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September School Highlights
Academy of Allied Health & Biomedical Sciences
Ninth grade orientation was held August 19th-22nd from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Students worked with senior mentors, attended introductory lessons with teachers, and received an overview of the school from Katie Elko, guidance counselor. Ninth grade parents attended an orientation on August 22nd and received parent packets and information from Ms. Elko and Lisa Ferrier, guidance counselor.
Students organized public service announcements read over the morning PA for Suicide Prevention Month, National Hispanic Heritage Month, and Academy tips for success.
Twenty-two freshmen are running for Ninth Grade Class Council. Elections will be held
Senior Melanie Quindes was selected by the College Board as a College Board Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition program. She scored in the top 2.5% of all Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers.
Akul Umamageswaran, Divya Konduru, and Neel Panchwagh were selected as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. They are among 16,000 students around the nation to earn this honor. Seventeen seniors were awarded Commended Scholar status from the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Senior Yukti Ummaneni and sophomore Isabella Bielinski each received an Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Future Physicians for their participation in the 2019 Congress of Future Medical Leaders. Each student was commended for academic success, leadership, and the desire to serve humanity through medical pursuits.
Students organized a calm and peaceful Climate Strike walk around the school on September 20th in solidarity with the walkouts around the world calling for action on climate change.
The junior varsity soccer team is undefeated.
Academy for Science, Mathematics, & Engineering Technologies
On July 3rd, 26 Chinese educators visited the Academy. The teachers/leaders of No. 6 Middle School in Wuhan were interested in programming, career majors, clubs, teacher evaluations, daily schedule, but mostly students' successes on SAT and AP and in competitions.
Class of 2023 Orientation: Big thanks to our peer mentors, Mr. Fernandez, Ms. Oakley, Mr. Smith, Mr. Ocker and Mr. Mosaad for making the day great. Workshops, schedules, lockers, a fire drill, pizza party, volleyball, soccer, football, IDs and a parent meeting.
Congrats to nurse Rosemary Simmons for being nominated as a 2019-2020 Life Changer of the Year.
Congratulations to National Merit Scholarship Program's semifinalists: Jason Li, Sharanya Pogaku, Avinash Kumar and Meher Hingorani.
Students receiving Commended Status by National Merit Scholar Program: Danielle, Varsini, Joe, Asmita, Aashita, Manas, Aditya, Urmi, Kumud, Ethan, Catherine, Dhruv, Pramod, Pranav, Nandana, Roshan, Divya, Megan, Janice, Ryan, Rocco, Aditya, both Ria V’s, Sean, Thomas, Serena.
Congratulations Catherine Mathews and Thomas Weatherbee, who were selected as Students of the Month for September. Big thank you to Edison Rotary for celebrating our students.
2019 Club Faire: Club leaders presented on their organizations' mission, trips, events, fundraising and membership for each grade level in the school.
NHS Welcome Back BBQ: Big thanks to our National Honor Society members, Ms. Simmons, Mr. Ocker and our faculty for helping to make the BBQ run so smoothly.
The Cybersecurity Team invited representatives from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association and New Jersey Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness to speak about cybersecurity and the many career paths that will be available in the future.
East Brunswick Campus
Ten short films by students have been accepted at the 2019 All American High School Film Festival, having been selected from more than 2,000 submissions from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. The selected films by MCVTS students are: drama, “After Dark" by Isaiah Gomez, a 2019 graduate from Perth Amboy; documentary, "The Art Coach" by Michael Garlatti, a 2019 graduate from Edison; experimental, "Royal -- Luminosity" by Amanda Clark, a 2019 graduate from North Brunswick, and "Slip From Memory" and "Phosphorescence" by Emily Arce, a 2019 graduate from South River; horror/sci-fi, fantasy, "Questborne" by Frank Gravagna, a 2019 graduate from Sayreville, "Remnant" by Jonny Vorreas of Edison and Noah Perez of South River, both 2019 graduates, and "Iterum" by Melia Velez, a 2019 graduate from Woodbridge; music video, "Feel Like" by Noah Perez, a 2019 graduate from South River, and "Judas" by Aviel Bolesa, a senior from Woodbridge.
In addition to the above, a photo by Melia Velez, a 2019 graduate from Mr. Libitz’s Digital Film program, was selected for Photog Fest, held in conjunction with the All American High School Film Festival at the Chelsea Neighborhood Art Gallery in New York. Her “Ribbit” won third place in the landscape category. It was one of 111 photos to be recognized out of more than 6,000 entries.
On September 25th, News12 New Jersey visited the East Brunswick Campus to do a live broadcast and spotlight featuring our courtyard project. This project has been ongoing since last school year led by the Building Services program, in collaboration with Agriscience Technology, Carpentry, Machine Tool Technology, and Architecture Technology programs.
Mr. Tiedemann and his Multimedia, Art, and Digital Design students attended the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on September 20th.
Student volunteers from the National Technical Honor Society and SkillsUSA club assisted in making parents’ night on September 26th a success.
Mr. Mercadante started instructing his Pre-Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing students on Lean Six Sigma techniques. Students are on track to be certified as Yellow Belts.
Ms. Alston and her Student Council members successfully held their first fundraiser on September 26th.
East Brunswick School of Career Development
The 2019-2020 school year began great with all of our ninth graders and returning students eager to start a new year. Prior to the beginning of the year, both East Brunswick and EBCD threw a “Freshmen Kickoff” to welcome new students. Activities included games, food, and giveaways. The students appreciated the event and being given a positive introduction to a new school.
On September 3rd, Mr. Vincentty hosted “The Games” in the cafeteria in the late morning as a fun activity to break the ice with staff. During this time, there were games where teachers and administrators were timed to compete in activities such as bounce a Ping-Pong ball into a bucket on their head, unravel a roll of toilet paper, and put on large T-shirt filled with balloons. The staff had a lot of fun with this and it also built a spirit of teamwork.
Perth Amboy Campus
Carpentry students were given a commemoration award by the Perth Amboy Fire Department in recognition of the construction of five training devices used in their Fire Academy. The carpentry students were given plans and materials by Firefighter Javier Cruz and built two crawl-through structures, a crawl-under structure, a mock sprinkler structure and a practice wall to be used in training new firefighters.
On Sept. 26, Felician University representative Faith Banca visited and presented the majors available at the university to our 11th- and 12th-grade students.
Parents’ Night was a success with a large parent turnout, showcased by our new Culinary Arts instructor Chef Antonia Mastrella.
Supermarket Careers shop received its first delivery from ShopRite foods on Sept. 25. The students unloaded the products we ordered off a ShopRite tractor-trailer and began to restock our store for the 2019-2020 school year. On Sept. 26, students were joined by Mr. David Johnson, Director of Personnel, who rolled up his sleeves and worked side by side with students, to get the store stocked. Both the students and Mr. Johnson had a great experience working together.
It was a busy month at the Piscataway Campus for the Social Studies Department. The First Amendment and the Nineteenth Amendment were celebrated this month. For Constitution Day there were information scavenger hunts, discussions on free speech and some classes created their own constitutions. As our country celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, Ms. Brzozowski helped with getting our students involved with her wonderful display on the history of women’s right to vote.
The Piscataway Campus held its annual Club Fair on Sept. 26. This informational fair was well attended by all the students during their lunch periods.