Classroom Close Up Visits ALJ
Civics Unplugged is a club offered by Arthur L. Johnson High School. It is dedicated to discussing politics and pressing world issues. The groups six members are Seniors: Maryann Makosiej, Kayla Dias, Brenner Gull, and Bailey Latza, and Juniors: Gabriella Cuccaro, and Nicole Katz. They travel to the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute in New York City, each month where they learn through in depth exploration of governance, policy, and politics. The students are exposed to different perspectives and opinions about certain issues. Each forum secession helps benefit their growth in becoming an active civic leader in their community.
Recently the television program Classroom Close-up, which is dedicated to featuring innovative and creative programs that New Jersey public schools offer, noticed ALJ’s participation in Civics Unplugged and decided to film the club for its program.
The segment was filmed on February 6, 2018 at Arthur L. Johnson and is entitled, “Civics Unplugged”. In the program, the students tackled the topic of social media and its impact on journalism on our society. The students first were debriefed on the issue of social media by one of the founders of Civics Unplugged, Jeffrey Silverman and the school's advisor to the club Mr. Stebbins. The students tackled thought provoking question and explained their thoughts and opinions in depth during the program. Sean M. Spiller, the vice-president of NJEA also attended the filming.
Three of the students Maryann, Kayla, and Gabriella were also featured in separate interviews where they were asked questions about the club. “This experience was an amazing one to have. I have learned so much from Civics Unplugged and I hope to bring back the knowledge I have learned from the sessions to my community and spread awareness about it,” said Nicole Katz. The segment, “Civics Unplugged”, will be aired on May 13 and June 10, 2018.
CPSD Welcomes New STEAM Supervisor
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CLARK, NJ - The Clark Public School District welcomed Mark Harley into the role of Content Area STEAM Supervisor recently. Harley will also serve as the District’s Anti-Bullying Coordinator.
“We are excited to have Mark here in Clark with us. He comes with strong experience in creating programs and this experience will be of immense value as we look to enhance our STEAM offerings at the middle and high schools,” stated Superintendent Edward Grande.
Prior to joining the district, Harley worked as a physics and engineering teacher in the South Orange-Maplewood and Ramapo-Indian Hills Regional High School districts since 2009. In those roles, Harley has continually enriched the curricula to include more technology, such as computer programming, 3D printers, and robotics.
“I’m thankful to the Board of Education, Mr. Grande, Mrs. Feeley, and Mr. Delmonaco for providing me with this great opportunity. I’m looking forward to working with the great teachers at Clark Schools while improving and integrating the STEAM programs for grades 6-12,” said Harley.
According to school officials, some of Harley’s most notable accomplishments include serving as eleventh grade lead teacher, participating in the school’s 1:1 laptop initiative and honors engineering program, updating science and engineering curricula to match the Next Generation Science Standards, and organizing a Professional Learning Community for his colleagues to utilize 3D printers in the classroom.
Harley graduated with a BS in physics/secondary education from the University of Maryland in 2007 and completed his MA in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University in 2015.
On Feb. 05, Lindsey Hofschneider, senior at ALJ, was named a High School Winner of the Wendy’s High School Heisman award. She will receive a certificate in recognition of her leadership both on the track and in the classroom.
Lindsey has been a stand-out athlete throughout her years at ALJ. Her contributions to the cross country and track and field teams are significant, most notably being an NJSIAA State Group qualifier and taking 6th place in the DMR at the NJSIAA State Relays. Lindsey has been a valuable member of both teams since her freshman year, and has run a 5:31 (1600) and a 2:27 (800) during her career. Her value to her teams is evident, as she was named the Best Teammate Award winner numerous times throughout her high school career for both programs.
In school, Lindsey has been able to carry a high grade point average in honors and Advanced Placement level courses. She is the Vice President of DECA, Student Council, the National Honor Society, and the Science National Honor Society. Additionally, she participates in the Crusader Athletic Leadership Council, Heroes and Cool Kids, Peer Leadership, and was recently named the Student of the Month for January 2018.
About Wendy's High School Heisman
The Wendy's High School Heisman was created by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas in 1994. Dave Thomas dropped out of high school when he was 15 years old in order to work full-time and went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history. While this nontraditional path led to his prosperity, it always worried Dave that others would follow in his footsteps and expect to achieve similar fame and wealth by not finishing high school or attending college.
Faced with this dilemma, at 61 years old, Dave enrolled at Coconut Creek High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and received his General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Inspired by this moment and with a desire to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth in America, he launched the Wendy's High School Heisman program.
Twenty-two years later, Wendy's High School Heisman has honored more than 600,000 of the nation's most esteemed high school seniors who share Wendy's values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, continuing education and excelling on the athletic field.
The Wendy's High School Heisman is a joint program between Wendy's and the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy®.
ALJ Bowlers on a Roll
The Arthur L. Johnson bowling team clinched their first NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2 Group 1 championship since 2014 on Friday at Jersey Lanes in Linden.
Johnson came out fighting and proved that they were ready to battle for the title. The Crusaders turned up the heat and by the end of the first game the Crusaders moved into first place, 11 pins a head of the pack, thanks to the solid performances by leadoff man “The Opener” Junior, Toan “Tom” Le’s 212 and the teams anchor Andrew Beach’s 224 games. Senior, Brandon Laraway and Junior, Evandro Galli contributed a 180 and a 176 to help pave the way.
During the 2nd game Johnson continued their hot streak when Toan Le’s bowled a 226, Junior, Nick Kelly’s threw a 220, Andrew Beach’s 204 and Evan Galli’s 190 games increased Johnsons 11 pin lead to an 87-pin lead over 2nd place Roselle High School.
Going into the third game the lane conditions worsened as the oil started to break down so Johnson bowlers began to struggle leaving more open frames than usual. The Crusaders saw its 87-pin lead going into the third game whittled down to just 37 pins but Crusaders were able to maintain their composure and refocus to hang onto the lead to win the championship. Tournament stand out Toan Le, once again, led the way with another 226.
“This year’s team has shown a tremendous growth from their averages to their spare shooting and at the state tournament this year all of their hard work and efforts paid off. I’m so proud of them all!” Said, Coach Michele Zaleski.
Johnson bowlers will continue onto the Team Group Finals which will be held Monday, February 12, 2018 @ Bowlero Lanes in North Brunswick.
Toan Le also qualified in sixth place with his 664 series and will compete in the State Individual Finals on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in North Brunswick as well.
By Erin Heaning
After the devastating results of the category 4 hurricane that hit Puerto Rico in September, ALJ’s Spanish Honor Society took it upon themselves to help with the recovery effort of the American territory. With continued effort over the past month, the Spanish Honor Society, in conjunction with the Key Club, raised $250 for Puerto Rico relief funds. The money, which was raised mostly from bake sales, was sent in the form of a Walmart gift card and to Iglesia Metodista Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico. The Pastor of the church, Juan Rivera Velazquez, received the gift card in January and presented it to a poor family living in government housing. Specifically, the money will go to Gelianed Ortiz Rodriguez, a young girl (an A student who likes to read) who lost her glasses in the hurricane. Future efforts are now underway to help Gelianed’s sister who recently had a tumor in her eye removed and who now needs spinal surgery because she has sclerosis in her back (a hardening of the spine). The surgery costs $2,000 and the church is trying to raise money to help offset the cost.
Alumni speak to ALJ Seniors
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CLARK, NJ - Arthur L. Johnson High School alumni recently came back to the school to share their experiences about applying to college and attending their first semester.
The alumni were part of a panel set up by the Guidance department to interact with current juniors and seniors to help them understand what lies ahead.
“The alumni panel is a way to bridge the gap between students who recently left ALJ and students who are leaving soon. Their insight is invaluable and relevant. We hope the current ALJ students take in what the alumni have to say and consider their advice as they decide on their plans for next year,” stated school counselor Erica Stasio.
The panel, led by Stasio, included a series of topics including choosing a school, living away from home, and deciding on a major. Other topics included how ALJ prepared them for college and applying for scholarships.
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CLARK, NJ – Clark preschool students were treated to story time with an introduction to sign language recently.
Students from Mrs. Loren Hsu’s, American Sign Language class at Arthur L. Johnson High School along with Principal Jennifer Feeley read multiple children’s books to the students while others simultaneously signed.
“The preschool students were extremely attentive to the high school students and their story-telling skills. Watching the high school students interact with the young preschool children provided enjoyment for all,” said Lori Kowalski, Supervisor of Preschool/School Nurses.
According to school officials, additional visits are planned in the spring.
American Sign language is a visual form of communication used by the Deaf Community. The use of American Sign Language (ASL) and the desire of students to learn ASL is on the rise.
ASL was introduced at Arthur L. Johnson last year and has grown significantly. American Sign Language can be taken as an elective or to fulfill graduation world language requirements.