THE MARYANN C. HAMMER STEM LAB AT PS 28
On Monday, June 6, 2016, The Christa McAuliff School #28 proudly named its new STEM lab after former Associate Superintendent Maryann C. Hammer. Hammer, a former Assistant Principal and Principal at PS #28, was recognized for her commitment to the school and her work to help make the STEM lab a reality. The STEM lab itself is the product of the work of many people over many years. September of 1990, the only classroom in the basement of the new PS #28 was a fully functioning, state of the art, wood-working shop. A decade later, as educational trends shifted from hands-on industrial arts learning to the New Jersey State Curriculum Standards, the woodshop was dismantled and the large room was converted into a supply center and refuse depository. In 2009, the much-neglected room was seen in a new light and the vision for a STEM LAB was born. Over the last seven years, many teachers, custodians, parents, students, and administrators have labored to empty and clean the 74’ by 32’ room. In October of 2015 the room was ready for paint and electrical upgrades, and with the coordination of the maintenance department, the vision of 2009 began to take a physical shape. During the 2015-16 school year, teachers and staff participated in dress-down days to raise money to outfit the STEM LAB. Also, after years of careful spending and long-range planning, all required technology and furniture for the STEM LAB was purchased through the use of regular school level budget funds. At the January meeting of the PS #28 School Leadership Team, choosing a name for the STEM LAB was discussed. Maryann Hammer’s name was the first name suggested and was the unanimous choice. Now with the vision in place and the end-line near, over 100 eager staff and over 1,000 students are poised to experience a STEM LAB that will allow young minds to create, experience, inspire, collaborate, and dream in a setting where teachers facilitate learning that will lead to college and career ready young adults. The Maryann C. Hammer STEM LAB is equipped with: 20 desktop computers, 20 iPads, 40 chromebooks, 2 iMACs, a SMART Board, 2 document cameras, a 3D printer, 2 work benches, hand tools, manipulatives, tables, desks, lounging areas, whiteboards, planning areas, collaborative areas, beanbag chairs, an office, and a quiet room. The Maryann C. Hammer STEM LAB will long serve as a place of inspiration, encouraging future CHALLENGERS to Reach for the Stars.
THIS WEEK'S HIGH SCHOOL PROM HONORS
Congratulations to Lincoln High School and Infinity Institute
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The Visual & Performing Arts Department will be sponsoring at Musical Theatre Summer Intensive Program from June 27 - July 8. The program will take place at PS 3 and will focus on the development of acting, singing, and dancing skills for those students who will be entering grades 3 - 12 in September and are interested in musical theatre performance.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STAFF AND STUDENTS OF PS 6 FOR EARNING THE OUTSTANDING ATTENDANCE AWARD FOR THE MONTH OF MAY WITH 95.2%
BOARD OF EDUCATION CAUCUS ON TUESDAY, JUNE 14, AT C.O. ROOM 1R, 6 PM, WITH A CLOSED SESSION FROM 6-7 PM
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING ON THURSDAY, JUNE 16, AT PS 11, 6 PM
4-HOUR SESSIONS ON JUNE 21 - 23 FOR ALL JC PUBLIC SCHOOLS
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - THURSDAY, JUNE 23