Thursday, December 23, 2010

6th Grade Choir -- Happy Holidays

Our 6th grade choir, under the direction of Ms. Theresa Savage, submitted a song for consideration in the recent BB101 school choir christmas competition.

The winners received a $5,000 award for their school’s music program, courtesy of your local Mercedes-Benz dealer and B101 and thanks to Peter Nero and the Philly Pops had the opportunity of a lifetime - performming live on stage at the Holiday Pops Show on Sunday, December 19th.

B101 thanked each school choir who entered this year’s competition. They indicated they were overwhelmed by all the wonderful songs received and look forward to another fantastic competition next year!

Though not selected as a finalist, we are proud of how nicely our students sound. Give a listen -- and enjoy.

6th Grade Choir Song

Happy Holidays to All.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winter Wednesdays

Woodbury High School Alumni Association Presents
A series of three programs designed to stimulate
the head, the heart, and the feet.
All programs will be educational in nature and follow with a
Q&A session following each presentation.

All programs begin at 7:00pm in the high school auditorium.
Admission is $10.00 per ticket, per presentation.

You may purchase tickets in advance by calling
856-853-0123, ext. 214,
or you may purchase your tickets at the door.
Cash or checks made payable to the
Woodbury High School Alumni Foundation
will be accepted.

All profits go to support the students of Woodbury High School.

10% Off Meal Check on the Evening of the Show with a Ticket or Stub
@ Charlie Brown’s, the Golden Palace, or Piazza di Scotto

January 12, 2011 – Series 1: The Head
Tony Campolo is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University. He is the founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education. He is an ordained Baptist Minister who has served churches across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and has worked to create, nurture, and support programs for "children at risk" across North America. He has appeared on Larry King Live, Crossfire, Nightline, and CNN News, and is the author of thirty-eight books.

February 2, 2011 – Series 2: The Heart
The Gospel Messengers of South Jersey were established five years ago. They have performed throughout South Jersey, teaching the meanings of many spirituals before performing them. They are all members of the First Baptist Church of Jericho.

February 16, 2011 – Series 3: The Feet
The Peter A. Broomall String Band has marched up Broad Street since 1925. They perform throughout the South Jersey and Philadelphia area. Though originally formed in Philly, their home is now nearby in National Park.
For further information, please contact:
Frank Gwalthney
856-845-5531 -or-

Monday, December 20, 2010

Board of Education Meeting: Wednesday -- 7:00 p.m.

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

This board meeting is 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 will be posted on the district website later this morning. (agenda)

The special presentation for this month's meeting will be from the Jr.-Sr. High School.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Action Team Kick-Off Meeting

I want to thank those of you who have volunteered to be part of the work of the Action Teams as we complete our “periodic update” of the district’s Strategic Plan.

Thirty-four (34) individuals are scheduled to meet this evening to form the three Action Teams. This kick-off meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. in the Jr.-Sr. High School Auditorium.

There were twenty-six (26) other Woodbury school community members who already identified the areas of the Strategic Plan that required some additional attention by these Action Teams. The Planning Committee completed that earlier work back in September; a few of the Planning Committee members are joining the work of the Action Teams.

If you have a last minute desire to be part of this work, your time and input are still welcome. Please give my secretary, Mrs. Hoffman, a call (856-853-0123, ext. 214) or e-mail ( Or, if it is close to 6:00 p.m. and you can make the meeting, simply show up at the Jr.-Sr. High School auditorium.

The Strategic Plan is the guiding document for important decisions regarding program emphasis and funding priorities.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Spotlight on Ms. Kalbach

Kimberly Kalbach

Teacher of Health/Phys. Ed.

West End Memorial

• Name: Kimberly Kalbach

• College(s) and degrees(s): Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education, and Drivers Education from Wesley College & currently attending Delaware Valley College for Master's in Educational Leadership

• Work experience: 2006-2007 10th Grade Health and PE at Camden High School; 2007-2010 K-6 Health and PE at Riverside Elementary and Middle

• Favorite books: Anything by Jodi Picolt

• Favorite television show: Law and Order

• Last movie I loved: Big Daddy or Shrek

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

• Person (living or not) that I’d like to have lunch with and why: My Grandfather -- in order to learn more about my family's past.

• Visiting this place makes me peaceful: The Beach

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

• Favorite animal (domestic or wild): Frogs

• Favorite sports team: The Phillies

• Destination of my fantasy vacation trip: Italy or Costa Rica

• Details about the teacher I will never forget who inspired me to enter the profession: My art teacher always made everything a positive. There were no negatives in her classroom. She always pushed me to succeed and had an open mind about every student. She taught me that all students can be successful.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Bobby DiRugeris to Ohio State University

Grant Shivers, Athletic Director, sent this link to a recent Courier-Post newspaper article on Bobby DiRugeris. Bobby is headed to Ohio State to further his education and continue with his gymnastic pursuits. Congratulations to Bobby for all his success.

Courier-Post article.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Did You See?

This article ran in the Gloucester County Times last week regarding Woodbury City Public School's periodic update of our Strategic Plan :

Tuesday, November 30: Strategic Planning -- Call for Community Involvement

Teams are currently being formed. The first meeting of the Action Teams is scheduled for next Monday, December 13, at 6:00 p.m., in the Jr.-Sr. High School Auditorium.

Please contact my secretary, Stacy Hoffman, at 856-853-0123, ext. 214, or to inform us of your interest.

Thank you.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Spotlight on Mrs. Gaffney!

Laura Gaffney

Teacher of Elementary Vocal Music


• Name: Laura Gaffney

• College(s) and degrees(s): Villanova Univ. (Bachelor of Science: Finance) and Rutgers-Camden Univ. (Bachelor of Arts: Music)

• Work experience:St. Rose of Lima School, Haddon Heights (2 years)

• Favorite books
o fiction: 1001 Nights
o Nonfiction: Bible

• Favorite television show: Scrubs

• Last movie I loved: Life is Beautiful

• Music CD that I have almost worn out from repeated playing: Music K-8, vol.21

• Person (living or not) that I’d like to have lunch with and why: my grandmother. I miss her.

• Visiting this place makes me peaceful: Avalon, NJ (the beach of course)

• One item on my “to do” list that I can’t seem to get to: dusting (hate it)

• Favorite animal (domestic or wild): kitties of any sort

• Favorite sports team: PHILLIES!!!!!! (much to my Yankee fan Dad’s chagrin)

• Destination of my fantasy vacation trip: Hawaii (specifically Maui)

• Details about the teacher I will never forget who inspired me to enter the profession: Mrs. Nathanson. She told me I was creative.

• Anything Else: My husband’s name is Douglas and he plays the guitar, my daughter’s name is Emily and she is a violinist and singer, and my son Andrew is a trombone player. We sometimes play together as a family and it is joyous.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Visitor from Bury, England

(This posting was provided by Dr. Adams, Principal of the Walnut Street School.)

The work on the Strategic Plan brought about a newly developed district mission statement with an added emphasis on students working in concert with the larger, global community. Some Walnut Street School students have put this goal into action by making a connection with their counterparts in Bury, England.

For the past year and a half, the Walnut Street Elementary School fourth and fifth grade students have had an ongoing “pen pal” program with a group of transatlantic friends across the pond. This email based exchange program is with a group of students at St. Bernadette’s Elementary School in Bury, England. The significance of this relationship is that the City of Woodbury was founded by Henry Wood, a Quaker from Bury, England, in 1682. His surname and his home town combine to make up the name of the city he founded – Woodbury, NJ.

On a recent school day, a resident of Bury, England, Melvin Magnall, visited the students of Walnut Street School. He shared with the Woodbury students projects, posters, and other artifacts developed by the students from Bury. He also explained to our students the history of a holiday celebrated in England on November 5th called Bonfire Day. The students in Woodbury then shared artifacts they had developed and gathered representing our November holiday, Thanksgiving.

Over the past year this project has enabled students from both sides of the Atlantic to learn about similarities and differences between our two countries and cultures. It has also taught our students the local history of the City of Woodbury.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

West End PTA Night at Scotto's

(The following is a messge from the West End PTA.)
Please join us for ~ West End School PTA’s Restaurant Night

YOU, along with your family and friends!

La Piazza de Scootto
(under new management)
40 S. Broad Street, Woodbury, 856-384-7700

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010

Eat In or Take Out, but be sure to bring this flyer or mention that you are there to support the West End PTA. A % of these sales will be donated to the PTA.