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Clark Mills School February Highlights

Students learned about the constellations in STARLAB, how to safely surf the internet, jump roped for the heart, and celebrated Peace Week.

The following highlights are submitted by Irene Policastro, the Secretary to Superintendent John J. Marciante of the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District.

STARLAB
The STARLAB was used as part of a third grade curriculum-based activity on February 22nd and February 23, 2012. The lead teachers for our STARLAB activities were Leigh Pisano and Stefanie Campo. They conducted lessons about the Earth’s rotation and revolution and taught the students about constellations. Many thanks to Leigh and Stefanie for their continued support of our curriculum and forproviding our students with such a wonderful hands-on experience!

Outstanding Educators
Several members of the Clark Mills staff were recently recognized for their achievements in education. We would like to congratulate Mrs. Heidi Lombardo for receiving the Teacher of the Year Award for . We would also like to congratulate Mrs. Donna Cornetto, lunch and safety assistant for Clark Mills, for being named the 2011-2012 Support Member of the Year. In addition,
congratulations to Ms. Jill Schefkind for being selected as one of the 27 winners of the WRAT 95.9, Teachers Who Rock. Ms. Schefkind was nominated by one of her colleagues. All of these teachers are dedicated staff members and very deserving of their respective awards!

Safe Surfing Assembly
On Wednesday, February 22, 2012, Detective Richard Bruccoliere from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office visited Clark Mills school and presented an assembly about bullying and safe surfing of the Internet to our fifth graders. Detective Bruccoliere discussed safety precautions and the dangers involved with the Internet. We appreciate Detective Bruccoliere taking the time to come speak with our fifth graders on this serious topic!

Peace Week
During the week of February 6th- 10th, Clark Mills School celebrated Peace Week. Mrs. Cavanagh, our school counselor, planned and coordinated all of the events. She made morning announcements about the character traits, set-up Peace Pals between the staff, and even offered some peace offerings in the
office…yummy treats!

The students created peace poems and many of them read them over the PA system. Each class came up with their wish for peace and designed a heart for the Peace TREE-ty. Classes were directed to the website www.values.com to view the brief video segments and discuss using the “Say Something” strategy. Fourth and fifth grade classes met with Mrs. Cavanagh, and she read them the book ONE. In conclusion, each student came up with his/her wish for peace and sent it into the universe during our Wish for Peace Bubble Celebration. What a positive experience for all involved!

Jump Rope For Heart
Mrs. Douglas and Mrs. Byrnes, our physical education teachers, planned and conducted a Jump Rope for Heart celebration on Friday, February 24, 2012, for our 4th and 5th graders in coordination with the American Heart Association. Our fourth and fifth graders raised almost $4,800 for The American Heart Association! The students also participated in a variety of stations such as the Long Jump, Chinese Jump Rope, High Jump, DDR and Hula Hoops, to name a few. This was a wonderful culminating activity where our students showcased what they’ve learned in physical education class. What a great way for our teachers to promote a healthy lifestyle!

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