Roxbury gets new Structural Design and Robotics Labs

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ROXBURY, NJ (September 27, 2019) – After three years in the making, 2,500 square feet of space at Roxbury High School is now a dedicated learning environment once more.

The newly refurbished area that once housed the school’s auto-shop and later district storage, is now Roxbury’s Structural Design and Fabrication (SDF) and Robotics Labs. The space was officially dedicated September 19th with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Superintendent Loretta Radulic, RHS Principal Dominick Miller, and the Board of Education inviting the community in to see this newly designed space.

SDF Room at RHS 2
SDF Room at RHS 2
Caccavelle talks SDF with Coakley and Hall
Caccavelle talks SDF with Coakley and Hall
SDF Room at RHS 1
SDF Room at RHS 1
Radulic and Coakley prepare to cut the ribbon
Radulic and Coakley prepare to cut the ribbon
Roxbotix explains their new lab to the public 1
Roxbotix explains their new lab to the public 1
Radulic and Coakley cut the ribbon
Radulic and Coakley cut the ribbon
SDF Room at RHS 3
SDF Room at RHS 3
Roxbotix explains their new lab to the public 2
Roxbotix explains their new lab to the public 2
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In Superintendent Radulic’s opening remarks she shared, “We looked at this 2500 square feet of space and began reimagining what it could be to support our vision of preparing the students of today for tomorrow. A multitude of options were presented to the community, students, teachers, and administrators. The stakeholders spoke loud and clear in their desire to have and enhance programs that offered hands-on learning, namely a Structural Design and Fabrication program and an enhanced robotics program.”

Once the decision was made, the hard work began.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Chuck Seipp researched and developed the curriculum to support the programs while Business Administrator Joe Mondanaro kept an eye on the financial side of things. During this time, as the building leader and promoter Principal Miller and the Board of Education supported the addition of these education initiatives.

Radulic added, “No program succeeds without the enthusiasm and passion of the educators. I’d like to thank Mr. Lee Hayden for all of his advice and guidance in constructing the Robotics room and Mr. Frank Caccavale who was integral to designing the program and has already enhanced the program exceeding expectations, with its partnership with the carpenters’ union and Habitat for Humanity.”

“To create anything impactful and meaningful in education, it takes a collaborative, forward-thinking committed, and hard-working team striving towards a single vision. This is evident that we have that team who remains committed to our vision of preparing the students of today for tomorrow.”

Principal Miller agreed. “We’re really excited about the opportunity for the community to take a look at our SDF room. When you get a chance to go in there to take a look, you’ll see progressive ideas where we are moving forward trying to find new ways and opportunities for our students, that’s exactly what this room is doing.”

Miller also bragged a bit on Mr. Caccavale sharing, “In less than a year of working with us, Mr. Caccavale reached out and established a relationship with the carpenters union. He’s got something going on now where we’re going to be able to provide our kids an opportunity if we work things well that they’ll be able to lose a year of their apprenticeship. To be able to do a year of apprenticeship here. So, think about going to colleges, instead of having to go for four years you only go for three, that’s the apprenticeship with the carpenters’ union.”

Adding, “He’s also established a relationship with Habitat for Humanity so our kids are going to be able to help out in our community and Morris County as a whole. He deserves a lot of credit for that.”

Principal Miller shared additional new programs happening now at Roxbury High School which included an academic program called Design Thinking which gives students an opportunity to come up with solutions to problems.

Another opportunity is with a partnership with Centenary University for a Social Media Marketing class. “We’re going to have 25-30 kids that will be taking part in this program and it’s going to give them an opportunity to earn college credits but also, in the end, if they continue, they’ll be able to earn a certificate. So, to actually have some credentials from Centenary University, we’re hoping that the students will be able to partner with businesses in the community to help them solve some of the problems they’re having, whether it’s some graphic design, marketing, whatever it may be, we’re hoping that our students can do that.”

Moving forward Roxbury Schools is looking to continue its partnerships with colleges. Next year it’s looking to implement an Expository Writing program with Rutgers which would allow our students to earn credit from there.

“This year we implemented the Athletic Training and Physical Therapy (AT/PT) Academy with the Morris County Vocational School of Technology. Right now, there are 12 or 13 students in that program and as of last Wednesday, there were already 25 applicants for next year. This program will provide our kids unique opportunities so we’re hoping one of the things we can do is the partnership with Seton Hall University where in their senior year through AP classes, students can earn up to 15 to 18 credits from Seton Hall,” explained Miller.

“We talk about Rutgers and Seton Hall but the great thing about that is wherever our students want to go to college those credits are going to transfer. Mr. Zegar, our Director of Instructional Innovation and Planning, has also reached out to FDU so we can work with them and offer our kids opportunities to establish credits from there. So, while we have a lot of really good things going on now, we’re excited about the things we’re going to be able to offer our kids in the future, so we thank our community, we thank our Board of Education for giving us the opportunity to look at different things, to find opportunities to bring to our kids that are unique. Years ago, someone referred to Roxbury as the best kept secret in Morris County, well we’re breaking that secret.”

PHOTO ATTACHED (courtesy of Roxbury Schools)

  • SDF Room at RHS 1
  • SDF Room at RHS 2
  • SDF Room at RHS 3
  • Roxbotix explains their new lab to the public 1
  • Roxbotix explains their new lab to the public 2
  • Superintendent Loretta Radulic and Board President Leo Coakley prepare to cut the ribbon held by Principal Dominick Miller and Assistant Principal Jon Deeb
  • Superintendent Loretta Radulic and Board President Leo Coakley cut the ribbon held by Principal Dominick Miller and Assistant Principal Jon Deeb
  • Frank Caccavale talks SDF with Board President Leo Coakley and Roxbury Councilman Fred Hall

 

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