BTS (Sept.) Newslatter 06

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					New Brunswick
I t j u s t k e e p s g e t t i n g b e t t e r.


september 2006

better schools
Book by Book and Brick by Brick
Change is well underway throughout New Brunswick’s public schools. New schools, new classes and new curriculum are in place or in development, from kindergarten through 12th grade. This edition of it’s New Brunswick will detail some of the changes coming to our City’s public schools. Learning at New Brunswick High School is being revitalized with the implementation of its “Theme Institute” curriculum for grades 9-12. This new learning structure will give high school students the opportunity to concentrate their studies in one of five career fields. Each field is specifically designed to provide students with training tailored to put them on a path to a career and higher education. Educators are teaming with private sector experts to craft new classroom curricula to teach the real-world skills that future employers will look for in new hires. Several new and revised courses for each of the five “Theme Institutes” are being offered this year, including classes in dance, criminal justice, finance, graphic art, and fashion, with the full rollout of the program coming with the opening of the new New Brunswick High School in September 2009! (Artist rendering pictured above)


FIVE THEME INSTITUTES • Math, Science and Engineering • Culinary Arts, Fashion Design and Child Development • International Business and Finance • Criminal Justice • Visual and Performing Arts

better schools
Construction Update
New Brunswick continues to lead the way in new school construction. Our new instructional spaces will allow for better programs, smaller class sizes and a safe and efficient learning environment. Plans to renovate or rebuild Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson and Roosevelt Schools await final approvals from the State Dept. of Education. Here’s an update on each of the four projects currently underway in New Brunswick:


Paul Robeson Community School
Final plans for 51,000-square-feet of renovations and 21,000 in new construction are under final review by the state Department of Community Affairs. Doors are slated to open to 675 students in grades 1–5 in September 2009.

New Brunswick High School
The New Brunswick Development Corporation received its final development approvals in August and has completed land acquisition to build a new, state-of-the-art, 410,000-square foot high school on Route 27.

Redshaw Elementary School
Demolition and site clearing is nearly complete. Construction of the new 100,000-square-foot, 675-student school for grades 1 – 5 is scheduled to be completed with school doors opening in September 2009.

McKinley Kindergarten Center
Construction is currently underway on this 37,000-square-foot facility next to the McKinley Community School. Doors are anticipated to open to 220 kindergarten students in September 2007.

Preschool Offers
This fall, the City of New Brunswick’s Preschool Program will enroll approximately 1200 children. The program offers a 6-hour instruction day, and free before and after care offered at each site, 245 days a year for children ages 3 and 4. The program is designed to addresses social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language develop-

Early Start on Education
ment. Children spend their day in purposeful play to learn literacy and math skills. Each preschool class is limited to 15 students with one certified teacher and one teacher’s assistant. Additionally, the preschool program provides hearing, height, weight, and vision screenings throughout the school year plus referral services to community agencies, physicians and other health providers when needed.

For more information, please contact the Early Childhood Office at 732-745-5300, ext. 4060.

Helping Our Schools

Save the Music

Instrumental Music Instruction continues to grow this year with the program’s district-wide expa-nsion into the 6th and 7th grades, aided by a grant from the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.

This year over 600 students have signed up to learn how to play one of ten different instruments representing all four orchestral categories; woodwinds, brass, string and percussion.

Studies show that music education spurs excellence in math and reading, and promotes discipline and critical thinking. Children who learn to play an instrument are more likely to go to college and less likely to become involved in drugs or gangs. In order to participate, students must maintain good grades and practice, while their parents agree to take care of the instrument.

Instruments: Violin Viola Cello Double Bass Flute Clarinet Trumpet Trombone Tuba Percussion/Drum

What You Can Do

More Classroom Lessons
New Brunswick provides over 700 City children daily with a wide array of after-school opportunities that feature a safe and structured environment for instruction and fun. New Brunswick’s award-winning Youth Services System (YSS) has 21 years of success in after-school activities. YSS currently runs programs at seven City elementary schools for children age 6 through the 8th grade. The City's YSS received the Community Leadership Award from the New Jersey School-Aged Care Coalition in May 2006. The New Brunswick Public School district has teamed with the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick and NJ After 3 to further expand after-school programs at the City’s new middle school. This partnership will develop a program that brings classroom lessons into the after-school experience.


Coming After-School
Please contact Dave Blevins, Community Schools Coordinator at 732-745-5300, ext. 5488, for more information on YSS programs or Carol Wood of the Civic League at 732-247-9066, ext. 19.

Dance Clubs Music Clubs Drama Clubs Arts and Crafts Visual Arts Clubs Video & Media Instruction Baseball Photography Homework Help Basketball Alcohol & Drug Education Health Story Telling Volleyball Flag Football Playground Sessions Reading & Math Tutoring Weekly Movies Girl Scouts Soccer Library Programs Nutrition Programs

Hub Teen Center Expands
range and putting mat, softball and baseball batting cage, foosball, ping-pong and pool tables, a snack bar and movie theater. Space is also available to local groups for meetings. New Brunswick adults can enjoy use of the fitness center as well, for a very low membership cost. When fully operational, fitness center instructors will be available to teach fitness classes in Pilates, Yoga, Weight Training for Women, Cardio Step and Sculpt, Kickboxing, Ab Attack, Total Body Training and much more! Dance classes offered will include modern dance, hip hop, acting, tap, African folk dance, Latin dance workshop, Mexican Cultural Folk dance and ballet.

mark your calendar!
You won’t want to miss these exciting senior center events planned for fall and winter 2006!

Police Community Alliance Day October 12 Trip to Atlantic City October 16 Thanksgiving Dinner November 23 Christmas Tree Decorating December 1 Holiday Party December 15 Marshmallow Roast December 19 Holiday Dinner December 22

This fall will usher in the opening of the expanded Hub Teen Center! The new 4,000 square foot expansion includes a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, cardio room, and dance studio. An expanded computer lab and tutoring services also join the center’s other popular attractions, such as the golf

For more information call Ed Spenser at the Center at 732-745-5170.

Resource Center Offers Year-Round

Activities for Seniors
Located alongside Buccleuch Park at 81 Huntington Street, the New Brunswick Senior Citizen Resource Center is a great place to go for a variety of activities including chess, painting, computers classes, exercise programs, dancing and movies. Seminars on crime prevention, health and wellness are offered on a monthly basis. Members can also call the

Center between 8 and 8:30 am daily to arrange transportation to and from the center.

All New Brunswick residents age 60 or older are invited to become members of the Senior Center. For a complete listing of programs and activities, to arrange transportation or for more information, please call the New Brunswick Senior Citizen Resource Center at 732-745-5100.

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