February School Highlights
John Jeffries, Principal
March 14, 2022
- Model UN – On the weekend of January 27-30, 18 students from Edison Academy attended the 38th Annual Ivy League Model United Nations Conference in Philadelphia. This is one of the largest, most prestigious high school Model UN conferences in the world, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Model UN Team. Throughout the conference, students represented various nations in committees dealing with pressing international issues, ranging from cultural conflicts in South America to health coverage in developing nations. Seven of the students from our delegation received awards for commendable performance within their respective committees.
- Twenty-One Years – On Monday, January 31st we held a schoolwide virtual retirement celebration for Mr. Enzo Paterno during Block 4. We heard from numerous alumni who were taught by Mr. Paterno during his 21 years working at the Academy.
- Gold Award – Ninth grader Sanjay Ravishankar received the President's Gold Volunteer Service Award in recognition of his 100-plus hours of service. As a SEWA International LEAD, he participated in many community service activities such as cooking food for homeless shelters, conducting food drives, collecting coats and jackets for the needy, a Diwali food drive, helping to host events, newsletter preparation, tutoring service, fundraising projects through art lessons, tree planting, gardening, and his work at a summer camp. Sanjay is so proud to be serving his community with these activities during free time and is continuing it for this year too.
- Game Night – Edison Academy's eSports Team hosted a Game Night and it was a major success! Huge thanks to Jason Chen, Justin Lee and the rest of the eSports members for all their hard work to make this event so much fun. Football in the afternoon, table tennis, spike ball, video games, board games, card games, pizza, snacks, soda, and hot chocolate.
- Stock Market – Congratulations to Rahul Jain, Divy Shah, Anas Owais, Pranjay Kumar, and Rithvik Pogaku for winning first place in the state in FBLA-PBL’s Stock Market Game. Two-hundred forty-five teams competed. The second-place team (Bhargav Maturi, Esha Venkatanarayan, Keya Desai, and Aashritha Kandagatla) also came from the Edison Academy. Teams were given a large sum of money to trade over four months, with the goal being to generate the highest returns. Rahul Jain states, “I remember the excitement we shared as we checked up on our trades between classes. We learned what emotional intelligence truly means.” Another member of the team, Divy Shah, added, “We learned a lot about stock analysis and finding effective stocks to buy and sell based on our time frame." The team's general strategy: "Using a stock screener, we targeted volatile stocks with a price range of $4 to $25 and looked for reversal patterns such as wedges, head and shoulders, etc., to predict turning points in bullish/bearish trends. The rest of our decisions relied on the concept of “Risk vs. Reward.”
- Challenge – Engineering Week 2022 began with an Engineering Challenge to build a chair that has 8-inch legs, a seat and a back, which holds the most amount of weight relative to its own mass. Students were given as much newspaper as they wanted and a strip of tape. Overall winner was the 10th-grade team, who met the requirements and held 19 books.
Guest Speakers spoke with all four classes in Middlesex College's Billy Johnson Hall.
Demetrios Gianniris, associate principal and head of operations and technology for MG Engineering, and his colleagues Abeo Williams, building information modeling manager, and Ana Arroyo, head of HR, and Priyanka Mirchandani, senior software engineer at Bloomberg, spoke with our students in person. Anna Dedon, civil engineer, and Benjamin Valenta, mechanical engineer at Hatch Engineering, spoke with them remotely. The guest speakers presented on Computer Science, Women in Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Consulting Engineering, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Civil Engineering.
Perth Amboy Campus
Brian Bilal, Principal
March 14, 2022
- Coat Drive - Students and staff participated in a month-long Coat Drive. Hosted by the Interact Club, it asked for gently used winter coats for men, women and children. The response went over very well. The collaboration included churches, police stations, schools and other organizations that collect coats throughout the county and deliver them to central locations as well as local shelters.
- Awareness - Students participated in the Violence Awareness Prevention Month Dating Violence Program on February 10th and throughout the month of February. Students were encouraged to speak up and speak out when in both crisis and noncrisis situations. The program also focuses on talking with teens about healthy relationships and raising the awareness about teen dating violence.
- Donation - Members of the Interact Club donated Valentine paper hearts with warm inspirational messages to local nursing homes and assisted living centers.
- Open House - An Open House was held February 5th. The open house was well attended.
- Dressed Up - The school dance, held on February 18, was attended by approximately half of the student population. The students were all dressed to impress, and the night went off without any issues; a good time was had by all.
Nicole Slade, Principal
March 14, 2022
- Universal Amusement Parks - Mr. Foli’s Welding shop and Mr. Minnella’s CADD shop had a Zoom meeting with a production designer from Universal Amusement Parks in Japan. Students asked pertinent questions and received informative answers on potential career pathways and the design and fabrication process. The experience was enjoyed by all.
- We Are Open - Ms. Mastrella’s Culinary shop has had a full month of great excitement. We resumed serving lunch to the faculty and staff, joining forces with the Food Service shop, led by our newest culinary instructor, Chef Rios, and his students. We offered takeout lunches, which provided students with a great hands-on industry learning experience.
- Culinary - Ms. Mastrella’s Culinary senior students are excited to be receiving college acceptance letters, especially to the Culinary Institute of America, Johnson and Wales, and Walnut Nut Hill College. Our seniors have also been hard at work practicing chicken-butchering skills, cooking methods, and the classical mother sauces in preparation for their NOCTI exam and the Skills USA competition.
- NJ 101.5 - On February 24th Ms. Lombardo was invited through the New Jersey School Counseling Association to participate as a panelist on an NJ 101.5 Town Hall broadcast with Eric Scott. The discussion was on alternatives to a traditional four-year degree and the shortage of skilled labor. Ms. Lombardo had the opportunity to represent the NJSCA and the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools, sharing the opportunities and benefits of a Career and Technical Education Program.
- Arts - Ms. Roy’s Graphic Arts students celebrated Black History Month by creating and displaying their art projects of their favorite black historians.
East Brunswick Campus
Michael Cappiello, Principal
March 14, 2022
- Winter Dance - Our Dance students, led by instructor Cleo Mack, in collaboration with Mrs. Anello’s Arts Technology students successfully performed their Winter Dance Show at Middlesex College on February 9th and 10th. With a short turnaround time, the same programs conducted their Dance Student Choreography Show at Middlesex College on February 23rd and 24th.
- Spirit Week - Our Agriscience Technology program, led by their instructor, Kylie Naylor, participated in the National FFA Spirit Week from February 22nd to 25th. Student spirit-themed dress days were organized and communicated to students and staff.
- Tech Expo - The East Brunswick Campus successfully held its 2022 Tech Expo on February 23rd. This year’s theme was based on alumni and career pathways. The first-place winner was Architecture Technology, followed by our second-place winner, Pre-Engineering and Manufacturing, and third-place winner, Culinary Arts and Digital Film
- Much Ado About Nothing - Congratulations to Cheyenne Busch, Darrion Brown and Joseph McKenzie for being cast in the leading roles in Shakespeare’s classic tale, “Much Ado About Nothing” at the reputable Two River Theater, in Red Bank. This is a phenomenal accomplishment and a testament to the comprehensive curriculum being offered through our MCVTS Theatre Arts Program, in which all three actors have grown so much as artists. It is through their study, performance and exposure to a wide range of dramatic literature, including the Bard, that this was made possible. Mr. Homer is truly proud of their accomplishments and excited for their ongoing journey in theater and the performing arts arena.
Robert Fuller, Principal
March 14, 2022
- Kids Who Make Magic - Woodbridge Academy 9th grade student Shreya Dutt was recently named as a finalist in the Kids Who Make Magic contest run by Magic 98.3 radio for her volunteer work at the East Brunswick Public Library (EBPL). She hosts educational workshops where younger children can learn about different science-related topics. Kids Who Make Magic is a contest run by Magic 98.3 and sponsored by Saint Peter’s University Hospital. It highlights and recognizes local youth for community-oriented accomplishments on a weekly basis.
- National Merit - The Woodbridge Academy is proud to announce that we have 3 finalists for the National Merit Scholarship Award: