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Board of Education Meeting April 8, 2019



At the April 8 Elizabeth Board of Education meeting at Donald Stewart Early Childhood Center School No. 51, the meeting opened with Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy senior Justice Rivera leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy students Elisabeth Point Du Jour and Adamary Perez leading the Pledge of Ethics, and a video highlighting Board President Stephanie Goncalves’ “You’re One of a Kind” President’s Tour.

The student excellence portion of the evening included the Board recognized the fundraising endeavors of high school students from Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy, John E. Dwyer Technology Academy, J. Christian Bollwage Finance Academy, EHS-Frank J. Cicarell Academy, Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy, and Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr. Health & Public Safety Academy. Students representing various clubs and extracurricular activities were given the opportunity by the Board to present their fundraising efforts to the public. Those who presented and received a certificate from the Board for  “Excellent Student Contributions to Charitable Organizations” include:


Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy

WE Have Character Club; WE Walk for Water


John E. Dwyer Technology Academy

The Haitian Club; Music School in Haiti


Christian Bollwage Finance Academy

WE/Community Service Club; WE Walk for Water


EHS-Frank J. Cicarell Academy

EHS Cicarell Academy National Honor Society Officers and Top Team Cancer Crushers; American Cancer Society

EHS Cicarell Academy Computer Club; US First Grant for Robotics & Union County STEM Grant  Jefferson Arts Relay for Life Team; Relay for Life


Jefferson Arts Freshman Class Officers; The Valerie Fund

Jefferson Arts Liberty Dancers; ASH Dance


Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr. Health & Public Safety Academy

Manuela Lopes; Link Up for Life Campaign


Before an autism awareness video was shown highlighting recent and upcoming events at Elizabeth Public Schools related to Autism Awareness Month, Board Vice President Diane Barbosa, representing the Board’s Special Education Committee, shared the recent efforts of the Special Service Department. Among those efforts have been the Elizabeth Special Education Parent Advisory Council (ESEPAC) monthly workshops, the Special Services monthly calendar that highlights community events related to special education and services, the district’s upcoming Special Services Resource Fair on May 4, and a new life skills room for high school students.

The Board also recognized the Director and Supervisors of the Elizabeth Public Schools Special Services Department with certificates acknowledging their leadership in providing the district’s students with special needs the services and high quality education they deserve.

Goncalves mentioned that this week is National Assistant Principals Week and thanked the district’s Vice Principals for the great work they are doing at our schools to ensure we provide a high quality education to our students. She also thanked the district’s teachers and nurses ahead of next month, during which both will be recognized during Teacher Appreciation Week and National School Nurse Day.