Charger Report

Spotswood High School Parent Newsletter January 2022

This Month's Events

Due to the recent uptick in Covid-19 cases within our school community, and our want and intention to have every student and their family experience live concerts, inductions, and school events, we are currently looking to reschedule the following events:

January 13 - District Bands Night (rescheduled for February 24)

January 19 - National Honor Society Induction (new date: TBA)

January 20 - Underclassmen College Planning Night (new date: TBA)

Additional information regarding new dates will be sent as soon as possible.

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School Counseling Corner!

Please take a moment to read through the January School Counseling Newsletter! Inside you'll find valuable information about College Planning Night and ways to prioritize self-care in the new year!


As we approach the end of marking period 2, some colleges may request mid-year grades.

Some colleges will request mid-year grades. Continue to check your email and college portals regularly as well as each college's application requirements.

Mid-year grades are NOT automatically sent. We will only send mid-year grades to the colleges you request via this Mid-Year Grades Request Google Form.

You must submit a Mid-Year Grades Request Google Form for each college you would like us to send mid-year grades to. Mid-year grades will be submitted via Naviance. If your school is requesting that they be sent another way, such as via email or fax, you must include that information in the counselor notes section of this google form.

Mid-year grades will be sent to colleges the first week of February, once marking period 2 grades are posted.

Save the Date: College & Career Fair!

Spotswood High School will host our College & Career Fair on April 12, 2022 from 6-8pm.

Students and their parents may visit with various representatives from colleges, universities, technical schools, and the military.

Morning Drop-Off

Please be aware that Charger Way is a ONE WAY road during morning drop-off. When dropping off your child, please do not drop off and then attempt to turn around in the staff parking lot. Doing so places yourself and others at risk of a head-on collision!

Please continue driving down Charger Way to Mott Place where you can turn onto Summerhill Road. Thank you for your cooperation & safe driving!

Yearbook Updates

Yearbook Ordering:

Yearbook sales are happening now! Order online using the link in the SHS website or see either Ms. Bergman or Mrs. Furman to order and pay in person. On January 1, 2022, the cost will increase to 75 dollars. Boosters and Ads can be ordered and paid for online using the yearbook link found in the parent resource tab on the SHS website. Reach out to Ms. Bergman or Mrs. Furman if you need assistance. The link to order can be found on the SHS website under Parent Resources/Yearbook or via this link.

Phone Call Policy

Parents, please remind your student that they are not allowed to make or receive phone calls, including FaceTime calls, during school hours as doing so can pose a security threat to the school. Doing so may result in disciplinary consequences per the Code of Conduct. If there is an emergency and you need to reach your child during school, please call the Main Office.

Monitoring Grades & Summer Extension

We encourage all parents to monitor their child's grades via Genesis. Additionally, teachers, counselors, and administration will reach out regularly with any concerns we have regarding their progress.

Last summer SHS was able to offer Summer Extension Program for students who were unable to meet course requirements due to attendance or academic concerns deriving from the pandemic. To avoid confusion amongst students and their families, we must be clear that there is no plan to offer this program again, barring another major pandemic disruption/school closure and a state mandate. Students' final grades and attendance records will be used to determine the earning of course credit and their ability to graduate on time. Please have this important discussion with your child, and if you have any questions, please call the school counseling or main office. We appreciate your support and ongoing partnership.

Upcoming Fundraisers

  • “Flocking” by Project Senior Week (9/8/21 - 6/1/22)
  • Apple MacBook Raffle by Project Senior Week (9/14/21 - 2/11/22)
  • Krispy Kreme Donuts by Basketball & Winter Cheer (11/23/21 - 1/21/22)
  • Gertrude Hawk Chocolates by SBPA (1/17/22 - 1/28/22)
  • Comedy Night by SHS Wrestling (1/21/22)
  • Dine to Donate @ Chipotle by Girls Basketball (1/22/22)
  • Krispy Kreme Donuts by Class of 2023 (1/24/22 - 2/4/22)

Middle States Accreditation

One of the exciting initiatives SHS will be working on this school year is achieving our Middle States Accreditation. Reaching this goal will be recognition both of the excellent education that students receive at Spotswood High School along with acknowledgment of our culture of continuous improvement. Only 69 non-magnet public schools in the state have this accreditation, so this achievement will put us in the top tier of schools state-wide!

Each month, we will provide you with a brief update on where we are in the process. As always if you are interested in getting involved in the process, please do not hesitate to reach out!

This Month's Update: Our Planning Team and our Faculty/Staff held several meetings to discuss and craft our school's core beliefs & profile of graduates. Our core beliefs represent the things that we hold true about students and learning - the "non-negotiables" that determine the culture of our school building and guide our decision making. The "profile of graduates" represents the skills and qualities that we would like every student to have upon graduating from Spotswood High School.

Athletics Info

For athletics information, including eligibility guidelines, physical packets, and updated schedules, please see the Athletics Website.

Reminders from the Nurse

Please remember if your child has any medical conditions, the school nurse should be aware. There are forms for asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and permission to administer medications on the Nurse's Corner under Parent Resources on the SHS school website. Students are not permitted to carry medications in school, and they must be left in the nurse's office unless permission is granted by the physician in cases of asthma and diabetes.

COVID Guidelines

At this time, the following COVID guidelines and protocols will be in place:

  • Per the Governor’s Office, NJ Department of Health, and NJ Department of Education, all students must wear a mask to school. Exceptions will be made when students are eating, playing musical instruments, engaged in strenuous activities, or are outside in extreme heat.
  • The school will continue to contact trace positive cases. In the event that your child is identified as having been a close contact of a COVID+ individual, they must provide proof of full vaccination or quarantine.
  • There will be no temperature checks or COVID screening forms required for entry.
  • Regardless of exposure, students who are exhibiting COVID symptoms should stay home from school! Please remember to call the attendance office to report the absence and Mr. Mastroserio or Ms. Avallone will follow up with further instructions.
  • We will make every reasonable effort to keep students spread out in their classes, whenever possible.
  • Students will have continued access to soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes.
  • Lockers will be available to all students, two way hallways have been restored, and water bottle filling stations will be available.

Additional information regarding COVID protocols can be found on the district “Quick Links” page. Please be aware that should these COVID guidelines change, this will be communicated.