Some of the MEA’s Leadership (+1) were featured in this month’s issue of the NJEA Reporter.
Pictured, is page 60 of the September 2017 Issue.
Nadine was born and raised in Philadelphia. She has been a resident of Middlesex Borough since 1992 and lives with her husband Alan and three children, Daniel, Alaina, and Megan, a special needs child and past recipient of the Elk’s Child of the Year award. Nadine has been a mathematics teacher at Middlesex for 16 years and was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2008. She has been the adviser of the National Honor society for twelve years and actively involved in the Middlesex Education Association in which she holds the positions of Secretary, Membership Chair, and Pride Chair. Nadine has been a member of the Girl Scout Service Unit 64 since 2002 and is currently the Co-Manager.
As a member of the Elks since 2013, Nadine has volunteered to the Chairperson for Youth Activities. This position is responsible for Student of the Month, Youth Week, Youth Awards Night and the Christmas Party. The Elks Student of the Month program recognizes outstanding achievement of students within the public schools of Middlesex Borough. In one year, the Middlesex Elks recognize 80 exceptional students! Through a partnership with the Elks and the Middlesex Recreation Department Nadine’s daughter, Alaina, established “Buddy Ball”, a recreational sports program for special needs children which Nadine’s entire family assists with running and continues to benefit special needs children. Nadine is always there to assist at Lodge dinner, social events, and Hoop Shoot.
Nadine was honored by the Middlesex Elks on Saturday, March 11, 2017.
There is no greater friend of public education in the Borough of Middlesex than the Middlesex Elks Lodge #1488. For over fifty years, the Middlesex Elks has supported the public education of our youth through a variety of activities.
The Middlesex Elks sponsor “Student of the Month” awards for each of the schools in our district, as well as, hosting an awards night to publicly honor these outstanding students.
Every year the Elks host a “Youth Week” program, during which the students of Middlesex Borough shadow leaders for a day in civic and educational areas including the Mayor and Town Council, as well as, the Board of Education members. Students see hands on, how local leaders make important contributions to their communities.
In cooperation with Middlesex Public Schools, the Elks promote the PRIDE and PEER Leadership organizations through sponsorship for students to attend conferences, the Hoop and Soccer Shoots programs.
The Lodge has a deep commitment to the Special Needs Children in the district. Just this past year, the Elks sponsored a brand new sports program called “Buddy Ball” which was geared for students with both physical and cognitive disabilities. The program paired a special needs child with a high school student to play various sports such as softball, basketball, and soccer. This program was an overwhelming success for all participants and continues to this day. The Lodge also sponsors a yearly poster contest for the Special Needs Students of Middlesex.
While these many activities show the Middlesex Elks Lodge 1488 commitment to the students of Middlesex, nothing compares to the amount of Scholarships the lodge offers to the students of Middlesex High School. In addition the to the scholarships that are offered from the National and State Elks Associations, several thousands of dollars come from the local Lodge 1488 itself.
These acts show how committed the Elks have been towards the students of Public Education. The MEA is so proud and happy for the Middlesex Elks Lodge 1488 in receiving the MCEA Friend of Public Education award.
The MCEA, Friend of Public Education Celebration Dinner, will be held at the Pines Manor on May 17th. If you would like to attend, please refer to MEA Blast sent on May 1st or contact your Building Rep.
Nadine has been a Mathematics teacher at Middlesex High School for twelve years, and was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2008. She continually volunteers to the school district through faculty council, DECA, and event chaperoning, as well as many other activities. She is actively involved in the Middlesex Education Association, and has held the positions of building representative and most recently, Secretary.
She served as advisor to the class of 2006 and the Chess Club and, as advisor to the National Honor Society for 10 years. Nadine has organized numerous fundraisers to assist Middlesex families dealing with catastrophic illnesses, as well as hosting the annual Memorial Day Assembly at the high school to honor our veterans, complete with a welcome home salute by Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Welcome Home Committee.
With Nadine as their Girl Scout leader, Trop 60509 volunteered for numerous community service activities, including Family and Fun Day, Tree Lighting, Caroling for Can, and SHIP, and recently bridged to Adult members, with three of the girls earning the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts. Nadine has been Manager of Service Unit 64 for the last four years, and she has been awarded Dedicated Leader and Outstanding Volunteer awards by Girl Scouts Heart and New Jersey Council.
Nadine organized the Applebee’s Breakfast fundraiser, Logo Contest, and Geocache of Middlesex Contest as a member of the “100th Anniversary of Middlesex Borough” committee, and assisted at the other committee events such as the parade and celebration in the park.
Nadine has lived in Middlesex since 1992 with her husband Alan and children, Daniel, Alaina, and Megan, a special needs child and past Elks Child of the Year. The entire family believes in giving bac to the community: together they assisted Daniel in painting the American Legion kitchen and fixing the pavilion as his Eagle Scout project, and they helped Megan sell “Dog Biscuits” to raise money for animal shelter. Through a partnership with the Elks and the Middlesex Recreation Department, Nadine’s daughter, Alaina, earned her Gold Award by establishing “Buddy Ball”, a recreational sports program for Special Needs Children, and, of course, the entire family assisted.
A recent member of the Elks, Nadine volunteered to be the Chairperson for Youth Activities, responsible for Student of the Month, Youth Week, Youth Awards Night and the Christmas Party.
The Chemey family has dedicated themselves to the betterment of Middlesex Borough, and the Lodge thanks them and congratulates Nadine as our Citizen of the Year.
Through a collaboration with New Jersey singer/songwriter, Cat London, Mr. Inciong (Mr. I of our own Middlesex High School) helped bring the new “kindness” campaign, #TheRightWay, to be featured on the News 12 show, Spotlight NJ with Della Crews. The piece will be aired on August 8th and 9th at 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm.
It all started as a song that Cat London wrote, “The Right Way” that was originally written as an anti-bullying duet with singer/songwriter Jerzy Jung. In the song, two teenage girls are portrayed by the singers – the obvious victim (Cat) and the bully (Jerzy). Throughout the song, each character’s story is told separately and then later in harmony where the listener discovers that the two characters are not too different at all. The lyrics later reveal that the bully is also a victim of her home life and can only cope with her pain by inflicting pain on others. The lesson is that we cannot be too quick to pass judgement on anyone because we don’t know everyone’s story. Kindness and understanding are the first steps to harmony.
In January of 2015, Mr. Inciong had an idea to bring in some of his singer/songwriter friends he had met performing in the music scene to help elevate his already flourishing songwriting units in his Guitar Lab classes. Knowing that scheduling guest speakers can be a daunting task, he asked the musicians to record a selfie video of themselves. In this video, the musicians were asked to talk about a song he/she wrote and the process of writing that song. The video would be played in class which would later lead to a songwriting assignment for the students.
By this time, Cat had just finished recording “The Right Way” at Lakehouse Studios (Asbury Park, NJ) and chose that song to use in her video. Being that bullying is a very relevant topic in public schools, Mr. I’s students identified with the song very easily and were able to execute the assignment exhaustively and thoughtfully.
From the positive feedback the students gave in class, Cat and Mr. I collaborated to create a campaign video. Student volunteers were filmed talking about their experiences with bullying.
The filming opened up a new perspective that would change the project drastically. Instead of the students talking about bullying with disdain, negativity, and anger, as you would expect in an “anti” campaign, the students spoke more of kindness and understanding as the solution. This prompted Cat to change the campaign from anti-bullying to a pro-kindness campaign. That simple change in language led to a complete overhaul of the approach and the message of #TheRightWay became concentrated and clear.
After the release and launch of the campaign, #TheRightWay has gotten some attention, but not enough to meet Mr. I’s and Cat’s standards and expectations. Mr. I then contacted Della Crews of News 12, shared information about the campaign and within 15 minutes, Della asked Mr. I about taping dates. After much preparation, the adult crew and students taped Spotlight NJ with Della Crews on August 4th with great success!
The #TheRightWay camp is excited to watch the show and hopefully get the attention and recognition that the campaign deserves. A much needed positive difference in our culture is on the horizon. Please help us promote kindness and tune in to watch the show!
Spotlight NJ (News 12) on August 8th and 9th at 11:00am, 1:30p, and 3:30p.
You can watch the campaign video here:
Nadine Chemey of MHS has been named “Citizen of the Year of Middlesex Borough” for 2015!
Nadine received this honor for her countless hours of service to the community through Girl Scouts, Elks, 100th Anniversary Committee, as well as her service as being a veteran teacher at Middlesex High School.
She will be honored at the Middlesex Elks 51st Annual Charity Ball on September 26, 2015 from 6 pm to 11 pm. If interested in attending please call Emily DeScenza at 732-469-0309. All are welcome!
Nadine has also been a Building Rep for several years and will be our new MEA Secretary this year. How does she do it all? (Amazing people always find a way, that’s how.)
We congratulate her for all her hard work and dedication. She is truly worthy of this honor. We are so proud of her recognition!
Way to go Nadine!!