With March Madness behind us, Sage Day is ushering in Spring with a new marking period and the energy associated with a school year entering into our final quarter.
We offered a very special workshop for our students on April 1, entitled "Swimming In The Shark Tank." Twenty-five students signed up to take part in this innovative workshop, where they learned the art of developing "a pitch". Mr. Jon Brandt, one of Sage Day's owners, joined Mr. Montessano in hosting this workshop. Students learned about business, marketing and the role of an entrepreneur. They also had the opportunity to create a product and present to a group of "investors".
On April 14th at 7:00 p.m., Mr. Montesano and Mr. Friedland have invited the parents of our Junior class to attend a Junior Parent Night. This night will include an overview of student's plans after graduation from Sage Day. Some of the topics we will cover include: the college search, filling out applications, trade/technical school options, SAT/ACT information and career exploration. Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions about the transition process at Sage Day.
Our Community Service club is teaming up with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to hold a "Pennies For Patients" fundraiser through April 24th. The Advisory Group that collects the most money will have a special pizza party, and the runner-up Advisory Group will have an ice cream party. Students will have fun while donating to a very worthy cause.
Rochelle Park's annual Arts Festival 2015 will take place on Friday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m. One of Sage Day's strengths is to engage students through our Fine Arts programs and this year's talented students are many. Our art theme this year is the classic supernatural comedy, "Ghostbusters", in honor of its 30th anniversary. Our ADAPT team (Art, Design & Production Team), led by our Art Director, Mr. Grieco, and a passionate and talented group of students, have been busy working many hours, both during school and after school, re-creating images and developing props related to this theme. Students in Mr. Maggiore's music classes have selected 20 songs to be featured. There will be a mixture of rock acts and intimate acoustic acts; one song will be performed in Portuguese by one of our seniors who will pursue music in college. We have just piloted selling merchandise around our Arts Festival theme to our students in RP. Merchandise includes t-shirts, patches & collectible lanyards that you can see our students wearing with pride around the halls of our school. All proceeds from the sale of this merchandise will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Mr. Montesano will continue to meet with our juniors as he begins the transition planning with them. He will be doing college searches, career exploration and resume building to build an individualized transition plan for all of the students. Our seniors continue to hear from colleges and have begun making final decisions as well.
*April 13 - Prom permission slips and money are due today
*April 17 - Quarter 3 ends
*April 20 - Quarter 4 begins