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posted: Tue, May 9th, 2017

New and revised courses coming in September

The upcoming school year will introduce new and revised courses that will allow students to explore a variety of interests:

Debate & Argument: Grade 6
The course centers around small group learning experiences and teaching students how to develop persuasive arguments.

Digital Movie Making: Grade 8
This visual communication class will build on the knowledge that students have gained in Graphics (sixth grade) and Digital Photography (seventh grade). Eighth-graders will learn how to use modern equipment and the basics of the digital movie-making process.

(Revised) Fitness and Wellness: 6-8
The class focuses on health education in today's world.

Food Cultures: 6-8
Students will enter sixth grade taking Introduction to Foods and progress through their middle school experience with Food Cultures. The course will examine differences in food selections around the world as well as contemporary issues such as famine and the world food production market.

Innovation & Design: 6-8
Innovation & Design will provide students with hands-on learning of STEAM concepts. Classes will be held in a new STEAM lab that will be created this summer in what is now the woodshop space.

(Revised) Intro to STEAM: 6
A technology class to excite the sixth-graders' passion for STEAM. 

Performing Arts: 6-8
This class will include much of the previous general music curriculum but also incorporate all performing arts, not just music. This could include, for example, improvisational comedy and class skits focused around contemporary issues.

Project Impact: 8
Students will have 6 PIllars of Character in sixth grade, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens in seventh grade, and Project Impact in 8th grade. Project Impact will have a culminating project that includes working in groups to research a local issue and designing and implementing solutions.

Surviving Natural Disasters: 7 
Capitalizing on students' inherent interest in their natural surroundings, this course will help students understand why certain areas of the world are more prone to natural disasters and the impact those events can have on the environment, wild life, infrastructure, economy, geography, and lives of the people affected. Students will also learn personal preparations they can take if faced with a natural disaster. 

Eighth-grader plays in area jazz band

Lucas Harvey recently performed as part of the North Jersey Junior Region Jazz Band in the group’s annual concert. The eighth grade saxophonist was one of just 20 student musicians in grades 7-9 chosen for the honor.

Lucas was selected after a lengthy audition process this winter and rehearsed with the band for more than 20 hours over the course of four days. Sponsored by the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education, the annual performance was held at Nutley High School.





Student receives leadership award

Eighth-grader Anthony Rocco recently received a Morris County Superintendent’s Middle School Leadership Award. Presented by the Morris County Association of School Administrators, the award is given annually to one student from every middle school in the county who best represents the qualities of model citizenship and effective leadership.

Anthony is a member of the school’s chapter of the National Jr. Honor Society, the art club, and the Technology Student Association. He also serves as captain for the school’s soccer, basketball, and track teams. 

An active member of the Boy Scouts, Anthony has earned the star rank and is a patrol leader responsible for a squad of eight. In January, he was recognized as Boy Scout of the Year of Long Valley Troop #236. 

The Morris County Superintendent’s Middle School Leadership Award was presented to Anthony at a ceremonial dinner held at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany.

Eighth-grader Anthony Rocco with Christopher Reagan, MOMS vice principal, left, and Dr. Larrie Reynolds, Mount Olive superintendent of schools, right, at the leadership awards dinner

Coming to a graduation near you

The eighth grade graduation ceremony this year will feature a music video of hundreds of eighth-graders and MOMS staff members dancing to Justin Timberlake’s “Can't Stop The Feeling.”

Inspired by a production that principal Susan Miranda saw on YouTube, the music video is being produced by the television students at Mount Olive High School. Chris Praml, t.v. teacher at MOHS, brought along two crews of t.v. students who spent the entire school day on April 27 staging and recording the individual segments. Earlier in the month, the t.v. students spent an entire day recording scenes throughout the community.

“The kids from the high school were amazing in their professionalism and support,” said MOMS teacher Katelin Riggs, who coordinated the production. “It truly felt like I was working with seasoned professionals.”

Shooting with a cast large enough to be in a Cecil B. DeMille epic took intense preparation. Mrs. Riggs spent countless hours planning which students would appear in scenes based on the classes and activities they participate in. Each club, activity, and sport had its own scene and unique location within the building – about 50 in all.

Teachers Kelly Buck, Carly O'Reilly, and Melissa Silvestri choreographed the dance routine. Ms. Buck taught the students; Ms. Silvestri taught staff members.

“So many teachers and students made important contributions,” Mrs. Riggs said. “It was an incredible experience. I think the video will capture the enthusiasm of our building and students as well as show the wide range of clubs and activities that we have. When the video is shown at graduation, it is sure to leave a lasting impression.”

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