May 8, 2019

School Matters 5/8/2019

PHS Students Win 2019 Euro Challenge

Competing against 24 other high schools from across the country at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last week, Princeton High School students won the final round of this year’s Euro Challenge, demonstrating their financial literacy and specific knowledge of countries in the euro area.

West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North placed second out of more than 90 teams of ninth- and 10th-grade students from 15 states participating overall. Each team delivered a presentation on the economic situation of the euro area and then focused on an economic challenge facing one of the 19 euro area countries. Finally, teams had to answer questions from a panel of judges to showcase their grasp of economic issues and policy trade-offs.

The winning teams received monetary awards provided by the Moody’s Foundation, and the first- and second-placed teams will receive a free trip to Washington, D.C. to present solutions to the embassy of the country they researched.

The Euro Challenge is a program launched and supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States and is managed by Wise (Working in Support of Education), with sponsorship by Moody’s and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as program advisor.

Littlebrook Students Create Earth-Friendly Grocery Bags

Students at Littlebrook Elementary School celebrated Earth Day by adding their creative designs to 400 cloth grocery bags to encourage shoppers to use them as an alternative to plastic or paper bags.

McCaffrey’s Food Market offered those bags as a gift to customers and the environment on Earth Day.

“The initiative is part of a larger effort to bring awareness,” said Littlebrook K-5 science teacher Martha Friend. “Our school community, including students, staff, and families, works hard to be responsible stewards of our environment through many initiatives like using reusable plates and cups in our classrooms, switching from plasticware to reusable cutlery in our cafeteria, the substitution of fiberware containers for many plastic food containers used by our food service, and working to get rid of as many single-use plastics as possible in all areas of our lives.”

The bags were decorated by pre-K to grade five students in partnership with science lab teachers and classroom teachers, and through the support of the school’s PTO, which purchased the bags.

Trenton Circus Squad will Bring Circus to Camden Youth

Trenton Circus Squad (TCS) will be featuring a week of free youth-led circus skills workshops and performances for Camden youth and families this summer with a $10,000 Challenge America Grant awarded through Cooper’s Ferry Partnership by The National Endowment for the Arts.

TCS, including young people from inner-city Trenton and Camden and surrounding suburbs, including Princeton, will spend the week-long residency, June 29 through July 4, at Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park, teaching and performing circus skills under a big top tent.

“We’re looking forward to returning to the city of Camden, furthering our commitment to building community,” said TCS Executive Director Tom von Oehsen.