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    Vol. 5 No. 2 February 19, 2013

    Proverbs 3:5




    The musical torch has

    been re-ignited at

    West Morris CentralHigh School (WMCHS), as

    more than 60 students pre-

    pare for this years musical,

    Children of Eden. This fam-

    ily-friendly and touching

    production, Children of

    Eden, is based on the book

    by John Caird, the music

    and lyrics of the well-

    known composer Stephen

    Schwartz, and it features the

    creative concept by CharlesLisanby.

    Children of Eden will be

    performed in the WMCHS

    auditorium on Thursday,

    March 14, Friday, March

    15, and Saturday, March 16

    all at 7:30 p.m. A matinee

    will be also held on

    Saturday, March 16 at 2:00

    West Morris Central High School PresentsChildren of Eden

    My Fair Lady was produced in 2012 by WMCHS. Here, Henry Higgins (played by Ben Thompson)

    and Mrs. Pearce (Haley Witko) speak with Eliza Doolittle (Stephanie Turci) in Higgins' house.

    p.m. General admission tickets are available

    at the door for $10. West Morris Central

    High School is located at 259 Bartley Road,

    in Chester, NJ. For more information, email

    Children of Eden Ticket Sales at green-

    By Kate Halse

    As the West Morris Regional School District gears up

    for another productive year, one hot topic that has

    been on the mind of parents, students, and faculty

    alike is becoming a reality. Over the past year, the idea of

    expanding the use of technology in the classrooms through-

    out the district has been met with mostly favorable respons-

    es from the community. Earlier this year, the West Morris

    Regional Board of Education held a vote to decide whether

    students should be allowed to bring their own devices toschool. The overwhelming majority voted in favor of the

    policy, suggesting that if the school district would like to

    remain competitive, it should allow students to have access

    to the latest technology inside the classroom. This will help

    advance their thinking and communication skills, providing

    them with the necessary background and training they need

    for life during high school and beyond.

    Although students will eventually be able to bring their

    own devices to school, boundaries and policies need to be

    set in place. These enforcements will help to curta il any dis-

    tractions or unrelated activities, keeping students focused

    and on task during the day. Superintendent MackeyPendergrast believes that before students can bring in their

    own devices, the board needs to analyze and create respon-

    sible usage policy, which includes socia l media. The Board

    of Education has played an active role in the decision to

    allow students to use their own devices in school, and their

    enthusiasm is shared by both students and faculty members.

    While they are getting ready to incorporate technology into

    the schools, physical measures must be taken to ensure that

    each school is properly equipped for todays devices. WiFi

    capabilities need to be created, as they offer students and

    teachers the use of wireless devices inside the school.To help prepare their schools for the integration of tech-

    nology, the West Morris Regional High School District has

    appointed a new Supervisor of Technology, Erica Hartman.

    Hartman believes that education by way of technology is

    critically important in todays society. Her goal is to educate

    teachers and staff members on the ways in which modern

    programs and devices can greatly enhance both teaching

    and learning experience. Hartman is especially fond of

    Google, which offers its services free of charge. The school

    district has since adopted a Google platform, bringing it one

    step closer to compatibility with todays technology.

    Devices such as iPads and Smart Phones can be seen in

    Technology is the Topic of Discussion in theWest Morris Regional School District

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    Once again the Leprechauns will be

    invading Chester. Yes the

    Knights of Columbus, Council

    5410 and St. Lawrence the Martyr Church

    will hold their annual St Patricks DinnerDance. Traditional Irish Dinner and

    Refreshments and Music by The Susan

    Shaw Band featuring Tommy D. The event

    will take place at The St. Lawrence Parish

    Hall, (375 Main Street, Chester, NJ) on

    Saturday March 16, 2013, and will start at

    6PM to 11:30PM. Come and enjoy the fes-

    tivities, great Irish food and real Irish

    music! Cost is $35.00 per person, For TicketInformation Call Bruce at 973 584 3405,

    Jerry at 908-879-7302 or Brian at 908-879-

    6976. M

    ark your calendar for this free Hearing Screening that will be offered

    on Wednesday, March 27 at 9am at the Washington Township Senior

    Center located in Rock Spring Park off East Springtown Road,Washington Township (Morris County). This service is made possible by the

    Washington Township Recreation Department in cooperation with Total Hearing

    Care of Denville.

    Please call to reserve an appointment before March 22, at 908.876. 5941.

    Light refreshments will be served.

    The excitement of the Christmas

    Season is over, but the story is only

    beginning! We are now looking for-

    ward to the excitement of the Easter

    Holiday and at Immanuels Easter forKids your children can hear and learn

    what happens next in the story that all start-

    ed on Christmas Day!

    Children ages 3-14, will hear Bible

    Stories, play games, learn songs, and have

    some snacks! And we will even be holding

    an Easter Egg Hunt! The program runs

    from 9 AM to Noon on Saturday, March 23.

    Registration begins at 8:45 AM. Join us at

    Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 40

    Coleman Road, Long Valley NJ 07853.

    Sign up by visiting Ifyou would like more information, please

    call the church at 908-876-5429 OR 908-

    867-7179 or e-mail There is no

    cost to you, but donations to our food pantry

    would be appreciated! Hope to see you


    Annual St. Patricks Dinner Dance

    The Rest of the Story (Easter for Kids)

    Save the date for the Chester Science Fair;March 2,2013 from 9:00am to 2:00pm

    Free Hearing Screening

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    almost everyones hand now, and are used

    by millions of Americans across the coun-try. With such an abundance of technology,

    it seems difficult to believe that such

    devices have not yet made their way into

    many public school syste