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News and Views from the May 6, 2019 BOE Meeting

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May 6, 2019

Attendees at the Board of Education meeting on May 6, 2019, heard about wonderful things going on at Glenwood School, including a presentation about the Odyssey of the Mind program; had a visit from our World Champion Robotics team; and heard the Public Hearing on the Budget.

Glenwood School Highlights

Glenwood School Principal, Dr. David Jasin, shared some of the initiatives going on this year at Glenwood, including;

  • A 4th Grade Shakespeare residency in partnership with the Shakespeare Company of New Jersey that teaches children about Shakespeare, language, playwriting and acting. The culmination of the residency program will be a production of The Tempest, in original Shakespearean English;
  • Glenwood Grows, funded by a grant from the Ed Foundation, is a multi-year initiative to teach students about the critical importance of nature. Projects at every grade level are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. This year, in partnership with the Health Barn of Bergen County, students are focusing on sustainable gardening, planting lettuce, beans, radish, carrots and other vegetables, and establishing healthy eating habits.
  • Dr. Jasin brought along one of Glenwood's Odyssey of the Mind teams to demonstrate the success of this program over the last 16 years. Students must solve one of 5 problems in their own creative and unique way. Each of these student-directed projects incorporates performance arts, visual arts, technology, and engineering, and involves collaboration and innovation to complete the task according to Odyssey requirements. Take a look at a short segment of the "Hide in Plain Sight" team's state-winning performance.

Millburn has 6 Odyssey teams competing in the World Finals at Michigan State University later in May...3 from Glenwood, 2 from Washington School and 1 from the Middle School. We wish them all good luck!

Robotics Team

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The World Champion Millburn High School VEX team gave us some insight into what it takes to go from a club team 6 years ago to World Champs in 2019: passion, collaboration, learning from mistakes, dedicated coaches, supportive parents, the MILL and more than $73,000 in donations from the Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills.

Budget Hearing & Presentation

Dr. Burton and Business Administrator, Cheryl Schneider, delivered a presentation about the 2019-2020 budget, which the Board approved unanimously during the meeting.

The presentation, budget, and the user-friendly budget can be found below.

Superintendent's Report

Dr. Burton's weekly report on recent and upcoming events and accomplishments:

HS Schedule Calendar Change

On the agenda this evening is a change to the date of the HS graduation for next year, June 2020, to June 24, 2020. This is in response to the prom being scheduled for Monday of that week, followed by graduation rehearsal on Tuesday and then graduation on Wednesday.

Wednesday is Walk/Bike to School Day

All Millburn Township Schools will be participating in the International Bike/Walk to School Day this Wednesday, May 8. The District and Safety committee also remind drivers to be mindful of increased pedestrians and bicycles that are expected to be out and about that day.

Millburn History Club

The Millburn History Club came in Second Place in the country at the Varsity History Bowl National Championships last week in Arlington, VA. This is the first time that a New Jersey team appeared in the finals of this coveted tournament. There were 240 bowl teams in total that qualified and attended Nationals last week. Millburn qualified and brought three teams to the tournament (2 Varsity, 1 JV). Millburn's "A" team went 9-1 in the preliminary rounds, facing teams coming from places like Hawaii and Nevada. All the students who played for Millburn at this tournament were in 10th or 11th grade, putting them in a great position to win the title next year.

Strawberry Festivals are Ripening

This year’s Strawberry Festival season begins on Wednesday at Deerfield School. It looks like it will be a perfect weather day for food, fun and games!

A Family Fun Night

South Mountain Integrated Preschool PTO invites all families to a Family Fun Night on Friday, May 17.

The event will be hosted in the South Mountain Gym - 6-8 pm. Party Maniacs will be there to make sure all the kids are having a great time! Bring the whole family for an evening of fun, food & entertainment!

Spring Concert Season

The concert season is about to begin. The MS kicks of the spring concerts with the Middle School Chorus Concert on May 14.

Athletic News

o Boys Golf just won the Essex County Tournament

o (Senior) Daniel Horgan scored 100 career goals in BOYS Lax

o Ally Lipkin 100 career goals in Girls Lax (This is our third sophomore!)

Teacher Appreciation Week

As you all sit in a school desk and remember a time when you were a student, I know that we can bring to mind a teacher who made a really positive impression on you. We want to extend a sincere thank you to our teaching staff as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. When you are in the buildings this week, find the posters that are on display recognizing Teacher Appreciation week and please join me in sharing a thank you with your son/daughter’s teachers this week in acknowledgment of how they have made a difference in your child’s life.

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