Congratulations to SoHee Kaity Kim, Shai Silberberg, and Alesandra Carlos Who Received Distinguished Honors in the Letters About Literature Competition

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Freshmen SoHee Kaity Kim, Shai Silberberg,  and Alesandra Carlos won Distinguished Honors in the Letters About Literature competition, a writing contest sponsored by the Library of Congress. Students were asked to write letters to an author of a book that has changed their views of the world. Sohee, Shai, and Alesandra's letters were chosen for Distinguished Honors from a total of about 2,000 entries from the state of New Jersey. There will be a statewide reception for all Distinguished Honors recipients and their families, teachers, and administrators this spring at the Livingston College Student Center in New Brunswick, NJ. Congratulations to thier teachers, Mr. Krapels and Mrs. Bielz as well!

Congratulations to Old Tappan's ColdWater Literary Magazine
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The NCTE has once again recognized Old Tappan's literary magazine as one of the top in the state.  The magazine received the category of "Superior-Nominated for Highest Award" for last year's magazine. Only five schools in the state received this honor. Congratulations to Mr. Peri and Mr. Connor for all their hard work and dedication to this magazine!

NVOT Poetry Out Loud Finals
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Congratulations to NVOT Poetry Out Loud winner Claire Choi!
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All students in the school competed in this national competition funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Claire, a Sophomore in Ms. Walkowich's English II class was selected by her teacher to move onto the school semi-finals. From there, she advanced to the school finals and was selected by a panel of judges to advance to the regionals at BergenPAC in February. She moved on to the state competition (pictured above at this event surrounded by OT classmates). Congratulations to Mr. Train who makes this event possible every year.

Literature and Philosophy of Asia Class Celebrates Chuseok
Students in Mr. Krapels' Literature and Philosophy of Asia course celebrated the Korean harvest festival of Chuseok on Monday, Sept. 28th. Students had the opportunity to try songpyeon, a traditional Korean rice cake typically eaten during the holiday, and they also watched a short film about Chuseok, which is sometimes referred to as the "Korean Thanksgiving."

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Literature and Philosophy of Asia Students Meditate after Studying the Sixth Teaching of the Bhagavad Gita (The Man of Discipline).


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Congratulations to SOPE! Winner of the 2015 Bergen County Utilities Authority Environmental Challenge Grant

"The School Environmental Awareness Challenge Grant Program was established in 2007 to increase recycling and environmental awareness in Bergen County schools.  The grant is made available to all Bergen County public and private schools.  Schools are able to apply for grants of up to $1,000 to conduct activities related to the environment. All applicants must have a viable recycling program in their schools to be eligible to apply for funding for environmental projects or the grant funds must be spent on initiating a recycling program. 2013 marked the seventh year that the BCUA has awarded Environmental Awareness Challenge Grants.  Since the program’s inception, 408 schools have received grants and a total of $387,931.39 has been awarded" (http://www.bcua.org).

        

Junior Mackenzie Driscoll Wins Honorable Mention!

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Congratulations to Brian Hanson-Harding's student, Junior Mackenzie Driscoll, for earning Honorable Mention in the Short Story category of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her story, "Disenchanted."

Congratulations Coldwater Literary Magazine!


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The NCTE has once again recognized Old Tappan's literary magazine as top in the state.  The magazine received the category of "Superior-Nominated for Highest Award" for last year's magazine. Congratulations to the magazine staff and to advisors,  Mr. Peri and Mr. Conner!

NVOT Students Participate in Poetry Out Loud- Congratulations Caitlin Ubl!

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The Poetry Out Loud competition kicked off its fourth year in existence at NVOT!  For 2 months English teachers helped their students appreciate, comprehend, memorize, and recite poems spanning a range of themes, ages, forms, and styles.  

Eventually, students are judged on the mastery of their performances, and out of hundreds only a handful emerged to compete in the elite pressure cooker that is the Poetry Out Loud School Final.

On Friday December 12th The 15 strongest contenders each recited two poems.  In the end, one individual, Caitlin Ubl,was crowned NVOT's Poetry Out Loud victor.  In addition to the distinction of being crowned a champion and winning a few prestigious prizes, Caitlin will also move on to represented NVOT well in the Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals. Thanks to Mr. Train for all of his hard work with this event.

Journalism Students to Participate in the Garden State Scholastic Press Association's Fall Student Press Day
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Students in Mr. Krapels' Journalism class along with students in the NV Demarest Journalism class will participate in the GSSPA's Fall Student Press Day on October 27th. at Rutgers University. The association makes available opportunities for newspaper staff and advisors in the following areas: information and advice, networking, contests and awards. There is also a critique service for the school's newspaper The Lance.

Congratulations to SOPE! Winner of the 2014 Bergen County Utilities Authority Environmental Challenge Grant

"The School Environmental Awareness Challenge Grant Program was established in 2007 to increase recycling and environmental awareness in Bergen County schools.  The grant is made available to all Bergen County public and private schools.  Schools are able to apply for grants of up to $1,000 to conduct activities related to the environment. All applicants must have a viable recycling program in their schools to be eligible to apply for funding for environmental projects or the grant funds must be spent on initiating a recycling program. 2013 marked the seventh year that the BCUA has awarded Environmental Awareness Challenge Grants.  Since the program’s inception, 408 schools have received grants and a total of $387,931.39 has been awarded" (http://www.bcua.org).

New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre to Perform Macbeth for NVOT Juniors!


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On March 31, 2015, the New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre will perform Shakespeare's classic tragedy Macbeth for NVOT Juniors. After having studied the play in English classes, eleventh grade students will have an opportunity to see it performed live in the NVOT auditorium and to discuss the play with the actors following the performance.

NV English Department Provides Thanksgiving meal to the Center for Food Action

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As part of the holiday season, the NV English department donated food items to make a Thanksgiving dinner to the Center for Food Action, an organization to help end hunger and homelessness. Thank you to Mrs. Beesley for really embodying the spirit of giving and organizing this donation. We are all better for her efforts.



Congratulations Noah Jarett! Winner of the 2014 Poetry Out Loud Regionals!


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Poetry Out Loud!

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The Poetry Out Loud competition kicked off its third year in existence at NVOT!  For 2 months English teachers helped their students appreciate, comprehend, memorize, and recite poems spanning a range of themes, ages, forms, and styles.  

Eventually, students were judged on the mastery of their performances, and out of hundreds only a handful emerged to compete in the elite pressure cooker that is the Poetry Out Loud School Final.

On Friday December 13th The 15 strongest contenders each recited two poems.  In the end, one individual was crowned NVOTís Poetry Out Loud victor.  In addition to the distinction of being crowned a champion and winning a few prestigious prizes, this lucky individual will also move on to represent NVOT in the Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals, which will be held in February.  Eventually, our schoolís vocal master will hope to achieve Poetry Out Loud immortality by making it to the National finals in Washington, DC for an opportunity to win a $20,000 scholarship.

Please click the link below if you are interested in learning more about Poetry Out Loud, or if you would like to pick a poem that you can begin memorizing:


Asian Literature Students go to the Mat!

Forty-eight students recently got a chance to put theory into practice in English teacher Brian Hanson-Harding's Asian Literature course, an honors choice for seniors.  
The students, who had studied the classic Indian text The Bhagavad Gita, were given the opportunity on November 4 to learn about the practice of yoga -- not just the physical poses, or asanas, but also the various disiciplines that fall under the category of "yoga" -- as part of an in-school field trip.  The session was taught by  NVOT alumnus Srikanth Rajagopalan, a certified yoga teacher who is also a former student of Mr. Hanson-Harding's, and who has studied yoga on an ashram in India.
Students from two classes came to the auxiliary gym and sat atop yoga mats while Rajagopalan  instructed them in some basic yoga poses and explained the theory of the discipline of yoga.

Mr. Hanson-Harding is planning to hold similar cultural events for his students during the year long course which covers Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literature.



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Students see Performance of Our Town at the New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre!

Students in Ms. Herings's Contemporary American Drama attended a performance of Thorton Wilder's Our Town at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, NJ on October 23. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is one of the premier theatres in the United States dedicated to the performance of classic drama. Thanks to Ms. Hering for organizing the trip!



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