CRANFORD - What's been going on in Cranford Public School? Superintendent Scott Rubin provided the following for his December Superintendent's Report.

STUDENTS

CHS November "Students of the Month" are selected based on one or more of the following categories: Leadership, Achievement, Improvement, and/or Service. Congratulations to the following students: 9th grade: Gina Agnone and Jonah Horne; 10th grade: Kayla Arch and Ryan Walsh; 11th grade: John Niemsyk and Luke DiGiovanni, and 12th grade: Gianna Carroll and Nick Kokai.

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CRANFORD HIGH SCHOOL

We are proud to share that Cranford High School has been selected to participate in the School Climate Transformation Project (SCTP) through a partnership with Rutgers University and the State. The SCTP assists schools in enhancing school climate and culture. Part of the process includes obtaining multiple perspectives of the school. Therefore, CHS staff members, students, and parents/guardians have been asked to take the New Jersey School Climate Survey (NJSCS).

The Gender Equity Advocate Club honored "International Transgender Day of Remembrance" on November 20th. Many CHS staff and students wore Gender Equality Advocate t-shirts to show their support.

Once again, staff members have generously volunteered to participate in Turk-A-Teacher, a fundraiser for Cranford Family Cares.

BLOOMINGDALE AVENUE SCHOOL

BAS held their annual pep rally on November 27. BAS’ favorite cheerleader, retired teacher Rosemary Tierney, led the students in the BAS cheer. The cheer promotes character education and pride in our school. As the gymnasium filled with BAS students, you could hear a pin drop. This BAS tradition is a great way to give thanks to our school and community

BROOKSIDE PLACE SCHOOL

The dogs and cats of the Plainfield Area Humane Society may rest a little easier and play a little more thanks to the efforts of the Brookside Place School community and the Pathways to Excellence Lunch and Learn program. There was a two-part effort during the month of November to support animals in need. A school-wide animal supply drive resulted in the generous donation of much needed supplies such as: food, towels, wipes, cat litter and more.

Second, students selected for the “Animal Champions” Lunch and Learn coordinated by P2E teacher Jennifer Cardenas made handmade fleece pet beds and pet toys. They also learned about shelter animals and the places that support them. The Lunch and Learn program is an enrichment component of the Pathways to Excellence program. There is a lunch and learn meeting, each month, with a specific topic designed to expand student knowledge and experience.

HILLSIDE AVENUE SCHOOL

For Thanksgiving, Beth Waxman's students read the book Balloons Over Broadway and learned about the origins of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. They created their own balloon floats based on various characters to display in the library.

LINCOLN AVENUE SCHOOL

The staff and students at Lincoln Avenue School participated in several different school-wide activities during the month of November. The Lincoln community collected loose change for the Pennies for Patients which is an organization, through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which supports children with cancer. Lincoln school also organized a food drive to donate to the local Veterans Association in Cranford. The middle school art students also made beautiful superimposed American Flags for Veterans Day.

LIVINGSTON AVENUE SCHOOL

As an introduction to students, Principal Cari Lopez conducted read alouds in each classroom at LAS. She read the book, Maybe by Kobi Yamada which teaches about the endless potential in all of usl. Her message to students was that she believes in them as individuals and wants the students of LAS to know that they are capable of anything they put their minds to.

Robert Tunnell's fifth grade class has been using flip grid to create videos about what they are learning in reading. Then, Teresa Normann’s third graders were fortunate enough to use those videos to learn about various topics. Through technology, students are able to help other students learn. It was both engaging and worthwhile!

ORANGE AVENUE SCHOOL

Orange Avenue School joined Hillside Avenue School in honoring the 86 Cranford residents who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Forty-three flags were placed at each middle school to serve as a remembrance of our fallen community members on Veterans Day. Jamie Warner and Stephen Monaghan accompanied eighth grade students to place the flags at the entrance to OAS and in the elementary butterfly garden.

Congratulations to the November Students of the Month: (Left to Right): Mason Malandro, Ella Moribaldi, Sienna McDarby, Keira Nester, Addison Deal, Madeleine Lionetti. Top Row (Left to Right): Lauren Moritz, Anthony Palm, Charles Otten, Addison Rivera, Sophia Edwards, Nicholas Jumper

WALNUT AVENUE SCHOOL

Future engineers are here at WAS! Alyson Schultz’ first grade class has been exploring the Air and Weather Unit from the FOSS Science Program over the past several weeks.

The students studied air as a force, through a hands-on engineering and design lesson. Students were tasked with discovering how they could create a system made of two syringes connected by a flexible tube to explore air pressure. Students in first grade are off to a great start in their future of designing, building, and problem-solving.

Preschool students in Colleen Donovan’s Occupational Therapy group participated in an engaging and fun science experiment. Students assisted in mixing together cornstarch with water and food coloring while also working on eye-hand coordination, building stamina, and working collaboratively.

Students were fully engaged in the experiment and worked together throughout this wonderful sensory experience. The final product, when made just right, is a solid when poked with your finger, but liquefies in your hand. Messy play is well-known in the sensory world to improve organization and focus in children who struggle with attentiveness. The students were certainly attentive and loved the activity.