Incoming Freshmen Orientation Presentations
Please click on the links below to access the presentations from the Incoming Freshmen Orientation on January 7th.
Lee Rubin Assembly
On Friday we were privileged to have an assembly by Mr. Lee Rubin, a professional speaker well-versed in the world of leadership. The theme of his presentation was that all students have the capability of being leaders through their words and actions. Mr. Rubin focused on how students can be “upstanders” as opposed to bystanders in the face of bullying. By teaching our students to stand up when they see a peer being treated unfairly, we can help put a stop to bullying and create a school environment where all students feel both comfortable and safe. The messages within Mr. Rubin’s presentation correspond directly to this year’s character education theme for the district, “Take a Stand, Lend a Hand.” The themes and lessons discussed by Mr. Rubin certainly encourage students to do this on a daily basis. Students were taught the harm negative words can have on a person, and the incredible power positive actions can have on those around them. All sport team captains, band leaders, and student club leaders remained after the assembly to attend a breakout session to delve deeper into these issues. Here, our student leaders were given the tools and examples needed to really put all of these ideas into practice within our school.
NJ Interscholastic STEM League’s New Providence Challenge
The New Providence High School STEM Club recently hosted students from Governor Livingston, Summit, Edison and Livingston high schools in a NJ Interscholastic STEM league competition. Teams of students competed to design the most effective crash cushion in order to protect the brain from severe impact. Students were provided with a variety of basic supplies and had to design and test their prototypes, provide STEM documentation, computer assisted diagrams, and math calculations. In addition, students presented their designs to a panel of judges from the engineering profession and tested their final prototype against the other schools. Thank you to Linde for providing a guest speaker, judges and refreshments and congratulations to all involved.
New Providence High School Students Visit Bell Labs
Students had an opportunity to experience demonstrations of future technology and displays from Bell Labs incredible contributions to the connected world. The tour allowed students to think innovatively regarding concepts around STEM.
The Memory Project
The painting class this year has partnered with "The Memory Project" charity to paint portrait of children who have been neglected, mistreated, orphaned or abandoned. Madagascar is one of the financially poorest countries in the world, with many people surviving on just $1 per day. The children, who have nothing of their own, treasure their portraits and take them with them wherever they go.
Newsweek names NPHS as one of America's Top High Schools
New Providence High School has been named on Newsweek’s 2015 “America’s Best High Schools” list. New Providence was ranked 68th in the nation and 16th in state of the 500 best high schools in America. There are some 27,000 public high schools nationwide.
Newsweek ranked six components: graduation rate (25%), college acceptance rate (25%), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25%), average SAT/ACT scores (10%), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10%), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB /AICE course (5%). See Newsweek’s full list and related stories.
Recognized for excellence in Academics, the Arts, and Athletics, New Providence High School provides students with a wide range of experiences and opportunities designed to promote intellectual, social, and emotional growth. Our commitment to education has been recognized through many accolades. We continue to be recognized as one of the top high schools in the state of New Jersey. Additionally, we were recognized as a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. This is the highest recognition that a school can receive on the federal level. These honors are a testament to the dedication of our students, faculty and community.
NPHS students are able to choose from a wide array of academic course offerings designed to challenge them at appropriate levels of ability. Twenty-three Advanced Placement and fifteen Honors classes are offered. Advanced Placement courses offer students the challenges of a college-level course as well as the opportunity to accumulate college credits.
New Providence High School remains committed to maximizing student opportunities for growth, evidenced by our continuing exploration of local, state, and global partnerships.
Instruction is offered in five world languages. Ongoing international partnerships continue with Japan for over 20 years. These programs have given students invaluable insight into different cultures as well as practical application of what they have learned in the classroom.
Incorporating service learning opportunities into the fabric of the educational process provides students with challenges and experiences both within and outside the traditional classroom. Student-sponsored food and clothing drives, choral performances at local senior citizens centers, volunteer tutoring programs, invitations to design banners and logos for community organizations both challenge and reward students’ creativity. These activities give New Providence High School students an opportunity to give back and show appreciation for all they are given. Furthermore, these experiences demonstrate what can be achieved when parents, students, teachers and community members work cooperatively.
Our co-curricular offerings, from discipline-specific clubs to athletics to drama, are designed to allow students the opportunity to pursue their interests and achieve new heights. Offering twenty-three athletic teams and nearly forty co-curricular activities, over 92% of the student body is involved in the school’s athletic and co-curricular opportunities. Our Technology Student Association won first place in technology problem solving and second place in structural design engineering and music production in a New Jersey State competition. NPHS STEM league students also placed first at the STEM League Competition in Bloomfield, also winning most creative prototype and best overall prototype design. They also placed in the top three at the Annual UCC Bridge Building Competition. Our Girls’ Tennis, Girls’ Cross Country, Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ Cross Country, Boys’ Tennis and Boys’ Lacrosse teams were all Conference Champions. Our Girls’ Cross Country, Girls’ Tennis, Girls’ Basketball and Boys’ Tennis teams were also State Sectional Champions.
New Providence High School will continue to prepare students to meet the challenging demands of today’s changing world. The school’s successes reflect positively on the continued support of the community. This support is much appreciated and welcomed as NPHS continues to function at the forefront of schools in Union County and in the state of New Jersey.