Italian Exchange Day 13 - Day 13 was a holiday for students, since on April 25th Italians celebrate La Festa della Liberazione which commemorates the end of the Italian Civil War and the end of Nazi occupation during WWII. Since it was a holiday, students were able to explore Florence with their partners. Some decided to do some shopping at the mall, while others continued to sightsee and all continued to enjoy the delicious Italian food. Some students visited the Piazzale Michelangelo which is decorated with copies of Michelangelo's statues and offers some of the most beautiful panoramic views of Florence. Tomorrow students will continue their tour of Toscana as they visit the medieval cities of Siena and San Gimignano.

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Apr 26th 1:43pm • No Comments

Adorable kindergarteners in Xiamen, China were eager to meet Linden Public School teacher, Mrs. Danie Orelien-Armstead. Teachers and students participating in the Linden High School Chinese Cultural Exchange program found it interesting that gender colors are nonexistent in China. School uniforms for little boys and girls can be any colors. The distinction between blue and pink that exist in the United States for boys and girls is not important for the Chinese people.

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Apr 26th 1:41pm • No Comments

School No. 8 is fortunate enough to have staff members with a variety of talents. 5th grade teacher Angela Paternostro has graciously given of her free time to enhance the appearance of the hallways with some inspirational and motivational words. Travels through our halls are always memorable from rigorous writing to our creative displays​!

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Apr 25th 7:40am • No Comments

Juniors in Ms. Walker’s IB English class at Linden High School are working on characterization projects for the main character of The Stranger by Albert Camus. Students are collaborating on this project using Google docs thru Canvas. Teachers at Linden High School are using Canvas as a way to eliminate paper waste and reinforce the proper use of technology in the classroom. Students are able to work collaboratively on the Google document both in and out of the classroom. ​

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Italian Exchange Day 12 - Students explored more of the region of Tuscany outside of the well-known Florence. Students went by train to Pisa which is most noted for its infamous leaning tower. However, Pisa was at one time a maritime power that rivaled nearby Florence and Siena for notoriety before Italy became unified. While in Pisa students explored the famous Campo dei Miracoli which includes the tower, the neighboring cathedral, baptistery, and cemetery. The Piazza del Duomo is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Italian Exchange Day 11 - This was the final day of the weekend excursion to the Amalfi coast for students. The experience brought students to one of the cultural jewels of Italy known as Pompei. Pompei is a city and comune in the Metropolitan City of Naples in Italy. It is the home of the ancient Roman ruins which were long buried and forgotten until their rediscovery in 1599 and broader rediscovery almost 150 years later by Spanish engineer Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre in 1748. For the past 250 years it has been a tourist attraction of great note and is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Italian Exchange Day 10 - The tenth day of the Italian Exchange allowed students to explore the Amalfi region and visit Positano. This beautiful area attracts thousands of tourists annually, and in 1997, the Amalfi Coast was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape. Positano is so noted for its beauty that John Steinbeck wrote about it in a short story of the same name, and famed Italian director Federico Fellini shot scenes from his film Roma here.

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Chinese Exchange Update 17 - Sunday April 23rd, marked the end of a wonderful journey for students participating in the Linden High School Chinese Cultural Exchange program. Students started with an early breakfast at 6:30 a.m. After a hearty breakfast, they loaded the 8:00 a.m shuttle bus to Tiananmen Square, followed by a guided tour of the Forbidden City, the living quarters and offices of the last 2 Dynasties from 1420 to 1911. After touring Forbidden City, they rode on a riksaw to the Hutong area to have lunch with a local family. In the afternoon, students visited Tian Tan also known as Temple of Heaven, which is now a common park used by locals to do their morning exercises. After visiting Tian Tan, students shopped at Pearl Market. Dinner time gave students the opportunity to reflect on their trip to China. They have all agreed that it wasn't easy navigating around China; but they will treasure the memories and lessons learned for a lifetime.

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