NBPS Technology Newsletter

May 2022

District Highlights

NBPS ESports

Talk about new age! This year is the first time that we have high school students competing in ESports (electronic sports), from NBHS, P-Tech, and HST. They have been practicing all year and have begun competing against each other to prepare them for their first statewide match. Students have been playing Rocket League, Valorant, League of Legends, and Minecraft. Come the fall, our students will be playing a Varsity-level sport. Good luck Zebras!

Woodrow Wilson's Battle of the Books!

During the week of April 26th, Woodrow Wilson hosted the ninth annual Battle of the Books. Battle of the Books is a competition in which students are quizzed about information from books they have read. Groups of third, fourth, and fifth graders formed teams of five or six students. These teams worked together to read eight books from a list of selected titles. Each team member had the responsibility of reading at least three books on the list. Students had over two months to read and share information from the books with the rest of their team. Students listened to the books on tape, had the stories read to them, or read independently. With all of this support, all third, fourth, and fifth grade students participated!

During the battles, the well prepared teams answered rounds of questions about the authors and events in the stories they have read. Students worked collaboratively to come up with the answer, and the team spokesperson gave the response. Each correct answer earned points. The team at each grade level with the highest number of points won the event!

Although this is a competition, there really are only winners. All participants gained something from this experience. Students enjoyed the quality literature that has been selected to read. Also, reading skills and strategies that the children are learning during the school day were reinforced through this exciting team event. Lastly, students learned the value of being a good team member.

NBHS and "Clay in Mind" Competition

Mr. Antosky, NBHS ceramics teacher has encouraged students to enter the Clay in Mind ceramics competition during the past many years. This year, 7 of the 8 entries were selected to move forward, to be on display in the Main Gallery Space of the The Noyes Art Garage, Stockton University in Atlantic City.

The students were selected to move forward during the first phase of the competition that took place this morning, 5/14/2022 at War Memorial High School in Sayreville, NJ. Clay In Mind is an exhibition of ceramic artwork created by high school students in New Jersey.

The closing reception will be on Saturday, June 18, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM. The work will be on display for one month with a closing reception for all placing students and their families as well as art teachers and administrators.

At the reception, student's artwork will be selected for awards and cash prizes. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to see their work in a professional gallery while mingling with other student artists, and will meet professional ceramic artists.

Congratulations to all of the ceramicists!

NBMS Youth in Action!

The New Brunswick Middle School and the Rutgers Graduate School of Education hosted the first virtual Community Forum for Youth in Action on Wednesday, May 4th. This program focuses on student voice and agency to bring about change in their community. Youth in Action groups from NBMS, led by their advisor Brandi Gustafson, and North Brunswick High School presented the culmination of their student-led work on community issues that mattered to them. NBMS students focused on the district dress code with the desire to make the uniforms more comfortable and versatile. NBTHS focused on student mental health and set the groundwork for student peer support groups for all incoming freshmen. Club members spent months identifying a problem in the school community that concerned them most, surveying the school population (students, teachers, parents) to see how they felt about the issues, researching the subject, and developing and proposing solutions. Both projects are in their final stages. The Community Forum allowed students to present to each other, the Rutgers GSE community, and key stakeholders from both districts.

Tech Tip for All!

Google Docs Update: Drop Down Menu

New Workspace Features: Google Docs

Technology Reminders

Please, make sure to share ALL technology-related issues by creating IT Ticket. Click the button below to start the process. You can also click here for a presentation below for a step-by-step guide on how to log in. Click here for to submit an IT Work Order for a technical issue.

There are so many great resources in the district for technology, click here for a refresher. View videos, links, and subscription information.

Also note:

Please be aware of any suspicious emails that are sent to your NBPS district email account. Threat actors may target victims through a variety of methods, including compromised or spoofed websites, phishing emails, social media ads, and messages, or unsecured Wi-Fi networks.

Many times emails may appear to be sent from your principal, supervisor, or superintendent. Please be sure that you are using the following guidelines when you have the slightest concern about a suspicious or concerning email:

  • Emails with bad grammar and spelling mistakes
  • Emails with an unfamiliar greeting or salutation
  • Inconsistencies in Email Addresses, links, and domain names
  • Suspicious attachments
  • Emails requesting login credentials, payment information, or sensitive data
  • Emails asking for gift cards or to send money
  • Too good to be true emails

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Future Newsletter Features

Please feel free to submit any exciting events or projects that are going on at your school to jamie_schoenbach@nbpsnj.net to be featured in future newsletters.

Curriculum and Instruction Department

Content Created by: Jamie Schoenbach, Supervisor of Instructional Technology