ROSELLE, NJ - There is always good things happening in Roselle Schools. Here is a snapshot of what students accomplished this past week.  

Abraham Clark High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC Program Selected as “Naval Honor School” for the Sixth Year 

The Abraham Clark High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC Program was recently selected as a “Naval Honor School” for the sixth consecutive year, ranking them among the top Marine Corps JROTC schools in the country.

Of the approximately 266 schools throughout the nation, only ten percent of Marine Corps JROTC programs received this recognition.

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To qualify for this honor, at least 75% of the school’s cadets must maintain a 3.0-grade point average for an entire year. The high school’s program currently has 125 cadets and more than 80% of them have maintained the proper grade point average.

Other qualifying criteria include the number of community service hours for the unit as a whole and per cadet. Altogether, the ACHS unit completed 5,200 hours of community service. 

The units are also measured by participation in drill team competitions, rifle team competitions, physical fitness team competitions and field trips.

Instructors for the JROTC program are Lt. Col. James Sfayer and First Sergeant David Alito.

Seventh-Grade Students at Grace Wilday Junior High School Had a Blast at Liberty Science Center

Seventh-grade students at Grace Wilday Junior High School experienced a day of learning outside of the classroom this week at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. Along with their teachers, students spent the day there where they got the chance to visit the Planetarium and complete a special scavenger hunt. 

The purpose of the scavenger hunt was to introduce and familiarize the student with the various topics offered in the exhibitions, activities, and programs, according to Principal Tomeeka Hunt.

“The students worked collaboratively with their classmates and teachers to complete the scavenger hunt many of the activities had the students relating their experiences to real-world problem solving which increased their knowledge and understanding using S.T.E.M activities,” Principal Hunt added.

During their visit to the Planetarium, the students’ watched “The Search for Life in Space” which is one of Liberty Science Center’s newest attractions. In the video, the students explored the solar system in search of signs of life. The video showed the students' life at the depths of the Pacific Ocean into the far reaches of space.

“The students returned to the school to share their experiences which piqued their curiosity in science,” Principal Hunt said.

Leonard V. Moore Middle School and Harrison Elementary School Students Ban Together to Participate in Holiday Toy Drive

Leonard V. Moore Middle School’s Generation on Students club and Harrison Elementary School’s 4th Grade Student Council have joined forces to implement the “Great Toy Giveaway.”

The Great Toy Giveaway is a school-wide service project hosted by The Great Kindness

Challenge and The Toy Foundation, providing students an opportunity to joyfully put their compassion into action. 

The project is fueled by toy company donations to The Toy Foundation. Participating schools will receive donated toys and lovingly distribute them to children in need. To make the project extra meaningful, students will also add a personalized note of friendship to each toy delivered. 

Both schools plan to donate the toys to a local community organization/agency before winter recess in December.

The Nike Community Ambassador Program Visits Washington Elementary School

Students at Washington Elementary School truly enjoyed a visit from the Nike Community Ambassador program this week when they learned all about sports and getting active.

This program gives Nike employees the chance to share their passion for sport with local kids. All around the world, Nike Community Ambassadors provide kids with early positive experiences in sport and physical activity.

“Whether it’s in schools or through local community programs, the goal of this program is to inspire kids to get active now and for life. This is critical because active kids do better and that’s why I felt it was important to bring this to Washington,” said Principal Marianne Tankard.  

Dr. Charles Polk School Elementary Mentoring Program Volunteers Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon for Roselle Seniors

Five students from the Dr. Charles Polk School Mentoring Program, headed by George Riley, volunteered at the Heard AME Church’s Annual Senior Thanksgiving Luncheon on Nov. 20.

For the past 20 years, the mentoring program has been volunteering their time to serving Roselle’s senior citizens at this annual luncheon. 

“Our students embrace the joy of serving and giving back to our community,” said Principal Andrea Harry.

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