News from Mrs. Dutt, Principal
From Ms. Bilotti, NWR Superintendent
Closing school is not a decision that we make lightly. With each weather event, there are a number of factors and considerations as well as communication with a variety of local leaders, discussions with other school officials as well as conversations within our cluster. At the heart of each of these decisions is the safety of your children, our staff, and the community at large. We know how disruptive changes to the schedule and calendar are and we appreciate your understanding and support.
For this past storm, we were fortunate to have the guidance of our entire emergency management team. These individuals worked non-stop throughout the entirety of the storm to ensure JCP&L was being held accountable and to keep track of all road closures and power outages.
I have a deep admiration for our emergency management team including our OEM site manager, our township officials, our local police and ambulance, and our local fire departments. They worked to keep all of us safe.
This past week was an anomaly, one we did not plan for when developing our school calendar. As you know, our school gets very hot in the summer months, as such we build in four days in order to prioritize an early graduation date and an early end to the school year. That said, we are now in a position to either take 5 days from Spring Break as originally planned, or to move our graduation date and keep our Spring Break wholly or partially intact.
I am reaching out to you now to get information from you, our parent community, on your priorities and desires. While I will ultimately be making a recommendation to our Board of Education, I would very much like to have more data from you, our community, before I make that recommendation.
We will also be sharing this survey with our student leadership team and eliciting responses from them on behalf of their classmates. We hope to gain a clear picture of priorities within our entire community.
We will be tracking responses and placing a priority on those parents who have seniors graduating this year. While I know there have been some questions regarding the time of this year’s graduation, please know that the decision has already been made for an afternoon graduation, the time will not change based on the results of this survey. That decision was also made with the safety and well-being of our students and families, specifically with regard to the threat of early evening thunderstorms. An afternoon graduation reduces that threat and allows for greater flexibility should a storm arise, hopefully forever avoiding an indoor graduation ceremony.
Thank you again for your understanding and support as we make every effort to keep our school community safe.
School Calendar Survey
NWR School Highlights
Our teachers have been involved in various workshops for the development of new programs and upgrading our curricular initiatives. Mr. Fattorusso of the CTE (Career and Technical Education) department held NWR's first ever CTE Advisory Meeting with community professionals to help guide us as we restructure our elective offerings. This team will work together to approve our courses for grant money so that we can offer 21st Century skill-based courses.
First Robotics won its first award - The 2018 Rookie Inspiration Winners! Our new robotics team is truly exceling and we could not be more proud of them and their advisors. We applaud their accomplishment and look forward to their future successes.
Our art students had the opportunity to compete in the 32nd Annual Mt. Olive Invitational Competition. Ribbon-prizes, as well as scholarships from various art colleges were awarded to the most outstanding students who participate. This year, one of our freshman, Jocelyn (JoJo) Carlson won 3rd place in the Crafts category! JoJo and Heather Kemper (also a Freshman) both received an Honorable Mention for a Pre-College Scholarship at Savannah College of Art and Design.
Congratulations to Ms. DeMonte's Middle School Chess Team A (Tyler Dolinsky, Cole Leibig, Brendan Donlon, Braden Jones) and Team B (Nick Liccata, Max Jaronsky, Kyle Hannam, Brad Allen) for winning Second and Third Place in the Warren County Chess Tournament on February 6, 2018! Special thank you to Ms. Eisner and Mr. Ponczek for their assistance!
32nd Annual Mt. Olive Invitational Competition. Ribbon-prizes, as well as scholarships from various art colleges are awarded to the most outstanding students who participate. This year, one of our freshman, Jocelyn (JoJo) Carlson won 3rd place in the Crafts category! JoJo and Heather Kemper (also a Freshman) both received an Honorable Mention for a Pre-College Scholarship at Savannah College of Art and Design.
Mrs. DeMonte's 7th grade Consumer Math class enjoyed a visit from First Hope Bank in Blairstown, NJ. Vice President Ms. Lisa Spillane and Branch Leader Ms. Cindy Matthews paid a visit to answer their thought-provoking questions, while informing the class about behind-the-scenes operations that occur at the bank. They learned so many fun new facts about how banks work along with some unusual things that sometimes happen in banks. We are looking forward to another visit in the future!
This year's Musical "Pirates of Penzance" wil premiere on Friday evening, March 23 at 7:30pm. Subsequent shows will take place on Saturday, March 24 at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 25 at 3:00pm. Admission is $10 for students and $14 for adults. Senior citizens are welcome at no cost. Please come out and support our students who have worked so hard preparing for the show.
Information about March 14, 2018