Alder Weekly Update
March 12, 2023
Hello Parents, Staff, and Students,
Some teachers continued into March with activities to commemorate Black History Month. There were many more notable ones! Students in Mr. LaSala’s 8th Social Studies Classes learned about World War I's Harlem Hellfighters. The Hellfighters were an all black fighting unit from Harlem, New York that became one of the highest decorated fighting units of the war. In Mrs. Keenan’s 6th grade ELA classes, they spotlighted a famous African American each day. A short video accompanied with a text was shared about each person. This was a great way to share notable Black Americans and spark interest and further inquiry in our students! Lessons were taught to 6th and 7th grade students about books featuring strong Black protagonists, and to 6th grade about website evaluation. Displays were #ReadBlackAuthors andSweet Reads. The Convocation that is in here also created a display for the Hallway Decorating Contest sponsored by Renaissance.
A book drive was held during Read Across America week. We made announcements in the morning, advertised it on social media and hung posters around the school. Books that were collected were organized by genre. Teachers were invited to browse the books and choose books to add to their classroom libraries. Everything was redistributed or donated. What a great success to collect books and promote reading!
Our ELL students began ACCESS testing. This is an important individualized test for our students who speak another language. Some schedule adjustments took place for testing. Students did their best and worked hard. Thank you parents for ensuring that your children are well and are well rested each night.
The Civil Air Patrol joined us for a 7th grade presentation. Mrs. Stephanie Riis, our 7th grade School Counselor, made arrangements. A parent of a student here, Lieutenant Johnson, shared details about the Cadet program. Students ages 12-21 can join. They are a volunteer organization that aids in humanitarian efforts during a crisis. They are a branch of the Air Force. Students have the opportunity to fly in planes, fly their own drones and contribute to this service in times of need. Thank you for a great presentation.
Along with others, this week, I joined Mrs. Keenan’s classes as a guest reader. I shared the book, OCDaniel. Students enjoyed it. Thanks for the invite and I enjoyed spending time with your students!
Please enjoy the pictures, check out ehtalder Instagram, and have a great weekend!
Chefs in the Classroom
On Tuesday, March 14th, students that showed an interest in culinary participated in a “Chefs in the Classroom” presentation from AtlantiCare Healthy Schools during Convocation. They learned how to make delicious quinoa bowls! Recipe shared below :)
Learning in Spanish
6th grade students learned about the 3Rs in Spanish class using EdPuzzle.
They had a good time creating a visual tool about the three Rs in Spanish to help them to process the content and to remember more easily in Spanish. Students will compete for the best visual chart.
Mr. Alton's 7th grade science class worked on an owl palette lab this week!
Congratulations Mrs. Riis!
NJSCA Announces 2023 “COUNSELOR OF THE COUNTY” AWARDS RECEIPIENTS
Ewing, NJ. –On Thursday, March 10, 2023 NJSCA honored school counselors from the different counties within the State of New Jersey at the annual “Counselor of the County” Awards Program. School counselors are nominated by their colleagues and are selected by their own county’s School Counselor Associations for this award.
The award honors the professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates – and often lifesavers – for the nation’s students. Stephanie Riis, a school counselor from Alder Avenue Middle School, was selected as the 2023 Counselor of the County for Atlantic County.
Candidates are selected for the Counselor of the County Award at their county-level school counselor associations. They are selected because of their ability to deliver an effective school counseling program which focuses on academic development, career counseling, and personal/social support. They further distinguish themselves by proving to be leaders of systemic change, advocates for students, and collaborative professionals who seek the success of the “whole” student in school and in life. For more specific information on this association, visit: www.njsca.org.
Dear 8th grade Parents:
Your 8th grade student has been given their High School Scheduling appointment time for picking electives on March 27 and 28th at Alder. Their appointment time is posted in their teachers/ school counselor's Google Classroom. Parents/ guardians may attend the meeting at the scheduled time in the library; however parent(s)/guardian(s)are not required to attend. Please reach out to Mrs. Sturdivant at 609-383-3366 extension 1424 with any further questions.
STEAM Club - Pi Day
STEAM Club celebrated Pi Day on 3/14 by having a competition to see who could memorize the most digits of pi, creating Pi Day Skylines where each building represents the next digit in pi, and of course making and eating their own mini pies!
This week, our AtlantiCare School Health Specialists offered two opportunities for giveaways to both staff and students! To win a ZEN Garden convocation classes were to work this week on creating an image of what Mindfulness is and what it means. To win a "Little Book of Mindfulness" staff were asked to state their favorite way(s) of practicing mindfulness and a winner would be randomly chosen.
Congratulations to Mrs. George's convocation class for winning the ZEN Garden!
Our School Health Specialists, Ms. Watt and Ms. Marshall, showing off their positive mantra shirts!
Congratulations to Ms. Zompa for winning the "Little Book of Mindfulness!"
St. Patrick's Day Activities
Mrs. Ryan's 7th grade Spanish students engaged in a fun activity practicing spontaneous conversations and then wrote on Shamrocks about their likes, dislikes, and what they wanted to do after school.
Per Mrs. Chini's Spanish class - “Tenemos suerte de estar en la clase de español”- We’re lucky to be in Spanish class!
Mrs. Watts shared her delicious homemade Irish Potatoes with building personnel!
Staff and students rocked their green apparel to celebrate!
Mr. MacNeill and his lucky leprechaun spread Irish culture throughout our building with his bagpipes.
Students in Mrs. Murphy's adaptive gym class, got to share some laughs this week with scooter fun!
First Chapter Friday
Our principal, Ms. Giardina, was this week's guest reader for Mrs. Keenan's 6th grade English class.
Cool Beans Café is officially open!
Barista of the Week: Yaseen
Ms. Lisicki - 6th Grade Math
What is your position at Alder? What brought you here? How long have you been here?
Sixth Grade Math Teacher; When I was hired in 2007, Egg Harbor Township was opening 2 new schools. I was looking for a district that was growing, so that I could grow with it. I have been teaching in Egg Harbor Township for 16 years and have spent all of my time at Alder Avenue!
What is or has been one of your favorite things about Alder?
My favorite thing about Alder is the people! They are truly my second family!
What do you think will be your greatest challenge this year?
My greatest challenge this year was adjusting to the new schedule, but with a little help from my “family,” all is well!
Where did you go to school? What degree did you earn?
I went to Rowan University and graduated with a BA in Elementary Education and a BA in Sociology.
Any fun facts you would like to share about yourself?
This is my second career; I was a dental hygienist and worked for an orthodontist for 10 years prior to teaching. I enjoy roller skating.
Meet Kimberle Watt
Kimberle joined AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children in 2022. Prior to joining the AtlantiCare team, she worked in substance abuse treatment empowering those she worked with the skills necessary to create a life worth living. She believes the key to wellness is creating a balance in all aspects of your life. With that balance, we can truly begin to see positive impacts to our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. As a school health specialist, Kimberle integrates her knowledge of mindfulness and yoga into her work with middle schools. At her school, she supports not only students, but school staff wellness and family engagement as well.
Meet Katura Marshall
Katura began working for AtlantiCare as a School Health Specialist in 2023. Prior to joining the AtlantiCare team, she has owned and operated a youth mentoring organization for 12 years where she has advocated for at- risk youth and families to provide resources and services to address social emotional learning and solve problems to aid in the development of unique paths for children to learn, grow and thrive. Throughout the pandemic, she served as a case manager for homeless and disabled veterans to locate them permanent housing, attain adequate military benefits and insurance, mental health services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and suicide prevention. Katura has always had a passion for serving the community by promoting social and emotional awareness. and creating a caring atmosphere for student to plan for their future.
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