The News Flash

Florence Twp. School District -- 2020-2021 -- #9

Another great week..

Thank you for another successful week! We greatly appreciate your support, patience, and diligence as we continue in the new norm. Staff and students are doing great, and we continue to adjust as needed. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact a building administrator. We are happy to answer any questions you have!

As numbers of positive Covid-19 positive cases increase throughout the state, we all must do our part to stop the spread! Please remember to wear a mask, maintain social distance, wash your hands frequently, and stay home if you are sick! Please take care of yourself and each other as we strive to do all we can to move forward this school year.

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Important Change to School Calendar

Please make note...following NJ Executive Order 177, schools shall be closed to in-person instruction on Tuesday, November 3, 2020; however, instruction will take place virtually. We will follow a Virtual School Day schedule.

What's Happening:

October 12: SCHOOLS CLOSED for Columbus Day

October 13: FTMHS Parent/Student "Ring Night" for Sophomores

October 14: FTMHS PSAT Testing

October 16: Roebling Progress Reports

October 19-23 "School Violence Awareness Week" Activities

October 19-30 Riverfront Book Fair

October 21: FTMHS Virtual Financial Aid Workshop

October 23: Homecoming at FTMHS Football game.

October 26-30: "Red Ribbon Week" Activities

October 30: AP Testing Fees Due

Give Us a Smile

The Florence Township Education Foundation (FTEF) is a community based organization which helps provide additional support and funding to our students, staff and schools. Due to Covid 19, the FTEF main fundraisers for this year have unfortunately been postponed. We are asking that you continue to support the Foundation by using Amazon Smile while shopping. They have now added the feature to the App so it is easier than ever! Just click on the three lines in the bottom right corner, go to Amazon Smile and Choose Florence Township Education Foundation.

Mental Health Wellness

Today, Friday October 9th, is World Mental Health Day and it comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The past months have brought many challenges to all ages. We encourage you to take a few minutes today and this weekend to address the stress levels and anxiety in you and your families as we’re all living in an unprecented time. Take this long weekend to relax and spend some down time just being together. Below are some ideas to check out and as always feel free to reach out to us or visit our FTSD website at https://www.florence.k12.nj.us/parent-information/mental-health which includes a comprehensive list of online resources under “mental health wellness.” It’s ok to not be ok! You’re not alone!

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ROEBLING ELEMENTARY...DID YOU KNOW?

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Riverfront...Did you know?

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Please support our Riverfront fall fundraisers! Masks and lanyards are available for $8. Click here for the order form. The ShopAround (formerly KidStuff) contact free fundraiser is also available. Click here to view sample books, download the app and place an order. You can now clip coupons from the book or use the app!

FLORENCE H.S...DID YOU KNOW?

RCBC Virtual Open House

Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) will hold a Virtual Open House October 19-22 for all interested students, providing a comprehensive overview of everything offered at RCBC including financial aid information and much more.

PSAT's -- October 14th

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. It also gives students a chance to enter scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem‐solving skills, and writing skills.


In an effort to help our young people achieve their dreams, we are planning to administer the PSAT to our 11th grade Blue and Gold students on Wednesday, October 14th. All of our Blue students have been scheduled to test with their Blue cohort in classrooms that comply with social distancing requirements. The same is true for all of our Gold students.


At the present time, 11th grade students who are in our 100% Remote group will have an opportunity to take the PSAT at our High School on Tuesday, January 26th. The College Board has added this date to the 20-21 SY because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This second date allows high schools to spread students out over two administrations to preserve the health and safety of students, staff, and school communities. Given the pandemic, we will keep you updated on any changes that may come about from the College Board between now and then.


Last year, the State cancelled the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (formerly known as PARCC). However, it is still requiring that 12th grade students demonstrate standardized testing proficiency to the State in order to receive a diploma from a public high school. So, this year, a number of our 12th grade students are also taking the PSAT to show their proficiency to the State. Just as is the case with our 11th grade students, we will be maintaining cohorts and social distancing requirements for

these students.


As a result of all of this, we will be operating a different “B” Day schedule on Wednesday, October 14th. Our 11th grade Blue and Gold students, as well as a number of our 12th grade students, will be coming to school from 7:25 a.m. – 11:55 p.m. to test. All of our other students in grades 9 – 12 will complete virtual “B” Day assignments at home. Afterwards, we will have a Catch Up & Connect period from 12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., so that our students will have an opportunity to connect with our teachers and vice versa.


For more information please contact John Cogan, FTMHS Principal at jcogan@florence.k12.nj.us.

Congratulations to 2020-21 NHS Students...

We are pleased to share our 2020-2021 National Honor Society students. We are very proud of our students and their commitment and loyalty to uphold the high purposes and ideals of Florence Township Memorial High School.
We are pleased to share our 2020-2021 National Honor Society students. We are very proud of our students and their commitment and loyalty to uphold the high purposes and ideals of Florence Township Memorial High School.

There's No Place Like Homecoming...

Although the FTSMHS Spirit Week will look a little different this year, Student Council is still gearing up to host a fun-filled spirit week competition which will include the following activities:


· Dress Up Days

· Scarecrow Building Contest

· Disney Kahoot Competition

· Banner Competition

· 2020 Challenge (collecting canned goods & hygiene items)


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Lion King Day -- Wear your favorite Animal Print attire to celebrate the characters in the “Lion King”!


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Donald Duck Day -- Wear Blue and Gold to honor our school and our favorite Disney duck!


Friday, October 16, 2020

Ohana Day -- Wear Hawaiian attire to celebrate “Lilo and Stitch”!


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Monsters University Day -- Team up with Mike and Sully and wear your college apparel!


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Class Color Day -- Make your own Class T-shirt and represent a Disney Princess

Seniors~Green~Princess Tiana

Juniors~Orange~Princess Moana

Sophomores~Red~Princess Ariel

Freshmen~Purple~Princess Rapunzel


Friday, October 23, 2020

Sleeping Beauty Day -- Dress in your comfiest and coziest clothes to end a busy week!

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FTMHS SPIRITWEAR

Get geared up and support the FTMHS Pit Club. 2020 Hoodies and long sleeve t-shirts can be ordered through this link. Previous spiritwear on sale at all home games!

Soccer Clothing Drive POSTPONED

The FTMHS Soccer Clothing Drive has been postponed. A new date has not yet been determined!