Thursday, May 16, 2013
Students are ‘egg-cited’ about science with lessons on hatching and caring for their newborn ducks.
What’s all the fuss about in Kindergarten? It’s definitely the fluffy, yellow ducks hatching in the classrooms. For 28 days, students played the role of the mother duck, tending to the eggs and turning them in the incubator. They researched ducks and learned about the embryo and different parts of an egg. Now that they’re here, “we read about ducks, write about ducks, and watch the ducks learn, grow, and change,” said Julie Bachrach, a Kindergarten teacher at Burnet Hill. Students turn to the ducks for inspiration in their writing, and make scientific discoveries, like watching how their webbed feet paddle in doll-sized pools. “We will see the ducks swim for the first time, preen their feathers, and waddle along,” Bacharach said. “We …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The LHS teacher wins county honors in program that recognizes highly effective teachers.
Lucy Lee, an accomplished Chinese teacher at Livingston High School, respected educational leader in the Livingston community, and strong national advocate for Chinese language education, has been named to represent Essex County in the annual Teacher of the Year program. Mrs. Lee has taught at LHS since 1990, where she teaches five different levels of Chinese. “Her knowledge of the Chinese language and culture and of second language methodology is extensive,” said Principal Mark Stern. ”She is constantly examining and exploring different strategies to teach Chinese. Her thematic approach to teaching and her use of technology is positively embraced by her students.” Mrs. Lee has also committed herself to promoting the Chinese culture …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
District exhibit chronicles the creativity found in Livingston Public Schools.
“Art Through the Ages” is a stunning collection of student art displayed at the District Art Show, grades K-12. The Livingston Mall is host to the collection, where the opening night reception on April 25 brought out families and friends. It was a colorful photo-op for the students surrounded by the multi-media collection that reflects their imagination and passions. Livingston art teachers and the District’s maintenance staff, which constructed the striking display boards, have skillfully arranged the show. The LHS Jazz Band, in full swing with their selection of jazz standards, created a festive atmosphere for shoppers and exhibit goers. The show will be up throughout the weekend on two levels of the mall’s rotunda. It ends Sunday, April…
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Student performances April 19-April 21 will celebrate the power of tradition and change.
Thursday, April 18
Fiddler on the Roof will be performed this weekend at Heritage Middle School. Christopher Russoniello directs this time-honored story of hope, love and acceptance. Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. April 21. The cast features: Jared Kirsch as Tevye and Jill Friedland as Golde, his wife. Their daughters are played by Sara Portela, Arielle Fuhrman, Meghan Nevola, Valeria Taboada, and Charlotte Simon. Meredith Harris is Yente, the matchmaker; and Ryan Healy is Motel, the tailor. Also: AJ Keenan, Jackson Rynar, Andie Weischer-Schlesinger, Tatiana Batista, Gabrielle Grillo, Amanda Stephenson, Rhianna Bhatia, Joseph Lanigan, Alysia Machlovitz, Ilana Goldin, Alexander …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
'Fresh Perspectives' includes art by Emma Siegel and Andrea Perkins.
Two Livingston High School students have their work displayed at the Morris Museum as part of Fresh Perspectives, a Juried High School Exhibition. Livingston’s Emma Siegel and Andrea Perkins were among the 50 high school students from across New Jersey whose work was selected for the annual juried exhibit. Fresh Perspectives started in 1989 to give artistically accomplished high school students a professionally organized museum exhibition experience and to recognize art teachers for their encouragement and effective teaching. Siegel is exhibiting a digital photograph titled Prague Guard Illusion; Perkins was selected for her acrylic painting, Delish Donut. The high school artists’ works featured in the exhibit are in a variety of …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Caring for mechanical dolls shows teens what parenting is really like.
Bridget McCormack was glad her “newborn” was wearing a sweater as she got ready to bring her baby home. For a spring afternoon there was a definite chill in the air. Plus, the LHS senior said, the little pink sweater was really “cute.” But no matter how adorable the baby clothes, McCormack would discover the parenting ahead challenging. “You find yourself catching vomit as a parent,” Principal Mark Stern told a health class with the unusual homework assignment -- taking care of the infant overnight. Senior health classes have focused on pregnancy, childbirth and parenting this quarter, with students caring for a mechanical doll programmed to mirror the needs of a real baby. In the process they learned how much work is involved in parenting…
Monday, March 25, 2013
For National Nutrition Month, Livingston students face their fears over all things green.
The question to Riker Hill students was simple: Think you have what it takes to face your fears? Fear Factor is back, and this time it’s not disgusting. In fact, it’s downright healthy. For the month of March, students are overcoming their fears of things that are green – as in broccoli, collards and kale. The Nutrition Fear Factor at Riker Hill was among the ways schools in Livingston are encouraging students to eat healthy foods. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has named March National Nutrition Month. According to the group's site, we all should spend the days of March "making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits." Around Livingston Public Schools, students have become fearless …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
$18 million project will add new classrooms and media centers; passes by 189 votes.
Voters in Livingston approved an $18.2 million school construction project on Tuesday by a vote of 1,446 to 1,257, according to unofficial election results. The project will add 14 new elementary classrooms, three media centers, and bring full ADA compliance to the older portion of Livingston High School. “Livingston residents take great pride in their public schools and they made a long-term commitment to their excellence by the passage of this referendum,” said Dr. Brad Draeger, Superintendent of Livingston Public Schools in a statement. The referendum will allow the district to add classrooms to five elementary school buildings; create three media centers at Collins, Riker Hill, and Harrison schools; provide the space needed to …
When students exceed their reading challenge, the Principal shows up as Thing One and Thing Two.
Read Across America was celebrated in Livingston by a principal who dyed her hair blue in honor of the Dr. Seuss mop-headed duo, Thing One and Thing Two. But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all … Across Livingston Public Schools, there were visits by the Cat in the Hat, and his fans in tall red-and-white striped hats, and at Burnet Hill, a celebration so enthusiastic it sparked a flash-mob-reading-dance party. The schools were paying tribute to Dr. Seuss, whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel, author of classic children’s books including “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham.” (See a slide show of photos from all the celebrations of the LPS website) At Hillside, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” was the theme for students to …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Ready for exhibit at Town Hall is art by AP students at LHS.
Saturday, March 9
Framed and ready for hanging in Town Hall is some of the artwork being featured in this year's Student Perspectives Art Exhibit. The exhibition of work by Livingston High School Advanced Placement art students is presented by the Arts Council of Livingston. The show will be on display until Friday, March 25 and the community is invited to an opening reception on Monday, March 18. The event will take place 6:30 p.m. in the Livingston Town Hall, 357 South Livingston Ave.