CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

May 20, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa

NJSLA Make-Up Testing

If your child(ren) missed a unit due to an absence, Dr. Sullivan will schedule a time for him/her to complete the assessment in the upcoming weeks.

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


2022-2023 National Junior Honor Society Members

On Tuesday, May 17th, the Grade 7 students who met the criteria to be a NJHS member were officially inducted. The prestigious ceremony was led by Mrs. DeSciora, the NJHS Advisor, and the current Grade 8 NJHS students.

The Grade 8 students displayed their Changemaker projects, which the new NJHS members will look forward to completing next year.

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Bravo to the CDW Bands and Choir!

It was a joyful week at CDW with the CDW Bands and Choir filling the Lynch Gym! On Thursday night, the Grade 8 band students continued the CDW tradition as they presented their stand to Mr. Rosolanko! Congratulations to Mr. Rosolanko, Ms. Osbahr, and the CDW students on two excellent shows!

On Friday, the Grade 8 band students got on a bus at 5:45 AM to perform at Toms River High School before heading to Great Adventure for a fun-filled day!

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Murr came to CDW, and it was a blast!

Impractical Jokers' James “Murr” Murray recently published a book called, "Area 51 Interns: Alien Summer." Murray spoke to the students about the efforts and time it took to get where he is today, and he encouraged them to never give up on their dreams! After the assemblies, students (and staff) who purchased a book were able to meet Murr and get their pictures taken with him.

Many thanks to the PTO for providing such an amazing experience for the CDW students!

CDW Transition Meetings

Each year, CDW offers transition meetings for parents to learn about their child(ren)'s next grade level. Topics that will be presented include academics, extracurricular activities, and other highlights for the upcoming grade level. Although we foster an environment of independence at the middle school level, home and school partnership is always a necessity. This year, the dates of the transition meetings are as follows:

  • Grade 4 to Grade 5 Transition Meeting- Tuesday, June 7th, 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Grade 5 to Grade 6 Transition Meeting- Monday, June 13th, 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Grade 6 to Grade 7 Transition Meeting- Tuesday, June 14th, 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Grade 7 to Grade 8 Transition Meeting- Thursday, June 16th, 7:00-8:00 PM

The meeting presentations will be posted to the school's website following the last meeting date.

Grade 7 and 8 Year-End Assessment Schedule

The purpose of year-end assessments is to see what our students learned in their core

subjects and what learning they will carry with them to the next grade level. Students are exposed to Year-End Assessments that require them to think back on their learning and to share what they have learned. Teachers plan for these assessments to be meaningful and to assess the big ideas of their subject's content. Please see the schedule below.

Grade 7 Year-End Assessments:

  • Tuesday, June 14th- Spanish
  • Wednesday, June 15th- Science
  • Thursday, June 16th- Social Studies
  • Friday, June 17th- Math
  • Monday, June 20th- Language Arts

Grade 8 Year-End Assessments:

  • Monday, June 13th- Language Arts (AM) and Spanish (PM)

  • Tuesday, June 14th- Science (in class) and Social Studies (in class)

  • Wednesday, June 15th- Pre-Algebra, Algebra, or Geometry (AM)

*Teachers will continue to have class conversations that lead up to these assessments.

The students will know what to expect in each of their classes.

Math Placement Procedures

The Northern Valley Criterion-Referenced Tests (CRTs) are developed by committees of teachers from schools in the Valley. The CRTs, which provide useful program planning information, are a viable measure of inter-district commitment and cooperation in order to achieve a sequential and articulated curriculum among the elementary and secondary schools in the region. The testing program is supported by the Northern Valley Schools Consortium and local boards of education in the region.

CDW students in grades 5-7 will take the Criterion-Referenced Test on Tuesday, May 24th, which will provide specific information about a student's understanding of math content according to their grade levels.

For Current Grade 5 Students:
All Grade 5 students will take the Grade 5 Criterion-Referenced Test, as explained above. This test offers us a gauge of student performance. For students who perform extraordinarily well on this test, earning a score of 95% or higher, they will be asked to sit for a secondary assessment. Families of these identified students will be notified by June 1. The purpose of a secondary assessment would be to ascertain the selected students' potential success in skipping Grade 6 Math and moving directly into accelerated Pre-Algebra as a sixth grader. You will be notified by July 1 if your child is eligible to make this Grade 6 Math skip.

To be eligible for this Grade 6 course skip, the students would have to:

  • Earn a score of 95% or higher on the Grade 5 Criterion-Referenced Test, as stated directly above
  • Earn a score of 90% or higher on the secondary math placement test, as explained above
  • Earn a minimum average of 95% or higher for each marking period in Grade 5 Math
  • Earn teacher recommendation, based on class performance, work ethic, motivation, ability to work independently, and participation
  • NJSLA scores are also considered.

For Current Grade 6 Students:
In Grade 7, we offer two courses of study: Pre-Algebra, which is an accelerated course, and Grade 7 Math, which is an average-level course. Prior to placing students into either Pre-Algebra or Grade 7 Math, the following criteria are considered:

  • Teacher recommendation, based on class performance, work ethic, motivation, ability to work independently, and participation
  • Criterion-Referenced Test Score (math placement test) of 85% or higher - see test explanation above
  • Year-end math average of 93% or higher
  • NJSLA scores are also considered.

Notification of course placement will be communicated to all families by July 1.

For Current Grade 7 Students:
We use the Criterion-Referenced Test to assess students' current placement and to determine if movement into Algebra I is appropriate in Grade 8.

Thank you Super Heroes and Cool Kids!

The NVOT Super Heroes and Cool Kids Club came for their final visit with the Grade 6 students this week. The lesson was about making good choices, even if "everyone else is doing it." The students then completed an activity that gave them an opportunity to give their peers compliments. As always, the students ended the lesson with a Q&A session and a class game of Rock, Paper, and Scissors.

Current Grade 7~ Interested in the Student Government Executive Board for the 2022-2023 School Year?

If you are a current 7th grade student and would like to run for the CDW Student Government Executive Board, there will be an interest meeting on Wednesday, May 25th immediately after school in room 209. To be eligible to run for student government, you must attend this meeting.

Email Ms. Cohen at with any questions.

The CDW Art Show~ Thursday, June 9th

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Calling All Artists!

August 26th marks Women's Equality Day commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. To increase awareness of this historical achievement, the Bergen County Commission on the Status of Women is inviting all schools in Bergen County to participate in the Women's Equality Day Art Exhibit on August 28th, 2022.

The artwork should represent the student's interpretation of the meaning and significance of Women's Equality. Work should be 2-Dimensional, and no larger than "9x12". See Ms. Watters for further requirements or with any questions!

All work must be to Ms. Watters no later than Monday, June 13th!

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Honors Band Recipients

Congratulations to the following students who auditioned and were accepted to various honor bands this spring.

Region 1 Wind Symphony

Nathaniel Lee - 7th grade

MEBCI Bergen County Middle School Honors Band

Nathaniel Lee - 7th grade

Aliya Khan - 8th grade

Mr. L's Updates

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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Spring Sports Update!


The Knights' baseball team slugged their way to a 16-4 victory this week over Northvale. Anthony Miceli and Thomas Collins both hit clutch home runs late in the game to put the game out of reach. Maximos Demaras pitched 4 strong innings and was relieved by nice outings from Zach Miller, Joey Crescitelli, and Leo DeCandia. Also, special shoutout to team managers Sadie Murphy and Nina Caunedo for helping the team!


The girl's softball team beat Northvale this week in the last inning. Ella Ferraro battled and pitched a great game. Catcher Leah Savino called a solid game behind the plate and made great defensive plays. Captain Sofia Savino hit a clutch RBI double and stole home to tie the game. Ava Hull stole two bases with two outs and scored the game winning run. The girls are now 5-0! Special thanks to team managers Bailey West and Ava Richards.


The CDW track team defeated Northvale on Thursday at NVOT.

The girl's team was lead by Angie Kelley, Giselle Conway, and captains Charlotte Malady and Sienna Drullinsky. Angie won the 100, Giselle the long jump, Sienna the 800, and Charlotte the 200. Alexa Caunedo won the disc. Other outstanding performers were Lyla Dyer, Zoe Geallat, Christina DeAndrea, Megan Collins, Brooke Pearson, and Ginny Choi.

The boy's team was led by first place finishers Anthony Miceli in the 100, Leo Etter in the 6o and the mile, Caleb Kim in the 200, Stefan Wiklinski in the 800, Jason Koo in the 400 and the disc, and Harold Kang won the shot. Other athletes that pointed were John Bilali, Omar Amhad, Matt Mancinelli, Junho Kee, Luke Bedoya, Guy Geallat, Max Kim, Scott Houba, Ryan Kwon, Niko Forcellati, and Jonah Kim.

Thanks to Bailey West and Lindsey Massaro, as well as all the students that showed up for their support and encouragement.

HERE is the Spring Sports Schedule.

Intramural Sports Program

Ms. Brock - Intramural Dates & 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 ( 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.

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Summer Skill-Booster Program

We are excited to offer the Summer Skill Booster Program again this summer to all Old Tappan students currently enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Sessions have been set, and it is time to register! Click here to find more information about the program and links to register for a summer session. Space is limited, so register early! Registration will close on June 30, 2022. Should you have any questions about the Summer Skill-Booster Program, please contact Mr. Lauriello, CDW Student Manager and Summer Program Supervisor, at

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Golden Knights Boys Basketball Camp~ July 11th-15th

The Golden Knights Boys Basketball Camp at NVOT is specifically designed to provide a complete in-depth basketball experience that will emphasize the fundamentals in order to help boys, ages 8-17, reach their full potential. Please see the registration information HERE.


Upcoming CDW Spirit Day

Get your green and white ready! The Student Government has planned the next Spirit Wear for May 25th! Show your School Spirit!

Girls in Engineering and Technology Camp

The Northern Valley Regional Technology and Engineering department is proud to announce that they will be running the Girls in Engineering and Technology camp this June from 6/27-6/29. The camp is free for rising 7th and 8th grade girls who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. Please see the flyer below for more information.
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CELEBRATE the EARTH 2022 Old Tappan Environmental Commission (OTEC)

If you are a Grade 5-8 student interested in the OTEC's Digital Photo Contest and Show, see the flyer below for information on how to enter the contest.
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Chromebook Usage and Safety

Our school-issued Chromebook device damage rates are on the rise and very high. Please remind your child to keep his/her Chromebook in his/her school-issued case. It is highly recommended that you purchase insurance for your child(ren)'s school-issued Chromebook. Please refer to the information below if you have not purchased the insurance yet.

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Old Tappan PTO

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.

Mark Your Calendar


Tuesday, May 24th~ Grades 5-7 Math CRT

Tuesday, May 24th~ The PTO Meeting is in the CDW Media Center at 7 PM.

Wednesday, May 25th~ CDW Spirit Day

Monday, May 30th~ School is Closed for Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 31st~ NVOT 8th Grade Picnic at 4:30 PM


Wednesday, June 1st to Friday, June 3rd~ 8th Grade Trip

Wednesday, June 1st~ 6th Grade Class Challenge (Periods 2-3)

7th Grade Class Challenge (Periods 7-8)

Thursday, June 2nd~ 5th Grade Class Challenge (Periods 2-3)

Monday, June 6th~ The Board of Education Meeting will be in the BOE Conference Room

at 8 PM.

Tuesday, June 7th~ Grade 4 Transition Visit to CDW

Tuesday, June 7th~ PTO Special Lunch

Tuesday, June 7th~ Grade 4 to Grade 5 Transition Meeting for Parents, 7 PM

Wednesday, June 8th~ CDW Spirit Day

Thursday, June 9th~ Art Show 3-7 PM

Monday, June 13th~ 5th to 6th Grade Transition Meeting, 7 PM

Tuesday, June 14th~ 6th to 7th Grade Transition Meeting, 7 PM

Wednesday, June 15th~ Choir Trip

Thursday, June 16th~ 7th to 8th Grade Transition Meeting, 7 PM

Tuesday, June 21st~ Half Day Dismissal; Grade 8 Graduation, 5:30 PM

Wednesday, June 22nd~ Half Day Dismissal/Last Day of School; Marking Period 4 Report Cards on the Genesis Parent Portal at 12 PM

Old Tappan School Year Calendar - 2021-2022

Click here to view the calendar.

Approved School Year Calendar- 2022-2023

Our Board of Education approved the operating calendar for the 2022-2023 school year. The calendar can be found on the district website or by clicking here.