Eleven students from the UCVTS Science Club participated in the F=ma Physics Olympiad preliminary exam in late January. Five of them were selected as semifinalists to participate in the USA Physics Olympiad exam to be given on April 6. The five students are: Alan Du (AIT), Ethan Cheung (MHS), Albert Wen (MHS), Richard Wen (MHS), and Skanda Rao (MHS). Each year less than 400 students nationwide are selected to take the USAPhO exam. Congratulations to them all for a great performance!
Five UCVTS Students from Introduction to Sustainability Class and one of our NJ FFA students received Borlaug Scholar Certificate for competing in the World Food Prize challenge at Rutgers University on Friday March 3, 2017.
The students presented their research and recommendations on how to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with statewide experts. Our students were also able to connect with other student leaders from across New Jersey to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships. They also Interacted with global leaders in science, industry and policy and took part in educational sessions and interactive tours at Rutgers University. There they were able to explore current research and issues in international development and life sciences. They also met innovative researchers, professors and college students in New Jersey working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.
200 students will be selected from around USA to attend the Global Youth Institute held in October 2017 in Iowa. Participants in the Institute are eligible to apply for a prestigious Borlaug-Ruan International Internship; an all-expenses-paid, eight-week hands-on experience, working with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Our varsity players shown in the picture are Elie Kapengut, Matthew Li, Skanda Rao, Nataly Osma, and Francis Buison (missing in pix) and our junior varsity players shown in the picture are Justin Wu, Sohum Agnihotri, Abishek Mhatre, Ricky Thompson.
As for the results of the weekends competition Elie Kapengut received a 3rd place for seat 1 in the Varsity team and our varsity team took the 10th place trophy. As for the junior varsity, Abishek Mhatre received 3rd place in the 3rd seat. The trophies are displayed in the trophy case on the bridge located between AIT and Magnet.
UCVTS Chess club members competed and placed in the 2017 World Amateur and US East Chess Competition held at Parsippany Hilton, NJ. from 02/18-20/2017.
Skanda Rao captures the 'Upset Prize' on the final round 6. Upset prize is given to a player who defeats a higher ranked player. Congratulations Skanda! Francis Buison of Team 2 was undefeated and had an excellent Score of 5.5/6
Under 1400 rating there were 92 teams. Team 1 placed 8/92
Under 1000 rating there were 47 teams . Team 3 placed 7/47
There were 3 unrated teams. Team 2 placed 1/3
Team 1 players: Elie Kapengut, Matthew Li, Ms. Junus, and Mr. Rapoport. Team 2 players: Gabriel Rapoport, Ricky Thompson, Abishek Mhatre, and Francis Buison. Team 3 players: Sohum Agnihotri, Tyler Wright, Skanda Rao, and Mr. Liyu Li.
Stay tuned for NJ High School Chess Championship to be held at our campus from 03-4-5-2017. Spectators welcome!
During the 2017 NJ Science Olympiad UCC regional tournament held in January, the UCVTS team competed with 23 NJ schools, placing seventh overall, and qualifying for the State Championship Tournament in March. The following team members won individual medals:
1st place in Write It -Do It: Anqi Xu and Kathryn Xu
2nd place in Astronomy: Storm Lin and Sabina J.
2nd place in Helicopter: Zhizhuo Zhou and Michael Soria
3rd place in Rocks and Minerals: Caitlyn M. and JohnRobert D.
4th place in Anatomy & Physiology: Andrew Mu and Annie Wu
6th place in Forensics: Amanda Zheng and Vivek Mhatre
Congratulations to the UCVTS Science Olympiad team and their advisor, Dr. Jia Fang!
UCVTS Chess club members are getting ready to compete in the World Amateur Team & U.S. Team East from February 18-20-2017. If any parent or faculty would like to play in this tournament, please contact The Chess Club Advisor, Khurshid Junus by 01-11-2017 (firstname.lastname@example.org). The competition will be held at Hilton Hotel in Parsippany, NJ.
UCVTS Chess Club in conjunction with the United States Chess Federation will be hosting the NJ High School Chess Championship on our campus on March 4-5-2017. The competition will take place in our school cafeteria. Spectators are welcomed.
On Thursday November 17th, 2016, the NJ FFA Fall Career Development Events were held at Rutgers, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Cook Campus, in New Brunswick. The Union County Team, consisting of Alina Lam, Thomas Harris, Colleen Clarke and Cathy Zawistowski take 1st place of 25 NJ FFA Chapters, in the State Fruits & Vegetables CDE. Alina Lam leads the team as the 1st place individual overall and in the practicum areas, Thomas Harris 5th overall, 4th practicum, Colleen Clarke 14th overall, 12th practicum, Cathy Zawistowski 19th overall, 16th practicum of 96 participants. The Team will be presented the State Fruits & Vegetables CDE Team Banner; Alina, the Gold Medal & 1st place HO Samson Certificate; and Thomas, the 4th place HO Samson Certificate, at the 88th NJ State FFA Convention in May. Congratulations on a Job Well Done! Complete results can be viewed at judgingcard.com
Following instructions given in technical guidance developed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, we completed a plumbing profile for each of the buildings within Union County Vocational-Technical School District. Please see the Superintendent's message here. For the complete report click here.
Message from Chef Wahrer
I wanted to take a moment to share the news from the 2016 New Jersey Association of Counties Culinary Competition held on May 20, 2016 at Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City . This statewide competition is the capstone event of the NJAC conference and places 12 vocational programs in a free-for-all where table display, food preparation, and showmanship collide in a melee of hors d’oeuvres. Some of the best culinary programs in the state were present this year and our students, in our first time at the event, not only held our own but placed in several categories!
Please congratulate the following students as we placed 2nd in the Chef’s choice: Plate Presentation and 2nd in the NJAC Judges’ award: Station Display:
This school year we were fortunate to only need to use one (1) emergency closing day for a major snow storm. When the 2015-2016 school calendar was adopted it contained two (2) emergency closings days. At their meeting held on May 2, 2016, the Board of Education approved a revision of the calendar and the closing of school on Friday May 27, 2016. The district will be closed on Friday May 27, 2016.
Congratulations on your win at the MAR Championship and your qualification for Worlds!!! As an alum with my own fond memories of 1257's last trip to Championships (in Atlanta in 2005), I am overjoyed for you.
I was able to track your progress in real-time via the Spyder app and livestream. You had some rather unfortunate alliance pairings during qualifications, but you continued to compete with tenacity and I hear in good spirits, and I think that directly translated in your getting picked in the 24th slot in alliance selections. You also demonstrated flexibility and maturity in becoming a defensive robot during eliminations, doing what was best to support your alliance.
You should be proud of your performance all season long. While winning the game twice is certainly a huge accomplishment, I hope you also feel particularly honored to have received the Gracious Professionalism Award, a largely peer-driven accolade.
At Worlds you will be up against the best of the best and the sheer odds are not in your favor. Play well and dream big, but attend to enjoy yourself, to meet some cool people, and to see some really awesome examples of engineering. Very few people get to experience the craziness of Worlds so I hope you will soak it all in and just have fun. Make memories that you will cherish and hopefully one day you’ll translate them into becoming a FIRST mentor, volunteer, or sponsor yourself.
Good luck! I hope to visit y’all soon.
Founding Member, Team 1257 (2004 and 2005 seasons)
Member, NYC FIRST FRC Planning Committee and Pit Admin Supervisor, NYC Regional
We had representation for almost every area of UCVTS. We had at least one medal from each of our five schools. For our shared time programs we had medal winners who are in regular and special education. Lastly, we had medal winners representing our post grad programs.
Together we brought home 31 medals and chapter of distinction awards at Gold level. Congratulations to all for a great year!
3D visualization and animation
Post Grad Electrical
HVACR post grad-Nail Care
Occupational health and safety notebook
Opening and Closing Team
This weekend, thanks to support from our school, community, and sponsors, Parallel Universe/FRC Team 1257 competed at the FIRST Mid Atlantic Robotics District Championship. This event brought together the top 60 teams from New Jersey, Delaware, and Eastern Pennsylvania to compete for spots at the FIRST World Championship.
After a grueling schedule of qualifying matches, our team was chosen to be part of the top seeded alliance for the playoff rounds. Together with our alliance partners, Team 225 from York, PA and Team 341 from Ambler, PA, we made it through the playoffs to take home the winner's banner.
With this win, Team 1257 has qualified for a spot at the World Championship and will be competing there for the first time since the 2005 season.
We would like to extend our thanks to the entire campus for your support of the team. The interest you've shown and the support you've given to our fundraising efforts have really helped the team with the push to get to Worlds, and we are proud to represent the entire district in St. Louis next week.
If you'd like to see footage from this event, it's available here:
Academy for Information Technology student Veronica Vergara is a volunteer member of the New Jersey Wing Civil Air Patrol. Veronica, a Cadet Staff Sergeant in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), competed with other cadets from 23 New Jersey squadrons. Veronica received the prestigious “Phase One Cadet of the Year” award which was presented to her by Colonel Steven Tracy, the New Jersey Wing Commander, at the New Jersey Wing Conference. The conference was hosted at the New Jersey Liberty Science Center on April 16th, 2016.
In addition, Veronica received recognition for participation in the 2015-2016 National CyberPatriot (Computer and Network Security) Competition as a member of one of the many New Jersey Civil Air Patrol teams.
Furthermore, at the conference, Veronica participated in the Aerospace Education Competition and presented her team’s theory on “How Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Aviation or Aerospace Development 20 Years from Now.
Congratulations to Veronica Vergara!
On April 2nd and 3rd, the UCVTS Robotics Team competed in their second event of the season. After 12 hard-fought qualifying matches, the team went into the playoffs as the top-ranked team of the event, with 11 wins and just a single loss. In the playoffs, Team 1257 and their alliance partners, Team 25 of North Brunswick, Team 3340 of Union City, and Team 555 of Montclair, made it to the finals and took home second place.
The Robotics Team also took home the Gracious Professionalism award for their work with other teams, helping them both before and at the competition to raise everybody's level of competition. The team is now preparing to compete against other top teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware at the upcoming Mid-Atlantic Robotics District Championship on April 14th-16th. The team will be competing for a spot at the World Championship in St. Louis, which will take place at the end of the month.
The UCVTS FRC Robotics Team, Parallel Universe Team 1257, won the Mount Olive District Competition. After a day and a half of qualifying rounds, our team was the 7th seeded captain and had the opportunity to assemble an alliance for playoffs. After 8 playoff matches, Team 1257 and our partners from South Plainfield HS and Pascack Valley Regional HS were victorious in a a tiebreaking finals match and were declared winners out of the 39 teams present. Our final match of the weekend can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddDCaKKvCJM.
Many students from the schools on our campus play pivotal roles as members of the team. It is truly a group effort on the field, in the stands, in the pits, scouting and many other areas. Our students have been working many hours after school and on the weekends to reach this goal and represent the schools as a model for a professional team. Our students not only worked as a unit but also helped many teams at the competition repair and get their robots to the field for competition.
Please with the robotics team luck as they prepare for their next competition in Bridgewater on April 2-3. The competition is open to the public, so come watch and help us cheer!
On March 8th, UCVTS Science Olympiad Team participated in the NJ State Tournament in which 26 high school team from New Jersey were invited to participate based on the regional tournament score. UCVTS team was placed at 10th place in its overall score, and following team members received medals in individual events:
Graham Doskoch and Storm Lin 3rd place in Astronomy
Paul Seth and Caitlin Moy 4th place in Hydrology
Malay Nanavaty and Paul Seth 5th place in Green Generation
Stephen Cropper and Caitlin Moy 6th place in BioSphere
Ashley Rosenberg and Malay Nanavaty 6th place in Cell Biology
Kevin Zhang and Richard Wen 6th place in It's About Time
On Friday, the NJ FFA Horticulture Exposition & Floral Design Career Development Event was held at Mercer County Community College. UCVTS FFA Members competed in three divisions: Horticulture (H), Fresh Arrangement (F) and Permanent (P). Students grew or created their arrangement on campus and then they were entered on Friday. Photos of the entries will soon be posted on the Union County FFA Web Page linked from our school website. Some are still available to view, in room 338, West Hall. For a complete list of results click here.
Congratulations to the following AAHS students for their success at the NJ State HOSA competition held on March 5th-6th at Gloucester County Institute of Technology .
Gold Medal Winners:
Parliamentary Procedure: Sangeeth Sreekumar, Urja Shah, Stephanie Ng, Dana Chan, Isabelle Bisda, Benny Tran, Joshua Olazo, Sophia Saint-Val -- Creative Problem Solving: Alicia Neal, Shannon Pyle, Aisha Muhammad, Gina Watkins -- Job Seeking Skills: Justin Olivera -- Speaking Skills: Marleni Chavana
Silver Medal Winners:
Public Service Announcement: Chris Moran, Lawrence Chan, Alex Malao, Connor DeFronzo, Govind Shekaran, Max Kearns -- Medical Math: Andrew Mu -- Pathophysiology- Annie Wu
Bronze Medal Winners: Prepared Speaking: Justina Shafik -- HOSA Bowl: Ashleigh Fenton, Euna Hur, Francine Espana, Namitha Mathew --Parliamentary Procedure: Gabrielle Heffernan, Leah Cherukara, Danielle Maizes, Divya Narayanan, Taryn Choi, Gopna Shekaran
Fourth Place Winners: Medical Innovations: Gianna Slusher, Diana Nguyen, Jessica Knowles, Arianna Dunkerton -- CPR/First Aid: Caroline Uguaro, Rana Ibrahim -- Medical Reading: Michelle Yao -- Biomedical Debate: Lautina Kwarteng, Sciaska Ulysse, Beatriz Malaspina, Joanne Igbinosun --Extemporaneous Writing: Kelsey Cogan -- Researched Persuasive Speaking: Jack Friebely -- Medical Spelling: David Cordoba
Fifth Place Winners:
CPR/First Aid- Marta Chavez, Kelsey Harder
Congratulations to the following students for being elected NJ HOSA State Officers for 2016-2017
Vice President- Beatriz Malaspina
Secretary- Sciaska Ulysse
Congratulations to David Cordoba for receiving the NJ HOSA Scholarship of $750
UCVTS Chess Team #1 Game of Thrones and Chess Team #2 Knight Hawks, competed in the World Amateur Team and US Team East on 02/13-15/2016 in Parsippany Hilton, Parsippany, NJ. There were over 2000 chess participants from all over the world.
Some of our past and present competitors were, Grand Masters, Ivy League schools, and National Champions.
UCVTS Team 1 – Game of Thrones placed 262/300
UCVTS Team 2- UCVTS Knight Hawks placed 275/300 overall.
Team one players were: Eli Kapengut (MHS), Ms. Junus, Matthew Li (AIT), and Thomas Rennar (AIT)
Team two players were: Trevor Abood (AIT), Jordan Tantuico(AIT), Skanda Rao(AIT), and Xavier Odom (AIT)
Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen and Freeholders Linda Carter and Alexander Mirabella presented a resolution to Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Superintendent Peter Capodice, UCVTS students and principals designating February 2016 as National Career and Technical Education Month in Union County.
Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen and Freeholders Linda Carter and Alexander Mirabella presented a resolution to Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Superintendent Peter Capodice, National FFA advisor and horticulture instructor Bonnie Baldasare, FFA member Aaron Etienne and FFA president Emiliano Chirigliano designating the week of February 20, 2016 through February 27, 2016 as National FFA Week in Union County.
On January 6, 2016, UCVTS sent two teams to compete in the NJ Science Olympiad regional tournament held in Union County College. Twenty-three high school teams from all over NJ participated. Both teams from our district performed outstandingly, and won 5th and 8th place. The following students received individual medals, listed by event:
2nd place: Sabina Jia and Storm Lin
5th place: Graham Doskotch and Rohan Mallaya
1st place: Ashley Rosenberg and Malay Nanavaty
6th place: Nathan Simon and Annie Wu
5th place: Annie Wu and Mira Yang
4th place: Caitlin Moy and Ashley Rosenberg
It's About Time-
2nd place: Kevin Zhang and Richard Wen
5th place: Albert Wen and Storm Lin
3rd place: Annie Zhou, Nika Zaslavsky, Betia Zeng
5th place: Paul Seth, Amanda Zhang, Malay Nanavaty
Write It Do It
6th place: Kathryn Xu and Anqi Xu
UCVTS has also qualified to participate in the Science Olympiad state championship tournament in early March.
The Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) is the Department of Education’s monitoring and evaluation system for public school districts. The system shifts the monitoring and evaluation focus from compliance to assistance, capacity-building and improvement. It is a single comprehensive accountability system that consolidates and incorporates the monitoring requirements of applicable state laws and programs and complements federally required improvements. The system focuses on monitoring and evaluating school districts in five key components (Instruction and Program, Fiscal Management, Governance, Personnel, and Operations) that, based on research, have been identified to be key factors in effective school districts.
Districts are required to submit a Statement of Assurance by November 15, 2015. Ours was submitted and scores were as follows:
Instruction and Program 100%
Fiscal Management 100%
In Governance, we fell short of earning a perfect score of 100% by missing one indicator out of the ten in that category.
Districts that receive a score of 80% or greater in all five QSAC areas are designated High Performing and are eligible to apply for an equivalency waiver. Districts granted an equivalency of code requirements have their State Board certificate extended for an additional three years and will not have to undergo any QSAC monitoring.
As our District is a high performing district, we will be applying for an equivalency waiver.
UCVTS is proud to announce that two Grade 12 students were chosen as recipients of the prestigious Questbridge National College Match scholarship. Academy for Performing Arts student, Breyasia Scott of Elizabeth, and Academy for Allied Health Sciences student, David Cordoba of Roselle, are each receiving scholarships that cover 100% of their University tuition and expenses. Breyasia's scholarship will cover her studies at The University of Pennsylvania. David's scholarship will cover his studies next year at Princeton University. Congratulations to Breyasia, David, and their families for this wonderful accomplishment.
Vo-Tech Students Team Up for Conservation Project
Students in the Sustainable Sciences Academy at UCTECH participate in their first of many scheduled conservation projects partnered with the Union County Park System. Their first project involved removing invasive species (barberry and winged euonymus) to preserve the biodiversity of Red Hill and building up trail beds to improve access to the trail. For more information click here.
West Hall Addition Ribbon Cutting
Union County Freeholder Vice Chairman Bruce H. Bergen and Freeholders Bette Jane Kowalski, Alexander Mirabella and Christopher Hudak joined Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Superintendent Peter A. Capodice and Interim Executive Union County Schools Superintendent Roger Jinks in cutting the ribbon officially opening the new West Hall building at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus in Scotch Plains. They were joined by Union County Deputy County Manager William Reyes and Board of Education members Lawrence Caroselli and Jean Perkins and School Administrator Sue Anne Marcello.
AAHS 12th Grade Student Wins National Health Sciences Competition
Congratulations to Academy for Allied Health Sciences 12th grader Justin O. Justin placed 1st in the nation in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competition for Job-seeking Skills at the 2015 HOSA national championships in Anaheim, CA. Justin led a group of AAHS students that had two teams place 2nd and another place in 3rd place in the nation. We are so proud of Justin and his HOSA classmates for their dedication to and passion for learning about Health Sciences. Thank you also to the HOSA advisors for AAHS, Ms. Wendy Larsen and Ms. Elizabeth Varga, and Snra. Iturregui and Ms. Davidson for attending the trip.
The IT Museum
The IT Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of information technology and how it has changed the world. This knowledge, compiled by students at the Academy for Information Technology, keeps us connected to the past world of technology. The project was inspired by Mr. Yang. AIT students serve as the project’s webmaster, content manager, editors and contributors.
The IT Museum can be accessed here.
Have you ever wondered what you’re going to leave in this world, what you will contribute? Well, some students in UC Tech’s construction programs do not have to think about that as hard. They are already making an impact by joining together with Habitat for Humanity to build a house.
For those that don’t know, Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that helps build or renovate houses for people who are either homeless or in less-than-decent housing. The organization also helps people who have been in natural disasters or other setbacks. Habitat for Humanity has been building simple, affordable housing since 1975 and is currently the 15th largest builder in America. They help so many people without discriminating against different races, ethnicities, religions, etc.
District Superintendent, Mr. Peter Capodice was very excited when the district teamed up with Habitat for Humanity again this school year. According to Mr. Capodice, “I was thrilled when I heard that Mr. Knittel and Mr. Megaro were getting their students involved with Habitat for Humanity in Plainfield. This project not only provides their students with hands on activities but also benefits the surrounding community!”
UC Tech’s construction teachers, Mr.Knittel and Mr.Megaro (who have been working here at UCVTS for over 25 years and teamed up with Habitat back in 1993), explained that the Carpentry/Building Services and Building Trades/Green Construction classes have joined up to construct panels for a three bedroom, two bath house for the Plainfield Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. When asked about the students involved, they replied, “Many of the shared time and full time students are interested in eventually being general contractors in the future. Some are planning to attend college with career choices in architecture and civil engineering. This project has introduced them to blueprint reading, material estimating, framing and many other components of construction.” The students have built ten exterior walls and are working on the interior walls of the first floor of the structure.
Kaylynn Staba, a senior in the construction program who is also working on the house, spoke enthusiastically about the project. According to Kaylynn, the house will be going to a family who lost their own home during Hurricane Sandy. When asked about how it felt to be a part of the project, she answered, “I like being part of this. It was fun and a good learning experience for myself and everyone else. It makes me feel good to help people by doing something like this.” The construction program will continue working with Habitat For Humanity.
For more information on the construction program, please visit the program page, or the teachers’ home pages Mr.Knittel and Mr.Megaro.
For more information on Habitat For Humanity, click here.
Magnet Sweeps 1st Place at Hydrogen Fuel Cell Challenge
The Quick Silver Team, made up of Kristianna Elbert, Sarah DiIorio, Yuji Sugimoto and Chris Yang, took first in Speed, Engineering and Craftsmanship. The school's HyDrive team made up of Adel Setoodehnia, Benjamin Liang, Daniel Pattathil and Ethan Cheung took first place in Documentation. Excerpt from Independent Press article written by Barbara Rybolt (see entire article by clicking here).
Newsweek is the latest national publication to recognize our schools in terms of educational excellence. The national ranking published by Newsweek, aim to identify public high schools in the United States that do the best job of preparing students for college and overcome obstacles posed by socioeconomic inequity. Our Magnet High School was ranked #2 in the nation by Newsweek and all of our schools were ranked in the highest 198 schools in the nation.
Magnet High School #2
Academy for Allied Health Sciences #21
Academy for Information Technology #27
Academy for Performing Arts #52
UC Tech High School #198
Congratulations to all!
Magnet High School was ranked 24th Nationally and 4th in the Northeast Region
Academy for Allied Health Sciences was ranked 43rd Nationally and 10th in the Northeast Region
UC Tech High School was ranked 70th Nationally and 21st in the Northeast Region
Academy for Performing Arts was ranked 89th Nationally
Academy for Information Technology was ranked 175th Nationally