The COnnection

MARSD Central Office Newsletter

A Message from Dr. Majka, Superintendent

Be thankful, that's the theme for the month of November. Veterans Day, Election Day, and Thanksgiving Day, all reasons to be grateful. We celebrate those who serve our country, past and present, those who provide public service, and our family and friends who love and support us regularly. As we gather for Thanksgiving, take a moment to enjoy the company you keep. Reflect on your many blessing and rejoice over those you get to share those moments with. There is nothing like being together for the holidays to remind us that all we really need is each other.

Tech Talk Tuesdays, sponsored by Screenagers, offers ideas of how we can spend quality time together during this Thanksgiving holiday.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

Board of Education - President's Corner

The President's Corner is new content that has been added to the district's website. In this section our board president, Mrs. Friedman, will offer a brief report to the school community summarizing items that the Board of Education and school district is currently working on. Please use the link below to find the President's Corner and be sure to visit it regularly for updates.

Community Presentation on Bias, Prejudice & Stereotypes

The Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District is sponsoring a Parent University Workshop on Bias, Prejudice, and Stereotypes. This is an interactive workshop designed to examine these issues and how they impact our community. It will take place on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 7:15 PM in the middle school auditorium. Mr. David L. D'Amico, Chief Investigator/Internal Affairs at the Middlesex County Department of Corrections and Youth Services will be the presenter. We hope you can join us.

Screenagers: Next Chapter

On January 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the middle school auditorium, Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District will be hosting a community screening of Screenagers: Next Chapter. If you saw the original Screenagers last year, we invite you to attend this important follow-up screening. Bring your family and friends to make a complete night of it - refreshments will be served.

Title I & Title III (ESL) Family Night Events

The Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District has been hosting Title I and Title III (ESL) Family Night Events for the past few years. Our coordinators and staff work tirelessly to put together an evening that will excite and engage both students and parents. This year we are especially excited to extend the invitation for these events to all students in our Title I schools (Cliffwood Elementary and Lloyd Road Schools). The first events held were a tremendous success. The participation levels exceeded anything we could have imagined. Please make note of the upcoming events and come out and join us - you won't be disappointed! For details on upcoming events visit our Parent University page.

Strategic Planning Process

The time to plan for the future is now! Join us for our Community Information Meetings on either December 11th or 12th, 2019. These meetings will be held at the Matawan Regional High School Auditorium at 7:00 PM. Your input matters!

Click the link below to learn more and stay up to date on the process. We look forward to your participation.

EdTech Google Summit - New Jersey 2020

The Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District is pleased to partner with the EdTechTeam in hosting a New Jersey Google Summit on January 11th and 12th, 2020. This event will be held at Matawan Regional High School. For complete details on the opportunities afforded through this summit, the sessions being offered, and how to register, please click the link below.

Sheltered Instructional Observation Protocol (SIOP)

On November 18th and 19th the district trained thirty additional teachers in sheltered English instruction. Special thanks to our dynamic ESL coaches, Vishakha Kapadia and Katie Leslie, for delivering a wonderful training session. Additional trainings are scheduled for December 2019 and January 2020.

Governor's Educator of the Year Program 2019-2020

The Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District is proud to announce that we will once again participate in the New Jersey Department of Education Governor’s Educator of the Year Program (GEOY). This celebratory program integrates the Teacher of the Year Program with the Governor’s Teacher/Educational Services Professional Recognition Program to continue to recognize our state’s best teachers and educational services professionals. For complete details and to obtain a nomination form, click the link below.

School Closings

Please mark your calendar for the following

school closings/holidays.

November 27, 2019

Early Dismissal Students/Staff to Begin Thanksgiving Holiday

November 28th & 29th, 2019

All District Schools/Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

December 20, 2019

Early Dismissal Students/Staff to Begin Winter Recess

December 23, 2019 - January 1, 2020

All District Schools/Offices Closed for Winter Recess