The Falcon Flyer Email Newsletter-October 2016-Edition #14  
The Falcon Flyer Email Newsletter 
October 2016 
Your Monthly News & Updates
A Message From The Superintendent's Office...

Dear Falcon Community,

I enjoyed meeting many of you during the various Back to School Nights throughout September. During those meetings, I provided an update on our growing student enrollment and our tentative plans for building new schools to accommodate our new, and existing, students. As a recapitulation for those of you who were not in attendance, we experienced a
significant number of new student registrations this past year. Our enrollment on June 30, 2015 was 6397 students. Our enrollment on September 27, 2016 is 6637 students, which represents an increase of 240 students. This increased student enrollment impacts every one of our schools. Therefore, we are in the initial stages of exploring a referendum for the purpose of building new schools to accommodate our present, and future, students. We are also continuing our quest for additional state funding based on our growing student enrollment. Both Senate President Sweeney and Governor Christie are aware of our funding shortfall and each has proposed a solution, although each of their solutions would require additional action by our state legislators. I will continue to provide updates on funding and our growing student enrollment throughout this year.
This past summer, two of our high school students, Geetasravya Vegunta and Ariana Yousafzai, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Himmelheber, a science teacher at Monroe Township High School, participated in the 2016 Waksman Student Scholars Program (WSSP) ( ), an authentic research project in molecular biology and bioinformatics. Rutgers University Waksman Institute hosted the project, which brought teachers and students from 32 New Jersey and Pennsylvania high schools together to study genes from duckweed, an aquatic plant that is of interest to the scientific community because of its use in bio-remediation, and its potential use as a bio-fuel.
Our student results from the PARCC assessment have been sent home and, once again, our students have performed well. This certainly is a credit to the students' wonderful teachers, the students and, of course, the parents of our students. A full report of how the district fared on the PARCC assessment last year will be presented at a future Board of Education meeting.  
In this edition, you will find important information regarding school, district and community events, such as the Annual Monroe Township Green Fair held on October 8th at the Monroe Township High School and the 3rd Annual Haunted High School on October 26th. You can also find valuable information on our MTSD Facebook page, @MTSDFalcons Twitter feed, MTSD website and MTSD app.
Respectfully yours,

Michael Kozak

Dr. Michael Kozak

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October 3 - 4
Schools Closed - Rosh Hashanah
October 8
Annual Monroe Township GREEN Fair
October 11
4 Hour Session ALL SCHOOLS
October 12
Schools Closed - Yom Kippur
October 16
Matt Collura 5K Run/Walk & BBQ
October 16
23rd Annual OCTOBERFEST @ Monroe Recreation Center
October 17 - 21
RESPECT week at Woodland School
October 19 - 21
4 Hour Session K-5 Schools - Teacher Conferences
October 24
CAR SHOW Sponsored by DECA
October 26
MTHS/FBLA 3rd Annual Haunted High School
October 27 - 29
MTHS Footlights Club Presents - SHOWCASE 2016

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Paint Mill Lake School
"Purple & Gold"

At Mill Lake School, our new 3rd Grade Student Council Members started their first service learning project to help sponsor a fundraiser for the Embrace Kids foundation which seeks to improve the quality of life for families whose children are facing health challenges in honor of Mill Lake School's Alumni, Johnny Volpe. The Student Council Member students have been planning "Paint Mill Lake School Purple and Gold" on Friday September 30th to spread the word for this organization.
Adult Education at Monroe!  
"Fall" in love with learning!  Fall 2016 Community Education classes have begun, and we have a varied selection of classes beginning in October and November we'd like to share with you.  For 33 years, the Monroe Township Community Education program has offered classes, lectures, experience, and opportunities as unique as the communities we serve.  Registration is now underway.....don't delay! 
T here is still time to sign up for
Community Education classes in October and November!

To read full course descriptions, course dates, and fees
OCTOBER 8, 2016
Monroe Township High School complex, 200 Schoolhouse Rd
10am-3 pm
Organizers have reached out to me and have extended
Or, perhaps set up a class/course science or sustainability-themed exhibit! 

Bonnie Burke-Casaletto, M. Ed.
District K-12 Supervisor of Sciences & Social Studies
732-521-2882 Ext 6309
Monroe Township High School DECA is partnering with The Humane Society and will be spearheading the launch of a community collection of much needed pet supplies. 
Contact Debbie Stapenski at for a list of items and drop off information. Donated items will be given to The Humane Society on October 8. 
Applegarth School "Only One You"

When you walk through the halls of Applegarth on any given day, you are likely to see a class sitting in The Commons working, reading, and conducting a group lesson. During the first week of school, Mrs. Palino and Mrs. Shanfield's 5 th grade class listened to the read aloud book, Only One You.

                Only One You is a picture book written by Linda Kranz with illustrations made up of painted river rocks with messages to inspire throughout the book. The words are simple, yet powerful. Advice such as "...find you own way and you don't have to follow the crowd", allows students to see how one should make his way in the world.

The fish theme to the book was very purposeful, aligning to Applegarth's Character Education Program the "Fish Philosophy". This national program is designed around four pillars of character which include Be There, Make Their Day, Play, and Choose Your Attitude. Mrs. Palino and Mrs. Shanfield's main goal of the lesson was to empower the students to start building their classroom community.

                The final piece of the lesson was back in room 22, where each student decorated a river rock to represent themselves and show that there is only one you.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Thompson Park - Jamesburg, NJ
Check In: 8:30am   
Race Begins: 10:30am
Click here to register

School Store for all of your FALCON merchandise!

Order Online & Pick-up at MTHS!
(Cash or Check)
Check out What's Happening!
Woodland School is celebrating " Respect Week and Violence Prevention " during the week of October 17th - 21st.  Guidance is coordinating school spirit days and planning the annual kick-off school assembly on Friday, 10/21 with staff! 
CAR SHOW - Sponsored by DECA
MTHS DECA is hosting its 13th Annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show on Sunday, October 23rd at Monroe Township High School. T he show runs from 9am-2 p m and is FREE for all spectators.  This year's show is a benefit for the NJ based "New Eyes for the Needy" organization.    
Registration is open to all classes of cars, trucks and motorcycles and begins at 9AM.  
Registration fee is $10 with a donated pair of eyeglasses or $15 without a donation. 

Trophies and door prizes will be awarded to show winners along with goody bags to the first 75 registered vehicles.  Music will be provided by DJ Roy.  

Contact Debbie Stapenski at for more information.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month  
An annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.
While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!    Click here for more information 
MTHS/FBLA 3rd Annual Haunted High School
Join us for an evening of FUN!
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 
5:30pm - 7:30pm 
Monroe Township High School 
  • Designated "HAUNTED" areas will be scattered throughout the first floor for activities, trick-or-treating, crafts, games, stories and MORE!
  • Areas and classrooms will be decorated by various organizations/groups/clubs and classes from Monroe Township High School!    
  • Township resident children ages 11 and under, are invited to wear their costumes and "Trick-or-Treat" in a barrier-free and safe environment.   
  • Admission is $5 per child   Adults are FREE!
  • Proceeds will be donated to the Mama Mare Breast Cancer foundation, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. 
  • *Pre-Registration is RECOMMENDED
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email Deanna Dale, FBLA Advisor 
MTHS Footlights Club Presents...

An Evening of Great Songs and Scenes From the New York Stage 

Monroe Township High School 
200 Schoolhouse Road
October 27 - 29, 2016 


Tickets -- Adults: $10  Senior Citizens: $8  Students: $6

 MCFOODS Needs Volunteers! 
Monroe Fall Harvest Food Driv e
For more information:  Click here 
We are excited to present to you the 1st annual
MTHS Hall of Fame induction.  
We would like to pay tribute to the many individuals from our high school who have been a part of the MTHS athletic programs and part of the Monroe Falcons.

If you would like to nominate or re-nominate anyone who you feel is qualified, and meets the criteria, please click the link below.
Get the latest information on the
Monroe Township School District Sports Programs
Monroe Pediatric Dentistry Presents... 
Support Our Troops
6th Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back 
Student Registration & Documents
Click here for Information
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 on Child Safety 
  • Article from Monroe Township Police Dept.
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