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|Closing Information for The Mt. Olive School District|
ATTENTION PARENTS and VENDORS: On Thursday, August 27, 2015 the Administrative Offices will begin moving from our 89 Route 46 location to our new location at 227 U.S. Highway 206 in Flanders. Telephones, faxes and computers will be shut down at noon on Thursday in the Administration Offices only. All telephone and data lines will be restored by Monday, August 31. All telephone and fax lines will remain the same. Please contact a Principal if you have any concerns or questions about the start of school.
|Kailee Coyle's redesigned state seal|
A mission from the governor
Governor Chris Christie tasked fourth graders who have studied New Jersey to develop a new state seal, as well as a state song, poem or pledge that highlights important aspects of our state. Using the online presentation website Glogster, students used their knowledge of the state’s regions, famous people, inventions, cities, industry and history to create new seals and write letters to the governor that justified their choices.
That was the problem-based assignment that fourth-graders at Tinc Road recently completed.
“New Jersey really does have a rich history and it’s important that kids are aware of it,” said teacher Joy Spevak. “Before you start talking about other countries [in the later grades], you need to learn about home first.”
The project was designed to improve the writing and research skills of students, allow students to apply the social studies information they learned, and incorporate technology into the curriculum.
Students were immersed in the project for a variety of reasons.
“I didn’t know that there are about 500 cities in New Jersey,” said Anthony Brutico, “or that New Jersey had such a big part in the Revolutionary War.” Anthony’s seal included an image of George Washington, he explained, because the future president’s Delaware River crossing and surprise attack on the forces in Trenton are among the war’s most famous and pivotal moments.
Kailee Coyle, like Anthony, also enjoyed using technology to learn and create.
“I liked the computer part and making the seal and writing the business letter [to the governor],” Kailee said. “Glogster was fun and you could keep playing with colors, backgrounds, and pictures to get exactly what you wanted.”
The projects and other writing work of the students were presented to parents during the school’s Writing Rocks celebration in early June.
|Anthony Brutico's seal|