Hillside Student Highlights




Highlights at Hurden Looker


"Peace” picture with our third grade students.






Hillside Enrichment Students (HEP) continue to maintain the HL garden as well as begin their work to create their own notebook to be used in class by binding the pages, creating their pages on the computer (Graphic Design), and using crosscut and 3D printing. The students are designing their note pages on the computer and the theme is carried throughout the book.  After the pages are designed, students will stich the pages together (Kettle Stitch). The materials and equipment used to create these notebooks are all found in our Maker Space Room at Hurden Looker. Some of items include: Brit + Co printable covers, printer paper, card stock, embroidery floss, cutting mat, 3D Printer, awl as well as other items.



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Also happening this week at HL, HEP students were busy cleaning out the garden for winter and working on programing their designs for their key chains which will be printed out on the 3D printer.



Week of 10/29/18



Another year of the Hurden Looker Halloween Parade and again it was a hit. Parents joined in on the parade as well as the students who where excited for show off their costumes.

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Hurden Looker HEP students continue to explore in our I-Lab. Students have been creating designs using the Lego wall. HEP students created a spinning wheel out of recyclable materials., This wheel is labeled with various activities that challenge the students to create their model piece on the wall.




HHS Students of the Week



Junior Taneasia Robinson is the epitome of a hard worker. Despite any academic challenges that face her, Taneasia rises to the challenge and endeavors to overcome them, as demonstrated in her achievement in securing her position on the MP 1 Honor Roll. Furthermore, Taneasia is an active member of HHS’ Student Council, where she is always seen with a smile and an eagerness to help not only her fellow club-mates but the student body as a whole.




Senior Kemaj Blow is a friendly, outgoing, and dynamic young man whose social nature is seen both in and out of the classroom. Having earned a position on the Marking Period 1 Honor Roll, Kemaj clearly demonstrates commitment to his academic excellence. A brilliant public speaker, he is often seen at the Martin Luther King celebrations honoring the Reverend’s life. Always jocular in the hallways, he is a positive contributor to HHS’ and Hillside’s environment.








“On Saturday, November 17th, WOK students joined by members of the Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Delta PI Chapter, and Kudos members participated in a program which explores the devastating effects of gun violence (teen against teen) and encourages them to honor life by making sound decisions.  The program, filmed by NJTV, was narrated by Ms. Elaine Lane, founder of David’s Shoes, Inc. and hosted by Dr. Antoine Gayles, Superintendent of Schools.”  The program was held at WOK Middle School.





WOK's Students of the Week are:


Rebeca Souza - Rebeca is a 7th grader who is new to WOK.  Recently she served as an unofficial ambassador for a new student who did not speak any English.  For almost a week Rebeca volunteered to escort this student to her classes and assist the student in learning the routines and the building at WOK.  Rebeca's helpfulness and positive attitude demonstrate the character we seek to develop at the middle school.


Joan Eniaiyeweu -- Joan is a 7th grader who is a member of WOK's cross country team.  She placed 4th at her first cross country meet against Union.






We only have one Student of the Week for last week, and it is Juleanna Santos, 8th grader.

This past Saturday 21 WOK 8th graders and 4 parents participated in NJIT’s Real World Connections (RWC) Open House.  This program, which has students working in teams on real-world problems, is designed for high schoolers, so our youngsters are the only middle schoolers there.  Students work in teams with NJIT college and graduate student coaches in one of these tracks:  CSI and Film, Game Development, Android App Development, Novice Web Development, Advanced Web Development, Building PCs, and Intro to Programming.  For 8 weeks students engage in problem-/project-based learning and then present to industry people and families in a showcase.  Our WOK students did so well at this open house that our very own Juleanna Santos was chosen as CEO of RWC’s executive board; on the spot candidates had to give speeches as to why they should have certain roles and student participants voted and Juleanna was elected as CEO of the executive board.






AP Morris "Bee" of the Month


Summer Bosire-Quintero is a Pre-K student in Mrs. Arcuni’s class. This past month the class focused on the character education trait of responsibility.  Summer was responsible for the entire month and was chosen as the class “Bee of the Month.”


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AP Morris School Receives School Supplies from Atlantic Health System

“AP Morris School is pleased to have received donations from Atlantic Health System.  The donations included classroom and office supplies for teachers and students.  Managers from Atlantic Health System along with Dr. Gayles,  Board Member, Mr. Allende, Dr. Sheard and Ms. Weaver made the  presentation to Ms. Lowe and her students on November 12, 2018.”



A Narrative of a Students Experience on Her First Day of School,

Written by: Her Preschool Inclusion Classroom Teachers.


On the first day of school  in the large, loud and busy AP.Morris/Early Childhood Center Auditorium. Rahima Muhammad came in very shy, a little nervous and timid. As she came into our Preschool Inclusion class, Rahima was eager to learn and knew what was expected of her right away. Rahima knows the schedule of the classroom. After she completed the Preschool Assessments, Rahima knows many letters, sounds and numbers. We are very eager to see Rahima Muhammad grow academically and socially through the course of the year!

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Ms. Jackson Student of the Month: Kenneth Abankwa Dako is a responsible Pre k scholar.  He  follows our everyday rules and loves to help his teachers and classmates.  He was given the honor of being the" Bee of the Month" for September .Kenneth loves to listen to stories and  shows enthusiasm when building his magnificent structures,using  legos.  He  also  participates in many of out competitive  recess activities such as playing basketball and running  relay races.



Johanan Soto with his bright smile is an outstanding addition to Mrs. Greenblatt and Mrs. Crescitelli’s Pre-K 4 class. Jojo as he is called by his friends, joined the AP Morris family when he turned three last year. Jojo was determined to achieve grade level benchmarks. He mastered 100% of his letters and 95% of his letter sounds. With the excellent partnership between home and school, Johanan mastered 100% of the Pre-K sight words. We are very proud of Johanan and look forward to hearing more about his achievements.






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During the first four weeks of school year, Janiya Womack, Nylah Garnett, Xavion Silva, and Bryan Gonzalez were selected by staff to be the JET’S UPSTANDER OF THE WEEK for standing up to behaviors that causes bullying.  They were given three tickets to go to a Jets home game.  Their images were tweeted on CalvinCoolidgeHillside@RahimGraham2 and displayed on the Metlife Stadium’s Jumbotron during Jets home games.






One of George Washington School’s Finest

Sixth grade honor student Jaylah Samaroo is an outgoing and adventurous sister, daughter, student and friend who is always trying to put a smile on every person she meets. Jaylah was elected two times for student council, once in fourth grade and again in fifth. She is also a part of the George Washington National Honor Society. Aside from being in the Honor Society, Jaylah helps younger students with their school work by tutoring them in Project Homework. In addition to academics, Jaylah loves playing sports with her peers, especially soccer. Jaylah is truly a dynamic young lady who represents the spirit of George Washington School.




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Bon Appetit at GW Book Tasting!

Mrs. Parsons’ Title 1 ELA classes celebrated Thanksgiving with a “Book Tasting at Chef Parsons”. The purpose of a Book Tasting is to instill a love and joy in reading by exposing students to different book genres and authors. Students sampled books that were historical fiction, traditional literature, fiction, mystery, biography/autobiography, and informational/non-fiction. Each student “tasted” every genre. After each sampling, the students filled in their menu and at the end of their tasting, they filled in their place mat with thoughts and questions about the books they chose to sample. Now the students can use their completed menu to help them pick out a new book at Mrs. Parsons’ library to enjoy for their independent reading.





Character Rules at GW


In October, George Washington School celebrated character building. To continue to encourage positive behavior, Ms. Kurdyla’s, Ms. Hoffman’s, and Ms. Cooley’s class performed a student led assembly for the school. These students did a wonderful job teaching their peers about ways to show respect, sharing memorable quotes, and honoring celebrities that show respect. Together, we can achieve more.



Readers Theatre


Recently, students have spent the past few classes exploring the Readers’ Theatre component of the current classroom unit. In Readers’ Theatre, students perform informal, dramatic readings in small group settings to further their understanding of key concepts present in the current classroom unit. In unit one, students have been studying foundations of democracy. Pictured from left to right are Brian Ferreira, Deshe Hooks, and Daschielle DuVerge.





It’s the 21st Century, and girls at George Washington School are showing that they can design, create, and explore all that the world of science and engineering has to offer! The female members of the Girls Rock Science program are currently designing parachutes to transport small objects safely from the second floor of the school to the ground. Working in teams to design their parachutes, they used mathematical skills to measure out each part of their parachute designs while considering how air resistance and gravity could affect the accuracy, safety, and timeliness of their parachute’s landing.  These photos are beginning stages of design. More pictures of finished product to follow! 






Various teams from Hillside High School, Rutgers University and Kean University spoke to our children on the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, respect, responsibility, hard work and commitment to your team which includes your classmates, your school and your community.




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GW LIVE Radio Interview!

GW students were interviewed live on 1450 Talk Radio about our fundraising efforts.







Zayda Torres is a remarkable student who deserves to be recognized for her academic progress and behavior. Zayda is a very bright student and an amazing friend to her classmates. She always lends a helping hand to her classmates during activities and is an outstanding participator in class discussions who brings in great insights. She helps keep our classroom and school run smoothly by being an example to others of how to follow rules and procedures.




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George Washington School exposes our students to different charities to reinforce to students as there is always someone less fortunate. Mr. Greco has coordinated GW’s participation in the Hillside Food Bank food drive for the last 7 years. Through our fundraising events, students recognize their ability to help others, and realize their power to make a difference.

Dudline Glaude has kicked off the community food bank collection in Ms. Wallack's class. She has donated over 70 cans of food! Dudline encourages other students to get excited about the program and to donate food as well. Dudline's generosity will help many families in need this season. 













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