Principal's Message

January 2020

Kingsway Regional Middle School

Brian Tonelli, School Principal

Ed Dubbs, Assistant Principal, 7th Grade

Emily Virga, Assistant Principal, 8th Grade

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A Message from the Principal's Desk:

Greetings, members of the Kingsway community! Kingsway Regional Middle School is wrapping up a busy month of December. We are proud to announce that 486 students qualified for our Renaissance Program, and the entire group enjoyed a fun-filled day at Total Turf in Pitman. Additionally, the entire middle school wrote holiday cards that were delivered to various children's hospitals in the area, and our holiday giving tree was full of items for those less fortunate. Congratulations to our 7th grade band, 8th grade band, 7th grade chorus, 8th grade chorus, and our jazz ensemble for an outstanding holiday concert for both our community and school. We wish all Kingsway families a safe and happy New Year!

Communication

Marking Period Grades: Keep in mind that the marking period will end on January 31st, and report cards will be available online on February 10th. Conferences with your child's team may occur Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and should be scheduled through our Guidance Department. Please do not hesitate to contact the Guidance Department at any time if you would like to schedule a conference.


Renaissance Program: All participation/community service forms for our Renaissance program will be due at the beginning of February. Our second Renaissance card holder celebration will be on Friday, February 21st. We hope to shatter our record of 486 Renaissance card holders this marking period. Please help to promote the program with your child. To find out more about the program, please go to the Kingsway Regional Middle School website under Academics/Renaissance Program. www.krsd.org/renaissance


Save the Date: Please mark your calendar for February 13, 2020. Kingsway Regional Middle School will host its sixth annual Black History Month Celebration entitled, "The African American Experience". At this celebration, our 8th grade students' talents will be on full display as they pay respect to all of the African Americans who have shaped this nation. We will host this event in the morning, and it will be an open house format.


School Play: Congratulations to the cast, crew, and directors of "Wooing Wed Widing Hood".

This year’s production was a success as all worked hard to deliver an outstanding show!


Pictures: Click here to view pictures from December 2019.


8th Grade Semi-Formal Dance: Kingsway Regional Middle School is proud to announce the coming of the second annual 8th Grade Hollywood Red Carpet Semi-Formal Dance. The Semi Formal Dance will take place on Friday, February 7th from 7 P.M. to 10 P.M. at the middle school. Tickets for this event will be on sale from January 13th to January 17th. Tickets can be purchased at lunch for ten dollars. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served from 7:00 to 8:00. All the proceeds from the dance will be utilized to offset the cost of the 8th grade field trip. Parents and guardians must bring their child to the dance. Alternate transportation will not be permitted (i.e. limos, limo buses, etc.). Finally, only Kingsway Middle School 8th grade students will be permitted to attend the dance. More information about this event is forthcoming. Students must have Good Student Standing in order to attend this event.


#1DragonFamily: At Kingsway Regional Middle School, our #1DragonFamily initiative emphasizes the importance of accepting differences while promoting respect among the entire school community throughout the school year. January’s theme is citizenship. This year in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 20), KRMS will host our 2nd annual #1DragonFamily school-wide service event from 9:30am – 11:00am in the HS East Cafeteria. Students will join together to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and placemats for a local food bank. Volunteering in community service projects and helping others provides our students with a fulfilling opportunity to start to make an association between helping someone else and their own joy. Students may sign up on the activities sign up board. See Mrs. Virga with any questions.


Dragon STEM Fair: All students are invited to participate in Kingsway Regional Middle School’s 1st annual Dragon STEM Fair.

~Save the date: April 30th from 2:30pm to 5:30pm in the East Gymnasium

There will be a student interest meeting after school on January 15 in room C3 – students can sign up on the after school activities sign-up board. Additional information and proposal forms will be available soon. Please see Mrs. Virga, Mrs. Nordberg, or email HS STEM Academy student, Tim Ninan, with questions at 22527@krsd.us.

Dodgeball Tournament

Miscellaneous

Activity Calendar: On the left hand side of the Kingsway home page, you will find a calendar indicating when each of our clubs and activities will be taking place. http://www.tricountyconferencenj.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?G5genie=347&school_id=12


Field Trips: This spring, both the 7th and 8th grade students will be attending a grade level field trip. The 7th grade students will be going to Camp Ockanickon, and the 8th grade will be enjoying a dinner cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia. Both trips will require a student fee of approximately $45.00 and $55.00 respectively. The fee will be collected closer to spring, but we wanted to make parents/guardians aware well in advance. The students are certain to have a wonderful time!



What are Common Summative Assessments (CSA)?

Common Summative Assessments (CSA) are locally developed benchmarks (or points of reference) that evaluate a student’s academic and skill development over the course of the school year as it relates to grade-level standards. CSAs are common assessments across the same course and are meant to be used as a reflection tool for teachers and students alike. Teachers use the results of the CSA to provide feedback to students and steer their instruction, and students use the feedback provided in a way that identifies areas of attainment and deficits so that they know where to continue to focus and improve as they progress forward.


The first CSA (typically in the first few weeks of the school year) is given as a pre-assessment to measure student understanding and background skills prior to exposure to course content and is reviewed to check for initial student understanding and current knowledge. These are not calculated into students’ grades. Three other CSAs are given throughout the school year (one in semester one and two in semester two) to measure student progress as they are introduced to concepts during the course. As stated before, information gathered from these assessments provide teachers the ability to identify possible gaps in learning so that instruction can be adjusted to support student achievement.

Happy New Year from the KMS Faculty and Staff!

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Important Dates

1/20 School Closed - Martin Luther King Day

1/23 Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.

1/31 End of Second Marking Period

Renaissance Sponsors: Thank you to the following 2019-20 Renaissance sponsors.



Premier Sponsor

Botto's Italian Line Restaurant

Creamy Acres

Landmark Home Builders

Nathaniel Boerlin Scholarship Fund


Major Sponsor

Innovative Orthodontics

Spicy Affair

Ray’s Pizza

Swedesboro Diner

Sweetsboro Pastry Shoppe


Contributing Sponsor

Apel Psychological Services

Fort Nassau Graphics

KD National Force Security

Logan Super Fitness

Marriott Philadelphia Downtown

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