The Falcon Flyer Email Newsletter - May 2017- Edition #21
MONROE TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Falcon Flyer Email Newsletter 
 MAY 2017
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A Message From The Superintendent's Office...

Dear Falcon Community,
 
Happy Mother's Day to all of our mothers in the community. As we all realize, mothers play an extremely important role in our lives and are our first teachers. On behalf of the Monroe Township Board of Education, and the entire Monroe Township Educational Community, please have a wonderful Mother's Day.
 
You may have noticed the MTSD and Monroe Township Municipal buildings sporting pink ribbons. This is in recognition of Paint the Town Pink, an initiative promoting women's health and well-being during the month of May.  
 
At the May 10, 2017 Board Meeting , we recognized our Teachers and Education Service Professionals of the Year. The teachers and Educational Service Professionals were treated to a fabulous dinner that was prepared by our culinary students prior to the meeting. Our in-house Video Production recorded the meeting, as they do for our Board meetings, and other staff and students from the Family and Consumer Sciences assisted in this special evening.
 
An End of the Year Report was presented to the Board and public at the May 10th Board meeting. This presentation provided data and evidence of the work accomplished on the District Goals and the achievements of our students and staff. To view the End of the Year Report, click here .
 
Monroe Township High School moved up 304 places in the Washington Post listing of the 2017 Most Challenging High Schools in America. We are extremely proud of the work of our teachers, administrators, staff and students in achieving this recognition. Of course, our parents are our educational partners and this achievement recognizes their efforts, as well. This achievement represents our collaborative efforts in utilizing data to inform instruction, instill a love of learning with our students and help our students use critical thinking, creativity and innovation in their approaches to real-world problems.
 
State Aid
The Monroe Township Board of Education Ad Hoc Committee, chaired by Board member Ken Chiarella, and comprised of Board President Kathy Kolupanowich, members of the community, adult community members, staff, parents, Monroe Township Council Vice President Ms. Betty Schneider, Monroe Township Education Association, School Board members and school district administrators, attended the Assembly and Senate hearings with Acting Commissioner of Education Kimberly Harrington to advocate for fundamental fairness in state aid school funding. We presented the Senate with our petition of 4,000+ signatures of community members, and Kathy Kolupanowich, BOE President, had the opportunity to address the media on the steps of the NJ Statehouse. We are awaiting the proposals for addressing the funding inequity from our Legislators, which needs to be before the State Budget is approved in June.

Monroe Township School District on Channel 28
The fourth Focus on Education Show aired recently on Channel 28. This show focused on students from Barclay Brook and how Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are incorporated into one of our elementary schools. The transformation of the school's library into a Media Center/Makerspace is also highlighted. You can see the Focus on Education shows by visiting the MTSD website .  
               
In this edition, you will find important information regarding school, district and community events. You can also find valuable information on our MTSD Facebook page , @MTSD Falcons Twitter feed , MTSD website and MTSD app.
 
Respectfully yours,
 
Michael Kozak
 
Dr. Michael Kozak
Superintendent
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IMPORTANT DATES:
May 1 - 9 Grade 3 PARCC Testing-Oak Tree School 
May 1 - 9  Grade 3 PARCC Testing-Mill Lake School 
May 1 - 9 Grade 3 PARCC Testing-Brookside School
May 12  Half-Day ALL SCHOOLS-Staff In-Service/MTHS Junior Prom
May 26 Half-Day ALL SCHOOLS-Staff In-Service/MTHS Senior Prom
May 29-30 ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED in observance of MEMORIAL DAY
May 31 NJ ASK 4 & 8 Science
May 31 - June 1 NJBCT (NJ Biology Competency Test)

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INFORMATION ABOUT 
2017-2018 KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 
Click here to view the flyer
**Due to low enrollment, 
the STEM Summer Camp Academy 2017 has been cancelled**
LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENING AT WOODLAND SCHOOL!
 
Spring is in the air at Woodland!   Mr. Reinhold and his students are busy preparing the Environmental Center for summer crops.  Ms. Fleming and Student Council are coordinating a "Trash Free Picnic" in celebration of Earth Day and the Monroe Township Department of Public Works coordinated the EnviroMobile visit with our students.
 
In recognition of World Autism Awareness, Student Council will be sponsoring wear blue day and will be visiting each 4th and 5th grade classroom to talk about Autism.
 
As we approach the end of the school year we have our 5th graders preparing for the middle school and Woodland will be hosting their "moving up" ceremony for Monday, June 19th.   In addition, 3rd graders will visit our school in preparation of the 4th grade.

Arbor Day at 
Oak Tree School

Oak Tree School was selected this year to receive a new silver lilac tree donated by the Monroe Township Shade Tree Commission.  Township and district dignitaries  were present for the dedication  ceremony which took place on a beautiful sunny afternoon on April 28.  Mr. Gary Lovallo of the Shade Tree Commission, with the help of several students, planted the gift while educating the students about the care and necessity of trees on our Earth.  Mr. Gleason's second grade class performed and Ms. Synarski's third classes performed the original  I Am a Sap for Rap as part of the celebration as well.  Both classes also sang The Garden Song for the finale. It truly was an honor and a wonderful day at Oak Tree!
LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENING AT BARCLAY BROOK SCHOOL

Autism Awareness Month - Celebrating Uniqueness
  During the month of April, Barclay Brook students and staff recognized Autism Awareness month through a student created puzzle piece mural.  With their families, students were asked to design a puzzle piece, a symbol commonly used to represent autism, to reflect their own unique qualities.   Discussion of individual strengths, challenges and appearances with a focus on accepting diversity among all people and populations was encouraged.  Once assembled, as an interlocking puzzle, this vibrant hallway display characterized the beautifully unique traits each child possesses as an individual and even more so as they came together to seamlessly meet the edges of other student creations.  This project was intended to celebrate each child and promote acceptance of all members of the school community because all of our students are a perfect fit in the puzzle that creates Barclay Brook School.

Additional Autism Awareness activities were promoted throughout the month during the PALS groups and with staff wearing blue or other autism apparel to embrace the message of the "Light it up Blue" campaign.  Autism awareness activities at Barclay Brook culminated with a Blowing Bubbles for Autism event for students during the last week of April.


Nutritious and Delicious
By, Christine Doucette

Something's cookin' at Barclay Brook!  On Tuesday, March 28, the New Jersey Agricultural Society and NJ Farmers Against Hunger in conjunction with Barclay Brook's PTA hosted a free family nutrition workshop.  Many families attended this interactive 90 minute presentation.  The families enjoyed an interactive cooking demonstration of spinach and bean burgers along with a tasting.  In addition, the families played a fun nutrition game and learned how to make their own vegetable dip.  For the piece' de resistance', the families each received a cookbook and a re-usable tote bag with ingredients to make an Apple Crisp which was the featured recipe.  All in all it was a fun and educational night.   


MEMORIAL FLAG AND VETERAN FLAG $3.00 DONATION PAY TRIBUTE TO VETERANS PAST AND PRESENT  WITH A RIBBON DRESSED FLAG TO HONOR THEIR SERVICE 
ORDERS DUE by WEDNESDAY MAY 15TH


Father's Day Magic Show
Treat your Dad/Granddad to the funniest show on Earth!
       
Stretch The Silly Man  Magic Show
130 Applegarth Rd, Monroe Twp. NJ
Applegarth Volunteer firehouse (Old Firehouse)

June 11th
Doors open at 2:30 pm
Performance begins at 3:00 pm sharp
Followed by an Ice cream social

Dad's & Granddads- $10.00
Children- $7.00

Get your ticket early. Seating is limited. 
Call Ame to r eserve your spot 908-421-2313

Sponsored by Applegarth Volunteer Ladies Aux.
All proceeds go to Applegarth Volunteer Fire Dept.

MONROE TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL 
Congratulations to our Boys' State 2017 winners!

The Delegates:
Ritik Bedi
Nishant Nagalia
Kushal Negi
 
The Alternates:
Vivek Krishnam
Darsh C. Patel
Pranav Mallampalli
MTHS/FBLA - TRADING DAY 2017

Congratulations to the following FBLA members who competed at  Trading Day 2017 at  Stevens Institute of Technology on Friday, April 28, 2017. From a selective pool of applicants, twenty-two high schools from New Jersey, New York and Connecticut competed in the real-time market competition in the high-tech Hanlon finance labs. The event, sponsored by TD Ameritrade, gave students 90 minutes to grow a virtual portfolio of $1 million, and also includes opportunities to network with students, faculty, alumni and industry professionals.
 

Naveen Gedupoori
Ritik Patel
Akhilesh Reddy
Abhijeet Regatte

FBLA is directed by Ms. Deanna Dale and operates within 
the Department for the Applied Arts and Careers Technology
BLACK HISTORY MONTH LIVING MUSEUM
at Oak Tree
 
During the month of February, the students in Ms. Pugliese's third grade class conducted in-depth research of famous African Americans as part of their recognition of Black History Month.  They then created posters containing facts and quotes that reflected the person's contributions.  Each project contained a hole on it large enough for the students to fit their head through; so in essence, students could wear their project.  On March 30, parents were invited to the "Black History Month Living Museum" to meet all the important figures that their children had learned about.  Students presented informational content from a first person point of view to each visitor to their station.  In addition students wore costumes that made the "living museum" even more authentic.  The children were knowledgeable, animated, and very excited to share what they had learned from their research.







RUTGERS CENTER FOR EFFECTIVE SCHOOL PRACTICES
Our Classroom Summer Enrichment Program

There is a unique and exciting academic opportunity at Rutgers this summer for students entering 5 th through 12 th grades (Our Classroom). They are offering week-long full-day intensive classes that will provide students with content expertise through practical and relevant application. Students will gain transferable skills - the 'how to' behind specific 21 st century skills - such as communication (oral and written), group work/collaboration, critical thinking, organization, and beyond. Classes being offered (both by RU faculty and master teachers) include, among others, public speaking and different types of presentations as well as one based on design thinking which will allows students to focus on their areas of interest while being guided through the process. Classes will take place at the heart of the College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick in Murray Hall and the program will take advantage of the vast resources RU has to offer (material as well as faculty and other experts). Our Classroom is more than just a summer program. Students will have an opportunity to make new friends while enjoying the college experience at Rutgers! Registration is now open but class size is limited. Attached is a copy of the flyer with a discount code specialized for Monroe School District that will save parents $100.00 per class! Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, 732-564-9100, x11 or visit our website at https://cesp.rutgers.edu/our-classroom-students .




Applegarth School
Mrs. Voza's & Miss Fischetti's Classes 
Working in the Garden

 
Applegarth's scientists are in full swing of spring! As an extension to the science curriculum, Mrs. Voza's and Ms. Fischetti's students prepared the Applegarth garden by weeding and removing debris. Students had various roles such as cultivating soil, distributing seeds, and watering. Conditions are finally right for the seeds to start growing, since a plant embryo will not grow out of the seeds if it is too cold or too dry. The Zinnias that were planted take 10-15 days to germinate so students are anxiously awaiting sprouts. All of the 5th graders will be planting throughout the beginning of May to grow peppers, some herbs, and flowers. The school's greenhouse and garden area will be full of life!  




Applegarth School
Mrs. Patel's Grade 4 Class
 
Mrs. Patel's class participated in a Biography Bonanza called, "The Hall of History."  Students spent several days researching a famous person that impacted society. They created a tri-fold board that included a biography, timeline, and portrait, important places their person lived/visited.  They also created a Venn diagram which compared and contrasted their famous person to another similar person of the same profession.  Finally, a word cloud with quotes and words depicting their person was made.  A lot of hard work was done by the students to really step into their person's shoes.  For their presentation, they dressed up and memorized a speech to give to their parents as their finale!  

APPLEGARTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
3rd Annual NCAA March Madness 
Basketball Tournament

On April 4 th for grade 4 and April 7 th for grade 5, Applegarth students participated in our annual NCAA basketball tournament.  Throughout the month of March, the students practiced their basketball skills and learned about various colleges and universities.  Students were placed on teams and given a college to research and represent.  Each team researched their college, created either a poster or Google slide to show what they learned, and worked on their basketball skills of dribbling, passing and shooting during gym class to prepare for the tournament. 

On their tournament day, each team came ready to play with shirts that matched the color of their college.  There was a tournament for boys and another for girls for each grade level. Teams that were not playing were cheering on their classmates.  Students worked hard, demonstrated teamwork and sportsmanship, and champions were crowned at the conclusion of the event.  









You're Invited....
An Evening of the Arts
 
On Wednesday, May 31, 2017 the Department for the Applied Arts and Careers Technology will be hosting the revamped Monroe Township High School Evening of the Arts. 

he EotA celebrates our district's commitment to supporting education in the Fine, Practical, and Performing Arts and will feature the outstanding work of our high school students and their teachers.  

The event will take place from 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM and will provide guests with the opportunity to engage in gallery walks, witness unique performances, and presentations from students enrolled in courses including, but not limited to:  

Studio Art/Digital Art
Gallery walk with student samplings of 2-D and 3-D artwork!
 
Chorus/ Piano  
Scheduled and impromptu performances by various ensembles and individuals!
 
Robotics/Construction Technology
Display of student work and a robotics demonstration!
 
Engineering Design
Student designs and projects will be on display!

Drafting / Architectural Design
St udent renderings of architectural design plans will be featured and presented!

Culinary Arts
Learn about cupcake decorating!
 
Fashion and Design
Grab a front row seat at the FASHION show!
 
Video Production
View student created video loops that have been featured in various local competitions! 

Business Education
Participate in a "Q & A with FBLA" and speak to some our Future Business Leaders of America club members about competitions and community service!  The Economics & Finance Team will showcase their participation in recent competitions, and visitors will learn a bit about investment options." DECA  Leads  to Success"  will talk about their international partners, competitions, scholarship opportunities and leadership training!

Photography Club
Take your picture on the "Red Carpet" with the MTHS Photography Club and view the winning photos from the Photography Club weekly photo contests!

Falcon Zone School Store
Check out the latest Monroe Township School District clothing and accessories and receive a 10% discount!

Falcon's Nest Pre-School
View student work from the Working with Children Pre-School program!

Admission is FREE
Students, parents, and community members are all invited to attend. 
Monroe Township  Community Education
TRY SOMETHING NEW
IS BLOOMING WITH NEW COURSES!


AMERICAN CIVIL WAR LECTURE
MAXIMIZE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS
MEDICARE, WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
SOCIAL MEDIA INTERMEDIATE
WATERCRAFT AND SAFE BOATING
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART TRIP
 
DON'T DELAY...REGISTER TODAY!
Call 732-521-1500, x5248 or go to the District website, Info tab, Community and Adult Education for brochure.
 
WE'LL SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!

 N ew Cub Scouts can join for Spring & Summer Scouting activities starting in April 2017

First Grade Reading Fair at OAK TREE SCHOOL

On Tuesday, April 25 th , Oak Tree School's first grade hosted their first ever Reading Fair.  Parents were invited to view posters that represented students' favorite books.  Students were able to present their project by telling guests, teachers, and other students about the story elements, including the character, setting, problem and solution.  Students even included their opinion about the story.

Guests were invited to visit with all of the students and were encouraged to leave compliments as well.  Some students had lots of fun dressing up as the main character of their favorite story.  It was a wonderful opportunity for parents, students, and teachers to celebrate all the hard work the students have been dedicating to their reading.


Troop 83810 is proud to host a FREE 
"I Love Books" event at the Monroe Township Middle School on Tuesday, May 23rd from 6:00pm-7:00pm geared towards children ages 3-8.

MTHS PTO
The next PTO meeting will be held on Thursday, May 11 at 7 PM. 
Hope to see you there!
 
  • The PTO is hosting its annual Scholastic Achievement Awards Dinner on May 17th. The awards dinner is for senior students with a cumulative average of 86 or better at the end of their first semester of senior year. Invitations will be sent out to qualifying students in early May.
  • The PTO thanks all who have donated to the Scholastic Achievement Awards Dinner gift baskets! Your generosity is overwhelming! We have extended our donation deadline to May 10th, and are especially in need of gift cards for the gift card basket raffle. If you would like to donate gift cards or any other items a new college student might need, please drop them off at the high school security desk. Thank you in advance! If you have any questions, please contact Kate Maiolo at kfmaiolo@aol.com.
MTHS ECONOMICS & FINANCE TEAM 


The Economics & Finance Team had 27 members participate in the 2017 New Jersey Economics Challenge.  This is a highly competitive event that challenges students to showcase their knowledge in macroeconomics, microeconomics and current events.

Congratulations to the MTHS teams for their efforts!
ADAM SMITH DIVISION  [for students that have some AP Economics experience]
12th PLACE  - Wei$$' Army Team: Nishant Nagalia, Sahil Parikh, Ritik Patk and Waheed Zafar
36th PLACE - Business is Booming Team: Justin Murray, Kevin Senkus, Achal Shah, and Namit Sharma
Honorable Mention  - Aman Patel
 
DAVID RICARDO DIVISION  [for students what have no AP Economics experience]
26th PLACE - NYPD: Tegh Aiden, Rhea Bandaru, Naveen Gedupoori and Aditya Palekar
31st PLACE - The Capitalists: Saahithi Dantuluri, Megha Jain and Ranita Suresh
33rd PLACE - TYC Team: Zach Pandolfi, Anirudh Suresh, William Tong and Hanna Zelcer
 
The Economics & Finance Team is directed by Ms. Terri Weiss and operates within the Department for the Applied Arts and Careers Technology.
MTHS ECONOMICS & FINANCE TEAM 


The Economics & Finance Team had 13 members participate in the 2017 Wildcard Finance Challenge (WFC) on March 30. The WFC is a high school finance competitive challenge for more than 20 states in the U.S. that do not host state events. The Challenge recognizes exceptional high school students for their knowledge of Income, money management, spending, credit,  saving, and investing.

Congratulations to the MTHS teams for their efforts!
1st PLACE  - Wei$$' Army Team: Nishant Nagalia, Sahil Parikh, and Waheed Zafar
4th PLACE - Business is Booming Team: Justin Murray, Kevin Senkus, Achal Shah, and Namit Sharma
Honorable Mention - The Capitalists: Rhea Bandaru, Saahithi Danguluri, and Ranjita Suresh
Honorable Mention - TYC Team: Zach Pandolfi, Anirudh Suresh, and William Tong
 
The 1st place team is invited to compete on a national stage against other state winners in May at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. For more information about this challenge, visit https://financechallenge.unl.edu/New%20Jersey/Welcome.

The Economics & Finance Team is directed by Ms. Terri Weiss and operates within the Department for the Applied Arts and Careers Technology.
ALL STATE CHORUS 2017-2018

Seven (7) Monroe Township High School students were accepted into All-State Chorus for the 2017-2018 school year.  Our students auditioned alongside over 1,100 high school students from schools within the entire state of New Jersey to earn a position within the ensemble. The choral program is proud to congratulate the following students on this wonderful accomplishment:

Gabriella Jimenez
Amanda Skuraton
Jessica Skuraton
Trisha Shringare
Kausthub Vedantham
Taylor Viana
Antonio Zarco 
 
These seven students earning All-State honors is the most Monroe Township School District has had in over 20 years!  Congratulations to Ms. Arielle Klein on leading her students to this wonderful accomplishment; in her first year as our district's Choral Director, which operates within the Department for the Applied Arts and Careers Technology.
MTHS Girls Lacrosse
On May 9, 2017 Kara Turco scored her  400 th career point at the 1 st Round GMC against South Plainfield with a 21-5 WIN! She is the school's all-time leading scorer!  Congratulations, Kara!


LIVE LIFE WELL
Barclay Brook 2nd Grade Learning Safari

On April 6, 2017 Barclay Brook second grade students embarked on a Learning Safari!

The day began with an assembly courtesy of the Barclay Brook/Brookside PTA entitled "Eyes of the Wild".  The presenter brought a variety of exotic animals including macaw, prehensile tailed porcupine, wallaby, chinchilla, tarantula, and a ring-tailed coatimundi.  The students learned about the animals and had the option to pet the chinchilla as they left the assembly.  The second grade hallway and classrooms were transformed into the African Savanna, Australian Outback, and Amazon Rainforest.  Throughout the day students rotated through each habitat where they learned about the amazing habitats and the animals that live in them.  It was a fun-filled and exciting day for our second grade students!



MTHS MODEL UNITED NATIONS 
Shark Tank Simulation

On Friday, April 7th, MTHS Model United Nations students Shrina Parikh, Dan Hommer, and Ariana Yousafzai hosted its first annual Shark Tank Simulation. Five student pitches were presented in groups of 1-3 talented students to 5 business professionals in various areas from around New Jersey. 
 
Kimvy Tran, MTHS sophomore, was the winner of the simulation with her custom-fit yoga mat called "Balance". The Sharks applauded Kimvy for her presentation skills, consumer consideration, and financial projections. Kimvy won 2 tickets to Propelify, an innovation festival where startups and entrepreneurs gather to discuss new ideas. 
 
The CEO of Propelify, Aaron Price, was also in attendance and made opening and closing remarks. 
 
The evening culminated with a College Entrepreneurship Panel, comprised of students active in the Rutgers University Entrepreneurial Society. The students talked about their experiences with starting businesses as teenagers. 
 
All proceeds from the event will benefit the YMCA Civic Engagement Scholarship Fund, which enables underprivileged students statewide to participate in YMCA Model United Nations.


Monroe Township Summer Band
Continuing this summer, an exciting opportunity exists for instrumental music students here in Monroe. Students entering grades 5­-9 will have the chance to continue study on their instrument by participating in the Monroe Township Summer Band Program.

MONROE RECREATION CENTER
Check out What's Happening!
LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENING AT
MONROE TOWNSHIP MIDDLE SCHOOL
  • MTMS has committed to begin preparing students to participate in a regional, State and perhaps national event called "Science Olympiad."  The program will be run by Mike Cappo (MTMS) and Mark Stranieri (MTHS) and has been setup with a three-year rollout beginning in the 2017-18 school year to get into full swing.  A parent information night is scheduled for 5/10 at 6 pm in the MTMS Lecture Hall.
  • The MTMS 7th and 8th grade percussion ensemble along with Mr. Yale Snyder, director, performed a concert at the 2017 NAFME All Eastern Music Education Conference on April 7th, which was a Bi-Annual music education conference held this year in Atlantic City at the convention center featuring all East Coast States.  The MTMS Middle School Percussion Ensemble was one of four middle school groups of any kind that was chosen through an audition to perform a concert at this convention from throughout the East Coast.   The performance was met with fantastic reviews from top educators and musicians in the field as well as NAFME Board Members.  Congratulations to the following students that performed and Mr. Snyder!
6th Grade:
Priyanka Ranganath
Jaden Lu

7th Grade
Shaun Siegel
Elizabeth Tota
Katherine Taylor
Riya Sharma
Siya Seshadri
Logan Taylor
Veronica Vogelman
Rebecca Philip
Dhruv Vaydia
Nicholas Santos
Joshua Fabricant

8th Grade
Varoon Raghav
Samarth Sharma
Nikhil Tangella
Jack Yatsko
Sean Fitzgerald
Jacob Fabricant
Ganesh Sarilla

Check out the wonderful pictures of our percussion students in AC!




  • Five of our MTMS students sang at the OAKE (Organization of American Kodaly Educators) National Choir concert recently.  Kaitlyn Russell, Neranjana Iyer, Mia Baldasanno, Pooja Patel and Sofia Ramirez represented  our school and state in Philadelphia.  They sang at the Kimmel Center with the OAKE Youth Choir and met composer Kelsey Hohnstein.  Congratulations to our talented students and Mrs. Schmetterer for representing us!  We are so proud!
     



On March 28 th our Technology Student Association (TSA) had a great day at The College of New Jersey!  Students competed in a variety of events against other middle schools from all over New Jersey!  Special shout outs to our winners:

 

    • 3rd Place STEM Animation: Sagar Varma and Abhay Sheshardi
    • 2nd Place Forensic Technology: Angeline Thomas and Rebecca Philip
    • 2nd Place Leadership Strategies: Daniel Varughese, Shrihith Golugula and Akhil Mannam

Thank you Ms. Montgomery and students for all your hard work! Congratulations!


 

  • Ms. DeVincenzi's and Ms. Wright's students kicked off a fundraising project for an organization called "The Seeing Eye."  The Seeing Eye trains and matches guide dogs with appropriate candidates.  Coincidentally, there are two sisters (one in MTMS and one in MTHS) who are personally involved with raising puppies before they begin training.  The goals are to provide additional skills to their students by selling treats during the 4th marking period while assisting a very important organization.   A representative, Ms. Pat Casey, visited the classes on March 23rd and gave a 45 minute presentation using two of her four-legged friends to show the various stages of training.  Ms. Casey explained the importance of the program and answered questions.  After the final donations are made at the end of the marking period, the classes will receive certificates and updates on a puppy that the donation went towards supporting. 

 It was a wonderful experience for all!
  • MTMS wanted to thank all our staff for their support in our first Read Across America Day and Read-a-thon.  The day was a complete success and the participants had a great time.  Also, we were able to raise a total of
    $2,185 that will go to supporting students who are in need of reading materials through Scholastic's All for Books program!  Many of you got a chance to stop by and see some of the fun, but if you didn't Ms. Erica Coonelly put together a website highlighting the activities throughout the day.   We thank Ms. Coonelly, Ms. Sammit and the rest of their committee for all their hard work. 


MTMS wishes to remind everyone of the upcoming performances in May:

 

May 9th - MTMS Band Concert at 7 pm in the PAC

May 16th - MTMS Band (Jazz/Percussion) Concert at 7 pm in the PAC

May 23rd - MTMS Chorus Concert at 7 pm in the PAC

Monroe Township Middle School PTO Happenings!
 
7th Grade Glow Dance: Our 7th graders had a "glowing" time at our MTMS PTO Glow dance held on April 21st!  We had over 250 students attend the event. Thank you to all the parent volunteers, MTMS staff who chaperoned the event, MTMS security and custodial staff for helping us make the event so successful!



MTMS PTO Spring Book Fair:  Parents, please mark your calendars for our Spring BOGO Book Fair will be held during the school day during the week of May 15th to May 18th.  All proceeds from the book fair are given directly back to the school to enhance our school libraries.  

MTMS PTO Spring Clothing Drive:  Our Clothing Drive will be held on May 20th from 9 am to 12 pm at the middle school parking lot. Please check our website for items that can be donated at  www.mtmspto.org

A Reminder to our 8th Grade Parents!  On the actual days of 8th grade graduation, your child will be photographed as they receive their Middle School certificate. Since these pictures are taken on the actual day of the graduations, Island Photography will email you the proofs directly.  Please complete the flyer and form located on the PTO website at www.mtmspto.org and return it back to your child's homeroom teacher by May 17th. 
Thank you for your ongoing support!
MTMS PTO
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