Category Archives: FlexFridays

Inaugural William Morse Scholarship Makes Student’s Education Dreams a Reality

Posted on July 10, 2017

Samantha Berrios of East Haven, CT has been announced as the inaugural recipient of the William Morse Scholarship. The scholarship

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Our New Haven students recently toured The Studio at Firehouse 12. They learned about all of the equipment, physics, and engineering of recording music and they had the opportunity to watch a sound engineer mix music!

Firehouse 12 is one of Connecticut’s premiere high-fidelity recording studios. Their annual Fall Jazz Series is a 13-week program of performances by some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in creative improvised music will run from September 14th through December 14th.

We appreciate Firehouse 12 for the tour and a special “Thank you!” to our tour guide, Greg Dicrosta for an interesting and informative tour.



Wall Street, Wits & Wagers – Commodity Trading for the Thinking Crowd wits-wagers-1wits-wagers-2

This week our students had the pleasure of learning and participating in the game, Wits and Wagers.

Our instructor and new Science teacher, Michael Steiner (former Wall Street Trader), led the student through Session 1, fundamentals of trading.

The game is available through Board Game Geek. Wits & Wagers is a trivia game that lets you bet on anyone’s answer. So you can win by making educated guesses, by playing the odds, or by knowing the interests of your friends. It can be taught in 2 minutes, played in 25 minutes, and accommodates up to 20 people in teams.


ukulele-building-1Building Our Own Ukuleles

Last Friday the students began to build their own Ukuleles with our Music Teacher, Dr. Karen Pinoci. The students enjoy working with their hands and creating something of their own!

Dr. Karen Pinoci is the Music Director and Conductor for the New Sussex Symphony, the Essex County Summer Players Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of New Jersey, and the NJIT String Ensemble.



Our FlexSchoolers recently took a food tour of the Lower East Side tenements offered by the Tenement Museum.

What is a tenement? noun Also called tenement house. a run-down and often overcrowded apartment house, especially in a poor section of a large city.

In the 19th century, as more people began moving to America’s cities, buildings that had been single-family dwellings began to be divided into multi-family housing to accommodate the burgeoning population of New York City. The Lower East Side tenements were largely populated by immigrant families fleeing countries such as Ireland and Germany in the early 1900s. Conditions of the tenements were dire and a cholera outbreak occurred in 1849, taking over 5,000 lives.

For more information on tours, please visit the Tenement Museum and for more information on the history of the Lower East Side, offers videos and lessons.

FlexSchool would like to thank our guide, Elena, for an informative tour of the Lower East Side.

Tasting a variety of foods from the Lower East SideElena shows our FlexSchoolers how the building originally looked.20170217_121445

FlexSchool Fanwood Students Spend FlexFriday at the Paley Media Center

Posted on December 2, 2016

Our Fanwood campus students recently attended a viewing of the Star Wars Holiday Special as it was originally aired in

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On Friday, September 30, our students were treated to a very special Skype session with Semih Bulbul of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees. He explained his humanitarian work involving the Syrian refugee crisis and answered student questions. Semih was born and raised in Ankara, Turkey. He was hired by UNHCR in 1988 and began working in the Ankara office. In 1992, UNHCR sent him on a mission for 9 months to Cambodia during which he met his future wife. After 10 years in the Ankara office, Semih left Turkey and has since been posted in Kosovo, Macedonia, Iraq, Bosnia, Switzerland, and is now on a second mission in Iraq (since early 2014).

Mr. Bulbul answered questions on topics such as “What is a typical day in a refugee camp?” and “How do they help orphans?”

After we hung up with Semih we located the conflict on a map and discussed the historical origins of conflict in the region. The students also discussed how youth could participate to make a positive impact on the humanitarian crisis.

One student was so moved by the presentation, she has changed her FlexSchool community impact project to designing ways to help with the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

On September 23, students visited Tiki Love Farm to learn about how metal detectors work and their proper usage. After their lesson, the students explored the woods for buried objects.

Thank you Tiki Love Farm for an enlightening and fun FlexFriday event!