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MHS – Ladies OUT LOUD Graduation Show

MHS Business teacher, Adam Roth, and colleagues have shared with us news of MHS’s newest student organization and its upcoming graduation program:

Some of you may be aware that one of our 11th-grade students has established an MHS Chapter of Ladies OUT LOUD – a non-profit program designed to promote positivity and to teach teenage girls the skill sets to master the art of public speaking. This seven-week program will culminate in a graduation show on March 24th at 2 pm at the Moorestown Community House and you’re INVITED – click here to RSVP! Each student is working on crafting her own personal writing piece that will be performed during the graduation ceremony.

For more information on Ladies OUT LOUD, please visit their website and/or Facebook page:

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Moorestown High School is recognized with the AP Computer Science Principles Female Diversity Award

MHS – Moorestown High School Earns First College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Moorestown High School was one of only a select few New Jersey public schools to receive the College Board’s first ever AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award. Recognizing our school’s efforts and successes in expanding girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses, MHS has received the Female Diversity Award for both the AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles courses and examinations. We offer our proud congratulations to the students and staff of the MHS Computer Science Department. Mr. Brian Orak, MHS Computer Science teacher, has shared with us the press release he received from the College Board recognizing MHS’ achievement in the AP Computer Science Principles course and examination:

Moorestown High School Earns First College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for Achieving High Female Representation in AP Computer Science Courses

Moorestown, NJ – Moorestown High School has earned the first College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses. Out of more than 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, Moorestown High School is one of only 685 to accomplish this.

Schools receiving the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have either 50% or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or a percentage of the female computer science examinees meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population. Only 490 schools earned the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for AP Computer Science Principles.

“By inviting many more young women to advanced computer science classrooms, Moorestown High School has taken a significant step toward preparing all students for the widest range of 21st-century opportunities,” said Trevor Packer, College Board senior vice president of the AP Program. “We hope this inspires many other high schools to engage more female students in AP Computer Science and prepare them to drive innovation.”

The AP Computer Science Principles course launch in 2016 was the largest in Program history. AP Computer Science Principles has promoted the growth of AP computer science in high schools. AP computer science course participation increased 135% since 2016, broadening STEM career opportunities for more students. The number of female, rural, and underrepresented minority students taking AP computer science exams has more than doubled in that period.

Providing female students with access to computer science courses contributes to gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and drives innovation, creativity, and competition. According to UNESCO’s Institute of Statistics data, less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women; in North America and Western Europe, it’s just 32%. Research shows women are more likely to pursue computer science if they’re given the opportunity to explore it in high school.

Valentine’s Day at Roberts

Mrs. Furman’s class celebrated Valentine’s Day by making a classmate smile. We created a cinquain poem bear. Each student was matched up with a student they do not know much about. The two students interviewed each other to learn more about the other student. The students used collected information to create an amazing poem for one another. They came out BEAUTIFUL!IMG_0771

Random Act of Kindness Week at Roberts

Mrs. Furman’s class had A LOT of fun celebrating Random Act of Kindness Week. Students learned that a random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by kind people to either help or cheer up a random person, for no reason other than to make people happier. Either spontaneous or planned in advance, random acts of kindness make the world a wonderful place to live. Students were asked to do 4 random acts of kindness during this week. The students LOVED to tell me about their acts of kindness!

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BAKER CELEBRATES READ ACROSS AMERICA

Baker teachers and students celebrated Read Across America with three days of fun events.  There was CRAZY Hair Day, CRAZY Hat Day, a special visit from the Cat in the Hat, and Teacher Guest reader day.  Paraprofessional Diane Mason once again donned the Cat in the Hat costume to delight Baker students during a special Reading Train. A good time was had by all!

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Making Mixtures in Science

Mrs. Furman’s 2nd grade is making mixtures in science. Our class learned that mixtures have different properties from the materials that were used to make the mixture. After we mixed the materials, we realized that we may not be able to get them back.

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2nd Grade Recycling Party

Mrs. Furman’s class studied materials and their properties in Science. In this investigation, we observed and discussed the benefits of being able to reuse materials and combine their properties. To apply what we learned, we had a RECYCLING PARTY! The students created usable things out of recycled objects.

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Second Grade Reports

Mrs. Furman’s second-grade class is learning about some AMAZING African Americans. Each student has been given a different person to learn about. When the students are finished writing their report, they will be giving an oral presentation of their person to the class. As the other students are listening to the report, they will be writing down three important facts that they have learned about each amazing African American.

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Baker STEM Challenge

The STEM challenge in Mary Jean Klatte’s first-grade class at Baker was to “Build a Tower” using only cups, craft sticks, and cubes. The towers that were built were the result of figuring out through trial and error that a wide base made a sturdier structure!  The children worked in teams and learned that the “S” in STEM also stands for sharing.

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UES Lends a Helping Hand

The staff of Moorestown Upper Elementary School recently helped send a fire ladder truck and a shipping container full of firefighting equipment to a fire station in need in the Dominican Republic!

Los Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguanas is the main fire station in the southern part of the Dominican Republic. The fire station was established in the 1950s by Juan Andres Namnun, the father-in-law of UES teacher, Michelle Buckelew Namnun. Upon returning Mr. Namnun’s ashes to his hometown this summer, the Namnun family discovered that the volunteer fire company’s 45-year-old fire truck was in disrepair and that the station was in desperate need of functioning fire equipment to keep their community safe.

As a result, the Namnun family made it their mission this fall to send a fire ladder truck and equipment to the station. With the help of the UES teachers, a GoFundMe page, and Moorestown residents at Moorestown Day, the Namnun family purchased a fire ladder truck from West Cape May. The ladder truck was shipped to the Dominican Republic at the beginning of December and is currently clearing customs at the port in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The fire truck should be on its way to its new home, Los Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguanas, by the end of 2018.

Additionally, Lenola and Moorestown Fire Stations and other stations in NJ, PA, and Ohio donated fire equipment to the Namnun family’s mission. The donated fire equipment was recently packed onto 8 skids and filled a 1,280 cubic feet shipping container. The shipping container is scheduled to arrive in the Dominican Republic at the end of 2018. Los Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguanas will keep the fire equipment they need and will distribute the rest to other fire stations on the island.

With the help of the UES staff and many Moorestown residents, the fire station started by Michelle Buckelew Namnun’s father-in-law can now continue to keep its community safe.

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