HOLIDAY JOY … AND LOTS OF WRAPPING PAPER – In a festive, school-wide event that culminated weeks of planning, each of the more than 400 students in New Brunswick’s Livingston Elementary School received a brand new, tightly wrapped holiday gift. The effort was coordinated by physical education teacher Jennifer Olawski, who financed the initiative by raising more than $10,000 via the Go Fund Me online platform.
“One of the benefits of working in education is spending time with students and being able to participate in all sorts of creative undertakings,” noted Dr. Aubrey Johnson, superintendent of New Brunswick Public Schools. “But by any measure, this particular event is special. From Jennifer’s vision, to the teamwork among the Livingston School’s staff, to the sheer joy it brought the children … well, I’m sure we’re all going to remember this gift giving for a very long time.”
About New Brunswick Public Schools
The New Brunswick, NJ public school district consists of two high schools (New Brunswick High School and Health Sciences Technology High School), a middle school (New Brunswick Middle School) and nine elementary schools (Lincoln, Lincoln Annex, Livingston, Lord Stirling, McKinley, Redshaw, Roosevelt, Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts, and Woodrow Wilson schools). The New Brunswick Public Schools offer a comprehensive educational program for students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade and serves more than 10,000 students.
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New Brunswick students completed their D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program with the New Brunswick Police Department, where students were taught about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol abuse. #ALLIN4NB
So proud of this cohort of Aspiring Leaders in New Brunswick. Thank you for being lead learners and allowing me to be myself. Trust and partnership are intangible assets needed to Prepare-Empower-Inspire a system dedicated to improving the lives of our students. #Allin4NB
As hundreds of thousands of students from across the U.S. converged on Washington, DC for the recent “March for Our Lives” demonstration, more than 30 New Brunswick High School students were on hand to join the historic protest against gun violence. They were transported to Washington, along with select faculty members and administrators, on a bus provided by the school district. New Brunswick students also took part in the March 14 “Dear Parkland” walk-out demonstration.
Quotes from NBHS students who attended the “March for Our Lives” demonstration
New Brunswick Public Schools’ third of four 2016-17 “Superintendent's Parent Learning Night” sessions was held recently at New Brunswick High School. Approximately 150 parents and relatives, plus faculty, staff members, and administrators were on hand for the event – along with 40 student volunteers who helped with set-up and then provided support during the session. The Learning Nights are specifically designed to provide families with insight on how students learn and what they experience on a daily basis. The first of the four sessions was held in December at Roosevelt School, with the second following in February at Woodrow Wilson School.
A video slideshow of the high school’s Learning Night can be viewed at this link. Digital images are available at this link. Details on this school year’s concluding Learning Night – including date and locations – will be announced shortly.
The New Brunswick High School event was supported by six community partners – Live Well New Brunswick, the Puerto Rican Action Board, the State Theatre New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, the Google Community Leaders Program, and CoLAB Arts stART – and benefited from donations by Airgas Healthcare, Lincoln Park; Christopher Tullo, NBHS teacher; Coca-Cola, Monmouth Junction; Costco of North Brunswick; Destination Dogs, New Brunswick; Esquina Latina Restaurant, New Brunswick; The Green Turtle, North Brunswick; Home Depot, South Brunswick; Jonathan Casillas, New York Giants; Karen Selby, NBHS teacher; Shop Rite, Spotswood; State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick; US Foods, Perth Amboy; UTZ Quality Foods, Freehold; Whitney Museum, NYC.
NBEF, along with the efforts of our School Counseling Office, recently held a successful Scholarship Program Workshop at our high school. 65 focused and energized students submitted their scholarship applications, exceeding our initial goal of 50. The workshop -- which included pizza, prizes, and a $1,000 NBEF scholarship – was a lot of fun, and impacted the lives of our students. All photos in this album were taken by current student photographers from New Brunswick High School! #ALLIN4NB
On Friday, March 17, 2017 our AVID 9 students, along with six AVID seniors, visited our AVID 9 neighbors to the “North”. The North Brunswick AVID students and staff welcomed our students for an afternoon of team building and discussions led by the New Brunswick AVID seniors. Students from both schools worked together and solved all the various team building challenges given to them. Our seniors spoke about how AVID has helped them to be successful and their future plans. It was a wonderful afternoon and we look forward to visiting with our “neighbors” again. Please enjoy the pictures below.
Under Sprint’s 1Million Project, 300 eligible New Brunswick High School students recently received a free smart phone, tablet, or hotspot device featuring 3 GB of free, high-speed LTE data per month (unlimited data at 2G speeds after that), hotspot capability, and unlimited domestic calls/texts on the Sprint network. The project provides devices with internet access to high school students across the U.S. who otherwise wouldn’t have online access at home.
Pictured are various New Brunswick students receiving their free devices, along with instruction on usage and input on appropriate online communication protocol.
New Brunswick High School students will receive devices through the 1Million Project for a five-year-period.
A “real world” opportunity, complete with challenges
There’s a big difference between theory and a real world challenge – a lesson 15 New Brunswick High School engineering students have now learned firsthand.
With the district’s Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts in the midst of a multi-year construction and expansion project, high school teacher Patricia Chilelli perceived a unique instructional opportunity. She decided her Introduction to Engineering class would learn about municipal construction, as they undertook a long-term project focused on developing designs for a complete science lab… which would fit within the very specific constraints of the Robeson School architectural blueprints.
“With engineering, one of the most difficult considerations is that whatever is being created must exist within a surrounding environment,” Chilelli explains. “That’s true of bridges, highways, and also science labs. Since almost all the students were familiar with the Robeson School project, this seemed a great way to teach about making things ‘fit.”
Chilelli laid out very detailed guidelines – the lab would need to support science activities appropriate to the school’s population of fourth through eighth graders, while also accommodating a total of 24 students based on a specific space formula. Through support from the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (NJSDA), her class was able to monitor ongoing work in the area of Robeson School that their project addressed, via a mounted, internet-connected video camera
And fortunately for the 15 students – who were divided up among four distinct teams – they were even able to visit the site of their lab, thanks to a pair of in-district field trips coordinated by the NJSDA and New Brunswick Public School’s director of Facilities, Design, and Construction, Frank LoDolce.
“It was a lot of fun fitting the entire class with construction helmets and other safety equipment, then bringing them to the building site,” LoDolce says. “They were working on a range of different concepts, and walk around within the actual space gave them a much clearer vision of what would and wouldn’t work.”
The class’ four final plans and 3D models – one submission each from the teams Victory, Academy, JAGD, and IEJR – were presented during a June meeting of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aubrey Johnson’s cabinet. All successfully addressed the challenging parameters Chilelli had established.
“Often, when you give students a complex, long-term assignment like this one, you don’t know what the final outcome will be,” Chilelli explained. “The most valuable, educational experience is the overall process – the success or failure of the engineering itself is decidedly secondary. But in this case, I’m proud to say the students did a fabulous job and each of their four science lab designs were terrific.
In collaboration with the City of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Police Department, New Brunswick Public Schools has established an ongoing, in-class program at the high school to strengthen the relationship between students and local police officers. Here’s an overview video. https://vimeo.com/204234562
Representatives of New Brunswick Public Schools and the New Jersey School Development Authority (SDA), along with community and local government leaders – including New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill and Assemblyman Joseph Egan – gathered yesterday to mark the ceremonial groundbreaking for a two-year construction project at Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts. Upon completion in 2018, the school’s existing 59,400 square feet of space will be renovated, while a 60,000-square-foot, three-story addition will include 30 new classrooms and a new multi-purpose room. With construction underway, the school’s students are attending classes at an alternate school facility within the district.
The SDA is both managing and funding the construction, which has a projected cost of $47 million. To date, the SDA has invested approximately $270 million in completed New Brunswick school district projects.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (June 21, 2017) – As part of the New Brunswick Sister Cities Association educational and cultural exchange program, four Woodrow Wilson School students, two New Brunswick staff members, and a New Brunswick firefighter and his son recently traveled to the central European nation of Hungary.
There, the group spent the first day of its visit in the historic capital city, Budapest, and the remaining eight days of its stay in the renowned cultural center of Debrecen – with which New Brunswick has enjoyed a 25-year sister city relationship.
The four students who represented Woodrow Wilson School during this year’s cultural exchange trip were Ashley Caldwell, Erin Eckert, Sheila Nunez-Duran, and Levania Velsaco-Uscamaita.
“Any trip to a foreign destination is likely to be a powerful educational experience,” noted Dr. Aubrey Johnson, superintendent, New Brunswick Public Schools. “For years to come, these four Woodrow Wilson students will be able to talk about visiting historic places that very few Americans have seen.”
Accompanying the students as chaperones were Woodrow Wilson School teacher Annamaria Papp and Woodrow Wilson School Media Specialist Michael Leone.
Also joining the trip was New Brunswick firefighter Fred Obado and his son, Madden Obado. The Obado family has a long history of active involvement with the New Brunswick Sister Cities Association.
Encouraging involvement in educational, political, cultural, and economic activities, the New Brunswick Sister Cities Association works to build mutually-beneficial, cross-cultural relationships with its sister city.
New Brunswick Public Schools recently celebrated the 20th annual Read Across America Day, which is held each year on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. To mark the occasion, Dr. Aubrey Johnson, superintendent – along with district administrators, teachers, staff, and members of the community – visited classrooms throughout the district and read books to students. In addition, some classes participated in other activities celebrating the 113th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ birth.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — For weeks, rumors have floated around the city that some undocumented immigrants are afraid to go to work or school.
Aubrey Johnson, superintendent of New Brunswick Public Schools, said last night that he and his employees have the backs of all students, including undocumented immigrants. The district has various polices in place that protect students’ rights and privacy, he said.CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE