Fernwood Avenue Middle School

Weekly Newsletter



Please continue to check our Facebook page as well as school website to receive up to the minute updates on our return to hybrid learning on January 19th.
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Nothing But the Truth by Avi

Ms. McLaughlins' classes, read the novel Nothing But the Truth by Avi before Winter break. They were required to make video book trailers to entice next year's 8th graders into wanting to read the book. The finished products were amazing!! The acting, production, and editing were all wonderfully done.

Some of the various types of projects were Animoto video, live acting including many family members, and even one with Lego actors! They were all so creative and fun to watch. Great job, Gold Team.

Flying Lessons and Other Short Stories

To kick off reading “Flying Lessons and Other Short Stories,” Miss Whittle’s classes talked about diversity first as Webster would define it: a variety; differences. We discussed diversity at length in terms of food options at a buffet, biodiversity and, finally, cultural diversity. From our understanding of cultural diversity we can see how important it is to read diverse texts. We are so excited to start our journey with “How to Transform an Everyday, Ordinary Hoop Court into a Place of Higher Learning and You at the Podium” by Matt de la Peña.

App Lab

Students in coding class created a simple event-driven app in code.org App Lab creating user-interface elements and attaching event handlers to them. Below are two student examples: Rachel Martucci - choose between two singers and Kira Jolly breakfast app.

Click on the images below to view:

Battle of the Pages


Total books submitted: 163

Total pages read: 35,828

Top Reader at each school: Fernwood: Lily Lawas from Mrs. Whittle's class, with 3346 pages read

Alder: Cheyenne Bilge from Ms. Kirch's class with 988 pages read.

Top contenders for the pie in the face: Ms. Whittle and Mrs. Giardina

See charts below for a breakdown of what team is reading the most at each school.

Please visit our website at https://sites.google.com/eht.k12.nj.us/battle-of-the-pages-alder-vs-f/home

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National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Guidelines

You need to maintain a cumulative average of 92 or higher in all subjects

You must maintain these grades in order to be included in the spring ceremony.

(75% of the average is based on academic subjects that meet every day all year and 25% is based on other subjects that do not meet every day.)

Also, remember that you need a good attendance record, and you cannot have an office discipline record. The average will not be rounded up.

To remain a member of NJHS, a member must meet the following requirements:

Constitution of the National Junior Honor Society

Article X: Dismissal

Section 2. Members who fall below the standards that were the basis for their selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the chapter advisor and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency. In the case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law, a member does not necessarily have to be warned.

1. A member must maintain a 92 or higher overall average in Math, English, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Language, and Specials for 7th and 8th grades.

2. If a member drops below a cumulative 92 average in Math, English, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Language, and Specials, the member will be placed on probation. If the average has not reached the proper level by the end of the probationary period, the student’s membership will be terminated.

3. If a member receives an Out of School Suspension for three or more days, his or her membership will be immediately terminated.

4. If a member receives an Out of School Suspension for one or two days, it will be an administrative / advisor decision as to whether it will result in termination of membership or an exclusion from NJHS activities for one month.

5. If a member receives a Saturday Detention, he or she will be excluded from NJHS activities for one month.

6. If a member receives an Office Detention, he or she will be excluded from NJHS activities for two weeks.


Believers of the Month

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Staff Stars

Congratulations to the following Staff Stars at Fernwood! Thank you for all that you do and don't stop believin'!
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Shout Outs of the Week

Check out a few of our shout outs here at Fernwood.
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NJCAP Program

This year Fernwood Avenue Middle School has received the New Jersey Child Assault Prevention (NJCAP) Program grant. We will be providing workshops beginning with our 6th grade students. These workshops include tactics to help prevent abuse and bullying, assertiveness without aggression, and self protection strategies. Each student will receive two 30 minute sessions beginning the week of January 19, 2021. If for some reason you choose not to have your student attend these workshops, written requests to the school principal must be received by Friday, January 15th. Please email your request for denial to Mr. Fricke at frickek@eht.k12.nj.us.

Please click the graphic below for the Parent/Staff NJCAP Video for more information.

Tik Tok Photo Round Up

Keep your eyes open in your Google Classrooms for an announcement about Tik Tok. We need your help to create a special and unique yearbook for Fernwood this year.
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Fernwood Mindfulness, Brain Breaks, News - Google Classrooms

Fernwood Student Council is happy to announce our Fernwood Mindfulness, Brain Breaks, News, and More Google Classroom!

If your child would like to have the chance to access a Google Classroom that will post mindfulness activities, brain breaks, information on school wide events, and more, please have your child join this Google Classroom! Please remember that this is completely optional and being provided as a resource for students who would like to have access to something of this nature.

Students can join by either:

a.) Using this link: https://classroom.google.com/c/MjE1OTE1MzYwMzAy?cjc=ql35edw

b.) Using this code: ql35edw

​If you have any questions at all, please reach out to either Kelli Baird (bairdk@eht.k12.nj.us) or Victoria Marcus (marcusv@eht.k12.nj.us).


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Fernwood Yearbook

2020 Calls for Something Special! Each 8th grade student will have a feature in the yearbook! Click the graphic below and make sure you orders yours today.

Renaissance T-Shirt Order

Click the graphics below to order your 20-21 Renaissance T-Shirt. Porch drop off is available in EHT.


Junior Library Guild Digital Platform

We have an exciting new opportunity to share with everyone! Students are now all entered into the Junior Library Guild eBook platform and can sign in to to their own personal accounts. Click the graphic below for a link to a video tutorial from Mrs. Lenko.

EHT Lacrosse Association

Health Screening PSA

Please review the Health Screening PSA to support our district and community partnership to keep our entire school community healthy and safe.
Egg Harbor Township Schools: Health Screening Announcement

Education Technology Website

The EHT IT Department and Professional Development Committee have teamed up to bring an all-in-one Education Technology website for students, faculty, and families. Click the graphic below for access.

Google Classroom Codes

Need to find your Google Classroom code? Click the graphic below to access all Classroom codes for EHT.

Virtual Homework Help

Stockton University's Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning is running a Virtual Homework Completion Program. For more information click the graphic below

NJ Department of Children and Families

The NJ Department of Children and Families have compiled a list of resources available 24/7. Click the graphic below for more information.

Internet Essentials

Comcast will continue offering 2 months of free service to new Internet Essentials customers in response to emergency measures associated with COVID-19. For all new and existing customers, the speed of the program's Internet service has increased. Click the graphic below for more details.


Click the graphic below for a list of Food Banks and Community Resources for Atlantic County.

Guidance Resources

For more social emotional resources, please visit @EHTNJGuidance or click the graphic below.
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