Clayton Middle and High School students learn life lessons through a service learning project called CLIPS TRIPS – Citizenship Leads into Personal Success. The project is designed to create opportunities for students in grades 6-12 who are enrolled in the middle/high school behavioral and multiple disabilities programs to foster interpersonal connections with community based constituents, peers, teachers and staff. This project provides students with opportunities to engage as active citizens of the community. Following a cleanup of the school garden and surrounding area, the mayor of Clayton and members of his staff meet with the students to encourage them to consider a career in city government
Lazar News Network
Robert R. Lazar Middle School students experience the excitement and energy of producing a live daily news show. The Montville Township audio/visual teacher Jeanne Matuszewski directs sixth, seventh and eighth graders in their television production course.
Special education teachers at Van Holten Elementary in Bridgewater are using fish to help students get excited about learning. Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is a science-based program that demonstrates the importance of cold water conservation through a hands-on experience. By raising brook trout from eggs to fingerlings, the size they are at release time, students learn about the importance of clean, cold water, not only for the fish they are raising, but also for other organisms, including people. The teachers at Van Holten have incorporated the program throughout curriculum including language and math as well as speech and occupational therapy. For more information go to: http://www.njtroutintheclassroom.org/
Jammin’ with Julio
A select group of music students at Hoboken High School have the honor of jamming with Julio Fernandez, a jazz guitarist for Spyro Gyra. A former graduate of Hoboken High, Fernandez returns to visit with the students, his former band director John Cuozzo and fellow band member from the 1970s, Gary Enrico. While at the school, Fernandez was presented with an NJEA Award of Excellence, which is given to graduates of New Jersey high schools who have excelled in their field.