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GBMS Update – Week of April 23 and Beyond


Scheduling for Next Year

Specific information about GATE and Advanced Math will be communicated in the coming weeks, specifically the assessment process and dates.

Information for the following PROGRAMS can be found on the website (https://www.gbtps.org/green-brook-middle-school/gbms-programs/)

  • Global Scholars (Incoming 7th graders) – Due Date 5/8
  • GATE ELA – Due Date 5/18
  • 8th grade Advanced Spanish Due Date 4/27

Requests for Related Arts courses and Enrichment classes will occur later this Spring.


Monday: Social Differences
Organization: https://www.autismspeaks.org/
Dress: BLUE

Tuesday: Animal Rights
Organization: https://pahsnj.org/
Activity: Teacher’s Pet Competition

Wednesday: Educational Movements
Organization: https://pencilsofpromise.org/
Activity: Random Acts of Kindness

Thursday: Environmental Issues (Enrichment Day)
Organization: https://www.nature.org/
Dress: GREEN
Activity: Go Green Campaign

Friday: Support A Cause (Spirit Day)
Students will choose a cause to join on Friday, April 27th. They will show their support for their cause by wearing the appropriate color (blue, purple, yellow, or green) and making a small donation to the cause’s nonprofit organization.
Student Activism Presentations:
Global scholars and Global studies students will conduct visual presentations on varied of local, national, global issues. Students will be presenting during PGC classes in the Media Center. Students are able to sign out of PGC classes/lunch to view their peers’ service projects.

SPIRIT DAY ACTIVITY – Kickball Tournament Between the Grades


For the SECOND year, Green Brook Middle School Receives National Recognition for Music Education Program

Green Brook Township, New Jersey – April 17, 2018 – Green Brook Middle School (of Green Brook Township) has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education for its second year in a row.

The SupportMusic Merit Award recognizes individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, Green Brook Middle School answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“Music plays a vital role in every child’s education. It’s immediately cross-curricular as you learn Math with rhythm and subdivisions, Language Arts with the text of a song, Science as we study frequencies and sound waves and how the body works to use air to produce sound, and Social Studies as we look at the historical context from which each piece is created. It teaches kids persistence and work ethic and that hard work pays off in a real and tangible way. Aside from its many aesthetic benefits, music is a great tool for teaching students practice habits that they can transfer to any and every field of study.”

This award recognizes that GBMS is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides policy implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing – while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.

“Music has been such an important part of my life.” Said 8th grader Rhea Cariappa. “I’ve made my closest friends from my school’s chorus program and it’s taught me lessons I will never forget. Being in ensembles teaches more than music, it teaches you how to be a leader, how to put aside differences with others and work together, and how hard work pays off.”

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. A series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University found a link between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the University, it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.

Beyond the Northwestern research, other studies have indicated that music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well as learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel.

A 2015 study supported by The NAMM Foundation, “Striking A Chord,” also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.

Green Brook’s music program has received many awards and accolades in recent years including superior ratings across all performance ensembles at the Music in the Parks competitions, the most students selected for the Morris Area Honor Choir, top placements for band, orchestra and chorus students in the Central Jersey Regional ensembles, students selected for the NJ All-State Orchestra, featured performances in front of music professionals like Deke Sharon and Ben Bram, and 13 different performing ensembles. These groups include one of the only middle school contemporary acapella groups in the state, a wind ensemble, and chamber orchestra amongst many others. The music program is run by Orchestra and Choir Director William Alzaher and Band Director Vincent Sorensen.

About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.

Calendar Reminders

Information about the various programs at GBMS and scheduling for next year will be posted over the next few weeks.

4/23 8th Grade Student Orientation at WHRHS (Flyer below).
4/26 “Take Our Child To Work Day”
4/23 – 4/27 SPRING INTO ACTION – Student Activism Week
4/27 PTO Sponsored STEM Assembly
4/27 8th Grade CAP & GOWN and Group pictures
5/2 Spring Choral Concert
5/3 WHRHS Track Invitational
5/10 Spring Instrumental Concert
5/10 PTO Sponsored LEADERSHIP and CHARACTER Speaker Assembly
5/9, 5/10, 5/14, & 5/15 PARCC Testing (Morning and Afternoon) – Click HERE for District Testing Information
5/17 8th Grade Washington DC PARENT Meeting
5/22 & 5/23 NJSLA – S (New Jersey Student Learning Assessment – Science)
5/25 PTO Sponsored STEM Assembly
5/25 8th Grade CAP & GOWN MAKEUP pictures @ 12:30 PM
5/28 Memorial Day – School Closed
5/29 – 5/31 8th Grade Washington DC Trip
5/30 GBMS Chamber Music Recital
6/5 – 6/7 PTO Book Fair
6/8 PTO Sponsored – 8th Grade Dance
6/12 GBMS Field Day
6/14 GBMS Field Day – MAKEUP DATE
6/15 PTO Bengal Tailgate
6/21 & 6/22 Single session Days – NO LUNCH
6/21 8th Grade Graduation – Tentative