Marshall Hill highlights Education Week activities

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:17

    WEST MILFORD-A multifaceted program highlighted American Education Week activities in local schools, including Marshall Hill Elementary School. Nov. 15 -19 was designated in West Milford Public Schools. During this week parents visited township schools and met with their child's teacher. Special events were planned for students and their parents. "Marshall Hill Elementary School is a great example of the ways in which the schools celebrate this very important week," said Principal Maureen Bernstock. "Parent visitation occurs on Tuesday, and report cards are distributed during this time, while parents and teachers meet and discuss the contents on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday," of that week, she said. Throughout American Education Week, Marshall Hill School also celebrated Children's Book Week. In conjunction with this celebration, students are challenged every day to "Name That Book." Each morning two quotes are read to the entire school. One quote is for Kindergarten through third grade students, the other quote is for students in grades four through six. Terry Sandford, the Marshall Hill media specialist, draws two names from those who have guessed the correct titles. At the end of the day, the lucky winners are announced and prizes are awarded. Marshall Hill students also take part in the Reading is Fundamental program (RIF) during that week. RIF is a federally funded program that works with the Marshall Hill School PTA to provide a free book to every Marshall Hill student. Students have a difficult time choosing a book from the large selection of trade books. "Students in grades two and three are participating in the Polar Express Reading Club, and many more students are a part of the New Jersey Links to Literacy program. Special attention is paid in these programs to being responsible and helpful," said the principal. American Education Week also marks the end of the Marshall Hill School's Thanksgiving Food Drive. This school-wide drive is handled by the student council. All donated foods are organized and packed for local community pantries. "So far this year students have filled thirty cartons. It is their way of giving back to the W