Superintendent's Spotlight

November 2023

Superintendent's Update

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday season, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support of our schools and programs. We are grateful and appreciative of all of our DLC school community and MUJC staff who work so hard to create positive, productive, and nurturing learning environments for our students. We are also grateful for our Transportation staff who ensure safe and trustworthy transportation services to our member districts. Finally, a huge thank you to our entire Property Services staff who work around the clock to ensure our buildings are beautiful, safe, and secure. Thank you, everyone!

What’s Happening at the DLCs

DLC- New Providence and DLC – Warren

In-Person Parent/Admin Chat at MUJC Professional Development Center

Please join us on Monday, November 6, at 7:00 p.m. for the MUJC’s Annual Parent/Admin Chat in person with our special guest MUJC Board of Education member and Superintendent of the Year for Union County and Region II, Dr. Scott Rubin! DLC Principals and MUJC Administration will also be in attendance to discuss DLC initiatives and events and answer parent questions. Our Parent/Admin Chat will be held in the MUJC Professional Development Center at 340 Central Avenue, New Providence. We look forward to seeing you!

Spirit Day

Spirit Day is Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at both DLCs. Show your spirit by wearing blue or your DLC spirit wear. Feel free to visit the Spiritwear Store to see new items available for purchase by clicking here!

DLC- New Providence

Election Day

DLC - New Providence students will learn about Election Day on November 7, and will participate in a voting activity in which they will vote for a snack food that will be served during Special Snack Day. Students will make, distribute, and count the ballots and will then create a bar graph with the results. Stay tuned for the results and the date for the Special Snack Day. May the best “snack” win!


Together We Can Honor

Students will prepare holiday cards for the military and veterans in time for delivery by Thanksgiving. This is a special way we can honor our military. Thanks, Students!

World Kindness Week

The week of November 13 is designated as World Kindness Week. On Monday, November 13, students can wear yellow to represent World Kindness. Throughout the week, DLC - New Providence will be having school wide instruction and activities focusing on being kind to friends and acts of kindness.


Parent Conferences

Parent Conferences will take place in person at DLC - New Providence on Thursday, November 16th. Students will have an early dismissal at 12:45 p.m. and the DLC will offer child care for your DLC student for the 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. conferences. Conferences will be held between 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. as well as between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Additionally, there will be an art show displaying DLC students’ art projects. Students are working hard to create a fabulous show for parents!

Thanksgiving Activities

During the week of November 20, students will learn about being thankful by participating in a variety of activities. DLC - New Providence classes will also prepare various Thanksgiving dishes with the goal of introducing students to new foods.

Together We Can Do It

DLC - New Providence has planned a special Community Service Event based on our school theme, “Together We Can Do It!!” DLC - New Providence will be collecting cans of food throughout November which will be donated to a local food pantry. What an important way to support our community!

DLC – Warren 

Election Day

On Election Day, November 7, students will be voting on their favorite activity they would like to participate in for the day. This is a fun way to learn how the election process works. Stay tuned for the results!

National STEAM Day 

National STEAM Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 8, with STEAM activities for each class to enjoy. This year’s experience will involve making and testing balloon rockets. This simple and fun science experiment teaches students about action and reaction. They will learn how the force of air moving in one direction can propel a balloon in the opposite direction, much like a space rocket!

Parent Conferences

Parent Conferences will take place in person at DLC - Warren on Thursday, November 16.  Students will have an early dismissal at 12:45 p.m. and we will offer child care for your DLC student for the 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. conferences.  Conferences will be held between 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. as well as between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Additionally, Transition Coordinators Matt MacDougall and Ray Colon will be hosting a Transition Fair at DLC-Warren during that time. 

Visit to New Providence High School

Students from DLC-Warren have been invited by New Providence High School on Thursday, November 16, 2023 to attend  a musical performance including excerpts from a play performed by New Providence High School students entitled, “Radium Girls.”  We are excited about the opportunity and look forward to attending!

National Square Dance Day

On November 29, DLC - Warren students will learn and participate in square dancing. This is sure to be a fun filled “Dosey Doe” day!

First Responders Volleyball Game

On Thursday, November 30, DLC - Warren students will participate in a volleyball game with local and federal First Responders.  Both students and First Responders are sure to have a “ball”! Look for the pictures that will be posted on social media!

Technology Tips

Welcome to the world of voice controls! 

Our voices are powerful. And with every passing day, they become even more so. Google Docs included the ability to voice type several years ago. It is super easy to learn.

To Voice Type: 

  1. Click on "Tools" in the toolbar
  2. Click "Voice Typing"
  3. The microphone will appear to the far left
  4. Click on it to allow the microphone to listen
  5. Start speaking
  6. Click the microphone to turn it off

Demonstrate this tool to your students, and encourage them to use it! This will make typing their thoughts so much easier!

Climate Champions Chat

Over the next six weeks, a group of students will join thousands of other classrooms from around the world to examine climate change by exploring causes, solutions, actions, and special interactions. Thursday,  November 2, is Climate Climate Action Day in which students will attend virtual events through Take Action Global (TAG). More information on the day’s events will follow.

Transition Talk

At age 18, all students, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, reach the legal age of majority. This means that a parent can no longer make decisions legally on behalf of their child. Many people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities can manage their own affairs with assistance and guidance from others, such as family and friends. If guardianship is necessary, it should be tailored to an individual’s needs.  Families considering guardianship should learn more about all the options before making a final decision.  Some families opt to hire a special needs attorney to assist them with the process.  Other families may opt for the pro se option, which means without an attorney. The proposed guardian represents himself or herself in court. Pro se forms and instructions can be found at  Another option may include turning to the Bureau of Guardianship Services at the Department of Human Services for help with the process.  No matter which option a family chooses, the Transition Team of the MUJC is always available to help!  Families are encouraged to talk to either of the MUJC Transition Coordinators, Ray Colon or Matt MacDougall, about any questions or concerns regarding the guardianship process. Ray Colon can be reached by phone at (908)762-5600 x4106 or by email at [email protected] and Matt MacDougall can be reached by phone at (908) 762-5600 x4710 or by email at [email protected].


November 6, 2023 - Parent/Admin Chat in-person 7:00 p.m., MUJC's Professional Development Center, 340 Central Ave., New Providence

November 8, 2023 - 12:45 p.m. dismissal for students, staff inservice

November 9-10, 2023- DLCs closed – Teachers’ Convention

November 16, 2023 - 12:45 p.m. dismissal for students, Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 22, 2023 - 12:45 p.m. dismissal for DLCs, beginning of Thanksgiving Break

November 23-24, 2023 - DLCs closed - Thanksgiving Break

I wish each and every one of our MUJC and DLC families a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We are very grateful for you and your trust in us!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dr. Janet L. Fike


Morris-Union Jointure Commission


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