Friday, April 26, 2013
South Brunswick students Omar AbdelAziz and Vishwa Sathappan finish top five in regional sport stacking competitions.
Terms like ambidexterity and bilateral proficiency don't seem like they would come into play during a competition involving elementary school kids. But through their skill in "downstacking" and "upstacking," two local students have proven their ability in a popular trend designed to develop both fitness and academics. In the activity known as Sport Stacking, cups are stacked in pre-determined sequences as quickly as possible. At Brooks Crossing Elementary School, Sport Stacking has exploded in popularity among students. "Sport Stacking gives you a set of 12 cups and you have to do a different series of stacks, like a pyramid for example," said Brooks Crossing Physical Education teacher Michael Januszka. "You have to be able to use both …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Eighth-grader Daniel Kim visited Brooks Crossing Elementary School to talk to students about his first novel.
As he spoke to a room full of students at Brooks Crossing Elementary School last week, Crossroads North eighth-grader Daniel Kim had come full circle. It was just a few short years ago that Daniel himself was sitting on the floor during an author visit at his school listening in wonderment. But this time it was Daniel who was speaking to the kids, having recently published his first novel "Allison," a tale about three kids and an albino alligator. "I had an idea in the first grade that I really wanted to write a book," Daniel said. "When I was in first grade we went on a field trip to Jenkinson's Aquarium and I was just really interested in the alligators. I used to write personal narratives in a journal, but I got sick of that, so I …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Initiative at Brooks Crossing Elementary School completing chores around the house to raise money for Sandy victims.
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Monday, December 17, 2012
Donating a few dollars to charity is a noble act, but can often be more fleeting than the impact of rolling up one's sleeves and taking an active role in relief efforts. The reality of the dire situation residents of New Jersey's shore communities are living with after Hurricane Sandy hit home for many in South Brunswick, few more so than Brooks Crossing Elementary School third grade teacher Shannon Iaffaldano. As a resident of the Bayshore community of Atlantic Highlands, Iaffaldano is getting Brooks students involved in relief efforts by urging them to do more than just a usual donation. "There are so many places that need help, but (helping Atlantic Highlands) meant the most to me because I grew up in Bayshore," Iaffaldano said. "I …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Students from the Brooks Crossing Elementary School Jazz Band and Cambridge Elementary School Chamber Orchestra performed at the South Brunswick Senior Center.
As part of an ongoing intergenerational partnership between the South Brunswick School District and the township Senior Center, talented young musicians put on a show last week for an audience of seniors. The Brooks Crossing Elementary School Jazz Band and Cambridge Elementary School Chamber Orchestra played a number of selections to help the students broaden their horizons. "We try to give our students an extra opportunity to perform besides school," said Brooks Crossing music teacher Jeff Auriemma. "Performances like this give us a chance to feature a number of different programs.” The mini-concert also helped to bridge the generational gap between the seniors and the young musicians. "This helps the kids understand that music has no …
Friday, March 9, 2012
Harlem Globetrotter Herb "Flight Time" Lang, a two-time contestant on the CBS show "The Amazing Race," visited with students at Brooks Crossing Elementary School.
The familiar refrains of "Sweet Georgia Brown" filling the gym at a South Brunswick school meant only one thing: a Globetrotter was in the house. Herb "Flight Time" Lang, a guard on the world famous Harlem Globetrotters visited with students at Brooks Crossing Elementary School on Tuesday to promote the team's C.H.E.E.R message (Cooperation, Healthy mind and body, Effort, Enthusiasm and Responsibility). Lang, who also competed on two seasons of the CBS Emmy Award winning series "The Amazing Race," told the students about his upbringing as the oldest of 9 siblings and the importance of academics. "I hope the kids learn from my story, are inspired by our C.H.E.E.R program and use that to do something positive with their lives," Lang said. "I…
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
A student art gallery at Brooks Crossing Elementary School showcased over 800 works of art.
A burst of color enveloped the gym at Brooks Crossing Elementary School on Thursday, as the school’s talented young student artists received a night in the spotlight. While the South Brunswick School District honors young artists throughout the district with its annual Student Art Gallery , the size and scope of the district festival limits the amount of pieces each school can submit. As a result, the Brooks Crossing staff decided to hold their own night to show off their students' best pieces of art. "I always wanted to do a celebration for all of our students right here, so that's the bottom line behind this night," said art teacher Ellen Kazar. "It goes back to why we have a celebration for all of our student artists. For some kids, …