September 2019
Monroe Township School District
News & Updates
A Message From Dr. Dori Alvich
Monroe Township School District Superintendent

Dear School Community,

I hope you’ve enjoyed your summer and are ready for another exciting school year! In July I began my new position as Superintendent of Schools, and I am thrilled to be leading such a dynamic and vibrant group of professionals as we welcome our students back for another fantastic year.

This school year begins with some changes, such as the new name and look of our district newsletter, The Monroe Pulse. The Monroe Pulse will be filled with school and district news, upcoming events, and exciting happenings, and will be sent monthly to all parents and guardians, as well as any community members interested in receiving it.

The security vestibule project is coming along nicely and is scheduled to be completed this fall. Alternate entrances will be posted at all buildings until the work has been completed. This project will create a secure double entrance at all of our schools.

Dr. Adam Layman was recently approved as the new Assistant Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Layman began working in Monroe Township 17 years ago as a teacher, advancing to assistant principal, and principal. I am thrilled to welcome him to the central office administrative team, and he will be an integral part in the search to find the next Woodland Elementary School principal.

I would also like to congratulate Mr. Scott Madreperla who will begin this year as the Acting High School Principal. Mr. Madreperla stepped up to lead the high school last year and I am confident that he will do an outstanding job as we start school and begin the search for a permanent principal.

As Superintendent, one of my tasks for this school year will be to develop a strategic plan for our district, a process that will include community input. At the Summer Administrator Workshop, a vision of where we see our district in the future was created, however it is only a part of the strategic plan, and I encourage anyone interested in shaping the strategic plan to become a part of this process. The primary goals of the strategic plan are to both guide the district and serve as a way to evaluate our success along the way. Details on how to become involved will be forthcoming.

The Ad Hoc committee continues to meet to review the proposals received from community members about how we can best accommodate our district’s growing enrollment. Mr. Masters, the committee chairperson, has provided an update at a recent board meeting, which can be found along with all agendas and minutes on the district website .

Communication from the district will be available through many outlets including the district website, the district Facebook page, and the district @mtsdfalcons and school Twitter accounts. Be sure to follow us for up-to-date information.

I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Back to School nights (see the schedule below) and I wish you all a productive and excellent school year!
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  • September 2, 2019: All Schools Closed-Labor Day

  • September 3 - 4, 2019: All Schools Closed -Staff In-Service 

  • September 4, 2019: Board of Education Meeting 7pm

  • September 5, 2019:1st Day of School-Staff & Students 

  • September 30, 2019: All Schools Closed-Staff & Students

  • 9/12/19 6:30 p.m. Barclay Brook School
  • 9/16/19 6:00 p.m. Middle School - 6th Grade
  • 9/17/19 6:30 p.m. High School
  • 9/18/19 6:00 p.m. Middle School - 7th Grade
  • 9/19/19 6:00 p.m. Middle School - 8th Grade
  • 9/23/19 5:30 p.m. Oak Tree School
  • 9/24/19 6:30 p.m. Woodland School
  • 9/25/19 6:30 p.m. Brookside School
  • 9/26/19 6:00 p.m. Mill Lake School
  • 9/26/19 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Applegarth School
Monroe Township School District

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:00pm
Board of Education meetings held at
Monroe Township High School in the Media Center

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 6:00pm
Curriculum Committee Meeting held at Monroe Township High School

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:00pm
Special Meetings for Board Member Candidate Interviews
Monroe Township High School in the Media Center

Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 7:00pm
Special Meeting for Budget Philosophy held at Monroe Township High School 
Monday, October 7, 2019
Committee Meetings held at Monroe Township High School 
Personnel - 4:00pm (*Not open to the public)
Buildings, Grounds and Transportation - 5:00pm 
Policy - 6:00pm 
Finance - 7:00pm 

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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

Jamesburg Representative
Mr. Paul Rutsky

Student Board Members
Ms. Kayleigh Craver
Mr. Manan Shah

Congratulations to Joe Yannone, named GMC Coach of the Year by

Congratulations to Nick Dini (Class of 2011) for hitting his first Major League Home Run!
Oak Tree School Healthy Living Night 2019

       Did you know that there are over 20,000 different species of bees and that there are three different types of bees in each colony? The staff, students, and parents at Oak Tree School learned those facts and more on June 5, 2019 at their bee themed Healthy Living Night! Over 500 participants came out to stroll inside and outside of the building, experiencing a wide variety of activities designed to promote healthy living and mindfulness.

       Outside of Oak Tree, students learned yoga poses, planted seeds, strolled through the newly opened Oak Tree Garden, and toured an ambulance and the township Enviromobile. 

       Inside the school, students learned about worm composting and poison control, meditated with soothing music and low lights, practiced physical fitness activities in the gym, visited the photo booth, and participated in a Scavenger Hunt. 

To add to that, the students made a “Bee Antenna” headband, designed a scrapbook page for Oak Tree’s 10 th Anniversary, and tried a new and healthy snack of edamame! The stations continued down the hall in classrooms and into the courtyard. Students danced, completed art projects using watercolors, spent time reading, and so much more! These are only a handful of the activities that made the night such a success. 

       Every station, designed by a committee of teachers at Oak Tree, made connections to healthy living, leading a balanced life, and general mindfulness. The overall theme of “bees” helped students to learn why these insects are so important to our environment!

       At the end of the night, the students and their families gathered in the gym to watch as teachers participated in Oak Tree’s own version of Double Dare! Teachers answered trivia questions about bees, and completed “physical challenges.” The most unbelievable moment of all, though, was when our Vice Principal and Principal, Mrs. Amendola and Mrs. Dinsmore, were covered in yellow honey slime! This was surely a fun and exciting way to bring the Oak Tree community together. 
Autism Awareness Bookmark Winner at Applegarth School

This year, the Monroe Township Schools celebrated Autism Awareness Week 2019 in April. As part of our participation in raising awareness, our classes competed in Autism Awareness’s annual bookmark contest. Thousands of students from around the state of NJ submitted entries, and Applegarth School had the statewide winner, Ms. Sanjana Anchula, from Mr. Abrahams and Ms. Poland’s class! 

Sanjana’s entry focused on the playground, and being inclusive to all students. Sanjana’s winning entry is pictured below. 

Congratulations to Sanjana, her family, and her teachers for this honor! 
Lego Mind Storm in Mrs. Pignataro’s and Mrs. Nieves’s Class at Applegarth School 

What do teachers do in the last school days before summer break? In Mrs. Pignataro and Mrs. Nieves’s class, students engage in STEM/STEAM activities that tap into their creativity and engineering skills!

Using the LEGO MindStorm sets, students worked like real scientists and engineers on fun, hands-on learning activities that helped them to learn robotics. Additionally, students worked with programming skills, physical science, and math to create, program, and run a basic robot.
Mrs. Burgess's Class Protects the Environment at Applegarth School

We’ve all seen the day when desks get cleaned out at the end of the school year. So many materials go into the trash, as used supplies are emptied into, as used supplies are discarded. Mrs. Burgess’s class found a great way to make this time productive. Partnered with a Crayola initiative, Mrs. Burgess’s class took a role in protecting the environment. They decided to collect and ship used markers to Crayola for re-purposing! A collection station was set up in the 5 th grade hallway for all of the classes at Applegarth to donate their markers for re-purposing. They also packed and shipped the markers to Crayola!

Compliments to Mrs. Burgess’s class for helping to recycle!  
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