Our mission is to provide a positive and safe environment that inspires students to become responsible, well-rounded, civic-minded, global thinkers who are equipped with 21st century skills and are prepared for the academic rigors of high school and future challenges.
Chartwells welcomed Celebrity Chef Jet Tila to Lewis F. Cole Middle School on April 9th. Chef Tila, who has a rich background in Southeast Asian cuisine as well as classic French training, cooked up some Szechuan chicken, rice, and broccoli lo mein for 7th and 8th grade students to sample during the lunch periods. Afterwards, Chef Tila conducted two live demonstration assemblies for students in the school's gym. Using his portable kitchen, Chef Tila talked to students about the benefits of cooking with healthy foods like peppers. He also showed students the sauces he includes in his cooking, and how each sauce can alter the flavor of a dish. Finally, he gave away signed caps and chef uniforms to a number of students in the audience. Students and faculty alike enjoyed Chef Tila's visit, and the middle school would like to thank Chartwells for organizing the event.
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Under the direction of School Library Media Specialist, Cean Spahn, and Language Arts teacher, Barbara Milone, 8th grade students here at the middle school wrote personal letters to their favorite authors. These letters focused on how one book, short story, or even poem inspired students to change their view of themselves or their world. The letters were then entered into the 2013-2014 “Letters About Literature” contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
Out of the more than 69,000 nationwide entries, over 2,000 of which were from New Jersey, the national judges returned only about 250 letters to New Jersey. The third and fourth rounds of judging, performed by members of New Jersey’s educational and library communities, narrowed that number down to 75 before judges selected one first and one second place winner, along with29 honorable mentions. For the second year in a row, a student from the Lewis F. Cole Middle School took FIRST place in the Level II contest category.
Congratulations to New Jersey’s FIRST place winner, Simona Vigodner, an eighth grader here at the middle school. Simona’s sincere letter about how Ruth Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray taught her to appreciate her life and her family really touched the judges. Simona’s letter has moved on to the national rounds of judging in Washington. If selected Simona could win a $1,000 cash award! Good luck to Simona in this next round of judging.
Finally out of the 29 New Jersey honorable mention winners in the Level II contest category, three are from the Lewis F. Cole Middle School. Congratulations to Elizabeth Barash, Jamie Han, and Joshua Yoon. All of their letters demonstrate writing sophistication and the positive effects that books have on readers.
In addition to receiving recognition on New Jersey’s Center for the Book website, all of the winners have been invited, along with their families, to a statewide awards reception, which will be held in Hamilton, N.J., on May 14th.
All of us here at the middle school are extremely proud of the winners for their exceptional achievements!