New Brunswick C&I News

January 2020

New Brunswick High School presents "Once Upon a Mattress"

Submitted by Mr. Thornberg



At the high school, 33 students in the cast and crew produced and performed "Once Upon a Mattress." Students had an authentic experience tackling Broadway-styled choreography, painting sets, making props, managing costumes, creating make-up, playing instruments in the live band and calling the cues for lights and sound. Students in the theatre arts classes also participated during stagecraft lab time. They put up curtains, decorated the sets and steamed costumes and curtains.


Audiences loved the production. If you thought you knew the story of "The Princess and The Pea," you might have been in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason for her to reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provided for some side-splitting shenanigans.

Article - Building Bridges for ELLS

Educational Leadership - Building Bridges for ELLs See Their Strengths - By Jessica Lander Let's ditch deficit-based thinking, and instead focus on the strengths of our immigrant students. Submitted by Dr. Jessica Monaghan

Professional Learning with Liberty Science Center

Submitted by Dr. Jessica Monaghan


Our third grade educators engaged with the Liberty Science Center team to “Fill their Bill.” Participants used a variety of tools (representing bird bills) to gather food as data of how their bill functioned and what they were capable of consuming. We engaged in argumentation based on our evidence and had an interesting conversation about structure versus function. After writing claims supported by evidence and reasoning, third grade teachers discussed the connections to reasoning across all content areas. Resources were provided by Liberty Science Center and are accessible in the K-5 Science Google Classroom (code: tcczom). As K-12 teachers continue to incorporate reasoning in science instruction and assessment, consider the great connections in engineering as well - supported by the newly released resources in STEM Teaching Tools Brief 63.
2019 NBHS Graduate Follows his Passion

Remy Plattiers' internship with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) allows him to explore physics beyond the classroom.

AVID Family Night

Senior Class Student is Prepared, Empowered, and Inspired by AVID

AVID Family Night Speech by Mahamadou Sumareh, New Brunswick High School Student

Submitted by Marci Korten


Good evening ladies and gentlemen. As some of you may know, my name is Mahamadou Sumareh. I’m a senior here in the high school and I’ve been in AVID since middle school.


Going through my school career up until AVID I was lazy and unmotivated, having the mentality that either I’ll wing it and do great, or if I don’t then I don’t deserve success. AVID lured me in with the promise of academic help and made me stay because of the life-skills I would gain. Throughout my years, here are the people I’ve met through AVID.


I met a smart-mouthed restaurant owner who wouldn’t hold back when telling me to get my act together.


An always exhausted class clown who I could enjoy a class with and relax with as if we weren’t student and teacher, but as friends.


A confident business dad who taught me that it’s okay to take time and take a break from the constant grind, and give me some coats when I didn’t have any while this weather was kicking up. I’m serious, Mother Nature is on something these past few seasons.


A constantly stressed AVID veteran who sacrifices her time and energy to push me to go for things I didn’t believe I could achieve.


A no-nonsense having mother figure who stuck by me throughout my messiest years, figuratively and literally. And the only person I know who can still rock braids at 25, ain’t that right miss?


And finally, I met a group of students who stuck by a clown like me and made me feel wanted in a world that tries to make me feel unwanted.


I can truly say, that this program has helped me grow far past the boundaries I set for myself, and I’m not just talking about my height. I learned to love myself just as much as I love others. I learned to not demean myself when others are working harder than me, but to worker harder than them to get myself ahead. After all, if you move at the same pace as someone ahead of you, you’ll never catch up. AVID is home. AVID is a place I know I can always go back to if I ever feel lost, or just feel like having a good time. These years with y’all have really been amazing and I know I see you guys in class every other day, but I’mma really miss y’all. Thank you and good night.

Middle School Students Featured on Arts Ed NJ Website

Windows of Understanding: "Flight to Fears" Submitted by Danielle Fleming

Students at Lincoln Annex - Academy for the Gifted and Talented - Roll Up Their Sleeves for Learning

Student Learning at the G&T Academy Does NOT Stop There...

Our Gifted and Talented Academy is growing rapidly and reaching new challenges and opportunities. The students in the program, grades 4th through 8th, experience learning in an environment that supports their social-emotional as well as their academic needs. While some programs’ main focus is the level of content and the acceleration of grade level curriculum, New Brunswick’s Academy for the Gifted and Talented main objective is to foster a 21st century set of skills and tools.


Our vision of a 21st century student is an individual whose passion leads his/her/their education and who can persevere when facing struggles along the way. The ability to think across disciplines, to combine scientific approaches, and to collaborate will allow students to access and find knowledge without being dependent on the educational platform as globally-minded citizens.


The G&T students experience student-led investigations, presentations, real-life problem solving, project based learning, arts infusion, STEAM, exploring passions, providing student choice, and self assessments as the skills that will allow them to be in charge of their own education.

Energy Flows in Fourth Grade Science

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Submitted by Dr. Jessica Monaghan


In January, fourth grade teachers engaged in a phenomena-based high-level task that meets the vision of the NJSLS (NGSS). Creating a complete circuit, teachers illuminated an energy stick - but what made it light up?? We developed testable questions using the Question Formulation Technique. Our fourth grade educators explored various forms of energy transfer to develop a model showing how energy changed through each system - a crank that was turned to power a buzzer, a circuit, a solar-powered light, and a wind generator. Using the Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs), teachers did a gallery walk of the models and then revised their own model with any new ideas making the DCIs more explicit. We then went back to develop a written explanation of our original phenomena of the energy stick using our own models as a scaffold for the writing task. Utilizing the science task analysis guide, educators reflected on the level of rigor and the explicit integration of all three dimensions of the standards. Robin Mayer-Carroll and Rebecca Rose facilitated a truly relevant and reflective session. All resources are available on the K-5 Science Google Classroom (code: tcczom).

Courageous Voices

Tuesday, Jan. 28th, 4pm

216 Livingston Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ

All are welcome and PD certificates will be provided.


Please find the flyer for our next Courageous Voices Meeting. We will be unpacking what it means to lead with courage as we enter the new year.