Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The recently-held science fair drew some remarkable entries
The 12th annual Science Fair at Park Middle School, held on March 8, 2013, showcased the efforts of 165 students in 5th through 8th grades. Working alone or in pairs, students investigated questions of physics, chemistry, the environment, and other scientific disciplines using materials ranging from tongue depressors to potatoes. Peggy Brown, 6th grade teacher and coordinator for the Science Fair said, “Students really grasped the idea of using the scientific method to investigate things that interest them – things like electrolytes found in sports drinks, absorbency of paper towels, and the strength of bridges. It’s exciting to see them learn to make their own discoveries.” Park science teachers Richard Minerley, Amy Johnson, Jennifer …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Park Middle School was evacuated this afternoon after the school found a note indicating a bomb was somewhere in the building, police found no bomb.
Update: 2:30 p.m. Park Middle School was evacuated earlier today due to a note that was found indicating a bomb might be located in an area of the school, officials said. According to Police Chief Brian Mahoney, the Scotch Plains police department received a phone call that the school had found a note stating that there was a bomb in a specific section of the building. After consulting with Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hayes and Park Middle personnel, the police department decided to evacuate the students to nearby School One due to the cold weather. Mahoney added that the students did an excellent job walking over to School One and were very organized and calm throughout the evacuation. Once the department knew the students were safe and …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Micayla Mirabella, Bella Bernardo, Allie Gara and Cameron Heisey were honored for acts of kindness performed throughout the year.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
In this photo, Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella congratulates Park Middle School students, Micayla Mirabella, Bella Bernardo, Allie Gara and Cameron Heisey for participating in the school's Caught Doing Good program. More than 150 students who particpated in the program were recognized at a recent ceremnony for performing random acts of kindness and good deeds throughout the year.
Monday, April 23, 2012
The Park Middle School Environmental Club poses beneath the white oak in Carriage House Park Fanwood.
Pictured are members of the Park Middle School Environmental Club who posed for photo after parcipating in a Tree Identification Workshop sponsored by the Fanwood Shade Tree Commission. As the students took in some sunshine at The Carriage House Park in Fanwood, the club members learned to identify trees by observing tree characteristics such as leaves, flowers and bark. The Carriage House Park is home to 15 different kinds of trees and is a beautiful place to spend a Spring afternoon. The Environmental Club meets once a week after school to learn about environmental issues.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Schools, schools and more schools! Variety Shows, musicals, and fundraisers top the list of this week's happenings around town.
Music lovers of every age are invited to come out on Wednesday, March 28, and support SPF instrumental music at the District Instrumental music festival and Terrill Middle School Quarter Dip fundraiser. Enjoy the beats and buzz of the Terrill Middle School jazz band and raise money to support the Music Boosters.The event will be held at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. On Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m., the noted author and teacher Dean Sluyter (www.deansluyter.com) will lead a meditation and discussion in a private home. There is no charge, and no experience is required. Sluyter, who has lead thousands of workshops, lectures, and classes combines many traditions to help bring awareness to every aspect of life. On…
Friday, March 23, 2012
Long awaited repairs, rising enrollment touted as reasons for $1.2M added to 2012-13 plan.
The Board of Education unanimously approved the $85.6 million 2012-2013 School Budget, which jumped $1.2 million. The higher taxes are, in part, a result of long awaited roof and HVAC repairs as well as rising enrollment necessitating additional staff. The new budget, approved Thursday night, earned the support of the County Superintendent and Department of Education, comes in below the required 2 percent cap. To bring the tax levy down to 1.66 percent, the Board will be returning $251,411 that came in the form of additional aid to the tax payers. At $2.75 million, the district does see a small increase in state aid. However, BOE President Trip Whitehouse noted that the Board is dealing with a about half the amount of state aid that had …
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Patch sits down Park Middle School Student Sasha Zitofsky, who stars in the Anti-Bullying Theatrical Production: New Kid and Mom, Susan Zitofsky.
Alexander “Sasha” Zitofsky is not your average twelve year old. Sasha is an exuberant, witty, playfully sarcastic young man who has figured out what many adults are still struggling to find. Sasha loves to perform and wants to do it for the rest of his life. “If I was locked in a room for a day, I would dance around and work on my splits,” Sasha said. A home video shows Sasha performing an intricate, energizing dance routine to Lady Gaga’s smash hit “Telephone.” As he lights up the notoriously dusty and dim Park Middle School Auditorium the crowd cheers with delight. That small glimpse of Sasha’s talent shines as a perfect example of his dynamic presence. Sasha has the kind of magnetic energy that helps audiences, friends, and strangers …
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Students became dizzy following unscheduled fire alarm, police say.
Four students at Park Middle School were treated for heat related dizziness early Wednesday afternoon. Scotch Plains Police Detective Lt. Brian Donnelly said students in the school evacuated the building at around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday after a fire alarm was activated. He said the alarm was not part of a scheduled fire drill. “The fire department surmised that the alarm went off because of the heat,” Donnelly said in a telephone interview. While outside of the building, four students complained of dizziness, Donnelly said. Temperatures at the time were as high as 90 degrees, weather services reported. Members of the Scotch Plains and Clark rescue squads responded to the scene to treat the students with water and wet towels, Donnelly said…