RPS Voices: The Rutgers Prep Blog

A Touch of Campus: Science Labs Allow for Safe Study

The science department has eagerly welcomed students back to campus and to the lab this year. Our goal has always been to give students direct, hands-on experience in the lab, and, from plexiglass dividers to physical distancing and PPE, we have been able to continue to offer this experience even during the current pandemic. Our program is designed to build from an introduction to the lab in the beginning years to student-directed research projects in higher-level courses. 

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Transcending the Pandemic Through Art

"Creativity is contagious; pass it on” -Albert Einstein

This simple but profound quote embodies the approach of Rutgers Preparatory School’s Lower and Middle School Art Teacher, Mrs. Erin Varga. It is not only her creativity that is contagious, it is also her positive energy, genuine nature, and adventurous mindset that deeply inspires her students. It is due to Mrs. Varga’s inspirational teachings that Rutgers Preparatory School’s Lower and Middle School students were able to transcend the pandemic and refocus their energy on creation, imagination, and self-actualization through Art.

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How to know your child is getting the most out of their remote learning experience

March 2020 brought about an upheaval to what “traditional learning” in schools looked like. News outlets and social media responded with a wide range of reactions, sometimes celebrating and sometimes condemning schools for their approaches. A series of questions began to consume the minds of parents, the most pressing being: “Is my child getting the most from their Remote Learning experience?”

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How To Set Up a Remote Workstation For Your Child

As many of us have had to make adjustments in transitioning to remote or hybrid models of learning, it's helpful to know how best to set ourselves and our children up for success in this new setting. Sara Nardulli, our Director of Learning Support has put together the following tips and video to help students of all ages (and maybe even parents who are working from home!) set up a workspace and create a productive environment.

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Should High School Athletes Specialize in Just One Sport?

Generalists vs specialists; Is there a benefit to playing sports outside of the focus? Or should children be put on the single sport training “fast track” earlier to get a leg up on the competition?

This topic has received a lot of attention over the past decade as year-round models have taken over hockey, soccer, and basketball at the youth levels. Parents have seemed to make a choice to have their children become “early specializers” with the idea that they may find success and gain an advantage amongst their peers. The three-sport high school athlete seems to be a “throwback” to an age of old school athletics.

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Meet Second Grade Teacher Jennifer Perone

RPS: What's your proudest moment as a teacher?

Jennifer Perone: My proudest moment as a teacher is tough, and I have to go with two moments! Receiving notes, pictures, or letters from students thanking me for all I have done and all they have learned (these are treasured forever!). Also, when parents tell me what a difference I have made for their child with not only school, but even at home and outside of school. That is what it is all about!

RPS: What's the silliest thing you are passionate about?

JP: The silliest thing I am passionate about may be obvious to some! I LOVE Philadelphia sports teams, especially the Eagles and the Phillies! I love them so much I even named my dog Philly!

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Meet First Grade Assistant Lead Teacher Kyle Lewis

RPS: What's the silliest thing you are passionate about?

Kyle Lewis: Not really silly but I am very passionate about the sport of fencing. And I'm a huge Star Wars Fan but not just the movies, but the Expanded Universe as well.

RPS: What's your teaching philosophy?

KL: Teaching is not about getting your students to pass the test. It's the act of learning and sparking that curiosity that makes a child hunger for knowledge. It's about showing them the support and giving them the confidence to be their best selves.

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Gearing Up for Back to School: How the RPS Faculty Has Been Preparing for a New School Year

Over the past few months, we have all experienced many changes due to COVID-19. Among those changes has been how students learn and teachers educate/teach. We went from in-person learning to virtual learning overnight in March, and now, for the start of the school year in 2020, our Middle and Upper School students will be engaged in a hybrid model, with a rotational schedule that alternates between in-person and remote instruction. It has been an enormous learning curve for us all, and the faculty at Rutgers Prep has risen to the occasion.

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