EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
Central Office Communications: Week of January 17, 2021
OUR CURRENT REALITY
Hi Egg Harbor Township School Community,
We look forward to our students entering the buildings once again. Having the last two weeks serving as a district-wide quarantine period, we are ready to offer our Group A/Group B hybrid schedules to students. As you know our district health and safety protocols are aligned with the guidelines and criteria that have been set forth by the New Jersey Department of Education’s Road Back to School Restart and Recovery Plan. It is very important that every parent adheres to not sending a child to school who is feeling anything but well, staff members fill out a daily health form, everyone practices social distancing, wears a mask, and practices good hygiene by frequently washing hands, using sanitizer, and keeping their hands away from their face. I kindly ask parents to review these necessary protocols with their child to ensure we are on the same page upon return to the buildings. This pandemic has caused uneasiness and concern for all of us, however being a team player and engaging in best practices for health and safety, keeps everyone safer.
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 focus this week is to get our schools up and running again in a safe and healthy educational environment for students and staff.
We are #EHTStrong! #EHTReady!
Embrace - Engage - Educate
Yours in Education,
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.
REMEMBERING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
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
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
Featuring Mr. Dominic Scalfaro
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)
DONATE NOW TO SUPPORT AN INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND
The students at Davenport school need your help to build an inclusive playground. The Community Partnership of Egg Harbor Township has begun a fundraising effort to support ALL the students at @ehtnjdavenport. To pledge your support, click the link here: http://mvnt.us/m1181036 @communitypartnershipEHT
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
Atlantic County Food Bank Resources
Free & Reduced Meal Program Information
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
The Egg Harbor Township Board of Education will be meeting, in person, on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 25 Alder Avenue, Egg Harbor Township at 7PM. For members of the public that do not wish to attend the meeting in person, the meeting will be livestreamed via the EHT School District Website https://eht.k12.nj.us The public will be able to participate in public comment in person (limited capacity) or by calling 609-653-0100 ext 1417 at the appropriate time.
In addition, the Board will also be accepting e-mail and written comments on agenda and non-agenda items up to 4pm Monday, January 18, 2021. You may e-mail comments to PublicComment@eht.k12.nj.us or mail them to Board Secretary at 13 Swift Drive, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234. Comments will only be read aloud if they are received by 4pm Monday, January 18, 2021 and they include the name and home address of the sender in the e-mail and adhere to the three minute time limit. Please note, we do not discuss confidential student matters during the public portion of the meeting and public members seeking a response on such items should e-mail the Superintendent separately. The Board reserves the right to not respond to any particular comment, and to not read aloud comments which are profane, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate under the Board’s bylaws. Please be further advised, that by reading e-mails during the meeting the Board does not endorse, or intend to endorse, any statements made during the public comment periods and the person submitting such statement is responsible for any statements found to be slanderous, defamatory, or in violation of the law.
*Please do not leave a voicemail message for public comment as it will not be received, continue to call until you reach live operator/moderator. Due to call volume, this may require you to attempt to call multiple times.
*Please anticipate a 30-second delay for the broadcast to reach the stream.
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
High School Orchestra - WINTER SHOWCASE
The tenth and final Winter Holiday Showcase 2020-2021 event was the High School Orchestra. View the HS Orchestra at the following link: https://youtu.be/Ux1vCahvvfw
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 10, 2021
G&T Times (January/February 2021)
EHT Media Specialists (January 2021)
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."