Newmark Education’s Community Connections PIN program provides individual recognition for achievement by Newmark students who demonstrate personal and social growth by participating in a personally meaningful community-based experience. 

Community-based experiences can include the following categories:
 
  • Community Service
  • Sports
  • Volunteering
  • Music/Performing Arts
  • Clubs (including Scouting)
  • Misc. experiences approved by the Newmark PIN Committee
NEW FOR 2020-21:
Newmark High School students are encouraged to focus on earning PINs for service experiences that benefit others rather than focusing on personal achievements. Some examples of recent accomplishments of NHS students include: volunteering at a local temple to prepare food for a halfway house, participating in a beach clean-up through Clean Ocean Action and volunteering to help young children learn to swim at the YMCA.

How it works:
Students earn individual PINs that represent their achievement. Students who earn PINs receive a lanyard on which to keep their PINs and to wear to display their achievements. View Criteria.

Nomination of a singular activity worthy of achievement must be made by parent, teacher or member of the PIN Committee.  The community leader or coach of the event will be asked (by the student) to complete a Community Connection Form to verify the student’s achievement.

Send form to: Cathleen M. George, LCSW, Supervisor of Counseling Services, cgeorge@newmarkeducation.com or mail to: Newmark Education, 1000 Cellar Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Deadlines for submission of the PIN nomination forms:  

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Once the nomination has been approved, the student will receive a special pin commemorating their achievement with a ceremony in their honor. PIN Program ceremonies occur four times per year (once per marking period) at Newmark K-8 School and two times per year (at the awards assemblies) at Newmark High School. The program culminates in an annual breakfast reception for all recipients

PIN Ceremonies - Details coming soon
PIN Ceremony #1 - Friday, November 20, 2020
PIN Ceremony #2 - Friday, Janaury 29, 2021
PIN Ceremony #3 - Thursday, April 1, 2021
PIN Ceremony #4 - Thursday, May 27, 2021
PIN Breakfast - Friday, June 4, 2021

For More Information: Cathleen M. George, LCSW – Supervisor of Counseling Services, Newmark Education - Tel: 908-753-0330 or cgeorge@newmarkeducation.com

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. How does the PINS Program Work?

     
    Students earn individual PINs that represent their achievement.  While we encourage our students to continue with activities they enjoy, after earning their first PIN in that program, the purpose of the PIN Program is to acknowledge new accomplishments.  We encourage our students to attempt novel and challenging activities once they have mastered previous goals as they continue to grow and develop new skills. 

    Students who earn PINs receive a lanyard on which to keep their PINs and to wear to display their achievements.
  • Q. What is the criteria for earning a PIN?

     
    Minimum of 85% participation time completed in activity (i.e. attending 85% of meetings, practices, games)

    Hours of time spent in each activity (ex: volunteering) denotes level of Pin earned. 
         5 hours = bronze
     10 hours = silver
     15 hours = gold
     
  • Q. Who can make a nomination?

     
    Nomination of a singular activity worthy of achievement must be made by parent, teacher or member of the PIN Committee.

    The community leader or coach of the event will be asked (by the student) to complete a Community Connection Form to verify the student’s achievement.