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By John Addyman

   NEWARK (OCT 6 10) – Advanced Placement scholars, the Empty Bowl fundraiser, and the improved summer-school program were all noted and discussed tonight at the Newark school board. 

   Senior Emma Gibson and 11 recent grads have been recognized for their achievement in college-level courses by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program. Emma Gibson received an AP Scholar award because she has already scored a 3.0 or higher on at least three AP exams. June graduates who accomplished the same feat are Zachary Block, Brittany Congdon, Alyssa DeCann, Molly Gibson, Dylan Hallagan, Ryan Kommer, Brandon Moynihan, Burgundy Petty, Taylor Radie, Benjamin Rothpearl and Taylor Sittig.
   Four June graduates earned AP Scholar with Honor awards for scoring an average of at least 3.25 on all of the exams they took, and scored a 3.0 or higher on five or more exams: Thomas Barrett, Timothy Johnson, Michael Kowaleski and Mallary Walton.
   Two grads, Haley Shear and Alec Staples, received AP Scholar with Distinction recognition because their AP exam averages topped 3.5 and they had scored 3.0 or higher on at least five exams.
   Empty Bowls – the pre-K through12th grade art community-service project ended in a special dinner in April. The goal was to raise $3,000 – the project netted more than twice that, with a donation of $6,757 to the Newark Food Cupboard.
   Throughout the school year, teachers, students and staff members made bowls that were sold at the culminating dinner. For $10 you got a simple meal of bread, soup and dessert, with all proceeds going to the food cupboard. 300 bowls were made, 300 tickets were sold, and then, as teacher Amy O’Connor said, “We had to make more bowls” as tickets continued to sell.
   Students made placements, posters, programs – and everything worked great. Schools Superintendent Henry Hann commended the teachers who organized the project for  “the community spirit you pulled together with so many staff members. It was really a neat night, and such a good cause. Thanks for making the thought a reality.”
   Newark Food Cupboard coordinator MaryJo Fenyn told the teachers, “We couldn’t believe how much you gave us. We were overwhelmed.” The funds have been used to purchase a new freezer and refrigerator for the cupboard.   
   Homecoming – This is homecoming week in Newark, with the Class of 1960 planning a special reunion ending with a brunch for Sunday morning, when a time capsule buried in a cornerstone in 1960 will be opened in the high school library around 11:30 a.m. Special athletics events are planned for Friday and Saturday.
   Summer School – With an emphasis on literacy for elementary-school kids and for make-up and improvement for secondary students, the Lyons-Midlakes-Newark summer school, held in Newark, was judged to be a success. Program Principal Greg Baker, an assistant principal at Newark high school, and Jeff Hamelinck, a teacher on special assignment, were the principals for the secondary and elementary programs, respectively.
   Baker reported lower costs but additional classes for the 467 students who attended from the three districts – 293 from Newark. Hamelinck said the elementary program targeted students who needed to maintain their reading skills through the summer, and reported that none of those students regressed, with many improving their reading levels through. Literacy Lunches brought parents into the program to stress the importance of reading.
   All middle school students spent three hours in summer school each day, and all who completed their coursework were promoted, with an 89 percent pass rate. High school students followed a modular schedule, taking only what they needed, with an 87 percent pass rate. All 43 students who took driver’s education passed.


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