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  • Food Service Workers — Our Unsung Heroes

    Posted by Eshaya Draper on 6/1/2020 6:00:00 AM

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    UNSUNG HEROES (June 1, 2020) – Since mid-March – when New Brunswick Public Schools began virtual learning in response to the coronavirus pandemic – the district’s 35 food service workers have played an essential role in providing thousands of students with nutritious breakfasts and lunches. While a total of nearly 4,000 students were initially being fed during weekdays, the program now includes weekends as well. To manage this remarkable effort, food service workers and support volunteers hand out packaged meals twice weekly (on Tuesday, to cover Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday – then on Friday, to cover Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) from distribution points in four city parks.

    In all, the food service team is spearheading a program that prepares and serves about 55,000 meals per week.

    “Continuing to educate our young people while school buildings are closed has posed many challenges, including how to ensure they’re still eating properly,” says Dr. Aubrey Johnson, school district superintendent. “Our food service workers have done a truly exceptional job of adapting to an unprecedented environment. They’re on the front lines of keeping our students healthy while we all navigate this difficult situation.”

    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 Public Schools superintendent recognized as 2020 New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy Superintendent of the Year

    Posted by Eshaya Draper on 4/28/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Dr. Aubrey Johnson honored for active support of biliteracy education 

    The Superintendent of Schools

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (April 28, 2020) – New Brunswick Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Aubrey Johnson has been named “2020 New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy Superintendent of the Year” by the New Jersey Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages / New Jersey Bilingual Educators, Inc. (NJTESOL/NJBE). The honor recognizes Johnson’s active support for those who are learning English and his understanding of how they contribute to their schools and communities. 

    In particular, the NJTESOL/NJBE celebrates Johnson’s commitment to developing a district-wide pathway to biliteracy through bilingual and dual language programs. This includes the school district’s implementation of the New Jersey State Seal of Biliteracy, a New Jersey Department of Education designation that recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, listening to and writing in one or more world languages, in addition to English. 

    “New Brunswick is a vibrant, diverse community, and our students speak more than 40 different languages,” said New Brunswick Board of Education Vice President Dr. Dale Caldwell. “This award is a testament to Dr. Johnson’s ongoing efforts to ensure that those students of ours who are in the process of learning English have the resources and support they need to succeed.” 

    In addition to providing employers and universities with an ideal way to identify individuals with outstanding biliterate skills, the Seal of Biliteracy also helps students to development crucial, 21st century communication abilities, while encouraging the overall study of languages and affirming the value of diversity. 

    “It’s an absolute honor to receive this award,” Johnson added. “I’m certain – given the ongoing support of our school district and the New Brunswick community – that we can continue providing opportunities that will ensure that our graduates are college, workforce, and career ready.” 

    Appointed superintendent of New Brunswick Public Schools in 2015, Johnson earned his doctorate from Seton Hall University in 2017. He holds a bachelor’s from Northeastern University, and a master’s from New Jersey City University.

     

    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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  • School District Provides Meals for Students During Extended Closure

    Posted by Eshaya Draper on 3/18/2020

    Message from the Superintendent of Schools

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    MEALS DURING THE BREAK – Like districts across the state, New Brunswick Public Schools are closed related to the coronavirus – and that could have been a challenge for thousands of students who rely on the schools to provide one or more of their daily meals. But, thanks to volunteer support from approximately 150 faculty and staff – plus a carefully orchestrated plan – every student who wants a meal is able to get one.

    Here’s how it works: Four local parks have been designated as distribution points. A district student or their family simply needs to stop by between 10 a.m. and noon, give their name as it appears on the roster of all enrolled students, and they get their meal package. This first meal distribution took place on Monday (3/16), and then again on Tuesday (during which time students were also provided meals for Wednesday and Thursday). I will next be replicated on Friday (3/20). Of note, the district gave out 6,000 meals on Tuesday, thus covering the Tuesday-through-Thursday time period at a rate of 2000 meals per day.

    “There’s much that needs to be worked out whenever schools close for a prolonged period of time,” says Dr. Aubrey Johnson, superintendent, New Brunswick Public Schools. "In our district, one of the prime considerations is getting meals to students who need them. Happily, we developed an extremely effective plan. And, an outpouring of support from district faculty and staff volunteers has ensured that none of our young people need to go hungry during this unprecedented situation. I very much appreciate the remarkable assistance our students have received from these volunteers, as well as from multiple support agencies.” 

    NOTE: Details on meal distribution by New Brunswick Public Schools is available online, at https://www.nbpschools.net/coronavirus.

     

    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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