LIBERTY LINES january 18, 2017 - issue 10

FERRIS HS TEACHER ASSISTANT WINS PUBLISHERS CLEARNING HOUSE

Ferris High School's teacher assistant, Ms. Christine Beaufort, received a wonderful surprise on Friday, January 6, 2017, at the school when Publishers Clearing House came with a camera, a bouquet of roses, balloons, and a check for $20,000 to present to her. They tried to surprise her at home before proceeding to the workplace, but she was already in transit. The school's main office requested that Ms. Beaufort report to her car because she left her car lights on. When she arrived, the representatives were waiting to surprise her with the check. What a wonderful surprise! It does really happen! Congratulations Ms. Beaufort!

PS 16 STUDENTS PRESENT TO TEACHERS AT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

On November 30, fifth grade students from PS 16 presented to teachers at our Professional Development Workshop. Suhani Gupta and Marie Hong focused their presentation on the use of Google Docs, Google Drive, and Google Slides. They stated, "Google Docs brings your documents to life. Saving documents is so overrated." Throughout the presentation, the two students guided teachers on how to access Google Docs and its many uses. They even had them take the time to create and share a document with their colleagues as the students provided individual support to those needing assistance. Marie and Suhani started a trend and got teachers hooked on editing and creating new pages on Google. Teachers took these tools back to the classroom and created documents with their students and communicated agenda items for PLCs, viewing, commenting, and editing weekly grade level meetings. Thank you Marie and Suhani for amplifying your voices in such a unique way!

CONGRATULATIONS TO MCNAIR'S JACKSON WEAVER

JACKSON WEAVER IS ONE OF 15 STUDENTS CHOSEN FROM NEW JERSEY

CONWELL KIDZ ADJUDICATION 2017

12TH ANNUAL JUNIOR THEATER FESTIVAL

The Conwell Kidz once again had an extremely successful experience at the 12th Annual Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta. Under the direction of Nicole Oliver and Alexandra Montanez, The Kidz opened the New Works Showcase in full costume with an amazing rendition of the Mary Pope Osbourne's Magic Tree House/Pirates Past Noon. The performance, led by Jermaine Birchett, Jon Pierre Saitta, Mia Oliver, and Jacob Ferrera, drew a standing ovation by the crowd of 6,000 students and teachers of theater from all over the country, Australia, and New Zealand. During the adjudication period, the KIDZ earned the award for Excellence in Music. Sasha Caines and Jermaine Birchett were named Junior Theater Festival All Stars. A special thanks to PS 41 dance teacher, Emily Funicello for her expertise in choreography. The most exciting news was that our director, Nicole Oliver, was recognized and received the Freddy G Teacher Award and Fellowship. Nicole will be studying this summer with the experts to receive a master teacher status. The Freddie G Fellowship is an all-expense paid weekend in NYC, complete with professional development, performances, and celebrations sponsored by Freddie Gershon, Music Theatre International and Broadway Junior founder, and his wife, Myrna. Additionally, Freddie and Myrna will donate $5,000 to the individual recipient’s organization to be put towards his or her musical theater program. Forty-seven teachers have now taken part in the Freddie G Fellowship, which has included master classes with award-winning Broadway professionals such as Stephen Sondheim, Jeanine Tesori, Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman, Scott Whitman, Bobby Lopez, Kristen Anderson Lopez, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, Baayork Lee, Jeff Calhoun, Warren Carlyle, Rick Elice, Douglas Carter Beane, Ken Billington, Tobin Ost, and many others. They also attended Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, saw pilot workshop productions of future Broadway Junior titles, and toured both Music Theatre International and iTheatrics. All in all, the celebration was an amazing success. The Conwell Kidz return to the stage in late February with the FIRST EVER performance of the yet to be released script of Aladdin, Jr. Disney recruited the Kidz and Mrs. Oliver for this performance. Dates and times to be announced shortly.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR JCPS ART TEACHERS

Exemplary instruction in the content area of Visual Arts is ever evolving and progressing, and JCPS art staff members continue to bring forth the talents of our students by learning and developing as artists. The Da Vinci Initiative Watercolor Workshop for Educators is a skilled-based model for enhancement of visual acuity and technical skill through portrait painting. Each concept was introduced and presented with lesson plans for grades K-12. The professional development was held at the Florence Academy at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City on January 5 and 6, 2017.

CHANGE YOUR WORDS; CHANGE YOUR MINDSET

Students at Alexander D. Sullivan Elementary School 30 recently learned about developing a Positive Growth Mindset- the belief that hard work and practice help us reach our goals! Classes read books that were purchased through the generosity of a PS 30 family and then completed projects where they practiced applying a growth mindset just like the characters in the stories!
PS11 would like to congratulate 4th grader, Janak Ochani, who will represent the school at the Hudson County competition later this spring.

LIBERTY HS TEACHER, VLADIMIR SYLNE, RECEIVES MENTOR PIN

About a year ago, Liberty High School's Jonathan Ricco became an Eagle Scout. During the accomplishments portion of the ceremony, each Scout presented three pins: one to Dad, one to Mom, and the third was presented to someone considered their mentor. The Mentor Pin represents someone who the Scout feels helped them follow in the spirit of what it is to be a true Eagle. Jonathan presented his pin to his high school Statistics teacher, Mr. Vladimir Sylne, who guided Jonathan in making amazing choices. Jonathan graduated in 2016 from Liberty High School and currently attends NJCU, where he is studying to be a teacher. Both are still in contact, and Mr. Sylne continues to be a positive influence.

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

Congratulations to MS 7 for earning the outstanding attendance for the month of December with 95.7%.

Board of Education Meeting on Thursday, January 19, at PS 11, 6 PM

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