Alder Students Represent at Academic Excellence Luncheon

Alder Avenue was represented at this years Academic Excellence Luncheon by Alec Mallari, Ethan Saul, & Gus Buzby.


Creation for the Braced

A Creation for the Braced, an invention by sixth-grade students Krisha Patel and Sadia Rahman, was selected to be presented at the NJSBA STEAM Tank Southern Regional Competition in Blackwood, NJ on May 5th.  The STEAM Tank competition is a competition similar to the show "Shark Tank", where students create inventions that they present in front of a panel of entrepreneurs.   ​Krisha and Sadia created something to help people with scoliosis, who sleep with a rigid back brace, get out of bed in the morning.  The competition is hosted by the NJ School Boards Association and the US Army.  Krisha and Sadia finished in the top 6, and will be competing against finalists from all over the state at the finals in October in Atlanic City.  Congratulations!




Purple Team Does Color Run

PURPLE TEAM:  Mrs. Dirkes & Mrs. DelGaizo-Mallett participated with 17 of their students on Sunday, April 9th with a COLOR RUN.  Students were rewarded with a pizza party and extra credit.  It was a GREAT DAY FOR ALL!


Science Fair Comes to Alder Ave


  • 29 sixth grade GT students competed in the Alder Science Fair
  • It took place on Tuesday, March 14th in the Alder library.
  • Here are the results:

Behavioral and Life Sciences
                1st place – Nicolas Federico
                2nd place – Hannah Lower
                3rd place – Francheska Bautista

                Biochemistry and Chemistry
                1st place – Christopher Clayton
                2nd place – Elijah Davis
                3rd place – Kamryn Ellis

                1st place – Braeden Thies
                2nd place – Sophia Hoang
                3rd place – Carina Sharra

                Physical Sciences
                1st. place – Nekita Thaker
                2nd place – Nicholas Scarangelli
                3rd place – Matthew DiTizio

                Technology and Consumer Science
                1st place – Zoey Chen & Sadia Rahman
                2nd place – Madison Voce
                3rd place – Aidan Schwartz

                ”People’s Choice” for Best Overal Project
                (tie) Min Hwang
                (tie) Christopher Clayton

                Overall Medalists (judges choices for best projects in the fair)
                Gold medal – Zoey Chen & Sadia Rahman
                Silver medal – Nekita Thaker
                Bronze medal – Nicolas Federico



Ethan Saul Represents Alder

Ethan Saul was Alder's representative for the 8th Grade Dialog and Reception sponsored by the Atlantic County School Boards Association

2017 Alder Spelling Bee

The 2017 Alder Avenue Middle School Spelling Bee was held on January 25th in the LGI room at Alder.  After twenty twointense rounds and a total of 315 words, a winner was finally determined.  We are proud to announce that the champion was a 6th grade student from the Emerald team, Nekita Thaker!

Nekita will now move on to represent Alder at the South Jersey Spelling Bee on March 11th at the Folsom Elementary School against other school champions from throughout South Jersey.  The winner of that regional bee will compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Second place went to 6th grader Ankita Gupta.  Alec Mallari, an 8th grader, finished in third place.  The rest of the top ten spellers were:  Kimberly Kline, Kamryn Ellis, Yoanna Karanikolova, Greyson Sapio, Kona Glenn, Krisha Patel, and Zoey Chen.

The final ten competitors all spelled at a very high level, facing such words as interminableness, prestidigitation, Hebrides, outré, and eucalyptus.

Congratulations to all of our competitors on an impressive display of spelling and poise!


Alder Ave Honors Veterans


On November 9th, 2016, The Green and Emerald Teams (B) of the Alder Avenue Middle School invited members of the military past and present, to participate in a question and answer period session about life in the service.  Questions presented were prepared by our students as part of a Litteracy Across the Curriculum lesson.   In addition, Veterans were treated to Patriotic Music sung by the Alder Avenue Chorus, under the direction of Mrs. Fogleman.  Furthermore, our honored guests were treated to a breakfast as a small token of our appreciation for everything they do.   Funds for the breakfast were from a Mini-Grant from the Egg Harbor Townshop Education Foundation. 
Veteran Attendees were:

  • Shawn “LOWEN” Braue, Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
  • Senior  Airman Geovanni Irizarry
  • 177th Air National Guard
  • Airman 1st Class Alexander Plaza.
  • 177th Air National Guard
  • Holly Wilson
  • United States Coast Guard  Recruiter
  • Mike Ebert
  • U.S. Marine (Ret.)
  • Dick Squires
  • U.S. Navy (Ret.)/Former Atlantic County Executive
  • Darren Babnew
  • Marines 83-87,  Navy 87-99
  •  NJANG/USAF 00-13 (Ret.)


Alder Achieves NJ Sustainability Award

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is voluntary, but achieving certification is not easy. Schools collaborate with their school district to complete actions, upload documentation and achieve certification. “Becoming certified with Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a significant achievement for schools and their school district,” said Donna Drewes, co-director of Sustainable Jersey. “They are leaders in implementing sustainability measures that save money, improve the learning environment, and prepare today’s students to address the challenges of tomorrow.” Each school that is certified at the bronze-level must submit documentation to show it has completed a balanced portfolio of the program’s sustainability actions, achieving a minimum of 150 points. Silver-level certification requires that a school attain 350 points or more.

Certified schools excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency and health and wellness, integrating sustainability into student learning and reducing waste. Randall Solomon, co-director of the Sustainable Jersey program congratulated the certified schools, “I commend the schools that have achieved certification for their demonstrated commitment toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey.”

“We are proud of the leadership provided by the boards of education and their superintendents, as well as the contributions of principals, teachers, education support professionals and parents, that made this important milestone a reality,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, New Jersey School Boards Association executive director. “We congratulate the schools on achieving Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.” Egg Harbor Township, and the certified schools were honored at a reception during the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) Workshop 2016 Conference on October 25 in Atlantic City.


Blue Team Car Show

8th grade Blue team at Alder Avenue hosted a classic car show for their students on June 7, 2016. This show was a culmination of everything the had been working on in math, English, science, and social studies this year. Students were looking at how cars have changed over time in gas mileage, safety features, body styles, and function. It was an amazing experience for the students to be exposed to all topics they have been studying this year, and getting a chance to interact with the car owners.


QR Trail

Over the past school year, students from the Green Team and Silver Team created a Nature Trail at the
Alder Ave |Middle School using 21st century technology. Students worked in groups to research some
of the native plants and animals that inhabit Southern NJ. Next, they created scripts to film engaging information
about 12 animals and species. Finally, they worked diligently with Mr. Jones on editing the films and creating
QR Codes. The final result is a wonderful trail that shows the diversity of plants and animals that inhabit
Egg Harbor Township. A special thanks to the Ed Foundation for making this grant possible.

Click here to view the trail.


STEM Lights the Way

7th and 8th grade STEM students created hands-free emergency light sources.  They created parallel circuits with 3 LED light bulbs and 2 AA batteries.  The light source had to be somehow attached to their body, so that both hands could be free to work on fixing things in case the power goes out.


The Easter Bunny Hops Over to Alder

On Saturday, March 19th the Alder Avenue Middle School Believe in U and Student Council joined efforts and hosted “An Afternoon with the Easter Bunny”.  The event was a huge success with over 150 members of the community in attendance!  Everyone had a blast and enjoyed lunch, crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny and a spectacular egg hunt!  The clubs hope to have more events like this in the future!


2016 Jersey Shore Science Fair

This past Saturday, a group of 24 students from the Alder Avenue Middle School competed in the 41st Annual Jersey Shore Science Fair at Stockton University.  They competed against a total of 684 students from 38 schools from all over South Jersey in what is the largest science fair in the Delaware Valley region.

They all did an excellent job, and eight students from Alder were recognized at the awards ceremony.  They were:

3rd place in Medicine and Health – Tyrek Jones
Honorable Mention in Biochemistry – Rachele Lindsay
Honorable Mention in Biochemistry – Shaylen Roell
Honorable Mention in Behavioral and Social Science – Brian Truong
Honorable Mention in Computer Science – Kimberly Kline
Honorable Mention in Computer Science – Ava Rozmus
Honorable Mention in Consumer Science – Stephen Eggly
Honorable Mention in Engineering – Gabriel Innes

Congratulations!  And thank you to all of the staff and family members who supported the great efforts of all these students throughout the year. 


Letter program clicking with EHT students and their pen pals

Click Here for a link to the article in the Current of Egg Harbor Township


Alder Teachers Win Key Club VolleyBall-A-Thon (with Help from HS)

On Friday Feb 12th, the EHTHS Key Club held the 15th annual Volleyball-A-Thon. Open to students, faculty, and alumni this annual tournament helped to raise over $3,000 for the New Jersey Federation of Food Banks this year. 34 teams entered and 50 different Key Clubbers volunteered time. Starting at 6pm and ending near 2am, the tournament was won by a team of teachers. Representing Alder was Mr. Ferriola, Mr. Martin, Mr. Warner, & Mr. Zompa. Also on the team was High School teacher Mr. Ohlsen.


STEM Classes Make Valentines for Local Residents

6th, 7th, and 8th grade STEM students created pop-up Valentines for members of the community.  The students first learned how to create box, triangle, and floating pop-up cards.  They then designed and created cards that were delivered to Egg Harbor Township Police Officers, members serving the United States Coast Guard, and residents of the Linwood Care Center.


6th Grader Wins 2016 Alder Spelling Bee

The 2016 Alder Avenue Middle School Spelling Bee was held today in the LGI room.  After twenty seven intense rounds and a total of 274 words, a winner was finally determined.  We are proud to announce that the champion was a 6th grade student from the Cobalt team, Sheikh Mahmud.  Some of the words that Sheikh spelled correctly include:  anathema, synecdoche, vis-à-vis, nativistic, asthma, balderdash, diamantine, and the winning word, diabolical.

Sheikh will next be representing Alder at the South Jersey Spelling Bee on March 12th at the Folsom Elementary School against other school champions from throughout South Jersey.  The winner of that bee receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  Good luck, Sheikh!

First runner-up, Kimberly Kline, also did an amazing job, as the final two spellers went back and forth for many rounds before the champion was ultimately decidedThird place was a tie between Grace Lin and Ipshita Tamjid.  Congratulations to all of our competitors on an impressive display of spelling and poise.




Girls Basketball Wins ACIT Tournament

Congratulations to the Alder Avenue Middle School Girls Basketball team for starting their season off with a 3-0 record and winning 1st place in the
ACIT Invitational Tournament on December 16th.  The team played a tough game and defeated Margate with a score of 27 to 21.  Scoring for the Eagles was
Lauren Baxter with 11 points, Mya Pomatto with 6 points, Ariyanna Davis and Sierra Hegh each with 4 points and Alia Yannone with 2 points.  Great job girls!


Quiz Bowl

On October 21nd, sixteen students from Alder Avenue Middle School competed in St. Augustine Prep's 8th annual Quiz Bowl competition. Thirty seven teams from all over southern New Jersey competed in the event, which featured questions from the areas of Literature, Language, Math, Science, Technology, History, and the Arts. After five fiercely contested rounds, Alder's team finished in 2nd place. Way to go, Alder!

The members of the team are:

Raza Abbas
 Enzo Acosta
 Grace Baumgartel
 Michael Donchey
 Cody Griggs
 Amaia Jones
 Kim Kline
 Grace Lin
 Sheikh Mahmud
 Jeffrey Quicksall
 Gianna Scarangelli
 Madison Schwartz
 Ryan Suthard
 Brian Truong
 Sarah Wenzel
 Hans-Derek Yu


2015 First Day of School!

The staff of Alder Avenue Middle school was excited to greet students on the first day of school!


2015 Academic Excellence

These girls represented Alder at the 2015 NJ Departments of Education Atlantic County Office, Academic Excellence Award  brunch. In order are: Jessica Ireland, Sheikh Mahmud and Zarin Anjum. 

Alder Ave Student Wins South Jersey Spelling Bee

Congratulations go out to 8th grader and Alder Spelling Bee champion Sheikh Mahmud for her historic showing at Saturday's South Jersey Spelling Bee. Sheikh competed against 42 other spelling bee champions from all over South Jersey. She made it flawlessly through 28 rounds of intense spelling before ultimately winning and being declared the South Jersey Spelling Bee champion! This is the first time that a student from Egg Harbor Township has ever won this prestigious event. Samita Islam, a Fernwood Avenue Student, took second place in the competition. As a result of winning, Sheikh received an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C., where she will compete against the best spellers in America at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. All of your hard work really paid off, Sheikh, and you represented Alder like a true champion. Way to go, and best of luck at the Nationals!

40th Annual Jersey Shore Science Fair

Alder's GT students participated in the 40th Annual Jersey Shore Science Fair on Saturday, and they had a very strong showing. Of the 22 sixth grade students from Alder who attended, ten students were recognized at the awards ceremony.

Michaela Pomatto placed 2nd in Environmental Science and will be moving on the Delaware Valley Science Fair next week on April 1st. The students receiving recognition were:

Michaela Pomatto - 2nd place, Environmental Science
Gus Buzby - Honorable Mention, Environmental Science
Jayden Guy - Honorable Mention, Mathematics
Kim Kline - Honorable Mention, Computer Science
Alec Mallari - Honorable Mention, Consumer Science
R.J. Matthews - Honorable Mention, Physics
Samantha Phung, Honorable Mention, Physics
Dylan Sharpe - Honorable Mention, Earth and Space Science
Frankie Wright - Honorable Mention, Team Project
Scott Zimmerman - Honorable Mention, Team Project

Spelling Bee

The 2015 Alder Avenue Middle School Spelling Bee was held today in the LGI.  Sixty four spellers competed and, after seventeen rounds and a total of 313 words, a winner was finally determined.  We are proud to announce that, for the second consecutive year, the champion was Sheikh Mahmud.  Sheik correctly spelled acquaintance and miscellaneous on the way to the winning word, malice.  Sheikh will be representing Alder at the South Jersey Spelling Bee on March 28th.  The first runner-up, Aidan Himley, also did an amazing job, correctly spelling words such as chandelier and tardigrade.  Congratulations to all of our competitors on a truly impressive display of spelling.



Mr. MacNeill’s 6th grade math class has been spending time once a week during Tutorial on coding.  His class participated in the Hour of Code last year.  The students in the class loved programming the characters on Scratch.  This year Mr. MacNeill decided to get more involved and is trying to expose the students to the world of coding.  Writing code is important part of our life that really does not get enough recognition.  Every time we use technology, someone wrote a code to run that piece of technology.
            The students are using, which is a free coding website for teachers and students. allows students to “drag and drop” commands into an algorithm, so students at this age level are not confused by writing actual code, which is more of a high school or college level course.  The site is tailored to a middle school or younger audience.  This makes the site fun and challenging at the same time.  Problem solving and critical thinking skills are important skills that students need to practice in school. allows students to practice both skills in a fun and interesting way.
Each student has a personal login and has to complete lessons that teach coding concepts such as loop functions.  The best part of the site is that students have to program an Angry Bird to reach a pig, or a zombie from Plants vs. Zombies to get to a sunflower.  The artist is another group of lessons.  Students have to program an artist to complete the drawing or make a specific shape.  After completing a few lessons, students get to reprogram Flappy Bird and customize the game.


Link to Student Project - Flappy Bird



Academic Excellence

This past week Rachel Roesch, Fiona Zheng, and Kyra Gantuangco represented Alder at the 2014 Atlantic County Academic Excellence Program held at the Carriage House in Galloway.


Alder World Language Butterfly Release

On Wednesday, May 28th, Alder Avenue’s 7th Grade Fundamentals of Spanish and French students held a butterfly release. The students observed the process of how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly as part of their Animal Migration unit. Señorita Salvia’s and Madame Kurtz’s classes participated in the project


Career Day

Alder Ave’s annual Career Day was held on May 23rd. Presenters included parents of 8th grade students and other local professionals. Students were able to learn about different career paths including military, engineering, medical, and law enforcement. Career Day was a huge success enjoyed by all.


Turtles, Tortoises & Terrapins

Mrs. Del Gaizo-Mallett of the Purple Team networked with Kathy Lacey to present (2) 40-minute educational programs on “Turtles, Tortoises & Terrapins” consisting of a video presentation, educational materials and live animals on Thursday, April 10th, 2014.

Sierra Duffy in Future Scientist Program

The Future Scientist Program did a wonderful job of welcoming the students, and encouraging them to continue their research.  It seems that their enthusiasm truly ignited something within Sierra and motivated her to continue in the field of Biochemistry. 
The day began with a short welcome and a presentation of the student's certificates.  They encouraged the students to seek mentors in the Science field, and opened their doors to allow the students to always think of them as mentors.  Next, we were given the opportunity to hear three scientists present their current work in the field of agriculture.  Sierra really enjoyed the second presentation, as it fit into her interest of Biochemistry.  After the enjoyable luncheon, the students set up their projects and presented them to the employees of the USDA.  You would be astonished to see Sierra in action!  She did an amazing job sharing her reasoning behind her experiment, asking questions on how she could work to improve her experiment, and even shared ideas for future experiments she is interested in conducting. 
Alder Avenue is very fortunate to have such a bright and driven young woman its district.  She truly made a name for herself, and amazed everyone with her professionalism at such a young age. 


Students at Alder Avenue celebrate Pi Day

Students on the Green Team participated in the school’s first annual, Pi Day Festival, organized by Mrs. Candice Marshall, the math teacher for the Green Team.    
The day began with competitions that included many fun filled activities that extended information about the math symbol Pi.  The students were engaged in all of the creative competitions including:  Pi Trivia, Pi Frisby, Pi Eating Race and the Pi Paper chain Race.    This fun filled, engaging activity ended with teachers getting “pied” for the St. Baldrick’s charity and of course a slice of pie for everyone.  Mrs. Candy Marshall, Green Team math Teacher, organized and created the activities for the day’s events.  Mrs. Marshall hopes to make Pi Day an Alder School wide event next year.


Students at Alder Avenue help set a new national record in third annual
‘Read the Most Coast to Coast’

Students at Alder Avenue Middle School took part in a nationwide effort to “Read the Most Coast to Coast” on Friday, February 28. Alder students joined Renaissance Learning’s challenge to break the record for the number of Accelerated Reader Quizzes taken in one day. The new one-day record is an amazing 4,987,949 quizzes!

Alder Avenue students contributed a total of 1,410 quizzes to the national total. In addition, staff members read books to encourage reading as a lifelong hobby.  Staff read over 100 books leading up to the event.   

All participants received a Certificate of National Participation from Accelerated Reader.  In addition, students that scored an 85 or higher were entered into a drawing to win gift cards to Books-A-Million in Mays Landing.  Thanks to a generous mini-grant from the Egg Harbor Township Education Foundation, 32 students were awarded gift cards to further their love of reading.


Alder Ave Paints Anti-Bullying Mural

Alder Avenue Middle School spent three days painting a new mural in the commons area of the school. Each student will get a "book" to paint that will be part of a permanent legacy of the school. Check back next week for finished pictures. Click here for the Current article.

Alder Wins Green Flag Award

Alder Avenue Middle School was honored Friday December 6th when it is presented with the Green Flag Award -- the ultimate international eco accolade – by the National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools USA program.
Read more about the award here



Albania Video Conference

On November 26, students from Jason Lucas’s 7th grade social studies classes participated in a video conference with 7th grade students from the Avni Rustemi School in Tirana, Albania.  With Thanksgiving and Albania’s Independence Day both falling on November 28, the students exchanged information   about their country’s holiday.  After a question and answer session, the students shared skits, poems, and songs.  The students discussed holiday traditions, foods, clothing and celebrations.  Representatives from the Albanian Ministry of Education, the Albanian Ministry of Defence, along with Henry Jardine, Deputy Chief of Mission for the US Embassy Albania, joined the Albanian students to witness the cultural exchange between the two countries



Alder Wins Quiz Bowl!

On October 22nd, fifteen students from Alder Avenue Middle School competed in St. Augustine Prep's 6th annual Quiz Bowl. Thirty six teams from all over southern New Jersey competed in the event, which featured questions from the areas of Literature, Language, Math, Science, Technology, History, and the Arts. After four fiercely contested rounds, Alder's team emerged victorious. Way to go, Alder!
The members of the team were:

Femi Agabalogun, Jabryl Guy, Aidan Himley, Fayaz Mahmud, Sheikh Mahmud, Patty Miraglilo, Rachel Roesch,
Maurice Rosenbleeth,Isabella Bejaran, Jax Cai, Michael Donchey, Cherrish Hudgins, Christian Kline, David Serback,Hans-Derek Yu

click here for news article


National Junior Honor Society Promotes
Safe Trick or Treating

The NJHS visited Davenport Elementary, Slaybaugh Elementary, and Swift Schools this week to promote safe trick or treating in honor of a former student who was lost several years ago on Halloween. Our students performed an original musical show to remind kids of the basic safety
on Halloween night.

click above to watch the show


Alder Ave Inducts New Members to National Junior Honor Society

Alder Avenue Middle School’s chapter of National Junior Honor Society held its induction ceremony on June 5, 2013. The members were recognized for scholarship, citizenship, service, leadership, and character. 63 new members were inducted, and 48 current members received the Presidential Academic Award of Excellence. Congratulations Alder NJHS members!


Purple Team Visits Forsythe

The Purple Team visited Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Galloway, NJ on Friday, May 31 for students to experience an educational outdoor Barrier Island. This free trip has been successful for the past four years and the students enjoy being outside and learning about an area that is close to home.


Van Makes Fans of Science at Alder Ave MS

Mrs. Del Gaizo-Mallett networked with the national Science Center’s Mobile Discovery Van to visit the school.
The 18 wheeler arrived providing students grades 6-8 the chance to see exhibits and do hands-on experiments in electricity how the eye works and sound waves. During the 1-day visit on Wednesday, April 10th, staff from the U.S. Army and the National Science Center offered 50-minute lessons.
The van’s visit was free and made possible through a partnership with the Army and the National Science Center to help excite young people about Math, Science, and Technology.


The Franklin Institute Returns to Alder

Approximately 200 students at A.A.M.S. participated in the Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show on Thursday, March 14. A presenter for one of the Franklin Institute’s Traveling Science shows, Mr. Joe began with the basics during his energetic presentation, titled “The Weather Show”. Teacher Mrs. Georgiana Del Gaizo-Mallett applied for and received a mini-grant through the EHT Education Foundation to bring the show to the students. Students volunteered several suggested answers before Mr. Joe explained the many concepts related to WEATHER.



Diego Rivera Traveling Art Exhibit

Alder Avenue Middle School hosted the Diego Rivera Traveling Art Exhibit February 25-March 1, 2013. Students and staff had the opportunity to enjoy three of Rivera’s works- Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park, The Calla Lily Vendor, and The Agitator. The school’s Spanish classes studied Rivera’s life and murals in depth throughout the week, and did special activities based on the three paintings on display. The week-long exhibit was made possible by a mini-grant from the Egg Harbor Township Education Foundation.



Governor's Environmental Excellence Award.

Alder Avenue Middle School will be presented with the 2012 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award (GEEA) in the Environmental Education category on Monday, Jan. 28, at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, for its innovative environmental and energy conservation classroom efforts

Click here for link to article


Everyday Heroes

The Alder Avenue Middle School Jostens Renaissance Program honors everyday "Heroes" within our community and schools each month.  For the month of September, the students hand delivered thank you messages with a treat attached to the bus drivers that transport Alder students.  The drivers were extremely excited and appreciated being honored.  Jostens Renaissance is a program that honors everyday "Heroes" that do extraordinary things. 




Multi-Cultural Night

Multi-Cultural Night was hosted by The Egg Harbor Township Human Relations Committee on May 17, 2012 from 6-8 p.m.  at Alder Avenue Middle School.  There were over 350 people in attendance and authentic food samples from 14 different countries.  In addition to  a variety of multi-cultural display tables  vendors and organization participated. The purpose EHTRC is to celebrate the diversity within the district and the community in effort to have culturally responsive schools that address the needs of all students.


The Disney Planet Challenge

Out of nearly four-hundred classes across the nation that participated in the Disney Planet Challenge, “The Catawba Project” was chosen as the third place winner!

The “Catawba Project” is dedicated to helping the environment. In the “Catawba Project,” we are building an outdoor community teaching garden. At the garden, we students will apply the knowledge that we learned in class to teach others all about taking care of our watershed. We plan to host workshops and presentations at the garden so community members can come and learn. Our goal is to make others aware of the possible threats that we face, and to make them aware of how we can avoid these issues. By doing this, we are spreading the word on how to go green.

The Disney Planet Challenge is a project-based environmental competition for grades 3-8. It encourages students to make a difference in their schools, their communities and at home. It also teaches kids about the earth while empowering them to make a positive impact on their communities and planet. In addition, Disney Planet Challenge rewards those who make a difference in the environment.

To present our project to Disney Planet Challenge, our class had to create a digital portfolio all about what we did. This was difficult but it was also fun. It allowed everyone to contribute to the presentation and put their strengths to use into something we were so engaged in. In the portfolio, we explained what our project was, what research we did, how me made our action plan, and the process that we went through to reach our goal. Finally, we showed how it made an impact on the environment. When we were done, we submitted it into the DPC and anxiously awaited the results.

“The Catawba Project” has done extremely well with the Disney Planet Challenge over the years. Every year, the current class passes down the project to the future sixth grade class. Last year, we were awarded New Jersey’s state winner! This motivated our class of 2011-2012 to reach the expectations and standards that last year’s class set. To be given the title of the third place winner meant everything to us. Our class has worked so hard, and to be recognized means the world to us. One student said, “ I think I speak for everyone when I say that it is incredible that we have won 3rd place in the DPC. We all put a lot of effort into our portfolio and it feels great to be recognized for that work. The experiences I had while making our portfolio are ones I will never forget. It helped me to build a better understanding of the environment and I had a lot of laughs along the way. GO CATAWBA!” We are so grateful that we could make a difference in our community and be appreciated for it. Just doing it was its own reward, so to be awarded again, is amazing! We will continue to make an impact on the environment, so keep an eye out for our project in the future.



Delaware Valley Science Fair

The Delaware Valley Science Fairs, Inc. was held April 3-5 at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Our students competed in what is now known as one of the largest and oldest fairs in the country. The Fairs were designed as a vehicle for stimulating interest in STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) among students in middle and high schools in the tri-state area. The philosophy behind the Fairs is that students learn science by doing science.
Congratulations to all competitors! You are winners because you started and completed a research project!
Proud to be EHT - Category and Special Awards winners!!

Link to the Winners

Jersey Shore Science Fair

The 37thAnnual Jersey Shore Science Fair was held on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. This is the largest tri-state regional fair with 813 students, 682 projects and 43 schools. Students who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their science category move on to compete at the Delaware Valley Science Fairs at the Greater Philadelphia EXPO Center at Oaks on April 4, 2012. Proudly, Fernwood and Alder Middle Schools have 17 students and EHTHS has 2 students prepared to compete at this prestigious event. Congratulations!!

Link to the winners