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The students at PS 34 had a great time celebrating Spirit Week during the month of December!!
In Mrs. Desjardin’s Pre-K class, the students conducted a sink or float science experiment. Prior to conducting their sink or float activity the students made predictions about whether the objects would sink or float. The predictions were recorded on our board using the student’s letter links. The students used household items to see if they would sink or float.
This year’s Teacher of the Year is Mr. John “Jack” Maher. Mr. Maher is our 7th and 8th grade math teacher. Mr. Maher has worked for JCPS for 19 years, he began his career at PS # 29. Throughout his tenure he has taught primary and grammar grade levels. Mr. Maher’s teaching philosophy is to motivate and support his students. He is able to support his students by providing structure, having a positive attitude and making learning fun. In his free time, Mr. Maher is the Head Football Coach for Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford, NJ. This football season his team won the NJIC Championship with an undefeated record of 6-0. Mr. Maher also received the Bergen County Football Coach of the Year Award. Way to go Mr. Maher! Congratulations to Mr. Maher! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to our school community!
This year’s Educational Services Professional is Mrs. Leonia Wise-Holston. Mrs. Holston is our Crisis Intervention Teacher, a position she has held for over ten years. This will be Mrs. Holston 32nd year in education. Her career began as an Assistant Director for the Financial Aid Office at New Jersey City University. At NJCU, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master of Art in Urban Education. In 2003 she started at JCPS as a classroom teacher. As a well as heading the 21st Century Afterschool Program. In 2008 she received Classroom Teacher of the Year. In her free time, Mrs. Holston enjoys the company of her family and friends and serves as an Usher for Oasis Christian Centre in Rahway, NJ.

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The mission of the President Barack Obama Elementary School, #34 community is to nourish the minds of our students in order to prepare them for college and career readiness in an environment that is respectful, supportive, and disciplined.  All students will learn to adapt to an ever-changing society academically and socially in preparation to achieve their future goals!

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