EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
Central Office Communications: Week of November 15, 2020
OUR CURRENT REALITY
Egg Harbor Township School Community,
It is American Education Week! This week we have the opportunity to celebrate public education and honor all individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every student receives a quality education. We are grateful for the team of people who work in our schools each day. #EHTPride! American Education Week is also a time to promote collaboration between parents and educators. Typically, schools host events under a theme proposed by the National Education Association (NEA). This year is a little different because of COVID-19, however we encourage parents and students to take the time to communicate with members of their school community.
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I remind everyone of the importance of daily gratitude practice. Parents and students alike can take part in easy at-home activities that include doing a good deed that shows appreciation, writing thank you notes to family, friends, first responders, and teachers, perhaps volunteering to help or donating items, or simply going for a walk and appreciating the colors of fall. Gratitude promotes positive and positive is something everyone should experience.
As we see COVID -19 cases in our county rise, I will continue to remind parents, students, teachers, staff, and administration the importance of adhering to our health and safety guidelines to assist with maintaining a safe and healthy school environment. Everyone in every building is required to correctly wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth at all times, practice social distancing to the greatest extent possible, and be sure to sanitize hands via hand-washing and/or hand sanitizer. Students and staff who are feeling less than well, should not come into school and are required to fill out a health screening form. Let’s work together to curtail the spread of the virus and keep our schools safe and open for in-person educational opportunities.
If you should have any questions for me or the central office staff, please feel free to email or call. I promise that you will receive answers quicker by way of a phone call or email, rather than using social media or seeking information elsewhere. We are your relevant source of information and we are always open to building relationships and learning about the needs of our school community; I encourage you to want the same.
Together we will continue to be #EHTStrong!! #EHTReady
Yours in Education,
Kimberly A. Gruccio
The EHT School District celebrated Veterans Day 2020 this past week with a variety of activities both inside and outside the classroom and virtually.
Please check out the Fine and Performing Arts videos below.
The EHTHS Silver Eagle Band and Egg Harbor Township School District Veterans Day Tribute: https://fb.watch/1N7He2OnXz/
EHTHS Choral students Veterans Day tribute in collaboration with Rowan University: https://fb.watch/1N8gBgRpa4/
SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE from November 3rd
Linked is Dr. Gruccio's update from 11-3-20 https://bit.ly/3l80Gll
FIRST DAY OF HYBRID IN-PERSON LEARNING
October 27, 2020 was the first day of hybrid "in-person" learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Here's a glimpse of EHT students' first day back at school, courtesy of EHTTV District Communications.
Additionally, every morning our social media feeds for @EHTNJSchools will provide reminders as to whether it is a Group A or Group B day.
Reminder, that students that have been participating in-person since the implementation of Phase 1 for our preschool and multiply disabled classes will continue their in-person instruction 5 days per week on an abbreviated schedule.
COVID-19 WEBPAGE and RESOURCES
Covid-19 Parent Resource Webpage
For the latest parent resource information, announcement and quick links visit: https://www.eht.k12.nj.us/c_o_v_i_d19_-_parent_resources_and_information
ONE STOP SHOPPING FOR EHT ED TECH
The EHT IT Department and Professional Development Committee have teamed up to bring an all-in-one Education Technology website for students, faculty, and families. Visit the website here: https://ehtedtech.weebly.com/
USE OF GOOGLE CALENDAR to BOOK APPTS. w/ STAFF
Students can book one-on-one appointments with counselors, CST/YST members, or even their classroom teachers. Here is a brief tutorial on how to book appointments in Google Calendar with staff appointment slots.
GOOGLE CLASSROOM CODES BY SCHOOL
The following link will allow students and parents to access each staff members Google Classroom Code. At the bottom of the spreadsheet the codes are listed by school on each tab. This link can also be found on our Virtual Learning - Parent/Teacher Resources Page. Additionally, each teacher should have their Google Classroom codes posted on their own webpage.https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19Bp8GQfW3ILFk88Vps1_4qWQrhOHg_9i8GTPkw_JE0g/edit?usp=sharing
GOOGLE CLASSROOM: VIDEO RESOURCE
Need help joining your Google Classroom? This video explains how to find your EHT School District Google Classroom codes and how to add or "join" an active Google Classroom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzvUOJKkh3k&feature=youtu.be
GOOGLE MEET & GOOGLE CLASSROOM: VIDEO RESOURCE
For students looking to join their class for a live Google Meet session, this is a step by step of video of how to lactate and join the Meet from Google Classroom https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=i6lgBOh1YpU&feature=youtu.be
ACCESSING STUDENT EMAIL (GRADES 6-12): VIDEO RESOURCE
Egg Harbor Township School District now offers an internal email address for students in grades 6-12. This video will demonstrate how to access student email from the district website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVutLPNRs9I&feature=youtu.be
GOOGLE RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
Google for Education has a resource for parents/guardians to learn and navigate the Google Tools. Take a look at this pdf and click on the embedded links for tutorials and more: http://mvnt.us/m1112980
CLIMATE & CULTURE
The culture of our schools includes our school improvement efforts to increase student achievement for ALL students. Where with Every Hand Together, Every child, Everyday is provided a relevant learning experience. Through professional development opportunities we are building an effective learning culture where students are provided a safe learning environment. Our teachers collaborate in professional learning communities to review student progress in order to provide ALL students with the opportunity to learn at high levels. We have a district -wide initiative that includes individualized interventions through the RTI process to assist ALL students with learning. We know that in order to successfully educate each student, we must be cognizant of each student’s individual learning needs. This can only be accomplished if we work together to eliminate any predictability of achievement disparities by race, ethnicity, gender, language, disability, and/or economics. All faculty and staff participated in equity training during our professional learning days. The high school multicultural club will be preparing to join the district equity committee to participate in collaborative discussions and event planning. Together, we can achieve more!
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Each day is kicked off at 7:30 am with a member of our school community stating the pledge. Every morning, I look forward to seeing who the guest presenter is and you can too by following our social media pages! @EHTNJSchools
Featuring Gregory and Gabrielle
EHT PARENT PORTAL ACCOUNT SET-UP
- Do you need an EHT Parent Portal account?
- Do you have access to log-in?
- Not sure how to request a Parent Portal account?
Follow the easy steps outlined in this video. Check out this short video to learn how to request an account. https://youtu.be/bL1Qqs8sNm4
INFINITE CAMPUS PARENT PORTAL: ACCESS to GOOGLE CLASSROOM & MOBYMAX INFO.
RESILIENT FAMILIES VIRTUAL WORKSHOP
Join Dr. Lori Desautels and Michael McKnight for a free online workshop titled “Resilient Families and Communities.” The Zoom presentation will take place December 11th at 12:00pm. Please refer to the digital flyer to sign up for this event.
MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: UPDATE!
See the following link for a daily list of resources: http://www.mhaac.info/uploads/3/4/4/8/34488857/mhaac_virtual_schedule_may_2020__updated_.pdf
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT & RESOURCES
As time passes, it can become difficult staying at home day in and day out. Some days may be easier than others in dealing with this national pandemic amongst other issues. Please know that our guidance counselors, social workers, student assistance counselors, school nurses, and our High School Teen Center serve as available resources daily to assist with any concerns, fears, and/or anxieties. Our district website and school websites provide contact information or call 646-7911 x 1001.
Student resource card (Spanish/English)
EVERY HAND TOGETHER: PURSUING PUBLIC HEALTH
The following link is a playlist from Every Hand Together: Pursuing Public Health and a conversation with Mr. Santilli, Assistant Superintendent and Barbara Sabath from Family Promise of Atlantic County: (Playlist) (Linked and Below)
NJ DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID APP
STOCKTON OFFERS FREE VIRTUAL HOMEWORK COMPLETION PROGRAM
Stockton University's Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning is running a Virtual Homework Completion Program. For more information, visit https://stockton.edu/engagement
ATTENTION ALUMNI: YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A SUPERHERO!
The Egg Harbor Township High School Eagle Eye Newsletter is looking for alumni who are interested in being featured in an upcoming edition of the online publication. If you have a personal or professional accomplishment, a unique adventure or just something other EHTHS alumni may find interesting, please email:
COMCAST INTERNET ESSENTIALS
Comcast will continue offering 2 months of free service to new Internet Essentials customers in response to emergency measures associated with COVID-19. For all new and existing customers, the speed of the program's Internet service has increased. Visit www.internetessentials.com/covid19 for more details.
EHT SUBSTITUTE RATE INCREASE
For more information you can see all job openings and apply online at: https://www.applitrack.com/eggharbor/onlineapp/
EHT TRANSPORTATION: JOB OPENINGS
WEEK OF November 16, 2020: MEAL DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION
Meal Distribution Plan UPDATE: For questions and concerns, please contact 609-383-1464 or email@example.com.
Our EHT Food Service Program will be providing free breakfast and lunch for all students on Mondays ONLY. We will be distributing food on Mondays which will include 5 days of breakfast and lunch. In order to reach as many of our EHT families as possible, we are also now providing DELIVERY to several areas in the township. Please access all the images in this post to view the meal distribution stops and times. Additionally, the PICK-UP locations at Davenport, Alder and High School will remain open from 7:30am – 11 am and will also be providing 5 days of meals on Monday only.
Empezando mañana, el programa de servicio alimenticio en EHT ahora proporcionará desayuno y almuerzo gratis para todos los niños que califiquen solamente los lunes. Entregaremos la comida los lunes, solamente. Cada caja incluirá el desayuno y el almuerzo por 5 días. Para poder llegar al número máximo de nuestras familias de EHT, entregaremos las cajas de comida en varias áreas del municipio. Favor de consultar su correo electrónico y / o visite el sitio web del Distrito y las redes sociales de @EHTNJSchools para saber donde estan las paradas y el horario de distribución de comidas. Además, los lugares de recogida en la acera estarán abiertos solo los lunes en Davenport, Alder y la High School de 7:30 am a 11 am y también proporcionarán 5 días de comidas.
Atlantic County Food Bank Resources
Free & Reduced Meal Program Information
BOARD OF EDUCATION INFO
ATHLETICS/FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS/ACTIVITIES
OUT WITH THE OLD! IN WITH THE NEW!
The track is in and just needs its striping for lanes. The turf is in and needs lines and numbering to be completed. Once this is finished, the fill will be distributed across the field and we will have a safe playing area for our students.
MESSAGE TO OUR STUDENT ATHLETES AND FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS
Our athletic teams are engaged in playoff competitions. The format will be very different than in the past, as league rules are keeping teams close by. I am proud of our students, coaches, and advisors who have worked hard to maintain safety and provided our students the opportunity to be outside to practice and compete. I admire their commitment! #GOEAGLES!
The NJSIAA will share the guidelines for winter sports on or before November 20th. So far, preliminary plans include the Winter Sports season slated for practices to begin on December 3, 2020 and for competition beginning on December 21, 2020. The health and safety protocols for indoor practices and competitions from the Medical Task Force will guide us for implementing the processes and procedures for practices and games. We are hopeful that they are conducive to a safe environment for our student-athletes.
The rain halted the construction on the track and turf. While things are starting to look great, crews still have work to do and will return to finish the striping of the track and work on the lining and numbering of the turf.
Enjoy your last week of the 2020 fall season!
- November: Winter Sports Return to Play Update
- 10-29-20: NJSIAA Misinformation on Wrestling
- October 2020: COVID-19 Winter Sports Return to Play Update (linked)
- 9-17-20 NJSIAA Media Guidelines/Fall 2020 Season (linked)
- 9-16-20 NJSIAA Announces Postseason Football Plans (linked)
NJSIAA WEEKLY UPDATE MEMO: 9-4-20 (linked)
8-25-20 The Case for High School Sports (linked)
8-20-20 NJSIAA Updates Plan for Returning to Play (linked)
- NJSIAA builds on Return To Play plan, provides updates on fall sports season
- NJSIAA provides return-to-play guidelines - Phase 1
- If you are a student athlete you can visit the following NCAA COVID-19 Resource page
- NCAA Social Series: “Focusing on Mental Health”
- NCAA Eligibility Center COVID-19 Response FAQ Addendum (linked)
WEEKLY DIGITAL NEWSLETTERS
"Our mission in the Egg Harbor Township District is to embrace families and their students to provide a safe, rigorous, and relevant learning experience while students are engaged and educated to become responsible for their own learning."