CDW Weekly Wrap-Up
January 14, 2022
A Message from Ms. Santa
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grades 5, 6, 7 Parents
Mrs. Richardson can be reached at 201-664-1475 ext 2203 or email@example.com. Speaking with Mrs. Richardson first will ensure a smooth application process.
Marking Period 2 Dates
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
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
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
Mr. L's Updates
Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager
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
May through June - RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
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 (McCarthy@nvnet.org) and forward all intramural-related emails to Ms. Brock (Brockl@nvnet.org).
All of this information can also be found in the Student Handbook.
CDW BOYS' & GIRLS' BASKETBALL UPDATES
- 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.
- UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, SPECTATORS FOR HOME & AWAY GAMES ARE LIMITED TO IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS.
- 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 @ Lauriello@nvnet.org.
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
Dressing for the Weather
Harry Potter Read-Aloud
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
As of January 7th, we have 410 lbs. of plastic!!!
CDW Clubs 2021-2022
More clubs will be added as their schedules are confirmed.
NJHS Information for the Current 7th Grade Students
Art Room Supplies Needed!
- Plastic Bags
See the Flyer from Ms. Watters HERE.
Chromebook Insurance Information
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: OTPTO.org 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 OTPTO.org and selecting "Contact Old Tappan PTO" under the Help tab.
If Your Child is Not Feeling Well
- 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.
ATTENTION ALL CDW PARENTS / GUARDIANS:
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.)