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Napier Academy 2015 June Newsletter

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  • 1.     2 June  2015     Newsletter   1   s  to   nts’   ect  in   nction   fe.   A  Message  From  Our  Principal     Napier  Academy   A  Full  Service  Community  School   Our  mission  at   Napier  Academy  is  to  develop   our  students’  character  and   intellect  in  order  for  them  to   function  successfully  in  life.                                  Mr.  Medley     Principal            Mrs.  Hill   Vice  -­‐  Principal        Ms.  Logan   Vice  -­‐  Principal   A Letter to Our Dr. Frank Napier, Jr. School of Technology Parents As we come to the close of this school year, we can look around the building and see improvements that have been made. We can also feel some improvement in our climate and culture; however, we still have a ways to go. September will mark the third year of this administrative team leading the Dr. Frank Napier, Jr. School of Technology and quite frankly, we are not going to have the luxury of using the behavior of our students as the reason they are not performing academically. Our business is education, and if we use our assessment scores and report card grades as indicators of our business; our business is not looking good. A recent article appearing in the North Jersey Herald and News on May 29th contained this quote, “For example, School 4, where student test scores are among the lowest in the state in recent years, will be losing nine employees, the lists show.” In my opinion, there was no reason for that line to be in the article, yet it was an opportunity to once again highlight our students’ inability to perform academically. Many of you as parents come to the school saying “This old school,” not realizing that the people who come to the school and work in the school make up the school and not the bricks, wood and equipment. Parents, WE are the school, so when you say you “hate this old school,” you are talking about ourselves. So I share this with you to ask, what are WE going to do to change things behaviorally and academically at the Dr. Frank Napier, Jr. School of Technology? The behavior and discipline issues must stop in order for us to do what we have been trained to do, which is to educate. I am asking you to please work with your children and partner with the school so that we can truly teach your children how to read, think, count, speak, and write. We cannot do it without you. When we come back in September, we must hit the ground running as the clock will be ticking in terms of our students being able to perform academically. I will continue to say that we at Napier Academy cannot do it alone and we need the support of the home. We are not a babysitting service; a recreation center; a daycare center, or anything other than a school where our order of business is to teach our children how to read, write, think, speak and count. So as I close this, please be aware that we are on the right road and heading in the right direction and that I am counting on you for your support as we enter the 2015-2016 school year. I thank you in advance for what you will do to make our next school year a great one. Have a safe and enjoyable summer! Mr.  Medley                         Principal
  • 2.     2   Napier  Academy  Newsletter   June  2015     2       READY  TO  LEARN  –  BUILD  MY  CHARACTER  –  INCREASE  MY  INTELLECT       Dates  to  Remember     June    2:    MSU  Tour  for  Grades  5-­‐6 June  3  :      7th  Grade  RPHS  Field  Trip     June  3:    Annual  District  Science   Fair June  4:    7th  Grade  Field  Trip   Branchbrook  Roller  Skating  Center   S.T.EM.  Program     June  6:  Ramapo  River  Day  Field   Trip   June  9:  Snapology  Program-­‐  Grades   1-­‐2   June  10:  Career  Day  at  9:00  am     June  10:  NJHS  Induction  Ceremony   at  4:30  P.M.   June  11:  Spring  Concert  at  4:30   P.M.   June  13-­‐17:  NHD  National   Competition  in  Maryland   June  15  –  June  18:    Field  Day     June  18:  Afterschool    S.T.EM.  Field   Trip         A Note from the Editor   Dear  Napier  Family,     Where  did  this  school  year  go?  It  seems  like  just   yesterday  I  was  editing  our  first  issue  of  the  school   newsletter  for  the  2014-­‐2015  academic  year.  And  now   here  I  am,  editing  the  last  edition  for  this  year.  Truly  it’s   been  a  wonderful  experience,  and  an  honor,  to  be  able  to   bring  to  you  each  month  highlights  about  the  great  things   we  do  here  at  Napier  Academy.  Special  thanks  to  all  of   you  that  contributed  in  ways  small,  large  and   unimaginable  to  make  our  newsletter  a  success!  Serving   on  newsletter  committee,  writing  articles,  taking  pictures   of  events,  making  copies  and  distributing  the  newsletter,   …supporting  our  goal  of  issuing  a  monthly  newsletter  for   all  the  school  stakeholders.     Congratulations  to  our  8th  graders  who  will  begin  a   transition  into  a  new  educational  and  life  experience.       I  sincerely  wish  you  all  a  wonderful  summer  filled  with   family,  friends,  and  new  adventures.  Here’s  to  looking   forward  to  the  2015-­‐  2016  academic  year!     Runelvy  Rodriguez,   Editor
  • 3.     3   Napier  Academy  Newsletter   June  2015     3     READY  TO  LEARN  –  BUILD  MY  CHARACTER  –  INCREASE  MY  INTELLECT     Have   you   ever   stopped   to   consider   how   often   you   count,   measure,   estimate,  and   compare   when   you   are   cooking?  Your  kitchen  is  rich  with  fun  and  yummy  ways   for  your  child  to  learn  the  basics  of  numbers,  counting,   and  measuring.     String  a  Snack  Lace   -­‐   Here  is  a  simple  and  fun  activity  that  combines  math   and   art  —  snack   necklaces!   Give   your   child   a   bowl   of   colorful   O-­‐shaped   cereal.   Ask   him   to   count   out   the   number  of  pieces  he  has,  estimate  how  many  more  he   will  need  for  the  necklace,  and  even  create  a  repeating   pattern   as   he   strings   his   necklace.   Use   clean,   new   button   thread   and     a   blunt   plastic  tapestry   needle   for   stringing   (wonderful   for   eye-­‐hand   coordination   practice,  too).  Your  child  can  wear  the  snack  necklace   for  the  day  and  nibble  at  will!     Skills:   counting,   matching,   patterning,   "more   or   less   than"     Fun in the Kitchen and Math! Summer Dip Cook  up  some  summer  fun  with  this  fruity,  bright  pink   treat!         LEARNING  BENEFITS   Hover  over  each  Learning  Benefit  below  for  a  detailed   explanation.     Imagination   Measurement   Following  Directions   Observation     What  you  need:     • 10-­‐oz.   package   of   sweetened   raspberries   or   strawberries,   defrosted   (or   use   unsweetened   berries   and   add   2   or   3   tbsp.   honey  or  sugar)   •   • 1/2  cup  softened  cream  cheese   • 1  cup  firm  yogurt   • 2  tsp.  lemon  juice   • masher   • whisk   • sliced  fruit     What  to  do:     • Help  your  child  mash  and  mix  the  berries  with  the  cream   cheese  in  a  bowl.   • Have  your  child  help  you  measure  1  cup  of  yogurt  and  2   teaspoons   lemon   juice.   Then   let   her   add   them   to   the   bowl   and   stir.   As   she   mixes,   ask   her   to   describe   the   changes  she  sees.  Does  the  color  change?  How  about  the   thickness?   Does   the   mixture   become   smoother   as   she   stirs?   • Slice  fruit  into  chunks  and  arrange  them  on  a  plate.   • Invite  your  child  to  choose  a  piece  of  fruit,  dip,  and  eat!  If   different   kinds   of   fruit   are   available,   ask   your   child   to   offer  her  opinion  as  to  which  goes  best  with  the  dip.     Learning  benefits:     • Provides  practice  with  measuring   • Supports  observation  skills.      Source:  http://www.scholastic.com/parents
  • 4.     4   Napier  Academy  Newsletter   June  2015     4       READY  TO  LEARN  –  BUILD  MY  CHARACTER  –  INCREASE  MY  INTELLECT     MSU  Campus  Report   By  Ms.  Perry   The  Napier  Academy  National  Junior  Honor   Society  members  and  the  Honor  Roll   students  in  grades  5and  6  were  shuttled  to   Montclair  State  University  on  Tue.,  June  2,  for   a  Campus  tour.  Mrs.  Mon,  the  Guidance   Counselor,  organized  the  field  trip  while  Ms.     Perry,  NJHS  Advisor  and  several  teachers   supervised  the  event  reinforcing  core   curriculum  literacy  anchors  within   appropriate  and  cooperative  movement   activities.       Five  MSU  Ambassadors  gave  our  students  an   historical  perspective  of  the  university  and  a   tour  of  the  campus  grounds  before   transitioning  inside  the  Theater,  where  Dr.   Gilbert,  a  30-­‐year  resident  Professor  and   Professor  Smith  informed  the  students  of  the   importance  of  selecting  a  career  in  the  Health   Care  profession.  One  of  our  Grade  7  NJHS   inductees,  Barbara  Matos  ably  shared  her   future  career  goal  of  becoming  a  Pediatrician   with  the  audience.  Barbara  very  impressively   answered  Professor  Smith’s  questions,  who   then  gave  her  a  vote  of  confidence  before   soliciting  her  pertinent  information.         Lastly,  Dr.  Gilbert  demonstrated  the   importance  of  mental  concentration  in  order   to  achieve  identifiable  goals.  Mr.  Aleman,  a   Special  Education  teacher  took  Dr.  Gilbert’s   challenge  of  bending  a  Teflon  frying  pan  with   his  bare  hands  while  using  his  mind  as  the   only  tools  of  concentration  to  achieve  his   goal.  What  a  disaster  it  would  have  been  if   Mr.  Aleman  had  failed,  but  he  has   unequivocally  proven  Dr.  Gilbert’s  theory   correct.  It  is  critical  for  our  students  to  be   exposed  to  all  domains  of  intellectual   learning  while  having  a  positive  motivational   learning  experience.
  • 5.     5   Napier  Academy  Newsletter   June  2015     5       READY  TO  LEARN  –  BUILD  MY  CHARACTER  –  INCREASE  MY  INTELLECT     Teaching  &  Learning  with  a  Twist   By Mrs. Kleinberg    Mrs.  Kleinberg’s  Social  Studies  classes  have   been  learning  about  medieval  history  and  the   Hundred  Year  War  through  a  program  called   Opera  Based  Learning.  While  students  have   been  researching  the  Medieval  History  behind   the  war  and  what  led  to  its  start,  they  have   also  been  learning  about  operatic  terms  and   production.  They  have  also  been  busy  creating   authentic  weapons,  building  scenery,  and   writing  script  for  the  Operetta.        Combining  the  two  curriculums  has  kept  the   students  engaged  and  enthusiastic  while   learning  about  history.  Andrew,  a   representative  from  Metropolitan  Opera   House,  was  impressed  with  the  class   presentation  when  he  visited  on  May  20th.  He   stated  that  out  of  all  of  the  years  he  had  been   working  for  the  program  and  out  of  this  year,   our  classes  were  the  most  prepared  and   touched  on  every  facet  of  the  project   expectations.  Ninna,  a  7th  grader,  was  quoted   saying,       Barbara  claimed  that  Mr.  Andrew   also  taught  her  that  a  director  never   demands  of  his  actors,  what  the   director  wants.  He  or  she  suggests  to   them  what  he  feels  would  look   better.  All  in  all,  most  students  found   learning  interesting  and  different.  By   the  end  of  May,  the  culmination  of   this  month  long  endeavor  will  be  an   operetta  based  on  a  battle  fought   during  the  war.  Kudos  to  Mrs.   Kleinberg!   “From  working  with  Mr.  Andrew,  I   learned  how  to  become  a  better   actress  and  how  to  give  more   expression.”  While  another  student   discussed  how  they  learned  what  a   tableau  was.
  • 6.     6   Napier  Academy  Newsletter   June  2015     6       READY  TO  LEARN  –  BUILD  MY  CHARACTER  –  INCREASE  MY  INTELLECT     2014-2015 Mother’s Day Essay Contest Winner! Emyjah Washington What  is  the  most  important  lesson  you  have   learned  from  your  mother/mother  figure?            Have  your  parents  ever  given  you  “the  talk”  about   being  your  own  person?  My  mom  always  tells  me,  “Be   my  own  person  not  what  others  want  you  to  be.”  That   was  a  very  important  lesson  for  me  to  learn,  but  I  had  to   learn  it  the  hard  way.          It  was  last  year  in  April  when  I  decided  to  download   an  app  called  kik.  When  I  saw  the  app,  it  said  I  had  to  be   17  years  of  age  or  older,  but  I  didn’t  care.  I  knew  I  wasn’t   17  years  old,  but  I  realized  no  one  would  ever  know   from  the  kik  company.  Plus  you  could  say,  “I  wanted  to   be  down.”  I  wanted  to  be  like  the  others  because   everyone  had  a  kik  account.  So  I  thought  I  was  just  like   everyone  else.  Until  the  day  I  got  in  trouble.  My  parents   often  check  my  phone  and  I  wasn’t  thinking  that  they   would  see  the  new  app  I  downloaded.  So  they  asked  me   what  was  this  app  about  and  when  did  I  download  it.   You  see  my  parents  are  parents.  They  are  strict  and  they   monitor  what  I  do.  They  research  and  view  things  before   I  can  download  it.  So  after  researching  the  app  and  plus  I   hadn’t  gotten  their  permission,  I  knew  by  the  look  of   their  faces  that  they  were  disappointed  in  me.    I  knew  I   wasn’t  supposed  to  have  a  kik  account  without   permission.  So  since  I  wanted  to  be  a  follower,  I  ended   up  getting  grounded  for  two  weeks.  I  guess  it  could  have   been  worse  because  there  are  so  many  online  predators   and  I  don’t  know  who  could  be  behind  a  screen  name.                            I  learned  a  very  important  lesson  in  those  two  weeks   on  punishment.  I  learned  to  not  be  someone  I’m  not  and   to  not  hang  around  the  wrong  crowd.  Some  parents   allow  their  children  to  have  many  freedoms  that  my   parents  don’t  allow  me  to  have.   I  know  if  I  do  something  wrong,  there  will  be  a   consequence.  Although  this  was  something   minor  that  could’ve  led  to  a  bigger  situation,  I   realized  it  takes  one  wrong  move  to  hurt  myself,   ruin  my  reputation  and  even  lose  the  trust  of  my   parents.  I’m  getting  older  and  I  want  more   freedom  so  I  have  to  behave  in  a  way  that  will   allow  my  parents  to  trust  me  and  know  that  I   will  do  the  right  thing  even  in  negative   situations.    I  know  I’m  smarter  than  that  and   made  a  really  dumb  decision.  If  I  wouldn’t  have   gotten  into  trouble  that  day,  my  mom  and  other   women  in  my  life  would  have  never  known  and   I  would  probably  begin  to  try  other  things  later   in  life.  Why?  Just  because  I  think  I  can  get  away   with  it. In  closing  take  it  from  me,  listen  to  your   mother  and  people  who  give  you  good  advice.  It   may  sound  dumb  and  pointless,  but  it  will  help   you  in  the  future.  If  I  hadn’t  listened  to  my  mom,   I  might  have  learned  my  lesson  the hard  way.   And  as  I  mature  and  eventually  have  a  family  of   my  own,  I  can  utter  the  words  of my  mother  to   my  kids,  “Be  your  own  person  and  not what   others  want  you  to  be.”  This  famous  quote   written  by  Nicole  Washington  is  truly  one  to  live   by.
  • 7.     7   Napier  Academy  Newsletter   June  2015     7     It  was  a  lovely  Thursday  afternoon   approximately  4:30  pm,  May  14,  2015,   when  the  National  Junior  Honor  Society   hosted  a  Recognition  Mother-­‐Daughter  Tea   Party  to  honor  the  female  students  in   Grades  5,  6,  7,  &  8  who  had  achieved  a   Grade  Point  Average  (GPA)  of  3.0  or  better.   The  Committee  shifted  their  traditional   focus  solely  from  Grades  7  &  8  to   encompass  students  in  Grades  5  &  6,  to   foster  and  academically  nurture  them  to   increase  the  number  of  inductees  into  the   NJHS.  As  the  clock  ticked  away,  members  of   NJHS  committee  scurried  through  every   nook  and  cranny  of  Napier  Academy  to  find   the  appropriate  setting  to  accommodate   eighty  (80)  attendees,  including  twenty-­‐two   students  and  their  mothers.       Finally,  the  die  was  cast  and  the  gymnasium   became  the  port  of  entry.  It  was   transformed  to  the  ambience  of  a  banquet   hall,  the  reflection  of  a  prestigious  edifice.   Thanks  to  vision  of  Ms.  Capers,  the  7th  Grade   ELA  Teacher  and  her  7th  Grade  busy   beavers.  The  tables  were  set  with  the   trimmings  for  a  4:30  afternoon  Tea  Party.   The  centerpieces  were  daintily  prepared  by   Dr.  Bruce  with  the  trappings  of  traditional   tea  cups  and  saucers,  as  memorabilia  table   prize.    Teapots  with  a  global  selection  of   teas  garnished  the  tables  as  Mrs.  Cantatore   sealed  the  opportunity  of  a  memorable  tea   party.     Simultaneously,  Mrs.  Grevesen  garnished  the   tables  with  salivating  finger  foods,  which   included  tantalizing  scones,  and  enticing   cucumber  sandwiches.  Ms.  Rodriguez  from  the   Full  Service  Community  School  trucked  in  scores   of  “finger-­‐licking”  sandwiches.  There  were   pastries  and  cakes  donated  by  the  Administration   and  Staff,  and  colleagues.  It  was  a  genuine   reminder  of  royal  customs  of  the  aristocrats.       Both  mothers  and  daughters  celebrated  this   special  event,  as  they  were  entertained   melodiously  in  songs,  poetry  and  dance,  after   feasting  on  an  intellectual  smorgasbord  of  high   expectations  from  the  keynote  speaker,  Mrs.   Marguerite  Sullivan,  Director  of  Educational   Services,  and  Mrs.  Gussie  Langston,  former   Teacher  of  Napier  Academy.  The  event  finally   culminated  with  presentations  of   acknowledgement  to  the  guests,  and  a  reminder   of  the  ‘good  things’  evolving  to  change  the   academic  climate  and  professional  culture  of   Napier  Academy.  This  event  was  of  course   captured  on  film  by  the  watchful  eye  of  the   District  HiLites.      In  recognizing  our  boys  who  have  acquired   similar  achievements  in  Grades  5-­‐8,  a  Bowling   activity  is  scheduled  for  May  26,  at  Bowling  Alley   in  Wayne,  NJ.  This  will  be  an  awesome  experience   for  Fathers  and  sons.  They  will  be  accompanied   by  Mr.  Miller,  SAC  officer,  Mr.  Kia  Jones,  Special   Education  Supervisor  and  Mr.  Edgar,  5th  Grade   Instructional  Assistant.  In  the  words  of   Condoleezza  Rice,  “In  America  it  doesn’t  matter   where  you  came  FROM  it  matters  where  you  are   GOING.”     READY  TO  LEARN  –  BUILD  MY  CHARACTER  –  INCREASE  MY  INTELLECT
  • 8.     8   Napier  Academy  Newsletter   June  2015     8             READY  TO  LEARN  –  BUILD  MY  CHARACTER  –  INCREASE  MY  INTELLECT       Parent  Café   Conversations  to  Keep  Your  Family  Strong     Joins  us  the  third  Wednesday  of  every  month  to  receive   new  information,  share  experiences,  ask  questions  and   learn  about  resources  that  can  help  you  raise  stronger   children.     Next  meeting  is  on  June  17th  at  8:30  am  in  Room  105
  • 9.     9   Napier  Academy  Newsletter   June  2015     9   READY  TO  LEARN  –  BUILD  MY  CHARACTER  –  INCREASE  MY  INTELLECT     From  the  Desk  of  the  Reading  Specialist-­‐Joan  Perry   Dear Students and Parents, This school year has been a rewarding experience for many us. Some students have improved their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills and developed a love for reading. As you prepare for your summer vacation, please be encouraged to increase your reading volume and maintain a reading log. Reading is vital to our success in all things. Parents here are 7 fun ways to encourage your child to read during the summer vacation.      Reward  Reading  –  Set  a  goal  with  your  child  to  read  a   certain  number  of  books  a  week  or  over  the  summer.    Draw   a  goal  chart  maybe  in  the  form  of  a  thermometer.    Track   your  child’s  progress  and  then  once  they  have  reached  the   goal  reward  them.   1. Label  The  House  —  If  your  child  is  a  beginning   reader,  take  a  walk  around  the  house  and  let   him/her  name  the  items,  while  you  write  the  name   on  a  sticky  note  and  attach  it.    Then  every  day  as   your  child  moves  around  the  house  they  are   surrounded  by  words.    A  few  times  a  week  walk   around  the  house  and  help  them  read  the   words.    It  is  a  very  simple  way  of  increasing  sight   words.   2. Family  Reading  Time  —  Set  aside  20  minutes   twice  a  week  when  the  entire  family  reads.    Read   anything  mail,  books,  magazines,  or  catalogs  —  to   show  that  reading  is  a  necessary  skill  for  everyone.   3. Read  Aloud  to  Your  Child  —  Reading  children’s   books  is  a  great  idea,  but  I  would  encourage  you  to   read  books  above  the  child’s  reading  level.    Take   this  a  step  further  and  take  turns  reading  to  your   child  —  mom  one  night,  dad  one  night,  and  older   sibling  one  night.       4. Explore  the  Library  —They  have  wonderful   books  and  magazines  of  course,  but  they  also  have   the  internet,  books  on  tapes,  movies,  educational   toys,  and  special  events.    Let  your  child  discover   that  the  library  is  an  exciting  place  full  of  options.   5. Flashcards  —  This  is  a  tried  and  true   method.    Create  10  packs  of  10  cards  each  with  the   most  common  sight  words  that  children  need  to   know.    Then  work  on  a  pack  for  however  long  it   takes.    Then  add  another  pack  of  10  to  it.    Students   will  be  happy  to  see  how  many  words  they  can   learn  at  a  time.    Then  practice  with  flashcards  5   times  a  week.    Flashcards  are  also  a  great  study   tool  for  other  subjects!     5. Flashcards  —  This  is  a  tried  and  true   method.    Create  10  packs  of  10  cards  each  with  the   most  common  sight  words  that  children  need  to   know.    Then  work  on  a  pack  for  however  long  it   takes.    Then  add  another  pack  of  10  to  it.    Students   will  be  happy  to  see  how  many  words  they  can   learn  at  a  time.    Then  practice  with  flashcards  5   times  a  week.    Flashcards  are  also  a  great  study   tool  for  other  subjects!!   6. Music  To  Read  By  —  I  am  in  the  process  of  writing   a  grant  to  use  music  in    my  English  classroom.    We   all  love  music!    Some  kids  benefit  from  listening  to   music  when  reading  such  as  jazz,  classical,  and   even  folk  can  provide  consistent,  rhythmic   background  noise  that  can  enhance  some  children’s   concentration  skills.    Go  a  step  further  and  have   your  child  read  the  verses  to  their  favorite  popular   songs.    They  won’t  even  realize  that  they  are   reading!!   7. Pen  Pals  —  All  kids  love  getting  mail.    Recruit   family  members  or  friends  near  or  far  to  write  or   email  letters  to  your  child  on  a  regular  basis.    Ask   the  letter  writer  to  include  lots  of  questions  for   your  child  to  answer:  For  example,  what  was  the   best  thing  that  happened  to  you  this  week?    How  is   the  family  pet  doing?    Have  you  read  any  good   books  lately  –what  were  they  about?    Ask  your child  to  read  the  letter  to  you  out  loud  and   encourage  them  to  respond  within  a  week’s  time.   Our  schools  can  do  a  lot  to  educate  our  children,  but  it   remains  our  responsibilities  as  parents  to  make  sure  that   our  child  has  all  of  the  necessary  skills  to  be  successful  in   life.    Reading  is  essential  and  I  hope  you  can  use  at  least  one   of  these  suggestions,  so  your  child  returns  to  school  mentally   prepared.       Knowledge  is  PoWeR!!
  • 10.     10   Napier  Academy  Newsletter   June  2015     10         Congratulations  to  the  winning  classes   in  the  Pasta  for  Pennies  fundraiser!  1st   Place  was  awarded  to  Ms.  Mobley’s   Class  for  raising  $134.64  and    2nd  Place   was  awarded  to  Ms.Mule'  s  class  for   raising    $119.71.    Napier  Academy   contributed  a  total  of  $509.09    to  the   Leukemia  and  Lymphoma  Society  in   the  fight  against  blood  cancers.  Thank   you  for  your  donations  and  support!     Will you aim to be on the Wall of Fame next year?     What  does  it  take  to  be  the  Student  of  the  Month?  I  asked  around  and  staff  and   students  had  different  opinions.  Some  stated  that  you  should  be  a  model  student.   While  others  felt  that  it  should  also  be  used  as  a  way  to  encourage  students  to  do   better.  Maybe  it  should  even  be  given  to  the  most  improved  student  during  that   month.  Some  teachers  say  that  it’s  hard  to  choose  just  one  each  month  while   students  say  teachers  should  let  the  students  vote  for  their  peers  each  month.  In   addition,  some  schools  have  set  criteria  for  their  SOM  selection.  Some  schools   Student  of  the  Month  program  is  meant  to  promote  success  in  and  out  of  the   classroom.  For  a  student  to  be  a  well-­‐respected  citizen,  they  must  be  able  to   balance  many  different  areas  of  life.  They  must  exemplify  outstanding   characteristics  both  as  a  student  and  as  a  citizen  of  the  community.  The  student   must  be  able  to  handle  many  different  aspects  of  student  life  while  maintaining   excellence  in  the  classroom.  This  award  is  designed  to  nominate  and  select   students  who  promote  and  take  pride  in  their  school  and  in  themselves.  Here  is   some  criteria  that  can  be  used:   1.  Contributes  to  class,  club  or  athletic  activities   2.  Shows  marked  improvement  in  performance   3.  Is  prepared  for  participation  in  class,  club  or  athletic   activities   4.  Displays  interest  or  eagerness  in  learning   5.  Helps  others   6.  Cooperates  with  staff   7.  Demonstrates  great  character  and/or  citizenship     What’s  your  opinion?   The  Committee  Officers  and  members   of  the  NJHS  wish  to  thank  the   Administration  and  Staff,  teachers,   parents,  students,  and  friends  for   making  our  first  Mother  and  Daughter   Recognition  Tea  Party  and  father-­‐Son   Bowling  Party  a  success.  The  NJHS  is   committed  to  academic  excellence,  as   we  look  forward  to  working  with   students  and  parents  to  maintain  the   academic  standards  established.       A  mind  is  a  terrible  thing  to   waste   READY  TO  LEARN  –  BUILD  MY  CHARACTER  –  INCREASE  MY  INTELLECT
  • 11.     11   Napier  Academy  Newsletter   June  2015     11   Fun  with  Legos   First  and  second  graders  put   their  science,  technology,   engineering  and  mathematics   to  task  during  a  Snapology   workshop.  Students  enjoyed  a   fun  filled  afternoon  while   building  robots  and  creating   mosaics  based  on  popular   movie  and  cartoon   characters.    Also,  students   displayed  their  creativity  and   developed  teamwork  skills   while  working  with  their   peers  to  build  creative  Lego   structures  during  free  play.
  • 12.     12   Napier  Academy  Newsletter   June  2015     12       Sign  up  for  the  FSCS  Food  Pantry  at  Napier   Academy     Contact  Ms.  McWilliams  at  973-­‐  321-­‐1000  ext.   20485  or  stop  by  Room  105  from  10:00  a.m.    -­‐   4:00  p.m.  to  register.     Food  Pantry  Distribution  Schedule     June  3rd    -­‐  10:30  am     June  18th  -­‐  5:00  pm     July  1st    -­‐  10:30am   July  15th    -­‐4:00  pm   August  3rd  -­‐10:30  am   August  19th  -­‐  4:00  pm            Inscríbete  en  la  Despensa  de  Alimentos    de   Napier  Academy     Para   registrase   póngase   en   contacto   con   la   Sta.   McWilliams  en  973-­‐  321-­‐1000  ext.  20485  o  pase   por  el  Salón  105  de  10:00  a.m.  a  4:00  p.m.     Dias  de  Distribucion       3  de  Junio  -­‐  10:30  am   18  de  Junio  -­‐  5:00  pm   1  de  Julio  -­‐  10:30  am   15  de  Julio  -­‐  4:00  pm   3  de  Agosto  -­‐  10:30  am   19  de  Agosto  -­‐  4:00  pm       READY  TO  LEARN  –  BUILD  MY  CHARACTER  –  INCREASE  MY  INTELLECT     Diamond  Diva  Club  (DDC)  is  a  group  of  fourth  grade  girls  who  love  to   help  each  other.  Mr.  Lindsey,  the  4th  Grade  Social  Studies  Teacher,   serves  as  their  advisor.  They  have  rules  that  govern  the  club  and  have   approximately  32  members.       Rule  #1  –  Respect  everyone  and  their  opinion   Rule  #2  –  All  members  have  a  part  to  play   Rule  #3  –  We  only  accept  the  best  of  the  best   Rule  #4  –  No  boys  allowed     They  offer  tutoring  and  have  officers.  The  founders  and  officers  are  :   Kaylin  Dilisio,  President;  Diana  Moya,  Jarelyn  Guerrero,  and  Tavasia   King,  Vice-­‐Presidents;  Nyasia  Strickland,  Secretary;  and  Tymeira   Harris,  Treasurer.     Many  times  they  meet  during  their  lunch  period  to  conduct  meetings   and  discuss  various  topics.  Some  topics  include:  respect,  bonding,   peer  mediation,  community  service  projects and more.     21
  • 13.     13   Napier  Academy  Newsletter   June  2015     13   READY  TO  LEARN  –  BUILD  MY  CHARACTER  –  INCREASE  MY  INTELLECT     Want to make this summer count? Taking on the Summer Reading Challenge is simple. Students coast to coast will answer the call to keep on reading about the world around them. Newsela's Summer Reading Challenge gives them the chance to earn badges, get newsroom promotions and climb in the standings, all while reading news and feature stories hot off the press. Students with an existing Newsela login are automatically entered in the challenge. Students new to Newsela can get a login from a parent or teacher. Frequently Asked Questions What is the duration of the Challenge? Start Date: Monday, June 1 End date: Friday, August 14 Who is eligible? Any student with a Newsela account is eligible to participate. Students use the Newsela accounts they already have. Is there any cost to participate? Do I have to be a PRO subscriber? There is no cost to participate. You do not have to be a PRO subscriber. Do my students need to have an account in Newsela? Yes. If your students do not already have an account, please follow these instructions to help them create one. Parents - please see these instructions to create accounts for your readers. How do students participate? Students participate simply by reading articles and taking quizzes starting on Monday, June 1. Do teachers have to do anything to enable their students to participate? No. Once students have their Newsela accounts, they can participate independently. Is there a deadline for my students to begin participating? No. The Challenge begins June 1 but students will be able to begin participating any time up to the end of the Challenge on August 14.
  • 14.     14   Napier  Academy  Newsletter   June  2015     14     READY  TO  LEARN  –  BUILD  MY  CHARACTER  –  INCREASE  MY  INTELLECT               How will my students know that the Challenge has begun? When students log in to Newsela.com beginning on Monday, June 1, they will see an alert letting them know that the Challenge has begun. Is there anything else I should know about finishing up the school year on Newsela? To find tips on how to wrap up this school year and prepare for the next on Newsela, check out our End of the Year FAQs for Teachers. How can I help my students succeed with the Challenge? Download and print copies of this handout and have your students write down their username and password to keep for use during the summer. Ask them to take this home to share with their parents/guardians. Why is Newsela sponsoring this Free Summer Reading Challenge? Newsela's mission is to unlock the written word for everyone. We know that summer reading is a vital component to developing and maintaining student literacy. We are dedicated to supporting teachers everywhere in their commitment to their students' growth in literacy. To that end, our goal with the Summer Reading Challenge is to help support the efforts of schools to encourage students to read as many articles as they can. What is my students' goal in participating in the Free Summer Reading Challenge? Every student's goal for the Free Summer Reading Challenge is to earn as many word-points and badges as they can. A word-point is a point awarded to a student based upon their performance on reading comprehension quizzes. A badge is an icon that is awarded to a student based upon their reading activity. How will my students earn word-points? Students will earn word-points by answering quiz items correctly. Students will be awarded a number of points equivalent to the number of words in an article divided by the number of questions in the article quiz and multiplied by the number of questions that they answer correctly. For example, if an article has 400 words and there are 4 questions in the quiz, each question is worth 100 word-points. If the student answers 2 of 4 questions correctly, they will earn 100 word-points for each correct answer, or 200 word-points in total. Note: Students must answer at least 2 quiz questions correctly (better than pure chance) in order to receive any points. The Summer Reading Challenge starts June 1. For more information, go to Newsela.com
  • 15.     15   Napier  Academy  Newsletter   June  2015     15         READY  TO  LEARN  –  BUILD  MY  CHARACTER  –  INCREASE  MY  INTELLECT     By: JC Peters (excerpted from spiritualityhealth.com) Allergies  are  really  common  during  the   spring  season  as  trees  and  flowers  begin  to   bloom.  Allergies  are  essentially  an   overreaction  of  your  immune  system  to  a   substance  that  is  normally  harmless  but   that  your  body  sees  as  a  threat.  This   internal  struggle  (plus  the  antihistamines)   can  make  you  feel  exhausted,  like  the  last   thing  you  want  to  do  is  move.  Allergies   often  also  behave  similarly  to  seasonal   colds.  Luckily,  there  are  some  yoga  postures   that  can  really  help  your  body  deal  with   mild  allergic  reactions  or  colds.  Of  course  if   the  reaction  or  illness  is  severe,  get  medical   attention  right  away!     Sphinx  Pose  with  Neck  Rolls     Your  lymphatic  system’s  job  is  to  drain   away  toxins  and  waste  from  the  hard  work   of  your  immune  system,  so  sometimes  your   lymph  nodes  will  swell  up  when  you  are  not   feeling  well.  Unlike  the  heart,  which  pumps   the  blood  through  your  body,  the  lymphatic   system  depends  on  your  physical   movement  to  pump  the  toxins  through.  The   lymph  nodes  are  located  mostly  in  the  neck,   armpits,  belly,  and  groin  because  these   areas  are  most  likely  to  move  in  your   everyday  life.  For  Sphinx  Pose,  lie  on  your   belly.  Prop  yourself  up  on  your  elbows  and   widen  the  shoulders  to  get  lots  of  space   between  the  shoulder  tips  and  the  ear  tips.   Gently  roll  your  neck  in  a  circle,  making   sure  to  open  the  throat  without  crunching   the  back  of  the  neck;  the  lymph  nodes  are   on  either  side  of  the  throat.  Circle  three   times  in  one  direction,  then  switch.       Long  Lunge     Step  your  right  foot  back  behind  you  and  lower   your  knee  down.  Inch  the  knee  away  so  you  are  in   a  long  lunge.  Keep  your  front  knee  right  over  your   ankle,  but  the  back  knee  should  be  as  far  back   from  the  hip  as  possible.  Let  the  hips  be  heavy  and   lift  the  chest,  supporting  yourself  on  your   fingertips  or  on  blocks,  accessing  the  lymph  nodes   in  the  groin.  Breathe  into  the  hips,  perhaps   swaying  them  a  little  from  side  to  side.  Explore   straightening  the  back  leg.  After  eight  breaths,   switch  sides.     Standing  Forward  Bend     Seasonal  allergies  can  also  affect  the  sinuses:   cavities  behind  the  forehead  and  cheekbones  that   may  get  stuffed  up.  If  the  pressure  is  very  strong,   it’s  not  a  good  idea  to  invert,  and  your  body  will   let  you  know  about  that.  If  it  feels  okay,  the   inversion  will  help  move  the  fluid  in  your  sinuses.   Have  a  tissue  handy!  Stand  with  your  feet  hips   distance  apart  or  wider.  Fold  from  your  hips  with   your  knees  as  bent  as  you  need  so  that  your  lower   back  feels  safe.  Let  the  spine  hang  down,  perhaps   holding  opposite  elbows,  and  give  the  head  a   gentle  shake  to  relax  the  neck  and  allow  the   sinuses  to  shift.  Hold  for  eight  breaths.     Simple  Side  Bends     If  your  lungs  feel  congested,  yoga  poses  that   stretching  the  belly  and  the  ribs  out  can  give  you   more  space  to  breathe.  Sit  cross  legged  on  the   floor,  and  outstretch  your  fingers  to  the  earth   beside  you.  Reach  your  right  arm  up  and  over  to   the  left  as  you  walk  your  left  fingers  away.  Turn   your  chest  slightly  up  towards  the  sky,  focusing  on   breathing  into  the  front  of  your  right  lung,  then   slightly  down  to  breathe  into  the  back.  Explore   here  for  about  eight  breaths,  creating  space  in  the   lungs  and  opening  the  lymph  nodes  in  the  armpits,   then  switch  sides.     Yoga for Allergies or Seasonal Colds

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