Superintendent’s Report Meeting of May 21, 2018



Grace Chen has been selected as a National Merit Scholarship winner!

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In CHS Sports...

The 2018 Scholar Athletes: NJSIAA Scholar Athlete Award was presented to Caroline McCaffery who will continue her soccer career at the University of Scranton. The Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete Award recipients are Gordon Graceffo who will continue his baseball career at Villanova University and Emily Wilson who will continue her swimming career at Lafayette College.

Lacrosse players Anna Horne and Phil Marotta were selected as the Union County Conference Athletes. Football players Elijah Arroyo, Dylan Budnik and Jack Carroll were selected to play in the Snapple Bowl.

Valentino Ambrosio was selected to play in the North/South game.

John Bush was named the 2018 Union County Conference Golf Champion.

Congratulations to Hunter Brogan and Maggie Roman for each scoring 100 Career Goals in Lacrosse and congratulations to Anna Horne on earning 400 Career Saves as a Lacrosse Goalie.

Samantha Davis made the USA Gymnastics Jr Olympic National Team for the second year. As a result, she will attend Olympic training camp in Texas in September and compete for the USA in Peru in October.


In CHS Co-Curricular...

Emma Lore won an Instructional Award in the Apparel and Accessories Marketing Role Play event at the annual DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.


In Arts & Music...

Thirteen CHS students were accepted into the NJ All-State Choruses for 2018-2019. They are: Daniel Klimko, Matthew Mallick, Juliana Marcotrigiano, Rose Michetti, Elizabeth Pereira, Madeline Simone, Gianni Vivas, Katrina Wischusen, Max Wisnefski, and Noah Wohlsen. Accepted into the Treble Chorus, which performs in conjunction with the New

Jersey Music Educators’ Conference are Erin Blake, Mckenna Flynn, and Maeve Young.

Sofia Little, Asher Shectman, Kevin Saginario and Steven Marotta, HAS choral students, performed with the New Jersey Junior High All-State Honor Choir.

Rachel Sweet, Tess Hagstrom, Claire Sorensen, Meaghan Laniewski, and Will Towne, OAS band students, performed at the 2018 Central Jersey Music Educators Honors Band Festival.

Kacie Dombrowski, Abigail Giannoble, Natalie Schindler and Alannah Clarke (CHS) had their artwork selected to for the Union County Teen Arts Traveling Art Show.

Jennifer Flynn (CHS) was selected as the winner of the Arcadia University Achievement Award for her Essay Contest submission.

OAS student, Ana McCabe, is the first place winner of the 2018 Union County Arbor Day Poetry Contest for her poem "My Singing Tree."


In other news...

Burke Jaeger was accepted into the NJ Scholars Program.

Emma Freeman and Ethan Parish were recently accepted to Temple University, Japan Campus: 2018 High School Summer Program.

CHS students Lindsey Twaskas, Alexander Whitemore, Judy Dullavin, Riona Wilson, Tim Eimer, Jennifer Flynn, and Will Sassi were awarded the Japanese Language and Culture Study Award by the NJ Association of Teachers of Japanese.

The following students received a medal for their efforts on the 2018 National Latin Exam: Latin I-Anthony Noce, Cum Laude; Latin 3-Emma Baumann, Maxima Cum Laude; Victoria Lima, Magna Cum Laude; Latin 4-Nicholas Noce, Maxima Cum Laude; Lucian Mahadeo, Magna Cum Laude; Ian Baumann, Cum Laude; Mary Grace McNamara, Cum Laude; Charlotte Willis, Cum Laude; Amanda Hogan, Cum Laude; AP Latin Literature-Keith Brown, Cum Laude; Grace Varga, Cum Laude.



Congratulations to Baseball Coach Dennis McCaffery on 400 career wins!

HAS teacher, Matt Fichter, was presented with the 2018 Environmental Hero Award by Trailside Nature & Science Center.

HAS social worker, Stella Siciliano, has been selected as the winner of this year’s Maud Dahme Award.

Kristin Wingate and her teaching intern from Japan, Yui Kimira, received notification that their session submission, 306 - Transforming into the 90% Target Language Classroom, has been accepted for inclusion in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2018 program in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Cranford High School

Several Interact Club students volunteered their time to serve meals to the less fortunate at the Soup Kitchen in Elizabeth. Their advisor is Sue Ulaky.

Cranford High School Interact Club was awarded the Operation Chillout Homeless Veterans Outreach 2017 Partner Thank You Award. The Interact Club collected many necessities for the New Jersey homeless military veterans.

The spring dance concert led by Emily Donahue was a huge success. The students captivated the audience with their performance and science teacher Jenn Nisita also showed off her talents in this event.


Bloomingdale Avenue School

Bloomingdale Avenue School celebrated Arbor Day. A tree was planted and dedicated to the kindergarten class to serve as a reminder that BAS is where their educational roots began.

On May 4th, BAS hosted author, Laura Sassi. Mrs. Sassi read her new book Diva Delores and the Opera House Mouse to each grade level. She explained how ideas are generated and can grow into a story. Mrs. Sassi answered student questions and autographed the books.


Brookside Place School

Shoprite shoppers received special messages on their paper bags on Earth Day courtesy of BPS students. Reminders to recycle and to be kind to the planet were emblazoned on paper shopping bags and distributed to shoppers through a special Earth Day program offered by Shoprite of Garwood. Students created more than 200 unique bags for the program. Jennifer Paul, BPS lunch aide, coordinated the program. The Environmental Club, under the direction of art teacher Jenna Baillod, continued the earth-friendly focus by holding an after-school pretzel sale to benefit the Sea Turtle Recovery program at the Turtle Back Zoo. The students will also conduct an educational Lunch and Learn program for their peers called, “Our Oceans, Our Sea Turtles.” The important message to “think globally and act locally” was also reinforced during a school-wide assembly by the Illusion Maker.

The Union County Master Tree Stewards visited the three fourth grade classrooms to talk about the important role trees play in our ecology. This annual visit dovetails with the grade 4 science curriculum. Topics covered included local tree species, stages of growth and conservation. The Master Tree Stewards is a program of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County.

Each year BPS celebrates Arbor Day. The first grade, under the direction of music teacher Cailtlin Schafer, performed The Star Spangled Banner and It’s Time to Plant a Tree. The fifth grade dedicated a weeping cherry tree to the school. Fifth grader Amanda Guadalupe provided a lovely dedication: Our branches will flourish in different directions, but our roots will always remain at BPS.

The BPS spring concert series began with wonderful performances by the BPS chorus and bands. Selections included jazz, folk songs, pop classics, broadway tunes and more. The chorus performed under the direction of music teacher Caitlin Schafer and the band, under the direction of Karen Mockoviak. The series will continue on May 22 when the BPS orchestra will perform under the direction of strings instructor Christine Lee.


Hillside Avenue School

On May 3rd, the 8th graders departed for their trip to Washington, D.C. The students began their journey at the Capitol Building for their class picture. Their itinerary included the National Air & Space Museum, Arlington Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the WWII Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK, Jr.

Memorial, Museum of National History, Museum of American History, and the Newseum.

Kindergarten through fifth graders and their families were invited to HAS on May 7th for Arts Night. The night consisted of art and music activities for all to enjoy. The walls of the HAS are still appreciating the artistic talent that was left over from this wonderful night that will surely become an HAS tradition.


Lincoln Avenue School

Students in Jerry Salzarulo’s Life Science class are currently exploring “the human body.” Lessons in this unit include the study of organs, tissue, the skeletal system, bones, and the muscular system.

Students also visited Paterson Falls to study potential and kinetic energy.

Brian Niemsyk’s middle school social studies classes had an opportunity to visit the Intrepid Air and Space Museum. Students learned about the history of the Intrepid and the role it played in WWII. Additionally, students saw the Enterprise Space Shuttle as well as a variety of aircrafts from different eras in U.S. history.

Students in Cindy Keyasko’s CAMP and LEAP Computer Applications classes have been busy using Google Docs to create posters to celebrate Teacher and Nurse Appreciation Days! All the students enjoyed being creative and layering the names of their teacher over the images to customize their posters!

For a 6th year in a row, Colleen McDonough’s ELA students have observed a Bald Eagle pair, via a live stream, located at Duke Farms in Hillsborough. Observations began in late February and students viewed the stages of incubation, hatching to eventual fledging. This inquiry and interest led to our latest research report which involves compiling data in an outline, organizing and interpreting information into a synthesized, comprehensive report. Students described geographic ranges and habitats, physical adaptations, reproduction, behavior, and the human impact upon their animal of study.

During Cynthia Arch’s group discussions and activities, students were able to define stress, identify their own personal stressors, and develop positive ways of coping. Students were able to recognize the benefits of stress as well as the negative impact on them physically, emotionally and behaviorally.

LEAP teachers, Jessica Waters and Dawn Klotz’s class purchased a live butterfly pavilion. The classes nurtured the caterpillars through their metamorphosis and had a chance to observe the butterflies in the classroom for a few days once they emerged. Out of 10 caterpillars, they released 10 butterflies!


Students in Caitlin Murach's LEAP music class are wrapping up their recorder unit. Students have demonstrated treble clef reading proficiency, correct transitions between recorder finger positions, identification of musical elements (treble clef, bar lines, dynamic markings, etc), and performance of simple melodies by themselves, as well as in small groups.

LEAP students will transition to working on graduation repertoire for the upcoming Lincoln School graduation ceremonies in June.

CAP students are continuing their work on "Sounds of Change" songwriting projects. Students choose a social issue that they feel strongly about and let their voices be heard through lyric writing, garageband instrumental accompaniment composition, and album cover illustration. Some topics students have shown interest in are stigmas in relation to mental health, how schools can better prepare students for the future, the effects of social media on teens today, and more.

Maria Polyviou’s art students are learning about Pablo Picasso and Cubism. Their current project is an introduction to Cubism, shape and color. Students will become familiar with “Emily’s Blue Period”, a book about a young girl who wants to become an artist and is studying the works of Pablo Picasso. Students were able to tie together real life and class

work when they saw that the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller’s, Pablo Picasso’s “Fillete a la corbielle fleurie (Young Girl with a Flower Basket, 1905) was up for sale at Christie’s, it was from his Rose period.


Livingston Avenue School

Colleen McDonald and her students held their annual Spring Concert. The Gold and Blue Band performed selections and the chorus performed eight songs that had a water theme. Throughout the performance, narrators wove the songs together through a tale of a cruise ship and a sailor. The LAS chorus also performed at the Atria senior living community.

The PTA held a raffle fundraiser and the students who sold the most tickets won the privilege of throwing pies at our bravest staff members, Kevin Deacon, Robert Tunnell, Colleen McDonald, and Joseph Valente.

The fourth grade students are learning about New Jersey’s economy in social studies and how it has changed over time. Students worked in groups to study a popular NJ company. The students then applied their new knowledge of the economy and were able to explain to their peers concepts such as capital, free enterprise, consumers, producers, and service industries in relation to these products.


Orange Avenue School

PEER students, under the direction of Angie Braxton, recently prepared a donation for the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk to Cure Arthritis 2018. The students donated time and funds to create Lollipop trees for the top fundraisers at the Walk to Cure. In addition, the physical education staff helped out by loaning a game that could be played with children with Arthritis.


Walnut Avenue School

On the evening of April 19th, the WAS preschool through grade 2 students had their artwork on display in a Where the Wild Things Are themed event at Livingston Avenue School. Mary Purcell, art teacher at both LAS and WAS used Ask Me Questions, posted on the walls to support the families and the students in their questioning and discussion about the artwork displayed. Families asked their little artists, “Where did you get your idea?” and “What is your favorite part of the picture?” Students also were able to make Where the Wild Things Are inspired puppets in the gymnasium, making for a wonderful evening celebrating the arts.

WAS families gathered in the gardens at the school on Saturday for The Big Dig. Together, the gardens were cleared and prepared for planting. Students will have the opportunity to plant during the school day as a class and are working towards their Garden Party on June 19th, where the students and families of WAS will enjoy the “fruits and vegetables of their labor.” The WAS Garden Club is also excited by the $2,500 Whole Foods Foundation Grant it received to expand the edible foods garden.

SAMBULANCE, a nonprofit special needs safety education organization visited WAS and provided a classroom information session and an ambulance tour. Thanks to Detective Nadia Jones and Officer John Rattigan of the Cranford Police Department for facilitating this experience.

The first grade students at WAS recently finished their Inquiry Unit based on The Three Little Pigs. Sandra Romano, Media Specialist, read different versions of The Three Little Pigs to the students. The students were most excited with the culminating STEM activity included in the Unit. Students worked together to build a house that included a foundation, walls, and a roof that would stand up to the Big Bad Wolf. The students used items such as play-doh, popsicle sticks, binder clips, and straws to build their houses. The Big Bad Wolf was actually a hair dryer, which made for a fun twist for the students.