Superintendent's Corner

Bernard F. Bragen, Jr. October, 2020

An Opening Like No Other

After successfully opening schools in a totally remote manner on September 3, 2020, we are scheduled to move to our hybrid program on October 19, 2020. The school schedules and times are similar to those shared with the public in August and can be found on our website under the "Return to School" link. Slight changes were made due to transportation requirements. If you committed your child to attend in-person or chose to attend school totally remote that will remain in effect until the end of the first marking period (November 13, 2020). We will survey our parents again shortly after beginning our hybrid model to solicit commitments for either in-person or remote instruction for the second marking period. We will do this throughout the duration of the pandemic and secure commitments one marking period at a time. Should someone desire to change from in-person to remote learning they are able to do so with notice to their child's teacher and principal; however, students cannot transition from remote to in-person during the marking period. This is because changes in that manner will impact our schedules, planning, and ability to ensure social-distancing parameters. We appreciate your understanding on this issue. Much of these decisions will also be predicated on the status of COVID-19 in our community as the school year progresses.

These are uncharted waters for all of us and we remain grateful for your support and the superlative efforts of our teachers, administrators, and support staff in creating a successful start to our school year, providing some degree of normalcy for our students. The people of our school community are truly our greatest asset. We remain committed to doing all we can for all of our students to achieve their maximum potential and will settle for Nothing Less than Excellence.

Please remember to check our website regularly for updates.

Listed below is a link to our school Back to School Nights.

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School Happenings

Edison High School

On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, Edison High's School Counseling Department hosted its annual Financial Aid Night via Zoom. Approximately 115 participants attended from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. With both parents and students sharing the same device and login, it is approximated that 230-250 participants viewed the presentation live.

The presentation was facilitated by school counselor, Sinyee Muglia, and presented by the representative of Higher Education Student Assistance, Authority John Iacovelli. With more than 40 years of financial aid and college admissions experience, Mr. Iacovelli is the founder and president of College Quest Now and former Dean of Enrollment at Stockton University. For the first hour, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM Mr. Iacovelli reviewed key topics in his presentation, such as completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) grants, scholarships, expected family contribution, 529 accounts, and NJ FAMS (NJ Financial Aid Management System). For the remainder of the night, Mrs. Muglia streamlined questions submitted during registration during the "Commonly Asked Questions" segment and filtered questions submitted in the Zoom Chatbox to Mr. Iacovelli during the "Q&A" segment.

Financial Aid Night's Zoom recorded video, PowerPoint, and transcript from Zoom Chatbox are available on the EHS School Counseling Webpage and "School Counseling Class of 2021" Google Classroom for students and parents to view.


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