The following highlights are submitted by Irene Policastro, the Secretary to Superintendent John J. Marciante of the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District.
Read Across America
kicked off the month of March with our Read Across America celebration spanning two days. On March 1st, the 1st graders were treated to a special visit from the Cat in the Hat while Captain Marsala read the book of the same name. The look on the students’ faces when the Cat entered the room was priceless! On March 2nd, Mrs. Joan Brady, our media specialist, created a wonderful school- wide assembly in conjunction with several of our teachers. The school-wide celebration consisted of student readers and special guest readers including former teacher, Mrs. Leah Rosenberg. In addition, Mrs. Newell, our music teacher, led our 3rd graders as they delighted the audience with their spectacular interpretations of several selections from “Seussical the Musical.” On March 21 & 22, our talented students performed in the “Taylor Mills Talent Show.” Students in all grade levels sang, danced, joked, tumbled, and karate chopped their way into the hearts of the audience. All proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit our local Samaritan Center, proving that even our youngest students can use their talents to make a difference in their world.
On March 30th, our second graders experienced the wonder that is Immigration Day! From the long periods of wait time, to the quarantined passengers, to the customs officials, to the various other “agents” placed around the room, and onto the feast and all of the activities that surround this day, the staff worked collectively with their colleagues to make it all come together in a seemingly flawless fashion. With a focus on personal cultural heritage, this is a day that our students will remember for a long time!
Our largest school-wide event this month was our fabulous Art Week hosted by Mrs. Schafler (and lasting well more than a week). Each year, Mrs. Schafler selects an artist for our students to study and emulate through their own interpretation of his/her work. This year, Mrs. Schafler ambitiously chose SIX artists to focus on. Students spent a good part of this year preparing several pieces while learning the fundamentals of art. For the culminating Art Week, each students’ work was displayed on a bulletin board within the building. Mrs. Schafler conducted her daily lessons in the front foyer amid huge art replications graciously provided by our PTA. Students rotated through the stations creating different pieces in the style of the selected artists and learning new information to incorporate into their own style. It was an amazing week! Even Mike Venezia (the artist who created the display) wrote to our students to encourage their talents. What a tribute to Mrs. Schafler’s dedication to her craft and to her students!
At Taylor Mills, Character Education is not a one time event; it is a part of our daily routine. As we do every month, one student in each class was selected by his/her teacher for consistently displaying noteworthy character. In addition, each and every day new students were heralded on Taylor Mills TV for their “Bucket Filling” ways during morning announcements. In addition, our daily “Words of Wisdom” helped us to remind students of the many character traits we have celebrated throughout the year. Beginning each day with positive quotes and rewarding our student role models certainly helps us maintain a positive climate within our building from the moment we enter through the doors.