LIBERTY LINES June 10, 2016 - Edition 6

FORMER DICKINSON HS STUDENT SERVED OUR COUNTRY PROUD

Last weekend, the country was made aware that one of the soldiers, who lost their life in the tragic accident at Ft. Hood last week, was a Jersey City resident, Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James. To honor her sacrifice and our loss, flags were flown at half-mast across the school district. The District sends deepest condolences to the family, loved ones, and friends of Pvt. James as well as to the Dickinson High School community.

ASAJC MAKES CONTRIBUTION TO AMERICAN RED CROSS

On Friday, May 6, 2016, the Administrators and Supervisors Association (ASA) of Jersey City, in partnership with the Jersey City Public Schools, held a district-wide fundraiser to raise money to support the American Red Cross Ecuadorian Earthquake Relief Efforts. Through the support of Central Office, departments, and schools, ASAJC was able to raise $13,906.60 to present to the American Red Cross on Tuesday, June 7, at Central Office. Photographed: Mr. Luiggi Campana - Business Administrator Terry Watkins-Wlliams - 1st Vice-President ASAJC; Principal PS 16 Dr. Joseph Galano - 2nd Vice-President ASAJC; Principal PS 27 Jocelyn Gilman - Executive Director, Northern New Jersey Region American Red Cross Thomas Macagnano, President ASAJC; Assistant Principal PS 12 Dr. Marcia V. Lyles- Superintendent, Jersey City Public Schools

TMA PEDESTRIAN SAFETY POSTER CONTEST WINNERS FROM PS 25

Third grade students at PS 25 entered the Hudson TMA Pedestrian Safety Poster Contest. Three students were winners: 1st place Juhina Idukkaparakkal, 2nd place Nicholas Davis, and 3rd place Xristina Carrion.

JOB SHADOWING AT LSC

A recent addition to the Liberty Science Center’s job shadow program has been a partnership with the Jersey City School District. Students come to the science center to experience a wide variety of careers that they may not have come in contact with before. They shadow one-on-one with a LSC staff member, observing them in their work environment, whether that environment is on the center floors or behind the scenes. The staff member immerses each student in the work environment, ensuring that students participate as much as they are able. Previous participants of the program have learned soldering and programming skills with our Exhibit Maintenance team, created enrichment toys for animals with our Animal Husbandry team, engaged the public in scientific topics with our STEM Educators, interacted with visitors alongside our Animal Interpretation Associates, and assisted in teaching with our STEM Enrichment team. Throughout their placements, students are encouraged to be as inquisitive as possible, and the staff go above and beyond to involve the students in whatever task they have. In addition to shadowing with staff, the students also discuss relevant topics such as job skills, customer service, how to interact with coworkers and customers, conflict resolution, as well as participating in a mock interview.

JC OFFICER MAKES TEEN'S DAY

Police Officer Sean Connors took the time away from his schedule to be an escort for a young lady to her McNair Academic prom. Click link below for details.

SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING GOLD AWARD FOR JC ARTS STUDENT

We are pleased to announce NICHOLAS D'ORNELLAS from JC Arts program received a Gold Medal for National recognition in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2016 for Drawing & Illustration. Nicolas has been identified by panels of creative professional as one of the most talented young artist in the nation. This year nearly 320,000 works of art and writing were submitted; only the top 1% were recognized at the National level. Nicholas, as a Gold winner, attended a ceremony at the world famous Carnegie Hall, Thursday June 2, wherein he was presented a medal and recognized for his accomplishments in the visual arts. His work will be featured in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Catalogue.

ACADEMY 1 STUDENTS FEATURED IN TOP 100

The United Nations Secretary-General's Global Education First Initiative along with the Global Observatory for Inclusion and the GEFI Youth Advocacy Group recently ran a ‪#‎DrawDisability‬ global campaign, which aims to educate children and young people on disability and inclusive education through visual arts. Two Academy I students, under the tutelage of their art teacher, Martha Garcia, are featured in the top 100 drawings of the campaign.

PS 8 CHALLENGES THE JC FIRE FIGHTERS IN THE ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT

The Charles E Trefurt School 8 staff, a few District supervisors, and Jersey City Fire Fighters held their 5th Annual Charity Basketball Game on Friday, May 27. Students, staff, and firefighters donated the $1,050.00 collected to the Captain Mark Lee Christmas Fund. This year the fund was chosen due to the overwhelming gratitude of the students for the Christmas gifts they received from the Lee Organization. Sadly, the trophy was returned to the JCFD with a score of 42-36. Students and staff vowed to return it to PS 8 next spring. A great time for a great cause!

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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COME JOIN IN ON THE FUN

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

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