Friday, January 30, 2009

Spotlight on Ms. Capodanno

Ms. Toni Capodanno

Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction

Woodbury City Public School District


Toni Capodanno

College(s) and degrees(s):

Kean College, Union, NJ: BA Early Childhood, MA Curriculum& Instruction, MA ESL and Bilingual Supervision Certification
Cambridge College: Masters Educational Administration

Work experience:

Elementary teacher, ESL teacher, Curriculum Specialist, Assistant Principal, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction

Favorite books
o fiction: The Secret Life of Bees
o nonfiction: The House of Sand and Fog

Favorite television show:

Grey's Anatomy

Last movie I loved:

Cold Mountain

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

Cold Play's Viva La Vida

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

I'd like to have lunch with Mother Theresa. She has always been an inspiration to me. Her fragile demeanor contradicted her inner strength and humility. She was (and remains to this day) a wonderful example of how commitment, dedication and compassion for others can achieve the unimaginable.

Visiting this place makes me peaceful:

sitting in front of my fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa

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

I eventually get to all the items on my "to do list"; it's simply a matter of prioritizing.

Favorite animal (domestic or wild):

Horses are strong yet gentle animals. They are reliable and steady. They offer many opportunities for enjoyment whether it is watching them race, work or graze serenely in pastures.

Favorite sports team:


Destination of my fantasy vacation trip:

Tuscany, Italy

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

Sister Regina Pacis was my favorite high school teacher. She taught English Literature. The classics came alive when she read them aloud to the class. My favorite memory of her was the day she drew a hidden skeleton head from under a cloth, raised it in the air and spoke these words, "Alas poor Yorick, I knew him well." It was right then and there that I knew I had to become a teacher!

A Note from Ms. Capodanno:

I am truly blessed and happy to be among the Woodbury school district family!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

District Website

Mr. Krauss, a teacher in our Jr.-Sr. High School who also acts as the district webmaster, is interested in soliciting opinions regarding the current state of the website. If you would like to provide some feedback, you can supply answers the the questions below.

The easiest way to get the response back to the school would be to e-mail it to Mr. Krauss at

This survey is about the school district website: (not this blog site).

Thank you.


Woodbury Public Schools are committed to keeping the district website up to date and relevant in order to serve the staff of our district. In order to accomplish this goal, we need to know what you think of the website and how we can improve it.

Please complete the survey below and send it back to Mr. James Krauss, Webmaster, at the high school. We thank you for your input and will take all suggestions into consideration.

Background Information

1. Are you …


2. Are you a …

Other ____________

3. What type of Computer Operating System do you use at home? PC/ Windows
Other (please state)

4. What kind of connection do you use for connecting to the Internet at home? Dial-up
Broadband (Cable, DSL, etc…)

Please open the site, and review the site. Then please answer the following questions.

5. Using a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being slow and 5 being fast, how fast did the site load?
1 2 3 4 5

6. Using a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being unattractive and 5 being very attractive, how does the site appear?
1 2 3 4 5

7. Using a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being hard to navigate and 5 being very easy to navigate, how is the site to navigate? Is it hard or easy to find what you are looking for?
1 2 3 4 5

8. What do you like about the Woodbury Public Schools website?

9. What don’t you like about the Woodbury Public Schools website?

10. What would you like to see added to the Woodbury Public Schools website?

11. Do you have any other comments about the Woodbury Public Schools website?

Thank you for your input and help. Please return this to Mr. James Krauss, at the High School.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Teacher of the Year -- Final Call

Thanks to all who have already nominated a teacher from one of our schools for this year's Teacher of the Year recognition program.

Our teacher's do get a chance to see the words written after the process is complete; the words are retyped and provided to the teacher in an anonymous manner. Often, the receipt of the words in these nominations is more meaningful than who ultimately is selected as this year's "winner." Simply having a chance to hear nice words about the positive impact on a single child's life is very uplifting.

I encourage you to submit an entry, if you have not done so to date. You have until next Monday, February 2, to drop one by the Superintendent's office. (These can also be handed in to any of the school main offices -- they will be then sent to the Superintendent's office from there.)

Thank you.

See the post from January 15, 2009 for more information.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Evergreen Avenue Students Eating Fruit and Vegetables

Every morning, Mrs. Mills, Evergreen Avenue School Nurse, takes a tub of food to every classroom (PreK-5) after Mrs. Campbell and the high school cafeteria staff prepare packages for delivery.

Students get excited as the cart is wheeled through the hallways delivering fresh produce to the students and staff. Since the first full week of school, all students and staff have been enjoying a daily snack of either a fruit or vegetable.

Evergreen children have been exposed to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have had the opportunity to sample. Students have enjoyed plums, grapes, pears, carrots, pineapple, grape tomatoes, broccoli, oranges, apples and bananas -- just to name a few.

All students are encouraged to at least try the fruit or vegetable of the day. These foods are being offered in their natural state.

This opportunity has been made possible because last June the Evergreen School was awarded a grant from The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) through the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. The grant provides one school in our school community with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables as a way of introducing healthy snack options.

Only 25 schools were awarded this grant; 98 schools applied. Evergreen is the only Gloucester County School participating.

The program’s goal is to promote healthy eating and help to combat the growing obesity issue, especially amongst our youth.

Evergreen School also has a partnership with Rutgers Cooperative Extension (NJ Food Stamp Nutrition Education). They come into the school once a month during health class and teach students about healthy nutrition.

These two programs are being combined to help promote the NJ School Wellness initiative mandated by the state.

Special thanks to Madeline Mills, the Evergreen Avenue School Nurse, and the Nutri-Serve corporation, our school lunch program provider, for their joint effort to bring the fruit and vegetable program to Evergreen.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Senior Citizens Luncheon

(This posting was submitted by the Woodbury WEA.)

The Woodbury Education Association invites you to join us for the
Woodbury High School’s production of

Bye-Bye Birdie

Call now to reserve a spot at a free luncheon compliments of the
Woodbury Education Association.

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2009
Time: Luncheon @ 11:30 a.m.; Show @ 1:00 p.m.
Place: Woodbury High School library for lunch and auditorium for the show!

Parking in front next to the post office.

RSVP. Please call Sharron Knauss to reserve your seat at the luncheon at 853-0123, ext. 248, by Tuesday, February 24, 2009

(Tell a friend . . . invite a neighbor!)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Spotlight on Mrs. Bent

Mrs. Jennifer Bent

Teacher of Special Education

Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School

• Name:

Jennifer Bent

• College(s) and degrees(s):

Rider University - BA in Communications, concentrations in Public Relations and Journalism.

Georgian Court University - Certification in Teacher of the Handicapped.

Capella University - completing a Masters degree in Administration to be finished June 2009.

• Work experience:

Southern Regional School District10th and 11th grade English.

Voorhees High School, North Hunterdon -Voorhees School District - 11th grade English

• Favorite books:

ANYTHING by Jodi Picoult

• Favorite television show:

Beverly Hills 90210 - the original series. What can I say; I am a child of the 80's and 90's. I grew up with them on TV, even though in reality they were already in their late 20's playing teenagers.

• Last movie I loved:

nothing really - I am very anxious for The Secret Life of Bees in October and My Sisters Keeper, no release date just yet.

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

Any Rascal Flatt's CD - I have them all.

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

My mom's father. I never had the chance the meet him and there is so much I want to ask him about himself and my family. He was so influential in my mom's life; I would love to experience that myself.

• Visiting this place makes me peaceful:

Hawaii; I get there as much as possible

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

Spend one full day at the beach with nothing else to do.

• Favorite animal (domestic or wild):

My puggle - Ginger

• Favorite sports team:

NY Giants

• Destination of my fantasy vacation trip:

Maui - I have been there before but each time back it just keeps getting better and better.

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

Someone once told me that to teach is the most rewarding experience one can have. I didn't believe it, so I chose another path. But then my path lead me back to school as a substitute and there was a moment in class where the invisible hand hit me in the back of the head and I thought -- here is what I should be doing, here is where I should be. That person never said "I told you so" or shook her head at me; she supported me and gave me the skills that make me the teacher I am today. That person is my mom.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Later Post from Yesterday

Please see below -- I added a post later in the day on Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sad News -- A Fire at Mr. Shivers' Home

Many of you in our school community have heard about the fire in Glassboro on Sunday at the home of Woodbury Athletic Director, Grant Shivers. Tragically, it appears that Mr. Shivers and his family lost their home to the devastating fire -- home inspections are still scheduled to fully account for the extent of the damage. Thankfully, though obviously saddened, he and his family members are safe and healthy.

The following is from an e-mail that went out from the High School Principal, Denise Dunham, to the faculty. I am sharing this because many individuals have asked what they can do to help the family:

Many of us have already reached out to Grant individually, in response to his family’s misfortune this weekend.

Our immediate response will be to collect funds to present to Grant by holding a general collection during the remaining days of this week, ending with a special Jean Day on Friday.
Please see any of the following people to make your donation: Michele Hamilton, Donna Lacovara, and Jane O’Donnell. Jean Day monies can be forwarded to the people you typically use each month.

We would like to have all monies in by noon on Friday to give us time to collect the monies raised by the elementary schools as well and deliver to Grant before the weekend begins.

A larger effort is currently being planned by the community. People from all over, including organizations that he is involved in, have contacted the school to express their desire to help. On February 4 at 7 p.m., an organizational meeting is scheduled for all interested parties. A representative from any organization is asked to attend that meeting. Sharron Knauss has agreed to coordinate this event for the school along with Mr. Sanderson of Woodbury.

You may see Grant out and about in the schools for brief periods of time. His spirits are good; he is very thankful that his family is safe and they are together. I know he would want everyone to know how humbled he is for the way folks have reached out to him already.

A special account has been opened for donations to the Shivers family. I will share that information with you as soon as I know the proper procedure to follow.

Here’s thanking you in advance for being the kind of people you are. Keep Grant and his family in your prayers. I will send an update with any new information as I receive it.

Denise DunhamPrincipal
Woodbury Junior - Senior High School

25 North Broad Street
Woodbury, NJ 08096
(856) 853-0123, extension 220

An Added Effort -- Swim Team

Proceeds from a fundraiser scheduled for this evening at Pizzeria Uno in Deptford Township were originally slated to benefit the Gateway/Woodbury Swim and Dive Teams. Through their generosity, all "dough" raised will instead go to Grant Shivers and his family to assist them in this time of need.

The coupon included here is to be presented if you go to eat.

The event is scheduled for tonight: 4 - 10 p.m.

Thank you.

New School Resource Officer

The Woodbury City Police Department and the Woodbury City Schools have a strong working relationship. One way that lines of communication are maintained is through the School Resource Officer Program.

Effective the beginning of this calendar year, a new School Resource Officer, Patrolman Daniel Steigerwald, was assigned to the school district. Officer Steigerwald has been provided specialized training through the police department to maximize his effectiveness in a school setting.

Over the course of the last couple of weeks, Officer Steigerwald has been in and about all of the city schools getting to know the buildings and the people. Though a majority of his time will be spent in connection with the Jr.-Sr. High School, he will have a presence in our elementary schools as well.

The School Resource Officer program has been a valuable program for Woodbury and other school districts. We welcome Officer Steigerwald and wish him well in his new assignment.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Distinguished & Urban Scholars

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

The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority announced its recipients of the Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished and Urban Scholars. Eight students from Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School were selected to receive scholarships, which award up to $1,000 annually without regard to financial need.

The Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar is intended to recognize the highest achieving graduating high school students in or from New Jersey. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars must have a class rank of one, two or three and rank within the top 10 percent at the end of junior year, or rank within the top 10 percent with a combined critical reading and math SAT score of 1260 or higher.

Urban Scholars are renewable scholarships awarded to high achieving students in the state’s urban areas. Students must rank in the top ten percent of their class and have a GPA of at least 3.0.

The following Woodbury students were recognized: Stefana Burlacu, Megan Kier, Megan Pierson, Laura Hassan, Caitlyn Pipolo, Oluwatunmi Oni, Scott Bassler, and Christian Schoning.

Each student received an award letter in early January providing notification of this recognition.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Spotlight on Mrs. Introcaso

Mrs. Camille Introcaso

Academic Coach - Literacy

District Elementary Schools

• Name:

Camille C. Introcaso

• College(s) and degrees(s):

LaSalle University, BA in Elementary/Special Education

University of PA, MS In Literacy Education

• Work experience:

Philadelphia Public Schools; Various preschool experience; Collingswood Public Schools as special education, basic skills, and Reading Recovery teacher

• Favorite books
o fiction: anything by Ian McEwan (but this changes all the time)
o nonfiction: anything by Bill Bryson (same here)

• Favorite television show:

As Time Goes By - a corny British sitcom

• Last movie I loved:

Little Miss Sunshine, Atonement

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

Paul Simon's - Graceland

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

Randy Pausch, the educator and author who recently died. In the face of such tragedy, how did he keep such a seemingly serene outlook? Where did he find that strength?

• Visiting this place makes me peaceful:

Any beach, anywhere

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

Getting the family photos organized, but I keep taking more

• Favorite animal (domestic or wild):

Giraffe - they just look impossible!

• Favorite sports team:

Phillies, of course, and any team my kids are on!

• Destination of my fantasy vacation trip:

The Galapagos Islands - someday!

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

Mrs. Eustace -- she brought in opera recordings for students who had never experienced opera and made us feel her passion for it, she brought her class to a French restaurant to try French food (with the most inexpensive appetizer possible!), she discussed books and movies and places outside the realm of our experience and suddenly made them seem like possibilities, and she opened my eyes to the ways in which a teacher could influence a life.

• Anything Else:

Proudest accomplishment: My three children, now in their twenties, and making their way in the world.

Challenge I’m working on: I am a daily walker (four miles a day) trying to become more of a runner, but struggling to get past more than two miles.

Skill I will share with Woodbury colleagues: I am a great cook and baker (sometimes counteracts the effects of all that walking!).

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Teachers of the Year: Nomination Process

(This information is going home with our students this week. Please give the idea of a nomination some serious consideration as we complete this annual process to select our Teachers of the Year.)

Dear Community Member:

The Woodbury City Public School District will be participating in the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Program. I am asking you to help in the district’s selection process by nominating the faculty member (teacher or educational services professional) you feel has made the greatest contribution to your child’s education. The deadline for entries is Monday, February 2, 2009.


Joseph Jones, III

Selection Criteria: Teachers - distinguished themselves through exceptional contributions in effective instructional techniques and methods; productive classroom climate and rapport with students; and development of feelings of self-worth and love of learning in students. Educational services professionals (i.e., nurses, librarian, counselors, Child Study Team staff members) - interact positively with students, staff and parents while functioning as a frontline advocate for the student between home and school.

Please return by Monday, February 2, 2009, to the Superintendent’s Office of the Woodbury City Public School District, 25 North Broad Street, Woodbury, New Jersey 08096; Fax: (856) 853-0704.

Name of Nominee:


Reason for Nomination (Attach Additional Paper if Needed):

Nominated by:

Phone number where you can be reached in the event more information is needed:

(The hard copy of this information is going home with the students. If you would like to simply send in your nomination electronically, you can do that by e-mailing the above information to my secretary: Stacy Hoffman --

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Alumni News

With all the alumni Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School from over the many years of graduates, we could really have an entire blog focused on accomplishments and various WHS alumni "in the news." (Some of our younger readers will likely be thinking that it should be a Facebook page -- or, more likely, something else that I don't even know about yet!)

In this spirit, Mr. Shivers, our Athletic Director, sent the following information to me about one of our recent graduates (see blue text):

Riverdale, N.Y.- Monmouth University’s track & field team wrapped up its second weekend of competition with a pair of meets in NYC, traveling to the Fordham Christmas Classic on Friday and to Manhattan College on Saturday night.

In Friday’s Fordham Christmas Classic, junior Aracelis Lantigua (Elizabeth, N.J./Elizabeth) won the 800m, leading wire to wire and crossing the line with a time of 2:26.20. A trio of freshmen in Vin Improta (Staten Island, N.Y./Staten Island Tech), David Balzer (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Joseph’s) and Ryan Lundy (Laurence Harbor, N.J./Mater Dei) took third, sixth and seventh in the 1000m. The same three teamed up with sophomore Michael Slater (Belford, N.J./CBA) in the 4x400, crossing the tape in fifth place.

At the Jasper Invitational on Saturday night, the Hawks brought home a trio of first place finishes paced by the men’s and women’s triple jumpers. Sophomore Marykate Walsh’s (Woodbury, N.J./Woodbury) leap of 17' 2 3/4" was the top mark of the meet, while junior Alex Bowers’ (Bayville, N.J./Central Regional) distance of 22' 2 1/4" won the event on the men’s side. Walsh also tallied a second place finish in the triple jump with her distance of 36' 4 1/4" meters.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

College Students Speak with Seniors

(This post was submitted by Mr. Murphy, Director of Pupil Personnel Services at Woodbury.)

On Friday, January 9th, nine graduates from the class of 2008 came back to share their experiences with our students concerning the transition from high school to college. In addition to meeting with our seniors in the auditorium, the students visited three different AVID classes during the morning.

The graduates' stories emphasized the importance of knowing yourself as a student and being able to manage your time. Other issues that were discussed were selecting a roommate, the use of technology in college, money management and doing research.

Each expressed how the diversity of WHS helped to prepare for the larger college campus. Also, all indicated that they felt well-prepared academically for their freshman year in college.

Front Row: Laura Lonabaugh (University of New Hampshire), Denea Jerry (Virginia Union), Ashley Pollard (Seton Hall), Sarah Hesser (GCC/STARS), Stefanie Parker (GCC/STARS),

Back Row: Dan McGarry (Rowan), Matt Fitzgerald (Seton Hall), Sheldon Jackson (Rutgers), Eric Ulmer (Bentley)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Math Olympics -- West End, Evergreen and Walnut

There is an article in today's Gloucester County Times regarding the elementary school Math Olympics taking place. This event has been organized by our academic coach for mathematics, Kathy Estep. See the link below:

Monday, January 12th GCT Article

Friday, January 09, 2009

Spotlight of Mrs. Luthke

Mrs. Elizabeth Luthke

Teacher of English

Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School

• Name:

Elizabeth (Beth) Luthke

• College(s) and degrees(s):

B.A. University of Delaware, English Education,

M.A. English (American Literature) and M.A Educational Leadership The College of New Jersey

• Work experience:

Spotswood High School--just over 4 years

Bernards High School--just under 6 years

Northern Burlington Regional Middle School, Asst. Principal--just under 2 years

Part time: Burlington County College and The College of New Jersey 2 years

Bruriah High School for Girls--1 year

• Favorite books


Classic - The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison;

New - Ella Minnow Pea by Stephen Dunn


Old - Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol;

New - The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch--a good one for a whole high school to read

• Favorite television show:

I love Grey's Anatomy and Hopkins

• Last movie I loved:

Can't remember the last one in the theater, on DVD Ahkeela and the Bee

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

Mark Harris - The Writing on the Wall

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

My maternal grandmother because I wish she could meet my kids

• Visiting this place makes me peaceful:

any not-too-crowded beach

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

too many---see my college friends

• Favorite animal (domestic or wild):


• Favorite sports team:

Philadelphia Phillies---and not just because they were good this year!

• Destination of my fantasy vacation trip:

a literary trip through Europe

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

There isn't a specific one, except my mom who taught elementary school in Trenton, and more importantly, she taught me what matters.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

$22,000 Grant from Verizon

(Jennifer P. Young, of Verizon New Jersey Southern External Affairs, presents Walnut Street School Principal, Dr. Jeffrey Adams, with a check for $22,000.)

Woodbury Public Schools received a $22,000 grant from Verizon Foundation. For the second time in three years, the Verizon Foundation has awarded the Woodbury Public Schools a grant to support innovative programs that will provide a focus on literacy development.

Verizon and Woodbury originally partnered on a literacy project during the 2006-2007 school year through a $10,000 grant award. At that time, an after school reading program was launched at the West End Memorial School and Walnut Street School. During that pilot program, the district was able to utilize a computer based reading program developed by MindPlay Corporation, called My Reading Coach – Platinum Edition.

This year, through the Verizon grant coupled with in-district funds, the program has evolved to include all three elementary schools. The extra support will consist of an after school program as well as academic intervention during the regular school day; both efforts will utilize computer based interventions. The district has also acquired a new piece of computer software from the MindPlay Corporation to assist instructional staff entitled, “Fluent Reader Trainer”.

The Woodbury School District believes that that this partnership with Verizon, coupled with in-district resources and highly qualified instructional staff, will provide the elementary school students involved with extra resources necessary for academic success.

About the Verizon Foundation:

The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its signature program,, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence.

In 2007, the foundation awarded more than $67.4 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the United States and abroad. The foundation also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $25.1 million in combined contributions. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation’s largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 3 million hours of community service since Verizon’s inception in 2000.

This year, thanks to the generosity of Verizon customers who participated in the company’s Check Into Literacy program, 39 nonprofit organizations throughout New Jersey are receiving $325,000 in grants to support their literacy programs. For more information on the foundation, visit

See GCT article

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The Library is Open: 5-7 PM

Beginning this week, the Woodbury Junior - Senior High School Library will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday for your use. The library offers a good setting to get school work done and a place for computer access.

(The goal is to provide a place for students to work while the Woodbury City Public Library closes during these two “dinner” hours.)

This program is one of the action items of our new Strategic Plan

• Strategy I—to effectively utilize multiple sources of assessment data to improve instruction, close the achievement gap, and increase academic performance
• —Action Plan 5: to assure the Jr.-Sr. High School library will be open to students and parents minimally from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Monday through Thursday while school is in session.

This is one more way Woodbury Public Schools works to be a leader in personalizing education for our students — words found and manifested in our mission and beliefs. We feel that this action addresses a very specific need here in the Woodbury community.

Please use the lobby door entrance to the school (across from the gymnasium) for your access the library. The library is on the first floor, turn right down the long hallway and take your first left

Adults should bring identification to present to our Evening Library Program Coordinator when you arrive.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

An Active Week for Winter Sports

(This post comes from Mr. Shivers, Jr.-Sr. High School Athletic Director.)

For sports fans, this is an active week for our winter sports program:

  • There is swim meet Tuesday at the Woodbury YMCA at 3:30. Our meets are usually at Gloucester County Institute of Technology or Camden County Institute of Technology. So, this is a great chance to see our swimmers close to home.

  • There is a wrestling match Wednesday night at Gateway. Several of our students are wrestling and doing a great job. (We field a joint team with Gateway for wrestling competition.)

  • The girls basketball team plays at 4:00 p.m. (jv @ 5:30 p.m.) Tuesday versus Paulsboro at home.

  • The boys basketball team has their home opener Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. versus Audubon (jv-5:30 p.m., Frosh/Jr. High 3:45 p.m.)

Also from Mr. Shivers . . .

For those traveling to the away Boys Basketball game at Paulsboro today, the start times for the games have been changed:

JV -- 5:30 p.m.
Varsity -- 7:00 p.m.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Happy New Year, Winter -- and Welcome Back!

Well – this was a long break this year. I know how hard it can be getting everyone back into the school routine. I hope that all went well this morning.

As a school superintendent, I look with a wary eye at these next couple of months due to the weather concerns that winter brings. I keep telling my kids that I am hoping for no snow – or, at least, snow on weekend days only! Time will tell how this winter unfolds.

We do have a decision to make with regard to the Jr.-Sr. High School make-up of the December 23rd closing due to the heat situation. I will have a recommendation ready for the January Board of Education meeting and that will be communicated once the calendar change is formalized. There are a couple options to consider – an added day to the end of the school year or utilizing the last day of the Spring break.

I hope that you had a nice holiday season, and I welcome everyone back. Happy New Year!