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Today we meet Margaret Sport, an adventurer, a learner, as well as a teacher of Bioethics, Chemistry, Algebra, Geometry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Earth Science. Margaret blazed her own trail in while studying at Colorado College and designed her major in Bioethics with a minor in music. Did you know she began playing piano at Wharton School of Music, the same music school our Berkeley Heights campus housed with while our new school was completed? Sometimes takes you full circle.

What is your favorite part of teaching at FlexSchool?
My favorite part about teaching at FlexSchool is definitely the people. I am surrounded by amazing individuals each and every day. The staff and faculty have taught me so much in the months I have been working here. The kids make me laugh and smile till my cheeks hurt. It has been a joy to see them grow and to see myself grow with them.

What are you reading and/or learning right now?
I just finished reading both The Song of Achilles and Circe by Madeline Miller. My favorite class in college was a five-week course abroad in Greece entitled The World of Odysseus: History and Myth. We sailed the Greek islands, retracing Odysseus’s path home from the Trojan War. At the time, I couldn’t believe it was a real class, but I learned so much! Miller’s books tell the story of the Iliad and Odyssey from the perspectives of minor characters, Patroclus and Circe respectively. It was so fun to revisit the characters and myths from a new angle and learn more information about them. Circe, for example, was not only involved in the Odyssey but also experienced the tales of Jason and the Argonauts, King Minos and the Minotaur, Daedalus and Icarus. I would recommend them to anyone. The depth of research and rich storytelling combine to pull you in page after page, whether you’ve read the Homeric epics or not.

I love hiking, biking, skiing, surfing, backpacking, or anything to do outside. I just got back from a three-week trip traveling through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. I also play classical piano – I continued my music studies during my undergraduate studies.

Another large part of my life is volunteering. I have been a volunteer EMT on the Mountainside Rescue Squad for six years. I also was a founding member of my college’s student-run Emergency Medical Service. I love being able to give back to my community and am glad to be able to help people in their times of need.

My final passion is travel. I have been very fortunate to study abroad three times – in Greece, Spain, and Thailand. I am trying to keep my country count up to my age, but am currently behind with only 21 countries. I am planning a trip to China, Taiwan, and Vietnam over winter break to see a friend who works for the State Department, so hopefully, I will catch up for my 24th birthday. I truly believe exposure to a variety of peoples, cultures, languages, and beliefs promotes tolerance, understanding, and peace.

 

 

Inaugural William Morse Scholarship Makes Student’s Education Dreams a Reality

Posted on July 10, 2017

Samantha Berrios of East Haven, CT has been announced as the inaugural recipient of the William Morse Scholarship. The scholarship

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Our New Haven students recently toured The Studio at Firehouse 12. They learned about all of the equipment, physics, and engineering of recording music and they had the opportunity to watch a sound engineer mix music!

Firehouse 12 is one of Connecticut’s premiere high-fidelity recording studios. Their annual Fall Jazz Series is a 13-week program of performances by some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in creative improvised music will run from September 14th through December 14th.

We appreciate Firehouse 12 for the tour and a special “Thank you!” to our tour guide, Greg Dicrosta for an interesting and informative tour.

 

 

Wall Street, Wits & Wagers – Commodity Trading for the Thinking Crowd wits-wagers-1wits-wagers-2

This week our students had the pleasure of learning and participating in the game, Wits and Wagers.

Our instructor and new Science teacher, Michael Steiner (former Wall Street Trader), led the student through Session 1, fundamentals of trading.

The game is available through Board Game Geek. Wits & Wagers is a trivia game that lets you bet on anyone’s answer. So you can win by making educated guesses, by playing the odds, or by knowing the interests of your friends. It can be taught in 2 minutes, played in 25 minutes, and accommodates up to 20 people in teams.

 

ukulele-building-1Building Our Own Ukuleles

Last Friday the students began to build their own Ukuleles with our Music Teacher, Dr. Karen Pinoci. The students enjoy working with their hands and creating something of their own!

Dr. Karen Pinoci is the Music Director and Conductor for the New Sussex Symphony, the Essex County Summer Players Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of New Jersey, and the NJIT String Ensemble.