East Brunswick Campus
Michael Cappiello, Principal
November 22, 2021
- Theatre Arts – Students from Theatre Arts performed on Oct. 8 for an audience of 75. The performance was one of three cabaret-style presentations we are calling “Salons.” The next two Salons will be on Dec. 17 and March 4.
- Future Farmers of America -- Our FFA Chapter will be sending two teams, Forestry and Fruit and Vegetable to the Fall Career Development Event hosted at Rutgers. The teams have already begun to prepare for the upcoming competition. The EB Tech FFA Chapter is currently selling Fall Bulbs for our October Fundraiser; there are fliers posted around the school building. The National FFA Convention is Oct. 27-30; we will be participating in the virtual activities again this year since they are offering a hybrid format. Our FFA Chapter has a goal to attend the 2022 National FFA Convention in person.
- Paid Internships -- Arts Technology will be collaborating with the Stage Hands Union and Twin River Theatre for paid internships facilitated by the pre-apprenticeship PACE grant. Mr. Mark Mastrolia, our CVE coordinator, is spearheading this opportunity with Ms. Lea Anello, our Arts Technology instructor.
- Open House -- The East Brunswick Campus successfully held their first in-person Open House in two years. Approximately 275 guests attended.
- ASVAB -- The ASVAB will be administered to all senior students in need of a graduation assessment requirement on Oct. 22.
- Sports -- The Tigers cross country team competed in the New Jersey Technical Athletic Conference Championship. Medals were earned by Isabella Marquez, Milan Overton, and Clover Long for placing in the top 25 of female runners. Isabella received a trophy for first-place runner in her race. Coaches Williams and Gordon are very proud of all the runners who participated.
- Diversity In Food -- The Social and Cultural Diversity Club with advisor Mr. Louis Horowitz held their first in-person meeting. They will be organizing a “Diversity in Food” fundraiser to bring awareness to the club.
East Brunswick Career Development Campus
Robert Feldman, Principal
November 22, 2021
- Sustainable Jersey -- The East Brunswick Campus recently renewed bronze status and was awarded an updated placard from Sustainable Jersey, good for 2021-2024. Their mission is to empower New Jersey communities to build a better world for future generations with the tools, training and financial incentives necessary to pursue critical sustainability initiatives. EBCD English teacher Zach Levine led the charge for the past two years to get us to this status. Bronze status is awarded based on a point system that Sustainable Jersey uses to reach different levels. One important project that helped us obtain the award was the beautification of our courtyard. However, it was a collaborative effort with teachers from both EB and EBCD, as well as the students and administration. We plan to keep moving forward with sustainability and hope to receive Silver status in 2022.
- Courtyard Project -- After long delays due to Covid-19 protocols and material shortages, the Building Services shop has finally been able to complete the last phase of the Courtyard Project, the building and installing of a pergola. The footings for the pergola were put in over two years ago. The structure measures 16 feet by 12 feet, and was constructed using the timber frame style of joinery, which means it was put together like an old-time barn using mortise and tenon joints with oak pegs; no metal fastenings were used. The Building Services class would also like to thank Mr. Kapcsos, and his carpentry class, who lent their muscle to our "barn-raising.”
John Jeffries, Principal
November 22, 2021
- The Academy Education Foundation hosted "Coffee with the Principal" for all Academy parents and guardians. It was a very informal informative session for all grade parents. They all got to meet Mr. Jeffries, Mr. Mosaad, Mr. Fernandez, Ms. Simmons, Ms. DaSilva, and our interim superintendent.
- Hispanic Heritage Month -- Students in Sr. Ocker’s Spanish I through AP prepared arepas, a traditional corn cake in Colombia and Venezuela, to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!
- Community Sustainability Challenge Scholarship Program -- Three Edison Academy alumni, Sruthi Suresh '21, Shweta Iyer '21, and Purva Bommireddy '21 won third place in the Community Sustainability Challenge Scholarship Program. These three students were among 250 across the state who joined Solar Landscape’s “Green Ambassador Program.” This program was designed to educate students about our energy industry and the innovative green technology and legislation that is driving its growth. Upon completion of the program, the students were eligible to submit a project for the scholarship challenge. The judges were very impressed with their quality of work and their ability to do research resulting in their award of $1,000 each.
- Open House -- The Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies held a virtual Open House on Oct. 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. Principal John Jeffries, Assistant Principal Amro Mosaad, Guidance Counselor Richard Fernandez and senior Ayaan Qayyum participated in the online stream, which was held on YouTube with a Q&A portion. The full Open House can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMtymByYTZA.
- After introductions, a prepared video was shown that highlighted various aspects of the school (academics, engineering, extracurricular, guidance service, how to apply, etc.). As of this post, 913 individuals viewed the virtual Open House with Q&A.
Open House video (https://youtu.be/sg978_be_ms)
- Middlesex College Police Chief Neil Brosnan – The police chief spoke with the students about the role of the police on campus, their response time of under one minute, emergency situations outside of school buildings, and driving/parking tips for our juniors/seniors/parents. Our students viewed a film created by Middlesex College to help train their staff and students for an active shooter situation, and we discussed the new lockdown system that will be installed in our school to comply with Alyssa's Law. In addition, the chief discussed the preparation that was done by his department for the event on Friday when Middlesex College was visited by Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. This program is held each year during School Violence Awareness Week.
Perth Amboy Campus
Brian Bilal, Principal
November 22, 2021
- Guest Speakers -- Nikki Francis from Wellspring Counseling Center, did a presentation for our ninth- and 10th-grade students. The title was: “Can’t We All Just Get Along.” The presentation focused on respect for yourself, others, and property. It also gives students some coping tips to help them when they feel stressed and overwhelmed.
Jay Martinez from the Plainsboro Police Department did a presentation for all our students titled: “Why Vandalism Victimize Us All.” The presentation also included information surrounding Tic-Toc videos asking students to destroy property that does not belong to them or physically harm others for no reason.
- PSAT -- The PSAT was given to all our 10th- and 11th-grade students. This test will prepare students for what to expect on the SAT, as well as give them a pathway for graduation if the necessary score is obtained.
Nicole Slade, Principal
November 22, 2021
- Career Opportunities - Through the coordination of Ms. Lombardo, guidance counselor, Mr. Gent, cooperative education coordinator, and Ms. Grieco, baking instructor, students were given an opportunity to learn about future career opportunities at Chick-Fil-A from a 2015 Piscataway Vo-Tech graduate, Ms. Victoria Luthman, and Mr. William Bridges, owner/operator of the South Plainfield location. Both inspired many of our students and got them excited about learning, working and earning a competitive salary.
- Mannequin Project -- On Oct. 15, Ms. Ciesielski and Ms. Colabella’s Cosmetology students competed in the annual Autumn Mannequin Project. Students were awarded certificates for most creative mannequin depicting either a Halloween character or an autumn princess. Mannequins are showcased in the front hallway for all to enjoy.
- Culinary -- Mr. Diemer’s Culinary Assisting and Food Employ (C.A.F.E.) students are continuing to work on new recipes as the program continues to expand its food services. The seniors and sophomores are working on setting up the store for our grand reopening next month. Freshman students have come up with some very creative structures for our team-building activities.
- Hispanic Heritage Month -- In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Ms. Byszynski’s Spanish II students researched influential Hispanic painters and developed a Google Slides presentation. Students culminated their project by replicating a painting of their selected artist.
- Picture Day – Ms. Ciesielski’s Cosmetology students volunteered to use their skills to enhance the beauty of students for Picture Day. They curled, flat ironed and retouched makeup on some students before photos were taken. Clients and cosmetologists were very happy with the outcome.
Robert Fuller, Principal
November 22, 2021
- Student Publisher - Woodbridge senior, Sonia Muthuraj wrote and published a non-fiction book called The Power of Venus. In it, she details the lives of 20 accomplished women, each with very unique backgrounds. She covers the fields of finance, STEM, the Arts, athletics, and politics. The non-fiction publication is also illustrated by another senior, Ayra Ajay. The illustrations and biographies are powerful and enlightening.
- Finalists - Questbridge a company that matched up low income students with leading institutions of higher learning, has named seniors Aysha Syeda and Alexander Kodak as finalist for 4-year college scholarships.
- Showing Respect - The Culture and Diversity Club along with the Spanish classes wore different colors each day to highlight and raise awareness for different causes and to show their support of and respect for each other. Students also created a school-wide display describing what the word Respect means to them.
- Math League - The Math League took their first competition test in October. And the Woodbridge Academy students scored well with 25 students receiving a 3/6, 11 students received a 4/6, and 6 students scored a 5/6.
- Go Pink - The Interact Club raised $400 for the American Cancer Society’s GO PINK for Breast Cancer campaign.