Posts by Liesl Botbyl

The Value of Outdoor Play

You probably clicked on this post due to your curiosity about the photo headline. If you have driven down Sicomac Ave/Goffle Hill Road at in the past few weeks you most certainly have noticed this scene with vast amount of trees that have been cut down. Those woods hold many memories for the Schuurman grandchildren;…

Middle Schoolers are International Travelers for an Afternoon

Flags hung from the hallways and many classroom doors were decorated with pictures, maps, and symbols of a variety of holidays and countries to be toured by students. By mid-morning on Friday, before spring break, scents of homemade food from all around the world filled the halls of the Middle School and our PTO mothers…

Basketball is Not a One Woman Show for Senior Madison Wynbeek

"When Madison is out on the court her mindset is never a one woman show" was a comment made by former teammate, Hanna Faber, and a sentiment many would agree with. Not every school that gets to brag about one of its players being only one of six girls in Passaic County history to have…

Slime Time! EC Student Entrepreneur Creates Business, Lives Core Values

Not every Eighth grade student with a crafty hobby is asked to spend several days in Daytona, Florida at a Slime Bash with other crafters while meeting hundreds of other craft enthusiasts. However, EC eighth grader Jaden is not just a student having some fun making and selling crafts. She's literally made a business of…

Robot Fight Night 2019

It was a Friday night and the dark gym was packed with a large crowd of supporters ready to cheer on their favorite robot controlled by the high schoolers who had spent countless hours creating these robots. Robot Fight Night has become a popular event for all ages to come cheer on the hard work…

A Season of Music

Butterflies in the stomach, sweaty palms, nervous laughter, bright lights and an audience full of family members and friends. These are the feelings our middle school musicians have faced in the past week while performing at their annual Barnes and Noble night and Christmas concert. While the Christmas season can be overwhelmingly busy with the…

Teachers are Learners Too

School was not always the highlight of my day when I was younger. Sure, I loved aspects of it and I certainly respected many of my teachers, but learning took more effort for me. My love for learning probably did not start until my teaching career began and it was obvious that there was much…

Hands Dirty Day

Friday, October 26 was not a normal day for the Middle School students. The entire student body and faculty served in 25 different locations with a diverse group of organizations in our area. Hands Dirty Day has become a great way of kicking off our service learning projects, which we refer to as “MAD" or…

Name Above All Names

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth Philippians 2:9-10 Three weeks ago, the faculty and staff gathered for it’s annual kick-off to the upcoming school…

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