NJ Principal Helps Students After House Fire

A New Jersey elementary school principal has made it his mission to be an exemplar of kindness to his students – even off of school grounds.

Camden Elementary School in Newark runs on the motto, “We Care.” That’s why its principal, Sam Garrison, started a program called Camden Cares.

Source: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NJ-Principal-Helps-Students-After-a-House-Fire-442819853.html

Newark one step closer to local control with approval of personnel plan


The City of Newark is one step closer to regaining local control of its schools after the state’s education commissioner approved the district’s personnel transition plan. At last night’s meeting of the Board of Education, State District Superintendent of Newark Public Schools Christopher Cerf announced that the district’s Personnel Transition Plan has been given official approval by the state’s education commissioner. Cerf, along with BOE Chairperson Marquis-Aquil Lewis, signed the official plan to cheers.

Harvard-bound grad reflects positive changes in Newark Public Schools


Cambridge, Massachusetts, is known for its cool arts scene, historic architecture and top colleges, but as much as Lucia Couto loves the scenic city that sits on the banks of the Charles River, she hopes for the opportunity to one day return home to Newark.  Couto, who recently graduated from Newark’s Arts High School and will be attending Harvard University on a full scholarship this fall, says that she wants to give back to the city that helped her prosper.

New Jersey Gives Newark Green Light to Resume Local Control of Schools After 20 Years in Receivership

New Jersey’s education commissioner has recommended that control of Newark Public Schools be restored to the district.

The recommendation to the state Board of Education came after the school district met two important benchmarks in its most recent performance review, according to NJ Advance Media.


N.J. education chief deems Newark schools ready for local control

NEWARK — The state Education Commissioner has signaled to the Newark school district it’s finally ready to take full control of its schools.

The move is a pivotal step toward giving the Newark School Advisory Board the power to hire and fire its own schools chief.


What’s next for Newark schools as local control looms

NEWARK — It’s been more than 20 years since the state took the reins of Newark’s public school system, choosing its succession of superintendents and making decisions on staffing, instruction and budgeting. But next school year, the School Advisory Board is expected to shed its enfeebling title and become a fully-functioning board with the power to hire and fire its own chief of schools — governance of Newark’s 65 public schools will finally return to local control.

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Newark Schools Opens Family Support Center For 2017-18 Placement

NEWARK, NJ – From The Newark Public Schools: Newark Public Schools (NPS) opened the Family Support Center on July 10 to assist families who are still looking for a school placement for the 2017-18 school year. The district reports a significant drop in those visiting the family support center during the opening weeks this year, as well as a smoother process and shorter wait times for those families who visit for enrollment support.



Newark High School Valedictorian’s Words Of Wisdom Will Raise Your Spirit

NEWARK, NJ — Malcolm X Shabazz High School’s 2017 valedictorian has some words of wisdom for the Newark community: “It’s impossible to be a resilient and compassionate person without knowing how to embrace humanity.” Those are the words of Kim Boerrigter, who recently graduated at the top of her class and will attend Harvard University on a full scholarship this September to get cracking on her dream of becoming a “scientist who is a woman of color.”

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Underground Railroad Reenactment Returns to Newark’s Harriet Tubman Blue Ribbon School

For ninth consecutive year, interactive performance takes students on journey to freedom, alongside school’s iconic namesake

Newark, NJ, March 4, 2014 – On Friday, March 7, the Harriet Tubman Blue Ribbon School – part of the Newark Public School system – will host an historic reenactment of the antislavery icon’s life story and the journey along the Underground Railroad that led thousands of escaped slaves to freedom, as a way to convey the legacy of the school’s namesake to its students. There will be two hour-long performances, beginning at 9:30AM and 1:30PM. Last Friday, the school did a first session of the reenactment, drawing parents and community members to participate in the program (photos attached below, high resolution available).
“Each year, through this annual reenactment, we draw our students’ attention not only to a powerful chapter of our nation’s history, but also to the outstanding bravery and compassion of Harriet Tubman and her fellow abolitionists,” said Assistant Superintendent Mitchell Center. “By literally walking alongside these ‘real-life characters’ as they perform heroic acts and put themselves at personal risk for the betterment of humanity, our children learn lessons that go well beyond American history. In the Newark Public Schools, we believe that this type of hands-on character education program empowers our children and instills pride and good citizenship in them, as they journey through their own lives.”
Since its launch in 2006, the annual event has progressively grown and expanded in scope to an elaborate “living exhibit,” engaging the students and their families through an interactive performance. Beginning in the principal’s office and ending in the cafeteria, the production travels across the school building, involving the students and allowing them to be a part of the journey to freedom, together with Harriet Tubman and her fellow slavery abolitionists.
Constructed just after the end of the Civil War in 1875, the award-winning Harriet Tubman School has the mission of teaching their Pre-K through 6th grade students to be caring, productive and responsible citizens in addition to providing academic excellence and inspiring students to become lifelong learners.

WHO: Assistant Superintendent Mitch Center, Principal Frederick Chatman, students, parents, and school administrators

WHAT: Since 2006, as a way to convey the legacy of the school’s namesake to its students, the Harriet Tubman Blue Ribbon School has created an annual historic reenactment of the antislavery icon’s life story and the journey along the Underground Railroad that led thousands of escaped slaves to freedom. Now in its 9th year, the reenactment has progressively grown into an elaborate “living exhibit,” engaging the students through an interactive performance. Beginning in the Principal’s office with a film screening about Harriet Tubman and ending with a play in the cafeteria, featuring a range of historically significant African Americans, the production journeys through the school building, engaging the students along the way.

WHERE: Harriet Tubman Elementary School, 504 South 10th Street, Newark, NJ 07103

WHEN: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 9:30AM and 1:30PM. Each production lasts approximately 1 hour.

Students to Participate in Voyages on the Black Atlantic Music Adventure

Chad School Foundation Joins Newark Public Schools to Support Event Featuring Famous Musicians

Newark, NJ, January 6, 2014 – Newark Public Schools and the Chad School Foundation will join together on Monday, January 13 from 12:45 p.m.- 2:15 p.m. for a special event, titled Voyages on the Black Atlantic, which will take place at Science Park High School, 260Norfolk Street, Newark, NJ 07102.

More than 500 students from American History High School, Arts High School and Science Park High School will participate in a music history lesson that will take them from Africa to Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans and Havana.  They will follow the trail of the Tresillo, a three-note West African rhythm that can be found in modern music and at Mardi Gras events.  Demonstrating the musical journey will be Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient,Rock Hall of Fame inductee and Allman Brothers band co-founder Jaimoe, along with his Jasssz Band,which includes two Blues Hall of Fame members, and musicians and singers from Brazil and New Orleans.  Student musicians will participate in the grand finale of the event, which is curated by musician Paul Lieberman.

Chad School Foundation Executive Director Reginald Lewis said of sponsoring the event, “Voyages onthe Black Atlantic is a rare cultural and music education opportunity for Newark students.  So many of our young people are unaware of the enormous influence of African rhythms found in music genres around the world.We are very pleased to sponsor this program.”

WHO: Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient,Rock Hall of Fame inductee and Allman Brothers band co-founder Jaimoe, his Jasssz Band, musicians and singers from Brazil and New Orleans

WHAT:              Voyages on the Black Atlantic

WHEN:             Monday, January 13,12:45 p.m. -2:15 p.m.

WHERE:           Science Park High School, 260 Norfolk Street, Newark, NJ 07102