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International Festival is a Big Hit with New Providence Students and Community

Over 200 students, teachers and community members attended the International Festival at New Providence High School on March 18th. This event was sponsored by the New Providence Education Foundation and New Providence School District’s World Language Department. Maria Stiuso, a teacher at New Providence Middle School applied for the grant and coordinated the educational and very successful event.

The countries represented through displays or performances were Spain, France, Japan, Italy, Germany, Palestine, England, and China. The students and teachers of each world language were at the booths to explain the culture and offer food from each country. The attendees, many of them students in the district, were able to participate in Salsa dance lessons and traditional German folk dances. There was a performance by the Jose Rodriguez Latin Ensemble and the attendees were able to sample food from many different cultures.

This free event was made possible in part by donations from Barth’s Market, the Spanish Pavilion Restaurant of Harrison and the Deutscher Club of Clark.

(Reprinted from TAP Into New Providence.)


Congratulations to Chuck Carell

Congratulations go out to Chuck Carell, who was named New Providence High School Teacher of the Year! Thank you for all the wonderful things that you have done for our students and our high school community!

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PTSA Tricky Tray and Fashion Show

Over 525 people attended the New Providence High School PTSA Tricky Tray and Fashion Show fundraiser on Saturday, March 19. The theme of the evening was The Roaring 20's. This event is the only fundraiser for the PTSA and supports initiatives such as Project Graduation, staff appreciation, mini grants for teachers, senior scholarships, outside speakers. Kate Forbes served as the PTSA committee chairperson this year, managing multiple sub-committees to make the event run like clockwork.

Doors opened at 5 pm for the Tricky Tray portion of the event. There were over 100 baskets totaling over $20,000.00 in prizes, including Justin Bieber tickets, $300 Gift Card to the Short Hills Mall, and a big screen TV. There was also a 50/50 drawing. Many local merchants donated basket items.

At 7 pm the Fashion Show portion of the event began with a trio singing performance by students John Ertman, Sasha Kandybin and Joe Mathusek singing Puttin' on the Ritz. Students Lara Gavin and Noah Kudman also performed a tap number halfway through the show.

Teachers Walter Kemper and Joanne Trimble served as emcees for the fashion show, introducing 99 senior student models. Students walked the runway in tuxedos from Adams in New Providence and dresses from both Lord and Taylor in Westfield and David's Bridal of Springfield.

The PTSA wants to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this event. We are grateful for the involvement of our school community and look forward to supporting our teachers, parents, students and school.

Junior Hannah Caminiti Launches 'Garments and Gear' Collection for Less Fortunate Athletes

Please consider bringing in any gently used equipment and apparel to support the Garments & Gear fundraiser. To raise additional funds, there will be a Philly Pretzel sale after school on Friday, April 22.

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Congratulations to the Music Department

New Providence has been named as one of 2016's Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation! Now in its 17th year, BCME recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who work together to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum.

Water Bottle Fundraiser

Mrs. Beltz and Mrs. Martin's history and science classes are launching the "Go Green Pioneers" initiative. In this problem-based curriculum project, students were challenged to find ways to make NPHS more environmentally sustainable. The students noticed that hundreds of plastic water bottles are thrown away every day in the cafeteria. This was a situation they wanted to change. The class created a proposal which they presented to Mrs. Zirpoli. They wanted to sell water bottles to raise money to buy a water cooler with a bottle filling station. She approved the idea, and asked them to draw up a plan. The students created a slogan for their campaign and collaborated with the Graphic Design club to create a custom logo to be imprinted on the water bottles. In addition, they reached out to the Character Education committee and the Environmental clubs to help them with the sale. The Go Green Pioneer water bottles will go on sale April 7. If the students can sell 300 bottles at $4.00 each, they can raise enough money to buy a filtered water cooler with a bottle refilling station which will be installed in the front hallway of the school. The class would love to see the school cut its trash in half!

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Japanese Language and Culture Study Award Recipients

Every year, the New Jersey Association of Teachers of Japanese (NJATJ) holds an award ceremony to recognize students for their hard work and achievement in learning Japanese language and culture. Instructors of Japanese who are members of the NJATJ are invited to submit the names of students who have demonstrated excellence in their studies.

This year, 6 students from New Providence High School's Japanese 3 courses were nominated to receive the 2016 NJATJ Japanese Language and Culture Study Award on Friday, March 11th, 2016 at Hillside Avenue School in Cranford. We are very proud of their commitment to studying Japanese language and culture and their academic achievements!

Kathryn Gomez

Nicholas Lattmann

Yuval Ofek

John Ertman

Emily Peterson

Ian Spiegel

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

We are pleased to announce that one of our students, Licheng Yang, has earned a Silver Medal at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2016. This student has been identified by panels of creative professionals as one of the most talented young artists in the nation. This year, nearly 320,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level.

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April 11-15

Spring Break

April 1-8

Non-Tenured APRs

April 18-May 13

Tenured APRs

April 18-26

PARCC Testing (Following Delayed Opening Schedule)

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