The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders donated a dogwood tree to Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy. Ms. Charlene Bathelus, Elizabeth Board of Education Commissioner, graced the ceremony with her august presence. She spoke of the importance of each person infusing positivity into the tree planting ceremony and emphasized the significance of planting trees in local environments.
Board Member Diane Barbosa visited Victor Mravlag School No. 21 on April 25, 2017 as part of the Visiting Tuesdays initiative. On Tuesdays during the month of April, which is Autism Awareness Month, Ms. Barbosa has visited classrooms of the district’s autism program to show her support and participate in class activities. During her visit to School No. 21, Ms. Barbosa visited all three autism classes as well as the special education classroom of the 2017 School No. 21 Teacher of The Year, Ms. Stephanie Gomes. All of the students had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Barbosa and each student received a gift. They enjoyed the visit and thanked Ms. Barbosa for taking time to join in their classroom activities.
Dodley Thermitus is currently a senior at Thomas A. Edison Technical Academy. During the past 3 ½ years Dodley has been a major contributor to the Minutemen Track Program. Accolades worth noting are his USA All American status, 4th place finish in the New Balance USA All American Triple Jump Championships, NJSIAA Section 2 Group 4 First Team All-State, Union County First Team All-Conference, 2016 Spring Meet of Champions Triple Jump Champion, Personal Bests: Triple Jump (in) - 49-5.25, Triple Jump - 50-3.25. Both jumps are 2nd best in NJ history. Dodley signed a Letter of Intent to attend the University of Houston in the Fall, where he will be trained by one of the best Olympians from the NJ, Carl Lewis! He is a phenomenal athlete, and we look forward to watching him perform during the Spring season!