Photos From Linden Public Schools

On Wednesday, May 29, two students from the Linden Public Schools were recognized by NJTESOL-NJBE, the New Jersey professional organization of ESL and Bilingual teachers. Valeshka Parraguez, a fourth-grade student in Amanda Cortinas’ ESL classroom at School 8 was granted a $100 gift for her composition about the importance of being bilingual in the United States. Andrea Cano Sanchez, a 12th-grade student in William Simonitis’ ESL course was awarded a $1,500 scholarship that she will use towards her tuition at NJIT, where she plans to study civil engineering beginning in July. (Photo by Linden Public Schools)


Fourth grade Gifted & Talented students completed a unit on the environment by presenting a mock trial  based on The Lorax to determine  the guilt or innocence of the Once-ler. To prepare for this activity, students read  the Dr. Seuss book and also learned about the judicial system. They  chose roles such as prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, defendant, witnesses, bailiff,  while their teacher Mrs. Brozyna served as the judge. Mrs.  Webb’s first grade G&T students acted as jurors in the trial to decide the Once-ler’s fate.  Here, Mrs. Brozyna listens as the prosecuting  attorney, Kaitlyn Labitan (sch. 9) cross examines the Once-ler, Anthony Asante-Danso (sch. 2). Looking on are the  witnesses for the prosecution, Vincenzo  Principato the Bar-ba-loot (sch. 9), Eileen Currea the Swomee-Swan (sch. 9), and Gabriel Cruz, an environmental  scientist (sch. 2). (Photo by G&T Department)

Seventy-five students participated in an after school “Survivor” competition on May 10 at Soehl Middle School, which was coordinated by the character education initiative “Soehl Smart”. The winners were awarded with trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
Pictured from left to right: Principal Joseph Picaro, 2nd place winner Reggie Winston, 1st place winner Gerald Lee, 3rd place winner Drigoty Barthelot, and Physical Education teacher Christopher Corsale. (Photo by Soehl Middle School)


The third grade Italian students at School No. 4 in Carol Cetroni’s class learned about designing a house, to describe in details their rooms , floors , and colors they also indicated the color of their furniture.  Italian teacher Francesco Airo had the students present the details of each house, to their peers. The students used adjectives in Italian to describe the features of their house. A great learning experience. (Photo by Linden School No. 4)


Students enthusiastically applauded as Laura Hill, author of “The Great Story World Mix-Up” series, encouraged the young writers at School #5 to follow their dreams. On Tuesday, April 30, Hill visited with students in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade where she shared her experience as a television producer and author. Through large props and innovative story telling techniques, Hill made stories come to life right before the children’s eyes. Students were given the opportunity to enter an essay contest where winning writers would receive a catered luncheon celebration with Hill. Fourteen lucky students spent their lunch hour dining and asking  Hill various questions regarding the writing process. Students hung on her every word as she shared her experiences and gave pointers as to how they can become better readers and writers. (Photo by Linden School No. 5)


Pre Kindergarten classes at School No. Two sang their hearts out during their end of the year presentation. Featured in this photo are Krystian Walewacz and Jordan Hernandez. (Photo by School No. 2)

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