Principal's Message

January 2019

Kingsway Regional Middle School

Brian Tonelli, School Principal

Emily Virga, Assistant Principal, 7th Grade

Ed Dubbs, Assistant Principal, 8th Grade

Students Make Holiday Cards for Children in Area Hospitals

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A Message from the Principal's Desk:

Greetings, members of the Kingsway community! Kingsway Regional Middle School is wrapping up a busy month of December. We are proud to announce that 420 students qualified for our Renaissance Program, and the entire group enjoyed a fun-filled day at Altitide Trampoline Park in Wilmington. Additionally, the entire middle school wrote holiday cards that will be delivered to various children's hospitals in the area, and our holiday giving tree was packed full of items for those less fortunate. Congratulations to our 7th grade band, 8th grade band, 7th grade chorus, 8th grade chorus, and our jazz ensemble for an outstanding holiday concert for both our community and school.


Marking Period Grades: Keep in mind that the marking period will end on February 1st, and report cards will be available online on February 8th. Conferences with your child's team may occur Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and should be scheduled through our Guidance Department. Please do not hesitate to contact the Guidance Department at any time if you would like to schedule a conference.

Renaissance Program: All participation/community service forms for our Renaissance program are due at the end of the day on February 8th. Our second Renaissance card holder celebration will be on Friday, February 22nd. We hope to shatter our record of 420 Renaissance card holders this marking period. Please help to promote the program with your child. To find out more about the program, please go to the Kingsway Regional Middle School website under Academics/Renaissance Program.

Curriculum Night: Curriculum Night will be held at the High School from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, January 30th. This program showcases high school curriculum and programs and is geared towards parents of incoming freshmen.

PARCC Testing Window: PARCC testing will be administered from May 13 to May 15, 2019. Students will be tested by grade level, and a detailed schedule as to when your child will be testing is forthcoming.

Save the Date: Please mark your calendar for February 1, 2019. Kingsway Regional Middle School will host its fifth annual Black History Month Celebration entitled, "The African American Experience". At this celebration, our students' talents will be on full display as they pay respect to all of the African Americans who have shaped this nation. We will host this event in the morning, and it will be an open house format.

FOX Gameshow: As previously mentioned earlier this year, our staff and students will be starring in FOX’s newest gameshow entitled, “The ClassH-Room”. KRMS staff and students will be taping the episode on January 26th, and the date the show will be aired is TBD. The student participants were chosen as part of our Renaissance Program raffle. Congratulations to our lucky participants who will represent our school: Teacher Team: Mrs. Nordberg, Mr. Green, and Mrs. Gillespie. Student Team: Danny Allen, Aubrey Menold, Timi Odufalu.

School Play: Congratulations to the cast, crew, and directors of "Once Upon a High School".

This year’s production was a success as all worked hard to deliver an outstanding show!

Pictures: Click here to view pictures from December 2018.

8th Grade Semi-Formal Dance: Kingsway Regional Middle School is proud to announce the coming of the first annual 8th Grade Winter Wonderland Semi-Formal Dance. The first ever KRMS Semi Formal Dance will take place on Friday, January 25th from 7 P.M. to 10 P.M. at the middle school. Tickets for this event will be on sale from January 7th to January 11th. Tickets can be purchased at lunch for ten dollars. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served from 7:00 to 8:00. All the proceeds from the dance will be utilized to offset the cost of the 8th grade field trip. Parents and guardians must bring their child to the dance. Alternate transportation will not be permitted (i.e. limos, limo buses, etc.). Finally, only Kingsway Middle School 8th grade students will be permitted to attend the dance. More information about this event is forthcoming. Students must have Good Student Standing in order to attend this event.


Activity Calendar: On the left hand side of the Kingsway home page, you will find a calendar indicating when each of our clubs and activities will be taking place.

Field Trips: This spring, both the 7th and 8th grade students will be attending a grade level field trip. The 7th grade students will be going to Camp Ockanickon, and the 8th grade will be enjoying a dinner cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia. Both trips will require a student fee of approximately $45.00 and $55.00 respectively. The fee will be collected closer to spring, but we wanted to make parents/guardians aware well in advance. The students are certain to have a wonderful time!

What are Common Summative Assessments (CSA)?

Common Summative Assessments (CSA) are locally developed benchmarks (or points of reference) that evaluate a student’s academic and skill development over the course of the school year as it relates to grade-level standards. CSAs are common assessments across the same course and are meant to be used as a reflection tool for teachers and students alike. Teachers use the results of the CSA to provide feedback to students and steer their instruction, and students use the feedback provided in a way that identifies areas of attainment and deficits so that they know where to continue to focus and improve as they progress forward.

The first CSA (typically in the first few weeks of the school year) is given as a pre-assessment to measure student understanding and background skills prior to exposure to course content and is reviewed to check for initial student understanding and current knowledge. These are not calculated into students’ grades. Three other CSAs are given throughout the school year (one in semester one and two in semester two) to measure student progress as they are introduced to concepts during the course. As stated before, information gathered from these assessments provide teachers the ability to identify possible gaps in learning so that instruction can be adjusted to support student achievement.

Internet Game: I want to bring your attention to an Internet game entitled the “Momo Challenge”. I am attaching an article from The Washington Post HERE. I am also attaching an article that affected Brick Township Public Schools HERE. I encourage you to read these two articles and consider talking to your child, if you so choose.

Important Dates

1/21 School Closed - Martin Luther King Day

1/24 Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.

1/25 8th Grade Winter Wonderland Semi-Formal Dance 7-10 p.m.

1/30 Curriculum Night 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

2/1 End of Second Marking Period

Renaissance Sponsors: Thank you to the following 2018-19 Renaissance sponsors.

Premier Sponsor

Botto's Italian Line Restaurant

Creamy Acres

Landmark Home Builders

Nathaniel Boerlin Scholarship Fund

Major Sponsor

Innovative Orthodontics

Spicy Affair

Ray’s Pizza

Swedesboro Diner

Sweetsboro Pastry Shoppe

Contributing Sponsor

Apel Psychological Services

Fort Nassau Graphics

KD National Force Security

Logan Super Fitness

Marriott Philadelphia Downtown

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