End-of-Year Board Meeting Filled with Recent Highlights and Recognitions
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The final Board of Education meeting of the 2017-18 School Year held on June 18 was filled with highlights and recognitions throughout the district. Congratulations to all!
Highlights of Students and Staff
Charles H. Bullock
Students from Bullock were congratulated for having their poems selected for publication in the 2018 "Young American Poetry Digest." The selection panel members are educators who select only the best poems submitted, poems that are especially well written for the age level of the student. This is the 24th year of the National Schools Project which was designed to share our youth's talents with others and provide publishing opportunities for young poets. Fifth graders whose work are being published are: Kole Grandison, Kyesa LaRocca, Jack Gerne, Logan Brown, Lia Scheier, Sarah Anton and Gael Scura Rodriguez. The Language Arts teachers who led this project were Greg McGrath and Denea Kaup.
In addition, two Charles H. Bullock School fifth graders were honored for their economic savvy, taking second place in the New Jersey North Stock Market Game 2018 Awards. Piper Goodspeed-Moses and Sonia Haynes received their honors on June 1 at Pershing Global Financial Solutions office in Jersey City. Under the tutelage of Bullock fifth grade math teacher Brenda Coe, the students participated in the yearlong Stock Market Game program, realizing equity of $109,245.44. The Stock Market Game program, for 4th through 12th graders, is an online simulation of global capital markets, incorporating economics, investing and personal finance. More than 600,000 students take part in the Stock Market Game program every school year. The fifth grade students were paired into teams and given $100,000 to virtually invest in the Stock Market in late November. Throughout the year, students learned about stocks, shares, diversifying their portfolios and began watching the market during and after school.
Hillside recently held its annual Spelling Bee and the following students shined with their skills. Heading Hillside’s Spelling Bee Teacher Committee: were 5th grade Language Arts/Social Studies teachers Carryanne Eckardt and Lisa Frankle.
- Third Grade: Lily Carino, 1st place; Conner Sherwin, 2nd place
- Fourth Grade: Rachel Bauer, 1st place; Isabelle Crandall, 2nd place
- Fifth Grade: Sylvia Koenig, 1st place; Olin Webb, 2nd place
Nishuane School continued its literacy outreach project, Pennies for Pages, in which students read and raised funds for the Montclair Public Library. Every book read by a student during the initiative, in school and at home, earned one penny to donate towards the library. Since February, students have participated in reading and book-themed activities. In May, Nishuane presented Lisa Sedita, the Youth Services Supervisor at the Montclair Public Library, with a check for $479.00. The students read a total of 47,900 pages.
Three female students attended the Future City competition for the first time in school history. Future City is a national competition held annually that "requires students to imagine, research, design, and build sustainable cities of the future." They were required to present to a panel of judges, demanding the participants think on their feet, offering responses that would highlight their knowledge of their topic and project.
A very young group of students with a few seasoned 8th graders collaborated and carried the BAMS First Lego League Robotic Team #11768 to the first state finals (perhaps in history). This competition has three objectives, all of which are presented to a panel of judges. First, students had to build and program a Lego Mindstorms robot to successfully and autonomously engage with obstacles to earn points. They also had to formally present a solution within this year's identified theme, which was hydrodynamics. A final responsibility was to demonstrate teamwork while resolving a problem.
Another national competition that takes place annually for middle school girls only is Project CS Girls. This was BAMS’ fourth consecutive year entering and placing at least as semi-finalists. This year, one team made the semis and a second made the finals. This was BAMS’ third team in four year to make the finals. PCGS challenges the girls to identify a real-world problem and then propose a realistic but innovative solution.
In the Language Arts area, under the tutelage of Language Arts teacher Jen Kosuda, five students’ poems were accepted in Creative Communication’s spring 2018 poetry contest publication.
Glenfield was one of more than three dozen student teams from Northern New Jersey who competed in 13 contests — from firing water-bottle rockets to launching elastic gliders to building bridges at the New Jersey Regional Science Olympiad at NJIT. The contests are designed to make science competitive yet fun; the teams work on their projects in NJIT classrooms with coaching from their science teachers. Now in its 15th year, Glenfield team, led by science teacher Delia Maloy, placed 4th and went on to participate in the state competition where they finished in 17th place.
Montclair High School
Montclair High School’s World Language students and their teachers were praised by Supervisor of World Language & ESL Frank Sedita, III for their outstanding accomplishments in the following competitions: the National Spanish Exam, the National Latin Exam, and the National French Contest. Their academic performance earned them numerous medals, awards and honorable mentions.
MHS Principal James Earle, who recently accepted a position as Assistant Superintendent, Pupil Services/Planning in the West Windsor-Plainsboro School District, was thanked and honored with a plaque for his years of service to MHS and the district.
While he was not in attendance, the Board thanked Reverend Jevon Caldwell-Gross for his two years of dedication and service as a member of the Montclair Board of Education. In March it was announced that Caldwell-Gross had accepted a position at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.