CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

May 12, 2023

A Message from Ms. Santa

Teacher Appreciation Week



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Monday, May 8th to Thursday, May 18th~ NJSLA State Testing

Tuesday, May 16th~ Mid-point of Marking Period 4

Tuesday, May 16th~ National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony,

Rossi Gym at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 17th~ CDW Scholastic Book Fair hosted by the PTO (Students will attend the Book Fair during the day.)

Wednesday, May 17th~ Spring Concert for the Grade 5 and Grade 6 Bands 7:30 PM

Book Fair 7:00 PM-8:30 PM in the Rossi Gym

Thursday, May 18th~ Marking Period 4 Interim Reports will be available at noon in the Genesis Parent Portal.

Thursday, May 18th~ Spring Concert for the Grade 7 and Grade 8 Bands

Book Fair 7:00 PM-8:30 PM in the Rossi Gym

Friday, May 19th~ Grade 8 Band Trip

Friday, May 19th~ School Spirit Mismatch Day

Monday, May 22nd~ The BOE Meeting will be in the BOE Conference Room at 8:00 PM.

Tuesday, May 23rd~ The PTO Meeting will be in the CDW Media Center at 7:30 PM.

Wednesday, May 24th~ The Transition Meeting for Grade 4 to Grade 5 parents will be in the CDW Lynch Gym at 7:00 PM.

Thursday, May 25th~ The Transition Meeting for Grade 5 to Grade 6 parents will be in the Media Center at 7:00 PM.

Friday, May 26th~ School Spirit Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Day

Monday, May 29th~ School is closed for Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 31st to Friday, June 2nd~ Grade 8 Trip

Wednesday, May 31st~ Grades 5-7 Math Criterion-Referenced Tests

School Spirit Fun Fridays!

Friday, May 19th~ Mismatch Day

Friday, May 26th~ Stars & Strips/ Red, White, Blue: Patriotic Day in honor of Memorial Day



Congratulations to our Marking Period 3 High Honors students and our top competitors in this year's AMC 8 Math competition who were recognized at the May 8th Board of Education Meeting.


Although testing is not completely over yet, the CDW staff commends the CDW students on a job well done this week. The students have completed the NJSLA-Math and NJSLA-English Language Arts assessments.

Next week Grades 5 and 8 will conquer the NJSLA-Science assessments to finish out the 2022-2023 NJSLA standardized testing at CDW.

*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.

Keep working hard, Knights! Your teachers are proud of you!

Math Placement Procedures

The Northern Valley Criterion-Referenced Tests are developed by committees of teachers from schools in the Valley. The tests, 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 Wednesday, May 31st, 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 1st. 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 1st 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 1st.

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.

Working Papers for Teens

The way teens obtain working papers in New Jersey will be changing on June 1, 2023! The working papers process will be online and streamlined. Rather than going through local schools, younger workers will simply visit this site and be walked through a few easy steps.



Mr. L's Corner

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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CDW Baseball

The baseball team won a great victory against Harrington Park on Monday. Gerard Fernino and Moose Etter dominated on the mound to throw a combined no-hitter, and Maximos Demaras led the offense with two hits and 3 RBIs.

On Tuesday, the team won an epic match-up against Northvale. It was a back-and-forth game until the Knights finally wore down their opponent. Maximos Demaras and Cayden Yoon provided strong performances on the mound and at the plate to keep the game close in the beginning. Reese Yerman and Antonio Cascone also contributed on the mound. The Knights had strong at bats by Trevor Ling and several other players who helped the Knights secure the victory.

On Thursday, the Knights won a great victory against Haworth. Maximos Demaras recorded two hits in the contest along with Moose Etter, Reese Yerman, and Hunter Hull. Strong pitching performances by Ethan Kahanov and Trevor Ling and a defensive clinic by Cayden Yoon and Sejong Kim limited Haworth’s offense to only one run.

Next week, the baseball team will be finishing their regular season at Closter Middle School on Tuesday, May 16th at 3:45 PM.

Sports Schedule and Updates

CDW Softball

The softball team improved to 4-1 on Monday defeating Harrington Park. Ella Ferraro pitched a one hitter with double digit strikeouts! The girls were able to score 14 runs with big hits and RBIs by Ava Candullo, Lea Savino, Olivia Magnoli, Jules DeAngelis, Ella Meringolo, Mia Ranu, and Caroline Ognibene. The defense played really well with big plays by Bailey West and Sophia DeMarco.

The softball team improved to 5-1 on the season defeating Northvale 10-0. Ella Ferraro struck out over ten hitters! The offense combined for double digit hits with big contributions from Lea Savino, Olivia Richards, Jules DeAngelis, Olivia Magnoli, Bailey West, Ava DeAngelo, and Mia Ranu. Caroline Ognibene stole two bases, played great at 3rd base, and had two hard hit balls.

Next week the softball team will be finishing the regular season at Closter Middle School on Tuesday, May 16th at 3:45 PM.

Sports Schedules and Updates

CDW Track

The track meet is today, May 12th, at Northern Valley Demarest High School beginning at 4:00 PM.

Sports Schedules and Updates


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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 closes on June 30, 2023.

Keep in mind when signing up for a session, the AM sessions are designed to review the material presented to your child(ren) in his/her current grade level (If your child is in 5th grade, sign him/her up for a 5th grade session.). The PM sessions are designed to preview material for your child(ren)'s next grade level (If your child is in 5th grade, sign him/her up for a 6th grade session.).

Please reach out to Mr. Lauriello at with any questions.

PTO Updates

Lovable Labels Fundraiser

The CDW Lost and Found always has lots of items searching for owners! One way to help us locate the owner is by labeling your child's items with his/her name. The OT PTO is sponsoring a wonderful fundraiser where you can purchase labels to use to label your child(ren)'s items! Click here to purchase your Lovable Labels now!
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Spirit Wear!

The CDW Spirit Wear store is available on! The Long Term Store is open year round and orders are shipped directly to the purchaser.

LONG TERM: Charles DeWolf Middle School


Scholastic Book Fair at CDW: May 17th

CDW is holding a Spring Book Fair on May 17th and May 18th in the Rossi Gym. This is a great opportunity for your child(ren) to stock up on books for the summer!

The book fair will be open during the school day for students to shop on Wednesday, May 17th as well as during the spring concerts on both nights, May 17th and May 18th, from 7:00-8:30 PM.

Students can purchase items using a credit card, a check made out to OTPTO, cash or ewallet. Use this link for more information about the easy-to-use, convenient ewallet feature

Thank you for your support!

Student Government Car Wash: May 20th

The Student Government will be fundraising on May 20th from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM with a Car Wash for the Old Tappan community. All donation amounts will be accepted.

Students in Grades 5 through 8, please sign up HERE if you could provide equipment such as buckets, sponges, towels, etc.

Students in Grades 7 & 8, please sign up HERE to volunteer for the event!

Old Tappan Memorial Day Parade

The CDW band students will once again perform together during the Old Tappan Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29th. The parade starts around 9:30 AM at NVOT and concludes at approximately 10:15 AM at Oakes Park.

If band students have any questions, they should contact Mr. Rosolanko at

Save the Date for Knights' Fest: June 6th

CDW's first official Knights' Fest is coming soon! This open-house style event will be on June 6, 2023 from 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM and feature student performances, artwork, OTBN creations, creative writing movies, STEM projects, and more! More information about the times of featured events will be released soon; however t-shirts are available for families to purchase HERE. The cart will close on May 16, 2023.

Want to perform?

Any student that would like to perform at Knights' Fest on June 6th should see Mr. Rosolanko. Students may sing, dance, play an instrument, or demonstrate any talent they would like to share with the school. (This is the event previously called, "Coffee House," which will now be part of Knights' Fest!)

OTEC Digital Photo Contest and Show

The Old Tappan Environmental Commission (OTEC) will again host the Digital Photo Contest and Show for any CDW Old Tappan student. The photo must represent one ore more environmental themes. See the flyer below for more information.

One submission per student can be submitted now through June 9, 2023.

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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- Wednesday, May 24th, 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Grade 5 to Grade 6 Transition Meeting- Thursday, May 25th, 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Grade 6 to Grade 7 Transition Meeting- Thursday, June 1st, 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Grade 7 to Grade 8 Transition Meeting- Wednesday, June 7th, 7:00-8:00 PM

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


If your child is not going to attend school, please contact Mrs. McCarthy at 201-664-1475 ext. 2103 or

In an effort to minimize the potential spread of illness 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.

Chromebook Insurance Information

If you would like to purchase insurance for your child(ren)'s school issued Chromebook, please refer to the information below, or you may purchase directly from
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Old Tappan 2022-2023 School Year Calendar (Revised 4/2023)

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2023-2024 School Calendar

The School Year Calendar for the PK-8 Old Tappan Public Schools was approved at Monday evening's Board of Education Meeting. For your convenience, this calendar also will be posted on our District website.


OT 2023-2024 Approved School Year Calendar