The following highlights are submitted by Irene Policastro, the Secretary to Superintendent John J. Marciante of the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District.
Team Building Activities
The beginning of the school year is a fun, exciting, and nervous time for our new 6th grade students. At the end of September and the beginning of October, the Physical Education teachers worked with their classes on team building utilizing the MULC (multi-use low course) in the rear of the building. Students were given an opportunity to learn more about their classmates and to work of trust activities to help create a better sense of community at Pine Brook School.
Parent-teacher conferences were held at the beginning of the month with parents calling in to schedule the conferences. We consider ourselves fortunate to have had such a high interest and attendance rate at conferences and look forward to continuing a positive home-school relationship the parents/guardians throughout the year.
Week of Respect
Pine Brook celebrated the Week of Respect with numerous activities taking place amongst the teams and then with school-wide activities. All students participated in a “Respect Poster Contest” and their homeroom teachers picked the top 3. From there the administration selected winners from each team and they were awarded with a bagel breakfast provided by the PTA. Within the building signs with the same saying were hung from the hallway ceilings and each day during the week another sign was added explaining another way to show respect.
Violence and Vandalism Awareness Week
Each morning on PBTV recorded announcements of Patrolman Dessel from the Manalapan Township Police Department were aired speaking about how to treat others and your surroundings. Patrolman Dessel challenged the students to live up to a very high personal standard each and every day.
Thanks to our amazing PTA, a Halloween Social was held at MEMS. The Social was a tremendous success, attended by over 300 Pine Brook students. Prizes were given out to many students for their outstanding, funny, and creative costumes.
Student Council Elections
Our annual Student Council Elections took place after actual Election Day due to the Hurricane. Students campaigned by hanging signs throughout the building and recorded their campaign speeches on PBTV. The speeches were then played throughout the day and students voted for their top candidates.
Pine Brook celebrated American Education by holding two days of Parent Visitations on November 14th and 15th. The parents enjoyed seeing our staff at work and their children actively engaged in the learning process.
Led by our Student Council, our staff and students came together as a community to provide 24 Thanksgiving meals to those less fortunate within our District. The support shown by our staff and students was a prime example of the high level of community demonstrated on a daily basis at Pine Brook.