Kenilworth Public Schools

May 26, 2016

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GREAT STUFF Going on In Our Schools

Every 15 Minutes Sends our Students a clear message: Don't drink and drive

Last week, our high school juniors and seniors were part of one of the most powerful events which they may ever have experienced. Students were provided a two-day experience in which they were part of an first hand educational journey that shared the hard realities of what drinking and driving can do.

According the originators of the event, The Every 15 Minutes Program offers real-life experience without the real-life risks. This emotionally charged program, entitled Every 15 Minutes, is an event designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and texting while driving. This powerful program will challenge students to think about drinking, texting while driving, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved.

Below is our production - Please view with caution.

Every 15 Minutes: Kenilworth 2016

Harding Art Show and Spring Concert packs the house

On Wednesday May 25, the students of Harding Elementary School put on a phenomenal concert with grade level choruses and our bands. Within the night, the school's students also had their Art show where we displayed hundreds of different works of art from our students. Outstanding work by the students, Mr. Ondrey, Ms. Conte, and Ms. Spony.
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kenilworth Library announces Maker's Academy Lottery

High School Recognizes its High Academic Achievers at its Annual ABC Awards

On Tuesday May 24, students of Brearley High School were celebrated for their academic accomplishments at the annual ABC Awards.The Academic Booster Club awards are awarded to the the students who have earned one of the top three grades in each course.

In his remarks to the large crowd, Dr. Tramaglini, Superintendent of Schools said, "Accomplishing a body of work which exhibits such scholarship is without a doubt impressive. But while these students have achieved top grades in their courses, I am sure that for each student, the grade does not accurately represent their individual and unique journey through their challenging coursework.

record number of students participate in morris-union jointure commission music festival

The Harding School Music Department is very proud to report that we had a record number of students from the Kenilworth School District and Harding Elementary School participate in the Morris-Union Jointure Commission Music Festival on May 1 at New Providence High School. 26 students from Kenilworth, including 20 from Harding Elementary School, performed with over 400 other students in 6 musical ensembles on that date. Mrs. Conte and Mr. Ondrey are very proud that so many students from our school had the opportunity to perform with these honors bands and choruses.

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Union County Superintendent's Roundtable Honors our Teachers of the Year

On Wednesday May 25, the Union County Superintendent's Roundtable celebrated our Teachers of the Year - Those present for the ceremonies were Marissa Zsamba (Brearley High School), Curt Cerillo (Brearley Middle School) and Leslie Bedford (Harding Elementary School). This district also celebrated Stephanie Scasso (Brearley) and Janet Jeans (Harding) as outstanding educational professionals at the April Board of Education Meeting.
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Brearley Scholar-Athletes honored

UCIAC (Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference) annual scholar-athlete banquet held on May 11


at the Westwood in Garwood. Honoring the top student-athletes from each member school. They each received a plaque, watch and $1,000 scholarship check..

Abigail Goger David Brearley High School

A four-year letter-winner in soccer, Abby was touted as Union County’s “Rookie of the Year” in 2012 and earned All-Conference recognition in three seasons … She helped the Brearley Bears win a division title in 2012 and 2013 and was a team captain the past two seasons … Abby also earned a combined seven varsity letters in winter and spring track and was a state qualifier in the 400 meter run in both seasons.

A three-year Marching Band member, Abby boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA … A National Honor Society member and peer tutor, she’s also an Altar Server at St. Theresa’s Church … Abby will be studying engineering at Rowan University.

Evan Collier David Brearley High School

Evan earned a combined 11 varsity letters in football, basketball and spring track … In three seasons and Metuchen and one at Brearley, Evan scored a combined 1,024 career points in basketball … A wide receiver, he scored seven touchdowns and helped the Brearley Bears reach the sectional championship game last December en route All-Conference and All-County recognition … Evan will represent the Kenilworth School at the annual Phil Simms North-South All-Star Football Classic at Kean University on June 27th.

A High Honor Roll Student, Evan’s extra curriculars include Relay for Life, Blood Driver and being a Peer advisor, helping middle school students cope with bullying and character development … Evan will continue his education on a football scholarship at Assumption College, which boasted a Top 20 Division II football program last fall, in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The 2016 Brearley middle/high school Spring concert a hit

On May 17, the Brearley vocal and instrumental groups performed numerous songs to display the outstanding talent of our students. Various numbers included songs by Madonna, Sting and ensembles including John Williams.
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David Brearley High School Biology Honors and Chemistry Honors students attend the Students-2-Science Pharmaceutical Science Day

Thursday May 19, 2016

Upon arrival the 32 students were split into four teams of eight students. Team #1 was the Analytical Research and Development Team that originally created the drug Duracor. Teams #2, 3, and 4 represented three different production manufacturing plants. A hypothetical scenario was presented and investigated:

The FDA has reports of manufacturing problems at Norvin Pharmaceutical locations that produce Duracor Tablets - a new cholesterol-lowering drug. The FDA has approached Students-2-Science as an independent third-party lab to test samples manufactured at 3 different Norvin plant locations, and the Analytical Research and Development (AR&D) batch.

Members from each team rotated thru 10 different lab stations to collect analytical data on their drug tablets. Tablets were analyzed using techniques that included: High Pressure Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography, Dissolution, Melting Point Determination, Infrared Spectroscopy (IR), Ultraviolet Spectroscopy (UV), Tablet Breaking Force, Friability, Average Tablet Weight, and Physical Appearance. At the end of the day, the team members reassembled and compiled the data to determine the purity of each manufacturing plant’s product and identify any contaminants. The teams then made a presentation to the FDA representative on whether or not to approve each production plant for manufacturing based on whether each plant’s production samples met the Norvin’s AR&D batch specifications.

Most of the analytical techniques and the equipment used by the Brearley students are only available to high level college science/engineering students and pharmaceutical/chemical science industry professionals.

Harding School receives Life Saver Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

For our five years (and many years before), our school has participated in the Pennies for Patients program which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Last night, the LLS hosted their first annual celebration dinner for New Jersey's participating schools. This year, our school raised $2.588.44 in just three short weeks! Harding School received the Life Saver award for raising over $2,000. The award certificate is hung in the front hallway of the school. Karen Goger also won an award for being the top fundraising class this year in our school.

Quote from Dr. Tramaglini

"As the Superintendent, I am very proud of the efforts of our teachers who lead this endeavor - Laura Walsh and Gina Folger. I am also most impressed by the work of our students who time after time display their enlarged hearts and willingness to give back to society."

District Strategic Planning Begins

On Tuesday May 24, the district formally began its strategic planning process with a small group planning committee. The committee worked tirelessly throughout the day to identify some areas the district will be formally working on next year to work towards a strategic plan which targets the needs of our district and community.

In September, we will begin to build committees which are centered around several areas which we as a district and community will be working on to improve.

Maud Dahme presents to Harding 5th Graders on the holocaust

Holocaust survivor and "hidden child," Maud Dahme, visited the fifth graders on May 23, following their reading of the novel Number the Stars. Number the Stars is a story about two young girls and their families in Denmark during the the German occupation in World War II.

Growing up in the Netherlands in a Jewish family, Mrs. Dahme and her sister were sent to live with two different Christian farm families who changed their names and kept them "hidden," protecting them from the Nazis and concentration camps. For three years Mrs. Dahme and her sister did not see their parents or family. She recounted her memories and feelings. Students had the opportunity to ask her questions.

The documentary of her story is below -

Inspirational Story of Holocaust Survivor, Maud Dahme

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District to conduct re-registration of students

The Kenilworth Board of Education will be conducting a re-registration of all students presently enrolled in odd-numbered grades at Harding Elementary School and DavidBrearley Middle- High School. Parents with children enrolled in any of the following grades, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, or 11, must re-register their children at the Harding School Gymnasium on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 2:00-6:00 PM and Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 4:00-7:00PM.

This re-registration process will provide parents with the opportunity to update all student information for accuracy and ensure all children presently enrolled in the school district arelegal residents of Kenilworth and entitled to a free public education. With the rising costs ofeducating a child today, the Board of Education wants to ensure that Kenilworth taxpayersare paying for residents’ children only. Students not re-registered in June will not bepermitted to attend school in September until re-registration is completed.

is is a mandatory re-registration. If the student is not re-registered, he or she willnot be permitted to attend school in September.

The following documents must be brought to the Harding School Gymnasium on the day ofre- registration. The original document and a copy from each category below must be provided. All documents from Categories I, II, and III must be dated from April orMay of 2016. Information and re-registration forms are available

Category I
​(Must have one of the following.)

  1. Current Property Tax Bill
  2. Current Mortgage Statement
  3. Current Lease Agreement

Category II
(Must have one of the following.)

  1. Current Utility Bill of Residence
    • Gas
    • Phone
    • Electric
    • Cable

Category III
(Must have one of the following.)
Category IV
(If applicable, bring the following.)

  1. Current Financial Account Statement
  2. Current Pay Stub with Address
  3. Current State Agency Document
  1. Proof of Guardianship
    • Court Order
    • State Agency Placement Form

Re-Registration will be held at the Harding School Gymnasium
esday, June 7, 2016 from 2:00-6:00pm
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 4:00-7:00pm

Questions concerning re-registration may be e-mailed to the building-level administrators.
Harding Elementary School:
Brearley Middle- High School:

Re-Registration Forms

  • Click Here to download the Re-Registration Form for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Click Here to download the Re-Registration Announcement for the 2016-17 school year.

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