June School Highlights
Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences
The month of June began with inductions into the National Honor Society (NHS) and Spanish National Honor Society (SNHS). Ten students were accepted into the NHS and nineteen students gained entrance to the SNHS. These students now begin a year of service helping their colleagues and being role models for other members of the school community.
The “Academy Awards” were held at the Woodbridge Campus on June 2nd. Students were recognized for their contributions to the athletic, academic and extracurricular communities of the school. Over 100 students and their families attended a night that shined a spot light on the best that our school has to offer in every area.
The Employer Appreciation Luncheon was held on June 3rd at the Perth Amboy Campus. Students and their mentors were treated to a wonderful meal provided by the students at Perth Amboy while celebrating the completion of their capstone achievements.
The New Jersey Business and Industry Association held its June Innovation subcommittee meeting at the Woodbridge Campus. Representatives from over thirty different businesses, industries and higher education spent the morning hearing about STEM education and how they can become more involved. Assemblywoman Mia Jasey, the chair of the New Jersey General Assembly’s Higher Education Committee was the keynote speaker and was very involved in the discussion. A subsequent panel discussion included representatives from the Woodbridge Campus, Public Service Electric and Gas as well as the New Jersey School Boards Association answered questions. A special thanks to Mr. Haskel Berman, of the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey for allowing us to host this meeting.
End-of-year testing for Project Lead the Way Courses and Rutgers School of Health Related Professions took place at the beginning of June. Students sat for exams that lasted from ninety minutes to over two hours to gain collegiate credit for their course work done on our campus.
Woodbridge Academy held its annual field day on June 8th. Though the weather did not cooperate, students gathered in the gym for an afternoon of games and activities to deter-mine the winner of the Academy cup. The Junior Class of 2017 came out on top as the winners for the 2015-16 school year after a yearlong competition.
Senior Capstone presentations began during the week of June 13th. Throughout the year, seniors as part of their Biomedical Innovations class complete a research project that requires them to work thirty hours outside of school with a healthcare or research professional in a structured learning environment. The final part of this research is a presentation of their findings to outside judges for a grade. This year our distinguished panel of judges included: professors at Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the vice-president of a clinical services company, representatives from HINJ and New Jersey School Boards and the Surgical Director of Cardiac Transplantation at Barnabas Health.
The following seniors were recognized by the judges for their superior work in their capstone presentations:
Roselyn Giordano & Rupali Patel for their presentation on the Correlation of Pre-Physical Therapy, Personality Type, Motivation and Kinesiophoiba Levels
Ayushi Sangoi & Maryam Shaikh for their presentation on the Aptitude Level in Adventurous versus Conventional Students
Pareema Jhaveri & Rebecca Vallaro for their presentation on the Effects of Color Wavelength on Sleep and Reaction Time
Junior Vraj Shah was selected to attend American Legion Boys’ State. This week-long workshop on the organization and structure of New Jersey government provides students an insight on how government actually works and the process in which one can contribute to and effect policy.
Seniors traveled to Rutgers University College Avenue Campus for their School of Health Related Professions Graduation Ceremony on June 9th. After hearing from the dean and the director of the program, seniors Ruchit Patel and Vyvan Nguyen were recognized for their academic excellence over the past four years.
Senior Raphaella Ranjo was recognized by News 12 New Jersey as a scholar athlete. Raphaella was awarded a $1000 scholarship by News 12 and the NJEA at a luncheon held on May 18th.
Senior Ruchit Patel was the Academy’s scholar athlete and was recognized by the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Conference at its annual awards dinner on June 6th. Ruchit was awarded a $1000 scholarship by the NJSIAA for his athletic and academic contributions.
The Academy commencement ceremony was held on June 23rd. The Honorable Ronald Rios, Director of the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Ms. Gail Engel, member of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School Board of Education were in attendance and shared remarks with our sixty-six graduates and invited guests.
Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies
Biology/Chemistry instructor, Dr. Michael Ricketts and school nurse, Rosemary Simmons were recognized as the recipients of Edison Academy’s 2015–2016 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Educators of the Year by the Board of Education on June 8th.
The Academy Education Foundation held its annual “Get Together” picnic on June 12th at Merrill Park in Colonia. This event provided an opportunity for incoming freshmen parents and students to meet with other parents and current students.
Graduation exercises were held for the Class of 2016 on June 23rd. Freeholder Charles Tomaro and Interim Executive County Superintendent, Dr. Laura Morana assisted with the ceremony. Director of Instructional Services, Dr. Deborah Krause and guest speaker Eric Jeney, Class of 2012 were also in attendance.
The Academy Educational Foundation hosted a post-graduation reception in the commons area of the school. Graduates and their families joined together to celebrate their last organized function as the Class of 2016.
Interact Club Advisor Rosemary Simmons, Principal Dr. Russo and several students attended the annual Safety Ambassador’s Luncheon at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center on June 1st.
The Academy’s Red Cross Club sponsored a blood drive on June 7th in conjunction with Community Blood Services of New Jersey. Twenty-five donors participated.
Forty-two seniors presented their senior projects at the Academy’s Annual Senior Show-case on June 2nd. Business partners, college professors and former guidance counselors heard spectacular presentations on various products that ranged from counting parking lot spaces to a device that would alert a parent if their child was accidentally left in a parked car. Superintendent Brian Loughlin, parents, faculty and current students were also in attendance.
East Brunswick Campus
The School of the Arts, Theater Program performed the main stage production of “The Steam Plays.” The STEAM Plays Project is a collection of performances developed and created by students in collaboration with McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton and the theater program of the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. The students spent the school year exploring their sense of identity and creating pieces inspired by and developed with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) tools and ideas. “The Steam Plays” were held June 2nd-4th and June 9th-11th.
The School of the Arts hosted their final auditions for the 2016–2017 school year on June 8th. The candidates were very impressive and we look forward to watching them grow as artists at our school.
The East Brunswick Vocational School Chapter of the FFA hosted their annual convention and induction ceremony on June 7th. Various members from the NJ State FFA chapter attended the event. The event was a huge success which culminated a successful year for the FFA program.
The East Brunswick Campus hosted the annual sports ceremony on June 13th. Coaches presented the student athletes with awards and trophies for athletic excellence and participation.
The East Brunswick Campus held the annual awards ceremony on June 22nd. Numerous awards from various community organizations were given to outstanding students for community service and academic excellence. The following community organizations generously gave awards: India Cultural Association, East Brunswick Garden Club, East Brunswick Women’s Club and the East South River Historical Society. The students who received the awards were grateful and appreciative of their generosity. Awards were also handed out for Best in Shop and Academic Excellence and Leadership.
The East Brunswick Campus held the Class of 2016 Commencement Ceremony on June 23rd. Freeholder Deputy Director Carol Bellante addressed the graduates and Freeholder Blanquita Valenti assisted Ms. Bellante in handing out diplomas. Board of Education President, John, F. Bicsko, Jr., and Superintendent Brian Loughlin were also in attend-ance. Jeffrey Bicsko, Principal and Robert Feldman, Principal of the East Brunswick School of Career Development presented 137 students for graduation.
East Brunswick School of Career Development
In Mr. Delena’s auto services class, students are able to take a test and get ASE certified in nine different areas. Rarely do students pass all parts and if they do not succeed in one area, they can test again the following year. Available certifications include: Maintenance & Light Repair, Heating & Air Conditioning, Manual Drive Train & Axles, Automatic Transmission & Transaxle, Engine Repair, Engine Performance, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Brakes, Suspension & Steering. Senior Kevin Moyleneux recently passed all nine sections!
East Brunswick Tech and the East Brunswick School of Career Development hosted the annual Senior Award Ceremony on June 23rd. Francesca Rodriguez won the Office Personnel Association award and Trayvell Jefferson won the Aramark award.
The East Brunswick Campus combined graduation ceremony was held on June 23rd. The ceremony was beautiful and extremely touching as the Class of 2016 honored classmate Melody Bialkowski, who passed away prior to graduation day. Each of the students wore buttons with Melody’s picture on it. Mr. Feldman presented Melody’s diploma to her father during the ceremony. The class of 2016 donated $500 in Melody’s name to the Make a Wish Foundation.
Perth Amboy Campus
The Perth Amboy Campus hosted the annual Cooperative Vocational Education and Internship Banquet with the Woodbridge Campus on June 3rd. More than 160 people were in attendance to recognize the achievements of our students and to thank the employers and mentors for our students.
The Perth Amboy Campus hosted a luncheon with the Douglas Fisher, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture and The Honorable Wilda Diaz, Mayor of Perth Amboy to celebrate the certification of the culinary arts shop as a green restaurant.
Culinary instructor Stephen Moir and school media specialist Patricia Forsman were recognized as 2015–2016 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Educators of the Year for Perth Amboy Campus.
The Perth Amboy Campus graduated 61 seniors on June 23rd. Freeholder Charles Kenny and Board of Education member Francis R. James presented the diplomas during the ceremony before an enthusiastic audience of family and friends.
The Aquaponics project sponsored by a grant from the NJEA and Sustainable Schools New Jersey was completed and is operational.
Piscataway Campus/Piscataway School of Career Development
Ms. Ciesielski’s morning cosmetology class hosted students from the Commission’s Regional Day School for a “Day of Beauty.” This is the third year our students from Middlesex County Vocational & Technical High School- Piscataway Campus have hosted this event. Principal Brian Bilal, and assistant principal Michael Cappiello welcomed our visitors. Our guests were accompanied by their one-to-one paraprofessionals and teachers. Five guests came in to have manicures, make-up and their hair washed and styled for their prom that evening. Our students, under the guidance of Ms. Ciesielski, prepared their clients for their big event. The transformations were wonderful. The professionalism presented by the freshman and juniors was top notch. The clients were thrilled and the results were amazing!
The Piscataway Campus seniors celebrated their last week of high school with a field trip to Colonial Bowling & Entertainment on June 14th, a breakfast on June 21st and a barbeque on June 22nd. The events provided students an opportunity to spend quality time with their classmates before graduation.
Safety Ambassadors attended a celebratory luncheon at Robert wood Johnson Hospital on June 1st to honor their achievements throughout the year.
Nineteen students attended the Young Men's Conference held at Middlesex County College on June 3rd. The students participated in workshops centered on drug & alcohol prevention, college readiness, relationship goals, and becoming a young man.
The Piscataway Campus recognized student academic and athletic achievements at our annual awards ceremony on June 8th.