Director's Monthly Memo
“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
May has flown by but with all of the activities that have consumed us that should be no surprise. During the past month, our students continued their visits to the Veterans Museum and were honored for their winning essays, poems and raps by the Hudson County Bar Association at the Annual Law Day Ceremony while Mr. Doolan’s students toured the walkway of the new Bayonne Bridge, seniors participated in Elks Youth Day and Mr. Woods’s students visited the Museum of Jewish heritage and the African Burial Ground National Monument. Additionally, 46 students participated in the finals of New Jersey National History Day and I am proud to announce that Mrs. Nowak’s student, Natalie Ramos, has earned a trip to the Finals at the University of Maryland, College Park for her website, Triumph and Tragedy: The Hetch Hetchy Controversy. This will be the seventh time in eight years that at least one of our students has earned a spot in this prestigious contest! Congratulations to all of the participants and teachers. Finally, I am happy to announce that Dr. Bransfield has been nominated for the 2019 Hannah E. (Liz) MacGregor Teacher Award. This award is “presented to teachers who demonstrate a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through innovative use of primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the National History Day Contest.” We wish him well!
June will also of course be full of wonderful events. For example, Natalie will head to the University of Maryland for National History Day while some schools may be lucky enough to visit Bayonne’s only cemetery, Constable Hook Cemetery, located at IMTT. Additionally, we will host DaWayne Brahsear, son of Master Chief Petty Officer, Carl Brashear. Master Chief Petty Officer Brashear was the U.S. Navy’s first African-American master diver. He completed his training in Bayonne at the MOT in 1954. Mr. Brashear’s talk, A Son Never Forgets, will be held at the Bayonne Public Library on June 4 at 6:30pm and was organized by Social Studies teacher, Mr. Carroll. The public is welcome. It should be a great night
Some other events we mark in June are: Father’s Day, Juneteenth, D-Day and Flag Day.
I wish you all a peaceful and safe Memorial Day. As we celebrate the freedoms our veterans fought and died for, let’s take time to remember the men and women who gave their lives so that we may be free.
Director of Social Studies