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NJ Teacher of the Year, Amy Andersen, visited the School of STEM on April 17, 2018. Amy taught STEM students some American Sign Language (ASL) and discussed the role of language in deaf culture.  Amy also spoke to our teachers about her career and the wonderful work that she does promoting ASL programs, giving every student a voice, and advocating for acceptance of deaf culture in today’s society. STEM wishes to thank Ms. Andersen for spending her day with us!


 

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Published: 4/20/18




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20 Students from STEM @ JFK participated in “Columbia Splash” on Saturday, March 31st, 2018.  Columbia Splash is a program that offers a variety of courses to students in grades 8 through 12.  STEM students spent their first day of Spring Break taking courses ranging from Anomalistic Psychology to Congruent Numbers to Japanese Drumming and Bacterial Biotechnology to Network Security to Cancer Pathology. The participants were served lunch and also took a tour of the campus.  Thanks to Columbia University and STEM biology teacher Danielle Hoffman for helping to make this trip a terrific success!!



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Published: 4/10/18




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As we begin our celebration of Women’s History Month, the Schools of STEM and SET hosted Asia Shindelman, an 89 year old Holocaust survivor. Mrs. Shindelman recounted her harrowing experiences in the Jewish ghettos and Nazi concentration camps with Mrs Wojcik’s Honors English II, Ms. Gitelle’s Honors English IV, and Mr. Solis’ TV Production classes. We wish to thank Mrs. Wojcik for coordinating this event and Mr. Solis for opening his TV Studio to us and taping the speech. We wish to extend an extra special thank you to Mrs. Shindelman for sharing her life story with us.

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Students from the School of STEM’s Environmental Field Studies class participated in The Great Backyard Bird Count last week.  The GBBC is a worldwide citizen science project to collect data on wild birds.  It is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society to determine how bird populations and migrations are changing.  The students searched along the Passaic River and identified some beautiful birds, including the Great Blue Heron and four nesting pairs of Buffleheads.  Thanks to Ms. McCoshen for coordinating STEM’s participation in this important project.

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As part of our celebration of Black History Month, 

STEM @JFK hosted a visit from members of the NJ Jazz Society on February 14th.  The group performed a number of songs and gave students a lesson on the history of Jazz as a uniquely American and uniquely African-American form of musical expression that began in the African American communities in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th Century.  STEM thanks the NJ Jazz Society and our music teacher, Ms. Young Suh, for bringing some Jazz to Paterson!

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In a real world engineering project at STEM High School Mr. Grilk's 11th Grade Applications of Engineering class are currently building scale model roller coasters.  Each group of four students must use mathematical analysis to determine the mass of a 'car' that is required to travel through one loop in 3 meters (roughly ten feet) of total track via gravity assist only.  Students must calculate the height of the hill, diameter of loop, and Work (W=FD) being done by the car as part of their initial plan.  Then they u

tilize mathematical skills, scientific concepts, and real engineering analysis to complete the project and run their roller coaster

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On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, STEM students in Ms. McCoshen’s Environmental Field Studies classes participated in a video conference with scientists studying the environment in Antarctica.  Five STEM students that attended the conference were able to ask questions on topics including how sea life in Antarctica’s waters are adapting to changes in their environment and the effects of global warming on Antarctica’s sea ice.  Thanks to Ms. McCoshen for arranging this extraordinary experience for our students.

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Jadon Watson of The STEM Academy at JFK placed 5th in the High Jump clearing 6'10 3/4 inch at the New Balance National High School Championships, giving him All American Honors.  With that height, he broke his own John F. Kennedy record and the Passaic County record which has been up for twenty three years. He ended the 2018 Track and Field indoor season ranked #1 in NJ and #8 in the US.  Congratulations to Jadon and his coaches, Mr. Rosen, Mr. Dupiche, and Ms. Martinez.

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STEM Teachers Charles Coronato, Julie Vysotsky, and Andrew Santiago, along with WPU Professor-in-Residence, Carole Bruzzano,  presented a session at the National Association of Professional Development Schools Annual Conference on March 17, 2018 in Jacksonville, FL.  The presentation centered on using Positive Psychology strategies such as scaffolding, peer modeling, two-part feedback, and self-assessment in a lesson on juggling to demonstrate how to incorporate these strategies in the classroom to promote resilience and grit.    

 

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William Paterson University Professor Dr. Sonia Bierbower and her graduate assistant, Maria Zamora, spoke to the STEM honors anatomy and physiology class and to the honors biology classes about the neuroscience research they are conducting.   The research uses mice to study the affects of traumatic brain injury.  Afterwards, the researchers met with science teachers, Mrs. Sayad and Ms. Hoffman, to discuss a partnership between the STEM students and the WPU neuroscientists. 

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On Wednesday February 21st engineering students from STEM Academy and Mr. Brian Grilk and Ms. Julie Vysotsky, JFK Robotics Team Advisors, attended Young Engineers Day at Rutgers school of Engineering in New Brunswick, NJ.  The students participated in groups activities to design and build various devices.  In one challenge, Rutgers Formula Racing Team had the students build cars.  Each group had 30 minutes to develop a design that would protect an egg ‘passenger’ from crushing during a high-speed collision test on a track provided by the school.  Another challenge was presented by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers that taught students how to develop computer code to write an Application Software for iPhone or Android Systems.  STEM wishes to thank The Rutgers School of Engineering Office of Student Services (OSS) for this fantastic opportunity for our students. 

 

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Hello STEM students and parents,

 

I welcome you to the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex.  It has been my pleasure and privilege to serve STEM as Supervisor, Vice Principal, and now Interim Principal of this wonderful school.  STEM has been serving the students of Paterson from almost 23 years by providing rigorous academic programs in the STEM fields as well as learning experiences that go far beyond the classroom.  In just the past few weeks, students have participated in data gathering on birds for the Audubon Society, a video conference with scientists studying weather on Antarctica,  Rutgers University Young Engineers Day, and  a talk with neuroscientists from William Paterson University.

Another important part of STEM is our plan for helping students become resilient young people who don’t shy away from a challenge.  Our multi-year plan includes activities that inspire and challenge our students to run toward difficult tasks rather than run away from them.  Our program moves beyond focusing on discreet skills and, instead, helps to nurture academic fortitude, “outside of the box” thinking, and academic risk-taking; skills that will serve our students well into their college and professional lives.

The faculty of STEM is humbled and proud to be working with the great students of STEM; all of whom do amazing things on a daily basis.  Thanks to all the STEM parents for putting your trust in us. 

Thank you,

Dr. Dante Petretti
Dr. Dante Petretti
Interim Principal, STEM Academy

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The JFK-STEM school had a great opportunity to "show off" about our STEM school and our STEM students at the Paterson Board Meeting last Wednesday night.  Thanks to all the teachers and students who came out in support of STEM!!

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JFK had the honor of meeting with a group of principals from China who are here learning about American schools.  

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Published: 5/16/17