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Attention Parents: Please Complete the Parent Survey!

Parents,

Please take a moment to complete the M.E.T.S. Charter School parent survey at your earliest convenience. 

Parent Survey

Thank you,

M.E.T.S. Charter School

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip

Great Swamp offers many great places throughout the refuge to view wildlife. The Wildlife Observation Center with 1 1/2 miles of board walk allows visitors to see a variety of habitats and many different species. Along these boardwalks, visitors may see numerous amounts of turtles, snakes, and frogs in early spring and summer. Many different birds can also be observed from any of the three permanent bird blinds along the boardwalks. (Cited: Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge)

On the trip, the students went to The Rapture Trust Center to understand how the birds are rescued and how they recover to be brought back to the wild. Later, the students went on the boardwalk trail to learn about the differences in ecological successions, wildlife and plant identification. 

Please click here to view pictures from the field trip.

Field Day Preparations

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, all 6th-12th grade students participated in preparation for Field Day. The students were assigned to 18 country teams, and they learned about the country they would be representing the next day. Students participated in several activities which included, creating a flag/banner for their country, watching videos about their country, and decorating shirts for the next day. The entire school community was able to participate in the festivities. 


Are You Interested in Playing a Sport in the Fall?

Students,

Are you interested in playing a high school sport in the fall? If so, fill out the fall sports questionnaire here.

4th Marking Period Perfect Attendance

On Monday, June 10, 2019, Ms. Nieves, Ms. Maldonado and Mr. Frye hosted an ice cream social to honor all students that had achieved perfect attendance during the Fourth Marking Period. This included no unexcused absences as well as no tardies to school. There were 65 students that partook in the festivities and they received a certificate as well.

Check out the pictures here!

Perfect Attendance!

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On Tuesday, June 11th, 2019, Vanessa Amewugah was presented with a certificate and special award for her Perfect Attendance throughout the 2018-2019 school year. We are so proud of her accomplishments! 

2019-2020 M.E.T.S. Charter School - Newark Campus

M.E.T.S. Charter School Newark Community,

Please take a moment to read the letter below, or click here, from our Interim Lead Administrator Mr. Damion Frye regarding the new location of the Newark campus for the 2019-2020 school year.

New Newark Campus Location

 

 

Final Two Videos from the Art and Fashion Show - May 23, 2019
Additional Videos of the Art and Fashion Show - May 23, 2019
Art and Fashion Show - May 23, 2019

The Art and Fashion Show was held at our Jersey City campus on May 23rd, 2019. 

You will find videos and pictures of the event here.

Important Information for the M.E.T.S. Charter School Community

 

 

Middle School Cell Phone Collection Policy

As of Friday, May 31st, 2019, M.E.T.S. Charter School will be collecting all cell phones as our middle school students as arrive to their first period courses. The cell phones will be directly returned to the students of 2:45 pm.

Please take a minute to read the letter from Mr. Frye attached here.

Letter

Fleet Week 5k that the Run Club ran on Sunday, May 26th

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STEM and Business Career Workshop at NJIT - Junior Achievement of New Jersey

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On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, METS students attended STEM and Business Career Workshop by Junior Achievement at NJIT. Workshop details:

  • Professional, structured learning experiences that equip students with the tools and skills required to earn and keep a job in high-growth career industries through hands-on, interactive activities. 
  • Focuses on the “four C’s”: Communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. 
  • Students explore career clusters & future job outlook, and participate in a mock job interview.  
  • Aligned to the NJ Student Learning Standard 9 for 21st Century Life and Careers, the Career Ready Practices, and NJ’s Social Emotional Learning Competencies.  
  • Large group of volunteers/mentors from Audible, Merck, Wells Fargo, Santander, Prudential, Valley Bank, and more!

Students who attended are Marti Salazar, Zezlet Depano, Mariah Laboy, Joshua Cordon, Aisha Bhamla, Ahmed Amashah and Q'uara Phillips. Click here to see the photo gallery

7th Grade Outdoor Education trip to Riverview Park

The students had a great time learning outside instead of in the classroom.

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Hudson County School Counselor Association's Annual Middle School Essay Contest Winners

Congrats

Two of our 8th Grade students - Jorge Cuautle and Dawn Lozano - have placed first and third respectively in the Hudson County School Counselor Association's annual middle school essay contest.  This year, the Association had over thirty entries in the contest from schools across the county.

This year, students had to write about their own encounters with obstacles, challenges, and setbacks discussing what they learned from the experience and how this has shaped the person they are today.

High School Visual Art Students Visit the Office of Tory Burch

High School Visual Art students from Jersey City visited the office of Tory Burch, a luxury fashion designer. During the visit, the students met with designers, merchandisers, and toured the facility to see the sewing room and the fashion line for Holiday 2019. 

Check out the photo gallery here.

TEOP Graduation

On Saturday, May 4th,  Fairleigh Dickinson University celebrates Technical Enrichment & Outreach Program graduating class of spring 2019. M.E.T.S. Charter School graduates are Naomi Alves, Zezlet Depano, Isaac Evans-Taito, Bryan Sierra, Synthia Horne, Gabriel Elyazi  and Imani Turner. Congratulations on your completion of TEOP and acceptance to Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering Technologies and Information Technology programs at The Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering.  Each student is awarded up to $10,000 annually for 4 years!

Click for more information on the TEOP program, and pictures of the event.

Science Leaders of the Future Club visits Columbia University

On Thursday, May 9th the Science Leaders of the Future Club had the pleasure of going to Columbia University to attend an informal lecture on CRISPR by Dr. Sternberg, PhD in Biochemistry. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, where he runs a research laboratory. Dr. Sam is a protein-RNA biochemist and CRISPR expert, and he is the co-author, along with Jennifer Doudna, of A Crack in Creation, a popular science book about the discovery, development, and applications of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology. Dr. Sternberg was also a featured TEDMED 2015 speaker on the transformative potential of CRISPR—Cas9, and is actively involved in public discussions on the ethical issues surrounding genome editing of human cells.

The trip consisted on a presentation on a seminar room and then a visit into the lab. Students learned how CRISPR technology is being used and they engaged in a interesting debate involving bioethics issues and gene editing benefits/ consequences. Students were able to experience first hand the chance to observe laboratory procedures and understand how a scientist operates experiments in a real laboratory. This biogenetic advancement could be used in the future to modify a persons genes to cure them from a disease or to solve any hereditary malfunctioning. 

Watch video here

Check out the photo gallery here.

The Science Leaders of the Future Club is a professional developmental experience for students. At this point, the students have built resumes, hosted mock interviews, conducted research, and performed hands on experiments.

The club raised the money to go to Columbia University and then out to lunch at the BareBurger in NYC!

Club Sponsors: Ms. Medeiros and Mrs. Mendes

Teacher Appreciation at the Jersey City Campus (Thursday, May 9th)

The Jersey City teachers and staff enjoyed ice cream from Ben & Jerry's in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week on Thursday.

Check out the photo gallery here.

Teacher Appreciation at the Jersey City Campus (Wednesday, May 8th)

The students and teachers of M.E.T.S. Charter School showed their appreciation to Mr. Frye. Not pictured: teachers enjoyed a Panera catered lunch.

Mr. Frye

Teacher Appreciation at the Jersey City Campus (Tuesday, May 7th)

Day two of teacher appreciation week consisted of sweet treats for our teachers and staff. Thank you to Dulce de Leche for the incredible pastries.

Check out the photo gallery here

Teacher Appreciation at the Jersey City Campus (Monday, May 6th)

Last week, all students from M.E.T.S. Jersey City created thank you messages for their teachers. On Friday, a team of several teachers and about eight students, helped to decorate the school with these thank you messages. 

Special thank you to Ms. Wessells for the designing and creating of our Teacher Appreciation Week flyer that are also hung up all over the building. 

Check out the photo gallery here.

Academic Awards - Jersey City

M.E.T.S. Charter School - Jersey City Academic Award Recipients for the Class of 2019.

Lizzie Reyes     Aisha Bhamla

The recipients of these two awards will be honored at the 32nd Annual Academic Achievement Program hosted by the Interim Executive Hudson County Superintendent of Schools Office and The Hudson County Association of Chief School Administrators to acknowledge the academic excellence of the two top graduates of each of the County’s Public High Schools. An academic achievement dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 8th.

Academic Awards - Newark

M.E.T.S. Charter School - Newark Academic Awards Recipients for the Class of 2019.

Luctamuelle (Sarah) L. Joseph      Ma’isah Evans

METS Students at City of Science

On Saturday, April 27th, 2019 METS Students attended the event that featured large-scale interactive exhibits and hands-on activities by top science professionals. Learned and explored about STEM careers, complex scientific principles and their real-life applications. Also had a tour of FDU science and engineering labs and networked with local STEM professionals, professors and organizations. (Photo Gallery)

 

City of Science

Kean University's Annual Hackathon V

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On April 6th-7th, 2019, METS student Bryan Escobar attended Kean University's Annual Hackathon. Kean University's Annual Hackathon is a 24 hours event where you meet fellow hackers, learn new technologies, and hone your skills alongside seasoned mentors. 24 hours of learning and building project of your choice relating to software applications and hardware (design, music, art, animation, etc.). 

Checkout Bryan and his team project - Web VR Item Collect: https://devpost.com/software/web-vr-item-collect 

For more information about HackKean please visit: https://hackkean.org/ 

Computing and Security Enrichment Outreach Program Graduation, Spring 2019

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On April 13, 2019,  Fairleigh Dickinson University Computing and Security Enrichment Outreach Program graduation ceremony. M.E.T.S. Charter School graduates are Aisha Bhamla, Bryan Escobar, Fanuel Perez, Jaylynne Garcia, and Joshua Cordon. Congratulations on your completion of CSEOP!

CSEOP emphasized five major area concentrations of particular relevance and interest for budding cybersecurity technologists:  Inside Computers and Networking, Criminal Justice and Cyber Crime, Programming using Alice (Java), Image Processing and Steganography, Cryptography and Cybersecurity.  

Girls in Technology

On March 28, 2019, Hudson County Community College’s Continuing Education & Workforce Development Division (CEWD) hosted its sixth annual “Girls in Technology Symposium.” The focus of the Symposium was to deliver information about careers and opportunities in the technology field to female students.  M.E.T.S. young women participated in the daylong event, featuring a panel with women working in technology, a student “Technology: Past, Present & Future” display contest, and various hands-on activities presented by participating partners and HCCC’s Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Department.

Mrs. Tabor is the Teacher of the Year!

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Our own Mrs. Noelle Tabor has been awarded Teacher of the Year. At a honorary dinner on Monday, March 25, 2019, Mrs. Tabor and other teachers were recognized for excellence in teaching. 

From the METS Community, congratulations Mrs. Tabor. Thank you always for your labor of love to our students. 

Tabor

Thank you to the following teachers for attending and supporting. 

Michelle Castanheira

Paulo Castanheira

Andrea Georges

Michelle Saus

Eric Schau

Mini-Bakers Club

Mini Bakers Club

Panasonic Creative Design Challenge Oral Presentation

METS students present their design concept, operation, and engineering principles behind their solution for Heart Transplant challenge. Participating students are Aisha Bhamla (12th grade), Andrew Heinzmann  and Q'uara Phillips-Hill (11th grade). 

Location: Panasonic Corporation, Newark NJ

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CITY OF SCIENCE: NEW JERSEY, High School Edition | World Science Festival

CITY OF SCIENCE: NEW JERSEY, High School Edition | World Science Festival

60th Annual Jersey Journal-Hudson County Spelling Bee, Feb. 23, 2019

Pedro Gonzalez

60th annual Jersey Journal Hudson County Spelling Bee

Pedro Gonzalez  of  M.E.T.S. Charter School, Jersey City introduces himself at the start of the Spelling Bee. February 23, 2019.

Nicholas Zeitlinger | For The Jersey Journal Feb. 23, 2019

Designing With Data

Chemical Engineering

Students determine the required conditions to brew a “light brew” cup of coffee with conductivity of 300µS.  Measuring conductivity of whole bean and ground coffee samples for 15 minutes after start of brewing.

Civil Engineering

Teams build and test their design and analyze data to quantify the safety of the building model to determine the cost-to-performance ratio of the proposed solution.

Hospital Delivery Vehicle - Mechatronics Engineering

Students are required to build, program, and test their vehicle using appropriate experimentation techniques; and acquire, analyze, and represent data in order to effectively design and implement their system components.

Please click Read More to see the pictures of our amazing students!

METS High School Students Start TEOP & CSEOP Program (Spring Semester)

Location: Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck NJ

Technical Enrichment and Outreach Program (TEOP)

The program promotes computer science, engineering, mathematics and engineering technology to public high schools with large populations of under-represented minority and/or financially disadvantaged students. It brings upper-level high school students to the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the Metropolitan Campus for 10 Saturdays per semester for technical instruction and hands-on laboratory work under the direction of University faculty, staff and graduate students.

Computing and Security Enrichment Outreach Program (CSEOP) 

CSEOP will introduce cybersecurity to aspiring college bound students over a ten week long program. CSEOP will emphasize five major area concentrations of particular relevance and interest for budding cybersecurity technologists:  Inside Computers and Networking, Criminal Justice and Cyber Crime, Programming using Alice (Java), Image Processing and Steganography, Cryptography and Cybersecurity. The Program is expected to engage and cultivate student interests in this emerging and important discipline of information technology.

Middle School Basketball Completes the Season

The middle school girls and boys basketball teams completed their season this week. In the inaugural season both teams saw a lot of improvement with the boys pulling off a victory over North Star Academy West Side Park in the last game of the season. When asked about the season, Coach B said, "The boys did great this year. I am extremely proud of them and their effort in all games. They played with heart at all times, and I salute them for their passion for the game." Ms. Green concluded, "While this was the first time that many of the girls had played organized basketball, they came to the gym ready to work every day. The desire to try something new, and drive to get better each day made the season a success. Even though we did not produce any wins on the season, our girls focused on the process and finding ways to grow as a team, and that is all that I can ask for. I am extremely proud of them for their accomplishments this season. We look forward to seeing what the future holds with these young athletes.

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MS Boys Basketball Team Defeats North Star Academy West Side Park

The middle school boys basketball team defeated North Star Academy West Side Park by a score of 32-31. Congratulations to the boys on their win!

METS Middle School Basketball Team plays at the Barclays Center!

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ETS Employee's Community Action Fund 2019 Scholarship Program

(Click here for the flyer)

Who is Eligible?

New Jersey public high school seniors graduating in May or June of 2019 who are:

  • Experiencing significant and verifiable challenges
  • Enrolled full time in an accredited, postsecondary nonprofit educational institution in the fall of 2019
  • Actively pursuing a degree at a postsecondary nonprofit institution (two- or four-year college/university or vocational/technical school)

How do I Apply?

  • Prepare your essay focusing on the following topics (500 words or less):
    • Describe your hardship and how it impacts you
    • How do you envision using your degree in 10 years?
  • Visit the ECAF application website at https://aim.applyists.net/ECAFNJ 

What's the Timeline?

The application period closes on April 27, 2019, and award decisions will be announced in June 2019.

Come Check Out the Middle School Boys Basketball Team at the Barclay Center Tonight!

Come out and support our Middle School Boys Basketball team at the Barclay Center tonight at 6pm against Community Charter School of Paterson. For tickets please see Mr. Burch.

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CDC Panasonic Final Competition - April 16, 2019

Team    Base      Team

Congratulations to Aisha Bhamla, Andrew Heinzmann and Q'uara Phillips on making it to the CDC Panasonic final competition. This year challenge is to design, build and test a robotic device that will perform a heart transplant. On January 30, 2019 the team attended the preliminary challenge where they tested, refined and documented their robotics device performance. Coming soon are the oral presentations on March 13, 2019 and the final challenge on April 16, 2019. Good luck to these students! 

Middle School Basketball Games Cancelled Today

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The middle school girls and boys basketball games have been cancelled for today, and they will be rescheduled at another time.

It's time for the Middle School Science Fair

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Students and parents are invited to come view the Middle School Science Fair on Tuesday, January 22nd from 4:00-5:30pm in the church basement. Our middle school students will be presenting their science experiments. 

Jersey City Robotics - "Battle in the Blizzard” Meet at Millburn High School  

"Battle in the Blizzard” Meet at Millburn High School  

Robotics team testing and refining their robot to earn as many points at the "Battle in the Blizzard" Meet, Millburn High School.

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Robotics 3           Robotics 4

Jersey City Engineering Classes Hard at Work!

Students are applying their knowledge and skills in building hospital delivery vehicle. Students are challenged to build and program an autonomous vehicle that can safely deliver medications and supplies to various patients in an assisted living facility.

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Students are modeling "Best Solution". Students are challenged to build a solar panel tracker system. The purpose of this challenge is to aim at the brightest part of the sky automatically using light sensors.

Engineering Classes 5      Engineering Classes 6      

Class of 2020 - Apply for the Jersey City Youth Works Program

Before winter break, the Class of 2020 students from Jersey City met with representatives from the Jersey City Mayor's Office in regards to the Jersey City Youth Works Program. This program is a paid internship that takes place over the course of 6 weeks in the summer. Students are being encouraged to apply for this program which requires a resume, transcripts, interview, three essays, and a letter of recommendation. It is open to Class of 2020 residents of Jersey City and provides students with the opportunity to work at prestigious companies such as:

Hudson County Chamber of Commerce

Hyatt Regency Jersey City 

Investors Bank 

Jersey City Medical Center 

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Liberty Science Center  

The above are just a few companies who have partnered with the program, and there are many more. So far, we have had about 35 students from M.E.T.S. who have submitted the initial paperwork to begin the application process. We'd like to see more apply. The program is highly competitive, so get your application in today!

Ms. Zamora and Ms. Casella are sponsoring this activity, and will be holding a resume workshop after school in an effort to guide students in the essay writing process. Dates of this activity will be announced soon.

More information on the Jersey City Youth Works Program can be found at https://www.jerseycityyouthworks.org/partners/.

If you need more information please do not hesitate to contact either Ms. Casella or Ms.Zamora.

Sixth Grader Wins National Double Dutch Competition at the Apollo Theater!

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Sixth grader Amatullah Muhammad and her Jersey City Honey Bees double dutch team won the National Double Dutch League’s Holiday Classic held at the Apollo Theater in New York on December 2nd. Check out the article from www.nj.com below:

http://www.nj.com/hudson/2018/12/jersey-city-double-dutch-team-wins-big-at-apollo-theater.html

Congrats Amatullah. The M.E.T.S. Charter School community is proud of you!

Boys Basketball Results

Boys Basketball

 

The boys varsity basketball team fell to Eastern Christian High School 59-47. Keshon Phillips led the way with 11 points on the night. The boys are back in action on Friday at Hasbrouck Heights at 7:00pm. Come out and support the team!

STEM Program - Technical Enrichment & Outreach Program M.E.T.S. Students Graduate Fall Outreach Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University

The following Jersey City students have been awarded up to $40,000 in scholarships to Fairleigh Dickinson University. The M.E.T.S. graduates are Nourhan Fathy, Ahmed Amasha, Raichel Cochancela, Erik Ramirez, Davion Massey, Atrell Johnson, Mariah Laboy, Yusuf Harris, Amechelle Leander and Ashley Rosa. 

TEOP Students

M.E.T.S. Engineering Students Recognized by The New Jersey Boards Association and the U.S. Army at STEAM Tank 2018 Final Competition

STEAM Tank

The STEAM Tank Challenge, created and sponsored by NJSBA and the U.S. Army, encourages students in the areas of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.The following students are recognized for their innovative I-STEAM program entry in the STEAM TANK competition. The M.E.T.S. (Jersey City) students are Aisha Bhamla, Joshua Cordon and Muhammad Saad.

Newark Campus Honor Roll Students Honored

The honor roll students at the Newark campus were honored in a ceremony on Tuesday, December 11th for their accomplishments during the first marking period.

Honor Roll Students to be Honored at the Jersey City Campus

Our Jersey City honor roll students will be honored in a ceremony today, Friday, December 14th, for their accomplishments during the first marking period.

Are You Interested in Speaking at a Board Meeting?

Are you interested in speaking at an upcoming board meeting? If so, you may utilize the public comment session to address your concerns. In an effort to streamline the process for those that wish to speak, we ask that you fill out the Public Comment Sign-up form located on our Board of Education page. The next regularly scheduled meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00pm in our Newark location, 570 Broad Street.

Please Note: This portion of the meeting is open to citizens for comment on agenda items only. Residents are to state their names, addresses, and subject matter. Comments may be limited to five minutes per person. Members of the public are discouraged from speaking negatively about an employee or a student. The Board bears no responsibility for comments made by the public. Comments regarding employees or students cannot be legally responded to by the Board. Other comments may be responded to tonight or at subsequent meetings under "old business."

Remaining 2018-2019 Board of Education Meeting Dates

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - Newark Campus
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - Jersey City Campus
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - Newark Campus
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - Jersey City Campus
Wednesday, April 17. 2019 - Newark Campus
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Jersey City Campus
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - Newark Campus
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - Jersey City Campus

Final Girls Basketball Scrimmage Results

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The M.E.T.S. Charter School girls basketball team wrapped up their preseason schedule with scrimmages against Central High School, Ferris High School, Linden High School, and Payne Tech. M.E.T.S. took a hard fought loss against Central 37-33. Briana Lee lead the way with 23 points, 16 rebounds, 6 steals, and 3 blocks. Oreoluwa Awojobi added 5 points, and Lidia Santos 4 points. In a win against Ferris High School, Brianna Lee again led the way with 30 points, 17 rebounds, 8 steals, and 2 blocks. Jawannie O'Neil contributed 5 points in the win. The Lady Mustangs open their season tomorrow at Verona High School at 4:30pm. Please come out and support our ladies!

Girls Basketball Beats Becton Regional High School

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The girls basketball team defeated Becton Regional 40-26 in a scrimmage on Wednesday night. Brianna Lee lead the team with 29 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 blocks. Gianna Mercado also contributed with 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 8 steals. The girls are back in action on Friday, December 7th at Central High School at 4:00pm.

Girls Basketball Scrimmage

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On Monday, December 3rd, the girls basketball team participated in a scrimmage at Irvington High School. After a valiant effort, the team lost 30-40. Briana Lee lead the team with 24 point, 11 rebounds, and 2 assists. The girls will be back into action in a scrimmage at Becton Regional High School at 4:30pm on Wednesday, December 6th.