MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS MONTH: May 2008 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: JEFFERSON SCHOOL Kindergarten Ms. McCrea’s Kindergarten engaged in: o Addition of single digit numbers (Harcourt Math) o Letter families –at, -ap, -ad (Harcourt Reading) their pronunciation and application in sight words. o Water discoveries (Harcourt Science) o Thematic Units and Centers on Insects -- Ichthyology Mrs. Northrop’s Kindergarten engaged in: o Science- Planting and daily observation of seedlings as they grew o Social Studies- Identifying holidays, using a timeline and recognizing parts of a calendar including, day, week, month. o Language- Word Basketball, Oral Reading, Expanding Sight Word Lists o Math- Addition and Subtraction as they play Math Basketball o Writing- Writing stories using more than one sentence First Grade Mrs. Pereira and Mrs. Paglucci’s first grade classes are continuing to work on Theme 5 Set Sail in Reading. This theme centers around all sorts of different places characters explore from backyards to far away destinations. Infused within this theme are lessons on long vowels, verbs, main idea, describing words, and distinguishing from reality and fantasy. In Social Studies, we are continuing Unit 6 The Marketplace, where the students are learning about markets, things peop le want, and the work that people do. This unit coincides with our current Math Unit on Money and Time. In Science, we are discussing Unit D Weather, which is the perfect integration with our current curriculum. Second Grade Mrs. Nolan’s and Mrs. Korycinski’s second grades receive mail on a daily basis from all parts of the world. The envelopes contain replies from the Flat Stanley project in which they are presently engaged. In Math, students are learning about geometry, three digit place value, and patterns. Integrating reading and science, children are studying the solar system. The unit of study began with a story in the second grade reading anthology entitled "Postcards from Pluto." Students created solar system projects at home and shared them with the class. They also used the computer to find photographs of the planets and visited some interactive websites on the Smartboard. Third Grade Mrs. Keogh’s 3rd graders: Picked-up and packaged over 300 trees for student distribution on Earth Day. Earned Read to Succeed passes to Great Adventure. Traveled to the Papermill Playhouse to view Dear American. Planted seeds, observed and measured their growth: sent plants home for Mother‘s Day. Created a Mother‘s Day placemat with an original repeated pattern design for the border (Math related) Created a class video which will be sent home with a parent journal. Mrs. Harte’s 3rd grade: Explored various graph forms by using manipulatives and the Smartboard. Prepared for the annual Spelling Bee and conducted their in-class competition. Prepared for class trip by studying immigration and beginning history of the US. Traveled with 3K to Papermill Playhouse to see Dear America. Completed summary of a chapter books which each child read independently. Fourth Grade Miss Jacobson’s 4th grade Science class continued to learn about and work with electricity and magnetism. Students completed hands-on investigations in which they identified and compared characteristics of magnetism and electricity. The classes began to study the physical properties of matter and completed investigations to study the states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases. Mrs. Herrmann’s 4th grade Home room activities: -Participated in Teacher Appreciation Week activities -Class Spelling Bee (1st place) Maritza Cubello (2nd place) Jaela Ross-White -Mrs. Laughlin and Mrs. Dennison read to class -Class trip to Liberty Science Center -Mr. Fernandez (Andrew‘s father) gave a presentation on The Meadowlands Commission -Character Magic Assembly -Engaged in Mother‘s Day activities Mrs. Rotondo’s 4th grade students recognized Native American Rights Day which is observed on May 12th , by engaging in a writing prompt where students explained why some people look down on others because they are different. A whole group discussion followed with ways to treat all people equal. Students created and illustrated unique Mother‘s Day poems. May 18 th was Youth Against Violence Day; the class discussed bulling, ways to avoid fighting and methods to prevent fights. A writing activity followed where students listed ways to help others during a potentially dangerous situation. Dr. Carrick, New Jersey City University Professor in Residence, worked with all fourth grade math students on an M&M activity. Students sorted, estimated, aggregated and graphed data in cooperative groups. Mrs. Applegate’s 4th grade Social Studies class completed booklets from New Jersey State House about various aspects of New Jersey‘s municipal, county, and state government. Students also completed research projects about notable New Jersey people, places, and historical sites. Reports were required to have background information, pictures, contributions and/or importance about the approved topic of their choice. Students orally presented their reports in class. Leveled readers were also used to supplement these topics. Fifth Grade Miss Jacobson’s 5th Grade class completed NJASK testing. Students began the study of atoms and elements. They learned concepts about elements, compounds, and molecules. They also applied their concepts by using the periodic table to find specific information and identifying elements. Mrs. Rotondo’s 5th grade math classes continued their focus on higher level thinking questions in preparation for the NJ ASK, which was taken the week of May 5th . Fifth graders focused on Study Island as a test preparation tool. Students were encouraged daily to complete all areas of assessment on Study Island. As a review, SmartBoard technology was employed for various mathematic activities and lessons. Mrs. Herrmann’s 4th and 5th Grade Language Arts Classes Mrs. Herrmann‘s Language Arts Classes are eagerly engaged in Literature Circles. Students are not only progressing in reading and writing strategies but in discussion etiquette as well. The 4-6 member groups are working simultaneously, each reading different teacher approved novels and performing different tasks. The small groups of students are enjoying gathering together to discuss their novels in depth. They are all engaged in critical thinking and reflection as they read, discuss, and respond to their book. In addition, the students are involved in cooperative learning and peer collaboration experiences. Each member of the circle is assigned a daily role which helps guide the group in their reading activities. Students are enjoying reading many different novels within their circle inside and outside of class. These Literature Circles are building excitement for books! Mrs. Applegate’s 5th grade Social Studies class studied key people and events leading up to and including the American Revolutionary Period. Students were given a list of people, places, and events of material discussed in class from which they were to choose one topic to research and complete with a diorama with detailed information about the topic. Dioramas were orally presented in class. To supplement information about this period in American History, students watched a historical fiction movie, Johnny Tremain, and related it to material in text and discussed in class. Mrs. Applegate’s 5th grade class took NJ ASK 5 in Math and Language Arts. The class had completed work on Study Island in these areas. Writing Workshop folders were completed by all students, with selected pieces put into individual writing folders that were combined with pieces from previous years to be sent to NAMS. Students also worked on completed individual memory essays of their time spent at Jefferson School. Art Ms. Cronk’s Art Classes continued their world tour this month! In May we visited Asia and Australia. Each grade created several unique projects inspired by the cultures and countries we studied. Some of our exciting projects included: Kindergarten- Chinese Paper Fans 1st Grade- Aboriginal Dot Pictures 2nd Grade- Rice Paper Kimonos 3rd Grade- Elegant Asian Elephants 4th Grade- Henna Designs 5th Grade- Gyotaku Fish Prints Music Mr. Mullens’ instrumental music students marched in the Memorial Day Parade and partook in a very successful and enjoyable Spring Concert. They are looking forward to ―touring‖ the elementary schools in early-June. This will provide an opportunity to showcase their newly acquired instrument skills. Comprehensive Health & Physical Education Mrs. Robb’s Physical Education students in grades 3, 4, and 5 contributed $1505 to the American Heart Association as a result of funds raised through a Jump Rope for the Heart. The schools will receive a $100 gift certificate for physical education equipment from US Games. Mrs. Robb also arranged for an assembly program with the New Jersey Devils Hockey Association. Former Devil Rob Skrlac (right wing #32 ) spoke to students in grade 3, 4, and 5. He spoke of sportsmanship, character and decision making. Computers Mrs. Paglucci, grade 1 teacher recently received an Ed Foundation grant which enables her to purchase an interactive computer assisted learning program entitled Reading A to Z. All primary grade teachers are becoming familiar with its nuances. Speech Mrs. Hale’s students receiving speech and language services have made progress towards mastery of the goals set forth in their Individual Education Plans (IEPs). Goals have been addressed in the context of the general curriculum and/or NJCCS when appropriate. BSI, Supplemental Reading, Student Support: Mrs. Volpe’s Resource Class continues to be successful in completing the curriculum instruction according to each students Individual Education Program (IEP) and weekly action plans. All students are successfully progressing towards their own goals and objectives. Mrs. Osinski‘s and Mrs. Young‘s students are eagerly engaged in computer assisted instruction in both reading and in mathematics. Geometry , multiplication and long division skills are the focus of their encounters. Mrs. Osinski’s second graders enjoyed using yardsticks and rules to measure ―everything and anything‖ in their classroom. They then set about using balancing scales to determine equal weights given items with different densities. ESL Mrs. Nouravi, ESL teacher, recently administered ―The MA C II” to evaluate the English Proficiency of students in grades K-5 in four areas : speaking, listening, reading and writing. Also, the Reading A-Z website has been used in many ESL classes in grades 1 and 2. Students had an opport unity to ask and answer questions as they read the story books. Health Office o Nurse-Doreen Terletzky is presently conducting an assessment and intervention of health needs for a recently diagnosed 7 year old diabetic student. The process includes developing an Individualized Healthcare Plan (IHP) as mandated by the Department of Education. o Due to an outbreak of pediculosis, examination of grade specific students occurs at regular intervals. o Participated in Kindergarten orientation. Workshop Attendance Ms. McCrea participated in several Saturday workshops focused on delivery of early childhood curricula All staff members participated in cross curriculum meetings conducted Tuesday May 13, 2008. Trips: Ms. McCrea’s Kindergarten went on a class trip sponsored by the PTO to Van Saun Park, Paramus. The visit included admission to the Bergen County Zoo, train, pony and carousel rides, as well as a class picnic. Mrs. Northrip’s Kindergarten sojourned to the TurtleBack Zoo on a class outing. Their visit too included a train ride and class picnic. Other class trips included: Ellis Island and Liberty State Park; The Liberty Science Center; The Bronx Zoo. Student Recognitions For over a decade North Arlington Elks Lodge #1992 has supported The GOOD CITIZEN AWARD which recognizes and rewards students for their exemplary school citizenship and outstanding work ethic. In early June, 48 Jefferson School students will be so honored. School Accomplishme nts Ms. Colleen McCrea attended Teacher of the Year Recognition d inner held at the Fiesta in Carlstadt. On hand to greet this year‘s outstanding teachers was the County Superintendent Dr. Graham. Special Programs Grades 3, 4, and 5 participated in the annual Jefferson School Spelling Bee Mrs. Young, Reading Specialist, recently conducted The Battle of the Books for grades 4 and 5. Ms. McCrea’s class sent paintings and cards to McCauley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung, NJ, as part of their character education unit on volunteerism. Mrs. Nolan’s second grade held their annual pancake breakfast. Student teacher Sondra Infante and aide Natalie Keliber assisted the class. Students were responsible for cooking, setting up, serving, cleaning up, and decorating the gym. ―We learned important life skills and about nutrition and a great time was has by all and the pancakes were delicious !” NEWS REALEASE The National Schools Project is designed to share our youth‘s talents with others as well as provide publishing opportunities for young poets. Ms. Marge Maier, elementary reading coach, presented North Arlington‘s Washington School students with the opportunity to write original prose. Not only did she coach and work with many of these students to submit their creations, but also she made this information available district- wide through a newsletter, a website, and a bookmark created for distribution. Tatiana Yared, a gifted and talented student in Mrs. Korycinski‘s 2 nd grade became aware of this opportunity. She visited Ms. Mair‘s website for details and then Tatiana took the initiative to follow through and submit her poem. After review by a panel of educators, Tatiana‘s poem was selected for publication in the 2008 edition of Young American Poetry Digest (several Washington School students also had their poems selected). The selection panel chooses only the best poems submitted and are especially well written for the age level of the student. This is the 12 th year of this National Schools Project -- complete information can be found at www.youngpoets.org. Ultimately Tatiana hopes to put here poem to music by using Garage Band which is an interactive computer program. Noteworthy, of course are the Washington School students whose works were also selected for publication. MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS MONTH: MAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - ROOSEVELT Pre-K Mrs. Mack’s Pre-kindergarten class began their study of butterflies. Children are learning about the life cycles of butterflies and are observing and recording changes to their caterpillars on a daily basis. The class is anxiously waiting for the butterflies to emerge. As an art project, the students cut out butterflies and then painted them to resemble the Painted Lady butterflies. These are beautiful and are displayed on the corridor bulletin boards. Pre-K Parents continue to read to the class. This month Mrs. Alho and Mr. Ketz read to the children. Kindergarten Mrs. Malanga’s kindergarten class has been learning about insects this month. The children acted out the metamorphosis of a butterfly, did an author study of Eric Carle, created their own Hungry Caterpillar stories, made craft caterpillars, painted butterflies, measured bugs and sang insect songs. They are now waiting for their real caterpillars to emerge into butterflies! First Grade Mrs. Arena’s first grade class is learning the format of letter writing. Children created a postcard to a friend or a family member after learning the steps of writing the address. They also illustrated a picture of the place they visited on the front of the postcard. The postcards are displayed on our school corridor bulletin board. Second Grade Mrs. Phalon’s class, as part of their science and math program, planted two types of seeds, marigold and green beans. The students observed and recorded observations in a journal daily. Students also measured the lengths of stems and leaves and recorded the measurements in their journals. Students continue to use Harcourt School.com on a weekly basis to reinforce literacy focus skills (cause and effect, main idea, synonyms, and antonyms). Third Grade. Mrs. Giuffre’s third grade class worked in small groups to make murals of their community. The mural included landforms, bodies of water, climate, human and physical features. Student groups presented their murals to the class and then displayed them in the hallway. Mrs. Crismale’s third grade class chose a biography from the library. After reading a book, students completed a book report. Oral presentations about the biography they read will be made before the class by each student. Students will dress the part of the person they read about as they perform their work. Fourth Grade Ms. Jaume’s fourth grade class is already preparing for the grade 5 state test. The students have risen to the challenge of persuasive writing. First, they wrote a collaborative piece regarding a new design for the New Jersey State Quarter. Using their Social Studies textbook as their resource, they each designed their own state quarter and wrote an accompanied persuasive essay. Ms. Jaume’s fourth grade class demonstrated their understanding of realistic fiction in their latest book report. The theme was Café Jaume. Given a ―menu‖ of options, the students selected how they wished to depict information from the story. Differentiated instruction was offered as they chose from an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. On the day of their oral presentations, Ms. Jaume served a food sample from each section of the menu. The lesson was a huge success. Fifth Grade Mrs. Badiola’s fifth grade class wrote persuasive paragraphs about whether or not public trials are necessary in a democracy. Citing both sides of the controversy, children backed their opinions with facts and also provided an opposing idea. The paragraphs were then transposed into notes and used for public speaking Resource –Special Ed Mrs. McKenna, Resource Room teacher, worked collaboratively with Mrs. Arena as an inclusion teacher in the first grade as the children learned how to write postcards. The children had to write about a place they had visited. Mrs. McKenna assisted her resource room children and their classmates. Basic Skills Mrs. DiTommaso gave each Basic Skills student 10 index cards on which to write ten of their spelling words. As Mrs. DiTommaso dictated the words, students wrote one word on each card. As a class the misspelled words were corrected. The index cards were then sorted onto two tables, one table labeled for words that end with ―ild‖, the other table labeled for words that end ―ind‖. Students had to sort their index cards and place them on the correct tables. Art Ms. Cronk’s Art classes continued their world tour this month! In May, they visited Asia and Australia. Each grade created several unique projects inspired by the cultures and countries they studied. Some of the exciting projects included: Kindergarten - Chinese Paper Fans 1st Grade – Aboriginal Dot Pictures 2nd Grade – Rice Paper Kimonos 3rd Grade – Elegant Asian Elephants 4th Grade – Henna Designs 5th Grade – Gyotaku Fish P Music Mr. Mullins’ band students from each elementary school have been rehearsing at Roosevelt School for their Annual Spring Concert. All efforts with students in the instrumental program at their home schools have been to practice and rehearse in small groups to be ready for this special event. Rehearsals at Roosevelt School provide students and teacher their first opportunity to hear the full sound of the entire band. Comprehensive Health & Physical Education Mrs. Robb’s classes met with challenge problems this month: Kindergarten and Grade 1 had a basketball challenge of counting aloud their baskets while working as teams and trying to score higher in a given amount of time than the other time. Grades 2 & 3 had a transportation challenge using scooters as boats and having to take a goat, a wolf and a head of cabbage across the river. The goat, if left alone, would eat the cabbage and the wolf would eat the goat. The children enjoyed shuttling back and forth across the ―river‖ to try to find a solution. Grades 4 & 5 were fascinated with the challenge of ―Oceans & Islands‖ in which each team must cross the ocean using scooters and jump ropes, and not touch the water at any time. Hula hoops were strategically placed in their paths to provide ―Safe Islands‖. These problems required students‘ critical thinking skills, teamwork, solving mental problems and using students using their physical abilities. ―Peds for Kids‖ program, begun last year with grant funding, was introduced to Grade 3. Students learn about pedometers, how to reset, how to attach them to their clothing and then keep a log of their results each gym period. The goal is to have a greater number of steps each gym class and to stress eating a healthy diet. Computer Miss Tokarz program continues to support classroom instruction: Kindergarten / First Grade students are working with Trudy‘s Time & Place to learn direction, time, and map skills. Second Grade students are working with Kid Pix Deluxe drawing tools to make a spring picture. Students will demonstrate the use of lines of symmetry to make a butterfly. Third Grade students are continuing to use Typing Pal, Jr. for basic Keyboarding skills as recommended in the State Standards. One lesson is included as part of their weekly Technology classes. The students are also working with Kid Pix Deluxe to make a simple slide show that shows the topic of spring and how things grow. Fourth Grade students are continuing to work with Keyboarding skills in Typing Pal Jr. whenever a project is completed and they have extra time. Fourth/fifth Grade students were given Schoolexpress.com website (Typing) as an at home source to practice Keyboarding. Fifth grade students are working with Kid Pix Deluxe in groups to make and present a slide show including transitions, sound, and the production of the slides themselves. World Language Mrs. Gonzale z’ students in grade 4 participated in an interactive board game- style classroom object vocabulary game. This game uses the Smart Notebook software displayed on Smart Boards at Jefferson and Washington Schools. School Accomplishme nts An Autism Speaks fundraiser was sponsored by our Student Council under the guidance of their advisor, Mrs. Badiola. Change was donated by our students during lunch time for one week. This fundraiser was done because one of our Roosevelt School families has an autistic child. Children donated $ 86 to this worthy cause. Special Programs The Roosevelt School Annual Butterfly Program has begun. Each classroom including ESL and Resource Rooms received a Butterfly Pavilion and 33 Painted Lady caterpillars with special caterpillar food. The caterpillars take about three weeks to develop. Children‘s books were also purchased for each class, appropriate to the grade level, so that children can learn more about the life cycle of the butterfly. To aid the Butterflies on their day of release, Mothers’ Day flowe ring plants were purchased for each class. Each class selected a barrel and planted their flowers. When the butterflies are released next month, they will be released near the flowers and trees on our front lawn. This will be a ready source of food supply for our butterflies on their release until they are ready to fly away. Mothers’ Day Plant Sale Plants were made available for all children to purchase at cost for Mothers‘ Day gifts. This program is an annual program run by the PTO as a service to our children. Field Trips Mrs. Badiola’s fifth grade class, on May 27th , will visit the Stirling Hill Mine in Ogdensburg, New Jersey. This trip correlates to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, 5.8.A. Earth‗s Properties and Materials as well as augmenting our study of Earth Science. Mrs. Badiola’s fifth grade class attended the North Arlington Middle School production of Into the Woods. The students and teacher totally enjoyed the production. Attending the program is very motivating to our students who become excited about being a part of the production when they are in the NAMS next year. It is also wonderful for our staff, students and me, the principal, to note how many of our past Roosevelt School students were involved in the Into the Woods. Mrs. Badiola’s fifth graders will attend a NAMS orientation program during the last week in May. MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS MONTH: MAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: WASHINGTON Pre-K Mrs. Luciano’s – Pre-K class Science – We learned about the life cycle of a butterfly as we watched the amazing changes from caterpillar to butterfly. We we re great “butterfly keepers”. Math - We learned about symmetry as we painted one half of a butterfly shape, closed the paper and rubbed. Lite rature - We have enjoyed learning nursery rhymes and acting them out. Pre-K Mrs. Johnson’s - Pre-K class Mrs. Johnson’s Pre-K class has been very busy again this month learning about opposites and rhyming, reviewing all the letters in the alphabet and exploring numbers and patterns. They have really been enjoying their time in the gym playing “Duck, Duck, Goose”, running races and playing various games with balls. We are so thankful to all of the parents who came in during the week their child was the “Star Student”. Just this month alone, the children we re able to make personalized visors and t-s hirts; bring home an “injured” stuffed bear and create a cute ladybug or ant art project (along with snacks!). All materials were provided by our generous and creative pare nts. Kindergarten Mrs. Haag’s - Kindergarten class Science – We walked around our school neighborhood and looked at all the different plants that had started to bloom. We pulled a dandelion weed so that we could study the diffe rent parts: roots, stem, leaves and flowe r. We planted our own individual sunflowe r seed and gave them water, sunlight and air. Then we waited for them to s prout. Some of us have transplanted our plants to our backyard. We are hoping that our sunflowe rs will reach 12 feet in height. Continuing our lesson about plants, we studied the different types of leaves that have grown on all the diffe rent trees near school. We saw pointy leaves and “needle” leaves. We talked about how the leaves looked the same and how they looked different. We dre w a picture of all the leaves we saw. First Grade Miss Pusaver’s – First grade class The 1st grade students completed and pe rformed their “Living Book Reports”. The students dressed up as the characte r from the story they chose and performed a retelling of it. Family me mbers enjoyed watching this special performance. In Math we are learning time and measurement. In Reading, the 1st grade is learning all about underwater animals to go along with the story The Big Big Sea. Second Grade Ms. Mielke’s - Second grade class In May the students in Ms. Mielke’s 2nd grade class worked on a time-line for social studies. They charted important events in their second grade classroom. Each student illustrated their event on chart paper to conclude this activity each student typed their event on our classroom computer. We will display our time-line in the hallway in June. Second Grade Miss O’Connell’s - Second grade class Students in Grade 2-O worked with a partne r to create and illustrate poems about the weathe r. The fifth grade students paired with the second grade students to type their poe ms on the laptops. The poems was presented to our class. This project was the matically based and it included science and language arts. Third Grade Mrs. Schneider’s - Third grade class Studnets started reading novels with accompanying teacher made open- ended questions for students to answe r in essay form. Students made tessellations by using pattern blocks traced onto construction paper. Students completed research reports on desert animals. Fourth Grade Ms. Verrier’s - Fourth grade class Class Play – “Red Writing Hood” performance Class Trips – “Birds of Prey” at Ramapo College, Libe rty Science Center Science Hands-On Investigation – coral reef diorama Social Studies – research re port on a person from NJ history Mother’s Day – Cards and Plant Sale School Assembly – reptiles Book Fair Fifth Grade Ms. Lonergan’s – Fifth grade class The fifth grade went to see the middle school play this month. Relief was had by all whe n the NJ ASK test was completed. The class enjoyed the reptile assembly. The Student Council raised money for the victims of Myanmar. Pre K-3 class: Ms. Kenny’s - PreK-3 class Read Book: Giraffes Can’t Dance - All activities for this week were based on this book. Students visited the Turtle Back Zoo and recognized animals. Students discussed various animals that you can find at the zoo. Students painted the dots on giraffes and discussed attributes of the animal. Students made the cricket from the above book. They discussed different bugs. Students played, “Guess the Animal” with two students from Mrs. Luciano’s class. They picked an animal cracke r and pretended to be the animal they selected. The other students guessed what animal they were. First Grade Mrs. Kosiakowski’s – First grade class In May we planted cucumber seeds and watched them grow into seedlings. We made sure we kept the soil moist and kept them in the sunlight. Then we took the m home to plant in our garden. We practiced our inve nted spelling while writing about our favorite season. We also learned how to read a thermometer. First we put it in hot water and then we put it in cold water. We saw the me rcury rise and fall! Second/Third Grade Ms. Whalen’s – Second and Third grade class Ms. Whalen’s 2nd and 3rd grade class has been very busy. We had a fantastic trip to Turtle Back Zoo. Come see the pictures hanging in the hallway. We made beautiful magnets for our mothers for Mother’s Day. We also got the opportunity to purchase flowers from the PTO Plant Sale. We’ve been working on money and measuring in both math and science. In social studies we learned about diffe rent cultures and we looked up on our world map whe re our ancestors came from. We saw a wonde rful assembly called Snakes & Scales. Boy, did we enjoy touching the boa constrictor. We also learned about Memorial Day and made beautiful flags. Congratulations to Brian for earning Student of the Month for May. Fourth Grade Mrs. Cutruzzula’s – Fourth grade class Mrs. Cutruzzula’s 4th grade class took part in Friendship Day sponsored by the Elks Organization at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. The children enjoyed the train ride, animal exhibits and lunch provided by the Elks. The Verizon Pioneer Club sponsored our trip to Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. The students vie wed “Hurricane on the Bayou” at the IMAX Theater before visiting many of the hands-on activities. Mrs. Cutruzzula’s fourth grade class learned how to write letters and address envelopes. The students wrote letters to professional athletes, entertainers and even a presidential hopeful. The class walked to the North Arlington Post Office to mail their letters and are hoping to receive responses back. Fifth Grade Mrs. Frede rickson’s – Fifth grade class Mrs. Frede rickson’s 5th grade class at Washington School successfully completed and survived the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge 2008 test! On May 13th , High School Guidance Counselor Mrs. Marie Griggs, and he r group of outstanding sophomore ladies, brought a most interesting program about bullying to our class. The Viking girls directed role plays and asked questions from the 5th grade students. It was an enlightening experience for everyone and we appreciate the work that M rs. Griggs and her pupils put into the presentation. Physical Education Mrs. Scalia’s - Physical Education class The 2nd through 5th grade students are busy completing the 8 physical challenges which test individual and partner skills. Some of the events are tennis paddle, balance shuffle, hula hoop, pogo stick, jump rope and volley- up. Students are encouraged to physically challenge themselves in completing the 8 events. Certificates will be awarded to students who complete at least 5 events. MONTH:_May 2008 MIDDLE SCHOOL Mathematics Miss Neubaue r's math classes learned how to plot points in each of the four quadrants on a coordinate grid. Then, they used that knowledge to create a picture by plotting points. Next, they wrote up a list of directions for someone else in the class to follow to hopefully get the same picture after plotting the points. Her students also worked on the Four Color Problem. This problem requires students to use only four colors to color the entire United States, and no two states could touch that were colored the same color. Students in Mr. Bernstein's eighth grade math classes created scale model houses which were then put on display. This lesson was the culmination of lessons dealing with scale, proportion, like figures, perspective and geometry. Students demonstrated their skill in combining elements they have learned this year to successfully produce a real scale model of a house. Students had a lot of fun and helped each other throughout the lesson. The variation and creativity employed by the pupils was something to behold. Miss Thomas’ 6th , 7th, and 8th grade math classes will be spending the rest of the year working on real-world math situations. In only a few years these students will be responsible to do some planning, whether it‘s on a trip or figuring out how to save money for a car. Students will learn all the preparation and budgeting it takes to fulfill a strong desire. o The 6th and 7th graders worked in groups to create a dream vacation to a place of their choice. Groups started with a dollar amount and through this, they will be responsible to find transportation, hotels, excursions, and meal plans to fit their budget. The students found the right price, booked the accommodations through their travel agent, Miss Thomas by the use of checks. They were also responsible to find the exchange rate of the American dollar for leaving the states, differences of time zones, and creating a map drawn to scale. o Miss Thomas’ 8th grade students took the budgeting project a step farther. They had fun earning a salary from a career of their choice. The students were required to choose a career and then randomly picked a salary out of a ―hat‖ after a probability lesson. After learning their salaries, including how much they will net and gross each week, the 8 th graders were able to create a budget. They browsed through the classifieds to find an affordable home and car, learned what their average bi-weekly (as opposed to monthly) utility bills would be and then picked out the best cell phone plan. Mrs. Califano’s math students investigated volume by creating and comparing containers of various shapes. The students made 3-dimentional figures using three 5x8 index cards and folding one into a rectangular prism, one into a cylinder, and one into a triangular prism. They taped these figures closed and added bases. Next they estimated which shape would hold the most or the least (the volume). Finally, they used rice to test these predictions. Miss Maucione’s class completed their 4th marking period project. This project consisted of the students teaching the class. They picked a lesson out of their textbook and had to teach the class. They were split into groups and were given about 15-20 minutes to teach the lesson. The students were creative and really enjoyed this project. The students also constructed their own 3-D figures. They were given a pattern and had to fold the pattern into a 3-D figure. Once they folded the pattern they had to complete a chart listing the characteristics of the 3- D figure. Foldables were used throughout the month to help students remember geometric terms. Ms. Janzcak math students worked in a group of three and planned a vacation. Given a specific budget, they needed to calculate their round-trip costs for travel, lodging, food and entertainment. Students worked on multiple math skills, e.g. making decisions. Travel options, rounding numbers, estimating the costs of all the above, calculating the overall costs for a vacation, and using techno logy in problem solving. At the end of the project they presented their plan in the form of a collage on poster board to the teacher. Language Arts Mrs. Duff’s sixth grade class read Where the Red Fern Grows this past month. After reading, the students watched the movie and did a comparison of the book and the movie using a Venn diagram. Mrs. Helms’ reading class focused on their expository writing skills. The students were assigned a how-to project. Each students wrote an essay on how-to prepare their favorite family recipe. Focusing on an audience and using order words, the students presented their how-to essay to the class. Topics that were chosen were; Chicken Yakitori, Chocobobs, Irish Soda Bread, Seker Pare, & Flan de Coffee to name a few. Finally we all got to enjoy the deliciously prepared food. Mrs. Boyd's 7th grade reading students were immersed in a variety of folk tales. The students studied the elements of myths, legends, tall tales, and fables. They researched and located folk tales from their own background. As a connection with math, the students used tangrams to create pictures to retell that folk tale. They acted out the folk tales read in this unit as a review for the test Miss Keeler’s Reading class entered Tolkein‘s legendary world of Middle- Earth. The class was introduced to his classic novel The Hobbit and all of the mythical races of species within it. Beginning with the lore of dragons, the class compared and contrasted the personality traits of realistic and fantastical beings. After the setting was understood, the class began to follow the quest of the titular Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.Through both group activities and individual assignments, the class explored the various themes of the novel; these include Bilbo‘s heroism, race, lineage, and character. Mrs. Coughlin’s 6th grade writing classes worked on expository writing. This area of writing deals with the importance of accurate information. Writing invitations, creating maps, and writing directions for making their favorite sandwiches are among the activities the classes worked on to learn expository writing. These lessons fulfill the NJCCCS in many ways including 3.2B 5, 6, and 9 and 3.2 D 12. Mrs. Kowalczyk's Writing 8 classes have had a busy year writing many essays and doing a great deal of vocabulary development work. This month the students spent their class time on a few fun projects. The first one was called "Broadcast News", where the students had to work on writing an actual newscast using their creative writing and critical thinking skills. The next one was called "Magazine Magic", where the students used several different writing styles to write different articles for a magazine. The last one that they worked on was called "A Cooking Show", where the students got to create a cooking show that they could do in class and then bring in the finished meal so that the rest of the class could sample it. These projects were the culminating activities to a long year of writing many different essays and articles. Mrs. Keegan's 6th Grade Reading Class just completed their second mystery- suspense novel of the year. They already started reading their third novel and want to finish a fourth before the school year ends. The class did a great job re- enacting some of the scenes from the novel. They have already written some predictions on how the story they are reading now will end. Mrs. Callahan’s 7th grade reading classes continued reading the book Holes. Character development and conflict were key areas of discussion. Mrs. Callahan’s 7th grade writing classes concluded their unit on persuasive writing by writing essays which related to changing the school hours and extending lunch time. Mrs. Callahan 6th grade reading classes began reading Top Ten Ways to Ruin the First Day of School. Classroom discussion revolved around genre, author‘s purpose and an author‘s use of humor. World Languages Mrs. Marchese’s sixth graders learned all about the activities they do after school. They have learned many verbs to express their pastimes and hobbies. Mrs. Marchese’s seventh graders learned the verb to have and the three different meanings. 1. I have cold, thirst and freight. ( showing feelings) 2. I have a car. (Showing possession) 3. I have 13 years. (Showing age) Mrs. Marchese’s eighth graders practiced for the NJ STAMP Test. Social Studies Mrs. Walsh’s sixth grade class used a specialized vocabulary in Social Studies. As some students were not recalling such terms as rural, urban, decidious, coninferous, and six other terms, she decided to give the class what she called "POP" Quiz notes. These notes listed the terms and their definitions. The students then had the notes to study for a few days and then the "POP" Quiz was "popped" on them. Mrs. Fisher's class studied the Spartans. They participated in an activity called the Spartan Manhood Challenge. It supported lessons that were taught in class. Mr. Wolowitz's writing class had to face one of their biggest fears by getting up in front of the class and delivering a two minute speech. For the last few weeks, the students would get some tips from Mr. Wolowitz about how speak in front of people. Some of the tips he went over were: speak clearly, do not speak too fast, standing up straight, making eye contact, and to use their hands for emphasis. Science Miss Scerbo’s students learned about the digestive system in science class. One activity that the students did to better understand this system was to act out a play. The title of the play is called The Adventures of Harriet Hamburger. The students were given parts, props, and a script to act out the adventure that Harriet would go through while being digested. Some parts in the play were Erin Esophagus. Louie Liver, Mike Molar and Sally Salvitory Gland. The students really enjoyed themselves and at the end understood the digestive process better. Mrs. Galante’s sixth grade students studied the 10 minerals from Moh's hardness scale. They researched an individual mineral and reported on how they were made, where they came from, and what they are used for. The students wrote 2 paragraphs, did an illustration, and presented their information to their classmates. Mr. Haines lead the entire eighth grade class on a class trip to Montclair State University‘s School of Conservation in coordination with the GK12 program with Mr. Bernstein, and the MSU Fellows. Mr. Haines lead the eighth grade overnight class trip to Boston, which included 80 students and 11 parent chaperones. Mr. Haines’ science classes brought in and have presented final poster projects which had began in January as a 10 page research papers and concluded with the students becoming the class ―experts‖ on their topics and disseminated the information to their classmates. Mr. Haines had select students prepare posters for the Math/Science day at Montclair State University on June 6th where they will be judged in competition with students from surrounding school districts which have been involved with the GK12 program. Art Mrs. Branco participated in creating many wonderful props for the Drama show. She taught students after school how to develop real life scenery. Music The NAMS Bands participated in the MEBCI sponsored Bergen County Elementary/Middle School Band Festival in Midland Park on May 9th. Both bands received a plaque inscribed ―outstanding performance.‖ The NAMS Bands and Chorus performed their spring concert on May 14th with great success. The NAMS Bands will be marching in the borough Memorial Day Parade on May 26th . Comprehensive Health & Physical Education Both the 7th and 8th graders prepared for the 2008 upcoming Field Day. The students leaned how to compete in events such as the shot put, high jump, discus, long jump and the most popular event, the hurdles! Although the weather was a major factor this month, the students were determined to get outside and get some practice time. . Guidance Mrs. Bacek continued to work with those students ―academically‖ at-risk for the school year. Many of these students will have to attend our summer school program. Some students still have the opportunity to pass for the school year. Special Ed Students in Ms. Tzakis’ class wrote letters of gratitude to the young veterans of the Iraq War. Students expressed how difficult it must be for them to put their lives on hold to fight for our country. We also tied this into our history lessons on the President‘s Cabinets, one of which is the Department of Veterans Affairs. We hoped that they were providing our soldiers with the financial and medical assistance they deserved. Students in Ms. Tzakis’ grade 7 history class explored the Middle Ages and the Feudal System. They constructed shields that represented their family crest. They researched colors and symbols that were actually used by the knights. Student Recognitions Grade 6- Flora Balla, Jamie Sharpe, Matt Katsock, Kaylee Vasquez Grade 7- Katie Rouski, Kaitlyn Welton, David Pe ralta, Robert Gwiszcz Grade 8- Rachel Miske, Gisselle Trochez, Kim Moreno, Tyler Krychkowski Ms. Janzcak’s Class- Joseph Reiff Ms. Tzakis Class- Jamie Aquino Field Trips On April 30 through May 2 the sixth grade students of the North Arlington Middle School went on the Environmental Trip to Blairstown, NJ to a camp called ―Happiness is Camping‖. The teachers that attended were Ms. Scerbo, Ms. Neubauer, Ms. Deblasio, Mr. Guanci and Mrs. Komme r. The students took part in a number of activities that relied on team work. The students first played a number of large group games and later were split up into smaller groups for the classes. The classes included the zip line, the tower, the swing, pond ecology, and ASE. The first night the students performed skits and told scary stories in front of the camp fire while making Smores. The second night was the big square dance and ice cream social. The final day had students race across the pond in row boats and this year no one got wet! Monthly Highlights: May 2008 North Arlington High School Curriculum and Instruction Mathematics Department: Miss Fash’s Geometry Honors students completed a project where they had to research different types of tessellations and create their own. They had to include the figure(s) used and the transformation(s) required to create the tessellation. Mr. Dembowski’s students continue to use their time effectively and complete assigned projects by their due dates. Class time is used diligently to work on projects and attempt complex problems to further their understanding of material. Students in Ms. Meichenbaum’s Math Technology classes are currently learning right triangle trigonometry. Her Algebra 1 students are currently finishing a chapter on factoring Englis h Department: Ms. Albuquerque’s English 4 and English 4 Honors classes completed their reading and exploration of Hamlet by composing their own poems using figurative language and emulating the famous soliloquy, ―To be or not to be.‖ Ms. Burns’ English 3 and Englis h 3 Honors are reading Pygmalion (English III Honors also reading Wuthering Heights,) and are engaged in a number of activities surrounding this literature including, Smartboard presentations, interpreting stage directions and presenting dramatizations. Students in all classes are also reading a collaboration of poetry and discussing tone, diction, symbolism and mood. The POGO class is reading various news sources from around the world and comparing/contrasting the sources. They are also maintaining daily journals to write their reactions to the discussions on these critical world issues. Students are learning about and evaluating the usefulness of the International Humanitarian Law established by the Geneva Convention. Visual and Performing Arts students are using Smartboard technology to learn about improvisation and pantomime. Ms. Hughes’ English I and Englis h I Honors students completed their mandatory freshmen historical fiction research papers. The students have been reading excerpts from the play Romeo and Juliet and completed ―body biographies‖ of main characters to delve into the character‘s personalities and impact to others. They also wrote poems regarding these characters. English II students read excerpts from Othello, created a ―playbill‖ and also drew ―body biographies‖ to explore the characters in depth. Ms. Ingannamorte’s SAT students honed in on vocabulary skills, and many students took the SAT test in May. English IV students are delving into Shakespeare, reading Hamlet, having already seen the play on a class trip. The students agreed that seeing the play is a tremendous help to reading and understanding the play. Ms. Nichols’ English 3 students are reading Macbeth. As a follow- up, hands-on activity, students brought in play dough and molded it in to different things that reminded them of scenes that were read in class. Learning to Write/Writing to Learn students are putting together a portfolio of their favorite pieces of the year. Selections are being typed and a final project of their choosing will be added. Ms. Singler’s AP Lit students have completed their AP Novel and this year, acted out and filmed some of their scenes. Mrs. Singler was a lead participant in our 2008 Summer Reading Committee and was instrumental in helping to get parents involved this year as well. Ms. Turner’s students in Englis h I completed their mandatory freshmen historical fiction research papers, are reading The Odyssey and have examined the poem The Song of the Siren, by Margaret Atwood; writing their own ―siren‖ songs in pairs. English II students have begun reading excerpts from The Crucible, discussing the Red Scare and Joseph McCarthy, and how it was the basis for the writing of this play. They are also performing scenes from the play in class. The Journalis m class focused on writing better captions for pictures by writing captions from pictures they brought from home. They are also diligently working to put together the final issue of the Viking Saga for this school year. Social Studies Department: Mr. Galante’s PEG Honors class took a virtual tour of ―The Forbidden City‖ via the Smartboard. The Modern World students completed biographical reports on the Dictators of the 20‘s, 30‘s & 40‘s. Samples were hung on the Superintendent‘s Bulletin Board. Sociology classes presented a mock presidential election with their age group (separated by gender) being the random sample. They published the results of the candidates‘ winning status among NAHS Modern World Students. Ms. Ingannamorte’s AP European History students took the AP European test, and shared their positive experience with each other. They are also completing a year-end project based on their choice of who they believe to be the most influential person of the last one hundred years. Presentations will be made in June. US I students are approaching the Civil War and examining our earliest relationships with our Mexican and Canadian neighbors. They are also researching our states early flag, state seal, date of statehood and other interesting Civil War era facts. Ms. Kusher’s students in all classes continue to follow and discuss the presidential primary elections.. US I students completed their studies on the Jackson era leading up to the Civil War. US I Honors students played a Smartboard based ―Jeopardy‖ game on the War of 1812. US II students completed their study of the New Deal and the culture of the 1930‘s examining the art of Grant Wood and such movies of the time including, ―Gone with the Wind,‖ ―The Wizard of Oz,‖ and the radio broadcast, ―War of the Worlds.‖ Ms. O’Brien’s PEG class watched ―The Last Emperor,‖ and compared/contrasted the life of a Korean and American student. The AP US History students took the AP US History exam and went on a scavenger hunt with clues related to their own birth year. US Government students are following the presidential race closely, discussing the issues and watched the movie ―Unprecedented,‖ analyzing the events of the 2000 presidential election. US History II students listened to the radio broadcast, ―War of the Worlds,‖ and reviewed primary source documents on the Hoover Administration. They also analyzed photographs of Dorothea Lange from the Great Depression. Ms. Smith’s US I students are studying the early battles of the Civil War, and are writing personal accounts of what they believe the life of a soldier or family on the home front would have been like. Later, they will compare their accounts with those of American Historians. US II Honors classes utilized Smartboard technology to view personal stories of the Holocaust. Students were given identification cards which included a brief biography of a Holocaust survivor and were asked to write three diary entries based on the life of that survivor. The PEG classes have been studying early East Asian Empires and were treated to a Smartboard virtual tour of the ―Great Wall of China‖ and the ―Forbidden City.‖ World Language Department: Ms. deDiego’s Spanish IV Honors students completed their in depth study of Spanish culture and the Arts by working in small groups to create a mural depicting their favorite artists and representing the styles/political influences of their time. They are also studying the history of ―Flamenco‖ dancing and discussing their views totally in the target language. These activities have greatly enhanced the native and non- native speaker‘s vocabulary. Spanis h II and III students have learned the vocabulary of the human body and also learned expressions using the verb ―doler‖ to express pain or discomfort. This activity culminated in the student‘s creation of a life-sized human body, completed labeled and creatively decorated. These posters are hanging throughout the third floor for others to learn from and enjoy. Ms. LoPresti’s Spanish IV students are keeping with the culture, art and literature theme by reading the contemporary novella by Julio Fuentes, Aura. The novella embraces the ―surrealismo mágico‖ style which keeps the students interested, and utilizes all of their new grammar skills for comprehension. Additionally, the students have begun watching a contemporary version of Miguel de Cervantes‘ Don Quixote de la Mancha, discussing this famed work for its international merit and contemporary look at the human dilemma.. Students are also expanding on their vocabulary by discussing the characters and the scenes, including the infamous ―windmill‖ scene. Ms. Murad’s Spanish I students are learning food and restaurant vocabulary, using it with interactive games, art projects and Smartboard activities and focusing on descriptive adjectives. Spanish II classes read a few episodes of Lazarillo de Tormes and also learning some contemporary vocabulary associated with cars and car parts. Ms. Pereira’s Spanish I students are reading ―Dear Abby‖ letters in Spanish and responding to them writing back in Spanish as well. They also acted out an award ceremony using the superlative and dialogued with fellow classmates in the target language. Spanish I Honors students discussed and wrote about ―Cyberspanglish,‖ and dialogued with a partner using present and past tenses. Additionally, students picked names from a hat and acted out conversations as celebrities. Finally, students wrote and read compositions comparing the similarities and differences between middle school and high school students. In keeping with the departments art and culture theme, Spanish 3 Honors students studied a drawing by Frida Kahlo entitled, ―El Autobus,‖ which has very deep meaning due to Kahlo‘s devastating accident that changed her life when she was a young adult. Additionally, students are studying new vocabulary that helps them to give and receive directions, and put it to the test by reading a map. Ms. McKeown’s French II Honors students are reading French poetry selected in accordance with their interests and skill level. For practice, they will write a ―bio-poem‖ in French, and begin assessing their writing skills including use of tenses, adjective agreement and using various pronouns. This activity is cross- curricular as it also enhances the student‘s dictionary skills as they look up new vocabulary, parts of speech, etc. Science Department: Mr. Mott’s Biology Honors Class continued the study of genetics. Each student performed various experiments comparing statistical information to that of chance in terms of traits of organisms. They also used mathematical formulas to calculate expected vs. actual. Finally they developed reasoning skills in the determination as to what effects traits. A computer generated simulation was used to demonstrate the various movements in eukaryotic and prokaryotic chromosomes, and a comparison was made. The students also simulated a genetic cross with the use of coins to represent parents. They calculated the results based on 100 and 2800 tosses, and compared the results of expected (calculated mathematically) and chance (coin toss). The relationship of chance events and probability was made. Comparisons of various anatomies were examined along with their evolutionary significance. Various structures were compared and Darwin‘s theory of evolution was discussed. In addition a comparative anatomy of various organisms was begun; the dissection of the worm was the first. Great detail was discussed, followed by the comparison of worm and live pill bugs to examine various structures and complexity. The students are preparing to examine live and preserved fish to compare structure. Mr. Mott’s AP Biology performed a lab to demonstrate transpiration. Each of the plants was put under various environmental conditions and than results was taken for the following 50 minutes. The rate of transpiration was calculated to the square cm. of a leaf. Results were shared. The results of the drosophila crosses were examined this month, as the offspring are separated. They continued to run their genetic lab with the various strains of drosophila and drew final conclusions about their specific traits. The results were analyzed and shared. Lastly they observed the oxygen carbon dioxide cycle and the factors which would affect the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water. All results were shared and reviewed. All labs from the year were reviewed for the AP Exam in May. Final review for the AP exam occurred Mr. Mott’s Anatomy and Physiology class examined the muscular system. A cat‘s muscles were dissected and related to various human muscles. The Anatomy and Physiology class examined the muscular system. Each muscle equivalent on the cat was carefully dissected and related. This was followed by examination of the internal organs of each of the remaining systems. The students were assigned specific body systems and then presented their findings. Lastly the final dissection of the cat for internal organs occurred. The students observed the variations that occur as a result of pregnancy in the cat. Delivery of the kittens was examined, then each of the remaining systems were examined, as well as the identification of all of the organs, and some of the abnormalities that occurred. Mr. Mott’s Biology Class began the study of Genetics. The students did several labs on mono and dihybrid crosses examining punnett squares to real time factors. The results were analyzed. The students then did a web search to research the processes involved. A simple dissection of the worm was performed. Mrs. Abdel Messih’s Biology Classes completed the following activities: DNA Model Kit Lab (All students): Students have constructed a DNA model using plastic kits provided in the laboratory. Also, the students simulated transcription and translation by combining their models, creating a complementary RNA strand, and finding the amino acids equivalent. Earthworm Dissection Lab (All students): The students have used earthworms provided in the laboratory to identify the external organs in the Earthworm and the organs that make up various systems of the Earthworm. Frog Dissection Lab (All students): The students have worked in groups using frogs provided in the lab to identify internal and external structures of frog anatomy and what features of the frog‘s anatomy and morphology lead to classify it as an amphibian. Catfish Dissection Lab (All students): The students have worked in groups and used catfish provided in the laboratory to identify the external organs in the catfish and the organs that make up various systems of the Catfish Gene Expression Activity (All students): the students have demonstrated the importance of genetic code through simulating RNA translation using class materials. Genetic Disorders On-Line Project (All students): the students have worked in groups of four and have pretended to be genetic counselor teams working in a hospital to identify the genetic disorders in humans, their symptoms, and ways of treatments. The students used the computer to collect required information and present it in PPT slide show. Gene expression project (Bio H): The students simulated the flowing of genetic information in cells from DNA to proteins by creating a DNA molecule and trace the genetic information until it becomes a polypeptide chain. Human Genome Project Research (Bio H): The students have used the computers to research the human genome project, when it started and ended, and the significance of identifying the entire sequence of the human genome. The students put their findings in a report. Cloning and vaccine research (Bio H): The students have searched the web to collect information about the application of genetic engineering in medicine and agriculture using one example of each. In Mr. Velardi’s environmental science the students continued to aid in raising awareness for recycling through the collection and organization of discarded paper. The students discussed resource use, society‘s dependence on oil, the ecological impact of human, biodiversity, and the endangered species act. Students were assessed with a test on their understanding on resource use and biodiversity. The students also viewed and discussed a film on the effect of the human footprint. In Mr. Velardi’s biology the students performed a laboratory experiments that demonstrated concepts in genetics and anatomy. These experiments involved creating DNA diagrams, and studying DNA sequences a nd the dissection of an earthworm. In the classroom the students gained an understanding of the function, structure and replication of DNA. Students were assessed with a test on their understanding of DNA. In addition, the students performed numerous review questions for the state biology test. In Mr. Velardi’s Anatomy and Physiology the students were assigned an organ system in which they had to research. The students then completed a term paper and a PowerPoint presentation on their assigned organ syste m. Students then viewed and discussed a film detailing each of the anatomical and physiological concepts for organ system in the human body. In Mr. Rapp’s Chemistry Classes completed the following activities: Students performed a laboratory experiment in which they found the molecular mass of an unknown gas and corrected its volume to standard conditions of temperature and pressure. Students performed a lab in which they reacted a piece of magnesium metal with hydrochloric acid. They determined the volume of hydrogen gas produced per mole of the metal at room temperature and pressure. In Mr. Necoechea’s Honors Che mistry, students have performed a series of experiments measuring the energy changes during phase changes and chemical reactions. Students measured the molar heat of fusion of ice, the heat of crystallization of sodium thiosulfate, and the heat of combustion of paraffin. At the theory level, students are being introduced to the calculation of heats of combustion from heats of formation, the calculation of Gibb‘s free energy, and the use of Hess‘s law. In Mr. Necoechea’s Physical Science, students have studied weather, climate, and environmental science. Particular emphasis has been placed on the quantitative analysis of climate (and other environmental) data. Activities have been drawn from both the PBS website and the Prentice-Hall resource guide, and have included a graphical analysis of temperature and precipitation for three cities, and an analysis of fossil fuel consumption from 1978 through 2001. Mr. Spaccavento’s Physics 1 classes completed activities involving the Momentum, Conservation of Linear and Angular Momentum, Energy, Conservation of Energy, Conservation of Matter and Energy. The Law of Work, Simple Machines, Efficiencies, Mechanical Advantage, The First and Second Law of Thermodynamics, Heat and Temperature, mixtures, Heat Engines States of matter, Phase and Temperature changes and Calorimetry. Mr. Spaccavento’s Physics 2 students studied the development of electronics and specifically the computer from the Vacuum Tube through to the Integrated Circuit. The development of the computer industry as we see today was explored from the UNIVAC to today‘s machines. Business Education Department: Mrs. Tomko’s and Mr. Kenny’s Keyboarding students are currently presenting Game Show projects that were worked on collaboratively. Students completed Lesson 5 and 6 of Excel. This involved function formulas, sorting, filtering, etc. Students have begun the Internet Unit. They are learning the basics of the internet, how it works, and effective search/research techniques. Project- As a capstone Excel project, the students created games in Excel using all the skills they learned. They created 25 Excel review questions from lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 and incorporated these questions into the game (in the form of cell comments). The students presented these games to the class using the SmartBoard. Mrs. Tomko’s and Mr. Kenny’s Computer Applications II students completed working with worksheet charts in Excel, creating charts (column, bar, pie, line scatter) and making changes to them. Students have begun the Advanced Microsoft Word portion of the class. Project-Students also created Excel review games. Students created 30 Excel review questions from their experiences and incorporated them into the game. Students used their advanced knowledge of Excel (charts, hyperlinks, research tool, conditional formatting, functions, etc.) in the making of their games. The students presented their games to the class using the SmartBoard. Mrs. Tomko’s Intro to Business students are working on Insurance and have completed chapters on Life and Health Insurance. Mrs. Tomko’s Personal Finance students have been busy working on the Wedding Projects including budgeting and consumer buying skills. Presentations will begin next month. Mr. Kenny’s Accounting students are learning Cash Controls. This involves writing checks, filling out stubs, bank reconciliations, petty cash, change account, etc. Project-Students will use Excel to create Accounting statement templates. These templates will be used for their final exams Ms. Rosolen’s Web Design students worked on group projects highlighting the impact computers and the Internet have on society. The groups were able to decide on the format for their presentations—PowerPoint, Webpage, Brochure, etc.—and presented their findings to the class. The FrontPage program was presented to the class and they have been busy creating websites using this program. Ms. Rosolen’s Information Management students are currently working on practice tests in preparation for taking the IC3 certification test. Mr. Kenny and the Student Council conducted Spirit Week. Mr. Kenny and M rs. Tomko (Class of 2008) Working on Prom, Senior Trip to Boston, Class Night, and Graduation. Additional preparations are being made for the year-end activities. Ms. Rosolen and M rs. Tomko (Yearbook) The 2009 yearbook work has begun. The theme has been selected and the cover design has been created. Members of the junior class had their senior portraits taken on May 13 and 14. Family and Consume r Science: Mrs. Come r’s Culinary Arts students completed a menu planning project that taught them about the value of this marketing tool. Menu d esign, pricing, and artistic medium were discussed. Students then planned and designed their own menus and this drove recipe selections and preparation in the foods laboratory. Recipes such as burritos, baked mashed potato casserole, and homemade mozzarella sticks were prepared to name a few. Mrs. Come r’s Child Development students were busy preparing for nursery school graduation. Programs, diplomas, decorating, and speeches were written in preparation for this special day. Ownership, accomplishment, and pride were seen through each completed event. Music Department: Ms. Corcoran’s Chorus classes performed a number of selections at the Spring Concert, including a medley from Rent. Mr. Kastner’s Instrumental classes fine-tuned their pieces for the concert and presented a very enjoyable performance at the Spring Concert on May 13. The Band Trip to Florida provided the musicians with the opportunity to attend a workshop in Epcot with a professional musical director which culminated with the Band taping the background music on a DVD. Mr. Kastner’s Music Cycle class worked on a project utilizing the computer room in which they researched an artist and presented an oral report to the entire class. Ms. Corcoran (Chorus and Musicals) Both musicals, The Little Shop of Horrors and Into the Woods had successful runs and received very positive reviews from the audiences. Mr. Kastner (The Tri-M Music Honor Society) The induction ceremony for the group was held on May 23. Art Department: Ms. DuJack’s Art classes worked on a variety of projects this month: Writing assignments focusing on modern art Graphing exercises Pointillist project on Overlapping Shapes Calligraphy project in which the students wrote ―Chinese proverbs‖ in calligraphy Drawing assignment on creating paper currency for a fictitious country. Students are also learned basic handling, cleaning, and techniques involved in working with the airbrush system. The advanced students completed airbrush paintings and acrylic paintings for Teen Arts. Physical Education Departme nt: Ms. Vespoli, Mr. Marcantuono, Mr. Placenti, and Mr. Farinola o Expanded warm- up activities to include cardiovascular components of fitness o Students continued utilizing our weight room to improve on muscular strength and endurance through various strength training exercises. o Mr. Cimo, Paul‘s student teacher has taken on full responsibility of Mr. Marcantuno‘s Physical Education classes. Mr. Cimo has improved on student discipline, attendance taking techniques, and the o verall understanding of how to run a high school physical education class. o Finishing in early May all Physical Education students completed a school wide Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge. Each student will complete a timed sit-up and push- up event, shuttle run, broad jump, and pull- up/flexed arm hang. These activities will test our student body on flexibility, endurance, agility, and strength components of fitness. o Continued the unit of indoor soccer/ outdoor stick ball/ and outdoor basketball. These activities will foster student participation and improve game skills. o Students will begin an outdoor golf unit focusing on grip, stance, and swing. Students will be taught the correct way to ―chip‖ a golf ball. This unit will culminate with a chipping competition using our outdoor targets. o Several students were selected to begin taking full golf swings using 6 irons. o Students utilized the outdoor field area by walking around the perimeter of the field for 30 minutes. This activity was geared to improve student‘s cardiovascular fitness as well as promote healthy living habits. Workshops Attended: Mrs. Maresca attended the second session of a workshop on ―Differentiated Instruction‖ presented by the South Bergen Jointure Commission. This workshop addressed the issue of grading and assessment when assigning a variety of tasks to students of varying ability levels. Mr. Mott and Ms. Abdel Messih will be at the read for the NJ end of year Biology test on June 2 and 3, and read at the AP read in June. Mr. Spaccavento attended a NJAAPT Executive board Meeting at Rutgers. Nancy LoPresti and Mr. Kinloch attended a Smartboard software workshop presented by Montclair State University, which provided valuable information about the latest software for use with the Smartboard. Sample CD‘s were brought back to provide demonstrations for next year. Karin Kushe r attended a BCEA workshop on autism focusing on strategies and techniques for the teaching of students with Autism. Student Recognition: Miss Fash’s classes are currently helping the SADD organization in their can drive by collecting ―cans for credit‖. Each student will receive bonus points for every can they bring in. Klevi Fusha, a student in Ms. Meichenbaum's Algebra 1 class, is continuing to tutor his peers after school. Mr. Mott’s Students: Juliet Hughes, Nathalie Almonte, SeHe Cho , Amanda Yau, Marisa Brown, John Ahn, Andrea Sanchez, and Alexandra Schemel were inducted into the Who‘s Who in Science for talents performed in AP Biology or Human Anatomy and Physiology Class. This has opened scholarship opportunities to them if they continue to pursue a career in Science. Twenty nine music students were inducted into The Tri-M Music Honor Society. The induction ceremony for the group was held on May 23 which included performances by the inductees. The Concert Band should be congratulated for their excellent performance in Disney World. The Concert Band and the Chorus performed at the Bergen County Teen Arts Festival and received excellent comments from the adjudicators. All seniors have been recognized when they have been accepted to College and have had their name displayed on the Bulletin Board outside the Home Economics room. A gold star appears next to the college that the student has agreed to attend. Ms. de Diego (and her baby, Camilla) chape roned three Spanish Honor Society students including Luis Gomes (and his Mom), Palek Patel and Jessica Anaya who participated in the annual Cerebral Palsy walk-a-thon in Brookdale Park, Bloomfield on Saturday, May 17th . We greatly appreciate Ms. de Diego‘s giving of her week-end time and are proud of these NAHS representatives who did the same for a worthy cause. Accomplishments: Mrs. Maresca’s Precalculus classes completed a unit on exponential and logarithmic functions. As a culminating project, the students used the website of Kelly‘s Blue Book to research the selling prices of new and used cars. They used these values to find an exponential regression in the form y = ab x, covert it into the form y =A0ekt, and find the rate of depreciation. Then they compared their rate to the rates of the other students and analyzed how these rates would affect their decision to buy a new or used car. 85% of Miss Fash’s Algebra 2A juniors received Proficient or Advanced Proficient on the HSPA. Mr. Dembowski’s students, Eddie Tillou, Martina Spacilova, Michael Palatella, Madeleine Velez, and Shaboo Williams have made great efforts to help and tutor students in their classes who are having trouble with new material. The chess club continues to meet on Fridays and after school. Mr. Spaccavento has been elected to the NAHS Athletic Hall of Fame for his 25 years of coaching. The induction ceremony for him and 10 former athletes was May 9th Mr. Velardi completed Graduate classes this spring semester which included: Ecology, Developing Communication Skills for the Atypical Child, Medical Implications in Special Education, and Procedures of Teaching the Mentally Retarded. Mr. Spaccavento was awarded a grant through the Rutgers University Physics Department to work at the University this summer performing research in modern particle physics under Dr. Steve Schnitzer. Mr. Spaccavento also has received funding through QuarkNet to provide jobs to 3 or 4 students at Rutgers for a portion of the summer. Senior Matt Cordiero worked there last summer, he may return, with several juniors from this year. All the details are still being worked out. Over 275 applications to various colleges were sent out, senior scho larships opportunities were recognized and local scholarships were assigned to many seniors. Ms. O’Brien and Ms. Smith have taken on the challenge to select representative essays from their PEG classes as submissions in the ―Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey Law Day Competition – 2008.‖ We are looking forward to having a finalist among our entrants. Mrs. Burns, Ms. Turner, and Ms. Corcoran presented a fabulous school play, Little Shop of Horros, enjoying record attendance. Their dedication and the student‘s hard work yielded one of our school‘s most professional and memorable plays. Sports: Baseball: The baseball team finished the season with a 10-13 record a 7 game improvement from last year. The boys have impressive wins against Wallington, Secaucus, and Harrison. The team was lead by senior pitcher Joe Monahan, senior outfielder Anthony Iavarone, and senior first baseman Mike Gross. The JV team finished with 6 wins and was competitive in a majority of their contests. The teams finished the season with 33 athletes on both teams. Softball: The softball team finished the season with an 11-11 record and qualified for the state tournament. Unfortunately they lost a close game in the first round to High Tech 3-0. The girls improved on their win total from last year and will have a majority of the team returning next season. They posted impressive wins against Lyndhurst, Harrison, and Wood Ridge. The JV team finished with 5 wins in the league. Boys Track: The boys track team finished the league season with a 6-2 record and placed 2nd at the league championship meet. The boys were lead by seniors Ruben Santos, Anthony Orovio, Matt Barrington, and Dawys German. The team will be competing in the State Sectionals and State Group Championships. The team is comprised of over 30 boys doubling the participants from last year‘s team. 8 boys will compete in the state finals track meet in Egg Harbor. Girls Track: The girls track team finished the league season with a 7-1 record and placed second in the league championship meet. The girls will be competing in the State Sectional meet in Parsippany, and the State Group Championship in Egg Harbor. The girls have broken several school records in the pole vault, and relay events. Coach Fash was selected as the BCSL National Girls Track ―Coach of The Year‖. 8 girls will compete in the state finals track meet in Egg Harbor. Golf: The golf team finished the season with 6 wins which was good enough for third place in the league. Our boys had the opportunity to compete in the Bergen County Golf Championships, as well as the BCSL Championships. The team consisted of 8 golfers all of which will be returning next season. Honors/Awards o Anthony Iavarone won the Lou Lanzalotto Scholarship from the Bergen County Coaches association. o Kaitlyn Schaefer won the Bergen County Women‘s Coaches Association Scholarship. o Kristen Palatella represented our school as the NJSIAA Scholar Athlete Award winner. o Kerrin Dys broke a school record by belting 3 homeruns in one game (Harrison 5/19) o Joe Monahan pitched a no-hitter against Harrison 5/19 o Our programs were highlighted in several newspaper articles including the Star Ledger, Bergen Record, The Observer, and The Leader. o Gissela Andagana and Mike Rodriguez have been selected as our BCSL Sportsmanship winners. They will attend a luncheon on May 28 at the Chart House in Weehawken. o Our girls and boys track teams set several school records in the pole vault, 800 m, long jump, and sprint medley teams. o Spring Sport Awards Night was held on May 27, 2008 in the high school cafeteria. Implementation of Objectives: Mr. Abu-Hakme h’s AP Calculus finished preparing and took the BC version of the AP Exam. After the exam, students worked on a modeling project where they have to derive equations and analyze graphs using differentiation and integration techniques. Mr. Abu-Hakme h’s Statistics class started a unit on Correlation and Regression where they learn how to make inferences about a correlation between two variables and describe such a relationship with an equation that can be used for predicting the value of one variable given the value of the other variable. Mrs. Maresca’s Algebra 2 classes used the TI-89 graphing calculators to explore the graphs of rational functions. The calculators allowed the students to analyze the domain of the function as well as the vertical and horizontal asymptotes. Mrs. Maresca’s Precalculus classes used the TI-89 graphing calculators to find an exponential regression to model the growth of E-coli bacteria. Mrs. Maresca’s HSPA Math class is working on a unit on data analysis. The students used scatter plots to interpret distributions and apply them to real-world situations. Miss Fash’s Algebra 2A and Geometry Honors classes are completing weekly writing assignments based on the topics of the week. Students are asked to reflect on, explain, or justify their work through a journal-style writing assignment. Mr. Capriola’s Pre Algebra class recently completed an assignment on relations and functions. Students researched and analyzed information on different sets of real-world data to determine if any relationship existed between the sets of data. If the students found a relationship they were also instructed to determine whether the relationship was a function. This assignment enabled students to gain a better understanding of how functions are used to describe the relationship between two quantities. Mr. Capriola’s Geometry Basic class completed hands on activity involving transformations. The activity involved the rotation of a triangle about the center of a circle. Students traced the triangle around the circle at 60 degree intervals creating a circular pattern of the figure. Using these results the students then repeated the activity with there own figure to create a colorful design. This activity helped students to improve their understanding of drawing and identifying rotational images. Mr. Capriola’s Algebra 1 classes completed an activity involving the factoring of polynomials and vertical motion. Students were asked to research the initial take-off speed of various types of commercial jet airliners. The students then had to use their researched take-off rates and the formula for vertical motion to calculate the initial take-off height after 60 seconds of the various types of planes. Students needed to utilize their knowledge of factoring polynomials in order to derive their answers from the formula of vertical motion. Students were also responsible for interpreting their results and determine what factors of each type of airliner affected initial take-off heights. This project helped students understand how both mathematical and scientific procedures relate to real-world applications. Mr. Dembowski’s Geometry classes have been learning surface area and volume. The classes have also been working on projects using geometric probability. Each student is creating a game that can be played by all ages that uses geometric probability. Some games students have been working on are bean sack tosses, ski ball, and coin tosses. To present their projects, classmates will have the opportunity to play each game. Mr. Dembowski’s Algebra 1A classes have been working on graphing equations, graphing functions, and slope. Students were presented with real situations such as renting cars and acceleration to demonstrate functions on graphs. Students are also researching and beginning their final project for the year. Students are researching one topic covered in Algebra 1a this year and creating an advertisement that demonstrates their understanding of the material. Ms. Meichenbaum’s Math Technology completed a writing assignment that used word problems to solve for distance, rate and time. This helped students practice applying the formula d = rt in real-world word problem solving applications. Students in Ms. Meichenbaum’s Algebra 1 classes are currently finishing a chapter on factoring. This section is especially important because students have to use critical thinking skills to determine the factors of one number that add to up another. Later in the month, students will be introduced to graphing quadratic functions which will prepare them for Geometry and Algebra 2. Ms. Hazina’s Algebra II Honors class working on a project ―About Face‖. Through this project, students use graphs of quadratic relations to create designs for clown faces. They try to capture specific emotions in their designs. They will organize a display of their work. Ms. Hazina’s SAT and HSPA classes were practicing the different problem- solving strategies and taking practice tests. Ms. Hazina’s Computer Programming class is working on the ―Multiple Choice Grading Program‖. Project Overview: Create a program to correct and grade a set of multiple choice test results. Read a set of correct answers (the key), from a data file, and compare it with the answers in a data file with students‘ names and answers. The data file will have two fields, separated by a comma, for each student. The first field will contain the student‘s name. The second field will contain a set of answers to a multiple-choice test. For each student, compare the answer key answers to the answers from the student‘s record. Keep a count of the number of answers from the student‘s record that match the answers in the answer key. For each student, display the student‘s name, the number of correct answers, and a letter grade. Calculate the letter grade scale based on information provided by the instructor. Calculate the average number of correct answers for the class and report it in a separate picture box. The guidance staff analyzed test scores and determined who needs remediation classes in next years schedule in order to be more knowledgeable for the tests next Spring. Student‘s schedules for next year were modified to affect this need. The Freshmen research papers were collected and nearly 100% of the students handed this in on time! We continue to work toward timely submissions for all level‘s research papers. The 2008 Summer Reading List has been compiled, distributed and is posted on the school‘s website. We were pleased to have five parent participants this year that were an integral part of the research and selection process. Thank you notes for their participation were sent at the end of May. Englis h, Social Studies and World Language staff worked diligently on their bench mark assessments during the May Cross Curricular meeting and most have completed the first; the second one (given in November) has been started as well. We will use our June 3rd in-service day to participate in ―Study Island‖ training and continued work on bench mark assessments for next year. All Departme nts are pre paring their Final Exams with particular concentration on differentiated assessment strategies to reach all learners. Mrs. LoPresti will be reviewing all Finals formats to meet this important objective. Special programs: Miss Fash was inducted to the North Arlington Athletic Hall of fame for her achievements as a high school athlete in Volleyball and Track and F ield. Miss Fash also received the honor of the BCSL National Girls‘ Track and Field Coach of the year award for the 2008 season. Mr. Dembowski and the freshmen class have been working together to collect dues and create new fund raising ideas for the following years.
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