The Falcon Flyer Email Newsletter - January 2018 - Edition #28
MONROE TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Falcon Flyer Email Newsletter 
JANUARY 2018
Your Monthly News & Updates
A Message From The Superintendent's Office...

Dear Falcon Community,

There are approximately six weeks before the March 13, 2018 referendum on the construction of a new, additional middle school to offset the overcrowded conditions in our existing middle school. A new middle school is the first step in addressing the over capacity of our elementary, middle and high schools. The middle school is our most pressing need and it is extremely important that we complete the middle schoo in order to begin to address the overcrowded conditions in our high school and elementary schools.

In order to vote on March 13, residents must be registered prior to that date. Information on how to register is available on our website (click here ). You can also vote by mail, even if you are going to be home on March 13. Information on obtaining a ballot to vote by mail can be obtained by clicking here . In order to vote my mail, your application must be received by March 6, 2018.

There are public presentations on the referendum at the following locations.

Feb. 1, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Oak Tree School, Cafe/Auditorium
226 Applegarth Road, Monroe Township, NJ 08831

Feb. 7, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Monroe Twp Community Center, Room 101
120 Monmouth Road, Monroe Township, NJ 08831

Feb. 15, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Monroe Twp Middle School, PAC
1629 Perrineville Road, Monroe Township, NJ 08831

Our presentations can also be viewed from home via Facebook Live! Please follow our Facebook Page in order to view our Facebook Presentations Live, and to view previously recorded short videos by the Board of Education and members of the administrative team. Questions on the referendum can be sent to referendum@monroe.k12.nj.us .

New - We have a new and improved district app. Download the Monroe Township School District app for free from your phone or mobile device app store in order to receive the latest information on district and school events. You can also access information on school lunch menus, student grades and other important information from your phone or any mobile device.

If you would like to speak to me regarding the referendum, or any other topic, please email me at michael.kozak@monroe.k12.nj.us or call my office at 732 521-2111 extension 5224.  
Yours in Education,

Michael Kozak

Dr. Michael Kozak
Superintendent
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February 16 4 Hour Session - ALL SCHOOLS - Staff In-Service  
February 19 ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED for President's Day

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Regular School Day Schedule Times:
Applegarth 9:05 am - 3:34 pm
Barclay Brook 9:05 am - 3:34 pm
Brookside 9:05 am - 3:34 pm
Mill Lake 8:50 am - 3:19 pm
Monroe Township High School 7:27 am - 2:00 pm
Monroe Township Middle School 8:10 am - 2:39 pm
Oak Tree 8:55 am - 3:24 pm
Woodland 8:10 am - 2:39 pm
 
Please join us for a 
REFERENDUM COMMUNITY PRESENTATION
(If you are unable to attend one of the presentations, please join us as we live stream the presentation via Facebook LIVE!)



Jan. 18, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Barclay Brook School, Cafe/Auditorium
358 Buckelew Avenue, Monroe Township, NJ 08831
 
Jan. 25, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Woodland School, Cafe/Auditorium
42 Harrison Avenue, Monroe Township, NJ 08831
 
Feb. 1, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Oak Tree School, Cafe/Auditorium
226 Applegarth Road, Monroe Township, NJ 08831
 
Feb. 7, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Monroe Twp Community Center, Room 101
120 Monmouth Road, Monroe Township, NJ 08831
 
Feb. 15, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Monroe Twp Middle School, PAC
1629 Perrineville Road, Monroe Township, NJ 08831


Click the link below to view the website for more information on the REFERENDUM
Monroe's Athletic Program is ranked 
#1 in Middlesex County,
#18 in NJ and #257 Nationally! 
 
Check out the link below:
 FALCONETTE COUTURE DRESS SHOWCASE
If you are interested in making a donation, please fill out the Google form
https://goo.gl/forms/9ZnHDDJXMY5n4YWA3  or contact Melissa Schwartz at mschwart@monroe.k12.nj.us  by January 31, 2018.


THE POLAR EXPRESS STOPS AT OAK TREE SCHOOL


In Ms. Sceusa's second grade class, they read The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg, aloud.  Afterward, the class was tasked with a STEM challenge!  The students constructed bridges for the Polar Express train to cross, only using popsicle sticks and masking tape for building materials.  All bridges were measured to see which was the longest that could hold a toy train; one group built a 28-inch bridge that was suspended between two desks! 
           
 
In Ms. Shea and Ms. Goldstein's kindergarten classes, they also were visited by The Polar Express! The conductor, otherwise known as Mr. Kevin, led the Polar Express train of kindergarteners around the halls of Oak Tree School.  Classes of hard-working students took a break and came out to wave to the "train" as it made its way around the building.  The activity began with students listening to the story in their classroom.  The students then used boxes to design their own "cars" for the train.  The students worked diligently to put the events of the story in the proper sequence.  They then made a giant graph demonstrating which students liked to have marshmallows in their hot chocolate, integrating their mathematics skills.  What a wonderful experience for the kindergarteners at Oak Tree!

Wait....who is that driving the train? 

MILL LAKE SCHOOL NEWS

Mill Lake Teachers Jessica Mastoris and Dominique Walters showed their appreciation for their Rave Reader and Monroe Township Resident Annette Levine by attending her 90th Birthday Party! We are so lucky at Mill Lake School to have community volunteers and partnerships like the one we have with Ms. Levine who provide wonderful literacy experiences for our students throughout the school year. On behalf of the entire school community, Happy Birthday Ms. Levine! 


Students from Ms. Fletcher and Mrs. Friedeman's class and Mrs. Bartus' class teamed and buddied up to complete some Winter STEM Challenges. Students were challenged to make the best "hills" for "sledding" and tried to make the biggest "snowball"! Not only did students learn new concepts about engineering and the design process, but also they made new friends along the way! 



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MODEL UNITED NATIONS AT MTHS

MTHS's Model United Nations ("MUN") Delegation participated in the 47th annual MUN Conference, held at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. MUN is a three-day experiential learning conference, held the first weekend in January, designed to introduce students to the operation and structure of the United Nations while providing them with an opportunity to actively learn about world cultures and debate issues of international importance. Our students' participation this year (as in years past) was outstanding, and as such, the MTHS Delegation was awarded Outstanding Delegation! See photo below. This after having missed the first day of the conference due to the weather! The following students earned individual accolades: 
 
Anshul Rana - Elected Chair of Historical Security Council B for 2019
Shivam Patel - Elected Chair of Political and Security B for 2019
Pranay Narang - Elected Vice Chair of General Assembly A 2019
Vinisha Patel - Awarded Outstanding Country Research Paper for Social Humanitarian and Culture A
Pranesh Manisankar - Awarded Outstanding Country Research Paper for Pan American Summit
Pranav Mallampalli - Chosen for CONA 
Rayan Yousafzai - Chosen for CONA 
Darsh Patel - Voted Premier Country and also chosen for CONA
Pranav Mallampalli-  Served as program officer at the conference (Chair of Legal A)


 
(There are over 2000 student participants at conference. Only about 30 get elected as Chairs and 20 for the Conference on National Affairs (CONA), which will be held in North Carolina this summer.)
 
Congratulations to Joe Romano, MUN adviser, and all of his students on a job very well done!


MONROE TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL'S GSA ATTENDS FORUM
 
For the past 14 years,students from Gay-Straight Alliances located throughout New Jersey have attended an accredited forum that spreads information about equality,  sexuality and gende r , and social constructs. The event marked its 14 th  year at Montgomery High School in Skillman on November 18 th . After checking in, MTHS GSA students  r egiste r ed for workshops that sparked an inte r est; there were so many good choices f r om interactive p r ocesses encouraging writing,to the salon,and skits about topics that are pressing to the LGBTQ community,to lectu r es about consent. A fellow junior f r om Mon r oe  T ownship High School decla r ed that "the forum was a fantastic way to meet peers in similar situations and be able to connect th r ough our identities despite daily ha r dship."


 
The GSA recorded notes and eventually shared their new found knowledge with members who were unable to attend.With great sandwiches,delicious cookies,and lots of laughter, strangers from across the state became family through love,appreciation,and self-respect.Underclassmen and upperclassmen alike look forward to the Gay, Lesbian,and Straight Education Network's GSA forum that will take place in 2018.

GROUP SUMMER SCHOLARS RESEARCH PROGRAM

An excellent opportunity is being offered to high school students interested in STEM fields this summer at Kean University - the  Group Summer Scholars Research Program.   

The Group Summer Scholars Research Program (GSSRP) is a 6-week, hands-on research experience aimed at attracting and developing talented students who are interested in pursuing an education in a STEM field.  Upon entering the program students are divided into small research teams that are paired with a faculty mentor conducting authentic scientific research in Analytical Chemistry, Virtual Reality & Scientific Visualization, Microbiomes & Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, Computational Mathematics and Modern Drug Discovery.  Students learn how to conduct basic and applied research during this program and develop a true appreciation of the scientific research process while contributing first hand to the acquisition of new scientific knowledge.  
 
The 2018 GSSRP runs from July 9 - August 16 and applications are now being accepted.  The application deadline is  March 30th .  For more information, you can visit our website at: www.kean.edu/summer-scholar
   
GOOGLE EXPEDITIONS AUGMENTED REALITY

 S ome students at Barclay Brook and Brookside had an amazing, once in a lifetime learning opportunity.  A trainer from Google came to our school to demo brand new Google Education software!  Students were led on exciting augmented reality expeditions in search of dinosaurs, exploring down on the ocean floor, into the mouth of a volcano and out into the solar system (to name just a few!).  This software is in early development and is not available to the public at all.  We are among some of the very first schools to pioneer this program!  







Oak Tree Students Travel to the 70's
by Bryanna Kirner
 
The 70 th Day of School was not just an ordinary day of school at Oak Tree! Miss Pugliese, Miss Synarski, and Miss Kirner's classes traveled back in time to celebrate the 70 th day of learning with a 70's themed  day. The students were invited to dress as if they were from the 70's and teachers dressed too! The teachers decorated their classroom with 70's style d├ęcor, and created learning activities to go along with the day. Students read nonfiction articles about the decade. Students chose to learn about fashion, politics, or music in the 1970's. Then, students answered RACE questions about their topic, and worked in small groups to create a short visual presentation using classroom technology to share their learning with their classmates. Additionally, students completed a QR code scavenger hunt in their classrooms which allowed them to see photos of 1970's fashion, hear clips of 1970's music, and record interesting facts about the time period. Next, students took "groovy" pictures in a 70's themed photo booth, and used their photo for a short 70 th day craft. The craft asked students to reflect on the seven most interesting things about 3 rd grade so far. Finally, the three classes joined together during the last five minutes of the school day for a celebratory "disco dance party," to celebrate the awesome 70 days of learning. We had fun celebrating the 70 th Day of School in Third Grade! 


Check Out What's Happening At The
MONROE RECREATION CENTER
January 2018


ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME


We are excited to present to you the 
2nd annual  MTHS Hall of Fame induction.  

We would like to pay tribute to the many individuals from our high school who have been a part of the MTHS athletic programs and part of the Monroe Falcons .
If you would like to nominate or re-nominate anyone who you feel is qualified, and meets the criteria, please click the link below.
 
MTHS College & Career Counseling Center (CCCC)
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