A team of MHS students from the Space Exploration II program has won the NASA App Development Challenge! This challenge, a new pilot program in the agency’s Next Generation STEM Initiative, asked middle and high school teams to design an app to visualize three minutes of simulated test data in support of the June flight test of the Orion spacecraft’s Launch Abort System (LAS), called Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2).  The test is to demonstrate whether the LAS can send Orion and its crew a safe distance if an emergency arises during ascent to orbit. This flight test is a critical step to demonstrate Orion’s safety as NASA leads the next steps of human exploration to the Moon and into deep space. 

The two winning teams have been selected for an all-expense paid trip to the Kennedy Space Center at the end of June where they will meet with scientists and engineers and work with the team to possibly run their app with actual flight test data. 

Congratulations to ”Team Mercury:” Darcy Gruer, Claire Yan, Sarah Rose, Max Koenig, Javier Coindreau, and Andrew Chen.

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Thanks to Challenge Lead Teacher John Yi, and Dave Farrell, Hilton Seibert, and Gabe Rhodes for their support in this mission.

In more Science news:

  • International Biology Scholar

MHS Senior, Beatrice Han achieved an International Biology Scholars designation and ranked approximately in the top 2% of the contestants in the University of Toronto 2019 National Biology Competition. Additionally, Agnes Han was in the top 8% and Eric Xu was in the top 14%. There were 1,366 eligible contestants from 92 schools outside of Canada. 

  • New Jersey Science League Results

The New Jersey Science League congratulated the Millburn High School teams for their outstanding achievement in this year’s Science League competition.  9 of our 10 teams placed in the top 10, “an extremely enviable position,” according to the League. “Their achievement is not an accident or simply good luck, but the result of strong leadership from the teachers, coaches of the teams and students who were willing to reach beyond what is completed in class.” Congratulations to Prisha Mehta who ranked #1, individually as a member of the Biology 1 Team (#3 in NJ); Helen Liu was #1 in AP Environmental Science, whose team also ranked #1 in NJ, and Benjamin Hu, #1 in Earth Science (#1 Team in NJ).

  • Science Research Symposium

Millburn Science Research students held their annual symposium on June 6th. Science Research is a three-year independent study course in which students conduct an original science research project and compete in state, national, and international competitions.  For our seniors, this is the culminating event of three years of dedicated research into a real-world problem, investigating solutions while working with and being guided by a mentor from an outside university or research lab. Take a look at this year’s topics for a sense of the amazing work our students are doing in all fields of science.  

Congratulations to our Science Department teachers for your teaching and learning that inspires our students to rise to these challenges!

Anti-Bias Language

The work that we have been doing in the district around cultural diversity and global awareness and Future Ready Schools has included an emphasis on eradicating hate speech and anti-bias language from our schools.To give you an idea of what this means, when a person calls another person an ethnic slur, when a person is cavalier about using a term in a joking way, or when a person makes a comment that demeans a person’s ability; these are hate and/or anti-bias acts.

 I, along with the Board of Education and the district staff, are committed to these important efforts and have already taken the following measures toward sending the message that hate speech and anti-bias language have no place in the Millburn Schools. We have made changes to Policy and Regulation 5600 - Student Discipline and Code of Conduct, to clearly define a bias-related act, and also updated the consequences for first and second offenses. There are also potential consequences that may result from a HIB determination. We have let staff know of the changes to the policies and regulations and will continue with cultural diversity and global awareness training for staff in order to share strategies and responses to such egregious language or acts. The next phase of our work is to articulate this information to parents and students. The Student Handbooks across the district are currently being updated and this messaging will be a focus during our Back to School communications. This work will be successful, as the entire school community makes it imperative that the message of how we talk and how we act matters. We need your support in spreading the mantra that kindness and respect live in Millburn.

Middle School Matters:

It was a particularly busy week at the Middle School … Challenge 24 Tournament, MakerFest 2019, Empty Bowls & Evening of Excellence as special events.  Thank you to all of the teachers and staff who help support students in all of these endeavors.

 Congratulations to 8th grader Annabelle Zhang for earning a Silver Medal in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her Science Fiction/Fantasy Work, Blue Eyes.

  • The Millburn Middle School Math Department hosted the Essex County Challenge 24 Tournament this week.  Thanks to teachers Mary Wiley, Peg Seifer and Mary Beth Cimino for all they do for this tournament and others and to make Math fun and meaningful for our students! Congratulations to all the winners.
  • Thanks to the Peer Leaders and their advisors for sponsoring the 10th annual Empty Bowls event to raise awareness of hunger in local communities, as well as funds for Down the Block and The Community Food Bank of NJ.
  • The Evening of Excellence was a showcase of the work that goes on in our classrooms every day.  Thanks to all of the teachers for giving parents the opportunity to learn first-hand what you do behind the scenes, through this showcase of the highlights of the school year and accomplishments of their students.