Mount Olive High School

"First We Will Be Best, Then We Will Be First!"

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Mount Olive High School

Home of 21st Century "Hands On, Minds On" World Class Learning! Developing Independent, Creative, Innovative, and Critical Thinkers!
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Today's Learners... Tomorrow's Leaders...

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Mount Olive Township School District Mission Statement

The Mount Olive Township School District, a guiding and unifying partner in a dynamic community, educates, challenges and inspires all learners within a safe, nurturing environment to discover and develop their unique abilities as literate, ethical and contributing citizens of the world.

Message From the Principal

Dear Student and Parent/Guardian,


Welcome Back! I hope you are rejuvenated and anticipating the start of the 2019-2020 school year to begin! The entire Mount Olive High School staff is anxiously waiting to commence another incredible journey filled with extraordinary amounts of student growth, development and college and career readiness!


Every year we enjoy tremendous enhancements in the curricular and co-curricular realms of our complete high school experience. We will continue to further our initiatives, attain our desired outcomes, commit ourselves to excellence and strive to accomplish our goals and objectives.

We have established clearly defined expectations for our entire learning community: raising levels of student achievement, improving standardized test scores, challenging students to challenge themselves to the most rigorous course load they can handle, infusing technology into the delivery of instruction, demanding that students become active participants in their own learning experience, continuing to strengthen literacy across the curriculum, developing independent thinking, promoting the ideals of character development, improving daily student attendance, and creating a school climate and culture that emanates massive levels of spirit and pride! We will not compromise our beliefs, our ideals, our values, or the policies and practices that have shaped our success in all of our endeavors.


One thing will remain constant – everyone must adhere to all school rules and regulations. Every student has the right to learn in an environment free from disruptions and inappropriate behaviors. Safety and security are always the highest priorities. Every student must be punctual and present each day throughout the year! We are expecting every stakeholder to support our mission, our initiatives, and the means we have chosen to pursue.


The 2019-2020 school year will be marked with new levels of achievement and progress as we cooperatively and collaboratively extend the legacy of excellence that has become a defining characteristic of Mount Olive High School! I will again challenge every member of our learning community to perform at their fullest potential, take advantage of all the afforded opportunities, and strive for excellence in every aspect of the school year!


Yours In Excellence,

Kevin R. Stansberry

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We are ready to send emails to parents for returning student registration. Parents who receive this email will be able to confirm their contact and emergency information and update their profiles via the parent portal. The school secretaries will then be able to deliver the data to Powerschool. This process will also provide an opportunity agree to the terms of Mount Olive Township School's Acceptable Use Policy. This is a necessary component of the 1:1 Chromebook Initiative. Please take the time to complete the registration process before September 5th. Thank you!


How do I get started?


Visit https://mtolive.powerschool.com/public/home.html - and sign into the Parent Portal:

  1. Select the student you wish to register along the top
  2. Select the Student Registration Icon on the left side for 2019-2020.
  3. Agree to the terms and conditions
  4. Click Begin Forms


I can’t remember my login for the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
If you aren’t able to retrieve your login credentials using the “Having trouble signing in?” link on the Sign In page, please contact your school directly for assistance logging in to the Parent Portal.


Do I have to answer all the questions?
Questions marked with a box titled "Required" are mandatory.


What if I make a mistake?
If you would like to make a change prior to submitting the form, you can either navigate back to the page using the “< Prev” and “Next >” buttons or if you are on the Review page click on the underlined field. If you have already submitted the form you will need to contact your student’s school so they can make the changes for you.


I’ve completed the form, now what?
Once you have finished entering your information click “Submit.” This will send all of the information you’ve entered to the school. If you cannot click on this button you will need to make sure that you have answered all required questions.


What if I have more than one student in the district? Do I need to do this for each child?
Yes you will need to provide information that is specific to each child. We recommend that you complete and submit one form and then start another. This will allow you to “snap” (or share) selected family information, which saves you time.


Help! I’m on the form and I’m having technical difficulties.

For technical support, visit our PowerSchool Community help center or click “Help” from any form page.

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Student success is predicated on a myriad of combined influences on students, attitudes portrayed to students and support systems made available to students. We have recognized that the expectations we have as educators defines the extent and potential for student achievement. Our objective is to guide and facilitate all students as they master learned information and material. We strive to support our students in all capacities to ensure that they gain the full benefits of maximum proficiency of taught concepts, leading them to greater understanding of themselves and the world around them. We work to direct our students to be reflective in their learning and living, allowing the habit of metacognition to fuel ongoing excitement and curiosity for learning. We aim to spark innovation, creativity and an appreciation for becoming active participants in their own learning and developmental process.


We are strongly encouraging students to take advantage of the support systems in place at Mount Olive High School which will provide them with greater academic understanding and success. There are numerous extra-help provisions in order to promote further gain of mastery, build skills sets, and establish habits and routines for life-long learning.


In the secondary setting, students are provided with increased academic responsibilities, which demands that they develop a sense of their abilities, their strengths and the areas that require remediation. Heightening student accountability will greatly enhance their college and career readiness, discipline, preparation routines, and self-empowerment.

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Apply for the Free and Reduced Lunch program using the PaySchools program located under the Parents tab on the Mount Olive High School website (http://www.motsd.org/mohs)


You must create a new user registration the first time you enter this data system. You must enter the student’s name as it is in PowerSchool and you must also have the student’s local id #. If you already have PowerSchool access, you can obtain the Local ID number by clicking on the Demographics Tab in PowerSchool and the number is listed as the Student Number. If you have access to an old high school report card the student number is also listed on the top right corner.

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The Asthma Action Plan, Permission for Self Administration of Medication and Physician Orders for Medication forms are located under the Academics tab on the Health and Nursing Services page on the Mount Olive High School site.
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To keep you fully updated on events that are going on at our school, the district has invested in software that will allow us to send out school announcements to your email or phone through School Messenger. Instructions are located on the Mount Olive High School webpage under the Announcement section.
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Bus passes will no longer be mailed. Transportation information is accessed via the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you have questions or concerns regarding busing information, please contact transportation directly at 973-691-4005 x 5938
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New Jersey Administrative Law and the Mount Olive Board of Education require regular attendance for all students.


Again, for this school year, a student will not be granted credit in a scheduled course after his/her cumulative absences exceed a total of Fourteen (14) absences for a full year and Seven (7) for a half-year course. There will not be a distinction between excused and unexcused absences in the cumulative total. All absences,unless part of a school function or trip, will have to be verified by a parent/legal guardian. Please note that repeated truancy will become a disciplinary matter with appropriate consequences and/ or administrative follow- through.

Lates to class will continue to require teacher and administrative intervention.


We believe that being present appreciably impacts student academic performance! Studies consistently indicate positive and statistically significant relationships between student attendance and academic achievement. Daily attendance is necessary in order for students to succeed with the acquisition of demanding skills and complex content. Chronic absenteeism is often responsible for the widening of achievement gaps at all levels.The recent standards and accountability movement make every day of school matter. Please make every effort to attend school with regularity.

“BE PRESENT!” – Make Each Day A Story Worth Telling!

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Be An Active Participant in Your Own Educational Journey!

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While Mount Olive High School is extremely excited by our progress, gains and accomplishments, we are also experiencing an increased concern regarding “vaping” (using e-cigarettes or vaporizers). We have been taking steps to address this issue, including the use of elevated consequences for possession or use of vaporizers on campus. Knowing full well the importance of partnering with our parents to continue to educate our students about the negative health effects associated with this new phenomena, I wanted to share more details about our educational intentions and how you can monitor and reinforce similar efforts at home.

Vaporizers are the latest innovations for ingesting nicotine or marijuana in a dangerously intensive manner while masking any strong, suspicious odors. They are very compact and portable, some resembling a USB flash drive or ink pen. As these devices become more easily accessible, and less detectable, there is a growing concern at the high school and perhaps at the middle school level that, use of these devices will continue to increase. We are charged to explore strategies and approaches that will work to eliminate this current trend.

Use of vaporizers is very concerning and problematic because:

· One Juul cartridge (which for some teenagers represent their daily usage) is equal to a pack of cigarettes in terms of the nicotine volume.

· These devices can easily be purchased online via Amazon.com or Juul-specific sites such as www.juulvapor.com.

· Whereas there is a clear body of research that links cigarettes and tobacco to lung cancer, Juuls and flavored nicotine are so new that there is not extensive scientific data on their health implications. We simply do not know what the long-term health consequence might be, and lack of specific information and warnings make it more difficult to educate our students.

· The ease of transitioning from flavored nicotine to liquid THC (the chemical in marijuana) makes Juuls a potential “gateway” to drug addiction and abuse.

Possession of and use of vaping devices in school will result in the confiscation of the device, an immediate drug test screening, school suspensions and may include municipal fines. Possession with the intent to distribute or distribution of vaping devices and related vaping paraphernalia will also result in the confiscation of the device, immediate drug test screening, school suspensions and contacting local law enforcement.

Please be assured that even if usage of these devices is relatively low among our students and aligned with the experiences of other schools, we nonetheless will continue to take steps to address this issue on campus. Protecting student health and safety is our highest priority. These devices certainly have no place on the campus of Mount Olive High School. We value your partnership in supporting your child’s well being and the good standing of our school and community. We will continue to edify our staff and students through numerous mediums to safeguard the values we developed and honed over the last two decades.


We hope that further education will help us inform and shape the critical conversations we will continue to have with your children. We also know that you are addressing these issues at home on an ongoing basis. We look forward to continuing a conversation with parents on these and other topics around our students’ health and wellness.

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Dangerously Misinformed!

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For the 2019-2020 School Year, Mount Olive High School will utilize a digital student agenda only. Students will be responsible for familiarizing themselves with all of the school practice, protocols and code of conduct contents. Student passes will be administered and monitored by staff throughout the school day. The student agenda will be linked to our Mount Olive High School website for both parents and students to reference.
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Recent research and evidence clearly shows that a conscientious emphasis on student dress code can and does increase the safety of school, reduces the number of disruptions based on behavioral problems, positively benefits the school climate, and promotes a professional setting in which the focus of school is on education and academic success.


Students at Mount Olive High School are expected to dress in a manner consistent in showing responsibility, pride, and awareness that school is a place of business, as well as an institution of positive regard for discipline and authority.Students are expected to be neat and clean in appearance. If, in the opinion of the administration, a student’s attire is such that it disrupts the educational process, detracts from the orderly running of school activities or constitutes a threat to the health and/ or safety of students, the administration will request either the student’s parent/guardian bring appropriate attire to school or have the student sent home. Repeated violations of the dress code will result in disciplinary action.


Please take the time to read and review the “Dress Code” section of your child’s student agenda. Attire that does not meet our expectations includes: clothing that does not cover undergarments, midriff shirts, sheer clothing, backless or halter-tops. Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be an appropriate length. All pants must be worn at the waist. Please wear a belt or proper sizes. We strongly feel attention to apparel befitting the educational setting is imperative to creating a positive school climate and culture and sets the tonefor high expectations in terms of student performance.We appreciate your support and cooperation!

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This school year we will continue eliminating cell phone usage in the classroom and during passing time. Standard operating procedure may require you to store your cell phone in a designated area of the classroom for the duration of the block as per teacher directive. This practice will also apply to underclassman study hall assignments. We have realized situations that compromised the academic integrity of our assessment practices, distracted or disrupted the educational setting, and fueled student conflict using social networking forums during the course of the school day. Accessibility to Chromebooks in the classroom has reduced the necessity to use student cell phones. We expect your cooperation at all times as it pertains to reducing the number of negative encounters of cell phone usage during unauthorized segments of the daily schedule. If you feel that you are unwilling to relinquish your cell phone as part of this initiative, we suggest that you keep your cell phone in your locker, in your car, or leave your cell phone at home. Students who do not follow the parameters as established by your teachers and administrators will have their cell phone confiscated and we will follow the progressive disciple guidelines clearly outlined in our student agendas. As always, we appreciate your support and cooperation in maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment conducive to the highest levels of student performance. The 5 - 30 - 90 - Rule will be in effect again this school year.

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All stakeholders can expect enhanced student progress indicator reporting for the 2019-2020 school year. When students and parents/guardians access the Quick Lookup Screen a table will appear that defines each category element and its value within our grading formula. A narrative will accompany the table to provide additional information about our student performance expectations. You will also find links to each course syllabus that provide more detail regarding class routines, course themes and additional resources and supports. We firmly believe that better clarity will positively improve student achievement and understanding while strengthening our home-school communication/ partnership.


Additional Changes to PowerSchool Accessibility...


  • Mount Olive High School will no longer send email alerts to families for grades entered that are less than a (70).
  • The PowerSchool Portal will be closed from 7:00am-3:00pm Monday through Friday for Parents and Students


Both measures are intended to alleviate the anxiety and stress affiliated with the alerts and the review of grades during the school day. We hope to continue improving parent-teacher-student interaction and communication during the school year. The absence of the alert feature and framing PowerSchool access will foster a more balanced relationship with roles, accountability and responsibilities. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kevin Stansberry at 973-927-2208 Ext. 7101.

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The mission of Renaissance is to promote and achieve academic excellence throughout your high school matriculation. The Renaissance program has been a part of the Mount Olive High School learning culture for over a decade and has recognized hundreds of students who have been dedicated to academic performance, demonstrated exemplary school attendance, and have been active and contributing members of our school community. Each year,students who have demonstrated consistent academic achievement throughout the year are recognized at the Annual Renaissance Awards Ceremony. To be eligible forrecognition, a student’s unweighted GPA is calculated based on the grades issued for each course for each marking period. The student who attains an unweighted GPA of a 3.5 or higher, with noindividual grade lower than a B– and no grades of Incomplete, are eligible.

The Renaissance program also acknowledges special student achievement. Students who qualify for Renaissance all four years earn "Super Senior" recognition. A senior “Student of the Year” is also honored and recognized during our end of year ceremony where we conduct our annual "Hall of Fame" Induction Ceremony.

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Mount Olive High School

Kevin R. Stansberry

Principal

Ext. 7101

kevin.stansberry@motsd.org


James Kramer

Assistant Principal, Grades 11 & 12

Ext. 7225

james.kramer@motsd.org


Susan Pasqualone

Assistant Principal, Grades 9 & 10

Ext. 7205

susan.pasqualone@motsd.org


Robert Feltmann

Assistant Principal of Pupil Services

Ext. 7305

robert.feltmann@motsd.org


David Falleni

Director of Athletics

Ext. 7505

david.falleni@motsd.org


Lea Margosiak

Instructional Supervisor - ELA/Social Studies

lea.margosiak@motsd.org


Keith Lucid

Instructional Supervisor - Math

keith.lucid@motsd.org


Christine Nelson

Secretary - Principal

Ext. 7101

christine.nelson@motsd.org