February 2016, students from County Prep High School’s Fashion Design Class shared a special project with the students of Explore 2000 Middle School for their Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Competition Focus on Children lesson. Five dedicated individuals worked as a seamless team (no pun intended) to facilitate our 8th Grade Class with a “sewing project”.
Two high school Seniors, Mauli Maniar and Christine Jimenen, took the lead with the project; actively joined by Sophomores Lissette Hernandez, Jalzary Gutierrez and Leslie Santana. The teacher team situated the students in a circular meeting style, each on a task table. With their well-developed plan, the teacher team explained their project, reviewed the materials then distributed them. They taught the students how to sew and provided hands-on assistance and visual explanations throughout the project time.
We wish all of the students good luck on this competition.
Two of our student reviews:
The County Prep Fashion Design team did an excellent job of directing the 8th Grade students of Explore 2000. I thought that teaching kids how to sew was a great idea. I know how to hand sew already, so I was the first one done. If you finished early you got to add a button. You had a choice between a red heart and a brown football. You also have a chance to write on your heart or football. I hope the team comes back so we can make more stuff. –A. Ponce, 8th Grade
We had a few obstacles here and there, but they were always able to help us to come to a conclusion. My favorite part was when we finally finished making our footballs so that we could stuff it. It helps to learn the basics so I can at least sew a button when I need to. Sewing was time consuming, but it was actually fun at the same time. I learned that it also requires a lot of patience in order to get the best outcome. –C.Casavecchia, 8th Grade
I look forward to future collaborations with this team of teachers. They provided a unique learning opportunity for our students. We wish them much success with their FCCLA Competition.
Ivy Jane is incredibly grateful to Ms. Lin-Rodriguez and the Explore 2000 family; without whom, she would not be as successful as she is today.
On February 12, 2016 Black History Month came to life at Explore 2000 Middle School. A buffet breakfast was set out for the visitors who seemed to enjoy it very much. Included were eggs, bacon. sausage, grits, fried chicken and more. Following the meal there was a video presentation of Black history in America.
A live presentation for all of the students, staff and guests followed. Many students wore red carnations to show that they were volunteers available to guide and assist the guests. Ms. Michele Jefferey, event coordinater began the assembly with a short talk, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Ruquiya Sabry and Alifa Amin. Lauralie Mufute sang the Star Spangled Banner.
Guests included Tony Goodson, Commander of VFW Post #2294 in Jersey City, Glen Flora, Commander of VFW Post #226 in Bayonne, Ms Lenora Brown, Ms Florence Holmes, Ms Pearl Jones, Ms Aleta Carter and Ms Pamela Gardner, County Clerk.
The results of the 58th Hudson County Science Fair are in and the Explore 2000 Middle School’s second year team of Alexander Vogiatzis, Andrew Kibalo and George Vogiatzis has been awarded a gold medal for its project on smoking and the effects on the human body.