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Youth Enrichment Classes Slated at RVCC


Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) is offering a variety of youth enrichment classes starting in November. The following programs will be offered at the College’s Branchburg campus:


Web Page Design: Students ages 8-10 are taught the many facets related to basic computer applications and web design. The class will be held Saturdays, November 4-December 2, from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The fee is $79.


Design Your Own PC: Students ages 10-12 learn about computer hardware components and what is needed to build their own computer. The class will be held Saturdays, November 4-December 2, from 12:30-2 p.m. The fee is $79.


Fun with Photoshop 2: Students ages 11-15 learn the intermediate skills of Adobe Photoshop. The class will be held Saturdays, November 4-December 2, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The fee is $105.


Study Skills: Students in grades 4-8 learn how to manage their time and personal space. They also learn how to improve their listening, note-taking, reading comprehension, memorization and test preparation skills. The class will be held Saturdays, November 4-December 2, from 9-10:30 a.m. for grades 6-8 and from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for grades 4-5. The fee is $90 per section.


Creative Writing Workshop: Students ages 13-17 use fun, thought-provoking writing prompts and exercises to help awaken their creativity in creativity writing. The one-session class will be Saturday, November 4 and repeated Saturday, November 18, both from 12-1:30 p.m. The fee is $20 per session.


Public Speaking and Confidence Building: Students ages 13-17 practice public speaking using fun ice-breakers and topic prompts in an encouraging and nurturing environment. The one-session class will be held Saturday, November 4 and repeated Saturday, November 18, both from 10-11:30 a.m. The fee is $20 per session.


Intermediate Sewing: Students ages 8-12 who have some experience using a sewing machine (or have taken an RVCC sewing class) gain experience working with commercial sewing patterns. The class will be held Saturdays, November 4-December 2, from 1-4 p.m. The fee is $175.


Engineering Adventures with LEGO: Students ages 6-10 are introduced to engineering concepts through building with LEGO elements. The class will be held Saturdays, November 4-December 2, from 10-11:30 a.m. The fee is $77.


For a complete listing of fall programs for kids and teens and to register for classes, visit www.raritanval.edu/kids. For information only, email youth@raritanval.edu or call 908-526-1200, ext. 8404. RVCC’s 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. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.


RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses, and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu. 

Laser Concerts, Harry Potter Star Show Set at RVCC Planetarium

From a Harry Potter-themed star show, to laser rock concerts, to a program based on the Magic Tree House series, the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg has events for all ages and interests in November. The following shows have been scheduled:


Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Friday, November 10, 2 p.m.
Young star gazers join Magic Tree House characters Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. Who can help them answer the questions posted by the mysterious “M”? The show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels. (Recommended for ages 5 and older)


Laser Pop Rock, Friday, November 10, 3 p.m.; Saturdays, November 11 & 18, 4 p.m.

Enjoy a family-friendly laser concert featuring music by a variety of artists including “Party Rock” by LMFAO, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by The Tokens, and “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift. (Recommended for ages 6 to adult)

The Skies over Hogwarts, Saturdays, November 11 & 18, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Join an eclectic group of witches and wizards guiding visitors 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)


Fright Light laser concert (family version), Saturday, November 11, 8 p.m.

Witches and ghouls continue to haunt the Planetarium in this laser concert featuring such songs as “Time Warp,” “Monster Mash,” and “Thriller.” (Recommended for ages 8-adult)


Laser Modern Rock, Saturday, November 18, 8 p.m.

Lasers “dance” across the Planetarium dome while visitors listen to songs such as “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons,” “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” by Fall Out Boy, and “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors.


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. 


Princeton, NJ (October 17, 2017) - This year, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart’s Lower School will center on the theme Mind, Body and Heart, as part of Princeton Academy's Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum and commitment to boys' wellness. Within this concentrated focus lies Wellness Week, a new and exciting initiative that will incorporate a multidimensional approach to bringing out the best in boys.

Wellness Week kicked off in September, with mindfulness practitioner Trish Miele from To Be Mindful leading students and faculty in structured, guided and grade-level specific mindfulness practices. Princeton Academy's personalized program All About M.E. (Mindfulness Exercises) allows for all boys (Kindergarten through Grade 4) to practice and recognize the value of being mindful in an ever distracting world, while also learning self-regulatory techniques as they manage their emotions with themselves and others. Wellness Week will continue to run throughout the school year with one week each month being dedicated to mindful events.

The second element of Wellness Week is boys' yoga led by certified child yoga instructors Cindy Kaserkie and Susan Leonard. This program allows boys from all backgrounds and experiences with yoga, an opportunity to "hop on the mat" and give it a try. Cindy and Sue have thoughtfully crafted monthly themes, anchored by children's books to lead conversation and promote engagement within the practice of yoga. During their first yoga experience, the boys were encouraged to reflect on the theme "Working Together," which was paired with the reading of The Grouchy Lady Bug by Eric Carle. During the story, Cindy and Sue paused to guide the boys in various yoga poses based on the animals in the story.

About Princeton Academy: Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent school for boys in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Our mission is to develop young men with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs. We educate the whole boy in mind, body and spirit. A rigorous, inquiry-based, hands-on academic program joins unparalleled character development and a wide variety of arts, athletics and co-curriculars to provide an ideal learning environment for boys. Princeton Academy recently announced its strategic plan Epic Vision: Soaring with Heart 2017-2021: Leading a national reinvention of boys' education for a new generation of enlightened men. To learn more about how we bring out the best in boys, please visit www.princetonacademy.org. 

RVCC Women’s Volleyball Team Achieves National Top 10 Ranking

Raritan Valley Community College’s women’s volleyball team has become the first team in the College’s history—of any sport—to place in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) National Top 10 Rankings.

Following its October 3 win against Bergen Community College, the RVCC women’s volleyball team is now 10th in the national rankings. The RVCC Lions started the season on a 9-game winning streak and the team is now 14-1.

“Heading into the season it was easy to see we had a lot of talent in our gym, but to achieve this accomplishment is truly a testament to our athletes and the hard work they put in every single day,” said the team’s Head Coach Phil Herro. “We are definitely proud to be in this position, but we know that we still have a lot to prove,” Coach Herro continued.

The RVCC team’s schedule continues next week with homes games against Rowan College at Gloucester County on Tuesday, October 10, at 6 p.m., and against Lehigh Carbon Community College on Wednesday, October 11, at 7 p.m.


The National Junior College Athletic Association is the governing body for the nation’s more than 500 junior colleges. RVCC competes within the NJCAA Region 19 and Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC).


For additional information about RVCC Athletics, visit www.rvccathletics.com. 

PDS Unveils New State-of-the-Art STEAM Center

Princeton Day School announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art STEAM Center in the Upper School. The space, which is already being used by students and faculty for a variety of new science, technology, engineering, arts, and math interdisciplinary courses, is a state-of-the-art expansion of the current facilities, covering more than 2,000 square feet of space on the Upper School math/foreign language corridors. (Incidentally, the math and foreign language classrooms were also completely renovated and study spaces added.)

The STEAM Center is the fruit of the labors of the PDS STEAM Committee, led by Head of School Paul Stellato and Scientist in Residence and Committee Chair Dr. Leon Rosenberg, and comprised of faculty from all three divisions and key leadership staff. The STEAM Committee worked tirelessly last year to not only design a new space for the STEAM program, working closely with architects from Architectural Resources of Cambridge, but also to invigorate and expand the current STEAM curriculum.

The new Center is open, well-lit, flexible, modular, and includes a minimum of fixed structures to better accommodate a wide variety of hands-on courses. There is a large classroom area and an adjacent smaller classroom to house the computer science classes, along with an office for the School's new STEAM Coordinator Jonathan Tatkon-Coker, who has a background in product design for companies including Apple and Nike.

The renovation began the day after commencement in June, and was completed right on schedule before school started thanks to the round-the-clock crews organized by Director of Major Projects Ron Tola.
There are plans underway this year to create similar STEAM Centers in both the Lower and Middle Schools, as Princeton Day School continues to expand and sequence the STEAM curriculum across all divisions. For more, visit www.pds.org/academics/steam-initiative

Princeton Day School is an independent, coeducational school educating students from
Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12.

Work by RVCC Visual Art Alumni to be Exhibited

Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Department will present Continuations, an exhibition featuring artwork by RVCC alumni, October 2-20, in the Art Gallery at the College’s Branchburg campus. The show is being coordinated by RVCC Art Gallery coordinator and VAPA faculty member Darren McManus.


An Artists’ Talk will be held Friday, October 6, from 5-6 p.m. A reception will follow from 6-7 p.m. Both are free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


The exhibition will feature recent work by 33 RVCC visual art alumni in an array of media including animation, ceramics, drawing, furniture design, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Recent visual art alumni were given the opportunity to submit up to five newer works for review. VAPA faculty members Darren McManus and Ann Tsubota made the final selections for the exhibition.


Work by the following alumni (with their year of graduation from RVCC) will be on display: Kris Allen (2011), Bryan Balla (2005), Lourdes Bogado (2015), Carlos Vela Castillo (2016), Christine Chong (2004),Ted Cocuzza (2013), Shawn Collins (2016), Lauren Dehrone (2012), Eric Dillman (2013), Ryan Farrell (2015), Daniel Gerlach (2011), Will Gilligan (2016), Noelle Gostyla (2014), Kirsten Heteji (2010), Jessica Innamorato (2015), Matt Jedziniak (2012), Mike Kuhn (2009), Todd Lambrix (1996), Mariah Lunden (2016), Jenny Lee Maas (2005), Christina Sorace MacKinnon (2002), Angela Miskis (2011), Nick Palchanes (2014), Lauren Pitcher (2015), Max Rim (2013), Alyssa Rina (2011), Scott Samuels (2012), Sarah Schleer (2014), Alan Skalaski (2013), Stephanie Sutton (2014), Jeff Trezza (2008), Steve Winchell (2010), and Olivia Zorechak (2015).


Gallery hours for the exhibition are Mondays, 3-8 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 3-8 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Fridays, 1-4 p.m. For further information about the exhibitio 

Princeton Day School Presents the 2017 Visual & Design Arts Faculty Exhibition

On view from October 16 through November 9, 2017

Princeton—The Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School is pleased to present the Visual & Design Arts Faculty Exhibition, on view from October 16 through November 9, 2017. There will be an opening reception with the artists on Friday, October 20 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Continuing the strong tradition of arts at Princeton Day School, members of the visual and design arts faculty will present work they have recently completed in the gallery. This exhibition will include work by US architecture teacher David Burkett, Upper School video and fine arts teacher Jerry Hirniak, Upper School furniture design teacher Chris Maher, Lower School art teacher Jennifer Gallagher, Visual Arts Department Chair and MS art teacher Susan Reichlin, and Middle School art teacher Karen Stolper. The exhibit will also include work by two new faculty members, Upper School photography teacher Thatcher Cook and ceramics teacher Eric Rempe.

Thatcher Cook is an accomplished photographer who has worked with the Josef and Annie Albers Foundation in Senegal, with the CHAI organization in Darjeeling, with Refugees International in Bangladesh, and with Mercy Corps in more than thirty countries. In 2007, Mr. Cook received a Fulbright Scholarship to study the Islamic youth

culture in the Ferghana Valley of Kyrgyzstan. He has served as an advocate for refugees and stateless people, which has resulted in policy changes in governmental and NGO organizations.

Eric Rempe comes to Princeton Day School after a distinguished career as a master ceramics instructor at Coronado High School in Coronado, CA. After receiving a B.F.A. in Ceramics from Penn State University, and a M.F.A. in Ceramics from San Diego State University, Mr. Rempe has had an extensive career exhibiting his ceramics throughout the nation. In addition, he is widely published, with many articles about his process as an artist.
The Visual & Design Arts Faculty Exhibition is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the school is in session and by appointment on weekends. For more information about the Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery, please call Jody Erdman, Art Gallery Director, at 609.924.6700 x 1772 or visit www.pds.org.