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Summer Programs for Kids, Teens Still Available at RVCC


Spaces are still available in summer programs for kids and teens at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC). For a complete listing and descriptions of all summer courses available for children and teens, visit www.raritanval.edu/kids.


The following programs are being offered Monday through Friday, June 26-30, at RVCC’s Branchburg campus:


Make First Video Game: ages 8-14, 9 a.m.-noon; $205


Chapter Book Authors: ages 11-14, 9 a.m.-noon; $190


Chess I: ages 6-14, 9 a.m.-noon; $190


Chemical Magic Plus: ages 6-9, 9 a.m.-noon; $190


Film & TV: ages 11-16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; $325


Minecraft Designers: ages 8-14, 1-4 p.m.; $205


Fun with Photoshop: ages 11-15, 1-4 p.m.; $180


Boost Your Abilities with Puzzles, Games and Contests: ages 8-14, 1-4 p.m.; $190


Diggin’ for Dinos: ages 6-11, 1-4 p.m.; $190


As an added convenience for parents, before- and after-care are available for students.


To register for these courses and other RVCC classes for children and teens, visit www.raritanval.edu/kids. For information only, email youth@raritanval.edu or call 908-526-1200, ext. 8404. The Youth Program office is located on the first floor of Somerset Hall, in room S147.


Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.


RVCC Planetarium Sets Star Shows, Laser Concerts, Special Programs in July


From laser concerts and star shows, to special Harry Potter-themed shows and even summertime Halloween and Christmas programs, the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium has programs for all ages and interests in July.


In addition, with the “Great American Solar Eclipse” set for August 21, many of the Planetarium’s shows will include a five-minute presentation discussing the solar eclipse and how to view it safely. On August 21, New Jersey residents will see approximately 75 percent of the Sun covered by the Moon.


The following shows will be presented at the RVCC Planetarium in July:


Astronomy Tonight, Friday, July 7, at 8 p.m.
Experience a guided tour of the night sky in the Planetarium’s DigitalSky digital theater. Learn about some of the popular constellations visible from sunset to sunrise, as well as the stories behind them. Hear about how and where in the sky to find the brightest planets. Learn about and how to safely watch the Solar Eclipse on August 21. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 8 to adult)


Laser Grateful Dead, Fridays, July 7 & 21, at 9 p.m.
Enjoy a laser concert featuring such Grateful Dead classics as “Truckin’,” “Touch of Grey,” and “Sugar Magnolia.” (Recommended for ages 10 to adult)

Black Holes, Saturday, July 8, at 4 p.m.
“Black Holes” takes audience members on a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a black hole. Take a virtual tour through space and explore the science and mystery of black holes: Where do they come from? How do we find them? Is there one on Earth’s horizon? The show includes the “Countdown to the Eclipse” segment. (Recommended for ages 8 to adult)


To Worlds Beyond, Fridays, July 14 & 21, at 8 p.m.

Take a journey through our solar system. The show features beautiful images taken from orbiting satellites blended with high-end animations, as well as current information on our neighborhood of planets. The show includes the “Countdown to the Eclipse” segment. (Recommended for ages 10-adult)


Best of Pink Floyd laser concert, Friday, July 14, at 9 p.m.

Lasers dance across the Planetarium dome accompanied by such Pink Floyd songs as “Comfortably Numb,” “Another Brick in the Wall, part 2,” and “Money.”


Winter Wonder Lights, Friday, July 21, at 7 p.m.

Enjoy a laser concert featuring such wintertime holiday favorites as “Wizards in Winter,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and “Dominic the Donkey.” (Recommended for ages 6-adult)


Fright Light (Family version), Friday, July 28, at 6 and 9 p.m.
In honor of Harry Potter’s birthday on July 31, the Planetarium is presenting its popular Halloween laser concert as we celebrate an evening of supernatural creatures. Songs include “Alive” by Meatloaf, “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker, Jr., and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. (Recommended for ages 6 to adult)


The Skies over Hogwarts, Friday, July 28, at 7 and 8 p.m.
The Harry Potter birthday celebration continues! Join an eclectic group of witches and wizards as they guide you through a "Harry Potter"-themed tour of the night sky. Learn how J.K. Rowling used astronomy as the inspiration for some of her characters' names. (Recommended for ages 8 and older)


The following show have been specially designed for children:


Rockin’ Rocket Ride, Thursdays, July 6 & 13, at 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 8, at 2 p.m.
Put on your space suit and blast-off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun and planets. The show offers a lively experience for young people with selected music from "Journey Into Space" by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

SkyLights, Thursday, July 6, at 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 8, at 3 p.m.
Our youngest audience members can sing along with songs by mr. RAY (“Family Ride,” “Kalien the Alien”) and Jane Murphy (“Moon Rock Rock,” “The Planet Song”). Some songs are illustrated with lasers, while others feature video images. (Recommended for ages 3-8)


Laser Pop Rock, Friday, July 7, at 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25, at 3:30 p.m.
Lasers dance across the Planetarium dome while music is played. Songs include "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens, "Campfire Song Song" by Spongebob Squarepants, and "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift. (Recommended for ages 6-12)


Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Fridays, July 7 & 14, at 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, July 11 & 25, at 2:30 p.m.
Join Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel, and more. Who can help them answer the questions left for them by the mysterious "M"? The show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels. The “Countdown to the Eclipse” segment is also included. (Recommended for ages 5 and older).

Earth, Moon, Sun, and Coyote, Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25, at 4:30 p.m.
Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this amusing character (adapted from Native American oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun, full-dome show that tells Native American stories; explores lunar phases, eclipses, and other puzzles; and examine how humans learn through space exploration. The “Countdown to the Eclipse” segment is also included. (Recommended ages 8-12).


Storybooks in Space, Thursday, July 13, at 3:30 p.m.

Enjoy story time in the Planetarium as youngsters learn about the stars and planets. (Recommended for ages 4-8)

Laser Kids, Friday, July 14, at 6 p.m.; Thursdays, July 20 & 27, at 3:30 p.m.
Lasers draw pictures on the Planetarium dome, accompanied by music featuring “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas, “Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles, and “Glad You Came” by The Wanted. (Recommended for ages 6-12)


The Little Star that Could, Tuesday, July 18, at 2:30 p.m.
Little Star discovers different kinds of stars in the galaxy, but only the most special stars have planets that rotate around them. The show also includes the “Countdown to the Eclipse” segment. (Recommended for ages 6-10).


Space Shapes and Tycho to the Moon, Thursdays, July 20 & 27, at 2:30 p.m.
Learn about shapes in space and ponder a number of questions: Is the Moon round like a ball, or flat like a pancake? How are Saturn’s rings shaped? Look for shapes within the stars as audience members play connect-the-dots to find triangles and squares. Then blast off with Tycho the dog in his spaceship-doghouse. Learn about night and day, space travel and features of the lunar surface, as well as the effects of gravity. (Recommended for ages 5-8)


The Alien Who Stole Christmas, Friday, July 21, at 6 p.m.

Who says you can’t celebrate Christmas in July? Discover the stars visible in tonight’s sky. Then follow Santa on a trip through the solar system when a friendly alien kidnaps him. The kids on the other planets also need presents. The show includes the “Countdown to the Eclipse” segment. (Recommended for ages 6-10).


Planetarium show tickets cost $8 for one show or $14 for two shows on the same day. Reservations are strongly suggested for all Planetarium shows. For additional information or to make reservations, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.


Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.


LMS Celebrates 20 Years and a Love of Reading

The Montgomery Lower Middle School (LMS) opened its doors 20 years ago. The school was for sixth to eighth graders during its first three years and has housed fifth and sixth graders since then. But it has always fostered a love of reading. As part of the school’s anniversary celebration, Principal Michael Richards is leading a fundraising campaign for the installation of the bronze statue “Jessie” which depicts a life-size young girl sitting on a bench and enjoying a good book.

Richards relates the importance of reading at LMS and his search for an illustration of this principle. “The simple fact is that when the middle school was built, 20 years ago this September, the library was put in the center of the school – all hallways lead to and surround this hub of reading. For years I have searched for a sculpture or statue that pays tribute to books and reading, as I believe the world of reading invites everyone to participate and be enriched.”

On vacation last summer, Richards recalls, “I found the piece of art I had been looking for in ‘Jessie.’ Through a little research and good luck, I met the artist, Cantey Kelleher, who was willing to share her artistry and love for reading with our school by creating this statue especially for our community. Jessie is slowly and carefully being created in a foundry in Wyoming. The plan is to have Jessie installed at LMS in late August, ready to greet students when they arrive in September.”

The artist is coming to LMS too. As Richards explains, “Ms. Kelleher is so inspired by our wish to infuse the values of literacy and arts together that she has agreed to travel to LMS for its unveiling. She will be here for three days during the week of September 18th for the official unveiling and is excited to workshop with our students. Our hope that all of the students at LMS will have the opportunity to meet and interact with her, learning from her experiences as a living professional artist.”

Extolling the power of reading, Richards says, “When a child is inspired to spend their time reading, it is something to celebrate. LMS also places an extremely high value on the visual arts, which are infused into different content areas. Ms. Kelleher’s sculpture is a celebration of these two important studies, bringing the notion of literacy and art together.”

Two of the most memorable events that Montgomery students experience are Heritage Day and Cultural Museum Experience (CME). Richards explains, “Both of these events actively illustrate our commitment to the arts and the rich culture that our community embodies.”

During their fifth grade year, students prepare for Heritage Day by thoroughly researching a country from their background. They create art and prepare poster boards which depict their history. At the end of the year, each student, wearing clothing which evokes their heritage, participates in a festive exhibition of dances, music, and flags from many nations. At the conclusion, each student waves an American flag, exemplifying the phrase “e pluribus unum” and the rich tapestry that comprises our nation. Afterwards, students return to classrooms and present their creations - and homemade ethnic cuisine - to their parents.
Richards muses, “What Heritage Day is today - a celebration of diversity and cultural heritage - has gone beyond everyone's expectations. It is a true celebration of culture and community. Students in fifth grade also get to witness 25 folks taking the oath of Allegiance to become United States Citizens every March at LMS. Just this year, our keynote speaker was a parent of a fifth grader who became a citizen during the ceremony.”

For CME, sixth graders literally recreate a museum. Throughout the year, they each research a past civilization and bring it to life through art. At the end of the year, the students enact different roles, from leading tours to demonstrating how ancient art was created, to give parents an authentic museum experience.

Regarding CME, Richards states, “It has certainly morphed into an exemplar of a full-on interdisciplinary student experience, mixing the humanities and the visual and performing arts with public speaking and an in-depth social studies exploration of ancient cultures. The best part is that it is totally run by students, with mentoring, help, and support from the sixth grade teaching staff.”

Richards believes his students will develop a bond with “Jessie.” “Our students will interact with and learn from this sculpture. Coming into the building in the morning, they will be greeted by her, as will anyone else who visits us. Waiting to be picked up in the afternoon, they’ll be sitting next to this young lady on the bench that will be a part of the sculpture. And it will open the door for conversations and entire lessons as to why the child is reading and what she is thinking. My belief is that this sculpture will become something our students will adopt as a friend.”

Richards, who has truly enjoyed his 17 years at LMS, including the last eleven as principal, is extending a “simple and heartfelt” request for residents to help fund the installation of “Jessie” and Kelleher’s visit. He appreciates any donations, and notes, “Montgomery Township residents will be invited to an evening event with Ms. Kelleher to celebrate the unveiling and anniversary as well. We will be telling the world ‘This is LMS’ through the beauty of art.”

To donate to LMS’ installation of “Jessie” via credit card, go to: www.payforit.net/MakeItemPaymentEx.aspx. Checks made payable to “Montgomery Township Lower Middle School” can be mailed to LMS, 373 Burnt Hill Road, Skillman, NJ 08558.
To follow LMS’ 20th Anniversary Celebration on Facebook, go to: www.facebook.com/Montgomery-Middle-SchoolLower-Campus-20th-Anniversary-Celebration-844393742365017/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf

Princeton Academy Graduates The Class Of 2017 At 15th Commencement

On Tuesday, June 13, 32 young men graduated from Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart. The 15th Commencement Exercises were preceded by a Baccalaureate Liturgy with Monsignor Thomas J. Mullelly presiding over the celebratory mass. After mass, the attendees gathered in the majestic gardens and Alumni Courtyard of Kalkus House (formerly Manor House) on campus. With blue skies, bucolic greenery and the vintage Princetonian stone facade of Kalkus House as a backdrop, the stage was perfectly set for the graduates.

Faculty and staff led the procession followed by the Class of 2017, Headmaster Alfred (Rik) F. Dugan III, Head of Middle School Kathleen Humora and Chair of the Board of Trustees Kenneth Harlan.
Headmaster Rik Dugan welcomed guests and addressed the graduating class with zeal and inspiration, "In a global context that is ever shifting, uncertain and demanding, you should feel most confident and hopeful that you have timeless, tested, true tools to help you navigate, succeed and make the world a better place." Dugan reminded the young men and the audience of His Holiness Pope Francis' TED Talk, The Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone, as the students viewed the talk earlier in the year. He cited Pope Francis' call for a Revolution of Tenderness and how "Our world requires tenderness... Tenderness means to use our eyes to see the other, our ears to hear the other..." Dugan noted, "Tenderness is not for the weak. It takes courage to be compassionate and that is our mission."

Graduating eighth grader William Bryce Thompson VI of Ringoes was chosen to give the speech on behalf of the Class of 2017.