MJS Weekly Update

September 11, 2020

Dear MJS Community,

As we close out this first week of school, I want to share how proud I am to be a part of this learning community. Our students brought joy and life back to our hallways. Their determination with wearing masks, the patience shown with technology, and their support of teachers and classmates was phenomenal. Our staff energy and steadfastness was contagious. Our staff goes home today with their teacher hearts filled to the brim.

And many thanks to our parent community. You are getting better and better with remembering to fill our those Health Questionnaires! And we greatly value the support and encouragement you give our learners at home.

As we head into next week, we will begin to make adjustments to improve and smooth out our technology practices. We will have our first full week of Periods 7 8 9 (more info below). And we will be busy planning for our back to school night when we get to spend some time with you.

Many of you have shared feedback, and it has been tremendously helpful. We not only use your feedback and questions to work to improve practices but also better our communications for more clarity. Please continue to reach out.

Enjoy this weekend, and we look forward to seeing our students at home and in school next week!

Brooke Phillips

Acting Principal

Madison Junior School


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Back to School Night Thursday, September 17

MJS will host it's annual Back to Schol Night on Thursday, September 17 at 6:30 pm live via Zoom. Each grade level will host a 40-minute presentation, with teachers from both Teams A & B sharing about English, social studies, math, and science.

The Zoom links for this evening and pre-recorded presentations will be posted on the MJS BTSN 2020 page on our website.


Starting at 3:00 pm

The presentations below are being posted early in the day so that families can watch these asynchronously anytime before or after the BTSN live presentation that starts at 6:30 pm.

Families are invited to watch the prerecorded MJS welcomes from Ms. Phillips & Mr. Bovee, Mr. Schwarz, PTO, MEF, MMA, and MJSAO.

Families are also invited to watch the prerecorded presentations from World Language, MJS Creates, PE, Band, Chorus, and Orchestra.

6:30 - BTSN commences

6:30-6:40 6th ELA

6:40-6:50 6th SS

6:50-7 6th Math

7-7:10 6th Science

7:15-7:25 7th ELA

7:25-7:35 7th SS

7:35-7:45 7th Math

7:45-7:55 7th Science

8:00-8:10 8th ELA

8:10-8:20 8th SS

8:20-8:30 8th Math

8:30-8:40 8th Science

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District Facilities Cleaning Procedures

This guidance document represents products, methods and procedures to assist in fulfilling the requirements as per the NJDOE Restart and Recovery Plan for Education, specifically as it relates to Facilities Cleaning Procedures. https://5il.co/kwdq

A message from Acting Principal Mr. Pete Bovee

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the Acting Assistant Principal of MJS to start off the 2020 school year. I have been an eighth-grade mathematics teacher here at MJS since 2014, and have served as the role of Team Leader and Peer Leader advisor during this time. Before coming to the Junior School, I worked as a mathematics teacher in Roselle and was a Paraprofessional at Celebrate the Children for students with relating and communicating difficulties. I entered the field of education as a second career in 2007, with my first being the owner of a pizzeria in Sussex County.

I was extremely grateful and honored to receive this opportunity to serve the Madison community in this new administrative role. Through the leadership of Ms. Phillips, we were able to create a schedule and school procedures that maximize safety, while still maintaining education as a top priority. I know this school community very well, and I am always inspired by the passion that the stakeholders of Madison have when dealing with the educational process. Though there may be a few bumps in the road as we begin to navigate our way through this process, I am confident that our teaching staff here at MJS is going to deliver the highest caliber instruction, possible given the circumstances. We appreciate your continued patience. I look forward to seeing the students back at school next week, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

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In-Person Learning Room Adjustments

We are working diligently and doing our best to keep our cohorts as tightly knit and consistent as possible. However, should substitute shortages compromise our ability to maintain proper supervision during the day, we may be required to combine cohorts during specific periods. If this occurs, student cohorts would be combined in auditorium seating that is marked as six feet apart. We aim to keep cohorts together, but this alteration in our schedule may be a possibility if staffing shortages deem it necessary.

MJS Morning announcements

In case our students miss the morning announcements they can always be found at this link, under the student resources section of our MJS website.
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Upcoming Dates

September 14 and 15 School Picture Day

September 15 Principal's Coffee via Zoom, 7:00 pm

September 17 Back to School Night via Zoom, 7:00 pm

September 28 Yom Kippur No School

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Please feel free to use this Feedback Link to ask Ms. Phillips to include certain information in a future update. It's helpful to know what you would like to learn more about.
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