The International Festival
New Providence School District’s World Language Department, with a grant from the New Providence Education Foundation (NPEF), recently held an International Festival at the High School
Spain, France, Japan, Italy, Germany, Palestine, England, and China were all represented with an informational booth or a live performance. Students and teachers were at the booths to explain the culture and to provide traditional food samples. Salsa dance lessons and traditional German folk dances were available and there was a wonderful performance by the Jose Rodriguez Latin Ensemble.
This event was made possible by additional donations from Barth’s Market, the Spanish Pavillion Restaurant of Harrison and the Deutscher Club of Clark. Thank you to everyone involved in this wonderful event.
Thirty-three Japanese counterparts from Fukui Prefecture delivered science presentations on their research in English, and then saw presentations by NPHS students. The students then had the opportunity to practice the art of gyotaku fish printing with Mr. Vivona and Mrs. Celler, and hear selections from “Mary Poppins” and a performance of "Sakura" by the NPHS chorus. NPHS students also designed and built American cultural booths and explained their content in presentations delivered entirely in Japanese.
Twenty-five NPHS host students also attended field trips with their home stay students, which included tours of Princeton University, Rutgers University, and the Liberty Science Center.
Curricula Related Activities
Students Teaching Students
The fourth grade students started by teaching from multi-media presentations they had created and then answered questions posed by the high school students. As the discussion progressed, their work was critiqued by their high school counterparts and a variety of the major talking points were emphasized. The activity was enjoyed by both sets of students with each group learning from the other.
Middle School Teen Arts Trip to Cranford
Go Green Pioneers
Students in Mrs. Beltz's and Mrs. Martin's World History class have been addressing the problem-based challenge of
What can we do as a school to reduce global warming?
Students first looked for ways to reduce NPHS's environmental impact. They identified the hundreds of plastic water bottle thrown away each day in the school cafeteria, and further research showed this was part of a huge pollution problem.This led to the development of a school-wide environmental initiative titled Go Green Pioneers.
The class identified that the installation of a water cooler with a built-in water bottle filling station could encourage students to avoid throwing away disposable water bottles. To raise money for the water cooler, students decided to sell custom water bottles that would allow students to fill their bottles with cold, filtered water.
Students created a proposal and presented their ideas to Mrs. Zirpoli. They met with the maintenance department and used science, math, language arts, and research skills to design and develop their idea. They collaborated with the Graphic Design Club to create a custom logo for the water bottles and coordinated with the Environmental Club and Character Education committee to help them advertise the plan. In the process, they have learned they can make a difference in their community.
Bottles are now on sale at the high school. The goal is to sell 300 water bottles. Be sure to buy a bottle and help NPHS Go Green Pioneers!
AWR Living Museum
Students choose one of the biographies they have read and "become" that person. The students write and memorize scripts about the people they are becoming. Each student dresses like the subjects they have chosen to become. The students sit on their desks in poses. When their "buttons" are pushed, the students give their speeches. They are also prepared to answer questions about their subjects.
In conjunction with the Living Museum, students undertake an art unit on drawing faces at the same time and use their subject to study how to draw the human face. This cross-curricular correlation is a great way to end the nonfiction unit of study.
Green Screen in the Classroom
Salt Brook recently received a green screen as part of a generous grant from the NPEF. Students of all grade levels have been enjoying the possibilities this new technological tool provides and have used the technology to superimpose themselves to far-away lands, shrink themselves to explore the inside of a human body, or immerse themselves in visual background or video with multimedia elements. Students projects have been appearing all around the school.
In addition, parents and students at the recent Salt Brook Library Bonanza were able to experience the use of the green screen by placing themselves in their favorite story. Thank you to the NPEF for this wonderful tool.
Experimenting with the Maker Movement
Middle School Read Across America Door Decorating Contest
The girls’ basketball team finished the season 21-7 and earned the #1 seed in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 2 sectional tournament. They also won the UCIAC Mountain Division championship. During the season, a junior player became the eighth player in the program’s history to top 1,000 career points.
The New Providence boys’ basketball team qualified for the NJSIAA state sectional tournament and had a number of impressive wins on the season one being in the annual Pioneer Pigout event where they beat rival Governor Livingston. They also were instrumental in hosting a halftime game with the basketball team from The Children’s Institute, a school for children with Autism.
The boys swimming team won the NJSIAA state sectional tournament with an upset win over top-seeded Lawrence High School. One swimmer was named First-Team All-State and Swimmer of the Year by The Courier-News. He also won the Meet of Champions as the fastest swimmer in the entire state in the 50 yard freestyle. The girls qualified for the NJSIAA state sectional tournament as well and included a swimmer who won the Union County Tournament in both the 200 and 500 freestyle. The girls relay team also won the Union County 400 freestyle relay.
Both the boys and girls winter track programs had successful seasons. A number of athletes took home gold medals in a series of county and statewide events. One girl runner was Union County and Central Group champion in the 1600m and 3200m. The boys team included athletes who won the 1600m Central Group and 3200m Union County races, the State Group 1 pole vault champion and the 55m Central Group champion.
TEACHERs OF THE YEAR
THIS JUST IN...
- NPMS students recently placed first in their New Jersey division and third in the nation at the TEAMS competition where they had to use math, science and 21st Century learning skills to problem solve everyday STEM challenges.
NPHS students won first place in the Biomimicry competition at the prestigious NJ-TSA State convention held at The College of New Jersey.
AWR students recently had the chance to learn Scratch programming in an after school program designed and taught by an NPHS student. For more information on this exciting and innovative program please refer to the tapinto.net article below.