Annandale, NJ
June 2018 E-Newsletter
Upcoming Events

The following is a list of important upcoming events:
  • June 1: 11:55am dismissal, students only
  • June 1: Senior Prom, 5:00pm, The Imperia at Somerset
  • June 4: PTSA Meeting, 7:00pm, Room 120
  • June 4: Music Association Meeting, 7:00pm, Room 131
  • June 5: Senior Awards Night, 6:30pm, Theater
  • June 6-11: Final Exams - see schedule below
  • June 7 and 8: Graduation practice
  • June 11: Distribution of caps and gowns to seniors, 12:00pm in boys gym
  • June 11: Senior Field Day, 1:00pm
  • June 11: Last day of school
  • June 12: Graduation, 12:00 Noon, Singley Field, (main gym if inclement weather)
Click here for 2017-2018 District Calendar
Click here for 2018-2019 District Calendar
Click here for NHHS School Events Calendar
Final Exam Schedule
The final exams will take place beginning on Wednesday, June 6 through Monday, June 11. Over these four days, there will be two exams each day from 7:45am - 11:55 am. Each exam period will be two hours long with a ten minute passing period between exams. Dismissal will be immediately following the last exam each day.

Wednesday, June 6: Blocks 1 and 2

Thursday, June 7: Blocks 3 and 4

Friday, June 8: Blocks 5 and 6

Monday, June 11: Blocks 7 and 8
May Students of the Month
Jacqueline Netschert
Class of 2018

Some of Jacqueline’s favorite classes at North include Anatomy, Psychology, Math, Biology and Human Geography. Because of her deep interest in these topics, she has selected to pursue the pre-med track in college where she will have the opportunity to continue with increasing her skills and knowledge in all of these subjects at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Jacqueline has always been very interested in the human body with its intricate working functions and equally interested in how the calculation of math equations applies in the world in so many ways. However, out of her list of favorite classes, Psychology has been her favorite class at North because she loves the material and the way Mr. Kieffer teaches the course. He makes this course very interesting and has many different strategies for his students to understand the topic, whether easy or difficult. Currently, Jacqueline is in FCA and has taken a leadership role by periodically speaking to the group about different areas in the Bible in which she’s deeply interested. FCA has impacted her life by being able to have a Bible Study before school once a week and to be in fellowship with her classmates. Jacqueline was honored to be one of the 15 finalists for the Ruth Buckley Scholarship. Another leadership role within Key Club is holding the title of secretary for the past three years. She was also awarded a scholarship from the Clinton Kiwanis Club, the group that oversees Key Club. Jacqueline is also involved in National Honor Society along with National Art Honor Society. Outside of school, she works part-time at Miss Janet’s Sunshine Schoolhouse providing special care to infant age children. She is a recent recipient of the Gold Award from Girl Scouts, which she earned by creating a 50 X 25 foot farm which produced over 480 pounds of fresh produce with the support of volunteers. This produce affected over 1,950 lives! Jacqueline loves to give back to the community because the reward is much greater for the one giving than the one receiving. She plans to continue her academic and athletic career at Grove City College (GCC) starting in August 2018; where she will be majoring in GCC’s pre-med curriculum studying Biology and Health Science. Jacqueline’s most favorite memory about North is Relay for Life. She was overwhelmed her Freshman year when she realized how Cancer has affected so many people. During her Sophomore and Junior years, she took on the role of being one of the leaders for the set up committee. Relay for Life has shown her that there is a reason to fight for a cure.
Luke Fresolone
Class of 2018

Senior, Luke Fresolone is finishing up four memorable years at North Hunterdon. Luke’s favorite memories were making friends in his classes and participating in extra-curricular activities. Walking into class not really knowing anyone you sit with, and then leaving the class close friends with people you hang out with all the time is something special. Luke loved being involved in the plays by being in stage crew and set construction. He was youth construction head for the shows and was inducted into the Thespian Honor Society. Luke always enjoyed the Spanish language and served as Spanish Club Vice President. He also cherished his time in Model UN and had fun being on the powder puff cheerleading team. Luke’s favorite class at North Hunterdon was AP United States Government with Mr. Franzyshen. After doing nerdy things like correcting the AP Government students’ mistakes in their presentation they were giving to his history class and making charts of how different ancient societies would be categorized under modern government and economic theory, his teacher told him that when he was a senior, he had to take AP Government. Although he loves the material of history and government, his favorite part has always been using debates to see how his fellow students see the world and candid life lessons from the teachers. Luke has always said that you learn more important information from history teacher’s life stories and off-topic rants than you will ever learn from any class at North. AP Government combined all three of the reasons he loves history classes; Government and history curriculum, lots of debates, and plenty of history teacher rants. In Boy Scouts, Luke was elected to Senior Patrol Leader, following his two years as Quartermaster. Having recently completed his Eagle Scout project, he will have his Eagle Scout award shortly. Luke is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and taught for 4 of his 12 years. Luke will be attending Rutgers University in the fall majoring in Political Science and a minor in Psychology. He plans to move on to law school after his undergraduate degree.

May Athletes of the Month
Brendan Zappala
Class of 2018

Senior, Brendan Zappala started playing golf competitively when he was 13. Brendan started to play to connect with his grandpa who likes to play a lot. He realized how much fun golf was and how much potential he had to play well. Brendan has a good mindset on the course. He takes everything in when he steps on the first tee and forgets about everything else. This year, his putting has been great and his drive has been very accurate. A weird fact about Brendan is he plays golf left-handed but his dominant hand is the right hand. This season, the team won the Skylands Conference Tournament and the Blue Devil Invitational. Brendan is involved in National Honor Society and competes in various tournaments outside of school. He is also a member of REC basketball. Brendan has a special bond with his teammates. They all have the best time with each other and the best laughs. Whether its Moe Monday, Pizza Tuesday, or Buffalo Wild Wings on Thursday, they always find time for each other. If anyone has a bad day, the rest of the team supports that teammate. Brendan is especially thankful to Brian Cardace and Coach Hissner. The three of them have gone through a lot and he would not be where he is today without their help and support. He would also like to thank his parents because they have seen the ups and downs of his journey and have helped him so much with everything. Next year, Brendan will be attending James Madison University. He plans to play golf on the club team and possibly the collegiate team. Brendan will be majoring in Accounting and completing a 5-year program where he will receive his MBA.
Ryan Ruscansky
Class of 2018

Pitcher, Ryan Ruscansky is a three-year varsity athlete. Ryan has been playing baseball since he was four years old. It has been a huge part of his life and he is excited to keep it going for the next four years. Ryan is headed across the country to Caltech to continue his academic and athletic career. He is planning to study either mechanical or aerospace engineering with physics while playing baseball. Ryan participates in several clubs and activities, such as National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society, and WHAM A-team. He also plays baseball on a club team during the fall and summer where he pitches and plays infield. When playing baseball, Ryan values the team above all else. Whatever he can do to help the team win, whether it is on or off the field, he is eager to help the team achieve their goals and bring the first baseball state championship to North Hunterdon. In Ryan’s previous two seasons, he pitched several games with great success. When Ryan is not pitching, you can find him at second base. He considers his strongest skill as a pitcher, his ability to command four different pitches, the fastball, changeup, slider, and curveball and throw them accurate for strikes.
May Department Students
of the Month
English :  Drew Doscher '20 and Morgan McNulty '20

Fine Arts : ​  Antonio Rojas '18 and Maura Kelly '20

Mathematics : Anna Meyer '21 and Lauren Stanzione '21

Music : Leah Gaidos '18 and Shady Barsoom '18
PE/Health Ryan Ruscansky '18 and Emma Brennan '18

Practical Arts :  Luka Smith '21 and Connor Gross '21

Science : Rainaa Biswas '19 and Christopher Dyson '19

Social Studies :  Talya Findikli '21 and Oludayo Ibikunle '21

World Language : Stephanie Sharp '18 and Veronica Romanek '19
May Good Citizens of the Month
English : Luca Gristina '20 and Nick Rizzi '20

Fine Arts : Noah Willsey '18 and Maddy Viotto '19

Mathematics :  Anthony LaSasso '20 and Laura Dixon '21

Music : Emily Decker '18 and Kevin Garvey '18

PE/Health : Maria Mancuso '19 and Logan Morel '21

Practical Arts : Lexie Dahms '20 and Ishaan Dey '21

Science : Vaughan Koscinski  '19 and Brittany Marcantuono '19

Social Studies : Samantha Mims '18 and John Deignan '21

World Language : Zachary Rosenberg '21 and Anna Kuglin '21
Top May Tweets from Dr. Greg Cottrell @nhprincipal
Congrats to Assistant Principal Schumann for being named the Centenary University Adjunct Professor of the Year! #northstaffrocks
In recognition of individuals with Autism and other disabilities, Special Olympics of New Jersey holds a week of respect. NHHS teachers and students support all students and "Choose to Include". #northrocks
An amazing Relay For Life event at NHHS. Almost 1,000 participants and $100,000 raised. A good time for a good cause. #northrocks
Jessica Mitchell and Kyle Hensler where both recognized with a Clinton Sunrise Rotary Leadership Award for all of the their efforts in community service and amazing contributions to being future leaders.
Click on the link below to follow Dr. Cottrell on Twitter:
Senior Events
Important Senior event dates are listed below. For more detailed information, please visit the senior events page by clicking Here.

June 1: Senior Prom - The Imperia, 5-10pm
June 5: Senior Award and Athletic Award Night, 6:30-9:30pm, NH Theater
June 7: Senior Lunch, 12:00-1:00pm, Cafe B
June 7: Graduation Practice #1, 1:15-3:00pm, Singley Field/Main Gym
June 8: Senior Lunch, 12:00-1:00pm, Cafe B
June 8: Graduation Practice #2, 1:15-3:00pm, Singley Field/Main Gym
June 11: Cap and Gown Distribution, 12:00 Noon,
Boys Gym
June 11: Senior Group Photo, 12:30pm, Main Gym
June 11: Senior Field Day, 12:45-2:25, JV Baseball Field
June 12: Senior Line-Up prior to Graduation, 10:30 am, Mall area
June 12: Senior Graduation, 12:00 Noon, Singley Field
Graduation Information
Graduation ceremony for the Class of 2018 will take place on Tuesday, June 12th at 12:00 noon on Singley Field, weather permitting. In the event of rain, the ceremony will take place in the main gym. We will have a live stream of the ceremony again this year; link will be posted on website and Facebook.

Project Graduation
The PTSA's Project Graduation will take place the night of June 12th. After the graduation ceremony at 12:00pm, graduates can enjoy time with family in the afternoon and then we hope they will come back in the evening to gather one last time as the Class of 2018 with their friends and classmates at Project Graduation.
Project Graduation is a fun-filled, safe celebration for graduates that will be held at FunPlex in Mount Laurel, NJ. There are lots of activities both inside and outside! 
Check-in is at 8:30pm in Cafeteria A on June 12th, and then students will depart for FunPlex, returning to North Hunterdon at 6:00am on June 13th. The PTSA and Senior Class have done a lot of fundraising over the last four years to reduce costs so each student pays only $52 (if you are having a financial hardship, please contact John Mattes, Director of Student Activities, at
Sign up for Project Graduation by clicking here .
Deadline is June 8!
We hope to see your student at Project Graduation!
Health Office News
June is National Safety Month. Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.

Please click on the link for information on how to stay safe.

Summer Sports Camps and Fall Athletic Info
Please click on the link below for information on summer sports camps and for fall athletic sports registrations and required paperwork.

National Honor Society
The National Honor Society inducted 150 members on Tuesday, May 22. The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. Please click on the link for the names of the spring inductees: 2018 National Honor Society Spring Inductees
Summer Math Packets
As we have done for the past few years, the Math department is providing a summer packet for all incoming freshmen and North students who are enrolled in either Algebra 1 CP, Algebra 1 Advanced, Geometry CP, Geometry Advanced, Honors Geometry, Algebra 2 Advanced, Honors Algebra 2, PreCalculus ADV, Honors Precalculus, Calculus ADV, and AP Calculus for the upcoming school year.
These packets will be distributed electronically to all current students and sending districts prior to the end of school and available for download from the Math department website.
The students need to be sure to complete the correct packet since each is different and students will be tested on this summer review during the first week of school. If students complete the packet early in the summer, we suggest that they review it prior to the opening of the new school year so that they will be able to discuss any problems they may have in class. The problems contained in the packets are considered prerequisite material, so it is important for students to master these skills in order for them to find success in their upcoming classes.
Summer Reading
Get set for summer reading  
As you make your summer vacation plans, don’t forget about your student’s summer reading assignment. All NHHS students, including incoming freshmen, are responsible for keeping their skills sharp over the summer by completing the reading assignment for their grade and level of English class.

Students can check out summer reading books in the Media Center through June 12. For the best selection and availability of titles, students should get their summer reading books before the end of school.

In the fall, all students must submit a written analysis to demonstrate their understanding of the books. Students should be sure to read carefully and actively, taking notes to help them remember important elements of plot, setting, and character.

The   Summer Reading web site  contains the assignments for each grade and level of English, lists of suggested titles for the free-choice portion of the assignment, and organizers for taking notes. 
Most popular books at the NHHS Library
(based on 2017-2018 circulations)  
Scythe  (Shusterman) 
They Both Die at the End  (Silvera) 
A Court of Mist & Fury  (Maas)
Dark Suspicions  (Schraff)
Genuine Fraud  (Lockhart)
Red Queen  (Aveyard)
Salt to the Sea  (Sepetys)
Tell  (McClintock)
All the Light We Cannot See  (Doerr)
Carnegie’s Maid  (Benedict)
Distribution of yearbooks, for those who pre-ordered, was on Thursday, May 31.
A limited quantity of yearbooks will be available for purchase.  Each yearbook is $96 (checks made payable to NHHS Activities). Previous yearbooks are on sale as well (2017-$60, 2016-$40, 2015-$20). Bundle all three previous years for only $100.
To pick up or purchase a yearbook after May 31, students should see Mr. Maurella in room 154 before or after school.
If you have any questions, check the yearbook website:  or email .
Referendum Update
Projects from the bond referendum approved by voters in November 2016 are almost finished! HVAC upgrades on 2nd floor, tennis court bleacher replacement, and library renovation are complete. Windows and doors have been replaced with minor punchlist items remaining. Stadium visitor bleacher replacement is almost complete and should be open for graduation. Team locker room is also entering the final stages and will be finished over the summer, see photos below.
New stadium visitor bleachers
Team locker room-varsity area
Team locker room-bathroom
Music Banquet
The North Hunterdon Music Association (NHMA) hosted the North Hunterdon Music Departments Senior Award Banquet on May 23rd, where seniors in both choral and instrumental programs were acknowledged for their accomplishments in the Music Programs at the school.  Along with the Music Department awards, the NHMA gave away six music scholarships to senior students and three Gary Gilbert Scholarships to underclassman.
Thank You!!
Thank You to all the members of the PTSA, Booster Club, The Music Association, and the Education Foundation! We sincerely appreciate all your hard work and efforts to help the students and staff of the North Community.
Booster Club
Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the success of the Booster Club this year, and a special note of thanks to all of our parent volunteers! During the 2017-2018 school year, we celebrated our student athletes and coaches and wished Dave “The Rave” a very happy birthday- all due to the consistent help of our volunteers. The Booster Club also awarded 40 scholarships to our graduating senior athletes.

THANK YOU- to all of our student athletes! We wish our seniors the best of luck as they move on with the memories of NHHS athletics. 

THANK YOU- to Jen Fullowan for serving as the Booster Club Treasurer and Deb Nolan for her role as the Booster Club Secretary. Your time and contributions were invaluable!

Have a wonderful summer!
UPDATE: Project Graduation  registration, by enthusiastic request, is extended to June 8. We’re now filling the  sixth  coach charter bus. Well done class of 2018! To sign-up click  here .  

All North District Families:  
On June 12th, we need 12 more adults for the 6:45-9:45pm shift at North Cafe A and B for operating check-in tables and waiting room games before grads board buses. 
On June 12th, we need 11 more adults to arrive at 7:00pm to North Cafe A&B, accompany grads on coach bus to FunPlex, Mt Laurel, and return to North at 6am. We all hope the class of 2018 will pay it forward someday like we are. Join us.   Click here to sign-up
Attention Senior Parents:  PTSA is selling Graduation Flowers and Class T-Shirts with the entire graduating class listed on the back! Reserve your T-shirt up until 6/5, or buy at the table on June 12th. To pre-order both Flowers and T-Shirts:

Attention Senior Parents!  The Senior   Class Luncheon will be held on June 7th in Café B. 12:00pm-12:45pm.  We still need Volunteers and sandwich donations! To Donate or to Volunteer click  here

Shop  shop all year long and raise money for PTSA at the same time.  It’s simple and easy through Amazon Smile. Click  here  for more information on how to join.  Remember that PTSA exists to raise money for every class. “We are working together for your student, all 4 years!”

Upcoming PTSA events:  

You’re invited to take a Summer Yoga break on Tuesdays from 6:15 - 7:15pm at our new location! Open to Parents, Students & the Community. Mixed-Level Yoga class with instructor Lisa Perry at Valley Crest Farm and Preserve, $5 per participant. Bring a mat/blanket and towel.  Proceeds support PTSA events. Click on the link here for flyer with more information!

The NHHS PTSA a SAT-ACT SUMMER ONLINE Prep Program in July run by Catalyst Prep.   The program consists of 8 two-hour sessions, and SAT and ACT practice exams, for $499 including materials. See flyer for the dates and more information: click  here .  Any questions, please contact Catalyst Prep directly at 800-235-0056.

Become a part of PTSA  and help our students have the best year ever! Next Meeting is  Monday, June 4th, 2018  @  7pm  in Room 120.  All are welcome to attend! 
Follow us on  Instagram  and like us on  Facebook ! The PTSA offers scholarships to graduating Seniors of PTSA members. Please see the Guidance website under local scholarships for an application.
Music Association
We can only do what we do because of you – and we did a lot this year! Thank you to the many hands and hearts dedicated to our music efforts.

To our graduating senior parents ~ we will miss you. To our returning families ~ we hope joining the NHMA is on your “to do” list.  Become a member over the summer. Check for membership information in the Back to School Newsletter and get connected right away with next year’s music department events. We are only as strong as our membership and there is so much we wish to accomplish!
It was a great year and we can’t wait to do it all again in the fall! Have a fantastic summer.

Join us for our final NHMA meeting on Monday, June 4, 2018.
We meet at 7 PM in the choir room (Rm 131).

NH Education Foundation
LEGACY OF LEARNING: Calling all Seniors! 
The NHEF is proud to sponsor the “Legacy of Learning” initiative again this year. Are you looking for a way to celebrate your senior at graduation? Consider leaving a “legacy of learning” by having your senior’s name proudly displayed on the NHEF’s 2018 graduation banner for $25.00. The Legacy of Learning initiative is in its fifth year and each year's banner will be displayed at the graduation on June 12th. This is a great way to honor your hard-working grad as well as supporting the NHEF. All donations are tax deductible. To participate in the Legacy of Learning initiative, please visit:

COLLEGE BOUND New programming through our Career and College Resource Center
The NHEF is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the English and Guidance departments at North Hunterdon High School to bring you the:

NHEF College Bound Summer Workshops:
Summer workshops, coaching, and tools to help successfully navigate the college admissions process
Workshops are geared towards parents and students and will include:
  • Navigating the College Process: A Road Map
  • A Tremendous Tool to Start Your College Search: Hands-on demonstration of Naviance
  • College Applications 101: Navigating Both the Common and Coalition Applications
  • Mock Interviews
  • College Bound: Financial Planning presented by KJM Financial
Registration fee required:
  • Essay Workshops: June 25th-29th   (9-11:30 am and 1-3:30 pm) facilitated by Ms. Cavo and Ms. Fedorko in the English Dept $99.00
  • Essay Workshop August 7,9,14,16 facilitated by Independent College Counselor, Lori Hofstetter $450.00
  • College Coaching: One-hour session of individual college coaching $25.00

Any questions please contact Kristen Johnson at  or go to  www.nhhsfoundation. org

Registration Is Now Open!
click here:

Please visit our  website   for more information.  

The 5th annual  Running of the Lions  will take place on Sunday, October 14th 2018 at the new running/track park across from NHHS. This is NHEF’s biggest fundraiser of the year, so start training for this great 5K NOW!
North Hunterdon High School
1445 State Route 31, Annandale, NJ 08801
(908) 713-4199