innovation HS, and JCArts Program Parent Conference from 6:30 - 8 p.m., November 17, 2016

Board of Education Monthly Meeting - PS 11, 6 p.m., November 17, 2016

Middle School Parent Conference from 6:30 - 8 p.m., November 22, 2016

4-Hour session for schools ONLY - 12:45 p.m. dismissal - November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Day/Recess - District Closed - November 24 and 25, 2016

Collaborative Professional Development for teachers - 12:45 p.m dismissal for students ONLY - November 30, 2016


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