EAST BRUNSWICK – The East Brunswick School District recently celebrated the efforts of its students.
- When East Brunswick Public School students start sixth grade, they can choose from five languages: French, German, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish. In order to help students decide, the World Language team welcomed current fifth graders and families to Hammarskjold Middle School at the annual World Language Expo on Dec. 6. Students explored music, dance, games and cuisine representative of each of these cultures, according to information provided by the school district.Selecting a language and continuing its study through senior year helps prepare a student to seek the State of New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy, according to the statement. The State Department of Education awards this distinction to students who demonstrate a strong proficiency in a world language and meet English graduation requirements. The East Brunswick Education Association provided a PRIDE grant that helped enhance this event.
- Hammarskjold Middle School students are selected by their Language Arts teachers, based on their positive interactions and performance in school, to read to Early Learning Academy students. The efforts of Alina in the “Middles to Littles” program were recognized by Dr. Michael Gaskell, principal of Hammarskjold; Dr. Victor Valeski, superintendent of East Brunswick Public Schools; AbdulSaleem Hasan, New Jersey Department of Education assistant commissioner of Field Services; and Kyle Anderson, interim Middlesex County superintendent.
The Middles to Littles program is a collaborative effort between the Hammarskjold administrative team and the Community Programs Early Learning Academy. Middles to Littles is supported by the East Brunswick Education Foundation, according to the statement.
- The fourth annual STEM Night (science, technology, engineering, math) on Nov. 15 started with East Brunswick High School students Kayla Wong and Kennan Gau discussing the importance of STEM and how careers in STEM areas are expanding rapidly, and continued with exciting hands-on STEM activities, according to information provided by the district.
Attendees were able to gain hands-on experience with STEM through the numerous stations. Ranging from computer engineering to chemistry, students were exposed to basic STEM concepts.