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5th Grade Stem Month

The Mayor and Town Council challenged the fifth grade students to create a STEM inspired eco-friendly prototype. The students were visited by various experts in the field and presented their designs to Don Evanson, Mayor Gonnelli, 2 engineers, and an architect. All the students created innovative prototypes that were environmentally friendly. First place was awarded to Sharad Ray, Olivia Natividad, and Hein Maung in Mr Millevoi’s Class with their eco friendly park filled with solar power, trees, and a place to plug in electric powered cars. All of the students designs were innovative and well done. This was a STEM-tastic culmination for NJ STEM Month.
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NJ Stem Month

In honor of and Governor Murphy’s Proclamation supported by Assemblyman Zwicker (pictured with students) declaring March as NJ STEM Month) the NJ STEM Pathways Network and the Research Development and Council of NJ hosted the NJ State House STEM Fair. Mrs. Smeyers and two fifth grade girls, Avalyn Torres and Kaylie Bartletta were invited to attend the event and advocate equity and funding in support of STEM education for ALL learners. Their presentation highlighted the various STEM initiatives and partnerships within the Secaucus Public Schools. Superintendent Jen Montesano, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Daniela Riser, Director of Special Services Dr. Carrieanne DeVito, and Board of Education President Joan Calle traveled to Trenton to support Mrs. Smeyers NJSPN leadership and the girls’ innovative classroom assistant robot invention. The students discussed policy with over 25 legislative officials. We are proud of their young leadership skills making a difference for all our NJ students.
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NJ Stem Fair

Two fifth grade STEM-Tastic students, Avalyn Torres and Kaylie Bartletta and their teacher, presented a video of their journey to the NJ State House STEM Fair to educators and administrators, from across the county at the Hudson County Professional Learning Community. In honor of NJ STEM Month, the girls invented a recycled cardboard robot that they circuited to a computer. They remapped the computer keys to click when you touch a brass fastener on the robot. Once touched, the robot says individualized motivational quotes before STEM class. Therefore, the girls put Social Emotional Learning in STEM by creating the robot, STEMSEL, to foster teamwork, integrity, courage, bravery and leadership; all qualities of an excellent engineer. Principal Dr. Garzon proudly supported the students’ presentation and leadership skills as a student voice advocating STEM education for ALL learners.
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3rd Grade News

Third graders celebrated the culmination of reading Charlotte’s Web on Zuckerman’s Barn Day! The students dressed as farmers and watched the animated classic movie together.
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5th Grade News

NJ STEM Month was STEM-tastic for the fifth grade students from Clarendon School. Mayor Gonnelli donated 3,000 dollars for a Lego Environmental Challenge. Students were introduced to the Design Process and created blueprint designs and prototypes. Architect Drew, Director of Environmental Services Amanda Nesheiwat, Secaucus Spectator Don Evanson, and the town and school administration all supported the children throughout the challenge. We will be culminating in a Shark Tank Style competition March 29th.
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Kindergarten News

Continuing their focus on STEM this month, Mrs. Lamatina’s class completed a second challenge where they had to create an invention that could separate marshmallows and jelly beans quickly, efficiently, and without touching the candy. Students planned, selected materials, and worked in teams to build their creations.
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Parent Info Session: Part 2

Clarendon School will be hosting a Parent Information Session on Digital Citizenship. It will take place on Tuesday, March 26th at 6:30 P.M. in the Clarendon Gymnasium for the parents of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Our goal is to help establish a positive digital footprint and provide resources to help you guide your children through the obstacles presented by today's technology. This event is for PARENTS ONLY. Parents from both elementary schools are invited.
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1st Grade News

The first grade students made Irish soda bread in celebration of St. Patricks’s Day! They learned how to follow a recipe by reading the ingredients and directions. Next, they measured each ingredient and worked together to mix it. When the students returned to class, they wrote and illustrated how to make Irish soda bread. Finally, the students enjoyed their delicious breads at snack time.
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