Alder Weekly Update
March 26, 2023
Hello Parents, Staff, and Students,
On Friday, Mrs. Wenzel hosted One Judge, One School with Judge Waldman. He has joined us for a number of years to speak with the students about the judicial process and being a judge. Our students enjoy his visit and ask great questions. Thank youJudge Waldman for another wonderful visit. We appreciate the time you take for our students and school. Thank you Mrs. Wenzel for arranging it and knowing the importance of this learning for our students!
On Wednesday, students from across the world joined Mr. Jones’ class for a Zoom call with his class. The moderator had students introduce themselves and share about their school and school experience. Two students presented in Mr. Jones’ class and it was exciting for them to hear about schools around the globe. Thank you Mr. Jones! Check out the pictures too!
Mrs. Day and Mrs. Feld held grade level meetings in the LGI this week and will continue into next week. These meetings are designated to review school rules and share the great events coming up. Parents- we need your help to ensure students are coming to school ready to learn, wearing the proper clothing, and following all school rules. Students may not have cell phones on them. If they have them, they should be locked and secured in lockers. They cannot wear earbuds during school and hoodies must not be up and covering their heads. Please check out our handbooks for all of the rules and we appreciate any reminders that you can offer.
Please enjoy the pictures, check out ehtalder Instagram, and have a great weekend!
South Jersey Spelling Bee
Over the weekend, the school spelling bee champions from Alder, Fernwood, and Miller competed against other school champions at the WHYY-Billy Penn Regional South Jersey Spelling Bee in Camden. Fernwood's 6th grade student, Sandhana Rajesh, was the last speller standing and took home the title of South Jersey Spelling Bee Champion with a flawless performance! For winning the regional bee, Sandhana receives an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee outside of Washington, D.C. this Spring.
Special shout out to Alder's spelling bee champion, Alexi Piskun (7th grade)! He also did an incredible job, placing 5th in all of South Jersey! We are so proud! Saturday's spelling bee was filmed for television and will likely air on WHYY-TV at some point in the future. Details and more photos will be shared as they become available.
48th Annual Jersey Shore Science Fair
Below are the awards won by Alder students at the 48th annual Jersey Shore Science Fair on Saturday, March 18th:
- 2nd place in Biochemistry - Kora Bair
- 2nd place in Computer Science - Julian Murcia
- 2nd place in Consumer Science - Leiliana Martinez
- 2nd place in Medicine and Health - Mooez Ifthikhar
- 2nd place in Microbiology - Addison McColligan
- Honorable Mention in Botany - Maha Protiva
- Honorable Mention in Chemistry - Vinny Bisciegla and Isaac Huang
- Honorable Mention in Mathematics - Sam Leonardo
- Honorable Mention in Medicine & Health - Audrey Holder, Cami Gruber, and Krisana Shah
- Honorable Mention in Physics - Xian Peralta, Zak Simon and Elias Person
- Special Award in Medicine from Atlantic Cape Community College - Audrey Holder
Kora, Julian, Leiliana, Mooez, and Addison will move on to compete against other regional fair winners at the Delaware Valley Science Fair in Oaks, Pennsylvania on April 5th.
Some of our 6th grade students got a chance to join Mr. Spence in last week's Culinary Experience. Some students made cake pops and others made yummy parfaits!
March Madness Volleyball Tournament
All of our teams had a great time participating in last week's teachers vs students volleyball tournament hosted by our renaissance advisors. Even though the teachers held their own during the tournament, the students took this one home!
Congratulations to our winning team, Alder's very own Avengers!
March Madness Lunch Group
On Monday, Mrs. Battersby and her March Madness lunch group, updated their brackets and then had to get into groups to create a basketball obstacle course for the other 2 groups. They’ll compete Wednesday (as long as the weather cooperates).
EHTHS Indoor Percussion and Color Guard
The EHT Indoor Percussion and Color Guard visited Alder this Friday and presented their award-winning productions (War of the Worlds and Werk)!
Book clubs in Ms. Kuppel's ELA class made posters to persuade their peers to read the dystopian/young adult novels they've been discussing this month.
Alder celebrates St. Patrick's Day all month long!
Alder Cares students made Irish Potatoes this week!
One Judge, One School Presentation
On Friday, 7th grade students participated in the One Judge, One School Program with Judge Waldman. They discussed the following topics: recovery court, decision making, how to become a judge, the role of a law clerk, the various divisions in the court and what they do, the importance of collegiality between lawyers, the bench and the public, steps to become a lawyer, what a family lawyer does, the system for interpreters for hearing impaired, and job opportunities in the courthouse.
Locura de Marzo
We have a winner! Argentinian rapper Paolo Londra beat Shakira in Mrs. Chini's “Locura de Marzo” music bracket. In the final round students had to justify their vote by describing what they liked about the song in Spanish. Christian Ortiz and Sean Cook made the most correct guesses on how the voting would go!
Cool Beans Café is officially open!
Barista of the Week: Sebastian
Mrs. Gisondi - 8th Grade Special Education
What is your position at Alder? What brought you here? How long have you been here?
I teach 8th grade English and Social Studies. I grew up and went to school in EHT, and after college in 2004, I came back to EHT and taught at Slaybaugh and then Davenport. After 14 years of teaching elementary, I decided to transfer to Alder so I could teach older students and coach softball!
What is or has been one of your favorite things about Alder?
I like working with older kids and being able to coach. I also really like the teachers I get to work with every day!
What do you think will be your greatest challenge this year?
Getting kids to stay off their cell phones, especially in the hallways.
Where did you go to school? What degree did you earn?
I went to Rowan University and received a degree in Special Education with a certification in Language Arts.
Any fun facts you would like to share about yourself?
I used to sing with my twin sister at shows in Atlantic City, and on the March of Dimes Telethon as a kid. My older sister was Molly in the 1982 movie Annie. I made the USA master's ball hockey team in 2020, but never got to play across seas because of Covid. Last, I was in the first 5th grade class at Alder!
The celebration of Ramadan began this week, on Wednesday, March 22, 2023. It lasts for 30 days and will end on Friday, April 21st. Wishing the best of what the month of Ramadan has to offer, happy Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr ahead!
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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