February 2022 - Caring, Connection, Celebration
MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Dear EWRSD Community,
It’s hard to believe that we celebrated the 100th day of the school year on Monday, February 14! As we look ahead to the arrival of spring and warmer weather, we are committed to providing opportunities within each of our schools for students to grow as learners, and decision-makers, while nurturing healthy relationships with peers and adults.
Our newsletter is intended to engage the community by serving as a tool to strengthen the partnership and bridge between school and home. We have selected the theme of “Caring, Connection, Celebration” to reflect the significance of kindness, service, and the recognition of our very talented students and dedicated staff. I hope you find it enjoyable and informative.
Superintendent of Schools
WCB celebrated Kindness Week from January 24 to 28. During this week, students participated in a variety of activities focused on kindness including special spirit days. Throughout the week, students practiced acts of kindness by writing thank you cards to special people and creating projects related to kindness.
At WCB, we are learning to be kind to others as well as kind to our environment. Student Council conducted a Coat Drive for RISE in January. Students are now working on supporting the WCB initiative to promote recycling at our school.
One of the student leader groups with Mrs. Watkins and Ms. Carosella
This month, EMK Student Leaders made 80 Valentines for a Long Term Care Facility in Toms River to spread some love to those who need it most.
EMK Students LOVE Their School!
Youth Art (YAM) Month Contest
Designs had to include the theme "Art Connects Us". The three winners for GNR were as follows and will represent GNR and Mercer County in the next stage of voting at the State Level - Isabella Lisk (Reiter/Sacca/Gurgurich), Gianna Gluck (Tripod), and Londyn Jones (Tripod)
Kindness Bulletin Board
Class visits have been occurring at GNR with the assistant principal, Mr. Michael Tozzi to discuss kindness. Each homeroom who participated created a bulletin board decoration for Mr. Tozzi’s office. Check out the great work from the Bulldog students!
Celebrating the 100th day and Valentine’s Day at GNR!
Check out all the fun our students had!
100 Days of School
Random Acts of Kindness Week
The Perry L. Drew Elementary School celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week from February 14 to 18. Students participated in the National RAK coloring contest, SEL lessons which included making a BEE Kind classroom quilt, and dressed up for spirit days. Random Acts of Kindness were practiced by both staff and students throughout the week. Students especially enjoyed watching Mr. Dias, Mrs. Farias, and their teachers secretly "RAK" another staff member to acknowledge their hard work in the classroom and kindness as a coworker.
Girls Basketball Team advanced to second-round of the tournament:
First wrestling match of the season and our amazing cheerleaders cheering them on!
The students of the Diversity Club honored the custodial staff at Kreps on February 9 with a speech, a poster, and some tasty treats. The club advisors Melissa Maya and Jennifer DaSilva helped students create a poster signed by all members of the club. Students from the club then thanked the custodians for the hard work they put in every year, but especially this year as they continue to give their time keeping our schools clean and students safe.
Brad Butler II is the CEO and founder of Brad Butler II & Associates, LLC. He is also an award-winning youth and school motivational speaker, three-time author, student advocate, and speaker coach. Before Brad became all he is today, at the tender age of eight, Brad experienced an unexpected transition that changed the course of his life forever. He is a proud graduate of the Hightstown High School Class of 2006. On February 7, Brad was back in the halls of MHK and spoke with our 6th and 7th graders.
Mr. Hernandez, Hightstown High School Spanish teacher, shared his Dominican heritage in the front lobby. Bringing a little Carnaval to the HHS community!
Thank you to the students who helped volunteer at the Valentine’s Day Care Packaging Event to spread cheer to the community.
Hightstown High continues Consumer Bowl dominance
TRENTON -- Hightstown High School's Consumer Bowl team proved once again that it can be successful competing in any format as it won this year's three-team Mercer County event, which was held Feb. 11 via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also taking part were runner-up Nottingham High School and Ewing High School.
It was a very successful day for the Hightstown Wrestling Team as five of it’s wrestlers placed top three at Districts and have qualified for the Region 6 tournament!
Seniors Isaiah Thornton and Chris Stavrou both finished in first-place in their weight classes and were each 3-0 with 3 pins on the day!
Both basketball teams were 2022 Division Champions. The girls compete in the Mercer County Tournament Semifinals Tuesday afternoon at the Cure Auto Insurance Arena in Trenton.
The boys swim team won their first round of the state tournament against Robbinsville.
The cheer team competed at Nationals in Orlando, Florida.
Both Indoor track teams competed at the NJSIAA Sectionals this past weekend at the bubble in Toms River.
National School Counseling Week, February 7 - 11
EWRSD celebrated National School Counseling Week 2022 (Feb. 7-11, 2022). National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. Counselors in each building planned events to highlight school counseling and raise awareness about the services counselors offer.
Ethel McKnight Elementary School
Our counselors, Mrs. Snyder and Ms. Carosella showcased what they do to support the students, staff, and families of EMK. Sharing strategies, their purpose, and how they are accessible were some highlights of the week.
Grace N. Rogers Elementary School
Students recognized Ms. David and Mr. Basmagy at Grace N. Rogers Elementary School! What an amazing counseling team!
Hightstown High School
The college planning and application process is a big part of the high school counselors' job. On Friday, February 11, the staff sported their college gear!
Grace N. Rogers Elementary School has four artists whose work is displayed at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) as part of the Art Educators of New Jersey - AENJ exhibit. The artists are Angianna A., Prusti P., Marco R., and Gavin Z. Congratulations!
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT EAST WINDSOR REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
CHARTWELLS FOOD SERVICES
Neighbors of East Windsor Magazine's Hometown Heroes
Our very own Transportation Department was highlighted in the Neighbors of East Windsor Magazine's Hometown Heroes feature for the Feb. issue. Meet our dispatchers, van attendants, and drivers who have been making sure our students' way of getting to school is safe and enjoyable!
East Windsor Regional School District 2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration is Open
Will your child be five years old on or before October 1, 2022?
If so, it is time to register your child for East Windsor Regional School District’s full-day kindergarten. To enter kindergarten next fall, children should be five years old on or before October 1, 2022. A birth certificate or passport must be presented to verify the date of birth. Families will also be required to submit proof of residence.
Please click here to access online registration.
Parents/guardians that do not have access to a computer or the internet can schedule an appointment to register online in the office by contacting the Central Registration office at 609-443-2881 ext. 6800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2022-2023 Integrated Preschool Lottery
The East Windsor Regional School District is pleased to offer an integrated preschool program. Lottery applications will be accepted via Google Form on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
East Windsor Regional School District Board of Education Meetings
Please note there are occasions when a change of date and time may be required. These changes will be posted the Friday before the meeting.