Education

New Providence BOE Hears Curriculum Report

a43931b68f5a9c130578_DSCN2106_1_.JPG
Credits: Marianne Ivers
c5ec85f8f001c75425d8_DSCN2107_1_.JPG
Credits: Marianne Ivers
ab1ce9ac2448f569652b_DSCN2105_1_.JPG
Credits: Marianne Ivers
a43931b68f5a9c130578_DSCN2106_1_.JPG

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Ann Marie Inzano, Interim Director of the Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision, opened the district curriculum report presentation at the Thursday, Feb. 23 Board of Education (BOE) meeting.

In her opening remarks Inzano commended the New Providence School community - its amazing staff, wonderful students and supportive parents – for the “wonderful things” that are taking place in all district schools. She also thanked the administrative staff and all those staff members who contributed to the presentation. The curriculum enhancements are designed to teach students to access and analyze information as well as to provide them with problem solving skills.

Technology Specialist Sandra Anderson provided the presentation on Personalized Learning Initiative which is designed to support individualized learning experiences in high school. The students have been using I-pads at school with access to a variety of apps. However, the teaching staff noticed that the usage of some apps was disruptive in class and all I-pads were reset during the holiday break.  

Sign Up for E-News

Now the students have access to the New Providence Apps store which offers over 130 apps to choose from for their educational needs. The school approved apps are interactive tools helping students to maximize their learning experience. Students may also request other apps which have to be approved by the school. All apps will update automatically, Andersen said.

Susan Rembetsy gave a presentation regarding Honors Calculus which will be available for students next year. She explained that this new course was “driven by need”. It is designed for students that are willing to move up from regular calculus to a more challenging class, but who find the AP level class too demanding. The course will be added to the Program of Studies. Rembetsy also explained that the course will utilize the existing material used in both regular and AP Calculus.

Middle School Principal Jay Richter told the board about a new Junior Engineering Exploratory Course to be offered for seventh grade students next year. The course was designed based on the feedback from parents, students and teachers. The course will allow students to explore engineering design process and challenges. The course work includes building bridges and towers among other structures.

James McGeechan, Science Department Head, briefed the BOE about the New Jersey Student Learning Standard for Science (NJSLS-S). The program was previously known as the Next Generation Science Standards. The program provides a comprehensive K–12 science learning experience that sets the expectations for what students should know and be able to do in science so as to ready themselves for college and careers. Teachers are participating in professional development sessions and collaborating in developing instructional strategies.

Department Head of Science Jon Keaney provided a presentation regarding STEM related curriculum news. The STEM initiative is a long term process of curriculum integration and extracurricular opportunities, he said. Keaney brought with him groups of students, from elementary to high school level, who demonstrated the development of basic coding skills to challenging engineering and programming projects.

Elementary school students demonstrated how to utilize a simple color based coding to control “Ozobots”. High school students showed their project which demonstrated “real world context” and problem solving skills. Keaney explained that some students focus on coding while others concentrate on engineering tasks when designing their projects. This replicates the real work place environment where “not everybody knows everything.” Instead, students learn to collaborate with others.

Next year there will be three new STEM related courses available for high school students: Architecture and Engineering Design and Environmental Sustainability will be available for students in all grade levels. Aerospace Engineering will be offered to junior and senior class students. In addition to classes there are multiple STEM related extracurricular activities available for students is all district schools, Keaney said.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

New Providence

Third Annual Rockin' For Autism Music Festival

February 18, 2018

All-day festival benefiting Autism New Jersey will feature local bands, food trucks, vendors, a merchant raffle, bake sale, obstacle course and lots of family fun! Join us for a day of great music, food, fun -- and help us raise funds and awareness for a great cause.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday. April 14, in LaGrande Park. 200 LaGrande Ave., ...

Register Now to Save! Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA Early Bird Registration until February 28

With summer just around the corner, it will be hard not to look out the window and dream of warmer days and cool, crystal clear pools that are ready for swimming and splashing. With the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA early bird registration currently open, signing up sooner will save money and give you something to look forward to once the summer sun hits! Since 1964, the Berkeley ...

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Will Meet on Tues, Feb. 20, at LaGrande Park Building

FANWOOD, NJ -- Following the mass shooting in Florida this week, the Union County Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the LaGrande Park Building  in Fanwood.

"Every life cut short by gun violence -- that somehow becomes a statistic -- is tucked away in our hearts, never to be lost," wrote Patti ...

New Jersey Youth Symphony Announces Bring A Buddy Week March 4-8

NEW PROVIDENCE—New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) invites young musicians in grades 3-11 to attend open rehearsals for Bring A Buddy Week, March 4-8 at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. Participating students will observe the first half of a rehearsal. Students can visit any ensemble based on their grade and experience level. Students who do not have a friend in an ensemble can still ...

Summit's Beacon UU Hosts 'Blessing of the Animals' Service Feb. 18

SUMMIT, NJ - Community members and their household pets are invited to Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Beacon UU) for a 'Blessing of the Animals' service on February 18, beginning at 11:15 a.m.

“All beloved creatures are welcome—from the pet snail to the family dog,” said Reverend Robin Tanner, minister of worship and outreach.

Letter to NP Mayor and Council

February 17, 2018

I am writing to express my dismay at the New Providence Council’s actions at its February 12th meeting. The council voted to allow up to three council members (up from 2) to attend committee meetings. Because of Sunshine Laws no more than three can attend a meeting.  In my opion, the objective was to squeeze-out Mayor Morgan from committee meetings.  Without going into ...

Letter to New Providence Borough Council

Dear Council Member-

I attended the Borough Council meeting on Feb 12, 2018.  I brought my 2 young children to this meeting to see democracy in action in our new hometown but I was left speechless. 

It was an obvious display of overreach by the Borough Council.  It absolutely makes no sense at all that the Council wants Three Council Members to attend every Volunteer ...

Chatham Borough Police Chief Crosson has Retired; Captain Gibbons is Acting Commander

February 12, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Phil Crosson Jr., who has been a member of the Chatham Borough Police Department since 1992, retired from his position as the police chief on Feb. 1.

"It came on pretty quickly," Crosson said when reached by phone on Sunday. "I was on vacation for six weeks and I bought a business. I came back for one day and retired."

According to Crosson, ...

‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

February 14, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, February 18

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Carousel_image_0906ca383804ad4ba17c_tai-chi

Sun, February 18, 9:30 AM

New Providence

Tai Chi Chaun

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_fc9553e9258ab1b1cc8b_paolo_zumba_teacher

Sun, February 18, 11:00 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Zumba meets Bolly DaZz

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_ab8f5d9efb4317e5a445_hiawatha

Sun, February 18, 3:00 PM

Lawton C. Johnson Middle School , Summit

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra Free ...

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, February 18, 7:00 PM

Villagers Theatre, Somerset

Hairspray Auditions

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, February 19

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green