June 2022

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Calendar Information...

Tentative June Events:

June 1:

  • Faculty Meeting at 2:20 p.m. in the Media Center.

June 2:

  • Senior Show Choir Recital at 2:30 p.m.

June 3:

  • The Junior-Senior Banquet was moved to a Senior Luncheon on June 10 due to conflicts with athletics, student work schedules, etc. ...more details will follow.

June 6:

  • Athletic Banquet at 6 p.m.
  • Senior Picnic sponsored by the Parent Organization--11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 8:

  • Senior Awards Night at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.

June 10:

  • Underclassmen Picnic for Grades 9, 10 and 11 at 12:30 p.m.--special schedule will be provided. Students will be called to their grade level designations for the picnic via the PA system.
  • "Seniors Only" Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. in the Atrium.

June 13:

  • Senior "Clap Out"--details to follow.
  • Baseball/Softball Banquet--"Touch of Class" in Delran at 6 p.m.

June 15:

  • Senior Sunrise Breakfast--8 a.m. in the Atrium.
  • PLC Meeting at 2:20 p.m. in the Media Center.

June 16:

  • One-Session Day; Dismissal at 11:40 a.m.
  • Seniors will return Chromebooks--students, in small groups, will be called to the Media Center via the PA System.

June 17:

  • Last Day of School--One Session Day; Dismissal at 11:40 a.m.
  • Graduation: 6:30 p.m. Stadium Gates Open at 6 p.m.


Dear Seniors and Senior Parents:

On Friday, June 17, the Class of 2022 will be seated in the athletic stadium of the Florence Township Memorial High School Complex for their graduation exercises. We are looking forward to sharing this memory with parents, relatives and friends of the graduates.

Each graduate will receive four tickets—the tickets are only needed if the graduation ceremony is held in the auditorium--you must have a ticket to enter the building. Parents, relatives and friends of the graduates do not need tickets for stadium seating on the athletic field—anyone may attend the outdoor ceremony.

Students will need to attend the scheduled graduation practices—the practice schedule will be distributed at a later date. Proper and respectful behavior during practices is a MUST. If students need to be removed from graduation practice because of their behavior, they may be removed from the ceremony. The graduation ceremony is a privilege. Students not participating in the ceremony will receive their diplomas on Monday, June 20, at 10 a.m. unless other arrangements have been made.

Date of Graduation – Friday, June 17, 2022

Time – 6:30 p.m.

Location – Athletic Field or Auditorium

If the weather does not cooperate and a determination is made to

schedule the graduation in the Auditorium, your son/daughter

will be informed of this decision during their last

graduation practice on June 17.

The graduates will need to meet in the high school cafeteria/Atrium at no later than 5:45 p.m. on June 17 to prepare for the processional and receive their flowers. Please do not hand your child personal flowers during the processional—save them for after the ceremony. All of the students will be wearing/carrying class flowers during the graduation ceremony. The athletic field gate (or the Auditorium doors) will be open for parents/guests starting at 6 p.m.

There are times when extra graduation tickets may become available. Your son or daughter will have the opportunity to request additional tickets during the week of June 13. Only our seniors can sign up for additional tickets—parents, please do not call the school for extra tickets. We will not be accepting ticket reservations over the phone. Please remember that tickets are only needed if we have to move the graduation indoors.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday evening, June 17, to celebrate the accomplishments of your child’s formal education at Florence Township Memorial High School.


John Cogan, Principal

Maria E. Sadar, Vice Principal and Graduation Coordinator

General Reminders:

  • Seniors will return their Chromebooks/chargers on Thursday, June 16. Students will be called to the Media Center via the P.A. System in small groups. Grades 9, 10 and 11 students will keep their Chromebooks and chargers in a safe location at home during the summer months.
  • Seniors--please make sure your school fines are paid, textbooks returned, etc. no later than June 16. Diplomas will be held until those items are paid or returned to the school.
  • Graduation Night--Only seniors can park in the student parking lot (adjacent to the athletic stadium) on graduation night. All other guests must park in the Main Parking lot in front of the school.
  • All students must complete missing assignments and submit them to your classroom teacher(s) ASAP.
  • Any students who borrowed a lock for their locker this year MUST return it to their HR teacher on June 10.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Scholarship Winner--Congratulations, Lana Duke.

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Because of her fantastic PSAT scores, Lana Duke qualified for a National Merit Scholarship. We are pleased to announce that Lana has been selected as a winner of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Scholarship. Pursuant to an Agreement with National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), this Special Scholarship award is sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc..

Elks' Students of the Month--Special Recognition

Special Recognition -- The Bordentown Lodge No. 2085 B.P.O. Elks has a program whereby, once a month, they recognize and reward an FTMHS "Student of the Month." This student must be a senior. It is our pleasure to recognize Lola Carnival as our Elks' Student of the Month for March.

Lola is a hardworking individual who was selected because of her strong character and academic and extracurricular achievements.

Congratulations, Lola Carnival--March Student of the Month

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Elks' Students of the Month--Special Recognition

Special Recognition -- The Bordentown Lodge No. 2085 B.P.O. Elks has a program whereby, once a month, they recognize and reward an FTMHS "Student of the Month." This student must be a senior. It is our pleasure to recognize Jaskiran Mangat as our Elks' Student of the Month for April.

Jaskiran is a hardworking individual who was selected because of her strong character and academic and extracurricular achievements.

Congratulations, Jaskiran Mangat--April Student of the Month

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Congratulations to: Jaskiran Mangat and Lola Carnival

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Congratulations to Tanisha Khabe--State Level

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Chosen to move on...NJ State Teen Arts Festival Level!

Congratulations to Tanisha Khabe for being one of two solo vocalists from Burlington County chosen to move on to the NJ State Teen Arts Festival level. Tanisha will be performing at Middlesex College on Wednesday, June 1.

Character Education Program

The Development of GOOD CHARACTER ...

...is not an isolated skill to be taught in one area of a child’s life. It is an effort of home, school, and community to instill in our young people good values. The development of good character touches our personal development, it impacts our success with academic development in learning, and good character is essential in the workforce to be successful in our careers.

Character Education Program--"Word of the Month" for May was "Perseverance."

Every month at least one student – from each grade level – will be recognized for the fine job he/she has done in bringing the word of the month to life. These students are nominated by our school staff. The Character Education Word of the Month” for May was "Perseverance."

Let’s work together to get our students to focus on why each trait matters! We need all of our students to see that they can help others through their positive words and actions.

Our students have been doing a wonderful job personifying the character education trait of

"Perseverance." Here are our Students of the Month for the month of May!

Shadman Adib, Amber Azcona, Mya Cabanas Montero, Gabriel Czifra, Emily Flowers, Peyton Green,

Angel Mercado, Sahmija Perry, Francesca Ralko, Jesse Ross, Elmer Williams and Darien Woody.

Chosen to Receive Special Recognition!

"Perseverance" -- Character Education (May)

Thanks to our Parents Organization-- Gabriel Czifra, Angel Mercado, Jesse Ross and Elmer Williams were chosen to receive $5 Wawa gift cards for doing such an excellent job!

Prom 2022

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Academic Achievement Program

This is a wonderful program! We will once again be challenging our students to settle for nothing less than their best. We want to see our students succeed, and we will be communicating to them that we want them to set their sights on earning a GPA of at least a 3.0 (or a “B” average) with no “D” or “F” grades in any course for each marking period of the school year. Please join us in challenging your child to be content with nothing less than his or her best effort!

Students who earned at least a 3.0 (with no “D’s” or “F’s”) will be recognized for this accomplishment and four students--one from each grade level--will be randomly selected to receive a $25 Wawa gift card from our Parent Organization.

Report Cards: June 24, 2022

Report Cards will be available after 2 p.m. in Genesis on June 24. To view your child’s Report Card, simply log in to Genesis (https://parents.genesisedu.com/florence) and click on the “Grading” tab at the top of the window.

Also, please feel free to log in to Genesis at any time to see how your child is progressing in his or her courses. Checking Genesis frequently will enable you to see clearly how your child is performing throughout the school year.

If you are having trouble logging in or needing your email and password reset, please contact your child’s counselor as soon as possible.

Genesis Parent Portal (http://bit.ly/2hqH935)

Please use this resource to complete/update/sign-off on important electronic forms. Afterwards, please use this extremely valuable tool to monitor your child's grades, assignments and attendance.

From the Desk of Mr. Lamaestra (SAC) Student Assistance Counselor...

Character Education --June's Character Trait is TEAMWORK.

Teamwork—working with other people to achieve a shared goal—is essential in just about every domain, whether on the job, at home, or on the playing field. Though there are some situations where it’s better to act alone, learning how to work together without conflict is a critical skill that can help almost anyone achieve greater success.

The Development of GOOD CHARACTER ...

...is not an isolated skill to be taught in one area of a child’s life. It is an effort of home, school, and community to instill in our young people good values. The development of good character touches our personal development, it impacts our success with academic development in learning, and good character is essential in the workforce to be successful in our careers.


How Communication Affects Teamwork

Teens and Summer Behavior

Vaping, marijuana use in 2019 rose in college-age adults.

Increases are among the largest in the history of a national study.

Probably due to legalization, but noteworthy. Legalization does not remove the deleterious effects of cannabis use among teens and young adults...or anyone for that matter. Abuse and addiction in all their forms destroy lives.

Adverse Effects of Substance Abuse:

"People who meet the criteria for DSM 5 substance use disorder tend to experience certain adverse effects over time due to the harm these substances inflict on the brain and body. According to the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, adverse effects may take the form of:

  • Addiction
  • Overdose
  • Problems with the law
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (due to risk-taking behaviors)
  • Cancer
  • Depression disorder


Important Resources:

If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed and want to talk to someone, the following resources are available:

  • 2nd Floor Youth Hotline of New Jersey: 888-222-2228

  • PerformCare/Mobile Response: 877-652-7624

  • Camden County Crisis Intervention - Twin Oaks: 856-428-HELP (4357)

  • New Jersey Mental Health Line (Mental Health Resources): 877-294-4357

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

Counseling Support Services:

I'm available for consultation, support, counseling and referral services including:

  • Academic

  • Family Alcohol/Drug Use

  • Technology Dependence

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Divorce

  • Behavior Management

  • Other Mental Health Concerns

Contact Information:

Mr. John Lamaestra

Student Assistance Coordinator

Florence Township School District

1050 Cedar Lane

Florence, NJ 08518

609.499.4620 x4225

609.499.3424 FAX


Menu for the Month of June.

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Special EDition Monthly Newsletter

Please check it out...
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Parent Organization

As the school year winds down, we want to thank you for all your support/donations this year! Our last meeting was held on May 23.

Upcoming events we are working on:

Senior Day Picnic -- Monday, June 6. We are still in need of many donations. Click here to donate/help https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4aaead28aaf85-class

Underclassman Picnic -- Friday, June 10

Senior Sunrise Breakfast -- Wednesday, June 15

Ongoing fundraisers include:

Scripts program -- This is a great way to save money for your child's upcoming school events! If you shop at Shop Rite, Roebling Town Market or Acme make sure to take advantage of these savings!

Garden Flag Fundraiser -- Our garden flag fundraiser is back! We have a new navy garden flag for sale! See the flyer for more details and click here to order: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfKXhfZaQXDvjlNEw7EHTVuBbjvq86JkyEIF602jbRbknQG7A/viewform

Wawa Shorti Coupons -- Get your Wawa Shorti Coupons before they run out! These make great gifts! See the flyer below to order now!

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Successful Clothing Drive--sponsored by the Parent Organization.

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Music Department--Mrs. Croley


The following students represented our music department at the Burlington County Teen Arts Festival. The festival this year took place virtually, so our four students made recordings of their submissions for the panel to review and adjudicate. All four musicians did an outstanding job!

  • Grant Foody (bari saxophone),
  • Ben Popso (piano),
  • Tanisha Khabe (vocal solo) and
  • Sage Reese (vocal solo)
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Wednesday, May 18, marked our return to live and in-person concerts! Members of the Concert Band, Concert Choir and Show Choir presented a wonderful evening of music to an audience of their friends, families, and supporters.

Thank you to all of the musicians for their hard work and thank you to everyone who attended to cheer on our performers!

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Preparations for next season have continued throughout the month of May with Drum Line Placement Auditions, Drum Major Auditions, and workshops for the color guard and instrumentalists.

Everyone that filled out the interest form should now be in the google classroom. Please make sure you continue to check there for important dates and information. The confirmation form released at the end of May for you to give us your final decision on participation is due by Friday, June 3.

We have a full competition season scheduled for 2022 and cannot wait to get started.

Go Marching Flashes!

Physics, Astronomy and Earth and Space Science--Mrs. Annie Levine DuBrul


Physics classes are doing a unit about sound! We have been capitalizing on the nice weather, and we took a trip outside. We scouted an area on campus that would produce a good echo when a sharp and loud note was played from a trumpet. We measured the distance between the area of incident sound and the wall. We then measured the time it took for us to detect an echo, averaged those times, plugged them into the speed of sound equation and calculated the speed of sound today.

Interesting note:

The speed of sound depends on the day! Density and temperature of the atmosphere is constantly in flux.


Astronomy classes have been conducting an experiment with terraforming Mars.

Mrs. Levine DuBrul brought in some sand that was mostly void of organic material. Mars Regolith (the material that makes up the surface or Mars) cannot be called soil because it is void of organic material. However, when the students amend our "regolith" with compost, they should be able to grow plants!

The students weighed and measured 4 trials with different ratios of compost to regolith (with a 100% regolith trial as a control) and are planting sunflowers and will be recording the rate of growth of the different soil compost ratios. This is much like what astronauts will have to do should we one day colonize Mars.

Earth and Space

Earth and Space Science students are writing an Op-Ed Paper about an issue regarding Human Impact on the Environment. Students are completing all phases of research and op-ed publication including freewriting, source section, deep reading, essay planning and outlining, conferencing, writing and of course citation. Students have chosen a topic that interests them. They will examine why this topic is controversial and address the potential rebuttals to their op-ed in order to strengthen their arguments.

Topics include mining for lithium, plastic pollution in the ocean, endangered species, environmental justice, climate change, Tesla Gigafactories and so much more.

Ecology of New Jersey--Mr. DuBrul

The Ecology of New Jersey class gets to learn about Canada Geese from a goose they captured.

The class has also seen a lot of snakes including black rat, black racer, garter and water snakes.

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Health Classes--Mrs. Smith

We are currently learning about "healthy" Family Relationships. The students really enjoyed taking part in the "open discussions."

Sports Marketing , Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy-- Alexander Omelczuk

Sports Marketing:

Students are creating their own sports teams from scratch, designing the logo, doing market research for colors, and creating a marketing plan.

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Students have been studying "pitches." They created a pitch deck for a common everyday item, pitching its benefits and value to investors.

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Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy:

Students are learning about the importance of saving and budgeting. To start, they came up with some goals to save up for in the future.

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Students created infographics to demonstrate their knowledge of fiscal and monetary policy.

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Play Production and Contemporary Style of Acting--Mr. Donovan

Contemporary Style of Acting:

Students are currently working on monologues, which they will memorize and perform for class.

Play Production:

This month, students have been learning about Costume, Hair and Makeup Design.

Dance for TV/Film--Mr. Breen

Dance for TV/Film will begin their final project of filming dances.

Watch out for the final product!

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Production Technology I--Mr. Dow

Working off of various pictures and no plans, Angel and Mr. Dow designed, dimensioned and built a Domino Table while Mrs. Holmstedt assisted in the painting of the project.
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Concert Band, Concert Choir and Show Choir--Mrs. Croley

The Concert Band and Concert Choir performed at the Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 18th. A good time was had by all.

The Show Choir class has also been working hard in preparation for the Show Choir and Senior Showcase After School Recital on Thursday, June 2 at 2:30 pm. Both of these events are free and open to the public.

Intermediate Music Keyboarding--Mrs. Croley

Intermediate Music Keyboarding students have been learning about some influential American composers: Charles Ives, Florence B. Price, Aaron Copland, and John Williams.

Additionally, they spent some time learning about and listening to two influential female pianists: Martha Argerich and Kathia Buniatishvili.

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After School Clubs for the 2021-2022 School Year:


Art Club

Black and Latinx Student Union

Class of 2022--Seniors

Class of 2023--Juniors

Class of 2024--Sophomores

Class of 2025--Freshmen

Computer Science Club

Cultural Awareness for Everyone

Debate Team

Environmental Club

Game Club


Marching Band Director

Marching Band--Front Line

National Honor Society

No Place for Hate Club

Newspaper Club

Robotics Club

Science League Competitions

Special Olympics

Spring Musical

Student Council

Unified Club


Art Club

The Art Club is open to any student with an interest in art, design, or creativity! The art club will meet in Mrs. Holmstedt’s Room, F108. We are always welcoming any new members to our club!

Students are finishing our small canvas paintings that will complete a mural to be hung in the school!

Our last scheduled meeting is on:

  • June 7.

Advisor: Mrs. Holmstedt

Black & Latinx Student Union

The BLSU has continued to have productive and important meetings. We have had a myriad of discussions around mental health and voting rights, and we look forward to ending the year strong with a virtual College Fair.

Advisor: Mr. McEnnis

Class of 2022 (SENIORS)

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Class of 2022

President: Lana Duke

Vice President: Cassaundra Alicea

Treasurer: Zaria Harewood

Secretary: Jaskiran Mangat

Historian: Samara Lakhan

Co-Advisors: Mrs. Leanne Pereda and Mr. Cesar Pereda

Class of 2022

The Senior Luncheon will be held on June 10. Senions will receive their yearbooks, be a part of the "yearbook dedication" and have the opportunity to sign each other's yearbooks while enjoying lunch and a slideshow from our Disney Trip.

Advisors: Mrs. Pereda and Mr. Pereda

Class of 2023 (JUNIORS)

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Class of 2023 Officers

President: Sarah Olatubosun

Vice President: Abigail Anthony
Secretary: Abimbola Obayanju
Treasurer: Mikayla Maschke

Historian: Sydney Slotkin

Thank you for attending A Night to Remember, we hope everyone had a wonderful time at this year’s prom!

Advisors: Mrs. Holmstedt and Mr. Flynn

Class of 2024 (SOPHOMORES)

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Class of 2024 Officers

President: John Paul Dunphy

Vice President: Matthew Barton

Secretary: Madelynn Hoch

Treasurer: Kaycee Carnival

Historian: Radika Dhar

Class of 2024:

The Class of 2024 is actively searching for a Prom location for next year, and we hope to share the news soon.

Advisors: Mrs. Mary Byrne and Mr. Joseph Varga

Class of 2025 (FRESHMEN)

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Class of 2025 Officers

President: Andrew Piotrowski

Vice President: Liam Virula

Secretary: Ritika Bakkamanthala

Treasurer: Rudrhaneel Sen

Historian: Cailyne Diaz

From June 1 to 8, the Class of 2025 will conduct a "Hygiene and School Supply Drive."

Please see the flyer below for details.

Advisors: Ms. Paiva and Mr. Senni

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Computer Science Club

Computer Science Club:

We continued building the Florence local business website in May & June.

Advisor: Mr. Roberson

Cultural Awareness for Everyone Club (CAFE)

Cultural Awareness for Everyone Club (CAFE)

  • Members decorated the showcase with "Hello" signs in different languages.
  • Members created multicultural musical playlists for the ESL Family Night scheduled for June 1.
  • Members had a very open dialogue regarding the cross-cultural challenges they face.

Advisor: Ms. Diaz

Members of the CAFE Club decorated the showcase with signs that say "Hello" in many languages.

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Debate Team

The Debate Team will focus on preparations for next year's debates during our final meetings of the year.

The FTMHS Debate Team competes in the South Jersey Debate League with 13 other high schools including Willingboro, Cherry Hill East, Camden Catholic, Moorestown, Haddonfield and the high schools in Medford, NJ.

Next year's resolution is: Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its security cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in one or more of the following areas: artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity.

The debates will be in-person next year; our team would love to acquire a few more underclassmen to compete at the JV level. Student timers and judges are also welcome to join.

If you plan to attend college, debate is a terrific addition to your "student brag sheet." Join Debate!

Advisor: Mrs. Hughes

Environmental Club

The Environmental Club

The club had a discussion on native trees and time was spent this month scouting Mercer County for future spring birding trips.

Advisor: Mr. DuBrul

Game Club

President: Kayla Weisneck

Vice-President: Alex Witty

Secretary: The position is still open.

Treasurer: Emmanuel Blackwood

Parliamentarian: Harry Ravenel

Club Champion: Derrick Latoof

The Game Club is winding down for the year. There are two meetings in June:

June 7 and June 14.

We will be discussing officers for the 2022-2023 school year on June 7 and having our final Club Champion Tournament on June 14.

The Club Champion Tournament will be an open free-for-all match against Reese Salaga to see if he can end the year as Club Champion or will there be someone new? Come compete and close out the year with a SMASH!

Time: Club Meeting time: 2:10 p.m. - Late Bus Departure.

Advisors: Mr. Weatherbee and Mr. Senni

Interact Club

The 2021-2022 Interact Officers are:

President: Logan Trayner

Vice President: Hazal Akkaya

Secretary: Burne Das

Treasurer: Preet Singh

Sergeant at Arms: Declan Yasick

Publicity Chair: Sarah Olatubosun

The Interact Club received its third bench from the Trex program. The group has successfully recycled 1,500 pounds of soft plastics. The goal is to have another 500 pounds recycled by the end of the school year. They are very close!

The recycling program will continue by collecting bubble wrap, bread bags, cereal liners and other soft plastics.

The Interact Club will host a shoe drive from June 1 to June 15. They will collect any new or gently used shoes. Donations can be brought to the HS Main Office.

Advisor: Ms. Georgie Rodan

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Musical Production


The musical advisors have been reviewing options for our 2023 production, and we hope to make an announcement by the end of the school year - stay tuned! :-)

Director: Mr. Donovan

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Marching Flashes

The FTMHS Marching Flashes have started getting ready for the 2022-2023 season! In April we had very successful open workshops for color guard, percussion, and wind players as well as a fantastically attended open house for all interested students and their parents/guardians.

The month of May saw open workshops for color guard.

Questions? Please contact

Mrs. Croley: acroley@florence.k12.nj.us or Mr. Obetz: sobetz@florence.k12.nj.us

Sign up for the 2022-2023 season:

Color Guard Open Workshops:

  • Learn the basics of Color Guard

  • No commitment to join until the beginning of June.

Drumline Auditions:

  • Both dates are MANDATORY for possible placement on the drumline (snare, quint, bass drum, cymbal)

  • Pitted Percussion do not need to audition

Drum Major Auditions:

  • Both dates are MANDATORY for those auditioning to be drum major

  • Open to incoming 11th and 12 graders with at least 2 years of marching band experience

Marching Band Practices:

  • For all winds (woodwind and brass) and percussion/pit

  • We will look at stand music and parade music

  • Not mandatory for participation in marching band

If you are interested in signing up for this upcoming season, please click here: https://bit.ly/22MBsignup. We need to finalize our numbers by the end of May, so please fill out the interest form as soon as possible!

Marching Band Show Concept for 2022-2023 Season


Music Director: Mrs. Croley

National Honor Society

National Honor Society (NHS)


26 new members were inducted into the NHS on May 4 with Ms. Rodan as the Guest Speaker.

New members were presented with their NHS pins by the outgoing senior members at the NHS meeting on May 26.

Tutor Center

The Tutor Center continues every Tuesday through June 7.

The Crohn's and Colitis 5K Walk

The "Walk" was held on May 22 on the FTMHS Track. This walk was facilitated through a committee of highly dedicated members who sold t-shirts to promote awareness for Crohn's and Colitis.

Roebling Commuity Clean-up!

On May 15, the NHS members participated in a Roebling Community Clean-up.

Advisors: Ms. Diaz and Mr. Weatherbee

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Newspaper Club

We are nearly finished with the drafts of articles for our last edition. Our staff writer is working hard to complete interviews related to end-of-the-year events, and we are working on editing.

Look out for our final edition to be pushed out before the last week of school.

Mrs. Petosa mpetosa@florence.k12.nj.us

Mr. Tobass mtobass@florence.k12.nj.us

Website link: https://florencesentinel.wordpress.com/

Advisors: Mrs. Petosa and Mr. Tobass

No Place for Hate

No Place For Hate will complete a lesson with the goal of teaching the following:

A person can have good physical health and also be experiencing a physical illness. Likewise, a person can have overall good mental health at the same time as they have a mental illness.

This lesson seeks to end the stigma related to mental health illnesses.

As part of overall health and wellness, good mental health includes:

• A sense of self-esteem and self-confidence

• The ability to identify, express and regulate emotions

• The ability to set and achieve goals

• Recognition of one’s creative skills

• The ability to expand knowledge and skills

• The ability to feel and show empathy for others

• The ability to create and maintain satisfying relationships

Students will examine and discuss different mental states and explore possible reactions to that state and interventions if needed.

For example:

Students will examine and discuss different mental states and explore possible reactions to that state and interventions if needed.

Advisor: Ms. Levine

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Robotics Club


Club members continued with the building of our Robot.

Advisor: Mr. Roberson

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Student Council

Student Council

President: Cassaundra Alicea

Vice President: Sarah Olatubosun

Secretary: Maiyah McDuffie

Treasurer: Bella Obayanju

BOE Rep.: John Paul Dunphy

Historians: Jaskiran Mangat and Gabrielle Fleming

Executive Members: Finley Charles, Zaria Harewood and Mikayla Maschke

Student Council hosted a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, May 23. An in-school drive was held for students and a community drive was held in the evening--from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then again from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Student Council is planning to "Kiss the Seniors Goodbye" from June to June 15. Students will have the opportunity to send a message and a small bag of Hershey's Kisses to their favorite senior for $1.00. Candy bags will be sold during lunches and distributed to the seniors on their last day of school!

Advisor: Ms. Georgie Rodan


2021-2022 yearbooks are on sale NOW! ORDER BEFORE THEY SELL OUT- WE HAVE VERY FEW COPIES REMAINING! Yearbooks cost $75. The books are hardcover and full color! Go to the high school website and order from the link under the parent resources tab or use the link below!

Purchase your yearbook!


Our 2022 yearbook will be dedicated and distributed at the Senior Luncheon on June 10.

All other students that order a yearbook will be able to pick it up from the Main Office during your lunch period the week of June 13.

Advisors: Mrs. Eckart and Mrs. Holmstedt

Counseling Office News

The high school counselors, Mrs. Sebastian and Mr. Varga, invite you to visit the updated Counseling Department website which is accessible from the high school main page or by clicking here. There you will find useful information and links for academic support, mental health resources, college planning and research, post-secondary financial aid, etc.

Scheduling for 2022-23 School Year

Students have already received information and forms regarding course selection for next year. We are currently processing students’ course requests. Questions about recommendations should be directed to the child’s current teacher. Contact your school counselor for any scheduling-related questions or concerns. FINAL COURSE SCHEDULES will be viewable in Genesis beginning late August.

College and Career Exploration

ALL students are encouraged to use their Naviance accounts for college and career exploration. There are a number of student surveys and interest assessments that can be used to investigate potential careers. Login at student.naviance.com/florence and use the “single sign-on” when logged into their chromebook. At the top of the welcome screen, click the Self Discovery and Careers links and take any of the listed surveys and assessments. In the “Colleges I’m Thinking About” section, students and their parents should utilize the Super Match feature to begin generating a list of possible colleges to which they will apply in the fall of senior year. Speak with your counselor with any questions about the results.

College Admissions Testing

The SAT and ACT have undergone significant changes due to COVID-19. Please visit their official websites for the most current information. Already, more than 1,400 four-year colleges and universities will continue to be test-optional or test-blind for Fall 2023 admissions. Check a particular college’s Admissions Office site for their admissions requirements and testing information before you register for a test that you may not need.

Juniors and the SAT

College-bound juniors should consider registering for the SAT or ACT college entrance exams this spring. An email went out to all juniors with an information sheet that described the process of registering for college admissions tests. It is highly recommended that students do some test prep prior to taking these tests.

College and Trade School Visitations

Students who are researching colleges may be able to do a virtual tour from the college’s website or from virtual tour sites such as https://www.youvisit.com/collegesearch/.

BCIT Adult Education

This is a great, local trade school that is taxpayer-funded. Visit their website www.bcit.cc/AdultEdu and click on Registration to learn about their various programs.

College Financial Aid Information

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2022-23 school year opened on October 1, 2021. You will need information from the parent’s and student's 2020 tax returns. Visit fafsa.gov to get started.

If you are applying to any New Jersey schools, you can find your state financial aid information on the HESAA website in your NJFAMS account which can be found under the Students tab. https://www.hesaa.org/Pages/Default.aspx

New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority or HESAA has valuable resources for college and career planning and financial assistance. One important ebooklet is the Student Loan Guide. Here is the link to several of their publications and ebooklets: http://www.hesaa.org/Pages/HESAAPublications.aspx

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

All college-bound student-athletes should explore the NCAA eligibility qualifications early in their high school careers. Please visit the following websites for more information: www.eligibilitycenter.org and www.2point3.org

College Cost Calculator-- What does college really cost?

Colleges are required to have a college cost calculator (aka net price calculator) available on their websites. Please check them out when researching colleges.

College Scorecard:

You can compare colleges and get information on fields of study, salary after graduation, costs, debt load after graduation, etc. It provides clear, accessible, and reliable national data. collegescorecard.ed.gov

Feeling Overwhelmed?

If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed about COVID-19 (or anything else) and want to talk to someone, the following resources are available:

  • 2nd Floor Youth Hotline of New Jersey: 888-222-2228

  • PerformCare/Mobile Response: 877-652-7624

  • Camden County Crisis Intervention - Twin Oaks: 856-428-HELP (4357)

  • New Jersey Mental Health Warm Line (Mental Health Resources): 877-294-4357

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255.

  • For emergencies: call 911

Counselors: Mrs. Sebastian and Mr. Varga

School Nurse

Happy June!

I will be sending letters home soon with those students that require daily/emergency medicine for next year. Please keep an eye out for it and follow instructions. Required forms can be found on my website.


I will also be sending home any medications your student has in school during the last week of school. If it is a controlled substance, a parent MUST pick it up, it cannot be sent home with the student. Any medication left behind will be discarded.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. I hope you and your family have a great summer!

Alison Emery RN, BSN, CSN-NJ

School Nurse, FTMHS
1050 Cedar Lane, Burlington, NJ 08016
609.499.4620 ext 4212, Fx 609.499.9487
Email: aemery@florence.k12.nj.us
Website https://sites.google.com/a/florence.k12.nj.us/ftmhs-nurse/

people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel..Maya Angelou


Athletic Department--Contact Information:

Spring Sports and Upcoming Games (schedules subject to change)

Please visit the Florence Athletic Schedule Website for the most up-to-date playoff game dates, times, locations and any changes due to weather.

June 6: Athletes from ALL FTMHS Sports:

Please plan on attending this special event!

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The Athletic Office would like to thank the Coaches, Student-Athletes and Parents for a great year in Athletics.

Information about registration for Fall Sports will be forthcoming.

Contact Information:

Robert Mannino, Interim Athletic Director--Extension 4150

Carly Jones, AD Secretary (609)-499-4620, Extension 4149

Drew Andrews, Athletic Trainer--Extension 4154.

John Cogan, Principal--Extension 4202.

Maria E. Sadar, Vice Principal--Extension 4204.

Visit the Florence Athletic Schedule Website for game dates, times, locations, and any changes due to weather.


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