- ExxonMobil Visit
- A Tree Grows
- Title I Fun
- 3D Gallery
- Top Chefs
- Black History Month
- No Name Calling Week
- Peer Leaders
- Alliance Club
- Breaking News!
- Thanksgiving Dinner
- Happy Halloween!
- Public Art
- Pumpkin Spice
- Welcome Back!
- Class of 2018
- Field Day
- Take Pride
- LINCS Walk
- Spring into Summer
ExxonMobil Corporation supports the pursuit of science, technology, engineering, and math careers through a variety of special programs. One important part of this effort is STEM outreach at local schools. On June 5, ExxonMobil’s PRIDE chapter from Clinton, NJ visited Soehl Middle School. PRIDE is an employee resource group where members of the LGBT community and their straight allies encourage awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion issues.
Prepared with hands-on activities, the ExxonMobil volunteers met with members of the Alliance Club and the Honor Society. Students worked in teams to investigate a variety of concepts in all four STEM areas. Through the process of building, testing, and then redesigning their projects, students faced the challenges of scientific research. These generous volunteers also spoke about their careers and the life experiences that brought them to ExxonMobil.
A TREE GROWS
Language Arts teachers Miss Anderson, Miss MacDonald, Miss Muha and Miss Pierson collaborated to create an Autism Awareness Tree at Soehl Middle School. Each puzzle piece on the tree contains information about autism – important statistics, inspiring quotes and tips on how to be a great friend to someone with autism. Our Soehl students grew their awareness about autism and are “No Longer Puzzled.”
TITLE I FUN
On May 7, Catherine Kovarcik from NJ Teacher-to-Teacher presented a fun evening program for our Title I students and families. Parents and their children enjoyed dinner while working together on a variety of math and language arts activities. The program also included a user-friendly introduction to the state’s new standardized assessments.
Ms. Pierson’s 7th-grade Language Arts students recently hosted a “Volume 3D Gallery Walk” to showcase a novel of their choice and a 3D object that represents that novel’s setting or protagonist. Students also incorporated literary elements into their projects to demonstrate their understanding of the novel. They were so proud of their efforts in creativity, and they could not wait to share their work with visitors!
On March 28, the After-School All-Stars “Top Chef” enrichment class hosted a Dining with Diversity event for parents and families. This nationwide program services students throughout the school district. Their mission is to provide comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life.
These classes focus on cooking skills and rules of etiquette presented in a framework for character education. In one recent lesson, students compared popping popcorn to their own personal growth as young adults. Other lessons allow students to think about how their work in the kitchen relates to activities in school, at home and in the community.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
On February 23, members of the Eta Omicron Zeta chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority hosted an engaging and educational program in celebration of Black History Month. After a screening of the documentary “Chisholm ’72 Unbought and Unbossed,” NJ Lieutenant Governor, Sheila Oliver, Senator Sandra Cunningham and Hillside’s Mayor Dahlia Vertreese joined the panel. Staff members Beth Schwartz and Elizabeth James decorated the room with phenomenal projects created by Soehl Middle School students. Thank you to the Elizabeth Public Library for hosting this important event.
NO NAME CALLING WEEK
The week of January 21 was “No Name Calling Week” at Soehl Middle School. Presented by the Alliance Club, this is a week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of any kind and providing schools with tools to start a conversation about ways to eliminate bullying. As part of the week’s events, students and staff signed posters pledging their support for safe and accepting schools for LGBTQ students.
Alliance Club members enjoyed an after-school screening of the movie “Love, Simon.”
Pictured above (left to right) are Alliance Club members Chris Genelien, Rood Marlie Chery, Angelica Pajak, Liyana Rafua, Lisa Lopez, Frida Soriano and Gavin Lopez.
On December 7, Soehl Middle School’s Peer Leaders made their annual holiday trip to School 1. To celebrate the season, these 8th-grade students spent time reading and crafting in several elementary classrooms. Everyone involved wore their favorite pajamas and enjoyed the comfy, cozy atmosphere. Students also collected donations for the LINCS food pantry.
On November 28, members from the PRIDE organization at Saint Peter’s University spoke to members of the Alliance Club at Soehl Middle School. The two groups discussed current social issues including gender stereotypes and lack of inclusion. Pictured below (left to right) are Ayanna Paterson, Frida Soriano, Angelica Pajak, Jerry Galarza, Lisa Lopez, Gavin Lopez, Leilani Ocasio-Cuevas, Michael Fonseca, Myah Warren, Theresa Jonas, Elijah Wesley, Shariffah Mason and Adia Ledbetter.
The 21st Century Community Learning Center has partnered with the Crayon Initiative to collect used and broken crayons. The Crayon Initiative is a unique charitable organization that recycles crayons and distributes them to children’s hospitals. These new crayons literally brighten the lives of young patients while reducing environmental waste. Our 21st Century students will collect the crayons throughout the program year for this important community service project.
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Please contact the 21st Century Office at (908) 486-0550 ext. 8787 to schedule a drop-off.
Winner Winner Turkey Dinner!! On November 15, cafeteria staff treated Soehl Middle School students to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. Pictured below (left to right) are Aryana Figueroa, Isabella Sanchez and Marie Jean Pierre.
On November 14, students and staff were treated to a special menu item in the school cafeteria, Chicken and Waffles. Pictured below are Amy Gonzalez and Stephanie Martoe getting ready to enjoy this tasty Southern tradition.
Soehl Middle School celebrated a happy Halloween with its third annual costume contest. Three winners were chosen in each of three categories – Scariest Costume, Funniest Costume and Most Creative Costume. Students and staff had a great day tricking and treating their friends and colleagues!
Paulo Matias, Kareem Prunty and Aminah Armstead
Carvens Jean Baptiste, Miles Hayes and Yaslene Reyes
MOST CREATIVE COSTUME
Gael Soriano, Frida Soriano and Michelle Henderson
SOEHL FACULTY AND STAFF
For the month of October, students in Ms. Faranda’s art classes will enjoy the honor of having their work displayed at the Linden Board of Education central offices. These talented artists are currently studying a wide variety of topics including different art techniques and historical art movements.
On October 2, the Soehl Middle School Art Club had its first meeting of the new school year. Club members celebrated the season by painting pumpkins with their own creative designs. Pictured below are artists Sade Therjuste, Cassidy Moore, Jadelle Jasmin and Cristina Ramos-Rodriguez.
What splash of color will YOU bring to Soehl Middle School?
On June 14, Soehl Middle School had its first-ever schoolwide Field Day. This event, to be held annually, took place at Linden’s famed Tiger Stadium. Students and staff all enjoyed a great day of fun in the sun!
On June 1, members of the Soehl Middle School Alliance Club kicked off LGBT Pride Month. This annual celebration aims to educate the general public and to support the dignity, equality and visibility of the LGBT community. Throughout the month, students and staff will stand together against all forms of discrimination.
Pictured below (left to right) are Aaliyah Thomas, Jerry Galarza, Yainez Rosa, Gavin Lopez, Ms. Pellettiere (advisor), Brielle Ellis and Isabella Latroncio.
On June 1, Soehl Middle School participated in the annual LINCS Walk at Wilson Park. This Linden Public Schools event supports the local food pantry operated by the Linden Interfaith Network for Community Services (LINCS). This year’s walk raised over $4,000.00 in donations for a worthy cause!
On May 24, Soehl Middle School hosted a Title I event to help our students “Spring into Summer.” Families were invited to meet with Language Arts and Math teachers to discuss strategies for preventing the loss of learning that often takes place over the summer months. After a delicious dinner, students and their parents visited different stations to learn about a variety of educational games and activities they can use over the summer. Each student also received a backpack filled with the necessary summer reading novels and math manipulatives.