Classroom Notes

*6th grade Language Arts students are participating in a “Book Talk” within their class to share and recommend their independent reading.
*Through a TEF sponsored artist in residency program, students of the 7th grade class are welcoming members of the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey to run a program called “Pages to Players”.
*7th grade students built “greenhouses” to investigate how filtered light effects the growth of lima bean plants. Students planted the seeds and have been recording growth patterns for the past month. They will draw conclusions based on these results and research on wavelengths of light.
*Mr. Joel Barrett, Mr. Mike Ryder, and an 8th grade parent organized a special presentation for 8th grade students. On December 7th, Dr. Ben-Menachem visited OTS to share his experiences as a Holocaust Survivor.
*Band, strings, orchestra students, chorus and vocal ensemble members have been diligently practicing for their Winter Concert on December15th.

Student Support for our Community

Stuff the Bus: Student Council donated over 2,000 food items to Safe in Hunterdon for Thanksgiving. Congratulations to Mrs. Denbleyker's homeroom as the winning homeroom.
Tewksbury Schools Annual Giving Tree:
OTS students and staff participated in their annual Giving Tree, run by Mrs. Dee Krowl. It was a huge success with well over 500 gifts donated! Students from both schools helped to make it possible for those less fortunate to have a great Christmas. The donations were gifted to four different organizations: SAFE in Hunterdon, Anderson House, Hunterdon Youth Services and Family Promise of Hunterdon County.
Soccer Drive for Nicaragua is still on! Be sure to bring your used soccer equipment to the OTS office.

OTS Stars of the Month

November Stars of the Month were Emily Paulus, Perry Zomas and Jaz Zanelli.
December Stars are Tessa Maddaloni, Kelly Abbondanzo, Kaitlyn Teen and Grace Blauvelt.

Sports and Clubs

Chess Club won 2nd place in the 76th Dean of Chess Academy!
Spanish Club learned about Dia de los Muertos and celebrated with creating skeleton masks and authentic recipes made by the club members on November 2.
Winter sports kicked off at the end of November. Boys and girls basketball teams are looking forward to their first games the week of December 14th. Be sure to check the district calendar and come out to support our athletes!

Barnes and Noble Bookfair

Our first Barnes and Noble Bookfair was a huge success. Many families came out to support TES and OTS. Mr. Doerr, OTS 7th grade Language Arts teacher, read to a captivated audience! Thank you to all of the faculty and families who participated to make this a great fundraiser not only for the schools but for the students as well.

Upcoming Dates and Events

December 15th: Winter Concert: As always, you can support the Tewksbury Family Assistance Fund with your donations and purchases at the Gourmet Bake and Freezer Sale.
December 18th: Dance!
December 22nd: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to perform at OTS.
December 22nd: Parent-Superintendent Roundtable.
December 23rd: Early Dismissal
January 4th: Back to School!
January 4th: Ski Club
Be sure to visit the district website for more information at www.tewksburyschools.org.
Best wishes to all of our OTS school community for a happy, healthy and safe Winter Break and a Happy New Year!