The Brick Bridge

Connecting Partners in Education

Greetings!

Dear Parents/Guardians,


We created The Brick Bridge to share the great things accomplished by our students and programs, thereby bridging a connection between our school district and our families. Even though none of us could have ever predicted how this year would unfold, one thing is for certain: there is still much to celebrate. Our students continue to make us proud. They have shown flexibility and resilience in the face of adversity. They have continued to inspire us by doing great things. As such, they make us truly optimistic for the future.


As summer approaches, please know that the Curriculum Department is committed to spending this time planning for whatever the future might hold. Thank you for being partners in education!


Sincerely,

Dr. Anderson

Follow us on our new Twitter handle @BTPSLearns

Brick Township School District Teacher Of The Year

Congratulations to the Brick Township School District Teacher of the year, Ms. Judith Harzer, an Art Teacher from Brick Memorial High School!

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Congratulations to our building teachers of the year!

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Celebrating Student Success District Wide!

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Our Students from Warren H. Wolf Took Us on a Trip to the Boardwalk

The students in Warren H. Wolf preschool jumped right into our new theme of Beach and Boardwalk. They made their own boardwalk games, rides, and enjoyed yoga at the beach. They really used their imagination and problem solving skills to come up with ideas on how to make these games and rides at home. Another success at WHW has been the daily flag salutes. The students enjoy Zooming with Mrs. Goodfellow and the other students enjoy seeing different people each day. This really bought some consistency to our students in these inconsistent times. We are looking forward to our last couple weeks of school in our current theme and then doing the first WHW Olympics!

Our Elementary Students Are Rocking Through Virtual Learning

Grow, Brick, Grow!

Herbertsville Elementary Stars Glen Cory and Miles Nalven were inspired to build a hydroponics system in their homes. Both students harvested their vegetables and even made a salad!

Lanes Mill and VMMS Students Support Our Healthcare Workers

Kelly Murtha, Reilly Scardilli, Julie Dansereau, Olivia Moskwa, Lilley Dohan, Shea Wagner from Lanes Mill & Paige Dohan from VMMS have been working very hard making rainbow loom bracelets as mask accessories for local healthcare workers.
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Veterans Memorial Elementary School Thank You To Frontline Workers

Students from Veterans Memorial Elementary School created Thank You cards and goodies for the nurses at Ocean Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian. Thank you so much to our frontline workers!

Early Act Club at Midstreams Elementary School Participated in the Adopt a Unit Drive

Midstreams Elementary School’s Early Act Club participated in the Brick Township Municipal’s Adopt a Unit Drive for Ocean Medical Center. They collected over $200!
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Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Students from Mrs. McNeary's class at Drum Point Elementary School had a blast completing a project based off of the Wizard of Oz!
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Play Production!

Students from Mr. Bautista's class at Osbornville Elementary School conducted a Reader's Theatre via Google Meet on the play, "The Piece of String" by Guy de Maupassant. What a fun way to keep our students engaged!
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Ms. McDermott & Mrs. Barton's Class Celebrate Memorial Day and Create "Kites, Cool Kids Care!" Project

Ms. McDermott & Mrs. Barton's Class from Emma Havens Young Elementary School have been connecting using Flipgrid. They created cool kites with inspirational messages for front line workers around the world! Check out their awesome videos-Click Here! Additionally, their students celebrated Memorial Day by responding to the question, "What does America mean to me?" Check out their videos-Click Here.



Keep up the great work! Your students are rockstars!

Wellness Wednesdays!

The goal of Wellness Wednesday is to provide our students and families with an opportunity to focus on SEL and create a connection through a shared activity centered around special areas. Our special area teachers are doing an amazing job creating fun activities for our students to partake in. Check out some of our students below!

Our Secondary Students are Showing Off Their Creativity in the Classroom

Brick Township High School Poetry Padawans

Students in Mrs. Melillo-Repko’s class at Brick Township HS did a poetry project with a Star Wars theme to celebrate May the Fourth. They had to curate words and phrases from the first chapter of the novelization of A New Hope and then use those words and phrases to create a found poem.
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Brick Memorial High School Drama Production 2012 Reunion

Alumni from Brick Memorial HS got together with Mr. Stefanelli via ZOOM to recreate the 2012 production of Romeo and Juliet!
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NCTE Writing Contest Winners!

This year, 3 Juniors from Brick Memorial High School received Certificates of Nomination from the NCTE for writing admissions in this year's writing contest: "Why I Write".

Hannah Richardson, Ellie Marotta, and Kyleigh Brunotte were all recognized.


Congratulations to you!

Mrs. O'Shea's Class from VMMS Take On National Park Week

For the week of April 20th to the 25th (National Park Week), students in Mrs. O’Shea’s sixth grade ELA class explored the National Park Service website, chose a national park, memorial, monument, historic site, or recreation area to research, and then created slideshow presentations. The students completed the lesson in Google Applied Digital Skills, which included a series of 7 short instructive videos and a reflection activity. Students added effects to text and images, embedded videos, and customized with word art. They did a spectacular job!

Traveling Around the World With Mr. Cintron and Ms. Arms' Classes from VMMS

Who says you can't travel around the world while being stuck at home? This month, VMMS 8th graders in Mr. Cintron's Social Studies and Ms. Arms' Language Arts classes have been on quite the adventure! Starting with a journey through Africa, students wrote narrative journals about being stranded in various locations throughout the continent, demonstrating their knowledge of the diverse geography and culture. Their fictional characters experienced severe temperatures, lack of resources, and even some frightening animal encounters! The next adventure took students to the Middle Eastern Region, where they continued to study the various subregions, including the different physical features, religions, cuisines, leisure activities, and more! Students made travel brochures showcasing two specific countries in the Middle East, tying in ELA skills by using several text features, such as beautiful photos and descriptive captions, to really enhance their independent research! Grab your passports... Next stop: Russia!

Mrs. Carlisle's Classes from VMMS Say Thank You!

Students in Mrs. Carlisle’s 8th grade ELA class made Easter Eggs and "Helping Hands" and mailed them out to the following locations below to say, "Thank You" and send a positive message to help keep spirits up. Kids wanted to do their part to help their community in a safe way.


Brick Hospital

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LRMS Student Chosen As National Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids Ambassador

A 7th grade student from the LRMS Youth Prevention Coalition has been chosen as a National Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids Ambassador. Lacey Ireland currently serves on the Ocean County Youth Prevention Coalition, as well as the New Jersey Youth Tobacco Action Group (YTAG). She will be joined by a number of youth from across the country at their Digital Advocacy Symposium and will receive advanced training to take her advocacy skills to the next level. The Digital Advocacy Symposium will take place from July 13-July 22, 2020. The Symposium virtual sessions will take place on Monday, July 13; Wednesday, July 15; Friday, July 17; Monday July 20; and Wednesday, July 22. All of the sessions will take place in the late afternoon Eastern Standard Time, which will allow us to accommodate Ambassadors from several time zones. What an amazing opportunity! Good Luck Lacey!
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LRMS Green Team

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BTPS STEM Academy Helps Out

For the past month and a half, Mr. Nagle and the students in the STEM Academy have been putting their tools and knowledge to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr. Nagle has been running the 3D printer from his classroom at home in order to create parts for protective face shields. These face shields are being regularly delivered to local medical personnel to protect them from contagious particles while working on the front lines. While Mr. Nagle has been handling the assembly and delivery of the shields, the STEM Academy students have been developing a website to raise funds for the face shield supplies. Their website, titled "Helping Out While Staying In" also shares stories of local community members assisting in pandemic relief as well as resources to help you do the same while social distancing.


Some of the STEM students, such as freshman Carlie Lemiska, have even created PPE at home to include with the donations.


So far, the STEM Academy has delivered 200 face shields, 200 ear guards for masks, and raised over $1700. Check out the website at howsi.netlify.com if you would like to see more about the project or find out how you can get involved from home.

Girls Go CyberStart

Girls Go CyberStart is a fun and interactive online program composed of digital challenges to introduce high school girls to cybersecurity. Within the program, students will take on the role of a security agent. As a team, their job is to stop fearsome gangs of cyber criminals and prevent organizations from being attacked. This year, over 10k high school girls have taken part in the Girls Go CyberStart program. The program is made up of three stages: In the first stage, our three students, Samantha Barry, Cynthia Lin and Corie Beale were able to complete 14 out of the 15 phases. The next stage, called the Game, each student amassed over 20,0000 points. These amazing students have now qualified to compete in the National Championship which will take place on May 21st - May 22nd. This is the second year that Samatha, Cynthia and Corie competed in this challenge. Next year, Samantha Barry - George Mason, Cynthia Lin - University of Pennsylvania and Corie Beale - STARS program at OCC, will all look to continue their education and study both Cyber Security and Computer Science. Congratulations girls, it was truly an honor to be your Advisor. I wish you the best of luck!!


-Mr. Zulewski

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WOBM Student of the Week

Ocean County radio station, 92.7, WBOM, has honored Brick Memorial Senior as their Student of the Week for the week of May 11th. This is what they said:


Ranked 9th in her class and an AP Scholar as well as a Girls State delegate, she is Vice President of the Spanish Honor Society, Captain of the Mock Trial team and holds leadership positions with the senior class, Transition Project and the Academic Challenge. Cynthia is also a member of the National Honor Society, Student Government Association and Math Team. From speaking virtually no English in second grade she is now trilingual and is headed to the University of Pennsylvania with her ultimate goal to be a lawyer.


Congratulations to CYNTHIA LIN, our Ocean County Student of the Week.

Read More: Brick Memorial's Cynthia Lin Is Our Student of the Week | https://wobm.com/brick-memorial-cynthia-lin-is-our-student-of-the-week/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral
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Junior STEM Student Awarded Scholarship

The Rensselaer Medal is a scholarship opportunity worth $120,000 for outstanding math and science students attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has awarded the Rensselaer Medal to promising high school students who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science. The Medal is awarded to students to “recognize the superlative academic achievement of young men and women, and to motivate students toward careers in science, engineering, and technology.”

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute congratulates Brick Township STEM Academy junior, Trent Burton, on being awarded the Rensselaer Medal. It is a scholarship worth $30,000 per year for students who are accepted and enroll in RPI.

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NJ Governor’s School for Sciences

The accolades keep rolling in for BTPS Stem Academy students. Congratulations to Anthony Montes De Oca, class of 2021 at BTHS. Anthony was accepted into the NJ Governor's School for Sciences (NJGSS). The NJGSS is a very prestigious summer program for incoming high school seniors hosted at Drew University. The NJGSS has several intentions. First, they seek to “broaden the scholars’ appreciation and knowledge of science through exposure to a range of scientific topics and scientists.” The second goal is to “introduce scientific research to the scholars via hands-on research experience in a student’s area of interest.” Anthony will be participating in a 3 week online program under the guidance of Drew University faculty and scholars.
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NASA SEES Internship

The STEM Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) is a nationally acclaimed and competitive summer program for high school students. Participants will work with scientists and engineers and learn how to interpret NASA satellite data. The BTPS STEM Academy is happy to announce that two students, Madyson Brown (Class of 2021) and Ryan Godin (class of 2022), both from BTHS, were accepted into this prestigious program.
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The New Jersey Department of Education State Seal of Biliteracy

The New Jersey Department of Education State Seal of Biliteracy identifies graduating high school students who are able to demonstrate proficiency in English in addition to one or more world languages. This is the first year that the Brick Township School District has participated and we are proud to recognize the following 31 students for this honor!

We're ALL in this TOGETHER! Brick Strong!

Contributions to the Quarterly Newsletter are made by:



Academic Supervisors:

Chad Cutts

Jenn Lane

Christopher Thompson

Brittany Bucco

Amanda Beattie


Academic Coaches:

Jennifer Monninger

Danielle Ventrello

Leigh Ann Layton

Heather Butler

Loredana McFadden

Kathleen Fitzgerald

Fran Caposello

Jeanette Wehner

Jacqueline Janik


Editor: Heather Butler