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Page 22 • The Branchburg News • May 2011

Local Educators Help Organize State Education Conference

Monroe Winners – The Branchburg Pitch travel soccer team placed first again in the 22nd Annual Spring Kickoff Tournament in Monroe Township.

Nearly 170 teams played on April 9.

RVCC Student Jazz Ensemble to Perform May 5

Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Student Jazz Ensemble will perform in concert Thursday, May 5, at 8 p.m., in the Welpe Theatre at the college.

The group includes the following members: Keith Bernstein, Christian Bruno, Branchburg; John Fiorilla, Watchung; Kyle Kassick, Franklin; Jack Williams, High Bridge; Travis Thierrin, Lopatcong; Taylor Leach, Manville; Angelica Willey, Annandale; Philip McNeil, Bridgewater; Dan Currie, Ringoes; Charles McGinnis, Hillsborough; Mike Hufnagel, Flemington; Sean Reddington, Pittstown; Peter Brown, Whitehouse Sta- tion; Cielona Boca, Franklin Park; and Jeff Boyer, Phillipsburg. The group is directed by John Loehrke of New York City. The ensemble will perform pieces by a variety of jazz artists, including Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Eddie Harris, Miles Davis and Antonio Carlos Jobim. The evening also will feature the pre- mieres of four compositions by student members of the ensemble. General admission tickets cost $10 in advance ($12 at the door). Tick- ets for students and seniors cost $5 in advance ($7.50 at the door). For tickets, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420.

The Partners in Education Conference Committee includes (back row) Maria Orlando, Lisa Marie Marrero, NJCCA President Kathy Feigley of Kangaroo Kids, Lynette Galante, Rose Reyes, Ruth Beatty, (front row) Peggy Jones of Branch- burg, Sandy Dibble, Cathy Griffin, and Janet Luton Perantoni.

Leaders in the field of early edu- cation came together for a statewide conference “Partners in Education” on April 2 at Raritan Valley Com- munity College. The New Jersey Child Care Association (NJCCA) and RVCC Continuing Educa- tion served as hosts. Seminars on curriculum, child development, leadership, assessment, staff de- velopment, and many other issues related to teaching young children were offered. The keynote was presented by nationally renowned early childhood expert Gigi Sch- weikert, who discussed “The Pow- er of One Positive Person!” Teach- ers from Kangaroo Kids planned and presented several workshops. - Submitted by Kathy Feigley

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