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NJHS Takes On Teaching The Founding Fathers

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NJHS is continuing to help. This time, it’s through the Scholarship Committee, which promotes academic excellence in the school and community. In other words, when it comes to education students can count on the NJHS Scholarship Committee to come help. This time they’ve been entrusted with making informational bits on the national months, for example, National Black History Month or Autism Awareness Month. The informational videos will be presented on ITV near the end of that month, or the start of the next. The national month NJHS students just finished working on was National Founding Fathers Month.

Where did all this start? It started with Ms. Grace Freeman, when she had the idea that there should be something special for each national month. So, when she was at the social studies department meeting she brought it up, and Ms. Tara Turk said that NJHS could take care of it. Who would be better for the job than the Scholarship Committee? So, at the next NJHS meeting, Chairman Bianca Gatmaitan, 8th grade, split the committee into groups. After that the groups got to choose from a list of the top five founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. The person who came up and told Bianca the group’s choice got to be the ‘‘group leader.’’ These students are Eliot Suttman, Whitney Bouk, and Isabelle Gatmaitan  (all in 8th grade). The group leader is the group representative who Bianca will talk to about the progress of their project. Whitney’s group choose Alexander Hamilton, Isabelle’s group choose George Washington, and Eliot’s group choose John Adams.  

How do these videos impact students? Chairman Bianca says, ‘‘I think it gives a lot of insight of the Founding Fathers because (students) know about George Washington more than everyone else.”  

Ms. Freeman says, ‘‘I hope that when students see work done from other students they will pay attention and learn from it.”   

Ms. Turk says, ‘‘I think it’s a great way to give all the kids a brief introduction to the Founding Fathers before they really learn about it in 8th grade.”  

To see these videos, make sure to pay attention to ITV!

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