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The Messenger Monroe Township Public Schools Williamstown, New Jersey January Visit our web site: www.monroetwp.k12.nj.us 2019 The Monroe Township Public School District, an education team, is dedicated to the development of the potential and uniqueness of the individual student to become effective participants in an evolving, global society, while providing a safe educational environment for students to attain the skills and knowledge specified in the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. Williamstown High School would like to applaud our Chamber Choir for making the Final Round in the B101.1 Christmas Choir Competition! They brought home a $1000 prize that will help grow the program! They have done some great things this year and we look forward to seeing and hearing even more! WHITEHALL SCHOOL RECEIVED MINI-GRANT FROM ALA Whitehall Elementary is a recipient of the 2018 Hour of Code Mini-Grant, awarded from the American Library Association. The grant, which is $500, is to help facilitate a Google CS First Hour of Code activity during Computer Science Education Week. Whitehall plans to host an Hour of Code family event, allowing families to learn code together, during that week. The grant, sponsored by the ALA and Google, is part of a program by libraries to incorporate existing resources as well as adapting for specific school community and library needs. It is also designed to introduce young students to computer science and coding, elements used in the creation of video games and electronics students use so frequently.
SAVING CHRISTMAS The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is by working together! Second graders at Radix saved Christmas as they completed several STEM projects. The students in Mrs. Holman & Miss Behrns' class had to work in teams to create a parachute to help Santa land safely, a tall shelf for an Elf, and construct the tallest Christmas tree with the most decorations. Students had to plan the best way to execute all of these tasks using materials such as coffee filters, string, play-doh, popsicle sticks, and cups. Teamwork was the key to saving Christmas! U-G-L-Y YOU AIN’T GOT NO ALIBI YOUR UGLY! Ugly Sweater Day is always fun especially at WMS when staff and students join in the fun. All staff and 2000 students were eager to participate in the holiday fun including “The UGLY Sweater” contest. Fifth graders enjoyed voting for the ugliest sweater and then watched the movie, “Home Alone” The students had so much fun. This year’s sweaters were amazing with tinsel, lights, presents and lots of colors. Sixth graders enjoyed seeing Mr. Rojas and Mr. Dougherty dressed in their ugly suits for the event. Seventh graders dressed up and enjoyed a breakfast of bagels, cereal, donuts, and cookies.
Oak Knoll Elementary participated in an assembly for Steered Straight. The team presented skits with the focus of “We Are Worth It” emphasizing positive character traits and positive decision making – celebrates each students’ uniqueness and getting along with others!
CREATING THEIR OWN GINGERBREAD HOUSES Third grade students at Oak Knoll School, in Mrs. Hackney's class were provided materials to work with their teammate in order to construct a stur- dy Gingerbread house. Most teams were able to successfully create their house using a bit of trial and error.
SIGHTSEEIING IN THE U.S.A. Students in Mrs. Jones’ third grade class at Whitehall School went on virtual field trips to visit many United States landmarks. They answered questions about the landmarks and used QR codes with iPads to visit each landmark. IT WAS A BLAST! Radix first grade students in Mrs. Jones' class recently celebrated the 50th day of school. Students dressed like boys and girls in the 1950's and spent the day taking part in '50' themed activities. In Math, students created a graph to show how many of them had ever tasted a root beer float. They completed the lesson by making their own root beer floats to enjoy!
MAKING THE SEASON COME ALIVE December was an exciting time for all Holly Glen first graders. Throughout the month, the students learned about holiday traditions from around the world. In addition, the students participated in a wide variety of literacy and math activities centered around Grinch Day, Ugly Sweater Day, and Reindeer Day. However, the most exciting event was Gingerbread Day. On Thursday, December 21, 2018 after reading stories and completing writing activities involving Gingerbread boys and girls, the students created their own gingerbread houses. Parents and community members were invited to assist the students with their gingerbread houses. Students were able to take their houses home to share with family and friends. This was a fun and exciting day for everyone. Third graders in Mrs. Hackney’s class at Oak Knoll participated in an Hour of Code. Every December millions of students around the world celebrate Computer Science Education Week by spending sixty minutes participating in coding activities. The hour of coding began as an introduction to computer science and was meant to shed some clarity on the topic of coding. These activities show students that everybody can learn the basics and hopefully encourage them to participate in the field of computer science. Students enjoyed their time coding and were excited to know they joined 714, 788, 963 other people around the world in their Hour of Code!
NEW SIGN OF RESPECT AT WMS AND A COOL SURPRISE FOR THE RISE WINNERS AT WMS It was a RISE surprise for students who won the PBIS sponsored door decorating contest earlier this year. These students were treated to an afternoon of ice cream and popsicle treats! What a cool way to end the day! WMS has a new sign in the hallways. The sign helps to reinforce the various RISE traits that are so popular with its RISE program: RISE, Respect, Integrity, Self- Control, and Empathy. These are the traits that WMS stuffily hopes to see demonstrated in the students. A LITTLE HELP FROM THE BOOK ANGELS Mrs. Holman and Miss Behrn's class at Radix Elementary is loved by many people, including the friends and family of their teachers. Over the summer, each student in the class received sponsorship from a friend or family member of Mrs. Holman. The sponsorship has made it possible for each child to receive one or two brand new Scholastic books each month. They are allowed to keep them, read them, love them, and share them. All of the boys and girls in the class are so grateful for the gift of books each month!
WHS’ WINTER SHOWCASE The Visual and Performing Arts Department put on a spectacular winter showcase titled “Some of Our Favorite Things.” It featured talented dancers, actors, singers, and musicians who all entertained with festive performances. The showcase also exhibited works of art from the various classes available at the high school. HOLIDAY SHOPPING Mrs. Hackney's third grade class at Oak Knoll, was assisted by Fourth Grade Caring Kids Club Members in making holiday selections to share with their family and friends. Courtesy of the Oak Knoll PTO, lead by Barb Russell, the students were supplied with reasonably priced keepsakes and gifts to purchase for their loved ones.
SHARING THE DIFFERENT TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD The third grade students at Holly Glen have been studying how holidays are celebrated around the world during this time of year. Along with reading about different countries and their traditions, students performed a play ‘Holidays and Celebrations Around the World’. Students shared with the audience information about the different traditions celebrated in the United States, including Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, and in other countries. They also sang holiday songs. It was a wonderful holiday experience for all students! GRINCH DAY AT OAK KNOLL Oak Knoll Elementary was transitioned into the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss' Whoville over night. Students were elated to see all of the glorious characters come to life. They were even visited by The Grinch himself and felt like they stepped right into the movie as they traveled the main hallway. Students were treated to an extra grinchy viewing of the movie in the auditorium with their classmates with a small post-movie, in person skit, by our very own Cindy Lou Hoo and The Grinch!
OAK KNOLL CELEBRATES RESPECT AND SPIRIT WEEK Across the elementary schools we celebrated Respect Week and School Violence and Awareness Week combined into SPIRIT WEEK to promote safe schools and a sense of community! Oak Knoll students and staff enjoyed each and every day. On Monday, “We Rocked,” and dressed like rock stars. Tuesday we “Teamed up for Safe Schools,” and wore our favorite team apparel. Wednesday we were “Resting Easy,” because we were safe, in our pajamas. Thursday we were taking our “Hats Off to Safe Schools,” during Hat Day. Finally, on Friday we all showed our school spirit by wearing blue and white, our school colors! Go Braves! See next page for more pictures
OAK KNOLL CELEBRATES RESPECT AND SPIRIT WEEK See previous page WMS SHOW EAGLES PRIDE WMS hosts weekly spirit days wearing WMS attire and Eagles clothing. Spirit days help bring together the students and staff with a common cause. Teachers incorporate football skills and team sports objectives to have fun with the topic. Holly Glen Autism Program enjoyed their Halloween parade. Go Noodle was a big hit at Oak Knoll.
DECK THE DOORS WITH HOLIDAY CHEER The halls at Oak Knoll Elementary were bustling with holiday cheer. Everywhere you looked there was some sort of happiness being spread. From elves on shelves, to the Grinch trying to steal Christmas and students catching snowflakes, each door was decorated with festive images and students gleamed with pride as they exited each and every door. WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE VOLCANOE ERUPTED? Students in Mrs. Goffredi and Mrs. Shannon’s second grade class at Whitehall Elementary School were learning about Earth’s surfaces and how earthquakes and volcanoes can change the land. The students traveled back in time and acted out how villagers lives were changed by an erupting volcano. One student was a reporter and asked questions of the “villagers.” The students had a lot of fun while learning!
LEAF HUNTING Students in Ms. Wetzel’s class at Holly Glen enjoyed the beautiful fall weather while going on an Autumn Leaf Hunt to search for different looking leaves. They were able to discover the names of the trees the leaves fell from by using a diagram to match. The students then created a short poem using adjectives and verbs to describe the leaves and showcased their typing skills. Their teacher is so proud of their unbelievable writing! WMS’ fifth graders enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast on Wednesday, November 21st. Mrs. Kimberly Morris coordinated the annual event with the help of many dedicated parents, who cooked and served a traditional Thanksgiving meal to the teachers and students. The fifth graders in Ms. Brody's class declared the mashed potatoes as the best dish, but it all looked delicious. Mrs. Mericle and Mr. Whirlow stopped by to dine with the children and wish them a happy holiday. The students were stuffed as turkeys by the end of the day. Gobble, gobble! WILLIAMSTOWN PROJECT Second graders at Radix have been studying different types of communities in Social Studies. In order to better understand a suburb, Mrs. Holman and Miss Behrns' class created replica dioramas of popular Williamstown landmarks, including the library, police and fire departments, Ireland Hoffer House, Shop Rite, and the Amish market - just to name a few. Students then were able to place their landmark on a large-scale map of Williamstown. It was a fun way to see that Williamstown is, indeed, a suburb!
Oak Knoll held a Fun Family Night at Texas Roadhouse. The money raised will go towards a Pavilion for their playground. There was much excitement in the air as Oak Knoll students and staff galloped around the restaurant in support of their school! HOWDY HAPPENDINGS NOVEMBER IS “THANKFUL FOR FAMILES” MONTH @ HOLLY GLEN Third graders were very fortunate to have family members come into their classrooms to share a favorite book. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this activity. Reading together is an excellent way to connect with your child and it also improves reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills. Holly Glen students are truly thankful for their families.
HOW MANY SEEDS IN A PUMPKIN? AND WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THEM? Do you know how to carve a jack o’ lantern? It has been a favorite Halloween tradition for many years. This October Mrs. Greener’s and Mr. Snape’s third graders at Holly Glen did exactly that! Students gathered to complete various pumpkin activities. They made predictions as to the height, stem length, diameter, circumference, and weight of the pumpkin and then found the actual measurements. They even estimated the number of seeds inside the pumpkin and then found the actual number. There were in 1,605 in all! The seeds were later roasted and enjoyed by all. Finally, the students chose a scary design and Mr. Snape carved the pumpkin for all to enjoy! ESCAPE RADIX Second grade students at Radix had to beat the clock to "Unlock Thanksgiving". Mrs. Holman and Miss Behrns' classroom was transformed to a large escape challenge, AND THE BEAT GOES which required students to work in groups to solve Mrs. D'Angelo's first grade class at Whitehall many higher-order mathematical problems. Once they Elementary practices "The Pumpkin Patch." "unlocked" one challenge, they moved along to the next, Students discussed minor tonality and boom-wackers more difficult, challenge. The groups of second graders created the accompaniment. put their brains together and were able to unlock all of the challenges!
THE PUMPKIN WHO? Gianna Visceglia, a current Rowan University student & Williamstown HS Graduate, visited Mrs. Mossbrucker’s third/fourth grade class at Oak Knoll. Miss Visceglia, President of the Applied Behavior Analysis Club at Rowan University gave each student a booklet entitled “The Pumpkin Who?” that was created by Rowan University students that are members of the ABA Club at Rowan. The students in Mrs. Mossbrucker’s class enjoyed Miss Visceglia’s visit and look forward to future activities with Miss Visceglia and members of the ABA Club from Rowan University. KaHoot Mrs. Jones's third grade class at Whitehall Elementary practices rhythms on KaHoot! KaHoot is a game where students are scored on the correct answer as well as time. It is a fun, competitive game to play with the class! FOLLOWING THE LIGHT Mrs. Morris and Ms. Fimiani's first grade class at Whitehall Elementary shines a light on science! Students investigated how light travels and what happens when objects get in the path of a beam of light. The students loved learning about light!
HONORING OUR VETERANS On November 13th, Whitehall's Student Council hosted a breakfast in honor of Veteran's Day. Nearly 40 veterans joined their Whitehall family members to enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by volunteers from Whitehall's family and staff. Afterwards, Student Council members hosted an informational assembly in honor of our veterans. Students had the opportunity to sing patriotic songs and learn about Monroe Township's brave men and women who served in the armed forces. A special thanks goes to everyone who helped serve breakfast, and to our honored veterans. Thank you for your service- we will never forget! WHERE DID HE HIDE THEM? The Turkey Gobbler paid a visit to Mrs. Holman & Miss Behrns' second grade class at Radix! He stole all of the punctuation from the classroom and challenged the boys and girls to several tasks to get them back. Students worked in groups to complete a series of activities to earn their punctuation back from the naughty Turkey Gobbler!
BUILDERS’ CLUB BUILDS BASKETS On Friday, November 16th, student members of the WMS Builders' Club stayed after school with advisors, Mrs. Krystal Kuni, and Mrs. Katie Preto, to help make Thanksgiving baskets for Monroe Township community members in need. Many staff members stayed after to help as well, some bringing along family members. The group was able to help 70 families. Each family will receive a basket of Thanksgiving goodies such as stuffing, corn, potatoes, and a turkey, along with a bag of general dry goods. They could not have done it without the generous spirit of the students and staff members within the school who donated the food items. ENJOYING A MEAL TOGETHER Whitehall Elementary held their Annual Thanksgiving Day Feast. The Chartwell Staff served a beautiful buffet lunch to the students, staff, and their families. Everyone appreciated and enjoyed the time they spent together during the much anticipated school-wide tradition!
50th DAY PARTY Radix first grade students celebrated the 50th Day of School in a big way. Students dressed up just like boys and girls in the 1950's. They even took part in a 'sock hop'. They twisted to Chubby Checker, danced to the 'Hand Jive' and hoola hooped their little hearts out. The boys and girls loved going back in time! SHARING CULTURALS The students in Mrs. Wristbridge’s class at Holly Glen learned that even though we have many differences, we are very similar, too. Earlier in the month students had discussed their different cultures and were presented with a family project of creating a cultural box. On Friday November 16th, students brought in their boxes to share. These boxes were full of creative ways to describe the students’ backgrounds from real objects to magazine pictures. Two students even brought in outfits they wear to their religious ser- vices and pictures of celebrations from their parents’ homeland. The students even ended the day with a special treat from India. Many were surprised how tasty the treat was and were so excited to see how much they had in common. As a wrap up to the learning, parents were invited to attend our Thanksgiving feast and to bring in treats that are family favorites. Students tried new foods and enjoyed the extra guests that helped out. Mrs. Wristbridge is truly thankful for her students and their families this year!
FIFTH GRADE RISE REWARD DAY WMS fifth grade students enjoyed a beautiful day at Owens Park on November 20th. Students who earned at least 30 RISE points during the 1st marking period were eligible to attend this special trip. Classes were escorted by their teachers to Owens Park, where they spent the afternoon playing on playground equipment, taking walks, or playing with sports equipment that they brought over. The weather was just perfect for a day to spend outside to celebrate success with friends. Fifth graders RISE to the occasion! GETTING INTO THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON German Gingerbread The WMS German Honor classes worked with special needs classes to create beautiful ginger- bread houses. This activity helped students get into a holiday spirit. Hopefully, Hansel and Gretl weren’t nearby to sneak a little nibble! COUNTING CUBES Third grade students are beginning to venture into the area of Operations & Algebraic Thinking. Pictured here are students from Mrs. Hackney's class at Oak Knoll Elementary delving into the concept of equal groups. Students are partitioning their cubes into equal groups to represent their factors and assist them in finding the product. Stu- dents excitement is multiplying as they become more and more fluent with their facts.
TURKEY TROT TIME Third grade students at Oak Knoll Elementary participated in a Turkey Trot between classroom. Each homeroom class discussed and learned about cultural and historical facts about events leading up to the First Thanksgiving. They also conversed about the types of activities and games Native American and Pilgrim children, according to historians, may have engaged in during this time era. Pictured here are students participating in a game of Naughts and Crosses, which is very similar to the well known game of Tic-Tac-Toe, except we no longer draw in the sand with sticks. Both forms of the game provide entertainment for the children. SCARECROW FESTIVAL The first graders at Holly Glen and Whitehall were surprised to walk outside to a field filled with pumpkins and scarecrows. The best surprise was when the children discovered that the scarecrows were actually their parents. Each student was allowed to pick a pumpkin and take it to their classroom to decorate it. This is an annual tradition where both schools were able to celebrate together.
VROLIJK KERSTFEEST! Second grader's in Mrs. Goneau and Mrs. Finn's class were visited by Sinterklaas as a part of their Christmas Around the World Study. The jolly fellow visited Radix because students left their shoes outside with carrots in them for his horse. He left them treats in their shoes, and even came into the classroom to pay them a merry visit. LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW! Whitehall School’s fourth grade chorus performed the musical "Snow Biz." The musical is about fun winter activities such as: making snow angels, snowboarding, ice fishing, building snowmen, and snowball fighting!
BALLOONS OVER RADIX It's a bird.... It's a plane.... It's GARFIELD! Students in Mrs. Symonds' second grade class at Radix, did a STEM study of the Thanksgiving Day parade. Students explored the world of balloon making and even took their own hand at designing a larger-than-life balloon for a parade. Gaining inspiration from the story "Balloons Over Broadway", students learned about the hard work that goes into being a puppeteer for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. In groups, students had to design and build a balloon that was in the likeness of a popular character. They then paraded down the hallway with their balloons. Some balloon characters included Fly Guy, Minnie Mouse The Grinch, and the Phillies Phanatic.
WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? The Radix Elementary Student Council took part in a Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) Meeting. This meeting was held with the head of our cafeteria, Mrs. Iannetta and Chef Blake . The purpose of the meeting was to get the students' input on the food that is currently served and to solicit any new ideas the students may have for the cafeteria. The children were also treated to a demonstration on how to make some notorious and delicious home- made hummus. Students were also able to sample this, and other offerings from the cafeteria. Bon Appetite! WILL IT SINK OR WILL IT FLOAT? Mrs. Hood and Mrs. Steinke's fourth grade class at Whitehall brainstormed, constructed, and then built "Mayflower" boats in class. They then put them to the test to see if they could float in water and could withstand the weight of five pennies. Four out of five groups were successful with their first build and they discussed several ways to improve the boats, what methods worked well and what methods did not.
HOLLY GLEN’S “THANKFUL FOR FAMILY” MONTH Mr. Czbas’ Second Grade class at Holly Glen enjoyed a month full of special guest classroom readers. Parents were invited to come into the classroom to read a special book with their child helping along the way. The students enjoyed great read aloud books like “A Big Guy Took My Ball” by Mo Willems and “The Book with No Pictures” by BJ Novak. The parents were thrilled reading to the class and the students were thankful for their parents showing them the love of reading. A MUSICAL CELEBRATION FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON WMS hosted its annual holiday concert at the WHS auditorium. Ms. Karyn Park’s several levels of band students played selections of instrumental songs, alternating with Mrs. Gerelli and Mr. Dougherty’s choirs. Ms. Test’s jazz band also featured a song. The audience was packed. At the end of the evening, all of the musical groups combined to perform a grand finale. It was a wonderful way to get everyone into the holiday spirit.
Let it Snow! Students in Mrs. Kalabic and Mrs. Pitts' second grade class at Radix celebrated winter with a special Snowman Day. Students dressed as ALL READY AND WAITING FOR THE SNOW! snowmen to get into the spirit of winter. Each child had a chance to create a minty, sparkly snowman out of playdoh- some special designs included a snowman pizza delivery guy and a snowball throwing snowman! Students then participated in some fun teamwork games. A favorite activity required students to work together to transform a classmate into a snowman using toilet paper and various props. What a fun way to welcome the winter season! THINKING OF OTHERS IN NEED After reading the novel, The Glass Castle, Mrs. Grillo’s classes at Williamstown High School were inspired to help those in need and made over 400 Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches for Cathedral Soup Kitchen! Cathedral Soup Kitchen serves dinner Monday through Friday and also provides meals for local after school programs, groceries for low-income senior centers, and sends donated food to local pantries, churches and soup kitchens that also serve their client population.
SNOW BETTER TIME TO READ @WMS The 5/6 and 7/8 libraries at WMS hosted a two week long book fair. Students and teachers were able to purchase books for themselves, and as presents. Seventh grade students helped make decorations for the library. It was a huge success! WHERE IS THE GINGERBREAD MAN? Second grade students at Oak Knoll were HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED disguising their Gingerbread Men. With a quick glance IN THE MILITARY and you would see Jojo Siwa, Edward Scissor Hands, cats, Santa Claus and a cheerleader. However, after Williamstown High School’s NJ-20003rd AFJROTC closer inspection you would see, it was really just cadets took part in the annual Wreaths of Remembrance a gingerbread man in disguise. All of the second ceremony in December. It was a moving service to honor graders were so creative and did such a great job all those who proudly served our country. describing their character in their writing.
WE LOVE OUR BUDDIES! Ms. Gallagher’s Holly Glen second grade class and the preschool classes of Ms. Grayson, Mrs. Barrett, Mrs. Phomsavath and Mrs. O’Meara are promoting positive social behavior. The second graders visit these classes once a week to help model good behavior for the preschool classes. The children enjoy playing kitchen, using playdough, building with Legos and many other activities. Pictured here is Ms. Grayson’s class along with some of Ms. Gallagher’s students after enjoying some active time of Go Noodle, a popular brain break video. ST. NICHOLAS DAY Mrs. Webb's German students at WMS celebrated the holiday of St. Nicholas Day last week. Students left their shoes in the hallway outside their classroom, hoping that he would visit and leave them treats. While they waited, the students sang a song about his generous spirit. What a fun way to learn about world cultures. WHAT A THANKSGIVING FEAST! Wow- a Thanksgiving Feast before Thanksgiving? With the help of the parents and teachers, students in Mr. Czbas’ Second Grade class at Holly Glen enjoyed a plate full of delicious food during their classroom feast. With the crockpots all in row and parents at the ready, the students enjoyed some turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, you name it! Of course we finished with pumpkin pie, but Mr. C did forget one thing… whipped cream. The classroom feast was a success and a day to enjoy some great food and friendship.
HOW DO EVEGREENS GROW? Students in Mrs. Giagunto & Mrs. Steets’ Radix fourth grade co-teach engaged in different science learning stations to observe & investigate more about evergreen “Christmas” trees. Students learned how to classify evergreen trees based on length and color of needles and color and texture of bark. Finally, students examined evergreen clippings to learn more about native evergreens to New Jersey and those harvested on nearby Christmas tree farms. WMS’ PRINCIPAL’S BREAKFAST The WMS Fifth Grade Principal’s Breakfast was held on Friday, 12/17 in Cafeteria A. Almost 100 students were honored. The program included music from Mr. Dougherty’s 5th grade choir, speeches from elementary principals, and a keynote from Mrs. Mericle. Students and their families enjoyed bagels and pastries while listening to the speeches, hearing all about the students’ great progress during the 1st marking period. WMS is proud to have so many wonderful students to honor.
CONGRATULATIONS TO AIDEN Aiden Ehrke, a fourth grade student at Whitehall, sure loves science and engineering. He enthusiastically works through science experiments and engineering challenges in his TAG class. So, it only made sense that he would work on earning as many STEM badges he could as a cub scout. The Boy Scouts of America offers 9 STEM badges. Aiden earned the first seven and only has two left to complete...simply because they were newly added to the program. He already has his sights set on those. Last week he earned the Dr. Luis Alvarez Supernova Award by incorporating experiments and lessons he had done in his TAG class, as well as research and projects that he did at home. Aiden's interest and excitement for STEM and his initiative to take on such a big project made both his family and his teachers so proud. Keep up the great work, Aiden! WHERE IS THE ELF? Dr. DelConte visited Mrs. Wallace's second grade class at Radix to kick start the Holiday season. She read the story "How to Catch an Elf" to the class and helped them come up with some unique and creative ways to catch an Elf. Students wrote their ideas down to share with the rest of the school! Happy Elf Hunting, Mrs. Wallace's class! PERFORMING WORD SURGERY Paging Doctor Zale! Students in Mrs. Zale's first grade class at Radix Elementary performed word surgery to create contractions. After they washed and suited up, students used their scissors to cut apart words and to carefully suture them together with apostrophes to make contractions. These little surgeons are contraction experts!
RESEARCHING MAJOR WATER The third grade TAG students at both Whitehall and SOURCES AROUND THE WORLD Radix in Monroe Township are doing a major STEM unit on water. The Grand Challenge of Engineering #5 states the need to "provide access to clean water" to everyone. This is a very serious issue, and one that is not prevalent here in Williamstown. Understanding the enormity of the situation is not easy for a 9 year old. While 75% of the earth is covered in water, 97% is salt water. 70% of the remaining water is frozen in glaciers and 96% of what's left is underground! Of the remaining water, only 20% is potentially drinkable in lakes and rivers. The students picked one of the major lakes or rivers of the world and researched it to find out it's physical features, uses and water quality. Then they made large postcards to send to other teachers to share. They added maps and even designed their own stamps! CREATING CONSCIOUS CONSUMERS The fourth grade TAG students at Whitehall and Radix Schools are deep into an economics unit. Their culminating goal is to create a business plan in order to demonstrate how an economy works. Along the way they have assumed the roles of both a producer and a consumer. As a producer, they simulated a business to demonstrate how specialization and division of labor can increase production. As a consumer, they completed product comparison testing. The students tested six paper towel brands for cost efficiency, absorption and strength. They learned that the most expensive brand isn't always the best and that products have a variety of features that make them desirable to consumers. Those features are important to families in deciding which brand to chose. When it comes to paper towel, Bounty remains the best overall buy. While it's the most expensive, it is by far the most absorbent and strongest of the brands they tested. Surprisingly, Scott, a popular brand in toilet paper, scored low and both categories. It was also the only brand that was one-ply. There sure is a lot to think about when making purchases as a consumer. Next up...advertising!
TIS THE SEASON FOR GIVING! With the help of the Holly Glen and Radix staff, the Holly Glen third grade Student Council members were able to donate hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves to the community for the quickly approaching winter season. This annual giving is always appreciated by Mrs. Eileen Simpler who makes sure they are given to families who need them the most in Monroe Township. TIS THE SEASON FOR EATING TOO! WMS 5th Grade teachers celebrated the winter season with their annual holidip party. Mrs. Ashley Nottis and Ms. Lauren Murphy hosted the annual event, with this year’s theme being a “Flamingle and Jingle” vacation paradise. Teachers each brought in a favorite dip to share with one another. Some favorites included a taco dip, hamburger dip, raspberry dip, and a cheesesteak dip. The teachers enjoyed spending time with one another before teaching the rest of the day. ALL ABOARD THE SANTA EXPRESS Holly Glen students in Ms. Wetzel’s class, along with Ms. Goodz, Ms. Zavis, Mrs. Stavola, and Ms. Crossley’s classes, boarded The Santa Express with the Cape May Seashore Lines. They practiced their community skills, while enjoying a beautiful train ride through South Jersey. Students received a special visit from Santa Claus and one of his elves. They also received a special ticket and a magical Christmas bell to help keep the Holiday Spirit alive!
Mrs. Temple's class is spreading warmth and kindness this Christmas season. The first grade students at Radix spent December collecting 100 pairs of gloves and mittens to be donated to a local homeless shelter. The students' wrote a letter to the Radix community and posted it outside of their classroom door. The boys and girls are so proud of their collection and have learned a valuable lesson about the true meaning of the Holiday hustle and bustle! REACHING OUT TO THE CHILDREN AT CHOP ‘Tis the season of giving at Williamstown High School as DECA successfully conducted their 13th Annual Toy Drive for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. All toys were dropped off to the Child Life Department for distribution during the holiday season and all year long!
A SPECIAL VETERANS DAY VISITER COMES TO RADIX Mrs. Zale and Miss Tarsatana's first grade class at Radix wrote letters to soldiers for Veterans Day. One student in the class was especially proud to write letters to veterans. Eric's dad is First Sergeant Easter, and he presented the class with a certificate of appreciation from his unit! The men and women also wrote some notes back to the children. It was an amazing experience, and the children were so excited! SAVING THE GINGERBREAD MAN Run, run, run, as fast as you can! Mrs. Gabbianelli's class helped the Gingerbread Man escape across the river during a STEM project. The Radix third graders had to work together to design a raft that would allow a gingerbread man float in water without sinking.
LEARNING ALL ABOUT OUR TOWN Mrs. Holman & Miss Behrns' class received some attention from the Office of Community Development here in Monroe Township. They created replicas of different landmarks and businesses around Williamstown as a part of their study of Communities. The Director of Community Development came to visit the students and explain how towns expand, build, and become stronger communities. They then brought several of the students' projects to the municipal building to be proudly displayed for all of the town to see. Thank you, Tara Park, for visiting our students and giving them even more Williamstown Pride! FAREWELL, MRS. SLEMMER HOLIDAY TRIP 7th and 8th grade WMS POR teachers took their students on an annual field trip to see Philadelphia holiday traditions. The teachers and students enjoyed a Williamstown High School is sad to bid visit to the Macy’s building to see the famous light show. Mrs. Pat Slemmer a happy retirement. After 36 They then visited the German themed Christmas village years as the media center specialist, she is shop for some light shopping and snacks. The last stop taking some well-deserved time to herself! We was the Comcast building to see their light show. Every- will miss you. one enjoyed one another’s company and the cheer of the holiday season.
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