Education

Gov. Livingston 'Outstanding Students' and District Retirees Honored with Ceremony

7b33ab21d349a6c28cf5_crowd_for_honorees.jpg
61 Outstanding Students and 10 District Retirees were honored at an end of the year celebration to a standing-room only crowd in the Columbia Middle School gymnasium Thursday evening.  Credits: Bobbie Peer
3e71532860a61d4a2b3a_IMAG1294.jpg
BOE honors outstanding student achievements at ceremony on Thursday night. Credits: Bobbie Peer
7710390bf84c071fcf4b_IMAG1286.jpg
BOE honors outstanding student achievements at ceremony on Thursday night. Gov. Livingston Varsity and Junior Varsity Softball team handed a proclamation for their winning 2015 Union County Championship Title.  Credits: Bobbie Peer
5f1189020ad0869da43c_IMAG1274.jpg
BOE honors outstanding student achievements at ceremony on Thursday night. Credits: Bobbie Peer
0d0fcd04147b50a3acc9_IMAG1265.jpg
BOE honors outstanding student achievements at ceremony on Thursday night. Credits: Bobbie Peer
925ec037fcd1ec0da0bc_IMAG1232.jpg
BOE honors outstanding student achievements at ceremony on Thursday night. Credits: Bobbie Peer
4aadc0082133c4952451_IMAG1152.jpg
BOE honors outstanding student achievements at ceremony on Thursday night. Credits: Bobbie Peer
d61ad5580e1f31f8b358_IMAG1142.jpg
Credits: Bobbie Peer
c7264862f897e26e270c_IMAG1136.jpg
Credits: Bobbie Peer
ee89ca2a3ebc2a194872_IMAG1134.jpg
Credits: Bobbie Peer
0ceda5645f82f29173b4_DSCN9938.JPG
7b33ab21d349a6c28cf5_crowd_for_honorees.jpg

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Board of Education began Thursday's meeting with a ceremony celebrating "Outstanding Students" and honoring retiring district employees.

Superintendent Judy Rattner opened the evening by honoring the retirees. "These people have dedicated many years to the children of our communities -- through their careers they have taken the role of 'Star Polisher'," said Rattner, who shared the poem "The Star Polisher" by Leah Becks. 

"The Star Polisher" (excerpt)
You see, I'm a teacher. 
The stars are the children in my class. 
My job is to take them in - in whatever shape they come - 
and shine and buff them and then send them out to take their places 
as bright little twinkling beacons in the sky.

Sign Up for E-News

This year, 10 employees who have been a part of the school system for decades across a wide variety of subjects and services, are retiring. Retirees included Kathleen Grysko (MKM Physical Education Teacher), Joyce Hayes (K-12 Director of Guidance, 9-12 Testing, Nursing, SAC), Patricia Qualshie (Assistant Superintendent), Rose Spunder (Special Education at Columbia), Catherine Alexis (Paraprofessional at GL), Larry Czarnecki (Interim Head Custodian at GL), Mary Ann McAdam (District Supervisor), and Dr. Mary Ann Kjetsaa (District Supervisor of Mathematics, ELL, Practical Arts and Basic Skills), Vincenza Barca (Mountain Park Cafeteria), and Linda Schaub (Bus driver). 

"As I reflect upon all of the retirees that we honor this evening, although, these people will no longer have little stars in Berkeley Heights to polish, we hope they will have a happy and healthy retirement in which they will garner much enjoyment in their retirement and find the time to enjoy the little things which they put aside during their careers so they could polish our little stars. Thank you to our retirees," said Rattner.

In continuing with the theme of recognition, the Board of Education also celebrated the Governor Livingston High School varsity and junior varsity softball teams as 2015 Union County Champions, handing Coach Mike Roof a proclamation honoring both teams. 

In addition, the following athletes were recognized for their accomplishments: 

 Isabella Bjorkeson as Winter Track NJSIAA Central Group 2 Champion for Hurdles and the Union County Champion for High Jump; Kenedi Facey as Spring Track NJSIAA Group 2 Champion in Long Jump; Sean Tomlinson as Union County Wrestling Champion in the 285 lb weight class and the NJSIAA District XII Tournament Champion; Nicholas Mele as Union County Wrestling Champion in the 113 lb weight class and the NJSIAA District XII Tournament Champion; Ryan Davis was the Union County and NJSIAA Group 2 Golf Champion. The following members of the Boys Fencing team were recognized as the NJSIAA Squad Boys Foil Team State Champions: Benjamin Carlick, John Hanna, Alexander Ju and Sean Li

The Board of Education also presented outstanding students with 17 different awards from a variety of distributors:

2015 National Merit Scholarship Program - Finalists: Aziza Khaifani, Isha Mehrotra, Shree Mehrotra and Emily Xu; Commended Student - Hayley Berliner, Alexander Bienstock, Ryan Bonk, Ethan Frohman, Elliott Frost, Emily Harriott, Emily Herring, Aaron Levine, Scott Saravay, Andrew Savino, Dylan Sayasith, Peyton Sayasith, Joshua Stern and Dina Xie

SAT Perfect Score - Critical Reading and Writing: Emily Xu; Mathematics and Writing: Dina Xie; Critical Reading: Emily Herring, Aziza Khaifani, Scott Saravay, Andrew Savino; Mathematics: Qilin Cao, Isha Mehrotra, Joshua Stern; Writing: Danielle Mandile

ACT Perfect Score - Dylan Sayasith

The New Jersey Governor’s School of Engineering & Technology - Anna Song, Finalist

2015 Union County Superintendent’s Roundtable Outstanding Scholar - Emily Harriott and Isha Mehrotra

Berkeley Heights League of Women Voters Award Citizenship - Katherine Parker

2015 New Jersey High School “Consumer Bowl” - 1st Place County, Central Region and State Conferences: Jeremy Berlinski, Alexander Ju, Sama Manchanda, Beatriz Medeiros, and Christopher Weeks

New Jersey Future Business Leaders of America - Katherine Parker, 1st Place - State Conference - Business Communications; Christopher Weeks - 1s Place Central Region and State Conferences - Securities and Investments

2015 Central Jersey and New Jersey All-State Honors Choir - Adam Cantor

2015 Central Jersey Honors Choir - Alyssa Megson

2015 New Jersey Regional Orchestra - Shouying Meiyouka Yao - Violin

Morris Museum Fresh Perspectives- 2015 Juried Art Exhibit Winners - Dina Xie - "Quiet"; Emily Xu - "I got the Music"

Veterans of Foreign Wars "Voice of Democracy" Essay Contest - Sama Manchanda, 1st Place Union County

65th Annual Merck State Science Day - Alexander Ju - Integrated Science; Ryan Bonk - Advanced Integrated Science; Anna Song - Advanced Integrated Science

2015 TEAMs Competition - Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science 1st Place in State, Division 5 (Grades 11 and 12) Ryan Bonk, Qilin Cao, Emily Harriott, Evan Kaaret, Aaron Levine, Isha Mehrotra, Shree Mehrotra and Christopher Weeks

2nd Place in State, Division 5 (Grade 11) - Veronica Gedal, Colin Hegarty, Alexander Ju, Emmanuel Kanellos, Tara Matias-Prabhu, Sarah Pasquale, Anna Song, and Duylinh Vu

1st Place in State and 3rd Place in Nation, Division 5 (Grades 9 and 10) - Lauren Boyd, Pamela Cray, Thomas Greenwald, Eileen Li, Nikos Mouchtaris, Niyant Narang, Amanda Quinn, and Michael Wu

ACL/NJCL National Latin Exam - Latin 1,Cum Laude - Timothy Stein; Latin II, Maxima Cum Laude - Joshua Stark; Latin III, Cum Laude - Joshua Mirabella, Nikos Mouchtaris, and Anna Song; Latin III, Magna Cum Laude - Austin Wang; Latin III, Maxima Cum Laude - Alton Grossman; Latin IV, Cum Laude - Devon McLean; AP Latin, Cum Laude - Kelly Endres, Emily Harriott and Andrew Savino; AP Latin, Maxima Cum Laude - Emily XU

 The two student representatives of the Board of Education, James Longo and Christopher Weeks of Governor Livingston, were also lauded for their contributions to the Board over the course of the year. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Have Your Voice Heard Tonight on Vote for $4 Million Extra for Municipal Complex

July 10, 2018

The Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project is the largest and most expensive local public project we will likely witness as Berkeley Heights residents. It is a vast responsibility. Therefore, it was concerning to learn that the Township Council and Mayor placed an ordinance on the agenda June 26 for an additional $4 million for the municipal complex without much regard to time.

Avoiding 10% Tax Penalty

Do you want access to money from your retirement accounts but aren't sure of the real costs involved?

Most retirement accounts have a set age requirement you must reach before making penalty-free income distributions, which is usually 59.5 but can sometimes be as early as age 50. If you decide to access your accounts earlier, you could face penalties ranging from 10%-25%, which is not ...

Beneficiary Forms - As Important as Your Will

As you plan for the future, don’t leave out one of the most overlooked must-do’s: naming the beneficiaries of your retirement assets. Updating your beneficiary forms ensures that the legacy you worked so hard to build will be distributed correctly. Don’t delay -- the designations on your beneficiary forms supersede those stated in your Will. 

Try answering the ...

17 Years Running and the Pizza is still Hot!! The Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza is July 25, 2018

July 16, 2018

The 17th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza, now more often referred to as the ‘Pizza Run’ will be here in no time! Don’t forget to sign up for a night of running, pizza, prizes, and entertainment! The event will be held on July 25, 2018 with a start time of 7 pm. Register online at PracticeHard.com before our Monday July 23, 2018, at 11:59 pm deadline will be ...

Union County’s Free Summer Arts Festival Continues July 18 at Echo Lake Park Featuring 5 Against 1

The Union County Summer Arts Festival concert series continues on Wednesday July 18, with the band 5 Against 1, a Pearl Jam  tribute band, taking the stage at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

The free series, presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders,is held at Echo Lake Park during July and moves to Oak Ridge Park in Clark during August.

5 Against 1, which ...

Award-Winning Senior Art Exhibited at Freeholders Gallery

A new exhibit of award winning artworks by local artists age 60 and up is now on display at the Freeholders Gallery through August 29. Each of the 13 works received first place honors in the countywide Senior Art Exhibit held earlier this summer in the Atrium at Liberty Hall in Union Township.

“Each in their own unique way, these artists have contributed to an enriching, creative ...

Union County Students Invited to Experience a Unique Silent Party

Students ages 12 to 16 are invited to “Youth Chella,” a silent party scheduled for Friday, Aug.16 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Union County’s Watchung Reservation at the Trailside Nature and Science Center, 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

Admission and refreshments are free with the donation of a snack item. The donations will be provided to students in the ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

Severe Thunderstorm, Flash Flood Warnings in Effect for Berkeley Heights Tuesday Afternoon

July 3, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Union County until 2:30 p.m. and a flash flood warning until 5 p.m.

“Torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm, and may lead to flash flooding,” the service warned. “Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.”

Sign up for our free enews and get ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, July 17, 10:00 AM

Healing the Children, new providence

Summit Old Guard

Giving Back

Wed, July 18, 10:30 AM

Berkeley Heights Public Library, Berkeley Heights

Story Time & Craft with DIVA DELORES AND THE ...

Other

Carousel_image_b91f21bd7ac6c164e408_wednesday_matinees_at_trailside

Wed, July 18, 1:30 PM

Trailside Nature & Science Center, MountainsidE

Trailside’s Annual Summer Wednesday Matinee ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_f315283ead6566b0f0d0_24b31797abd0cb2d199e_senior_bbq

Wed, July 18, 6:00 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Senior Summer BBQ at the Summit YMCA

Food & Drink

Wed, July 18, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sing Four to Feature Brahms

Arts & Entertainment

Special June Episode of 'Berkeley Heights Here & Now' Features 6th Annual Street Fair

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Berkeley Heights Communications Committee (BHCC) today announced a special edition of Berkeley Heights Here & Now is available on the Township website, www.berkeleyheightstwpnj.gov.

 

The special episode features the 6th Annual Berkeley Heights Street Fair held on June 24 and includes onsite interviews with attending residents/visitors, event ...

Women Have Special Financial Needs That Advisors Overlook

Women have special financial needs that advisors overlook in two ways: 1) advisors don’t always acknowledge the different planning needs women have and 2) advisors don’t always communicate well with female clients – especially if the client comes to a meeting with her husband. It’s very common for a male advisor to spend much or most of the face time in meetings talking to ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...