Reasons to be Proud

April 13, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Oh So Many Reasons I'm the Proudest Superintendent in New Jersey:

Below is just the last two-three weeks of accomplishments of our Livingston students, faculty, and staff. With each of these recognitions, victories, and amazing achievements lies years of educational successes that would not be possible without the influence of amazing teachers, caring parents, and a school environment that is tailor-made for successes in and out of the classroom. Behind each of these achievements stands a proud parent, teacher, faculty adviser, administrator, or good friend. All that we do in Livingston is geared toward the success of every one of our unique students.
It is an honor for me to be a part of this wonderful school system where great things happen every day just like these accomplishments:

  • Throughout March, schools are celebrating the artist in every student and the importance of arts education. Students on stage, behind stage, and those who literally built the stage presented a Broadway-worthy production of Grease at LHS. Heritage students staged the happy-go-lucky Guys and Dolls.
  • The Student Perspective exhibit at Town Hall is just one of the venues where art in all its forms was showcased.
  • The Livingston Music Festival celebrated the music in all our schools. Performing were student musicians in the Heritage 8th Grade Band, Heritage Advanced Orchestra, Mt. Pleasant Middle Chorus, All-Township Elementary Band, LHS Chorus, and the LHS Orchestra.
  • Congratulations to our creative talents at LHS: National and regional award winners in Scholastic Art & Writing.
  • We have forensics students qualifying for the national tournament; award-winning science research seniors; middle school students placing third in the state Science Olympiad State Championships; seventh graders placing first in the Test of Engineering Aptitude, Math and Science competition; and a Junior Model United Nations Team from Heritage earning top marks as the best delegation in the areas of sustainable energy, global education and humanitarian Intervention.
  • Shaima Parveen, a sophomore at LHS, is receiving national recognition in the DuPont Challenge science essay competition. The competition encourages students to think critically about potential science and engineering-based solutions to important global challenges: feeding the world, building a secure energy future, and protecting people and the environment. Shaima’s essay on solar energy, “Lamp Lights the Way for the Future of Energy,” was recognized from among 9,000 submissions. A student in the LHS Science Research Program, Shaima is the first student at LHS to place in the DuPont Challenge.
  • Heritage Middle School students were successful at the Technology Student Association state conference. More than 600 students were at this year’s competition, and Heritage had 25 award-winning students.
  • Congratulations to Aleksandr Sadiwnyk, the technology education teacher at Mount Pleasant Middle School, who has been honored by the International Technology and Engineering Educators for fostering technological literacy and effective STEM education programs.
  • Congratulations to Karen Seiferheld, our K-12 Supervisor of Mathematics, who will receive the Outstanding Professional Achievement in Administrative Leadership from The College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University.
  • Livingston Future Business Leaders won first place in six different categories with 20 students overall qualified to compete this summer in the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • We had more than 200 parents turn out for Kindergarten Orientation on March 31.
  • The 10th annual District Jazz Festival will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 showcasing the Mt. Pleasant Middle 6th grade Jazz Band, Heritage 7th grade Jazz Band, Heritage 8th grade Jazz Band, and both LHS Jazz Bands. The event closes out with all the jazz bands on stage play a song together.
  • And last, but certainly not least, congratulations to Mary Oates, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, who has been named Educator of the Year by the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce. This well-deserved honor is in recognition of her role in many of the programs and activities in Livingston that enrich the lives of children and create meaningful opportunities for teaching and learning.


This is a column by John B. Alfieri, Ed.D.,Superintendent of Schools, Livignston, NJ,, (973) 535-8000 ext. 8011

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