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 Monroe Township School District
December 3, 2015
A Message From The Superintendent's Office
Dear Falcon Community,
December is a busy time in the Monroe Township School District. If you are looking for a fun, and inexpensive, night of entertainment, look no further than our December Calendar of Events, which is listed in this newsletter. Our Holiday and winter concerts, as well as the Middle School Play, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, are scheduled throughout the month of December. In addition, our Education Foundation is sponsoring A Jazzy Nutcracker on Sunday, December 6th at 1:00 and 4:30 pm. Tickets are available at the door for this event.
Would you like to have a voice in how the school district is going to accommodate the influx of new students expected over the next five years? The Monroe Township Board of Education is seeking members of the community to join the Student Growth Advisory Committee (SGAC), whose purpose will be to understand and evaluate the impact of current and anticipated growth in student enrollments on the facilities and programs of the Monroe Township Schools and to formulate recommendations for consideration by our Board of Education on addressing those impacts. The SGAC will meet monthly beginning in January, 2016 through June, 2016. Members of the SGAC will be selected from the pool of respondents to ensure representation from each area of the community. If you are interested in joining this committee, email Ms. Cathy Varacallo at . Please include your name, address and contact information, as well as 2-3 sentences stating why you would like to be a part of this committee. Information will also be available on our website, Channel 28 and our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is alive and well in our schools. Inside this edition, you will find some of the exciting STEM learning activities that challenge students to use problem-solving strategies required of engineers and scientists.
Our Fall sports teams played well during the season under the tutelage of their coaches. Four of our coaches were recently honored for their work this Fall sports season by being named Coaches of the Year. Please see inside for details.
December is also a month for joyous celebration with your family and friends. During this most wonderful time of the year, I wish you and your family peace and joy.
Respectfully yours in education,
Dr. Michael Kozak

School Events!
Applegarth School
STEM Challenges during American Education Week
Fifth grade students at Applegarth Elementary School participated in a "STEM Challenge Carousel," in which students, acting as engineers, rotated from classroom to classroom engaging in various STEM challenges. The activities ranged from creating an index card tower that would withstand the weight of two Oreos to a Marble Maze constructed out of box lids. The marble had to successfully roll from one point to another avoiding obstacles such as road blocks. The students persevered through all tasks while working collaboratively as engineers.  As it was American Education Week parents were invited to see first-hand their children participate in the "Stem Challenge Carousel."  Parents and students alike really enjoyed this activity.

T ake a peek inside Mrs. Viyas'  classroom  at Applegarth Elementary School where students participated in a Native American Home STEM Challenge!  In this interdisciplinary activity, students researched Native American homes in social studies and through the study of figurative and descriptive language in their reading workshop class novel The Birchbark House by: Louise Erdrich.  Students enthusiastically went through the engineering design process by first determining the limits and constraints of their task.  Then, students buzzed around the room as they imagined multiple solutions to the problem and sketched blueprints in their STEM journals - it was noticeable that they were paying attention to dimension and size to scale.  After, students determined the supplies that they would use to effectively manage their project "budgets" and took a trip to the "materials store," using their budget and purchasing power to buy materials.  Collaboration was key as students created their structures and re-designed their models for accuracy.  Come stop by for the Fall Engineering Expo, students will be presenting their designs by creating short films using iMovie which will address their ideas, dimensions, the learning process about construction and engineering, the science behind the challenge and any data recorded in the process.   

Students in Mrs. D'Agostino's 4
th grade class participated in an exciting book event called
Minli's Jouney. The event was created by the author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Grace Lin. Students were paired up with their parents to travel through a series of 10 puzzles, where they could only use items found in their toolkit. All participants left the event with a special gift, the meaning of the gift is to be revealed at the end of the book. Parents and students alike enjoyed the event and left excited to read the novel. The event was sponsored through the Applegarth Oak Tree PTA Grants program.

Highlights from Mr. Kusher's Grade 4 Class
          For American Education Week, Mr. Kusher's Grade 4 class presented their 'Book Box Reading Projects' in the morning. Parents were invited in to hear their children present their projects. The children were excited to share their work with the class and an audience, their parents. The afternoon started with a surprise visit from 'Dr. G.O. Graphy' (aka Mr. Kusher) who had the children engrossed in a geography lesson about New Jersey. Dr. G.O. Graphy was so humbled when other students throughout the school recognized him, from previous visits, saying hello with excitement.


Woodland Staff came together to show the students of Woodland our FISH Philosophy.  Throughout the year WL staff will wear their #HASHTAG t-shirt and show we are united in our cause while bringing attention to the students as we model our good character.
On Friday, 11/20, WL staff brought in a canned food to supplement the Monroe Township Food Pantry.  In addition, approximately $100 raised from this t-shirt sale will go toward the Thanksgiving FOODFRANZY. 

Monroe Township Middle School

December 4th

The MTMS 6th Grade Play Presentation "YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN" will occur on December 4th in the PAC at 7 pm.  We are excited that so many 6th graders showed an interest this year and hope you can join them in their acting debut.

On December 8th MTMS presents our Percussion & Band Winter Concert at 7 pm in the PAC.  The students work so hard and the performances are always wonderful so be sure to stop by.

Our 6th to 8th Grade Band Concert will occur in the MTMS PAC on December 10th at 7 pm.   Our music teachers aim for perfection and the effort pays off every year.  The students are ready to impress so get dressed and join us for the evening!

Monroe Township High School
G reat Songs From Broadway!
December 9,2015
M.T.H.S. Commons
7:00 P.M.
Tickets $5.00
Presented by: MTHS Footlights Club

Monroe Township High School
Chorus concert
December 16th
7:00 PM  Pac Center

A Jazzy Nutcracker
Hello Everyone!
Graham Lustig's, "A Jazzy Nutcracker" will performing on Sunday, December 6th, 2015 @ the Monroe High School Performing Arts Center. Performance times are 1:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. We are trying to help sell tickets to either performance.  Every year, we receive a nice donation from the dance company for helping! If you know anyone that would like to purchase at ticket, please email me, or they will be available at the door. 
The last few years, the Foundation has been allowed to set up a concession stand at the performance.  All the money made goes directly to the Foundation.  We are looking for volunteers to work the concession stand. If you can give 1 or more hours, it would be greatly appreciated.  This is the only fundraiser that the Foundation has done this year, and our grant money account is slowly dwindling.   PLEASE help the Foundation with this one fundraiser by giving an hour or two of your time. Please email me or call if you can help!!
Amy Antelis
The next Foundation meeting will be on Monday, December 14, 6:00 pm @ Brookside School Media Center

Monroe Township High School
College and Career Counseling Center
Office Hours Monday -Friday 7:30 - 3:00 pm 
Monroe Township High School's Guidance viewpoint places the individual in the position of central importance and requires that all phases of the school program be aimed at assisting all students to achieve their maximum potential. We believe that in order to accomplish this task, a team approach involving students, counselors, teachers, parents and administrators must be utilized. Only through home and school cooperation can we fully assist in the educational, emotional and social development of our students.
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Your food and clothing donations, your hard work, and your caring helped to make the Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner Table a huge success. We were able to serve over 1,000 meals plus give many folks boxed lunches for Friday.  It was so nice to see so many friends and colleagues during the days leading up the holiday and a special bonus to share Thursday working with Monroe staff and students. Elementary, middle school, and high school students showed up to help. It was truly something to be thankful for. 

Pat Sherman
Workstation Specialist
Applegarth Elementary School,
Oak Tree Elementary School

Enjoy an entertaining, humorous and informative program!
Moore Township High School Athletics is inviting you to spend an evening with recruitment guru Jack Renkens as he explodes the myths and presents the realities of college recruiting!  
Myth #1
The time to gear up your recruiting effort is late in the junior year.
The best time to start is freshman year! (It's true­­!)
Myth #2
Only the top athletes can expect to get opportunities.
There are great schools all over the country looking for good athletes, good students and good kids right now!

This should be mandatory for every parent, student-athlete and coach!  Don't miss it!
Wednesday , December 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Monroe Township High School PAC
200 Schoolhouse Road , Monroe Township, NJ 
Complimentary Admission for
All Student-Athletes and Families!  
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Glorianna Perrotte who was an All-Conference Pitcher for the Monroe Softball Team last season signed a letter of intent to row for University of Miami in Coral Gables Fla. next year.


Grace Martini who is;
  • The captain of the girl's field hockey team.
  • Won county championships in field hockey and softball.
  • Played in a county and sectional final in basketball.
  • Earned all-conference selection in field hockey and all division selection in softball
She will be signing a letter of intent to play field hockey at East Stroudsburg University.
Rico Viani who is:
  • A varsity letter winner in two sports basketball & baseball.
  • Won a county championship in baseball.
  • Played in a county and sectional final.
  • Earned all division selection in baseball.
He will be signing a letter of intent to play baseball at Wagner College.
Robbie Peto who is;
  • A varsity letter in baseball.
  • Won a county championship in baseball.
  • Played in a county and sectional final.
  • Earned all-conference selection in baseball.
  • Rated as one of the top 10 Senior High School Pitchers in the country by USA.
He will be signing a letter of intent to play baseball at the University of North Carolina.

Winter Concert
December 15th ~7  PM
at the Middle School

Winter Concert
December 17th ~7  PM
at the Middle School

          C hef Joseph Raiola 
On Monday, 30-November, Ms. Latinnelli's Foods classes were visited by celebrity Chef Joseph Raiola (fifth season winner of the Food Network's "Chopped" and executive chef at numerous renowned restaurants).  Chef Raiola spoke with the students about working as in the culinary industry, but also what it takes to be successful in the 21st-centruy workplace.  He then followed-up with a collaborative cooking demonstration in Monroe Township Middle School's culinary labs.  

Coa ches of The Year

Sarah Cummings :Field Hockey        
GMC Coach of the Year

Kathy Dillon Girls Soccer    Division & GMC Coach of the Year

Nick Puleio   Boys X Country    Division Coach of the Year

Matt Olszewski   Girls Tennis   Division Coach of the Yea r

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Monroe Township School District
423 Buckelew Avenue
Monroe Township, NJ 08831