Blue Jay Broadcast
News and Notes from the Hallways of MHS
Coffee talk with Mr. Guzman
Relationships-Relationships-Relationships!!! That is the core of the teaching and learning process. Education is not something we do for students, it’s something we do with students. Research shows that engaging students by giving them voice and choice actually improve student achievement. Meaningful relationships between students and educators are important and can amplify student voice to support aspiration and achievement.
It is well-documented that the academic and social success of students is influenced by relationships with teachers—whether students feel supported, respected, and inspired by their teachers and relationships with the other students—whether students are mutually
supportive, feel free to speak in class, and trust that there will be no negative social repercussions for academic success.
MHS examines strategies and actions that increase a student's voice and align with our school goals and objectives. Our MHS team reviews existing school plans and propose initiatives that increase student's voice and support the development of student leadership skills. On a quarterly basis, I lead lunchtime discussions with students discussing strategies and initiatives that might be effective in our school and identifying needs and potential actions for accomplishing successful student outcomes.
We are always looking for ways we could amplify students' voice and your input is important to us. Please do not hesitate to share your ideas.
Here is an article shared by one of our teachers which emphasizes the importance of establishing relationships with students' and students' voice. Although it is about students at the elementary level the message is appropriate for all levels.
From The New York Times:
What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew
A teacher’s insights from asking students to finish the sentence, “I wish my teacher knew …”
Alex Guzmán, Ed.D.
News & Notes
- March 2 Early Dismissal for all students.
- Parents, remind your child to bring their school lanyards to school every day!
- Students who are leaving early need to bring a note to the Main Office in the morning so that a pass can be provided to them and they can leave class to meet their parent in the office. If a student is walking, driving or being picked up by someone other than a parent, that information will need to be included in the note.
A Note From Our School Nurse
Influenza (Flu) season is here, and the district would like your assistance in limiting the spread of the virus. Here are some ways to keep your child healthy.
· Vaccinate your child if you have not done so. It is not too late to get the Flu vaccine. It may not prevent the flu, but it will limit its severity.
· Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose which are areas that can introduce germs.
· Flu like symptoms include fever (100 degrees or higher), cough, body aches, sore throat, fatigue, vomiting or diarrhea. If you suspect that you or your child is getting the flu, stay home and avoid contact with others. Contact your medical provider if symptoms worsen, but early treatment with antiviral medications will shorten the duration of illness and lessen the severity of symptoms.
· Return to school or work only after the individual is fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. There should be no nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea for 24 hours.
· Please alert your child’s school with either a medical note that states “influenza” or “flu-like illness” from a medical provider. A notification of “sick” or “ill” does not give a good understanding of the overall health of our school.
We expect to see more cases in our schools as the season progresses. We appreciate your help in slowing the spread of this virus and keeping everyone healthy and safe. If you have further questions, contact your building nurse or go to the CDC website for more information. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
Best of Health,
Amelia Paul RN, CSN
For the first time in the history of Middlesex High School we participated in the highly competitive Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. First round is the regionals for which there were over 2,500 works to be judged.
- Kyle has received two honorable mentions and a silver key award.
- Michelle Penagos received an Honorable mention, silver key and a gold key. She will be moving on to the nationals.
Kyle also has been selected for the National Ceramic Exhibition in Virginia where hundreds will see his work on display!
Our teachers showing some school spirit on Throwback Day!
Connor Bogus MHS class of 2013 competed at the Apprentice Contest in Atlantic City against the best residential plumbers in all of NJ and PA. He is a 5th year pipefitter apprentice. Connor won the state level of the contest and advanced to the Regional Level which was held in Connecticut. After competing in Connecticut, Connor won again and advanced to the National level where he will soon compete in Michigan.
Connor competed among some of the best welders and fitter in the United State and Canada. Congratulations on your accomplishment!
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