News and Information about the New Providence School DistrictJUNE 2011As the school year comes to a close, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their contributions to our schools. Our supportive community made the 2010/2011 school year very successful. I also want to congratulate all of our students for their many achievements and accomplishments.I hope that you take the opportunity to review this issue of the Our Schools, and if you are a new subscriber, please feel free to review the archived issues of the Our Schools e-newsletter on our website. Next year, we plan to have an issue each month beginning in September. We will not have the traditional annual review newsletter, but will continue the e-newsletter format in order to keep our community current with district information each month.We appreciate all of your support, and hope that you have a wonderful summer.Sincerely,David M. Miceli, Ed. D., Superintendent of SchoolsSubscribe to New Providence Schools News and Announcements
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In May, New Providence High School and Middle School students won 42 first place awards, 45 second place awards, and 45 third place awards in various categories at the New Jersey Student Craftsman's Fair at Ledgewood Mall. In addition, two NPHS seniors won Outstanding ribbons for "Best in Category" and one senior received the Silver Cup award for overall "Best in Show" in 3D artwork at the winners reception on Thursday, June 2, 2011. Click the link above to view the photo gallery of spring art events.The New Providence Middle School Music Department performed in the "Music In The Parks" festival in Pennsylvania on Friday, June 6, 2011. The groups, comprised of 135 middle school students in seventh and eighth grades, earned one excellent and four superior ratings after performing in Kutztown University's Georgian Room and at Fleetwood High School. At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, held at Dorney Park, the entire music department was presented with the coveted Esprit de Corps, an award given to the school that best demonstrates the character and class associated with the highest level of musical professionalism, both on and off stage. View the photo gallery of the NPMS music department trip below.Salt Brook held an evening celebration this June in honor of the school winning the designation of National School of Character. The whole school community turned out for the event, which featured live music from the band Bump and pizza, ice cream and popcorn for all attendees. The weather was great, the turnout was high, and the night served as a wonderful opportunity for the Salt Brook family to come together to celebrate this achievement.
In June, Salt Brook celebrated Flag Day with an outdoor ceremony for the whole school. Students in local Cub Scout troops served as an honor guard to raise the flag, as 6th grade students read patriotic statements and members of the Jazz Band played for the crowd. After the ceremony, Salt Brook took time out to congratulate custodians Michael Yendrick and Michele Scipioni on their upcoming retirements@Did you know the New Providence School District website contains links to the school calendar, upcoming events, photo galleries and information about everything happening at NPHS, NP Middle School, Roberts, and Salt Brook?Take a look today!
The AWR Student Council decided this year to award the first AWR Community Service Scholarships to two graduating NPHS seniors. The Student Council raised money by a variety of methods including their inaugural Scholarship Fund Car Wash in which students and staff scrubbed and washed cars. The students enjoyed Italian ice donated from Zita's and the opportunity to have a fun time with their friends and teachers, all while raising money.
Two sixth grade members of the Student Council presented the scholarships to the graduating seniors at the Senior Awards Night in June. Both students were awarded $1,000 scholarships to assist them with their continuing education.The AWR Science Club participated in the Junior Solar Sprints competition in May at the New Providence High School track. Fifth and sixth grade students have been working tirelessly for months designing and constructing their own car that would run using a solar panel. The students used teamwork, problem solving skills, and knowledge about basic car functioning. All of the students made AWR proud by showing good sportsmanship, cooperation, and teamwork at the races! Congratulations to all of the students, including the Student Choice Award 1st Place team!
Students in the 6th grades at both the AWR and Salt Brook Elementary Schools wrote letters of introduction in Spanish to their future classmates "on the other side of town" in anticipation of making new friends in Grade 7 this September at the New Providence Middle School. To kick off this first PenPal exchange, students introduced themselves in their best Spanish, creating colorful and personal letters about their appearance, personal interests, siblings, and pets.Also students from Mrs. Mango's AP Chemistry class recently visited Salt Brook to share their love of science with our Kindergarten students. They worked with the kindergarten on some great kid-friendly experiments relating to topics including sound waves, chemical reactions, and propulsion. See more here.On Thursday evening, June 23rd, New Providence High School graduated 170 seniors at the 52nd Annual Commencement. The ceremony was held in the school's auditorium in liue of Edward H. Lieder Fiels due to the chance of severe thunderstorms. The auditorium was filled with parents, relatives, friends, and fellow underclassmen who celebrated the Class of 2011. High School Principal, Mr. Paul Casarico, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. David Miceli, and Board President, John Wolak, offered congratulatory words and inspiring messages for the graduates. Seniors will be attending a variety of colleges in the fall including Yale, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Lehigh, NYU, Syracuse, Northeastern, Duke, and BYU.Seniors will be attending a variety of colleges in the fall including Yale, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Lehigh, NYU, Syracuse, Northeastern, Duke, and BYU.The boy's tennis team won the North 2, Group 1 Sectional Championship for the second year in a row and came in second at the Union County tournament.Girl's track remained undefeated in their dual meets over the season, finishing with a 5-0 record and winning the Conference Championship. The boy's Track team finished 3-1.Softball made it to the finals of the state competition, finishing with a final record of 19-7Baseball also made it to the semi-finals of the state tournament, finishing 13-8 for the season.
Girls lacrosse finished with a 7-12 record, and the boy's team was 10-11 with both teams making the state tournament.
The Golf team finished 12-9 and had one player who competed in the states.
In the last three years New Providence has collected over $10,000 for the Pennies for Peace campaign that builds schools for children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In honor of this achievement, New Providence was recently recognized by the New Jersey State Library.Share the Our Schools newsletter on Facebook or Twitter or forward to a friend!