Faust News

First Marking Period, November 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,


First, let me thank you for your constant support and understanding as we continue to adjust to the recent changes in our everyday lives and your child's education. As the Principal, I am very grateful to our students, parents, teachers, and professional staff members at Faust School for following the social distancing demands under these unusual conditions in education. We will continue to support our families and remain dedicated to our students' academic, physical, social, emotional, and mental health.


Having some of our students back in Faust School with the proper safety and cleaning procedures in place provides us with a sense of normalcy. We continue to provide the very best education while ensuring our students' and staff members' health and safety. Our all-remote and hybrid students have been actively using technology so that our teaching staff can have them engaged in student-centered lessons focused on growth and learning. This commitment is on-going and has always been a priority for our teachers! To be sure that your child is successful during virtual and in-person learning, we must continue to work together. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teachers if you have any questions or concerns.


Another important factor in achieving academic success is having your child be on time and attend their classes every day. When parents take an active role in enforcing the importance of school attendance, they will also send a message to their child that education is a priority for your family. Being present at school every day is their responsibility and a critical part of educational success.


In closing, I want to reassure you that the East Rutherford School District's top priority is everyone's safety and well-being. We look forward to the day when we can open our doors for all students at Faust School, which brings us back to education as it once was.


On behalf of the faculty and staff at Faust School, best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving and holiday season.


Stay well, warm, and safe as the colder weather approaches.


Sincerely,


Mrs. Regina Barrale

Alfred S. Faust School Principal

Rbarrale@erboe.net

(201) 804-3100 Ext. 3003

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Supervisor of Instruction & Technology

Greetings! My name is Mr. Vilardi and I am honored to be the new Supervisor of Instruction and Technology for the East Rutherford School District. I started my career as a Health and Physical Education teacher ten years ago, and I am excited to take on this new role in such a great community. I am a graduate of Montclair State University, where I played baseball for the Red Hawks. I love anything sports related and spending time with my awesome family- my wife, Mrs. Vilardi, our two girls Emilia and Savannah, and our dog Daisy. While my office is in the Media Center, I try my best to make my rounds through the building to see what everybody is up to...feel free to say hi when you see me in the halls or in your classrooms!
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New Face for 5th Grade Science

Hello! My name is Ms. Bibb and I am the new 5th grade Science teacher here at Faust Middle School. Prior to my arrival at Faust, I taught 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Science. I graduated from Rowan University with a certificate in elementary education and middle school Science. My favorite sport is ultimate frisbee and I enjoy hiking when possible. I am excited to be a part of the Faust community and I look forward to working with you this year!
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New Face for Art

Hello! My name is Ms. Machere, I am the new art teacher at Faust Middle School. Before coming to Faust, I was a High School Art Teacher where I taught Ceramics, Graphic Design, and Drawing/Painting. It has always been my dream to teach middle school. I look forward to working with the students to create amazing and unique works of art! Check out the art section to see some of the projects students have completed thus far!


Art

In Grade 5 Art our students work on a survey of projects that cover the elements of art. We learn about one-point perspective, color, collage, lines, and famous Pop Artists like Roy Lichtenstein! The 6th Grade worked on a survey of projects that cover the principles of design as well as technique. The class learned about radial symmetry/balance, unity, and color pencil and watercolor techniques. Students discussed famous artists such as Grant Wood and Vincent Van Gogh! Meanwhile, students in 7th worked on a survey of projects that cover both the principles of design and elements of art. They then took a deeper dive into watercolor and various techniques. Their cycle came to a close with texture vs. implied texture and how to create both in our artwork. Finally, 8th-grade students completed several projects that cover both the principles of design and elements of art. The students worked with the grid method and realism. The class then discussed portraiture and positive-negative space. All of the photos below are of work created by students from the first marking period.


Student Council

We are very excited to still be able to have a Student Council this year. We have already had our very first Virtual Assembly where students were able to see their peers present their amazing speeches. After the assemblies students were also able to cast their votes for who they felt were the best candidates via a google form. This year may be different, but the Student Council will work hard to keep up with our school spirit. Stay tuned for upcoming events like spirit days, American Education Week, and so much more. Please also give a huge round of applause for our officers. This year's winners were:


President: Claudia Da Mata


Vice President: Richelin Gbaguidi


Secretary: Nicolas Trampler


Treasurer: Arjun Oza

Virtual Halloween Costume Contest Winners

Student Council Proudly Presents the very first Virtual Halloween Costume Contest Winners

ELA

Students in Seventh Grade Language Arts classes have been exploring the fundamentals of English this marking period. Students are learning to analyze literature and apply academic literary terms to their writing through short stories. Students are also practicing extending their writing to give insight to their text analysis. After reading the short stories "Seventh Grade," "Thank You Ma'am," and "Charles," students completed a compare and contrast character analysis essay. They are doing a great job mastering the skills of evaluating and utilizing text evidence from their reading to support their ideas, thus giving their writing credibility.

"Thank You Ma’am"

This past marking period, Mrs. Lahullier’s ELA students explored the themes of kindness, forgiveness, and empathy. After reading the short story “Thank you Ma’am” by Langston Hughes, students reflected on the conflicts demonstrated throughout the story. Although the story was written in 1958, our class was able to relate the themes to today’s society. Each student walked away with varying opinions and views related to the story. One student expressed, “We should take a larger look at our society and realize that people have their own struggles, but it doesn't mean you can’t show kindness in times of need.” Another student stated, “How we treat others is a reflection of our own behavior.” Many students were able to connect with one of the characters, allowing them to make personal connections and reflections. Our class enjoyed reading the short story and comparing and contrasting the film version to the text version. Students also shared with their classmates how they would represent each character if they were to create their own film version.

Dance Grades 5-8

Dance this year at Faust looks a little different, but we are making the most of it! In all grades, students are currently learning about Jazz dance and the many different styles within it. We view videos of Broadway Jazz, Commercial Jazz, and Swing Dance. The students are also learning how to perform basic jazz steps such as chassé ball change, chainé turns, and battements. Most recently, students learned how to execute a pirouette turn demonstrating proper technique and body alignment. All students are progressing greatly and having fun while moving their bodies!

Band

Mr. Schweikardt could not be more proud of all the band students at Faust School. "Your devotion to your band lessons is a testament to your dedication, and the pride you take in yourselves and your classmates." The students have been practicing safely, respectfully, and diligently together. They have been working on specific techniques needed to master their respective instruments. These skills will be the foundation for the future success of our ensembles as we look towards the future.

Math

Math classes have been using many fun websites to practice and improve skills! Some of these include IXL, Freckle, Go Math, Savvas, Nearpod, Quizizz, Kahoot, and Gimkit. ​Students are encouraged to continue to practice their math skills during the afternoon session on these sites. The math teachers are proud of their students for their hard work and participation on Zoom! Thank you to our Faust families for your support and help at home!

Theatre

In 5th grade, students explored nonverbal communication and using their bodies to create characters and act out scenes. Students explored the art of pantomime and were able to apply techniques to performances in class. The students also learned about the history of mime and were able to view other performances. This contributed to the research for their personal pieces.


In 6-8th grades, students reviewed the art of body movement and vocal expression. Students learned how to properly dissect a monologue exploring the use of Objectives, Obstacles, and Tactics. They also understood the process of developing Actors Beats within a given piece of material. They analyzed monologues and were able to select one to evaluate and present to the class.


Music

Welcome back! It is so good to see everyone back this year whether in person or on Zoom! As we come to the end of the first marking period, 5th graders have done a great job learning to read and write music. They can also play simple tunes on virtual xylophones! 6th graders have done a great job learning about the orchestra. Students in 7th grade really enjoyed their study of composers and classical music of the 1700s and 1800s. Last but not least, the 8th graders rocked out as we focused our attention on the history of rock and roll!

Nurse

The holiday season is right around the corner. Holiday celebrations will need to be different this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please be mindful of large gatherings and celebrations during these times. I wish all of our East Rutherford Families a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season. This is usually when family and friends gather to share laughter and joy. Unfortunately, the year 2020 has brought changes in how we gather with our loved ones. Please consider taking measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please click on this link from the CDC that provides recommendations for the Holidays. I wish you all Health and Happiness!

Science


Exploding Pumpkins! Now that I have caught your attention, let me tell you how the 6th-grade science classes incorporated pumpkins into their lessons. Students learned how to analyze and interpret data and were asked to apply this knowledge by throwing wet paper towels at a pumpkin. Students had three attempts to hit the pumpkin with wet paper towels and show off their skills. We also tried to explode a pumpkin using rubber bands. It took a lot longer than expected but eventually erupted!

Physical Education

For 5th and 6th-grade Physical Education & Health, we have been focusing on ways to maintain physical fitness, nutrition, and make safe lifestyle decisions. Various topics involve exercises related to flexibility, muscle strengthening, muscle endurance, and cardiovascular workouts. Students also learned ways to relieve stress such as meditation and deep breathing exercises. It is imperative to make sure our students keep a healthy and positive mindset during this unique time. I am so proud of our 5th and 6th students for all of the hard work, dedication, and participation.

Social Studies

All Faust School students participated in an engaging mock election prior to election day on November 3rd. The students examined and identified each presidential candidate's position on several main policy points. The students, along with many other districts from the state, then used a digital platform to cast their vote. The students were eager and excited to practice participating in such an important right in our country's democracy.

World Language

As you are aware the World Language Department Spanish 5th-8th grades, are learning in one marking period this year due to “COVID19”. We began our cycle by giving students the opportunity to share their preferences with regard to learning platforms. We conducted a survey in all of our cycle classes to learn what learning application was their favorite.


The first marking period provided students with the opportunity to continue their learning in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. In class, they have had the chance to use different platforms such as Pear Deck, Edpuzzle, Seesaw, Flipgrid, and Wizer Me. To reflect on their comprehension, they were exposed to the track of proficiency. This enables them to evaluate their progress in Spanish class.


The World Language Department has tried to keep our students motivated and engaged during this time. We are saddened that we are still unable to personally see all of our students but happy to know that they are healthy.


Hasta pronto y buena suerte a todos nuestros estudiantes.

Advisory

This year Advisory class is offered only to the 5th and 8th-grade students. The class is only for one marking period and is under the supervision of Mrs. Fox and Ms. Cuello. This past marking period, students were able to create a safe and collaborative environment. There were discussions and activities based on self-awareness, social awareness, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and self-management.

Finance

The first Finance cycle has come to an end but the students learned many things that will help them throughout their lives. We created goals and budgets with keeping in perspective of wants versus needs. We established the difference between a career and job, leasing or buying a car, and credit and debit. We learned the importance of a credit score and how that can assist us with obtaining a loan. We even worked on simple interest, tax, tips, and knowing which is a better buy. The students worked very hard and learned valuable life lessons. Looking forward to the next cycle!

The Week of Respect

The Guidance Department organized The Week of Respect. For one of the events during the week, Ms. Muse collaborated with Care Plus NJ and Ms. Walsh to organize anti-bullying assemblies. This week also called on students to participate in The Great Kindness Challenge. The school community enjoyed the opportunity to display and promote respect!

Grade 8 English and Social Studies Team Up for Holocaust Studies

This year Mr. Barone and Ms. Bayeux teamed up to do a cross-curricular unit on the Holocaust. Students read the novel Night by the late Professor Elie Wiesel, conducted research about WWII and Anne Frank, and wrote analytical essays on the themes and motifs in the novel. Also, students learned about specific Holocaust victims, constructed journal entries, and reviewed primary sources detailing the atrocities of the Holocaust. Ms. Bayeux and Mr. Barone conducted small group writing conferences to deepen understanding and elevate the writing process. All in all, students learned about tolerance, compassion, and humanity.

Sixth Grade English Language Arts

Sixth Grade ELA students have spent the last month reading short stories by Gary Soto, Ray Bradbury, Sandra Cisneros, and Avi. In an extension of reading, students explored literary elements, performed the Point of View rap from Flocabulary, and wrote stories of their own, told from one chosen point of view. The story prompts were to revise a fairy tale and tell it with a fresh, modern perspective or to write a story about the year 2020. The sixth graders are currently wrapping up their revisions. It has been a delight to read insightful accounts on the past year as well as witty fairy tale reboots.


Grade Eight Honors English Veterans Day Movie Assembly

To commemorate Veterans Day this year, Ms. Bayeux and Mr. Barone's Grade 8 Honors English students presented an iMovie to the entire Faust School student body, faculty, and staff. At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, the iMovie was streamed for all to enjoy. The movie honored the contributions of veterans by providing background information, a poetry explication on "In Flanders Fields," and introduced various veteran memorials across the United States. Finally, the movie ended with a special slide thanking our local VFW Post 8374. Thank you to all veterans who have served our country! Happy Veterans Day!


Fifth Grade ELA: Mrs. Corsale

Faust 5th graders have been working really hard on reading strategies to improve comprehension. By learning and applying various strategies, students are learning how to engage in “Close Reading” to build comprehension and make connections. Additionally, students are working daily on interactive reading by using “Digital Reader’s Notebooks” to record connections, stop and jot important information, and collect unknown words for vocabulary. One of our recent activities was to use “Close Reading” to unlock the door in our Halloween Escape Room. The students can’t wait to have another escape room challenge!

Science 7th Grade

The first Marking Period in 7th-grade science was all about molecules and chemical reactions! We wrapped our Chemistry units with an engineering project where students were given an opportunity to design a heat pack for a sports team that uses a chemical reaction to get hot. Students were given the supply list that they could hypothetically use to create their heat pack and were asked to create a blueprint of their design. Students then voted on the best designs in the class and 2 or 3 designs were built and tested to see which would perform better. As always, students collected data from the product tests and reflected on why one outperformed the other.

Science with Mrs. Yang

Mrs. Yang's 8th-grade science class did the Tragedy of the Commons Virtual Lab. To learn about the human impact on the environment, the class researched the natural resources of several countries, analyzed how access to these natural resources have affected the countries’ economies, imports, and exports, and created the global natural resource log to calculate the total revenue and income from each country. A sustainable world is not unchanging as technological advances and human civilizations continue to be productive. However, our current world is not sustainable as the developed countries are using resources faster than they can be replaced. By doing the virtual lab, the students learned to consider the long term benefit more than just the short term interest.


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Talia Rose Gerity

Congratulations to Mrs. Gerity and her family on the birth of their daughter, Talia Rose. Talia was born on November 12th, weighing 8 lb. 12 oz. She joins big sister Lilly. Everyone is thrilled and doing well.