Monday, December 22, 2008

West End After School Music

(This was an entry that missed an end-of-the-year posting for 2007-08 and then got lost in the shuffle. Here it is -- just in time to make it before we turn the calendar over to 2009!)

Ms. Guerin's and Mrs. Spittal's first/second grade after school enrichment students were very creative producing their first CD. The students collaboratively wrote songs about Springtime Allergies, The Beach, Mother's Day and Jack and Jill.

To add those perfect finishing touches to the recordings there couldn't have been anything more exciting than Billy Gale, a member of the popular band, Burnt Sienna, accompanying the young artists with an acoustic guitar.

Songs were burned to a CD and given to each of the participants as a momento of their extraordinary efforts. A special thanks to Billy Gale. Thanks for helping us "ROCK OUT" it was AWESOME!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Spotlight on Ms. Rosado

Felicita Rosado

Teacher of Elementary Spanish

West End Memorial School

• Name:

Felicita Rosado

• College(s) and degrees(s):

Rowan University: Bachelor's Degree (Elementary Education K-8)

• Work experience:

Teacher's Aide in an after school program (2 years)

5th grade Bilingual Teacher at Bridgeton, New Jersey

Long-term Spanish Teacher at Woodbury Jr./Sr. High School

• Favorite books:
o fiction: A House in the Woods by Isabelle Holland
o nonfiction: Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald

• Favorite television show:

Family Matters

• Music CD that I have almost worn out from repeated playing:

Run the Show

• Person (living or not) that I’d like to have lunch with and why:

The person I would like to have lunch with today would be my grandmother because there are many things that I would like to share with her.

• Visiting this place makes me peaceful:


• One item on my “to do” list that I can’t seem to get to:

Set up the file folders.

• Destination of my fantasy vacation trip:

A cruise to different parts of the world.

• Details about the teacher I will never forget who inspired me to enter the profession:

The teacher who inspired me to become whom I am today is Madeleine Clark. Mrs. Clark was my 5th grade math teacher. She was always very understanding and caring toward her students. After she became ill and had to leave the classroom, she and I kept in touch through letters for a number of years. The part that I loved the most about her was that she took the time to listen and form that bond that strengthened over time.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Welcome, Winter

Hold on to your hat – winter officially begins Sunday, December 21, 2008. Also, our winter sports are off to a start this weekend. Our high school swim team is in action tonight, the boys and girls basketball teams start the season tomorrow, and the wrestling program has a tournament this Saturday.

I remind you that the easiest way to keep track of a team's schedule is through the on-line schedule on On the district’s website, go under the tab for “Athletics,” and you will find a selection for “Schedules.” There you can be updated by the day, week, month, or season on all your favorite teams.

Grab a coat and hat – and let winter begin. Of course, as a school superintendent, I only wish that all of our snow occurs on the weekends!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Lesson Learned

Ouch – a car accident on the way in to work yesterday! Thankfully, no one was hurt, but it will cause for an early New Year’s resolution: more distance between the car in front and my car.

I am not sure why is seems like there is a need to hurry all the time. I remember riding with a former athletic director to meetings, and the pace of his driving was much slower than what I was accustomed to. After a while, I came to appreciate the more leisurely, less frantic pace of our monthly drives to a county meeting that we attended.

Unfortunately, I only partially learned that lesson. In school, we want to teach our students in such a way that they UNDERSTAND a topic and are then be able to TRANSFER the learning to new situations. I understood – that the slower, less hurried driving was a better approach in many ways. I just didn’t make the transfer of that learning to my own driving.

Well, a little more direct experience with the lesson (and some added financial impact!) should help. Maybe you can learn from my story without your own need for any “hands-on” experience!

Have a good day.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Congratulations, Kyle Parham

Kyle Parham, 11th grade student at Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School, has been selected to be a Student Ambassador for People to People. Kyle went through a selection process that involved an interview and a requirement to submit three letters of recommendation -- two teachers and one community leader.

People to People was started by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958. His dream was to bring together students from around the world to promote world peace.

Over the summer Kyle will spend a total of three weeks in France, Italy, and Greece (where he will stay with a host family). The People to People hope is that this experience will help students return to their community and school with a new outlook on the world and help to build bridges to bring us closer together through peace and understanding.

Congratulations, Kyle.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Board of Education Meeting -- Wednesday, December 17 @ 7 p.m.

The regular, monthly meeting of the Woodbury Board of Education will be held this Wednesday, December 17, at 7:00 p.m.

The board meetings are held in the Jr.-Sr. High School auditorium. Entrance to the building can be made through the lobby doors by the auditorium, across from the Cap Paine gymnasium.

The agenda for the board meeting will be posted on the district website later today. (agenda)

During the course of the school year, each of the four schools will provide an update to the board on activities that highlight the good work occurring in each building. At this December meeting, the Jr.-Sr. High School will provide our first presentation for the 2008-09 school year. Also, following the school presentation, the board will hear from its auditor, HOLMAN & FRENIA, P.C. , on the recently completed 2007-08 audit.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Spotlight on Mr. Pentz

Timothy Pentz

Teacher of Health & Physical Education

Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School

• Name:

Tim Pentz

• College(s) and Degrees(s):

Messiah College – BS – Business Information Systems
Rowan University – Teaching Certification Program – Health and Physical Education

• Work Experience:

YMCA of Gloucester County – Two years – Youth and Family Coordinator
Assistant Coach of Wrestling – Past three years at Kingsway

• Favorite books:

o Fiction: The Old Man and the Sea

• Favorite television show:

Prison Break, Entourage

• Last movie I liked:

We Own the Night

• Visiting this place makes me peaceful:

Fishing in the Pocono Mountains

• One item on my “to do” list that I can’t seem to get to:

Washing my Car

• Favorite animal (domestic or wild):


• Favorite sports team:


• Destination of my fantasy vacation trip:


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Woodbury NHS Fundraiser Tonight -- Scotto's

The National Honor Society is sponsoring a fundraising night at Scotto's Pizza today -- Thursday, December 11th.

If you are ording out tonight or heading out to eat at Scotto's, please mention the Woodbury High School National Honor Society. A portion of each order will be donated to the NHS as part of the fundraiser.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Taste of Woodbury 2008

This Friday -- December 12th, from 5-9:00pm

(Sponsored by the Woodbury Merchants and Professional Organization)

Enjoy Holiday treats from area eateries -- Hors D’Oeuvres, Desserts, and Holiday drinks.

Tickets available at participating Sponsors, City Hall, Library and Foxfire Accessories

Tickets $15.00

Restaurants can be visited in any order.

1. PNC Bank, 22 North Broad Street, ACME
2. La Piazza di Scotto Restaurante, 40 South Broad Street
3. Monogram Shoppe, 146 South Broad Street, Angelos
4.Charlie Browns, 111 North Broad Street
5. The Spot, 43 South Broad Street, featuring wine tasting from Wagonhouse Winery
6. The Nut Shop, 17 South Broad Street
7. El Mantial, 142 South Broad Street
8. Woodbury Antique Center, 66 South Broad Street, samples from J&D Liquor & Cheese to Please & Jimmies
9. Country Sweets Bakery, 31 South Broad Street
10. A Taste of Philly Hard Twisted Pretzel Bakery, 53 South Broad Street
11. Lifeway Café, 113 South Broad Street
12. Lovely Creations, 238 South Broad Street, Domino’s
13. Woodbury Variety, 159 South Broad Street
14. Treasure Depot, 160 North Broad Street, Caterers Corner
15. Edward’s Hairstyling, 145 South Broad Street, Impromptu Caterers

Call 856-845-9765 for more information

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Celebrating Our Heritage, One Bite at a Time

(This entry was submitted by Ms. Cadorette, 5th grade teacher at West End.)

During our first literacy theme, the 5th grade learned about how families work together, how families discuss their heritage, and how families share their traditions. As a culminating activity, each student created a Family Shield. Students completed family history surveys and questionnaires to gather information about the importance of their name, details of their family heritage and history, a special recipe their family enjoys, and created a timeline of important family milestones. As each student presented their family shield to the class, students discussed the similarities of their family history and respected their differences.

In addition, on Tuesday, November 25th students had the chance to sample the tasty family recipes. Over 25 dishes were prepared by our amazing West End families.

The students enjoyed Spanish Rice and Beans, Jamaican Curry Chicken, Matzo Ball Soup, Pumpkin Bread and Grandma Wanda’s Apple Sauce Spice Cake, just to name a few. The food tasting celebration was a first-hand experience for each student to discover the ethnic diversity which makes the city of Woodbury unique.

Monday, December 08, 2008

City of Woodbury Survey

The City of Woodbury, in partnership with the Gloucester County Department of Economic Development, is conducting a survey to better understand the wants and needs of the people who live, work, or shop in Woodbury. As part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize and improve the Broad Street commercial district, they want know know what will make the downtown district more appealing to you. Please take this opportunity to express your views about shopping and dining in Woodbury. The results of the survey will be used to develop a community-driven plan of action for the Broad Street corridor.

The survey is available online at www. The survey is anonymous-- no personal information will be requested.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Happy Friday

Well -- I have to retool. I need to update a few of my new teacher entries so that I can get more ready for the Friday Spotlights.

For today, let me point out that the Junior High School Theatre Club will be performing Seussical The Musical tonight and tomorrow, 7 p.m., in the Jr.-Sr. High School auditorium. Come on out for some local entertainment. It is sure to be fun.

Tickets at the door. Adults -- $7; Students and Seniors -- $5.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

(This is a copy of the letter that will go home with our Jr.-Sr. High School students today. I post it here as an added way to ensure that some of our parents have quick, ready access to it.)

25 North Broad Street
Woodbury, New Jersey 08096
(856) 853-0123

Denise Dunham, Principal
Jason Vivadelli, Assistant Principal
John Lukis, Assistant Principal
Grant Shivers, Director of Athletics and Student Activities

December 4, 2008

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I am writing this letter to inform you of an incident that occurred in the downtown area of the City this morning.

Just prior to the start of school, the Woodbury Police were informed that a gunshot was heard in the alley behind the Gloucester County Family Court building. This building is located across Broad Street on the south side of the main intersection.

The police recovered the firearm before school started and have a report regarding the description of the alleged shooter. As part of their search for this individual, Woodbury police were stationed around our building at the start of the school day.

A collaborative decision by the City police and the school district resulted in the determination that the matter could be handled by the police with no need for the school to take any special action. Faculty and staff were provided an update early in the morning and there was no interruption to our school day.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.


Denise Dunham Principal

Family Nights

In mid-November, the 2nd and 3rd graders in the Woodbury School District were invited to come out for a Reading Café Family Night. Parents, students and teachers from all three schools came together at Evergreen Avenue School to hear a story and participate in learning centers. These centers included math and literacy games and activities related to a story that was created by Woodbury elementary teachers. Students were able to work on laptop computers, assemble a thermometer craft kit, and write a comic strip as well as other fun activities. Refreshments were served and wonderful time was had by all!
For more information on 2008-09 Family Nights see our district website.
(This post was prepared by Toni Capodanno, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction)

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

WHS Boys Soccer

Coach Marc Cannuli was recently informed that his Boys Soccer team has again been recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America with a National Team Academic Award. Woodbury Boys Soccer has achieved this award every year since 2002. Congratulations to each of our scholar-athletes for this accomplishment!

2008 NSCAA High School Team Academic Award Winners Announced

A total of 402 soccer teams (148 boys, 254 girls) from throughout the United States have earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2007-08 academic year. Among these programs are 56 schools receiving honors for both their boys and girls teams.

To qualify for the award, the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player's GPA, then dividing by the number of players.

2007-08 NSCAA/adidas Boys Team Academic Award
School, City, State, Coach, GPA
Academic Magnet High School, North Charleston, S.C., Troy Bennage, 4.08
Alamo Heights High School, San Antonio, Texas, Bruce Fink, 3.73
Arapahoe High School, Centennial, Colo., Mark Hampshire, 3.53
Arrowhead Christian Academy, Redlands, Calif., Greg Treur, 3.32
Augusta Preparatory Day School, Martinez, Ga., Forrest Wimberly, 3.50
Avon High School, Avon, Ind., Philip Schmitt, 3.66
Bath-Haverling High School, Bath, N.Y., Matt Hill, 3.68
Bay High School, Bay Village, Ohio, Robert Dougherty, 3.39
Baylor School, Chattanooga, Tenn., Curtis Blair, 3.54
Beachwood High School, Beachwood, Ohio, Brian R. Greene, 3.62
Bellbrook High School, Bellbrook, Ohio, Charles Luse, 3.33
Berkeley Preparatory School, Tampa, Fla., Tim Cooper, 3.40
Blackman High School, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Bill Vice, 3.30
Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg, Va., Travis Bishop, 3.48
Blue Valley High School, Stilwell, Kan., K. Dean Snell, 3.48
Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park, Kan., Tom E. Holland, 3.50
Brenham High School, Brenham, Texas, Erik Lane, 3.28
Broadneck High School, Annapolis, Md., Sean Tettemer, 3.65
Brookland-Cayce High School, Cayce, S.C., Kevin Heise, 3.85
Broomfield High School, Broomfield, Colo., Jim Davidson, 3.60
Brophy College Preparatory , Phoenix, Ariz., Marc A. Kelly, 3.56
James F. Byrnes High School, Duncan, S.C., Matt Brophy, 3.35
Cabell Midland High School, Ona, W. Va., Jack DeFazio, 3.84
Cambridge Christian School, Tampa, Fla., Kevin Hickinbotham, 3.75
Campbellsport High School, Campbellsport, Wis., Jim Schwindt, 3.41
Canfield High School, Canfield, Ohio, Phil Simone, 3.29
Canterbury High School, Fort Wayne, Ind., Greg Mauch, 3.49
Cardinal Newman School, Columbia, S.C., Will Eudy, 3.71
Catonsville High School, Catonsville, Md., Victor Vega, 3.51
Chapin High School, Chapin, S.C., Dick Hiller, 3.40
Charles F. Brush High School, Lyndhurst , Ohio, John Scramling, 3.55
Charlotte Latin School, Charlotte, N.C., Lee Horton, 3.51
Chestatee High School, Gainesville, Ga., Michael Herrin, 3.33
Chickasha High School, Chickasha, Okla., Steve Scott, 3.25
Christ Church Episcopal School, Greenville, S.C., David A. Wilcox, 3.84
Christian Life School, Kenosha, Wis., Alan Kross, 3.47
Circle Christian School, Orlando, Fla., John Lauretta, 3.76
Cocalico High School, Denver, Pa., Bob Dungan, 3.39
Cosby High School, Midlothian, Va., Mike Anderson, 3.87
Conestoga Valley High School, Lancaster, Pa., David Hartlaub, 3.59
Frank W. Cox High School, Virginia Beach, Va., Richard Mead, 3.29
Crespi Carmelite High School, Encino, Calif., Rob Kodama, 3.25
Danville High School, Danville, Ky., Brent Beauman, 3.67
Danville Area High School, Danville, Pa., Christopher Johns, 3.70
Deep Run High School, Glen Allen, Va., Steven Chapman, 3.76
Dorman High School, Roebuck, S.C., Carlos Osorio, 3.45
Durham School of the Arts, Durham , N.C., Amy Green, 3.88
East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, N.C., Joe Burger, 3.60
East Hampton High School, East Hampton, Conn., Bob Boscarino, 3.67
East Limestone High School, Athens, Ala., Tim Kay, 3.80
Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg, Va., Kendal Bauman, 3.35
ELCO High School, Myerstown, Pa., Mike Seigfried, 3.58
Elyria Catholic High School, Elyria, Ohio, Michael Wisnor, 3.33
Emmaus High School, Emmaus, Pa., John Cari, 3.44
Falmouth High School, Falmouth, Maine, David Halligan Jr., 3.42
First Presbyterian Day School, Macon, Ga., Joshua Trieste, 3.42
Forest Lake Christian High School, Auburn, Calif., Thad Kopec, 3.58
Franklinton High School, Franklinton, N.C., Deran Coe, 3.65
Free State High School, Lawrence, Kan., Jason Pendleton, 3.36
Freedom, Morgantown, N.C., David Fletcher, 3.72
Friendswood High School, Friendswood, Texas, Stephen Peter, 3.49
Gaffney High School, Gaffney , S.C., Frank Ridlehoover, 3.26
Gahanna Lincoln High School, Gahanna, Ohio, Dwayne Marshall, 3.35
Gaston Day School, Gastonia, N.C., Kevin Sims, 3.82
Grants High School, Grants, N.M., Mike Hatfield, 3.61
Great Bridge High School, Chesapeake, Va., Paul Duval, 3.41
John Handley High School, Winchester, Va., Cosmo Bailo, 3.80
Hickory High School, Hermitage, Pa., Michael Pascarella, 3.47
Horace Greeley High School, Chappaqua, N.Y., Robert Oddo, 3.39
Hickory High School, Hickory, N.C., Brian Jillings, 3.77
Highland High School, Gilbert, Ariz., Timothy Barmettler, 3.29
Hinsdale High School, Hinsdale, Ill., Michael Wiggins, 3.38
Irmo High School, Columbia, S.C., Phil Savitz, 3.72
John F. Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Steven Robertson, 3.40
John F. Kennedy High School, Warren, Ohio, Stelios L. Bournias, 3.52
Kennesaw Mountain High School, Kennesaw, Ga., Daniel DePlanche, 3.25
Koehler High School, Koehler, Wis., Scott Feltner, 3.25
Lake Highland Preparatory School, Orlando, Fla., George Sasvari, 3.82
Mirabeau B. Lamar High School, Houston, Texas, Bryan Hayman, 3.26
Liberty High School, Colorado Springs, Colo., Mike Goyden, 3.30
Lima Central Catholic High School, Lima, Ohio, Bryan Burkholder, 3.94
Lincoln East High School, Lincoln, Neb., Jeff Hoham, 3.50
Loch Raven High School, Towson, Md., Joe Fiedler, 3.97
Lynbrook Senior High School, Lynbrook, N.Y., Joshua Berlin, 3.66
Malvern Preparatory School, Malvern, Pa., Leighton Walters, 3.54
Manheim Central High School, Manheim, Pa., Matt Schwartz, 3.98
Mauldin High School, Mauldin, S.C., Joe Siatkowski, 3.68
McCallie School, Chattanooga, Tenn., Tony Meyers, 3.60
Bishop McGuinness High School, Oklahoma City, Okla., Andrew Worthington, 3.66
McIntosh High School, Peachtree City, Ga., Bunky Colvin, 3.41
McKinney High School, McKinney, Texas, Alan Pocock, 3.88
McKinney Boyd High School, McKinney, Texas, Daniel R. Lowe, 4.17
McQuaid Jesuit High School, Rochester, N.Y., Ken Wilkin, 3.39
Metuchen High School, Metuchen, N.J., Ken Graf, 3.46
Middletown High School, Middletown, Md., Bob Sheffler, 3.40
Morgan High School, McConnelsville, Ohio, Barry Ross, 3.39
Montclair High School, Montclair, N.J., Jack Weber, 3.67
Mount de Sales Academy, Macon, Ga., Iain Jones, 3.48
Newman Catholic High School, Wausau, Wis., Michael Switalski, 3.31
Newton-Conover High School, Newton, N.C., Angelo Palozzi, 3.57
Norcross High School, Norcross, Ga., Chris Bess, 3.17
Norwalk High School, Norwalk, Iowa, Dustin Kralik, 3.35
Northwestern High School, Rock Hill, S.C., Dominic Wren, 3.30
Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Brad Wittenborn, 3.31
Ouachita Christian School, Monroe, La., Bruce Deaton, 3.65
Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, Va., Don Hart, 3.45
Orange High School, Pepper Pike, Ohio, Jake Cooper, 3.52
Owen County High School, Owenton, Ky., Jerry Doolin, 3.30
Owensboro High School, Owensboro, Ky., L. Dale Poole, 3.40
Parkview High School, Lilburn, Ga., Michael Tolmich, 3.33
Pewaukee High School, Pewaukee, Wis., Randy Staus, 3.37
Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, Pittsburgh, Pa., Edward R. Powers, 3.27
Pittsford Mendon High School, Pittsford, N.Y., Mark Hurley, 3.57
Pittsford Sutherland High School, Pittsford, N.Y., Stephen Schreib, 3.28
Princeton High School, Cincinnati, Ohio, Jeff Hemphill, 3.40
Randolph-Macon Academy, Front Royal, Va., Frank Shreve, 3.46
Regina High School, Iowa City, Iowa, Rick Larew, 3.51
Rice Memorial High School, South Burlington, Vt., Ed DeMulder, 3.50
Roncalli High School, Indianapolis, Ind., Bryce M. Cooper, 3.56
St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, Ohio, Mike McLaughlin, 3.60
St. Louis Catholic High School, Lake Charles, La., Jason Oertling, 3.33
St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Dover, N.H., Scott Suleski, 3.28
St. Vincent St. Mary High School, Akron, Ohio, John Stavros, 3.35
St. Xavier High School, Louisville, Ky., Andy Schulten, 3.94
Shady Side Academy, Pittsburgh, Pa., Harry Fleishman, 3.44
Shawnee Heights High School, Tecumseh, Kan., Michael Balint, 3.38
Siegel High School, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Eric Shelton, 3.37
Smyrna High School, Smyrna, Ga., Bill McCloskey, 3.56
Sparta High School, Sparta, N.J., Andrew Lowery, 3.60
Staples High School, Westport, Conn., Dan Woog, 3.31
Starr's Mill High School, Fayetteville, Ga., Mike Hanie, 3.44
State College Area High School, State College, Pa., John Marsden, 3.43
The Summit Country Day School, Cincinnati, Ohio, Barnard Baker, 3.68
Taylor High School, North Bend, Ohio, Jim Mercer, 3.63
Trinity High School, Louisville, Ky., Gregory Moss-Brown, 3.46
Tullahoma High School, Tullahoma, Tenn., Richie Chadwick, 3.49
Twinsburg High School, Twinsburg, Ohio, Michael Lally, 3.36
Wadsworth High School, Wadsworth, Ohio, John Johnson, 3.34
Wahlert Catholic High School, Dubuque, Iowa, Will Spencer, 3.42
Wakefield High School, Raleigh, N.C., Scott C. Sloan, 3.64
Walkersville High School, Walkersville, Md., Kevin Conley, 3.54
Wasatch High School, Heber City, Utah, Dawain M. Wheatley, 3.40
George Washington High School, Charleston, W. Va., Tom Hopper, 4.15
West Ashley High School, Charleston, S.C., Stephen Jackson, 3.36
West Babylon High School, West Babylon, N.Y., Jeff Cronk, 3.98
West Morris Central High School, Chester, N.J., Matt Ferreri, 3.33
Whitewater High School, Fayetteville, Ga., Shane Pulliam, 3.57
Woodbury Junior Senior High School, Woodbury, N.J., Marc Cannulli, 3.30
Worthington Kilbourne High School, Columbus, Ohio, Jon Sprunger, 3.51

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

“.docx” Issues

The school district switched over to Windows 2007 this past summer. I like the new layout for the Microsoft programs in the 2007 format and have not found much difficulty with the transition.

I am sure, as with all of the new technology today, I am only using a small fraction of all that is available to the user. That is frustrating if you think about it – so I simply try not to think about that.

The one problem with the Windows 2007 package that I am struggling with always seems to hit me first thing in the morning. Now that this blog is in its third year, I have teachers, administrators, board members, and people in the community who will send me ideas for postings. Some even go as far as to send me draft copy of the text to use (and that is great!).

The problem I have encountered is that I will now have a potential post saved -- waiting to be published -- but it sits in the new Windows 2007 format (with that “.docx” suffix). And, I sit here at home with the older version of Windows on an Apple machine.

I think there is a “patch” . . . but I am not sure one exists for the Apple version. It probably would take less time to find the patch than write this entry . . . but it seems that this is how we sometimes go about our struggles with the new technologies.

So – I still need to overcome this hurdle. Anyone find that patch yet? I know that I tried a Google search once – to no avail. I am sure it is only a matter of time before I get this right . . . but this can be when technology gets frustrating.

Oh well – off to my good, old-fashioned hard copy of the newspaper that is sitting at end of my driveway. I know that I will have no trouble opening that.

Monday, December 01, 2008

It's December!

I hope that you all had a safe, enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

At my house, we even started decorating for the next holiday already. I almost feel like the stores, but they still had a big head start on that front. My youngest wanted to “do it up big” this year with the decorations. I guess we could not figure out what that would mean other than getting started earlier.

At school, we have a full plate during the next three and a half weeks, and the winter concerts fill the evening agendas:

Tuesday, December 9: Elementary Winter Concert
Tuesday, December 16: Junior High School Choir Concert
Thursday, December 18: High School Band Concert
Monday, December 22: High School Choir Concert


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Enjoy the holiday time – especially for those of you lucky enough to be able to spend time with family and friends. You can start the day off with some Thanksgiving Day football by coming out to watch the traditional Woodbury-Gateway game. The game is home and will start at 10:30 a.m.

We congratulate each of our four schools on their successful Thanksgiving food drives. Each of the elementary schools put together large baskets of food for Woodbury families – nearly thirty Woodbury families will have much more during this holiday thanks to these efforts. Additionally, the Jr.-Sr. High School Interact club helped lead that schools effort to collect and donate food directly to the Food Bank of South Jersey.

See the GCT’s article spotlighting Woodbury graduate Bryant McKinnie’s visit to the schools yesterday: GCT article on Food Drive

See everyone December 1st !

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

AVID in Action

(The following is a press release that was modified to be included here as a blog entry. I was fortunate to be present to witness our student performance. After hearing the opening testimonials from our senior AVID students, I knew that I was in for one of the most powerful student run programs I have ever witnessed. It is no exaggeration to state that it was one of my proudest moments as an educator. AVID is changing the educational landscape for many Woodbury students – over 20% of our students in grades 8 through 12 participate in the AVID program.)

Last week, as part of the eight seminar series of the New Jersey Network to Close the Achievement Gap, seventy school leaders met in Sewell at the EIRC to discuss a program whose mission is to ensure that all students are prepared for college, AVID. Students from Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School presented at the program to the gathered school administrators and teacher leaders.

AVID Executive Director, Robert Gira, visiting from California where AVID originated, along with AVID New Jersey Director, Ellen Nickerson, were also available to answer questions.

AVID is a fourth- through twelfth-grade system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.

AVID targets students in the academic middle — B, C, and even D students — who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation." In the case of Woodbury we include some A students who have the desire to be a part of the program.

The program included an introduction of AVID elective teachers and AVID testimonials by Seniors, Malcolm Beale, Rasheeda Roundtree, Anthony Blackwell, and Malcolm Beale. AVID seniors shared the college preparation process using a student created PowerPoint featuring senior, Shelby Martin. AVID “Tutorlology” sessions were demonstrated by eighth grade students. Students from all grades presented their AVID binders. Juniors taught the gathered school leaders to use Costa's levels of questioning to have deeper discussions. Finally, an AVID Socratic Seminar was be presented by freshmen.

(Coming soon – pictures from the day . . .)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Family Tiles @ West End Memorial

(This post was provided by Mr. Myers, West End Memorial School Principal)

Over the years we have had great success with our W.E.B.S.T.E.R. home projects that encouraged families to come together as a school community. Some of our past family projects have included multicultural children, wooden flowers that adorned our school gardens, a large community quilt -- which is still a matter of great pride for us here at West End Memorial School, and the “West End Students are Heads and Shoulders Above the Rest” banners.

During the 2007-2008 school year, we were excited to work on a new project: tiling the wall outside of our computer lab. West End families were able to use their imaginations to create a tile that uniquely represented their family. Once each tile was returned, first grade teacher Mrs. Spittal and representative from our PTA shellacked each one in order for the family tiles to “shine.” Each was then mounted on boards in preparation for display. These boards were then hung in the hallway. The final piece to this project occurred at the beginning of this school year when Mrs. Spittal orchestrated the effort to paint the wall around the tiles to give all of the boards some “pop.” Along with the blue and gold paint, various character traits from W.E.B.S.T.E.R. were incorporated along the wall boarders.

We were excited to be able to display all of the creativity and diversity from our West End Families!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Spotlight on Mrs. Stalter-Allen

Mrs. Stalter-Allen

Option II Coordinator

Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School

• Name:

Kathryn Stalter-Allen

• College(s) and degrees(s):

Eastern University, St. Davids, Pa BA - Organizational Management

• Work experience:

Salem Community College, Gloucester County OEL,

Cumberland/Salem Workforce Investment Board

• Favorite books:

o fiction: To Kill a Mockingbird
o nonfiction: The Last Lecture

• Favorite television show:

The Dog Whisperer

• Last movie I loved:

It's a Wonderful Life

• Music CD that I have almost worn out from repeated playing:

10th Avenue North: Over and Underneath

• Visiting this place makes me peaceful:

Homer, Alaska

• One item on my “to do” list that I can’t seem to get to:

Stand-Up Comic School

• Favorite animal (domestic or wild):


• Favorite sports team:

Woodstown Boys Varsity Soccer (sorry) :(

• Destination of my fantasy vacation trip:

Kenya, Africa

• Details about the teacher I will never forget who inspired me to enter the profession:

College Professor D. DeRosier….. "Just keep learning"

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Parent Conferences

Please note that we have our annual parent conferences scheduled for next week.

Elemenatry Schools
The elementary schools will be meeting with parents Monday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon and evening, and Wednesday morning.

(Early dismissal for students on Monday and Tuesday; no classes on Wednesday for West End and Evergreen; Walnut will make up a day on Wednesday -- early dismissal)

Jr.-Sr. High School
The Jr.-Sr. High School will have conference concentrated on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

(Early dismissal for students on Tuesday and Wednesday)

As part of our new Strategic Plan, we are operating on the concept that the district requires parent participation at conference time. Parents of Jr.-Sr. High School only need to meet at least one of the teachers on your child's schedule, though you are welcome to see as many as needed.

If you have a conflict with the dates and times of the conference, please contact the building principal.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Jr.-Sr. High School Concern. Wednesday, November 19th.

I am writing to report to you a concern that was relayed to the school district by the Woodbury Police department late Tuesday evening. The police provided a report that one of our students allegedly received a call indicating that there would be a bomb at the school on Wednesday, November 19. The family of the student contacted the Woodbury police, and the police reached out to school officials.

Late Tuesday evening, school district personnel and the police worked closely together to ensure that the school building itself was secure. Though these matters are almost always a hoax, we have obviously chosen to treat this case seriously.

In addition to last night’s efforts, all students will be checked upon entering school today through a designated doorway. We will have established checkpoints with enough adults participating in the process to ensure that students move through as rapidly as possible. The police will have officers available, and police cars are scheduled to be on campus at the start of the school day.

We anticipate that there will only be a minimal delay to the start of school as we move students through a common entrance. Once the above student procedure is followed, we will go about a regular school day with "business as usual."

Finally, students will be informed that a reward will be offered for the first person to provide information to the building principal that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for generating this concern.

Though this posting fully summarizes what we know at this time, you are welcome to call (or e-mail) me or any of the Jr.-Sr. High School administrators if you have additional questions or information.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A New Woodbury Venture

The Greater Woodbury Arts Council will introduce itself to Woodbury and surrounding communities on Friday, November 21, with their “Meet the Artist” night at 67 Cooper Street starting at 7 p.m.

Over twenty-five art works by local artists will be on display, and local musicians will be featured. Refreshments will be served. The event is free.

Come out and enjoy this fun and exciting kick off to a new arts venture in Woodbury. Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School art teacher Maureen St. John will be one of the featured artists!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Board of Education Meeting -- Wednesday 7 p.m.

The regular, monthly meeting of the Woodbury Board of Education will be held this Wednesday, November19th, at 7:00 p.m.

The board meetings are held in the Jr.-Sr. High School auditorium. Entrance to the building can be made through the lobby doors by the auditorium, across from the Cap Paine gymnasium.

The agenda for the board meeting will be posted on the district website later today. (agenda)

At this November meeting, there will be a report on our efforts to expand "Option II" and an update on the status of the implementation of our new Strategic Plan.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Spotlight on Mrs. Evans

Mrs. Denise Evans

School Psychologist

Woodbury City Public School District

Denise Evans

• College(s) and degrees(s):
Temple University--earned my M.Ed in School Psychology; working toward my Ph.D in School Psychology (anticipated May 2009)

• Work experience:
I completed my internship at Paulsboro School District during the 2007-2008 school year. Prior to that, I worked at NewPoint Behavioral Health (formerly Gloucester County Mental Health) as a case management supervisor. I helped to link children and their families to mental health resources in Gloucester county and then supervised the delivery of these services. As a result, I feel more comfortable in navigating the mental health system and am more than happy to provide any assistance.

• Favorite books:
o fiction: Harry Potter series
o nonfiction: Anything related to ancient civilizations (Incan, Mayan, Roman)

Favorite television show:
I love LOST, 24, The Office, and The Tudors

Last movie I loved:
I'm a big fan of all the Harry Potter movies, but the last movie I saw was the new Indiana Jones film -- it was pretty good.

Music CD that I have almost worn out from repeated playing:
Jack Johnson

Visiting this place makes me peaceful:
I enjoy going to the park by my house or the library.

One item on my “to do” list that I can’t seem to get to:
Finishing my dissertation--ugh, so frustrating

Favorite animal (domestic or wild):
Panda bears

Favorite sports team:
Pittsburgh Steelers!!!

Destination of my fantasy vacation trip:
Italy or Jerusalem

Details about the reasons I entered the profession:
When I was young, my best friend lived next door. Her mother was diagnosed with mental health problems and ended up taking her own life. This had a devastating impact on my friend, who was very close with her mother. She was eventually diagnosed with similar mental health problems but sought out the help of a psychologist. This psychologist encouraged her talk about the issues with which she struggled and helped her address her problems head on. At the time, I remember wishing that I could help her and feeling like my hands were tied due to my lack of understanding regarding what she was going through and what I could do. After witnessing a positive change in her whole demeanor and attitude toward life, I decided that I wanted to learn more about psychology and what drives behavior and behavior change. After graduating from college, I decided to combine my own love of learning and children with psychology and attended graduate school to become a school psychologist. After many years of studying hard, I'm here to begin my journey as a Woodbury School Psychologist. I am looking forward to a great year!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Chatter Matters

Here’s a non-school post. We are a game family – we like board games. Games get the family around the kitchen table, talking, and having fun. I said in a recent post that we were playing a good bit of Monopoly over the break. A number of our games tend to be the traditional board games.

At the same time, my wife is always on the lookout for new, fun games that will engage everyone – especially at the holiday times. December is often a time new games get introduced.
Last night, my third grader wanted to play a game that has been in our house for a while now. It is not in my repertoire of “traditional” games because it is a relatively new entry into the game market. But, it is a fun game that has as a main goal to get the family talking --- about family. The name of the game is Chatter Matters Family Game.

If you are looking for a good gift for a family with children – give some thought to Chatter Matters. It is for 2 to 6 players and the box indicates ages 8 & up. My son and I played last night – but it is even more engaging with a bigger group.

Anyway – just a thought/suggestion. It is a Mattel game. See the link below for even more information, if you are interested.

More Info

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Election Activity at Evergreen

(This entry was submitted by Principal Breland and 5th grade teacher Mr. Richardson.)

To celebrate and recognize the 2008 Presidential Election, students from Evergreen Avenue Elementary School gathered on October 30th to debate and sing patriotic songs.

The ceremony was opened with the singing of the "Star Spangled Banner" by principal Tonya Breland and followed by songs that the students had practiced in their music classes with teacher Mrs. Savage.

With the auditorium decorated for the occassion, students from Mr. Richardson's and Mr. Grundel's 5th grade classes debated on the issue of attending year round school. Some points were argued that attending school year round allows for more opportunities to travel and could provide a chance for enrichment education during the many breaks. To counter some points, students rebutted by saying that year round schooling could cost the school more money and not allow students and teachers to have summer jobs.

After listening to the many points from each class, the school was then given the opportunity to vote for or against year round schooling the following day. All in all, the event was a huge success.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Peer Mediation @ Woodbury

(This posting was provided by Mr. Murphy, Director of Pupil Personnel Services.)

On Tuesday, October 28th, twenty-six students in grades 4-7 were trained as peer mediators. Students from each of our elementary schools and the junior high school participated in this year’s training. The final selections were made by the teachers and counselors, and training was held at RiverWinds in West Deptford, NJ.

During training, students learned the fine art of listening and the process involved in helping their peers resolve conflict. The day was filled with hands-on activities, and the students were provided time to practice the process through role-playing activities. After a full day, the students returned back to their respective schools eager to be a part of this character education program.

A group of students who were trained last year and who attended a refresher course this year also submitted Peer Mediation t-shirt designs. The designs were then voted on by this year’s peer mediator group. Congratulations to the design winners, 6th grader Megan Rogers and 7th grader Emily Repas. Each peer mediator will receive a t-shirt.

Parents or students who would like additional information about the program are encouraged to contact any of the school counselors.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Welcome to November

Welcome back, everyone. I hope that this fall break provided some opportunities to do things as a family that the hectic pace of the school week does not allow. Even if it was something as simply as a few Monopoly games (I know that is what capture the fancy of my family!).

At school, during the course of the last week, we had two days dedicated to a new initiative. The faculty started work on an ambitious project to move our local course curriculum documents into a new computerized format. This "curriculum mapping" process will allow for teachers to have easy access to all the curriculum in the district through a specially designed computer database.

We feel that the end product will provide new accessibility to important information and that this will help improve instruction across the district.

I would like to extend a special thanks to all the teachers who moved so quickly to begin tackling this curriculum mapping task.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Spotlight on Mr. Soper

Mr. Sheldon Soper

Teacher of Grade 3

Evergreen Avenue Elementary School


Sheldon Soper

College(s) and degrees(s):
Ithaca College/Rutgers University - BA History
Rutgers University Graduate School of Education - M Ed. Elementary Education with 6-8 Social Studies concentration

• Work experience:
4 years as a 4th grade inclusion classroom assistant in New Brunswick, NJ

• Favorite books
o fiction: The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker
o nonfiction: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

• Favorite television show:
The West Wing

• Last movie I loved:
The King of Kong

• Music CD that I have almost worn out from repeated playing:
The Black Crowes - Darlings of the Underground Press

• Person (living or not) that I’d like to have lunch with and why:
Larry Bird - "Larry Legend" is the consummate example of how hard work and the philosophy of being the first to practice and last to leave can overcome one not being the strongest or the fastest. His success demonstrates the power of will, determination, and an innate competitive fire to be the best one can be can make the impossible a reality (Plus the '86 Celtics season was my first real sports memory growing up).

• Visiting this place makes me peaceful:
Geneva Point Center on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire

• One item on my “to do” list that I can’t seem to get to:
Finish writing/recording my goal of 12 songs (been stuck at 5 for quite a while).

• Favorite animal (domestic or wild):

• Favorite sports team:
The Boston Celtics

• Destination of my fantasy vacation trip:
The Mediterranean

• Details about the teacher I will never forget who inspired me to enter the profession:
Mr. Morrow - 4th Grade - Cranberry Pines Elementary School

Mr. Morrow was my first male teacher growing up. He had this innate ability to draw out our personalities and energy in a way I had never experienced before. We all were part of his team in that classroom, and as a result, we were able to accomplish some truly amazing things as 9 and 10 year olds that we likely could not have as individuals.

Additionally, Mr. Morrow was the first teacher I had who really integrated technology into the classroom as a powerful tool. We had no science text; instead he used fill-in-the-blank notes and laser discs to bring the content alive and push our understanding. The detailed and complicated things I learned in that science period carried me through science in high school and college.

Last year I had the opportunity to substitute for his class for a period of time while he battled bronchitis. At the end of the nearly two weeks, one of his students said, "Mr. Soper, you do that just like Mr. Morrow!" That was one of the best compliments I have ever received from a student. I simply replied, "Where do you think I learned it?"

Thursday, October 30, 2008

This and That . . .

Well, news from this workshop has been a bit mixed.

The governor spoke yesterday, and he was one of at least three different speakers throughout the program these past couple of days to indicated that we may be lucky to simply maintain the level of state funding that was received for this school year. As some of you who have been following our financial situation know, Woodbury received a 20% increase in state aid for this school year, and we were slated (in accordance with the new state funding formula for schools) to receive a similar increase for the 2009-10 school year. The news regarding the toughening financial times and how that may impact state aid to school paints a much different financial picture for us. Time will tell -- we typically do not receive state dollar numbers until late January.

On the other hand, I just came from a wonderful presentation regarding the use of today's technology tools in the classrooms. I may be able to post the PowerPoint for the program in the near future. It was very upbeat and spoke to a very different, exciting classroom experience.

Finally -- how nice! World Champion Phillies. And, the 3-inning game allowed my kids (and me!) to be up to see it happening. That worked out nicely.

Have a great day.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

NJSBA Workshop

The NewJersey School Board Association, in conjunction with the New Jersey Association of School Administrators and New Jersey Association of School Business Administrators, is having their fall workshop/convention.

There are numerous opportunities for board members to network and engage in important informational sessions on a wide variety of matters related to education within districts and across the state. Woodbury is represented at this convention -- and it is the reason I am late with this post!

In addition to the planned sessions, there is a large exhibition that includes vendors who do business with schools. Again, this is a great chance to get better information on products and services that may help the local district.

The link on the NJSBA website provides all the detail of the program. NJSBA Workshop

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New Jersey High School Redesign

Representatives of the Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School were in attendance at yesterday’s fourth of four New Jersey Department of Education’s (NJDOE) presentations to educators on the topic of redesigning the New Jersey high school.

There is a wealth of information on the NJDOE website.

The vision statement found at that site reads as follows:

Vision ~ New Jersey will educate all students to prepare them to lead productive, fulfilling lives. Through a public education system that is seamlessly aligned from pre-school to college, students will gain the requisite academic knowledge and technical and critical thinking skills for life and work in the 21st century.

One of the four major areas of emphasis of the redesign conversation is on “personalizing” the high school experience. At Woodbury, this has been an area of focus for us for the last few years and this concept is now embedded in our own, new mission statement.

There are a number of other interesting items that will be coming out of this state effort including new graduation requirements, new end of course testing, and a renewed interest on the part of the NJDOE to see districts employ more options for students.

Again – we feel that we are on the right course with much of the work that we did through our recent strategic plan development. Nonetheless, there will be more that the high school will need to grapple with during the upcoming months to be sure that we meet the specifics of these new expectations.

I am sure that I will revisit this “High School Redesign” topic in future posts.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Seriously Tired

I am having a difficult time with this baseball series and time. On Saturday, we were up 4-1. Next thing I know, the Rays have tied the game, and we are headed to the bottom of the 8th inning. What happened to the 6th and 7th inning?

Again, last night, I’m not sure if I was more excited about the fact that the Phils were able to get their bats going or that I was able to be awake during most of the homeruns hit.

This has been a real challenge. The most unfortunate part of the whole experience is not my inability to stay awake during these ridiculously late games. The real shame of the series is that my four kids – like many children – are missing a chance to see this World Series event.

As much as they like baseball, even they realize that the hour is just too late. They fall asleep with the game on in the background. The inevitable first question of the morning becomes, “Did the Phils win?” What a shame.

Oh well – one more game. Go Phils!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Spotlight on Mr. Banka

Mr. Robert Banka

Teacher of Science

Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School

• Name:

Bob Banka

• College(s) and degrees(s):

University of Pennsylvania, BA in Geochemistry

• Work experience:

20 years as the 7th and 8th grade bio/chem and math teacher at Westfield Friends School in Cinnaminson, NJ.; 5 years, both full and part time, chemistry lab instructor and IA at Burlington County College in Pemberton, NJ

• Favorite books:
o fiction: The The Killer Angels (Michael Shaara)
o nonfiction: Chronicles, Volume One (Bob Dylan)

• Last movie I loved:

"Magnolia" directed by P.T. Anderson

• Music CD that I have almost worn out from repeated playing:

Eric Clapton's "One More Car, One More Rider (Live):"

• Person (living or not) that I'd like to have lunch with and why:

Film director Stanley Kubrick, because he was such a recluse and so little is known about his personal approach to filmmaking - his decision process, how and why he selected the projects he undertook. What was he thinking on the set and how did he determine what he beleved was the best way to communicate his ideas to the viewer with images and sound.

• Visiting this place makes me peaceful:

An art museum

• One item on my "to do" list that I can't seem to get to:

My degree is in geochemistry, and yet I've never been futher west than Ohio! All but the very northern reaches of New Jersey is a giant sandbox. There's almost no geology here to speak of. A voice is pleading... "Go West Young Man."

• Favorite animal:

Scottish Terrier. I was lucky enough to have one for a while. Her name was Bonnie.

• Favorite sports team:

Philadelphia Phillies

• Destination of my fantasy vacation trip:

A cruise along the coast and into the interior of Alaska

• Details about the teacher I will never forget who inspired me to enter the profession:

Professor Vincent Sollimo - an inorganic chemistry teacher who got me hooked on all things chemistry, which if you think about it IS all things. He was a fabulous presenter who had high expectations for his students, as well as the ability to generate enthusiasm and the desire for his students to reach them. Something he saw in me brought him to ask if I would like to begin leading review sessions for students having difficulties with some of the concepts being taught in class. I agreed to do so and found that I enjoyed devising new approaches to the material that would help the "lights go on" in the minds of students. Everything I've done since leads back to those review sessions and the boost of confidence given to me by Professor Sollimo.

• Anything else:

I have a passion for nearly all types of music from opera to smooth jazz to rock and folk. I've been playing guitar for many years and currently I play and sing in a 5-piece band. It's a wonderful distraction. I also enjoy writing poetry.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Who Won?

Okay -- 8:35 p.m. is too late to start these World Series games. Everyone in my house is a Phillies fan. What a great time. But, each one of us woke up this morning asking the same question: "Did the Phillies win?"

Last I heard was that they were warming up Ryan Madson -- Madson for the 8th and Lidge for the 9th. Sounded like a good plan. I guess the went to commercial. I was the last hold out in my house, but that commercial was it for me.

So -- I found out the answer to the question by checking the paper this morning. Nice. Winning that first game was important. Go Phils!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Mrs. Breland, Evergreen Avenue Principal, sent along a couple items from Evergreen. I am catching up on my posts. Below, please find two that were sent along earlier this month.

(There was a recording of the song that is part of the Fire Safety post -- but I could not get it loaded onto this site! It was a shame; it sounded very cute.)

Evergreen Avenue School Celebrates Fire Safety

Like many other schools across New Jersey, Evergreen Ave. School celebrated Fire Safety Week with a few special activities. The Woodbury Fire Dept. presented fire safety tips to students in assemblies. Preschool, first and second grades had an opportunity to explore the fire engine.

One special activity was the fire safety door decorating competition. Classes decorated their classroom doors with fire safety messages. Non-classroom staff went around to judge the doors and chose the top three winners. The doors were very creative and all stressed the message of fire safety in their own unique way. The winners are…

3rd place winner: Ms. Frazier’s 2nd grade class

2nd Place Winner: Ms. Lyons’ 2nd grade class

And the Grand Prize Winner is….

Mrs. McLaughlin’s Kindergarten class, who created the Singing Fire Safety Door with the following song:

The Lyrics of the song are:


If there’s a fire in your house
And you don’t know what to do
Just sing this song and it will help you.
Fire and be scary, very noisy too
Just follow these steps
And you’ll know what to do.

If you see a fire, never, ever hide
Think about your meeting place and go outside.
If it’s getting smoky, get down on your knees
Crawl to your meeting place, quickly please.

Never stop for toys, along your way
Go to your meeting place, you’ll be okay.
Hooray, Horray, a happy day for you,
You’ve practiced every safety step,
You know what to do!

Evergreen Avenue School Celebrates Good Behavior

This year Evergreen Avenue School is implementing a new school-wide program to recognize the many students who display appropriate school conduct. The program was launched with a lively kick off assembly where 4th and 5th graders dramatized special skits designed to show students what behaviors are expected at school.

During the kickoff, students were told about the new program that promoted zero discipline points and used the theme, “My Hero, Zero”. Students were excited about the rewards that were planned for those who demonstrated positive behavior throughout the month, including daily playground champion recognition and monthly celebrations. At the end of the month, eligible students were invited to participate in a school-wide Friday Fun activity.

Students who demonstrated good behavior through the month of September were able to enjoy a late Tuesday afternoon of fun and delight (It rained Friday). There were moon bounces, carnival games, and Italian ice. For some, it was their first time ever jumping in a moon bounce. What a pleasant memory to carry into their adulthood.

Teachers have a special celebration scheduled at the end of each month for students who exhibit positive behavior. Students look forward to the surprise celebrations and work towards it daily.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Board of Education Meeting -- Tomorrow @ 7 p.m.

The regular, monthly meeting of the Woodbury Board of Education will be held this Wednesday, October 22th, at 7:00 p.m.

The board meetings are now scheduled to be held in the Jr.-Sr. High School auditorium. Entrance to the building can be made through the lobby doors by the auditorium, across from the Cap Paine gymnasium.

The agenda for the board meeting is posted on the district website. (agenda)

At the October meeting, there will be a report on the New Jersey Department of Education Violence and Vandalism numbers from the 2007-08 school year. Also, testing data will be reviewed.

Monday, October 20, 2008

PowerSchool for Grades 6 Through 12

Reminder – our new student information system, PowerSchool has a link for parents. You can use this to follow-up on your son’s or daughter’s performance in each class – grades, attendance, etc. If you have not signed onto the system, you should try now.

The first marking period progress reports that were sent home recently have the logon information at the bottom of the progress report itself. You will find the link to PowerSchool on our district’s website.

Another feature is that you can access the “School Bulletin” section. It provides a typed copy of the morning school announcements. See below for an example from last Friday:

Woodbury High School Bulletin for Friday, October 24, 2008

Reminder - School Latenesses
Mr. Vivadelli has asked us to remind you that students are only allowed to be late to school twice all year. Each and every time you are late to school thereafter you will receive an administrative detention. It is imperative that all students arrive at school on time each day.

Attention Seniors
If you would like your name printed on your yearbook, you must complete the yearbook form. Forms are available in homeroom or from Mrs. DiRienzo or Mrs. St. John. The cost is $5.00. Form and money are due by November 1st.

PINK Day!!!
Friday, October 24th is PINK DAY!! There are many students as well as faculty and staff members that have been touched directly or indirectly by cancer. Show your support for cancer awareness by wearing pink on Friday, October 24th and to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Cancer Fund by buying pink items during lunches this week. There will be bracelets, hats, beads and many other items to buy so you have something pink! Volunteers are needed to help sell pink items at lunch, please see Mrs. Woodrow in N-34 or the Women's PE office.

Fright Nights
Halloween is almost here. Are you looking for a fun-filled night of fright? The Woodbury Jr./Sr. High School PTSA and the Sketch Club of Woodbury presents "Fright Nights" at the Sketch Club on October 23, 24, and 25. Shows begin at 6:15, 7:30 and 9:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased at the door at a cost of $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for children. Bring your family and friends out for a fun night of spooky entertainment.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Spotlght on Mr. Delaney

Mr. Steven Delaney

Teacher of English

Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School

• Name:

Steven Edward Delaney

• College(s) and degrees(s):

Hood College (Frederick, Maryland), B.A. English

• Work experience:

First teaching position

• Favorite books:

o fiction: Of Mice and Men
o nonfiction: Running with the Buffaloes

• Favorite television show:

The Office or The West Wing

• Last movie I loved:

Tropic Thunder

• Music CD that I have almost worn out from repeated playing:

Guster's Lost and Gone Forever

• Person (living or not) that I’d like to have lunch with and why:

Either of my parents because we always have enjoyable conversations, and they provide great advice.

• Visiting this place makes me peaceful:

North Dakota

• One item on my “to do” list that I can’t seem to get to:

Run a half- or full- marathon

• Favorite animal (domestic or wild):


• Favorite sports team:

New York Yankees

• Destination of my fantasy vacation trip:

Basically any place in Europe because I've never left the United States

• Details about the teacher I will never forget who inspired me to enter the profession:

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, but it was my English professor in my freshman year of college who pushed me towards English. She wrote on one of my papers: "Steve, I know you love political science (my major at the time), but you're really good at this."

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fire Prevention Week

All of our elementary schools held different events to recognize Fire Prevention Week. The following was sent in as a blog entry by Mr. Myers, West End Elementary School Principal:

Fire Prevention Week was celebrated during the week of October 6th. On October 9th, the Woodbury Fire Department visited West End Memorial Elementary School to present a program on fire safety.

Mrs. Gassner’s class participated in a special treat after theprogram when firefighter Brent Stanley took them out to see the fire truck. The children were very excited as they took turns sitting in the cabin and wearing a real firefighter’s helmet. They were surprised that the truck is yellow.

West End is appreciative for the time the Woodbury Fire Department took out of their busy day to teach a valuable lesson.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Congratulations, Scott Bassler

Congratulations to Scott Bassler, senior at Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School. Scott recently was notified that he was among the 50,000 highest scores on the 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). There were over 1.5 million students who took the test nationally, and Scott’s score places him in the top 5% of all students in the nation who took the exam.

Scott's plans for post-secondary study will likely focus on biochemistry or biological engineering. Schools that he plans to apply to include Princeton University, Yale University, Drexel University, Roanoke College, and Washington Lee University.

We are proud of the strong academic performance by Scott on this test and in all his work here at Woodbury.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Reminder: Internet Safety Night Tonight

Internet Safety Night

Information Session open to all Parents

Tuesday, October 14
7:00 p.m.
Jr.-Sr. High School Auditorium



Present --


OCTOBER 23,24, & 25
Show Times: 6:30 PM, 7:30 PM, & 9:00 PM

ADULTS $10.00




Friday, October 10, 2008

A Battle of the Marching Bands

High School Cavalcade of Bands

Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School Stadium

Saturday, October 11

12:00PM to 3:00PM

Admission: $6.00

Spotlight on Mrs. Chavez-Naimoli

Clery Chavez-Naimoli

Teacher of Spanish

Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School

• Name:
Clery Chavez-Naimoli

• College(s) and degrees(s):
Camden County College - Art and Science
Federico Villarreal University, Peru - Bachelor Degree in Education, Spanish Language, and Literature

• Work experience:
Springfield Public School System - Teacher's aid
Living Faith Christian Academy - Spanish Teacher K - 12

• Favorite books:
The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho's novels (Portuguese writer)

• Favorite television show:
Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

• Last movie I loved:
Man on Fire

• Music CD that I have almost worn out from repeated playing:

• Person (living or not) that I’d like to have lunch with and why:
My mom, because she is overseas, and I do not get to see her as often as I like.

• Visiting this place makes me peaceful:
The beach - watching the sunset.

• One item on my “to do” list that I can’t seem to get to:
Lose some weight.

• Favorite animal (domestic or wild):
My lovely dog that is no longer around.

• Favorite sports team:
I do not have one.

• Destination of my fantasy vacation trip:

• Details about the teacher I will never forget who inspired me to enter the profession:
My 6th grade teacher.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Walking Ghost Tour

Main Street Woodbury Presents . . .

Walking Ghost Tour

October 17th

6:30 p.m.

Walk the favorite haunts of Woodbury – Starts from the County Court House steps on Delaware Street

$10 Adults
$5 Children (13 and under)

Groups formed in order of arrival. Reservations given priority:
Call 856-845-8655

Flashlights suggested.

Rain or Shine