EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
Central Office Communications: Week of September 20, 2020
OUR CURRENT REALITY
To Our Egg Harbor Township School Community,
After spending the first two weeks of the 2020-21 school year Embracing our students and families, we look to move to the Engage component of our mission statement. Our teachers and staff will continue to build relationships and learn about student needs, while they begin to build relevant learning opportunities for ALL students based on their needs. Please keep in mind that our mission is ongoing and involves conversations, formative and universal assessments as we strive to differentiate instruction at all grade levels. Teachers will continue to work with students individually to learn more about their learning needs in order to engage.
I fully understand that virtual teaching and learning is very different for all of us and can generate frustration. Our mission is to assist those who are having difficulty so that we all have a better grasp on virtual learning. This includes devices, operation of devices, assisting with schedules, virtual tools, and learning resources. If you need assistance, please contact your child’s principal.
I remind everyone that flexibility and understating is paramount. Let us not forget where we began in the Road Back To School planning process and where we are now. I encourage you to follow our updates and progress on our website at the Superintendent’s Corner:
We have been working hard adhering to our Road Back to School plan and preparing for the reopening of our schools. We have successfully implemented Phase 1 for our preschool program and our students with special needs. We are continuing to collaborate and plan for the next phase of reopening schools, which involves finalizing the hybrid model inclusive of student cohorts A, B and all virtual learners. This will entail another survey and an intense scheduling process by our administration to meet the needs of our families. We are committed to providing our students with the best learning experiences possible while adhering to the NJDOE Road Back to School plan.
In the midst of planning and implementing our RBS plan, we were faced with a concerning report regarding the condition of our high school track and field. For the health and safety of our student athletes and band members, I have closed the track and turf field. I understand that this is devastating news; however, it is important that we look to understand the existing poor conditions and the proposal to resolve the situation. These facilities were a school district investment as the result of the 2008 referendum and the last two strategic plans where the school community supported the addition of all weather surfaces for safety of our students as well as an overall financial savings. It will be recommended to make the needed improvements based on the following information:
You are encouraged to send any questions or concerns that you may have regarding teaching and learning to your child’s teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal, and/or child study team member. Using this contact process should provide you with relevant information and the quickest way to resolve the situation. Social media comments are opinions and do not always represent the district's philosophy or practice and at times are emotional reactions to frustration. If you are not satisfied with the answers that you received at the building level, my central office team and I are here to assist you. Items of concerns are always better resolved via live conversations. We stand by our mission to build healthy relationships with our community.
If you should have any questions for me or the central office staff, please feel free to email or call. I encourage you to read through this newsletter and take notice of the links that each principal provides for their school community and this district communication.
Together we will continue to be #EHTStrong!
Yours in Education,
Kimberly A. Gruccio
GOOGLE CLASSROOM CODES BY SCHOOL
The following link will allow students and parents to access each staff members Google Classroom Code. At the bottom of the spreadsheet the codes are listed by school on each tab. This link can also be found on our Virtual Learning - Parent/Teacher Resources Page. Additionally, each teacher should have their Google Classroom codes posted on their own webpage.https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19Bp8GQfW3ILFk88Vps1_4qWQrhOHg_9i8GTPkw_JE0g/edit?usp=sharing
GOOGLE CLASSROOM: VIDEO RESOURCE
Need help joining your Google Classroom? This video explains how to find your EHT School District Google Classroom codes and how to add or "join" an active Google Classroom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzvUOJKkh3k&feature=youtu.be
GOOGLE MEET & GOOGLE CLASSROOM: VIDEO RESOURCE
For students looking to join their class for a live Google Meet session, this is a step by step of video of how to lactate and join the Meet from Google Classroom https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=i6lgBOh1YpU&feature=youtu.be
ACCESSING STUDENT EMAIL (GRADES 6-12): VIDEO RESOURCE
Egg Harbor Township School District now offers an internal email address for students in grades 6-12. This video will demonstrate how to access student email from the district website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVutLPNRs9I&feature=youtu.be
COVID-19 WEBPAGE and RESOURCES
Covid-19 Parent Resource Webpage
For the latest parent resource information, announcement and quick links visit: https://www.eht.k12.nj.us/c_o_v_i_d19_-_parent_resources_and_information
GOOGLE RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
Google for Education has a resource for parents/guardians to learn and navigate the Google Tools. Take a look at this pdf and click on the embedded links for tutorials and more: http://mvnt.us/m1112980
CLIMATE & CULTURE
The culture of our schools includes our school improvement efforts to increase student achievement for ALL students. Where with Every HAnd Together, Every child, Everyday is provided a relevant learning experience. Through professional development opportunities we are building an effective learning culture where students are provided a safe learning environment. Our teachers collaborate in professional learning communities to review student progress in order to provide ALL students with the opportunity to learn at high levels. We have a district -wide initiative that includes individualized interventions through the RTI process to assist ALL students with learning. We know that in order to successfully educate each student, we must be cognizant of each student’s individual learning needs. This can only be accomplished if we work together to eliminate any predictability of achievement disparities by race, ethnicity, gender, language, disability, and/or economics. All faculty and staff participated in equity training during our professional learning days. The high school multicultural club will be preparing to join the district equity committee to participate in collaborative discussions and event planning. Together, we can achieve more !
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Each day is kicked off at 7:30 am with a member of our school community stating the pledge. Every morning, I look forward to seeing who the guest presenter is and you can too by following our social media pages! @EHTNJSchools
EHT PARENT PORTAL ACCOUNT SET-UP
- Do you need an EHT Parent Portal account?
- Do you have access to log-in?
- Not sure how to request a Parent Portal account?
Follow the easy steps outlined in this video. Check out this short video to learn how to request an account. https://youtu.be/bL1Qqs8sNm4
INFINITE CAMPUS PARENT PORTAL: ACCESS to GOOGLE CLASSROOM & MOBYMAX INFO.
NJ DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: UPDATE!
See the following link for a daily list of resources: http://www.mhaac.info/uploads/3/4/4/8/34488857/mhaac_virtual_schedule_may_2020__updated_.pdf
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT & RESOURCES
As time passes, it can become difficult staying at home day in and day out. Some days may be easier than others in dealing with this national pandemic amongst other issues. Please know that our guidance counselors, social workers, student assistance counselors, school nurses, and our High School Teen Center serve as available resources daily to assist with any concerns, fears, and/or anxieties. Our district website and school websites provide contact information or call 646-7911 x 1001.
Student resource card (Spanish/English)
EVERY HAND TOGETHER: PURSUING PUBLIC HEALTH
The following link is a playlist from Every Hand Together: Pursuing Public Health and a conversation with Mr. Santilli, Assistant Superintendent and Johnny Roman, a Fitness Specialist: (Playlist) (Linked and Below)
EHT SISTERS SPEAK ABOUT THEIR VIRTUAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE
Students Allison & Adeline Umphlett of Egg Harbor Township High School spoke to @PressofAC http://mvnt.us/m1148515 virtual learning using Google Classroom and Google Meet. We would also like to give a special shout out to ALL our EHT educators, parents, and students for your hard work over the last several months during this unprecedented event. It #takesavillage. #ehtpride #ehtstrong #ehtready #EMBRACE #engage #educate.
ATTENTION ALUMNI: YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A SUPERHERO!
The Egg Harbor Township High School Eagle Eye Newsletter is looking for alumni who are interested in being featured in an upcoming edition of the online publication. If you have a personal or professional accomplishment, a unique adventure or just something other EHTHS alumni may find interesting, please email:
COMCAST INTERNET ESSENTIALS
Comcast will continue offering 2 months of free service to new Internet Essentials customers in response to emergency measures associated with COVID-19. For all new and existing customers, the speed of the program's Internet service has increased. Visit www.internetessentials.com/covid19 for more details.
EVERYONE COUNTS! EHT CENSUS 2020
The Census determines funding for schools, parks, infrastructure, health care, and more. The self-response rate for Atlantic County in 2020 is at 56.5%. Census Enumerators will begin "door knocking" next week through September 30th to those that haven't responded yet. It only takes a few minutes to complete online. Click here to fill out the Census now: https://2020census.gov/
For more information you can see all job openings and apply online at: https://www.applitrack.com/eggharbor/onlineapp/
EHT TRANSPORTATION: JOB OPENINGS
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 21, 2020: MEAL DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION
Meal Distribution Plan UPDATE: For questions and concerns, please contact 609-383-1464 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our EHT Food Service Program will be providing free breakfast and lunch for all students on Mondays ONLY. We will be distributing food on Mondays which will include 5 days of breakfast and lunch. In order to reach as many of our EHT families as possible, we are also now providing DELIVERY to several areas in the township. Please access all the images in this post to view the meal distribution stops and times. Additionally, the PICK-UP locations at Davenport, Alder and High School will remain open from 7:30am – 11 am and will also be providing 5 days of meals on Monday only.
Empezando mañana, el programa de servicio alimenticio en EHT ahora proporcionará desayuno y almuerzo gratis para todos los niños que califiquen solamente los lunes. Entregaremos la comida los lunes, solamente. Cada caja incluirá el desayuno y el almuerzo por 5 días. Para poder llegar al número máximo de nuestras familias de EHT, entregaremos las cajas de comida en varias áreas del municipio. Favor de consultar su correo electrónico y / o visite el sitio web del Distrito y las redes sociales de @EHTNJSchools para saber donde estan las paradas y el horario de distribución de comidas. Además, los lugares de recogida en la acera estarán abiertos solo los lunes en Davenport, Alder y la High School de 7:30 am a 11 am y también proporcionarán 5 días de comidas.
Atlantic County Food Bank Resources
Free & Reduced Meal Program Information
VIRTUAL Board of Education Meetings
Until further notice, Board meetings will continue to be held on designated Tuesday evenings at 7pm, however will now use the Google Meet tool.
The Board of Education Regular Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 22nd will be held virtually. A live broadcast of the meeting will be accessible on the district homepage: http://eht.k12.nj.us. During the broadcast, public comments will be accepted by dialing 609-653-0100 ext 1417.
ATHLETICS/FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS/ACTIVITIES
MESSAGE TO OUR STUDENT ATHLETES AND FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS
Our fall athletic teams and band have been out on the fields practicing for their upcoming competitions. All student athletes and coaches are required to adhere to a health screening prior to joining any practice. A nurse and athletic trainer will be on site to conduct the temperature checks and questionnaire process. Athletes are reminded to come dressed and equipped for participation in practices. This includes having a personal water bottle. Games will begin on or near October 1st. There will be no long trips, out of state trips, or state championships. The track and turf are closed until further notice and we ask for your cooperation in staying off the surfaces.
Sept 28 - Tennis games can begin
Oct 2 - Football games can begin
Oct 1 - All other sports games can begin
Volleyball was moved to the Spring.
Good luck to all of our student athletes and band members as they embark on the 2020 Fall season! Play with pride! Do your best! Reach your Goal!
- 9-17-20 NJSIAA Media Guidelines/Fall 2020 Season (linked)
- 9-16-20 NJSIAA Announces Postseason Football Plans (linked)
NJSIAA WEEKLY UPDATE MEMO: 9-4-20 (linked)
8-25-20 The Case for High School Sports (linked)
8-20-20 NJSIAA Updates Plan for Returning to Play (linked)
- NJSIAA builds on Return To Play plan, provides updates on fall sports season
- NJSIAA provides return-to-play guidelines - Phase 1
- If you are a student athlete you can visit the following NCAA COVID-19 Resource page
- NCAA Social Series: “Focusing on Mental Health”
- NCAA Eligibility Center COVID-19 Response FAQ Addendum (linked)
"Our mission in the Egg Harbor Township District is to embrace families and their students to provide a safe, rigorous, and relevant learning experience while students are engaged and educated to become responsible for their own learning."