Secaucus Middle School students learned about the U.S. president’s responsibilities last month. See brief.
Secaucus Middle School students learned about the U.S. president’s responsibilities last month. See brief.

Secaucus Middle School students learn about being presidential

Students in Amanda Jones’ sixth grade American History class at Secaucus High School recently learned about the president’s responsibilities.

“Throughout this unit, students applied their knowledge of the duties of the president of the United States in a meaningful and interactive way. Students used prior knowledge to participate in an online web quest where they were asked to try to accomplish their agenda as president while facing the challenges and responsibilities that occurred along the way,” according to Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knops.

The students also went interactive with their learning:

“Using the website iCivics.com, students took part in an online challenge titled, ‘Executive Command,’ where students were able to take on the role of the president over a four-year term.

Students were given the freedom to choose their presidential agenda and learn about federal agencies around Washington D.C., virtually meet with international leaders, review laws and policies, and give a State of the Union Address.

Union City achieves sanctuary city status

Union City, New Jersey has become the second municipality in Hudson County to designate itself a sanctuary city in the wake of an executive order by Donald Trump banning refugees from seven majority Muslim countries and pressuring municipalities to report undocumented immigrants.

Dozens of cities across the country have designated themselves “sanctuary cities” meaning that unless a serious crime has been committed, the mayor will not direct local police to help federal immigration officials look for undocumented immigrants.

In the past, Stack has expressed fear of local families being torn apart.

The Union City Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution establishing the city as a sanctuary at its Feb. 7 meeting. A week earlier, the mayor of Jersey City signed an order to become the first on Friday, Feb. 3.

“We thank the undocumented,” Mayor Brian Stack said during the meeting. “If it wasn’t for the undocumented [residents] reporting crimes, whether they’re the victim of a crime or they ‘see something, say something,’ our crime would be much higher in the city.”

“For a city with so many different religious backgrounds, so many ethnic backgrounds, everyone gets along so well,” he added. “We’re very proud of the immigrant population. [If] the president wants to look at a city and how well it gets along and how well people are functioning together, he should look no further than Union City.”

The local area has one of the highest Cuban populations in the country, and many other Latino residents.

Hudson County CASA needs volunteers to help kids

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association is seeking new community volunteers in Hudson County. The organization will be holding an information session Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Little City Books in Hoboken—located at 100 Bloomfield St.–at 7 p.m.

CASA is a non-profit organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the county. Their volunteers work to ensure these children receive necessary social services and assistance, all while attempting to place them in permanent housing. Judges rely on information from the volunteers in court to make the best choices for the children. For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.

Hudson County Chamber of Commerce business meeting

The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce will host over 100 community leaders at its Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Maritime Parc, 84 Audrey Zapp Dr., in Jersey City at 11 a.m. The focus of this year’s event is “Growing New Jersey Business.” Choose New Jersey President & CEO Michele Brown is the featured speaker. The event will serve as a platform for business dialogue and showcase the products and services of over 20 local companies and organizations.

“With 40 percent of the nation’s population within a day’s drive of New Jersey, how can we continue to take advantage of our location and the other assets that set the Garden State apart?” asked Maria Nieves, the chamber’s president and CEO, in a press release.

“The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce is committed to being the leading resource for driving economic growth—providing education, advocacy and access to our members within and throughout each community in Hudson County. This event brings all our stakeholders together to showcase our unique assets, build important linkages and discuss ways to help the County reach its full potential.” To make a reservation for the meeting, call 201-386-0699 ext 220 or visit  www.hudsonchamber.org.


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