Our Schools

December 2016

Be Today's HERO - Helping Everyone Respect Others

This year’s Character Education theme of 'Be Today's Hero' was introduced in early October and is now in full swing at all four schools. AWR and Salt Brook schools kicked off their program with a helicopter visit from the Army Reserve who, along with local police officers, discussed different aspects of the theme with the students, and then gave them an opportunity to tour the helicopter.
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In classrooms at both AWR and Salt Brook, students discussed a variety of different ways to implement the theme. Students started writing letters between the two schools, practicing random acts of kindness around the schools, and collecting food and toys for those in need during the holidays.

To promote the theme even further, students from the Middle School’s Peer Leadership team visited Salt Brook to assist the second-grade students with Pumpkin Math activities such as weighing and measuring their pumpkins, counting their seeds by tens, and recording their data. The Peer Leaders encouraged their partners to work together as they guided them through the collaborative process and put “Be Today’s Hero” into practice.

Seasonal Concerts Earn Rave Reviews

The bands, choirs, and orchestras of all four schools recently performed concerts to celebrate the holiday season. Every music teacher in the district was involved in the busy concert season and along with their talented students, performed wonderfully for the enthusiastic audiences.
Along with the school concerts, many student groups performed at other functions including the New Providence Senior Citizen Center holiday dinner, the community tree lighting ceremony, Rotary Club, the HS Jazz Ensembles visit to the elementary schools, and the Pre-K through 4th-grade holiday sing-along assemblies.

In addition, this fall, the HS Drama Department presented a delightful and very successful production of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Many thanks to the Bandwagon and Music Boosters for their support of all the district music programs.

Community History at the Salt Box Museum

Students from both AWR and Salt Brook recently visited the Salt Box Museum in New Providence. In a variety of activities designed by teachers and the museum staff, the students interacted with historical relics and had a chance to see how New Providence citizens lived in the 18th and 19th centuries. This complemented their 'Long Ago' Social Studies unit and allowed students to compare their lives to those of children living in New Providence earlier in its history.
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A Week of Code- Elementary Style

Both Salt Brook and AWR students, from Kindergarten up, recently took part in the New Providence Week of Code, to help celebrate the national Hour of Code program.

Many students engaged in activities that involved programming the Dash and Dots robots provided by a recent NPEF grant. In addition, students coded using Codeacademy, The Foos, Cargo-Bot, Kodable, Tynker, Lightbot, Sonic-Pi, and Robot School apps, and also had the opportunity to code in real-time Star Wars, Minecraft, Frozen and Angry Birds programs. The activities are a continuation of the new K-6 Technological Literacy curriculum introduced this fall.

Many thanks to all the Technology, Media Center Specialists, and teachers involved in putting together this exciting week.

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Mindfulness and the Middle School Mind

The Middle School is piloting a mindfulness program in several homeroom classes to determine if allowing five minutes of “mindfulness” or self-reflection a day could prove to be beneficial to shifting school climate in a more positive direction.

The program instructs students on the techniques of deep, relaxing breathing, and follows this with a focus on breathing while listening to, or watching a calming video of soft music, chimes or nature sounds. After three weeks of running the program, the staff will assess the efficacy of the program and, if appropriate, will introduce it into more homerooms. Stay tuned for more information in upcoming additions.

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New Providence Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest

Every year, the Lions Clubs sponsor an International Peace Poster Contest for local schools. This year the New Providence Lions Club and the New Providence Middle School Art Department teamed up to promote the contest and introduce the theme of a “Celebration of Peace". Students created a whole variety of colorful, informative, and eye-catching posters with certificates awarded to the top three posters. The winners now move on to upcoming District Level Contest. Congratulations to all of this year's winners!

High School Students visit the Senior Center

Students from the the HS Sociology class recently visited the Senior Citizens Center to conduct interviews about differing attitudes regarding norms and values between their generation and those of the senior citizens. Both seniors and students enjoyed lively discussions and interesting insights into the evolution of societal standards of behavior. Many thanks to all those involved in organizing this educational bridge between the generations.
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NPHS Student Named Youth Volunteer of the Year

The Summit YMCA recently a recently recognized an NPHS student as the Youth Volunteer of the Year. The student was among 22 young people from around the state who were honored for volunteering at their local YMCAs. Award winners received a medal at a dinner and reception held in their honor at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township. The student volunteers as a laundry assistant for the Summit YMCA as part of a job sampling experience coordinated by the LLD5 program at the high school and has since been hired to be part of their staff.

Marching Band National Champions.....Again!

The HS Marching Band placed first in their division at both state and national championships for a second consecutive year. The district extends a hearty congratulations to all our performing arts students for their remarkable achievements and a thank you to the Bandwagon and Music Boosters for their support.

STEM Competitions Everywhere

Students in the HS STEM club have been busy this season competing in a series of competitions, including

  • Bridge Building at Union County College
  • CAD Design and Manufacturing competition at Lakewood High School
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Design hosted at the high school
  • STEM league challenges at Wallkill and Waldwick high schools.
The video below provides a quick overview of the challenges of the STEM competitions.
STEM League - Wallkill Valley 2016

College Admission Success

College admittance season has started, and so far, high School seniors have been accepted into Princeton, Wharton School of Business at UPenn, Stanford, Duke, and Notre Dame. Congratulations

Happy Holidays from The New Providence School District

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Image by Allison Oriundo, Graphic Design 1, NPHS