At Essex Valley School, we pride ourselves on providing not just high standards of educational instruction, but also a wide variety of athletic opportunities in which our students can excel. EVS students have shown a great deal of interest in playing football and having a football team. With that in mind, EVS collaborated with five area schools to create our own Flag Football league. During this first season, our co-ed team played with great effort, earning a fourth-place finish overall. On behalf of all our staff, we would like to congratulate our athletes and give special thanks to one of our physical education teachers, Nicholas Soriano, for helping the students develop the knowledge and skills of football techniques and motivating them to succeed.
The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is dedicated to educating teachers and their students about the natural resources found commonly in our home state of New Jersey. Students received a lesson in Geology and Mineralogy via a comprehensive tour of the Sterling Hill Mine. The two-hour tour consisted of students learning about the history of the mine as well as seeing some of the world famous fluorescent minerals and rocks. Our students were able to learn about the history of mining and develop an understanding of the dangerous conditions miners face to provide us with valuable minerals. Visiting the Sterling Hill Mining Museum gave our science students an entirely new perspective on Geology and Mineralogy. What may have once been seen in the classroom as boring rocks, are now transformed into an experience our students will never forget.
The Science department recently participated in an academic trip that would broaden our students’ perspectives and experience of nature. Visiting Duke Farms, a 1000-acre nature preservation located in Hillsborough, New Jersey, provided our students with the freedom to explore nature on a grand scale. Some of our students participated in the bike sharing program and cycled around the farm’s scenic paths, while others decided to hike through the farm’s hills and forest areas to discover its wildlife. Our students also had the opportunity to visit the Orchid Range, a large greenhouse that is filled with both tropical and subtropical orchids from throughout the country. The wide array of vividly colored orchids was a favorite among our students, as well as the tropical temperatures and humidity that the greenhouse offered. The experience of tranquility, exploration, and fresh air was a lasting one for all of our students. They can’t wait to return to Duke Farms to explore and engage with nature once again.
Our Essex Valley School Cross Country team showed heart and determination in a 2.1-mile race at Saddle River Park. The team stuck together and pushed each other through positive encouragement and a strong sense of camaraderie. Out of over forty students from five different schools, one of our EVS athletes placed second overall, earning him a silver medal with an astonishing time of 13:27! The schools were also given team rankings based on the combined average finish times of each of its members. Our EVS Panthers received the 3rd place bronze medal for a great team finish! On behalf of our staff we would like to congratulate our runners and give a special thanks to one of our physical education teachers, Molly Ann Maggiore, for preparing and motivating them towards success!
Our College and Career Readiness students were given a truly daunting task on their recent trip to The Amazing Escape Room in Montclair, New Jersey. Our brave seniors selected the room with the lowest percentage of escape because they wanted the toughest challenge available! The Case Closed room gave our students 60 minutes to find a classified document and escape the room with the document before it was raided by the government officials. Our students had to solve an array of puzzles, including math word problems, geography questions, deciphering morse code, a maze, and many other obstacles. They enjoyed their adventure at The Amazing Escape Room and look forward to another visit and another challenging room!
Our Culinary Arts department recently had the opportunity to take a unique academic trip to the J. Emanuel Chocolatier in Chester, New Jersey. Upon arrival, the students were given a tour of the facility, which included seeing and learning about all of the different equipment required to create fine chocolate. They also viewed the various molds used to create each candy item, as well as the necessary ingredients and how each is used in making confectionary chocolates.
While at the chocolatier, our students were presented a tasting of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate. Students worked on developing their palates, learning how to differentiate between each kind of chocolate. They were then given the chance to choose their favorite chocolate flavor and a variety of ingredients to create their own individual chocolate "bark.” The bark was properly cooled for three minutes and then was professionally wrapped for our students to take home. The Culinary Arts department had a great experience with their students and hope to return to J. Emanuel Chocolatier to further expand their knowledge!
At Essex Valley School, we strive to promote a friendly, family like environment between our staff and students. At the beginning of each year, it is important for us to demonstrate to our students that we are here to support them throughout their educational journey, and are also deeply invested into creating meaningful bonds that will help nurture their social development.
Annually, we throw a BBQ prepared by our outstanding Culinary Arts classes with an array of foods for the entire school to enjoy. Following this year’s BBQ, we hosted a number of activitiesfor both staff and students to participate in, including a flag football game, corn hole, and a board game competition! The afternoon was filled with laughter and fun, giving students a chance to interact and build stronger relationships with staff in an informal setting.
We would like to thank everyone who helped serve the meal and give an extra, special, thank you to our Culinary Arts and Physical Education departments for doing such a fine job in preparing food and planning activities for everyone.
Essex Valley School continues to work hard to increase the opportunities for our special needs students in the areas of employment and postsecondary education. To better reach our goals, EVS has implemented a transitional course that prepares young students to develop their independence by incorporating New Jersey's 21st Century College and Careers standards into their studies. Through this course, Essex Valley School aims to increase our students’ college entry rate as well as our students’ career readiness. The course encompasses key transitional goals, skills, and behaviors needed for success in both of these areas. Additionally, it will maximize students’ understanding of graduation requirements, college eligibility requirements, and career exploration. Ultimately, this course assists our students, their parents, and our counseling staff in identifying and meeting students’ transitional needs and maximizing their potential after leaving high school.
With the ever-expanding demand for digital media upon us, there is also a skyrocketing need for skilled creators of content in this area. This has been demonstrated by ongoing job growth in the fields of advertising, marketing, graphic design, audio engineering, and many others. Essex Valley School is excited to open a new course dedicated to building foundational skills in these areas. Our Digital Media & Audio Technology course will serve that purpose!
This course will cover the practices and creative techniques in technology, including learning terminology, developing voice-overs, script writing, audio technology, media editing, film basics, copywriting, professional ethics, and listening. Their unique projects may be in the form of advertisements, documentary films, music videos, and much more. The possibilities for developing their creativity in digital media are vast. We believe our students will accomplish great things in this course, and look forward to sharing their work via our website! Stay tuned!
Hydroponic gardens are becoming increasingly popular around the globe, due to the options they provide when compared to conventional gardening methods. Soil is a key component in traditional gardening, but with hydroponics, plants are grown in water with the essential nutrients provided through that water. Eliminating the soil allows for up to four times the amount of plants to be grown in the same space as a traditional garden. Here at EVS, our students will be able to learn all of the key components of hydroponics, such as developing the perfect balance of nutrients needed for each individual plant type, or determining the proper PH balance needed for successful growth.
Through ongoing, project-based learning, our students will have to use their critical thinking skills to resolve any problems that encounter. Pride in their accomplishments, as well as in the product of their hard work is inevitable! Our students will be creating garden to table, fresh, organic ingredients that will be utilized by our culinary arts programs for all students’ breakfasts and lunches.
The EVS Autoshop program is now accepting vehicle donations of any make or model. These donations will ensure that our students have access to a variety of vehicles as they gain valuable experience in automobile service and maintenance. All donations are tax deductible, and Essex Valley School is a 501 C3 nonprofit organization. On behalf of the EVS Staff, we would like to thank everyone in advance for their generosity.
Essex Valley School will be graduating 19 students on June 21, 2017. At 7:00pm sharp, families, friends and staff will gather in the transformed gymnasium to celebrate the graduating class of 2017. Refreshments will be supplied by the Culinary Arts program for all to enjoy. EVS staff are proud of our students and wish them every success in their future endeavors! We hope that they will keep in touch with us to share their stories of success!
EVS is proud to announce that 6 students will be graduating from the 8th grade and will be moving into the high school program this fall. On June 20th at 1:30pm these students, their families, and teachers, will celebrate this momentous occasion.
Essex Valley School will soon be celebrating students who have worked hard to achieve the honor of being inducted into the National Honor Society. On June 5th, twelve students, their families and teachers will participate in an induction ceremony at 1:30pm. Refreshments will be provided by the EVS culinary arts program for all to enjoy. The staff is very proud of the successes of these twelve outstanding students.
Essex Valley School will be hosting its annual Spring Formal on May 25th at 7pm at The Brownstone in Paterson, NJ. The Brownstone is the backdrop for an evening filled with delicious food, a DJ and a photo booth for students and staff to enjoy. EVS is always proud and impressed when students attend this affair in full fashion. To help all students look their best, the cosmetology class will be assisting students in having their hair, nails, and make-up done for the evening’s festivities.
Once the temperature begins to break, EVS students and staff immediately look forward to Field Day! This day is full of games where our students are divided into teams to participate in some friendly competition. Students and staff recently joined together to participate in this event, competing in a variety of activities including a Connect Four dash, relay sack races, soccer shootout, volleyball, and many more. Overall, field day was a successful bonding endeavor for our students and staff!
With the softball season coming to a close, Essex Valley School would like to acknowledge and praise all the students and coaches who made our team’s season amazing. Under the coaching direction of Molly Ann Maggiore and David Smith our students improved dramatically, leading to a successful season. Not only did our student-athletes gain an expanded knowledge of Softball, their level of skill and technique improved immensely in a short period of time. Teamwork and sportsmanship were the mantras throughout the season. We would like to congratulate all who participated on a well-played season!
EVS students on Level 3 and up were recently invited to view the Art in the Atrium show, featuring work by Barbara Bullock. These students met several times in the weeks before the trip, learning about Barbara Bullock and her works in preparation, and began creating projects that reflected her style.
These projects were begun by having students look closely at examples they found online. They found that many of Ms. Bullock’s art works are abstract, colorful, paper collage sculptures. Students then drew 3 various shapes (at least 14 inches long), and cut and painted each side using various acrylic paint colors and techniques.
During their visit to the Morris Museum, students were able to get a closer look at Ms. Bullock's works, noting their actual size and colorful details. They were then offered a classroom to work in, completing their paper sculptures following their viewing of the show.
Essex Valley School would also like to give special thanks to board member, Michelle L. Macchia. She accompanied our artists to the Morris Museum and provided the workspace for our artists. Without her, this event would not have been possible. Our students greatly appreciated her generosity!
Essex Valley School will be introducing a brand new Hydroponics Class this coming September. Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, which is the growing of plants in a soilless medium, or an aquatic based environment. Hydroponic growing uses mineral nutrient solutions to feed the plants in water, without soil. With the help of Science, Culinary Arts and Landscaping, this class will give students the knowledge to grow various plants and vegetables in an indoor setting. Students will also be able to grow their own vegetables and take them home to cook and eat.
The landscaping class has made significant changes to the Essex Valley School grounds. Improvements include planting annual and perennial flowers, as well as a recent installation of a 1600 square foot vegetable garden. Students have been learning about various planting techniques and how to grow vegetables from seed. Future projects will include installing greenhouse windows to the landscaping room and building a waterfall rock garden behind the main office.
Beginning in April, Essex Valley School will initiate a comprehensive Robotics program utilizing the LEGO Mindstorms® EV3 Robotics Technology. This program will enable students to explore real life themes and challenges, develop 21st Century learning skills, and advance their critical thinking and creativity. The combination of teamwork, communication, and collaboration will enable students to become more independent and self-confident.
By using hands-on robotics, students will:
(A) Produce simple sequences and commands that link cause and effect using input/output devices.
(B) Use intuitive prediction tools to gain first-hand experience in forming hypotheses.
(C) Integrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) using physical constraints, units of measurement, coordinate systems, min, max, mean, and linear applications.
The first industrial robot was developed in the 1950s. The application of robotics in recent years has emerged beyond the field of manufacturing or industry. Robotic applications are now widely used in medical, transport, underwater, entertainment, and the military sector. The importance of robotic technology in the medical industry is intended to offer positive outcomes to assist doctors through complicated tasks that involve long periods, accuracy, focus and other routines that cannot be accomplished by human ability alone.
The future and the opportunities in robotic technology are wide open. The “Factory of the Future” is still evolving! Robots and automation systems have already proven they can deliver the necessary return on investment based on their connectivity, flexibility and process integration. The administration and staff of the Essex Valley School are proud to introduce the new LEGO Mindstorms® EV3 Robotics Technology to our students.