The Falcon Flyer!       

 Monroe Township School District
A Message  From The Superintendent's Office
Dear Falcon Community,
April showers, or is it snowstorms, brings May flowers. We have had a chilly start to Spring, but the academic, artistic and athletic student events have certainly provided a sunny outlook. Our students continue to perform at high levels in every area. Our girls' basketball team won the Central Jersey Championship and our students playing baseball, softball, lacrosse, track, and tennis are off to a great start. Our music and art students are making headlines in the district and throughout the state, as you will note inside this edition. Two students received the Governor's Award in Arts Education. Daniel Acevedo received the award in Visual Arts and Vincent Giordano received the award for Art Excellence in Graphic Arts.  
Please note : since we did not use two of our inclement weather days, which were built into the calendar, schools will be closed Friday, May 27th, through Tuesday, May 31st. (Pending board approval)
I am pleased to announce that our 2016-17 school district budget, pending final Board approval at the April 27th Board meeting, is $600,000 under cap. This is a result of prudent spending, reallocating funds, negotiating the best rates in the areas of health insurance and other areas, finalizing our tuition agreement with Jamesburg, and utilizing the increased contributions of our staff toward their health insurance costs. The Board of Education and the administrative team are proud to propose this fiscally responsible budget, especially with our continued student growth of 200-300 students per year.
Our Student Growth Advisory Committee (SGAC) met March 14th and worked collaboratively to explore the various proposed solutions to our increasing student enrollment that were crafted during the January and February SGAC meetings. The advantages and disadvantages of each proposed solution were discussed in small groups and noted on poster boards. The Steering Committee overseeing the SGAC will now explore the cost of each option to present to the SGAC and Board at future meetings. To see video of the SGAC, click here.
PARCC testing began April 4th and will continue for different grades through mid May.  The NJ Department of Education shortened the PARCC test and limited PARCC  to one session, as opposed to the two sessions required last year. We also took steps, such as a delayed schedule at the high school, to minimize the disruption to the delivery of instruction. The results from last year demonstrated strong academic performance above the state average in grades 3 through eight. Our high school students were under the 95% participation rate, which resulted in a required action plan to be presented to the NJ Department of Education. This year, with a delayed opening schedule to ensure students do not miss class to take PARCC, we are hopeful that our high school participation rate will be 95%, or better, and that our high school students' scores will also be above the state average. The Leadership Team uses the data from PARCC to identify any gaps in the teaching-learning continuum and to continually improve our instructional programs. The data from PARCC allows us to compare our outcomes to other school districts throughout the state, which we use to improve our programs.
Inside this edition of the Falcon Flyer you will receive information about the many exciting events occurring in our schools and community. I encourage you to check our website and sign up for our Facebook and Twitter accounts to receive ongoing information about our schools and community.
Respectfully yours in education,
Dr. Michael Kozak




Barclay Brook

On March 20, 2016, one of Barclay Brook's second grade students, Taylor Barta, lost his courageous battle with cancer.  Taylor was diagnosed with Stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) with a rare genetic mutation when he was a Kindergartener in January, 2014. Since his diagnosis, Taylor endured eighteen months of chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, but he never lost his smile or zest for life despite the grueling treatments.  Taylor continued to attend school, birthday parties, played soccer, and became a Cub Scout.  He taught us what it means to be strong and courageous, even while facing the most challenging circumstances.  Taylor will live on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to have known him.
Donations can be made to help the Barta family with expenses and support childhood cancer research in Taylor's memory at 

Please note: The Cuts for a Cause fundraiser scheduled for 4/24 has been cancelled.   


March was an exciting month at Woodland School.   Mr. Yale Snyder was the recipient of the Monroe Education Foundation grant and coordinated Mr. William Owens, composer, to visit the Monroe Township school district.  Mr. Snyder had the elementary advanced band students play Mr. Owens' compositions.  In addition, Mr. Owens provided students with instructional feedback.
Woodland School students and staff continue to practice the FISH! Philosophy by inspiring each other to make a positive difference.  
On Tuesday, March 2nd, students reached their goal and earned "Stop, Drop & Read" for 10 minutes school wide!
Throughout the year Mrs. Huey-Colucci's class creates seasonal crafts to help spread kindness and cheer to the residents at the Chelsea at Forsgate Assisted Living Facility.  The springtime craft was a foam flower wreath the children decorated and the teacher delivered.
#WLCARES Leading by example - Staff brought in trial size toiletries for the homeless.

    Brookside School
Brookside school participated in Jump/Hoops for Heart this year and we raised $13,546 to date with donations still being received.  Last year for the 2014-15 school year, Brookside School was listed as 4th in the state under the category of Jump/Hoops for Heart with the American Heart Association with donations in the amount of $14,185.
Some of our students participated in a coloring contest for the American Legion Post 522 from Monroe Township.  The winners of the contest were as follows: 1st place - Diego Vogelman; 2nd place - Jordan Viszoki; 3rd place - Philip Regalado.

 Applegarth School
Mr. Kusher's Class Presentations
"Changing the World: Biographies"

     On Friday, April 29, 2016, Mr. Kusher's class will be presenting their 'Biography Book Projects' which includes a stage presentation given to their parents. The students 'dress the part.' They dress up as the person their biography is about. This is a project the students and parents thoroughly enjoy and always look forward to. 

 Mill Lake School
  • Students in Mrs. Augsbach class have been selected as the third grade... first place, second place and third place/honorable mention state-wide winners for the New Jersey Bar Foundation's 2016 Law Fair Mock Trial Competitions!

The Monroe Township Academic Team was a Finalist

The Monroe Township Academic Team was a Finalist in the Bridgewater Raritan Invitational Tournament of Excellence. Despite losing in the finals yesterday to Biotechnology High School, they were awarded $1,000 for their accomplishments. During the final round the Bridgewater
Superindendent read the questions and we were served a wonderful buffet dinner.

Laura Granett and I are so proud and want to thank all of you for the knowledge you have taught our students.

The Finalists included:
Prateek Jain
Acheev Bhagat
Christian Remolado
Soleiman Rizvi
Megha Jain

We will be awarding several Senior Scholarships with the prize winnings.

Thanks again! 
Jaclyn Abruzzese
Social Studies Teacher
Academic Team Coach
Monroe Township High School

Congratulations to the Girls Basketball Team for winning
The State Central Jersey Championship!

Each year Kean's Department of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the Art Administrators of New Jersey, hosts an Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition in their Campus Gallery. The event recognizes the outstanding artistic talents of NJ High School Students while providing students with the experience of exhibiting in a professional gallery. Among the 40 pieces of student work selected for inclusion this year was MTHS Senior  Linda Wallentine, a student of Mr. Wetzel and Tenth Grader Andrew Foye, a student of Mrs. Naumik. Judges selected eight students for recognition including 4 Merit Award winners and 4 Honorable Mentions. Andrew was a recipient of an Honorable Mention Award and was presented with a certificate, AANJ Artists Metal and a monetary prize during a most impressive Ceremony and Reception. Applauds to both Linda and Andrew!

In This Issue
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"Along with warmer weather, our Spring Community Education Classes are starting soon!  For 32 years, the Monroe Township Community Education program has offered classes, lectures, experiences, and opportunities as unique as the communities we serve.  In addition to our popular long-time favorites, we have 26 NEW course additions to choose from that promise to be winners!  Registration is now underway...don't delay!"
Wendy Cerbie
Monroe Township Board of Education
Use of Buildings Coordinator/Adult Education Secretary
732-521-1500 ext. 5248

Come Join Us For a
Slice of Summer Fundraiser
Eagle's Landing Day Camp

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          April News Letter


Please read more: Cub Scouts


Bringing smiles to kids & adults battling cancer
Frances Foundation & The Dean Clarizio Foundation
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Invite you to the
Monroe Township Community Center
120 Monmouth Rd.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Township Officials & Department Heads
will be on hand to provide information and answer
any questions you may have.

The Middle School

Sixth grade language arts students on Team Evolution and Team Vista celebrated the life of a person they admire in their participation of the Living Memoirs Project. In this study, students developed their reading, research, and writing skills. After gathering information, in a multi-media approach, students then created several artifacts to demonstrate the important legacy this person left to the world. Written artifacts included a diary entry, news article, and obituary, while the visual pieces ranged from a meaningful epitaph to a commemorative stamp. Students arranged creative displays to memorialize their person in a Hall of Fame in Monroe Township Middle School's PAC.
This week, Mrs. Williams' 7th & 8th Grade Art Students and the MTMS Builder's Club, under the direction of Ms. Montgomery and Ms. Murphy, started creating ceramic bowls as part of the Empty Bowls community service project.  Next week, a group of students will be visiting the Monroe Township Senior Center to talk about the project with the Senior Citizens.  Later in the year, the ceramic bowls that the students created will be auctioned off, and the proceeds will be donated to local food banks and organizations. (SEE PICTURE)
Students in Ms. Montgomery's and Ms. Murphy's classes as well as the Builders Club are being challenged to put down their phones for the month of March!  When they are home, participating students are directing their phone to the website:  Once there they click the link and put their phone down and help UNICEF provide clean water for children around the world!  This event runs through the entire month of March and students can participate as many times as they wish!  How long can you go without touching your phone?  So far Jonah Dias holds the record at 14 hours, 46 minutes and 32 seconds!  Can you beat his time? Take the challenge and find out!
Selected MTMS Chorus and Percussion students participated in the CJMEA Intermediate Region Choir and Percussion Ensemble concert this past Sunday.  Conductors Brian Schkeeper and Kale Thompson lead the two choral ensembles.  Peter Saleh led the Percussion Ensemble.  Two of our 8th grade students, Sean Park and Lahari Gumidyala received awards for participating in their respective CJMEA ensembles for three years.  Jahnvi Seshadri soloed with the SSA Ensemble.  Shannon Leff and Kaitlynn Russell performed the National Anthem at the beginning of the concert. (SEE PICTURE)
Mrs. Hawxhurst's 7th Grade Classes exploring SHUTTER SPEED using their new Canon Rebel Cameras. They are being taught Shutter Speed, ISO & Aperture.  These three variables come into play when exposing a photograph.  In this lesson using our new Canon Rebel Cameras I taught the students all about Shutter Speed.  The cameras shutter function is simply to block light from getting into the camera, unless a photo is being taken, and then to allow light in only for as long as needed to achieve a correct exposure.  A fast shutter speed freezes the action.  A long shutter speed can make flowing water look fluffy and white.  A VERY long exposure on a tripod at night can capture very dim scenes, even stars in the night sky.  The lesson here was to achieve a VERY fast shutter to freeze the subjects in midair while they jumped.  The students had to experiment with a fast moving subject (students jumping).  They had to photograph at different shutter speeds from slow to fast to see the affects. (SEE PICTURE)
On behalf of the NJ Department of Community Affairs and Division of Fire Safety, the Middle School art students participated in the annual New Jersey Fire Prevention poster contest, visually depicting the theme "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep."  Best of luck to the fifty participants from MTMS who submitted a poster!



Pizza With a Twist at Oak Tree

Pizza, anyone?  If you're in the mood, you might choose to dine in Mrs. Eosso's class at Oak Tree School.  Students in this second grade class cooked up some excellent book reports in the form of "pizza slices" in actual pizza boxes. For students whose families do not eat pizza, local pizzerias were kind enough to donate an empty box upon seeing Mrs. Eosso's report description.
Each slice of pizza was created to represent a particular fictional story element, such as the main character, setting, or favorite part.  Students obviously put tremendous effort into this assignment, as was seen by their completed projects.  Pizza boxes arrived at school with glitter, stickers, pretend pepperoni slices, foiled crust, and more!  Most importantly, Mrs. Eosso's students appeared to achieve the goal of this task, impressing her with their explanations of problem/solution and story themes.
Gone are the old days of boring book reports!  This was one exciting classroom delivery.

Beebots Invade Oak Tree!
Can Kindergarteners code?  YES! Students in Mrs. Shea's Kindergarten class used BeeBots to participate in the Hour of Code.  Thanks to a generous grant from the Oak Tree PTA, the students were able to program and code robots.  First, they created plans for how to move the robots through a maze of blocks.  The students used arrows to plan and count the number of spaces the robot should move.  Then, they tested their plans and revised their strategies.  They were engaged, excited, and motivated!

Coming Soon!
Monroe Township High School
Footlights Club
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels



                              April 28th , 29th , 30th @ 7:00 P.M.
                May 1st @ 3:00  P.M.
 Monroe Township High School
                              Performing Arts Center                    
           200 Schoolhouse Road
                     Monroe Township , NJ 08831

             Tickets: Students $6.00   Seniors $8.00    Adults $10.00
                                 Rutgers Spring Football Game--FREE Event
The 2016 Rutgers Spring Football Game will be on April 23 at 7:00 at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway. Admission and parking are FREE for everyone.Many events will be held before and after the game.This is a fun day for the whole family and a chance to see New Jersey's Big Ten lead by new Head Coach Chris Ash.This is a great way for youngsters to get involved with their State University.  To purchase Rutgers merchandise, visit For more information , contact  the Rutgers tickets office  at 866-445-4678 or go to Please share this with other parents,students,principals,teachers,coaches,recreation departments, alumni,and youth organizations.
                         Photography & Poetry Contest

Children K_8
The Theme is "Nature"
Deadline 4/22/16                           For more information call the Library at
                                732-521-5000 ext.116. Have Fun!

Children 3-8
The theme is "Nature".                           
Deadline 4/22/16                

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Guidelines for Parents

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