APRIL 27 - MAY 1, 2015


7th Grade PARCC Testing Information

We will begin the 7th grade testing on Monday 5/4/15 after homeroom.

  • Prior to both the AM and PM sessions pick up either the academic roster or testing folder in the media center (These rosters will be the "official" rosters used for testing)
  • It is not necessary to print out rosters from the share drive unless you need them for you own reference or to help students find their locations
  • Return ALL rosters to the media center at the end of each session
  • English Teachers be sure to inform the students where they are to report on all days. There are blank student schedules attached and posted on the share drive, please have the students complete them so they know where they are to report.
  • Students are organized by their English teacher and by period.

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SGO Assistance

Anyone who would like assistance with their SGO or utilizing the Oncourse SGO feature is welcome to join Mr. Tash on Wednesday, 5/6/2015 in the High School media center at 2:15 and 3:00. This is voluntary and you may come and go as you please. Please bring any data you feel you may need to complete the process.

Dates to Remeber

  • 7th Grade PARCC Testing Window: Monday, May 4 - Wednesday, May 6
  • Random Drug Testing Meeting: Monday, May 4 - 6:00 pm JHS Media Center
  • Teacher Appreciation Day - Tuesday, May 5
  • Leadership Council Meeting: Tuesday, May 5 - JHS Media Center 3:00pm
  • JHS Department Meetings: Tuesday, May 12
  • New Staff Member Meeting: Wednesday, May 13 - JHS Media Center
  • 6/7 Dance: Friday, May 15 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Early Bird Dates for 2015/2016 School Year

  • New Student Orientation - Thursday, August 27, 11am and 6pm
  • Back-to-School Night - Thursday, September 17, 6:30 pm
  • JHS Fall Pep Rally - Friday, September, 17, during period 12
  • Staff and Student Picture Day - Wednesday, September 23

Happy Birthday

  • Rich Mueller - April 28
  • Dawn Farrell - April 30
  • Michael Tash - April 30
  • Christine Papernik - May 2
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Team Meghan Update

I wanted to share an exciting update.... Meghan Crawford is now officially cancer free for 6 months! Her family continues to express their gratitude as Meghan gets stronger every day. They thank you for everything you have done, large and small, to help facilitate the growth of her happy healthy cells! Have a terrific day and enjoy the attached picture of a true miracle in motion.

Remember, HOPE shines brightest in the darkest moments!

Spring Sports Have Begun

The JHS Spring Sports season has begun and all of our teams are off to a great start. Best of luck on a healthy and successful season.

JHS Jazz Band & Chorus Programs Performing in the Inner Harbor

REBOUND - The Chris Herren Story

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato will be hosting a forum at the Pinebelt Arena on May 7th, 2015 from 6pm - 8pm. This is the latest forum that is being presented in the campaign battling the opiate drug epidemic that is currently gripping our county. Chris Herren will be the Key Note Speaker. He will be presenting a program entitled, Rebound: The Chris Herren Story. This is a very compelling real life story that is presented by Mr. Herren about his life. Mr. Herren is a former NBA Basketball Player for the Boston Celtics, who had his basketball career sidelined by addiction. I have personally seen Mr. Herren and his full presentation to students. His story is so powerful and left a lasting impression on me. I would love to bring him here to Pinelands for our students to hear his whole story.

Also presenting on this night will be Gabriel Hurley. Mr. Hurley's presentation is also a very compelling story about his life and how it was changed in an instant due to another person's irresponsible driving behavior. His presentation is entitled, Unbreakable: A presentation by Gabriel Hurley. Unfortunately Mr. Hurley is now blind because of a crash that was caused by irresponsible driving by a young male driver. With the upcoming Prom Season we feel that this component of our forum is very relevant. This also demonstrates that drug addiction affects us in many unthinkable ways, even when it is not our family, friends or loved ones living the life of addiction.
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Wildcats in Action

Last week our Wildcats in Action Team helped to ease the transition for the incoming seventh graders through their annual elementary school visits. These student leaders created, practiced, and taught lessons to our newest students regarding the six pillars of character and the behavioral expectations of the junior high school. We are so proud of these students who took the role of an educator by teaching and modeling character traits to their peers.

SALT Committee Update

On Thursday, April 30 the SALT committee met once again to continue an ongoing discussion between teachers and administrators regarding plagiarism, attendance, and grading policies. After reading research on the various topics, the committee is now seeking feedback from the staff as to how we can improve our current policies and practices. In the near future, the SALT committee will be sending out an email soliciting information from the staff regarding their professional opinions and will begin hosting some collaborative groups to promote collegial discussion of these topics. This data will be used to help shape the policy revisions the committee plans to propose.

Some of the data used to determine our areas of focus in the SALT Committee came from our most recent School Performance Report which we have linked below for your review.


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Rain Barrel Challenge - Mrs. Lentini's Class

Just a friendly reminder, if you haven't voted for our rain barrel yet please vote for #12! The contest has been extended until Tuesday, May 5th at 4 pm.

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