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Spotswood High School Parent Newsletter September 2021

Welcome Back!

A warm welcome to all of our students, faculty and staff! We hope you had an amazing, restful summer break and Mr. Mastroserio and I are so excited to have all of you gracing the halls of Spotswood High School!

Parents, please make sure you read through each month's newsletter. Inside you'll find important dates, fundraisers, information on school events, and lots of student recognitions! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to my office.

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This Month's Events

September 1 - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!

September 2 - Back to School Night (6:30pm)

September 6 - Labor Day - School Closed

September 7 - Rosh Hashanah - School Closed

September 14 - Project Senior Week Parent Meeting (7pm)

September 15 & 17 - Senior Portraits

September 16 - Yom Kippur - School Closed

September 23 & 24 - Underclassmen Pictures

September 23 - Senior College Planning Night (6:30pm)

September 24 - Club Fair (During Lunches)

September 25 - Athletics Senior Day

October 2 - SATs

October 4 - 8 - Week of Respect; Spirit Week

October 9 - Homecoming Game & Dance

COVID Guidelines

At this time, the following COVID guidelines and protocols will be in place:

  • Per the Governor’s Office, NJ Department of Health, and NJ Department of Education, all students must wear a mask to school. Exceptions will be made when students are eating, playing musical instruments, engaged in strenuous activities, or are outside in extreme heat.
  • The school will continue to contact trace positive cases. In the event that your child is identified as having been a close contact of a COVID+ individual, they must provide proof of full vaccination or quarantine.
  • There will be no temperature checks or COVID screening forms required for entry.
  • Regardless of exposure, students who are exhibiting COVID symptoms should stay home from school! Please remember to call the attendance office to report the absence and Mr. Mastroserio or Ms. Avallone will follow up with further instructions.
  • We will make every reasonable effort to keep students spread out in their classes, whenever possible.
  • Students will have continued access to soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes.
  • Lockers will be available to all students, two way hallways have been restored, and water bottle filling stations will be available.

Additional information regarding COVID protocols can be found on the district “Quick Links” page. Please be aware that should these COVID guidelines change, this will be communicated.

Middle States Accreditation

One of the exciting initiatives SHS will be working on this school year is achieving our Middle States Accreditation. Reaching this goal will be recognition both of the excellent education that students receive at Spotswood High School along with acknowledgment of our culture of continuous improvement. Only 69 non-magnet public schools in the state have this accreditation, so this achievement will put us in the top tier of schools state-wide!

To aid us in this intensive process, we administered a stakeholder survey for parents during Back to School Night and for students the first week of school. If you were unable to fill out the parent survey at Back to School Night, you can do so here. All responses are anonymous.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Middle States accreditation, please view the video below. If you have any questions about the Middle States process, or are interested in getting involved, please reach out to my office.

Why Accreditation?

Health History Update

Our school nurse, Ms. Avallone, has been busy this summer updating all of our health records. To ensure that we have the most accurate information for your child, please take 5 minutes to fill out this Health History Update form. This is especially important if your child has a health concern such as asthma, diabetes, seizure disorder, or an allergy, or if your child is administered medication while in school.

Please note that if you would like to defer certain screenings, you can state your intention on the form.

Senior Class Info!

Project Senior Week Parent Meeting!

There will be a meeting on Tuesday, September 14 at 7pm in the SHS Cafetorium for all senior parents interested in being a part of Project Senior Week. For those who are not familiar, this parent committee conducts fundraising to pay for the senior week trip to Black Bear Lake. Please complete this form if you are interested in getting involved or learning more about Project Senior Week 2022.

Yearbook has several important reminders for Senior Class students/parents:

Senior Ads and Boosters

Senior Ads & Boosters are sold on the Entourage website using this link. Senior ad ordering will be opened on September 15th.

Boosters are $10 and can also be ordered in school. Booster forms will be posted outside room 515 in the display case.

Senior Quotes, Wills, In 20 Years, Activities, and Baby Pictures

A Google Form will be sent out to students in August via email. An announcement will also be posted in the Class of 2022 Google Classroom. This Form must be completed by September 30th. All entries are reviewed and approved by yearbook staff, editors, and administrators. If entries are not approved, students will be notified by email and will be able to change the entry by a specified due date. It is the responsibility of the student to check their email and send in a timely new entry. If a new entry is not received by the due date, that entry will not appear in the yearbook. Please note that these entries must also be reviewed and approved.

Baby Pictures

Submission of baby pictures is due on October 31st. Baby Pictures should be scanned at home and emailed to If you do not have a scanner, you can bring your picture in to Mrs. Furman or Ms. Bergman. Make sure your name and HR teacher’s name are on the back.

School Counseling Corner!

Check out our September School Counseling Newsletter! Included is info about Senior College Planning Night, self-care, working papers, and more!

Student Parking

All student vehicles parked on campus must have a visible authorized parking permit. Permit applications can be accessed online off the school website under “Academics & Student Resources.” Applications must be completed no later than Friday, September 30, 2021. After you have completed the online form, a photocopy of the following documents must be brought in to complete the application: A valid NJ Driver’s License, registration, and insurance card. Students may drop off documentation and pick-up a parking pass at one of the following times:

  • All students: Before school from 7:05 -7:20 am.
  • Students without early release may come during their lunch period.
  • Seniors who have early release may come immediately following their 9th period class.

Failure to file an application, driving recklessly, or continued late arrival to school will result in loss of parking privileges.

Yearbook Info & Ordering

Yearbook Sales have begun! Yearbooks currently cost $60 for a non-personalized book ($70 for value package). Prices will increase to $75 ($85 for value package) on January 1st, so order early!

Athletics Info

For athletics information, including eligibility guidelines, physical packets, and updated schedules, please see the Athletics Website.

Spotswood Education Foundation (SEF)

The Spotswood Education Foundation (SEF) is a not-for-profit organization and its purpose is to augment the financial resources available to the district. SEF funds new and innovative projects that benefit the district, and complement the curriculum and educational programs. This year, science teacher Rima Michaels was the recipient of an SEF grant for supplies and a program using clay to make models of the human form for use in her Human Anatomy & Physiology class!

Check out this handout for more information on how you can get involved in the SEF!

School Lunch Info

Please see this flyer from our school lunch provider, Whitson's, with info about the lunch offerings at SHS. The National School Lunch (NSLP) is a federally funded program providing nutritionally balanced meals to children each school day. The USDA administers the program at the federal level and has approved the continuation of serving free meals to all students in the National School Lunch through the 2021-2022 school year. This means that all students will have access to nutritious meals at no cost to parents.