LIBERTY LINES DECEMBER 22, 2016 - issue 9

WINNERS OF ANNUAL GOVERNOR'S ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARD - PS 28

This environmental STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) afterschool program has earned recognition in multiple national environmental science competitions during the past year for several projects that developed state-of-the-art solutions to traditional environmental concerns. The program involves 150 students from eight Jersey City schools who are divided into STEM teams to learn more about the city’s water supply, plastics pollution, STEM-based physical activities in nature, threats to bee health in urban environments, storm water runoff pollution and aquaponics gardening. Among the program’s projects so far are converting the school greenhouse into a vertical aquaponics garden, designing a solar pumping system at a local reservoir, and creating a bio filtration system on an island in the reservoir to filter water and prevent algal blooms by using microfiltration. In addition to that work, a team of eighth graders involved with the program has educated other students about microfiber pollution and designed technology to prevent it. Still another team is developing technology to use compost and solar power to trap mosquitos.

HOUR OF CODE AT PS 11

Karl Haviland​ visited third graders​ from ​Mrs. Haviland's and Mrs. Gallagher's classrooms at PS 11 to introduce Hour of Code. Mr. Haviland is the senior software developer at Bright Power​, an energy management company specializing in energy intelligence and energy engineering. ​He builds software that analyzes energy and water consumption of buildings and provides insights to building owners and engineers. ​With his help, third graders completed their first Hour of Code and loved it!

HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD AND AWARDS

The students and staff at Watters School 24 held their Holidays Around the World & Awards Assembly. The program celebrated not only holidays around the world, but also the academic accomplishments of 24’s students during the first marking period. Parents, students, and staff enjoyed multicultural performances. The Wise Owl, Watters 24’s mascot, also made his debut! Congratulations to all award recipients.

AND THE WINNERS ARE...2016-17 SCIENCE FAIR

SECONDARY DIVISION'S SUCCESSFUL 10TH HS INITIATIVE ANNIVERSARY

The Higher Initiative Project (HIP) Fair is an annual event that allows 6th-8th grade students and their parents to discover the programs and courses of study offered at JCPS High Schools. The high schools provide handbooks with additional and in-depth information about the schools and Small Learning Communities (SLC) housed there. Administrators, teachers, and students accompany their respective schools and greet potential applicants and their families. Thank you to all who took time from their very busy schedules to support the district’s HIP Fair on December 3rd and joining us in celebrating our 10th anniversary. Your collaboration made the event a paramount success (over 970 attendees), once again demonstrating to the community our collective efforts to prepare their children for college and career. To all the administrators, supervisors, and guidance counselors who worked the reception tables, your assistance was invaluable and highly appreciated. To the principals, vice-principals, and teachers who worked the school tables, your care and passion for your respective schools speaks volumes. Thanks to Dr. Lyles, Mr. Walker, Dr. Winds, Dr. Crisonino, Mrs. Moriarty, Ms. Wingard, and Mrs. Truesdale for your tireless commitment and advocacy for the children and of Jersey City. A very SPECIAL THANKS to Mr. Rivera, Mrs. Barnaskas and Dr. Stringile who yearly open the doors to their school and embrace this huge district endeavor.

PS 30 STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN SHPE-NJ STEM COMPETITION AT NJIT

The junior members of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE Jr.) that attend Alexander D. Sullivan School were recently invited to participate in a Sustainability Challenge at NJIT. The goal of the challenge was to develop an in-depth understanding of sustainability and to provide an explanation of its importance in today’s world. Approximately 50 students participated in the sustainability challenge. The first round included student generated Google Slides Presentations. The three teams of finalists moved on to the trivia challenge on sustainability. At PS#30, future engineers are in the making!

MS 40 HOSTS GAME NIGHT TO CELEBRATE 21ST CENTURY SKILLS

More than 100 students and their families attended Ezra L. Nolan MS 40 21st Century Community Learning Center's Game Night to celebrate the 21st century skills students have developed. During this seasonal culminating festivity, students and families learned how each team collaboratively developed their games while all the attendees played the games that were designed and built by MS 40's middle schoolers.

MCNAIR STUDENTS' SUMMER WORK EXPERIENCE

Contrary to the stereotype of high school students devoting their entire summers to sleep and Netflix, McNair students worked diligently throughout the summer. Students worked in a variety of environments: from mural painting through the Jersey City Summer Works Arts Program, to greeting guests at Liberty Science Center, to acting as a locker attendant at a city pool, to interning at Brown Brothers and Harriman and the chemistry department at Rutgers University. The nature of the students’ responsibilities differed greatly. Nevertheless, various factors were consistent. Tenzin Lhamo, a junior and a participant in the VPA program, created an original piece for a city mural. “The most difficult aspect of the experience would probably be the collaboration,” she said. “We don’t all think alike, so it’s hard to connect our pieces together.” Shivani Patel’s internship involved similar collaboration. Shivani researched the synthesis of borane-functionalized polymers for use in Lewis acid catalysis with professors and graduate students at Rutgers University. Her love for chemistry comes from a familiar place. “Mr. Stanton, the Chemistry teacher at our school, mentored me and got me this amazing opportunity!” Bhavin Patel and Aiyana Thomas’s jobs required patience and positivity. Bhavin was a teen docent volunteer at the Liberty Science Center, and he was tasked with greeting and assisting guests. “The most difficult aspect of the experience was explaining to the children why they couldn't do something,” Bhavin described. As a pool locker attendant at MS 40, Aiyana also had to manage guests, making sure that no one was fighting, and monitoring the crowd during drills. Both Bhavin and Aiyana said that as a result of their summer work experiences they became more independent and more aware of financial concepts such as revenue and taxes. Mohammed Hussain and Othman Gbadamassi worked specifically on finance at Brown Brothers and Harriman. Mohammed found the job to be extremely different from school. “When you’re in high school, everyone has this idea of working together and a sense of community,” he explained. “But in such a big company, everyone is doing their own thing and, as an intern, coordinating with different people to make sure they got what they wanted when they wanted was something that definitely took getting used to.” Mohammed took on a big responsibility: he worked on a map system that notified employees of their coworkers’ locations. While Othman, who worked on the project with Mohammed, was initially nervous due to his inexperience, “being able to witness the many jobs and functions of people within the industry has increased my interest and has shown me the various paths that I could follow.” McNair students have one thing in common: their ambition not only leads them to summer jobs, but to invaluable life lessons. No matter what environment they are placed in, they will be able to practice McNair’s three core ideals: intellectual excellence, personal development, and civic responsibility. - by Sofia Lesnewski, 11th grade, McNair Academic High School

ASSEMBLYWOMAN MCNIGHT VISITS MARTIN CENTER

Many thanks to Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight who came to read "The Kiddie Coin Kids," by Regina Smith to Kindergarten students at the Martin Center for the Arts. Ms. McKnight promised to come back in the spring when she hopes the students will be able to read a book to her!

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