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News and Notes from the Hallways of MHS

Coffee talk with Mr. Guzman

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already arrived at Spring Break and that the majority of the school year is behind us. Spring Break is a great time to reenergize and refresh from the long winter. Shortly after our return from break, we will begin PARCC testing and it’s important that the students are prepared for testing not just mentally but also physically. Spring Break is a good time to catch up on sleep, unplug from devices and visit with friends and family.

I’ve discussed in the past about living in a digital world so unplugging devices may seem like a daunting task but even just unplugging for a few hours a day can help tremendously in refreshing your brain and your mindset. Over this break, it would be a good time for our students to catch up on their sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function best. Most teens do not get enough sleep — one study found that only 15% reported sleeping 8 1/2 hours on school nights.” We have students who are consistently late due to oversleeping or hitting snooze on their alarms too many times in the morning and we do not want these tardies to affect their educational goals. The National Sleep Foundation says that lack of sleep can “Limit your ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems. You may even forget important information like names, numbers, your homework or a date with a special person in your life.

It’s also important for students to remain engaged and Spring Break affords the opportunity to have more time to focus on friends and family, travel, non-academic reading, games, activities and nature among other things. Remaining engaged and active is not only healthy but can help students to reduce the slide backwards that can happen when they step away from school for extended periods of time. Enjoy your break and we look forward to coming back and finishing the year strong.

News & Notes

Junior parents - Senior photos will start in April, remind your students to listen to morning announcements for more information.

The Fashion Club is currently hosting their annual prom dress drive. New this year, they are also collecting tuxedos and suits! Gently used Prom, Quinceanera, Sweet 16, tuxedo and suits may be dropped off at the HS office between 8am-2:30pm. The collection will run through April 26th. Please be sure they are clean and on hangers before dropping them off.

Auditions for the Listening Room will take place on April 11th. Students should listen to announcements for more information or speak with Mr. Inciong. The show is scheduled for April 18th - more information to follow.

JaysFest t-shirt fundraiser forms can be picked up outside Room 205. All orders are due Wednesday, April 11th.

Due to the additional snow days used, the school year has been extended until June 20, 2018. Information in regards to final exams will be shared after Spring Break as HS Administration is currently reviewing the adjusted calendar and scheduling. SENIOR PARENTS: HS Graduation will be on June 20, 2018.

School reopens April 9th!

Academic Highlights

In January, Ms. DeNicola's Law Class attended a trial at Middlesex County Courthouse. From Ms. DeNicola:

"The case was a medical malpractice suit and we saw the direct examination of 2 witnesses by the plaintiff’s attorney and the cross examination by the defense. We also listened to several objections by the defense attorney along with the judgments given. The Honorable Judge Cresitello presided over the trial. He then spoke to the class about the case and about becoming an attorney, judge or other law related careers. Through this experience, students were able to have a visual representation of what they learned in class."

Community Support

On March 24th, the Middlesex Police Department hosted their annual "Coffee with a Cop" event at the Middlesex Elks. Middlesex High School students were on hand to help the MPD with serving food, cleaning and interacting with community members who attended the event. Thank you to the Middlesex Police Department for giving our students the opportunity to assist them at this event.

Did You Know?

There have been 9 Principals at Middlesex High School:

Mr. Lindwald

Mr. Vonwinkel

Mr. Vosbrinck

Mr. Diskin (longest serving Principal at MHS)

Mr. Stave

Mr. Donovan

Mr. Freeman

Mr. Sabato

Mr. Guzman (current Principal)

Shout Outs

Shout out to Tom Rau! Tom was chosen as News12's Scholar Athlete of the Week. Check out his interview here:

Shout out to John Kressbach! John was named to the New Jersey Football Coaches Association Super 100 All-state Football Team.

Alumni Spotlight

Do you know of an alumni who would like to be in the spotlight? If so, please contact Alaina Sviderskis at

Artist Corner

Our students are incredibly talented and we have student art throughout the building. We created this section to show off some of our talented students' work. Thank you to the Visual and Performing Arts Department for encouraging our students to express themselves creatively!

Ms. Clark's Ceramics Student Work

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