JOHN HILL SCHOOL

WEEKLY UPDATE 10/26/18

Maker space now available!

The inaugural JHS Maker Space lesson took place this week when Mrs. Nguyen and Ms. Smith's 4th grade class explored the properties of pumpkins while applying skills of prediction, precision measurement, and analysis. This type of hands-on (potentially messy) and exploratory learning is exactly the type of experience that we hope this space better allows for our students than what a typical classroom would. If you are interested in supporting this initiative, please consider donating any of the used or unused items included in our "Maker Space Supply Request List." We appreciate any support you may be able to offer!

grade 3 visits boonton museum

As part of a 3rd grade enrichment activity combining poetry and appreciation for our beloved Boonton, students ventured to the Boonton Museum to learn about their town's rich history and to gain inspiration for their work as burgeoning poets. Upon completion of their poetry projects, students will submit their work to the Museum for possible display. We would like to thank Sue LoRusso for serving as a guide during our students' visit and are also thankful to all the volunteers who work to keep the rich history of Boonton accessible to its youngest residents!

Spelling bee competitors impress

Congratulations to all the participants in the middle grades spelling bee held last Friday afternoon! At the conclusion of an excellent competition, Aaliyah Dawkins earned 3rd prize, Ella Manhardt collected 2nd prize, and Bridget Giordano earned 1st prize. Thanks to the PTA for sponsoring the prizes awarded at this event.

Congratulations Bridget, Ella, and Aaliyah and best of luck as you join our other John Hill School finalists who will be competing at the Morris County Spelling Bee!

green team conducts fall harvest

On Monday, the 4th and 5th grade Green Team had their first meeting. As part of this gathering, the team ventured out to the Boonton Blooms Garden to conduct a fall harvest. Members were thrilled to pick ripe tomatoes, eggplant, broccoli, peppers, carrots, beets and even jalapeno peppers! In the coming weeks, the team will be preparing the garden for winter and will begin discussing the planting arrangements for the beds in the spring.

JR BOMBERS BRING SOARING PRIDE TO JHS!

The Jr. Bomber fall sports teams brought a lot of pride and positive energy to our school this season! The Field Hockey Team finished the season 12-2 and were just penalty strokes away from advancing to the County Tournament Final. The Girls Soccer Team also took part in a thrilling County Tournament Game that unfortunately ended in a tie-breaking loss through penalty kicks. Their final record of 6-4-1 is certainly something to be proud of and to build upon going forward. Similarly, the Boys Soccer Team met a major milestone in finishing the regular season with a winning record before exiting the County Tournament with a hard fought loss to the number 1 seed. All of our Jr. Bombers proved themselves as true competitors and winners this season!

STUDENT WORK SHINES BEYOND JOHN HILL SCHOOL

Congratulations to Jordan Hicinbothem who won a spot in the “art zone” section of this month's National Geographic Kids magazine. The theme was keeping our oceans clean and the caption indicates that she is Boonton Proud!

Congratulations are also owed to Andrew Looker who was selected as a winner for the Abercrombie & Fitch National School Art Contest! His work will be displayed in the Willowbrook store location. Way to go Andrew and Jordan!

ELEMENTARY CONFERENCE REMINDER

Elementary (grades 3-5) conferences are scheduled for November 5th and 6th. If you have requested a conference time, you should have received a confirmation notice by today. If you have not, please reach out to your child's teacher.

In keeping with tradition, our 3rd-5th graders will participate in a costume parade on October 31st. The parade will begin at 1:50 and students will parade around the perimeter of our upper field. Parents and families are welcome to attend.

Students in all grade levels may wear costumes to school on October 31st. Apart from the parade, however, faces may not be concealed by masks or significant face paint. All costumes must be in good taste and school appropriate.

Have a wonderful weekend from all of us @ JHS

(lizards included)