AHS Newsletter

September 2017

Welcome Back!

Every year brings changes, some are expected and obvious -- new faces, personalities, interests. Some we don't always see coming. They are what challenge us to "raise our game". Some of these changes are district-driven; others come to us from the State. Either way, we find ways to adapt and incorporate them into our daily routines. We continue to operate and function.


For our 9th graders, the usual realities of being in high school are compounded by a state-mandated change. In order to meet state graduation requirements, this class must pass both the Algebra I and Language Arts 10 PARCC assessments. Additionally, this class must also take every PARCC assessment in order to be eligible to participate in the portfolio process if they did not pass the Algebra I and/or Language Arts 10. This is a major departure from years past and emphasizes the importance of students participating in the State testing process.


And yet, in spite of these demands, the year brings the promise and excitement of new experiences for students and faculty alike. For some a new beginning, for others an opportunity to re-center themselves. We look forward to the coming school year, to working with our young people and welcome everyone back for a successful school year.

Back to School Night - Thursday, Sept. 14th @7:00PM

On Thursday evening, Sept. 14th, AHS will hold its annual Back to School Night. The program will begin with a general meeting in the auditorium at 7:00PM. At the conclusion of the brief 'general meeting,' parents will follow their child's schedule for the remainder of the evening.


Parents will be able to visit each of their child's classes and meet the teachers.


A letter was sent home in August regarding this event. On the back of the letter was a schedule template meant to be completed by your child so that you could follow their schedule. If you no longer have that template, please be sure to ask your child for their schedule.


If you have any questions, please contact us at the high school - (856) 547-7695 x4115.


We look forward to seeing everyone!

Underclass Photos - Friday, Sept. 22

On Friday, September 22nd, Lors photography will be at Audubon HS to take class photos for students in grades 7 - 12. Photos will be taken throughout the school day.


To access the complete information online, please visit:


www.lorsstudio.com


Once on the site, please click on 'Order Your Photos' from the dropdown menu 'Undergrad Prepay.' The school log-in code is: 18-26AU

Second Annual Mattress Sale at AHS - Fundraiser - Sat. Sept. 23rd

On Saturday, September 23rd, the Audubon Marching Band and Band Boosters will be holding their 2nd Annual Mattress Sale at Audubon High School (in the Auxiliary Gym from 10:00AM to 5:00PM).


If you are in need of a mattress, this is a great opportunity to get a great discount while supporting the AHS Marching Band!


For more information on this fundraiser and the special offer, please click on the link below to access the flyer.


https://goo.gl/y1n4px


You may contact Mr. Lee DeLoach (ldeloach@audubonschools.org) for more information.

Alumni Association 5k Scholarship Run/Walk

The Audubon Alumni Association is once again sponsoring a 5K run/1K walk to fundraise for their scholarship fund. The Association awarded $15,000 to AHS grads in June and would like to continue to assist AHS graduates realize their post graduate aspirations.


We invite you to participate in this worthwhile cause that directly benefits AHS students. The race will be held on September 30th on the high school track.


For complete information and online registration, please click HERE.

Welcome to New AHS Staff

We would like to welcome our newest staff members to the AHS family.


  • Mrs. Greway is the new administrative assistant in Mr. Miller's office. Mrs. Greway has worked previously at Mansion Avenue in the Main Office, so she is very familiar with our middle school students. We are very excited to have her join us at the high school!
  • Mrs. Lin joins us from as she moves from Mansion Avenue to the HS. She will be joining our Special Education department teaching Mathematics.
  • Ms. Venuti is a new full-time Mathematics teacher. She graduated from Moravian College in 2014 with a B.S. in Mathematics and a Minor in Music. This will be her 3rd year of teaching. In addition to teaching, Ms. Venuti has been playing tennis since she was 14 years old (4 years at Washington Township High School, 4 years at Moravian, and still continues to play as a USTA Member). Ms. Venuti has also played the viola since she was 8 years old and was a member of the All South Jersey and All State Orchestras throughout grade school.
  • Mrs. Gifford graduated from Rowan University and previously taught at Williamstown HS and Mansion Avenue (4th, 5th, 9th, & 11th grades). She graduated from Audubon HS and is a resident of Audubon. She joins our Special Education department this fall.
  • Ms. DiGiambattista will be joining our Language Arts department as a long-term substitute for the fall of 2017. She graduated in 2011 from Paul VI High School and graduated from Rowan University with two degrees, English and Subject Matter Education. During her off time, Ms. DiGiambattista's biggest hobby is to travel. She has friends located all over the US and spends much of her time visiting them and exploring new places. She has played basketball since she was 5 years old and continues to volunteer coach.
  • Mrs. Lewis-Deacon has been teaching in the Audubon School District for three years, though this will be her first in the high school. She graduated from Audubon HS and went on to further her education at Rutgers University and began her work in behavioral education. She joins our Social Studies department as a Special Education teacher. Mrs. Lewis-Deacon has two children, a dog, two cats, and a husband. She loves to spend time down the shore with her family.


Additionally, we have several student teachers with us this fall.

  • Melanie Ledoux - Student teaching with Mr. Greway (Science)
  • Bridget Silhol - Student teaching with Mrs. Kavanaugh (Language Arts)
  • Phil Tarricone - Student teaching with Mr. Collazzo & Mrs. Collazzo (Social Studies)

Coming Soon - New District & School Web Sites!!

The Audubon School District has been working hard for the past several months to launch our newly redesigned websites. Once launched, we will have a new district website as well as new websites for each of our three schools.


The primary objectives of our site development effort were focused on aesthetics, simplifying our content, and increasing the visibility of our programs. The new design also allows for streamlined menus, clear navigation, and a responsive layout for all platforms. Explore the site to learn more about our full spectrum of services,


Our new websites integrate with our district-wide mobile app and School Messenger (our primary communication tool for phone and email blasts).

FBI Experience for AHS Student - Summer 2017

This summer, AHS 9th grader Gretchen Sweeten attended the FBI Teen Academy at the FBI Philadelphia Field Office. FBI Agents spoke with this select group about the direction they should take when choosing high school courses and college majors.


Agents from several different departments in the FBI gave presentations on what they do to show the spectrum of opportunity at the FBI. Some of those presentations included the Computer Analysis Response Team (C.A.R.T), the Evidence Response Team (E.R.T), and the Intelligence and Counter intelligence programs.


In addition to talking about potential career opportunities, participants also spent a portion of the seminar discussing cyber safety with an Agent that works in cyber crimes, one of the most rapidly growing departments in the FBI.


Congratulations to Gretchen on her selection to this program.

Get Our Free Mobile App

We are happy to announce that our mobile app (available for iOS and Android) is now district-wide and has settings for all three of our schools. Our latest update allows you, through the Settings tab, to control which school calendar and notifications are visible on your mobile device.


We encourage all parents & students who have not already downloaded our free mobile app, which is available for iOS and Android devices, to do so now.


Main features of the app include the following:


  • School Calendars (set your app up to display calendars from one or more of our schools)
  • Contact each school directly from the app
  • Easily accessible school menus
  • Parents tab that features links to our district and school sites, district calendar, Genesis Parent Portal, and more
  • Links to each our school's Guidance Department websites
  • Social media accounts
  • Newsletters and Principal Messages


To download the free app, please visit your App Store and search Audubon SD.

Jeff Vilardo Honors Those Who Died in Service to Our Country

New Courses for 2017/2018

Middle School Yearbook Design and Production (Grades 7 & 8) – This course is for Middle School students who want to be involved in the production of their own Middle School yearbook. Students will learn basic principles of digital photography and journalistic writing. Students will also learn how to utilize a computer to produce the yearbook that will be sold to their peers. Students who participate in yearbook will be involved in theme development, cover design, page design, planning, and designing and implementing ideas to be included in the yearbook. Students will be required to work collaboratively to produce, market, and distribute a true Middle School yearbook.


Robotics (Grades 10, 11, & 12) – Prerequisite: Algebra I CP and English I CP with a final grade of 85. 5 Credits/Full Year. This course is designed to introduce the VEX robotic system where students will become familiar with the concept of control – having a device effectively perform a function that a human wants it to perform. The intent is to demystify the “automatic” machine and to see that the “machine's intelligence” is nothing more than human intelligence incorporated into the design of the machine. Solutions to problems in the area of control systems will be explored through project design and documentation. Students will develop critical thinking skills and apply an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. Topics include the design process, robot applications, motors, transmissions, autonomous behaviors, sensors, and programming.


ELA Portfolio Prep (Grade 12) – Prerequisite: See course description. 1.25, 2.5 or 5 Credits. This course is designed to help students who have not met the New Jersey high school graduation English/Language Arts (ELA) assessment requirement (http://www.state.nj.us/education/assessment/parents/GradReq.pdf ). Instruction will include test prep for alternative assessments prior to working on the portfolio assessment that is available during the second semester. Students will be given several opportunities to meet the ELA requirement via free alternative assessments such as ASVAB and Accuplacer. Parents and students are encouraged to register for other alternative assessments such as the PSAT, SAT, or ACT in the senior year if their child has not met the graduation requirement. Students will be removed from the course when they have met ELA graduation requirement. Students will be awarded credit based on how long they are enrolled in the course (Example – 1st Marking Period = 1.25 credits). This course may be partially funded via Title I grant monies.


Math Portfolio Prep (Grade12) – Prerequisite: See course description. 1.25, 2.5 or 5 Credits. This course is designed to help students who have not met the New Jersey high school graduation mathematics assessment requirement (http://www.state.nj.us/education/assessment/parents/GradReq.pdf ). Instruction will include test prep for alternative assessments prior to working on the portfolio assessment that is available during the second semester. Students will be given several opportunities to meet the mathematics requirement via free alternative assessments such as ASVAB and Accuplacer. Parents and students are encouraged to register for other alternative assessments such as the PSAT, SAT, or ACT in the senior year if their child has not met the graduation requirement. Students will be removed from the course when they have met mathematics graduation requirement. Students will be awarded credit based on how long they are enrolled in the course (Example – 1st Marking Period = 1.25 credits). This course may be partially funded via Title I grant monies.


Fundamentals of High School Math – Pre-requisite: Students taking Fundamentals of High School Math must have achieved a passing grade in the previous year’s course. Fundamentals of High School Math covers many of the traditional topics of Algebra I, including a review of the real number system, lines & slopes, solving equations & inequalities, exponents & polynomials, and other algebraic topics. The course also includes fundamental topics in discrete math and probability. Through Fundamentals of High School Math, students will begin to prepare for the State-mandated PARCC Algebra I exam, which will be taken the following school year. Students who successfully complete this course will move on to Algebra I. This course may be partially funded via Title I grant monies.


Honors Human Genetics (Grades 11 & 12) – 5 Credits/Full Year Prerequisite: This course is offered to junior and senior students who have completed Honors Biology with an 89 or better. This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the concepts of human genetics and genomics, in preparation for higher level biological sciences in their college careers. They will be presented with the fundamentals of human genetics, including the physical basis of inheritance, principles of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell genetics, the mechanics of inheritance, probability, chromosomal abnormalities and anomalies, gene structure and function, molecular genetics, behavioral genetics and contemporary issues in human genetics. Both classical and modern genetic principles and methods will be covered, with a strong emphasis on applications to human biology and medicine and presented with approaches to finding disease susceptibility genes and therapy of genetic diseases. Students will examine where the field is today, where it is going, and what goals there are for the future. They will use problem solving skills and critical thinking to explore the positive and negative aspects of expanding knowledge in genetics.


To access the complete AHS Curriculum Guide, please click HERE.

Upcoming Events - September

September Events
  • Saturday, September 9 - Football v. West Deptford - HOME - 11:00AM
  • Wednesday, September 13 - Board of Education Meeting - AHS Library - 7:30PM
  • Thursday, September 14 - AHS Back to School Night - 7:00PM
  • Saturday, September 16 - Senior Portrait Re-Takes - 9:00AM to 2:30PM
  • Saturday, September 16 - Football v. Robbinsville - HOME - 11:00AM
  • Tuesday, September 19 - Band Booster Meeting - AHS Cafeteria - 7:00PM
  • Wednesday, September 20 - Half Day (12:15PM Dismissal) - Teacher In-Service
  • Thursday, September 21 - Senior Parent Night - AHS Auditorium - 7:00PM
  • Friday, September 22 - School Photos (Underclass Photos)
  • Friday, September 22 - Football v. Haddonfield - AWAY - 7:00PM
  • Saturday, September 23 - Fundraiser - Mattress Sale - AHS Auxiliary Gym - 8:00AM to 6:00PM - Benefits the AHS Marching Band
  • Saturday, September 30 - Fundraiser - Scrapbooking Day - AHS Cafeteria - 9:00AM to 9:30PM - Benefits Interact
  • Saturday, September 30 - Marching Band Competition

1967 Football Champs

The Audubon Athletic Department would like to honor Audubon’s 1967 Championship football team during halftime at our night game on October 13th, 2017 at 7pm. If you were a player or manager on this team please contact: Tony Carbone at acarbone@audubonschools.org or call 856-547-7695 ext.4130