Charger Report

Spotswood High School Parent Newsletter November 2021

This Month's Events

November 3-5 - School Closed

November 10 - End of Marking Period 1

November 10 - Fall Sports Awards

November 11 - School Closed (Veteran's Day)

November 19 - Underclass Photo Retakes

November 19 - Marking Period 1 Report Cards Available

November 22 & 23 - Parent Conferences, 6-8pm

November 22, 23, 24 - Early Dismissal

November 25-26 - Thanksgiving Break

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Student of the Month!

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Chargers Give Back!

One of the great things about our school and our school community is how our students contribute to helping make the world a better place. Please take a moment to look through these "Feel Good" stories about the amazing contributions of our students!


Local Residents Helping to Provide Meals to Those in Need with "Dinner Is On Us" Initiative


Two Long-Time Friends Who Aspire to Make the World A Better Place Begin with TASK


Our NHS Food Drive raised over 1000 pounds of food! Check out the picture & Facebook Story!

DECA Diaper Day!

Our DECA students raised over $1000 for the National Diaper Bank Network which provides diapers for families in need. As an incentive for students and faculty to donate, for every monetary goal met, various SHS faculty and staff were convinced to wear a giant diaper costume to school! We've never laughed so hard while supporting this worthwhile cause!
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Beach Clean Up!

Members of the Environmental Club and the AP Environmental Science class participated in the Beach Clean-Up sponsored by Clean Ocean Action on Saturday, October 23rd. There were sites all along the Jersey Shore where people gathered to clean up our beaches. Thanks to all the participants who were helping to clean up the beach in Keansburg and helping to make New Jersey a cleaner and greener place!


Our SHS students who participated are: Allie He, Stacy He, Juliana Krefski, Annelise Millroy, Krishna Nair, Kassidy Nugent, Diya Patel, Jason Rizzo, Camilla Rodriguez, Julianna Sedwick, Lucas Van Aulen, & Ryan Van Aulen. Special thanks to Mrs. Krefski & Mr. Rodriguez for cleaning up the beach with us! If you are interested in learning more, check out cleanoceanaction.org.


Mrs. Michaels & Mrs. Groves thank all of the participants for coming, and we're looking forward to cleaning the beach with you again in April!

Parent Conference Sign Up

Parent Conferences will be held on November 22 & 23, from 6-8pm. Conferences are scheduled by appointment only, via Genesis. Scheduling begins on November 8. If you haven't already, please read through this letter from Ms. Jablonski with all the info!


Please be aware: All parents must sign up for a timeslot via Genesis. If AFTER signing up for a timeslot, you would like a virtual conference during that time, please contact the teacher directly prior to November 17 for a Zoom link.

Morning Drop-Off

Please be aware that Charger Way is a ONE WAY road during morning drop-off. When dropping off your child, please do not drop off and then attempt to turn around in the staff parking lot. Doing so places yourself and others at risk of a head-on collision!

Please continue driving down Charger Way to Mott Place where you can turn onto Summerhill Road. Thank you for your cooperation & safe driving!

HOBY Leadership Seminar Opportunity (Sophomores Only)

Spotswood High School will be nominating one sophomore student to participate in the HOBY State Leadership Seminar tentatively scheduled for June 10th through June 12th, 2022 at Kean University. The New Jersey Leadership Seminar is a 3-day seminar jam-packed with engaging speakers and leadership skill building activities. At the seminar, students will receive leadership training; discover how personal, group, and societal leadership lead to social change; cultivate leadership skills through fun, interactive workshops; become effective, ethical leaders in the home, school, and community; and experience college life by staying in university dorms and rooming with other sophomores from across the state. For more details and information on applying, please review this letter. Applications are due via Naviance by November 15th.

School Counseling Corner!

Please take a moment to read through the November School Counseling Newsletter! Inside you'll find valuable information about ASVAB, SAT Prep, and College Visits!


ASVAB Testing (Juniors & Seniors):

The ASVAB will be administered at Spotswood High School on Friday, December 10th at 7:30am. Students are able to meet their New Jersey High School Graduation Assessment Requirements through the ASVAB by achieving a 31 or higher on the ASVAB-AFCT Composite. The ASVAB administration will be open to juniors and seniors. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is an aptitude test that covers eight areas, which are related to different careers. An aptitude indicates your readiness to become proficient in a certain type of activity. The eight areas of the test include General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronics Information, Auto and Shop Information, and Mechanical Comprehension. Students will receive a personalized code when their test results are returned to them. This code can be used on the ASVAB program website to help students use their interests and ASVAB scores to explore both civilian and military occupations. For more information, please visit www.asvabprogram.com. Your child’s name will not be released to the military and there is no obligation to enter the military after taking the test.


College Visits:

Attention Juniors & Seniors - Throughout the Fall, we will be inviting representatives from colleges and institutions for college visits. Take advantage of this great opportunity to get up-to-date information and speak to an admissions representative during the school day. Students are able to sign up for 5 college visits. Here’s how to sign up! Login to your student Naviance Account On your Naviance homepage, click “colleges” (in white) at the top of the homepage Click “College Visits” under the Research Colleges heading Keep checking your Naviance account - we are continuing to add college visits!

Yearbook Updates

Underclassmen Photo Retakes:

Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors who did not take their photo in September or want to retake their underclass portrait can do so on November 19th.

  • Students that did not take their photo will receive a pass to come to the media center to take their photo. All students must take a photo. Your photo will be on your student ID card.
  • Students that did take their photo but are not happy with it and want to take a new photo, can come to the media center during any class period, as long as the student does not have a test, quiz or any other graded assignment during the class period. Students must first obtain permission and a pass from their teacher before coming to the media center. Students will be asked for this pass when they arrive in the media center.
  • If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Furman at bfurman@spsd.us or Ms. Bergman at cbergman-defilippo@spsd.us.


Yearbook Ordering:

Yearbook sales are happening now! Order online using the link in the SHS website or see either Ms. Bergman or Mrs. Furman to order and pay in person. On January 1, 2022, the cost will increase to 75 dollars. Boosters and Ads can be ordered and paid for online using the yearbook link found in the parent resource tab on the SHS website. Reach out to Ms. Bergman or Mrs. Furman if you need assistance. The link to order can be found on the SHS website under Parent Resources/Yearbook or via this link.

Phone Call Policy

Parents, please remind your student that they are not allowed to make or receive phone calls, including FaceTime calls, during school hours as doing so can pose a security threat to the school. Doing so may result in disciplinary consequences per the Code of Conduct. If there is an emergency and you need to reach your child during school, please call the Main Office.

Upcoming Fundraisers

  • “Flocking” by Project Senior Week (9/8/21 - 6/1/22)

  • Apple MacBook Raffle by Project Senior Week (9/14/21 - 2/11/22)

  • Charleston Wrap by Spotswood Band Parents’ Association (11/1/21 - 11/12/21)

  • Poinsettia Fundraiser by Spotswood Band Parents’ Association (11/8/21 - 11/18/21)

  • Fritz’s Cinnamon Bun Sales by Class of 2022 (11/8/21 - 11/22/21)

Middle States Accreditation

One of the exciting initiatives SHS will be working on this school year is achieving our Middle States Accreditation. Reaching this goal will be recognition both of the excellent education that students receive at Spotswood High School along with acknowledgment of our culture of continuous improvement. Only 69 non-magnet public schools in the state have this accreditation, so this achievement will put us in the top tier of schools state-wide!


Each month, we will provide you with a brief update on where we are in the process. As always if you are interested in getting involved in the process, please do not hesitate to reach out!


This Month's Update: Our Planning Team and our Faculty/Staff held several meetings to discuss and craft our school's core beliefs. Our core beliefs represent the things that we hold true about students and learning - the "non-negotiables" that determine the culture of our school building and guide our decision making.

Athletics Info

For athletics information, including eligibility guidelines, physical packets, and updated schedules, please see the Athletics Website.

Reminders from the Nurse

Please remember if your child has any medical conditions, the school nurse should be aware. There are forms for asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and permission to administer medications on the Nurse's Corner under Parent Resources on the SHS school website. Students are not permitted to carry medications in school, and they must be left in the nurse's office unless permission is granted by the physician in cases of asthma and diabetes.

COVID Guidelines

At this time, the following COVID guidelines and protocols will be in place:

  • Per the Governor’s Office, NJ Department of Health, and NJ Department of Education, all students must wear a mask to school. Exceptions will be made when students are eating, playing musical instruments, engaged in strenuous activities, or are outside in extreme heat.
  • The school will continue to contact trace positive cases. In the event that your child is identified as having been a close contact of a COVID+ individual, they must provide proof of full vaccination or quarantine.
  • There will be no temperature checks or COVID screening forms required for entry.
  • Regardless of exposure, students who are exhibiting COVID symptoms should stay home from school! Please remember to call the attendance office to report the absence and Mr. Mastroserio or Ms. Avallone will follow up with further instructions.
  • We will make every reasonable effort to keep students spread out in their classes, whenever possible.
  • Students will have continued access to soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes.
  • Lockers will be available to all students, two way hallways have been restored, and water bottle filling stations will be available.

Additional information regarding COVID protocols can be found on the district “Quick Links” page. Please be aware that should these COVID guidelines change, this will be communicated.