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GBMS December Update


GBMS Garden and Greenhouse

This summer, GBMS graduate, Katherine Paterson constructed a garden bed as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award Project.  In addition to the garden bed, Katherine is authoring a gardening guide to assist GBMS staff and students.  The fall enrichment  garden class was able to enjoy Katherine’s project and grew our first produce – radishes!

With the help of GBMS graduate, Glen Diamond, GBMS is looking forward to the construction of a greenhouse this upcoming spring.  As part of his Eagle Scout service project, Glen is raising funds in order to purchase materials for this project.  The greenhouse will assist our efforts in environmental science and sustainability education of all our students.  If you would like to help Glen and GBMS raise funds for the construction, please visit – https://www.gofundme.com/glens-eagle-scout-project


Green Brook Middle School Students are hard at work preparing for their production of Orphan Trains by Deborah Craig. The play is a drama set around the turn of the century that follows the orphan train project from it’s start. The show is a series of vignettes based on true stories from the primary records of the Children Aid’s Society of New York. Each scene is told from the perspective of the orphan and it details the uplifting and heartbreaking truths of their childhood. The orphan train project placed hundreds of thousands of children with adoptive parents from 1853 to 1929, and these actors are tasked with telling their stories.

With a cast of over fifty 5th through 8th grade middle school students and another 15 crew members, this is many of the actor’s first experience in a heavy drama such as Orphan Trains. This has required a high level of maturity and focus for these young students to empathize with their characters and evoke real, heartfelt emotion in their roles.
The play by Deborah Craig has been performed over a hundred and thirty times, but surprisingly never in New Jersey. Director Mr. Alzaher, crew manager Mrs. Ferrara, cast and crew are looking forward to bringing this important and emotional story to the Green Brook community.
Curtains rise on Orphan Trains at 7pm on Thursday, December 14th with a final performance at 7pm on Friday, December 15th. Doors open at 6:30pm. You can purchase your tickets online right now at seatyourself.biz/greenbrookms or buy at the door.


Congratulations to Green Brook Middle School vocalists for having a record setting 19 students get accepted into the Morris Area Honor Choir! Students were asked to prepare a solo along with 2 scales for the audition. Green Brook had the highest acceptance rate of any school two years in a row representing over a quarter of the entire ensemble this year. A special congratulations to Ahir Verma for getting the highest score of any high school and middle school student who auditioned, Ben Cupit for the second highest score, Abby Wighard for getting the highest female score of Green Brook students and Erin Ptack for getting the 2nd highest soprano score overall. The seven Green Brook boys all made the cut and received the top six baritone spots in a row in their sections and 3rd highest of our altos. Great job everyone! We are incredibly proud of all of you.