February 2019 Letter from the Superintendent

February 2019 Letter from the Superintendent
Posted on 02/01/2019

February 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Listed below is some information regarding Elementary Service Learning Projects, 1st Annual Junior High School Boys Garnet Cup, Jr./Sr. High School Multicultural Student Union club, Camden County Diversity Training, Quad-district Articulation Science update, High School REACH students, and PCAST.


Glenview Avenue School
Mr. Sassano, Glenview Avenue School Principal, started service learning projects for individual classrooms a few years ago. Each grade chooses a different organization to help and teachers will be sending Mr. Sassano their organization of choice shortly. Mr. Sassano and the staff will also choose an organization to help. They will participate in a day of service at that organization one evening or on a Saturday. After state testing is completed in May, they will hold a day of service for families and a classroom visitation day so parents can learn about the various organizations they have helped.

Seventh Avenue School and Atlantic Avenue School
Mr. Ormsby, Seventh Avenue School and Atlantic Avenue School Principal, will be participating in school wide community service projects at Seventh Avenue School and Atlantic Avenue School. Last year they did individual classrooms, but the staff and Mr. Ormsby are trying a whole school collaborative service project this year. The following information was provided by Mr. Ormsby:

Seventh Avenue School
Seventh Avenue School is working on a collaborative service project this year to help the Pender County School District as they continue to rebuild following the devastation of Hurricane Florence. The students will be raising money through a read-a-thon in which family and friends can sponsor our students. The teachers and students chose this service project for a few reasons, one being that our own teacher, Mrs. Applebaum started her career in the Pender County School District and has a strong connection with the families that attend that district. They also felt a strong drive to help support other children like them. The money raised will be used to create care packages for classrooms and families. The children will write letters, create bookmarks, and collect books and supplies that are needed to rebuild those classrooms.

Atlantic Avenue School
Atlantic Avenue School's community service project will benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Camden, NJ. "The Ronald McDonald House was built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. When a child is hospitalized, the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed" (Ronald McDonaled House). With that said, the staff has already designated an evening in February to purchase, prepare, and serve dinner to the families staying at the House. The contributions from the students will tie into the evening of service perfectly. Classes can make and donate family welcome bags and snack packs for children throughout the rest of the school year. They will write letters to children and parents that stay at the Ronald McDonald House and make placemats for residents to use while they dine. Atlantic Avenue School is excited about the possibilities to help this worthy cause.


The High School Athletic Department and Boys Basketball Coaches had the first annual Junior High Boys Basketball Garnet Cup Tournament in January. The participants were the Junior High Boys Basketball teams from Merchantville, Lawnside, Barrington, and Haddon Heights. The Barrington team ended up winning the Garnet Cup! The two day event was very well attended by parents and students.


The Jr./Sr. High School Multicultural Student Union club put together a showcase to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., under the leadership of Ms. Lubonski, High School English Teacher and Multicultural Student Union advisor. The showcase featured images and quotes from MLK along with personal responses to those quotes. Students and staff decorated the center hall High School showcase in honor of MLK Day. Students and staff selected a quote by Dr. King and responded to one of the following questions:

  1. What does this quote mean?
  2. Why is this message still important today?
  3. Why is this quote resonate with you?


On January 17, 2018, some Haddon Heights administrators attended the Camden County Curriculum Diversity Training meeting. The meeting was part of a yearlong series on equity training by Ms. Judith Wilson. The topic of this meeting was social and emotional programs. Ms. Judy Wilson presented best practices and the county districts discussed the topic.


The Quad-district Articulation Science Team had its first meeting on Wednesday, January 16th. The curriculum framework and overall purpose of the team was discussed. Administration provided the exact framework to the team (teachers) that was used for the Social Studies team to ensure consistency cross disciplines.


Last year Ms. Michnowski, Elementary Art Teacher, was kind enough to have her students make the “feathers” you see pictured in the artwork below. Mr. Smargisso, Jr./Sr. High School Art Teacher, donated the frames, eagerly worked to paint the clouds, and assemble the art work with the high school REACH students and staff to create this beautiful and meaningful piece of art for the sensory room where it has been mounted. They took an idea Mrs. Renner presented and brought it to life. This demonstrates how we can collaborate to do great things!

butterfly art


The students in Mr. Celli and Ms. Kahlbom's PCAST class recently visited Stockton University for a guided tour of the campus, including a presentation from the Learning Access Program. The students were introduced to key people on the campus and programs available to promote success including the accommodations offered to facilitate their education. They also had the opportunity to meet the Assistant Admissions Director and hear first-hand what kind of student Stockton is looking for. They ended their trip with lunch in the student cafe hosted by the Stockton team.


Elementary PTG Valentine’s Day Dance
Friday, February 8th at 6:00 pm
This dance is being held in the Atlantic Avenue School gymnasium.

Incoming 9th Grade Orientation
Wednesday, March 6th at 7:00 pm
This meeting is being held in the Jr./Sr. High School auditorium.


Michael Adams

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