The following highlights are submitted by Irene Policastro, the Secretary to Superintendent John J. Marciante of the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District.
Taylor Mills School students celebrated a number of nationally recognized weeks during the month of October. This included the Week of Respect (Oct 1-5), Fire Safety & Prevention Week (Oct 8-12), and Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 22-26) which were all marked by special morning announcements encouraging children to live by the message of the week.
During our Week of Respect, our slogan was “Kicking off a Year of Respect With a Week of Activities.” In addition to daily announcements and positive reminders, all students created a “helping hand” in art class. All of the hands were proudly displayed in our front hallway to remind our students of the “Power of the Paw” on a daily basis. Posters displaying the “Power of the Paw” message were displayed throughout the building. The purpose of this activity was to create a visual reminder for students that we use our hands (paws) as well as our words to be helpful, respectful, safe, and kind. THAT is the “power” we ALL have in our “paws.”
During the week, students were also invited to participate in activities that revolved around the characteristics of heroes. Taking it a step further, students were asked to use those characteristics to BE someone’s hero. Our objective during the week was simply to have children practice the many ways that they can make a difference and be respectful and kind on a daily basis.
To commemorate Fire Safety & Prevention Week, our 5th grade students were given a special opportunity to rotate through the traveling Fire Safety Trailer and learn important information from our local volunteers compliments of our friends at the Gordons Corner Fire Company. On October 4, students in 1st grade participated in the Seek 9-1-1 Program, a workshop designed to help children to respond properly to emergency situations.
Student Government class representatives were chosen during the week of October 8. Unfortunately, our first scheduled meeting was postponed by SuperStorm Sandy. However, the Government will meet in an “emergency session” this week to discuss how our students will help those who were affected by the storm. We also began working on our Officer Elections and the Inauguration Ceremonies to take place in later in the year.