February 2019

LCJSMS - Newsletter

Holocaust Survivors Assembly for 8th graders on Jan 16th.

Safety to and from school!

Due to colder temperatures, there have been more cars in the parking lot during drop off & pick up. Please be mindful of the Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures to ensure a safe environment for all our students.

February Activities

February 1 - Single Session- Staff Professional Development

February 14 - "Be the Change" assembly for grade 8

February 15 - 6 Flags Read to Succeed deadline - contact kdoherty@summit.k12.nj.us for more info

February 18 - School Closed

February 19 - School Closed

February 21 - Night for the Soul- 6-8pm

February 22 - Black History Month assembly grade 6 & 7 during advisory

February 22 - "Through the Eyes of a Friend" Living Voices assemble for grade 8

March 6 - Washington DC Parent Information Night - 7-8pm

Day of Kindness & Unity

Student Council students at LCJSMS repurposed flyers against hate into an art installation that is proudly hung in the Library Learning Commons. LCJSMS CARES. Great job!
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Youth Empowerment Alliance (YEA)

The LCJSMS has embarked on a three year commitment to the Youth Empowerment Alliance with the generous funding from the SEF. YEA is an organization that assists schools in addressing cultural and climate strengths and areas for opportunity. This year we are focused on LCJSMS cultural and climate from the staff and student perspective. The entire building participated in a survey in October and the survey results were analyzed by College of St. Elizabeth. We are happy to report that the overall survey yielded positive results.

With the help of YEA we have developed both student and staff committees to develop actions plans to address our growth opportunities. Committees are working to review survey results and develop actions plans to address areas of opportunity. After analyzing the results of the survey, the staff is concentrating our effort on giving students the tools necessary to shape their own future, aiding students in coping with stress and identifying ways to reduce bullying. Our student group is focusing on how involved students are in solving school problems, improving the school environment, and solving their interpersonal conflicts effectively.

"Be The Change" Assembly for 8th Grade

Thank you to the SEF for funding the “Be the Change” assembly on 2/14/19 for 8th grade students. This assembly supports the LCJSMS 8th grade Ryder's Challenge Community Service program. "Be the Change" features Dr. Norma Bowe, a professor, author and human rights activist from Kean University. “Be the Change” is a community activist organization that comprises of students from Kean as well as a volunteer from the surrounding community. The organization focuses on “Vertical Garden Peace Project” which helps create a self-sustaining compact gardening system which has reduced crime in communities with high concentrations of poverty. Additionally, the group hosts operation PB&J which feeds the homeless at Newark Penn Station on Thursday nights. Dr. Bowe will be speaking to LCJSMS students to inspire them to be the change and impact their own environment and community. There will also be future opportunities for students to participate in service projects to benefit this local organization.

Thank you to Summit Education Foundation!

Life for students and faculty at LCJSMS is about to become more engaging thanks to the generous support of the Summit Education Foundation (SEF) and its members, who approved twenty grants for the school in the fall cycle. Teachers in the English department are already enjoying the benefits of Membean, an online vocabulary-building tool that provides individualized vocabulary lists specific to every students' needs. Our students will certainly benefit from their enhanced vocabulary as they read from the classroom libraries supplied by another SEF grant. Health teachers are also excited to have an opportunity to integrate their new “drunk busters” glasses. These glasses simulate the physical impact of intoxicants and in doing so act as a deterrent against alcohol and drug abuse. Student programs were another focus of SEF funding. Throughout the year, our students will be exposed to a number of programs that promote cultural understanding, community involvement, arts education, and scientific inquiry. Another grant, the YEA Culture and Climate Initiative, will provide our administrators and teachers with the tools necessary to continue providing students with a supportive and safe school environment. Our school community will be further strengthened by several after-school programs that the SEF funded including a math club and a peer leadership program. Not only has SEF helped enhance the programming and curriculum at the school, but the organization’s generosity has also provided our classrooms with much-needed enhancements. A total of seven classrooms will benefit from new furniture, whiteboards, and technological improvements. Notably, the faculty is thrilled to welcome a professional development room that will increase collaboration across the curriculum. As always, the staff and students offer their endless appreciation for the incredible generosity of the SEF and its supporters.