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Do you remember taking the SATs? For many, there were 2 parts - Math & Verbal and in high school, a lot of students knew their score like they knew their locker combination. Well, times have changed and so have the SATs. So where do you begin with helping your student to prepare for the SATs?

Right here.

If you wondering what the difference is, look no further than the College Board itself,

Dr. King teaches our SAT Prep class and has included some very useful links on her classroom website. I'm including them below for you to review and help your students prepare for the SATs.

Grammar Practice:

SAT Vocab Practice:

In addition, Dr. King has provided a schedule of test dates for the 2017-2018 school year. Check out her website at

Now that we've covered the Grammar and Vocab portion of the SAT, what do you do about Math? Mr. Swartz has you covered. Check out his website for Math Lessons, each lesson also contains a link to SAT Question of the Day and Khan Academy for practice problems.

The SATs are ongoing throughout the year, students should use the options available to practice before they sign up to take the SATs. As I told the students earlier this year, their future starts now.

News & Notes

Lady Jays Athletics

Congratulations to the Lady Jays Cross Country team for their 19-40 win over the previously undefeated South River team and a 15-50 shutout victory over Mother Seton. Anne Vrubliauskas, Monica Barclay and Mara Dunsavage finished 1, 2, 3 against both teams. With the two regular season ending wins, the Lady Jays captured the Blue Division Title! Congratulations Lady Jays!!

Winter Athletics Registration

The registration deadline for winter sports is coming up. Students interested in playing basketball, bowling, cheerleading, hockey or wrestling and still have forms to submit - please do so as soon as possible. The firm deadline is Thursday, November 2nd.

Is your student interested in television production or broadcast journalism? There is a meeting for students interested in starting a new school television program on Monday, October 30th after school in the Library Media Center.

JaysFest Dance Marathon

Dancer registration is still open - students should stop in room 205 or see Mr. Brenner or Mr. Chismar to sign up. The money raised will go towards families in Middlesex who are living with pediatric illness.

National Honor Society

Come out and support the National Honor Society at Chipotle in Bridgewater on Monday, November 6th between 5pm and 9pm. Tell the cashier that you are supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to NHS.

Fall Drama

Rehearsals are under way for Middlesex High School’s fall play Bad Seed. Written by Maxwell Anderson, the story follows little Rhoda Penmark who is sweet, charming, and admired by her elders. When one of Rhoda’s classmates is mysteriously drowned at a picnic, Rhoda’s mother begins to suspect that maybe Rhoda isn’t as perfect as everyone thinks. Maybe Rhoda is really a “bad seed”.

The play will be performed on November 3 and 4 in the MHS auditorium. The show begins at 7pm. Tickets are only $5.00 and may be purchased at the door. Due to the suspenseful nature of the play, it is not recommended for young audiences.

End your Halloween week with a bang and come see the thriller Bad Seed.

Listening Room

Auditions for the first Listening Room of the year will be held on Wednesday, November 1st. These auditions are open to all students who are interested in sharing their musical talent. We have a very supportive core of musicians who are more than willing to help students get started. We are looking for drum set players, guitarists, bassist, singers, pianists and any other musical abilities students may want to share.

Veterans Day

In recognition of Veterans Day, we would like to recognize those Veterans from Middlesex. If you know of a Veteran who is from Middlesex and graduated from Middlesex High School, please email their name, branch of service and year of graduation to Alaina Sviderskis at so that we may include them in our November Shout Outs.

Did you order a yearbook yet?

Yearbooks can be purchased online or by check. The cost is $75 and the order forms are available in the HS Library. Now is the time to buy, the price will be going up to $80 in December. If you would like to order online, visit the following link:

Have you visited the Counseling Department website yet?

There is a lot of great information for all grade levels including information on PSATs, Program of Studies, graduation requirements, upcoming college visits, financial aid information, scholarships and more. Be sure to check them out:

TCNJ Recognizes Middlesex High School Alumni

Recently, Middlesex High School received a letter from The College of New Jersey to inform us that four of the Middlesex Alumni that attend TCNJ are currently excelling. They have an average TCNJ GPA of 3.64, this is one of the highest marks of any of their high school cohorts. We are very proud of our alumni and wish them continued success. See the letter below for additional details.

Academic Highlights

Each Friday, the students in Ms. Marsigliano, Ms. Nemiroff and Ms. Mutek's classes host a coffee shop for faculty and staff as part of their Structured Learning Experience. Several students help budget and purchase items for Coffee Shop during Community-Based-Instructional trips to the grocery store as part of their SLE Foods class. Students each get a turn once a month to greet customers, pour coffee and tea for teachers, and work as the cashier during Coffee Shop. The students are also in charge of setting up and cleaning up the Coffee Shop. The Coffee Shop offers tea, coffee, bananas, granola bars and a specialty item each week, the teachers look forward to their Friday morning coffee stop and the students do a great job!

Community Support

After the devastating hurricanes this year, MHS students began collecting donations during lunches. The money raised will go to aid the relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Throughout the year, fundraisers are held for a variety of organizations and to provide assistance or support for the community. These opportunities provide for our students to take notice of the world around them to see where they can make a difference and to use their leadership skills to bring their ideas to fruition.

Did You Know?

Upon recommendation from the Citizens Committee, the Board of Education proposed the building of a new high school. At the time, Middlesex students attended Bound Brook High School, but their district would not be able to accommodate our students after 1958. On June 14, 1956, Middlesex Borough voted and approved the building of our high school.

Superintendent of Schools

Von E. Mauger

Board of Education

Robert C. Kinstler, President

Stephen W. Bitow, Vice-President

William W. Armstrong

Philip L. Englesbe

William L. George

Joseph F. Hanlon

Guy S. Herrick

Val J. Houska

Lillie E. Keen

Shout Outs

What's the best way to get to know your School Resource Officer and also have a little friendly competition at the same time? Checkers.

Officer Auricchio engaged students in the cafeteria by playing checkers during lunches. Below Jillian McGovern and Officer Auricchio each take a turn.

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