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Holiday and School Spirit

With two weeks of school remaining for the 2017-2018 school year, we find our students filled with excitement.  REMINDER that December 22 is a FULL Day of school.  Peer Leaders have planned a WEEK of SPIRIT during the week before break.

Holiday Countdown Spirit Week! – 12/18 – 12/22
Monday: Merry Monday!  Wear RED and GREEN
Tuesday: Sweater Tuesday! Wear ugly or regular sweaters
Wednesday: Winter Wonderland Wednesday! Wear White and Blue!
Thursday: Snowed In Thursday! Wear comfy clothes! No pajamas!
Friday:  Festive Friday! Wear festive gear! Wear Santa hats, antlers, holiday colors.
Friday afternoon will end Spirit Week with a movie for PGC classrooms that bring in CANNED GOODS.

GBMS After School Activity Clubs

Every year, teachers create and run after school clubs at a nominal fee (estimated cost based on enrollment).  For the Winter Session, the following clubs are being offered:

Chess Club – Mrs. Vicendese (Tuesdays – 3:00PM – 4:00PM) – Approximately $20.00 – $30.00

Cooking Club – Mr. Ellis and Mrs. Lam (Tuesdays – 3:00PM – 4:00PM) -Approximately $30.00 – $50.00 (FIFTH AND SIXTH ONLY)

Pep Rally Cheer Squad – Mrs. Skrobacz-Bruno (Thursdays – 3:00PM – 4:00PM) -Approximately $20.00 – $30.00

The Winter Session begins the week of January 15 and ends March 12.  Pre-Registration DEADLINE – Tuesday, December 19

A minimum of 13 – 15 students are needed to run a club.  Please pre-register by clicking on the following link –


Once a club has met the minimum number of students to run, parents will be contacted about FINAL payment and start date.  PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT PAYMENT UNTIL NOTIFIED.  Club advisors will provide students a schedule once enrolled.

Congratulations TEAM!

On November 29, 2017 Immaculata High School hosted their annual Immaculata Scholastica competition. The Immaculata Scholastica competition is an academic quiz bowl contest. Students compete in this academic battle by answering questions in five different categories: English Language Arts, History, Science, Mathematics, and Potpourri (general knowledge, world religion, technology, etc.) The competition this year was memorable because students from Green Brook Middle School participated for the first time ever. Through six glorious rounds of
academic competition, the students from GBMS battled with other local middle schools. Each round of the competition pitted the students against their peers from another school.

Anmol Bhatia, a seventh grade student at GBMS, led the team as their captain. Also on the team, and proudly representing Green Brook, was Leo Affouf, Kevin Fu, Devan Sutaria, Ahir Verma, and June Yin. The students from Green Brook started off slowly. They won two close rounds to start the competition. In Round 2, they won by a single point. After the apprehension of the initial rounds and excitement faded, the team from Green Brook found their confidence and went on a roll. The GBMS students convincingly won each round of the competition and advanced to the semi-finals in Round 5. An exciting Round 5 victory over Branchburg Central Middle School led to a Round 6 showdown with the Immaculata Conception School team in the sixth and final round.

The students from Immaculata Conception School performed well in the final round, but the young scholars from GBMS were simply too knowledgeable. Both sides answered a series of challenging questions ranging from algebraic equations to which Nobel Peace Prize winner helped to end the Russo-Japanese War (President Teddy Roosevelt). In the end, Green Brook Middle School won the final round of the competition by a score of 13 to 8. Win or lose, it was a fun academic experience for all of the students who participated. However, for the students from GBMS, it was an especially rewarding night to participate in their first quiz bowl and to be victorious all in the same night!

Thanks to our coaches – Ms. Cerofeci, Ms. Schaefer, and Mr. Mojta (and for this blurb).

Global Scholars

The Green Brook Middle School Global Scholars and local Boy Scout Troop 129 joined volunteers from the community and the region to clean up Green Brook near the Green Brook Regional Center on Green Brook Rd on the morning of Sunday, December 3rd.  The main objective of the day was to clear a large heap of plastic bottles and other refuse blocking the waterway, but the volunteers spread out throughout the woods to collect garbage from the flood plain, locating more than 25 tires, several large plastic items, and filling hundreds of bags with mostly plastic water bottles.  There was still a lot of work to do when the day was over, with several volunteers staying well into the afternoon.  Organizers for the event included the Central Jersey Stream Team and the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership.




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.