Every year we are thrilled to welcome visitors to LCCS. They bring to life what we are teaching in the classrooms, and connect our students to the wider world.
2016-2017 School Year
As part of Hour of Code two experts came to visit with 5th Grade technology classes. Brian Platt and Neelish Tekal, (left) work with the city's Office of Innovation, using data collection to address quality of life issues. Megs Shah (right) is the founder and CEO of Kidhoo, an app that manages information for special education students. LCCS students shared their coding work with her.
Author Lee Bacon talked to 4th and 5th Grade students about his books, Legendtopia and the Joshua Dread series as part of the Word Book Fair.
Award-winning photojournalist Jennifer Brown visited with the Journalism Club.
Author and human rights activist John Prendergast visited with 8th Grade students to talk about his 30 years of work in war zones and crisis areas in Africa.
Author Jennifer Holland visited with 3rd and 5th Grades to talk about her books including Unlikely Friendships and her experience with animal conservation.
Senegalese musician Abdou Mboup performed for 4th Grade students and talked about culture, music, and life in Senegal.
8th Grade students visited with author Len Vlahos, who wrote The Scar Boys and Scar Girl. (He was also in a band, Wolfing Cookies.) Click the photo or this link to go to LCCS Live! to see a video.
2015-2016 School Year
Students in 2nd, 4th and 5th grades participated in Hour of Code, a worldwide movement to try to encourage more young people, especially women and minorities, to learn computer programming. Visiting speakers included Jersey City native Armando Atienza, who talked about his work programming self-driving cars and fixing healthcare.gov.
During the Word Book Fair in December, author and illustrator Suzy Becker visited with 4th and 5th grade students, talking about character development.
Thanks to developer Paul Silverman, LCCS was host to two Principals for a Day, Angela Celeste, of Junior Achievement and Irving Klubeck, of the financial services company, Pershing. The two spent the day touring classrooms, playing with preschool students, visiting with student council members, and completing a science lab.
Bill Hughes, an LCCS parent and investigative reporter spoke to several groups in Dr. Krinsky's class as well as Andrew Coven's social justice "21st Century." As a reporter, Hughes uncovered evidence that set a man free after 25 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
The performing arts troupe, Surati visited LCCS to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, showcasing a performance of music, dance and culture.
David Weinstone, founder of the preschool superstar group Music for Aardvarks, visited our PreK and Kindergarten classes in Sept.
2014-2015 School Year
Segunda Quimbamba is a Jersey City-based percussion and dance ensemble that performs
authentic Bomba and Plena, the drum music of Puerto Rico. They visited LCCS in September.
Alka Kshatriya, a principal of a school in New Delhi, India read about LCCS online and decided to pay a visit when she came to the U.S. in the fall. LCCS students have since partnered with those at her school for YouTube debates.
In December, our 5th grade classes participated in Hour of Code, a week-long world-wide event designed to encourage more women and minorities to learn coding. Visitors included local app developer Angel Stracquatani.
As part of our Read-A-Thon celebration, each year we honor local people who champion literacy. This year we honored three local journalists, and they came to our upper grades to speak about their work.
In March, we welcomed educators from Denmark who wanted to come to a diverse U.S. school that was using a particular curriculum known as Touchstones to examine major issues in the world.
Also in March, we welcomed two authors, YA sensation Wendy Mass and graphic novelist Chris Giarrusso.