Friday, May 10, 2013
School #8 Students sold wristbands to support Philadelphia hospital.
This month, students at Belleville School #8 were congratulated for their kindness. During April and May the students participated in a school-wide bracelet sale promoting the school slogan “Keep In Mind To Be Kind." The slogan, written by student Karen Coto, was the result of a school-wide contest in support of an anti-bullying campaign. The school raised $500 in the bracelet sale, which was donated to Philadelphia's Shriner's Hospital for Children. Shriners Hospital's Terri Diamond was on hand to accept the donation from School #8 Principal Joseph Vespignani and other members of the school community. In addition, Belleville Mayor Raymond Kimble, himself a School #8 graduate, was on hand for the donation. "I'm proud of the children …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Students swabbed school for invisible growths.
Belleville Middle School's eighth grade science classes recently studied where bacteria grows in the environment. The science teachers prepared petri dishes filled with gelatinous agar for each class. Using inoculating swabs, students surveyed different locations in the building and recorded their findings on bacterial growth. Students were able to estimate population sizes by also making sample counts. Observed colonies included pinpoint, large, round, irregular, red, yellow, and raised convex. Belleville Middle School Principal Dora Cavallo's chair displayed little growth of bacteria, which while amusing, was an expected result. Also, the Art Boxes naturally were covered in a plethora of colonies.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
MIddle School students get lesson in mutation.
Tuesday, February 26
Belleville Middle School Grade 8 Science classes recently completed a unit on genetics by participating in a presentation by Linda Albanese. Mrs. Albanese, a retired Belleville teacher, shared her personal experiences with Rett Syndrome. Albanese's granddaughter, Michelle, has Rett Syndrome, a genetic disorder caused by a mutation most often seen in females. The RETT activist shared the symptoms, causes and effects of Rett as well as current research being done to reverse the disorder. In addition, students learned that genetic engineering is changing the outcome and severity of many genetic disorders. In order to increase awareness of genetic disorders within our community, students plan to organize a 5K race or benefit concert to raise …
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Schools #4 and #8 without power; Tuesday re-opening still uncertain.
Because of this weekend's historic snowstorm, all of Belleville's schools will be closed on Monday, Oct. 31, according to Board of Education President Pete Zangari. “There could be possibly be a delayed opening on Tuesday. We have two buildings without power,” Zangari said, referring to Schools #4 and #8. A determination about Tuesday's schedule will be made tomorrow. Throughout Belleville, downed power lines and fallen trees have left the township with power outages in parts of town and made traveling treacherous. Several schools throughout Essex County will be closed Monday, including: West Orange, Bloomfield, Montclair, Millburn, South Orange-Maplewood, West Essex, and Caldwell/West Caldwell, as well as Seton Hall Prep and Caldwell …