Monthly Guide - July 2014

Show #18 Sept. 7 

Music Last a Lifetime – Every student at Reading Fleming Intermediate School in Flemington has a chance to participate in the music program.. Four educators teach 700 students about string orchestra, chimes, band, chorus and guitar/ukulele in addition to world music drumming in general music. The only goal is to make students play better, become life-long learners, be well rounded citizens and make music a part of their life.
Zumba - Teachers at Paul Robeson Community School in New Brunswick are using the universal language of dance to open doors of communication with the school’s Latino community. The goal of program is to provide a fitness program, develop team building skills, build confidence and encourage parental involvement. Exercise also energizes the children and enhances their brain power.  This project is funded by the Frederick L. Hipp Foundation.
Educating Every Child – While private schools can select their prize students, public schools are proud to provide services for all levels of abilities. From challenging the gifted and talented, to meeting the needs of special education students, and communicating with students with language barriers, New Jersey public schools are the best in the nation for educating every child.
Señor Solis – His students at Eisenhower Middle School know him as Merced Solis, but his fans know him as World Wrestling Federation Champion Tito Santana.  From a migrant worker as a child to a Spanish teacher in Roxbury, Señor Solis shares his gratitude for education.

Show #19 Sept. 14 

The Hedgepeth-Williams Story– Ten years before Brown vs Board of Education that put an end to school segregation in the United States, there was Hedgepeth-Williams V. Board of Education. On Jan. 31, 1944 - the New Jersey Supreme Court rule that local school districts and boards of education could not establish separate public schools based on race, color or creed.  Paul Robeson Elementary teacher Kristine Burns and her students produced a book about the landmark decision that occurred in their school 70 years ago. 
Hedgepath story
Post Superstorm Sandy – Fifth graders brave the cold temperatures to measure the level of the water and sand on the Jersey shore. The Emma Havens Young School students are working with the Army Corps of Engineers to design a program that will lessen the likelihood of coastal flooding following a natural disaster such as Superstorm Sandy.  Teachers Jeanette Wehner and Jaime Pratt of Brick Township in Ocean County were awarded a grant from the Hipp Foundation to implement their project.  The students will receive STEM education in a more authentic and engaging way at an earlier age to establish the basics and have the confidence to attempt more challenging courses later in their educational careers.
B-Social – Stillwater Township Elementary School has a B-Social lounge for at-risk students to help them build emotional and social skill-building opportunities. Social worker Ruth Najemian and Special Education Teacher Maureen Riva received a Frederick L. Hipp Grant to provide social skills for kids with behavior disabilities. The lounge has a game table, comfortable seating for discussions, arts and crafts, board games and sensory games. They also have a B-Social School Store providing more interaction with other students, and it earns money that will be used for service projects. 
Rise & Shine – Three days a week, students at Broad Street Elementary in Gibbstown start the day with heart-pumping activities. The school community recognizes the importance of movement in helping students to be alert and ready for the school day. Current research shows that physical activity stimulates formation of new brain cells in areas of the brain associated with memory and learning. The organizers of Rise & Shine won a national Active Schools Acceleration Project grant to fund the program.

Show #20 Sept. 21

Twenty Years and Counting -  This concludes the 20th season for Classroom Close-up, NJ, and it’s time to reflect on the impact that this show has had on students, teachers, parents and all the staff who work in the New Jersey public schools. The show not only showcases the great things happening every day. It also allows educators to document their projects so they can use the stories to obtain grants and public support. The show is used in college education classes, and workshops around the state. 
The Future of Education – A panel of education experts will debate controversial topics that will impact the future of education. The topics will include Common Core Standards, PARCC and ACHIVE NJ. Colin Gross, a graduate student from Rutgers, will moderate a panel that includes NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer, Rutgers Education Professor Melinda Mangin, NJPSA Executive Director Patricia Wright, and Special Education teacher from Freehold Township Joelle Nappi.  
The Future of Classroom Close-up – When we first went on air 20 years ago, the picture was grainy, and the cameras were bulky. Now the show is HD and digital. What’s next? Well, for starters we've got a new website and more video contests for students on the way. Not to mention plenty of posts, tweets, and status updates.

Show #1 –Sept. 28

Exchange Student - German exchange student Anouk Elias made a lasting impression on her teachers and fellow students at Middletown High School. While her European perspective was giving her classmates a broader view of the world, she grew to appreciate the more personal teacher-student dynamic found in American schools, the different types of classes offered, and the inclusion of all students in the classroom, including those with special needs. Irvington High School teacher John Amberg and his family helped to make Anouk’s exchange year possible by hosting her during her time in the U.S. 
Helping Drew - Pre-K and Kindergarten students at Teaneck's Bryant Elementary School get an early anti-bullying lesson from a teacher-produced puppet show called "Helping Drew." Elementary school educator Alex Ishkanian combines his passion for the performing arts and his education background to create an engaging, dramatic program for elementary-school-aged students. Watch a clip of "Helping Drew" at
Helping Drew
White Out Bullying - Watchung Hills Regional High School stages a “White Out Against Bullying” Day in solidarity against bullying and intolerance.  The students are asking the community to join them by wearing white, and ultimately they hope to make this a national event. Over the last few years, the school has won state and national recognition for their anti-bullying efforts.  Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-Somerset, Morris, joins the students for an assembly and a more intimate classroom discussion. 
Write Type of Mentor - Even professional writers know the value of finding the right writing mentor. 2012-2013 Passaic County Teacher of the Year Mary Duffy and her colleague at West Milford's Marshall Hill Elementary School help their second grade students find the "write" type of writing mentor from among the fifth-grade students. For their efforts they won grant money to implement their program which is designed to empower their students as authors.