HISTORY MAKING HISTORY: June 2nd, 2022 Publication- Volume 13 (Spring Edition)
SPRING FLING KICK BACK
American History High School presented its first annual Spring Fling Kick Back, a seasonal and recreational program for students every Saturday from March 26th through June 11th. Students have been enjoying free breakfast and lunch every Saturday sponsored by Math supervisor, Gearhart. From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., students have a variety of activities from which to choose. These all include badminton, drumming, karaoke, basketball, drill team, and board games. Principal Allison De Vaughn, advisory of the Jewelry Club, also offers classes on jewelry-making. Supplies are included, and students become social justice warriors by creating and selling artistic jewelry pieces as a fundraiser to support the Ukraine.
NATIONAL SCHOOL LIBRARY MONTH
During April, National School Library Month was celebrated with a variety of initiatives at American History High School’s Library Media Center. First, the Library won 3rd place in the NTU Library contest and was the only high school that placed. Second, the AHHS Library Media Center presented its first book give-away with the help of donors, to promote the love of reading to students and staff school-wide. Lastly, Library Media Specialist, Margaret Adjoga-Otu and 9th grade ELA teacher, Gabrielle Zuccaro, collaborated with the Newark Public Library’s Springfield Branch for a special COVID-19 project. The grant funded program was entitled, Newark’s Children: Capturing Oral Histories of the Pandemic. Centered around the themes of love, loss, perseverance, social justice, and community resilience, Newark children and youth were invited to share their experiences through visual arts, performing arts, essays, and videos. Congratulations to Alexis Millas, Princewill Aka, Belinda Rivas, Mya Archie, Jemely Ulloa, and Emani Bradley for all their submissions. All participants received a $50 Nike Gift Card from the Newark Public Library hand delivered by Sharon Owens, Branch Manager.
AUTISM AWARNESS MONTH
April is also Autism awareness month, and AHHS Autism program thrives at creating awareness year round. They took it up a notch with Autism T- shirts for sale and an autism tree, in which students expressed their feelings and positive sayings about autism. The Community Based Instruction (CBI) activities were facilitated through trips to learn functional skills within most natural environments and contexts. These trips included grocery store shopping, taking public transportation, crossing streets, making small purchases, using an ATM, laundromat visits, and more. Hector Juarez, one of the oldest transitioning students, is a graphic design artist. He created designs for drawstring bags, which were used for an AHHS Autism Program fundraiser.
Congratulations to Margaret Adjoga-Otu and Gabrielle Zuccaro. On May 10th, they were accepted into the 2022 Centropa Summer Academy, an 8-day visit to Berlin, Germany for educators to learn more about Europe, World War II/The Holocaust, and the Cold War. In July, this life-changing experience will allow them to meet with approximately 70 educators from around the world, including North America, Europe and Israel. Adjoga-Otu and Zuccaro will also collaborate on planning lessons with all participants and sharing resources. Both will represent American History High School, as they make invaluable connections to history and current events.
As part of the last unit in biology, Mrs. Usha Raja and Mrs. Nadia Hosein, organized and hosted an Environmental Social Justice presentation on May 27, 2022 for all freshmen. The two Science teachers had invited two guest speakers from the Ironbound Community Cooperation, to come and speak with our 9th graders about the push to build a 4th power plant in the Ironbound district. A gas power plant at the Passaic Valley Sewage Commission. Students welcomed and expressed their thanks for such an informative presentation.
Here are a few photos of some of our student-scholars trip to Washington DC! The students pictured lived in DC for 6 days, and participated in civic engagement programming. Some highlights include meeting with Congressman Payne's staff, touring all of the monuments, participating in a panel with the armed forces and exploring the National Museum of American History.