CLARK — Clark Public Schools students have been taking part in a variety of activities and learning about many different things. Students at Valley Road School recently took a trip to Parker Gardens where they learned about fall, while Kumpf School Builders Club and National Honor Society members volunteered to help at last weekend’s Clark Winter Festival. Hehnly fourth graders were recently visited by a nurse, who explained aspects of her job and taught them to use a stethoscope. (Photos courtesy of Clark Public Schools)
Students in Cristina Carrano’s class at Valley Road School in Clark learned about the fall season hands on this year by enjoying a field trip to Parker Gardens. Students decorated pumpkins with markers and stickers. They went on a hayride around the farm and enjoyed finding their way through a mini corn maze that led them to a festive hay slide. Pictured above (left to right) Ms. Gergich, Adrian Saldana, Ms. Bishop, John-Michael Lima, Ms. Dailey, Michael Avila.
As part of their review for an upcoming unit test, students in Denise Picciano’s eighth grade math class at Kumpf School in Clark use their newly learned math skills to solve riddles. Students partnered up to complete a worksheet requiring them to solve Distance Formula and Midpoints practice problems. One partner solved the left side of the worksheet, and the other partner solved all the problems on the right side. Then, partners had to compare their answers to find corresponding letters that would be plugged into the following riddle, “Why did the chicken cross the basketball court?” If students solved all of their practice problems correctly, they were able to reveal the riddle answer, “The ref was calling ‘fowls’!” Pictured left to right: Joseph Santangelo and Christopher Fuschetto.
Students in Danielle DeFalco’s eighth grade physical science classes at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark participated in a colorful hands-on chemistry lesson. Recently, students have learned how to break down how many molecules of each element are present in a compound. After learning about the various types of compounds, students worked in teams to use manipulatives, colored chips, to demonstrate the type and amount of atoms present in each compound. Pictured above, DeFalco assists Kylie Miranda and Madisyn Padilla with their colorful compound.
The students of Nina Sinicropi’s 5th grade math class at Frank K. Hehnly School in Clark have recently completed a unit which introduced them to many of the foundational skills of geometry and are beginning the process of reviewing for their unit exam. They played “Angle Tangle,” a game where students formed pairs, and attempted to stump one another by first drawing an angle which they classified as acute, obtuse, right, straight, or reflex. The opponent then attempted to guess the measure of that angle before the pair cooperated to determine the actual characteristics of the angle using their skills with a protractor. The student with the lowest overall error in estimation was declared the winner of that round, and the class rotated to form a tournament. Pictured above, Sinicropi prepares to face off with Kevin Dimperio, one of her students, as the pair go head to head in a game of “Angle Tangle.”
Students in Ms. Parlavecchio’s fourth grade class at the Frank K. Hehnly School in Clark were visited by a nurse at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Student Michelle Elichko cousin, a nurse at Morristown Memorial, taught the students how to wash and sanitize their hands properly. Jackie also taught the students how to use a stethoscope.
Members of the National Junior Honor Society and Builders Club at the Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark decked the halls with holiday spirit this year in preparation for the town’s annual Winter Festival held on Sunday, Dec. 1. Students helped turn the Clark Municipal Building and Recreation Center into a winter wonderland by decorating trees and setting up other holiday displays. Ms. Molloy, advisor of Builders Club, and Ms. Casale, advisor of the National Junior Honor Society, both noted that the students were very excited to help at an event so important to their community. They were especially proud to decorate the Carl H. Kumpf tree with homemade ornaments that represented the school’s clubs and sports.
Top Picture: Amy Wysocki, Lindsey Hofschneider, Danielle Nugent, Anthea Dagiantis, Erika Dawson. Bottom Left Picture: Sydney Tropeano, Inez Puc, Fabian Puc, Gennaro Nigro, Gregory Zukowski, Maryann Makosiej, Matthew Hall, Samuel Curran. Bottom Right Picture: Fabian Puc, Joseph DiProfio, Lindsey Hofscneider, Sydney Tropeano, Amy Wysocki, Danielle Nugent, Sydney Zamboni, Danielle Hartzler, Anthea Dagiantis, Tyler Moreira, Samuel Curran, Erika Dawson, Jyothi Maruthonal, Inez Puc
In Kelly Williamson’s fifth grade class at Valley Road Elementary in Clark, the students had the opportunity to recommend books to their peers. The students had to choose a book that they would or would not recommend to their peers. They hung the recommendations on the bulletin board for their peers to refer to when choosing books from the classroom library. In this picture (from left) Madison Pardo and Dominick Muller hold up their book recommendations that they will display on the bulletin board for their peers.
In Kelly Williamson’s fifth grade class at Valley Road Elementary in Clark, the students are studying energy. This week, the students studied the difference between potential and kinetic energy. The students participated in an activity where they had to sort different forms of energy into two categories. The two categories were kinetic and potential energy. The students then defined the two different types of energy. The students will continue to study energy for the next couple of weeks. In this picture (from left) Benjamin Laucik and Andrew Popp share their sorting activity to the class.
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