Senior citizens enjoy prom
This past week, on a beautiful spring evening, the students of the Secaucus Service, Activities, Involvement, and Leadership (SAIL) program hosted the eighth annual Spring Fling, a senior citizen prom, under the direction of Miss Stacey Lee. This is a night that the SAIL students and senior citizens look forward to all year. The seniors danced the night away and enjoyed highlights from the musical “Shrek” under the direction of Mr. Siafakas.
The evening began with welcoming speeches by SAIL officers, Nick Halecki, Kaitlyn O’Connell and Destiny Disla, followed by appetizers served by the students during the “cocktail” hour. A buffet dinner of chicken francaise, pasta, salad, and a plethora of desserts was served.
An evening of dancing to the “oldies” brought back great memories to the senior citizens. Many of them were heard to exclaim to the SAIL students, “Oh, I remember that song; it was popular when I was in high school...let’s dance!” And so a night of dancing away with the high school students and the seniors began as they “rocked” the dance floor.
Compliments to the SAIL students by the senior citizens were overwhelming, as they expressed how much fun they were having and the kindness and consideration of the students to their needs. “This event makes Secaucus High School and our community stand out from the rest and I am so happy to be a part of it,” said junior Amanda Silva.
Secaucus kids honor Law Day
All Rise! Monday, May 1 was Law Day. Originally conceived in 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower and the American Bar Association, Law Day was set up to celebrate the rule of law. As part of the celebration, Hudson County holds a writing competition each year for students from sixth to 12th grade. This year’s topic was The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which addressed the rights of citizenship and equal protection under the law.
Two Secaucus Middle School eighth graders earned honors. Colleen Young won first place for the eighth grade poetry writing competition while William DeIasi won the second place prize for the eighth grade essay writing competition.
Secaucus Middle School made a clean sweep of the sixth grade awards. Ayush Agarwal took home the first place prize for the sixth grade essay writing competition, with his classmate Javier Graham taking home the second place prize. Krushay Bhavsar (first place) and Anya Singh (second place) swept the prizes for the sixth grade poetry writing competition.
The competition receives hundreds of submissions from throughout Hudson County. In all, six Secaucus Middle School students combined to take home half of the middle school Law Day awards.
Huber Street kids pay tribute to Mom
To express their gratitude and appreciation for their mothers, the fourth grade classes at Huber Street School hosted Mother’s Day teas in each fourth grade classroom. Fourth graders in classes taught by Alyssa Curry, Melissa Lopena, Sharon Holsten, and Jennine Peduto planned, coordinated, and facilitated memorable Mother’s Day teas in honor of their moms.
The fourth grade students and the special woman in their lives dressed up for this very special event. The morning began with the students reading an essay tribute to their moms, expressing their appreciation for all that their mothers do for them and their families. Then it was time for tea, served in fancy teapots and decorative cups, with baked goods provided by the students. It was a fitting and moving event to show appreciation for the wonderful mothers in their lives.
Students against autism
Did you know that 80 percent of individuals with autism of working age are unemployed? The #GoSpectrumBlue Challenge was launched by Spectrum Works to raise awareness about this fact.
In honor of Autism Awareness month, students at Clarendon Elementary School participated in the Go Spectrum Challenge for Spectrum Works, a Secaucus-based job training and employment program for high school students and young adults diagnosed with autism. They joined others across social media to raise awareness that people with autism can be great employees! The students at Clarendon School were challenged to paint their faces blue to spread the word that people with autism can be great employees. Students raised funds to support Spectrum Works.
Learning language arts with eggs
Students in Maleesa Lamatina’s kindergarten class at Clarendon School have been using predicting charts since September to create sentences with their weekly sight words. Their sentences this week used the words “go,” “from,” and “here.” Each student then wrote their sentence on a sentence strip and cut the words apart. The kindergartners’ favorite game to play using their sentences is “Scrambled Eggs,” where they mix up the sentence they created and read the new silly version, before putting it back together correctly. As a culminating activity, the students played their game with a buddy in order to test each other. The students completed this activity by writing and illustrating their sentences in their Writing Journals.