Dear Parents and Guardians:
The weather outside has been more like Fall but soon the sun will be shining and warmer weather will have everyone thinking about the summer. Nevertheless, the school year is winding down and now more than ever we need to remind our students that their hard work and effort will pay off; our staff is committed to keeping the students focused and organized in these last few weeks.
8th Grade PARCC testing is taking place May 3rd through May 5th. Sixth and seventh grade have completed testing; thank you to everyone for your cooperation allowing us to facilitate these tests with minimum disruption. Special thanks to Mrs. Hayes and her NJHS students who came up with some great activities for their peers to participate in between testing sessions each day; NJHS members and staff also did a wonderful job supervising and directing these activities each day.
The 8th Grade New Jersey ASK Science tests are taking place on May 25th. Makeups will be held on June 1st.
The first week of May also was Teacher Appreciation week and I want to take the opportunity to thank our students and our teachers for their hard work so far and for the exceptional effort they have put forth to represent the school in the community. It is an honor and privilege to work with you all in our school.
I would also like to share an outstanding achievement of one of our 8th grade teachers. Mr. Ryan Eckert has been working on a book about the 1994 Major Baseball strike. His book has just been released on Amazon; it is available for Kindle and later this summer should be available in paperback. This episode in baseball is considered to be possibly the most epic historic event in professional sports. If you would like to check it out, here’s the Amazon link, http://amzn.com/B01EVT1B76
Although it is too early to reflect on this year in its entirety, I would like to thank the community for its input and support regarding participation in our surveys; your insights are so important and very much valued. We want to continue to work with parents and students to create a school community that values academic distinction and a positive climate, and values every student and advocates for every child. We will continue to reach out via surveys, social media, and hosting events. We welcome your suggestions for improvement and welcome the opportunity to showcase the best our students have to offer.
Activities taking place in May are:
May 3-5 PARCC testing – Grade 8
May 12 Jazz Band to Medford Band Festival
May 16 Spring School Pictures
May 16 – 17 - 18 Student Performances – Band/Choral Concerts
May 17 Band Spring Concert – 7:00 PM
May 18 Jazz - Choral Spring Concert – 7:00 PM
May 18 PTA Meeting – 7:00 PM
May 18 Progress Reports (on Parent Portal)
May 23 5th Grade Orientation – 6:30 PM
May 25 ASK-8 Science Test
May 27 Jazz Band/Vocal/Chorus Competition – Music in the Parks
May 27 PTA Walkathon
May 30 School Closed – Memorial Day
Thank you for your continued cooperation and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
John Fiorentino, Principal