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                  MAY 2011

    Thank You for Your Support
    On behalf of the Board of Education, we would like to thank the New Providence community for its overwhelming support of this year’s budget. Your support will ensure that students throughout the district will continue to have the many educational opportunities in 2011-2012 that this community has come to expect at its schools.

    We would also like to thank our staff and the community groups that supported the budget development process and the proposed budget. Your commitment to the district and our students is an integral part of this achievement and the continued success of our schools.

    Looking ahead to next year, the Board will continue to work toward developing a budget that delivers quality educational programs in a fiscally responsible manner.

    Congratulations to the students, staff, parents, and administration at Salt Brook School for earning the recognition of a 2011 National School of Character. We are very proud of all you have accomplished with the development and implementation of your Character Education program over the past six years.

    We hope that you enjoy this edition of the Our Schools e-newsletter, which showcases many student accomplishments and events across the district.

    Thanks again for your support!
    John Wolak            David M. Miceli, Ed.D.
    Board President     Superintendent of Schools

    MAY 2011

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    Here’s What’s Happening in Our Schools
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    Salt Brook School Recognized as a 2011 National School of Character
    Congratulations to Salt Brook School for being 1 of 44 schools nationally recognized by the Character Education Partnership (CEP) as a 2011 National School of Character. National winners were selected because they meet the standards of excellence established by the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education and the strength of their outstanding work in encouraging the ethical, social, and academic growth of their students through effective character education. Being named a National School of Character, as well as a New Jersey State School of Character, means that Salt Brook School is now a model for other schools across the nation. For more information on this achievement, please see the press release.

    High School Musicians Perform at Disney World and Universal Studios
    During the Spring Break, two-hundred-fifty-eight high school musicians represented New Providence with pride as they performed for the crowds at Disney World and Universal Studios. The orchestra and concert choir performed waterside at Downtown Disney, the marching band took to Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom, and the jazz choir sang at Islands of Adventure. Click the link to see some great photos!

    Art Students Win Awards
    In April many NPHS art students were represented at "The Congressional Art Show" held at Merck Pharmaceuticals in Kenilworth. One participant became the first New Providence student, and one of very few in the history of the show, to receive one of the four Congressional Award two years in a row.

    Three New Providence senior art students recently entered works in the annual "Clay in Mind" juried high school show of ceramics, held at Burlington High School in Burlington, NJ. All three students were finalists at the event, with two students receiving first place awards in their categories.

    Two NPHS artists will soon be honored at the Morris Museum in Morristown. These students had works selected for inclusion in the Morris Museum's "Fresh Perspectives," a high school juried art show.

    Middle School Student Services Club Donates Time and Raises Funds
    This spring the MS Student Services donated their time to local senior citizens by helping with their spring cleanup, raking, and yard cleaning. In May, the Club held a car wash and raised over $300.00. The proceeds will be donated to both the Breast Cancer Awareness, Susan G. Komen, Jean Criss fund race team and to Semper Fi.

    AWR Students Raise Funds For Japan Relief and Autism Awareness
    In a fundraising effort for the Japan Relief Fund, AWR students worked with an outside organization who agreed to donate $2 for every paper origami crane the students made. The students were able to make over 1,800 cranes and raise over $3,600.

    The AWR 5th Grade Student Council teamed up with a Salt Brook 5th grade student for a fundraising drive to benefit the Drive For Autism Foundation. Selling lanyards and wristbands, the students of AWR raised $790 during the three-day fundraising event.

    NPHS Technology Students Recognized
    A team of five high school technology students recently won recognition for best documentation of their Notebook in the Thomas Edison Design Challenge at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The team received solar panels, hydrogen cells, and wind turbines from NJIT to design and engineer a practical solution to a problem that uses alternate energy.

    In April two New Providence students won first place at the New Jersey Technology Student Association’s annual High School Conference. The team bridged three curricula in the Manufacturing Prototype competition, solving the challenges of designing, documenting, illustrating, constructing, and packaging a product.
     
    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!
     
    New Providence Hosts French, Japanese, and Spanish Students
    In March, NPHS welcomed twenty students and two teachers from Lycee Corneille, Rouen, France. The French students spent time with their host families exploring the local area, eating, shopping, bowling and visited the beach and New York City. The students also attended lessons at the high school for two days.

    Recently over thirty Japanese students from our sister school, Koshi High School, Fukui, Japan visited New Providence. Their visit was part of the Annual Science Exchange in which Koshi and New Providence interact and collaborate in a number of science fields. The Japanese students presented their data and observations from a variety of research projects conducted in Japan, and New Providence students shared their recent designs from the Science Olympiad competitions.

    In April, New Providence welcomed twelve students from La Hoya, Spain. The students spent eleven days visiting New York City including the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty and going to Yankee, Knicks and Nets games.

    New Providence Delegates Travel to Trenton
    In April, fourteen New Providence students attended the annual Youth and Government conference at the State House in Trenton, New Jersey. This year New Providence sent four officers, elected at last year’s conference, and a number of delegates. Three delegates had bills passed and two more New Providence students were elected to be officers next year.

    Union County Recognizes New Providence Students as Scholar-Athletes
    The 2011 Union County scholar-athlete dinner was held in May at The Westwood in Garwood. Two New Providence athletes were recognized as scholar-athletes and were joined by New Providence High School Coaches, Frank Bottone, Vincent Carangelo, Corey Arnold and Kevin Kelly and Athletic Director, Rob Harmer. The athletes will receive a $1000 scholarship to their school.

    A New Providence senior female swimmer received a $1,000 scholarship from the NJSIAA at their annual scholar-athlete luncheon held at the Pines Manor in Robbinsville in May.
     
    Keep the Date! -- Events coming in May and June
     
    Tuesday, May 31 – NP Middle School Spring Concert
    Monday, June 6 – Salt Brook and AWR Strings Concert
    Tuesday, June 7 – AWR Band Concert
    Wednesday, June 8 – Salt Brook Band Concert
    Friday, June 10 – Carnival Day
    Friday, June 10 – Salt Brook School of Character Event
    Tuesday, June 14 – Spring Sports Awards
     
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Last Modified on June 24, 2011