Congressman and Councilwoman Pay Visit to Newark Middle School

Read this post as it originally appeared in NewarkInc.


Newark Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins and U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr. visited North Star Academy Central Avenue campus Friday to talk to students about leadership.

U.S. Rep. Donald Payne

U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr. helps a North Star Academy student with a bowtie, the congressman’s signature neckwear.

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Welcome to North Star’s Blog!

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We’re excited you’re here and thrilled to share what is happening in our schools and with our scholars. Our goal with this blog is to help you learn more about what makes North Star work –  how we blend academic rigor, a strong focus on school culture and a lot of joy to lead many of Newark’s students to college. Thank you for joining us!

It is hard to believe that ten weeks ago, we began our 17th year in Newark. A lot has happened since 1997, when our founders James Verilli and Norman Atkins started a middle school with just 72 students. Today, we teach 3, 500 students across 10 schools in the “Brick City.”  From Kindergarten to 12th grade, we’ve worked hard to create an educational model that has led 100% of our high school seniors to graduate, and 100% of them to be accepted into 4 year colleges & universities – every year!

How we get to 100% is not magic, and it’s not a secret. It’s hard work. The kind of work that starts long before senior year.  Ten weeks ago, we welcomed many 5 year old’s to their first day of school, and the start of their path to college. Since then they’ve learned about letters, sounds and how they form words. They are now proudly creating sentences with “meatball” spaces between their words. Our middle school scholars have already taken a college tour and are strengthening their literacy skills by working on their Novel Project. High school scholars are preparing for the SAT and getting ready for the premiere of their fall play, Proof.

And so we say welcome to the blog. We look forward to keeping you updated, and informed about our school and how we’re helping Newark’s students get to college.