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This is the official website for Project '79, the college preparatory alternative at Westfield High School. We've chosen to use Tumblr and various other interactive social networks in order to reinforce our mission to challenge and engage our students in ways relevant to their lives.

~ Tuesday, September 16 ~
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Kaan Y. #p79 ‘15 understands that Turkish delights and Vocab+ quizzes go together like peanut butter and jelly (in the words of Rob Fromtling WHS ‘00). Here he proudly displays desserts he learned to bake from his grandmother—when he was four years old. (The delicious character of these confections earned his classmates an ample extra credit question.)

Kaan Y. #p79 ‘15 understands that Turkish delights and Vocab+ quizzes go together like peanut butter and jelly (in the words of Rob Fromtling WHS ‘00). Here he proudly displays desserts he learned to bake from his grandmother—when he was four years old. (The delicious character of these confections earned his classmates an ample extra credit question.)

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~ Thursday, September 4 ~
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#p79 35th bday party (2/2). Slices ready for secretaries and other Project friends who can’t get away … Visitors mix it up with members new and old …

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#p79 35th bday party (1/2). Senior considers a third of a century of #alt ed history … The Vanilla Beanery cakes that consecrate the occasion, and the festivity that ensues …

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~ Tuesday, September 2 ~
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Happy Birthday, Dear Project! There are many ways to celebrate 35 years of #p79. (Here are some of the weirder ways, demonstrated on a recent outing to NJ’s famed Grounds for Sculpture near Trenton last week!) 


If you’re a p79 alum or faculty member emeritus, why not help us celebrate Project’s 35th birthday in a more subdued fashion—with a hunk of ice cream cake in the Project Office (a.k.a. Proffice), room 167, this Thursday, 9/4 at 1:15 p.m.? RSVP phorn@westfieldnjk12.org ASAP! 
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~ Saturday, August 30 ~
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~ Friday, August 29 ~
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npr:

The tech giant has launched a new tool for teachers. “Google Classroom” is paperless, and integrates with the rest of Google’s apps, like Google Docs. 
While it’s too soon to tell how Classroom will be received, Google Apps for Education is already changing how early adopters teach — and raising some important questions about the transition to tech-enabled classrooms.
Is Google’s Free Software A Good Deal For Educators?
Illustration credit: LA Johnson/NPR

Can we talk about this? What if #p79 supplied Google Chromebooks for every student member?

npr:

The tech giant has launched a new tool for teachers. “Google Classroom” is paperless, and integrates with the rest of Google’s apps, like Google Docs. 

While it’s too soon to tell how Classroom will be received, Google Apps for Education is already changing how early adopters teach — and raising some important questions about the transition to tech-enabled classrooms.

Is Google’s Free Software A Good Deal For Educators?

Illustration credit: LA Johnson/NPR

Can we talk about this? What if #p79 supplied Google Chromebooks for every student member?

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~ Thursday, August 28 ~
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Women’s Equality Day 
Established in 1971 by Representative Bella Abzug (NY) through a Joint Resolution of Congress, Women’s Equality Day is observed on August 26 to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote in 1920. 
In commemoration of Women’s Equality Day and the 94th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives (usnatarchives)  is hosting a discussion in partnership with the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum: 

Women’s History on the Horizon: The Centennial of Woman Suffrage in 2020 
Tuesday, August 26, at 7 p.m. at the William G. McGowan Theatre. 

Can’t make it? The discussion will be streamed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2t48I3j004.


(Photograph of Suffrage Parade, 1913)

todaysdocument:

Women’s Equality Day 

Established in 1971 by Representative Bella Abzug (NY) through a Joint Resolution of Congress, Women’s Equality Day is observed on August 26 to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote in 1920. 

In commemoration of Women’s Equality Day and the 94th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives (usnatarchives)  is hosting a discussion in partnership with the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum

Women’s History on the Horizon: The Centennial of Woman Suffrage in 2020 

Tuesday, August 26, at 7 p.m. at the William G. McGowan Theatre

Can’t make it? The discussion will be streamed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2t48I3j004.

(Photograph of Suffrage Parade, 1913)


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~ Wednesday, August 27 ~
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Last night Breaking Bad won its second consecutive prize for outstanding drama series.  Its star, Bryan Cranston, won his fifth Emmy. Fresh Air spoke to Cranston while he was on Broadway playing President Johnson in All the Way. In the interview, he tells Terry about his short-lived stand-up career: 

"I did it for about nine months in 1981, I believe it was. I did it solely for the purpose of overcoming fear, because I looked at that and I said to myself, "Oh, my God, that’s got to be the scariest thing to do." There’s a microphone and a light on you, and that’s it. It’s all you, and so I wanted to do that. I got into the idea of going from club to club. I was never paid for it, nor should I have been, because I never rose above the level of mediocrity. But it was a great, great experience, very humbling. My respect and admiration for those who do it for a living, like Jerry [Seinfeld], was just enormous."


Photo: Andreas Laszlo Konwrath via Variety 

Speaking as one who worked through a bit of terror earlier this week at Action Park (Vernon, NJ; worth googling), I value the question What can I do today that scares me (but doesn’t endanger my health)?

nprfreshair:

Last night Breaking Bad won its second consecutive prize for outstanding drama series.  Its star, Bryan Cranston, won his fifth Emmy. Fresh Air spoke to Cranston while he was on Broadway playing President Johnson in All the Way. In the interview, he tells Terry about his short-lived stand-up career: 

"I did it for about nine months in 1981, I believe it was. I did it solely for the purpose of overcoming fear, because I looked at that and I said to myself, "Oh, my God, that’s got to be the scariest thing to do." There’s a microphone and a light on you, and that’s it. It’s all you, and so I wanted to do that. I got into the idea of going from club to club. I was never paid for it, nor should I have been, because I never rose above the level of mediocrity. But it was a great, great experience, very humbling. My respect and admiration for those who do it for a living, like Jerry [Seinfeld], was just enormous."

Photo: Andreas Laszlo Konwrath via Variety 

Speaking as one who worked through a bit of terror earlier this week at Action Park (Vernon, NJ; worth googling), I value the question What can I do today that scares me (but doesn’t endanger my health)?

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~ Tuesday, August 26 ~
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Steering clear of Paris clichés, photographer Michael Wolf, “pointed his camera away from the recognizable landmarks and instead focused on the dense rooftops surrounding the city.” 
"Paris Abstract" is on view at the Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco
via This Is Colossal  

Switching perspective can reframe and reassert the latent beauty of things. 

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Steering clear of Paris clichés, photographer Michael Wolf, “pointed his camera away from the recognizable landmarks and instead focused on the dense rooftops surrounding the city.” 

"Paris Abstract" is on view at the Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco

via This Is Colossal  

Switching perspective can reframe and reassert the latent beauty of things. 

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~ Friday, July 11 ~
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Some good conversations happening around body image and beauty madness. Check out the Huffington Post link below: 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/08/stop-the-beauty-madness_n_5566885.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

Some good conversations happening around body image and beauty madness. Check out the Huffington Post link below: 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/08/stop-the-beauty-madness_n_5566885.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

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