Clark Public School Update

CLARK – Students in Clark Public Schools have been learning about science lab safety and practicing their writing skills. One seventh grader even won a state poetry contest.


Erin Heaning (left), a seventh grader at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark, won a poetry contest sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Recycling & Planning. She will be honored at an awards ceremony on Oct. 16 at Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune. Heaning’s poem was about the importance of recycling and its impact on our environment. Christine Casale, Heaning’s teacher, stated, “Erin’s poem was very well-written and clearly communicated an essential message about recycling. Our school is extremely proud of her achievement.”


During the first month of school, the students in Ms. DeFalco’s 6th grade science classes at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark participated in a lesson on the importance of laboratory safety. They created posters illustrating and explaining one of the many safety rules that they have learned. The catchy and bright posters that were created were hung throughout the science classrooms and hallways to help remind other students to always follow the rules. Pictured above, Gabriella Prestinari, Patrick Brennan, and Julia Kalynchuk showcase their colorful posters.


What could be better than a captivated audience?  Not much according to Miss Sinicropi’s 4th and 5th grade students at the Frank K. Hehnly School in Clark.  To continue the narrative writing process which began with brainstorming webs, the Language Arts classes were introduced to hook sentences this week.  These specialized sentences, much like the one opening this paragraph, are intended to grab the attention of the reader, making it impossible for him or her to look away.  Having discovered the different styles of hook sentences, students created their own attention grabbers and added them to their spooky narratives, taking them one step closer to completion. The picture above shows one of Miss Sinicropi’s students attempting to catch a reader with an example hook sentence.


In Kelly Williamson’s fifth grade class at Valley Road Elementary School in Clark, the students have been studying descriptive words. They participated in an activity where they had to create a couplet, two lines that rhyme. Students brainstormed couplets that contained descriptive words and pertained to Halloween. The students wrote their couplets on the spider pattern and decorated it. The couplets will be hung in the hallway on display for the month of October. In the photograph above, students (from left)  Benjamin Laucik, Ricky Sabarese, Emmalie Pikula, Kelsey Brennan, Gabby Scipioni, and Dominick Muller, share their descriptive couplets with the class.

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Students in Mrs. Belverio’s Kindergarten class at Valley Road School in Clark are practicing the concepts of syllables. Many fun themes were used to reinforce the concept such as using silly putty to help stretch out the words so children can learn how to divide words into parts. Children also participated in a shared sing along tune that taught the definition of a syllable as well as practiced clapping 1,2,3 and 4 syllable words. Pictured in the photo from left to right: (front row) Andrew Knapp, Evan DeFrancesco, Matthew DaSilva (middle row) Alexis VanClief, Nadia Ricci, Eva Venturino (back row) Joaquin Nikloic, Sina Chelbowy

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Students in Ms. Stafford’s third grade class at Valley Road School in Clark are ready to start writing. In order to get inspired and eager to write, the students covered their writing notebooks with pictures, quotes, stickers, and other decorations. When they are not sure what to write about, they can look at the cover of their writing notebook to get some ideas. Pictured: Jett Katsaros carefully cuts and glues pictures of some of his favorite memories.

(Photos courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

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