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News and Views from the February 24, 2020 BOE Meeting

On February 24, Dr. Burton and the Board of Education:

  • Heard from three students from MHS Black Student Union about their new Black History Month publication: an online magazine called The Dream.
  • Dr. Burton and BA, Cheryl Schneider, provided an update on the process for the 2020-2021 School Budget

Superintendent's Report

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Dr. Burton addressed the following topics in her Superintendent's Report

  • District Start Time Update

The Innovation Council met prior to the break in order to continue with the district start time investigation. The discussion included a review of potential start time options along with the benefits and challenges to each. We are working to address the associated costs with the 4 options in order to share the details with the school community. We anticipate having a presentation at the next Board meeting on March 9th. We’ll also be outlining the plan for how we will be sharing these details with staff, students and parents in order to address questions and garner feedback on the options.

  • Youth Art Month

We will be celebrating Youth Art Month throughout the entire month of March by showcasing a variety of artwork from students in grades K-12. The exhibit will be held right here at the Millburn Education Center. Youth Art Month is a time to encourage citizens to take interest in and give full support to quality school art programs for children and youth.

The student artwork will be on display for the entire month of March and can be viewed whenever the Education Center during the hours of 8 am to 4 pm.

There will also be three evening receptions honoring the students whose work is displayed.

· The Elementary School reception for Deerfield, Glenwood and Washington Schools will be on March 16th from 5:00-7 PM

· The Elementary School reception for Hartshorn, S. Mountain and Wyoming Schools will be on March 17th from 5:00-7 PM

· High & MS Schools’ reception will be March 25th from 5:00 – 9:30 PM.

  • Ed Foundation- Millburn Schools Rock

It is that time of the year for a great night of fun, music, and bidding on Friday, March 13th, at the Ed Foundation’s annual Millburn Schools Rock event. The theme of college throwback happening at the Crystal Plaza is sure to bring a fabulous array of prizes, music and plenty of food that will make for a great night out. Put it on your calendar and plan for the event of the month at Millburn Schools Rock evening of amazing fundraising for our district schools.

  • MHS Student Wins Film Festival Top Animation Prize

Congratulations to Jacob Updyke for winning the top prize for animation in the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest. His film, “You Reap What You Sow,” was a winner at the Millburn Film Fest last year. He wins a $500 prize, plus a matching gift that he will donate to the World Wildlife Fund. "You Reap What You Sow" was just one of 196 total submissions from students ages 8 to 25 this year. The top films will premiere as a part of the One Earth Film Festival on Saturday, March 7, at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.

  • WORD Award

The MHS Literary Magazine, WORD, has won a Columbia Scholastic Silver Medal for its 2019 edition. The Editors-in-Chief for this volume--Kate Kost and Sarah Tham--have graduated, but the current Editors in Chief, Purnima Palaway & Livia McGuire, along with the whole Word staff are visibly thrilled.

  • Footloose

The MHS Musical takes center stage this coming weekend. Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, 29th at 7:30 pm and a matinée Sunday March 1st at 1:00 pm in the MHS Auditorium. Tickets are selling out, but good seats are still available at the HS website.

Assistant Superintendent Kate Diskin shared news from around the schools:

Black History Month: (District Goal #3)

In honor of Black History Month, the Millburn High School Black Student Union (BSU) has created a magazine: The Dream. This outstanding publication is one of the ways the district has integrated Black History into our curriculum.

It is important to note and recognize that while we “celebrate heroes and holidays,” we look to represent all of our students’ diversity positively throughout the year and integrated throughout our curriculum. All of our schools have recognized Black History Month. The following are a few highlights from around the district.

  • The Millburn Middle School held a simulated March to Selma, while Washington School participated in an assembly based on one of the 19 journeys Harriet Tubman took through the Underground Railroad.
  • South Mountain School continued its theme of respect and understanding. Black history was integrated through literature and writing activities related to Martin Luther King, Jr. Ruby Bridges and Rosa Parks.
  • Wyoming School enhanced its reading libraries with multicultural texts, specifically highlighting African American heroes, while the primary classes implemented Interactive Read-Alouds where students learn to appreciate personal and cultural differences. These activities complement their school theme, "Using Our VOICE for those that may not have one."
  • At Glenwood School, students learned about themes related to Martin Luther King Jr. through a school-wide Peacemaker Project where every student took a Peace Pledge by tying a ribbon with their name on it around a giant peace symbol that has been displayed in the school for all students and visitors to see.
  • In the Deerfield School community, kindergartens illustrated a poem written about Dr. King, third graders explored biographies of famous African Americans, and produced fact cards for each person. They also honored Dr. King by a day of service which they assembled snack bags for underserved preschools in the area.
  • Students at Hartshorn School read and discussed African-American struggles, accomplishments and African contributions internationally. Some grade levels completed an in-depth biography unit using the, "Who Was" series, which included, but is not limited to, black artists, inventors, political figures, authors, and poets, such as Langston Hughes!

A final note from a Hartshorn student sums it up perfectly: As one third grade student said, "This (discussions during Black History Month) helps everybody be nice to everybody."

Dr. Joshi - (District Goal #3)

Training of our 3rd cohort of teachers is underway with, Dr. Joshi, as well as the training of our administration. A 3-day series of administrator training has been scheduled and day 2 will be this Friday. Again, Dr. Joshi’s work centers around diversity awareness and promotes the creation of school environments free from the distractions of prejudice, stereotypes, and bias.

Rutgers Oncology Olympiad

Five Millburn students scored in the top 10% of over 318 students that competed, which qualifies them to compete in the March 28th team event with 103 students representing 28 high schools from around the country. 20 Teams will compete in the Oncology Olympiad which seeks to raise awareness about cancer and support the Rutgers Cancer Institute of NJ. The Olympiad was open to high school students across the country focusing on cancer diagnosis, treatment, symptoms, genetics, and healthcare specialists. This elite event aims to inspire the next generation of medical leaders and raise philanthropic support for education programs. Congratulations to Captain Jenny Wang and her team:

Beatrice Han, Eliana Ries, Eric Xu, Alison Araten

March Fourth on March 1st…

This annual March Fourth 5K and Family Fitness Day are in honor of Joanna Dranikoff, a Millburn parent who passed away in 2016. This event is also to highlight colon cancer prevention. This year Millburn high school teams will be in attendance to help support the event. There will be games for younger students as well. It will be a day of fun for the whole family to attend.

Come Support “The Wish Peer Leaders”

This Wednesday at 2:30 come out to support Middle School, “Wish Peer Leaders' ' who are hosting their annual faculty, staff, and student volleyball game where all proceeds go to the Make a Wish Foundation! There is also an Administrative team where Dr. Burton and I will be playing so come out to see Dr.Burton spike the ball! I’ve already let Mr.Connolly know that I’m a much better cheerleader than a player!

Athletics News:

  • Wrestling: Sam Cohen took 2nd place at the NJSIAA District Tournament, with Michael Policarpio in 3rd place. Both will be wrestling at the Regional Tournament this weekend.
  • In Ice Hockey, the 1st Round of States began today at 4:15 pm vs. Madison
  • Boys and Girls Basketball begin their State Tournament on Monday, March 3.

Policies - First Reading

First Reading of Policies and Regulations - February 24, 2020

Policy 2430 - Extracurricular/Co-Curricular Activities (M)

Regulation 2430 - Extracurricular/Co-Curricular Activities

Policy 8420 – Emergency and Crisis Situations (M)

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