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					Page     8        Thursday, May 25, 2000                            The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood                                                                      A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION




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                                                                                 Enrollment Rise in District                                                                       Scotch Plains-Fanwood Pupils
                                                                                  Begins to Weigh Heavily                                                                           Learn About Drunk Driving
                                                                                   On Music Programs                                                                               SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch
                                                                                                                                                                                Plains-Fanwood High School chap-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Simulator will graphically illus-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           trate the dangers of driving drunk to
                                                                                       By LAWRENCE HENRY                           Westfield High School Principal Dr.          ter of Students Against Driving Drunk      young drivers without endangering
    Moria Catherine Cappio                                                   Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

                                                                                WESTFIELD — Fine Arts Supervi-
                                                                                                                                   Robert G. Petix.
                                                                                                                                      Even with some students dropping
                                                                                                                                                                                will sponsor the Chrysler Neon Drunk
                                                                                                                                                                                Driver Simulator today. The senior
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           them or their two passengers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The SADD students, including
                                                                             sor Linda King noted that when she out of bands and orchestras in the el-                          and junior classes will be invited to      President Jessica Parker, Vice Presi-
   Earns Rebuth Scholarship                                                  came to work for the Westfield school ementary grades, the population of stu-
                                                                             district in 1988, “there were maybe five dents playing instruments can be ex-
                                                                                                                                                                                come to the parking lot of St.
                                                                                                                                                                                Bartholomew the Apostle’s Church
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           dent Terry Levine, and Secretary/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Treasurer Naomi Schiff have orga-
                                                                             kids enrolled in instrumental music pro- pected to double at the high school level                 where an obstacle course will be set       nized this event. They secured a gen-
     SCOTCH PLAINS — Moria             teach in an urban school.             grams at each of the elementary schools.” when today’s elementary kids reach
  Catherine Cappio, a sophomore          During this year’s spring break,                                                                                                       up.                                        erous contribution of $3,000 from
                                                                                “So I started beating down doors,” ninth grade.                                                    Students holding valid driver’s li-     Allstate Insurance Company, which
  at Boston College, has been          Moria participated in an Urban        she said.                                                Within the next several years, Ms.                                                   will fund the entire program.
                                       Immersion Program in which stu-          Now, according to a report presented King said, “Our projection is to hire
                                                                                                                                                                                censes will drive through the course
  awarded a special Scholarship                                                                                                                                                 once to familiarize themselves with           In addition to thanking St.
  from the College Club of             dents serve at sites such as a        three weeks ago by Superintendent of another (music) person full time, possi-                                                                 Bartholomew the Apostle Church for
                                                                             Schools Dr. William J. Foley, there are bly to get to three concert bands, two                     it, while two other students will sit as
  Fanwood-Scotch Plains.               women’s shelter, a community                                                                                                             passengers in the back seat. Then, an      the use of their parking lot, the Stu-
                                       center for victims of HIV/AIDS,       417 children playing musical instru- wind ensembles, two prep orchestras,
     The award, in the amount of                                             ments in the fourth grade at Westfield’s and one symphony orchestra”- plus                         instructor with the Neon Drunk Driver      dents Against Driving Drunk would
  $2,000, is in memory of Claudia      meal and clothing distribution        elementary schools. Every fifth grader handle increased enrollment in the writ-                    Simulator will program a computer          like to thank Michael Abadir, their
  Rebuth, a member of the College      centers or with the Girls and Boys    sings in the choir for every elementary ing and arranging class.                                   in the car to simulate handling by a       faculty advisor, and committee mem-
  Club, who passed away suddenly       Club of Western Boston. The stu-      school.                                                  Ms. King has entered the request to       driver with a blood alcohol level          bers Jackie Klock and Charles
  in February of this year.            dents also do in-home visits with        This flourishing music program can hire that additional music instructor, but                   above the legal limit of 0.1.              Matthews for their dedication which
     Moria, eldest daughter of Mr.     poor, elderly shut-ins.                                                                                        it has not yet been ap-      The car’s steering and brakes will      made this experience possible for the
                                                                                                                                                      proved.                   be affected as the students drive          classes of 2000 and 2001.
  and Mrs. Philip Cappio of Scotch       Moria was recently inducted
                                       into the National Society for Col-                                                                                 For music students    through the course a second time.
  Plains, is being recognized for                                                                                                                     and their parents, in-                                               Willie A. Green, 3rd Earns
  her academic achievement and         legiate Scholars through which                                                                                 strumental music fol-
                                       she will participate in “America’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bachelor of Science
  dedication to pursuing a career                                                                                                                     lows a regular sea-
  in education, goals dear to Mrs.     Promise,” the Colin Powell                                                                                     sonal routine.              SP Library to Offer                      At University of Michigan
  Rebuth who was herself a former      worldwide program that sends                                                                                       In May, Ms. King
                                                                                                                                                      explained, The Music        Introduction in June                       FANWOOD – Willie A. Green,
  educator for many years in pub-      college students into inner city                                                                                                                                                    the son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie A.
  lic elementary school districts in   high schools to promote higher                                                                                 Shop of Boonton
                                                                                                                                                      comes in to the
                                                                                                                                                                                   To Sign Language                        Green, Jr. of Fanwood, has gradu-
  New Jersey, including Scotch         education.                                                                                                     schools to introduce          SCOTCH PLAINS — The                    ated the University of Michigan
  Plains-Fanwood.                        She had maintained a high av-                                                                                students and their par-     Children’s Department at the             with a Bachelor of Science De-
     Moria carries a double mayor,     erage and is the principle trum-                                                                               ents to instruments         Scotch Plains Public Library             gree in Psychology.
  Elementary/Moderate Special          pet player with the Boston Col-                                                                                and instrument rental       will offer an introduction to              Willie, who will pursue a gradu-
  Needs Education and English.         lege Symphony.                                                                                                 arrangements.                                                        ate degree in the fall, graduated
                                                                                                                                                          “You sign up for a      basic sign language for all ages
  She has been named to the First        Jeanne Pauly College Club                                                                                                                during the month of June.                Scotch Plains-Fanwood High
                                                                                                                                                      rental program in
  Honors on the college’s Dean’s       President said, “It is most fitting                                                                            May,” Ms. King said,          Two separate sessions will             School in 1996.
  List.                                that we make this award in                                                                                     “and your instrument        be offered. Ages 3 to 6 will
     During this fall semester, she    Claudia Rebuth’s name for in                                                                                   is waiting for you in       learn the colors, animals and              Lauren B. Candia
  taught children in the second        Moria’s zest and accomplishment                                                                                September.”                 numbers on Monday and Satur-
  grade in a prepracticum experi-      in learning and desire to put her                                                                                  The teachers “stay
                                                                                                                                                                                  day mornings, from 10 to 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Graduates with Honors
  ence in a Boston public school       talents to educating young chil-                                                                               on top of the paper-                                                    WESTFIELD — Lauren B. Candia
                                                                                                                                                      work” involved in in-       a.m. Ages 7 and up will learn
  and volunteered as tutor/mentor      dren. She exemplifies Mrs.                                                                                                                                                          graduated Magna Cum Laude from
                                                                                                                                                      strument rentals, Ms.       the manual alphabet, numbers             Villanova University on May 14.
  in an inner city high school. Upon   Rebuth’s accomplishments and                                                                                   King explained.             and common phrases on
  graduating, she would like to        spirit.”                                                                                                                                                                               A 1996 graduate of Westfield High
                                                                                                                                                          Instrumental in-        Wednesday nights from 6 to 7             School, Lauren majored in commu-
                                                                                                                                                      struction takes place       p.m. and Saturday afternoons
                                                                                                                                                      in small groups of                                                   nication with a minor in Spanish and
                                                                                                                                                                                  from 2 to 3 p.m.
      Scholarships Presented                                                                                                                          four to five students.
                                                                                                                                                      As the students ad-           Saturday sessions will be a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           psychology. She is a member of Phi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Lambda Pi Eta, the National Com-
                                                                                                                                                      vance in their abili-       repeat for those who cannot
     By Junior Woman’s Club                                                                                                                           ties, they enter bands
                                                                                                                                                      and orchestras.
                                                                                                                                                                                  attend during the week.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Sign up sheets will be on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           munication Honor Society.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              After graduation, Lauren will be
   WESTFIELD — The Junior              attending Ramapo College in the                          Lawrence Henry for The Westfield Leader and The Times     A recent band re-       Children’s Room desk. The pro-           spending a month in Cochabamba,
Woman’s Club of Westfield recently     fall.                                 SPRING REHEARSAL...Adric Quackenbush, front, and hearsal at Tamaques                                                                          Bolivia working with Maryknoll
                                                                             Victoria Attanasio, members of the Tamaques Elemen- Elementary School                                gram is open to Scotch Plains            Missionaries at a school for the blind.
presented two graduating Westfield        According to the Club’s Scholar-   tary School Band, rehearse for a spring concert. More involved an en-                                and Fanwood residents exclu-             She then intends to pursue a Doctor-
High School Seniors each with          ship Chair Suzanne Connaughton,       than 400 fourth graders currently play msuical instru- semble of more than                           sively. For more information,            ate program in Cognitive Science
$1,500 scholarships.                   “The club was able to offer two       ments in Westfield’s public schools.                                     a dozen children, one       please call Mary Schank at               and Communication at The Univer-
   The first recipient, Linda          $1500 scholarships due to the phe-                                                                             on trombone, and            (908) 322-5007.                          sity of California in San Diego.
Madorma has a 3.34 grade point         nomenal success of our recent 21st    be traced almost entirely to the efforts of four or five each on clarinet, trumpet
average, is active in St. Helen’s      Annual Grand Auction, which was       Ms. King.                                             and saxophone.
Roman Catholic Church Youth            held in March.”                          “I went right into the classrooms,”                   Ms. King explained that students are
Group and is a member of the Girl         “There were many deserving ap-     she recalled. “I asked, ‘Who’s playing required to meet certain standards of
Scouts. Linda will be attending Ply-   plicants and it was a very tough      what instrument? Come on, let’s sign playing as they advance year by year. The
mouth State College in the fall.       decision to narrow it down to two     up.’”                                                 instrumental music book series is called
                                                                                The music program expansion hasn’t “Standards of Excellence,” published by
   The second recipient is Sandra      students,” said Ms. Connaughton.      come without a cost, however.                         Neil A. Kjos Music Company.
Rhein. Ms. Rhein is a member of           The Junior Woman’s Club would         Ms. King’s staff of music teachers,                   There are no individual lessons pro-
the National Honor Society, volun-     like to thank all our supporters in   she noted, are “teaching from carts,” vided in the schools themselves, though
teers with the Booster Organiza-       the Westfield community and be-       because there are almost no dedicated some children do take private individual
tion and tutors a 7-year-old boy.      yond who participated in the events   music rooms. Instead, the instructors lessons on their own initiative.
She plays volleyball and has a 3.6     that made this year’s scholarships    conduct classes and rehearsals in corri-                 At the sixth grade level, students are
grade point average. She will be       possible.                             dors, cafeterias, and gyms.                           required to demonstrate mastery of the
                                                                                The growth in music participation techniques in “Standards of Excellence,”
                                                                             will, inevitably, make a major impact on Level II.
     Where Imagination Leads to Discovery                                    Westfield High School - an impact that                   “These are not Juilliard-type audi-
                                                                             tends to get lost in the larger issue of the tions,” said Ms. King. The technical
                                                                             school population boom and the pro- skills in “Standards of Excellence” can
                                                                             posed expansion of the high school by be mastered by virtually any student
                                                                             the Board of Education.                               willing to do the homework - that is, to
                                                                                The numbers tell the story.                        practice.
                                                                                For the school year 2000-2001, there                  The system does mean, however,
                                                                             are 91 students enrolled for the high that “We don’t have the facilities to
                                                                             school’s concert band, 42 for the wind start out new students at sixth grade or
                                                                             ensemble, 18 for the prep orchestra, 39 higher,” according to Ms. King. A stu-
                                                                             for the symphonic orchestra, and 19 for dent who wanted to play in a band or
                                                                             the writing and arranging class.                      orchestra at school could take private
         A Fun Filled Art Workshop Experience                                   Freshman chorus has 54 students, lessons, practice, and catch up.
                                                                             mixed chorus another 78, concert choir                   Ms. King’s efforts show not only in
   For Children, Teens & Adults... All Levels Welcome!                       83 more, and choraleers and chorale, 23 the quantity of students involved in
                                                                             members each. All of this has been music, but in the quality of music being
        SUMMER SESSION NOW FORMING                                           possible with a single band room and performed. At a recent Tamaques School
                                                                             inadequate instrument storage space, rehearsal, the band played sophisticated
          Now Introducing Teen Drawing & Painting                            according to a recent interview by The arrangements in tune and in tempo.
                                                                             Westfield Leader and The Times of Scotch                 The entire Tamaques fifth grade, lined
  908-654-5663 • 500 North Avenue East • Westfield                           Plains-Fanwood with Ms. King and up on risers, sang “Alexander’s Rag-
                                                                                                                                   time Band” and “School Days” in tune
                                                                                                                                   - tracing a musical program rich in
                                                                                                                                   history and heritage.                        HISTORIC VISIT…American history came alive for fifth graders at Brunner
                                                                                                                                      But that Tamaques rehearsal took place    Elementary School in Scotch Plains when they visited the New Jersey State
                                                                                                                                   in the school’s gym - a situation that       House in March. The students were given a tour of the Senate Chambers and
                                                                                                                                   continues to frustrate Ms. King.             Governor Christine Todd Whitman’s office, thanks to fellow Scotch Plains
                                                                                                                                      “Imagine what (the music teachers)        resident State Senate President Donald T. DiFrancesco. Pictured, above, are
                                                                                                                                   could do if they had rooms,” she said.       Samantha Gates and Senator DiFrancesco at the State House.




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