Alder's Weekly Trending Stories - February 1, 2019

Alder Avenue Middle School

Alder Strikes Back this year with new and exciting initiatives, programs, and activities. Follow us on social media and our school webpage.

Character Education

The Character Education word of the month is INTEGRITY!

Renaissance Shout-outs

Congratulations to our Jedi Ticket drawing winners and our Ewok of the Week, Mr. MacNeill! Hard work does pay the form of a gift card!

2019 Alder Avenue Spelling Bee

Congrats to our Alder Spelling Bee 2019 Champion, Nekita Thacker! Special shoutout to the top 4 spellers, Nekita Thacker, Tasmiah Haque, Jewel Mallari, and Osa Unuigbe.

Judge Waldron Visits Alder 8th Grade Students

Superior Court Judge Jeffery Waldman visited Alder today to talk about First Amendment Rights and careers. Students had the opportunity to talk with the Judge and have a Q&A session with him.

Meet our NEW Staff!!

Ms. Molina, Ms. Soden, and Ms. Weatherby have been a great addition to the Alder family! Get to know them a little bit...

Ms. Amber Molina

I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree from Rowan University. I majored in English Education and completed a certification program to obtain my Teacher of Students with Disabilities endorsement. I completed my student teaching for English Education at Egg Harbor Township High School. There, I taught several 12th grade honors-level English courses and a Mythology elective. I also completed my special education student teaching within the district at Fernwood Middle School.

My love for education, specifically special education, developed during my high school years. I was fortunate enough to work with an amazing peer who had Down Syndrome when taking a dance elective my sophomore year. Although I helped him learn the dance steps for our final project, he ended up teaching me much more in return. This experience incited my passion for education and inspired me to begin mentoring special education classes for the remainder of my high school years. I was fortunate enough to know exactly what I wanted to major in upon graduating high school, and I couldn’t be happier with my choice of occupation! While I love teaching during the school year, my favorite season is the summer. I look forward to sunshine, the beach, and relaxing with a book in my hand!

Ms. Robin Soden

Robin Soden has been singing and performing since she could talk. At the age of 9 she inherited her grandmother’s flute and truly started her journey as a musician. In middle school, she choreographed, directed and performed in her school’s show choir when her director took a leave of absence. While a student at Point Pleasant Boro High School, she was a member of marching band, concert band, concert choir, Madrigals, Show Choir, Treblettes, and 8 theater productions.

She then continued her journey at the University of Dayton where she majored in Music education with minors in English and History. As a member of the Pride of Dayton Marching Band, she performed halftime shows during 3 NFL games. She toured Europe and the british Isles twice with the University Chorale. She also performed with the Ebony Heritage Singers, Choral Union and Concert Band.

Over the course of her 18 year teaching career, she has taught choir, band and strings to grades pre-k-12. Her favorite? Middle school band and strings and she could not be happier to be a member of the Egg Harbor Township Performing Arts family.

Ms. Marissa Weatherby

Mrs. Weatherby has been a musician since the young age of 8 years old. She graduated Magna cum Laude from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Education. During her time at MSU, she participated in the MSU Chorale which performed the Verdi Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as well as the MSU Flute Ensemble which appeared at the New York City Annual Flute fair as well as the world renowned Carnegie Hall. She went on to earn her Master of Arts degree from Rowan University, graduating Summa cum Laude.
Mrs. Weatherby began her career by teaching 1st grade at Slaybaugh and Davenport Primary Schools. She is now the chorus director at Alder Avenue Middle School and has her students performing in various events throughout the year. Mrs. Weatherby works diligently to achieve our district goals. She creates innovative learning experiences in her classroom with particular emphasis on the A in STEAM, she ensures that all of her students have opportunities to bring their own cultures into the learning environment which fosters understanding and learning about different people, and she works to build community pride by holding performances that are open to the community.
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A Night of Alder Musicals

On Saturday, January 26th we held our first Night of Alder Musicals in which freshmen through seniors returned to perform numbers from their musical productions.

Winter Choral Concert

Our Alder Avenue Chorus just had a very successful performance at the District Choral Festival! They performed 4 pieces alongside Fernwood Middle School and EHT High School Choruses. They were able to experience working with Mr. Roeck, the EHTHS chorus director. It was a very successful day!
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Winter Sports

With less than a month left in the season, our Winter sports teams are finishing out strong!
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Important Dates

February 8 -

Jedi of the Month Social - LGI @12:30

Valentine's Day Dance - 6:30-830

February 14 -

Half Day - Students

Cardboard Challenge - Media Center

February 18 -

No School - Presidents' Day

March 15 -

Teacher Inservice

No school - students

March 18-22 -

Book Fair - Media Center

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Birthday wishes going out to the following people who have birthdays coming up this week!

Stacy Swisher - February 5