Monday, December 22, 2008
(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
Teacher of Elementary Spanish
West End Memorial School
o fiction: A House in the Woods by Isabelle Holland
o nonfiction: Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald
Thursday, December 18, 2008
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 highschoolsports.net. 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
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
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.
Monday, December 15, 2008
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
Teacher of Health & Physical Education
Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School
• 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
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
(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
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
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
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. Woodburysurvey.com. The survey is anonymous-- no personal information will be requested.
Friday, December 05, 2008
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
WOODBURY JUNIOR – SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
25 North Broad Street
Woodbury, New Jersey 08096
Denise Dunham, Principal
Jason Vivadelli, Assistant Principal
John Lukis, Assistant Principal
Grant Shivers, Director of Athletics and Student Activities
December 4, 2008
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
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
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
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
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
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