Blue Jay Broadcast

September 23, 2021

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Dear Families,

School is in full swing and we are very excited about some of the cool events that we have planned for the Fall such as our student elections, Fall Spirit March, Respect Week, Spirit Week, Class Hall Decorating, and the Homecoming Game and Dance in October.


The first week of October has been designated as The Week of Respect by the New

Jersey State Legislature. The bill came about in light of the tragic events that have

taken place in far too many youths’ lives regarding bullying experiences. As educators,

we are increasing our message to end bullying and to respect others in an effort to raise

awareness and combat the effects bullying has on children, both long and short term.


During the week of October 4th-8th students will be participating in activities that focus on respect, bully prevention and ways to build our community. One such activity is called "Post It Forward". You have heard the expression pay it forward: performing good deeds without expecting something in return. In Post It Forward, students will write positive, affirmation statements on a post it note and stick it on their desk for the person who will sit there the following period. By the end of the day, students will have numerous positive post it notes on their desks to read. Additionally, we will be asking staff to recognize a few students each day that they have "caught" demonstrating random acts of kindness. Those students will then receive a gift card for their kindness.


Science proves that performing acts of kindness is beneficial for all of the people involved. When you do a good deed (or someone does something nice for you), your body releases "feel good" hormones like serotonin and oxytocin. ... It reduces anxiety, makes you feel calmer, and increases happiness too.


We appreciate your anticipated support in reminding your child(ren) to practice kindness every day.


As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

#InThisTogether #WeGotThis


All My Best,

Ms. Dana Chibbaro, Principal

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Masks

We really enjoy having our students in school. One way to help that is for everyone to wear a mask properly. All staff and students are required to wear a proper mask inside the school building (please note that gaiters are not approved facial masks) except when seated in the cafeteria actively eating or drinking. While we do have extra masks in the main office and nurses office in the event a student's mask becomes unwearable for some reason, it is the family's responsibility to make sure that their child arrives at school each day properly wearing an appropriate mask. We want to thank everyone who is assisting in the effort to keep our staff and students as safe as possible.
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Leaving School Early

While we would prefer that parents schedule appointments for their children for afterschool hours, we understand that it is sometimes not possible. If your child needs to leave school early, please provide us with a note in advance letting us know what time your child needs to leave, whether they will be returning, and who will be picking them up. Please note that students need to be in school for 4 hours for the day to count for attendance. Students under 18 cannot sign themselves out.


If your child is not feeling well after arriving at school, they need to go to the nurses office to be evaluated before they can be released from school.

Student Council and Class Elections

MHS BTS Night

Tuesday, Sep. 28th, 6:30pm

300 John F Kennedy Drive

Middlesex, NJ

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Better Safe Than Sorry: Advanced Cell Phone & Internet Safety For Teens - Middlesex Prosecutor's Office

October 13, 2021 6-8pm


Join us virtually, to learn about the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) campaign. This campaign aims to educate teens and young children about cell phone and Internet safety and the dangers of certain “apps” that can be used to exploit and victimize children on their cell phones and other electronic devices.


This event is intended for adolescents and is a follow-up to the event that was held on June 17, 2021, which addressed the concerns of parents. For more information please contact:

Det. Paul Kelley at 732-745-3330


See the attached flyer for the zoom link

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Heroes Bulletin Board

Special thanks to Madison Robel for conceiving and creating this amazing dedication board which is proudly displayed in our school! We love when students take such initiative and show such compassion.

University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Recipient Mrs. Vera Vitali

Congratulations to Mrs. Vera Vitali for being named one of the University of Chicago's Outstanding Educators due to nomination made by her former student Daniel Galvin (Class of 2021) who was recently accepted into the prestigious institution! Mrs, Vitali received the letter, certificate, shirt, and plaque above along with a Staples gift card.

MHS Digital Announcement Board

In order to keep everyone informed of all of the various events and initiatives at the high school - whether in school or virtual - we have created the MHS Digital Announcement Board which can be accessed from the high school website. Please refer often to it for the latest announcements!
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Middlesex High School

Administration

Dana Chibbaro, Principal

Peter Bovee, Assistant Principal

Jennifer Powers, Director of School Counseling Services

Mike O’Donnell, Director of Athletics


School Counselors

Students with Last Names A-F

Karen Blumetti

Students with Last Names G-N

Gina Shehu

Students with Last Names O-Z

James Schmitt

Student Assistance Counselor

Stacy Ulmer



Teacher Leaders

CTE, Business, and Technology: Gabrielle Smith

English: Marc Koellhoffer

Fine and Practical Arts: Vince Inciong

Mathematics: Jessica Bodenschatz

Physical Education: Gary Brenner

Science: Diane Gitler

Social Studies: Paul Vernaci

Special Education: Kristen Berkowitz

World Languages: Ken Perez


Support Staff

School Nurse: Bonnie Trower

Librarian: Lauren Heiba

Head Secretary: Lori Ciesla

Main Office Secretary: Dina Mascarelli

School Counseling Secretary: Theresa Cuba

Middlesex High School Ceramics

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