Positive Happenings throughout Roselle Public Schools

Abraham Clark High School Students Graduate from Roselle’s Junior Police Academy

Several students from Abraham Clark High School are now proud graduates of the borough’s Junior Police Academy, celebrating at a ceremony on March 2. 

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Congratulations to sophomore Ibn Benoit; juniors Mia Aparicio, Wynter Bradley, Darwin Carrillo, Islande Leger, Leslie Perez, Alexis Staten, Vedeline Volma and seniors Djanithe Charles, Ume Khan and Peterson Louis on their graduation.

“The support, collaboration and community involvement that our police department continually demonstrates is an example of what this district is capable of,” said high school counselor Jordan Siegel, who attended the graduation ceremony along with Rashon Mickens, the high school principal. 

Union County Freeholder Andrea Staten and Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau were also in attendance to congratulate the students. 



 

Grace Wilday Junior High School Students Present “Apollo Theater” in Honor of Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, the Grace Wilday Junior High School Visual and Performing Arts Department prepared a variety show to pay a tribute to the legendary Apollo Theater.

The students honored the significant role the theater played in launching the successful careers of prominent African American musicians, dancers and actors, providing them with a venue to express their craft. 

The Grace Wilday Orchestra played “We Shall Overcome” and the school’s chorus performed “Lift Every Voice.” The drama club paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant and presented a slideshow on the history of the Apollo Theater. 

“The Apollo Theater became an iconic artistic institution,” Principal Tomeeko Hunt said. “The talent that emerged demonstrated how this theater remarkably impacted the landscape of the performing arts, not only in our country but all over the world. I’m happy our students were able to honor that talent through their performances.”

 

Leonard V. Moore Middle School Receives a $2,500 Mockingbird Grant

Students at the Leonard V. Moore Middle School will soon receive updated music technology as part of a $2,500 grant awarded by the Mockingbird Foundation. 

L. V. Moore was one of 20 successful music programs selected in 12 states to receive this grant that enhances music education. The grants totaled more than $140,000.

The technology updates will include software and MIDI instruments, such as electronic keyboards, that will allow students to compose music. The keyboards mimic the sound of any instrument; students can compose anything from short melodies to full symphonies. 

“These keyboards will be one of the best ways our students can learn to compose because the music software can generate the sound of any instrument,” explained Amanda Harrison,

Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts. “Now the students will be able to hear it, touch it, feel it and take their skills to a whole new level. We are very excited.”

Students at the middle school study music foundation and theory while learning to compose through an online composing tool. This new technology will help them to understand music even further.

"The students at L.V. Moore will be enriched with this generous and worthwhile grant opportunity. It's great to see creative arts and artistic impressions still being valued and fortified in our schools nowadays," said Principal Craig Messmer.

Interim Superintendent Dr. James Baker is pleased with the grant that will help to enhance the school's music program. 

“It is evident that we have a significant number of talented students in our district. This grant will help some of our younger students explore their passion to ultimately strengthen their skills,” Dr. Baker said. “I cannot wait to hear the wonderful music our students compose with this updated technology. We are very pleased and appreciative of this grant.”

 

Harrison Elementary School Students Enjoy Read Across America Week

Students at Harrison Elementary School celebrated Read Across America week with a full schedule of fun activities and daily themes based on the wonderful Dr. Seuss. 

Last Monday, students had the opportunity to dress like the Cat in the Hat; Tuesday was “many colored day,” when students dressed in as many colors as possible. Wednesday featured crazy socks for “Fox in Socks”; Thursday was crazy hairstyle day and, on Friday, students wore pajamas for the low cost of a one dollar donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“Our students had a blast all week celebrating the great and influential author Dr. Seuss,” said Principal Melissa Nevarez.

 

Washington Elementary School Unveils New “Zen Zone” Sensory Space

Washington Elementary School unveiled its brand new “Zen Zone” sensory corner this week for the use of any student with special needs.

The zone features bean bag chairs, weighted blankets and a plethora of tools - such as coloring pages, puzzles and thinking putty - that students can use to help regulate their emotions. 

The new sensory space is part of the school’s newly-implemented Zones of Regulation curriculum, designed to help students learn to identify their feelings and emotional reactions and learn sensory and perspective-taking strategies to encourage better self-regulation in various situations.

“We’ve been looking to design a space that helps our students feel comfortable and supported so they can feel comfortable and supported while learning. I really think we’ve accomplished our goal,” said Principal Marianne Tankard. 

 

Dr. Charles C. Polk Elementary School Students Celebrate Read Across America

The staff and students at Dr. Charles C. Polk School Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday and "Read Across America" every day this week with daily breakfasts between the students and Principal Andreaa Harry.

On Friday, the menu featured green eggs and ham for breakfast.  This week, the students also received a visit from the academic iReady mascot "Snargg.”

As the week of celebration ended, the staff and students wore their crazy hats and participated in their final day of "Drop Everything and Read!"  

“It was a week of celebration for language arts and our motto was “Read, Read, Read!” because every day is a great day for learning at Polk School,” Harry said.

 

Kindergarten Success Academy Receive Visit from High School Students for Read Across America

Students from Abraham Clark High School’s Honor Society and Drama Club visited the Kindergarten Success Academy this week in honor of Read Across America.

The high school students read to the kindergarteners and emphasized the importance of literacy. The students read assorted books in both English and Spanish. 

Additionally, the high school students taught the students a few words in sign language. As an added feature to the reading, the high school students brought their puppets which simulated reading various books to the students throughout the presentation.

“The students are excited with all the wonderful reading events scheduled for the remainder of the month of March,” said Principal Dr. Nathan Fisher. 

 

Roselle Preschoolers Enjoy Visit from High School Media Specialist in Honor of Read Across America 

The Roselle Preschool celebrated Dr. Seuss all week in honor of Read Across America. Students even received a special visit from the high school media specialist, Beverly Reid.

The students also learned all rhyming words and made green eggs and ham together. 

Reid was a special guest reader that joined the preschool to read developmentally appropriate books to each class. Some of the books that she read included “Corduroy” and “Uncle Nacho's Hat.” 

“Thank you, Ms. Reid, for coming to spend time with us and our students!” said head teacher Gelin Brand.