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  • New Brunswick Public Schools celebrates Board of Education during January, New Jersey’s designated recognition month

    Posted by Dorenia Villalona on 1/18/2022

     New Brunswick Public Schools celebrates Board of Education
    during January, New Jersey’s designated recognition month

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (January 13, 2022) – The State of New Jersey has designated this January as School Board Recognition Month, and New Brunswick Public Schools is using the occasion to celebrate its own school board.

     “In fact, I doubt there’s anything more important. So, the fact that our city has nine elected officials who devote so much of their time and energy to overseeing and supporting our school district, without any financial compensation, is remarkable. 

    “Our nine elected board of education members are instrumental in ensuring we create safe, nurturing environments that enable our students to reach their goals,” says Dr. Aubrey Johnson, superintendent, New Brunswick Public Schools. “They’re public servants and advocates who dedicate countless hours of their time, without pay, to ensure we develop the next generation of leaders. They care deeply about our students, families, and staff, and about holding us accountable to the community we serve. This recognition month is a great reminder – particularly given how uniquely challenging the past two years have been – of how grateful we all should be for their service.

    The elected members of the New Brunswick Board of Education are (in alphabetical order): Ivan Adorno; Dr. Dale Caldwell, board president; Yesenia Medina-Hernandez; Benito Ortiz; Emra L. Seawood; Jennifer Sevilla, board vice president; Diana Solis; Edward Spencer; and Patricia Varela.

    The first School Board Recognition Month in New Jersey took place in 2002. More than 5,000 men and women serve on New Jersey’s local boards of education, making them the largest group of public officials in the state.

    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). A comprehensive educational program for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade serves a student population of more than 10,000. New Brunswick Public Schools participates in the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) public-private partnership, which provides select students an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree in Engineering or an Engineering-related field. 

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  • New Brunswick students transformed into historians through district-wide time capsule initiative

    Posted by Dorenia Villalona on 11/16/2021

    New Brunswick students transformed into historians through district-wide time capsule initiative

    Educational opportunity provided by turbulence of 2021; will be unsealed a decade in the future Within their time capsules, New Brunswick students included a wide variety of items.

    NBMS Capsule

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (November 16, 2021) – It’s a case of identifying educational opportunity in the midst of unsettling times. 

    During the spring of 2021, more than a year into the global, COVID-19 pandemic, a few months after insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol, and with the criminal trial underway that stemmed from George Floyd’s murder, educators in the New Brunswick public school district determined students needed a project to help them effectively process what was happening in the world around them. After a bit of brainstorming, they decided upon a true educational classic – the time-capsule.

    Through this initiative, students in each of the districts’ 12 schools identified, collected, and then encapsulate multiple small items to illustrate life during one of the more dramatic moments in modern American history. The polished, metal capsules used for the project are compact, with each featuring an interior measurement of 13 inches in length by four inches in diameter. 

    New Brunswick Public Schools’ Supervisor of Humanities, Dr. Lennox H. Small, notes: “Winston Churchill once stated, ‘History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it. The global pandemic and the events of 2020- 2021, social unrest, and economic uncertainty showed us that we all have a voice in how we record and memorialize these issues. Students saw firsthand that history was not solely for the intellectual elite trained by the academies. It was a moment for them to use their own voices and be contributing authors to one of the most revolutionary and transformative time periods in human history. As they reflect on this moment in history, the students will gain an indelible appreciation and understanding that they did not learn the concepts and events from a textbook, they helped create several chapters in the text to enlighten a new generation of scholars and global citizens. 

    Since May, district students have been busy creating and sealing their time capsules. Each will be reopened a decade in the future, during 2031. Until then, rather than being interred on the grounds of their respective schools, the capsules are being stored above ground. Some are clearly visible within display cases, and each school will receive a plaque describing the project and its significance. 

    “When we thought about our students living through this pandemic, as well as some other truly historic events happening simultaneously, it was clear we needed to develop a project that would memorialize it for them,” explains Dr. Aubrey Johnson, Superintendent, New Brunswick Public Schools. “By having each school in our district create a time capsule, we allowed the students to shift from being learners to being historians. They’re as familiar with the unique circumstances of 2020 and 2021 as anyone else, and thinking about what might be preserved for future generations enables them to consider their world from a different perspective.” 

    Included among items sealed within the various schools’ time capsules are a wide variety of masks; students’ posters on the theme of justice and equality; and in-school notices related to the pandemic. 

    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). A comprehensive educational program for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade serves a student population of more than 10,000. New Brunswick Public Schools participates in the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) public-private partnership, which provides select students an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree in Engineering or an Engineering-related field. 

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  • LEARNING ... FROM ANYWHERE

    Posted by Dorenia Villalona on 10/28/2021

     

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    LEARNING … FROM ANYWHERE – Earlier this month, New Brunswick Middle School, as well as the district’s McKinley Community School and Lincoln Annex School, became 2021-2022 participants in the award-winning, nationwide Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program.  Under this initiative, Verizon is donating a total of more than 2,000 Internet-ready devices to the trio of New Brunswick public schools, while also providing each school with professional development support and a technology coach. The goal of the program – which represents a partnership with Digital Promise and is a component of the comprehensive Citizen Verizon initiative – is enabling students to stay connected, so they can learn from anywhere. 

    “We’re delighted to be included in a program that, as much as anything else, is about making students more confident in what they can achieve,” says New Brunswick Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Aubrey Johnson. “Our district is strongly committed to consistently expanding the availability of technology in our classrooms, and Verizon Innovative Learning Schools is an excellent partner in this process.”

    All three participating New Brunswick schools held celebratory events to mark their entrance into the program. The kickoff event, at McKinley Community School – featured teams of New Brunswick STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students supporting distribution of the devices, along with a 3D printing station made available by Rutgers Maker Education. In addition, former New York Giant Jonathan Casillas – who graduated from New Brunswick High School – signed autographs for students.

    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). A comprehensive educational program for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade serves a student population of more than 10,000. New Brunswick Public Schools participates in the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) public-private partnership, which provides select students an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree in Engineering or an Engineering-related field.

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