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Al-Andalus: The Legacy of Islamic Spain Students Exhibit

December 17, 2021


In 711, the Islamic Empire entered Spain, a land already rich in Christian Roman, Visigothic and Jewish cultures. By 732, the Islamic Empire united most of the Iberian Peninsula, calling it Al-Andalus. In Al-Andalus, Jews and Christians worshiped freely without fear of persecution. During this time, Al-Andalus developed into a culturally rich, diverse, and thriving civilization. There were many achievements that made lasting contributions in such areas as poetry, art, architecture, science, agriculture, medicine, engineering, cuisine, navigation, textiles, and even hydraulic technology.

The NUI Middle School Islamic Studies & History Department collaborated to create a unique project for the 7th & 8th grade students. Students were assigned to work in groups, to research a specific achievement that was made by the Muslims in Islamic Spain. Students worked with their groups to design and create an original art piece that was inspired by the Andalusian achievements that they learned about.

On Monday, November 22, 2021, the NUI 7th & 8th grade students displayed their art work in the ISCJ MPR. The NUI 3rd-5th grade students were invited to attend the student exhibit: "Al-Andalus: The Legacy of Islamic Spain". The ISCJ MPR was transformed into a lively art gallery where visitors can learn more about this influential time period in Islamic History. The exhibit displayed beautiful, handcrafted art pieces exclusively designed by the 7th & 8th grade students. One could admire the handmade calligraphy, watch a demonstration about the Water Wheel, marvel at the exquisite models of the Alhambra Palace, and the Great Mosque of Cordoba, learn about natural healing remedies and surgeries, discover navigation tools and telescopes, play a game of chess, examine delicate ceramics, colorful textiles, terrariums, and woodcarving, and even learn more about Zoology & Botany! Visitors left the exhibit knowing more about the historical wonder of Al-Andalus. 

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

November 23, 2021


On Monday, November 22nd, Twenty-two students were inducted into the Noor-Ul-Iman High School Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS).  The ceremony was attended by parents, teachers and administrators. 

The purpose of NHS is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in high school students.  NHS selection is based on academics, leadership, service and character.  Members must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.7.  NHS also strives for students who make voluntary contributions to the school or community and display leadership qualities like problem solvers and idea contributors.    Congratulations to the students on this accomplishment.  “We are proud of our students for their academic excellence and the leadership qualities they portray,” said Dr. Tammy Elmansoury, NUI High School Division Head.  

National Honor Society Inducted Members:

12th Grade:
Zane A.
Ayesha A.
Rumaysa K.
Adil S. (not pictured)
Daniya T.
11th Grade:
Jana A. (not pictured)
Zayd A.
Yusuf A.
Heba B. (not pictured)
Sofian B.
Zaid B.
Maroua C.
Amr E.
Nora E.
Tariq F.
Ambereen F.
Omar F. 
Muhsin K.
Faaz Q.
Tasnim S.
Imaad S.
Nabeel T.

High School Model UN Competes at the Rutgers University Model UN Conference

November 22, 2021


Congratulations to the hardworking delegates of the High School Model United Nations Team! This past week our members competed at the Rutgers University Model United Nations (RUMUN)

RUMUN is a four-day educational simulation of United Nations Conferences. Students gain lifelong skills from these conferences, such as debate, public speaking and cooperation. The goal at the end of the conference, is to collaborate with other countries to come to a resolution about the issues and topics that they have discussed in committee sessions. 

Noor Ul Iman School participated in the conference with 27 delegates representing a total of 3 delegations from Kenya, Russia and Vietnam.  Students were assigned to 9 different committees, and each committee had two topics that students were to discuss over the course of four days. Some of the committees the NUI delegation was a part of were the General Assembly Committees. The Economic and Financial Committee (ECOFIN) was a committee which discussed and addressed debt in developing countries. The Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) addressed the issue of the rights of activists and the ongoing Syrian Refugee crisis. 

Some of our delegates participated in more specialized committees, such as the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which discussed topics such as women's health in areas of conflict and the protection of migrant women. Another specialized committee was the International Labour Organization (ILO) which discussed resolutions about the ongoing issue of child labor and the rights of indigenous and tribal people.

Noor Ul Iman Delegates were strong contenders and came prepared with thorough research to participate in lively discussions. Mashallah NUIMUN took home 8 awards and, as a school, we took home the trophy for Best Large Delegation. I am extremely proud of all our delegates who gave it their all in this strenuous four-day conference and we look forward to participating in more national conferences.

Hamza A.- Best Delegate 
Nora E.- Best Delegate
Tasnim S.- Outstanding Delegate 
Anum A.- Distinguished delegate award
Ambereen F. - Most Improved
Saad F.- Most Improved 
Ali Y.- Best Position Paper
Imaad S.- Best Position Paper  
Ali Y.- Best Position Paper
Noor Ul Iman School- Best Large Delegation

Middle School Model UN Competes in Two Conferences

November 22, 2021



Congratulations to the hardworking delegates of the Middle School Model United Nations Team (MSMUN)! This past week our members competed at 2 different Model United Conferences:

On Thursday, November 18, 2021 to Sunday, November 21, 2021, the following 8 members of our team competed at the Rutgers Model United Nations Conference, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, sponsored by the Institute for Domestic & International Affairs.

Eshal A.
Menha A.
Ahmed S.
Saad A.
Ibraheem G.
Raaid H.
Zyan S.
Adil M.

On Saturday, November 20, 2021, the following 7 members of our team competed at the Best Delegate Model United Nations Conference, sponsored by Best Delegate.

Maazin I.
Mohammad M.
Abdul Rahman Z.
Zayd S. (won Outstanding Delegate Award)
Maryam K.
Aleena A. (won Outstanding Delegate Award)
Lama S.

Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations where students play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real-world issues with the policies and perspectives of their assigned country. These students represented the NUI Middle School proudly at these conferences. The students collaborated with middle school and high school students from all over the state of New Jersey, to debate and create a resolution to address global issues such as Protecting Endangered Species, the Refugee Crisis, Rights of Activists, Addressing Debt in Developing Countries, and Assuaging the Impact of International Sporting Events.

Congratulations to the Middle School Model United Nations team for a job well done at the Rutgers Model United Nations Conference & the Best Delegate Model United Nations Conference!

Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society Induction Ceremony

November 09, 2021


On Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 30 students were inducted into the NUI Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. The ceremony inducted 8 high school students and 22 middle school students. The Induction Ceremony was held at the ISCJ MPR, and students and their families were in attendance.

Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society is the only national organization for Middle School and High School students that recognizes excellence in the field of Social Studies. Junior Rho Kappa provides national recognition for outstanding students and encourages an interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for Social Studies. Rho Kappa is a division of the National Council for Social Studies (NJCSS). NJCSS is the largest professional association in the country devoted solely to Social Studies education. Members of Rho Kappa will attend regular meetings after school during the 2021-2022 school year. The purpose of the meetings is to plan ways for the members to fulfill a need, or provide a service within the school and community, attend field trips to historical and/or educational sites, and attend programs with guest speakers. 

Below are the NUI students who were inducted into the NUI Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society for 2021-2022:

Rho Kappa (High School Chapter)
Rayyan A.
Samiha A.
Noor E.
Mustafa S.
Sarah Y.
Yasin L.
Rami A.
Junior Rho Kappa (Middle School Chapter)
Aleena A.
Mustafa A.
Ahad M.
Aliyah A.
Rayyaan M.
Noora G.
Jannah S.
Nabeel S.
Zayd S.
Eshal A.
Maryam E.
Soha F.
Syed H.
Zyan S.
Layla M.
Rayyan R.
Maha S.
Faiza T.
Rahma Y.
Amani S.
Yahya U.

NUI Mock Election

November 05, 2021

On Wednesday, October 27, 2021, NUI Middle School 6th-8th grade students participated in the New Jersey Mock Election. The NJ Mock election is a state-wide activity, with the objective to teach students the importance of civic engagement and voting. The NJ Mock Election has students, ranging from grades 4 to 12, vote primarily via electronic ballots. Students submitted their ballots individually online for Governor. Schools from 26 legislative districts participated with a total of roughly 16,000 students casting votes.

In this Mock Election, Noor-Ul-Iman Middle School students, Layla M. (8th grader) represented Jack Ciattarelli, and Rayyaan M.  (7th grader) represented Phil Murphy. The students prepared and gave campaign speeches to the Middle School students, and taught them about the real candidates, and their plans for New Jersey if elected. The results were announced on November 2, 2021:  Rayyaan (Phil Murphy) won the NUI Middle School NJ Mock Election. Both candidates thanked the voters, and Rayyaan (Phil Murphy) gave an inspirational acceptance speech! Layla and Rayyaan are members of the NUI Junior Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. Their efforts in this year's Mock Election is one of the many school wide activities that Junior Rho Kappa provides for the NUI Middle School, to promote global citizenship. Congratulations to Layla and Rayyaan for a job well done!

PTO Fall Social

November 01, 2021

On October 22nd, the NUI PTO hosted their annual Fall Social.  Alhamdulillah, the turnout was amazing.  It was wonderful to see families on the school’s front lawn enjoying and socializing.  The children enjoyed activities like pumpkin toss, pumpkin painting, and sack races.  There was a delicious variety of food and desserts.  The fall social was a great event to kick off the new school year!  We would like to thank the PTO and all the parent volunteers for arranging such a wonderful event for our families!  


NUI Students Receive Commendation from 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program

October 12, 2021
By High School Office

Alhamdulliah, three Noor-Ul-Iman School seniors have earned the distinction as Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.  The Commended Scholars placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students nationwide who entered the 2020 scholastic competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  The students have received Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. 

The students are:
Daniya T.
Ali Y.
A third student also received the award but prefers not to be named.

“We are proud of our students who continue to excel on so many levels,” said Leila Shatara, NUI Head of School.   These students not only do well in their classes and on the PSAT, they are also leaders in our community, school activities, and sports.  Recognitions like these help our students stand out from among the many college and university applicants.  Some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. 

Congratulations, we wish you the very best in your future!

A Glimpse Behind the Scenes

August 30, 2021

June rolls around and all we can think about is: School is out for the summer!  We start planning vacations, family get-togethers, backyard BBQs, and how to keep our children busy. It definitely looks different for the NUI faculty and staff.

For the NUI Administration Team, it means planning for the upcoming school year.  The administration works throughout the summer finalizing admissions, drafting schedules, completing the school calendar, and countless meetings.  The administration also works on updating school policies, handbooks, and planning workshops.

The NUI IT Team works throughout the summer by installing, maintaining, and supporting all the existing and new servers, systems, and networks.  They work to back up school data from the online systems, help generate report cards, and promote the databases for the new school year.  The team provides any updates and patches to the network, computers, and Chromebooks. IT inventories equipment throughout the school and its software licenses.  IT also works on training for staff members.  All of this is done with the intent of a smooth reopening in September.  

The NUI Facilities Team also works in the summer preparing for the upcoming school year.  The team works on deep cleaning the floors, carpet, and bathrooms.  They paint and buff the floors.  The team also tidies up the surroundings of the school building.  They check all the classrooms and do any necessary repairs.  The team checks the heating and cooling systems to make sure they are working efficiently.  Inspections of the roof, windows, sprinkler systems, fire prevention systems, electrical and plumbing are also checked. All these are maintained according to local, state, and federal codes for school buildings.

The NUI Teachers also work throughout the summer.  Teachers spend time reviewing curriculum, revamping lesson plans, and working on professional development.  The NUI teachers returned onsite the week of August 30th.  During that week, the teachers were busy attending trainings, workshops, and setting up their classrooms for their new students.  

We are all eager to welcome our students back!

Class of 2021 Valedictorian

August 21, 2021

Presenting the NUI Class of 2021 Valedictorian

MashAllah, we are so proud of her achievements, and we wish her the very best in her future endeavors.  You make NUI proud!