Pine Brook School March Highlights

Students displayed their talents in a show and advanced in the State National History Day Competition.

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

Annual Pine Brook Talent Show

Under the direction of Miss Singer, the Annual Talent Show was held on March 1st with 12 amazing acts performing. Students were treated to acts ranging from dance routines, to amazing pianists, and ending with an outstanding rendition of a popular Adele song. All students made Pine Brook proud and should be congratulated on their commitment and dedication to their specific talents. A big thanks also goes to our stage crew who made the show run flawless.

Pine Brook PTA Hosts Movie Night

The PTA held a movie night that was attending by over 100 students on Friday, March 9th. The students watched Adam Sandler in Jack & Jill on the big screen in the All Purpose Room. Students had snacks, drinks, and enjoyed a wonderful evening with their friends.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Pine Brook held our annual Spring Conferences from March 14-16th. This is always a great opportunity to complete the extremely important home-school connection. Parents were able to call in and schedule the conferences under a new revised format that minimize frustration and allowed all interested parents to schedule a time convenient to their schedule.

PTA Meeting

The PTA approved funding new TV Studio cameras and Teleprompters for the PBTV Channel 8 studio. These state of the art devices have allowed our TV station to go to the next level with our daily productions. The PTA has also committed to funding a large 12x16 Greenhouse to be added to our Outdoor Learning Environment. This will allow us to start our fruits and vegetables from seed, transplant them to our garden beds, and then donate the “fruits of our labor” to the Samaritan Center to help our local families.

Pine Brook Students Advance to State National History Day Competition

On Saturday, March 24, Pine Brook students competed in the Southern Regional New Jersey History Day Competition at Rider University. Under the guidance of Pine Brook National History Day Advisor, Ms. Jill Podel, students created websites, performances and exhibits on topics that related to the 2012 National History Day theme "Revolution, Reaction, and Reform in History."

Congratulations to the following students from Pine Brook who will advance to the State Level for National History Day on May 5th at William Paterson University:

Individual Websites:

  • Ellie Gabriel --"Immigration in the 1800's and 1900's: Gateway to the USA" Brian Arzola--"The Legacy of the Machine Gun"
  • Lauren Spiezia--"The British Invasion"
  • Rebecca Guilfoyle--"The Triangle Fire: A Day that Changed the Way We Work"

Individual Exhibits:

  • Frank Caruti-- "Battle of Thermopylae: The Last Stand of the 300"
  • Hannah Eiger--"Alert for Allergies"
  • Henry Fidlow--"Revolution of 1800: An Election that Changed the United States"
  • Ralph DePalma--"Greenwich Tea Party: Burning British Rule"
  • Aheli Chatterjee--"Buddha: Peacefully Reforming Religion..One Country at a Time"
  • Brianna Shelton--"The Battle at Monmouth"


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