CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

January 14, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa

Mid-Year Benchmarks

As we quickly approach the middle of the 2021-2022 school year, the teachers are preparing students for Mid-Year Benchmarks in all academic classes. Mid-Year Benchmarks have a variety of purposes for both the teachers and the students.

  • Mid-Year Benchmarks assess students on their progress towards end-year goals.

  • Mid-Year Benchmarks allow teachers to collect data on student progress and growth to use to prepare for future lessons.
  • Mid-Year Benchmarks allow the students a chance to self-reflect on areas of improvement and create personal goals.

How can your child(ren) prepare for Mid-Year Benchmarks?

  • Ask questions in class.
  • Review notes and previous assessment content.
  • Stay positive!

Your child(ren)'s teachers will provide specific information about the benchmarks given in each class.

At the bottom of each CDW Weekly Wrap-Up are upcoming, important dates!


8th Grade Updates: Information from NVOT About High School Conferences and Planning

In preparation for scheduling, NVOT now invites Students and Parents to view their Scheduling Information Presentation, particularly the Program of Studies & Course Selection Sheet: Program of Studies / Scheduling Information Presentation.

If you have not signed up for our child(ren)'s NVOT Conference, please sign up HERE as soon as possible. Refer to the letter sent via email from Ms. Santa on January 4th for more information.

Every 8th Grader has been invited to Mrs. Richardson's Google Classroom and has access to all high school information. If you have any further questions, please email Mrs. Richardson at

Grades 5, 6, 7 Parents

If your child is applying for admission to another school at any time (Private or Catholic) please contact Mrs. Richardson to let her know prior to requesting forms from the school.

Mrs. Richardson can be reached at 201-664-1475 ext 2203 or Speaking with Mrs. Richardson first will ensure a smooth application process.

Marking Period 2 Dates

At this time, the Marking Period 2 dates will not be adjusted due to the Snow Day that we had on Friday, January 7th. The Marking Period 2 dates will remain as follows:

End of Marking Period~ January 27, 2022

Parent Portal Open for Viewing~ February 1, 2022

However, if we have another Snow Day, I will inform you through the Weekly Wrap-Up of any calendar adjustments.

7th Grade Owl Pellet Dissections in Science

Mr. Gagliano and Ms. Osbahr have been teaching the 7th Grade students about the Digestive System. What better way to observe it hands on than to dissect an owl pellet to observe and analyze what the owl feasted on?

The unit began with the introduction of the Barn Owl's features, adaptations, and food web. Then the students were prepped with information about Owl Pellets and dissection procedures. Did you know that the owl usually swallows its prey whole, and during the process of digestion, the soft parts of the prey are dissolved and passed on to the intestine for absorption, and then the non-digestible parts remain?

The students began their dissections by carefully breaking off small pieces of the owl pellet. They then gently rubbed the piece to find any bones in the fur. They put the bones in the cup for a future lesson in which they will try to put the prey back together using their bone charts!

Art at CDW

Mrs. Watters's students worked on 1-point perspective after learning about artist Leonardo DiVinci. Students learned how to draw in 1-point perspective using a vanishing point and then created a 3-dimensional drawing using the concepts of 1-point perspective and creating a "reverse perspective."

PTO Special Lunch: Lunar New Year on February 3rd!

The PTO is sponsoring a special lunch on February 3rd to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The options will be a choice from 2 bento boxes, each individually packaged from Rainbow in Closter.

1. $8 - Rice, Japchae, Jeon, Fried dumplings

2. $9 - Rice, Bulgogi, Japchae, Fried dumpling

You may order through the PTO Website.

PTO Club Highlight: CDW Culinary Creations & Nutrition with HealthBarn USA

Each week students are taught by a HealthBarn USA educator who includes a healthy lifestyle lesson and preparation of a HealthBarn USA naturally delicious recipe. Topics include reading labels; learning about whole grains, proteins, healthy fats and exploring the 5 senses; food safety skills; making team pizzas; and more. All ingredients are organic, natural, nut-free foods. The unique curriculum emphasizes the importance of where food comes from, and why eating fresh is best for a healthy body.

Mr. L's Updates

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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Mr. Ron James Assembly

On Tuesday, January 11, 2022, Charles DeWolf Middle School once again hosted Mr. Ron James. Mr. James is a published author and business owner, but his true passion is traveling the country/world and speaking to kids about the power of choice. Mr. James fosters an atmosphere of gratitude, humility, respect, and dignity, and we were thrilled to have him back.

Intramural Sports Program

Ms. Brock - Intramural Dates & Activities

February - BADMINTON

March through April - BASKETBALL


Remember, the intramural program runs throughout the year so medical information can be submitted when your child wants to join. Please submit all PPE / HHQ documents to Mrs. McCarthy ( and forward all intramural-related emails to Ms. Brock (

Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (PPE)

Inter-Scholastic Sports and Intramurals

Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes

History Form

Concussion Management Guidelines

All of this information can also be found in the Student Handbook.


- The season will resume on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, for all Valley middle schools.

- An updated schedule has been shared with coaches, and players will get a copy next week.

- As of today, we have transportation for all rescheduled games.

- All spectators must wear a safety mask when in the building.


- Students of CDW will be reminded that they will not be permitted back in the building to attend a game. Unfortunately, we need to maximize seating spaces and reduce the number of spectators while Covid19 transmissions rates remain high.

Any questions, please contact Mr. Lauriello @


Math Assessments: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Geometry Students

Students in Mr. Sammarco and Mr. Clark's Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Ms. Reiser's Geometry classes are scheduled to take mid-year benchmark assessments on Tuesday, January 18th during Periods 1-3. These assessments will offer students an opportunity to show what they have learned in their courses thus far. They also will offer the teachers an opportunity to see what students have mastered and what will need to be re-taught. The Algebra I mid-year assessment results are used to assist with placement decisions in Grade 9 at NVOT. Please be sure your child(ren) gets a good night's rest prior to this assessment.

Science Assessment: Grade 7

Grade 7 students will take a Science Assessment on Tuesday, January 25th during Periods 2-4. This assessment is administered throughout the Northern Valley schools, and it gives the teachers an overview of students' scientific understandings to-date. The results from this mid-year Science Assessment will be used to assist with placement decisions next year, when we course plan for our eighth graders going into NVOT.

Dressing for the Weather

As the weather continues to get colder, it is important to send your child to school with the appropriate attire to attend outside Recess. Students have been reminded during OTBN's morning announcements to bring their coats, gloves, scarves, and hats to lunch with them so that they are prepared for Recess.

Harry Potter Read-Aloud

Students are invited to join Ms. DiPisa in the library on Tuesdays during lunch to eat and listen to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

A sign out sheet will be available each Tuesday in the cafeteria. Students must sign out of lunch to attend.

Nex-Trex Plastic Recycling Challenge

We are collecting plastic film in the containers outside of CDW. Once a month, from October through April, our CDW students in the Environmental Justice classes will retrieve the collection bags, weigh the contents, and track our collections. Our custodians will then bring our recycling to the collection center. In April, we will find out how our school ranked in the collection of recyclable plastic film. If we collect the most in our school size category, we could win another Trex bench for our outdoor classroom! Please see the flyer below for more information!

As of January 7th, we have 410 lbs. of plastic!!!

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CDW Clubs 2021-2022

Updated information about the clubs that CDW offers will be posted onto our CDW Clubs Webpage. Students also hear OTBN Morning Announcements for more information.

More clubs will be added as their schedules are confirmed.

NJHS Information for the Current 7th Grade Students

Membership in the NJHS at Charles DeWolf Middle School will be open to seventh graders who meet the criteria at the end of the third marking period. Please visit the NJHS Webpage for more information.

Art Room Supplies Needed!

Please have your child bring the needed art supplies to Ms. Watters in Room 106.
  • Plastic Bags
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
We thank you in advance for your support!

See the Flyer from Ms. Watters HERE.

Chromebook Insurance Information

If you would like to purchase insurance for your child(ren)'s school issued Chromebook, please refer to the information below.
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Volunteers play a huge part in the PTO, and what they are able to offer our students and teachers. Without volunteers, many of the programs that students, teachers, and families enjoy will not be able to happen. Volunteer descriptions can be found at: under "More Info" and then "Flyers."

If you have interest in joining the PTO Board, joining or running a committee, or just want to learn more- please reach out to the PTO by visiting and selecting "Contact Old Tappan PTO" under the Help tab.

COVID-19 Reminder

If a member of your household has tested positive (or is waiting on Covid-19 test results), please do not send your child(ren) to school and contact Mrs. McCarthy, our school nurse, to inform her. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Santa or Mrs. McCarthy.

If Your Child is Not Feeling Well

In an effort to minimize the potential spread of illness (Covid or non-Covid) at school, please keep your child home if he/she:
  • has a fever. Students should be fever-free for 24 hours without medication prior to returning to school.
  • is nauseous or is vomiting.
  • has diarrhea

Due to Covid-19, if your child comes to school with the following symptoms, Mrs. McCarthy, our school nurse, will call you to pick up your child from school:

  • At least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, rigors, myalgia, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose; OR
  • At least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new olfactory disorder, new taste disorder.

Any student who falls into one of the categories above will be required to have a negative Covid-19 test to return to school. If your child has a chronic illness with one or more of the above symptoms, please contact Mrs. McCarthy so she is aware.

Anytime your child is not feeling well, and will not attend school, please contact Mrs. McCarthy at 201-664-1475 ext. 2103.

Travel Quarantine Requirements- updated

The CDC has updated its guidelines regarding international travel. Starting November 8, students who travel internationally will not be required to quarantine following their return to the United States. The United States is requiring a negative Covid-19 test to re-enter the US (from any international destination), so quarantine will not be required. We still ask for families to monitor their child(ren) for symptoms upon their return and quarantine if symptoms surface.

You may visit the CDC Travel Website HERE.

Traffic Reminders


Please help keep our students safe during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up by practicing the following traffic rules.

1. Please do not enter the BOE parking to drop-off or pick-up your child(ren). Many of our students use that entrance to walk to their homeroom locations or pass through when walking home at the end of the day. We ask that you refrain from entering the BOE parking lot from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM and from 2:30 PM to 3:10 PM.

2. Please do not drive through any of the staff parking spots along Interschool Drive. Students should have a clear - safe - path to the sidewalk as they exit their vehicles.

3. If you drop your child(ren) off before the traffic cones on Interschool Drive, you can enter the right lane. This change in lanes will expedite your exit off school property.


  • The drop-off line is a continuously moving line. Please do not park in the staff parking spaces along Interschool Drive to drop off your child(ren). Children are exiting their vehicles and heading towards the sidewalk, and this causes an unsafe walking zone.
  • Please remind your child(ren) to exit the vehicle and walk behind your car.
  • Parent(s)/Guardian(s) should not exit the vehicle. If your child(ren) need assistance, the staff members are there to help.
  • Please do not use the right lane to drop off your child(ren). This lane is designated for cars moving through to the exit.


  • Please arrange a meeting area with your child(ren) so that you can locate them efficiently.
  • Please do not park and/or exit your vehicle regardless of your child(ren) being at TBD or CDW.
  • Please do not block designated emergency lanes that connect TBD and CDW.

General Traffic Rules Regarding Parking

  • Never park in a "No Parking, Fire Lane." These lanes are designated with yellow paint in diagonal lines on the pavement along with the words, "No Parking Fire Lane."
  • Never park along a curb that is painted yellow and leave your vehicle unattended.
  • Do not double park (park your vehicle beside another vehicle that is in a designated parking space).

Thanks for keeping our kids safe!

Mark Your Calendar


Monday, January 17th~ Martin Luther King Day: School Closed for students; Professional Development for Staff

Wednesday, January 19th~ AMC 8 Math Competition, 3:00 PM (invite only)

Wednesday, January 19th~ District-Based Planning Team Meeting with Dr. DaGiau, 1PM and 7PM in the BOE Conference Room

Thursday, January 27th~ Marking Period 2 Ends (Report Cards will be viewable via the Parent Portal on February 1st at 12PM.)

Old Tappan School Year Calendar - 2021-2022

Click here to view the calendar.