October 2017

AHS Monthly Newsletter

Monthly Message

As October nears its end, so does our first marking period and the extended summer weather we've enjoyed. Many of our seniors are out visiting college campuses and taking their college boards, writing college essays and so on. The juniors are preparing to build their "resumes" for this time next year, when it's their turn to search for the best fit for their future.

Everyone seems to be back in their "school-routines" or, if new to AHS, become acclimated to their new surroundings. Students have learned where to go if they have questions or need some extra help ; teachers and students are getting to know one another and getting used to the routines and expectations.

There is a long way to go in the school year, and we hope everyone is off to a good start or realizes that there is a lot of time left to turn things around if that is necessary. We encourage everyone to do their best and to be involved in something - a club, a sport or other activity.

Enjoy the experience and make the best of this time in your lives. Best of luck for the remainder of the year.

AHS Spirit Week

This week, AHS kicked off its annual Spirit Week! This year's theme is Decades.

Decades by Grade Level:

  • 7th & 8th Grades - 90s and the 00s
  • 9th Grade - 70s
  • 10th Grade - 60s
  • 11th Grade - 80s
  • 12th Grade - 50s

Students from each grade level have spent many hours decorating the halls of AHS, and they look fantastic.

Each day during Spirit Week is a different day:

  • Monday - Mismatch Day
  • Tuesday - Tourist Day
  • Wednesday - Wayback Wednesday (Decade Dress by Grade Level)
  • Thursday - Tie Dye Day
  • Friday - Wear Your Class Color (7th & 8th - Grey; 9th - Green; 10th - Yellow/Gold; 11th - White; 12th - Black)

Spirit Week concludes on Friday with the fall Pep Rally. The pep rally features activities that includes students and staff. Some of the pep rally activities are Musical Chairs, 3-Point Basketball Shooting Competition, Clothes Challenge, Hungry Hungry Hippo, and Izzy Dizzy.

Friday evening is the annual Homecoming Dance, which is held in the Auxiliary Gym starting at 7:00PM. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $7.00/ticket. The Homecoming Dance is for AHS students in grades 9 through 12.

During the entire week, boxes will be available in each homeroom to collect canned goods, which will be used to supply our Thanksgiving Food Drive baskets. If you would like to donate items for the food drive, you may send them in with your child or contact Ms. DiFilippo (adifilippo@audubonschools.org) to schedule a time to drop items at school.

At the end of the week, the class that has compiled the most points throughout the week will be announced as the 2017 Spirit Week Winner!

Thanks to Student Council for making this a fun week for the students and promoting the activities!

Welcome Shamus Burke!

The Audubon School District welcomes Shamus Burke, our new Director of Curriculum and Instruction K - 12. On October 23rd, he officially started in his new role, which will have him oversee the development of what the students learn and how they learn it.

Mr. Burke comes to us with nearly fifteen years of experience in education; most recently he supervised English/Language Arts in Perth Amboy. Before Perth Amboy, he taught English for many years in Toms River.

When asked what he most looks forward to in his new role in Audubon, Mr. Burke stated, “Working with the people . . . the staff, the students, the community as a whole. It’s the people, the relationships, that matter most.”

We look forward to working with you too, Mr. Burke!

Good luck! We are glad you are a part of the team!

AHS Alumni Association - Giving Back & Looking for New Members

The original Alumni Association organized in the 1940s dissolved due to lack of participation. In 1992, the group reorganized, but now 24 years later, the Alumni Association finds itself in a similar situation.

The core members of the committees graduated in the 60s. The future of this vibrant, viable group will depend on younger grads who are willing to step up and take over.

As an active member, your attendance at meetings is desired and needed but not mandatory! Meetings are held at Audubon High School on November 1, 2017, March 7, 2018 and May 2, 2018.

At last year’s AHS graduation ceremonies held in June, our Alumni Association awarded $15,000 in scholarships to 25 deserving seniors! The scholarships were awarded on the basis of a combined weighted score of each student’s academic, school activities, and community service achievements.

The source of these scholarship monies were from donations made by our Alumni Association members and sponsors for our annual 5k Scholarship Run. This event was held several weeks ago at AHS, and it was a great success.

Alumni Association members also receive a copy of our quarterly newsletter.

Consider joining and helping the Alumni Association continue to give back to the community and school!

Click HERE to access the Membership Form, which can be mailed into the high school or dropped off to the General Office in the high school.

Middle School Yearbook - New Item

This year, Audubon Jr. Sr. High School will have a middle school yearbook featuring our students in 7th & 8th grade. Last year, we sent out a survey to students and parents, and the support for this new venture was overwhelming.

In order to construct this new yearbook, Mr. Stubbs is teaching a new course developed for this school year. This course is for Middle School students who want to be involved in the production of their own Middle School yearbook. Students will learn basic principles of digital photography and journalistic writing. Students will also learn how to utilize a computer to produce the yearbook that will be sold to their peers. Students who participate in yearbook will be involved in theme development, cover design, page design, planning, and designing and implementing ideas to be included in the yearbook.

If you would like to order this yearbook, you may visit the Jostens web page (www.jostensyearbooks.com) or call them at (877) 767-5217.

The cost for this hard-bound yearbook is only $25.00.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Football State Championship

On Friday, October 13th, the 1967 State Group III Championship Football Team from AHS was recognized in a half-time ceremony. Fifteen members and one coach were on-hand as the team was introduced at half-time.

The effort was coordinated by our Athletic Director Mr. Carbone, and we greatly appreciate everyone's help in making this ceremony possible.

Student Spotlight - Recognized by AHS Staff

The Student Spotlight Program is proud to announce the students recognized for their various achievements for the month of September. Students are nominated by teachers and staff throughout the year for the following:

  • Helpfulness to Others
  • Improve in Grades and/or Behavior
  • Achievement

The following students were recognized: Matt H, Rachel S, Alison M, Jim K, Iain H, Sarah L, Andrew B, Eamon W, John S, Cesar F, Lauren C, Mark M, and Joe M.

We would also like to thank Chick-fil-A of Audubon Crossings for their continued support of this program. Each student receives a certificate, a t-shirt, and a gift bag from Chick-fil-A.

Congratulations to those students and their families!

AHS Field Hockey Lends a Hand at Ronald McDonald House

The AHS Field Hockey team recently volunteered at Ronald McDonald house in Camden.

Members and coaches from the team prepared and served dinner to 55 patients and their families.

After dinner, the team stayed for several hours to entertain and talk with the patients for 2 hours.

The team will be returning in December to donate presents and help with the holiday celebrations.

The field hockey team also donates their time and energy to other charitable events, which include the American Girl Doll Show, the Alumni Association 5k Run, and various arts & craft activities with the community.

What a great example these ladies are setting for others as they represent the Audubon community!

Students of the Month - September Recipients

We are thrilled to announce September's Students of the Month. Each student was recommended by their teacher for various reasons, and they will be acknowledged at the Board of Education meeting on October 18th at 7:30 in the AHS Library.

At that time a Board member will read a short paragraph about each of them and they will receive a certificate. It is a very special night for them and their family members who come with them.

Grade 12 - Casey G, Kari J

Grade 11 - Aaron C, Tatihana V

Grade 10 - Riley J, James G

Grade 9 - Meghan C, Jeffrey J

Grade 8 - Grace I, Brenna R

Grade 7 - Erin E, Jason R

Free Mobile App Is Now District-Wide

We are happy to announce that our mobile app (available for iOS and Android) is now district-wide and has settings for all three of our schools. Our latest update allows you, through the Settings tab, to control which school calendar and notifications are visible on your mobile device.

We encourage all parents & students who have not already downloaded our free mobile app, which is available for iOS and Android devices, to do so now.

Main features of the app include the following:

  • School Calendars (set your app up to display calendars from one or more of our schools)
  • Contact each school directly from the app
  • Easily accessible school menus
  • Parents tab that features links to our district and school sites, district calendar, Genesis Parent Portal, and more
  • Links to each our school's Guidance Department websites
  • Social media accounts
  • Newsletters and Principal Messages

To download the free app, please visit your App Store and search Audubon SD.


Recognized for Musical Ability

Over the Summer, AHS Senior Madison Coleman was selected to perform with the ALL-NATIONAL CHORUS.

She will be travelling to Orlando Florida November 26-29 to perform with students from all over the U.S. under the direction of Z. Randall Stroope of Oklahoma University.

Madison also achieved the highest score in her voice part in the 2017 NJ All-State Chorus Auditions and will serve as section leader of the Soprano I section with this year's State Chorus.

Helping Hands Hurricane Relief

AHS Social Studies teacher Mr. Dan Cosenza and three of his students (Alexa B, Natalie S and Eddie B) organized the Helping Hands Hurricane Relief at the beginning of the school year.

Over the past five weeks, the school and community have donated over 830 items to be sent to areas affected by the recent hurricanes.

Thank you to everyone who contributed. It's amazing to see what can be accomplished when people come together for a good cause.

Donated items are being shipped to Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

Thanks again to all who contributed!

Diamond-ation Baseball Tournament

Congratulations to AHS students Dustin B, Blaise F, James G, and Xavier M for winning the Diamond-ation Baseball tournament held in September in Flemington, NJ. James G pitched the team to victory in the final game, and each of the students from AHS contributed to the team's overall championship. Great job!

AHS Math Department - Professional Learning

During the teacher's in-service on September 26th, the AHS Mathematics Department took part in a Desmos workshop at Audubon High School. Nick Corley, a certified Desmos Fellow, presented and worked directly with our math department members on this amazing online tool that teachers and students at AHS are using in everyday instruction.

Click HERE for an article featuring Nick and his use of Desmos in his classroom.

To learn more about Desmos, please click the link below. This is a great tool that the AHS math department is using very effectively.


Follow Us on Social Media

The high school administrative team is using social media to update students, staff, and parents on the events at Audubon HS.

You can follow us on the following:

  • High School Facebook Page - Audubon Jr./Sr. High School
  • Twitter (Mr. Corley - @FrankCorleyAHS; Eric Miller - @EricMillerNJ; Kelly Reising - @AHS2_Guidance; Tony Carbone - @AudubonAD)
  • Instagram - audubonhighschool

We hope you check us out to stay up-to-date!

Project Graduation Fundraiser

The Project Graduation Committee is coordinating a fundraiser aimed at offsetting the cost of Project Graduation, the annual post-ceremony activity held at Dave & Buster's in Pennsylvania. The fundraiser is being run in conjunction with Pisker’s Bakery.

For each pie that is sold, a portion of the sale will be given to the Project Graduation Committee.

Each senior has already been given an order form so that they can take part in the fundraiser. To take part in the fundraiser, students may sell pies to friends and family. As indicated on the attached flyer, students will then pick the pies up and deliver to their “customers.”

If you have any questions or would like pies, please contact Crystal at (856) 839 – 1119.

Click HERE to access the flyer/order form.

Seventh Grade Students Practice Yoga

As part of the 7th grade curriculum, students in Mrs. Collazzo's and Mrs. Ewing's class are currently studying the ancient civilizations of India.

Students have been learning about Hinduism, which is the oldest living religion in the world. One of the main beliefs of Hinduism is the practice of yoga (photo above).

The class discussed how many people in the United States and different areas of the world practice yoga. To learn more about the physical practice of yoga - the students went outside and attempted some of the basic poses in yoga including mountain, warrior, and tree pose.

The students enjoyed the practice and learned about connections between ancient and modern India.

Hour of Power Walk for Muscular Dystrophy - Interact Club - Saturday, November 18th

The Interact Club is sponsoring an Hour of Power Walk for Muscular Dystrophy on the high school track on Saturday, November 18th.

The event will begin at 12:00PM (noon) and will last until 2:00PM. The donation to participate is only $5.00.

Pets are welcome to come along for the walk - as long as they are on a leash. Please come out and support this cause. Thanks for your support.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Willis at Audubon HS (ewillis@audubonschools.org).

Toy Drive - Civics Lesson for Mr. Cosenza's Students

Mr. Cosenza’s 8th grade Social Studies class has been learning about citizenship for the past few weeks.

One of the main things they have learned is how to be an active participant in the community. This week, they are learning about how an average citizen can become a Civic Hero by going above and beyond.

Students will be starting a donation project over the next few weeks. These donations are for the Samaritan Purse organization which helps people world wide. Their project will be to help get toys to children for the holidays.

You can help by donating any small toys or school materials over the weeks Oct. 20th - Nov. 17th. Thank you for your support!

To see the informational flyer, please click HERE. For more direct help, you may contact Mr. Cosenza (dcosenza@audubonschools.org).

Lost & Found - FYI

The school's Lost & Found is located in C102. If you or your child lost any items since the start of the school year, this is the location to start your search. To check if an item is in our Lost & Found, please contact Mrs. Jackson at (856) 547-7695 x4122.

Additionally, there is a temporary lost and found located in the cafeteria for items that have been left there.

Upcoming Events


§ Wednesday, November 1 – Band Booster Meeting @ 7:00PM – AHS Cafeteria

§ Thursday, November 2 – School Choice Open House @ 7:00PM – AHS Cafeteria

§ Friday, November 3 – Mix It Up Day

§ Friday, November 3 – AHS Football Away at Overbrook HS @ 7:00PM

§ Saturday, November 4 – Marching Band Competition

§ Sunday, November 5 – Marching Band Competition

§ Wednesday, November 8 – Fall Play @ 7:00PM – AHS Auditorium

§ Thursday, November 9 – NJEA Convention (No School)

§ Friday, November 10 – NJEA Convention (No School)

§ Tuesday, November 14 – Half-Day – Teacher’s In-Service – 12:15PM Dismissal

§ Wednesday, November 15 – Board of Education Meeting @ 7:30PM – AHS Library

§ Thursday, November 16 – Dodgeball Tournament @ 7:00PM – AHS Gymnasium

§ Friday, November 17 – Underclass Photo Re-Takes

§ Friday, November 17 – Powder Puff Football Game @ 3:00PM – AHS Football Stadium

§ Monday, November 20 – Camden County College Field Trip for 8th Grade Students

§ Tuesday, November 21 – AHS Marching Band Awards Night @ 6:00PM – AHS Cafeteria

§ Wednesday, November 22 – Half-Day – 12:15PM Dismissal

§ Thursday, November 23 – School Closed for Thanksgiving

§ Thursday, November 23 – AHS Football Away at Haddon Township @ 11:00AM

§ Friday, November 24 – School Closed


§ Friday, December 1 – Honor Roll Luncheon

§ Friday, December 1 – Winter Ball @ 8:00PM

§ Saturday, December 2 – SAT Testing @ AHS

§ Tuesday, December 5 – Winter Band Concert @ 7:00PM – AHS Auditorium

§ Wednesday, December 6 – Half-Day – Teacher’s In-Service – 12:15PM Dismissal

§ Wednesday, December 6 – Fall Sports Assembly @ 7:00PM – AHS Auditorium

§ Thursday, December 7 – Meet the Coaches (Winter) @ 7:00PM – AHS Library

§ Wednesday, December 13 – Board of Education Meeting @ 7:30PM – AHS Library

§ Friday, December 22 – Half-Day – 12:15PM (Start of Winter Break)