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 Monroe Township School District
A Message From The Superintendent's Office
 
Dear Falcon Community,
 
We are entering the second half of the 2015-16 school year and I am proud to state that our students continue to develop their academic, behavioral and social skills through collaborative and standards-driven instruction. Student concerts have demonstrated students' strong musical and artistic skills and our athletic teams continue to not only compete at a high level, but also demonstrate excellent sportsmanship, as is expected of all of our students. Our student clubs and activities provide opportunities for our students to apply their knowledge in real-life scenarios, as our Monroe Township High School Mock Trial Team did when they presented a compelling argument as the prosecuting attorneys in their semi-final match recently in New Brunswick.
 
Dr. Dori Alvich, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, presented the district and school results from the 2014-15 administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) at the January 13, 2016 Board of Education meeting.   The results indicate that our students performed above the state average in almost every grade and subject area. The scores of our high school students is the one area of concern. My conversations with high school students indicate that many high school students were not engaged in PARCC last year due to the PARCC testing schedule interfering with their regular and Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and that the students had already met the state's graduation requirement by achieving a passing score on one of the many alternative assessments to PARCC. To remedy this situation, we are scheduling the 2016 PARCC assessment on a delayed opening schedule, which will allow students to take PARCC without missing any of their other classes. We expect this change to have a positive effect on the high school students' scores for the 2016 PARCC.
 
The Student Growth Advisory Committee (SGAC), comprised of approximately 100 members of the community and school district, met on January 11th to collaborate on possible solutions to the growing student enrollment and the impact it is having on our schools and facilities. The SGAC will make recommendations to the Board on how to address the growing student enrollment. The Board has the final authority on what actions will be taken.  The process the SGAC uses and any recommendations made will be transparent through video recordings of meetings, ongoing communication via channel 28, newsletters, Facebook, Twitter and the district web site.  To view the video of the January 11th meeting, click here.  
 
Last week, we experienced the first major snowstorm of this year. Schools were closed Monday and we had a delayed opening on Tuesday. I drove through many of the neighborhoods Tuesday morning to check on the conditions of our sidewalks and bus stops. I have to commend our parents and other community members on the excellent conditions of many of our sidewalks where children walk to bus stops or school. Clearing sidewalks after a snowstorm is extremely important to the safety of our students. I realize that this snowstorm left a voluminous amount of snow and that shoveling your sidewalk was difficult. However, on behalf of our children, I thank you for your efforts.
 

Respectfully yours in education,
Dr. Michael Kozak
Superintendent 


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PARCC Information
Are you wondering how you can help your child to prepare for the Common Core and PARCC? Please see this short video to give you some  resources: 



Applegarth     
                                   Update On National Geographic Bee
 
Applegarth Elementary School participated in the National Geographic Bee on Friday, January 22, 2016. There were 9 students in grades 4 and 5 who participated in the event. All of the students worked hard and truly did their best. The second place winner was Soham Bari, Grade 5, from Mrs. Voza's class and the first place winner was Saumil Amradkar, Grade 5, from Mrs. Lizzio's class. Saumil took the online test to determine whether or not he will qualify for the State Geographic Bee which will be held on April 1, 2016.  He will be notified from the National Geographic Bee by March 4th.


Brookside School   
                   Update On National Geographic And Scripps Bee
 
Brookside participated in the Scripps national spelling bee and the school wide winner was Sanjana Kulkarni in fifth grade.
 
In addition, Brookside participated in the National Geography bee and the school winner was Shubham Agarwal in fifth grade.

High School        
                                 " Class of 2020 "   
                                                              
We are very pleased to inform you we have scheduled our annual Orientation Program for our incoming 9th grade students "Class of 2020" at Monroe Township High School.  The orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9th and will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Performing Arts Center of our high school.  In the event of inclement weather, we have a rescheduled date of Thursday, February 11th at 6:30 p.m.

 Oak tree School
"Place your compassion cards here, to help spread some winter cheer!"
 
The words above are all too familiar for the students at Oak Tree School for Compassion  was our Word of the Month in December. Students learn that compassion means caring about others and doing things to help others feel happy.  We emphasize how great it feels to be able to put a smile on someone's face.  Beginning in December and lasting throughout the winter months, students can write "Compassion Cards" to any student or staff member in the building.  First, each student receives a compassion card written by someone in their class, during their guidance lessons in December.  Students are asked to write about "inside traits" or thank someone for something they have done.  Students understand that writing about how people are "on the inside" or things that they are good at, makes them feel the best.  Students are encouraged to especially write to others who may have had a bad day or may need some extra cheering up.  The compassion cards that students send to one another are truly heart-warming.  We have found that this is another great way to connect our school so that we feel like one big family that cares and respects each other.  Students can certainly see that "showing compassion is good for others and good for you too!" 

                         Barclay Brook
                                                                                     

Barclay Brook is proud to share that Mrs. Christine Doucette, grade 1 teacher, was selected as the New Jersey Agricultural Society's Teacher of the Year!  Mrs. Doucette wrote a grant to begin a garden at Barclay Brook, and over the past year and a half she has worked to bring the garden to life.  She will be recognized at the Agricultural Society's Annual Gala and will be awarded additional money for use in the school garden. 
During the month of February, Barclay Brook students will continue to learn the many ways in which they can demonstrate good character throughout our Random Acts of Kindness Campaign and our Character County Post Office. 
Our Random Acts of Kindness Campaign is an opportunity for students to recognize acts of kindness performed by their peers.  During the past month, our guidance counselor, Ms. Tornatore, has been teaching students what kindness "looks like".  Students will now be challenged to notice acts of kindness demonstrated by their peers.  When a student recognizes another student for demonstrating kindness, the act of kindness will be recorded on a heart and the kindness hearts will be displayed throughout the building.  Our goal is to collect at least 500 hearts during the week long campaign.
Over a two week period during our Character County Post Office, our school will transform into "Character County".  Each first and second grade homeroom will be adopting a special Character County address such as Brave Boulevard, Determined Drive and Leadership Lane.  Students in grades one and two will collect, sort, cancel and deliver the mail each day.  Students are eager to write and receive letters to their friends, teachers, and staff members within the school.
Our physical education teacher, Mrs. Winters, will be hosting our annual Jump Rope for Heart event on Thursday, February 4th.   Students have been actively fundraising for the event, and all money raised will be donated to the American Heart Association.

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 S tudent Sports and Activities Pictures. 
 Photographer:  Mr. DeBoer




 Important Dates to Remember!
 
2nd Groundhog Day
5th National Wear Red
7th Super Bowl
14th Valentines Day!
15th Presidents Day!

NOTE: All Schools are closed on
Presidents day! 2/15/2016
Championship in wrestling this week.
 
N ick Lombard was the Greater Middlesex Conference 126 lb. Championship in wrestling this week.
 

 GMC Championship Swim Meet. 

R icards Fortels won the 100 meter Freestyle and the 100 meter backstroke at the GMC Championship Swim Meet.  He set the county meet record in the back stroke.

 Woodland School
  • National Geographic Geography Bee on Wednesday, 1/20
         1st place: 4th grade/Mrs. Rheaume's class- Marc DeBrito
  • Scripps Spelling Bee  winners (1st place:  4th grade/Mrs. Rutherford's class-Ashika Chinthaparthi & & runner up was Ria Kakar - 5th grad /Mr. Reinold's class-Ria Kakar)
  • Ms. Fleming's grade 5 class and their families participated in a classroom STEM challenge.  Each group had to use the Engineering Design Process to create a device that would protect an egg from a drop.  Limited supplies provided for this challenge included: 1 balloon, 1 shopping bag, 1 pipe cleaner, 2 pieces of newspaper, 1 coffee filter, 1 straw, 2 toothpicks, 2 cotton balls, and 1 piece of waxed paper.  Mr. Butkiewicz dropped the eggs from the roof of the Woodland School Cafeteria.  5 eggs survived the drop.  The 5 survivor groups are now deciding which supply item was the least important and will remove this item from their device for a future drop.
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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SOCCER REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE SPRING      
Enroll your child in one of the following programs:
Spring Little Kickers Program
This is for children ages 3-5 years old. There are Friday and Saturday sessions open now but they fill up quickly. Cost is $90.00 per player. Program run by a Red Bulls Trainer.
Spring Recreational Soccer Program
Shrimps Division - Pre-K ( You can enroll your child in this program OR our Little Kickers program.) Game day determined by assigned coach. Cost is $65.00 per players
Munchkins Division - Kindergarten. Saturday Games, times TBD. Cost is $85.00 per player
Junior Division - 1st & 2nd Grade. (Boys & Girls Division) - Saturday Games, times TBD. Cost is $85.00 per player  
Intermediate Division (Boys & Girls) - 3rd & 4th Grade. Saturday Games, times TBD. Cost is $85.00 per player
Hotshots Division (Boys & Girls) - 5th & 6th Grade. Saturday Games, times TBD. Cost is $85.00 per player
3M Division - Junior Boys/Girls (7th - 9thh grades) ; Senior Boys/Girls 10th - 12th grade) Schedule set by league; Cost is $100.00 per player
Please visit our website at monroesoccer.com to register your child today.
  All of our registration is done on-line. On our website, there is a link for the specific program you are interested in.
Our program cannot run effectively without volunteers. Please consider signing up to help. Training is provided.
*Late fees of $15.00 are added effective March 1, 2016 and registration will CLOSE by Friday March 11th in order to allow us time to get teams formed and communication sent out. Season is set to start the weekend of April 9th (based on weather and field conditions).
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please email Lori Magee at registrations@monroesoccer.com

 

Child Safety

Guidelines for Parents

By taking responsibility for your children's online computer use, parents can greatly minimize any potential risks of being online. Make it a family rule to:
  • Never give out identifying information- home address, school name, or telephone number- in a public message such as chat or bulletin boards, and be sure you're dealing with someone that both you and your child know and trust before giving it out via E-mail. Think carefully before revealing any personal information such as age, marital status, or financial information. Consider using a pseudonym or unlisting your child's name if your service allows it.
  • Read More Child Safety
  • Article From Monroe Township Police Dept.
                     WARNING SIGNS OF HEART ATTACK, 
                            STROKE & CARDIAC ARREST 
  
HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS
CHEST DISCOMFORT
Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes
 away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. 
DISCOMFORT IN OTHER AREAS OF THE UPPER BODY
Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. 
SHORTNESS OF BREATH
with or without chest discomfort.
OTHER SIGNS
may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.


Learn more about heart attack
STROKE WARNING SIGNS
Spot a stroke F.A.S.T.:
- Face Drooping Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

- Arm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

- Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

- Time to call 9-1-1 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
CARDIAC ARREST WARNING SIGNS
SUDDEN LOSS OF RESPONSIVENESS

No response to tapping on shoulders.
NO NORMAL BREATHING
The victim does not take a normal breath when you tilt the head up and check for at least five seconds.


Learn more about cardiac arrest
                                                                             If these signs are present CALL 9-1-1
  
                                            This Article is from The American Heart Association

Monroe Township School District 
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