RFH French_II_StudentsRumson-Fair Haven French II students Thomas Montalbano, Chloe Reynolds, and Kenneth (Kenny) Gilvary are shown creating story books for use by children in a Haitian orphanage.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

In a group project for the French II classes of teacher Christine Berg, French II students at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School have created iBooks that will soon be enjoyed by children in Haiti.

The imaginative original stories – written in French, the literary language of the Caribbean nation – will be stored on two iPads, and shipped to an orphanage in Haiti. The project, coordinated through the Haitian People’s Support Project, is being funded by a grant from Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey.

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Wellness FairPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

A “Wellness Fair” for staff members was held at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on the afternoon of January 21. The first of its kind at R-FH, the event featured 50-minute “breakout sessions” with activities and information centered on physical and emotional well-being. A variety of health-related presentations were offered in the RFH gymnasium as well.

Wellness Committee Staff Members Frank Gripp, Lauren Grumbach, Anna Higgins, Andrew Hudson, Linda Nill, and Lauren Thieme organized the Fair for their colleagues, with the event made possible through the generosity of local health practitioners and businesses, as well as staff members who donated their time and shared their expertise.

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buckley sistito de bonte maitaPanelists Dekker Buckley, Amy Sestito, Claudia De Bonte, and Gianna Maita made a presentation on “World Language in Our Community” at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional on January 12th.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

On January 12, a “standing-room only” crowd of students at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School were treated to an illuminating presentation by the school’s World Language Department.

Students who elected to attend during Study Hall Period were able to share in the insights of four special guest panelists, who spoke on the topic of “World Language in Our Community,” with an emphasis on the many benefits of studying world languages.

Serving as panelists were Dekker Buckley, who serves as Vice President-Director, Latin American Zone, for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies; Claudia De Bonte, a New Jersey-based attorney who worked in France for Polo Ralph Lauren/Poloco; Gianna Maita, an RFH Class of 2011 graduate with proficiency in French, Italian, Spanish, and Afrikaans, and Amy Sestito, co-founder of the groundbreaking and award-winning parenting magazine The Family Groove.

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RFH bag 2Displaying the announcement created for their successful “Bag a Lunch” fundraising initiative at Rumson-Fair Haven High School are Team Captains Griffin Feinberg, JC Liang, AJ Kelly, Caitlin Luby, and Willie Freeman.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven High School

Members of the Chinese, French and Spanish National Honor Societies at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School recently asked RFH students to “bag a lunch and help a bunch.”

As a result, $430.15 was raised on October 14th for Table to Table, a charitable organization providing meals to New Jersey families in need.

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Quinton CoplesNY Jets linebacker Quinton Coples is scheduled to play a special guest role in this year’s “Bag a Lunch” fundraising initiative, at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

On Tuesday and Wednesday, October 13 and 14, the Chinese, French, and Spanish National Honor Societies at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School will sponsor their fourth annual “Bag a Lunch” fundraiser; an initiative benefitting Table to Table, a charitable organization that provides meals to impoverished families throughout New Jersey.

Students wishing to participate will be provided with brown paper lunch bags during lunch period on October 13. Their donations – usually the amount they would spend on a single lunch – will be returned in the brown bags to the RFH “Bag a Lunch” Team Captains during lunchtime on October 14.

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IMG_0833Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Christine Berg, a French teacher at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, has achieved National Board Certification in the area of Early Adolescence though Young Adulthood/World Languages – French.  Berg, who received her National Board Certification in November 2014, is one of more than 4,000 teachers across the nation who achieved the honor this year.

A teacher at RFH since 2012, Berg currently instructs students in multiple levels of French, from French I to AP French. She is Advisor to the RFH French National Honor Society.

The recipient of two letters of commendation from former President Bill Clinton for projects related to the Republic of Haiti, she also received a mini-grant from the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey for the classroom use of iPad minis. Her published works on the subject of teaching French include “A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Building a Language Program”, which appeared in the French Review, Volume 86 in 2013.

“Christine is the quintessential lifelong learner,” said RFH Principal Tracy Handerhan. “Despite being very accomplished in her field, she continually seeks opportunities to grow as a French educator.”

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RFH Haiti 2Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

“What they paint seems to affect their reality and somehow improve it,” said Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School senior Max Reynolds.  “It’s almost as if the artists are closing their minds and opening them at the same time to create a brilliant interpretation of their existence.”

Max was reflecting on his experience as a Student Ambassador for Myke Joseph Surpris and David Thebaud, Haitian artists and founders of the ELT Art School in Haiti. Students in RFH French and Art classes were treated to an open dialogue and a close-up look at the work of the artists and their students on October 2 and 3.

RFH French teacher Christine Berg, who was instrumental in arranging the visit, made a connection with the artists and the ELT School — which they founded in 2002 — through the Haitian People’s Support Project in 2009.

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Thebaud SurprisArtists David Thebaud (left) and Myke Joseph Surpris (right) visit Canvas Studio Art in Rumson on October 3, for the opening of an exhibit dedicated to the art school they co-founded in Haiti.

It has been more than four years since a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck and devastated the Caribbean country of Haiti and left thousands of people dead, injured and homeless. Since that time, a group of talented and committed Haitian artists, through a cooperative called ELT Art School, have been providing art classes and hot lunches to more than 60 children who survived the trauma of that event.

On Friday, October 3 from 3-6 pm, Canvas Studio Art at 126 East River Road in Rumson will host an opening reception for two of the founders of the ELT Art School, artists Myke Joseph Surpris and David Thebaud. To raise funds for the school, Surpris and Thebaud will be exhibiting and selling about 50 pieces of Haitian artwork made by them and other artists in the cooperative. Smaller pieces created by children from the ELT Art School will also be on display. The public is invited to attend the opening reception, meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments.

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RFH HaitiStudents from Christine Berg’s French II Class with the “big books” they created in French after learning about a shortage of reading resources in Haiti.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Youngsters at the La Creche Orphanage in Haiti recently received a meaningful gift from students studying French at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

The RFH students created colorfully illustrated “big books” that were transported to the orphanage by a grateful Pierre LeRoy, co-founder of the Haitian People’s Support Project. A nationwide shortage of resources is creating a stumbling block for the organization’s goal of increasing literacy rates among Haitian children.

Upon hearing about the shortage of reading materials, the students in Christine Berg’s French II classes and Lauren Thieme’s French IV class took matters into their own hands. They created original story books written in the Haitian children’s native language of French.

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podcastRumson-Fair Haven Regional High School juniors Max Reynolds and Rebecca Karol demonstrated that “The World is Brighter in French,” in their award-winning podcast.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School 

Rebecca Karol and Max Reynolds, juniors at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, have taken the top high school-level prize in the 2014 podcast contest sponsored by the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ). The theme of the competition was “Children of Many Languages in New Jersey”.

As in years past, all world language educators in New Jersey were invited to submit a student-created one-minute video podcast celebrating and communicating the value of learning languages. The podcasts were judged for their effective demonstration — through a performance in the target language — of the impact that studying the language has had on the lives of the participating students.

Rebecca and Max created and starred in “The Flamboyance of French,” a video podcast showing that “the world is brighter in French” (“Le monde est plus vif en Français”). The podcast can be viewed on YouTube.

The students were awarded a plaque, which was presented on March 15 at the annual FLENJ conference.

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