Blue Jay Broadcast

News and Notes from the Hallways of MHS

Coffee talk with Mr. Guzman

Welcome to our latest edition of the Blue Jay Broadcast!

Back to School Night starts at 6:30 in the Auditorium on September 28th. In addition to meeting the teachers and administrators, some of our clubs and activities will be set up in the cafeteria so you can learn more about them. Encourage your students to get involved in school, there is something for everyone.

Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15th - October 15th. During morning announcements, we are highlighting individuals who are positive influences and have made an impact in the world. They include individuals from music, television, radio, sports and literature. One was even awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contributions to literature. There will be a fundraising event in October to end the month's celebration.

The Weeks of Respect and Violence Awareness are coming up in October, the Week of Respect is October 2nd - 6th and the Week of Violence Awareness is October 16th - 20th. The theme this year for MHS is "Being the Change that You Want to See in the World", many of the activities during these weeks are focused on the core values of Honesty, Character, Service, Compassion and Kindness, Respect and Tolerance.

These activities include, "Start a Fire", an Anti-Bullying Assembly presented by Craig Jandoli which will teach our students not only to be leaders, but to be true to themselves in order to succeed. This is one of our goals for our students success not only in school but in their everyday lives. Diversity Day has become popular with both staff and students participating by sharing food, music and stories of their family's country of origin. This display of pride in their culture is also a fundraiser for the Joseph Sabato Memorial Scholarship Fund. There are additional activities throughout the two weeks to bring awareness to these issues.

News & Notes

Our Friday night football game under the lights was the first battle of the classes event for the 2017-2018 school year. The event began during the school day with a White Out and continued on to the football game. All students were encouraged to wear white to support our Jays and to earn class points. Even though our Jays did not take home the win, they played a great game into OT and everyone enjoyed the night under the lights. Join us for our next home game on Friday, September 22!

Is your student interested in JaysFest? Any students interested in being dancers should see Mr. Brenner. Students who have already signed up need to pick up their Sponsor letters this week in room 205 so they can start raising money. The first t-shirt fundraiser will be in the beginning of October!

If your student has not had their senior picture taken or needs to have it retaken, the last opportunity is September 29th. Students must schedule an appointment, this can be done through the website or students can see Ms. Riecken in room 222 by September 27th.

Did You Know?

There are over 20 clubs and 12 sports for the students to participate in. These are great opportunities to meet new people and get involved in the school community. Stop in the cafeteria during Back to School Night to learn more about some of our clubs and activities.

One of the newest activities is JaysFest, which finds our students fundraising throughout the school year, with a 24 hour dance marathon in June to end this yearlong event. In it's inaugural year, JaysFest raised $25,129.93 for children in Middlesex who live with pediatric illness. This is a great opportunity for the students to get involved and make a difference in the community.

Shout Outs

Congratulations to Kayla Jilus for being selected as a Youth Leader for the 2018 Elks Peer Leadership Conference which will be held in February at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch, NJ. As a Youth Leader, Kayla will participate in conference planning and will work closely with the Elks and other students from across NJ.

Once a Blue Jay, Always a Blue Jay

David Garcia, a 2009 graduate, was the recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. David is a Chemistry Ph.D. candidate at Brown University, What an amazing accomplishment! For more information about David's award, please visit

Brennan Price, a 2013 graduate, signed a free agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays this summer. As of July, he was assigned to their Rookie League Affiliate in the Gulf Coast League, the GCL Blue Jays. Congratulations, Brennan!

This past weekend, the Class of 1967 held their 50th high school reunion. As part of their reunion weekend, some of the classmates joined us at our Friday night football game. Welcome back to the nest!

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