UCVTS Attends UC STEP
On December 7, 2018, student leaders from each of the full time academies joined Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, Freeholders Christopher Hudak and Alexander Mirabella, Union County Manager Ed Oatman, Deputy County Manager Amy Wagner and Assemblywoman Linda Carter at the 6th annual Union County Student Training and Enrichment Program (UC STEP) at Kean University in Union. Throughout the day, our students, pictured here with Freeholder Alexander Mirabella and UCVTS Board Member Phyllis Mirabella, engaged in activities focused on leadership, personal growth, and civic engagement.
Lightbridge Academy Donation
UCCTI Automotive students receive a donation from Lightbridge Academy of Westfield. They donated items for students to use in the classroom, items donated were full face shields, pvc gloves, and earmuff ear protection.
2017-2018 Teachers of the Year
Union County Vocational-Technical Schools teachers of the year, 2017-2018, have been announced. AAHS is Mrs. Henna Sharif, AIT is Mrs. Janet Kneisel, APA is Mr. Dawud D.H. Jackson, MHS is Mr. Joseph McMenamin, UCCTI is Lieutenant Guy Steward and UCTECH is Mrs. Jenifer Manzione.
Click here to see a complete list and bio for each schools teacher of the year.
Dr. Anne Marie McNamara Named
2019 Region I ACTE Teacher of the Year
Dr. Anne Marie McNamara, Teacher of the Teacher Education Academy, at UCTech, and Educators Rising Advisor, has been named as the 2019 Region I ACTE Teacher of the Year, and was recognized on April 19th, at the 2018 Region I ACTE Conference, in Baltimore, Maryland.
Recently selected as CTEANJ State Winner, Dr. McNamara has been selected among 16 State Winners, as the ACTE Region I Teacher of the Year. Dr. McNamara is one of five National Finalist, for the Title of ACTE Teacher of the Year; which will be announced on November 28, 2018, at the ACTE Awards Banquet, at ACTE’s CareerTech VISION Conference, in San Antonio, Texas. The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers.
Judith A. Linnett Scholarship Fund
Donations will be accepted online at http://www.gofundme.com/JudithALinnettScholarship
Donations via check will also be accepted and should be made out to UCVTS Magnet High
School. In the memo portion of the check, please specify Judith A. Linnett Scholarship Fund.
Please mail any check donations to the address noted below:
Union County Magnet High School
1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
ATTN: Student Activity Coordinator
2018 Skills USA Results
The Union County Vocational-Technical School District had 20 students compete in the 2018 SkillsUSA state competitions over the last few months. Our district was represented by students from UCTECH, UCCTI, APA and AAHS. In all our students were awarded 11 medals during the course of the competition. The awards ceremony was held on Saturday night April 14, 2018 at the Bridgewater Raritan regional High School.
Our congratulations to all our competitors and the following medal winners.
Gold Medal Awardees
Team Skills Demo
Silver Medal Awardees
Opening & Closing Ceremonies
Bronze Medal Awardee
Electrical Construction Wiring
HOSA Storms NJ State Competitions!
The AAHS and UCT HOSA Career and Technical Student Organization chapters competed in the healthcare-based HOSA State Competitions and State Officer elections this weekend. We are proud to announce our HOSA State winners and 4 NJ HOSA state officers. Also, congratulations to Nicole LiVecchi who was named HOSA State Advisor of the Year! Click here for a list of our winners and officers.
Orlando School thanks Spanish Honor Society for Hurricane Maria Assistance
Over the course of the first semester, the UCVTS chapter of The Spanish Honor Society implemented a community service project to recognize Riverdale, an elementary school in Florida, for their efforts in helping families affected by Hurricane Maria. Riverdale School, in Orlando, has accepted numerous Puerto Rican children displaced by the hurricane into their school to continue their education. With the help of the society members and a few of Señora Johnson’s students, holiday cards and assistance were sent to the school to welcome the children and lift their spirits.
UCVTS Captures 1st place in 1300 rating at World Amateur and US East Competition 2018
Three teams from the UCVTS Chess Club participated in the World Amateur and US East Chess Competition held at the Parsippany Hilton on February 17, 18 and 19, 2018. The UCVTS Varsity Chess team captured first place in the 1300 rating out of 350 teams. All Varsity players will receive chess clocks for their first place prize. The UCVTS teams were as follows:
Team 1 Varsity: Eli Kapengut, Matthew Li, Siddharth Lal, Abishek Mhatre
Team 2: Francis Buison, Justin Yu, Ricky Thompson, Jack Bard, and Siddharth Phatak
Team 3: Emery Goswami, Debdip Sengupta, Eriksen Sandaire, Alex Keri, and Sharma Mayan
Freeholders Recognize CTE Month
Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, Vice Chairman Bette Jane Kowalski and Freeholder Alexander Mirabella present a resolution to Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Superintendent Peter Capodice and UCVTS students and faculty designating February 2018 as National Career and Technical Education Month in Union County.
Freeholders Recognize National FFA Week
Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, Vice Chairman Bette Jane Kowalski and Freeholder Alexander Mirabella present a resolution to Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Superintendent Peter Capodice, Union County FFA advisor Bonnie Baldasare and Union County FFA Chapter President Colleen Clarke of Rahway and Member David Tohon of Linden designating the week of February 17, 2018 through February 24, 2018 as National FFA Week in Union County.
State FFA Leadership Experience & Development (L.E.A.D.) Conference
Thanks to the NJ Farm Credit East Leadership Grant of $1000, awarded to the Union County FFA Chapter, seven Union County FFA Chapter Officers, Members & Advisor Ms. Baldasare attended the State FFA Leadership Experience & Development (L.E.A.D.) Conference, October 6-7, 2017, held at The Hotel ML, Mt. Laurel, NJ. Jonathan and Kim participated in Chapter Officer Leadership Training Conference; Breatriz attended Leadership Opportunities Conference; Mayank, Frida, Bianca & Avery, earned the Greenhand Degree at the State Greenhand Conference; throughout the conference there were scheduled sessions for professional development for advisors. 2017-2018 NJ FFA Theme Timeless Traditions, Endless Possibilities was introduced by the 2017-2018 State FFA Officers during the facilitation of the conferences.
Freeholders Speak with Students at
New Law and Justice Mini Academy
Union County Freeholders joined students, teachers and administrators of the Union County Vocational Technical in marking the opening of the new Law and Justice Mini Academy, a four-year program designed to prepare students for careers in public service, law, and criminal justice and as proactive citizens.
“We are proud of our investment in our award-winning Vocational Technical Schools, and the Law and Justice Mini Academy is yet another innovative step that will train future generations for upstanding and established careers,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen, who is a liaison to the Union County Vo-Tech School Board of Education.
The mini-academy is a 2017 initiative of Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen on behalf of the Board and County government. It falls under the umbrella of the Union County Vocational-Technical High School academy or UCTECH.
“Law and Justice is a great career path and can be tremendously fulfilling for those who endeavor to be in this field,” said Freeholder Alexander Mirabella, also a liaison to the Vo-Tech School Board, and whose late father, Gene, enjoyed a distinguished career in law enforcement as a Police Chief for the City of Elizabeth. “The Vocational Technical Schools provide an outstanding education for our students, and are part of the reason why Union County remains such a great place to raise a family.”
Union Co. Vo-Tech Superintendent Pete Capodice noted that the academy is accepting 20 students per year and was started due to the success of the school’s Criminal Justice program, Capodice adds there are future plans to expand the Law and Justice Mini Academy, which is located in the West Hall Building of the Vo-Tech campus in Scotch Plains.
“We are close to partnering with an institution of higher learning for Law and Justice students to earn college credits and even spend their senior year on the college/university campus,” said Capodice. “As always, we thank the Freeholder Board for their support for this program, and the Vo-Tech as a whole.”
Students enrolled in the Law and Justice Mini Academy are immersed in courses grounded in the criminal justice and legal fields. Students participate in authentic and rigorous learning experiences designed to explore social issues, human relations, law, and government while developing critical thinking and analytical skills.
In addition to the Law and Justice Mini Academy, UCTECH offers five other innovative and exciting Career Academies under the umbrella of the Union County Vocational-Technical High School: Academy of Clinical Care Sciences, Exercise, Physiology & Related Sciences, School of Design, School of Sustainable Sciences and Teacher Education Academy.
Freeholders Granados & Wright Attend Unveiling of Makerspace Project
As part of Magnet High School’s ongoing effort to teach our students through relevant, hands-on learning, several students from both the Magnet High School and the Academy for Information Technology met in the new Makerspace to partner on an engineering project to benefit a local child with mobility issues.
The Academy for Information Technology students included Alan Richman and Nataly Osma, and the Magnet High School students included Amanda Zhang, Andrea Diaz-Gonzalez, Jeffrey Gonzalez, Jakub Legocki, and Jason Wong.
Thanks to a donation of a Power Wheels car from a nearby Target, our students were able to modify the car to be a mobility device appropriate for the child’s physical limitations.
On July 8th at 9:00AM, in the Magnet High School Makerspace, Freeholder/Vice Chairman Granados, Freeholder Wright, Physical Therapist Trish Cortina, Alan Richman, Robotics/Vocational teacher Ms. Gerstein, MHS Teaching Supervisor Ms. Mansfield-Smith, and MHS Principal Mr. Rafalowski presented the specially modified battery powered vehicle to the Rojas family to take home and use. A very special thanks to the Union County Freeholders for both their continued support and for their donation of a customized helmet!
UCVTS FBLA Nationals - Anaheim, CA
This year the UCVTS FBLA chapter competed at NLC in Anaheim, CA from June 29-July 2nd.
UCVTS had two AIT students placing - 2nd in Networking Concepts and 6th in Economics. Our Business Ethics Team from AAHS placed in the top 15 in the Nation! Congratulations to all students. They did a great job representing UCVTS at the National Level!!!
This year the UCVTS SkillsUSA chapter competed in Louisville KY on June 20-24.
Students Competed in a team of three in Occupational Heath and Safety Notebook which took a national silver medal and cosmetology that came in 11th out of 33!!! Congratulations to all students they did a great job in making UCVTS proud!!!
NJ Seal of Biliteracy Awards
Congratulations to the following students for being awarded the NJ Seal of Biliteracy as determined by the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam. This academic honor recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more foreign languages in addition to English. The Seal of Biliteracy provides employers and universities with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills. UCVTS’ inaugural group of awardees includes: Rafael Candamil, Leslye Erazo-Diaz, Daniela Gomez-Quintero, Cynthia Hechavarria, Angie Huamancayo, Tiffany Landazabal, Aranzasu Lopez, Anthony Mendez, Jenifer Rivera, Brittney Segura, and Stephanie Villanueva.
NJ FFA Spring Career Development Events
On Thursday April 27, The NJ FFA Spring Career Development Events were held at Rutgers, Cook Campus. Union County FFA competed in the Environmental & Natural Resources Career Development Event, held at site of the Rutgers Display Gardens, with the first Union County FFA Environmental & Natural Resources Team, consisting of two Sustainable Science Students, Ashley Rosen & Colleen Clarke and Two Ag Sci–Plant Students, Daniel Zuniga & Thomas Harris. Ashley, individually placed 14th of 40 participants in the state, leading the Team to a 5th place finish. Congratulations Ashley, Dan, Colleen & Tom. Complete results can be viewed at www.judgingcard.com.
NJ SkillsUSA Competition Results
We took home 17 medals!!!! 6 Gold and 10 Silver (one previously announced Gold in Masonry-Andrew Fitzsimmons)
Cosmetology Advanced-Angie Huamonego
Electrical Construction wiring-post grad Tyler Wilson
Occupational health and Safety Notebook-Alyssa Edgar, Christina Pickerin, Kaylin Rodriguez
PDP Portfolio-Amanda Fasolino
Esthetics (Skin Care) Heather Braun
Opening and Closing Team- Martha Mejia, Stephany Aristizabal, Matthew Herrera, Brianna Torres, Bruno Muscoso, Erika Martinez, Jasmine Simmons
PDP Portfolio-Nejla Kapo
Nail Care- Victoria Salvatore
Cynthia Hechavarria won 1st Place in Clinical Nursing at the HOSA State competition on March 18 - 19th and is headed to nationals!
Congratulations Cynthia and best of luck!
Five UCVTS Semifinalists for the USA Physics Olympiad
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!
World Food Prize challenge
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.
UCVTS Varsity and JV Chess teams competed in the NJ High School Chess Championship
held in the West Hall Cafeteria on March 4th and 5th.
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.
2017 World Amateur and US East Chess Competition
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!
UCVTS Science Olympiad Team Qualifies for State Championship Tournament
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!
World Amateur Team & U.S. Team East
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 (email@example.com). 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.
2016 NJ FFA Fall Career Development Event
Union County, First Place Team & Alina Lam, First Place Individual
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
UCVTS Lead Sampling Results
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:
Revision to 2015-2016 School Calendar
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.
Open Letter to Team 1257
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
State SkillsUSA Competitions
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
Team 1257 Wins and Qualifies for Spot at the World Championship
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:
AIT student Veronica Vergara receives Phase One Cadet of the Year Award
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!
UCVTS Robotics Team Places
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.
UCVTS FRC Robotics Team
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!
UCVTS Places in State Science Olympiad Tournament
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
NJ FFA Horticulture Exposition
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.
NJ State HOSA Competition Results
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 Teams Places in World Amateur East Competition 2016
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)
National Career and Technical Education Month
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.
National FFA Week 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.
NJ Science Olympiad Competition Results
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.
Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC)
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 Students Selected for Full Questbridge Scholarships to UPenn and Princeton University
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.
UCVTS Student ranks 1st Place in NJ State FFA Fall Career Development EventOn Thursday, November 19, Emiliano Chirigliano, an AAHS senior, Agricultural Science student and Union County FFA Chapter President, one of four of the Union County Fruits & Vegetable Team, ranked 1st place overall and in the practicum portion, in the NJ State FFA Fruits & Vegetables CDE, held at Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Emiliano will receive the Gold Medal, in May, at the State FFA Convention, at Monmouth University.
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.
Building A Better Future:
UCVTS Collaborates with Habitat For Humanity
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.
UCVTS FBLA Wins at NLC in ChicagoWe are all incredibly proud of each of the 31 students and 3 advisor's who have just returned from Chicago after representing UCVTS at the national level in a series of Future Business Leaders of America competitions.
We are excited to report that UCVTS now boasts the following national recognitions from the 2015 event:
Business Plan 4th Place
Sarah Dilorio and Yuji Sugimoto of MHS
Help Desk 3rd Place
Oz Bejerano of AIT
Management Informationa Systems 10th Place
Sean Li, Anuj Modi, and Mykhalo Petrovskyy of AIT
Mobile Applications 4th Place
Saran Mumick and Tyler Wu of AIT
UCVTS FBLA has become one of the top NJ Chapters at the National level. We are very proud of all of our competitors and look forward to another competition season in 2015-2016!
Governor's STEM ScholarsAshley Rosenberg and Maxwell Kearns, juniors at Allied Health, and Kaitlyn Sanford, senior at AIT graduated from the Governor's STEM Scholars program's inaugural class on May 16, 2015. Fifty of New Jersey's most promising high school and college students presented their group research projects to a team of STEM experts. Each graduate was given a copy of a joint legislative resolution of the New Jersey Assembly that commends them for their work. They were also given graduation certificates signed by Governor Chris Christie and the president of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, Anthony Cicatiello.
Skills USA 2015
Union County was chosen as one of the top 24 chapters in the country at the SkillsUSA state conference was held at the garden state exhibit center. Chapter president and State Officer Historian Luis Chirino along with Olivia Resnick will each receive a travel scholarship for nationals.
Electrical construction wiring-Tom Burk
Customer service-Diana Cerqueira
Occupational health and safety single notebook-Matthew Au, Jessica Henrique and Veroinica Guardado Nail care- Ailyn Mendez Computer programming- Mohnish Sabhani Pin Design-Christina Gonzalve
Career pathways- education and training- Alyssa Edgar, Mary Espana, Katie Gallagher Opening and closing ceremonies- Luis Chirino, Matthew Herrera, Erika Martinez, Nick Minio, Bruno Moscoso, Brianna Torres, Martha Mejia Post grad HVAC-Erik Valdez Post grad plumbing- Slawomir Wlodyka
Basic Masonry-Stephen Quinerly
Masonry- Todd Readington
Career pathways-human services- Brianna Giordano, Jennah hudeen, Bryan's Rosado.
Quiz bowl- Ummu Akin, Fallon Goldberg, Jack O'Halloran, Franklin Sun, Olivia Resnick
"Thinking Creatively" Conference & Design Charrette
Students from the UCTECH's School of Design participated in Kean University's "Thinking Creatively" Conference & Design Charrette. The students competed alongside college students to solve an interdisciplinary design challenge with their creative teams. The winning teams all had a UCTECH student on board: congratulations to Maya Jackson (1st Place), Ariana Alvarado (2nd Place), and Merve Pekdemir (3rd Place).
Congratulations to our APA students who competed in theNJ Thespian Festival!Emma Ohlig & Morgan Kelleher won Accomplished for Musical Theatre Pairs Kaitlyn Howard & Sol Condo won Accomplished for Dramatic Pairs Kaitlyn Howard won Accomplished for Contrasting Monologues Mary MacDonald won Accomplished for Contrasting Monologues.
Union County Civil War Sesquicentennial Closing Ceremony
Union County Freeholder Vice Chairman Bruce H. Bergen, Dr. Jonathan Lurie of Rutgers University, Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, Civil War reenactor Matt Ryan of Kenilworth and Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan attended the Union County Civil War Sesquicentennial closing ceremony at the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth.
Dr. Lurie presented a lecture entitled “The Ongoing Relevance of the Civil War: Ambiguity and Ambivalence.” Reenactor Matt Ryan, a student at the Union County Academy for Performing Arts, recited the poem “O Captain, My Captain” by Walt Whitman. County Clerk Rajoppi is the chairwoman of the Union County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee.
Very successful Relay for Life weekend
Christina Andrascik, Community Manager of the American Cancer Society, announced at the opening ceremony Friday evening that the district already surpassed last year’s total donations. We left Saturday morning with donations over $233,000 and counting. Congratulations to all!Click here for a message from the Superintendent regarding Relay for Life
Magnet Sweeps 1st Place at Hydrogen Fuel Cell ChallengeUnion County Magnet High School’s Quick Silver team took top honors at the TransOptions Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 17.
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 Latest to Recognize Our Schools
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!
National rankings for UCVTS SchoolsA number of local, regional and national publications came out with their annual analysis of high schools throughout the United States. Once again, our schools were ranked some of the highest in the county, state and nation. U.S. News and World Report, the Daily Beast, New Jersey Monthly, and the Star Ledger had all of our schools in their rankings. However, the Daily Beast ranking was the highest to date. In fact, all of our schools were ranked in the top 175 in the country.
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
Five UCVTS Schools Recognized by US News & World ReportsU.S. News & World Report released the 2014 Best High Schools list and we are proud to be included in their prestigious rankings. U.S. News analyzed more than 31,200 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The following are the rankings for our five (5) Nationally Recognized High Schools:Union County Magnet High School (Gold Medal Winner)
Ranked 8th in New Jersey
Ranked 186th in the CountryAcademy for Allied Health Sciences (Gold Medal Winner)
Ranked 12th in New Jersey
Ranked 236th in the CountryAcademy for Information Technology (Silver Medal Winner)
Ranked 28th in New Jersey
Ranked 621st in the CountryAcademy for Performing Arts
Bronze Medal WinnerUCTECH High School
Bronze Medal WinnerFor a complete listing visit the U.S. News & World Report website.