Principal’s Advisory Newsletter

From the Desk of Paul Morina

REACH for the Stars!

There are many opportunities available at PHS and PJHS where students can excel academically, socially, and emotionally that parents may not be aware of. Hopefully this newsletter can give an insight of the programs and activities students can take advantage of to reach their full potential.

PHS/PJHS 42nd Annual Academic Awards Ceremony

The Academic Awards Celebration was held on May 10, 2022 at 6:30 in the PHS Gymnasium. This award ceremony celebrates academic success of PHS &PJHS students throughout the academic year. Each participant was invited with two guests for dinner. This year's speaker was 1987 Alum Captain Timika Burnett Lindsay.

Support for Academic Success

Tutoring - Academic Assistance Program:

The Academic Assistance Program (AAP) was created to help students failing two (2) or more subjects at the midpoint of the 2021-2022 Academic year. Students will receive a letter scheduling them for after school tutoring in combination with their failure letter. We expect these students to attend tutoring from 2:40-3:30pm Monday through Thursday with our AEP school teachers. By attending the AAp program, students can complete assignments for their courses and make up some of their attendance infractions. There are teachers from every core subject available. If you have any questions, please email your child's guidance counselor. Students must bring work to complete and work during the time that they are attending the program.

JOY Program

JOY is a grant-funded after school program for approximately 40 students, focusing on our junior high school population. There are two separate programs; our homework help program runs from 3-4pm while our full JOY program runs from 3-5:30pm Monday through Friday. Students must sign up for this program, which combines academic assistance with experiential learning led by some of our top teachers. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Garner from the high school at extension 2252. Sign-up starts in September.

College & Career Councils' College Fair

Paulsboro High School Juniors and Seniors attended the College & Career Councils' College Fair at Riverwinds Community Center. Students were able to speak to and get information for over 30 colleges and universities in the Tri-State area. Please have your student check the guidance department or webpage for upcoming events.

Dual Credit Program

Paulsboro partners with multiple local colleges for dual credit, including the Rowan University (ROPES program) and Salem County College. Students are able to receive college credit at a fraction of the cost through these programs. Please see Mr. Sommers in Guidance for more information or you can reach him at the high school, extension 2280.

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Support for Social Success

Renaissance Program:

Students who receive A, B, or C’s, have less than three attendance infractions (latenesses and absences), and zero referrals for the marking period earn a Renaissance card. The renaissance card gives students perks such as; free admission to athletic events, a homework pass, lunch snacks, scheduled breakfast, pasta with the principal ,and an end of the year carnival. Mr. Morina and Mrs. Klein are the contacts if you have questions about qualification or upcoming events.

Pasta with the Principal for Renaissance members: MP2

Stellar Students!

Marking Periods 1 & 2

Stellar students are the young adults at PHS/PJHS that have excelled academically, maintained good attendance and have shown respect through the first two semesters of the academic school year. These students have been nominated by their teachers and staff.

Support for Emotional Success

Challenge Days at PHS/PJHS

On Tuesday, March 1st through Thursday, March 3rd, the counseling office hosted “Challenge Day” in the gym for 7th through 9th grade students. The days were specifically focused on students’ social-emotional well-being and trauma-based education through experiential activities. Here’s a video that gives an overview of the Challenge Day experience: and here’s the Challenge Day website: if you are interested in checking it out!

Reggie Dabbs Returns!

Mr. Dabbs is a public speaker with the Youth Alliance program. Advisors Mrs. LaDue and Ms Wulk, along with the students in S.U.R.E. (students United for Respect and Equality) engaged him to speak at PHS/PJHS where he engaged with students using music, humor, and commonalities facing teens today. His messages of "Don't You Give Up...Na, Na, Na", making good choices for yourself, and healthy relationships resonated with our students.