John Hill School

Weekly Update 11/30/18

students host annual holiday toy drive

The John Hill School Students for Change organization and Student Council are teaming up to host the Annual JHS Holiday Toy Drive! New toys will be collected and donated to the Boonton Town Hall for distribution to local families in need. If you would like to contribute to this charitable effort, toys can be dropped off in the JHS Main Office between now and Friday, December 14th. Please indicate which homeroom teacher the donation is from as a pizza party will be offered for the homeroom that donates the most. Any contributions you can offer will be greatly appreciated as our students work to spread joy this holiday season.

Chess competitions

The 7th grade students have spent the last week learning the rules of chess and competing with their classmates. Students examined how to set up a chessboard, investigated the movement of each piece, and analyzed the strategies needed to be successful at chess. All of this will help students as they prepare for a 7th grade chess tournament later in the school year.

8th grader Receives outstanding brass award

Congratulations to Jacob Jennings for being selected as one of Morris County's outstanding brass players. Jacob was recognized before the Candian Brass Concert at the Morristown Performing Arts Center. He was selected for his excellent range and ability to read many difficult rhythms. Jacob has been playing trumpet since 4th grade and he plays in the town band Harmony.


As the Thanksgiving holiday approached, 4th grade students put their imaginations and creative writing skills to work as they envisioned disguises for "Tommy the Turkey" and crafted stories to reveal his ultimate fate at this traditionally troubling time for our turkey friends. After completing their work, students shared stories with peers and celebrated each other's contributions! Great work 4th grade!


On Saturday, November 17th, the PTA hosted its annual tricky tray at John Hill School. Over 300 guests were in attendance in hopes of taking home one of the hundreds of excellent prizes available while also supporting our community's students. We are thankful to everyone who was able to attend and we owe an especially great THANK YOU to all the individuals who organized this wonderfully successful event. We sincerely appreciate everyone's collective efforts! They make an enormous difference for our school and community!

the "PIE design process" - AS PRESENTED BY 3rd grade students

Ms. Kovall's class turned our new maker space into a baking space as students implemented The Design Process to create Thanksgiving pies! The Design Process encourages "learning through doing." Establishing the habit of engaging in this process is a primary area of focus for maker space activities. Special thanks to our parent volunteers who helped make this experience a success!

1. define the problem

It's the week of Thanksgiving and we could use some pie!

2. collect data

Determine our favorite pies. 15 votes for apple. 6 for pumpkin.

3. brainstorm & analyze

Explore recipes and ingredients.

4. develop

Put our data, knowledge, and resources to work.

5. obtain feedback

Anybody want to taste test?

6. improve

Continuously work to improve our product and enjoy the process (and product)!

STUDENTS WILL DISMISS @ 12:07 on monday, december 3rd.