Superintendent's Corner

May 1, 2015 Bernard F. Bragen, Jr.

Hazlet Students Benefit from Board of Education Grants

The Hazlet Township Board of Education has dedicated funds to support creative thinking and innovations that can enhance the educational programs for our students. Staff members were asked to propose ideas to assist in meeting our District’s Mission, Vision and Goals and to create innovative programs to best meet our students’ educational needs and continually seek to engage our students in novel ways. These grants are funded by income generated by the shared services agreement that the District has with the Highlands School District. Grant awards ranged from $500 for an individual member or $1,000 to a group of members. This year, the District awarded more than $12,000 to 30 teachers and educational professionals who submitted 19 grant applications.

One grant had world-renowned military photographer Stacy Pearsall visiting Raritan High School to collaborate with local veterans and students from the Digital Photography and Sociology classes. Ms. Pearsall’s visit was funded by a Hazlet Township Board of Education grant awarded to teachers Rosemarie Wilkinson and Teresa Gennarelli. On Thursday, April 23rd, Ms. Pearsall conducted a photography workshop with students while continuing her portraiture work as the founder of the Veterans Portrait Project (VPP). The VPP has photographically documented over 3,000 veterans throughout the United States. Ms. Pearsall and students in Raritan High School’s Digital Photography classes photographed 12 local veterans, from World War II to Afghanistan, and Sociology students interviewed the veterans and prepared tributes for their service. Students also held a reception for the veterans with scheduled portrait sessions throughout the morning. On Friday, April 24th, Ms. Pearsall returned to Raritan High School and shared her work and her professional journey with staff members during their scheduled professional development. She discussed her journey from soldier and combat photographer to entrepreneur and author. Her message inspired and invigorated staff and students.

We are grateful to the Board of Education for their support and the innovative spirit and creativity of our teachers in applying for these grants.

Raritan Valley Science Fair

On Thursday, April 23rd Raritan Valley School held their annual Science Fair. 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Iannello did a fantastic job organizing the event with the help of our PTO parents and her colleagues. The community was very supportive attending the fair and seeing all of the wonderful projects our young scientists prepared.