Primoris Moments June 2018
Spring Concert & Awards Night On June 1, we came together per tradition to celebrate all our wonderful students and their successes of the past school year. Homeroom teachers recognized each student in their homeroom classes for his or her unique achievement, such as for making strides in a particular subject area or demonstrating leadership among peers. Also recognized were all of the awardees from various writing and art contests, math competitions, and science competitions. We also awarded students who had exhibited our PRIDE values (perseverance, responsibility, integrity, diversity, and empathy). Finally, we recognized the Michelins, Nobels, and Olympians in a moving up ceremony, to mark their transition to the elementary school. The awards were interspersed with musical and dance performances, with the orchestra and various ensembles playing “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Irish Jig,” the “Game of Thrones Theme,” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” More inside!
Wishing everyone a safe, happy, and healthy summer! See you in September!
Mother’s Day Brunch On May 11, we took the time to celebrate some of our biggest supporters—our mothers! The MichelinsNewberys performed a specially prepared dance, and then invited their mothers to their homerooms to read them poems they had written.
Final Field Trip iFly: On May 30, our students went on their last field trip of the school year, and it was a good one! They had the chance to “skydive” indoors at iFly Westchester. iFly, which has 37 locations around the world, has not only enabled skydivers to consistently practice the skills that usually require jumping from a plane, but also “made the dream of flight a reality” for anyone. The invention of modern wind tunnels, “a wall-to-wall cushion of air in a flight chamber,” has even created a whole new sport called “bodyflight.” Primoris students and staff reported a range of experiences, but overall a sense of thrill and surprising ease of in-air movement “to do tricks.”
Peter Pan, the Musical! On the evening of May 11, Primoris put on its spring musical production, Peter Pan! Once again Curtain Up Studios and parent volunteers helped us put together a sweet and memorable show. Morgan Battaglia starred as Peter Pan, Aidan Mascoli as Captain Hook, and Shivani Sahu as Tiger Lily. The Darling siblings were played by Isabel Stein, Gabriele Herr, and Anton Badushov.
Gabriele Herr performed a solo on the violin, Beethoven’s “Minuet in G,” and the students from the peer-teaching dance class had the opportunity to showcase their dances. Both the elementary and middle school dances were choreographed by their teacher, Clara Kim. Finally, the night ended with a surprise: the Hippocrates class stormed the stage in rock ‘n’ roll gear and electric instruments! They jammed out with the music teachers and some additional Primoris staff. It was the perfect, fun-spirited close to the night.
Last Week of School We wrapped up an amazing year with plenty more good memories: Field Day, Beach Day, Primoris Family Feud, a students vs. staff volleyball game, and more!
Congratulations! Mathleague State Championship GRADE 3 1st Place: Thomas Isernhagen 2nd Place: Shailen Shah 3rd Place: Michael Pylypovych
GRADE 5 1st Place: Andrew Brahms 3rd Place: Aidan Mascoli 4th Place: Daniel Gilman 5th Place: Anthony Kim
GRADE 4 1st Place: Jed Sloan 2nd Place: Mythreya Dharani 3rd Place: Gabriele Herr
GRADE 6 2nd Place: Justin Lee
TEAM OVERALL: 2nd Place
New Jersey Science League
MoMathlon Tournament With 25 middle schools and 125 students participating
Chemistry II Division, with 523 participants
1st Place: Justin Lee 2nd Place: Andrew Brahms 3rd Place: Anthony Kim 4th Place: Team Overall Mixed Team Award: Julien Jerkovich
1st Place: Clara Kim 4th Place: Andrew Markov 14th Place: MinKyu Son 2nd Place: School Overall
AMC 8 Achievement Roll
AMC 8 Honor Roll
For outstanding performance of students in grade 6 and below • Andrew Brahms • Daniel Gilman • Anthony Kim • Justin Lee • Shailen Shah*
For students who scored nationally in the top 5% nationally • Julien Jerkovich • Anthony Kim AMC 8 Distinguished Honor Roll For students who scored nationally in the top 1% nationally • Daniel Gilman
*the only 3rd grader on the Achievement Roll
New Jersey Chemistry Olympics • • • •
1st Place, Nomenclature: Andrew Markov, MinKyu Son 2nd Place, Spectrophotometer: Joshua Kindler, Andrew Markov 3rd Place, Polymerization Research Demo: Clara Kim, Jaime Kim 3rd Place, School Overall
New Jersey Chemistry Olympiad (Regionals) • Clara Kim was one of only two 10th graders in New Jersey invited to take the National Chemistry Olympiad Exam
Rematch with World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen at the UN On May 10th, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, Magnus Carlsen played a clock-simul match with 15 players. Among them was one of our Oscars, nine-year-old Jed Sloan. He had played Carlsen once before, at the Play Magnus Challenge hosted by the Liberty Science Center in 2016. At this match Jed was one of Carlsen’s strongest opponents, and the last one standing. The UN Youth Envoy tweeted about Jed’s performance, “This confirms that young ppl are the present and the future […] Education is [key] for achieving their full potential.” Jed had the opportunity to meet dignitaries from around the world, such as the Ambassador of Afghanistan and the Mayor of Oslo, who were fellow players in the match. Marianne Borgen congratulated Jed, saying, “I wish I played chess as well as you.” He replied, “Well you have a lot of really important things to do!”