December 2019
Monroe Township School District
News & Updates
A Message From Dr. Dori Alvich
Monroe Township School District Superintendent
Dear School Community,

It’s December! Since we are already experiencing some dangerous weather, please make sure you and your children know what to do in the case of a delayed opening or early closing of the schools. I will do my best to notify you as soon as we can regarding any changes in our school schedules. Weather conditions change rapidly but know that administration is always monitoring the situation and will make the best call for the safety of our students and staff.

Beginning in January, we will be inviting our community to join us as we plan for our School’s future vision. The dates for Strategic Action Planning are:

  • January 14, 2020 Meeting #1 Determination – Strengths and Challenges/ State of the Schools (snow date January 27, 2020)
  • February 24, 2020 Meeting #2 Dream – Creating a Common Vision (snow date February 27, 2020)
  • March 23, 2020 Meeting #3 Design the District’s Destiny – Goals and Objectives (snow date March 30, 2020)

  • TIME: 7:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Monroe Township High School

This process will be facilitated by New Jersey School Boards Association. Three (3) planning meetings will be held where district stakeholders will create the essential elements of a strategic plan: vision, goals, and objectives. We will be discussing the strengths of the district, the challenges that we face, creating a shared vision for the district, and developing ways, goals, in which we can tackle those challenges. We are inviting staff members, parents, students, community leaders and other interested members of the public to contribute their thoughts, ideas and hopes – so that we can effectively plan for the future of our students. We look forward to seeing you there. Please join us at one or all of the meetings.

I would like to wish our entire community a wonderful Holiday Season and the Happiest of New Year!
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Monroe Township School District

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 7:00pm
Board of Education Meeting
Board of Education meetings held at Monroe Township High School in the Media Center

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 5:30pm
Curriculum Committee Meeting held at Monroe Township High School

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 6:30pm
Ad Hoc Committee Meeting held at Monroe Township High School

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Personnel Committee Meeting - 4:30pm (*Not open to the public)
Buildings, Grounds and Transportation Committee Meeting - 5:00pm 
Policy Committee Meeting - 6:00pm 
Committee Meetings held at the Board of Education office

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Finance Committee Meeting - 6:00pm 
Committee Meetings held at the Board of Education office

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2019 Board Members
Ms. Kathy Kolupanowich, Board President
Mr. Steven Riback, Vice President
Ms. Michele Arminio
Ms. Jill DeMaio
Ms. Patricia Lang
Mr. Andy Paluri
Ms. Rupa Siegel
Mr. Peter Tufano
Mr. Louis Masters

Jamesburg Representative
Mr. Paul Rutsky

Student Board Members
Ms. Kayleigh Craver
Mr. Manan Shah

Parents/Guardians of MTHS students: Conferences have been rescheduled from December 2 nd to December 9 th . Parents will have the same appointment time originally scheduled for 12/2 on 12/9.  If you cannot make that time please send the teacher an email to cancel the appointment and discuss other options.  

In addition, Tuesday December 10th, will be a half day Monroe Township High School teachers and students ONLY.

Brooke Marchesi, a junior at Monroe Township High School, participated in the Girls Who Code program this past summer. Brooke received internal acknowledgment from Pfizer and a congratulatory letter from a New Jersey General Assemblyman, Daniel R. Benson. Way to go, Brooke!

MONROE – Brooke Marchesi, who is entering her junior year at Monroe Township High School, spent the summer immersed in code, strengthening her interest in computer engineering during the Girls ...

Congratulations to Mason Grossman (Lacrosse), Josh Estavillo (Lacrosse), Bryant Skurbe (Baseball), Sarah Kulpa (Cross Country) and Emma Bodner (Soccer) they will be playing their sport at the college they
will be attending in the Fall.
Congratulations to our JV Girls Soccer Team winning
their JV GMC Tournament!
Congratulations to our Boys Freshman Football Team for
having an undefeated season!
Oak Tree Second Graders Build Teepees!

During the month of November, second grade students in Mrs. Gross’s class have been studying Native Americans and the different types of homes they lived in. For American Education Week, their parents were able to visit the classroom and participate in a STEM activity with their child. Using only newspaper and masking tape, parents and students worked together to build a teepee that was big enough to fit one child inside. The children had to cooperate and work together to plan, design, revise, and build their teepees. Future architects at work!
Oak Tree Second Grade Students Thank Air Force Veterans
Because second grade teacher Mrs. Zappolo has a nephew who is an Airman First Class in the US Air Force stationed in Germany and it is his first year overseas, she decided to make her class lesson on Veterans Day a little more meaningful this year.  First her class watched a video on Veterans Day keeping in mind what is a veteran, why is Veterans Day held on November 11, and how can we show how much we appreciate what they do for us. Her class was very excited to thank those serving and chose to write letters as well as send a photo of the class holding their letters. The children are anxiously awaiting a photo of the Airmen reading those same letters and hope to send cards, word searches and puzzles to them over the holidays.

Grace Gouze, a resident of Monroe Township, served as a RAVE Reader at Oak Tree school for many years, reading to the fourth grade students every Friday. In honor of her 90th birthday, her family donated $660 in gift cards to be used to purchase books that promote strong female protagonists, as well as pluralism, diversity, and ethical behavior toward one another. Each book has a bookplate within it that indicates that the books were donated in honor of Grace to recognize her service to Oak Tree as well as her special birthday. The books are presently on display for all to visit. Many thanks again to Grace and her family.

Mill Lake’s students participated in the first Wednesday Wellness activity which was entitled, “The Gratitude Chain”. On post-it notes, students wrote down or drew a picture of things in which they are thankful. The post-it notes are on display throughout the school as a nice reminder of gratitude and Thanksgiving! 
Mill Lake 2 nd grade students in Ms. Young’s class indulged in a “nonfiction unit book tasting”! Students were able to try out different non-fiction texts taking note of the different characteristics as well as interesting topics. Once again we saw that not only are Mill Lake students leaders, but they are readers! 

The Monroe Township School District has embraced AVID in both our Middle and High Schools. This year, Mrs. Guiral’s 5 th grade class is reaping the benefits of AVID Elementary. She has WICORized her lessons to include W riting to learn, I nquiry, C ollaboration, O rganization, and R eading to learn. The students started the year determining characteristics that exemplify a successful student and currently keep a visual of their creation as the cover of their binders. It was a great way to set the tone for the year! Throughout the past two months, students have been working hard on using their binders to stay organized. Student agenda pads have always been used to write down homework, but this year the children are taking them a step further and are using them as a learning log to reflect on their learning each day. Through many collaborative activities, students have developed positive interdependence, working with others toward a common goal. They were able to tap into the social side of the brain in order to increase their motivation and attention to rigor. For example, in Social Studies, the children collaborated with their peers to research a certain area of geography. Students then presented with their expert groups to the rest of the class. After a week of rigorous work, we like to end with a “Fun Friday” activity like “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Cup”! AVID Elementary truly focuses on success for all students within a rigorous academic setting.
American Education Week (AEW) is a great opportunity to celebrate public education. This year, Woodland School celebrated AEW parent visitation day on Thursday, November 22 nd . Our teachers invited their parents to observe and/or participate in educational events such as STEM activities, Yoga Mindfulness in the Classroom, and math games to name just a few.
The Student Council sponsored Thanksgiving Food Drive which will help the local food pantries was a great success!  
Each year, the Rosanna DiLieto of the Woodland Mill Lake PTO creates a “Winter Wonderland” outside the main office. This year she incorporated playful Minions and polar bears playing in the snow. Thank you PTO!
Barclay Brook’s First Grade Class: Veteran’s Day

Ms. Schnier and Miss Crane’s first grade class from Barclay Brook Elementary School wrote letters thanking veterans for their hard-work, dedication, and sacrifice. One of the students shared that his grandfather is a veteran and the class sent their letters to his grandfather. His grandfather brought the letters to a Veteran’s Day breakfast and shared them with other local veterans. The student’s grandmother even made a poster-board sign to place with the letters signed from the class! The veterans were grateful to receive the letters and were humbled by the words of the students. Happy Veteran’s Day
Congratulations to the Fall FBLA LifeSmarts Challenge Winners!

Congratulations to the Monroe Township High School FBLA team of

for placing 1 st in NJ for the FALL LifeSmarts Challenge and who qualified to represent NJ at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in June-July 2020!
Congratulations to the
MTHS FBLA JA Titans Team Qualifiers!

The following teams from Monroe Township High School FBLA have qualified for the JA Titan Regional Rounds. 

Rijukeya Prakasam Nallasamy P:
Aarav Makadia, Rijukeya Prakasam, Gaurav Pandey

Boboddy Inc:
Thanmayee Kavuri, Maheen Khan, Siri Harish

Durga Mannam, Shilpa Gidugu, Vishwa Bhatt

Some Innovation Required:
Amarkrishna Reddy, Vasista Banala, Ansh Pandya

Team Pranaldo:
Ari Nair, Prem Jani, Pranav Narang

All teams will be competing on January 28th, 2020 at Munich RE in Princeton, NJ for the JA Titan 2019-20 Regional Round.
MTHS FBLA is directed by Ms. Deanna Dale and
operates within the Department for the Applied Arts & Careers Technology
PENNIES, PUMPKINS and PROMISE Fundraiser at Brookside School

Step 1: Paint a Pumpkin. Step 2: Secure your pumpkin onto a GIANT SLINGSHOT. Step 3: Stretch the slingshot back as far as it will go. Step 4: Release both hands at the same time to LAUNCH YOUR PUMPKIN!! 

This fall, lucky Brookside students launched dozens of pumpkins in a rocking outdoor assembly held to celebrate Student Council’s most successful fundraiser ever. Brookside raised more than $1,700 for families experiencing homelessness!
It all started when Mrs. Horoszewski taught Student Council about families experiencing homelessness. Representatives unanimously agreed to hold a fundraiser, Pennies, Pumpkins and Promise , to benefit Family Promise. They visited classrooms to teach about homelessness and raise awareness for the fundraiser. For a month, Brookside students brought in their spare pennies, dimes, nickels, quarters, dollars and put them in their classroom’s pumpkin jar. They knew that the lucky winning classrooms would get to paint a pumpkin and then launch it from a giant slingshot held by Mr. Tortoriello and Mr. Nally.

At the end of the month, Student Council representatives counted the money from each homeroom with Senora Arons and Mrs. Horoszewski to find out which classroom in each grade level raised the most money. To celebrate, every student in the winning homerooms got to paint a pumpkin. Then, with the whole grade level cheering and dancing to Ms. Griffin’s spooky playlist, each student worked the massive slingshot and hurled their pumpkins across the blacktop!

Although nothing can compete with Mr. Pepe’s epic launch that perfectly split his pumpkin on top of the chain link fence, Mrs. Horoszewski is confident that “this assembly taught students that when they do good things for others, great things can happen.”
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