EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT

Central Office Communications: Week of October 11, 2020

OUR CURRENT REALITY

Egg Harbor Township School Community,


I will continue to ask for patience, flexibility and understanding for the pivot that we will soon take to opening our school buildings for hybrid teaching and learning. I ask for everyone to stay positive in such an unwavering time in education and not forget how much we have done and how far we have come. We have feverishly worked on preparing our schools, building schedules, ordering and receiving PPEs, and implementing our ideas for flow and movement in the schools. (Mr. Brunetta, our Director of Facilities is very close to the completion of personally and perfectly installing over 6 miles of directional tape on the floors of each of our 10 schools!) We collaborated with many stakeholders, reviewed a ton of feedback, listened to the ever changing knowledge/recommendations from the Governor, NJDOE, NJDOH, ACDOH, and dealing first hand with the implications and tribulations of the virus itself. This has been a changing process from June 26th until now. We have provided professional development for teachers and staff, time for planning and collaboration, and support services for students, staff, and parents along the way. As promised, my staff and I have been addressing every part and piece to the RBS. With any new initiatives, one must expect changes, as for what was then, may not be now. If you have questions or concerns about what we have been doing, I encourage you to follow our updates and progress on our website at the Superintendent’s Corner where you can read about our journey:

https://www.eht.k12.nj.us/superintendent_s_corner/superintendent_s_board_report_2020-2021


The Road Back to School plan is a living document where adjustments that meet the needs of the NJDOE and school community may be needed as situations change around us. We have progressed greatly through this journey and I have been nothing but transparent in sharing our RBS plan and each of our steps along the way. We are in a state of change and with that comes movement from normalcy to a place of uniqueness. This school year has been very unique and we are all doing the best that we can to serve our students. What I will make clear once again, is that our RBS plan was approved by the County Superintendent and the NJDOE back in August. All of the planning and implementation phases and dates were reviewed and clearly approved. We are on a steady path to October 26th when our hybrid plan goes into effect. If you have ever worked in a large school district or went to school in a large school district, you can understand the complexities and time it takes to implement important change and get it right at the same time. It is my job to make sure all plans are 100% in place for facilities, transportation, IT, academics, social , emotional and learning supports, health, and safety. I will spend the next two weeks meeting with departments and double checking logistics.


I am very proud to share that class scheduling is completed and bus passes are being prepared for mailing this week. As you know we worked hard to schedule our 7300 students into equal numbers and into Group A and Group B to the best of our ability. Thank you Mrs. Elko! We used our student management system for some of this process, others parts needed to be hand scheduled. Our guidance counselors will be available for in- person services beginning October 13th. Any student who needs any social, emotional, mental health, or academic services should reach out to their school counselor to arrange an in-person or virtual meeting.


If you should have any questions for me or the central office staff, please feel free to email or call. I promise that you will receive answers quicker by way of a phone call or email, rather than using social media or seeking information elsewhere. We are your relevant source of information and we are always open to building relationships and learning about the needs of our school community; I encourage you to want the same. Please take the time to read through this newsletter and take notice of the links at the end where each principal shares updated information on their school community.


Together we will continue to be #EHTStrong! It is all about teamwork and we are here to work together to be the best we can be.


Stay Safe; Be Well.


“Begin each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart !” -Roy T. Bennett


Life is too short to be negative.


Yours in Education,

Kimberly A. Gruccio

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WORLD TEACHERS DAY WAS OCTOBER 5th!

@EHTNJSchools wishes all teachers a happy #WorldTeachersDay! We thank you for your dedication in helping our students reach their full potential, especially during these challenging times. #ehtpride #ehtstrong #TeachersDay #ThanksToMyTeacher #ThankYouTeacher #RespectYourTeacher #BestInClass #TeachersDayThanks

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY-OCTOBER 10th!

Egg Harbor Township School District celebrated World Mental Health Day; a day for advocacy, awareness, and education of mental health issues worldwide. For more information, visit http://mvnt.us/m1158751. @WMHDay #ehtpride #ehtstrong #WorldMentalHealthDay


Check out the Mental Health and SEL Resources below in the Climate and Culture section of this newsletter.

Road Back to School UPDATE: EHT is going LIVE! As we prepare to implement our Hybrid Instruction starting during the week of October 26th we will be able to offer "live streaming," and in-turn access to your child's teacher and classes.
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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

USE OF GOOGLE CALENDAR to BOOK APPTS. w/ STAFF

Students can book one-on-one appointments with counselors, CST/YST members, or even their classroom teachers. Here is a brief tutorial on how to book appointments in Google Calendar with staff appointment slots.

https://youtu.be/-SJFfya0WGo

Booking Appointments in Google Calendar

GOOGLE CLASSROOM CODES BY SCHOOL

The following link will allow students and parents to access each staff members Google Classroom Code. At the bottom of the spreadsheet the codes are listed by school on each tab. This link can also be found on our Virtual Learning - Parent/Teacher Resources Page. Additionally, each teacher should have their Google Classroom codes posted on their own webpage.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19Bp8GQfW3ILFk88Vps1_4qWQrhOHg_9i8GTPkw_JE0g/edit?usp=sharing

GOOGLE CLASSROOM: VIDEO RESOURCE

Need help joining your Google Classroom? This video explains how to find your EHT School District Google Classroom codes and how to add or "join" an active Google Classroom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzvUOJKkh3k&feature=youtu.be

Locating Codes and Joining Google Classroom

GOOGLE MEET & GOOGLE CLASSROOM: VIDEO RESOURCE

For students looking to join their class for a live Google Meet session, this is a step by step of video of how to lactate and join the Meet from Google Classroom https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=i6lgBOh1YpU&feature=youtu.be

Joining a Google Meet from Google Classroom

ACCESSING STUDENT EMAIL (GRADES 6-12): VIDEO RESOURCE

Egg Harbor Township School District now offers an internal email address for students in grades 6-12. This video will demonstrate how to access student email from the district website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVutLPNRs9I&feature=youtu.be

Accessing Student Email (Grades 6-12)

BASIC TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS FOR REMOTE LEARNING

This video offers some basic troubleshooting tips for those using a Chromebook or their own device in the virtual environment http://mvnt.us/m1154434

Troubleshooting tips for remote learning

COVID-19 WEBPAGE and RESOURCES

Covid-19 Parent Resource Webpage

For the latest parent resource information, announcement and quick links visit: https://www.eht.k12.nj.us/c_o_v_i_d19_-_parent_resources_and_information

GOOGLE RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS

Google for Education has a resource for parents/guardians to learn and navigate the Google Tools. Take a look at this pdf and click on the embedded links for tutorials and more: http://mvnt.us/m1112980

TALONS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN AND SPACE IS LIMITED!

EHTNJ Schools - T A L O N S registration is now open for the 2020-21 school year! Visit the TALONS webpage for more information and to sign up.http://mvnt.us/m1141165


What does TALONS stand for? Talent And Learning Of Next-Gen Students

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CLIMATE & CULTURE

The culture of our schools includes our school improvement efforts to increase student achievement for ALL students. Where with Every Hand Together, Every child, Everyday is provided a relevant learning experience. Through professional development opportunities we are building an effective learning culture where students are provided a safe learning environment. Our teachers collaborate in professional learning communities to review student progress in order to provide ALL students with the opportunity to learn at high levels. We have a district -wide initiative that includes individualized interventions through the RTI process to assist ALL students with learning. We know that in order to successfully educate each student, we must be cognizant of each student’s individual learning needs. This can only be accomplished if we work together to eliminate any predictability of achievement disparities by race, ethnicity, gender, language, disability, and/or economics. All faculty and staff participated in equity training during our professional learning days. The high school multicultural club will be preparing to join the district equity committee to participate in collaborative discussions and event planning. Together, we can achieve more!

#EMBRACE

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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Each day is kicked off at 7:30 am with a member of our school community stating the pledge. Every morning, I look forward to seeing who the guest presenter is and you can too by following our social media pages! @EHTNJSchools


Featuring Gregory and Gabrielle

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EHT SCHOOL DISTRICT WELCOME MAT

@ehtnjschools is rolling out the "Welcome Mat" to our new staff! #ehtwelcomemat

SCHOOL MESSENGER REMINDER!

Our school utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages, straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more. Opt-in today!


JUST SEND "Y" or "YES" to 67587

EHT PARENT PORTAL ACCOUNT SET-UP


  • Do you need an EHT Parent Portal account?
  • Do you have access to log-in?
  • Not sure how to request a Parent Portal account?



Follow the easy steps outlined in this video. Check out this short video to learn how to request an account. https://youtu.be/bL1Qqs8sNm4

Create a Parent Portal Account

INFINITE CAMPUS PARENT PORTAL: ACCESS to GOOGLE CLASSROOM & MOBYMAX INFO.

Families with an Infinite Campus Parent Portal account can log in and retrieve their child's MobyMax and Google Classroom login information. Check out this video to see where to access the information: http://mvnt.us/m1105711
Accessing MobyMax and Google Logins in Parent Portal

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: UPDATE!

The Mental Health Association has moved all services to a virtual platform for the health, safety and well-being of all. If you have questions or concerns (including help using zoom or the conference calling feature) you can call 609-652-3800 website- www.mhaac.info


See the following link for a daily list of resources: http://www.mhaac.info/uploads/3/4/4/8/34488857/mhaac_virtual_schedule_may_2020__updated_.pdf

SOCIAL DISTANCING SHOULDN’T MEAN SOCIAL ISOLATION

The NJ Department of Children and Families have compiled a list of resources available 24/7. Visit http://mvnt.us/m1157179 for more information.


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SOCIAL EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT & RESOURCES

As time passes, it can become difficult staying at home day in and day out. Some days may be easier than others in dealing with this national pandemic amongst other issues. Please know that our guidance counselors, social workers, student assistance counselors, school nurses, and our High School Teen Center serve as available resources daily to assist with any concerns, fears, and/or anxieties. Our district website and school websites provide contact information or call 646-7911 x 1001.

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EVERY HAND TOGETHER: PURSUING PUBLIC HEALTH


The following link is a playlist from Every Hand Together: Pursuing Public Health and a conversation with Mr. Santilli, Assistant Superintendent and Barbara Sabath from Family Promise of Atlantic County: (Playlist) (Linked and Below)

Pursuing Public Health: Homelessness with Barbara Sabath (pt. 1)

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

THE STUDENTS HAVE SPOKEN...MEET MIGHTY!

The new eagle has a name...

"Mighty" Eagle of EHT Schools


Meet Mighty Eagle! Mighty has a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even TikTok. Follow Mighty at @ehtnjmighty on all social media channels. #ehtmightyegg

The New Eagle's name is...

STOCKTON OFFERS FREE VIRTUAL HOMEWORK COMPLETION PROGRAM

Stockton University's Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning is running a Virtual Homework Completion Program. For more information, visit https://stockton.edu/engagement


ATTENTION ALUMNI: YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A SUPERHERO!

The Egg Harbor Township High School Eagle Eye Newsletter is looking for alumni who are interested in being featured in an upcoming edition of the online publication. If you have a personal or professional accomplishment, a unique adventure or just something other EHTHS alumni may find interesting, please email:

alumni@eht.k12.nj.us


COMCAST INTERNET ESSENTIALS

Comcast will continue offering 2 months of free service to new Internet Essentials customers in response to emergency measures associated with COVID-19. For all new and existing customers, the speed of the program's Internet service has increased. Visit www.internetessentials.com/covid19 for more details.


JOB OPENINGS

The Egg Harbor Township School District are looking for qualified candidates for the job openings pictured below. Continue to monitor our website at eht.k12.nj.us and social media @EHTNJSchools.


For more information you can see all job openings and apply online at: https://www.applitrack.com/eggharbor/onlineapp/

EHT TRANSPORTATION: JOB OPENINGS

Egg Harbor Township School District is now hiring CDL licensed drivers for the 2020-2021 school year. Interested applicants can now apply online: https://www.applitrack.com/eggharbor/onlineapp/

BECOME A SUBSTITUTE WITH EHT!

We're hiring for rewarding opportunities in Egg Harbor Township School District! To apply, visit https://bit.ly/3gGjAxX

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WEEK OF OCTOBER 13, 2020: MEAL DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION

Meal Distribution Plan UPDATE: For questions and concerns, please contact 609-383-1464 or beckt@eht.k12.nj.us.


Please note the change in date. Our EHT Food Service Program will be providing free breakfast and lunch for all students this TUESDAY due to the holiday closure. We will be distributing food on Tuesday which will include 4 days of breakfast and lunch. In order to reach as many of our EHT families as possible, we are also now providing DELIVERY to several areas in the township. Please access all the images in this post to view the meal distribution stops and times. Additionally, the PICK-UP locations at Davenport, Alder and High School will remain open from 7:30am – 11 am and will also be providing 4 days of meals on Tuesday only.


Tenga en cuenta el cambio de fecha. Nuestro Programa de Servicio de Alimentos EHT proporcionará desayuno y almuerzo gratis para todos los estudiantes este MARTES debido al cierre de vacaciones. Estaremos distribuyendo comida el martes que incluirá 4 días de desayuno y almuerzo. Con el fin de llegar a la mayor cantidad posible de nuestras familias de EHT, ahora también ofrecemos ENTREGA a varias áreas del municipio. Acceda a todas las imágenes de esta publicación para ver las paradas y horarios de distribución de comidas. Además, las ubicaciones de PICK-UP en Davenport, Alder y High School permanecerán abiertas de 7:30 am a 11 am y también ofrecerán 4 días de comidas los martes solamente.

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Atlantic County Food Bank Resources

Atlantic County Food Bank Resources: Please see the list here linked for Atlantic County Food Bank Resources

Free & Reduced Meal Program Information

If your family's circumstances have changed you could be eligible for the District’s free and reduced meal program. To apply, visit this link: http://mvnt.us/m1107777

THE NEST SCHOOL STORE IS ONLINE & OPEN!

The School Store is now online and open for business! Check out "The Nest @ EHTHS" to get all your #ehtpride gear. For a limited time, get FREE local delivery to EHT for any size order. Check out their online store at http://shopthenesteht.com

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS

The Board of Education Work Session will be held at Alder Avenue Board Room on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. It is open for public attendance to a limited number in accordance with social distancing and capacity guidelines. Community members who wish to attend will go through COVID screening prior to entering the building. All attendees will be required to wear masks at all times.​ A live broadcast of the meeting for the public will be accessible on eht.k12.nj.us.

Public comments will be open to the live audience first. Call-in public comment will follow after all live comments are complete. To call in to ask a question or make a comment, please dial 609-653-0100 ext 1417 during the public comment portion of the meeting.

ATHLETICS/FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS/ACTIVITIES

OUT WITH THE OLD!

Work has already begun at the Egg Harbor Township High School as crews worked this past week to begin the removal of the old turf. We will continue to update our school community as progress with this project continues. #EHTPride


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MESSAGE TO OUR STUDENT ATHLETES AND FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS

Our Eagles are off to a good start this fall giving their all with #EHTPride and brought home some wins again this weekend. Our band put on an awesome show in Atlantic City.

Just as a reminder, all student athletes and coaches are required to adhere to a health screening prior to joining any practice, entering any bus or our game fields. A nurse and athletic trainer will be on site to conduct the temperature checks and questionnaire process. Athletes are reminded to come dressed and equipped for participation in practices. This includes having a personal water bottle and a mask/gaiter. There will be no long trips, out of state trips, or state championships. Please know that if you are attending a soccer, field hockey , cross county, or tennis match, you must social distance and wear a mask. It is important that we adhere to the NJSIAA guidelines for high school athletics for the health and safety of all.


Construction has started on the track and turf and the area has been deemed a construction site. Crews have removed the turf, working on prepping the foundation for the new turf and track resurfacing will begin this week.


Good luck to all of our student athletes and band members as they embark on the 2020 Fall season! Play with pride ! Do your best ! Reach your Goal!


GO EAGLES!


#EHTPride #EHTStrong


Dr. Gruccio


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WEEKLY DIGITAL NEWSLETTERS

WEEKLY DIGITAL NEWSLETTERS

Each week our principals share an update on what is happening in their respective schools. Check out the Weekly Digital Newsletters linked below.


Week of October 4, 2020


High School

Eagle

Alder

Fernwood

Miller

Davenport

Slaybaugh​​

Swift​​​​

ABOUT US

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"Our mission in the Egg Harbor Township District is to embrace families and their students to provide a safe, rigorous, and relevant learning experience while students are engaged and educated to become responsible for their own learning."