MAMS Monthly

March 2017

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A Message from the Principal...

MAMS Families,

Attention current 6th and 7th grade parents: Please be sure to complete your child's schedule selection for the 2017-2018 school year. Directions and more information can be found at this link. If you have a current 5th grader, the process will begin in April.

Attention 8th grade parents: Information about the "Class of 2017 Promotional Ceremony" will be mailed via USPS on April 18th. Please be on the lookout and contact the MAMS main office at (732) 705-5400 or e-mail if you do not receive the information.

At 7:00pm on March 27th, Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District will honor the winners of the Governor's "Educator of the Year" and "Educational Support Specialist of the Year". The winners at MAMS are Mr. James Scheuing and Ms. Kathy Feen. Eighth grader, Christine Pattison, has provided you with a snapshot of their accomplishments below, and Christopher Costello will be saying a few words about these exceptional educators at the Board of Education meeting. If you are able, we'd love for you to join us on March 27th as we honor their achievements.

Stay warm everybody. Spring weather is almost here!


Mr. Aaron S. Eyler


A Message From the PTSO...

Thank you to everyone that is supporting the pasta fundraiser. If you didn't order yet you have until March 20th.

Thank you to Christine Walowitz and Jenn Lorig for all your hard work.

The next PTSO meeting will be Monday, March 20th at 7:00pm in the MAMS Media Center.

Jen Tesi and Heather Piazza


Yearbook Order Reminder

Just a reminder if you would like to purchase a MAMS yearbook for the 2016-2017 school year, visit:

The cost is $40. They will not be available for purchase at MAMS, so make sure you order one through Jostens if you would like one. The deadline is May 19th.

A Friendly Reminder: Can you help us with Career Day?

Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School's Career Day is scheduled for May 12, 2016.

We are asking for your help. We need YOUR experiences! Whether you are a nurse, mechanic, astronaut, custodian or business owner- we need you! We are looking for a variety of people interested in spending a day talking to our students about their careers.

If you are interested in presenting, or know of someone that may want to inspire our students and share information on their career, please e-mail and place "MAMS Career Day 2017" in the subject line.

Thank you!

Mr. McKurth, Ms. Feen, and Ms. Didio

MAMS Counselors

Important Upcoming Dates and Events

By Antonio Guarino (8th Grade)

March- Pennies For Patients Fundraiser

Monday, March 20th (7:00pm) - PTSO Meeting

Monday, March 27th (7:00pm) - Board of Education Meeting

Thursday, March 30th- CBI Field Trip

Student Contributions

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Educators of the Year Announced!

By, Christine Pattison (8th Grade)
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Two MAMS staff members have been awarded for the Governor's Educators of the Year. We are so proud to announce that these awards were given to 8th grade Math Teacher, Mr. Scheuing, and 7th grade Guidance Counselor, Ms. Feen. We caught up with these two staff members to learn a little more about them.

Teacher of the Year

Mr. Scheuing attended Rutgers University and said that his parents have always been a positive influence on him for instilling good working habits. He always tended to like math as a child and has taught math at MAMS for twenty years. He has three daughters and coaches the girls soccer team, as well as a baseball team. He also likes to garden in his free time.

When he received the award, he was extremely surprised and thought that many other teachers also deserved the award. When asked if he has any advice for students he said that you should make sure to enjoy your school year. We are honored to have him represent MAMS as Teacher of the Year for 2017.

Educational Services Professional

Ms. Feen received her undergraduate at Worcester State University in Massachusetts. She received her graduate at the University of Massachusetts, and obtained her counseling degree at Georgian Court University in New Jersey. She has been a guidance counselor for fourteen years and has worked at all levels. When asked who has been her role model, she said that she admires Mrs. Main (Pam Main), who was her first counseling mentor while she counseled in the high school.

Outside of school, she loves to work out - whether that is running, playing tennis, or golfing. Ms. Feen was grateful for this award and said that it was extremely nice and appreciated, especially because she was nominated by her fellow colleagues. When asked if she has any advice for students she said she tends to repeat Abraham Lincoln’s famous words, “Whatever you are, be a good one.” Also, she advises that there is always more than one way to get somewhere. We love this advice and are happy to recognize your efforts at MAMS!

Special Olympics Champs

Special Olympics Individual Skills Basketball-- it's a do or die situation. After a season of practice, it all comes down to just one day. Supported by friends and families, the Huskies represented Matawan-Aberdeen like the champs they have become. Brendan Pluff's perfect passes pushed him to an overall second place, taking home the silver. The Huskies were a double threat in two other divisions- both Kieran Wingler and Carly Villanueva kept their cool and eeked out all their competition to bow their heads for gold medals. If you see these athletes, ask how they got their medals, and their smiles.

Brendan Pluff and Kieran Wingler will be moving on to represent MARSD in the State Spring Sports Festival on April 2. We will be rooting you on!

Winter Sports Reviews

MAMS Wrestling Wins Big in 2017 Season!

By, Kimberly DeLucia & Ashlyn Gorman (8th Grade)
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The wrestling team this year consisted of perseverance and teamwork. The whole team showed a lot of commitment and improvement over the course of these few months. One wrestler said, “It was an unforgettable experience to be a part of this amazing team.”

Many wrestlers took pride in what they accomplished at matches and even at the championship. The proud team came home with a ton of metals. They took home 2nd place overall and ten placed in the top three individually. Five of them took 1st place! Coach Wilensky described it as “one of the most successful seasons in school history.”

The team captains, Isaiah Poppe, Kamrin O’Neil, and Ryan Calo always had a helping hand and really tried to make this season one to remember. This team really cared for one another and would cheer on anyone who stepped foot on the mat. Lee Rubin said, “I will miss coach Wilensky as i continue my wrestling career.” Great job, boys!

Basketball Teams Persevere Against Tough Rivals

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(Above) Gianna Aiello & Skylar Paris at the All-Star game
By, Gianna Aiello (8th Grade)
With confidence and hard work, the girls on the 2017 basketball team pulled off an outstanding season. They had a total of four wins, four more than they had in the last two years. Each game was well fought, especially the last game with Thorne. It was almost a win, until the last few minutes where some fouls weren’t called and the opponent's shot the winning ball. With new drills and plays, the girls basketball team should be even better next year. For starter, Skylar Paris’s dedication, she was honored with Matawan’s Maroon and Steel award. The eighth graders will be missed as they move forward to their future basketball careers.

By, Luke Elliott & James McLaughlin (8th Grade)

The boys ended up with four wins this season. Some losses were close, others were blowouts but they kept working as hard as possible to represent MAMS. Darius Lavender led the team throughout the season. Giovanni Gallo won the Maroon and Steel award for being a leader and great teammate.

Science Bowl

By, Nick D'Armetta (8th Grade)
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The Team: Ryan Edwards, Esben Nielsen, Harrison Brown, Chris Costello, Isabella Hunt

The Science Bowl is a national science academic competition, sponsored by the Department of Energy and is given throughout the United States each year. Every February at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, 16-18 teens regionally compete. Double elimination round-robin competition that lasts 16 minutes each round. The winner of the Science Bowl gets to compete in Washington D.C. Each round consists of 25 toss up questions and one bonus question for the team that answers the toss up correctly. Students are prohibited to use calculators but can use scratch paper. Students have 5 seconds to answer the question.

MAMS took 9th place out of 18. They lost to John Witherspoon Middle School from Princeton, who were going on to Nationals. This was the second year in a row lost to the same team going to Nationals. Mrs. Hillyer, the Science Bowl adviser, commented, “The team this year worked extremely hard, and showed great sportsman-ship even after suffering the devastating loss, I look forward to next season with four of the five students returning.” We know you will return better than ever next year!

Pretzel Day

By, Yasin Oklu (8th Grade)

Ever going home on a Friday with an empty tummy and wish you had something to eat?

You are in luck!

Every Friday your lovely school offers a pretzel for $1 YES ONLY ONE DOLLAR! You will get your Fresh! Hot! Pretzels! Have $5, Get 5 pretzels! JUST DON’T GO HOME IN A EMPTY TUMMY!

When the Flowers Bloom

By, Jeff Busold (8th Grade)

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When the cold winds cease and the sun shines bright,

When the day is long and slow to become night,

When the season has come to winter’s end,

When the showers start, and water the clouds send,

When the pouring is done, and it ends the brine,

When light comes through, the sun can finally shine,

When the downpour is gone, so is its gloom,

When the clouds have left, and the sun’s rays have room,

When spring is here, and nature can boom,

This is when the flowers bloom.

Black History & Women's History Month

By, Yasin Oklu (8th Grade)

Last month, on the announcements and in classes, we learned about influential people for Black History Month. This month, we are learning about female leaders who have helped shape our history. If you're interested in seeing a really good movie about women who were important in getting the first men into space, check out Hidden Figures. You will learn a lot about NASA's space history that you did not know about previously, and will be entertained from start to finish. Check out this Oscar nominated film soon before it leaves theaters! See the trailer below.

Hidden Figures | Teaser Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

St. Patrick's Day Jokes

Found by, Yasin Oklu (8th Grade)

Q: What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover?

A: A rash of good luck.

Q: Why can't you borrow money from a leprechaun?

A: Because they're always a little short.

Q: Why don't you iron 4-Leaf clovers?

A: Because you don't want to press your luck.

Q: Knock Knock Who's there? Irish! Irish Who?

A: Irish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day!