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News and Notes from the Hallways of MHS

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The second C of our 6 Cs of focus this year is Citizenship; thinking like global citizens and creating awareness and understanding of diverse values and worldviews. Within our school, we are fortunate to have a diverse population which allows our students to experience cultures and communities different from their own. As a global citizen, we want our students to feel comfortable and confident in their ability to communicate and share ideas. One aspect of our school community which provides a solid foundation of diversity is our staff, from different cultures to levels of education; we encourage our staff to share their knowledge and experience with our students in the classroom and through our clubs and activities. One activity that continues to grow each year is Diversity Day. This allows the students to bring in food, dress and share information about their culture. Our cultural identity can shape our lives and influence how we view and interact with the world. Through this activity, our students are able to bring what they value to their friends and fellow students. To be a citizen means that you belong somewhere, you identify with your surroundings and you celebrate your history.

Our students are faced with decisions every day, from simple tasks to complex ideas and they are tasked with taking the information available to them and evaluating it to make informed decisions. One way in which these decision making skills are incorporated into our student learning is through BreakoutEDU, these activities are modeled after escape rooms and the students must use the knowledge from their coursework, the clues that they are given and each other to solve a problem in the allotted time. These activities challenge and encourage conversation and team work, using skills and ideas from each member to complete the common task. While this may be challenging, it is also building a community and culture of learning. As our community continues to grow, it is important that we remain united for the betterment of our students, staff and school. As we proceed through the school year, we are striving to create an environment where our students feel they belong and are confident in sharing their ideas and knowledge. A strong foundation of inclusion and communication begins with each individual and allows us to build the community we envision for Middlesex High School.

News & Notes

Remind your students to listen during morning announcements and check out fliers posted in the hallways for club and activity information, meeting schedules and fundraisers.

Fashion Club is hosting their yearly Halloween costume drive to benefit Ozanam Catholic Charities Homeless Shelter in Piscataway and Agape House in Somerville. They are accepting clean and slightly used costumes as well as unused Halloween makeup. There is a collection bin outside of the Main Office. Donations will be accepted until October 24th.

Cross Country Team is accepting donations of sneakers that are no longer used for GotSneakers, a sneaker recycling organization that provides wearable sneakers to those less fortunate around the world as well as keeping used sneakers out of landfills. They will be collecting sneakers until May 1st.

Middlesex High School is participating in the Middlesex Police Department's annual food drive. Officer Auricchio has placed a collection bin outside of the Main Office for nonperishable items.

Fall College Visits have begun. Students can sign up to speak with representatives in the Counseling Office.

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.

Students will not be released from school without parent permission, permission may be granted by a parent phone call or note. Students who are not feeling well should report to the Health Office before calling home.

It is important for students to arrive to school on time - the school day begins at 8:00am. Students who arrive after 8:00am are marked as tardy, students who are tardy 3 times will be issued a morning detention, students will receive a second morning detention if they are tardy an additional 3 times. Students who are tardy 7 or more times will receive a Saturday morning detention. Attendance policies can be found in the student handbook on the high school website.

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.

There is a new bag policy for the home football games that was previously sent out by Dr. Madison in her weekly eBlast. You can view the new policy at

Community Support

Throughout the school year, a variety of fundraisers are hosted by both students and faculty. The faculty has a "dress down" Friday fundraiser once a month. On September 28th, MHS Model United Nations, in partnership with the faculty dress down Friday, collected donations for Heifer International. This program provides food and training for families all over the world and helps families to attain substantial livelihoods through community interventions.

Did You Know?

In 1953, Von E. Mauger Middle School was built and when Middlesex High School was built in 1958, Von E. Mauger was the Superintendent of Schools.

Shout Outs

Shout out to Josie Basch for her Letter of Commendation from National Merit Scholarship Program for her "Outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in 2017."

Shout out to Abegail Nunez for her participation in the Congress of Future Medical Leaders held in Boston, Massachusetts. While at the Congress, Abegail had the opportunity to watch a live surgery, interacted and was taught by some of the greatest minds in medicine including winners of prestigious prizes such as the Nobel Prize. Participants were guided and mentored by prominent medical school academic leaders and young geniuses who are described as leading the future of medicine. We are very proud of Abegail and her decision to spend part of the summer learning from some of the best in the medical field. You can learn more about this opportunity at

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Alumni Spotlight

Do you know of an alumni who would like to be in the spotlight? If so, please contact Alaina Sviderskis at

Artist Corner

For the last few years our students, guided by Ms. Clark, have created portraits for The Memory Project. The portraits are drawn from photos of the children who are facing challenges and difficulties including extreme poverty and living in orphanages in foreign countries. This year's children are from Colombia and the Visual Arts Club held a fundraiser for the seniors to personalize their parking spot. The money raised is going towards The Memory Project.

For more information on The Memory Project, please visit

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