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Graphic Novel Project Brings Teaching Artist to the School

(Illustration courtesy of Kevin C. Pyle)

By Kevin Hernandez-Perez, Sports Editor

In most schools, students get in trouble for doodling in language arts class, but in eighth grade here at BBES, you get in trouble if you don’t, according to our resident teaching artist Kevin C. Pyle.

Mr. Pyle is here at BBES to help eighth graders write and illustrate a series of original graphic novels. The project, a collaboration between our art, Spanish, and language arts departments, is being funded by a grant from the Artists in Education Grant, a project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania. BBES was one of 11 schools in the state to receive the grant this year.

Students will present their work at an event at the school this spring.

Mr. Pyle, the author of three graphic novels and several docucomics, answered some questions for The Tides. Read more

Mr. Liebmann is Leaving

IMG_0620.JPG(Photo courtesy of Mr. Liebmann)

Supervisor of Curriculum Michael Liebmann announced on Tuesday that he will be leaving BBES in February to take a job as director of personnel in the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School district. Mr. Liebmann, a former language arts teacher, has been here at BBES for three and a half years. The search for his replacement will begin soon.

“My time working at Bradley Beach Elementary has been inspiring,” Mr. Liebmann said. “Every day I’m impressed by the talent and dedication of our teachers and the success of our students.”

Mr. Liebmann is pictured above with his family at the Matawan-Aberdeen Board of Education meeting where his hiring was approved. On the right is Matawan-Aberdeen Superintendent Jay Majka, formerly our principal and superintendent here at BBES.

Mr. Liebmann, we will miss you!

Meet Our New Staff

By The Tides Staff

Have you been wondering about the new faces here at BBES this year? Well, here is the scoop:

The school hired five new teachers this year: Mrs. Nancy Merkelbach in pre-school; Ms. Ashley Gianfrancesco in middle school math and computers; instructional aides Mrs. Risa Nardone and Mr. Andrew Robinson; and Mrs. Sonali Khatri, an occupational therapist. Read more

Real-Life Coding


(Photo courtesy of Ms. Gianfrancesco)

In technology class, the students of 7S applied what they were learning about coding on the computer to cup stacking.  On December 14th, the students worked in small groups and took turns being the programmers and robots.  The programmers wrote an algorithm to program their “robot” to create a cup tower of their choice.  The robot tried to recreate the cup tower using only the programmers’ code and debugged it to fix any mistakes, if necessary.  The students challenged themselves by using loops to create the tallest tower possible with the least amount of steps.

Helping at the Food Pantry

IMG_5731.JPG(Photo courtesy of Mrs. Bridget Antonucci)

Seventh and eighth grade students gave time to a worthy cause this month, visiting the Bradley Food Pantry to help unload donations and bag and box foods for distribution. Students are working to gain community service hours for the school’s new chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.

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