Alder's Weekly Trending Stories - January 25, 2019

Alder Avenue Middle School

Alder Strikes Back this year with new and exciting initiatives, programs, and activities. Follow us on social media and our school webpage.

Character Education

The Character Education word of the month is COOPERATION!

Jedis of the Month

Congratulations to our Jedis of the Month for November and December!

The Jedi Social will be held on February 8 at 12:30 for all students who have been nominated in November, December, and January.

Meet our NEW Staff!!

Mr. Abel, Ms. Buechler, Ms. Nammour, and Ms. Fusaro have been a great addition to the Alder family! Get to know them a little bit...

Mr. Daniel (DJ) Abel

Daniel (DJ) Abel is a dancer, drama and forensic speech coach, restaurant server, Mariah Carey enthusiast, and a Pokemon trainer. To his list of talents and professions he adds teaching 8th grade English at Alder Avenue Middle School, starting this past December. Before that, he was a one-on-one LRC paraprofessional at Egg Harbor Township High School. He holds a BA in English Literature from Rowan University with minors in Dance and Education. Upon commencement, he was awarded an Outstanding English Major Award and the Bryna G. Goldhaft Dance Medallion.

DJ Abel has recently been obsessed with the life and discography of Mariah Carey, so much so that he has lost friendships over it. He also travels the country (when he has the free time) to attend various regional Pokemon Trading Card Game Events. This past year, he attended the Nashville Open at Pokemon World Championships in Nashville, TN and Pokemon International Championships in Columbus, Ohio. In his free time, he likes to go out dancing with his friends, enjoy a nice Dr. Pepper at home while snuggling up watching nostalgic movies and music videos, play Final Fantasy games, and update himself on pop culture or whatever the kids care about these days. ​

Ms. Lauren Nammour

I graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Allegheny College, in Meadville, PA. I majored in Mathematics with minors in Economics and Psychology. I went on to work in the financial services industry for about 10 years, most recently for Goldman Sachs, & Co. and Bank of New York Mellon. I held series 7 and 66 licenses as well as a Certified Trust and Financial Advisory designation. I hold an Executive Leadership and Management certificate from the University of Notre Dame. Before coming to Alder, I was co- teaching Algebra 1a and Algebra 1B at Egg Harbor Township High School.

In my free time, I enjoy any and all activities with my daughters Annabelle (5), Bria (3) and my husband, Ramy. I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pa and love all Pittsburgh sports. I currently reside in Egg Harbor Township with my family.

Ms. Brynn Buechler

I graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. I majored in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education and a specialization in Middle School Math. I completed my student teaching at Dr. Joyanne D. Miller Elementary School, so I have some other experience within the Egg Harbor Township School District.

While completing my degree, I was also a four year member of the Stockton Women's Tennis team. In addition to playing tennis, I enjoy anything sports related in my free time. I am a huge Philadelphia sports fan and a Phillies season ticket holder. Originally, I lived in Pennsville, NJ but currently reside in Mays Landing.

Ms. Genna Fusaro

My name is Genna Fusaro, I went all through EHT schools, kindergarten to senior year of high school graduating in 2012; I attended Alder for fifth, sixth, and eighth grade. At the high school I played softball, field hockey, and was a member of FCCLA. I then went on to Stockton University as a literature major for secondary education. I graduated in May of 2018 as a member of Sigma Tau Delta. From a small child to my teenage years, school was always my favorite place to be and I'm still going to school, just now on the other side.

As long as I'm keeping busy, I'm happy, I cannot sit still for too long, unless I'm reading a book. I have always adored reading and would much rather be doing just that than anything else. Anywhere I go, I always have a book in my bag. I have a running list of words in my phone and every time I learn a new word and get to add it to the list, I get very excited, it's the little things. Teaching has always and will always be the only career option for me, especially since my letter to Hogwarts got lost in the mail. In all seriousness, I never wanted to be anything else. I considered other paths, other careers, but being an educator was always number one. My love for learning has turned into a love of teaching and the best part of it all, is getting to begin at the very school that gave me the tools, the amazing teachers, and the drive to become the very thing I aspired to be my whole life, a teacher.
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Winter Sports

The Winter Sports teams are off to great starts!

Important Dates

January 31 -

End of Marking Period 2

February 14 -

Half Day - Students

February 18 -

No School - Presidents' Day

Coding Competition

On Saturday, January 12, students from Alder Avenue Middle School participated in the First Lego League Regional Qualifier. The students had to compete in three areas; present a research project, show team core values, and explain their robot design. The final phase of the competition was the robot challenges on the field. Students had to complete as many missions as possible in under two and a half minutes. For our first ever event and for not knowing what to expect, the students did a phenomenal job!
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Birthday wishes going out to the following people who have birthdays coming up!

Kelly Pistoia - January 27

Joyce Menchaca - January 30

Kristin Hoffecker - January 31

Melanie Charlton - February 1