WYCKOFF — Making a better lemonade stand was the challenge met by Eisenhower Middle School students at their first entrepreneur market this week.
Some 200 pupils filled the school's gym and all-purpose rooms Thursday night with everything from lip balm to candy confections - assorted wares they made during a six-week extra-curricular course on starting a business.
Wyckoff — While voters are figuring out who they will vote for in the national election, middle school students are learning about the process.
"Students at Eisenhower Middle School have been actively involved in preparing for this year's presidential election," Principal Christopher Iasiello said. "They have learned about the issues that voters are most concerned about and where the major candidates stand on them."
WYCKOFF, N.J. – More than 200 Wyckoff middle-schoolers are preparing to become entrepreneurs.
Wyckoff’s Eisenhower Middle School is taking part in the TREP$ entrepreneurship education program for youth, which teaches children how to start their own businesses.
The students will participate in six weekly workshops to learn about entrepreneurship, money, marketing, advertising and sales. The plan is for them to start their own businesses and sell their products in a public marketplace.
Several students excitedly raised their hands and immediately began molding the dirt on the tables in front of them into the shape of a shoreline, most unconcerned about their muddied hands. It was a hands-on science lesson, all right, which is driving the new state science standards.
Washington School teachers are piloting the curriculum which will be mandatory next year with the assistance of an outside consultant and in-house K-5 instructional coach Stacey Linzenbold.
The Wyckoff Education Foundation recently donated $50,000 to the K-8 school district.
Carolina McAuley, president of the foundation, said the funds went toward purchases for the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) lab planned for Eisenhower Middle School and makerspaces at each of the four elementary schools: Washington, Coolidge, Lincoln and Sicomac.
"At the middle school, the donation assisted in providing some of the furniture for the Innovation [STEM] Lab along with some 3D printers, among other things," McAuley said. "At the elementary level the donation assisted in creating maker spaces at each school."
Grace White was still moving into her new office at the Board of Education, waiting for her chalkboard painted wall to dry.
"Isn't that cool?" she asked. "I can write on the whole wall and erase it."
The K-8 Board of Education approved White as the new supervisor of curriculum and instruction on June 13. She had the summer to settle into her new office on Morse Avenue, different from the school setting she had been used to for 33 years.
Eisenhower Middle School held its first ever "Relay for Life" cancer benefit May 26, raising about $8,000 inspired by a year-long effort.
On May 26, Grade 6-8 students walked laps around the school in their advisory groups, which was lined with luminaries, in a supportive effort for those who have been touched by cancer.
In the afternoon, the school held its annual field day, athletic competitions with teams named "Resiliency," "Hope," and "Courage."
Students in the school district's gifted and talented programs will showcase and discuss their projects at an Inquiry Fair June 1.
A trap door leading to a set of steep steps was one of the many historical treasures fourth grade students from Abraham Lincoln Elementary School experienced during a visit to the Van Voorhees, Quackenbush, Zabriskie House.
The K-8 Board of Education is installing a $376,500 science, technology, engineering and math lab in its middle school and has included it as part of its 2016-17 operating budget.