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News and Views from the April 22, 2019 BOE Meeting

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Presentations April 22

The Board of Education meeting on April 22, 2019, was held at the new Middle School Innovative Space...thanks to the Middle School students for sharing this wonderful resource with us!

As always, we had several presentations by and about student/school activities:

EmpowHER Magazine

Millburn High School student Purnima Palawat shared information about the online magazine she is starting to share the creativity of women of color of all ages. The first issue will be published in May, and she welcomes contributors to submit their stories, art, photography, fiction and non-fiction.

Please email submissions to

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MMS Student Reads her award-winning letter

MMS 8th grade student Annabelle Wu shared the essay she entered in the New Jersey Center for the Book/Library of Congress Letters About Literature national writing competition. Her letter to the author John Boyne about his book The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a novel of historical fiction about the Holocaust was chosen for Distinguished Honors from a total of almost 2,000 entries from the state of New Jersey.

All New Jersey winners will be honored at Rutgers University, along with their families, teachers, and administrators on Tuesday, May 15.

Congratulations to Annabelle Wu and teacher Kristin DiLonardo on this achievement.

Please read her inspiring essay below.

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Millburn High School Unified Team

The Millburn High School Unified Team came in force to share the joy of being on a team that wins everyday!

Superintendent's Report

Dr. Burton's weekly report on recent and upcoming events and accomplishments:

  • Assistant Superintendent Recommendation

This evening on the Personnel report is the recommendation to approve Kathryn Diskin as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Kathryn(Kate) Diskin is currently the Assistant Superintendent in the Middlesex School district. She has been a teacher (in Millburn from 1993-97), Principal, Technology Coordinator and Director of Curriculum & Instruction prior to taking on the role of Asst. Superintendent for the last four years in Middlesex. She brings 28 years of experience from the classroom, leading a building and at the central office to the role. As a life-long learner, she shared that she is currently working on her doctorate and is taking an ESL course with her staff to model her commitment to continuous learning. Her experience in the role at Middlesex has included curriculum work, professional development, federal grants, community engagement and change management efforts. Her experience, personality and work ethic match what we are looking for in this position and a fit for the district and she is prepared to continue with the curriculum and instruction initiatives that are currently underway.

  • Congressman Tom Malinowski

To help celebrate Earth Day, Congressman Tom Malinowski paid a visit to the Washington School. We want to thank the Green Schools Team for inviting him and for the Washington School students who sent letters to him following their reading of the book, The Refugee. Mr. Malinowski shared that he will continue work toward environmental issues as he wants to help protect the planet for our students’ future. He encouraged our students to be the advocates for the planet as well since students can have an impact at home on making a difference with reducing waste that winds up in our landfills.

The list of Earth Day activities going on in our schools:

  • Millburn’s 2 finalists in the ESS Art Contest

2 Millburn students are finalists in the art contest sponsored by our substitute service, ESS. The theme of this year’s contest was “What would it be like to have class in outer space?”

MMS 8th grader Daniel Ngiam, was selected as one of the 5 nationwide finalists in the 6th-8th-grade category. Washington School 5th grader, Nico Gold-Vargas, is one of the 5 finalists in the 3rd to 5th grade category. If they win, they will receive $500, and another $500 goes to their school. (Results are in...neither student won the contest, but they are winners to us!)

  • Congratulations to the Millburn Middle School Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble performed at the NJ Middle School Concert Band Festival in March, and earned its 10th straight Gold Rating! You can hear this award-winning ensemble and our other Middle School musicians at their upcoming Spring Band Concert on Thursday, May 23rd. (Chorus, May 14; Orchestra, May 30)

  • MMAC Empower Hour: Monday, May 6, 11 am, Millburn Public Library

This Empower Hour will take a look at the “ABC’s of CBD” – it seems to be everywhere. CBD oil, hemp, cannabis…what is it -- is it safe for you, and your kids? Be in the know!

  • Athletics

The Spring Season is underway, as teams are playing their way to the tournaments.

Two Girls Lacrosse players, Jordan Lipkin and Carly Bernstein have each scored 100 goals! The real headline is they are both sophomores – what a milestone! Congratulations!

Want more? Questions?

Find additional Business, Policy and other AGENDA items from the 4/22/19 meeting. You can always find minutes from Board Committees here. Questions and Answers from Public Comments at Board of Education meetings are posted before the next BOE meeting.

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