A brief review of some of this Fall's exciting activities
Be Today's HERO - Helping Everyone Respect Others
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
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
A Week of Code- Elementary Style
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.
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.
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
NPHS Student Named Youth Volunteer of the Year
Marching Band National Champions.....Again!
STEM Competitions Everywhere
- 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.