EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
Central Office Communications: Week of January 10, 2021
OUR CURRENT REALITY
I will again ask all to be grateful for all that we have accomplished during this difficult time in history. We have all worked hard to meet needs while following health and safety guidance. I realize and respect that folks are experiencing frustrations and have personal opinions about the operations of our schools. This pandemic has caused uneasiness and concern for all of us. I will remind us all about the New Jersey Department of Education’s (NJDOE) Road Back to School Restart and Recovery Plan. Each public school district was directed to create a plan and submit the plan for approval. The NJDOE outlined criteria for all New Jersey public schools to adhere to.
When creating our plan, over 800 members of our school community participated to provide feedback and discuss ideas prior to the plans submission for approval. Many great ideas were shared by our stakeholders and those ideas were collaboratively discussed prior to implementation. Unlike smaller school districts, some ideas could not be implemented due to the size of our school district. Having to abide by the RBS guidance along with the many moving parts within our large organization, surely makes us different from that of any small, private or parochial school.
Taking all of this into consideration and doing our best to interlock the puzzle pieces that were left on our table, we devised a plan in the best interest of the Egg Harbor Township School District. This plan outlines a hybrid schedule for teaching and learning, provides transportation, food services, technology, health and safety measures, athletics and activities, academic, social and emotional supports, and professional development. We continuously listen to concerns, monitor data, and work every day on revising plans to meet student and family needs while keeping our students and staff safe.
Our anticipated date to return to in-person instruction is January 19, 2021. Let’s continue to be understanding of our current situation and work together to provide a safe and healthy educational environment for our students and staff.
We will remain- #EHTStrong
Yours in Education,
Kimberly A. Gruccio
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
@ehtnjschools is proud to congratulate 4th Grade @ehtnjmiller students Nathan Smith, Sandhana Rajesh, Owen Renaud, and Zackary Simon on placing 1st in the US with their perfect score in the WordMasters Challenge!
NEW YEAR, NEW "VIRTUAL" ASPIRE
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held for EHTNJ Schools - Slaybaugh School Egg Harbor Township Davenport School @ehtnjswift EHTNJ Schools - Dr. Joyanne D. Miller Elementary School families from January 11-14, 2021. Sign up to meet with your child’s teacher using their "Appointment page" in Google Calendar by January 3rd. More information about how to sign up can be found on the building homepage. Check out this video for directions: https://youtu.be/i343Owt4P3s
FULL DAY PRESCHOOL RECRUITMENT
@EHTNJSchools is recruiting full day Preschool students! Full day Preschool will be free to all EHT residents. Pending grant approval, the anticipated start date will be February 1, 2021. Students in the current Preschool program do not need to apply again and will be automatically enrolled. Pictures linked below for online registration.
Las Escuelas de EHT están reclutando Estudiantes de Preescolar de Jornada Completa! El programa de preescolar será gratuito para todos los residentes de EHT. Contingente a la aprobación del subsidio, la fecha de inicio prevista será el 1 de febrero de 2021. Imágenes vinculadas a continuación para el registro en línea.
ONE STOP SHOPPING FOR EHT ED TECH
The EHT IT Department and Professional Development Committee have teamed up to bring an all-in-one Education Technology website for students, faculty, and families. Visit the website here: https://ehtedtech.weebly.com/
MORE SELF HELP VIDEOS...
- 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
- 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
- GOOGLE MEET & GOOGLE CLASSROOM: 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
- ACCESSING STUDENT EMAIL (GRADES 6-12): 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
- 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
- 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
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!
2021-2022 TEACHER & EDUCATION SERVICE PROFESSIONALS VIRTUAL RECOGNITION
2020-2021 TEACHER & EDUCATION SERVICE PROFESSIONALS VIRTUAL RECOGNITION
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
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
INFINITE CAMPUS PARENT PORTAL: ACCESS to GOOGLE CLASSROOM & MOBYMAX INFO.
LOVE DOESN’T HAVE TO HURT!
EmPoWER Somerset and the EmPoWER Youth Advisory Board will be holding a virtual discussion about teen dating violence on Thursday, February 11th. To register, please visit: http://mvnt.us/m1180151
MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: UPDATE!
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 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.
Student resource card (Spanish/English)
EVERY HAND TOGETHER: PURSUING PUBLIC HEALTH
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 Tiffany Rios from Shore Physicians Group: PPH Diet and Nutrition (Playlist)
NJ DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID APP
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:
COMCAST INTERNET ESSENTIALS
omcast 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.
For more information you can see all job openings and apply online at: https://www.applitrack.com/eggharbor/onlineapp/
EHT TRANSPORTATION: JOB OPENINGS
WEEK OF January 11, 2021: MEAL DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION
Our EHT Food Service Program will be providing free breakfast and lunch for all students on Mondays ONLY. We will be distributing food on Mondays which will include 7 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 the High School will remain open from 7:30am – 11 am and will also be providing 7 days of meals on Monday only.
Empezando mañana, el programa de servicio alimenticio en EHT ahora proporcionará desayuno y almuerzo gratis para todos los niños que califiquen solamente los lunes. Entregaremos la comida los lunes, solamente. Cada caja incluirá el desayuno y el almuerzo por 7 días. Para poder llegar al número máximo de nuestras familias de EHT, entregaremos las cajas de comida en varias áreas del municipio. Favor de consultar su correo electrónico y / o visite el sitio web del Distrito y las redes sociales de @EHTNJSchools para saber donde estan las paradas y el horario de distribución de comidas. Además, los lugares de recogida en la acera estarán abiertos solo los lunes en Davenport, Alder y la High School de 7:30 am a 11 am y también proporcionarán 7 días de comidas.
Atlantic County Food Bank Resources
Free & Reduced Meal Program Information
ATHLETICS/FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS/ACTIVITIES
FINE & PERFORMING ARTS WINTER SHOWCASE!
Get in the holiday spirit with the @ehtnjschools 2020 Winter Showcase! Tune in at 7pm on the listed dates for performances by our middle and high school musicians. http://mvnt.us/m1176577
ALDER MS CHOIR - WINTER SHOWCASE
The first Winter Holiday Showcase 2020 event was the Alder Middle School Choir. View the Alder Choir from December 17th at the following link: https://youtu.be/5l3KI4_7t-8
FERNWOOD MS CHOIR - WINTER SHOWCASE
The second Winter Holiday Showcase 2020 event was the Fernwood Middle School Choir. View the Fernwood Choir from December 18th at the following link: http://mvnt.us/m1176553
FERNWOOD & ALDER MS BANDS - WINTER SHOWCASE
The third Winter Holiday Showcase 2020 event was the Fernwood and Alder Middle School Bands. View the Fernwood and Alder MS Bands from December 19th at the following link: http://mvnt.us/m1176556
HIGH SCHOOL WIND ENSEMBLE - WINTER SHOWCASE
FERNWOOD & ALDER MS ORCHESTRA - WINTER SHOWCASE
The fifth Winter Holiday Showcase 2020 event was the Fernwood and Alder Middle School Orchestras. View the Fernwood and Alder MS Orchestras from December 21st at the following link: http://mvnt.us/m1177006
HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR - WINTER SHOWCASE
The sixth Winter Holiday Showcase 2020 event was the High School Choir. View the High School Choir from December 24th at the following link: https://youtu.be/3aNLjSFSgzs
MILLER SCHOOL ORCHESTRA - WINTER SHOWCASE
The seventh Winter Holiday Showcase 2020 event was the Miller School Orchestra. View the Miller School Orchestra from December 26th at the following link: https://youtu.be/VsFGjE2cdr4
HIGH SCHOOL SYMPHONIC BAND - WINTER SHOWCASE
The eight Winter Holiday Showcase 2020 event was the High School Symphonic Band. View the High School Symphonic Band from December 29th at the following link: https://youtu.be/--4Bbt1QmnY
6TH GRADE STRINGS - WINTER SHOWCASE
The ninth Winter Holiday Showcase 2020 event was the 6th grade orchestra from both Alder and Fernwood. View the 6th grade strings from December 30th at the following link: http://mvnt.us/m1177264
THE FINAL PERFORMANCE WILL BE ON JANUARY 15TH AND WILL FEATURE THE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA!
EARNED THOSE STRIPES!
Out in the stadium, the finish line is in and the last lap of installation was completed. Things are looking wonderful and much more safe!
Please note that the High School fields and stadium are closed during this time of virtual learning. If you need any assistance, please contact our athletic director, Mr. Pellegrino.
MESSAGE TO OUR STUDENT ATHLETES AND FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS
This message is for our winter athletes and coaches. Continue to stay focused on your workouts and the goals that you gave set for this winter sports season. WInter sports will gradually come into play beginning upon our return to the school buildings. Basketball and Bowling will begin competition on January 26th; Swimming and Indoor Track will begin competition on February 16th; and Wrestling and Girls Volleyball will begin competition on March 16th. While these timelines are very different and will come with restrictions, the NJSIAA is providing our athletes and opportunity to experience their passion via competition in a safe environment.
NJSIAA 2020-2021 Winter Update (linked)
- NJSIAA Announces Spring Sports Plan (linked)
- NJSIAA 2020-2021 Winter Update (linked)
- November: Winter Sports Return to Play Update (linked)
- 10-29-20: NJSIAA Misinformation on Wrestling (linked)
- October 2020: COVID-19 Winter Sports Return to Play Update (linked)
- 9-17-20 NJSIAA Media Guidelines/Fall 2020 Season (linked)
- 9-16-20 NJSIAA Announces Postseason Football Plans (linked)
- NJSIAA WEEKLY UPDATE MEMO: 9-4-20 (linked)
- NJSIAA Covid-19 Fall Season Guidelines (linked)
8-25-20 The Case for High School Sports (linked)
8-20-20 NJSIAA Updates Plan for Returning to Play (linked)
- NJSIAA builds on Return To Play plan, provides updates on fall sports season
- NJSIAA provides return-to-play guidelines - Phase 1
- If you are a student athlete you can visit the following NCAA COVID-19 Resource page
- NCAA Social Series: “Focusing on Mental Health”
- NCAA Eligibility Center COVID-19 Response FAQ Addendum (linked)
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 January 3, 2021
G&T Times (January/February 2021)
EHT Media Specialists (January 2021)
EHT Media Specialists - Special Edition #EHTReads
EHT Nursing Services (January 2021)
The Eagle Eye Alumni Newsletter (Fall 2020)
"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."