Blue Jay Broadcast

News and Notes from the Hallways of MHS

Coffee talk with Mr. Guzman

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! It has been a busy summer and the staff has been working hard to prepare for the new school year. We are ready for a new year of learning and sharing ideas.


We welcomed the Class of 2023 with an Open House to meet the Administration, tour their new home and work together on an activity to share ideas and allow for team and community building. We used this time to help the students transition from middle school to high school and familiarize themselves with the school before they joined the rest of the students on the first day.


I continue to emphasize with the students the 6 Cs. These are attributes that will be stressed throughout the year as we work to develop them in our educational experience.


Character

Citizenship

Collaboration

Communication

Creativity

Critical Thinking


In this Broadcast, I would like to discuss the first of these attributes – Character. For us, this means learning to learn, grit, tenacity, perseverance and resilience; self-regulation, responsibility and integrity.


As our students grow and we prepare them for their future beyond MHS, it’s important that they have a base on which to build. We can use this definition with our 1:1 Chromebook Initiative. This initiative allows the students to take responsibility for technology - to bring it to school and classrooms. They are tasked with keeping the Chromebooks in a safe location so they are not damaged and for utilizing them for educational purposes. As a member of the Middlesex High School community, we want our students to take ownership of their actions, both online and in person. We want our students to understand that the signed agreements indicate that they have reviewed the handbook and understand the expectations placed on them.


Our teachers use technology every day and in many different ways. The use of technology can be seen in demonstrations, student presentations, homework and grading; we encourage the use of technology in all aspects of education. We want our students to be contributing members of a global society and by encouraging them to seek opportunity and providing the appropriate tools; we are preparing them for the responsibilities they will face outside of MHS.

News & Notes

This year we welcomed 8 new staff members! We are excited to have them join the staff and become part of our Blue Jay family.


Remind your students to listen for announcements and check out fliers posted in the hallways if they are interested in joining clubs and activities.


September 4th and 5th are early dismissal days for the high school.


School picture day is coming up on September 18th.


Student Emergency Information forms were sent out with schedules at the end of the summer. Please be sure that you have reviewed the form and made any corrections. Students need to return this form to their homeroom teachers. These forms are important in the event there is an emergency and we need to contact the family.


A few reminders as we settle in to the new school year:


Students who are leaving early need to bring a note to the Main Office in the morning so that a pass can be provided to them and they can leave class to meet their parent in the office. If a student is walking, driving or being picked up by someone other than a parent, that information will need to be included in the note.


School security continues to be a priority and our Administration works closely with the Middlesex Police Department to ensure we are providing a safe and secure environment for our students and staff. We continue to stress the importance of See Something, Say Something and encourage all students to speak with an adult if they see or hear anything potentially dangerous or harmful.

Did You Know?

The original name for the Middlesex High School mascot was the Fighting Blue Jay. The doormat by the Main Entrance is one of the last items with the original mascot name.

Shout Outs

Shout out to the Library and Technology Departments for their assistance with the Chromebook distribution.


Shout out to Mr. Ianiero and the Custodial Staff for preparing the building for the new year. They worked hard over the summer to get the classrooms and offices cleaned and put back together before the new school year began.


Shout out to Ms. Powers and the Counseling Office for all of the work they put into creating schedules for our students, assisting with transcripts, registrations, preparing for testing and preparing their office for the upcoming school year.

Alumni Spotlight

Do you know of an alumni who would like to be in the spotlight? If so, please contact Cathy Sue Kotch at kotchc@middlesex.k12.nj.us

Bird's Eye View

Welcome to our newest addition to the Blue Jay Broadcast! We're taking you inside the halls of MHS....stay tuned.

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