Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,
was a very busy month at Grace Wilday Junior High School! The month started off
by celebrating Special Education Week which we
titled “Sensitivity Week”. Our school as well as every school in the district
celebrated the special education programs, services rendered and teachers that
work with children with disabilities to realize and reach their fullest
potential as individuals, students and citizens. The theme of the week this
year was the Faces of Success which was meant to celebrate educational
strategies that make for positive learning experiences for our diverse
population of students. In keeping with the theme, the Grace Wilday Sensitivity
Week Committee arranged for simulated learning experiences that reflected the
challenges of our students with disabilities. Students demonstrated the
heart of inclusion and equity by recommending kid friendly strategies and
approaches to accommodate our students and to make them even more
successful. The culminating activity was the creation of wearable student
art work that reflected an appreciation for diversity and uniqueness. Students
designed buttons that were revealed at a district book fair event where story
books and related materials were shared that were themed to highlight the needs
of students with disabilities. The week was an extraordinary success!
with successful events, the third and final Honor Roll Breakfast of the year
was held on May 12, 2015. This special event acknowledged the students who
continue to work hard and achieve academic success. Additionally, students who
have earned Distinguished Honor Roll for the entire year will be invited to the
Breakfast of Champions which be held June, 20, 2015 at Kean University. This is
an annual event and a great privilege to be invited. Congratulations to all
May 12, 2015 also marked a special day here in the
Roselle Borough School District as ABC Family hit star, Lucy Hale, visited
Abraham Clark High School and sang alongside the high school’s winning A Cappella
team – The Leading Tones – which was recently selected as the winning New York
metro finalist in the National Boost the Volume Student A Cappella Competition!
Grace Wilday students were invited to attend this special event which was designed
to boost the importance of living your best life and served as a reminder about
the importance of protecting teens against meningococcal meningitis – a rare
but potentially life-threatening disease that can potentially take a life in 24
hours. There was also a guest speaker who had contracted the disease and survived.
She lost her legs from her knees down and her fingers, but has done so much
with her life since realizing bad things can happen in an instant. Together
with Lucy Hale and The Leading Tones, they brought awareness to this disease
and spread their message. It was an amazing event.
Following that, we went into a succession of
school-wide events. First, the Math Olympics were held on May 13, 2015 and May
15, 2015. Students participated in a series of rounds. Seventh grade and eighth
grade students competed against students in the same grade level taking their
shot to answer mathematical problems the fastest. Some questions were paper
based and some allowed the use of a calculator. Students participated in a tryout resulted in creating the
finalist teams. The 7th and 8th grade students joined teams, Pythagoras
and Euclid, to compete against each other and answer complex questions using
Quizdom Responders. During the competition, the teams ended up in a tie.
It came down to the wire for two rounds for a team winner to be reached. The
winning team, Pythagoras, consisted of the following team members: Ebere Chukwuyem, Iris Lewis, Alex
Paez and Mitali Malhotra. Spectators also had the opportunity to give their
opinion on problems and were each given a ticket upon their arrival in order to
win prizes. All in all, this was a fun and successful event!
were invited to perform in the school’s annual Spelling Bee. Seventh grade
students participated on May 19, 2015 while eighth grade students participated
on May 20, 2015 with the School Spelling Bee Championship following on May 21,
2015. The winners for the seventh grade were Cristal Anuoha with first place
and Ciara Banks with second place. First place for the eighth grade was Sanjana
Malhorta and second place went to Drea Vidal. The overall Grace Wilday Spelling
Bee Champion was Sanjana Malhorta. These students will be able to participate
in the District-wide Spelling Bee on June 6, 2015 which will be held at Abraham
Clark High School. Come check it out!
also held their annual Spring Concert this month on May 19, 2015. Chorus and
band members alike put on an amazing performance! The audience clapped and grooved
along as the music played and filled the air. There was a mix of songs and
styles of music. Overall, it was lovely event.
Future Leaders Academy program students attended a field trip to Fort Dix/Fort
McGuire Military Base on May 21, 2015. Since it was raining, the organizers had
to design indoor activities for the 35 students. They were lead by high ranking
enlisted Army instructors. Students participated in two different virtual
combat environments. To end off the trip, students and staff enjoyed a
scavenger hunt activity in simulated Iraqi living quarters. So everyone was
able to engage in activities that actual soldiers participate in preparation
for combat. Everyone loved the experience!
end of the month closed with the Bicycle Ride Rodeo which was held on May 28,
2015. The Gateway Family YMCA and Meadowlink in partnership with Grace Wilday
Junior High School presented a Rodeo Bike Skills Program. The event was free
and open to all students in the Roselle School District. Riders learned how to
scan for traffic, maneuver through an obstacle course, recognize hazards and
signal their intentions to drivers and fellow riders. The Ride Rodeo also
included stations for a bike check, helmet fitting and tire pressure check.
the month ended on a high note with Grace Wilday’s annual Career Day which was
held on May 29, 2015. Numerous presenters participated in this fun-filled day
sharing their expertise and personal anecdotes of their careers. Students were
issued passports which held a schedule of their day, listing which rooms and
presenters they were to visit. Students had five sessions and learned about
many different career choices. At the end of the day, students returned to
their homerooms to reflect on their day by writing a letter of appreciation to
their favorite presenter. Overall, this was stated to have been the best Career
Day we have ever had!
this final reminder, the Grade 8 Promotional Exercise will be held on June 19,
2015 at 11am on the Grace Wilday field. The
end of the 2014-2015 school will be here before we know it. Please continue to
support your child’s academic success as we push forward to the close of this
academic school year.
Dr. Josue B. Falaise