Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Power of Pizza Persuasion

Mrs. Chris Nolan’s third grade language arts students at Baker recently completed a unit on how to write a persuasive letter. One of their assignments was to write a letter to adults persuading  them that pizza is a delicious lunch choice.  The completed letters were then sent off to the national headquarters of Domino’s Pizza. The children were happily surprised when they received a letter of thanks and a gift card for a pizza party! These hard-working students learned a  valuable writing skill AND enjoyed a lovely pizza party.

The Patchwork Quilt

Mrs. Furman’s 2nd grade class at Roberts’ read a book study called The Patchwork Quilt. The story is about a little girl’s grandmother who is making a special quilt with pieces of clothes from the whole family. But when her grandmother gets sick, she was determined to finish the quilt by herself. Each child in our class is making a pillow to be able to take home and to help them remember this wonderful story.

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MHS – Post-Modernism Participation Piece

MHS Fine Arts teacher, Mrs. Julia Mooney, shared with us news of her students’ unique and participatory project:

Moorestown AP Art History students are working hard after the AP test.  Recently they came together to complete a collaborative audience participation piece as part of their final unit in Post Modernism.  They made visuals of social issues they wanted “gone” and glued them together into a patchwork style 4’X2’ board.  They then invited peers to throw paint filled water balloons at the piece to help “destroy” those issues.  In this way, students engaged in the contemporary trend of symbolic destruction and audience participation.  In exchange for a balloon, participants had to write suggestions for a positive solution for the future.  These suggestions were included on the “horizon”, which students later turned into the second half of the artwork. “This project created an open dialogue for people to discuss the injustices they see in the world today,” one Moorestown High School junior said.

For more information see the article on The Moorestown Patch: Click Here

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You can read more about the project in this article from the Moorestown Patch

Caring Makes a Difference

At Mary Roberts, Mrs. Furman’s 2nd grade class is learning to celebrate differences in people a unit called Caring Makes a Difference. To start the unit off, students created a bottle buddy to look like themselves. Students wrote about the similarities and differences between their bottle buddy and themselves.

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MHS – Educator Accepted to NEH History and Culture Workshop

Moorestown High School World Languages teacher, Mrs. Valerie Oswald-Love, has been accepted to participate in an important National Endowment for the Humanities’ Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop. The seven-day workshop, Native American and African-American Educational Experiences in Kansas, 1830-1960, provides participating educators in-depth opportunities to “…visit historic sites, view works of art, and examine primary sources to better understand the history of racial discrimination in American education.” The workshop “… will be guided by a diverse and engaging group of expert scholars, artists, and community leaders and activists.” Mrs. Oswald-Love will travel to Lawrence, KS in July to participate in this historical and cultural experience. She has previously participated in the NEH workshops Spanish and Mexican Influences on California in Los Angeles, CA (2011) and The Most Southern Place on Earth in Cleveland, MS (2015).

Six Flags Read to Succeed Program

Congratulations to the 22 students in Mrs. Furman’s class that completed 6 hours of reading for the Six Flags Read to Succeed program. They each earned a FREE ticket to Six Flags Great Adventure. Way to go readers!!

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Service Project

The second grade at Roberts School are very excited to share that their 2017 service project focused on helping animals. In honor of National Pet Week, Roberts School collected many items to be donated to the Voorhees Animal Orphanage. Thank you Roberts families for making it a HUGE success!

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Second Graders Visit the Academy of Natural Sciences

The second graders at Roberts school traveled to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, PA to enhance their study of dinosaurs and other changes to the world over time. At the museum they looked at dinosaur bones, skeletons, visit a hands-on exhibit called Outside-In, explore the Butterfly Garden and more!

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MHS – Clay in Mind 2017 Award Winners

On April 29, 2017, students from Moorestown High School’s advanced ceramics and sculpture classes participated in the 15th annual ceramics competition, Clay in Mind. Clay in Mind is “…a juried exhibition of outstanding three-dimensional ceramic artworks, functional and non-functional, created by high school students in New Jersey.” Held at Northern Burlington High School, this year’s competition included over 80 student works of ceramic art from twelve participating high schools. The top 20 works, selected as “outstanding” by the Clay in Mind judge, go on to a special exhibit at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. Two students from Mrs. Kelly Gartland’s MHS Honors Ceramics III class proudly took home these awards for their ceramic works…and their pieces were on display at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia from May 5 – May 13, 2017.

We join Mrs. Gartland and the entire MHS Fine Arts Department in congratulating these talented students on their outstanding success and artistic accomplishments.

MHS – Madrigals Compete in Interact Club’s A Cappella for Autism Vocal Competition


MHS Choral Director, Mr. Sergey Tkachenko, shared some fantastic news about the MHS Madrigals and the MHS Interact Club’s recent A Cappella for Autism event:

This past Saturday, April 29, 2017, the Moorestown High School  Madrigals competed in the MHS  Interact Club’s A Cappella for Autism vocal competition against eight other esteemed high school groups from the NJ and Philadelphia area; including Cherry Hill East’s Stay Tuned, and Millburn HS’s Soulfege. A sophomore member of the Madrigals won best solo for her rendition of “Break Free” by Ariana Grande. Her victory marks the first time that an MHS vocal ensemble won an award at A4A since the competition’s inception!

One of the pieces we competed with was arranged by a senior member of the Madrigals. The arrangement is a mash-up of “My Oh My”/”Forgotten” by the Punch Brothers and was praised by many directors in attendance last Saturday evening. In fact, the guest artists from the competition, the TCNJ Trentones, will be performing his arrangement at Mayo Hall at TCNJ this Sunday, May, 7th, 2017 at 8PM (Free Admission). I am so proud of the efforts of all 20 members of the Madrigals. If you see any of the Mads, please send them your congratulations. Thank you to all of the Interact Club advisers and student leaders for their hard work in putting the A Cappella for Autism event together.