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  • 8/9/2019 Medford - 0304.pdf

    1/16 MARCH 4–10, 2015 FREE

    Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . 12–15 Editorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

    INSIDE THIS ISSUE Tech success

    Chromebook pilot program gets A+. PAGE 2

    Your copy of Kids & Camp is inside!

    ZANE CLARK/The Sun

    The Shawnee Renegades hosted the Eastern Vikings in boys varsity basketball on Feb. 23. The night ended with the Vikings edging Shawnee, 61-58. Pictured is No. 20 Sam Portner trying to block an Eastern player.

    Shawnee falls to Eastern, 61-58


    Medford residents who are lis- teners to Philadelphia's Alterna- tive Radio 104.5's “New Music Show” the past few months may have heard a song called “How is Your Girlfriend,” a rhythmic tune diving into the reflections of a teenage girl.

    What listeners may not know is the song was written and per- formed by someone from their own backyard.

    Melissa Weinstein, a junior at Shawnee High School, has had

    her single played multiple times on the 104.5 New Music Show. On Feb. 27, she was scheduled to per- form live on the radio station for the first time. Weinstein was tabbed to appear on Radio 104.5's “Live at 5” program to perform “How is Your Girlfriend” as well as a cover of “Cough Syrup “ by Young the Giant.

    “It's so surreal,” Weinstein said. “It's really exciting.”

    Weinstein’s music began play- ing on 104.5 after her dad Bob sent the station “How is Your Girl- friend.” The song got good re- views and has been played on the New Music Show.

    About a month ago, Wein- stein’s single caught the ears of  Wendy Rollins, the host of “Live at 5.” She invited Weinstein to perform on the air a few weeks ago after hearing “How is Your Girlfriend” on the station's air- waves.

    Weinstein began writing songs as a way to express herself. She feels many teens her age can re-

    late to her songs because they de- scribe experiences many people have during their high school years. So far, Weinstein estimates she has written about 15 songs.

    “I kind of write as my own diary, kind of a public diary,” she said.

    Weinstein feels her music falls into the alternative genre, but

    Taking radio

    waves by storm Melissa Weinstein’s single getting plenty of air time on Radio 104.5

     please see WEINSTEIN, page 7

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    2 THE MEDFORD SUN — MARCH 4–10, 2015


    In September, students in An- drew Reuter’s fifth-grade class at Kirby’s Mill Elementary School were introduced to a classroom

    unlike any other. Reuter’s class became the first

    in the Medford Township School District to use a computer, specifi- cally Google Chromebooks, as the primary tool for classwork. The Chromebooks are used for all sorts of subjects, from math to language arts to social studies.

    Nearly six months into the pro-

    gram, Kirby’s Mill Principal Mark Damon informed the board of education the pilot program has been a resounding success.

    Damon and Reuter gave a pres- entation to the board of educa- tion at last week’s meeting dis- playing the benefits the school’s Chromebook pilot program has had on Reuter’s students this year.

    Last spring, Damon and Reuter proposed the pilot program to the board. Every student in Reuter’s class received a Chromebook to use throughout the school year. The cost for the program is being paid entirely through Kirby’s

    Mill building funds. Damon felt it was important

    for the school to take a step for- ward into the future.

    “We’re looking for ways to pre- pare learners who are going to be part of the 21st century work- force,” he said. “Going to the tech lab one hour per week is not enough.”

    Any concerns members of the board expressed last year about the program have not been real- ized so far. Some board members were originally concerned about cyber security and whether the district could handle mainte- nance on the computers.

    To help keep the Chromebooks in working order, the district’s IT Department is using Google Man- agement, a program giving it di- rect access to any computer they may need to fix.

    “It allows the IT Department to manage the Chromebooks over the Internet,” Damon said.

    Upkeep of the Chromebooks was another concern. Damon said other schools in North Jer- sey who used Chromebooks in a similar program had problems with screens cracking. The school purchased spare screens in antic-

    Chromebook program a success in Kirby’s Mill fifth-grade class District may expand pilot program to additional classrooms

     please see TEACHER, page 9

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    MARCH 4–10, 2015 –THE MEDFORD SUN 3

    The public is invited to the Medford Friends Meeting to hear a special guest speaker, Quaker scholar Jeffrey Dudiak, whose topic “Radicalizing Spirit: Chris- tianity and the Contemporary So- ciety of Friends” will offer an- swers to many questions about the faith community.

    Dudiak, a Canadian native life- long Friend, was raised in the evangelical Friends tradition. He is a 2014-15 Cadbury Scholar at Pendle Hill, the Quaker education center in Pennsylvania, where he

    is working on understanding the diversity of Quaker understand- ings of God. He is an associate pro- fessor of philosophy at The King’s University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is a member of Ed- monton Monthly Meeting.

    Dudiak is interested in “facili- tating meaningful interactions among Quakers of all branches.” In his lectures, he addresses the often-perplexing relationship be-

    tween Quakerism and Christiani- ty in the contemporary Society of  Friends.

    “Especially as that relationship is variously understood by Friends of highly diverse theolog- ical, sociological and political sensibilities, often to the point of  mutual alienation,” Dudiak said.

    His talk will also help non- Quakers to understand the reli- gious aspects of the group that settled all of West Jersey (present day South Jersey) in the late 1600s.

    Members of the public are wel- come to attend 10 a.m. Quaker worship in the “unprogrammed” tradition, as well as Dudiak’s in- teractive talk and a simple lunch- eon on March 8. Worship is at 10 a.m., Dudiak’s talk and discus- sion are at 11:30 a.m. and a lunch- eon follows at 1 p.m.

    All are welcome. RSVPs are ap- preciated. Call (609) 953-8914 for more information and to RSVP.

    Medford Friends Meeting hosts Dudiak on March 8


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