CLARK — The eighth grade students in Mrs. Healy’s class at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark are encouraging the students and staff to recycle. Starting this week, students collected paper, plastic, aluminum and glass from every classroom and office to send to the recycling plant. Previously, some students and staff members recycled on their own, but the new Kumpf Recycling Initiative makes it easy for the entire building to recycle and create a more environmentally-conscious school population. In the pictures above, Priscilla Zito, Marissa Bozzone, Stephanie Bartkus and Angela Santangelo pose with their recycled materials. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)
In February of this year, students in the Math Club at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark competed in the statewide Math League Competition. Students had to answer 30 difficult questions according to grade level in under 30 minutes. Winners of this competition were recently announced and one of Clark’s very own, Jyothi Maruthanal (pictured fourth in from the left) tied for first place among all sixth graders in Union County. Among all schools in the region, Clark itself took fourth place in the county for 8th grade, and also second in the county for 6th grade. Pictured above are some of Kumpf’s top scoring students, from left to right: Greg Zukowski, Michael Melillo, Ryan Lakkis, Jyothi Maruthanal, Ryan Pittari, and Steven Kehrle. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)
Seventh grade students at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark participated in the second annual Kumpf Hunger Games on Friday, as a culmination to an interactive unit based off of the best-selling young adult novel, The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Students in Nicole Mailloux’s and Cheri Monsorno’s classes took part in activities which enabled them to live as the characters in the novel do while applying reading and analytical skills. The students from the opposing teachers’ classes went through the process of choosing, styling, and prepping “tributes” for The Hunger Games. They then gathered in front of their peers to compete in obstacle course-style challenges based off of plot events from their reading. The winner, Adriana Palmucci, was crowned, and the winning teacher won a mocking jay pin and life-size cutout of the book’s heroine Katniss to keep in her class room for the remainder of the school year. Pictured above, students in Mailloux’s reading class gear up for the competition in their tribute t-shirts that they designed based off of settings in the novel, The Hunger Games. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)
Students in Mr. Taillefer and Miss Bartolomeo’s 8th grade Language Arts class, at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark, are exploring themes and conflicts in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Students broke up into groups and had to make their own talk shows starring the characters in the novel. Each group had incorporate appropriate themes and conflicts from the story, and then solve that conflict in a creative way. This was an incredible opportunity for the 8th graders to display their knowledge of the novel and their understanding of the central themes. In the picture above, from left, Mike Morgan, James Ulrich, Dean Ridente, Vincent Crisafi, Hart Tecson, and Courtney O’Connor present their Of Mice and Men Reality Show skit. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)
As the students approach working with three-dimensional objects, Ms. Vacchio, a sixth grade mathematics teacher at Kumpf Middle School, felt that a great way for students to learn how many faces, vertices, and edges a three-dimensional object has, is by feeling the objects, rather than just looking at them. In order to do that, Ms. Vacchio broke up all of her students into pairs. Each pair received a paper bag filled with eight shapes and they competed against each other by feeling in the bag and calling out the shape they felt in their hand based on the number of bases, vertices, or edges they felt before taking it out of the bag. If the student was correct, they would get a point, if the student was incorrect, they would have to put the shape back into the bag and they would lose 2 points to their total score and their turn would be over. In the picture above, Leanna Marasco and Victoria Rosenbach compete against each other. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)
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