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    April, 2018

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    As we close out the third marking period, I would like to take a moment to express appreciation to our students and staff for their extraordinary efforts both in and out of the classroom.

    At one Brackman’s Teacher Professional Development days, Mrs. Ascough, Mrs. Danser, Mrs. Samantha Burke, and Mrs. Mitchell, came up with an idea for last month to have a staff "MARCHing into happiness" board in our teacher’s mailroom. Each day has a different act/event that teachers can follow that promote happiness. However, they also decided to do the same for our students.  In our trophy case in the main lobby, we had a large calendar where students could look to see the daily activities and messages each day and participate if they choose to. These activities/acts include things that promote happiness and kindness.

    Another “NEW” club, Mrs. Patricia Micca-Lowe, Brackman’s Art teacher, introduced a new Middle School Art Club; the art club is a studio oriented before school club meeting on Wednesdays at 7AM. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of hands-on long term projects using both 2-D and 3-d processes. Students will broaden their horizons and deepen their understanding of the world around them as well as the traditional art forms.  At Brackman, we value each individual in the arts and strive to become the best person we can through the arts. We believe that every student is an artist and we strive to provide a safe, encouraging atmosphere for students to partake in art related activities.

    Our student’s often also come up with their own ideas; two Brackman students, Novelia Winters and Michelle Watts, wanted to get our school involved in supporting an organization that raises funds and awareness of rare diseases.  To show our support, raise awareness and raise money for the kids in our community, students and staff received a paper cut out pair of “Jeans” for every $1 donated; jeans in regards to rare diseases due to a one’s “genes” regarding a particular disorder. Rare diseases affect more people than many may realize. A fact sheet was posted in each classroom and students who donated $1 decorated a paper pair of jeans hung in the halls. The organization to which donations were collected is, Fighting H.A.R.D. (Have A Rare Disease).

    Additionally, our students reached out to several teachers, club advisors and administration about honoring the victims of the tragic school shooting in Florida.  In our district, we emphasize the importance of student voice; staff met with students in support of their civic engagement.  On March 14th, Brackman supported this cause with a “Walk Up” day; this was a student driven event where we emphasized unity and focusing on coming together to create a more positive climate.  To promote this, a video was created by students and staff t. We began by reading the names of the 17 victims and then had 17 seconds of silence and encouraged students to display 17 random acts of kindness. We encouraged students to post on Twitter about their acts of kindness using the hashtags: #BarnegatStrong and #WalkUpNotOut.  We are very proud of our students and we will continue to enthusiastically support our student efforts that compliment lessons of social equality our teachers work to instill.

    This past winter our music department had much to celebrate, and last month they continued to incur several other accolades!  On Friday March 16th, the Russell O. Brackman Middle School Jazz Band performed at the Southern Regional Jazz Festival at SRHS in Manahawkin. The event was a musical showcase that featured 17 middle school and high school jazz ensembles from throughout the state of New Jersey.  I am very pleased to announce that the Brackman Jazz Band received a Gold Rating as a result of their phenomenal performance! (The Gold Rating was recognized as one of the highest ratings to achieve in competition that evening.)

    In addition, we received 3 out of the 5 specialty awards given to the Middle School Jazz Bands including:

    • The Best Trombone Section Award
    • The Best Saxophone Section Award
    • The Espirit de Corps Award for Best School Spirit.
    • Including an individual distinction, 8th Grade Tenor Saxophone player Keean Paul was recognized as "Outstanding Musician."

     Notes from Brackman Jazz Band of upcoming events:

    1. The Jazz Band will be performing at the Mainland Regional Jazz Festival on Friday April 20th at Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, NJ. We will be one of four middle school jazz bands featured in performance that evening. As soon as I find out our results, I will be more than happy to share.

    2. The Jazz Band, Bracktones, and Vocal Ensemble will perform at the High Note Music Festival on Friday May 11th at New Egypt Middle School in New Egypt. NJ. At the conclusion of our festival performances, that students will have the opportunity to celebrate their competition season by spending the afternoon in Six Flags Great Adventure.

    3. The Jazz Band will have their evening Spring Concert performance on Tuesday May 15th. Their performance will take place at 7:00pm for friends, parents, family members, and teachers. The Jazz Band will perform familiar musical selections such as "All of Me," "Fly Me to the Moon," "I Got You (I Feel Good)," "Gonna Fly Now," and more!

    4. The Jazz Band will have an informational meeting for the 2018-2019 school year on Wednesday May 23, 2018 before school at 7:00 am. Any student who is interested in trying out for Jazz Band next year must attend this meeting in order to receive audition materials. Jazz Band Auditions will take place in September 2018.

     The Spring Scholastic Book Fair last month was a huge success; Mrs. Holly, Library Tech, does an incredible job putting this together and working in conjunction with our ELA teachers. ELA teachers shared author videos to their classes and scheduled times with Mrs. Holly to visit the Book Fair.  Scholastic did an amazing job with author videos this year; these videos generated a lot of interest in the books that were at the book fair.

    CLUB STUFF

    • Our Bulldog Buzz is currently working on their second video message;
    • Bulldog City developed and facilitated another awesome pep rally to introduce our Spring sports;
    • Student Council hosted two spirit weeks and now preparing for a Spring Talent Show;
    • Our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Academic Bowl members have been working hard since October to prepare for the Academic Bowl competition coming up this Wednesday, April 18th.  The grade levels have come together to challenge each other in mock competitions to fully ready themselves to perform their best;
    • The Strat-O-Matic Club completed its 2018 Draft and a schedule is being drawn up to begin play next Wednesday.  We currently have 7 members and as we progress we may meet more than just one day a week.  Once baseball and track seasons end, we will most likely expand by several more students...
    • DART club invited naturalists from Cloverdale County Park to come and help us explore the woods around school.  They identified many trees and gave us some cool (and some gross) facts.  Additionally, the Teen Librarian and the Children's librarian from the Ocean County Library came to visit us.  They shared the different ways that students can read books including "playaways” and graphic novels.  In addition, they gave each student 2 books and left another 10 for us to share.  These experiences were terrific!  The DART club is a diverse group and the kids ate up any information given to them.  Mrs. Mitchell, the advisor, was so excited, it was great for everyone!
    • Leaders In Training (L.I.T.) just sponsored a school supply drive for students in Puerto Rico.  Mrs. Kreudl delivered a bag filled with school supplies collected from Brackman when she visited San Juan, Puerto Rico recently; personally, she added some baseball equipment and coordinated with a personal contact with someone who is giving them to the students directly in need where many are still without electricity.  LIT is preparing for 5th grade LIT training on May 31.
    • The staff is getting ready to celebrate Bulldogs are Beautiful and Absolutely Incredible Kids Day - from April 16 - 30; one unsung hero per day will be chosen to receive a small prize.  Teachers are being encouraged to write notes of encouragement for Incredible Kids.
    • BARK Squad created an “Acceptance and Diversity” mural in the hallway to recognize National Youth Violence Prevention Week. 8th Grade BARK Squad members presented in the 6th grade art classes about acceptance and diversity. Then the 6th grade art students created acceptance and diversity doves to surround the mural.
    • NJHS, are currently fundraising and getting things together to go to the Relay for Life at Southern on May 19th.  Our Relay for Life team will be wearing the shirts in support of Mr. Eckert on the day of the event; additionally, the NJHS members planned and implemented a T-Shirt fundraiser last month to support Mr. Ryan Eckert in his battle against cancer.


    I would like to remind parents and guardians:

    • The 3rd Marking Period report cards will be available on the parent portal on April 20th.
    • Spring Pictures (all grades) will be May 10, 2018.
    • PARCC testing for ALL grades will be the week of May 14th.
    • Eighth grade parents:  The 8th Grade Formal Dance will be June 2; Cap and Gown/Class of 2018 picture will be June 5th; The Great Adventure trip will be on June 7th; students have been given permission slips that are due April 12th.  Our Promotion Ceremony date has not been finalized; the date has not yet been determined as we are awaiting special permission from the County DOE.

    Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

     Sincerely,

     John Fiorentino, Principal

    Contact Information: Main Office: 609-698-5880;

    DAILY SCHEDULE School Hours: 7:30AM - 2:20PM

     

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