Black River Middle School

"A School to Watch"

October 2018

Emma Stark Named Outstanding Vocalist by MPAC

Eighth Grader Emma Stark has been named one of the Outstanding Vocalists by the Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in Morristown, NJ, as part of the organization's Music Student of the Month program. The MSOM program was created to give middle and high school music teachers in Morris County the opportunity to recognize students who demonstrate a strong commitment to and excellence in the performing arts.

Emma was nominated by Black River Middle School's Choral Director, Kathleen Vespignani. Emma has been a member of the chorus at BRMS for three years, as well as a member of the Select Chorus since the sixth grade. She is often a soloist in the choral groups. As this is her third year in both vocal ensembles, Mrs. Vespignani has seen Emma blossom into a magnificent musician and performer.

Emma is also part of the Drama Club's musicals each year. She comes to rehearsals and performances with the utmost professionalism, enthusiasm, and respect for the art. Emma continues her musical endeavors outside of school, as well. She takes both voice and guitar lessons and performs at community venues, including coffee houses and the 4-H Fair.

Emma was awarded two tickets for the October 17th performance of The Tenors, where she was recognized along with other outstanding Morris County musicians. Emma truly exemplifies what a great musician is! She is an amazing young woman, and we are so proud that she represents Chester this year.

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Girl Scouts Present Mr. White with a Handmade BRMS Banner

When students had the day off for the recent Columbus Day holiday, Girl Scout Troop 6290 used the time to create a beautiful hand-quilted BRMS banner. The project included designing, sewing, and stitching the piece, which they presented to Mr. White for display. Pictured l. to r. are: Avery Rose, Mia Compel, Mr. White, Katie Fisher, and Alyson Holmes.
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BT4G Showcases IT Opportunities for Eighth Grade Girls

On October 18, the BRMS school counselors and nearly 20 eighth grade girls traveled to Pfizer for the Business Technology for Girls (BT4G) presentation. The BT4G event kicked off with a panel of young, inspirational, emerging leaders in Pfizer who each told a story of how they discovered their field and landed positions in the company. The girls then cycled through various interactive stations and learned about topics ranging from cyber security to data science. The program concluded with a female scientist who pursued a profession in the sciences after her dream of becoming a professional ballerina came to a halt. Overall, the program expanded the BRMS students' awareness about the many opportunities for women in the Information Technology field and encouraged them to never give up on their dreams.
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8th Grade Peer Leaders Participate in Team Building at Camp Bernie

On October 12, Mrs. Azzara, Mrs. Pape, and Mrs. Aaronson took the 8th Grade Peer Leaders on an outdoor adventure at Camp Bernie in Port Murray, NJ. The Peer Leaders engaged in various challenging activities designed to promote bonding and to foster team building skills. Despite the sunny day, the students braved chilly winds to succeed at the exercises presented to them by the Outdoor Education Staff.
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Cori Woods & Emily Wallace Win at the Novartis Art Contest!

Senoras Werner and Mullen were proud to have 26 BRMS students participate in the Novartis Hispanic Awareness Month Art Contest on October 23 at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ. A relaxing evening of Hispanic foods and artwork was enjoyed by all. Among the 20 schools participating, the quality of art submitted by our BRMS students was outstanding. Congratulations to Cori Woods and her partner, Emily Wallace, who won first place in the Live Model category!
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Extracurricular Club News:

The BRMS Student Government raised enough money last year to purchase an Elkay Water Bubbler for the Science Wing. The sensor-activated system rapidly fills bottles with filtered water to quench thirst while minimizing plastic bottle waste in our environment. Utilizing funds from the school dance and the Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game, the Student Government decided to purchase the unit in order to further improve the BRMS environmental footprint!

Students should consider joining this or any of the other awesome after-school clubs in order to make a difference and to have fun, too!

Club information can be found at:

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Faculty Fun Facts at BRMS!

BRMS is a community, and Mr. White is its leader! This month, let's learn a little more about him as well as our school secretary, Mrs. Mauger. Did you know?

Mr. White:

1. Taught social studies prior to becoming a principal.

2. Played football, basketball, and lacrosse in high school.

3. Enjoys wood working.

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Mrs. Mauger:

1. Has a master's degree.

2. Is a writer who's been published locally and nationally.

3. Is a dog trainer with professional certification.

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The BRMS Guidance Corner...

BRMS Week of Respect Highlighted by Speaker Dr. Mykee Fowlin

In recognition of the Week of Respect, the BRMS Guidance Department invited Dr. Mykee Fowlin to speak to students on October 9. Dr. Fowlin is a performance artist, psychologist, poet, and motivational speaker. His message aims to empower students to feel worthy and strong. Dr. Fowlin encouraged his audience to embrace their differences and to celebrate who they are as individuals. In his closing message, Dr. Fowlin described how he challenges himself each and every day to practice intentional acts of kindness rather than random acts of kindness. Through stories of overcoming his own struggles, and told through his unique and relatable character portrayal, he inspired both students and teachers alike.

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Coming Soon:

November 1- Make-Up Picture Day; Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 5-7- Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 8-9- SCHOOL CLOSED

November 14- PTO Wizards Game