Blue Jay Broadcast

News and Notes from the Hallways of MHS

Principal’s Message:

What’s on the Tube Tonight?

During my walks through the hallways and visits to classrooms, the library, and cafeteria, I always ask students how’s it going or ask them about a positive event that has happened in their life that needs to be acknowledged and recognized. Recognition is an important part of our relationship with students. It allows them chances to voice personal perspective and assert their unique identity. One of the characteristics that has been identified in students of this generation is their love for Youtube.

Last month we surveyed students asking them about our one-to-one chromebook initiative and their use of technology in general. One of the questions asked was how do they use technology on their own time. 83% of our students shared that they watch Youtube on their own time among other digital applications. On Youtube, you will find many individuals seeking recognition and acceptance within a community. Our students are engaged in this type of media that shares information they see as relevant, active, and is instantly useful and fun. Is Youtube helping our students to establish their own identity?

Everywhere, everyone has a piece of technology in their hands at all times of the day. This digital world requires a new set of social skills. However, there are still some basic, essential social skills that our students need to retain. I believe as educators and parents we need to consistently communicate our expected behavior while also understanding the struggles of adolescent development. With so many students engaging with others through Youtube, how then can we as educators and parents assist our students to maintain the balance?

News & Notes

A few reminders about early dismissal procedures:

Students who are leaving early need to bring a note to the Main Office in the morning so that a pass can be provided to them and they can leave class to meet their parent in the office. If a student is walking, driving or being picked up by someone other than a parent, that information will need to be included in the note.

Students will not be released from school without parent permission, permission may be granted by a parent phone call or note.

Students who are not feeling well should report to the Health Office before calling home.

Cross Country Team is accepting donations of sneakers that are no longer used for GotSneakers, a sneaker recycling organization that provides wearable sneakers to those less fortunate around the world as well as keeping used sneakers out of landfills. They will be collecting sneakers until May 1st.

Shout Outs

Congratulations to Shanelle Jilus on being presented with the President's Volunteer Service Award! Shanelle has been chosen for her talent, dedication, and volunteering she exhibits in making a difference in our community.

Artist Corner

Congratulations to Junior, Kyle Faircloth! He received the high school student scholarship from Peters Valley School of Craft. Kyle will be able to take a summer course at this prestigious school for ceramics with world renown artists.

Fun with Foods!

Our foods classes had a visit from Chef Mark Ferro. Chef Ferro is the owner of Salted Lime, Uproot, and INC.

Recipe of the Month!

Ms. Cuffari’s Scones Variation Recipe

(Chocolate Chip or Cranberry Orange or decide the flavors!)


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup white sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

Pinch of salt

½ cup butter, chilled and cubed

1/2 cup chocolate chips or crasins or raisins

1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest or ½ teaspoon cinnamon (if desired)

½ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

½ cup milk, buttermilk, heavy cream or orange juice


1. Preheat oven to 400. Prepare a baking sheet tray with baking paper.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder & salt.

3. With a pastry blender, cut in the butter to the flour mixture until crumbly.

4. With a wooden spoon, stir in the chocolate chips or crasins and zest or


5. Lightly mix in the milk or orange juice and extract to form a dough. Do not over


6. Turn out the dough on a floured surface.

7. Carefully separate dough into 2 even balls and dust with flour ontop.

8. With your hands, lightly pat the dough into 2 separate even circles about 3/4

inch thick.

9. With a bench scraper or knife, cut into even triangles.

10. Transfer the triangles to the baking sheet.

11. Brush with milk and dust with extra white sugar if desired.

12. Bake about 10 minutes or until lightly browned on bottom.

13. Move scones to a cooling rack to cool.

Serve with lemon curd, jams & hot tea!

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Did You Know?

Congratulations to Mr. Inciong! He recently earned complete funding at for a classroom project called "Music Industry: Live Sound." This project has help funding for a Digital Rackmount Mixer!

This has been Middlesex High School's THIRD completed DonorsChoose project!

For more information about the projects at Middlesex High School, please visit DonorsChoose.

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Bird's Eye View

Welcome to our newest addition to the Blue Jay Broadcast! We're taking you inside the halls of MHS. This week we are highlighting Mr. Hottensen. His homeroom is ranked #1 overall in the MHS Attendance Tournament. Good Luck to Mr. Hottensen and the 32 homerooms that qualified for the tournament!!! The championship round takes place the week of April 8th through the 12th. #BlueJayPride

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