Students and staff from Carl Sandburg Middle School completed an off-site wall building project with Habitat for Humanity last month.
The site manager from Habitat for Humanity guided the students as they learned to frame a wall, windows, and doors, according to a news release. After completing the wall sections, each student wrote a message on the walls.
Once the framed walls are installed, their messages will become a permanent part of a new home for a deserving family.
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Bishop George Ahr High School, 1 Tingley Lane, Edison, will conduct an open house from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, to acquaint parents and potential students with the school’s numerous educational, extracurricular and athletic offerings.
The event will include a presentation by Sister Donna Marie Trukowski, principal; guided tours of the state-of-the-art facility; and the opportunity to speak with students and faculty members about the school’s curriculum and philosophy.
Open house is for students of all ages, including those who are considering a change from their current high school.
“The event provides an excellent opportunity to learn about our outstanding institution and the exceptional learning environment that we provide,” Trukowski said in a news release.
For more information on the Open House, call 732-549-1108, ext. 620 or visit www.bgahs.org.
Staff at the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC) is reaching out to art educators in Somerset County schools seeking student participation in the “Nature Through a Child’s Eye” art exhibit from Jan. 6 to Feb. 6, 2017. The exhibit is open to the public at the EEC, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
Educators are asked to set aside some time for a special project in which students can create art expressing their views and appreciation of nature. A variety of media are acceptable, with examples from prior shows including weaving with natural fibers, creating animals out of natural material, plant prints, and using natural material for paint and brushes.
Respond to Vanessa Darras at 908-766-2489, ext. 335, or [email protected] regarding participation.
Public spaces have the capacity to revitalize a city’s economy by introducing new businesses and bringing in new visitors. They can also help reduce crime, ease traffic congestion, improve pedestrian safety, promote healthy living, improve the environment, and enhance civic engagement. A recent study by the UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Observatories Unit found that cities that devoted about 50 percent of their space to public use tended to be more prosperous and have a higher quality of life.www.futurecity.org. Schools interested in learning more can contact the New Jersey region directly at [email protected]
Now through Dec.16, The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions (www.breakingcriminaltraditions.com) will be on exhibit at the Human Rights Institute Gallery at Kean University. This fine art exhibition, featuring the work of 24 artists from around the country, calls attention to the ongoing ancient rituals that kill or maim millions each year, yet are not considered crimes. Admission to the reception and exhibit is free and open to the public. www.kean.edu/galleries, call 908-737-0392 or email galler[email protected]
On Sunday, Oct. 23, Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung will host its open house from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tours guided by students and faculty/staff will be held throughout the day.
Sister Lisa D. Gambacorto, Mount Saint Mary Academy directress, will offer a special discussion with attendees promptly at 2:30 p.m. As members of the Academy’s Chorale will offer a melodic backdrop to the day’s events, demonstrations will be offered in the science labs and classrooms. Prospective students and their families will also have the opportunity to speak with Department Chairs, attend a Q&A panel, and learn more about the athletic and extra-curricular activities at the Mount.
“Open House is your personal opportunity to ‘meet the Mount,” said Donna Venezia Toryak, director of admissions and a 1968 graduate of Mount Saint Mary Academy. “Once you visit this beautiful campus, talk with many members of our school community and learn of the extensive offerings both in and out of the classroom, you will truly fall in love with Mount Saint Mary.
“Our mission is to celebrate each individual student and nurture her unique gifts and talents,” she added. “Whether her passions lie in the performing, theater or creative arts, technology, academics, athletics or volunteer service, we have a wealth of opportunities to enrich her present and inspire her future.”
Gambacorto added, “There are so many aspects of a Mount Saint Mary Academy that sets it apart and makes it unique. It’s an experience that our alumnae remain steadfastly connected to because the Mount is where they built the foundation for success. No matter which career paths our girls pursue, they are leaders in their respective fields. They shine in every way.”
Following the Open House, interested students are invited to participate in the Mount’s Freshman for a Day program. The program pairs each prospective student with one of our current students who will serve as her hostess for the day, walking her through the class schedule, introducing her to friends, and sharing insights on what it is like to be a Mount student.
Learn more about Open House and Freshman for a Day by calling Toryak at 908-757-0108, ext. 4506, or visiting mountsaintmary.org.
Milan Patel of Edison is a resident assistant at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. Resident assistants are specifically trained who live on each floor/section of a residence hall.
Rohan Gokhale of Warren was named to the summer term honor roll at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.
Rahway International Film Festival hosted the 1st Annual Rahway Film Festival Junior for New Jersey students in grades 3 through 12 on May 21. The student film festival was a great success and the lucky winners of the “Best Film of the Festival” and “Audience Choice” awards will be honored at this year’s main Fourth Annual Rahway International Film Festival event on Oct. 21 through Oct. 23.
Students Izellah Montes, Kayleen Ojeda, Miguel Rodriguez and Yamileth Tepox of Abraham Clark High School in Roselle, who were all 15-16 years old and in Grade 10 at the time, created the short film “You Are Not Alone” about the dangers of bullying. They were the winners of the “Best Film of the Festival” at the Rahway Film Festival Junior 2016.
As part of their prize, the students will be appearing on Edison TV’s “Classic Movies with Ron MacCloskey” and will screen their film once more for the RIFF audience on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3:15 p.m. They filmed their episode of “Classic Movies with Ron MacCloskey” on Oct, 5, with the air date yet to be determined.
Cadian McGaw Jr. of Marist High School in Bayonne, who was 15 years old and in Grade 9 at the time, took home the “Audience Choice” award for his short crime thriller, “Keeping Up with the Society Hillians: Society Hill Victims Unit.” He too will be appearing on Edison TV’s “Classic Movies with Ron MacCloskey” and will screen his film once more on Sunday, Oct. 23rd at 3:15 p.m. He will share the episode of “Classic Movies with Ron MacCloskey” with the other winners.
Rahway Film Festival Jr. Official Selection alumns David Paris and Colin Tunney will be screening their film “Lucas, Kevin, and the Technicolor Dream Watcher” along with Corinne Antonelli’s film “Small Fry” as well.
The Fourth Annual Rahway International Film Festival will take place at the UC PAC’s Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts in Rahway. For the full lineup, more information, and synopses and trailers for each film, visit www.rahwayfilmfest.com. Connect with Rahway International Film Festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for regular updates.
Raritan Valley Community College and Rider University have signed a new agreement that will allow students in 18 different majors to seamlessly transfer to the university to complete their bachelor’s degree.
The Program to Program Guaranteed Transfer Agreement, which was signed Sept. 23 at RVCC’s Branchburg campus, covers majors that focus on such areas as biology, chemistry, environmental science, nursing, education, criminal justice, exercise science, business administration, English, communication studies, mathematics, liberal arts and social science.
According to the agreement, RVCC students graduating with the appropriate majors may transfer to Rider with full junior status, as long as they fulfill certain requirements such as maintaining the requisite grade point average.
The agreement includes a number of benefits for RVCC students transferring to Rider, including waiving the application fee. Students who are members of RVCC’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society also may be eligible for scholarship aid.
For information about the new agreement, contact Paul Michaud, RVCC’s Director of Transfer & Career Services, 908-526-1200, ext. 8333.
Raritan Valley YMCA
After school programs play a key role in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn, and helping working families. Yet, many of the country’s most vulnerable children and youth are not benefitting from afterschool and summer learning programs, which have a proven track record of success helping students succeed in school and in life. In celebration of the 17th Annual Lights On! After School event, a nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities, the Raritan Valley YMCA is hosting a free Fun and Fitness Family Event and Open House on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 5:00-6:30pm at the Y located at 144 Tices Lane in East Brunswick. All families are invited to enjoy healthy snacks, fun games, and learn about the YMCA’s learning center.
According to studies supported by the New Jersey School Age Child Care (SACC), the network for NJ’s after school communities, 64% of parents say after school programs help children gain valuable workforce skills such as: learning to work together, setting goals and accomplishing them, trying new skills, and independence. They also keep kids safe during the hours just after school ends—the peak hours for children to commit or become victims of crime.
The YMCA provides opportunities to support parents with peace of mind during the after school hours with enriching activities in a safe environment. The program, serving East Brunswick, Milltown, and South River, operates until 7PM and offers all-day care when school is not in session during most school closures and snow days. The Y also features the Healthy U initiative, funded by Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NJ, designed to combat childhood obesity with a multi-pronged program that includes nutrition education, increased physical activity and a focus on family. For more information, attend the Open House on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 5:00-6:30pm, or visit RaritanValleyYMCA.org.
Students at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison participated in a variety of activities to recognize International Day of Peace on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
The third-grade students and teacher Katherine Heiss of Westfield met with seventh-graders in a science class taught by Andrea Barnett of Morganville to discuss the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development in honor of International Peace Day. They focused on the problem of water scarcity. The teachers demonstrated just how much water is on earth (represented by a liter of water), how much is salt water (970ml), how much is fresh water (30 ml or 3 percent of the total), how much of that is trapped in ice (24ml or .6 percent of total) and how much of that is actually available and usable to all the people in the world (represented by a drop).
ALSO: Third-grade students at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School joined their teacher, Katherine Heiss of Westfield, in the garden for a brief presentation by Bonnie Farrell of Fords, a botanist and parent of eighth-grade student Sara Reiss. The garden includes corn, green beans, gourds, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, tomatoes and a beautiful variety of flowers.
In addition, eight students from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School were trained as Safety Ambassadors at a Safety Summit, which was held on Sept. 28 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. The students acquired the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to prevent unintentional injuries. Training focused on four injury risk areas – home safety/falls prevention, wheels and helmet safety, safety in and around cars, and pedestrian safety. In addition, students participated in a session on presentation skills and learned about the Public Health Model and why this type of education is so important for the entire community. Ovidio Chavez of Elizabeth, Brittney Wilson of North Plainfield, Jason Yin of Scotch Plains and Cathy Bi of Edison, and seniors Manasvinee Mayil Vahanan of Edison, Amaan Bhojani of Avenel, Samantha Anastasiou of Scotch Plains and Scott Hargrove of Fanwood. The safety ambassadors will share their knowledge and educate W-H second graders later in the school year.
The Wardlaw-Hartridge Parents’ Association will host its annual Fall Fair on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, which will be held at the school at 1295 Inman Avenue in Edison, is free and open to everyone.whschool.org/fallfair.
Music Memory is something that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly through digital music technology. This program aims to improve the quality of life to those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges by allowing the individuals to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories.
Music Memory is a form of personalized therapy. It is used to capture special moments in a person’s life.
China Eason’s Girl Scout Gold Award project; “A Life time of Memories through Music” aimed to provide individuals who suffer from Alzheimer’ s disease and dementia at Spring Hills Assisted Living in Somerset, the ability recapture and embrace fond moments through various genres of music.
To achieve this, Eason conducted research on music and how it can aide in recapturing lost memories, implemented surveys, and created a playlist of various music. All the music was uploaded on Ipods, which were donated to Spring Hills Assisted Living.
Through Eason’s, the residents of Spring Hills Assisted Living who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia will have the opportunity to enjoy and experience A Lifetime of Memories through Music using 21st century technology.
The Union County Academy for Performing Arts high school has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
APA is one of the five full time, award-winning public high schools that are part of the Union County Vocational-Technical School District. The Vo-Tech campus is located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.
APA is one of only 10 New Jersey high schools to receive Blue Ribbon designation in 2016. Nationwide, 329 schools were selected for the recognition.
“For all of our schools, the emphasis is on teamwork, mutual respect, and the development of the whole person as a member of the community,” said Peter Capodice, superintendent of Sshools for the Union County Vocational-Technical School District. “We are honored to be part of the Blue Ribbon program, and we look forward to sharing our experiences with other school districts nationwide.”
The U.S. Department of Education developed the National Blue Ribbon program in 1982 as a way to recognize academic excellence among public and private schools, and to identify core elements that are most effective at enabling students to succeed. The program is designed to improve education nationwide by providing schools with an opportunity to learn and share best practices from each other.
The Department of Education nominates schools that meet Blue Ribbon standards. Nominated schools must then send in an application to be considered for the award.
This year is the fifth time a Union County Vocational-Technical School has been named a Blue Ribbon School. Magnet High School was honored twice, and the Academy for Information Technology and the Union County Technical High School were each honored once.
APA has an enrollment of about 200 students who dedicate their time to learning various aspects of the performing arts community. Students can major in dance, theatre, or technical theatre. They enroll in college-level courses at Kean University for their senior year. The school has a 100 percent graduation rate, with all students attending a four-year college or university after graduation.
For more information about all Union County Vocational-Technical Schools visit ucvts.org.
Freeholder Vice Chairman Sergio Granados recently visited Union County County College in Rahway to attend the “Girls Gone Wired: Game Day” event aimed to teaching women how to build functional apps and mobile games, as well as raising awareness among women in the field of coding and App design. The event was also co-sponsored by the County, through its Office on Women. A second program is planned for in the new few weeks at in the Cranford Campus of Union County College.
Piscataway resident Emily Brown, a freshman enrolled at Youngstown State University is among more than 1,200 students awarded scholarships for academic excellence for the fall 2016 semester.
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