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.
New Providence Schools Recognized for Music Education
The National Association of Music Merchants, known as the NAMM Foundation, recognizes New Providence School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation. New Providence joins 307 districts across the country to receive the prestigious distinction this year.
“This recognition represents the community’s passion and support for the arts and we are very fortunate to have a dedicated staff that is committed to music education.” said Dr. David Miceli, Superintendent of Schools. “On behalf of the New Providence Board of Education, we would like to congratulate the entire community on this national designation.”
For more information on the district’s music education program, visit our music department page.
School Lunch Information
As always, Pomptonian encourages everyone to make healthy dining choices and to eat a balanced meal. Every day there will be a variety of entrées available. Your student’s meal includes selections from an array of fresh fruits and farm fresh vegetables. Our cafeteria staff appreciates your patience and understanding as we designed menus that complied with the new Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act regulations in September and make adjustments for the new changes this December. The link to the article from School Nutrition Association is http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=18083&blogid=145506.